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Wednesday, 12 December

23:30

The Criminal Justice Reform Bill Youve Never Heard Of "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mitch McConnells Senate has quietly passed juvenile justice legislation that would ban states from holding children in adult jails.

23:06

Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Notwithstanding deeply entrenched US support for Saudi Arabia, outrage over the Saudis' torturous murder of Khashoggi, as well as campaigns by several progressive groups, have galvanized congressional opposition to US assistance for Saudi killing in Yemen.

23:06

Podcast: How The Feminist Dream Leaves Women Unfulfilled "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bre Payton and Inez Stepman discuss the need for honesty about women's careers, relationships, and desires to start families.

23:06

Macron Must Go: Yellow-Vest Lessons for Student Organizers Across Turtle Island "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Macron Must Go: Yellow-Vest Lessons for Student Organizers Across Turtle Island appeared first on It's Going Down.

An open letter from students in the US to French comrades that also spells out lessons and similarities between struggles.

Now more than ever, universities are in a state of crisis.

American students are facing down gruesome levels of debt profiteering and escalating right-wing attacks against public higher ed and thats just the tip of the iceberg.

As the nationwide turn towards fascism advances, campus climates have worsened accordingly. The feds have deported DACA-protected Americans, rolled back standards for sexual violence on campuses, and equipped racist college police departments with military weaponry. Campus-contracted pigs pepper-spray demonstrators at point-blank range and harass student organizers, turning campuses into active sites of class warfare. A system of higher-ed that was designed to deserve the elite in the first place has laid bare it sharpest fangs.

While student movements in the U.S. have and will continue to organize against the neoliberal status-quo, their efforts remain a shell of the student revolts seen in France. Evoking the spirit of 1968, university activism there has re-embraced its militant roots in the wake of strongman Emmanuel Macrons rise to power. Students have resisted the Macronian austerity agenda by blockading entire campuses, battling university-contracted fascist militias, and even initiating disruptive nationwide strikes alongside left-wing trade-unions. As the low cost and open-access principles of French higher education dissolve, so does complacency among the working-class students caught in the crosshairs.

In a serious blow to Macrons flailing bid to tame the crisis, Frances future its youth blockaded up to 300 middle and high schools in a week-long stand-off with riot police. In addition to airing their concerns over Macrons unpopular changes to Baccalaureate exams, these young militants publicly echoed the tax, wage, and labor-related concerns fueling the larger publics growing resentment of the Macronian project.

The birth of Frances Yellow Vest struggle has given further lifeblood to militant university activism against state repression. When the self-styled emperor Macron acceded to Yellow Vest tax demands in an attempt to curb wide-scale rioting, he effectively confirmed that large-scale direct action is an effective means of putting the brakes on his maniacal drive to starve and kill off the working class.

Emboldened by this...

22:47

Mexico: Statement From the National and International Campaign for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners of Tlanixco and the Yaqui Tribe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Mexico: Statement From the National and International Campaign for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners of Tlanixco and the Yaqui Tribe appeared first on It's Going Down.

Statement on indigenous and ecological political prisoners in Mexico.

Movement for the Freedom of the Defenders of Water and Life of San Pedro Tlanixco

To the People of Mexico and the World

To the Media

The history of Indigenous peoples can be different. Each community cares for and uses their natural resources according to their necessities, times and manners. Each community organizes, struggles and resists but also each community receives the beating in their territories from one or more heads of the capitalist hydra. Although not all of us are beaten in the same way and at the same time, all Indigenous peoples, not only us, have suffered violations, exploitation, repression, and hatred from those that seek to own our territory, resources and that have little by little taken away our culture. Today we are here as a consequence of that commonality: two Indigenous communities, although we are very distant geographically, our hearts are united due to the pain and rage of having our compaerxs kidnapped by the state.

Our history, the history of San Pedro Tlanixco in its struggle for water and now for freedom, began more than 20 years ago. The Indigenous Nahua community of San Pedro Tlanixco is located in the foothills of the mountain of Toluca, which because of its location has fresh water springs, rivers, forests and resources that have always been cared for and used by the community. However, at the end of the 1980s in the face of the intensification of the neoliberal system and the flower industry in the municipality of Villa Guerrero, the history of our community took a turn and we began to struggle in defense of water against the voracity of the flower businessmen.

The businessmen of Villa Guerrero, neighbors to the south of the community, began their aberration to dispossess us of our fresh water springs to use them in their own interest. They did so with the complicity of the state government, forcing the community to sign an agreement to stop using the water in exchange for a well.

The flower businessmen led by their representative Alejandro Isaac Basso, claimed to have a title of concession for the river. However, in the year 2000, the community obtained a title of concession in favor of four fresh water springs. When the flower businessmen found out they were not...

22:39

One World Government Is Now INEVITABLE - The UN Global Migration Compact EXPOSED! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migrationThe Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief Antnio Guterres as the creation of a roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth breaks down her coverage of the Ottawa rally against the migration compact while explaining why Canadians (and people of the world) should be concerned with the hidden agenda when it comes to global migration.

22:38

Contextualizing the Apostle Paul (REVIEW ESSAY) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The conservative columnist Ross Douthat published a column titled "The Return of Paganism" in the New York Times (dated December 12, 2018). But the biblical scholar Paula Fredriksen contextualizes the Apostle Paul in the context of first-century paganism in her timely book Paul: The Pagans' Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017). From what she says about first-century paganism, it does not seem to me that paganism is returning.

22:24

CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Should William Barr serve as the highest law enforcement official of the country?

For a presidential administration whose mandate was the eradication of corruption, the draining of the swamp, and the restoration of law?

With the nomination of William Barr

The post CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair appeared first on Global Research.

22:23

Washington Is Changing The World Order Against Its Own Interests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Considering the hyper-sonic speed, trajectory changeability and massive power of Russian nuclear weapons, war with Russia will result in nothing whatsoever being left of the US and its vassals, who sold out European peoples for Washington's money.

22:00

Paleo alternatives to cows milk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(Natural News) If youre new to the...

22:00

Best of 2018: What Does Incrementalism Actually Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of our favorite posts of this year, and one well be referring readers back to for a long time to come, was this one from longtime guest contributor Andrew Price. Andrew has a remarkable knack for taking concepts that would be abstract and academic in other hands, and illustrating them clearly in terms you need no special education or background to understand. In this case, we mean literally illustrating.

Incremental development is a key Strong Towns principle. We believe that relying on small, incremental investments in improving a placesuch that you get feedback and can pivot, adapt, and learn from experienceis a more resilient strategy for growth and prosperity than big, silver-bullet projects. But its often hard to communicate just what this looks like on the ground. Weve been asked, Do you mean slower development? Or less development? Or smaller buildings? Not necessarily is the answer to all three.

We asked Andrew to make a little visual guide to building incrementally, and we love what he came up with. Here it is, re-featured as part of our Best of 2018 series. Strong Towns Staff.


Strong Towns talks a lot about incremental change as opposed to sudden change. But what exactly does it mean? Let's explore a few different forms that incrementalism can take, accompanied by hand drawn diagrams.

Incremental Intensification

Land-use patterns change over time. In the diagram below, we have a block of detached single family homes, and there is growing demand to accommodate more people.

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On the left, we see incremental intensification: each lot is allowed to redevelop as its owner sees fit. Some of the single family homes turn into duplexes. Some time later, the least intensified lots (the single family homes) might turn into small apartment buildings. The remaining single family homes and duplexes turn into mid-rise apartment buildings.

On the right, we see sudden intensification, of a type that often occurs when the lot-by-lot conversions described above are either illegal according to the zoning code, or infeasible for one reason or another. The only practical action for homeowners is to hold on to...

21:59

Did Supernovae Kill Off Large Ocean Animals? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A supernova only 150 light years away from Earth could trigger major planetary changes

The post Did Supernovae Kill Off Large Ocean Animals? appeared first on Alternative News Network.

21:59

21:54

The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran.  For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two.  Iran was

The post The US Wants to Bring Back the Shah of Iran appeared first on Global Research.

21:53

A match made in heaven "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trump is flailing around trying to find someone to serve as his chief of staff. As I wrote earlier, the position will only attract grifters because Trump, his family, and his close associates are all grifters and no one who has any sense of self-respect or integrity would take on the job. So it is no surprise at all that odious Piers Morgan is publicly applying for the job and has given 10 reasons why he should get it. His reason #10 is actually correct: You need someone whose reputation wont be remotely tarnished by working with you and who wont mind in the slightest if you suddenly fire him. Morgans reputation is that of being an annoying and stupid person and there is no way that even Trump could tarnish it even more.

Of course, Morgans so-called application is just a stunt by a publicity-seeking buffoon. But given Trumps penchant for hiring people because he has seen them on TV (like Larry Kudlow as his economic advisor and Heather Nauert as his nominee for ambassador to the UN), he may actually take the offer seriously. Of course, since Morgan is not a US citizen (as far as I am aware) he would thus not be eligible to receive the kind of security clearances the job needs.

But Morgan is exactly the kind of sycophantic clown whom Trump would consider to be perfect for the job, a kiss up-kick down kind of person. Morgans application itself is an example of the combination of preening boastfulness and fawning obsequiousness that anyone who applies for this job needs to emulate if they are to have any hope of getting it.

[T]he key thing is to have someone at your side that understands you, has known you a long time, likes you and commands your respect.

When you made me your first Celebrity Apprentice a decade ago, you told me in the live NBC finale: Piers, youre a vicious guy. Ive seen it. Youre tough. Youre smart. Youre probably brilliant, Im not sure. Youre certainly not diplomatic. But you did an amazing job and you beat the hell out of everybody youre my Celebrity Apprentice.

Lets be honest, what more could you possibly want from your Chief of Staff? You could have been talking about yourself!

These two were made for each other.

21:28

Selcos SHTF Survival Lessons Part 3 G to L "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Reading time: 4,280 words, 10 pages, 10 to 17 minutes.

If you havent read the first two introductory pages in Part 1, I recommend you do so. Among the things I wrote was that Selco is the most credible source for prepping and survival advice that I have ever read. He survived the Balkan war of the 90s and one year in a besieged city with no electricity, water, sewage, food distribution, medical system, police, etc. I arranged Selcos lessons in alphabetical order to make it easier to search and review because Selco provides such an abundance of experience.

If you havent read it, here is Part 2.

CONTENTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER Part 3 G to L

GANGS
GEAR
GENDER ROLES
GOLD & SILVER
GRAY MAN
GRIEF
GUNS see FIREARMS Part 2
HATE
HEADING FOR THE HILLS
HEAT
HELPLESSNESS
HELP THE DYING
HEROES
HOME
HONOR
HOPE IS DANGEROUS
HYGIENE
INFECTIONS see MEDICINE Part 4
JUDGING
KEYBOARD WARRIORS
KILLING
KNIVES see WEAPONS Part 5
LAUNDRY
LEADERSHIP
LIGHT
LONE WOLF

GANGS were a major problem. After the SHTF, gangs formed quickly. Ordinary people joined gangs because it was easier to steal than acquire honestly. Gang leaders were the worst kind of people. If they want what we have, theyll eventually get it, so we need to be invisible or part of a group so tough and well-armed it wasnt worth the gang attacking us. If you expecting some kind of fair fight or honor in SHTF, forget it right now. Selco also said that gangs even had their own prisons, houses for fun, sometimes they abducted people for ransom, sometimes just for fun, there was no rule.

At first, gangs will look for traditional valuables like money, jewelry, etc. and if we make it difficult, theyll likely look elsewhere. Later, once they realize the SHTF, theyll look for food, water, ammo, etc. and theyll be more desperate and wont let obstacles stop them. Well organized gangs will control the looting and the food supply.

Gangs will go for the easiest targets so; we stand a better chance of surviving if we make it difficult for them. This requires manpower, guns, ammo, and training. The larger our group, the better are our chances for survival. See LONE WOLF below.

Gangs, either drunk or high on drugs, usually attacked early in the morning around 3:00 or 4:00. It was tough resisting 10 or 20 armed g...

21:28

Check Out The Incompetent PR Response To The Expose On The Womens Marchs Anti-Semitism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Women's March PR flack tried to spin Tablet Magazine's expose detailing anti-Semitism and shady financial practices within the organization. She failed.

21:20

Lame duck Congress attacks Nordstream 2 with Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - A lame duck Republican Congress was obviously paying homage to the Deep State with this weird reasoning that it wanted to sanction the Nord Stream 2 builders to save the EU from Russian energy black mail in the future, and yet the US is doing right now.

21:19

Demand Investigation Before New Base Built In Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Okinawa is heading for a crisis.  After decades of delays, the Japanese Defence Ministry is poised to begin dumping earth into the pristine coral garden of Okinawas Oura Bay to build a super base for the US Marines.  The Prefectural Government opposes it, the grassroots vigil at the construction site has continued for more than 5000 days, the actual sit-in (blocking construction vehicles) over 1000 days.  The Okinawa Chapter of Veterans For Peace is launching a campaign to persuade the US Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation of this flawed project, which, with a nudge from Congress, they just might do.

21:16

Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans to Investigators "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The CFO of the Clinton Foundation, thinking he was meeting an old professional acquaintance, admitted to investigators that the charity had widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest, and that Bill Clinton has been commingling business and

The post Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans to Investigators appeared first on Global Research.

21:09

Intellectual Freedom at the University of Sydney, Offensive to Israel: Prof. Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By trying to expel me over anti-war statements, University of Sydney Provost Stephen Garton has widened the free speech debate and deepened on campus fears. Since the main criterion for his attack on me was public comments considered offensive, more

The post Intellectual Freedom at the University of Sydney, Offensive to Israel: Prof. Tim Anderson appeared first on Global Research.

21:04

Elkharts Acting Police Chief Has Previously Been Demoted, Reprimanded and Suspended "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Ed Windbigler was suspended last month as the police chief in Elkhart, Indiana, his No. 2, Todd Thayer, became the Police Departments public face, appearing at a town hall meeting, before a civilian oversight commission and on the radio.

In each setting, Thayer defended the department the thin blue line protecting law-abiding citizens from predators and all the other garbage and attacked the media, with references to tabloid journalism and ambush reporting.

On Monday, Windbigler resigned under pressure from Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese, who said he wants new leadership after reports by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica about how Windbigler minimized the beating of a handcuffed man. The news organizations have also reported that Windbigler repeatedly promoted officers with disciplinary histories. Efforts to reach Windbigler for comment have been unsuccessful.

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21:02

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Searching Travelers Devices At An Alarming Rate According To Govt Watchdog "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has...

21:00

Five Things NOT To Gift To A Loved One This Holiday Season If You Have A Heart Or A Brain (Or A Soul) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patricia Burke If you or you loved one have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there...

20:53

Times Person of the Year Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called Guardianswho have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths.

Times editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time,

The post Times Person of the Year Hypocrisy appeared first on Global Research.

20:53

Former Trump Attorney and Consigliere Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years in Prison "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trumps former personal attorney and consigliere, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. The judge has also imposed nearly $2 million in fines, forfeitures and restitution.

Cohen had previously pled guilty to tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

The prosecutors had called for a substantial sentence, saying that while Cohen cooperated up to a point, he declined to be fully candid about the extent of illegalities with which he might have been involved.

For an inkling of those, see this investigative piece we published in 2017. Some lead to interesting places in the former USSR.

However, both Cohen and his attorney Lanny Davis indicated that Trumps former right-hand man might be ready to reveal a lot more about the president down the road.


Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn all members of President Donald Trumps inner circle past and present have been scrutinized by the media, and their various Russia ties are being investigated by the press and Special Counsel Robert Muellers team. One figure, however, managed to fly largely under the radar until very recently: Michael Cohen, Trumps former right-hand man and in-house attorney.

Cohen, who came out of nowhere to occupy a prominent spot in Trumps orbit, has his own unique links to Russia and Ukraine. In fact, he might be one of the missing links that ties the president to shady figures and shady money from the former Soviet Union (familiarly known as FSU).

The following story, in documented detail, lays bare Cohens dealings, his ties to the FSU, and how he could trigger a world of trouble for the president if he ever decided to reveal what he knows about Trumps business empire.

Among the points illustrated below:

Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, two key figures in Trumps businesses in recent years, both have backgrounds tied to the FSU

Both men knew each other; both began entering Trumps orbit around the same time...

20:47

The Sixth Extinction: Biological Annihilation. Vertebrates, Insects and Plants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If youve been paying attention to whats happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, youve likely heard the term the Sixth Extinction. If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert

The post The Sixth Extinction: Biological Annihilation. Vertebrates, Insects and Plants appeared first on Global Research.

20:31

U.S. Navy to release genetically engineered organisms into the ocean, unleashing mass genetic pollution with devastating consequences "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No longer content to tinker with the genetic design of crops and humans, scientists at the behest of the U.S. Military are now turning their attention to the worlds oceans. As reported by Defense One, the Pentagon is looking at various ways in which to genetically engineer marine microorganisms into living surveillance equipment capable of detecting enemy submarines, divers and other suspicious underwater traffic.

The Military is also looking at using genetic engineering to create living camouflage in which creatures react to their surroundings to avoid detection, along with a host of other potentially nefarious applications.

While such modifications might appear to offer benefits to national security endeavors, there will be a price to pay as is always the case when scientists interfere with genetic design. What will the effects of mass genetic pollution be on our oceans, and what irreversible and devastating results may be unleashed? (Related: First GMO ever produced by genetic engineering poisoned thousands of Americans.)

Unleashing engineered organisms without knowing the consequences

Military officials, who insist that this type of research is still in its infancy, are being supported in their endeavors by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Defense One explained the research in more detail:

You take an abundant sea organism, like Marinobacter, and change its genetic makeup to react to certain substances left by enemy vessels, divers, or equipment. These could be metals, fuel exhaust, human DNA, or some molecule thats not found naturally in the ocean but is associated with, say, diesel-powered submarines. The reaction could take the form of electron loss, which could be detectable to friendly sub drones.

In an engineered context, we might take the ability of the microbes to give up electrons, then use [those electrons] to talk to something like an autonomous vehicle, explained NRL researcher, Sarah Glaven, who was speaking at an event hosted by the Johns Hopkins Universitys Applied Physics Lab. Then you can start imagining that you can create an electrical signal when the bacteria encounters some molecule in their environment.

Researchers have already proven, in a laboratory environment, that the genes of E. Coli bacteria can be manipulated to exhibit properties that could prove useful...

20:28

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation Of Southwest Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia. On Tuesday a top Russian military official slammed the United States for illegally occupying a massive zone in southwest Syriasurrounding the []

The post Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation Of Southwest Syria appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:13

Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify About Tax Crimes, Pay-For-Play "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Following allegations of sloppy accounting, potential tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional microscope this week after three whistleblowers have come forward and agreed to testify one of whom secretly submitted 6,000 pages of documents to the IRS and FBI in August of 2017, and all three of whom have submitted various []

The post Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify About Tax Crimes, Pay-For-Play appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:10

Crackdown in Beijing: Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Oiwan Lam Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users. The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by...

20:04

Philadelphias Perverse Civil Asset Forfeiture Machine Has Finally Come to An End "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brittany Hunter Philadelphia may be the birthplace of our Constitution, but its civil asset forfeiture program is anything but constitutional. The program has become...

19:58

The Israel Lobby Tried To Weaponize Anti-Semitism To Take Down Marc Lamont Hill And It Backfired "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lamont Hills critics tried to make his support for Palestine about anti-Semitism unacceptable in any circumstances rather than a political critique of Israel and its apartheid policies. The pro-Israel lobbys ongoing efforts to weaponize anti-Semitism has been dealt a major blow after a prestigious American university refused to sack one of its professors []

The post The Israel Lobby Tried To Weaponize Anti-Semitism To Take Down Marc Lamont Hill And It Backfired appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:58

School Causes Uproar After Removing Jesus From Christmas Concert "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Christmas season is here and with it another slate of holiday controversies.  Should people say, Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas and the usual Xmas controversial saga?  Although December 25 is not the actual day Christ was born, Christians will fight to the end to claim ownership of this date. Truth is, other holidays also occur []

19:57

Are 75% of Americans ignorant of what its government has done in its name in world affairs? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A late November Gallop poll has 75% of Americans believing the US "has a special responsibility to be a leading nation in world affairs". What does this mean? Leading how? A "leading" nation initiating coups, wars, overthrowing legitimately elected gov'ts? Are 75% of Americans ignorant of what its gov't has done in in its name in world affairs?

19:47

George H. W. Bush Met With The Bin Laden Family On The Morning of 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its always interesting to read the comments on a post that tries to get to the truth about 9/11. Comments ridiculing these efforts as conspiracy theory are still popping up, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans and global citizens believe that something fishy happened that day and that an adequate explanation as to what happened []

The post George H. W. Bush Met With The Bin Laden Family On The Morning of 9/11 appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:29

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Meadow Clark More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly....

19:09

DJ Mashdup and His Interview With Global News Ink "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2014, DJ Mashdup released Jus the Groove musicology mix on Biggroove Records, which specializes in House Music. Additionally, DJ Mashdup presented shows for Party Vibe Radio and Tranzsista Radio. His music has been played on DJ sets by Boy George and David Guettas vocalist Tara McDonald. Making music is his main love, but he []

19:00

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Jack is back, voyager, all rights reserved

There was a bit of bad news when Jack saw the vet yesterday. It turns out that Larry the Lump was not a lipoma (fatty cyst), but instead is something called a spindle cell tumor. Its a benign type of tumor so theres no chance it will spread, but it will regrow. How fast it will regrow is anyones guess. It took about 5 years to reach its removal size of 10 cm. so we may need to deal with it again in a few years. I hope not. Jack is 10 now and is already a young senior citizen even though he thinks hes still a puppy.

There was good news too, though. The incision has healed perfectly and the Dr. removed exactly the right amount of skin to allow totally free movement of the joint and not sag. She says that Jack and I may resume our adventures. Hooray! Here is the boy blissfully scenting the air at our local park.

19:00

Best of 2018: The Real Reason Your Local Mall is Failing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its the holiday season. Today when I pick my kids up from school, the younger daughter and I are going shopping for Mom. Stella knows what she wants to get her momhas known for a whilebut the place we would have gone for it is no more. Herbergers has closed after a rather long and feeble wind-down of weirdly non-discounted prices. That had a lot of (cheapskate) locals waiting for the real deals to emerge so they could scrounge the carcass for overlooked goodies.

The local paper reported that Herbergers was coming back and people went nuts. Turns out, its returned as a modern retailer, which means it has a website. Hard to argue with that strategy, but it does leave us with this half-empty building. And buying jewelry for Mom just isnt the same online. The kid is old-fashioned.

As we ponder a world in which the countrys largest city feels the need to subsidize the countrys largest retailerto the tune of billions of dollarsits hard to know what comes next for retail. I made the argument here that we need to be prepared to walk away from this stuff as it fails, to re-embrace our core downtowns as economic ecosystems, not just quaint shopping areas for tourists. Is Stella getting her old-fashioned nature from me? Are our cities destined to be coffee shops, gas stations, and online everything else?

Time will tell. What I do know is that we dont control our own destiny, and that was our choice. We are free at any time to choose otherwise. Will we?


In high school, when I took my girlfriend (now my wife) to the Christmas Ball, I bought my clothes at the nicer of the two clothiers in town: Herberger's. The other JC Penny  is where I bought most of my regular school clothes. That was life in a small town in the early 1990's. Still is.

At least until the last year. It was thirteen months ago that we found out that the JC Penney was going to close. It had moved from its old location in the East Brainerd Mall (where it had moved from its original location in downtown Brainerd) to the Highway 371 bypass strip  the "classic case" of transportation investment success, according to one of our most respected policy advocates  but even that wasn't enough to save it.

Last week we found out we were going to lose our other big store. With the forced liquidation of Bon-Ton, parent company of Herberger's, the last major retailer in my hometown is gone. Here's....

18:56

Landmark Maternal Health Legislation Clears Major Hurdle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Congress moved a big step closer on Tuesday toward addressing one of the most fundamental problems underlying the maternal mortality crisis in the United States: the shortage of reliable data about what kills American mothers.

The House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, to help states improve how they track and investigate deaths of expectant and new mothers.

The bipartisan bill authorizes $12 million a year in new funds for five years an unprecedented level of federal support for states to create review committees tasked with identifying maternal deaths, analyzing the factors that contributed to those deaths and translating the lessons into policy changes. Roughly two-thirds of states have such panels, but the legislation specifically allocates federal funds for the first time and sets out guidelines they must meet to receive those grants.

Were going to investigate every single [death] because these moms are worth it, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., the lead sponsor, testified at a hearing in September. Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, called the legislation a landmark.

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18:44

Plant-Rich Diets May Help Prevent Depression New Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Camille Lassale, UCL

 

Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a persons diet and their risk of depression. And it goes beyond the effect of diet on body size or other aspects of health that can affect mental health.

We took extra care in including only studies that took age, sex, income, body size, general health, smoking and physical activity into account in their analyses. That way we could be sure that the associations between diet and the risk of depression are independent of these factors.

We aggregated the results of several studies and found a clear pattern that following a healthier, plant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet can help prevent depression. Of the 41 studies in our review, four specifically looked at the link between a traditional Mediterranean diet and depression over time on 36,556 adults. We found that people with a more Mediterranean-like diet had a 33% lower risk of developing depression than people whose diet least resembled a Mediterranean diet.

Following a traditional Mediterranean diet, that is avoiding processed foods and foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar (pro-inflammatory foods) and favouring foods rich in o...

18:31

Tomgram: Subhankar Banerjee, The Vanishing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth's history is already (or not quite yet) underway may still be debatable, but it's clear enough that something's going on, something that may prove even more devastating than a mass of species extinctions: the full-scale winnowing of vast populations of the planet's invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants.

18:26

For The First Time Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers As News Source "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers. Social medias small edge over print emerged after years of steady declines in newspaper circulation and modest increases in the portion of Americans who use social media, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.

18:24

The metaphysics of the political tribulation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Life would be beautiful if politics was not the reflection of the fallen nature of the human race. All of history irrefutably proves that escaping the political conflict is impossible. Most refuse to admit this fact of existence. The vast hordes of spineless slaves that refuse to confront the immorality of the global power structure attempt to avoid politics as too distasteful and bothersome to participate. Even more worrisome are the gullible who erroneously believe that the planet can be converted into an earthly paradise if only a progressive secular society can be imposed upon every culture and governmental institution. For these desperate libtards, destroying Western Civilization is necessary in order to eradicate the dangerous values of individual freedom and national liberty.

The essence of the character and substance of the political condition embodies the metaphysics of human interaction. No reputable historian would deny that the North American continent was settled by Europeans which replaced the native indigenous population with Christian mores as practiced primarily by Great Britain, France and Spain. Each of these cultures was based upon a religious belief reflected in the Old Testament Bible and Gospels of Jesus Christ.

The prophecy of the Tribulation during the last days is foretold in both the old and new testaments. While many modern-day apostates from the Christendom tradition view this revelation in a religious context, most ignore the political component that is an integral part of the chaos that defines the upheaval.

Empirical evidence traces and confirms that with the dissolution in a belief and submission to divine authority societies gravitate into an abyss of relativism and meaningless purpose. The United States ceased to be a legitimate Republic long ago. The psychotic notion that substituting a Democracy for lawful constitutional, based on natural rights, has a preordained outcome.

The Satanists, who celebrate that for them, God is dead, relish in the exhilaration of his demise. Now there is no impediment for opening the gates of Hades so that the pernicious establishment can overtly exterminate the last remnants of the original heritage which was based upon limited government, self-governing independence and intrinsic natural law.

Since most of the public is inept and historically challenged, it comes as no surprise that they are oblivious to the loss of their inalienable rights....

18:19

AFRICOM: A Neocolonial Occupation Force? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Amid the George HW Bush imperial death-orgy, the endless saga of Midtown Mussolinis daily news cycle, the seemingly unprecedented political upsurge in France, and countless other show-stopping news stories, you likely missed three very sad, yet revealing, incidents out of the Sahel region of West-Central Africa. First, on November 18th, a massive offensive against a Nigerian military base by a faction of the Boko Haram terror group known as the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) killed upwards of 100 soldiers. The surprise attack came at a time when Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who famously (and repeatedly) has declared victory against Boko Haram and terrorism...

18:17

MSM Silent As Senior Chinese Military Official Threatens U.S Navy Vessels In China Sea; U.S. Air Force Runs Drills; Trade Talks Continue "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel A senior Chinese military official, Dai Xu (), has threatened U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea, recommending that China should...

18:16

Reviving The Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster. Indeed, this danger exemplified by the collapse of arms control and disarmament agreements, vast nuclear modernization programs by the United States and other nuclear powers, and reckless threats of nuclear war has stirred remarkably little public protest and even less public debate during the recent U.S. midterm elections.

18:12

The Heresy Of White Christianity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual lifethe writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. Cone, who died in April, grew up in segregated Bearden, Ark., the impoverished son of a woodcutter who had only a sixth-grade education. With an almost superhuman will, Cone clawed his way up from the Arkansas cotton fields to implode theological studies in the United States with his withering critique of the white supremacy and racism inherent within the white, liberal Christian church.

18:12

David Camerons disastrous legacy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[UPDATE: May survived the no-confidence vote within her own party by a margin of 200-117. This is hardly a ringing show of support and was arrived at only after she reportedly promised that she would step aside before 2022, when the next general election is due.]

British prime minister Theresa May is facing a vote of no-confidence within her own party to be held later today, that was triggered by at least 48 members of her party calling for one. At this point, it may be well to recall the key figure that set in motion the current chaotic state of affairs and that is her predecessor as prime minister David Cameron who created a mess and walked away, leaving others to deal with it.

Cameron led his party to a surprising majority when he called an election back in May 2015, after having led the country as part of a coalition with the Liberal party from 2010. That was the high point in his career. One of his campaign promises had been to hold a referendum on continued UK membership in the EU that has now come to be known as Brexit. Losing that referendum (i.e., having Brexit pass) in June 2016 set in motion the sequence of events that led to the current predicament that May finds herself in.

Cameron is not a lawyer by training or he might have benefited from the advice given to lawyers that in arguing a case, it is advisable only to ask questions of a witness to which you already know the answer or for which you are prepared for any answer. In the case of the Brexit referendum, it seems clear that he was confident that the vote would be to remain. Why call for the vote at all? There had long been whining within the Conservative party by those who wanted to leave the EU and it may have seemed like a good idea to call for the referendum. Then when the country voted to remain, he could tell the whiners that the people had spoken and they should shut the hell up. He may have hoped to solve an internal party problem by getting the nation involved and it backfired badly when the country voted to leave.

Cameron then resigned the prime ministership (and his seat in parliament) and May succeeded him, inheriting the mess. But while she inherited a bad hand, she has undoubtedly managed to make things worse by her ineptness and by making promises that she could not keep. Not the least of her missteps was her ill-fated decision to call for a general election in June 2017 that resulted in her party losing its comfortable majority and being forced to depend upon a hardline Northern Ireland party for its survival. Today, she faces a reckoning. It is unlikely that she will not be a...

18:12

Pompeo Humiliated as Mike Calls Him Butt Boy for Dictator "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Way to go girl! For those who have been living in a hole for awhile, Mike Pompeo, our former almost worst ever CIA director and now really screwed up Secretary of State, continues to lie and deflect over how MBS ordered a hit on an American based journalist who was a political enemy of Donald []

18:07

We Gonna Rise Up, Rise Up Til Its Won!: 140+ Arrested At Pelosi And Hoyer Offices As Youth-Led Protests Demand Green New Deal On Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Before presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even appeared at her office to hear from young Americans who had traveled from all over the country to urge her to back a Green New Deal, Capitol police arrived Monday and arrested more than 60 of the protesters. As of this writing, at least 143 demonstrators had been arrested as they lobbied in 50 congressional offices. More than 1,000 young people and allies flooded the Capitol Hill hallways and offices of Democratic representatives to demand that elected officials listen to their youngest constituents as well as some of the worlds top scientists  and back the bold proposal to shift the U.S. to a zero-carbon energy system by 2050 in order to save the planet from an irreversible climate catastrophe.

17:44

Soundtrack to your life: 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Going out into the world.

Lets move to 1997. Im nominally an adult and for the first time I travel alone, i.e. without my parents or teachers. To make it even more exciting, its literally the first time I travel by plane and leave Europe to participate in a festival in Cuba. As you can imagine this was an extremely exciting occasion and it gets 2 songs.

1: Ricky Martin: Mara

Mara was censored or banned in many Latin American countries, because it was thought to promote drugs. With lyrics claiming that shes white as the day the hot cold like poison and that you would want her even if you were going to die that idea isnt exactly far fetched.

Anyway, it sounded up and down the streets of Havana and Pinar del Ro and I fell in love with Cuba, and the Spanish language. Thanks, Ricky.

The second one is Meredith Brooks: Bitch

For some reason, the plane had a 45 minutes playlist for a 10 hours flight and one of the songs was this one. To me, its still an anthem. Back then I was of course progressive and pro women, but I was also 18 and had that women can be everything idea many young women have before reality hits them. But Meredith said it, Im a Bitch and thats ok and if you cant take it thats your problem.

17:42

Exposed: the Nazi roots of the European Union "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

World War 2 continued by other means

by Jon Rappoport

December 12, 2018

This is an intelligence briefing. Here I present the bare bones of what has been happening before our eyesif we would see it.

Once upon a time, there was an industrial combine in Nazi Germany called IG Farben. It was the largest chemical/pharmaceutical octopus in the world. It owned companies, and it had favorable business agreements with companies from England to Central America to Japan.

The author of The Devils Chemists, Josiah DuBois, traveled to Guatemala, on a fact-finding mission, in the early days of World War 2, and returned with the comment that, as far as he could tell, Guatemala was a wholly owned subsidiary of Farben.

The pharmaceutical empire was and is one of the major forces behind the European Union (EU). It is no accident that these drug corporations wield such power. They arent only involved in controlling the medical cartel; they are political planners.

This is how and why Big Pharma fits so closely with what is loosely referred to as the New World Order. The aim of enrolling every human in a cradle-to-grave system of disease diagnosis and toxic drug treatment has a larger purpose: to debilitate, to weaken populations.

This is a political goal. It facilitates control.

IG Farbens main component companies, at the outbreak of World War 2, were Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst. They were chemical and drug companies. Farben put Hitler over the top in Germany as head of State, and the war was designed to lead to a united Europe that would be dominated by the Farben nexus.

The loss of the war didnt derail that plan. It was shifted into an economic blueprint, which became, eventually, the European Union.

The European Commissions first president was Walter Hallstein, the Nazi lawyer who, during the war, had been in charge of post-war legal planning for the new Europe.

As the Rath Foundation reports: In 1939, on the brink of the war, Hallstein had stated, The creation of the New Law [of the Nazis] is ONLY the task of the law-makers!

In 1957, with his reputation sanitized, Hallstein spoke the words in this manner: The European Commission has full and unlimited power for all decisions related to the architecture of this European community.

Post-war, IG Farben was broken up into separate companies, but those companies (Bayer, Hoechst...

17:42

Israeli PR jumps the gun (as usual) on Strassbourg false flag "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Once again, confidential details concerning the alleged perpetrator of this terrorist attack were first disclosed by Israelis.

17:42

A very British coup: The spies who went out to the cold "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by George Galloway for Russia Today George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator. Its cold in Auchtermuchty. Few people know it exists except as a Scottish tongue-twister involving Ecclefechan and Milngavie. []

17:40

LOCATION TARGETING: Your phone apps are tracking every step you take and every stop you make (and then selling it) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Youre being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location.

These companies are tracking every step you take, every stop you make, and then selling it to the highest bidder.

Now, before I get the predictable chorus of people telling me theyd never ever use a smartphone and that if they did have one they wouldnt enable location data on it, I can call BS (baloney sandwiches) on at least 44% of you becausewellGoogle tells me this. I get emails from Google every week telling me from what type of devices people access my website. I did not sign up to ask for this information this is what Google does.

So while many of you are not using a mobile device, many of you are.

How the location apps are tracking every step you take

Everyone looks like dots on a map to the smartphone apps, but the information that can be put together is positively chilling. Heres what a day looks like for one of these dots on a map:

Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m. and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, a 46-year-old math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her.

An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrins identity was not disclosed in those records, The Times was able to easily connect her to that dot.

The app tracked her as she went to a Weight Watchers meeting and to her dermatologists office for a minor procedure. It followed her hiking with her dog and staying at her ex-boyfriends home, information she found disturbing.

Its the thought of people finding out those intimate details that you dont want people to know, said Ms. Magrin, who allowed The Times to review her location data. (source)

One company, creepily called Reveal Mobile, has location-gathering code embedded into more than 500 apps, many of which provide local news.

Some estimates say that location targeting is going to be worth $21 billion this year.

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17:33

Is Strasbourg Attack a False Flag to Thwart Yellow Vests? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Nauman Sadiq, VT Paksitan On Tuesday evening, a brazen terror attack occurred in the French city of Strasbourg, claiming three lives and injuring a dozen, six of whom are said to be in critical condition. The suspect was known to police as an Islamic extremist and has been identified as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. The []

17:20

The Deep State Wants Your Guns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jos Nio James Bovard notes the threat to private gun ownership posed by the deep state, the officials who secretly wield power permanently in...

17:16

Bad News On Booze: Full Measure Reveals Tax-funded Drinking Study Was Pre-planned To Reflect Alcohol As Beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank On December 10, Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson reported a huge buzz-kill for moderate drinkers, the Alcohol Industry, the National Institutes of...

17:15

A Border Wall Will Worsen the Drug Problem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Op-Ed by Don Lim The US president recently claimed that building a border wall, costing as little as $15 billion, would pay for itself. The...

17:14

Is There a Link Between Tech Addiction Among Teens and Public Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Op-Ed by Chloe Anagnos Technology has made everybodys lives better, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in medicine, manufacturing, and any other field you can imagine. But...

17:13

European army: an apple of discord "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The initiative of creating a European Army actually is in the air of the European Union. Both French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel declared this month that they support the need to create a joint European army. By the way these two countries are the strongest EU member states from economic and political points of view. Their words are not just "air shaking" but the subject to think it over.

17:13

The Twelve Days of Christmas Hacking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patricia Burke On the twelfth day of Christmas my IOT 5G M2M data-mining tech industry gave to me: Twelve Russian Intelligence Officers Charged Over...

17:12

Hybrid Wars: Mutual Stances in Region "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The article is the narrative of a round table discussion held in Islamabad.

17:12

Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Federico Pieraccini The decision by Qatar to abandon OPEC threatens to redefine the global energy market, especially in light of Saudi Arabias growing difficulties...

17:12

Yellow Vest Protests: The Birth Of A Global Uprising? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Joseph Jankowski The Yellow Vest protesters have been partially successful in having the government bend to their will. Now that theyve shown the world...

17:11

What should you know if decide to deliver aid to Syrians? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

the West is not interested in improving and stabilizing the humanitarian situation in long-suffering war-torn Syria. The US reluctance to help the Syrians has already led to the death of innocent people. Thanks to the tough stance of the Syrian government and its main ally in the face of the Russian AF, the issue of delivering food, water and medicine was resolved positively.

17:10

Despite Democrats' Midterm Gains, Trump Will Continue Consolidating Power "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democrats' big gains in the House won't stop from consolidating his own power by dominating the Senate and attacking the judiciary, the FBI, the Fed, the press and other institutions. He'll continue in that mode unless/until a compelling leader emerges who can stoke some outrage over the damage his tactics are doing to democracy.

17:10

France in a Nutshell: The Government Stopped Listening to the People 20 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Charles Hugh Smith The elites clever exploitation of politically correct cover stories has enthralled the comatose, uncritical Left, but not those who see their...

16:58

Unprecedented Decline In US Jewish Youth Refusing Birthright Tours "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Haaretz reported Tuesday that the Birthright program has seen a sharp drop in participation rates this winter season, mainly among Jews from the U.S., the country that provides by far the largest number of participants. Birthright is a free 10-day trip offered to young Jews ages 18 to 26 (now raised to age 32). It has brought hundreds of thousands of Jewish youth from around the world to Israel with the goal of increasing their identification with the Jewish State. Haaretz says the plummeting numbers are unprecedented, and although the program has seen dips before, it has never experienced a downturn of this magnitude, unrelated to any security situation.

16:54

Satellite Imagery Shows Hundreds of Russian Tanks Near Ukraine Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Brazil Tells Oil Giant Total No to Drilling in Amazon (Jeff C.)

The risk of environmental disaster from drilling at the mouth of the river is just too great, said the countrys environmental regulator.

Leading Critic of CIA Dead at 85 (Chris)

William Blum who produced, and contributed to, exposs in books and other media about what he called misdeeds by the United States at home and abroad that were carried out in the name of national security died Sunday in Virginia.

The Real Roots of American Rage (Tom)

From the Atlantic: The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives and what we can do about it.

Bipartisan Group of 44 Former Senators Publish a Banal, Poorly Written Statement (Reader Steve)

The author writes, The Washington Post has published a curious op-ed written by 44 former Senators who vaguely warn of an impending threat to American democracy.

A Devastating Report Details a Monumental Assault on Science at the Department of the Interior (Reader Nick)

The author writes, The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists details how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his minions have in the space of two years turned Interior from a steward of public lands and natural resources into a...

16:51

The Strange Case Of The Guardian & Brasil "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Guardian is of course the closest thing that the UK has to a mainstream progressive newspaper, and it had, until relatively recently, a rich history of quality investigative reporting. In the 1970s its coverage of Latin America, with writers the calibre of Richard Gott, was responsible for fixing stories like that of Chiles in the public consciousness, and with that fuelling solidarity movements for the regions oppressed peoples, suffering under sub-fascist imperial rule. It continues to host important and talented writers, and publish valuable material, particularly in its comment is free section.

16:42

Pigs, From Crisis To Self-Organisation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In his brilliant book about the history of Latin America Las Venas Abiertas de Amrica Latina, (The Open Veins of South America) originally published in 1971 Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) starts by writing that the international division of work consists of defining that some countries specialise in winning and others in losing. Galeano describes a history of the region that is made by its own People, a history that does not depend on the greatness and the richness of the Country. A system where development deepened inequalities and popular sovereignty had to be bonded because There Is No Alternative. Its a problem of mindsets, would declare the canny eurocrat after reading Galeanos introduction.

16:35

Nikki Haley: Cheerleader for Apartheid Israel, Swan-song at the United Nations, an Embarrassment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trumps announcement that he recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement was cheered by

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16:31

In Early Holiday Gift to Polluters, Trump Guts Protections for 60 Percent of Nations Streams, Wetlands, and Waterways "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sixty percent of U.S. waterways will be at risk for pollution from corporate giants, critics say, following the Trump administrations announcement Tuesday that it will roll back an Obama-era water rule meant to protect Americans drinking water and all the

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16:30

Video: Mopping Up ISIS and Al Qaeda Terror Groups: 96.5% of Syrian Territory Retaken by Pro-Government Forces and Russia Military? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of

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16:22

Welcome to Trump Budget Management: A Week after Decrying a $716 Billion Defense Budget, Trump Agrees to $750 Billion Defense Budget "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defense Secretary James Mattis to propose a defense budget of $750 billion for the coming year, reports CNN.

Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion

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16:22

Wednesday Wings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

blackbird

  Giliell, all rights reserved

As you can see in the light, winter is approaching fast.

 

16:22

The US Is Worried About China Spying Via Huawei Because It Did The Same In The Past "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The US is again warning its allies about the risks of using telecom equipment made by Chinas Huawei. American officials have briefed their counterparts in countries like Germany, Italy, and Japan about what they argue are potential cybersecurity risks, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). This follows previous warnings, such as a claim earlier this year that American citizens shouldnt use Huaweis phones. The US may be concerned about Chinese government influence embedded in Huaweis technology because Americas spy agencies have done the same thing in the past. Western governments have long been wary of Huawei, which was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former Peoples Liberation Army soldier.

16:18

Gold Price Analysis: Closer to a Significant Monetary Event "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Previously, I have shown how we could be close to major financial crisis with the monetary system at the center. The following chart that shows the ratio of gold to the monetary base was used:

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The chart shows

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16:16

Evolving US-China Telecom Technology Trade War: Canada Grants Bail to HuaWei Sabrina Meng Wanzhou "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Arresting and detaining Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou on December 1 by Canadian authorities was flagrantly illegal and offensive.

Done on orders from the Trump regime, it was all about the US wanting Chinas aim to become

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16:15

Financing The Future Of Cooperative Low-Income Housing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, New York City went through a devastating financial crisis. Buildings in neighborhoods across the city were essentially abandoned by their landlords. In some cases, tenants banded together to take over managing their buildings. Clusters of such buildings emerged in some neighborhoods, including Manhattans Lower East Side, East Village, and Harlem. The city created the Housing Development Fund Corporation program, offering reduced property taxes to cooperatively-owned buildings reserved for low- and moderate-income residents, known as limited-equity cooperatives.

16:09

How the US Creates Sh*thole Countries "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Whether you consider yourself already well educated on the U.S. empire or are looking for a starting place, How the US Creates Sh*thole Countries is a strong read.  Cynthia McKinney has gathered together a series of essays examining features of

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16:08

Three Cheers for Minneapolis (The 3 is for Triplex) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Minneapolis just took a huge step toward becoming a stronger city by passing an ambitious new housing reform. What particularly excites us is that Minneapolis has just become the first major U.S. city to move toward what Strong Towns has been urging cities to do about their housing policy for years: allowing every neighborhood to evolve gradually to the next increment of development.

Duplexes and triplexes will now be allowed in every neighborhood citywide, most of which were formerly reserved for nothing but single-family houses.

Streets with frequent public transit service will also allow greater building height and intensity, up to 4 stories in many locations and 6 stories closer to the city center. This will allow those areas, too, to grow to the next increment of intensity, and to make more productive use of transit investments by making it possible for more people to live in walking distance of transit.

This change is part of the city's required, once-a-decade update to its comprehensive plan, an overarching blueprint for policy priorities that, over the coming year or two, will make their way into finer-grained things like city ordinances and the zoning code. The new comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040, passed the city council on Friday, December 7th by a 12-1 vote.

The 2040 plan does a lot of things, but the residential zoning reforms have drawn the most local and national attention. You can read some of those national takes here:

The big takeaway we have to add is that Minneapolis's plan, if it works, will distribute both the benefits and the costs of growth and neighborhood change across the city in a way that is pretty unprecedented in the U.S. in the last half century.

A key Strong Towns tenet on neighborhood growth and change can be summed up in the following pair of statementsthe first of which...

16:06

Chile: 36 Former Pinochet Intel Agents Sentenced "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile sentenced 36 former agents of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) for their participation in the forced disappearance of hundreds of opposition leaders during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). At least 32 former agents of Pinochet's secret police were sentenced Monday to 10 years and one day in prison for their involvement in the disappearance of hundreds of members of the Communist Party, the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) and activists of the Christian community of Villa Francia de Santiago. All of them are already serving prison sentences for other state crimes.

16:06

Humanitarian Catastrophe: 250,000 Near Death in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Twenty million people in war-torn Yemen are hungry 70 percent of the population, a 15 percent increase from last year and for the first time 250,000 are facing catastrophe, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday.

Mark Lowcock, who

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16:05

Leonardo DiCaprio Returns Marlon Brandos Oscar Amid Court Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Leonardo DiCaprio was presented with Marlon Brandos 1954 Oscar for Best Actor in On the Waterfront by Malaysian financier Jho Low. The Oscar was purchased by Low at an auction for $600,000. According to The New York Times, Low is accused of committing fraud against an investment fund for billions of dollars. Additionally, The New []

16:01

Brexit: BBC Accused of Journalistic Cowardice "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During the summer, the BBC was forced into issuing a written defence of its Brexit coverage after columnist Nick Cohen accused the corporation of journalistic cowardice in its reporting of the EU Referendum and its aftermath.

Cohen said the BBCs

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16:00

Mushroom Hunting Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterday we saw Part 1 of Nightjars quest to find mushrooms as a Tree Tuesday post. Today, the mushrooms have been found and Nightjars photos of them are so wonderfully evocative that I can almost smell that earthy forest scent.

... and here are the mushrooms! The yellow Tricholoma equestre were the ones we were searching for, and we did find enough for a meal. And then there were some pretty ones of unknown edibility (to us). There were more, but the mosquitoes make photography a very difficult task.

Thanks for braving the mosquitoes to get these photos, Nightjar, and thanks for sharing.

 

1. A mushroom-promising sight.  Nightjar, all rights reserved

2. Tricholoma equestre is what we came here for. Nightjar, all rights reserved

3. Also pretty burgundy fungi. Nightjar, all rights reserved

4. And brown. Nightjar, all rights reserved

15:59

Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC. Towards a Tectonic Shift in the Global Energy Market? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The decision by Qatar to abandon OPEC threatens to redefine the global energy market, especially in light of Saudi Arabias growing difficulties and the growing influence of the Russian Federation in the OPEC+ mechanism.

In a surprising statement, Qatari energy

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15:41

The Spirit of Romanticism: Eugne Delacroix at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The current exhibition of Eugne Delacroix (1798-1863) at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art the first of its kind to be mounted in North America is indeed an extraordinary revelation. Delacroix was one of the great creative minds

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15:40

In Defense of the Human Individual "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earths fossil record see Will humans be extinct by 2026? I would like to make a belated

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15:38

A solution to the Baby Its Cold problem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the question that is dominating social media right now. Should it be banned? But thats censorship! And then the usual free-speech babble is combined with terrible in depth, word by word analyses of the lyrics to show the interpretation is malleable, depending on the views of the analyzer. I hate it all. I hate the song.

The only fair thing to do is ban all Christmas carols. Use objective methods to measure the frequency of play of certain songs, and if they show an unusual annual peak, no matter when, they are clearly not good enough to be enjoyed except in very narrow contexts, and therefore are abominations that should be prohibited. If you dont want to hear it in July, why do radio stations think its desirable to inflict them on us in December? Just kill all the mediocre music.

Im also considering a prohibition on all media that has cold in the title, which seems to be a cause of serious conflict. This would have the benefit of also abolishing all those endless arguments about Tom Godwins The Cold Equations, which used to take over certain nerd conversations, once upon a time.

15:37

9/11 Truth Movement: Towards A Successful Grand Jury Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What transpired last month is without question the greatest step forward the 9/11 Truth Movement has ever taken toward bringing about a real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.

In a letter dated November 7, 2018, the U.S.

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15:33

Indian Country makes final push for Farm Bill on Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A bill that would breathe new life into food sovereignty efforts and expand agricultural and economic development opportunities in Indian Country is almost across the finish line

15:33

Anglo-Saxon Eyes Are Fixed on Taking China Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work

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15:25

Syrian War Report Dec. 12, 2018: Russian Military Govt. Forces, Militia Retook 96.5% Of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for the return of []

15:24

Selected Articles: French Revolution 2.0? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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15:23

Watch Live: Sundars Google For Dummies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Spread this link to inform the public about big techs purge of conservatives, spy programs and more.

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15:15

Nevada Man Blinded, Paralyzed, and Nearly Died After Getting the Flu Shot "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A father in Nevada was left paralyzed and blind after he got the flu shot last month after the vaccine caused him to contract Guillain-Barr Syndrome.

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14:12

Google Is the Enemy of Humanity and Needs to Resisted At All Costs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

I recently wrote an article in which I asserted that the American citizenry consists of 3 groups: (1) Godless Liberals, who comprise 20% of the population, who are fanatically dedicated to the demise of the rule of law and the abandonment of any sense of nationalism and patriotism; (2) Conservatives, who make up 30% of the population, who are dedicated to the tenets of the Constitution and rule of law as well as the rejection of globalism; and, (3) The slugs who make up about 50% of the population and they are generally clueless about the world they live in and how close they are to losing everything. Oh, they will eventually riot like the French when their entertainment is interfered with, but they will not riot until it is too late to make any significant changes.

Who Controls the Slugs?

There are many liberal influences that controls the minds and ultimately the perceptions of the majority of people in the United States. Over 98% of the mainstream media is controlled by 6 people, all liberals, who have expressed disdain for the average person. Yes, Fox appears to be conservative, but make no mistake about it, Fox is the controlled opposition. That leaves 2% of the media to tell the country the truth about what is REALLY happening to our freedoms, and ultimately our final fate under the intentions of globalist rule. At the forefront of the propaganda that keeps America paralyzed is Google. Google has moved passed Monsanto (ie Monsatan) as the most evil corporation in the world. Google is an active participant in Chinese genocide against their conservative social class with the installation of the Google-created Chinese Social Credit System that sends average citizens to prison and ultimately their demise for expressed populist opinions as detected by the Google technology. And that technology is being implemented in America as I write these words. The...

13:19

A Matter of Scale, A Matter of Fail "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I was making Jazzlets breadknife, [stderr] I originally specd it as quite a bit larger. This is how it came out.

Perhaps, eventually, Ill need a piece of metal thats about that size/shape, and if I do I know where it is. The aesthetics of this thing are all wrong; it looks like something for harpooning a whale.

Most of the knifemakers I know have big stacks of failures lying around, so if someone says Hey, I would like to commission a damasteel tactical spork! [you know that will happen] you can rummage around and pull up some stock. I have known a few artists who never recycle from themselves they throw everything away but thats not me; Im happy with looks cool.

For example, someone in The Commentariat(tm) had mentioned straight-edge razors and, since the oven was hot and I had some chunks of fail lying around, I decided to see if I could hammer out an anti neck-beard device. Mostly it was an excuse to do another radical hollow-grind; I really like them.

It feels pretty good in my hand, but it doesnt look right I dislike the transition between the back and the handle, and I should have thought about how to attach a swinging cover to it. Now that Ive quenched it, I cant make holes in it unless I want to chew up a couple of end-mills. Its pretty sharp, though it still needs some detail shaping and I havent seriously tried to sharpen it at all. Gangsta!

Heres another fail:

There is a fail-window between when you quench a blade, and you temper it. Quenching it hardens the steel and crystallizes it, and tempering relaxes the steel but leaves it mostly hard while increasing its flexibility and resistance to shock. If you quench the bread-knife youre making, leave it on the anvil, and knock it onto the floor, it can do this: -klink-

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My dads sister used to run with the bad kids (because her big brother was a total nerd) and she told me stories of how the hot rodders used to fight with straight raz...

13:19

I will contest it: UK PM May to face vote of confidence in leadership over Brexit deal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The move follows a week of chaos and speculation after Mays proposed Brexit deal was openly derided in...

13:10

Strasbourg Christmas market gunman shouted Allahu Akbar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The suspect was wounded after being cornered by armed police but managed to escape, triggering a huge manhunt.

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13:04

PC PELOSI: Trump shutdown a Christmas, er, holiday present to American people "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Pelosi told the media that she was the mom of the meeting and bizarrely described it as a tinkle contest.

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12:59

President Clintons Welfare Reform Is Still Ensuring Poverty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Ronald Reagan introduced a range of myths about Americas social safety net, led by his images of welfare queens and the implication that most recipients of public aid were African American. President Bill Clinton pledged to end welfare as we know it, and over the objections of many progressives, he signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act in 1996.

Our guests in this WhoWhatWhy podcast were centrally involved in the policy debates and political battles that signaled the end of President Lyndon Johnsons War on Poverty and reduced the Democratic Partys focus on Americas poor. Former Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a one-time welfare mother elected to the House in 1992, shares insights and anecdotes, and laments that Clintons framing of the issues continues to this day with little change. While she has great affection for President Barack Obama, Woolsey says he never focused much on the poor and the social safety net.

Felicia Kornbluh has studied the issues for decades, and offers informed criticism from a feminist perspective. She reveals the collaboration between Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose Contract with America allowed Republicans to take control of the House in 1994. She makes a strong case that Clintons vision of the New Democrats was driven by a desire to attract wealthy and corporate donors to fund his center/right makeover of the party.  

Woolsey, who represented a northern California district for 20 years starting in 1993, speaks candidly about raising three children as a single mom and relying on welfare for several years. Kornbluh is associate professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Womens Studies at the University of Vermont and co-author of the new book Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective. Her co-author is Gwendolyn Mink, who served as an adviser to her mother, Rep. Patsy Mink, who was a forceful opponent of Clintons reforms.


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12:58

The Transgender Movement Is Not Interested In Compromise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As public schools begin to enforce rigid transgender policies, the trans movement is becoming more mainstream and less tolerant.

12:58

Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Second to the muskets used in our revolutionary and civil wars, the AR-15 may be the most important firearm in American political history.

12:58

50 Years Ago, Apollo 8 Soared To A Christmas Miracle For A Weary World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Christmas Eve, 1968, the Apollo 8 crew got to address the world via the most-watched television broadcast at the time. They read Genesis.

12:58

Now That The Supreme Court Isnt Their Puppet, Liberals Want To Destroy It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What they were able to do to the Constitution implicitly through the courts, many progressives are now calling to be done externally at the expense of the judiciarys independence.

12:57

If You Think Trumps Populism Is Bad, Wait Until Frances Hits The United States "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The lefts young radicals will be no more forgiving to the liberal elites than the populists will. In the end, they too will turn on those who led them to ruin.

12:57

Tolkien Trio Fails To Get Fantasy Film Mortal Engines Out Of First Gear "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fantasy film wizard Peter Jackson co-wrote the screenplay of this dazzling mishmash of a movie, but don't expect another epic for the ages here.

12:57

8 Practical, Unconventional Suggestions For Fixing Americas Soaring Health Costs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Here are a few ways we could streamline our health care system, increase competition, and help deliver quality care to those who need it most.

12:57

Tuesdays White House Meeting Was A Politicos Edition Of Real Housewives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Typically when socialites air their disagreements on national TV, its for a 'Real Housewives' reunion. But on Tuesday, it was for an Oval Office meeting.

12:56

Mary Did You Know Is A Rhetorical Question, Okay? And A Great Song "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yes, the Christmas song asks a rhetorical question, but while communicating well-known truths about Jesus and his glory. It's actually better than a lot of other favorites.

12:56

How Nadia Bolz-Webers Vagina Idol Merely Reinforces Purity Culture "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Progressive religious writer Nadia Bolz-Weber maintains the evangelical purity culture she hates but flips the identification of the pure and the impure. She redefines sin and reassigns shame.

12:56

Democrats 2020 Candidate Options Dont Look Good (Or Young) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Historically, young Democratic candidates have done well on the national stage. Why wouldn't Democrats pay attention to this when fielding a 2020 candidate?

12:56

How Mark Twain Championed Self-Government Through Humor And Realism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mark Twain rejected the simplistic, good-guys-always-win type of Sunday school stories with overtly moral themes that he was raised on.

12:53

Jeffrey Beall, academic terrorist! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ive been fairly outspoken about my support for open access publishing (On paywalls, F paywalls), so you might think that I would naturally be at odds with probably the most prominent critic of (paid) open access publishing, Jeffrey Beall. Im not, though. I despise scammers of all stripes (This should be interesting, What good is a washing machine on Arrakis?I think Tina/Nora has given up on me), and I think predatory open access publishers are loathsome parasites.

Did Beall miss the mark with his criticism of Frontiers publishing? I think he did. I THINK he did. I hope he did, because I recently agreed to serve as a review editor for Frontiers in Plant Science [thats my full disclosure, folks]. From everything I can tell, they are completely above-board. If someone can convince me otherwise (and I AM listening), I will turn on them like Trump on Cohen. That said, Beall only ever claimed to have identified potential, possible, or probable predatory publishers. I think his website was a valuable resource, and I miss it (Say it aint so! Bealls list shuts down).

Bealls list is archived at https://beallslist.weebly.com/, but of course its not maintained, which is crucial given the rate at which predatory publishers spawn. I was looking for that the other day in response to a colleagues question, and I thought, Ill just check to make sure the original site is still down. Im glad I did, because I came across one of the most egregious (and hilarious) examples of cybersquatting Ive ever seen.

Bealls list was hosted at scholarlyoa.com, so it wouldnt be terribly surprising if someone accidentally navigated to scholarlyoa.net, as I did. And ho-ly shit, did I strike gold.

scholarlyoa.net

Theres a lot here; Im only going to hit the highlights:

Beall has maliciously discredited many Open access journals and demanded ransom in exchange for the removal of them from his hit list. This academic crime must end. We have added Jeffrey Beall to our list as a potential, possible, probable, predatory Blogger.

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12:52

TV Comedians Devotion to Mueller is Symptomatic of a Post-Irony Epoch "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

Its official: the mainstream intelligensia have lost the plot, and yes, its definitely Trumps fault. With each passing day, its becoming more obvious that truth is not the only casualty here, so is irony. 

To understand the depth of the irony at play, you should recall the uber-fashionable mainstream pronouncement that we in the valiant West are now living in a post-truth world. The irony of the Establishments appropriation of this term was lost on most people, not least of all the liberal intelligensia and champagne socialites who took so much pride in parroting their new etymological creation. For those who consider themselves aligned with the great and the good, the idea of post-truth is meant to depict the unholy scourge of fake news on social media which they firmly believe was engineered by the Kremlin to deceived the vulnerable hordes of uneducated, red hat-wearing deplorables, thus helping Donald J. Trump sweep into power in 2016. As ridiculous as that proposition might sound to the educated and informed person, members of the anti-Trump Resistance still believe this to be true and their confidence is derived not from any preponderance of evidence of Russian Interference or Collusion (to date, there is none), but rather because these narratives have been repeated incessantly over the last two years on outlets like CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and The Guardian. The real irony is that it that they have constructed their own post-truth reality, constantly reinforced by narratives which remain devoid of any actual evidence to substantiate the central charge of Trump-Russia Collusion. Their unshakable faith in this narrative is held firmly in place by a confirmation bias resembling religious dogma. The medias beatification of Robert Mueller III reaffirms this phenomenon.

So its the Establishment, led by their cluster of highly-pa...

11:41

Class War on the Sidewalks: Gentrification in Olympia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Class War on the Sidewalks: Gentrification in Olympia appeared first on It's Going Down.

On August 24, 2018, Olympia Parks, Recreation and Arts Director, Paul Simmons made the dramatic and near unilateral decision to shutter the Artesian Commons Park. The park is small, asphalt-covered, devoid of green space and features tables, a basketball hoop and the Artesian Well, a natural spring (which remains open). Most notably, and notoriously, the park is an important hangout for street youth and is most illustrative of the crises of homelessness and poverty afflicting Olympia. The Artesian Commons closure decision was issued on the unusual basis that threats from park users had been directed against city staff. The absurdity of such a basis is abundantly clear in the lack of any obvious parallels; sidewalks arent closed when muggings, public intoxication, or street harassment are reported, for example.

Protesters occupy the closed Artesian Commons

The decision to close the Artesian Park was informed by class and the political pressures of gentrification. In fact, in a follow-up to his original statement, Simmons claimed, with astounding honesty for a bureaucrat, that, Our parks are supposed to enhance the quality of life for people around them. Its supposed to make businesses better, its supposed to make property values increase. Unfortunately the challenges surrounding this one are doing the opposite.

A few weeks later on September 22nd, protesters cut locks, tore down the fence and over 100 people subsequently occupied the Commons. Street kids, activists, anarchists, and other community members played basketball, shared a meal from Food Not Bombs, hung banners and streamers and chalked the concrete. In just a few hours this festive and joyful expression of defiance was juxtaposed with riot cops, arrests, pepper balls and concussion grenades. Although obviously outflanked, protesters temporarily re-opened the Commons a second time following initial expulsion and police failed to fully disperse the crowd for hours. Three people were arrested during the protest, a few more would be picked up in its aftermath; others sustained injuries from concussion grenade shrapnel.

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11:00

Illinois Regulators Are Investigating a Psychiatrist Whose Research With Children Was Marred by Misconduct "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Illinois regulators have launched an investigation into a prominent former University of Illinois at Chicago psychiatrist whose research into children with bipolar disorder was shut down because of her misconduct.

The state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued three subpoenas to UIC seeking records related to Dr. Mani Pavuluri, who resigned from the university in June amid controversy. She has since opened her own medical practice, the Brain and Wellness Institute, in Lincoln Park.

The subpoenas were issued by the IDFPR division that evaluates and grants doctors licenses. One was from the states medical disciplinary board, which reviews complaints about Illinois doctors and decides if discipline is appropriate. The board approved issuing the subpoena at a September meeting; it ordered UIC to provide records related to a clinical trial that Pavuluri oversaw studying the effects of the powerful drug lithium on children and teenagers.

ProPublica Illinois revealed in April that, in a rare rebuke, the National Institute of Mental Health ordered the university to repay $3.1 million in grant money it had received for the study.

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Criminally Insane in Oregon Attack Twice as Many People Than Previously Known, New Data Shows "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

People freed by Oregon officials after being found criminally insane are charged with new felonies more often than convicted criminals released from state prison, with family members and first responders often the targets of violence, a new analysis by the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica shows.

All told, 23 percent of people freed by the states Psychiatric Security Review Board are charged with felonies within three years of their release, compared with 16 percent of those released from Oregon prisons.

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The recidivism rate is higher than has been previously reported and reflects new data released by the Psychiatric Security Review Board to the Enterprise and ProPublica. The new figures also show the risk to the public is greater than previously understood, with more than 300 people attacked by those who were released over the last decade.

In November, the Enterprise and ProPublica reported that the rate of new criminal charges was roughly similar among those released from oversight by the board and those freed from prison. That was based on data officials provided this year when the Enterprise requested the names of everyone freed by the board in the last decade and searched public records to establish how many had been arrested.

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Whos More Likely to Be Audited: A Person Making $20,000 or $400,000? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her familys taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she was pregnant with their second child, so there were plenty of extra expenses ahead.

Since Smick, who is taking classes toward a bachelors degree, and her husband, a chef, together earned around $33,000 in 2017, about $2,000 of that refund would come from the earned income tax credit. Its among the governments largest anti-poverty programs, sending more than $60 billion every year to families like Smicks: people who have jobs but are struggling to get by. Last year, 28 million households claimed the EITC.

Smick, who lives outside Los Angeles, thought shed get her refund in a month or so, as she had the year before. But no refund came. Instead, she got a letter from the IRS saying it was conducting a thorough review of her return. She didnt need to do anything, it said. Smick waited as patiently as she could. She called the IRS and was told to wait some more.

It wasnt until four months later, in July, that she got her next letter. The IRS informed her that she was being audited. She had 30 days to provide supporting documentation for basically everything. As she understood it, she needed to prove that she and her husband had earned what theyd earned and that her child was her child.

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ProPublica Picks 14 Newsrooms and Investigative Projects for Year 2 of Its Local Reporting Network "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ProPublica named 14 newsrooms and local reporters on Wednesday who will participate in the second year of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, a program aimed at supporting investigative journalism at local and regional news organizations. Seven of the projects will focus on state government, while the rest will cover a broad range of subjects.

Through the program, participating reporters collaborate with ProPublica senior editors Charles Ornstein and Marilyn W. Thompson as they embark on investigative journalism within their communities. Two of the projects, based in Illinois, also will work with the staff of ProPublica Illinois. ProPublica reimburses one years salary and benefits for each of the participating reporters and also supports projects with its expertise in data, research and engagement elements of the work.

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The ProPublica Local Reporting Network kicked off in January 2018 with projects at seven news organizations across the country. In August, ProPublica announced the expansion of the Local Reporting Network, with a focus on investigative journalism on state governments or state politics. This expansion is an effort to help stanch the decline in statehouse and state government coverage nationwide, as fewer outlets have the resources to hold accountable tho...

10:00

What We Now Know about Manafort, Cohen and Individual-1 Trump, Inc. Podcast Extra "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Court filings by prosecutors last week shined a light on the business lives of two men who worked get Donald Trump elected president: former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Trump, Inc. co-hosts Ilya Marritz and Andrea Bernstein talk with Franklin Foer of The Atlantic about what the documents show and the further questions they raise.

Among those questions:

  • What exactly was Manaforts connection to a business partner who some in the intelligence committee believe to be a Russian intelligence asset?
  • Why did Russian officials approach the Trump campaign about potential political synergy?
  • How much did Trump know about Cohens coordination of hush money payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with the now-president?

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09:30

Seattle's Darkest Day in Three Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Here in Seattle it was extraordinarily dark yesterday.  The darkest day in years.

The total radiation on Tuesday on top of the roof of the atmospheric sciences building was .54 Megajoules (MJ) per meter squared (a joule is a unit of energy).

To give you some perspective, here is a table of the lowest daily radiation amounts since 2004 at the UW, provided by UW Research Meteorologist Mark Albright.  The date of lowest radiation is also noted.  As you can see, yesterday was the darkest since 2015, where the total dropped to .44 MJ per meter squared on December 7th.

  Year           Date        Amount of solar radiation

 2004  1229  0.64 MJ/m**2
 2005  1201  0.61
 2006  1214  0.39
 2007  1202  0.51
 2008  1225  0.79
 2009  1215  0.74
 2010  1223  0.57
 2011  1210  0.68
 2012  1219  0.48
 2013  1220  0.56
 2014  1210  0.55
 2015  1207  0.44
 2016  1219  0.68
 2017  1218  0.69
*2018  1211  0.54...

08:56

Mark Trahant: Indian Country impacted by a government shutdown "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump said he will own a government shutdown in a theatrical meeting with Democratic leaders.

08:24

Cronkite News: Tribes involved in Colorado River water talks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After months of meetings, progress toward a multistate drought contingency plan has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.

08:12

9/11 Alleged and Unprosecuted Crimes to be Brought before Grand Jury in Southern District of New York "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY agrees to present new evidence of 9/11 events to a Grand Jury, as demanded by counter-narrative 9/11 organization.

07:59

Native Sun News Today: Urban Indians protest tribal takeover of hospital "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Both sides in the battle over Indian health care in Rapid City, South Dakota, are accusing the other of spreading misinformation.

07:48

Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US tax dollars are supporting Saudi Arabias war in Yemen, which has already claimed the lives of some 85,000 children, and 12 million more people are likely on the brink of starvation. As Nicholas Kristof wrote in The New

The post Public Pressure Could Halt US Support of Yemen War appeared first on Global Research.

07:26

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture.  Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a

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06:43

National Congress of American Indians loses more women staffers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The executive director of the National Congress of American Indians remains on leave as the organization continues to experience employee turnover.

05:52

On Causing Popes to Topple and People to Rise: A Special Year End Message and Update from Kevin Annett December 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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I am for those who have never been mastered, the sworn poet of every dauntless rebel Walt Whitman

 
Greetings to all of you who are not a part of this season to be brain dead!
 
First, a story.
 
My buddy Jake was my inside man for a lot of years in the head office of the United Church of Canada. After feeding our movement lots of dirt on the sordid crimes of the clergy of that particular denomination, and helping to convict a few of them, Jake was fired from his job last week after he was caught sticking copies of our most recent leaflet in the hymn books of a Toronto United Church just before its Sunday service. The leaflet, a copy of which is attached, asks parishioners to take a Pledge of Non-Cooperation with Criminal Churches. Jake is 74 years old and has no pension and no family to support him. Merry frigging Christmas from the United Church.
 
But all is not lost. As it turns out, Jake has responded to his sacking by planting his considerable bulk outside the residence of the church official who made him jobless, bearing a sign that reads Remember Maisie Shaw this Christmas Eve: Bring home all the murdered children. murderbydecree.com . (Maisie Shaw was a 14 year old native girl who was murdered by Reverend Alfred Caldwell at the United Churchs Alberni Indian residential school on D...

05:16

The Tricky English Language "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Twenty-five Commonly Misspelled Words by Richard Nordquist/ThoughtCo In each of the following pairs, only one is a word; the other is a common misspelling of that word. Guided by the brief definition, see if you can identify the correctly spelled word in each set. Then compare your answers to those on the bottom of the page. Commonly []

04:56

Azar Blasts Medicare for All "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CMS Says Health Spending Growth Has Slowed and Azar Speaks By Shannon Firth, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today WASHINGTON Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said Medicare for All will never work because physicians wont participate. And in other news, health spending topped $3.5 trillion last year, but growth is still slower than the previous []

04:45

Strasbourg Christmas Market Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Just like all the other terrorist's attacks, this one just so happened to take place while they were having a drill.

04:45

Gilets Jaunes: A Glimmer of Hope and Sanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Governments in North America are largely totalitarian already. Its a covert form of totalitarianism best described as inverted totalitarianism[1].  One result is that people in North America for the most part have no appreciation of substantive geopolitical issues.  

Consequently, we

The post Gilets Jaunes: A Glimmer of Hope and Sanity appeared first on Global Research.

04:38

Trump and China: Towards a Cold or Hot War? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What the Pentagon has in mind is a massive, long-lasting war effort against revisionist powers, or more precisely China and Russia. The report recommends to thoroughly retool the US economy and to prepare for a great power conflict scenario

The post Trump and China: Towards a Cold or Hot War? appeared first on Global Research.

04:30

An Historic Opportunity to Transform Trade: Reject NAFTA II "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trump was right when he said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the United States and promised to renegotiate it when he became president. However, the renegotiated NAFTA-2 is worse than the

The post An Historic Opportunity to Transform Trade: Reject NAFTA II appeared first on Global Research.

03:59

Why HIIT should be part of your workout routine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(Natural News) High-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short, is the latest trend that has taken the fitness world by storm, and for good re...

03:34

Mumbai's Dreaded Underworld Secret "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Dawood Ibrahim Corporation in today's Pakistan.

03:25

We Can Help Thousands of Persons Fleeing Violence in Central America. We Helped Over 131,000 Vietnamese in 1975 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The caravans of thousands of people fleeing violence in Central America are small numbers compared to those the United States took in and gave refugee status in 1975 from Vietnam and other Indochina countries.

03:00

China: Rise, Fall and Re-Emergence as a Global Power "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

China s re-emergence as a world economic power raises important questions about what we can learn from its previous rise and fall and about the external and internal threats confronting this emerging economic superpower for the immediate future.

The post China: Rise, Fall and Re-Emergence as a Global Power appeared first on Global Research.

02:41

Video: Behind the US Attack on Chinese Smartphones "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Under pressure from the Pentagon and US Intelligence, the USA took the decision to forbid the use of Smart phones and telecommunications infrastructures from the Chinese company Huawei, warning that they may potentially be used for espionage, and pressured their allies to do the same.

The post Video: Behind the US Attack on Chinese Smartphones appeared first on Global Research.

02:32

Imagine a World Without War, Where Migrants Are Welcomed, Where Women Are Not Targets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was shocking what ISIS did to the Yazidi community -- the capture of women who were then forced to be sex slaves, the rape of thousands. It is what catapulted Nadia Murad to the headlines, her bravery moving her from being a survivor of horrific violence to being a brave spokesperson for justice and against war.

02:28

577,The Unluckiest Number,Ten years out......The British Columbia Diluted Bitumen pipeline disaster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"



(I wrote this story in 2010....I wrote it in response to the proposed Enbridge northern gateway pipeline.....nothing has changed, big oil will never go away, the fight to save B.C. goes on...is no world Eden safe, can't we as a species strive to save what little clean environment that's left...Kinder Morgan is not our friend...however, KM is not our worst enemy..it's Trudeau, Notley and PostMedia's entire corporate newspaper chain..add in CKNW which is wholly owned by corporate propaganda central Global B.C.....we're alone on this one people...Horgan won't stop Kinder Morgan, nor will anyone help us....It will be the people of BC that stop Kinder Morgan...there will be political casualties..namely Trudeau and Notley(although Notley is already gone).....this story, change location, Island names and....this disaster is in the gulf Islands..

The Kinder Morgan Pipeline Disaster, Ten Years Out.......Grant G..April/17th....2018...)





Written by Grant G
                                    Number 577, The Unluckiest Number


The 10 year anniversary next month of the Bengal Lion Star tragedy and I had to come to ground zero to see for myself, perhaps it was a mistake to come here, from what I have seen i`m way too angry to cry and too sad for fury, in fact I almost have that peaceful easy feeling.

How I miss my dad`s analytical explanation and mom`s hope springs eternal talks, yet I fear that neither parent could explain away this tragedy, 10 years later, 10 years of black death extending it`s reach.


Looking around by boat off Banks island, one mile from ground zero the feeling is of the surreal, trees are still green but any ocean life or bird activity is eerily quiet, no salmon fry swimming , no squawking gulls just silence, for tens of miles in every direction the great kelp forests are gone, who gave us permission to gam...

02:08

Good question "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Evangelical Christians in the US love the Ten Commandments even though they are pretty vague and are far from guaranteeing that you are a good person even if you follow them to the letter.

02:00

Bravo Fox News Tucker Carlson for Hush Money Comparison Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tonight, Dec. 10, 2018, Tucker Carlson of Fox News compared the hush payments Donald Trump paid to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to the slush fund maintained and managed by Congress that pays similar hush funds. CNN reported that since the creation of the congressional fund in the 1990s, the fund has paid out $17 []

02:00

Death and Extinction of the Bees. The Role of Monsanto? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article was originally published in March 2014. What has been the role of Monsanto in the loss of of the global honeybee population.

It is only recently that this issue has been the object of mainstream media coverage.

Scientists

The post Death and Extinction of the Bees. The Role of Monsanto? appeared first on Global Research.

01:47

Trumpism, Fascism, & Algorithms: Talking with Cody Johnston of Some More News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Trumpism, Fascism, & Algorithms: Talking with Cody Johnston of Some More News appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast, we talked with comedian Cody Johnston who along with Katy Stoll is behind both the podcast and online show, Some More News. Every week, the pair along with their wider team produce a hysterical take on mainstream news, while also diving deep into broader political topics. We here at Its Going Down first started paying attention to SMN after they put out a fantastic series on fascism and Trumpism. The series looked at fascism historically as well as the ways in which it attempts to appeal to the public, and in doing so SMN created both a damning indictment of Trumpism as well as a useful introduction to fascism in general.

The larger theme which comes up several times, is what does it mean to produce online especially video content on platforms like YouTube in an age where the Alt-Right and reactionary MRA forces already have both a head start and an advantage on the field of algorithms. While coming to no final conclusions, Johnston reiterates the power of humor in not only the pursuit of a better understanding of the world, but also as a weapon against the forces of reaction.

More Info: Some More News on Patreon and Even More News Podcast

01:29

High Impact Flix Interview Government Censorship & Political Mind Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Joining me today is Brian from High Impact Flix, a channel that was removed with an unjustified act of censorship, and the loss of over 500,000 subscribers. His new channel is now called High Impact Vlogs, and is about to be censored yet again, with over 100,000 subscribers, as it currently lingers on the edge []

The post High Impact Flix Interview Government Censorship & Political Mind Control appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

01:11

Do You Know You Are A Wage Slave? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The majority of people in the United States are in a position of wage slavery, in which they depend on their boss for the ability to survive, but it has been so normalized that many do not question this arrangement. We bring back an interview with John Curl, author of "For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements and Communalism in America." He writes about the long history, that isn't often taught, of people who created cooperative structures to counter the power of industry and finance. Cooperative movements often parallel social movements. We discuss why this matters today.

01:00

Dem Who Called Conservative Bias a Fantasy Gets Major Contributions from Google "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Congressman Jerry Nadler labeled Big Tech bias against conservatives a right wing conspiracy.

The post...

01:00

Migrants Riot, Throw Stones at Police in German Asylum Center "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Migrants Riot, Throw Stones at Police in German Asylum Center

An asylum center in Bamberg, Germany, was placed on lockdown during a riot in which paving stones were thrown at security officers and a fire broke out,...

00:24

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Im lichen you, voyager, all rights reserved

These big rocks form a breakwater protecting railway tracks that run alongside the beach for miles. Its not the prettiest breakwater Ive ever seen, but that bright orange lichen on the rocks makes it one of the most interesting.  Its been there as long as my husband can remember and it never seems to change. That colour is fairly true if it looks like Cheetos on your screen and it stays that bright in all seasons and temperatures. I think it looks like paint splotches and it makes a great foil for all the blues that like to blend at the beach.

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23:59

Google CEO Giggles When Confronted About Aiding Chinese Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Alex Jones storms DC to confront Sundar Pichai on working with the ChiComs.

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The post G...

23:55

Montreal: IWW Pickets Continue Postal Strike Blockades "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Montreal: IWW Pickets Continue Postal Strike Blockades appeared first on It's Going Down.

Actions in solidarity with the postal strike continue, with Montreal IWW members taking action to keep streets outside of distribution hubs blocks.

Montreal, December 10th Protesters are currently blocking all the main entrances to the main Canada Post International Mail Processing Center near Montreals Trudeau International Airport (at 555 McArthur in Ville St-Laurent). At present, dozens of trucks are backed up at the main entrances, where three groups of protesters are using banners to block entrances. No trucks are able to leave the facility.

The direct action is in support of postal workers, and in opposition to the repressive back-to-work legislation passed by the Canadian government on November 26, 2018. The anti-worker law effectively prevents the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) from continuing their strike.

Todays protest is the first direct action in support of postal workers in Quebec since the back-to-work law passed, joining protests that have already happened across Canada, including in Halifax, Sydney, Fredericton, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton,Edmonton, Whitehorse and Vancouver. Recently, picketers were arrested in both Halifax and Ottawa for their blockades. Comrades in Montreal were expressing solidarity with similar pickets and blockades that have happened elsewhere, including for arrested protesters.

Todays action is organized by IWW Montreal, with the support of retired postal workers and community members. The public press release for the action is available here:...

23:50

Fighting the internet monopolies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is well known that people in the US pay more and get worse internet services than people in most other developed countries. Why? Because the major internet companies have pretty much carved up the country into regions that are dominated by one or a couple of companies, thus killing competition, and the government regulators have let them do it. But some communities are going their own way, such as the small town of Charlemont, Massachusetts that has just 1300 residents and covers an area of 26 square miles.

Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday.

The Comcast proposal would have saved the town about $1 million, but it would not be a town-owned broadband network, the Greenfield Recorder reported Friday. The defeated measure means that Charlemont will likely go forward with a $1.4 million municipal town network, as was approved by annual town meeting voters in 2015.

Town officials estimate that building a municipal fiber network reaching 100 percent of homes would cost $1,466,972 plus interest over 20 years.

An increase in property taxes would cover the construction cost. But the town would also bring in revenue from selling broadband service and potentially break even, making the project less expensive than Comcasts offer.

With 59 percent of households taking broadband service, the tax hike would be 29 cents [per $1,000 of assessed home value], similar to that for Comcast, a Recorder article last month said. But if 72 percent or more of households subscribe to the municipal-owned network, there is no tax impact, because subscriber fees would pay for it.

More municipalities should follow this model though you can be sure that the big cable companies will fight it all the way. Because the major feature of capitalism in the US is that the big companies hate competition and hate public ownership of important services even more.

23:43

Hamilton: Stoney Creek Towers Tenants Pause Rent Strike and Call for Negotiations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Hamilton: Stoney Creek Towers Tenants Pause Rent Strike and Call for Negotiations appeared first on It's Going Down.

Hamilton at the Stoney Creek Towers tenants announce they are pausing their rent strike and call for negotiations with the landlord.

On the morning of Monday November 19, striking tenants from the Stoney Creek Towers assembled and filed into the office at 40 Grandville to pay back their rental arrears, effectively bringing an end to their seven month rent strike. Or at the very least putting it on pause. Since May 1, when tenants first began withholding rent, they have made two demands of their landlord, InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT): 1) Drop the proposed Above Guideline [rent] Increase (AGI); and 2) Make long-standing repairs to tenants units.

InterRents proposed AGI, when combined with the standard annual Ontario guideline increases, would total nearly 10% over two years an additional $70 or $80 per month for most tenants. For working-class residents already struggling to survive on minimum wage, social assistance, disability benefits or pensions, this increase is simply unaffordable. It would foreseeably lead to them being priced out of their homes and displaced from the neighbourhood they love. In their internal investor reports, InterRent callously refers to this process as repositioning. Instead of even bothering to feign sympathy for their tenants concerns, InterRent has done their best to ignore the strike altogether, opting instead to wait out the conflict until their AGI application could be heard at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

This hearing took place on November 1 and 2, 2018. InterRent and their entourage of lawyers and paralegals were confident of an easy victory. And for good reason. The LTB is widely understood by tenants to be a rubber-stamping facility for landlord applications, and particularly so when it comes to AGIs. The creation of the AGI loophole, through the ironically-named Tenant Protection Act in 1997, was a gift to the landlord industry by Ontarios conservative Premier Mike Harris. It has been a central cornerstone of REITs insatiable pursuit of profits ever since. Unfortunately for InterRent and their lawyers, the hearing was not concluded by the end of the assigned two-day period, and has now been rescheduled for early 2019.

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23:24

Guards Continue to Attack Prison Reporter Jason Walker with Trumped up Charges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Guards Continue to Attack Prison Reporter Jason Walker with Trumped up Charges appeared first on It's Going Down.

Prison writer and organizer Jason Walker reports on the continuing attempts by staff to frame him for a recent incident in which guards attacked him.

Introduction: Jason is urgently requesting help in beating this attempted frame-up. Below is a suggested script that you can use to make complaints to the TDCJ Ombudsman, as well as the Ellis Unit warden Kelly Strong, Regional Director Wayne Brewer, TDCJ Director Bryan Collier, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Contact details are:

TDCJ Ombudsman: ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov and 936-437-4927

Kelly Strong: 936-295-5756 (**010) or kelly.strong@tdcj.texas.gov

Regional Director Wayne Brewer: Wayne.Brewer@tdcj.texas.gov or 936-437-1770

TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier: exec.director@tdcj.texas.gov Bryan.Collier@tdcj.texas.gov (936) 437-2101 / (936) 437-2123

Attorney General Ken Paxton: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/contact-us-online-form 512-463-2100

To the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Ombudsman Coordinator,

I am writing on behalf of Jason Renard Walker, #1532092. Im contacting you to alert you of the uniquely inhumane and unconstitutional disciplinary hearing process and repeated violent treatment of Jason at Ellis Unit by staff at the prison. As a part of one of the most recent violations of his person, Jason reports that he was attacked on Nov. 23 at 3:10 am by guards, which he believes, on the basis of prior experience and overheard comments, to be in response to articles and exposs that Jason had written to be published in the San Fransisco Bayview about a previous hearing which was conducted with tampered evidence and without a tape recorder. In the most recent assault against him by staff, he reports that he was beaten and attempts were made to blind him, crush his spine and jaw, break his left hand and prevent him from breathing. He was then accused of assaulting a guard, an accusation that denies, and insists that a full review of the videotape evidence will show that he never delivered any blows in response to the violence he faced, and that the violence was instigated by staff. Now he reports that he is in solitary confinement, denied medical care including prescribed PTSD medication, and has faced difficulties in even attending his own di...

22:50

Baltimore, MD: Certain Days Calendar Launch & Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Baltimore, MD: Certain Days Calendar Launch & Political Prisoner Letter Writing Party appeared first on It's Going Down.

Come to Baltimore for the official launch of the Certain Days calendar!

Join us for our annual holiday card writing event plus the Certain Days 2019 Calendar launch party! Well be sending dozens of holiday cards and birthday cards to political prisoners in time for the end of the year a time of year that can be particularly lonely for those on the inside. Please join us to send some love through the walls.

Were also celebrating the launch of the 2019 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar! The calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Hamilton, New York and Baltimore, in partnership with a political prisoner being held in maximum-security prison in New York State, David Gilbert.

This years theme is Health/Care, and features art and writings by David Gilbert, Bec Young, RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment, Aviva Stahl, Debbie, Mike and Chuck Africa, Roger Peet, Addameer, Leah Jo Carnine, Suzy Subways, Farha Najah, Ashanti Alston, Alec Dunn, Barbara Zeller, Hikaru Ikeda, Giselle Dias, Micah Bazant, Alisha Walker, Fernando Marti, Sins Invalid, Tom Manning, Dave George, Laura Whitehorn, Frizz Kid, Abolitionist Law Center, Cindy Milstein, and more.

The proceeds from the Certain Days 2019 calendar will be divided among these groups: Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Palestine), Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) and other groups in need.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7-8:30pm @ Red Emmas Bookstore/Coffeehouse
1225 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
RSVP on Facebook for this event

22:41

Portland, OR: Bash Back Against PSUs Violent Killing Spree "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Portland, OR: Bash Back Against PSUs Violent Killing Spree appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following communique was anonymously sent to Its Going Down, which we print below.

It reads:

On 11/22, four PSU campus security officers approached Richard Barry as he was running through the street crying for help. They called for back up and Portland Police responded with two officers. The six officers wrestled with Barry, who was clearly in a state of mental duress at the time, and then sent him to the hospital where he eventually died. Today, 12/10, the medical examiner blamed Richard Barrys death on a drug overdose. They waited over two weeks to release this info, and they refuse to release the autopsy report, as well as the toxicology report. We call bullshit.

In solidarity with the actions taken by other comrades, some anarchists armed with liberated spray paint took to the campus of PSU to do some redecorating. Cops killed Richard Barry, just as they killed Patrick Kimmons and Jason Washington. One night of sloganeering across campus wont bring them back, but it will make it harder for PSU to sweep under the rug. We hope others will do their part to beautify the campus and let them know that we will always remember.

Some people on campus are calling to disarm the police. Fuck that! We demand an abolition of the police altogether. We are tired of holding vigils for our neighbors and community members. Were tired of being told what is an acceptable response to their murder at the hands of the State. Were tired of being fed the bullshit narrative of American pacifism by those who only desire not to agitate the State. This is only the beginning. We call on all anarchists in so-called Portland and across Turtle Island to become ungovernable, to drive the police out of our comm...

22:20

Neti Pots Can Be Deadly If Used Incorrectly "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Attention neti pot users! This popular nasal cleanse could be deadly if it is done the wrong way. Recently, a woman died from a brain-eating amoeba after she used filtered tap water to clear her sinuses. This has many people wondering how to safely use their neti pots. The 69-year-old woman was using filtered tap []

22:14

Vaccination is the Best Defense Against the Flu "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Vaccination is the primary method for preventing influenza and its complications and getting an annual influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. by Wesley P. Elliott for Military Health System SAN ANTONIO The recent Influenza Awareness Week, Dec. 2-8 educates military personnel about the potential impacts []

22:07

Role of Zalmay Khalilzad in Afghan peace process "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By BG Asif Haroon Raja for VT Pakistan Zalmay Khalilzad is an Afghan national belonging to Noorzai clan in Laghman province. He has now an American national and has worked closely with successive US regimes starting Cater administration. He was advisor of Reagan during the war in Afghanistan against the Soviets, he worked with Brzezinski, []

22:00

Best of 2018: Who Can Afford to Invest in a Poor Neighborhood? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Being a Strong Towns staffer and advocate influences almost everything about the way I interact with my city, but the corner of my life where that impact is most visible is almost certainly in my side job as a small-scale housing developer. When I started working at Strong Towns, my partner and I owned a duplex, mostly to offset the cost of our mortgage and put a house with a backyard in our favorite neighborhood within our financial reach. But after a year of me working for this organization and bringing the conversations I have here home to my partner, wed come to see our little landlording project as less about our personal finances (and our desire for an eventual dog) and more about investing more of our money into the kind of incremental neighborhood development we believed in, rather than shoving all of it into the stock market and calling it a day. And eventually, that shift inspired our search for a second multi-familythis time, in a neighborhood that needed a lot more love.

This three-part series, which Im humbled to say ended up among our most popular and most discussed stories of 2018, tells the story of that searchand in many ways, how we learned first hand just how expensive and sometimes downright impossible it can be to pull even a single building out of the cycle of decline, even when the neighborhood is bursting with great buildings and wonderful neighbors. Our answer (spoiler) was to invest in a slightly more established neighborhoodthough not by much, and that certainly hasnt been the easiest road, either. Look out for another series from me in 2019 on the challenges of managing quality affordable housing, long after the final renovations are done.-Kea Wilson.


Who Can Afford to Invest in a Poor Neighborhood: Part 1

"Think about that one block in your city that  if it just got a little bit of love  could turn into something really special. Maybe there are a few boarded up windows, or the streets have a few potholes that need to be filled. The houses are old, the schools nearby arent doing so hot, and it takes a little too long for the the fire department to show up when someone calls. Certainly your local governments not spending a lot of money to help the residents out either because they dont ha...

21:57

We Need An Outbreak of Common Sense "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Epidemics, Fear and Denial: How Every American Is Threatened by: Jane M. Orient, M.D. Epidemics can happen naturally or through neglector they could be caused deliberately. Biological warfare is probably the very worst weapon of mass destruction One scenario is to embed a suicide agent incubating a deadly disease in a mass of migrants. Or there are []

21:55

You Snooze, You Lose: How Insurers Dodge The Costs Of Popular Sleep Apnea Devices "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him. From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer. Schmidt, an information technology specialist ... was shocked. "I had no idea they were sending my information across the wire." Like millions of people, he relies on a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine that streams warm air into his nose while he sleeps. Without it, Schmidt would wake up hundreds of times a night. As many CPAP users discover, the life-altering device comes with caveats: Health insurance companies are often tracking whether patients use them. If they aren't, the insurers might not cover the machines or the supplies that go with them. And, faced with the popularity of CPAPs ... and their need for replacement filters, face masks and hoses, health insurers have deployed a host of tactics that can make the therapy more expensive or even price it out of reach. A host of devices now gather data about patients, including insertable heart monitors and blood glucose meters. Privacy laws have lagged behind this new technology, and patients may be surprised to learn how little control they have over how the data is used or with whom it is shared.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on health and the disappearance of privacy.

Her Life's a Sprint, Legacy Long Running "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Wilma Rudolph outran poverty, polio, scarlet fever and the limits placed on black women by societal convention to win three gold medals in sprint events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. By the time brain cancer caught Rudolph, leading to her death Saturday at age 54, she had achieved a stature that made her legend and her sport greater in the long run. The 20th of 22 children of a porter and a cleaning lady, Rudolph lost the use of her left leg after contracting polio and scarlet fever at age 4. Doctors told her parents she never would walk again without braces, but she refused to accept that prognosis and began to walk unassisted at age 9. It wasn't long before she was outrunning all the girls and boys in her neighborhood. At 16, already under the tutelage of Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, Rudolph won a bronze medal on the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Four years later, when she was the mother of a 2-year-old, Rudolph won the three golds despite running all three events with a sprained ankle. After being voted Associated Press female athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961 and the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 1961, Rudolph retired at 21, a decision that reflects an era in which lack of financial incentives kept most Olympic careers short. She turned to a variety of humanitarian projects, including goodwill ambassador to West Africa, coaching at DePauw University and working for underprivileged children through the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

Note: The remarkable woman once commented, "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."

21:38

Reconsider, Act Wise: A Mission towards Peace "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a 21st century unpredictable world loaded with strife and overflowing with ill will, we think about how delicate our wellbeing is, with worldwide fighting at its crest, as the previous couple of years has seen a hazardous acceleration in fundamentalism.

21:26

Broken System: Conflict of Interest Disclosures in Medical Journals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors Note:  When you read about an issue/item that you are trying to learn  about you want unbiased information.  In reality, truthful, cut and dried information.  Not information that someone has been paid to present. This concept applies to medicine and every other consumer realm out there.  That just makes sense, right?  To insure []

21:17

Trump-Russia Collusion: James Mattis Tells All Without Any Evidence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Philip Giraldi

The insanity runs deep in Washington but it has also briefly surfaced at Simi Valley in California at the Reagan National Defense Forum, which ran through last weekend. United States Secretary of Defense James Mad Dog Mattis was the keynote speaker on Saturday. He had a few interesting things to say, the most remarkable of which was the assertion that Russia had again sought to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, which were completed last month.

Mattis, a Marine general who is sometimes considered to be the only adult in the room when the White House national security team meets, claimed that the bilateral relationship between Washington and Moscow had no doubt deteriorated still further due to the Russian activity, which he described as the Kremlin try[ing] again to muck around around in our elections last month, and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines with Russian President Vladimir Putin making continued efforts to try to subvert democratic processes that must be defended. Well do whatever is necessary to defend them.

Mattis did not address President Donald Trumps cancellation of a meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a move which he reportedly supported. The cancellation was reportedly based on what has been described as an act of aggression committed by the Russian military against three Ukrainian naval vessels seeking to transit the Kerch Strait, which is since the annexation of Crimea been completely controlled by Moscow. The Ukrainians were aware of the Russian protocols for transiting through the area and chose to ignore them to create an incident, possibly as part of a plan to disrupt the Trump-Putin discussions. If that is so, they were successful.

Mattis was somewhat taciturn relating to his accusation regarding Moscows meddling. He provided absolutely no evidence that Russia had been interfering in the latest election and there have been no suggestions from either federal or state authorities that there were any irregularities involving foreigners. There was, however, considerable concern over po...

21:15

The Greatest Living American Writer Accepts His TIME Person Of The Year Award "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As The Greatest Living American Writer, I accept TIME's Person Of The Year Award on behalf of all writers, journalists, and writers who write about journalism,

21:05

Are The YELLOW VEST Protests Coming To CANADA? (With G. Edward Griffin) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Press For Truth The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is planning to dramatically increase taxes on carbon emissions to combat climate changehe plans...

21:05

Newly-Released MKUltra Docs: The CIA Made Remote-Controlled Dogs With Brain Surgery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Central Intelligence Agency made six remote-controlled dogs as a part of their MKULTRA behavior modification or mind control program.  Using brain surgery, newly requested documents show that the dogs were field operational and controlled by human beings. The CIA marked the 65th anniversary of the launch of Project MKULTRA. And the public is finally getting a more []

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21:00

Trump Says US Military Spending Is Crazy High Then Calls for Billions More "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump backs away from calling spending levels crazy a week ago. On Monday, President Trump seemed to be positioning himself against Pentagon calls for spending increases, saying that the spending levels are already crazy and that he didnt envision the 2020 military budget should exceed $700 billion, despite Pentagon presumptions it would be $733 billion. Having met []

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20:55

Vanessa Beeley Interview The US-Backed Chemical Attack In Syria & Planned Destabilization "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Joining me today is Vanessa Beeley, here to share with us her perspective on some very important and highly ignored recent events, in particular a chemical attack that was carried out by US-backed extremists. In stark contrast to the hollow and regurgitated establishment narratives the people are fed by the mainstream media, Vanessas information is []

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20:40

The Senate Will Vote on Criminal Justice Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Dec. 11, 2018, that he will bring a criminal justice bill up for a vote as early as the end of this week. The legislation initiated by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and The New York Times reports the bill will reverse some of the tough-on-crime federal policies of the 1980s and 1990s that incarcerated []

20:34

REPORT: Ukraine Executed Own Troops for Refusing to Fight in Donbass "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


IMAGE: Ukrainian soldier on the front lines in the eastern region.

Source: South Front

Ukrainian military commanders have started executing by shooting their own troops, who refuse to fight in the region of Donbass, Head of the Press Service of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) Danil Bezsonov stated on December 10.

According to Bezsonov, one of the incidents took place on positions of the 1st Mountain Assault Battalion of the 128th brigade in the area of Bogdanvla.

The DPR official said that a soldier, A. Kolomiec (year of birth  1989), was shot and killed as a result of the conflict with his commander. Kolomiec was against participation of this unit in a new stage of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Quoting the DPR intelligence, Bezsonov also saida that a similar situation took place in Berdyansk, Zaporojie region, where another soldier was shot and killed by his commander during a propaganda campaign in support of military actions in the region of Donbass. The death of this soldier was described as a suicide.

Bezsonov emphasized that the introduction of martial law in 10 Ukrainian regions gave free rein to commanders oof the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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20:19

A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose. The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis. What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people--and those who represent them--about their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.

20:17

Complacency kills: Prevention cannot take a backseat while we scale up treatment coverage to #endAIDS "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Please consider this article based upon interviews with HIV positive transgender people, first doctor who began HIV care in India when first case got diagnosed, global HIV prevention expert, among others. Universal Health Coverage is key to health security but we are not on track,

20:15

Judge Approves Multiple Life Sentences For Neo-Nazi In Charlottesville Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Charlottesville, VA James Alex Fields, who charged his car into a group of counter-protesters after the Unite The Right rally, received a recommended multiple life sentence from a jury today. Last week, James Fields was found guilty on all charges, including first degree murder.

The post Judge Approves Multiple Life Sentences For Neo-Nazi In Charlottesville Attack appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.

20:08

The Climate Buddha's Abrupt Climate Change Glossary "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A simple way to understand what civilization has done to the Earth's climate and what to do about it. The only solution to Climate Change. Written so anyone can talk about what is happening and why. No Denial here. No good news here. Nothing simple easy or done.

20:04

Beto O'Rourke vs. Trump in 2020? A Compendium of Analyses: Pros, Cons, and One Electoral Mathematics Projection "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Before we start with the Politico article and others from the New York Times, Newsweek, the Houston Chronicle, and the Washington Post, please take ten minutes and watch this fascinating and quite brilliant Electoral College analysis of a potential race between Beto and Donald Trump. This fellow, Ethan Kelly, presents nothing in this video that I am able to find fault with in terms of his cut-and-dried electoral mathematics.

20:03

Does Alkaline Water Offer Hype or Hope? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

According to Dr. John Turner, his nurses are drinking alkaline water and stating they are feeling better. Naturally, he was curious. Turner began to investigate the alkaline water trend. There are multiple water fads currently, but alkaline water seems to be one of the biggest. He wondered if it was the fountain of youth or []

19:47

2018 Times Person Of The Year: Killed And imprisoned Journalists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Luke Miller,

Time magazine has shortlisted a group of journalists who have all been targeted for their work.

Time magazine has labeled this years shortlist for Person of the Year as the The Guardians. They are the journalists who have been targeted for their work.  Currently, there is a war on freedom of speech which has subtly gone under the radar. Many Facebook pages in what many would consider alternative media have been targeted and those with voices which go against the agreed upon narrative are being silenced under the guise of fake news.

This is a global affair and a theme for Times Person of the Year 2018.

Jamal Khashoggi

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19:44

The Impeachment of Donald Trump Is No Longer "Off the Table" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump now stands accused of what is, by historical definition, an impeachable offense. To deny this fact is to deny the reality and the intent of the Constitution to which members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate will swear their fealty when the 116th Congress is constituted in January.

19:40

Keep World News Unchained: We Need Your Support "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dear Global Research Readers,

As we take stock of our rapidly changing world, it can be easy to get swept along by the fierce tide of disinformation coming from many sources. While we strive for awareness and comprehension in the

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19:21

Another Gem from Caitlin Johnstone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Whoever has the gold makes the rules, but whoever controls the narrative determines who gets the gold. What's coming up in a mere generation or so is one of three possibilities: total freedom, total slavery, or total annihilation. Sorry centrists, there is no incremental option. Humans are such explosively beautiful wizard giants. It would be a goddamn shame if we wiped ourselves out before truly seeing that.

19:14

Macrons Woefully Inadequate Concessions. The Power of Money, Poisoned Economic Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

All politicians lie, cheat and deceive in deference to special interests they serve. Ignore what politicians say. Follow only what they do. Their policies speak for themselves. Macron is a former Rothschild banker/economy minister beholden to monied interests. His Monday

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19:09

American Credit Card Debt At All-Time Highs As Interest Rates Continue To Rise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mac Slavo Americans are carrying a record amount of credit card debt, according to a new study.  The average American family has about $7000...

19:07

Fake News Is Fake News, according to William Blum "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The people who created Facebook & Google must be smart. Theyre billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about fake news. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff.

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19:00

PROVEN: Monsanto knew the dangers of its chemicals but kept selling them anyway "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(Natural News) Its taken almost 50 years to come to fruition, but theres now solid proof to show that the worlds most evil corporation, Monsanto, deliberately sold deadly chemicals on the consumer market that it knew all along were harmful to humans. As part of the epic Poison Papers archive, which weve covered previously, thousands

...

19:00

Eating coriander protects your heart from damage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(Natural News) The heart is a very delicate organ of the body, and taking good care of it is important. One of the b...

19:00

Best of 2018: Automated Vehicles Will Make Our Streets Worse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I try really hard not to be reflexively contrarian. Its difficult at times; my natural disposition is to stand apart and stare at a crowd as opposed to being there in the middle of it. I recognize this in myself and try to push back on it, but there are limits. Im starting to hear all this rumbling about how fragile the economy isincluding today from former Fed Chair Janet Yellenand, despite my having said this for years, these new utterances have me pondering the many ways Im likely wrong.

Ive found it difficult to get on the autonomous vehicle bandwagon. Its not that Im going to resist their adoption; I now have a vehicle with lane assist and adaptive cruise control, and I do think this makes driving on the open road much safer. But Im not convinced that AV represents some huge leap forward for humanity. At least, I dont think the advancement is going to meet the level of hype and enthusiasm. Some people seem ready to pledge their first born as slave labor just to jump the queue for a Tesla. I dont get that.

I also dont get the obsession among urban advocates for solving the challenges created by automobiles by tweaking the automobiles. Thats never produced the outcome we seek, and its not clear to meas this article suggestswhy AV would be any different. I get all kinds of pushback from people who see nothing but positives with automated vehicles. I can see those positives; can they see the potential drawbacks?

In reading this article againpart of our Best of 2018 seriesmy sense of frustration comes out, not with the technology, but with the conversation were having around it. I suspect that is not going to change until people experience the change for themselves.


There are a lot of people very excited about automated vehicles and their potential to transform our cities. Im not one of them. I think we as a society seem all too enamored with technology, all too trusting of those pushing it and all too forgetful of the fact that weve been down this street before.

Its been fascinating to me to watch the reaction of many in our audience when I share information about automated vehicles in our social media feeds. No matter what the critique  the latest being commentary on the woman killed by the automated Uber  there is no end to the defense of automation.

Its better than human-operated vehicles. No technology is flawless at first, but the problems will be fixed in time. Artificial intelligence will eventually fix whatever is wrong. There is so much to be gained, Chuck, so stop being such a curmudgeon and get on board with change...

...

18:59

Top Dem: Google Censorship Claims Complete Fantasy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Republican claims that Google discriminates against them are false, claims Jerry Nadler.

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18:59

18:59

Watch Live: Google CEO Runs From Alex Jones! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Watch the livestream here! Infowars invades the swamp and calls out Big Tech.

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18:52

Remembering William Blum: Washingtons Destructive Imperial Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Author, historian, former State Department official-turned sharp critic of Washingtons destructive imperial agenda William Blum passed away on December 9 at age 85.

In failing health for some time, his condition deteriorated markedly after a serious fall at home, passing

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18:46

The problem of homology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We dont get to see our granddaughter this morning shes getting her pediatric checkup today so while sitting on my thumbs in my hotel room this morning, I threw together a video on the problem of homology, as misrepresented by Jonathan Wells and Paul Nelson. Seriously, they get it all wrong with tendentious misrepresentations.

There is a real problem of homology, because homology is rendered difficult to see by standard, naturalistic evolutionary processess. Wells and Nelson get it all exactly backwards. That homologies are obscured by the nature of evolutionary change is what wed expect from evolutionary theory. Its like how bioinformaticians will talk about the problem of long branch attraction; its a real problem, but it doesnt imply that evolution is wrong, because its an expected effect of evolutionary change.

Likewise, evo-devo people will write long papers about the problem of homology, because the action of evolution obscures homologies and we have to struggle to see beyond it. Only a pair of buffoons would argue that it means evolution is false.

I dont have a script for this one, because its just me talking extemporaneously in a dull hotel room, sorry. But I do have a good quote from Mary Jane West-Eberhard, and thatll have to do if you dont have the patience to listen to some geezer talking at a camera.

Changing characters do not march ever outward along the branches of a phylogenetic tree. While homology, parallelism, and convergence remain useful conceptual guides, they need to be seen against a background of continual reshuffling with a particulate, mosaic phenotype that renders linear terms like parallelism and convergence only approximate, and potentially misleading, descriptions of evolution.

Does a concept of mixed or partial homology just make a mess of homology? In fact, evolution makes a mess of homology.

Mary Jane West-Eberhard

18:39

Campus book burning Nazis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am Envy, begotten of a chimney-sweeper and an oyster-wife. I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt; I am lean with seeing others eat O that there would come a famine through all the world, that all might die, and I live alone; then thou shouldst see how fat I would be! But must thou sit and I stand? Come down, with a vengeance!  Christopher Marlowe

Academia has reached a new low. The fabric of scholarship has been attacked from within and defenders of Free Speech are nowhere to be found from the University hierarchy. Has anything been learned since the heady days of 1960s campus confrontations? It seems that the only learning process that has survived is that the caliber of intellectual acumen has sunk into the thrones of totalitarian hysteria. A refresher course is needed for all those too young to recall the Origin of Free Speech Movement at Berkeley celebrated 50 years later.

After Berkeley students took part in civil rights protests against Bay Area businesses and at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, the dean of students notified student organizations that the walkway was university property and could not be used to support or advocate off-campus political or social action.

Students defiantly set up tables on the walkway and within the campus. The civil disobedience came to a head on Oct. 1, when police tried to arrest a former student staffing a table for the Congress on Racial Equality. Hundreds of students surrounded the police car to keep it from carrying him away.

Compare this civil disobedience action to the latest exercise of student power as cited by Bill Barlow at The Harvard Law Record, Fascism at Yale.

Yale has recently endured a firestorm of protest after a lecturer that presides over one of the undergraduate colleges questioned whether concerns about the offensiveness of Halloween costumes had gone too far in impinging on free speech.

In response, hundreds of protesters gathered on the quad, calling for Nicholas and Erika Christakis to be removed from their roles. Nicholas voluntarily came to discuss the matter with them, and soon, a crowd of students enveloped him.

One student is heard saying, Walk away. He doesnt deserve to be listened to. When Nicholas started to explain himself, a student yells, Be quiet! and then proceeds to lecture him. When Nicholas calmly and politely says I disagree, the protestor explodes, screaming, Why the fuck did you accept the position?! Who the fuck hired you?! You should step down! Then, finally, You...

18:30

Bowdlerized Obituary: President George H. W. Bushs 1991-92 Confrontation with Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When George H.W. Bush died on November 30th, Americas two self-proclaimed newspapers of record The Washington Post and The New York Times were both quick off the mark in publishing what appeared to be definitive obituaries of the

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18:23

2 Nuns Steal $500,000 And Spend It Partying In Las Vegas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Luke Miller, 

Two Catholic nuns in California have confessed to stealing about $500,000 and gambling it in Vegas.

BBC report that Sisters Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang embezzled the money from St James Catholic School in Torrance, near to Los Angeles. The money was used to spend in casinos.

The duo stole the money from an account which held tuition fees and donations. The nuns have said they feel remorse for their behavior.

Kreuper was the principal of the school for 29 years, and Chang worked there as a teacher for close to 20 years. It is thought that they stole the money over a minimum period of 10 years which they used to travel and gamble.

A spokesperson for St James Catholic Church has said the nuns have expressed deep remorse for their behavior, adding that the police had been informed, but no criminal charges will be brought to them.

The Sisters have confirmed the misappropriation of funds and have co-operated in the investigation, the sisters order, the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, shared in a statement on its website and continued Our community is concerned and saddened by this sit...

18:21

Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin Runs Away When Asked How Shes Conservative "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I asked Jennifer Rubin, a 'conservative' columnist for The Washington Post, what makes her conservative and in response, she said she 'had to run.'

18:20

The Largest Pushers of Conspiracy Theories Are MSM And The US State Department "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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As those who question the status quo get grouped into groups of kooks, the largest perpetrates of fake conspiracy theories are the government and mainstream media.

The post The Largest Pushers of Conspiracy Theories Are MSM And The US State Department appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

18:09

Assorted Thoughts On Politics, Humanity, And The World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russophobia and an uncritical emphasis on Trump has been used to scaremonger an annoyingly large percentage of American progressives from focusing on wanting change to focusing on wanting things to go back to how they used to be. Wanting things to go back to how they used to be is wanting the conditions which created Trump.

18:05

Is Google Manipulating User Opinions And Behavior? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Research suggests that Google is using search engine suggestions to sway user opinions, Dr. Robert Epstein explains on the Federalist Radio Hour.

17:57

Powerful herbs that treat parasite infections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its not always easy to spot parasitic infections since not all of them exhibit symptoms. However, there are cases that can cause severe conditions and even be fatal. No matter the case, its still best to cleanse the body every once in a while to prevent parasites from invading and thriving in your organs.

Parasite cleanses are not just for those who are already suffering from the symptoms of infection; they are also for those who just want to make sure that they are free from any trace of parasites. Eliminating these organisms is very easy to do, you just have to know which items can help you with what youre trying to achieve. To help you, here are some herbs that can be utilized in order to get rid of parasites and prevent future infections from happening:

  • Garlic  This widely used herb is known for its ability to kill not just parasites but bacteria, viruses, and fungi as well. Moreover, garlic also has potent antioxidant effects that counteract the toxins released by these pathogens. These properties are due to the presence of allicin and ajoene, the former of which is initially present as alliin before its converted into its bioactive form. To get the most out of garlic, you have to crush, juice, or chop up the garlic so that the enzyme alliinase can convert alliin into allicin.
  • Cucumber seeds  If you are suffering from tapeworms in your digestive tract then cucumber seeds are just what you need since these contain the enzyme erepsin which does the job for you. Simply grind the seeds into a powder and add one teaspoon of it to your smoothies to cleanse out your system. Even if you do not have parasites, you can still take this as a preventive measure.
  • Papaya  Eating papaya is a sweet and enjoyable way to get rid of parasites, especially since there are various recipes that you can try out. One of these is fermented papayas in apple cider vinegar, which will produce not just cultured papaya that you can eat, but brine that you can drink as well. Another is by making a smoothie consisting of one papaya, a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil, and a cup of coconut milk. Although the papaya fruit is already great, it isnt even the most powerful part of the plant. The seeds are stronger when it comes to killing parasites. However, they arent as delicious as the fruit when eaten alone so you can try combining them with honey, which is also a known anti-parasitic food.
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17:52

MKUltra docs: The CIA made remote-controlled dogs with brain surgery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Central Intelligence Agency made six remote-controlled dogs as a part of their MKULTRA behavior modification or mind control program.  Using brain surgery, newly requested documents show that the dogs were field operational and controlled by human beings.

The CIA marked the 65th anniversary of the launch of Project MKULTRA. And the public is finally getting a more broad and detailed look at just how far those attempting these gruesome experiments were willing to go in order to gain control of our thoughts.

The documents were provided under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by  The Black Vault founder, John Greenewald. According to a report by Newsweek, The Black Vault specializes in declassified government records. In one declassified letter (released as file C00021825) a redacted individual writes to a doctor (whose name has also been redacted) with advice about launching a laboratory for experiments in animal mind control. The writer of the letter is already an expert in the field, whose earlier work had culminated with the creation of six remote control dogs, which could be made to run, turn, and stop.

As you know, I spent about three years working in the research area of rewarding electrical stimulation of the brain, the individual writes. In the laboratory, we performed a number of experiments with rats; in the open field, we employed dogs of several breeds.

As if their mind control experiments on humans were not disturbing enough, the CIA also admits that the goal was to control the behavior of a dog. The specific aim of the research program was to examine the possibility of controlling the behavior of a dog, in an open field, by means of remotely triggering electrical stimulation of the brain, the report states. Such a system depends for its effectiveness on two properties of electrical stimulation delivered to certain deep-lying structures of the dog brain: the well-known reward effect, and a tendency for such stimulation to initiate and maintain locomotion in a direction which is accompanied by the continued delivery of stimulation.

After the surgery to control the mind of a dog, the CIA states that the gruesome side effects could be infection at the electrode site due to a failure of the surgical wound to heal. Newsweek reported that after...

17:50

Yellow Vest Protests Spreading to Other Countries as Citizens Rise Up Against Corrupt Govt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Left and right have come together as yellow vest protests spread across Europe and are planned in other parts of the world in a massive revolt against the corruption of the state.

The post Yellow Vest Protests Spreading to Other Countries as Citizens Rise Up Against Corrupt Govt appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:38

Who's destroying England and Western Europe? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The chaos and destruction that result from open borders are simply an "adjustment period," after which things will settle down. A new and better England and Europe will emerge. Diversity will triumph. How? Don't worry about that, be happy.

17:37

Police Use Facial Recognition Doorbells To Create Private Watchlist Networks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By MassPrivateI Earlier this year, I reported that Amazons spying Ring doorbells are being installed everywhere and how everyones privacy is at stake. But a recent...

17:32

CBS 60 Minutes Extra Segment Reveals Research Confirming That Toddlers Need Laps More Than Apps "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Activist Post published an article yesterday about the recent CBS 60 Minutes segment covering a $300M federal study being conducted to find...

17:32

How confederate monuments perpetuate the lies about slavery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Brian Palmer and Seth Freed Wessler were commissioned by the Smithsonian and The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute to visit the monuments to the Confederacy in the south to see what messages were being promoted about that turbulent period in American history. Their long report dispels the common idea that these monuments consist mainly of statues of people who made a name for themselves during the Civil War. They say that they go much further and actively promote a series of lies about history: that the Civil War was not primarily about slavery, that most owners treated their slaves like members of their family, and that life under slavery was better for black people than as free people. And what is worse is that many of these are funded by taxpayers.

First, far from simply being markers of historic events and people, as proponents argue, these memorials were created and funded by Jim Crow governments to pay homage to a slave-owning society and to serve as blunt assertions of dominance over African-Americans.

Second, contrary to the claim that todays objections to the monuments are merely the product of contemporary political correctness, they were actively opposed at the time, often by African-Americans, as instruments of white power.

Finally, Confederate monuments arent just heirlooms, the artifacts of a bygone era. Instead, American taxpayers are still heavily investing in these tributes today. We have found that, over the past ten years, taxpayers have directed at least $40 million to Confederate monumentsstatues, homes, parks, museums, libraries and cemeteriesand to Confederate heritage organizations.

Here is one exchange they had in Biloxi, Mississippi with one of the guides at the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.

After a discussion of the window treatments and oil paintings, the other visitors left, and we asked the guide what she could tell us about slavery.

Sometimes children ask about it, she said. I want to tell them the honest truth, that slavery was good and bad. While there were some hateful slave owners, she said, it was good for the people that didnt know how to take care of themselves, and they needed a job, and you had good slave owners like Jefferson Davis, who took care of his slaves and treated them like family. He loved them.

The subject resurfaced the next day, before a mock battle, when Jefferson Davisa re-enactor named J.W. Binionaddressed the crowd. We were all Americans and we fought a war that could have been prevented, Binion declared. And it wasnt fought...

17:31

Four million Europeans Signatures Opposing Article 13 Have Been Delivered to the European Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Cory Doctorow Lawmakers in the European Union (EU) often lament the lack of citizen engagement with the complex policy questions that they wrestle with...

17:31

Florida death metal guitarist breaks into neighbors house while his own place, packed with flamethrowers and live ammo, burns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Talk about burying the lede, man.

Ill give you the bullet points, but you should really read the article and watch the video in it to get the full story:

  • A house in Northdale the next neighborhood north of mine caught on fire last night. Firefighters responded, but were challenged by explosions caused by the flamethrowers and live ammo that were stored in the burning house. (And yes, in America, it is a Perfectly Sensible Thing to have a stockpile of flamethrowers and ammo, because freedom.)
  • The burning house is owned by Pat OBrien, lead guitarist of a death metal band whose work Im actually familiar with: Cannibal Corpse!
  • OBrien was not in his well-stocked-with-flamethrowers-and-ammo house because he was too busy forcing his way into someone elses house nearby. There were two people in the house at the time, and OBrien shoved one of them to the ground and ran into their back yard.
  • Sheriffs deputies arrived, and when they told OBrien to stand down, he did the most metal thing possible and charged at the deputy with a knife in hand. One of the deputies took OBrien down with an electronic control device (I assume its a taser, but maybe they make remote controls for death metal guitarists).

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17:29

MIT scientists are using a BIOLOGICAL VIRUS to make computers faster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Scientists working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are using a biological virus to help computers work much faster. When your computer stores data, it has to pause while the information moves from one piece of hardware to another, but apparently, this virus will stop that delay.

Using a virus called the M13 bacteriophage to manufacture a specific component may unlock phase-change memory systems, a type of digital storage that would speed up any computer using it, according to research published last month in the journal ACS Applied NanoMaterials.

The problem these viruses solve comes from the way memory is transferred within a computer. Moving data from high-speed but transient RAM to permanent storage on a hard drive can sometimes take a computer several milliseconds.

Replacing that two-part memory system with a single, catch-all type of storage called phase-change memory would reduce that delay to about ten nanoseconds.

But the existing manufacturing process for phase-change memory reaches temperatures high enough to destroy gallium antimonide, one of the base materials necessary for phase-change memory systems.

Using a virus to pull the pieces of gallium antimonide together into usable wires, however, kept the temperature much lower, according to the research. -Science Alert

Apparently, if this research will find its way into computers that we all use, those lost milliseconds will no longer be a concern. The introduction to the research paper states: The ever-increasing demand for faster and more efficient computers has driven the widespread search for next-generation optoelectronic, photonic, or electronic memory devices that can rapidly process and store information. This search has been not just about exploring new methods to construct smaller or stackable systems but also about discovering novel materials or structures to integrate more devices (or perform multiple computations) on a single chip.

M13 Bacteriophage is a helical virus that specifically attacks bac...

17:27

Participatory Development: A Humanitarian Alternative to Migration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

December 2018 is gearing up to be a pivotal month for migration on the world stage, and the epicentre is here, in Marrakech, Morocco, with two high-level fora taking place concerning development and migration. However, in order for the discussions

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17:27

Trump Says US Military Spending Is Crazy High Then Calls for Billions More "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jason Ditz Trump backs away from calling spending levels crazy a week ago. (ANTIWAR.COM) On Monday, President Trump seemed to be positioning himself against Pentagon...

17:25

Just $25,000 to go! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is doable. We can pay off our legal debts with a little help from everyone. We only need about $25,000 more.

(Personally, though, I look at that number and feel a stroke coming on. I dont have anywhere near that much money. But a shared load is a light load, right?)

17:25

WikiLeaks Emails Reveal Western Special Ops In Syria At The Start Of The War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Turbeville Despite Western claims that the armed invasion against the legitimate and secular Syrian government was organic native to Syria, the facts have...

17:24

US Arrests 32 At San Diego Border Demonstration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. authorities arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers. A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls "an enforcement zone." The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.

17:23

The Homelessness Crisis Deepens Across North America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) in Toronto, I am only too aware of how much worse the homeless crisis has become in this city over the last three years. As a result of community pressure,

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17:23

Terrorism Database Cites Islamophobic Sources in Muslim Profiles "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A leading financial risk database that is already facing multiple lawsuits from Muslim organisations which it suggested had links to terrorism is still using as sources websites accused of promoting far-right and Islamophobic agendas, Middle East Eye can reveal.

An

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17:22

Eventually This Had to Happen: France Investigates Russia over Yellow Vest Riots "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

France is investigating Russia over the yellow vest riots. Sorry, Macron, please look in the mirror.

Please consider France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots. (Bloomberg)

France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the

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17:22

Pedophilia & Child Trafficking: A Shocking Scourge Unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich If parents have never thought about that actuality, maybe its time to look into whats been going on for decades, if...

17:18

Government Thrives by Keeping People Blind to Its True Costs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Gary M. Galles Ever wonder why people put blinders on horses? As prey animals, horses have eyes on the sides of their heads to...

17:17

Senior Israeli Lawmaker Calls for Killing All Palestinians, Because they are just Nazis Anyhow "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chair of the Defence Committee at the Israeli Parliament Avi Dichter has called for killing all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

As he was commenting on the peaceful protests of the Great March of Return taking place along the

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17:17

MIT Scientists Are Using A Biological Virus To Make Computers Faster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mac Slavo Scientists working for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are using a biological virus to help computers work much faster. When your computer stores data,...

17:15

Your Phone Apps Are Tracking Every Step You Take and Every Stop You Make (And Then Selling It) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Daisy Luther Youre being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how...

17:14

Not Your Average Demonstration: Faith Leaders Arrested Demanding Demilitarization Of US Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

"In the face of unfounded fear, racism, and violence, courageous action is necessary." Dozens of faith leaders were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border in California on Monday after they confronted border patrol agents, demanding the demilitarization of the area and calling on the Trump administration to end its detention and deportation of asylum-seekers. "How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation." Bishop Minerva G. Carcao More than 400 religious leaders and immigrant rights advocates attended the Human Rights Day protest, with many carrying signs reading "Love Knows No Borders" and "No Cages, No Walls."

17:12

Amazon warehouse robot pepper sprays 24 employees, sends them all to the hospital, one in critical condition "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An unfortunate robot mishap was behind a bear repellant spray incident at an Amazon warehouse that sent dozens of workers to the hospital.

The accident comes at a time when many Amazon warehouse workers are already on edge as they see robots increasingly taking over their tasks and threatening their jobs, and now they have a whole new reason to be wary of the machines.

The incident occurred last week at a New Jersey Amazon warehouse when a robot punctured a nine-ounce aerosol can of bear repellent. Fifty workers were sickened, 24 workers were hospitalized, and one was intubated and placed in intensive care in critical condition. According to a statement from Amazon, other employees were treated on scene. Many of the complaints involved breathing problems and burning in the throat and eyes.

The bear repellent contained highly concentrated capsaicin, which is a form of pepper spray. Some experts say that bear spray isnt quite as incapacitating as the pepper spray made to be used on humans, but it is very irritating nevertheless. According to the BBC, however, bear spray can cause people to have a temporary but nearly total loss of vision and restrict their breathing severely.

The Retail Wholesale and Department Store union had harsh words for Amazon, who it says repeatedly places its workers lives at risk. Union President Stuart Appelbaum said: Amazons automated robots put humans in life-threatening danger today, the effects of which could be catastrophic and the long-term effects for 80 plus workers are unknown.

He added that the union wont back down until the firm is held accountable for this and many other dangerous labor practices.

The Robbinsville fulfilment center employs more than 3,000 people and spans 1.3 million square feet; the fumes were confined to the south wing on the third floor of the facility.

Amazon warehouse workers subjected to harsh conditions

Amazon has been the subject of some damning reports about the way it treats its employees. Last year, it emerged that some warehouse workers were falling asleep on the job from exhaustion, urinating into bottles to avoid sanctions for taking bathroom breaks, and sleeping in the parking lot to avoid punishment for arriving late. Workers say they are paid less than the living wage and subjected to excessively long shifts and nearly impossible production goals. The company also took flak for patenting a wristband that will track employees movements.

The firm did not do itself any favors when it was caught paying employees to say positive things about...

17:05

William Blum, Renowned U.S. Foreign Policy Critic, Dead At 85 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

December 10, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -    William Blum died in Virginia on December 9, 2018. He was surrounded by friends and family after falling in his Washington D.C. apartment and sustaining serious wounds 65 days ago. He was 85 years old. Bill was born March 6, 1933 at Beth Moses Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. and became an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He worked in a computer-related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War.

17:00

Video: Prominent Turkish Backed FSA Commander Defects to Syria Government Forces "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Late on December 10, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured a hospital building in the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. The hospital had been among key ISIS defense points in this area.

While the situation in

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16:55

Gli Usa si preparano allo scontro con Russia e Cina "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Larte della guerra. Dal rapporto ufficiale 2018 dalla Commissione incaricata dal Congresso degli Stati uniti di vagliare la strategia di difesa nazionale, emerge come Washington sia disposta a tutto pur di conservare la ineguagliata potenza militare su cui gli Usa

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16:54

The Macron Implosion Will It Spread to Other EU Members? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Yellow Vest Movement weekend 8 and 9 December Round 4. Some say, they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets,

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16:50

RussiaGate, the Mueller Investigation and the Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On December 7 after weeks of legal resistance, former FBI Director James Comey was forced to appear at a closed-door hearing convened by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The hearing was called to investigate political bias by Comey and

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16:48

John Bolton And U.S. Policy Towards Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

HAVANA John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, made a brief stop on his way to the G-20 Summit in Argentina to meet with the elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro, accompanied by a retinue of generals, received him with a military salute at the door of his house and told Bolton everything he wanted to hear: the suspension of the summit on climate change scheduled to be held in Brazil next year; the transfer of the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem; the promise to limit the economic influence of China in his country; and, above all, his willingness to join the war against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

16:47

Media Conventional Wisdom On The Russia Investigation Is Uninformed And Idiotic "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Axios promised highly damning and highly detailed evidence in the Mueller probe. What it delivered instead was warmed-over D.C. conventional wisdom.

16:43

NATOs Aggression Reaches For Russian Waters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait - protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels. The extent to which Ukraine was aware of these protocols and the 2003 agreement that put them in place includes entire events organized in Ukraine by NATO-sponsored "think tanks" discussing the necessity to "rip them up" and attempt to assert greater control over the current joint-use of the Sea of Azov.

16:42

Uprising in France The Anatomy of Populism and Challenging the Matrix "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The protests in France, symbolized by yellow vests, cover an increasingly large part of society. Political experts have already called this movement a new revolution. The scale of the yellow vest movement is already so serious that it is absolutely

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16:40

Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.

16:40

Cambridge City Council passes surveillance oversight ordinance in unanimous vote "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last night, the Cambridge City Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance requiring community control over police surveillance. Under the ordinance, City agencies including the police are required to seek City Council permission before buying, acquiring, or otherwise using new surveillance technologies. The City Council must also approve a policy to govern the use of each technology. Agencies are required to submit for Council approval all existing technologies, as well as surveillance impact assessments outlining the estimated costs and benefits of adopting the tools.

The passage of the ordinance last night was the culmination of over two years of work by the ACLU, Cambridge residents, the City, and members of the City Council. The ACLU is especially grateful to Mayor Marc McGovern and his chief of staff Wil Durbin for their leadership and stewardship of the ordinance over the years. 

The ordinance takes effect nine months from the day of its passage. We at the ACLU look forward to working with the City of Cambridge in 2019 to implement the ordinance to ensure the Citys use of surveillance technology happens in a democratic manner, with the knowledge and participation of the public, and with robust elected official oversight.

Cambridges ordinance is the second passed by a Massachusetts City Council in 2018. In September, the Lawrence City Council passed a similar law.

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16:37

She Works Hard for the Money "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

  Donna Summer

She just turned 30, has three children, receives no welfare (except SSI for her

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16:36

Tsipras Has Betrayed The Greek People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The prime minister who lost his bluff with international creditors in 2015 is now striking another radical pose by giving holidays to assassins. The Greek word syriza means radical or from the grass roots.  That, however, does not describe the man who leads Syriza, Greeces ruling party of the same name.  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras mishandled the dramatic standoff with the EU and international creditors three years ago. He is now meddling with the countrys anti-terrorism laws concerning the Revolutionary Organization 17 November, a far-left group formed in 1975 that has carried out numerous assassinations.

16:36

The Yellow Vests Are Not Russian Agents "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Yellow Vests have spontaneously employed the social media networking tactics most commonly associated with Hybrid Warfare, which is direct proof that this cutting-edge regime change technology has finally blown back and is beginning to undermine political stability in Western

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16:34

Video: U.S. Officially Accuses Assad, Russia of Staging Chemical Attack in Aleppo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On December 7, the US State Department finally released an official statement on the November 24 chemical attack, which hit the government-controlled city of Aleppo injuring over 100 people. However, instead of condemning terrorist groups, which used chemical weapons, the

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16:34

Nobel Peace Prize: The Demilitarization of International Relations, Lay Down Your Arms "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today, the world heard the very moving award speeches of Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who shared the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. The two condemned sexual violence as a weapon in war, but also spoke forcefully against injustice, corruption,

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16:28

Protest Breaks Out At COP24 Speech After US Announces No Change To Climate Policy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Protesters at the COP24 climate conference made sure US President Donald Trump's energy advisor knew they were not happy with the US' unwillingness to change its climate policy. Demonstrators erupted in song while Wells Griffith said the US will not be rejecting coal mining or fossil fuel use in the future during a speech in Katowice, Poland, where the conference is being held. The reality is, countries will continue to use fossil fuels to ensure they meet basic power, transportation, and the industrial needs of their citizens. "The nuclear power industry will also continue to provide large amounts of emission-free baseload power.

16:27

Resistance against Neoliberalism Is Not Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Resistance is not terrorism. And yet we do have resistance against oppressing rightwing neoliberal policies, and we do have spreading terrorism; but those words should never be associated in a causal relationship. If anything resistance is self-defense against warfare and

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16:24

WATCH: Cop Chokes Out and Body Slams 14yo Girl and Her Sister for Allegedly Filming Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

filming

A dramatic video has surfaced of police officers assaulting and arresting two teenage girls who appeared to be doing nothing other than filming them.

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16:20

China Warns Canada Of Consequences For Imprisoning Huaweis Financial Director "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Canadian justice made the arrest last day 1 in the airport of Vancouver, while Meng was preparing to take a flight with connection to Mexico. Huawei denied the accusation and ensured compliance with all the regulations of the territories where it operates. In addition, the Government of China recalled that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council it always implemented the resolutions approved by that body, but at the same time it rejected the imposition of unilateral measures by one State against another.

16:19

My Son Is a Marine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is having a son who is a Marine something to be proud of? Perhaps it was true at one time. It certainly isnt true now.

16:14

Open for opportunity: Re-imagining Procurement through Open Contracting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is clear from the 360 degree view from the City Hall Observation Deck that Los Angeles is in the midst of a transformational period a once-in-a-generation moment of change.

With billions of dollars a year in spending on public contracts, openness and opportunity are at the heart of the Citys procurement process. As the City continues to make investments to better serve its residents, it is essential to create an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic economy where everyone can share in the opportunities Los Angeles creates.

...

16:13

The Hardliners And The Cynics Fight To Use The Internet As A Weapon Against Cuba "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The State Departments Internet Task Force for Cuba, meeting for the second time since its first meeting in February, ended without agreement. The hardliners, who demand more money from the taxpayers in order to finish off the revolutionary government in any way possible, was confronted by the cynics, who want the same thing, but take out all moral criteria out and with the compensation of the market. From last Wednesdays meeting in Washington, the indignation of the head of the governmental Office of Transmissions for Cuba of the United States, Toms Regalado, has transcended.

16:11

Whos destroying England and Western Europe? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jon Rappoport

December 11, 2018

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In the run-up to the Brexit vote in 2016, immigration came to the fore as the key issue. But of course, the European Union has a policy of opening borders of all member countries.

The EU wants one continent, no separate countriesand the way to achieve that is by creating a massive flood of migrants. Destroy traditions and cultures that define countries. In the process, accept terrorism as inevitable. Dont talk or write about the actual effects of immigration. That would be hate speech. Keep eyes and mouth shut, and march straight ahead into a future of one European continent ruled from above by the EU.

Ever since the UK vote to leave the unelected, terminally corrupt, and rotting edifice known as the European Union, stall tactics and threats have been launched at Brits.

First it was, Its going to take a long time to untangle the UK from the EU, its very complicated. Actually, that tactic was predated by Prince Obama traveling to England to warn the population theyd stand at the back of the line in forming separate trade deals with the US, if they left the EU. Its called interfering in the political affairs of another nation. Now its the EU and Queen Merkel beating the UK to the punch by plotting trade deals with India and China, in order to leave the British out in the cold.

But the basic question is, Is Britain a nation? Does it exist? Its a question citizens are supposed to answer. Not Merkel, Obama, or the EU.

This issue, in case its unclear, is all about Globalism. According to that totalitarian political philosophy, of which the EU is a standard bearer, there are no nations. There are only mega-corporations and banks.

As the departed guru of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzezinski, wrote in 1969, [The] nation state as a fundamental unit of mans organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.

This is not only a political and economic statement, its a prescriptive piece of psychological advice: Stop thinking of yourself as a citizen of a country; youre a global citizen; you exist...

16:08

What the Marc Lamont Hill Affair Really Tells us About Zionist Goals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Destruction is the Zionists' strategic goal and the attack on Marc Lamont Hill and others like him is dictated by the tactics they have chosen to use toward that end. That is really what is going on, and it is important that as many people as possible become aware of just what is at stake here. In terms of human rights we all should start thinking of ourselves as potential Palestinians.

16:06

'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.

16:03

Tree Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sent in by Nightjar, our trees this week tell a cautionary tale about the effects of climate change.

Mushroom Hunting Part 1...We went mushroom hunting last weekend and I decided to share some photos. I split them in two parts. The first doesnt show mushrooms but rather our journey to find them. I knew that the wildfires last year had affected this area, but wasnt sure if our favourite spot had burned or not. It did. I say green isnt always hope because that green in the third photo is mostly acacias (Acacia longifolia) taking over the place. The future of these historical pine forests doesnt look bright. We turned around and drove a bit south until we found a patch of forest that escaped the fires and didnt look as dry and sterile. Thats when the mosquitoes attacked me, but there was also a lovely damselfly to make up for it.

Mushroom Hunting Part 2 will be posted tomorrow and its chock full of interesting photos of fungi found in the forest. Be sure to check it out. Thanks, Nightjar.

1. The road that no longer leads to mushrooms, Nightjar, all rights reserved

2. No longer a pine forest, Nightjar, all rights reserved

3. Green isnt always hope, Nightjar, all rights reserved

16:03

Trump Fakery Proven: North Carolina 9th District Reportedly Counted Early Votes Before Election Day "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The results of early voting were tallied before Election Day in North Carolinas now-notorious Ninth Congressional District, and election workers are accused of allowing outsiders to view them. The election-fraud case in the race has held up certification of the U.S. House contest. Totals from Bladen Countys only early-voting location were reportedly run on the []

16:00

Trump, Inc. Podcast Honored With Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Columbia Journalism School honored the ProPublica and WNYC podcast Trump, Inc. with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award honoring outstanding audiovisual reporting in the public interest.

The award recognized the first season of Trump Inc., which debuted in February 2018 and examined the business dealings of President Donald Trump and his family. Across 12 episodes and three bonus installments, reporters tackled questions that remained unanswered more than a year after his election: what deals have been happening, who his partners are and whether the president is putting his profits ahead of the countrys interests. Conceived as an open investigation, the series invited listeners to join ProPublicas Jesse Eisinger, Eric Umansky, Justin Elliott and Heather Vogell, and WNYC reporters Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, in the quest for answers.

The series offered richly told narratives about former Trump lawyer Michael Cohens history of partnering with criminals; rampant casino money-laundering rules violations at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City; and how there were tens of millions of dollars in unexplained spending at the presidents inauguration. Listeners also provided critical tips, including one about how a Trump property was installing golf tee markers with the presidential seal (which were removed after the series revealed them).

With nearly 1.2 million downloads, Trump, Inc. was named by Apple as one of the most popular new podcasts launched this year, and by The New Yorker as one of the years best.

This is ProPublicas first duPont Award. See all of this years duPont Award winners here.

15:58

Russia Today: Honest debate needed about legacy of Israels expulsion of the Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  Ken Livingstone Ken Livingstone is an English politician, he served as the Mayor of London between 2000 and 2008. He is also a former MP and a former member of the Labour Party. Having fought to get a deal between the IRA and Britain for over a decade before that was achieved, I cant []

15:57

Julian Assange Rejects UK-Ecuador Deal For Him To Leave The Embassy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Julian Assange's lawyer has rejected an agreement announced by Ecuador's president to see him leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, after six years inside. Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, has made no secret of his wish to be rid of the WikiLeaks founder, who sought asylum inside the embassy in June 2012 and has not left since. On Thursday Mr Moreno announced that a deal had been reached between London and Quito to allow Mr Assange, 47, to be released. "The way has been cleared for Mr Assange to take the decision to leave in near-liberty," said Mr Moreno.

15:52

NASA Spacecraft Orbits Asteroid to Explore and Take Samples "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ILO: Wage Growth Still Slowing (Jeff C.)

Findings in the International Labor Organizations latest Global Wage Report (pdf) include admitting global wage growth is the lowest since 2008, and women are still earning 20 percent less than men.

Youre Young and Broke. Heres How to Still Win a Congressional Seat. (Russ)

The author writes, What if you want to run for Congress but are broke, or young and saddled with thousands of dollars of student loans? Youre entering a realm where the campaign with the most money usually wins.

Trump to Roll Back Clean Water Act (Chris)

The author writes, At stake are billions of dollars in potential development rights, the quality of drinking water for tens of millions of Americans and rules that affect farming in much of the country, as well as wildlife habitat for most of the nations migratory birds and many other species.

To the White People Who Penned Sweeping Love Letters to George H.W. Bush (Reader Steve)

The author writes, When Bush 41 passed, I wasnt surprised by the whitewashing of his legacy. Instead, what struck me were the sweeping statements made by white people who, evidently, have never talked about the Bush family with a person of color.

Fox News Legal Analyst: Cohen Memo Suggests Prosecutors May Indict Trump (Jimmy)

The author writes, Fox News legal analyst Andre...

15:52

Russia to track future US missiles with upgraded over-the-horizon radar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia Today/Moscow: In response to US plans to pull out of the INF Treaty and the active development of its hypersonic technology, Russia is building a network of radar stations best suited to detect missile launches from afar. Russia is seeking to install Container-type over-the-horizon (OTH) radar stations along its borders. The move will substantially []

15:47

Political Games at Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Ecumenical Patriarchate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Sophia Iliadi for Veterans Today Shortly before the latest meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate taking place from November 27 until 29, once again there were rumors about Archbishop Demetrios imminent retirement. Patriarch Bartholomew was claimed to have met with the GOA Primate in Geneva, and after that the latter decided []

15:36

Mornings at the Station "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its getting dark. Once again, an impressionist shot. But I will say that this darkness is unusual for one, crappy camera, but also today has been a particularly foggy day, and its only getting worse now that evening is upon us.

Im enjoying the atmosphere of the second shot, though. Im standing between the two tracks, and something about that light effect and the out-of-focus is very appealing to me.

The usual angle, as it were
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Incidentally, I am currently reading Jos Saramagos Blindness (mixed feelings). Todays weather is a lot like his characters describe their blindness: just a lot of white. Although the fog here is probably less luminescent; going home is going to be interesting. Oh yes, and we lost all our snow.

Speaking of keeping a lid on things, I travel next week to Macedonia again, returning on the 23rd. I have mixed feelings about this trip, but I guess its good to be recognized?

15:32

Aquatic science orgs oppose changing WOTUS "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration is expected to announce reductions to the waters protected by the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a couple of hours. The change is expected to remove at least some wetlands, ephemeral streams, and headwaters streams from the waters covered by the rule.

According to MSNBC,

Mark Ryan, a lawyer at Ryan & Kuehler PLLC who spent 24 years as a clean water expert and litigator at the EPA, said water systems called headwaters in high regions of the country could lose protections under the new definitions being proposed by the Trump administration.

I think the mining is going to benefit from this because mines tend to be up in the mountains near headwater systems, Ryan said.

Miners may no longer need to apply for a permit before pushing waste from operations, such as rubble from mountain-top coal mining in the eastern United States, into some streams.

Howe Brook

Headwater stream in Baxter State Park, Maine.

As a frequent fisherman in headwaters streams, Im concerned about the effects on fragile trout habitats, many of which are already suffering from increased water temperatures. More importantly, though, and apparently forgotten by whoever is calling this shot, is that whatever goes into headwater streams goes into larger streams, and into small rivers, then big rivers, then the ocean.

What happens in the headwaters decidedly does not stay in the headwaters.

A coalition of aquatic science organizations has released a statement opposing the rollback:

The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is deeply concerned with the proposed rule issued today by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS). We urge the agencies to consider the far-reaching implications to our nations fish and aquatic resources, wildlife and communities from a narrower rule and call for any re-definition of Waters of the United States to be informed by science.

More than...

15:03

A Rat Broke Into An ATM, Ate Almost $20,000, And Died "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mayukh Saha

Stranger by the minute, that is the only phrase I can use to aptly describe the world we live in. This strange place has quite a lot of crazy things happening inside it and its evidence is recorded on a day-to-day basis by everyone who walks down the road.

Stay with me here, but everyone, on a daily basis hears or sees something that becomes a story for parties.

Well, today I have something for your parties. It is a story from India. And I know what you are thinking; and no, this is not a story about saints and wisdom and yoga.

This is the story of an ATM with a very special guest: a rat.

So, this incident, as reported by Hindustan Times, happened in the town of Tinsukia, Assam, North-East India.

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In a world where humans are at each others throats for money, a measly rat has managed to evade security, enter an ATM vestibule, invade the teller machine and chew up nearly $17k.

According to Reuters, the rat chewed up something around 12 lakh rupees causing the ATM to be out of order, baffling bank technicians and customers alike. The machine had been the subject of numerous technical complaints thanks to its not dispensing money for more than 12 days.

The things with small Indian towns like Tinsukia is that despite...

15:02

Syrian War Report Dec. 11, 2018: Prominent FSA Commander Defects To Government Forces "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront Late on December 10, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured a hospital building in the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. The hospital had been among key ISIS defense points in this area. While the situation in the town itself remains unclear and various contradictory reports appear about the situation, []

14:54

Words and their Power Over Us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our words impact lives, whether telling a younger sibling they can't draw or confessing to a wife's students, she, brings out the pizza in me.

14:50

Nazi Germany and the Gleiwitz Incident (Part I) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nothing unusual happened at the Gleiwitz transmitter station on the night/early morning of 31 August. There was certainly no false flag event initiated by SS or SD troops there. However, a few vexing questions remain unanswered.

14:44

Video: Mother of Native man who died after police encounter speaks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A jury in Nebraska has cleared a fired police officer for beating a Native man who later died.

14:41

Two Simple Questions Illuminate How We Think About Development "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today we are featuring a guest post by Seth Zeren, a founding member of Strong Towns and a neighborhood real estate developer in Providence, Rhode Island, about the ways different groups of people conceive of growth and development in cities.


If you spend enough time following urban politics and activism, you will see many instances of strange political bedfellows, as well as contradictions between expressed aims and actions. So you will find political fights where social justice warriors advocating on behalf of communities of color end up on the same team as an older white couple who live in a million dollar single family house, with a Bernie sticker on their Volvo. Meanwhile, on the other side, progressive Millennial renters will join forces with wealthy housing developers. You will also see instances where groups that could logically be alignedsay, developers of affordable housing and progressive activists speaking on behalf of those who need affordable housingare talking past each other.

In trying to understand these alignments, I have found it helpful to ask the following two questions, which loom large in the complicated internal lives of values, biases, networks, and political alignments of urban citizens:

1.     Does growthnew people and new buildingsgenerally make your neighborhood better?

2.     At the end of the day, how important is it to make a profit?

The answers to the first question are plotted along one axis, from a Defensive orientation to a Growth orientation. This axis is the good party/bad party analogy that we often use at Strong Towns. The growth orientation says that more, or new, people/buildings/businesses will tend to make the neighborhood better. The defensive orientation says that we like what we have and/or that change is generally for the worse.

The answers to the second question are plotted along the other axis, from an Extractive orientation to a Cultivative orientation. The Extractive orientation places the emphasis on economic returns and views buildings, neighborhoods, and people through an expediency lens. The Cultivative orientation eschews economic return and focuses on aesthetic or ideological perfectioncreating a more perfect world, whether through manicured lawns or the pursuit of more just social arrangements.

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Attitude Toward Growth

Growth...

14:22

Today in OpenGov: The Once and Future Lobbyist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In today's edition, Rick Scott's successful Senate bid broke a self-funding record, it sure looks like President Trump broke campaign finance laws, public records law might be broken in Oregon, and more. 

washington watch

 
  • Citing privacy concerns, the Census will limit release of widely used microdata. "The US Census Bureau is concerned about privacy. Maybe a little too concerned. As a data-focused journalist who writes about economic and demographic trends, I use census data a lot. Specifically, I rely on the individual-level microdata that is released by the bureau and turned into an easily usable format by the Minnesota Population Center. I am among tens of of thousands (pdf) of data analysts who rely on this data to study American poverty, health, and population patterns. The US Census announced this week that, because of privacy concerns, this microdata will no longer be made widely available." (Quartz)
  • To super PAC or not to super PAC? That is the question facing 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. "It is one of the most potent and feared weapons in the arsenal of modern American politics: the super PAC. But as three dozen Democrats ponder presidential runs in 2020 and begin to design their campaign infrastructures, some leading names beyond Senator Bernie Sanders are expected to forgo or disavow super PACs and with it the ability for allies to raise unlimited sums from wealthy backers in hopes that grass-roots donors and progressive activists would reward t...

14:14

The Fate of America Lies in the Hands of This Most Unlikely Group "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

We are now living in a world that can be characterized as the Irresistible force vs the immovable object. Who will win the conflict vs the New World Order or the New World Populism? Globalism vs nationalism. God vs Satan. But it will likely be the slugs that decide America;s fate.

They call it the Red Neck Riots. The Pentagon is preparing for the take down of President Trump and the probable backlash of rioters in the street. President Trump will soon be indicted and convicted, by an Obama-appointed judge for misuse of campaign funds. The Senate will be bypassed in what should be an impeachment vote. However, the intent is to place the President in jail and this will accomplish the same thing as an impeachment trial and a conviction. This is the means to bypass a Republican controlled Senate that would not likely vote for an impeachment conviction

The Numbers Breakdown

Politically, the country can be divided into three major groups that I call the liberals, the conservatives and the slugs. Many estimates break the country down into the following allegiances by percentage that are listed in the following paragraphs.

The Liberals

Liberal supporting (20%)- These people are often the bottom level of society. They want something for nothing. They are lazy and expect the government to take care of them. Or, they are the young and the thought of not starting at the bottom and that they are entitled to share in the successes and profits of the very rich, who have earned their way, is appealing. Liberalism is something that appeals to most 20-year-olds. However, when these essentially lazy people reach 40 and have a family to support, they realize that they cannot afford to support the phony ideals of liberalism. At this point many of the liberals become decidedly more conservative because they see through the wealth redistribution strategies of the globalists who use liberalis...

13:54

So Tactical You Can Barely See It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The rhetoric surrounding these survivalist items is starting to be a bit worrisome. Apparently they have decided that their customers are survivalists, therefore Trump supporters; certainly not liberals. I feel like I have been thrown out of the customer-base.

A legal and devastating way to protect yourself from violent threats: shine a light at them. Its a flashlight.

It is true that having a flashlight may increase your chance of crisis survival. Please consider that, when you are shopping for your flash lighting needs.

Someone must spend considerable time writing these; theyre imaginative screeds full of paranoia and appeals to mythic nationalism. Im starting to get worried, to be honest with you flashlight-wielding fascists could be bad news.

If the stock market collapses what am I supposed to do, shine a light on it?

 

13:19

Why Democrats Would Be Insane To Impeach Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After his impeachment for lying about an affair, Bill Clinton's approval rating hit 73 percent. This should be a warning to Democrats.

13:19

The Feminist Life Script Has Made Many Women Miserable. Dont Let It Sucker You "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Women need and deserve their own life script, one that suits us. In order to develop one, we need to know and be told the truth about what makes women happy.

13:19

Making A Murderers Steven Avery Is Still Guilty As Hell "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There are, no doubt, many innocent people in American prisons. Steve Avery, the murderer of Teresa Halbach, isn't one of them.

13:19

The Real Border Crisis Is About Foreigners Gaming Americas Asylum Laws "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We need a wall, but we also need the resources to defend the wall: judges to convict violators, court officers to manage detention centers, etc.

13:18

The Stigma Against My Conservative Politics Is Worse Than The Stigma Of Being Gay "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Everything I was told to fear about being openly gay has become a reality in being openly conservative.

13:18

Why The U.S. Shouldnt Use Huaweis Executive As A Trade Bargaining Chip "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cooler heads have to prevail to ensure Meng Wanzhou's arrest doesn't become a catalyst that worsens the trade war.

13:17

Virginia School Board Fires Teacher For Not Using Transgender Pronouns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Peter Vlaming lost his job because, although he agreed to use the transgender students opposite-sex name, he refused to use transgender pronouns.

13:17

Theresa May Postponed Todays Brexit Vote. Heres What Could Come Next "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By defeating the government in the procedural vote last week, the House of Commons put itself, rather than the prime minister and her cabinet, in charge of finding a path forward.

13:17

Its In Americas Best Interests To Stop Overspending On Our Military "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We spend gobs of money on our military, so what do we get in return? A lot of foreign intervention that has little clear benefit to Americans.

13:17

Macrons Address On Frances Populist Revolt Was Not Ready For Primetime "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a primetime address televised on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to diffuse the ongoing populist revolt of the 'yellow jacket' or 'yellow vest' movement.

13:13

Why 2015s Brooklyn Deserves To Be Part Of Your Christmas Movies List "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

'Brooklyn' is a work of selective nostalgia that shows the best in 1950s America. It may not be a Christmas movie, but it's perfect for the season.

13:13

16 Of The Coolest, Most Underplayed Christmas Songs Ever "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you dont like Christmas music, this list may turn you around. If you already love Christmas music, here are a few gems you may never have heard.

12:57

Tragically Funny Quotes on Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said something in 1938 that in 2018 may no longer be  true, or so it seems on bad days:   

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

No alien power over us? Because Russia has influenced US elections, some Americans feel that indeed an alien power is over them. Others consider the US president himself to be an alien. A more realistic fear is that voters are not the ultimate rulers of the country because of the virulent spread of voter suppression, and something related that is just as dangerous: Apathy.

Below are some observations that are both horrible and wonderful and they may cure your apathy, at least for a while.

Introduction by Milicent Cranor


But somebody hacked into the voting booth in 90 minutes. I think last year, a 16-year-old got in there in 45 minutes, and made the voting booth play a song You turn the voting booth into a jukebox in 45 minutes by a 16-year-old? You are telling me we cant stop Russia? (Bill Maher)

Papers say: Congress is deadlocked and cant act. I think that is the greatest blessing that could befall this country. (Will Rogers)

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. (James Bovard)

As democracy is perfected, the office of presi...

11:16

Voter Suppression in Fresno County "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The polling place at the Unitarian Universalist church was eliminated in November because of a Black Lives Matter sign. It was moved to the Cross City evangelical Christian mega church with three huge crosses out front. The 25,000 students of CSU-Fresno do not have a polling place on campus. Two thirds of the 3,000 inmates at the Fresno County Jail have not been convicted of a crime, yet are not provided a polling booth either.

11:00

How the IRS Was Gutted "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the summer of 2008, William Pfeil made a startling discovery: Hundreds of foreign companies that operated in the U.S. werent paying U.S. taxes, and his employer, the Internal Revenue Service, had no idea. Under U.S. law, companies that do business in the Gulf of Mexico owe the American government a piece of what they make drilling for oil there or helping those that do. But the vast majority of the foreign companies werent paying anything, and taxpaying American companies were upset, arguing that it unfairly allowed the foreign rivals to underbid for contracts.

Pfeil and the IRS started pursuing the non-U.S. entities. Ultimately, he figures he brought in more than $50 million in previously unpaid taxes over the course of about five years. It was an example of how the tax-collecting agency is supposed to work.

But then Congress began regularly reducing the IRS budget. After 43 years with the agency, Pfeil who had hoped to reach his 50th anniversary was angry about the steady decrease in budget and resources the agency had seen. He retired in 2013 at 68.

After Pfeil left, he heard that his program was being shut down. I dont blame the IRS, Pfeil said. I blame the Congress for not giving us the budget to do the job.

Had the billions in budget reductions occurred all at once, with tens of thousands of auditors, collectors and customer service representatives streaming out of government buildings in a single day, the collapse of the IRS might have gotten more attention. But there have been no mass layoffs or dramatic announcements. Instead, its taken eight years to bring the agency that funds the government this low. Over time, the IRS has slowly transformed, one employee departure at a time.

The result is a bureaucracy on life support and tens of billions in lost government revenue. ProPublica estimates a toll of at least $18 billion every year, but the true cost could easily run tens of billions of dollars higher.

The cuts are depleting the staff members who help ensure that taxpayers pay what they owe. As of last year, the IRS had 9,510 auditors. Thats down a third from 2010. The last time the IRS had fewer than 10,000 revenue agents was 1953, when the economy was a seventh of its current size. And the IRS is still shrinking. Almost a third of its remaining employees will be eligible to retire in the next year, and with morale plummeting, many of them will.

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10:09

Winnebago Tribe defends sovereignty in dispute with state officials "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation is battling the state of Nebraska in federal court.

09:48

Arne Vainio: I do not see spirits. Someday, I will "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Someday we will all make that journey and what we give of ourselves will be what remains.

09:22

Kingston: Community Picket at Canada Post Facility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Kingston: Community Picket at Canada Post Facility appeared first on It's Going Down.

On December 7th a handful of Kingstonians held a community picket. This action followed similar ones that had been held recently in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Fredericton and elsewhere in support of CUPW workers who have been legislated back to work.

Despite a province-wide injunction against this activity, the picketers were able to keep mail from leaving the downtown plant from 8am until 10:30am, when police arrived and pushed the picketers back from the roadway.

These community pickets are an attempt to reassert the economic pressure that was lost when Canada Post workers went back to work. But, like striking after being legislated back to work, this action is difficult to sustain because it is illegal. Therefore, the only way forward is to build a broad rank and file unionism that can defy both back to work legislation and injunctions against cross picketing.

Back-to-work legislation diminishes the economic power that workers can wield against their employers, as employers lose their incentive to bargain in good faith, knowing that they can simply stall until this legislation is introduced to cut the legs out from under the unions. With their leverage removed unions are forced to accept contracts that result from arbitration, which by design encourages the parties to seek a middle ground that too often foists otherwise unacceptable concessions on to unions and removes any possibility of making meaningful gains. Whether it be Canada Post, York University, or the Ontario College Employer Council, the play is the same for management: manufacture a public crisis in the mediabe it backlogged Christmas mail or students not graduatingand refuse to engage in bargaining, all the while knowing that back-to-work legislation will be introduced to stop the crisis.

And sure, back-to-work legislation was found to be unconstitutional during the last postal strike and maybe it be will again (the Ontario College faculty has launched a challenge). Regardless of the outcome of court challenges, though, the damage sought by the legislation is done. The workers leverage is squashed, workers return to work under old contract conditions and arbitration limits workers ability to say no to concessions or fight for more. The unconstitutionality of back-to-work legislation, like the right to strike in general, means nothing unless workers themselves can enforce it. This means refusing to accept the legislation and wildcatting. While this might be a scary prospect for both unions and individuals given the hefty fines that can be imposed, the alternative...

09:13

Solecast: Woodbine, An Experiment Hub At the End of the World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Solecast: Woodbine, An Experiment Hub At the End of the World appeared first on It's Going Down.

On this episode of the Solecast, Sole speaks with the autonomous community space Woodbine about their project and the ideas that drive it.

In this episode of the Solecast I chat with folks from Woodbine NYC.  Woodbine is an experimental hub in Queens that has been going for 5 years strong. Its hard to pin down what they do to any specific ideological persuasion, instead they draw from a wide range of influences and backgrounds to try to find new ways of looking at things to the skills to meet the challenges that face us. They host a multitude of events from poetry readings, educational events, assemblies, skill shares, gardening and too many things to list.  At the time of this interview they are fundraising for 2019 operations, please consider donating something here and follow them on fedbook / twitter.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Why spaces like this are so important under Trump
  • How Woodbine came about & the thinking that went into it
  • The concept of the anthropocene and why it serves as a good way to frame things for this century
  • Concepts of revolution vs autonomy
  • What there is to learn from the models of Rojava & Chiapas.
  • The importance of breaking out of an ideological approach and pointing to specific liberatory practices
  • Amazon HQ2 coming to Queens and what this means
  • Silicon Valleys role in...

08:23

Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.

05:44

Stung by Controversies, Police Chief Resigns in Elkhart, Indiana "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elkhart, Indiana, Police Chief Ed Windbigler announced his resignation Monday after recent reports by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica about disciplinary issues in the citys Police Department and a video that showed two officers beating a handcuffed man.

In a letter addressed to members of the Elkhart Police Department, Windbigler said Mayor Tim Neese contacted him on Sunday and asked him to resign.

I admit that I am not perfect and have made mistakes, but I always tried to make sure we were making decisions that would be best for the department, Windbigler said in the letter.

Last month, the mayor suspended Windbigler for 30 days without pay after the release of a video showing two officers repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the police station after he tried to spit on one of them. Windbigler downplayed the severity of the incident at an oversight commission meeting in June and reprimanded the officers. But after the Tribune requested a copy of the video, the officers were criminally charged with misdemeanor battery.

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04:08

This Is America #45: Fires In the Street "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post This Is America #45: Fires In the Street appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This is America, December 10th, 2018.

Today we are joined with some very special guests. The first are several comrades from Olympia, Washington, who are part of the group, the Olympia Solidarity Network. A solidarity network is a group of people that come together to organize and mobilize in a given community against bosses, landlords, and beyond. They often engage in fights over lost or stolen wages, unfair firings, stolen deposits, and lock out evictions. Unlike tenant and legal clinics however, solidarity networks use direct action to apply pressure. In Seattle, Washington, which has one of the oldest and best known solidarity networks, literally thousands of people have participated in actions under its banner, carried out delivery of demands to landlords and bosses, and have also benefited from these collective campaigns by getting stolen wages and deposits back, stopping evictions, and fighting back directly at their workplaces.

On todays episode, we talk with members of Olympia Solidarity Network who discuss their recent campaign against various businesses in the downtown area of the city who were fighting to secure a contract with a private security company which aimed to clear out the houseless community from the downtown area. After a heated and lengthy campaign, the contact was finally defeated. Our interview talks about that struggle and how the group saw things through to the end, as well as the push back that they faced from the police and the downtown business class.

Next up, we speak with two comrades from so-called Halifax who talk about the recent Postal Strike and how members of the IWW and others have supported the pickets. Currently, the State has forced all postal workers to return to work or face massive fines, but members of the IWW and others have kept up pickets in the streets. Several IWW members in Halifax were also recently arrested for taking part in the pickets, and can be supported here.

03:20

Navy to Announce Findings in the World War I Sinking of Cruiser USS San Diego "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Photo of the USS San Diego: Photographed 28 January 1915, while serving as flagship of the Pacific Fleet. Her name had been changed from California on 1 September 1914. Note two-star Rear Admirals flag flying from her mainmast top. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. U.S. Navy Advisory Navy to Announce Findings in the []

03:04

One language is not another "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am well aware I am not a flamingo today. Flamingos don't get so much traffic.

03:04

The Trump Administration Rattles the Saber at Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By James Carden In a recent speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis went on the (rhetorical) offensive against Iran. Said Mattis: Like-minded nations here today do not seek war or conflict, yet, we cannot ignore the malign influence and destabilizing behavior pursued by []

03:02

Pentagon Errors Refueled Saudis w/ US Taxes, Comeys 245 Lies & Israeli Child Sex Trafficking Ring "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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 (12/10/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth []

The post Pentagon Errors Refueled Saudis w/ US Taxes, Comeys 245 Lies & Israeli Child Sex Trafficking Ring appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:54

Is Michael Cohen Trumputin's Dead Meat? Are We? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the Trumputin world of organized crime, Michael Cohen has committed the ultimate betrayal: he's helped Robert Mueller prove beyond doubt that don Putin in the Kremlin put his very own bagman into the White House. Cohen is the ultimate mobster nightmare, the inside attorney who flips. Many a consigliere has died at Mafia hands for far less.

02:38

China Is Data Mining Directly From The Brains Of Workers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Meadow Clark China is deploying emotional surveillance technology that mines data from the minds of its citizens. Essentially, theyre data mining by reading their...

02:14

Watch Vigil for Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Consortium News broadcast the latest vigil for Julian Assange as the publisher comes under new pressure to be expelled from Ecuador's London embassy, while charges await him in the United States.

01:59

National Rifle Association a Russian Front? Butina Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate With U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  When the NRA isnt conspiring to run up ammo and gun prices or kissing Netanyahus American hating behind, they flex their real beliefs, world socialism and totalitarian dictatorship.  Better to arm bears than.oh hell: Maria Butina, a Russian national who cultivated relationships with powerful American conservative activists, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to []

01:52

Alexis Tsipras' Failed Attempt at Democratic Socialism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The prime minister who lost his bluff with international creditors in 2015 is now striking another radical pose by giving holidays to assassins, writes John Kiriakou.

01:33

CBS 60 Minutes Reports on $300M Federal Study on American Kids Brains Being Compromised by Screens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Activist Post and sister publication, Natural Blaze, have reported many times about research already proving that kids are being harmed by screen...

00:54

Is Kushner Covering for Bin Salman Murder Charge so Israel can Usurp Palestinian West Bank? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kushner has stood with Bin Salman through a whole series of crimes, including extorting $100 bn from some 200 fellow princes and his Yemen war that has resulted in starving 85,000 Yemeni children to death. And now the advice to "weather the storm" of being caught red-handed murdering Khashoggi.

00:12

Direct Action Gets Satisfaction: Anti-Homeless Security Patrols Suspended "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Direct Action Gets Satisfaction: Anti-Homeless Security Patrols Suspended appeared first on It's Going Down.

Announcement that long running campaign in the Pacific Northwest has won a key victory against an anti-houseless initiative supported by the local business class.

We are glad to announce that Pacific Coast Security (PCS) has indefinitely terminated its participation in the anti-homeless Downtown Safety Team security initiative. This signals the suspension and hopefully the end of the security initiative. The Downtown Safety Team conducted nightly patrols throughout Olympias downtown core between the hours of 8PM-12AM, trespassing and sweeping homeless individuals found resting in alcoves and under awnings. The security scheme was funded through individual contracts with business owners, property managers and building owners, and coordinated and facilitated by the business front group, Olympia Downtown Alliance (ODA). Suspending the patrols is a crucial step in the wider movement to secure safer sleeping options for houseless residents in downtown Olympia.

PCS withdrew from the scheme soon after a protest disruption was staged that shut down the security patrol for the night on December 1st. This was the third time the nightly patrols were shut down through direct action. While yielding the most tangible effects, disruption was only one tactic deployed in a true diversity of tactics throughout this multi-month campaign. Demand delivery actions at contract-holding businesses/building owners, postering campaigns, informational leafleting and pamphletting at ODA-sponsored events, pickets and shutdowns of contract-holding businesses/building owners, street theater and phone zaps were all also utilized. This multifaceted strategy permitted community engagement to assume a range of forms and allowed participants to expend their energies and abilities in appropriate fashion.

While we recognize the immense progress made, we also expect that the Olympia Downtown Alliance and the downtown business class generally will maintain their commitment to vacating our houseless neighbors from the downtown core. We will remain vigilant to such efforts.

We would like to thank the numerous friends, supporters and community members who have collaborated in this campaign. This victory is testament to the power of collective struggle and direct action.

If comrades are reading this from other cities and are dealing with similar issues, get in touch! We would love to communicate and collaborate.

For more information on this campaign and on other recent conflict...

00:07

We'll Make The World a Better Place By (Insert Your Planning Fad Here) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our last new Strong Towns Podcast episode of this year finds Strong Towns founder and president Chuck Marohn busily baking cookies ('tis the season), and musing on a series of questions posed to him by a Detroit-based journal.

The questions get at the heart of some of the hot-button issues in urban planning: the legacy of systemic racism in our cities, the role that urban planning might play in combatting and correcting for this legacy, and how 21st-century fads (the "creative class", new transportation technologies, et cetera) play into the discussion.

Chuck questions the notion that contemporary planners-with-a-capital-P are well-positioned to correct for the mistakes of the past, particularly with regard to racial segregation and disparities in our cities. One reason: we haven't really reckoned honestly with that legacy. 

You look back and youre like, Okay, this was horribly, systematically wrong. But was it really wrong in a way that we have somehow changed? I dont think that it is.

It's easy to caricature redlining and other past policies"Wow, that's just horrifically racist! We today would see that as beyond the pale." And yet, Chuck argues, we do things today that produce more or less similar results. Segregation is still pervasive, and so are disparities in economic outcomes. At the level of top-down policy, especially federal policy, unfair outcomes have a way of embedding and perpetuating themselves. And it's not because most individuals are mean-spirited racists of a sort we can simply dismiss as incomprehensible to our modern, enlightened selves.

There are tougher questions we need to ask ourselves about who gets the power to shape cities. Those with advantageswith preferential access to the levers of the systemare going to use those advantages for the benefit of themselves and those they care about.

"How do we empower communities that are disempowered today so that they have that capacity as well? So that they can lift themselves up, the ones they love up, and the people around them up?"

Until we reckon with that question, our cities will too often be fragile places AND places where the weakest suffer the most.

 Listen to this podcast episode for more on this topic, as well as Chuck's take on:

  • The importance of the "creative class" in cities, and what planners sometimes get wrong about the concept.

  • Why both the political left and right invoke images of the post-World War II era as a model to aspire to today. 

  • Why the economy ought to be more like a person walking and less like a person on a bike. (Hat tip to...

00:04

Brexit shambles continues apace "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The British parliament was due to vote tomorrow (Tuesday) on the deal that prime minister Theresa May arrived at with the EU negotiators but today she canceled the vote. She said that she was doing so because she realized that it would lose badly. It is not unusual for the party in power to cancel a vote on a bill but it is rare that it does so after the debate on it is well underway, as it was the case here where three days of debate had passed and 164 MPs had spoken. It shows a bad miscalculation on the part of May and her chief whip and constitutes a serious loss of credibility.

Her speech in parliament announcing the decision was met with scornful laughter.

So whats next? May says that she will negotiate a better deal with the EU that would be more palatable to parliament but since she had been heavily selling the current deal as the best one that the UK could possibly get, that promise seems exceedingly unlikely to be fulfilled unless the EU takes pity on her misery and throws her a bone. They have little incentive to do so given that they want to avoid any country exiting the EU at all, so why make it easier for the UK?

The main sticking point has been the status of Northern Ireland, and how to create a customs and tariffs barrier between the UK and the EU without a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This problem would go away if Northern Ireland decided to separate itself from the UK and join up with Ireland, thus ending a relic of British imperialism that created that separation. Given the bitter history between the two, this seems highly unlikely in the near future. The Protestants of NI may want to retain the majority status that they would lose if they joined up with majority Catholic Ireland and may also feel that there are economic and political benefits to remaining within the UK, as well as thinking of themselves as more British than Irish.

But I wonder if a realignment may become more appealing as time goes by. As both regions become less religious the way Europe in general is becoming, the religious division may become less salient. Also, if some Brexit deal is arrived at that keeps NI in the UK and out of the EU, there may come a time when the benefits of being in the EU outweigh the benefits of being part of the UK, thus causing the people of NI to change their views.

But that is not going to happen anytime soon, and definitely not in the short time frame that May has to arrive at some kind of deal. She is in a real bind.

00:02

The Cinema Committee: Finding Strength Where We Live "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post The Cinema Committee: Finding Strength Where We Live appeared first on It's Going Down.

A historical look at the anarchist movement in San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century.

On the subject of strategy, we have learned all the lessons from the tradition of the defeated. We remember the beginnings of the labor movement. The lessons are near to usthe power of the American proletarians at the beginning of the industrial era stemmed from the development, within the community of workers, of a force of destruction and retaliation against Capital, as well as from the existence of clandestine solidarities.

-The Invisible Committee, The Call, 2003

In recent years, the number of anarchist history books and academic studies have blossomed thanks to the tireless work of AK Press (among others) and the thankless authors and researchers whove sold their souls to the academy. For the first time in a over a century, the complete works of Errico Malatesta have been published in English and US anarchists now have access to the original strategies of insurrectionary anarcho-communism, a common-set of practices that thrived between the 1880s and the 1910s.

At the current moment in history, these century-old practices are being revived across North America, although many still remain to be uncovered. Rather than look for national and trans-national structures to the old anarcho-communist movement, we should search no further than our own cities and towns for the material practices that once bolstered our strength. Knowledge of our past deeds have been suppressed for decades, a tactical move on the part of our enemy meant to keep us atomized, and were the only ones who can recover it.

As the Invisible Committee puts it, the political techniques of capitalism consist first of all in breaking the attachments through which a group finds the means to produce, in the same movement, the conditions of its subsistence and its existencein separating human communities from innumerable things stones and metals, plants, trees that have a thousand purposes, gods, djinns, wild or tamed animals, medicines and psycho-active substances, amulets, machines, and all the other beings in their realms that co-exist with humansjust as it was necessary to liquidate the witches which is to say their medicinal knowledge as well as the movement between the visible and invisible worlds which they promoted....

Monday, 10 December

23:31

Marcy Wheeler: Mueller Probe Could Lead to Indictment of the Trump Organization "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Federal prosecutors have accused President Trump of committing a federal crime by directing illegal hush money to two women during the presidential election. The accusation was revealed Friday in filings made public by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, including a damning sentencing memo for Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen.

23:28

Portland, OR: Campus Police Vehicles Vandalized After Police Killing of Richard Barry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Portland, OR: Campus Police Vehicles Vandalized After Police Killing of Richard Barry appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following communique was anonymously submitted to Its Going Down and we print it here.

It reads:

On November 22nd Richard Barry was confronted by PSU police officers while in the midst of a crisis. They decided to physically subdue him, a struggle ensued, then Richard died before he even reached the hospital. The press has been told that he died of a mysterious medical event and the autopsy results have not been released. We have no doubt that he died at the hands of the police, and that no charges will be filed.

This comes in the wake of the PSU police murder of Jason Washington in June, where the officers involved were not charged. This tape continues to play countless times across the so-called United States.

They will kill us with impunity whenever they please and walk away from it with a vacation.

We are fucking pissed.

Will we continue to let this happen without striking back?

Fuck no.

On December 10th early in the morning we attacked PCC security vehicles parked along the Portland Police office on the Cascade campus, breaking about 4 windows on 2 cruisers total. Police presence on the there is a danger to the lives of the students who attend, much like it is on PSU campus.

This action is an invitation, join us and hit them back. If you were waiting to pick up your tool of choice, now is the time. To be clear, we are calling for mass decentralized action against the police, everywhere.

If the...

23:00

Colombian Police Arrest Six Israelis in Alleged Sex Trafficking Ring "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Screen grab from Colombia's Office of the Attorney General's Twitter account

SouthFront reports

Group of Israelis are suspected of running a child sex trafficking network in Colombia. According to a report by the Times of Israel the number of suspects is 14, while Haaretz claims it is 12.

The office of Colombias attorney general said eight of the suspects have been arrested, including six Israelis.

The video shows Colombian police carry out an arrest at one of the locations:

The alleged sex trafficking ring provided Israeli tourists with tourism packages which included prostitutes, some of whom were minors, who received between 200,000 pesos ($63) to 400,000 pesos ($126) in return for sexual services.

Colombian authorities said that Israeli tourists would stay at hotels and take yacht trips and go to private parties with drugs and alcohol, in which women and minors were offered as sex slaves.

The members of the trafficking ring will be charged with murder, conspiracy, human trafficking, trafficking in minors, drug manufacturing, providing prostitution services and money laundering. All of the suspects were wanted by international police agency Interpol on suspicion of pimping and soliciting minors for prostitution.

SEE ALSO: SEX & HUMAN T...

22:56

Minneapolis, MN: Antifascists Again Expose Neo-Nazi Supporting Landlord "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Minneapolis, MN: Antifascists Again Expose Neo-Nazi Supporting Landlord appeared first on It's Going Down.

Report on antifascist campaign against white supremacist landlord Julius DeRoma who has contributed to the political campaigns of David Duke and Patrick Little, the latter of whom has argued that Jews should be exterminated, tortured, and raised like livestock.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Over the weekend of December 8th, flyers were posted at multiple locations in Minneapolis warning of the presence of white supremacist landlord Julius DeRoma. DeRoma owns multiple businesses in the city and is landlord to many more. His businesses include Club Jger in the North Loop and DeRoma Art Glass in Lyn-Lake. Flyers were posted at these locations, along with DeRomas house in southwest Minneapolis. Pictures are included below.

Julius DeRoma was outed as a white supremacist last year when news broke of his financial contribution to former KKK Grand Wizard and white supremacist politician David Dukes 2016 Senate campaign in Louisiana. After DeRomas contribution to David Duke came to light, his bar Club Jger saw employees quit en masse while performers cancelled shows, ultimately forcing it to close for several months. HUGE Improv and Legacy Glassworks, both renting properties from DeRoma, issued statements denouncing their landlords racism.

...

22:51

UNHCR Are Abandoning Palestinian Refugees In Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Refugees twice over, Palestinians in Thailand are in a state of panic, as they fear unjust arrest at the hands of Thai Authorities and possible indefinite detainment.

By Robert Inlakeh

Imagine living life as a two time refugee, having been expelled from one country, to eventually finding yourself having to flee war in the next. For Palestinian refugees in Thailand, the story of persecution does not end here.

Thousands of Palestinians who had previously been living as refugees in Syria fled the country following the outbreak of war in 2011. Having escaped to bordering countries, hundreds then fled to Thailand, due to the ease with which they could obtain a visa to travel there.

Palestinians arrived in Thailand hoping to adopt the country as their new home. For a short duration of time, Thailand provided the safe haven from war that the newly settled refugees had been seeking, but in 2017 this all began to change.

On 23 June 2017, the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Act was implemented in Thailand which resulted in a crackdown on migrant workers. Between the period of 29 June and 27 November, approximately 150,000 migrant workers from Myanmar alone were said to have fled to evade prosecution. For most Palestinian refugees, however, fleeing was never an option.

Just over a month ago, Thai Authorities became particularly harsh and upped their efforts to arrest Palestinian refugees. Activists released a list of the names of 39 Palestinians...

22:43

Its A Christmas Miracle! Federalist T-Shirts Have Gone On Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The War on Christmas is over! We can all say 'Merry Christmas' once again. We are celebrating with 10 percent off everything in our online store.

22:21

Daily Inspiration --- Rainbows and Algorithms "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mathematician, poet, Lord Byron's daughter, and inventor of the idea of a computer program. She worked with Charles Babbage, who constructed the first mechanical computer, based on gears and rack-and-pinion action, and designed more sophisticated logic engines, which proved too expensive with the manufacturing techniques available in the first half of the 19th Century.

22:21

Truth and Free Speech Are Being Taken Away From Us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The attack on Julian Assange is the arrow aimed at the heart of the ability to publish the truth. If a journalist can be indicted for espionage for publishing leaked documents that a corrupt government has classified in order to conceal its crimes, the First Amendment is dead.

22:17

The Pursuit of Happiness? Rats! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The story of a rodent's unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment. Cartoon by Steve Cutts. Something between Kafka and Charlie Chaplin.

22:14

Lessons of the Failure of Initiative 1631, the Washington State Carbon Fee, Part 1: Election Analysis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This blog will examine the failure of Initiative 1631, the carbon fee initiative, which would have placed an escalating tax on carbon-based fuels and then given the authority to distribute the funds to an appointed 15-person board.   It was the most expensive initiative battle in Washington State history, with reported expenses of nearly 50 million dollars, and it failure received both national and international attention.

  

Why did 1631 fail?   Did "big oil" secure its downfall?    Was 1631 essentially flawed?   These are all important questions, because we need to know how to proceed in the future.   Global warming is a serious challenge for mankind and we can't afford to waste such extraordinary resources, with nothing to show for it.  Only knowing why it failed can we find a better way forward.  This is the first in a series of blogs to analyze the situation.

Election Data

    1631 was decisively defeated:  56.6% were against, 43.% for:  a large 13% loss.   Only three counties produced a majority for the initiative:  King (mainly Seattle) voters, Jefferson (mainly Port Townsend folks) and San Juan County (see below).


The core support for I-1631 was from liberal-leaning urban and tribal areas, with most rural and suburban locations voting against.   This division is illustrated in Kitsap county, with wealthy/heavily Democratic Bainbr...

21:49

The Briliance of Lao Tzu: Fostering Human Potential "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For several thousand years, there have been great "teachers", such as the Chinese powerhouse, Lao Tzu who wrote a book titled, the "Tao Te Ching." In this day and age of Trumps and others, Lao Tzu's teachings are needed. If we tapped into his wisdom, perhaps we can evolve and stop being stagnant? I hope not only that the reader read my article. I would say, read the "Tao Te Ching." Its a small book, yet powerful.

21:23

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Mueller, Cohen, And Russian Conspiracies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host this episode of the Federalist Radio. They discuss the latest complicated media collusion theories.

21:10

The Heresy of White Christianity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cone is often described as the father of black liberation theology, although he was also, maybe more importantly, one of the very few contemporary theologians who understood and championed the radical message of the Gospel. Cone's insight is an important means of recognizing and fighting systemic and institutionalized racism, especially in an age of Donald Trump.

21:05

One test To Diagnose Them All: Researchers Exploit Cancers Unique DNA Signature "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

All cancers have a similar DNA pattern that differs from that of non-cancer cells.
from shutterstock.com

 

Abu Sina, The University of Queensland; Laura G. Carrascosa, The University of Queensland, and Matt Trau, The University of Queensland

Researchers have developed a test that could be used to diagnose all cancers. It is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types.

The test has yet to be conducted on humans, and clinical trials are needed before we know for sure if it can be used in the clinic.

Each cancer type, whether it be breast or bowel cancer, has different genetic and other features. A test that detects one cancer may not work on another. Researchers have long been looking for a commonality among cancers to develop a diagnostic tool that could apply across all types.

Our research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has found that cancer DNA forms a unique structure when placed in water. The structure is the same in DNA from samples of breast, prostate and bowel cancers, as well as lymphoma. We used this discovery to develop a test that can identify the cancerous DNA in less than ten minutes.

How our test works

Current detection of cancer requires a tissue biopsy a surgical procedure to collect tissue from the patients tumour. Res...

21:04

The New Cash? Why Governments Dont Like Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steven Maxwell Cash is a problem for banks and governments. And, as we know, banks and governments are joined at the hip each...

21:01

What kind of person would take this job? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Now that Donald Trump has fired his chief of staff, the atrocious John Kelly, he is scrambling to find a replacement because it is the Trump style to take action without thinking things through. While he no doubt thinks that people would jump at the chance to work with him in the White House, that is turning out to not be the case and the names being floated so far do not seem to be panning out. But someone will take the job and although we do not know who it will be, we can make some definite predictions about certain qualities that the person will have.

We can forget about media speculation that such a person will be the adult in the room who will bring discipline and order to the administration. Such a person can only be effective if the person at the top wants order and discipline and anyone can see that Trump either does not care for those things or actively seeks to create chaos in order to distract attention from actual criminality.

One thing that we can be sure of is that the person will be someone with little or no integrity. It should be clear to even the meanest intelligence that the Trump administration, starting right at the top with him and his family, is full of grifters and/or ideologues. Anyone who takes on the job will be unable to avoid the stench that will quickly envelope them and will leave with a vastly diminished reputation. The only people who will take the job are those who are also grifters who will use their tenure, however brief, as a way to line their own pockets or is willing to serve as an agent of wealthy interests who will use them to push their agenda on Trump.

We also know that the person will have no self-respect because it is clear that Trump wants everyone around him to be fawning sycophants. Trump also displays no loyalty whatsoever to the people who work for him and the slightest thing is enough to cause him to belittle and publicly humiliate even those who go to great lengths to ingratiate themselves with him, even if they were to show Mike Pence levels of nauseating obsequiousness.

The idea that someone will take the job because of noble reasons, like wanting to provide the nation with sound leadership, is highly unrealistic unless that person is someone with an incredible level of naivete, bordering on childlike innocence, who thinks they can do the impossible.

20:47

Soundtrack to your life: 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Browsing through some music it struck me how certain songs are just the defining songs for certain times in our lives. You listen to them and they take you a to a place and time, they can evoke a certain mood like nothing else can, so I decided to share some of my personal soundtrack with you. Feel free to reply with your soundtrack in the comments.

Growing up and not knowing who you want to be: Innuendo by Queen

This was actually the first CD ever which I got together with the CD player. My English wasnt quite good enough at that time to quite understand the lyrics, but the music just said enough. Just keep on trying, eh? Later I sat down and translated many of the songs, a much better exercise than anything we ever did in class and to this day some words are automatically said in Freddys voice in my head.

It was a time in my teenage years when I was trying to figure out who I wanted to be and what I actually liked.

Freddy died not much later and I was devastated, cut lose again after I thought I had found a place. Queen stayed with me through all these years. Although I like a great variety of music, I became a rock chick back then and have always stayed one at heart.

 

19:30

How Plutocratic Media Keeps Staff Aligned With Establishment Agendas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why do mainstream media reporters within ostensibly free democracies act just like state media propagandists? Why are they so reliably pro-establishment, all throughout every mainstream outlet? Why do they so consistently marginalize any idea that doesnt fit within the extremely narrow Overton window of acceptable opinion?Why does anyone who inconveniences western establishment power always find []

The post How Plutocratic Media Keeps Staff Aligned With Establishment Agendas appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:23

UK COLUMN: Yellow Vests vs Macrons Thugs, No Integrity at The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BREXIT back pedaling has now begun as May positions for a Second Referendum, Frances Yellow Vest protests become violent as Emmanuel Macron deploys the heavies to take on unarmed protesters, meanwhile MSM journalists are now running disinformation campaigns blaming Russia for the French protests, and also for Brexit, and everything else imaginable. Also, The Guardian newspaper do a pristine job of whitewashing Tommy Robinsons Israeli backers. All this and much more

UK Column News editor Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with the early week news round-up. Watch:

.
START Theresa May lies againBrexit vote is delayed European Court of Justice has very convenient timing Boris: building foundations and now united with Teflon Tony? Teflon Tony asked government officials to keep lucrative deals a secret
08:24 France: yellow vest protesters under attack from French Police Militarised French Police verging on thuggery? A look at Macrons thugs butAssad must go French protests seem to be organic a popular uprising without outside influence Bloomberg blames the RussiansPutin did it (again) French armoured vehicles being used are carrying the EU flag EU military unification designed for internal policing of EU EUs Mogherini: we need to merge military and policing functions
22:49 Secret Scottish-based office led infowars attack on Labour and Corbyn Cardinal rule of public life: official resources are not used for party political purposes The building conspiracy: a massive disinformation campaign against Russia Guardian & Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr: spin and the twisting of truth The public see through the fabrication and take her to task Integrity Initiative: a huge propaganda ring and psychological operation on the public
35:44 Common Narrative: Western Balkans Six evidence-based policy planning Government doubles-down on confirmation bias, failed narratives and lies
38:54 Russia sends experts to Aleppo after reports of a chemical attack FCO statement: we have seen nothing to support claims made by Russia or Syria More classic reverse psychology in full view
...

19:00

Best of 2018: Why Are Developers Only Building Luxury Housing? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our single most-read article of 2018 was this one: a piece I wrote in July titled Why Are Developers Only Building Luxury Housing? In its initial run, I put quotation marks around the title, as a way of indicating that the titular question was not my own, nor did I fully agree with the premise (the word luxury as a real-estate marketing term is often used in ways that bear little relation to reality).

Rather, it was a question I have heard voiced repeatedly and often with intense frustration, in cities quite unlike each other, from Florida to California to Minnesota and beyond. We have an affordable housing problem here. People are being displaced from their homes and neighborhoods. Im being told that if we let developers build more, itll solve the problem. So how come when we do let them build, the only things I see being built are those stupid boxy luxury buildings?

I was startled and humbled by the response to this article. It was shared and reposted very widely, to the point that I had a few friends who dont generally read Strong Towns contact me out of the blue to say things like, Hey, a member of my neighborhood association passed around that article of yours about luxury housing today! It led to a really good conversation!

I was especially humbled by this because, frankly, I didnt think that I was saying anything newand re-reading the essay a few months later, I still dont. Others have articulated many of the points in this article more eloquently and memorably. But clearly this piece struck a chord, or connected some dots for people in a way that helped spark better conversations within their own communities.

Thats at the very core of what were trying to do at Strong Towns. We want you to have the tools and vocabulary to change the conversation about how to create resilient and prosperous places. We want you to better understand the whys of the built environment around you: the economic and financial and regulatory realities that underlie what does and doesnt get built (and who gets a say in it).

If you value this kind of content, the biggest compliment you can pay us (aside from, of course, becoming a member of the Strong Towns movement and helping us make more of it) is to share it widely. To those who have been doing so already, thank you for your vote of affirmation.


Stop me if you've heard this one before: "Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford."

This is a common lament in the tense debates over growth and development in many North American cities. Sometimes, the observation is made simply to call attention to the need for housing that's affordable to those across the income spectrum.

...

18:37

PALANGKARAYA -- Dreaming About the 'Soviet' Capital of Indonesia, and the 1965 US-Backed Killing Fields "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Indonesia planned a 'Soviet' style capital in the middle of the Kalimantan/Borneo jungle in the 60s, but it was abruptly halted after the US-sponsored coup in 1965.

18:36

Two Steps Back: The Yellow-Vest Response to Bad Planning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A response to rising gas prices and eco-taxes, the social unrest of the Yellow-Vest movement is a valuable lesson in governance with inadequate foresight.

18:33

Colombia Cracks Down On Child Sex Trafficking Network Run By Israelis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A group of Israelis are suspected of running a child sex trafficking network in Colombia. According to a report by the Times of Israel the number of suspects is 14, while Haaretz claims it is 12. The office of Colombias attorney general said eight of the suspects have been arrested, including six Israelis. The video shows []

The post Colombia Cracks Down On Child Sex Trafficking Network Run By Israelis appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

18:29

A Voter's Quandry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A voter is faced with making choices and the right path is not always clear. Should a voting system not strive to avoid making the choices difficult?

18:15

Prepare for President Trump to call upon American citizens to defend the Republic against the lawless deep state "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Even though Robert Mueller is repeatedly indicting former Trump associates for lying to the government a process crime James Comey just gave testimony to Congress in which he lied hundreds of times. Yet nothing has happened to James Comey (yet).

President Trump may soon be indicted for campaign finance violations, warn lawless Democrats, yet Hillary Clinton pre-sold White House influence to foreign oligarchs for hundreds of millions of dollars on the assumption that Democrats had successfully stolen the 2016 election. Why are there no arrests of Clinton Foundation associates or Hillary Clinton herself?

Robert Muellers entire appointment to special counsel was based on a LIE and an illegally leaked memo from James Comey himself, a friend and associate of Robert Mueller, who served as the FBI director when Hillary Clintons Uranium One scandal was deliberately swept under the rug, allowing U.S. uranium resources to be funneled to Russia and Iran. Yet, somehow, Robert Mueller, James Comey, Hillary Clinton and even Barack Obama who carried out massive international money laundering to fly actual pallets of cash to the Iranian regime are all apparently immune to scrutiny or prosecution. Only Trump associates are accused of crimes, while the real criminals of America the deep state appear to be immune to any prosecution or investigation.

The deep state Democrats, it turns out, have criminalized politics. No crimes committed by Democrats are investigated or prosecuted, yet Republicans are condemned as criminals merely for engaging in conservative, pro-America politics. (Read the book The Russia Hoax by Gregg Jarrett, or Spygate by Dan Bongino, for an astonishing overview of the damning evidence against the deep state.)

How the deep state could be exposed and dismantled

Soon, that situation may be turned on its head. President Trump is holding all the cards right now, sitting on mount...

18:15

New Govt Docs Reveal Parts of CIA Mind Control Program MK-Ultra Were Actually Successful "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CIA

Truth about CIAs illegal MK Ultra mind-control experiments using drugs, hypnosis and electronic devices- have been revealed in bone chilling declassified documents.

The post New Govt Docs Reveal Parts of CIA Mind Control Program MK-Ultra Were Actually Successful appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

18:05

Are The YELLOW VEST Protests Coming To CANADA? (With G. Edward Griffin) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is planning to dramatically increase taxes on carbon emissions to combat climate changehe plans to set a national price on carbon emissions of $7.5 a ton rising to $37.50 by 2022! Similar tax hikes have caused massive upheaval in France where protesters are putting on yellow vests in solidarity and theyre hitting the streets. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with G. Edward Griffin of Freedom Force International about the climate change scam that is being waged by elite globalists who seek to enslave everyone under their global umbrella.

18:00

Frances Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Emmanuel Macron is an instrument of the financial establishment, a former employee of the Rothschilds, acting on their behalf, enforcing a profit driven macro-economic agenda as well boosting the revenues of the military contractors.

The post Frances Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and Repayment of the Public Debt appeared first on Global Research.

18:00

A Remarkable Vaccine Research Event Has Occurred: What Is It? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich Ever since the 2004 CDC DeStefano Autism Study regarding the MMR vaccine not causing Autism was published, theres been a lot...

17:55

'They're on trial, too': Fired officer blames Native man's family for death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after beating by police officers but one of them doesn't think he should be held responsible.

17:50

Utterly Horrifying Video Shows NYPD Cops Rip Baby from Mothers Arms as She Waited for Food Stamps "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

baby

A deeply disturbing video was uploaded to Facebook this week, showing NYPD officers rip a tiny baby from his mother's arms over a dispute on where to sit.

The post Utterly Horrifying Video Shows NYPD Cops Rip Baby from Mothers Arms as She Waited for Food Stamps appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

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