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Monday, 11 June

22:06

More on the Latest Instance of Disenfranchising Minority Voters, Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Further to my Quicklink on this morning's SCOTUS decision re Husted v A. Philip Randolph Institute, which keeps in place SoS Husted's state-level prerogative to erase voters' names from the rolls if they've skipped three federal elections in a row.

22:03

Wage Theft: To Fight the Crime, Attack the Motive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

These corporate pillars are committing their thievery on many fronts. They're not paying employees for work performed "off the clock." They're stiffing workers on overtime and violating minimum wage laws. They're requiring employees to buy particular work clothes and not compensating them for their outlays.

22:00

7 Best Podcasts from the Early Days of Strong Towns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We're taking this Monday off from our usual Week Ahead podcast, but in lieu of that, here are seven fantastic podcasts from the early days of Strong Towns. The audio quality might not be quite as good but the conversations are gold:

  1. Just Another Pedestrian Killed (December 2014) - Chuck Marohn and Strong Towns board member Andrew Burleson sit down to discuss a tragedy in Springfield, Massachusetts, where a mom and two girls were hit by a drunk driver on an urban stroad. Marohn and Burleson discuss the engineering profession's approach to safety, the implications for those outside of an automobile and how our approach needs reform if we are truly build safe, productive places.
  2. Moneyhall (August 2013) - Chuck Marohn discusses the epidemic failure to understand what creates value within our cities. Applying the approach of baseball sabermetrics to our places reveals important truths.
  3. Rick Rybeck on Value Capture (January 2014) - Attorney and job creation, transportation efficiency and economic development expert, Rick Rybeck, joins Chuck Marohn to talk about taxes, fees and creating incentives for a better land use approach.
  4. Designed to Decline (September 2014) - Chuck Marohn talks about how auto-oriented developments are designed to decline, an effect that we can see clearly in places like Ferguson, Missouri.
  5. Economic Gardening with Chris Gibbons (October 2013) - Special guest Chris Gibbons talks about Economic Gardening, the early days of success and failure in Littleton, CO, the nationwide movement today and how to get involved. This is a far reaching conversation that demonstrates why the smart money in local economic development is in Economic Gardening.
  6. Rich vs. Wealthy (September 2013) - Joe Minicozzi and Josh McCarty of Urban3 join Chuck Marohn from Chapel Hill to talk about what makes a financially productive place and the difference between a community getting rich and growing wealthy. 
  7. The Hunger Games...

21:58

The Big Secret The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Tell You About Americas Soaring Suicide Rates "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week two celebrity suicides rocked the nation, and neither of them seemed to make any sense.  Kate Spades handbag designs had taken the fashion world by storm, and she was supposedly living the kind of lifestyle that millions of Americans can only dream about.  And Anthony Bourdain was one of those rare journalists that was greatly loved by both []

The post The Big Secret The Mainstream Media Doesnt Want To Tell You About Americas Soaring Suicide Rates appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

21:50

The US president is not the commander-in-chief of all Americans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A segment on the radio recently discussed Donald Trumps decision to invite people this year to celebrate iftar, the name given to the breaking of the daily fast by Muslims during Ramadan. This was an annual practice started some years ago but Trump did not have one last year when he was at the height of his anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions. During an interview on the program The World, the question was asked as to who might be invited and what Muslims would agree to go. The person being interviewed, who worked for president George W. Bush on Muslim outreach, repeatedly kept referring to Trump as the commander in chief for all Americans, as if this means that we were obliged to accept an invitation from him to come to the White House.

I hear this sentiment often and it irritates the hell out of me. Article II, Section II of the US Constitution says that the president is the commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States. Thats it. It means that he can give the armed forces orders that they must follow but ordinary citizens are not obliged to do any such thing and can blow him off if we wish. This includes declining his invitation to visit the White House.

In short, we can say to Trump, Youre not the boss of me, and the many sports figures who are rejecting invitations to the White House are doing just that because of his absurd accusations that their kneeling to protest police brutality is somehow morally reprehensible.

21:49

Holy Freuding Freud, Alabama: Your Court Elections Are Partisan? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

First off, have I mentioned that I love The Root generally, and Michael Harriot specifically? Well, it and he have a new article up about the man republicans have nominated to run for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

The focus?

The man who could replace Roy Moore as the next chief justice of Alabamas Supreme Court is a lot like Mooreonly more racist and homophobic.

Okay, yeah. That deserves discussion, and I like the path theyre taking:

Lets be clear. Roy Moore is a racist. Moore insinuated that the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, should be repealed. He said that the last time America was great was during slavery. He insisted that President Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen. But of course, even when he was accused of racism, his wife insisted that was impossible because one of their lawyers is a Jew.

That sets up their introduction to Chief Justice-candidate Tom Parker rather nicely. But what left me gasping is this:

Allow me to introduce Associate Justice Tom Parker, the man whom Alabama Republicans chose to fill Moores vacant seat as chief justice.

WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?

To be clear, Im not talking about this:

In a 2010 ad, Parker compared U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who supported gay marriage, to a terrorist, explaining: Most people believe that al-Qaida is one of Americas biggest security threats; I think its time to add liberal activist judges like Judge Phillips to that list.

Although please note the word I stressed. This was a campaign advertisement, not an off the cuff remark that got unexpected circulation.

Nonetheless, what left me floundering was the phrase

Alabama Republicans chose

Had they finally succeeded in disenfranchising all those petulant mini-tyrants who dared to think they had the right to belong to another political party? Nope. Read the Montgomery Advertiser:

Associate Justice Tom Parker took the lead in the primary election for Alabama Chi...

21:31

Actor Robert De Niro swears at Donald Trump on live TV "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

__________ The Express Tribune Actor Robert De Niro swears at Donald Trump on live TV Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro issued an expletive-laden denunciation of US President Donald Trump during the live television broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday. De Niro appeared on stage at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall to introduce []

21:26

Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

_________ FARS Complicity in War Crimes: UK Facilitating Suspicious Arms Flow to Saudi Arabia An arms sales watchdog accuses Britain of refusing to act in time to prevent a huge and highly-suspicious Saudi-bound ammunition consignment. The consignment involved 30 million rounds of ammunition including 13,492,927 bullets for AK-47 assault rifles and 3,063,276 rounds of []

21:25

Does Eating At Night Make You Fat? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Alex Johnstone, University of Aberdeen and Peter Morgan, University of Aberdeen

Some media reports say that eating at night makes you gain weight, others say that it has no effect on body weight. So who is right?

First, its important to remember that a gain in body weight only occurs when there is a change in calories consumed or calories burned. A calorie is a calorie, but there are conditions where food calories could influence your tendency to gain weight or lose it. For example, it is known that different foods have a different ability to make you feel full, which can influence your food choices later in the day and ultimately influence your total calorie intake.

If you feel full, you are less likely to snack. High protein meals for breakfast have been shown to reduce food cravings and help reduce snacking later in the day. A high protein meal kick-starts a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that stimulates feelings of reward. The reward response is an important part of eating because it helps to regulate how much food you eat.

A high protein breakfast can help you f...

21:22

What Could Go Wrong? U.S. Army Planning to Deploy Autonomous Killer Robots on Battlefield by 2028 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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U.S. officials are openly discussing the military's vision for implementing autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned vehicles in the next decade.

The post What Could Go Wrong? U.S. Army Planning to Deploy Autonomous Killer Robots on Battlefield by 2028 appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

21:17

How Guatemala Has Dealt With Volcanoes Over The Centuries "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21:03

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Tuesday Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trump Kim Jong-un north korea singapore(ANTIWAR.COM) The historic Trump-Kim summit is just hours away, and both leaders have arrived in Singapore. Kim arrived on an Air China plane Sunday afternoon local time, and Trump arrived just hours later at Paya Lebar Air Base. This caps weeks of questions around the summit. President Trump withdrew from the summit after North Korea angrily condemned John Boltons []

21:00

"Establishment Wins" Are Bad for Democrats -- and the Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Democratic party base seems to be energized by hatred of Trump and his Republicans this year, just as it was energized by hatred of Bush and his Republicans in 2008. That could be enough to give Democrats the House, or even the Senate, even with bland establishment Democrats on the ballot.

20:47

A Mysterious Silence Has Surrounded Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

wikileaks assangeJulian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuadors London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work, as John Pilger discusses with Dennis J. Bernstein. (CN) In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the []

20:42

TCK RADIO: The New Love Is Just A Masked Old Hatred "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TradCatKnight Radio, The New Love Is Just A Masked Old Hatred Talk given 6-11-18 (aprx. 1hr 10 minutes) Join me as I discuss the latest Days of Lot/LGBT/Transgender news and talk further about the New Age, rainbows and gay pride. Truth has been given up to modernist errors in the Conciliar Church and is leading []

20:36

Lessons From A Tweet Gone Viral "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump's commutation of Alice Johnson's sentence caused me to reflect on Obama's presidency. In return, I received an earful of opinions.

20:32

'Survey' says: It's the media's fault "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

"Under Trump, the real, the true, the factual, the serious business of life has become demonized and trivialized to the point that everything is treated as a reality TV show and millions of Americans are -- for reasons no one has yet explained to my satisfaction beyond sheer ignorance and bigotry -- hooked."

20:21

She Said "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A poem about a certain way of looking that turns the world and us inside out.

20:20

Resist David Duke & League Of The South June 16th in Burns, TN "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Resist David Duke & League Of The South June 16th in Burns, TN appeared first on It's Going Down.

Call from Jam City Antifa to counter-demonstrate against a collection of former neo-Nazi and KKK organizers coming together under the banner of the Nationalist Solutions Conference.

Cover image: Rachel Pendergraft gives Nazi salute while in KKK robes. She will be one of the speakers at the Nationalist Solutions conference.

In April of this year we reported that the American Renaissance Conference (AmRen) was being held once again at Montgomery Bell State Park Inn and Conference center. The response and solidarity was in fact amazing to say the least.

AmRen received its heaviest police security in 6 years, with police conducting unwarranted car searches on protesters cars, and enforcing a mask rule that has never been enforced at past conferences, and the action faced extreme police repression regardless of the event having a permit to take place by the organizers.

David Duke in Klan robes.

Now Jared Taylor is once again attempting to hold yet another white power conference this time alongside The American Freedom Party, (which was founded by neo-Nazi skinheads in Southern California) and The Council Of Conservative Citizens, (famous for helping to inspire Dylann Roof), of which Jared is a chair member.

The ...

20:19

Dance Of Death: Duke and Duchess. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Click for full size, text translations in the comments. The 3rd image is a surviving fragment of the original wall, featuring the Duchess. Hess could have done a much better job with the dress, and he left out those amazing braids!

20:19

UK COLUMN: Trump Crashes G7, Squeezes NATO and Splashes in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

European leaders at their wits end with Trumps block and tackle on trade tariffs and NATO contributions, before Trump jets off to Singapore for the much anticipated North Korean Summit, and much more.

UK Column anchor Mike Robinson is joined by guest host Patrick Henningsen for todays round-up of news from around the world.

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START G7 summit: Rapid Response Mechanism to attribute blame To create a common narrative and response to world events US President Trump leaves G7 early: Russia should be brought back to G8
13:41 Murdoch response: The US is no longer a country we can trust
15:32 Trump moves on to Singapore: on a mission of peace
18:15 Meanwhile the FCO meeting takes place in China: all about cooperation
22:51 War rhetoric continues: Brexit new secret Putin connection US Russiagate has been running for two yearsstill no evidence US Ex-Senate aide James Wolfe accused of lying to further Russiagate investigation
28:04 Treason May: a colonialist liar according to Syrian President Assad White Helmets now labelled a controversial group in Mainstream Media
29:38 Iran sanctions: Nike will not outfit the Iranian World Cup team Sport now becoming a political machine instead of remaining neutral
31:10 NATO in Italy: Stoltenberg heads over to project stability An easy trip: Stoltenberg already in Italy for Bilderberg meeting
33:52 Alternative View 9 DVD set now available
...

20:15

Richard Nixons Grandson Revisits The 37th Presidents Legacy, Policies, And Relationship With Press "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Christopher Nixon Cox, grandson of President Richard Nixon and Nixon Foundation Board Member, joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss President Nixons impact on both domestic and foreign policy.

They reflect on Nixons contributions to the Republican Party today, and Chriss memories of his grandfather.

I think the Left and the media really got a scalp out of Richard Nixon on the Right, and thats why they like to keep referring to Watergate because that was the Left-wing medias big win, Cox said.

They want to equate that to things today to try to get another win today, but I think its a totally different story.

Listen to the full episode here:

20:14

A Dutch City Is Creating The First Habitable, 3D Printed Houses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Victor Tangermann via Futurism

As a kid, you probably heard the story of the three little pigs. To recap the tale: Three pigs build homes out of straw, sticks, and bricks respectively. In the end, only the brick house is able to withstand the huffing and puffing of the hungry neighborhood wolf. The moral here? Hard work pays off.

But, in our future-oriented fable, there was a fourth pig. A pig that went all out, and built his house using a state-of-the-art 3D concrete printer preserving a ton of energy, and reducing overall waste in the process. No amount of huffing or puffing could flatten it. And he barely had to lift a hoof.

3D printing is becoming a staple in a vast number of different industry applications from liquid metal fixtures for spacecraft to 3D printing living tissue. As our pig metaphor illustrated, its even possible to build entire houses using massive, industrial-scale 3D printers but they have yet to gain permanent inhabitants.

Thats all about to change. A Dutch construction company called Van Wijnen is 3D printing the first homes in the world that are actually habitable (i.e. able to pass a home inspection)  at least...

19:35

Pious Homophobes Win One "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No one was questioning Phillips's faith, only his refusal to do for one couple what he would do for any other, as long as they were heteros. His belief is a canard. His conduct in the context of his business is the only issue. His belief didn't even have anything to do with the gay couple's request. They weren't calling his beliefs in doubt or suggesting that by baking them a cake he was endorsing their sexuality.

19:30

What Anthony Bourdain Reveals About Living In The Age Of Loneliness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I waited to start Gods Favorite Customer, Father John Mistys latest album, until the propellers were spinning on the small plane at the end of the runway out of Dublin, headed on the short flight toward Glasgow. The morning was unseasonably bright and clear, directly at odds with the mood and the music as we crossed over the Isle of Man. And I thought about Anthony Bourdain.

Ive written about Misty real name, Josh Tillman before, as he is one of the more perceptive analysts of the loneliness and separation of our times.  In his last album, Pure Comedy, he sang about the technological despair of a future marked by ephemeral relations, where we are bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift, predicting that When the historians find us well be in our homes / Plugged into our hubs / Skin and bones / A frozen smile on every face. But theres another lyric that applies more to Bourdains situation: Can you believe how far weve come? / In the new age / Freedom to have what you want / In the new age well all be entertained / Rich or poor, the channels are all the same.

Bourdains suicide looks increasingly like an impulsive act.  There is no mention of a note. He hanged himself after a few days of work eating and filming with one of his best friends, fellow chef Eric Ripert, in a French village. He walked the cobblestone streets with his typical skinny aging rockstar lope. He took pictures with fans. He Instagramed his breakfast, with his normal ironic commentary (Bourdain famously hated Instagramming food, saying in 2014 Its bullshit. Its about making other people feel bad about what theyre eating. And a certain knowledge that what youre eating is more interesting.).

So in leaving us, Bourdain leaves behind more confusion than anything else. There are rumors, of course a fight with his girlfriend, a relapse to his famed drug use after years of not using but theres no evidence either is true. We dont know if he reached out to anyone before he went, or if he lied and said he was fine. As Misty sings on his new album: One more cryptic message / Thinking that I might end it / Oh god, you must have woken up / To me saying that its all too much / Ill take it easy with the morbid stuff.

From the outside perspective, Bourdain had it all: wealth, fame, a job where he traveled the world, dined with interesting people, was friends with chefs and presidents, ate the best food whether surrounded by finery or by a jungle, and could go anywhere and...

19:27

The Healing Arts: A Medical Inspection. Or Miracles Will Never Cease. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Click for full size. As you can see, all effort was put into making Joanna Southcott as awful as possible. Ms. Southcott was a self-styled prophetess, and claimed to be pregnant at 64 years of age, and died shortly afterward. It would seem she was held to be nothing more than a con by the medical establishment, with little consideration that she might actually believe all the nonsense she preached. The depiction of her is certainly nothing at all like her actual appearance (theres a photo at the link.)

A Medical Inspection. Or Miracles Will Never Cease. Thomas Rowlandson, Etching coloured, 1814. Subject: Obstetrics, Prophesy, Pregnancy, Anecdotes, Religious Mania, Joanna Southcott (1750-1814).

A Medical Inspection. Or Miracles Will Never Cease. Thomas Rowlandson, Etching coloured, 1814. Subject: Obstetrics, Prophesy, Pregnancy, Anecdotes, Religious Mania, Joanna Southcott (1750-1814).

19:15

Duluth, MN: Banner Drop Against Line 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Duluth, MN: Banner Drop Against Line 3 appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following communique and photo was anonymously sent to Its Going Down.

The communique reads:

Good morning comrades of Duluth, MN and comrades everywhere!

A sneaky Stop Line 3 banner mysteriously made its way up to a billboard on the right side of the highway going south on the 35 just as youre getting into Superior, WI, minutes away from Enbridges refinery that lies between Lake Superior and the Nemadji River.

Earlier today Enbridge was spotted with 15+ workers and over 10 pieces of specialized machinery bending and laying pipe and getting ready to bore right through the so-called border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. They are ready for their MN construction permits, they are literally inching their way into Minnesota.

Show up for the StopLine3 call to action and act out until the final decision for construction permits in MN is decided on June 27th. Tank Enbridge, smash Line 3 and take down fossil fuel infrastructure!

19:01

In China, Social Credit System Forces Citizens Into Submission To The State "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In China, Social Credit System Forces Citizens Into Submission To The State

When your personal data turns bad, whether real or imagined, China will basically ex-communicate you from the good life, and they have already done this to tens of millions of detractors. This is as effective as Tiananmen Square slaughter, but was implemented slowly so people never had a clue what was happening to them. Now, they are trapped, shunned, penalized and in some cases, destitute.  TN Editor

The terrifying initiative, which has been rolled out through pilot scheme, bans low-rated people from buying plane tickets and sending their kids to private s

Chinas  social credit system blacklists lazy citizens who get into debt or spend their time playing video games in a creepy initiative that could have come straight out of Black Mirror.

Analysing users social media habits and online shopping purchases, the nightmarish system also grants real financial credit to citizens whose lifestyles are deemed to be more wholesome.

While the social credit scheme will become mandatory in China in 2020, it is currently being tested in pilot schemes which have been rolled out through private financial companies.

The most high profile of these is Sesame Credit which has been developed by Ant Financial and uses computer algorithms to score people from 350 to 950, reports The G...

19:00

The Neighborhood as Small Town "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Kenmore of Akron, Ohio has what a lot of other neighborhoods would love to have: a well-defined and sizable commercial district, laid out along a main thoroughfare. This is no surprise, since Kenmore was a small town of its own up until the late 1920s, when it was annexed to the city of Akron.

As a result, a 1/3 mile stretch of Kenmore Boulevard remains as the vestige of the former citys downtown or central business district. While the businesses located there had generally been in decline over the past 50 years, and the area had become less pedestrian-friendly, the street still retains many of its best features. That included many older two or three-story commercial structures, built out to the sidewalk, and a curving broad boulevard separated by a median that once provided a right-of-way for streetcars. It doesnt take an expert to see that the area has great bones and that with a little hard work and imagination, it could be brought back to take advantage of its human scale, traditional small-town feel and potential as an economic hub for the neighborhood.

Tina Boyes heads the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, which serves as the areas Community Development Corporation (CDC). Shes explained that the Better Block program organized for the area in 2017 was the impetus for many of the positive things that are happening on the Boulevard today.

Better Block highlighted Kenmore Boulevards potential for economic development and placemaking, Boyes said. Residents, artists, small business owners and investors are now talking to each other and taking action to realize the potential for our neighborhood.

Making Kenmore a Great Place to Bike and Walk

 Kenmore Boulevard is home to many small businesses, a number of which have been located here for many years.

Kenmore Boulevard is home to many small businesses, a number of which have been located here for many years.

When we talk about walkable streets, we are focusing on places that are people-oriented, where the environment is welcoming, safe and accessible for peo...

18:57

Before His Death, Anthony Bourdain Once Admitted to Taking Drug Linked to Hundreds of Suicides "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was vocal about using a popular drug to quit smoking that was found to have more adverse effects than any other medication on the market."

The post Before His Death, Anthony Bourdain Once Admitted to Taking Drug Linked to Hundreds of Suicides appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

18:55

Tim Giago: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When you see a statue or sign that is supposed to evoke a feeling of American patriotism in your heart, think of how an indigenous person might look at the same thing.

18:47

Ladybird & Thistle. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Avalus, click for full size! Oh, and a reminder Chemo brain! If you send me something and it doesnt show up, please let me know!

Avalus, all rights reserved.

18:37

Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway is Taiwan Civil Government connection at White House "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After years of effort and heavy lobbying expenses Taiwan Civil Government established a connection in the White House

18:32

The Constitutional Crisis is Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The crux of America's current constitutional crisis is this: Our system of government was designed to constrain power, but Trump doesn't want to be constrained. Our system was conceived as a means of promoting the public interest, but Trump wants to promote only his own interest. Our system was organized to bind presidents to the Constitution, but Trump doesn't want to be bound by anything.

18:29

Equine Beauty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am no expert on horses. In fact, my knowledge about horses is quite abysmal. But at the resort where I vacationed this year they had this mare and she was kind enough to pose for a few pictures. And I think she is beautiful.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

17:55

IDF Videos Aimed Squarely At Spurring Arab-on-Arab Hate And Sectarianism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

GAZA  A new video released by an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesman has unnerved many in the global Muslim community for its use of sectarian rhetoric and slurs targeting Shia Muslims that are often used by leaders of extremist Wahhabi terror groups. The video, released on social media on Thursday and already with more than 20,000 []

The post IDF Videos Aimed Squarely At Spurring Arab-on-Arab Hate And Sectarianism appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

17:46

How US And Turkey Determine The Fate Of Kurds "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the meeting with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo agreed on Syrias city of Manbij road map, providing for the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK on June 4. According to the joint plan of Washington and Ankara, these formations will be replaced []

The post How US And Turkey Determine The Fate Of Kurds appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

17:44

Tomgram: Arnold Isaacs, Promoting Islamophobia in America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world."

17:42

Why Putin and Trump Will Align Against the NWO "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Authors note: The vast majority of the facts presented in this article have been repeatedly and publicly reported. There are only a couple instances where new confirming evicence is introduced and that is documented, but only done so to support the thesis of this report. This document is not meant to be a report with new information, but rather it is a dot-connecting exercise conducted for the purpose of predicting where America nd the rest of world are headed.
Thesis:The United States and Russia will soon join forces and new alliances will go by the wayside. The single determining factor will be the overt conflict between nationalism (supported by Russia and the United States) and globalism as supported by most of the world including the European Union. This could become the next cold war and perhaps even the next world war. 

 

Name the names of the Deep State, or I will! Will he do it? Who is on the list? Putin said this last year. He knows more than most American do about their own country. America stands alone. The G7, as a body, is condemning America First policies. Trading boycotts directed at America are coming. America will soon go it alone under Trump, except for one nation. And that nation is Russia.


In the following video, I summarize how the EU and the G7 are aligning against America in the same fashion that they have already conspired against Russia by kicking them out of the G8 and changing their name to the G7. This organization, which is a tool of the New World Order crowd, has devised and implemented, through their friends at the UN, a devastating Muslim immigration problem designed to destroy France, Italy, Germany and other first-world nations whose leaders will not police their borders under the threat of George Soros. Much of Europe is destroyed  and now the G7 is trying to ensnare both Russia and the United States in the same trap.

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17:39

Who wants to do a live chat about abortion on Saturday? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I thought the chat yesterday was productive and fun, and it was really good to share the screen with someone who would bring in new questions, and Id like to do something along those same lines next weekend. Im thinking Id have some similar prepared remarks for the first half hour or so, followed by a free-for-all conversation.

My topic for this next event will be A developmental biologists perspective on abortion, but dont you hate it when some dude starts hectoring the wimmin on the right way to think about their bodies? If Im going to do this, I damn well give equal time to someone who could get or could have gotten pregnant, to give their perspective. I dont mean someone who thinks abortions are Satans t-shirt gun Im not setting up a debate but someone who can complement my abstract view with something more personal.

If youre interested, email me and we can arrange it.

P.S. If youve never had a uterus or ovaries and think you have an informed take on the subject, Ill consider including you, too make your case in the email. But I will not have a panel of guys arguing on this subject.

17:36

The Daily Bird #733. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have never seen one of these near my home, but I was lucky enough to take this picture during my vacation in Krkonoe this spring. Looks like they were just shopping for some furniture.

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

17:33

WATCH: State Trooper Grabs Handcuffed 14yo Boy By the Neck, Punches Him in the Face "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

boy

Disturbing cellphone video was recently posted to Facebook showing a police officer grab a 14-year-old boywho was in handcuffsand punch him in the face.

The post WATCH: State Trooper Grabs Handcuffed 14yo Boy By the Neck, Punches Him in the Face appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:32

Another Slaughterhouse Raid Turns Up Abuses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On April 5, with helicopters chopping above, 97 workers, mostly Hispanic, were detained----leaving a workforce of only three. Thirty-two of the detainees were released the same day, 54 were kept in detention and 10 were arrested for defying previous deportation orders.

17:30

Pentagon Profiteers And The Exploitation Of Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Capitalists in Washington, D.C., and Wall Street have worked hard over the past two decades to privatize much of Puerto Ricos economy, including the healthcare sector. A profit-over-people model soon enveloped most public services in Puerto Rico, contributing to a lack of preparedness in responding to major natural disasters. In the autumn of 2017, Hurricane []

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17:20

Jong-un spotted at , SkyPark observation deck, Marina Bay Sands hotel ahead of Tuesday summit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

SINGAPORE (INTELLIHUB) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his security entourage arrived at the Marina Bay Sands hotel on Monday night after visiting the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

Jong-un arrived at the ultra-posh 5-star resort with his security detail around 10 p.m. after enjoying a night out on the town, per sey.

The North Korean leader was pictured earlier in the night with Singapores Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung and Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan while at the gardens in a photograph uploaded to Balakrishnans personal Twitter account.

Soon after, a joyous-looking Jong-un visited the Marina Bay Sand SkyPark around 8 p.m. where he could be seen enjoying great music and a one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the city from buildings 57th-floor observation deck.

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Needless to say, not skipping a beat, Jong-uns security detail could be seen polishing the North Korean leaders fingerprints off of glass panels which he had touched.

Jong-un is expected to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday at the summit....

17:19

Why would North Korea believe US assurances? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Much attention is being paid to the summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The one-on-one meeting with just translators present begins at 9:00am Tuesday morning Singapore time which is 9:00pm ET Monday night. Aides and national security advisors will join them later. We know for certain that whatever the outcome, the summit will be a great success. Why? Because Trump will tell everyone that it was. He will tell us that it was the biggest and greatest summit meeting ever, even if the final deal is that the US agrees to give Alaska and Manhattan to North Korea and the meeting ends with Kim mooning Trump.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo seems to think that the US can offer sufficient incentives to get something significant in return from North Korea, without specifying exactly what is being offered or what the word denuclearization implies.

It is the case we are prepared to give security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in denuclearisation, Pompeo told reporters. We are prepared to take actions that will provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation isnt something that ends badly for them.

He added: We are prepared to make security assurances that are different, [more] unique than, what America has been willing to provide previously. We think this is both necessary and appropriate.

One big question is why the North Koreans would believe any assurances that the US gives them. The history of the US is riddled with so many cases of interfering with the internal affairs of other nations, overthrowing governments, and making agreements only to unilaterally renege on them when they were no longer convenient. The word of the US government cannot be trusted. Trump has made this even clearer than his more smooth-talking predecessors.

The other related question is what the North Koreans would gain by giving up their nuclear weapons, which is clearly what the US seems to be aiming for. The North Koreans have got the US to take them seriously only because they have nuclear weapons. Without them, they would long ago have met the fate of Iraq, Libya, and the many other countries that have been destabilized and invaded. Trump could promise them financial incentives for complete denuclearization such as lifting the trade sanctions but North Korea has resisted such offers before and although from the outside life seems grim in this very authoritarian state, the country seems to somehow get along. Would they accept short-term financial gain for long-term uncertainty about the threat of a US attack or invasion? On a more personal level, would Kim tak...

17:15

Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.

17:03

Raining! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Were in the middle of one of those summer thunderstorms you know, the constant rumble, a deluge of rain, occasional flashes of lightning arcing against a light gray sky. I did my rounds this morning, going to the gym, tending to fish, getting soaked to the bone despite carrying an umbrella (they are useless when its windy), and I passed through the science building atrium, which is roofed with these large skylights that rumble when the rain drums on it, and caught a quick video on my phone. It doesnt do it justice I should go in with my good microphone and just capture the sound for an hour or two. Its very soothing.

Important safety tip: the science atrium is not the place to hang out if there is a tornado alert. Any other time, its great, but during a tornado it might just rain shards of glass.

17:03

The World According to Seymour Hersh "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Seymour Hersh's new memoir, Reporter: A Memoir, occasionally notes the failure of the exposure of wrong-doing to result in accountability or policy reforms. That's the closest the book generally comes to touching on any motivation behind Hersh's work related to ending war or torture or any other evil.

16:57

Trump's Relentless Lies Demand We Make Truth-Telling Great Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is more at stake here than the threat of censorship, there is also an attack on traditional sources of information and the public spheres that produce them. Trump's government has become a powerful disimagination and distraction machine in which the distinction between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy are erased.

16:54

Was there an unannounced missile launch on Whidbey Island early on Sunday morning? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Greg Johnson of Skunk Bay Weather on the northern Kitsap Peninsula has one of the most impressive weather cam facilities in the nation, including high quality digital cameras photographing the clouds at night.  He is an extremely reliable weather observer.

But early Sunday morning he picked up something that is both startling and unexpected:  what looks like a missile launch from Whidbey Island.

Here is the picture (with a 20-second exposure) at 3:56 AM Sunday morning from one of his cameras (looking north towards Whidbey Island).  Can you see the bright vertical streak on the left side of the figure?   Note the illumination both inside and outside the cloud.  It really looks like the ascent of a rocket.


Greg provided me with a close up of the top portion of the image (see below).   Really looks like an ascending missile.


For your orientation, the map below shows the location of the Skunk Bay camera (red circle) and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (blue circle)


I have never heard of rocket launches from Whidbey Island Air station in Oak Harbor.   And checking online, I can not find any discussion of this feature.

This feature does not look like a meteor, nor are there any meteor reports for the area that I could find online.  The lightning networks did not show a strike in that area.

Scott Sistek at KOMO TV says that t...

16:40

Country Time Stands Up to Arcane Laws Against Kids Lemonade Stands "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel Popular lemonade brand under Kraft Heinz, Country Time, is taking a stand for lemonade stands and pledging to help kids cover the...

16:39

WATCH LIVE! Exploring New Bitcoin Cash Proposals and Discussing DASH with Jol Valenzuela "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Vin Armani Watch Live at 1pm EST (10am PST). In the first hour we explore an intriguing set of proposals to alter the nature...

16:38

Conspiracy Theory Confirmed: Researcher Shows How Phone Shows Ads Based on Conversations It Hears "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John Vibes For years, smartphone users have been growing increasingly suspicious that their devices are listening to them to feed them advertisements and to...

16:37

EMF Awareness Day on Anniversary of ElectroHypersensitive Teens Suicide. Lab Testing Confirms Illness Caused or Worsened by WiFi Radiation and Electrical Pollution (Electrosmog). "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Monday, June 11 is EMF AWARENESS DAY.  It coincides with the 3-year anniversary of a UK schoolgirls death by suicide. ES UK...

16:37

Chemtrails: Brought to You by the CIA and Their Global Narcotics Racket? Peter Kirby panels with Elana Freeland, Patrick Roddie, and Jerry Day on No Lies Radio "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Activist Post Greetings, fellow Earthlings. As part of the Deep Truth: Visionaries Speak Out conference, our comrades: Elana Freeland, Peter Kirby, Patrick Roddie, and...

16:33

Free Syrian Army, US Preparing Chemical Provocation in Deir ez-Zor Russian MoD "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday that militants of the Free Syrian Army had already brought canisters with chlorine to a settlement in Deir ez-Zor.

16:29

Torture, starvation, executions: Eastern Ghouta civilians talk of life under terrorist rule "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Torture, starvation, executions: Eastern Ghouta civilians talk of life under terrorist rule.

16:22

Fluorides, the atomic bomb, and fake news "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Researchers who study the effects of fluorides by homing in on communities with fluoridated drinking water, versus communities with unfluoridated water, miss a major point: studying the water is not enough; toxic fluorides are everywhere -- they are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of drugs, and also in many other industries (e.g., aluminum, pesticide).

16:11

Kim Jong Un Comes To The Nuclear Summit With A Deceptively Strong Hand "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Okay folks, tomorrows the day. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in Singapore, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has met with the leader of North Korea since the countrys founding in 1948 by Kims grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

Kim is no doubt doing his grandpa proud, not only by realizing the founders aspirations that his country would one day obtain nuclear weapons, but by winning recognition from the international community.

Of course, the international community, especially South Korea, doesnt see it that way.

To them, Kim is finally coming to his senses about Pyongyangs illicit nuclear program coming hat in hand, apologizing for his folly. But the reality is that Kim terrified the world with the uptick in nuclear and ballistic missiles tests over the last two years, and the world is anxious, even desperate, to get him to stop.

Thats a dangerous negotiating position to be in, and its dangerous for Americas allies as well. Japanese President Shinzo Abe met with Trump in Washington last Thursday to talk about tomorrows summit. Abe is, not surprisingly, worried that the United States will end up easing up on Trumps policy of maximum pressure on Pyongyang without getting any major concessions in return. And while Trump likes to talk tough, and probably considers himself to have the upper hand after he unexpectedly called off the summit last month, he also said last week that he doesnt want to talk about maximum pressure anymore, even though those measures remain in place.

Ultimately, what everyone wants to know is what will happen tomorrow. Despite all the speculation and theres a lot of it no one really knows how this whole thing will play out. We know that former NBA star and all-around weirdo Dennis Rodman will be there (in 2013, Rodman declared the North Korean dictator was his friend for life). We know that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. will offer North Korea unique security assurances in return for a complete and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program. Pompeo also said that Kim personally assured him that hes willing to give up his countrys nukes....

16:09

North Korea gets first big dose of Trump summit news "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) North Koreans got their first big dose of news Monday that their leader Kim Jong Un had arrived in Singapore for what even the state-run media was calling a historic meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The news covered the front page of the ruling partys newspaper and was the top and only item on the first news broadcast of the day on Korean Central Television, which for many North Koreans is the only channel available.

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16:07

U.S. China: Winds of War Sweep into Shangri La "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The U.S. made its case at the Shangri La security conference in Singapore for continued America strategic leadership in 21st century Asia.  It the case solid?  Or is it what Shakespeare called sound and fury signifying nothing? America is clearly losing control of the master narrative for North Korean engagement.  Korean affairs at present are []

16:03

Robert De Niro Just Handed Trumps 2020 Campaign A Blank Check "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sunday night was the 72nd Tony Awards, the annual ceremony thats supposed to celebrate the best of Broadway. But whats being talked about more than any of the winners or nominees, co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, or even a moving performance from the Parkland students was the unhinged anti-Trump tirade made by Robert De Niro.

De Niro stepped on the stage to give a simple introduction to Bruce Springsteens Tony-nominated show, and immediately off the rails.

Im gonna say one thing Fk Trump, De Niro declared with his fists in the air. Its no longer Down with Trump, its Fk Trump!'

Not surprisingly, his remarks were welcomed with cheers and a standing ovation. Like most award shows, theyre attended by liberals who have had nothing but animosity towards Trump after he announced his candidacy in 2015. And theyve made their hatred for him obvious at virtually every single award show ever since. These awards shows were no longer about the craft of creating such art, theyve become about Trump.

De Niro himself has made several off-the-wall attacks against the president from calling him a mutt and the jerkoff-in-chief among other things to saying hed like to punch him in the face. He even said hes beyond seeing the point of view of Trump supporters. He has truly gone off the deep end. But sadly, thats par for the course in Hollywood.

Just within the last several days alone, we had Bill Maher hoping for another recession because a crashing economy can hurt Trumps reelection chances.

Sorry if that hurts people, Maher told his audience, but its either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.

We might have hit peak Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Maher has openly called for the financial pain and suffering millions of Americans would face if they were hit with another recession, simply because he believes that would prevent Trump from winning a second term. Its easy for a rich millionaire to say who likely wasnt much affected if at all by the 2008 recession, but many of his fans surely were.

That came roughly a week after Full Frontal host Samantha Bee trashed Ivanka Trump for posting a picture on her social media accounts of her and her infant son amid an emotional immigration debate, calling her a feckless ct. Unlike Roseanne Barr, whose racist tweet got her show cancelled, Bee offered an apology that was hollow at best. But aside from temporarily losing a couple of sponsors, she didnt face any consequences.

Whats so remarkable about De Niro, Maher, and Bee is that they seemed to have learned absolutely nothing from the 2016 election. Their overzealous animus for Trump had alienated his supporters, many of whom previously voted for President Obama in prior elections...

15:56

China and Russias Strategy on North Korea Summit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How Were All Paying for the Gig Economy (Reader Steve)

Theres been a lot of talk of contractors replacing the traditional workforce, which has been great for employers looking to cut costs in paying Social Security, pensions, and sick leave. However, many contractors are underpaid and thus taking advantage of Medicaid and other taxpayer subsidized safety nets.

Brazils Odebrecht Scandal Stops in Mexico (Dan)

The scandal surrounding Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has brought down politicians across South America. As the case grows against individuals in Mexicos ruling PRI party, it seems governing bodies have little interest in pursuing prosecution.  

An Ode to the Feeble Corporate Apology (Jimmy)

The author writes, The bigger issue is that these massive private spying operations exist at all. Most of them long ago agreed to partner with actual spy agencies like the NSA. Wake me up when Facebook and the NSA run a joint ad apologizing for that during the NBA finals.

Elizabeth Warren: Democrats Will Keep Losing Until the Entire Party Is Willing to Take on the Billionaire Class (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Several Senate Democrats were deeply offended when their colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) publicly called them out by name for backing a bank deregulation bill that will heighten the chances of yet another devastating financial crisis, but that hasnt deterred the Massachusetts senator from continuing to denounce members of her ow...

15:48

The Only Weakness Of The Golden State Warriors Is Their Strength "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ben Franklin definitely did not envision basketball playoffs when inventing his famous proverb about fish and guests, but his axiom applied to this years NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors 4-0 sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers could lead one to believe that championship rematches spoil after three series.

While two of the four games appeared close for a time, the series outcome never seemed in doubt after the initial match. In an event that will go down in finals infamy, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, retrieving his teammates missed free throw with seconds remaining in a tie game, did nothing. Thinking the Cavaliers ahead, he dribbled out the final few seconds, sending the game to overtime, and then the Warriors dominated.

Having failed in their attempt to steal a game on Golden States home turf, the Cavaliers never had a better chance to shift the series in their favor. Instead, the next three games seemed like a journey to a preordained conclusion the Warriors third championship in four seasons.

A New Dynasty?

Since June 2015, Stephen Curry and the Warriors have played LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 22 NBA Finals games. Having attended the first of these games in 2015, I could not have predicted the twists and turns that this rivalry would take over the course of those four years and 21 subsequent contests.

I grew fond of the Warriors during the 2014-15 season through their distinct style of basketball. While Pele popularized the term The Beautiful Game to describe soccer, the Warriors themselves play a beautiful, almost artistic style of basketball. Their offense becomes a ballet of motion, a whirling dervish of activity both the ball itself, and the players moving with, and without, the ball.

Golden States brand of basketball quickly revolutionized the NBA. The Warriors put a premium on a free-flowing offense, aiming to average at least 300-320 passes per game, or an average of about three per offensive possession. Golden State also used analytics to recognize the value of the three-point shot, and helped build their team around it.

In 2014-15, Golden States new look basketball got them to a league-best 66-16 record, and their first NBA title in four decades. Cu...

15:13

Has anyone ever been inspired by a school administrator? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Im asking sincerely. Im sure it happens. I just dont know of any cases. I can think back and make a long list of teachers who got me excited about diverse topics, but administration is a thankless job, and there isnt as much opportunity to interact with students in a positive way.

And then, of course, way too many administrators are craven bullies. Like the nameless officials who cut Lulabel Seitzs commencement speech at the instant she criticized the school. Its at about the 4 minute mark in this video, which also includes Seitz giving the uncensored version.

Heres what was cut:

The class of 2018 has demonstrated time and time again that we may be a new generation, but we are not too young to speak up, to dream and to create change, which is why, even when some people on this campus, those same people Seitz said before the mic went off. Her speech, then barely audible, continued, in which some people defend perpetrators of sexual assault and silence their victims.

People in the audience began yell, Let her speak! School officials did not turn her microphone back on.

Seitz has accused another student of sexual assault, and the school administration closed ranks to silence her. But we can attach a name to at least one of them!

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the schools principal, David Stirrat, stands by the decision, saying, We were trying to make sure our graduation ceremony was appropriate and beautiful.

How sweet. Are you also as concerned about making sure the sexual assaults on your students are appropriate and beautiful?

David Stirrat, you are why I do not have fond memories of any high school administrators, who were all button-down conservative a-holes who were more interested in providing cover for business and religious leaders in the community, and not at all about helping students.

14:41

Revolutionary Blockchain Tech is Helping Disaster Victims & Feeding the Hungry Without Government "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

blockchain

As governments and bankers claim cryptocurrencies and the blockchain are tools of criminals, millions of dollars in aid generated by these technologies are helping the less fortunate all over the world.

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14:11

Syrian War Report June 11, 2018: Syrian Army Repels Series Of ISIS Attacks On Al-Bukamal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

14:11

Fluorides, the atomic bomb, and fake news "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fluorides, the atomic bomb, and fake news

Faced with toxic fluorides destroying food crops, animal and human life, and with law suits piling up, atomic scientists decided they could distract the nation by promoting fluorides as a beneficial tooth treatment

by Jon Rappoport

June 11, 2018

Occasionally, I reprint this article. I wrote it some years ago, during research on toxic chemicals pervading the landscape. I used to send the piece to mainstream reporters, but I eventually gave that up as a bad bet.

Theyre dedicated to fake newsand now theyre losing control over public consciousness. Losing badly. Independent media are in the ascendance, and rightly so.

In 1997, Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson, two respected mainstream journalists, peered into an abyss. They found a story about fluorides that was so chilling it had to be told.

The Christian Science Monitor, who had assigned the story, never published it.

Their ensuing article, Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb, has been posted on a number of websites.

Author Griffiths told me that researchers who study the effects of fluorides by homing in on communities with fluoridated drinking water, versus communities with unfluoridated water, miss a major point: studying the water is not enough; toxic fluorides are everywherethey are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of drugs, and also in many other industries (e.g., aluminum, pesticide).

I want to go over some of the major points of the Griffiths-Bryson article.

Griffiths discovered hundreds of documents from the World War 2 era. These included papers from the Manhattan Project, launched to build the first A-bomb.

Griffiths/Bryson write: Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb productionmillions of tonswere essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War.

The documents reveal that fluoride was the most significant health hazard in the US A-bomb program, for workers and for communities around the manufacturing facilities.

Griffiths/Bryson: Much of the original proof that fluoride is safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb program scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide evidence useful in litigation [against persons who had been poisoned by fluorid...

13:56

What Happened When 3 Women Faced Deep Suffering Rather Than Abort Their Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the lead-up to Irelands abortion referendum, The Tablet, a Catholic weekly out of London, ran an overview of both sides of the debate. Lorna Donlons article was headlined Irelands Very Personal Question, and it begs the question: just how personal is a womans decision to kill the life she is carrying? Is abortion no more than a matter of subjective preference? In a society that is serious about what is right, can the personal dimension overtake the moral?

The article called to mind three women who have grasped the falsity of the feminist rallying cry: Its my body. None of them were Catholic. Two of them I knew well. I met the third only in the pages of an article about a close-knit Jewish community in upstate New York. The grace of each womans decision throws into relief the lurid jubilation in Ireland over the results of the May 25th referendum.

Leslies Baby Threatened Her Spinal Cord

Begin with my friend Leslie. She was a young mother with a toddler when she became pregnant again. All was well until sometime between the fourth and fifth month of pregnancy. The baby was sound, developing on schedule, but exceptionally large for her frame. He was crowding his accommodations, positioned in some precarious way that put pressure on his mothers spine. At the time, doctors could not dislodge the fetal posture without endangering either mother or child.

As the infant grew, so did the strain on Leslies spine. If she carried the baby to term, she risked serious injury to her spinal cord. Probability of paralysis was high. Doctors recommended abortion. It was the only certain means of avoiding a tragic outcome.

Leslie faced the possibility of being permanently disabled, incapacitated as a wife and mother. How could she sentence herself and her husband to the wreckage of a life they had only just begun together? Neither she nor her husband Paul had any taste for martyrdom. Besides, they had a daughter to raise.

Yet there was more at stake here than a healthcare decision. The couple recoiled from the nature of abortion. Not yet born, their child was nonetheless a separate human being with its own heartbeat, fingerprints, and facial features. In prayerful anguish, they hazarded the pregnancy.

For some four-and-a-half months, Leslie was bedridden, forbidden to get up except to use the bathroom. Paul hired aides to take over household activities and care for their two-year-old while he held his job.

At the end of this perilous confinement, Leslie gave birth to a strapping baby boy. That son is now a six foot four grad student, a handsome, gracious, and accomplished young man who looms protectively over his sisters. And his parents.

There is a postscript to the couples story. Doctors warned against...

13:55

Why Americas Incivility Is A National Security Threat "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the past few years, much has been said and written about the growing incivility in our country. From the news media to social media to the man in the White House, coarse name-calling has overtaken measured, civil discourse. There are myriad reasons this is a dangerous trend, but we need to understand and bear heavily in mind one in particular. Our growing incivility is a grave threat to our national security.

To understand why, look at the D.I.M.E. paradigm, a way of  military thinkers have devised of looking at instruments of national power. The acronym stands for Diplomacy, Informational, Military, and Economic. Beneath these four levers of power exist all of the ways and means that every country may employ to exert power and influence.

In three of these areas, the United States has unquestioned dominance over all other nations on earth. But in the informational area, that dominance is nowhere near as certain. Informational levers of power include public relations, communications, and, most importantly, propaganda. The United States offensive informational capabilities are second to none, but our defensive capabilities are hampered by one of our most cherished institutions: the First Amendment.

While an ultimate good, freedom of speech is also a dangerous hole in our ability to defend against the growing threat of propaganda operations. Our primary foreign adversaries Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea are all repressive regimes vastly more capable of defending against propaganda. If speech is being used to sow division and discord in those nations, they just squash it. They shut down websites, close newspapers, and even kill journalists. These are defensive options that thankfully our government cannot use.

The Propaganda Threat Is Growing

Over the past several years, our country and its leaders have awoken to cyber-attacks grave threats to national security. Quite reasonably, the most focus has been placed on major operations such as shutting down power plants, actions that can potentially kill many Americans. But in the wake of Russias interference in the 2016 election, we are increasingly focused on small, grey-zone attacks that undermine our society without reverting to acts of outright war.

While propaganda is as old as warfare, the cyber age has created abundant new opportunities for our adversaries to manipulate our information and discourse. The Russians, for example, have always stoked divisions in our country, but before social media they were much more limited in how they could do so. This is because in the analog age there were gatekeepers to most corridors of information. This is simply no longer the case.

Today, foreign information campaigns can and do go directly to the American people with no middlemen. Anonymous social media accounts can not o...

13:55

A Survivor Offers 5 Helpful Things To Do When Suicide Hurts You "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I woke Friday to the news that Anthony Bourdain had committed suicide. It came right after the death of Kate Spade on Tuesday, also from suicide. Im typically not deeply affected by celebrity deaths, but its different with suicides. Fifteen years ago, when I was pregnant, the father of our unborn baby committed suicide.

More than a decade later, that day is both perfectly clear at points and hazy. Wed talked earlier in the day, and everything had seemed normal. I was in college, so I went to classes and came home to a phone call that forever changed my life. My mind did not initially process what I was hearing, and once I did I was hysterical. That someone I loved, whom I had just seen and spoken to, whom I was having a child with, was gone forever, was incomprehensible.

In the immediate aftermath I was surrounded by friends and family, and the grief was like a wild animal inside of me. There were times I could not contain it, and it would spill out in sobs and screams, and times that it would turn inward, causing me to desperately examine every interaction over the weeks and days preceding his death and wonder what I could have done differently. There were times that the only thing that kept me from complete despair was the baby inside of meour baby.

In the years that have passed since, I married a man who loves me and my daughter, and went on to have other children. Ive learned how to calm the grief, and how to anticipate what will make that grief rear back up: Anniversaries. Careless comments about suicide, and suicide jokes from others. News of other people who died, especially in the exact same way that he died.

The loved ones of those who have died from suicide will always have to cope with these sorts of feelings. When news comes of someone who has committed suicide, its very difficult for those affected by anothers suicide. The way the news covers these deaths, as well as the comments and reactions people have both in real life and on social media, can make this a difficult time.

Bethany Mandel, who survived the death of her father from suicide, talks about the disparity of coverage and support following suicides: This is a profoundly illustrative way to describe those left behind; we survive. Suicide has a way of imprinting an indelible mark on the souls of those it leaves behind. In the wake of high-profile suicides like Spades, there is a great deal of discussion about the person who committed the deed and far too little about the survivors, who are especially in need of support and guidance.

Shes right, and we need to talk more about how to help both those left behind work through their pain and survivors struggling with suicidal ideation. Heres how Ive learned to take care of myself, a...

13:54

Salena Zito Explains How To Understand The Great Revolt Of Trump Voters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The presidential victory of Donald Trump in 2016 surprised many Americans. For more than a year, the public had been treated to a steady diet of political commentators and celebrities assuring us of Hillary Clintons inevitable ascension to the U.S. presidency. Across cable and network news, on late-night entertainment shows, at Hollywood award celebrations, during sporting events, we could not escape it: Clintons candidacy was strong and popular, while goofball Trump was wretched, unrefined, racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic. Who would ever vote for this clown? was the daily, even hourly, message.

It turns out, plenty of people did vote for President Trump, and a new book provides insight and clarity into who those people are and why they voted the way they did. The Great Revolt:Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito and Brad Todd presents a delicious mix of quantitative and qualitative data analysis regarding the 2016 election cycle. You might remember Zito through her dispatches from flyover country during the election in publications such as The New York Post, The Washington Examiner, and The Atlantic. Many election-watchers may have been caught off guard when Trump won the presidency, but I suspect Zito was not.

Her co-author Todd, a GOP consultant and political ad guru, also had a reputation for unique insight into Trump voters. Todds observation that voters take Donald Trump seriously but not literally, while journalists take him literally, but not seriously ended up as one of the most quoted lines of the 2016 election.

Seven Archetypes

Much of the the book revolves around The Great Revolt Survey, a post-election survey of 2,000 self-reporting Trump voters in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and in-depth interviews with Trump voters who broke rank and voted for Trump in ten important counties that Obama had won in previous elections. The Great Revolt breaks down its interview subjects into seven categories: Red-Blooded and Blue Collared; Perot-istas, Rough Rebounders; Girl Gun Power; Rotary Reliables; King Cyrus Christians; and Silent Suburban Moms.

For each of the seven categories, Zito and Todd provide the background of the area and their interview subjects: how they came to their place in life, how their communities and industries were affected by previous political promises and policies, and how the demographic had voted in past elections. Trump outperformed Hillary Clinton and Obama in th...

13:54

If You Want To Bless Your Child, Give Her More Siblings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its not unusual for parents of big families to face criticism for having more kids than the average for their community. Reactions can range from raised eyebrows to sneering Twitter commentary. Recently, comedian Nikki Glaser tweeted about Donald Trump Jr., Don Jr and his wife have FIVE kids. No one should be having five kids. Why are people still allowed to have five kids?

Shes since deleted the tweet, but its not an uncommon complaint. Earlier this year, Chip and Joanna Gaines faced a social media backlash after announcing their fifth baby was on the way.

Most of this criticism comes from the Left, but even some on the Right criticized support for the Gainess family size. After all, havent we all heard parents of as few as three or four sigh and wish they could spend more time with each of their kids? Havent we heard how finances can be stretched to the limit to cover big families? Since conservatives are all about personal responsibility, shouldnt we think twice before praising something that might be irresponsible?

As a middle child with four siblings, if anyone has grounds for criticizing families of that size, its me. But as Ive written before, Id rather have a few months where I felt a bit ignored and have siblings for a lifetime than all the individual attention I could get as an only child, or with only one sibling.

The Resources Per Child Argument Misses Something

Most people emphasize the time and money (which translates to quality schools, good neighborhoods, extracurricular activities, etc.) parents spend on each kid as the supreme indicator of their childs wellbeing. While people on the Right and Left differ on how important time with parents and resources are in relation to each other, the debate is almost exclusively centered on that comparison. Feminist critics say working parents can afford more opportunit...

13:52

3 Things I Learned From Attending Jordan Petersons Sold-out Show In DC "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Renowned psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson took the stage at the sold-out Warner Theater in Washington DC Friday night. The crowd got on its feet and started cheering, ecstatic to hear him speak.

Peterson gained fame after opposing a Canadian bill that criminalized using the wrong pronouns for transgender persons. His notoriety only grew from there after a video of his interview with British broadcaster Cathy Newman went viral. Now, hes got a cult following who call themselves lobsters (in reference to an example in the viral interview) and a best-selling book titled 12 Rules for Life.

That night, Peterson worked through only nine of the twelve rules, drawing from clinical psychology, philosophy, and common sense. Before he started walking through his rules, he talked about what motivated him.

Earlier that day, he and Dave Rubin, a YouTube personality who opened the show and appeared on The Federalist Radio Hour last week, were at the Lincoln Memorial when a young man walked up to them. This mans brother had been going through a divorce when he started watching Peterson lectures online. The advice Peterson gave helped turn his brothers life around. Peterson said these experiences were the highlight of what he did.

Its personal, not political, he said.

Its an important clarification, because most of the coverage of Peterson has been only the latter. Hes either a spokesman for alt-right hatred or the last defense against stifling political correctness. Yet Peterson is a clinical psychologist. According to him, his aim is to help people.

Before attending this event, I had very little knowledge of Peterson and his views. I had seen clips of his famous interview and glanced at his 12 rules, but lacked an understanding of him and his work. Here are three things I learned about Jordan Peterson after attending his show.

1. Peterson Is Not an Alt-right Demagogue

Many on the Left have criticized Peterson and his followers as disgruntled white men, hiding their pent-up racism and sexism behind pseudo-intellectual talk. A columnist from The Nation states that Peterson has a far-right political agenda and advises her reader to avoid dating one of his fans.

Peterson certainly doesnt play the alt-right type by wearing a three-piece navy-blue suit and drinking Perrier. Throughout his lecture, he paced the stage, not goose-stepped, and took frequent pauses in order...

13:52

Yes, California Has Effectively Banned Showering And Doing Laundry On The Same Day "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The latest in Facebook-policed fake news is a claim echoing through the conservative Twittersphere, including from my own account, that two bills outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown signed impose such draconian water use standards that fines could be imposed for taking a shower and running laundry on the same day. Snopes rated these assertions as mostly false, and Facebook flagged stories about them as fake news.

But Snopes, Facebook, and others purporting to fact check conservative frustrations with the law are the ones misleading about its effects. The way these allegedly neutral fact-checkers present repackaged liberal assumptions as hard fact is a great illustration of how the Left pulls off the kind of logical ju-jitsu that allows them to label conservative arguments as fake news in order to dismiss them.

In this particular case, none of these debunking articles actually dispute the three most crucial facts: there is a daily per-person 55-gallon limit ratcheting down to 50 gallons over the course of a decade, fines will be imposed upon violation, and, for at least some users, a reasonable-length shower and running the wash will put them over. In fact, most of the articles in question actually confirm these three vital points, usually squashed into a final paragraph that contradicts the headline. Nevertheless, they conclude that conservatives are spreading false information.

Fines On Providers Are Fines on Consumers

For starters, they point out that the $1,000 per day ($10,000 a day during drought) fines are levied on water providers, not directly on individuals. The first liberal assumption embedded in the narrative is that those fines will not be passed on to consumers.

If you think water companies will eat thousands of dollars of overuse fines without passing them on to consumers in the form of higher water costs, company fines for violators, or hard-usage cutoff caps, I have an infrastructure project to sell you in Brooklyn. But regardless of where you fall on economic theory questions, this is an arguable assumption, not an indisputable fact.

Secondly, the Snopes article assures California citizens that the 55-gallon standard is quite relaxed, and that most will easily be able to take a shower and do laundry while staying under the limit. The outlet buttresses its math by calculating that the average shower uses about 17 gallons of water, while high-efficiency washing machines use 15-30 gallons per load. Second liberal assumption: most people take extremely short showers a...

13:52

A Crank Called Colorado Police To Shut Down Kids Lemonade Stand, And It Worked "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is nothing more American than little kids in the neighborhood running a lemonade stand. Its not a European thing, nor is it a Chinese thing. Only in America. For generations, lemonade stands have become a staple of summer and, like apple pies, one of the best things to demonstrate the American spirit: earning your own spending money through entrepreneurship.

Thats why Jennifer Knowles, a Denver mom of three boys, thought it was a good idea to have her boys run a lemonade stand in their Stapleton, Colorado, neighborhood this past Memorial Day. She hoped to teach her boys lessons she learned when she had her own lemonade stand as a little girl entrepreneurship, responsibility, and the value of running your own business.

Her boys decided to take it a step further: they planned to donate all proceeds from their lemonade stand to a charity organization called Compassion International. More specifically, the boys picked a little 5-year-old boy from Indonesia through Compassion International, for whom their proceeds would help provide necessities including clean water.

On Memorial Day, the weather was nice and hot. The three boys set up their lemonade stand with moms help. Two cups of lemonade for $1. The 6-year-old even brought his toy cash register and he got good practice in addition and subtraction. All three boys got good practice in customer service. Many people stopped by and praised the boys for doing a good job. The boys were feeling pretty good about themselves. Unfortunately, half an hour into their first business venture, police showed up.

Apparently, someone called the police to complain that the boys were running a lemonade stand without a permit. So the police showed up to shut this little illegal operation down. According to Jennifer, the boys were crushed and devastated. Her 4-year-old heard what the police were saying and started to cry.

Colorado doesnt have any specific rule that either prohibits or protects a child-run lemonade stand. Yet what kind of sick person would call the cops on a hot sunny day to complain about three little kids and their lemonade stand? Why didnt the police tell the person who complained to take a hike? Shouldnt the valuable and limited police resources be better spent on something like catching a drunk driver? Why did the police respond and why did they feel it was the right thing to shut down a perfectly innocent lemonade stand and to scare little kids who were trying to do something good and honorable?

It turns out local wars against kids lemonade stands have been going on for some time. A CNBC report in...

13:52

A Deep State: The Gun the US Doesnt Have "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fifteen years ago, former ambassador Joe Wilson wrote an op-ed on the ignored intelligence that debunked the argument for the Iraq War, setting off a chain of events that led to the outing of a covert US intelligence agent who happened to be his wife.

But just as importantly, it revealed how complicated our relationship is with intelligence agencies. Thats a matter of extreme importance given the dust up between the Trump White House on allegations of a Deep State and well, just about everyone in the intel community.

A Liberal View of the Plame Affair

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The agent whose cover was blown was Valerie Plame, and the person who did it was a member of the Bush administration. What was interesting in the aftermath was the way opinions diverged about a Republican operative officially Vice President Dick Cheneys adviser Scooter Libby, but according to reports more likely Richard Armitage) outing a working covert CIA officer.  

Democrats were outraged by the leak, but Republicans offered a different response, pointing to Plames relationship to Wilson, who had offered a potential dismantling of one of the Bush administrations arguments that led to the war in Iraq.

So we saw a party normally suspicious of the intelligence community, with its many extrajudicial methods, defending a CIA officer and the other party supposedly pro-security burning her cover and her career.

Since 2003, the intelligence debate has become much more complex. We debate the cases of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, both of whom leaked US intelligence secrets. Are they heroes or traitors? Is it news that the NSA spied on allies and US citizens, or is it true that if you arent spying on everyone, you arent doing it right?

Should we care about the NSA when we allow Facebook, Google, Amazon, and the other big data giants access to all of our informati...

13:46

Wow, That Sure is inCONVENIENT "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the late 1990s, the US Government was setting up a case to argue that hacking equated to terrorism. Because, while it was mostly being used for illicit state-craft, it could potentially be used by terrorists. In 1997, at a keynote for Black Hat Briefings, I warned the hacker community what was coming but at that time there was a great deal of community outreach being done by NSA they were hiring hackers (whose work we now see leaking on a regular basis) and it was all very hip and friendly.

While that was going on, the FBI was penetrating hacker groups because (since hacking was equal to terrorism) they had much more leeway as far as intercepting communications, suborning hackers, etc. [stderr] In terms of being easy to penetrate and suborn, the hacker community had to be a laugh-riot compared to any organized crime operation. The hacker community represented a self-selected body of useful idiots who could be used and discarded, or blamed for just about anything. It was around about this time that I began to become suspicious of libertarian-posing politics; many self-styled freedom-loving hackers were very quick to take the establishments money and turn against the privacy rights of the population.

Source: Trend Micro

Hackers are a convenient assignee of blame for the establishment. Does your data security suck? Blame the Chinese hackers, or the North Korean hackers, or Russian hackers. Are your electronic election systems wide open to attack? Blame hackers after all, its awkward to explain how you spent millions of dollars on badly-designed voting machines, and ignored the warnings from security practitioners who looked at the system design. Or, if youre a political candidate, why not be utterly stupid about how you manage your email, and then blame hackers when your documents leak out that show how you tried to corrupt your partys politics? Why not. Hackers are useful idiots in that sense they are very much like terrorists.

So, perhaps you recall that the city of Atlanta got hid hard by cryptolocker malware to the point where critical city services were unavailable and about $9 million was spent (not including wasted time and annoyed citizenry) doing incident response. [cnn] As Ive mentioned elsewhere, this is a problem that an organization elects to have when its IT executives decide that backing up data and performing basic system hygiene doesnt matt...

13:46

How Americas Unjust Approach To Israel Hurts Us (Its Not How You Think) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Excerpted and adapted from the introduction to What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Post Hill Press, June 12, 2018).

In June 2014, a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda conquered large tracts of Syria and Iraq. After this swift rise to power, which took the world by surprise, the group declared itself a formal caliphate, or Islamist regime. Within the territory it controlled, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, enforced Islamic religious law as a totalitarian system, following in the footsteps of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Iranian regime, and Saudi Arabia.

The eruption of this new jihadist regime had ripple effects far, far beyond the Middle East. The Islamic State rapidly became a magnet for as many as thirty thousand people who flocked to live, fight, and die under its black flag. They came not only from across the Middle East, but alsoastonishinglyfrom across Europe and North America. And beyond the territory it conquered in Iraq and Syriaequivalent to the size of the United Kingdomthe Islamic State proved itself a formidable jihadist force with global reach. Fighters linked to the Islamic State carried out massacres and suicide bombings in Paris, Berlin, Nice, San Bernardino, Istanbul, Orlando, Manchester, London.

Amid an embarrassed scramble to do something in response to the Islamic States initial rise, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was dispatched to recruit an international coalition to combat the self-styled caliphate. Upon his return home, Kerry told reporters about a crucial lesson he had learned. While seeking coalition partners in the Middle East, he observed that there wasnt a leader I met with in the region who didnt raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger.

By recruitment, Kerry meant to the jihadist forces of the Islamic State, at the time perhaps the most galvanizing faction within the wider Islamist movement. The Palestine issue is one prominent theme in the recruitment videos and literature of assorted Islamist factions, and it has been for years.

By street anger, he meant public hostility in the region about the unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict, which is bound up with hostility toward the United States. Why? For more than a quarter century, Washington has been neck-deep in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: it has provided both sides with foreign aidhundreds of millions of dollars every yearand it has assumed the role of a peace broker in countless rounds of diplomatic negotiations.

Kerry is not alone. The fact that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict festers, many people believe, is a major, if not the chief, source of American (and Western) woes em...

13:45

The Oceans 8 Release Is The Perfect Time To Revisit The Whole Series "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lets face it: No matter how good Oceans 8 is, it will still be derivative of the original Oceans trilogy another half-assed Hollywood attempt to fit womens equality into a market-safe franchise. That didnt work with Ghostbusters, and it likely wont work here.

But Im still excited, because the advent of Oceans 8 reminds me that Steven Soderberghs Oceans Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen are enjoyable (and sometimes great) movies. After seeing the Oceans 8 red girl power posters in the New York City subway over the past week, I revisited them and found that these early 2000s capers still hold up. Soderberghs Oceans films endure because they skip petty social commentary and excel instead at dazzling audiences with skillful and fast-paced entertainment.

Its the chemistry between the actors that elevates the films beyond simple popcorn fare. Although he ostensibly made a series about ripping off Las Vegas casinos (and the revenge cycles that follow), Soderbergh is most interested in showing us how an ensemble of famous people behave in a gang. George Clooney plays ringleader Danny Ocean, gliding through Vegas with the coolest irony. Julia Roberts collides with him as Oceans equally icy estranged wife, Tess. Brad Pitt joins as Oceans always-eating sidekick Rusty Ryan, Pitts most bananas role since 12 Monkeys. Matt Damon, Elliot Gould, Bernie Mac, and a whole crew of cons back the venture with wise-ass charm.

The exuberance of these original Oceans movies belongs to the world that created classics like Casablanca and Citizen Kane. Casablanca shines because its stars treat their material with love. There is nothing remarkable in Rick Blaines famous lovesick mutter of all the gin joints in the world on its own, but Bogey messes with it, and spits genius through gritted teeth. In a similar way, Citizen Kane continues to delight because even with repeated viewings Orson Welles keeps the surprises coming with his trick shots. Movies like these dont age.

And the Oceans trilogy hasnt aged much either. The films are well-written and Soderbergh knows how to work a camera in a casino with flair. Huge casts, Sinatra-driven soundtracks, and color-saturated casinos make them carnivals of maximalism, and thats why they work.

Oceans schemes are hairbrained and ridiculous. His big plan in Oceans Eleven recreating a casino vault and then filming a fake robbery in it while a real robbery takes place in the real vault would never work in real life, but who cares? Thats the joke. With Oceans Twelve and Thirteen, the schemes get more abstruse, but that doesnt hurt the films. It just means the dialogue and interactions between the characters receive more attention.

Oceans Twelve is the best of the trilogy for this reason. Here, Soderbergh dispenses wit...

13:45

Thanks To The Capitals, Washington DC Finally Won Something "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Thursday, Washington completed another historic playoff collapse, blowing a 3-1 series lead Wait, scratch that.

On Thursday, Washington fired its coach after another losing season No, thats not right either.

On Thursday night, Washington Won. A. Championship. And not just any championship, but the oldest and most recognizable championship trophy in major team sports: The Washington Capitals won the National Hockey League title, taking home Lord Stanleys Cup.

Its been a long time coming. Washington last won a championship in January 1992. That was so long ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3,240.61 the next day. By comparison, it closed at 25,241.41 on Thursday.

That was so long ago, the speaker of the House was Tom Foley, a largely forgettable politician best known for his vague resemblance to The Muppets Sam the Eagle. That was so long ago, social media had yet to exist, in part because Al Gorethen still a senatorhadnt invented the Internet.

Since January 1992, Washingtonians have endured myriad sports heartaches. In football, the Redskins have won exactly one playoff gameonein the past two decades. As a native Pennsylvanian and longtime fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, I take no small amount of joy in writing that sentence.

The basketball franchise went from winning its lone championship 40 years ago Thursday as the Washington Bullets to playing with real bullets. (Im not making that up.) Despite having a surefire Hall of Fame pitcher in Max Scherzer and one of the best young sluggers in Bryce Harper, baseballs Nationals have yet to win a single playoff series since moving to Washingtonand the team couldnt even spell its own name correctly. Im not making that up either.

Of all the teams, however, the Capitals have seemed the most consistently snakebitten. Going into Thursday, they had surrendered 3-1 leads in playoff seriesthat is, losing three straight gamesfive times, a record. They finally defeated their archrival Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in t...

13:45

Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection Ship (Parts 1 and 2) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the fourteenth in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus' here.

Spoilers ahead.

In this gripping two-parter, the shows writers again take inspiration from American war history and war movies. Apollos observation of the battle seems inspired by George H. Gay Jr.s observation of the Battle of Midway. Adamas choice of downfall as a codeword may allude to the name of the D-Day invasion of Normandy or the cult German film about Hitlers last days.

The maneuvering of Cain and Adama seems to have a flavor of Crimson Tide (which inspired the ultimately far different Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down). And there is a blanket party-style beating in the tradition of Full Metal Jacket. Oddly, despite naming the antagonist Cain, there does not seem to be much from The Caine Mutiny in this story. Cain has none of the cowardice of a Capt. Queeg; she is brutal and her more humane moments reveal only that she is not a caricature.

Part 1

At the end of Pegasus, Cain launched her ready Vipers to meet the ships Adama assigned to rescue Helo and Tyrol (sentenced to death by Cain for killing Lt. Thorne, who was about to rape Boomer). Yet neither Cain nor Adama give permission for their fighters to fire.

The crisis is diffused by Starbucks return in the Blackbird, which she commandeered to conduct reconnaissance of the mystery Cylon ship Cain wants to attack. Cain initially mistakes the stealthy Blackbird for a Cylon ship, but is transfixed when Starbuck begins sending photos to the monitor screens in the CIC on the Pegasus.  Closeups reveal the ship appears to be holding hybrid Cylons in some sort of storage.

Cain orders a mutual stand down. She and Adama agree to meet on Colonial One. Pres. Roslin attempts to mediate the dispute, but it quickly becomes apparent that neither Cain nor Adama are budging. Roslin manages to broker a truce until after the attack on the Cylon fleet.

Returning to Pegasus, Cain tries to cultivate Starbuck by promoting her to CAG for showing initiative. Cain also tells Starbuck she wants to not only authorize Starbucks rescue mission to Caprica (as Starbuck promised Anders), but also force the Cylons off the planet.

Meanwhile, Roslin advises Adama he will have to kill Cain before she kills him. Roslin reminds Adama he has sworn to protect the civilians and it is plain Cain ha...

13:35

Cop Found Guilty After Shocking Video Showed Him Choking a Handcuffed Man "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A cop who was caught choking a handcuffed man after losing his temper was held accountable this month and found guilty of official oppression and assault.

The post Cop Found Guilty After Shocking Video Showed Him Choking a Handcuffed Man appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

13:30

The Secret History of Israels State-Sponsored Assassinations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

FACT: Israel regularly wages state-sponsored assassinations against persons and leaders it does not like.

Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman explains the history and radical ideological and religious underpinnings of this rogue policy tacitly endorsed by the United States.

The state of Israel has a history of great violence, visited on it by its enemies and in return by Israels own intelligence services and military. In Rise and Kill First, journalist and author Ronen Bergman writes about the nearly century-long campaign of targeted killing. He joins Nick Schifrin to discuss the secret history of these strikes. (PBS)

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13:22

A Weapon Far More Important Than The AR-15 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, and the technology of weaponry is no different. The science fiction of ten or twenty years ago is now becoming a reality.

Killer robots are on the rise. And no, Im not joking (as you will see below). There has been a loud debate in recent months over citizens rights to own AR-15s. Gun rights advocates are strongly in favor of citizens having the right to own AR-15s and so am I.

The government-backed anti-gun groups are against this right for obvious reasons. However, to compensate for rapidly evolving technology, citizens will need to adopt a new weapon soon.

Before I show you what this weapon is, lets look at why it is so important.

Belarus just revealed that it has created an anti-tank drone. Yes, you heard that right. This is a quadcopter drone that carries an RPG-26 single-shot rocket that is remotely controlled.

This type of drone technology does not have to be confined to government use either. Heres a sniper drone that was created by Israeli military veterans:

There are even versions that people with a very basic understanding of engineering can create. Heres a simple homemade design:

The killer robots that governments use are much more complex. Last month, the Russian military used an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to take out a terrorist cell within their country. Here is the video:

www.express.co.uk/news/world/953537/Russia-news-World-Cup-terror-threat-ISIS-sleeper-cells-killer-ROBOT

Of course, the US government is quickly developing military robots as well. Heres a video of the USs UGV:

Now, let your imagination take you to some o...

13:02

Supreme Court Hands Vote Suppressors Another Tool "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors Note: Following the publication of this article, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the voter removal process described below. The decision deals a blow to election integrity not just in Ohio but throughout the country.

For a variety of reasons, the voter removal system championed by Ohios Secretary of State Jon Husted disproportionately affects minorities. Now that it is allowed to stand, other states may swiftly follow suit to also purge eligible voters from their rolls under the guise of fighting voter fraud.


The Supreme Court could rule as early as today on whether states can purge citizens from voter rolls who have failed to provide confirmation of address after not showing up to vote.

Voting rights advocates worry that, if the challenge to this controversial practice fails, states across the country could use similar methods to suppress votes and tailor the electorate for political benefits.  

At the heart of the case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute is the strategy Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has used to remove more than 2 million voters from the Buckeye States rolls since 2011.

Under the states contentious supplemental process, if registered voters dont cast a ballot for two years, the secretary of states office mails them a prepaid notice, seeking to confirm that the individual still lives at the same address. If voters dont return the mailing or dont cast a ballot over the subsequent four years, they are removed from the states rolls and prohibited from voting unless they re-register.

Opponents of Ohios process which initiates voter purges more quickly than any other state say that it violates the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NRVA), which specifically bans states from purging voters for failing to vote. Husted and supporters have countered that the process removes voters for failing to verify their addresses by returning the confirmation notice not for voter inactivity.

A Reuters...

12:47

Mexicans Organize To Defend The Will Of The People And Impose Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This massive support for AMLO reflects the peoples anger and despair after more than 30 years of policies that have handed over the nations wealth and resources to a handful of billionaires and transnational corporations. These have been decades of wage cuts, unemployment, and loss of labor and social rights. They have been decades during which the country has been dislocated and torn apart by the so-called war on drugs, which has only fueled more violence and militarization, and more killings of women and disappearances.

12:33

Putins Directives for Russian Military and Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the eighty-fifth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Izvestia.  He discusses the implications of the Russian president Vladimir Putins visit to Vienna and his meetings with the Austrian president and prime minister. In addition, Professor Kovacevic []

12:30

When is it okay to annex property? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With major cities like Memphis making headlines for their plans to de-annex city property a.k.a. deliberately shrinking their city's footprint, and in this case, a smart move by some smart people I was surprised to learn that Shreveport, Louisiana, is still playing the annexation game. Yes, this is the same Shreveport looking to do a retrograde 1960s highway project through the middle of a majority-minority neighborhood. Yes, the same Shreveport that has over a billion dollars in outstanding critical infrastructure needs, an amount more than three times what they spent cumulatively on infrastructure over the past decade, with no notion of how to pay for it all.

What are they doing annexing more property?

Annexation the act of bringing property outside of the city limits into the municipal boundaries is rarely more than an economic sugar high for a city, one with long-term consequences that are nearly always negative. As my hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota has lost residents in our core downtown neighborhoods, we've managed to keep population levels steady since the 1940s by growing the boundaries of the city many times over, annexing more land out on the periphery (which, by the way, is the most expensive to service) and scooping up some nominal tax dollars from the new residents. After the small initial windfall, there's really no other way of looking at it: its a bad trade.

For cities that are currently considering annexing property, the strategic goal (unless you are operating your city as a charity organization) must be to improve the prosperity of existing residents. If we agree on that, then there are three things to consider before acting.

Priorities for Spare Capacity

A common (incorrect) argument that city staff often put forth when they recommend annexations goes something like this: we already have a fire department, a police department, a library and parks.why not have more taxpayers sharing those costs? Thats good for everyone, after all.

There is some logic to this, but its overly simplistic in a dangerous way. The capacity of most municipal systems grows in plateaus. A fire department can serve a given area with the equipment they have on hand, but there is a limit to what they can do. At some point, all this land growth forces city...

12:14

Doctors, teachers, electricians all fleeing Venezuela as failed socialist nation enters last chapter of epic collapse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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 The problem with liberals and progressives in the United States is that they are incapable of looking to other parts of the world to determine what works and what does not. Venezuela, for example, is a perfect example of what happens when the government believes that it should become more and more involved in the lives of everyday citizens chaos ensues and the entire nation spirals towards collapse. Yet here in the U.S., the liberals are Hell-bent on following this same exact path of economic socialism and big government. This is ignorance of the highest order.

Fleeing Venezuela

Perhaps it would help the leftists see the light if they knew that doctors, engineers, oil workers, teachers and electricians were all fleeing the failed socialist nation of Venezuela before the entire society crumbles like a house of cards. So far, in 2018, a total of 48,000 teachers (which is a number equivalent to 12 percent of all primary and high school staff nationwide) have quit their jobs and are now seeking an escape from the long food lines and empty shelves at the grocery stores. Some of these educators include Aquiles Nazoa (who fled to Chile one year ago), Reinaldo Cordero (leaving behind his class and his $29 USD per month salary), Esperanza Longhi (who is currently in the process of fleeing to Peru), and Principal Deliana Flores.

Venezuelas doctors are also leaving en masse. At the Jose Manuel de los Rios Childrens Hospital in Caracas, for example, 68 doctors (equal to 20 percent of the hospitals medical staff) have quit their jobs and left the country altogether over the past two years. This, of course, has forced the hospital to make some unfortunate but necessary changes. Their cardiology department is now only open for a morning shift, and 300 vacant nursing positions and personnel shortages have resulted in the facility only being able to staff two out of its seven operating rooms.

Sponsored solution from the Health......

12:01

Amnesty Is Coming "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a move that would rival the best of stealth technology, a group of GOP and Democratic Congressmen are drafting an amnesty bill. Representative Paul Gosar told me in January of 2018 that the only way that the Democrats win back the presidency ws to have 10 million illegal aliens win the right to vote. We could be on the verge of that happening.

The post Amnesty Is Coming appeared first on Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show.

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Here and There "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Summit in Singapore

Singapore time is 12 hours ahead of EDT. The US President and Chairman Kim are scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. on 12 June, Singapore time. That will be 9:00 p.m./21:00 EDT on the night of 11 June.

Korean Central News Agency = KCNA (Nork News - which is not as bad as CNN because they manage to eek some truth into their barrage of propaganda)

Let's take a moment to examine what the Norks are saying to the masses back home.

KCNA did not list Kims entourage. Other reporting indicates that Kims team includes Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho; Kims sister, Kim Yo Jong; Party Vice-Chairmen Kim Yong Chol and Ri Su Yong and Minister of the Peoples Armed Forces No Kwang Chol.

News services posted an image of Kim and Singapores Prime Minister Lee shaking hands at the Presidential Palace. KCNA published a the report that follows.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, visited the Republic of Singapore on June 10 and met its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace.
Kim Jong Un, the respected Supreme Leader of the party, the state and the army of the DPRK, exchanged warm greetings with the prime minister, made an entry in the visitors' book and had a friendly talk with him. 
Telling that he was very pleased to visit the magnificent and beautiful Republic of Singapore, Kim Jong Un extended his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the government and people of Singapore on behalf of the governmen...

11:52

Daily Inspiration --- ---More Masefield "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the last week, I have become intimate with a slim, early volume of John Masefield's poetry. Some of them are directly related to the next poem in line, but mostly they just follow themes of death, beauty, and mystery, asking the largest questions about why we are here, what is our future after death, and what are the limits to what we can know.

11:00

Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On the morning of June 12, 2016, police officer Omar Delgado pulled his cruiser up to his two-story townhome in Sanford, Florida, and sat in silence for 15 minutes, trying to process what he had seen during 3 1/2 hours inside the Pulse nightclub.

He stripped his bloody uniform and gear off, put them in a trash bag, and took a shower. Then, he shut the door to his bedroom, locked it and tried to sleep.

That same morning, firefighter EMT Brian Stilwell walked back to Orlando Fire Department Station 5. Working at the station just 300 feet from Pulse nightclub, Stilwell was one of the first on scene hours earlier.

In the dawns light, he saw a pool of coagulated blood in front of the station. It was from a Pulse patron who had been shot in the stomach and dragged to that spot. Stilwell wondered if the man survived the night. Then, with a bucket of bleach and water, he helped clean the blood off the concrete.

Down Orange Avenue, Alison Clarke and a fellow Orlando Police officer walked into a McDonalds to use the bathroom. The restaurant had a TV with the news on, streaming live video of the scene she had just come from. People looked up from their coffee and breakfast, glanced at her and her partner, then back to the food. She used the restroom, washed up and bought two coffees. No one said anything. It was surreal.

Josh Granada and his partner drove their ambulance back across town to their Orlando Fire station. They spent the night ferrying 13 people who had been shot at Pulse to the hospital. Before showering, they threw away their uniforms.

We were covered in just sticky, nasty just covered in blood, Granada said. Im not gonna put that much blood in the washer.

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Welcome to Our Second Decade "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dear Readers,

A decade ago, we announced the publication of ProPublicas first stories with a brief note that said: Welcome to the Starting Line.

Our lead item summed up a Wall Street Journal report on a Justice Department investigation into what officials suspect are efforts by Russian-backed firms to gain influence or gather information in Washington, focusing on an aide to former Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon. Amazingly, last week it came out that the Senate Judiciary Committee is poking into Weldons connections as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 presidential election.

Its like no time has passed at all!

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Seriously, though, our work from that first day reminds us how little we knew then about where we were headed or whether our theories for how ProPublica might work would pan out.

Our model for distributing stories partnerships with major news outlets like NPR, 60 Minutes, The Washington Post or The Atlantic was untested. None of us were sure we would be able to overcome such news organizations historic skepticism toward investigative reporting done by outsiders. Given that our web traffic at the time consisted, basically, of our families and friends, the question of what we would do if no one wanted t...

09:40

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.

09:32

Crews, Networks, and Federations: A Conversation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Crews, Networks, and Federations: A Conversation appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast, we sat down with two members of the Radical Education Department or RED, based out of Philadelphia. In our discussion we talk exclusively about their new text published on IGD entitled, Insurrectionary Councilism, which proposes the creation of spaces that bring together various groups for the purpose of becoming better organized.

In our conversation, we cover a lot of ground, starting largely with a critique and conversation about Left Unity, as well as a look back on the movement of movements approach in the anti-globalization period as well as the horizontal structures of Occupy. We discuss some of the organizational needs of the current age, as well as what groups that exist now are already doing to put these ideas into practice.

While it would be impossible to say that this conversation arrived at any easy answers, this discussion in itself brought up some important tensions and questions. What forms do we need to take to be organized? How do we organize across our various groups? How do we relate, if at all, to Left groups like DSA? Are new organizational structures needed, like Federations, and what exactly would they do that current forms do not? 

We hope that this conversation sparks more, as well as experimentation over how we can better organize ourselves, and make our movement more powerful in the process.

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09:29

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is ... associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.

Note: As this is from a scientific journal, the language may not be easy to follow, yet the link between RoundUp, which contains glyphosate, and gluten intolerance is clear. This chart from the article shows how increasing incidence of thyroid cancer relates to increasing use of glyphosate on corn and soy crops in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.

09:11

Harrisburg, PA: Solidarity Action for la ZAD "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Harrisburg, PA: Solidarity Action for la ZAD appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following communique and photo was anonymously sent to Its Going Down. 

The communique reads:

In the early hours of the 8th of June we immobilized an earth mover in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at a new development project.

This small gesture was taken in solidarity with la ZAD of Notre-Dam-des-Landes, France, where rebels have fought to maintain an autonomous zone, free from the state and its plans for almost a decade.

The ZAD was first occupied 9 years ago to prevent the construction of a recently abandoned airport project and has inspired eco-rebels across the world, especially its inspiring defense against Operation Ceaser, a massive eviction attempt in late 2012.

Once again la ZAD is facing a fresh wave of repression, in the form of intense both police violence and a recuperative negotiation process which seeks to tame and legalize the uncontrolled zone.

For the defense of territory against the interests of capital
For sabotage against the instruments of ecological devastation

07:42

Graham Lee Brewer: Native ancestors are often treated like collector's items "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The discovery of a skull on a library shelf highlights the long history of treating Native ancestors as collector's items.

07:16

Larken Roses: The Jones Plantation [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With talk already beginning about the 2020 election, we thought there was one video everyone should see.

The video, created by Larken Rose is called The Jones Plantation.

It powerfully displays the ruling class of government as they truly are: lying manipulative slave owners content with doing harm to those who wish only to be free.

One can also imagine if the special appointed overseers decided to stop doing violence against their fellow mankind how much more peaceful and cooperative society could become.

Imagine if this video just opened on persons eyes to the horrors of government (if you cannot define democide, look it up) and decided to no longer participate in the elitists little game of enslavement.

Via: The Daily Sheeple

07:15

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cites 'catastrophic' job losses from power plant "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Navajo Nation sees hope in a Trump administration proposal that could benefit a coal-fired power plant on the reservation.

06:45

Democrats put a bullet in Lindsey Grahams political head "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Democrats have universally put a bullet into Lindsey Grahams political head and split it apart because the warmonger and Zionist puppet was asking that the United States needs to look for fresh blood in North Korea.

05:59

California City Fights Poverty With Guaranteed Income "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, has a radical plan to combat poverty in his cash-strapped city: a "no strings" guaranteed basic income of $500 a month for its residents. Starting in early 2019, Tubbs plans to provide the monthly stipend to a select group of residents as part of a privately funded 18-month experiment to assess how people use the money. "And then, maybe, in two or three years, we can have a much more informed discussion about the social safety net, the income floor people deserve and the best way to do it, because we'll have more data and research," Tubbs told Reuters. The idea of governments providing a universal basic income to their citizens has been gaining traction globally. The Finnish government is running a two-year trial to provide 2,000 unemployed people with monthly payments of approximately $660. In Alaska, each resident has long received an annual dividend check from oil revenues from the Alaska Permanent Fund, which Tubbs said is a model for his approach. For 31-year-old Shay Holliman ... an extra $500 a month would just allow her to make ends meet. She ... works a 9-5 job at a local nonprofit then drives for Uber and Lyft in the evenings and at weekends. "I still can't pay all my bills," she said. Tubbs says he "felt almost a moral responsibility" to do something "a little bit out the box" for his city. "And I know, for me, I want to live in a community where people's basic needs are met," he said.

Note: Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.

Florida brewery introduces biodegradable, edible six-pack rings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A microbrewery in Delray Beach, Florida has devised a crafty solution to plastic six-pack rings that often wreak havoc on marine wildlife. After years of research and development, Saltwater Brewery has introduced six-pack rings made of wheat and barley. The brewery developed the rings with a start-up company called E6PR. Whereas plastic rings can become tangled in the wings of sea birds, warp the shells of growing sea turtles and choke seals, Saltwater Brewery's new rings are not only biodegradable but also perfectly edible. "E6PR hopes other breweries - both small and large - will buy into the new rings and help bring costs down," Nola.com reports. The Louisiana State University (LSU) reports that the Gulf of Mexico has one of the highest concentrations of marine plastic in the world. Every net that LSU dipped into the Gulf's water came up with some form of plastic. "We found it every time," LSU's Mark Benfield [said]. E6PR is testing the edible rings with "a select group of craft breweries," but the company is not yet ready to discuss specifics.

Note: Explore a treasure trove of concise summaries of incredibly inspiring news articles which will inspire you to make a difference.

05:17

How Long Until GLOBAL CHECK MATE? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a Global Report Card on Mandatory Biometrics and the impending cashless society and what does scripture conclusively say about the Mark?

Where are we on the timeline of complete gl0balizati0n by the NWO?

Looking at their worldwide accomplishments, we gain hints as to where we stand, but how do we know which measure is the FINAL line in the sand?

This video is produced by Dana Ashlie. You can support her work to continue these types videos by donation at paypal.me/DanaAshlie or old school: Dana A PO Box 3324 Blue Jay, CA 92317

05:17

The Search For Sidney Reso The Shocking Details Of His Kidnap "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Sidney Reso may seem like a typical American tragedy. The kidnappers were bungling and messy that even the police were shocked at their ineptitude. And it all started innocently enough. The largest kidnapping investigation happened on April 29, 1992, when Resos car was found in the driveway, with the engine on idle. Then two months later, it ended when the kidnappers themselves unwittingly gave out their identities that they themselves couldnt deny the facts stacked against them.

Yes, there was more than one person involved, and yes, the people behind it eventually betrayed each other.

About Sidney

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Sidney J. Reso was a successful head of a subsidiary of Exxon. He always started his days with breakfast. He enjoyed the company of his wife of 37 days and their son. They lived in an elegant home and had a good life. He was honest man who was loyal to his family. Yes, life was good. That is, until someone decided to wreck it.

05:11

Scapegoating Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The warmongers have no more of a plan for "regime change" in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria. European allies, whom Trump alienated when he walked away from the Iranian nuclear agreement, are in no mood to cooperate with Washington.

05:03

Five Things You Need to Know in Light of the Upcoming Supreme Court Abortion Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A decision is expected soon from the US Supreme Court on a challenge to a 2015 California law requiring anti-abortion fake clinics (so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers") to disclose that they are not medically certified. The law also requires all licensed clinics that provide ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and birth control advice to post information about affordable abortion and contraception services offered by the state.

04:30

Admin Stuff. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Much like Valleray, pictured above, I too am desirous of a long, long sleep. So, Ill probably be around sometime Monday, but I dont know when. Things will start eventually, and theres plenty to peruse from this weekend, because I suspect most people had the sense to be out and about enjoying themselves rather than sitting in front of a computer. I will definitely be gone on Tuesday, because I need to get away from this house, this computer, this everything. Were going to go travel gravel for a while.

04:19

Anthony Bourdain: Weinstein, Clinton, & Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our hearts and condolences are with #AnthonyBourdains family, friends, and colleagues. He will be remembered for opening our palettes, minds, and hearts through food, dialogue, and compassion in our shared humanity. One such example was his Parts Unknown episode addressing the Israeli-Palestinian divide for which we recognized Anthony in 2014 as a voice of courageContinue reading "Anthony Bourdain: Weinstein, Clinton, & Palestine"

04:00

Behind the Headline: Isaura Martinez "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2012, Isaura Martinez was working as a temp in Chicago. Like the citys many other immigrant workers employed by temp agencies, she boarded vans each day to work in hazardous conditions at a rotating series of factories and warehouses, often without safety training and protective equipment. Those rides, arranged by the agencies, came with high fees, as did cashing her paychecks. At the end of the day, she earned less than minimum wage.

When ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell approached her as part of his 2013 investigation into the abuses of temporary workers employed in the supply chains of Sony, Smirnoff, Ty Inc., and other major corporations, Martinez was initially apprehensive about speaking with him about her experiences.

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I was afraid of the retaliation, said Martinez. My fear was that the raiteros, the van drivers, would no longer take me to work, and that the temp agency would not hire me because I had complained and exposed the abuse I was suffering.

It was after a particularly tough night, in which a van driver left an elderly worker behind and then spat expletives at him upon returning to the factory, when Martinezs outrage outweighed her fear. For me, it wasnt just about the way that I was being treated, but how my coworkers were being treated, she said.

Ultimately, Martinez and hundreds of other temp workers shared their stories with Grabell to help shed light on a shadow system that is harming workers and burdening the economy as a whole. I felt sincerely happy to get it off my chest ...

Behind the Headline: Kristen Davis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After surgery last spring, Kristen Davis suffered adverse reactions to a steroid used during general anesthesia, including steroid-induced mania and hormones elevated ten times above normal levels. It was a living hell, said Davis, who also experienced iatrogenic PTSD from the ordeal. Worse, she discovered, the drug was unnecessary for her procedure, and no one had spoken with her about its use before the surgery.

Davis tried talking to her surgeon and anesthesiologist, but they dismissed her concern. Even medical professionals in her family failed to listen. She was overreacting, they said, and should have asked more questions upfront; her doctor was just doing his job. The reactions only served to rewound her.

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I wanted somebody to be held accountable, said Davis, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. But I didnt know how to do that. I didnt know what the government agencies were; I didnt know who to complain to.

This is what Davis was looking for when she stumbled upon ProPublica reporter Marshall Allens 20122016 investigation into patient safety, which covered the prevalence of medical error in the U.S. health care system and provided resources for patients. There she not only learned where to formally voice her complaints; she discovered the ProPublica Patient Safety Community, a public Facebook group where those who have experienced medical harm can share information and connect with others. Launched in 2012, the active community has more than 5,500 members and is still moderated by Allen to this day.

The group has helped me feel less isolated, sai...

Behind the Headline: Bil Musgrave "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bil Musgrave was just 54 years old when he was diagnosed with a rare cancer and given six months to live. He retired from his job as a coal miner in Warrick County, Ind., and focused on his treatment, which was covered by the lifetime health insurance provided to him by the Squaw Creek Coal Company. Miraculously, he survived. The insurance a benefit that Alcoa, the corporation that operated Squaw Creek in a joint venture with coal giant Peabody Energy, was contractually obligated to provide him and other retired workers also covered the lengthy list of medications he needs to take on a regular basis.

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In 2007, Squaw Creeks operations were passed to a new entity called Patriot Coal Corp., a creation of Peabody Energy into which it moved much of its retirement liabilities and very few of its assets. Even with the spinoff, Alcoa continued to provide insurance for Musgrave and hundreds of other retired coal miners. So he was floored when ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis called in 2015 with the news that Patriot Coal had gone bankrupt (as a result of the liabilities Peabody had burdened it with), and his health care was going to be cut off.

As ProPublica went on to report, in a draconian feat of financial engineering, millions of dollars earmarked for the health insurance of retired Squaw Creek coal miners at least 208 retired miners and their dependents would be diverted to legal fees and other bills from Patriot Coals bankruptcy.

I was shocked that Alcoa would do that to their long-term employees and disavow their contractual obligations to 233 unionized families, leaving them without health...

Behind the Headline: Rebecca Glover "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The incinerated body of Rebecca Glovers nephew Henry was found in 2005 in a burned car on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was roughly a week after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans. Following a cursory probe, the Orleans Parish coroner ruled Henrys death unclassified, and no law enforcement agency ever investigated the matter. Outside of his grieving family, no one seemed to know or care about Henrys death at all.

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You got so much stuff that was swept under the rug, its unbelievable, Glover said of the indifference from authorities. When ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson approached the family in 2008, while reporting for his Law & Disorder series on deadly force used by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she was heartened. According to ProPublicas examination of the final hours of Henrys life, clues about his death pointed to the citys police force.

I prayed very hard for him not to give up on it, Glover said of Thompsons initial reporting. If you live in New Orleans long enough, youll see people pretend they doing this and that. And, the next thing you know, they aint doing nothing.

Thompson and others stayed on the story for more than three years. Through this sustained reporting, the world found out what happened: Henry was shot by one police officer and died in custody. His body was set on fire by another officer, and the circumstances of the case were covered up by yet another police official. Five officers were initially convicted on charges that included manslaughter, lying to federal agents, and burning Henrys body though all but one, David War...

Behind the Headline: Deborah Goldberg "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2008 Deborah Goldberg was hired as the managing attorney for EarthJustices new northeast regional office in New York City. Her job was to lead the offices litigation team, using community partnerships and the force of the law to address critical environmental issues.

Goldberg soon discovered that her colleagues in other environmental organizations across the state were in an uproar. Gov. David Paterson had just signed new legislation to fast-track hydraulic fracturing, the shale gas drilling technique now known to cause water contamination and a host of other environmental and health problems.

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We kept on hearing about this fracking stuff, Goldberg said. We didnt know anything about it. But we thought somebody probably should look into this.

To get a handle on frackings potential environmental harm, Goldberg started collecting media reports. At that point, there was practically no information out there, she said. One of the few reporters investigating the new technology was Abrahm Lustgarten at the newly launched ProPublica. The series Fracking: Gas Drillings Environmental Threat started in July of 2008 and ran through 2016. It found more than 1,000 instances of water contamination in the western states caused by fracking and heightened national awareness of the dangers the drilling process posed to water supplies in the east as well.

ProPublica broke this story, said Goldberg. Abrahm was really the first person who took a sustained look in a series of well-investigated articles about what fracking means, instead of piecemeal reports coming from all over the country. It was an invaluable resource, in part beca...

03:00

Democracys laboratories "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Brawner,  2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

States often are described as laboratories of democracy, which is good because our democracy definitely needs some tinkering. These past few weeks, weve seen how three states in particular are running their experiments. Read the rest

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02:56

Listening to Eeyore in boom times "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Brawner,  2018 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

Theres been a lot of supposedly good economic news lately, which means someone needs to be that guy the Eeyore guy. Eeyore is needed to balance out the Tiggers.

In case your Winnie the Pooh is a little rusty, Eeyore is the pessimistic donkey who sees the cloud in every silver lining. Read the rest

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02:44

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Judging by the number of caterpillars hanging around the little red house I think the Bird family must be away on vacation. Maybe theyre staying down the road at the Welcome Inn.

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01:52

Are Humans Taking Unfair Advantage of Their Pets Emotional Support? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors note: Gomer Blog is an insanely funny medical satire site.  Some of the latest titles to articles on this site were, Patient Insists it Feels Like Pins and Not Needles, and another was Breaking: Surgeon asks Anesthesia to Lower His Tray Table.  Since I am the health editor and usually deal with medically []

01:40

VIDEO: Anthony Bourdains Last Interview "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Watch this incredibly revealing and candid interview and then ask yourself one question: does this really sound like a man who is about to commit suicide? Its hard to believe.

An adventurous documenter of international food culture, Anthony Bourdain was the host of CNNs Parts Unknown, a chef, prolific food author, speaker, and one of Fast Companys Most Creative People. Here, we sat down and talked with him about his creative process, what he looked for in his team, and keys to his success. Watch:

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01:38

Was Anthony Bourdain Murdered for Humanising Palestinians? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

They say Bourdain had been suffering depression since the death of his wife 13 years ago.

01:30

US Drops 121 Bombs A Day, Israel Kills 4 Injures 618, Lockheeds $1B Defense & Facebook Funds MSM "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 (6/9/18). It is no secret these days that the US is deeply involved in the affairs of many different governments overseas, and is involved militarily in many more. []

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01:25

Trump and Kim arrive in Singapore for latest installment of North Korean tragi-comic soap opera "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Very few commentators or analysts appear to have even the most basic understanding of the ongoing North Korean soap opera.

01:24

Globalist Conference Season Begins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh, pity the poor globalists. Theyre going to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off in the next few days.Well, OK, more like flying around in their private jets like well-pampered chickens with their heads cut off, but you get the idea. Why? Well, because globalist conference season is in full swing []

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01:07

Cornelis Corneliszoon van Haarlem. [NSFW] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterday evening found me distracted again, chasing one tangent after another until I landed on Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638), a most talented painter. He was a Northern Mannerist, and given all the foibles of that particular style, he made his characters luminous and achingly beautiful, even when they were misbehaving. Click all images for full size. The first painting which caught my eye was A Monk With A Beguine, painted in 1591:

Een monnik en een begijn, A monk with a beguine, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

Een monnik en een begijn, A monk with a beguine, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

The detail and light are wonderful, its all solustrous. And reluctantly lusty. You can almost feel their consciences attempting to get the better of them, and failing. The story of the Beguines is an interesting one.  I think theres a lot to be said for such structures as the beguines, just sans religion. At the time, this was a good option for a lot of women, when they had few choices in life.

What grabbed my attention next was Venus and Adonis:

Venus and Adonis, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

Venus and Adonis, by Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem.

You can see in Adoniss face theres some problem, one which has him quite emotional, while Venus has the solid air of confidence and casual comfort. Again, the details are astonishing in their beauty and light; the pearls are translucent.

Ill add just one more here, The Fall of the Titans, which leads me to the conclusion that all men should have a dragonfly for their dick. Yep. Heres a detail first, then the full painting:

01:06

How a North Korean Disarmament Deal Might Look "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is not known to what extent, if any, North Korea will permit inspectors from the United States, Japan and South Korea the kind of intrusive presence on its soil, let alone some of its most sensitive facilities, required for a meaningful verification process.

01:02

BOMBSHELL: Consensus theory of evolution of the species falls apart; new mitochondrial DNA study reveals NO animal species more than 200,000 years old "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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 A surprising new study is casting serious doubt on the popular theory that modern animals are the result of millions of years of evolution. After looking at the mitochondrial DNA of thousands of animal species, including humans, researchers reached the stunning conclusion that nearly every species dates back just 100,000 to 200,000 years.

The study was carried out by the University of Basels David S. Thaler and The Rockefeller Universitys Mark Young Stoeckle. According to the conventional narrative of evolution involving adaption based on genetic mutations and survival of the fittest, one would expect older species and those with big populations spread across the planet to have greater genetic variation. However, the researchers actually found that 90 percent of the animal species have mitochondrial DNA variation that is similarly low.

The scientists were taken aback by the finding. Thaler said: This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could. After all, the common notion that the evolution of species on our planet has been a progressive and slow process is rarely challenged by scientific studies.

This study took a different approach than those of the past, which have looked at nuclear DNA. Every animal has DNA in its mitochondria. One of the genes found in mitochondria, COI, is used for DNA barcoding. While nuclear DNA differs dramatically from species to species, animals have the same mitochondrial DNA, making a good basis for comparison.

After analyzing these barcodes across 100,000 species, they discovered strong evidence tha...

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00:47

The Foundation For International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and diplomatic hegemony. Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the triple evils of racism, capitalism, and militarism. Lenin described imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism. Imperialism has justified mass slaughter, resulting in the US killing 20 million people since WW II. The People of the United States must say 'no' to imperialism.

00:45

The Myth Of Medicares Projected Insolvency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Every year the Medicare trustees project the year in which the funds for Part A of Medicare will be inadequate to pay the full costs for that year, based on anticipated revenue and spending. Each year the media then report the pending insolvency of Medicare. This is nonsense. Although revenues and demographics may change, adjustments are made to keep the program fully funded. Only if Congress were to decide to destroy Medicare would funding be reduced below sustainable levels. This is particularly ironic since this year the Republicans in their budget have already made a statement that we do not have to have adequate revenues to pay our bills - producing a budget with a trillion dollar deficit. Our job is to elect representatives who support Medicare - not just for current beneficiaries but for everyone, in an improved version. The inevitable political support would ensure full funding forever.

00:40

US Committed War Crimes In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of liberating them from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International said in a new report ahead of the offensives anniversary.  Amnesty International researchers visited 42 Coalition air strike sites across the ruined city and interviewed 112 civilian residents who had survived the carnage and lost loved ones.  The Coalition strikes detailed in the report are examples of wider patterns. There is strong evidence that Coalition air and artillery strikes killed and injured thousands of civilians, including in disproportionate or indiscriminate attacks that violated international humanitarian law and are potential war crimes.

00:39

Summer Offensive For Net Neutrality Starts Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Net neutrality is being stolen from you. And we have a warrant out for each and every House of Representatives member that has yet to sign to force a vote to reinstate net neutrality rules. Right now the Internet is dying because there are no net neutrality rules in place, but the fight is not over. Join the protest by sharing our wanted posters and using them as your social media avatar/profile pic. Let your representatives know that they are wanted and we want our net neutrality back.

00:34

Global Economy A Giant Debt Scam,What the Financial Elite Dont Want You to Know "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Capitalism collapsed in 2008, just as communism had collapsed in 1991 the system we have now is something else This is an argument Varoufakis has made many times, including in his 2011 book The Global Minotaur. As he expressed it to me, the financial crisis of 2008 led to a wholesale collapse of what used to be called capitalism, which has not recovered nearly as much as most people believe. What we have instead is an almost galactic-scale system of moving debt around to conceal the various flaws and shortfalls in the system. Varoufakis calls it bankrupt-ocracy, in which enormous but endangered or bankrupt financial institutions wield enormous power over the rest of society. Thats not capitalism. And on the subject of shell games

00:22

In Face Of US Threats, Iranians Remain Calm And Confident In Their Strength "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The look on peoples faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit to Iran. The trip was not a terrible failure; quite the opposite in fact. It was a reminder that looking at the U.S. from the outside, and in this case from a country that has all but been declared an enemy of the U.S., one has the advantage of a very different perspective; and America, led as it is by Donald Trump, seems petulant and dangerous and possessing far too much power. Naturally, wanting to hear first-hand what Iranians thought about current affairs played a big role in my decision to embark on this trip. It happened that it came about shortly after Trumps declaration that the U.S. is pulling out of the Iran agreement and that sanctions were going to be reinstated.

00:09

Letter From Nicaragua: A Catastrophic Well-Orchestrated Event Is Occurring "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am completely certain that this is a coup detat and given the present state of things, I am not surprised the Ortegas have been left somewhat stunned. With mobs roaming the street wielding knives and mortars I do not blame them for constructing a barrier. With the dialogue abandoned, the Truth Commission rejected, the international community failing to be at all constructive, they are in a tight spot... What does surprise me is that few seem to see this catastrophe for the well-orchestrated event which in my opinion it so clearly is. I would not even say the US is the primary backer of the events, they are just there in the background. It is the right-wing within Nicaragua with a level of antipathy toward the Ortegas that cannot be overstated who have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

00:07

Update on the Skripals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

So, Yulia Skripal is still alive! Possibly in response to my last column on the Skripal affair (I am the only commentator who has picked up on GO2s role in the affair and suggested that she was being held against her will) the British government produced her. However the interview was very tightly controlled, and []

00:02

Israeli Firm Under FBI Scrutiny In Trump Probe Allegedly Targeted BDS Activists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Psy-Group, a mysterious Israeli company that is reportedly being investigated by the FBI in connection with Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe into alleged illegal interference in the 2016 US presidential election, was also involved in covert anti-BDS efforts, according to a lawsuit against the company and multiple sources who spoke to The Times of Israel. BDS is a campaign by some pro-Palestinian activists encouraging people to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over what they call its ill-treatment of the Palestinians. Psy-Group, which operates in Israel under the name Invop Ltd, is a self-styled leader in intelligence and influence which boasts in its marketing material of its covert techniques and capabilities.

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23:52

Seymour Hersh: The CIA Is Filled With Criminals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When a reporter has covered 50 years of American foreign policy disasters, the last great untold story may be his own. That, more or less, is the premise behind a new memoir by Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been revealing secrets and atrocitiesand often secret atrocitiesto great acclaim since he exposed the My Lai Massacre in 1969. Hershs book, economically titled Reporter, is focused on the work. I dont want anybody reporting about my private life, he once said, and Hersh abides by his own request. In lieu of the personal, were treated to the professional: Hershs rise from the City News Bureau of Chicago to the United Press International to the Associated Press. His breakthrough, however, was as a freelancer: Hersh, famously, received a tip about William Calley, a court-martialed Army lieutenant accused of killing 109 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in a village nicknamed Pinkville.

23:45

Urgent Call For Help From Water Is Life Camp "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

WE NEED YOU. I am asking you to make plans to joins us at Leau Est La Vie Camp ASAP, within the next 6-8 weeks (most effectively in the next four). Weve been fighting this battle to stop the tail end of DAPL, known as Bayou Bridge. We have won on both a state and federal level, yet the construction continues... The hundreds-of-years-old Cypress trees continue to fall, the water and wildlife cry out from the war zone, and the people in the path are squashed even further beneath the shoes of the oppressor. I realize that it is ceremony time. I realize that there are other important fights out there, and I wouldnt want anyone to do what they are unable or morally opposed to but if you ever thought about coming to fight beside me/us, that time is now and honestly like no other.

23:25

The awesome beauty and power of a tornado "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This video of a tornado touching down in Laramie, Wyoming last week is awe-inspiring. I had thought that tornados start in the clouds and then touch down on the ground but in this video at the 18-second mark you see that there is also a bottom-up element, a sliver that starts on the ground and joins to the larger part coming from the top. The tightness of the funnel cloud is indicative of the massive destructive power that it can unleash for anyone and anything that has the misfortune to lie in its narrow path.

23:11

30 phone calls to 9-1-1 that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo doesnt want you to hear from the night of 1 October "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) Intellihub editor-in-chief Shepard Ambellas tediously went through 518 different 9-1-1 calls from the night of the 1 October massacre in which the online sleuth located a cornucopia of information which further paints a picture of how Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo lied to the general public about events which occurred on the night of the shooting.

However, its also important to point out that the sheriff did not lie by choice but rather lied due to the fact that the Department of Homeland Security deemed the terror attack a matter of national security just one day after the shooting which is why FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse was subsequently assigned to Lombardo as his handler.

The following calls to 911 took place between the hours of 10:00 pm and 11:59 pm on October 1, 2017, and absolutely eviscerate LVMPDs narrative of a single lone wolf shooter.

You can read over 250 other detailed reports on the Las Vegas Shooting here.

10:16 pm

When a 911 operator asked the caller if she saw the shooter, the woman who was inside the Route 91 venue at the time replied: I think we saw the guy flying in a helicopter. [] You guys need officers in the sky because hes flying in a helicopter. (Keep in mind the LVMPD helicopter did not show up anywhere near the vicinity until 10:25 pm) You can learn more about the helicopters here.

Listen to call 48


10:33 pm

A LVMPD 911 call operator who was taking real-time caller info in the background can be heard saying: We have three shooters on the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay.

Listen to call 159


10:38 pm

911 operator: There was a shooter at the Route 91 and all that we know is that the suspects...

23:09

Poor-Led Peoples Campaign Marches To Resurrect Resurrection City "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City, poor and houseless people marched from the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia to Washington, DC where they are setting up a Resurrection City in DuPont Circle. We speak with Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia), co-founder of POOR Magazine and a participant on the march, about the reality of poverty in the United States. Tiny describes the march and the intersections between poverty and many other areas such as mass incarceration, health and colonization. This is a poor-led people's campaign that is not only resisting the policies and systems that drive the current crises, but is also putting forth poor people-led solutions, such as the Bank of Community Reparations and Homefulness.

22:30

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

President Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a "free trade proclamation," as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada. He signed the final communique and then he didn't.

22:17

Identity Whistling "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ive seen a few editorials along the lines of this one or this one:

An expanding working class may have dealt the final blow to the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, whose support has now become concentrated among upper class Ontarians and a shrinking middle class. For now, Doug Fords PCs hold a strong hand with working class votersnearly double the support of either the Liberals or NDP. If Ford can sustain his working class support until June 7, he will sweep to a majority government.

Its eerily similar to what we were hearing about Trump, isnt it? And in Trumps case, weve got a growing body of evidence that it wasnt about economics, it was really about identity threat.

Donald Trumps success in the 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidential election has defied the expectations of many Americans. This study is the first to demonstrate experimentally that the changing racial demographics of America are directly contributing to Trumps success among Whites by increasing perceived threats to their groups status. It is also the first to show that White Americans responses to increasing racial diversity depend on how identified they are with their ethnic group.

Major, Brenda, Alison Blodorn, and Gregory Major Blascovich. The threat of increasing diversity: Why many White Americans support Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (2016): 1368430216677304.

The most obvious finding in Table 1 is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there is little to no evidence that those whose incomes declined or whose incomes increased to a lesser extent than others incomes were more likely to support Trump. Even change in subjective assessment of ones own personal financial situation had no discernible impact on evaluations of Trump or on change in vote choice. Likewise, those who lost a job between 2012 and 2016 were no more likely to support Trump. []

Mass opinion changes on status threat-related issues were not, by themselves, the driving force in increasing affini...

22:16

There Are No War Heroes. There Are Only War Victims. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterday President Donald Trump tweeted, My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia. They are truly all HEROES. Three hours later he tweeted it again, this time with the correct spelling of Somalia. A few days earlier, at the climax of his phony, []

The post There Are No War Heroes. There Are Only War Victims. appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

21:55

5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While gun control advocates say they just want common sense legislation, all signs point towards a push for the repeal of the Second Amendment. (TFTP) Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking common sense gun legislation. But in reality, the []

The post 5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

21:01

Aint Nothing Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With another Unity song.

 

And while were at it, one of my favorite covers of all time:

Have a good day folks. Be productive if you can.

20:45

Overview Of Abrupt Anthropogenic Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dr. McPherson is the world's leading spokesperson of the fate of our species. It will be much sooner than later, as in our lifetimes. We will almost certainly look like Mars. The upside is that all other "news" is melodramatic bullshit.

20:31

Open thread for episode 22.23: Tracie and Matt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tracie and Matt take viewer calls.

 

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20:26

After Trip to Gaza, Anthony Bourdain Accused World of Robbing Palestinians of Their Basic Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anthony Bourdain died by suicide in Strasbourg, France, as he was filming one of his episodes of his very popular show Parts Unknown. He traveled to Gaza. In 2014, he won an award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council. In his acceptance speech, he said, "The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity."

20:04

Tools. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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C. Ford, all rights reserved. Bad flash, sorry. Click for full size.

Good tools are important. Having the right tools is very important too. I can highly recommend the Staedtler sharpener (mine is in obvious need of a clean). It works beautifully and renders a very sharp tip. Speaking of sharp tips, everyone who has worked with pencil, colour or not, is familiar with point breakage during drawing. This sends tiny bits of core all over the place. If youre working in ordinary pencil, its not a major deal if it smears, as its easily erased. That is so not the case with colour pencils, Prismacolor in particular. Normally, I use a fox tail brush to clean, but these can cause problems with colour pencils, in that no matter how lightly you wield one, its still heavy enough to cause many a smear. The solution? Feathers. I use 3 types of feather. Not only can you pick up minuscule bits of pencil with them, they are very good to brush an area of your work without smearing.  The turkey feather is the lightest, and excellent at picking up bits; the other two are stiffer, with more weight, and good for an overall sweep. If you have a bunch of bits and dust, gently press the feather down on them, and it will pick them up. Dont forget to clean your feather after. Just using your fingers on the feathers works fine.

Living rural, I dont have to go far to find feathers, but if youre deep in an urbanscape, feathers of all types are easily found in craft stores. The benefit there is that you can buy feathers by the bag, so youll have more than enough for your needs.

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22 seconds in the microwave, kept all the info. Just sharpened it, seems to have worked. This was also a sharp reminder of a major failing on my part not paying attention. Im so colour focused, I completely ignore observing the condition of the pencil. Now that I had a very good look at this one, there are a number of gouges and scores, particularly on the back of it, and there was a suspicious piece transparent tape, too. So, while its good to know you can fix your pencil up, it pays to be very observ...

20:04

Shorter Pope Francis to Big Oil : You're Going to Hell if You don't Go Green "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pope Francis on Saturday forthrightly reminded Big Oil that climate change is a moral issue. Unlike President Trump, the Vatican has a whole bevy of science advisers. What a comedown for Americans proud of our First Amendment and republican spirit, that the Vatican is now demonstrably more progressive than is the United States of America.

19:44

Bilderberg 2018 Final Day Report Harassed Mid Interview For Typical And Fitting Ending "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Filming in Italy is not the easiest thing to do especially on Bilderberg weekend when tensions are high and power trips are through the roof! Italian police detained Dan and Luke were detained 6 or 7 times over the course of just a few days but that didn't them from getting the job done! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change about the experiences they had while covering this years Bilderberg conference in Turin Italy...and wouldn't you know it, security even interrupted this interview in a typical and fitting end to the Bilderberg weekend.

19:15

Donald Trump is costing us one precious thing: time "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Climate change comes with a time limit. We don't have four years to waste ignoring it, not when Arctic sea ice is reaching new lows and temperatures are breaking records. Even if a new president someday takes up climate seriously, the carbon we're spewing now will still be in the atmosphere to haunt us over geological time. Time is the trouble.

18:33

Vital: Crisis in Armenia and Balance of Power in South Caucasus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gordon Duff - we seldom see the level of analysis and scholarship exhibited here.  We laud SouthFront for their work.

18:32

Heres What Baltic Countries Really Fear From Russia (and Its Not Invasion) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Amid NATOs ongoing military buildup in the Baltic countries, and former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves recent warning that Russia would lose St. Petersburg if it dared attack the region, its current leaders have said that the countries have something much more tangible to fear from the east. Speaking at a press conference of the Baltic countries []

18:30

How Art Imitates Life Unsafe Tech Use Regularly Portrayed in TV and Film Normalizes This in Real Life "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank New technology has provided many benefits.  Having access to a cell phone in emergencies and using the Internet for research can and...

18:29

Russia Develops New Space Laser Cannon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A company affiliated with the Russian space agency Roscosmos is reportedly moving to develop a powerful new laser capable of evaporating targets in orbit for the benefit of all mankind. Researchers at the Scientific and Industrial Corporation Precision Instrument Systems (NPK SPP), a subsidiary of Roscosmos, are developing a new technology which would allow for the vaporizing of potentially []

18:18

Dance Of Death: Cardinal and Bishop. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Cardinal.

Cardinal.

Bishop.

Bishop.

18:17

5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Rachel Blevins Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking...

17:59

For Captured Regulators, Repealing the Volcker Rule is Child's Play "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The next recession may not be an ordinary one. While employment has recovered, wage growth has remained weak. A new study shows that almost half of all Americans are unable to pay for their basic necessities. Half of those polled in another study say they would be unable to come up with $400 for a financial emergency.

17:40

Morris just became a little more civilized "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We now have a coffeeshop that is open on Sundays!

My plans to see Morris become a happier place are advancing. I have a list.

  • Coffeeshop with longer hours open every day

  • A regional airport

  • Henry Kissinger chokes on his own blood and dies

  • A good bagel place

  • A deep water seaport to the Pacific Ocean

  • For the entire Trump family and their cronies to be arrested and convicted for corruption and fraud, and to spend the rest of their lives in jail or in poverty, whichever makes them more miserable

  • World Peace

See? Im not asking much.

17:35

Ultimate narcissist Trump wants to destroy the world George Soros "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is a simple way of telling if someone has had too much "Zio-kool-aid." They blame "Jewish" George Soros for "Greater Israel" and his support of the neocons and Israel's extremism.

17:32

The Same Military That Guns Down Peaceful Women and Children Is Training Cops In The US "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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U.S. law enforcement officials regularly travel to Israel to receive extensive training from a military that routinely shoots and kills innocent citizens.

The post The Same Military That Guns Down Peaceful Women and Children Is Training Cops In The US appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:26

Episode #236 Parts Unknown with guests Gilad Atzmon and Robert Inlakesh "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 
Episode #236 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on June 10th 2018 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) covering all the top news stories worldwide

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This week the SUNDAY WIRE broadcasts LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen is joined in-studio by Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column with all the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. This week well discuss the continued fall-out from Israels massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza, Palestine, as well as the mysterious death of maverick American TV host and best-selling author, Anthony Bourdain. Later in the first hour well be joined LIVE by a very special guest, artist and author Gilad Atzmon to discuss the current aggressive attacks on free speech by the Israeli Lobby and its affiliate organizations, as we try and analyze why the intensity of attacks has increased so much in recent months and how this relates the the situation on the ground in the Middle East. In the second hour well connect with independent journalist and advocate for Palestine, Robert Inlakesh, to discuss recent events in Gaza and the West Bank. Later in the final segment well take a critical look at the political character known as Tommy Robinson and how his current case is stoking racial tensions in the UK and...

17:23

Beware Hawaii-FEMA Barges Are the Newest Form of FEMA Camps "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

FEMA has essentially told America that we are on our own when it comes to a disaster. Then why is FEMA using barges to imprison people after pretending to rescue them?

I frequently receive information from disgruntled employees to aware and awake personnel with a conscience from the various alphabet soup agencies. However, I have been hearing about FEMA barges since Hurricane Katrina and getting details has proven almost impossible. There literally is no paper trail regarding mission plans, or operations details.

Scant Information On FEMA Barges

As stated, I have been hearing the stories and rumors of FEMA barges since Katrina, small operation, to Houstons Hurricane Harvey, large operation. My sources of information have not been federal employees as much as the few people who have contacted me who were able to escape the clutches of FEMA. Therefore, much of my previous knowledge comes from people who have seen the operations from the outside looking in, not the from the inside, hence, another reason for the elusiveness of the operation.

Since Hurricane Harvey, I have received two detailed stories from two separate individuals in two different locations who provided information on how people are supposedly gathered up.  The supposed stories had some common elements. First, armed private contractors do a sweep of an area where they are hoping to gather up detainees. The people are disarmed by the private contractors of anything that could be used as a weapon. In both cases, sustenance food and water was left behind for the potential evacuees in anticipation of FEMAs arrival. The objective of the initial personnel was not to transport anyone, anywhere, they were solely disarming the people and told to stay in place as more help was coming. One person told me that he asked...

17:03

Cop Suspended After Facebook Post Selling Coffee Mugs With Pics of Incapacitated Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A police officer was suspended for selling mugs that depicted a photo of a local homeless man who was passed out on a log.

The post Cop Suspended After Facebook Post Selling Coffee Mugs With Pics of Incapacitated Citizens appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

16:53

Behind the Iron Curtain part 10 Sex Ed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

These are my recollections of a life behind the iron curtain. I do not aim to give perfect and objective evaluation of anything, but to share my personal experiences and memories. It will explain why I just cannot get misty eyed over some ideas on the political left and why I loathe many ideas on the right.


This is another one of the issues where the current US divide between left and right amuses me greatly. If you ever saw the movie Red Heat you will probably remember Arnold Schwarzenegger in his role as a Soviet agent turning on TV in a cheap American hotel and upon seeing porn uttering the word Capitalism! with utmost sneer in his voice. That scene rings so true to me.

The regimes attitude to sex and sex education was abysmal. You see, sex is pleasurable to the individual, and as such informing the populace about how it is supposed to work could not be easily spun into a way to advance the greater good. Pornography was illegal and erotica very strictly regulated. And sex education almost non-existent.

Well, that is not entirely true. Sex ed was compulsory. But non-existent at the same time.

In the seventh class of elementary school, the biology classes were focused on human anatomy. Towards the end of the year part of the curriculum was about sexual and reproductive organs and some sex education thrown in.

The sex education part was gender segregated. Girls were shown some educational video whose details I do not know. Some boys tried to listen at the windows and from them I know that it probably consisted mostly of information about expected changes in body chemistry and shape during puberty, and nothing more.

Boys had even less informative session, which I missed completely due to illness. All I know from highly bemused accounts from my schoolmates is that instead of the rather good diagrams in books the whole issue was explained on a picture of a tulip. Really. Bees and flowers. At school. In 1980s.

At no point whatsoever were the technicalities of sex mentioned. No mention of consent and how it is supposed to work, no mention about how condoms are used and what other options of contraception there are, no mention of how the body parts actually fit into each other. So all of this info had to be learned from surroundings, either from family members or from peers. Which has of course led to great variation between individuals.

Info about consent came mostly from media and from peers, with all the masculine garbage that is the stupid yes means yes, no means try harder.
Use of condoms had everybody to gleam from rare articles that might be written in some magazine for adults or to figure out for themselves. Oh, and the stupid its womans responsibility to not get pre...

16:25

Fake president wasted everyones time this weekend in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fake president wasted everyone's time this weekend in Canada

16:22

SUNDAY SCREENING: War as a Working Place (2017) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

This intimate film follows three Syrian television reporters and tells their story of peril, dedication and perseverance in the face of one of the worst conflicts of this century. The first reporter is Rabie Deebh who has covered Syrian Army operations and the ongoing crisis since 2011. While working, he was wounded and even suffered partially paralysis as a result of his injuries and still went straight back to work regardless. The film also follows Yara Saleh who, with her TV crew, was abducted and held for ransom by terrorists. Tragically, one of Yaras close colleagues was executed. Despite her horrific experience, she still working as a TV reporter in Syria. Finally, the film follows a single mother and war reporter named Laymona, who covers suicide bomb attacks, and even interviews armed militants in dangerous situations. Watch:

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Run time: 27 min
Director: Oleg Nekishev
Distributor: Novosti TV (2017)

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16:22

Why is John Oliver Running Anti-Venezuela Propaganda? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Previously, we have documented how western mainstream media propaganda has been used to mislead western audiences about the country of Syria in order to gain western support for aggressive policies like sanctions, proxy war and direct military intervention. This same system is now being applied to other target nations.

During Venezuelas recent presidential election, US-based British comedian, John Oliver, dedicated an entire episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight to defaming and lying about the Venezuelan government, as well as advocating for punitive sanctions and some type of US intervention, possibly regime change. Olivers propaganda tranche appears to be aimed at western self-identified progressives. In this video, TeleSURs Empire Files producer Mike Prysner points out a series of Olivers lies, omissions and gross misrepresentations. If you listen closely throughout this piece, you will also see how Oliver is employing more or less the exact same script used to inflate the opposition movement and demonize the Syria government and justify sanctions and regime change there. Watch:

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16:06

Trump the Politician: Anti-Abortion vs. Anti-Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission ("the gay wedding cake case") soaked up most of the Supreme Court decision media limelight, even though (or perhaps because) the court's ruling doesn't really dispose of the major issues in the case. Another case, also not decided on its merits, got much less attention. But that case reveals conflicting priorities in, and signals from, the Trump administration.

16:04

Philippines Drug War, Joel Montallana "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the Philippines drug war my own brother-in law was was killed by the police.

16:00

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Colorado Cake Shop Case Is Major Step in Embedding Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry into Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With its ruling in the Colorado cake shop case, the highest court of the land gave official endorsement to bigotry and hate against LGBTQ people. What does it say that in the year 2018, the overwhelming majority of the US Supreme Court harshly attacks a true and indisputable statement about how religion has been used to justify immense horrors--while praising a hateful fundamentalist bigot for his "sincere religious beliefs"?

15:59

The Healing Arts: Vegetable Intrenchment! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Click for full size. There are five of these, so most below the fold.

Singular Effects Of The Universal Vegetable Pills... Charles Jameson Grant, Lithograph coloured. Subject: Proprietary Medicines, James Morison, Morison's Pills, Vegetable compounds.

Singular Effects Of The Universal Vegetable Pills Charles Jameson Grant, Lithograph coloured. Subject: Proprietary Medicines, James Morison, Morisons Pills, Vegetable compounds.

Mercury and his Advocates Defeated, or Vegetable Intrenchment. Thomas Rowlandson, Etching coloured, 1789. Subject: Isaac Swainson, Velnos Syrup, Proprietary Medicines.

Mercury and his Advocates Defeated, or Vegetable Intrenchment. Thomas Rowlandson, Etching coloured, 1789. Subject: Isaac Swainson, Velnos Syrup, Proprietary Medicines.

Mercury was long considered to be the only effective remedy for venereal disease. Those who advocated the use of Mercury were not pleased by Mr. Swainson. You can read the booklet containing directions for use here, and The Internet Archive also has Mr. Swainsons book: An account of cures by Velnos vegetable syrup, in disorders, deriving their origin or malignity from scorbutic impurities, or obstructions in the lymphatic system.

Extraordinary Effects Of The Vegetable Pills On A Tailor... Anonymous, Lithograph, coloured. Subject: Proprietary Remedies, James Morison, Morison's Pills.

Extraordinary Effects Of The Vegetable Pills On A Tailor Anonymous, Lithograph, coloured. Subject: Proprietary Remedies, James Morison, Morisons Pills.

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15:59

Combat Vet Posts Shocking Picture of How Many Pills He Has to Take Because Cannabis is Illegal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A veteran who was prescribed nearly 10,000 pills a year has now become an outspoken advocate for the one medicine that actually helped his chronic paincannabis.

The post Combat Vet Posts Shocking Picture of How Many Pills He Has to Take Because Cannabis is Illegal appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

15:51

Trump EPA to shred rules on toxic pollution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On June 1, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency would no longer evaluate asbestos in homes and businesses as a health risk, even though the death toll from asbestos exposure is estimated at 12,000 to 15,000 people a year in the United States alone.

15:44

Media Silent as Israel Exposed for Aiding Saudi Arabia in Developing Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  The Saudi Arabian government has been covertly receiving information on the creation of nuclear weapons from the government of Israel, according to Ami Dor-on, a senior Israeli official at iHLS (Israels Homeland Security). iHLS bills itself as the leading hub for the homeland security ecosystem globally and in Israel and is partially []

15:28

15:27

Snow in the Mountains this Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Paradise Ranger Station at 7 AM Sunday
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After a front went by on Friday, cold, unstable air started to move into Washington State .   By Sunday the snow level will be down to approximately 4000 ft.....so at the elevation from roughly Steven Pass and above some snowflakes will be in the air, with higher elevations getting several inches.

The IR satellite image this morning shows the front over eastern WA and convective instability clouds offshore.

Not impressive by winter standards but this is June.   Friday's front brought plenty of precipitation  along the coast and north Cascades (over an inch), with a third to half inch  in the rest of the Cascades.


The forecast for temperatures, wind, and humidity at Sea-Tac (see plot below, time is in UTC on axis, y axis is height in pressure)) shows the freezing level (solid red line), dropping to roughly 870 hPa pressure (about 5000 ft).  The snow level can be 1000 ft below the freezing level, so the snow level could head down to around 4000 ft.
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15:10

Conspiracy Theory Confirmed: Researcher Shows How Phone Shows Ads Based on Conversations It Hears "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While social media companies have spent years denying that their apps are recording your private conversations, the truth is finally coming out.

The post Conspiracy Theory Confirmed: Researcher Shows How Phone Shows Ads Based on Conversations It Hears appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

15:02

Democratic parties accused of funneling $84M into Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Intellihub editors note: Looks like the Whore of Babylon Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee have some explaining to do. Not to mention the missing server set up by Imran Awan.

Up to 40 state Democratic parties could be implicated in an alleged scheme to illegally funnel some $84 million to Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report.

A federal lawsuit says the Clinton team and the Democratic National Committee went around campaign finance laws by pouring money into state parties that then sent the funds back to the DNC to help Clinton, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The Committee to Defend the President, a pro-President Trump PAC, first filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in December. But the authorities didnt take action before a required deadline, the groups campaign finance attorney, who filed the federal lawsuit, told the Review-Journal.

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14:57

Medieval Market, Part 5. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Giliell, click for full size!

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14:45

5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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While gun control advocates say they just want "common sense" legislation, all signs point towards a push for the repeal of the Second Amendment.

The post 5 Facts Proving They Are Coming For Your Guns Is Not A Conspiracy Theory appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

14:38

Why is Cardinal Parolin attending a Bilderberg Group meeting? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Bilderberg Group is meeting in Turin this week, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin will be present. Cardinal Parolin is the Vaticans Secretary of State, arguably the most senior official in the Vatican and the nearest thing the Holy See has to a prime minister.

The Bilderberg Group is viewed by conspiracy theorists as something of a shadow world government, but a quick look at the list of participants, published on its website, reveals something a lot less threatening. While there are many famous names there from the worlds of banking, academia, journalism and politics, few are people who currently hold the levers of power in national governments.

But the cardinals presence is certainly worthy of comment, especially as he has not been invited before and will be the only religious figure present. The Church is deeply committed to dialogue, but, as often happens, has difficulty in finding the right partners for dialogue, particularly with the sort of people who will be well represented at Bilderberg.

The post Why is Cardinal Parolin attending a Bilderberg Group meeting? appeared first on Intellihub.

14:28

All Sprinkled With Pollen. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Giliell, click for full size!

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14:26

Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore on an Air China flight two days before historic summit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kim Jong-un arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of his historic summit with President Donald Trump.

When Trump and Kim meet at the five-star Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa on Tuesday, they will be making history even before they start.

Enemies since the Korean War, the leaders of North Korea and the United States have never met previously or even spoken on the phone.

Kim arrived at Singapores Changi Airport on an Air China jet on Sunday afternoon, local time, after his longest trip overseas as head of state amid huge security precautions on the city-state island. Two decoy flights were also dispatched.

The post Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore on an Air China flight two days before historic summit appeared first on Intellihub.

14:17

California Found to Be Harvesting Newborn DNA For Decades Without Parental Consent "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Doctors in California have been quietly stealing DNA samples from newborns for decades and storing them in a state-run biobank.

The post California Found to Be Harvesting Newborn DNA For Decades Without Parental Consent appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

14:06

The Daily Bird #732. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A beautiful Blue Jay from Kengi, click for full size!

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14:04

Sometimes, old people have strange ideas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A novelist Id never heard of has things to say.

Modern men are turning to gay affairs because they are terrified of women, Jilly Cooper has suggested.

That makes no sense. Im afraid of X so I do Y? I have a fear of heights so Ive decided to take up cave diving. Right.

I think gay men are gay because they are attracted to men, not because theyre necessarily repelled by women.

And hey, by this logic, shouldnt all women be lesbians?

In a somewhat scathing verdict, the famously racy novelist said that men also cry all the time.

Men have as much capacity for emotion as women. This one is at least true in the spirit of the answer. I dont understand what is scathing about the comment.

She added that women wear short skirts but have do not touch tattooed across their knees and said she was worried about the effect the Me Too campaign may have on views of courtship.

She is an erotic romance novelist, I guess. Im getting the impression I wouldnt like her books very much, since her romantic heroes must be bold men who see a skirt as an invitation to get under it, and the heroine better not complain about it.

Back in my courtin days, in the long long ago, #MeToo wouldnt have affected me, and I would not have been afraid of women, because I never intimidated anyone into forced sex, nor did I harass anyone or take inappropriate liberties with women. I think thats the case with most men.

Its only the assholes who should be afraid.

13:09

Sunday Sermon: Deconstruct Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I feel like we typically leave big parts of our lives and motivations unexamined; sometimes, if were lucky, something happens that makes us engage our brains about one thing or another and we examine it and think about it enough to get an idea about how we work inside.

In 2006 or so, a photographer friend asked me to substitute teach a class he was scheduled for: erotic photography naturally I said yes, and then I realized I had stepped into a totally new sort of mess. Youre probably familiar with the idea the way to really test your knowledge of ${thing} is to teach and its true, as far as it goes. By 2006 I had hundreds of hours of teaching experience already, so I understood my process:

  1. think How did I learn ${thing}? What were the critical concepts and waypoints?
  2. what things later made me slap myself on the forehead and go I wish I had learned that first?
  3. build an ordering of presentation of concepts
  4. figure out how to explain them
  5. intersperse the concepts with practical things that the students can do that will help them understand not just the material but their own relationship to the material

Madame Recamier, by Chinard

But setting up an internet firewall or a vulnerability management program contains certain elements that are close to objective truths: do this, dont do that, or you will get hacked. Erotic photography? Did you not notice, Marcus, that erotic is personal and dependent on experience and exposure and cultural norms? Why did you say sure? Then I realized my path of attack had to follow my own process of discovery: the best I could hope for was to encourage the class to think about the problem of what is erotic because only once you have some ideas about that can you go photograph them.

So I sat and drank some wine and thought about how do you think about what is erotic? The whole experience was very worthwhile, I felt, and eventually I came up with a couple of methods for exploring my own reactions. For the class, I was allowed to assign the attendees to bring things or whatever (within reason) so I asked attendees to email me or bring 2 or 3 pictures that you feel are erotic that was how I was going to break into that discussion.

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12:38

Dems Are Once Again Poised to Fumble Away a Must Win Election "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I cover US politics for a living and, with less than five months to go before the crucial midterm election that will determine whether American voters will impose some checks on President Donald Trump, I couldnt tell you what the Democrats platform is or their plan for winning this November.

Instead of coming up with policies that will change the lives of Americans in a meaningful way as well as a strategy of telling voters about them they keep getting sucked into the Trump trap.

The president will do or say something that is so ridiculous or reprehensible that Democrats are sure that, this time, the public will surely realize that he is a know-nothing liar and demagogue who is destroying the US from within.

But it wont happen. Anybody who hasnt cared this far wont start now, and the people who do care are already enraged. The ones in the middle are probably just numb from the avalanche of scandals and lies. In the end, they are going to make their decision based on what they think is best for them.

This is where Democrats have to compete for votes. Being against Trump clearly is not enough. They need to explain to Americans how they will make their lives better.

Contrary to what they might think, that could prove to be difficult.

Independents are now feeling more confident about the economy than before Trumps election and they also believe that current economic conditions have improved since then. Its not hard to see why. The unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent and the stock market rose sharply in the year following the election, peaking at 26,616 points in January of this year. Those are probably the two numbers most people look at when trying to evaluate the state of the economy.

Trump has loudly taken credit for both even though he inherited 75 months of job growth from Obama, the Dow Jones has fallen nearly 1,500 points since its peak, and his record in both areas isnt actually better than that of his predecessor.

In addition, the president and the Republican majority in Co...

11:00

Assad Interview with Commentary by Gordon Duff (Press TV) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Assad, "We have said that were going to liberate every inch of Syria. This is our land and this is our duty; its not a political opinion, its a national duty."

11:00

General Ranting and Rambling (Sermonette) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Canada-US Trade Dispute

Is it really about trade, or are they just upset that the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup? If that's what it is, they need to content themselves that if it wasn't for the liberal distribution of Canadians playing in the league on all teams, that there wouldn't be professional ice hockey. 

Or maybe they're angry about having to speak French. You see, Canadians speak French, but when they try to do that in France, the French people mock them for it. There is no gratitude from France, just speak English, Canadian friends. Let it go at that, and sing Oh Canada! in the Queen's language.

The whole trade dust-up would be solved if they just admitted that they actually are the US 51st State, now, wouldn't it? We could be their 11th province if they accepted President Trump and the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights if that feels better. Trudeau and his rainbow socks, would have to go, eh?

Internet News

Ever since I installed Adblocker, I have been severely depressed. Hot singles in my area are no longer interested in me. (h/t MT)

Bees are Cool

Here is an interesting factoid. (LINK) When you think about bees in general, their place in the ecosystem and how they fun...

07:32

The Criminalization Of Science Whistleblowers: A Mind-Blowing Interview With Judy Mikovits, PhD "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Judy Mikovits, PhD

Just How Many Vaccines Are Contaminated With Retroviruses?

Natural News| In one of the most shocking science videos youll see this year, molecular biologist Judy A. Mikovits, PhD, reveals the disturbing true story of how she was thrown in prison for blowing the whistle on deadly viral contamination of human vaccines.

With a well established history of working for the National Cancer Institute as a cancer research, Dr. Mikovits worked with human retroviruses like HIV. Her work focused on immunotherapy research and involved HIV.

In 2009, she was working on autism and related neurological diseases. She found that many of the study subjects has cancer, motor-neuron disorders and chronic fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She believed a virus may have been responsible for these symptoms, and through her research, she isolated the viruses that turned out to come from mice.

She soon realized that these protein and viral contaminants were being introduced into the human population via contaminated vaccines.

Twenty-five million Americans are infected with the viruses that came out of the lab into the humans via contaminated blood and vaccines.

In response to this discovery, she was fired from her job, indicted, prosecuted, jailed and ordered to retract her research and publicly claim she made it all up.

She refused to cover up the scientific evidence and was targeted and punished by the vaccine deep state establishment.

She was actually thrown in prison. Just dragged out of my house in shackles I refused to denounce the data we have the data they basically said tell everybody you made it all up and you can go home. If you dont, well destroy you. And they did.

This is what modern science has come to.

Watch the full, astonishing video below, and check out Dr. Mikovitz book, Plague: One Scientists Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.

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06:50

Assad to NWO: You supported terrorists, and Im gonna say it straight to our face "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If Saudi Arabia and Egypt have already sold their souls to the New World Order and to the Zionist Regime in Israel and the United States, if they have already prostrated before the Powers That Be, then Assad has a message for all them: Syria is still not for sale. And if they think that the country is going to surrender any time soon, then theyve got another thing coming.

03:49

UK Independent: In Middle East, Putin has a lot to thank Trump for right now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The desert around Deir ez-Zour remains a dangerous place, where the Americans and Russians play an extremely risky game of war. Putin still suspects the Americans helped the artillery guidance of a mortar battery which killed lieutenant general Valery Asapov.

03:11

Why Do the Afghan Villagers not want to Sit for Peace Talk with the U.S. Selected Afghan Ghani Administration? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The war crimes committed against the Afghan people by the Australian special operation forces, by the United States and its agents/mercenaries and by NATO forces are the true impediment or roadblock to negotiations and peace.

02:58

Aspartame Creates Diabetic And Obesity Epidemics - Read The Medical Facts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In homage to the fiercest physician critic of aspartame, Dr. H.J. Roberts, this article lays out serious medical information and case histories, which, if read and comprehended, will immensely help those struggling with diabetes and obesity.

02:41

From the Webmaster: Why we need events like the Bolingbrook Pride Picnic (Mixed) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Wendy Onofrey
Webmaster for the Bolingbrook Babbler

Rainbow Flag

Image from the Bolingbrook Pride page.

On the eve of the Bolingbrook Pride Picnic and Puppies event, Id thought I should point out this article from fellow Freethought member Trav Mamone:

Its Pride Month. A time to celebrate all things queer and trans, remember those who lost their lives in the struggle for human rights, and explainagainto straight people why theres no Straight Pride Month. This false equivalency boils down to the common misconception that LGBTQ people like myself are celebrating something we didnt achieve through hard work, like being born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity. What people fail to realize is were celebrating something we achieved: all the accomplishments the LGBTQ rights movement has made so far, and that we choose to love ourselves in the face of bigotry.

You can read the rest here.

As Mamone also points out, there is still more work to be.  Last year Sarah Sanders said the administration believed that business have the right to refuse service to gays.  President Donald Trump is currently trying to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. Kansas and Oklahoma now allow adoption agencies that receive taxpayer money to deny adoptions to gays for religious reasons.  In Illinois, Jeanne Ives almost won the primary race for Governor despite running a flagrantly transphobic ad.

So tomorrow, lets celebrate the first Pride event in Bolingbrook.  It is a significant milestone that should be celebrated.  Lets also remember that theres more to be done and that the progress thats been made still needs to...

02:21

A Plan For The Nation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is nothing today in the political climate of the USA resembling a national plan to solve the major problems we now face -- only a surreptitious plan to undo the gains of the past.

01:51

What Pranab wanted us to pay heed to on Hedgewar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Pranab da visited the very place where RSS was founded and said "Today I came here to pay my respect and homage" to Hedgewar, he wanted his countrymen to brush up their information on the great man: That he refused to accept sweets on Queen Victoria's coronation day in his school; that he was expelled for exhorting students to say 'Vande Mataram' in high school; that he threw bomb at a police station while still only 18.

01:47

California utility PG&E faces billion$ in fines, lawsuits for wildfire deaths and damages "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

California utility PG&E faces billion$ in fines, lawsuits for wildfire deaths and damages

00:05

Why Blended Primaries Are an Assault on Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We still have a two-party system. Representative democracy would be better served by a more inclusive regime, whether it's rank-choice voting or moving to a European-style parliamentary system or something else entirely. Until we think things through and have a new system to replace it, the current two-party system ought not to be insipidly sabotaged as though nibbled to death by feckless ducks.

Saturday, 09 June

23:55

Hepatitis: More Than One "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hepatitis could be called the alphabet disease. Hepatitis of any letter group is inflammation of the liver tissue.

23:44

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Peek-a-boo
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23:25

"Pro-Family" Homophobia Rips Families Apart "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Within the LGBTQIA community, estrangement from parents and other relatives is common. Some parents kick their gay or trans teens out of the house for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Others cut their kids off as adults, or just behave so abusively to them that the children avoid their parents in adulthood.

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