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Monday, 18 September

20:40

$700B unpaid mortgage balances in Harvey and Irma disaster areas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Even as the damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is still being tallied, a preliminary assessment released last week by Black Knight Financial Services estimated that as many as 300,000 borrowers in the vicinity of Houston could become delinquent on their loans and 160,000 could become seriously delinquent, or more than 90 days past due.

That number is roughly four times the original prediction because new disaster zones were designated and more homes flooded when officials released water from reservoirs to protect dams, according to CNBCs Diana Olick. In total, the number of mortgaged properties in Texas disaster zones is 1.18 million, with Black Knight adding that Houston disaster zones contain twice as many mortgaged properties than Katrina zones, with four times the unpaid principal balance.

Putting the Harvey damange in context, after Hurricane Katrina mortgage delinquencies in Louisiana and Mississippi disaster areas spiked by 25%. The same could happen in Houston, as borrowers without flood insurance weigh their options and decide to walk away from the property. While they will get some federal relief, if rebuilding would cost more than the principal in their homes, they could decide to walk away according to Olick.

What about Irma?

According to a preliminary analysis by Black Knight released today, Florida FEMA-designated disaster areas related to Hurricane Irma include a whopping 3.1 million mortgaged properties.  As Black Knights EVP Ben Graboske explained, both the number of mortgages and the unpaid principal balances of those mortgages in FEMA-designated Irma disaster areas are significantly larger than in the areas impacted recently by Hurricane Harvey.

Quantifying the damage, Black Knight calculates that Irma-related disaster areas contain nearly three times as many mortgaged properties as those connected to Hurricane Harvey, and nearly seven times as many as those connected to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In dollar terms, this means that there is some $517 billion in unpaid principal balances in Irma-related disaster areas, nearly three times the amount as in those related to Harvey and more than 11 times of those connected to Katrina.

While the total extent of the damage from Hurricane Irma is still being determined, it is clear that the size and scope of the disaster is immense, said Graboske.

Indeed, in terms of the number of mortgaged properties and their associated unpaid principal balances, Irma significantly outpaces even the number of borrowers...

20:31

Meet the Grand Magician of Is "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Meet the Grand Magician of Is

By Jon Rappoport

This Wizard is one of my favorite inventions for explaining life in this reality.

The Wizard is always busy pointing out What Is. This is, and then over there, that is, too. Dont ignore this other thing that is

On and on and on.

The Wizard of Is surveys the world and the universe and says, Here it all is. This is what will eliminate the need for you to invent your own world.

Translation: It will keep you in a beautiful prison forever, because all roads lead through a maze that takes you back to the beginning, where you started.

The Wizard of Is does everything he can to convince you that What Already Is is your best option, your destiny, your home of homes.

After that, you only have to find your place in it. The Wizard is very good at cooking up mumbo-jumbo about you needing a particular place and how, when you find it, things fall together and click together for you.

Were making this endless TV series called Reality and there are many roles available. If we can find your best role, youll fit it like a glove, and then youll be happy.

The Wizard then makes sure to indicate that challenging What Is is a very difficult road. It opens you up to all sorts of dangers, he says. The Wizard has lots of experience in wielding the stick and the carrot.

What are some of the characteristics of What Is? Its always there. You can always see it and look at it and get involved with it. Its like a vast painting in a museumexcept you walk into it and live there. Its made for you. Its apparently seamlessonce youre inside it. It doesnt break down and reveal rips in its fabric. It endures.

You can approach it from many anglespolitical, economic, social, medical, military, scientific. But above all, What Is is a Continuum, which is to say its an interlock of space-time-energy. It all fits together. Each aspect enforces and confirms every other aspect.

The idea of exiting from it seems absurd. Youre there, and there you will stay. Your job is to fit in, to find your place, your role, your destiny.

A great deal of Wizard-of-Is propaganda surrounds it. For example, you have no capacity to exceed its parameters. You can make use of technology to explore and manipulate certain pieces of What Is, but without technology youre lost. Therefore, those who supply you with technology are your masters.

The Wizard states that he is your guide. Hell help you navigate What Is to your advantage. This is your best option. Your only option.

All of this is a highly sophisticated form of hypnosis.

The Wizard says, You don...

20:24

This Weekends Chicago Shoot-a-Rahm-a 10 Dead, 30 Wounded, 500 Homicides Year-To-Date "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Another weekend passes, celebrities slap each other on the back and bash Trump, students across the nation demand more statues come down, politicians promote various self-aggrandizing issues, and Chicago is a f##king bloodbath that no one seems to care about 2017 Shoot-o-Rahm-a Tally: 10 killed, 30 wounded 2016 weekend tally: 6 killed, 38 wounded 2015 []

20:23

Graphic Video Shows Cops Execute Student for Holding a Tiny Multi-tool "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Disturbing video shows police execute a barefoot engineering student in the midst of a mental break dow for holding a multi-tool.

20:23

Floridians at risk of deadly brain-eating amoeba post Irma "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(INTELLIHUB) The Center for Disease Control and other medical experts have warned that Floridians those in other Southern states participating in freshwater swimming activities are at risk of contracting a deadly brain-eating amoeba, especially in wake of Hurricane Irma.

In fact, the danger is bad enough that British travelers were warned of contracting the fatal amoeba lurking in Florida holiday hotspot in a piece published by the Daily Express.

The Sun-Sentinel reports: [] while infections are infrequent, the Naegleria fowleri amoeba is common in southern states. If you cup your hands and scoop up water in any lake or stream in Florida during the summer, theres a good chance youve scooped up some of them.

But whats so horrifying about the amoeba is how it travels up the nose until it reaches the brain and eventually starts devouring it until it shuts down. Not to mention the fact that symptoms are hard to identify.

According to a report in USA Today, Diagnosing the infection is difficult because initial symptoms are general: headache, fever, nausea or vomiting. When the disease sets in, people might then experience a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations, the CDC reports. After the start of symptoms, people die in less than a week.

The CDC has calculated the mortality rate at 97%.

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20:22

Giant Coca-Cola Bottling Plant Sucks Wells Dry in Mexico, Causing Water Shortage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIMEDIA)  Soft drink giant Coca-Cola is mired in controversy over wells installed in Southern Mexico that are causing water shortages for local communities there, Truthout reports.

Nestled three miles from the Mexican municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, lies San Felipe Ecatepec, an indigenous town currently experiencing water insecurity.  In the past four years, our wells have started drying upsays Juan Urbano, who has just come off a three-year term as the president of the Communal Territory of San Felipe Ecatepec. People sometimes walk two hours a day to get water. Others have to buy their water.

The missing water can be traced to a Coca-Cola bottling plant in between San Felipe and San Cristobal operated by FEMSA, a multinational beverage and retail company headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2016, the plant consumed over one million liters of water per day. As a result, urban development in the region has stalled.

Chiapas, which has the highest renewable water resources per capita in all of Mexico, currently has more than one in three people without safe drinking water. We have been asking the government to install a deep well in the community for 12 years, says Urbano. Weve gone to the municipal, state and federal governments, but theyve done nothing.

According to Article 115 of the Mexican constitution, the government is required to provide all municipalities with clean water and proper waste management, however, Mexican authorities have flouted their responsibilities. According to a study out of ECOSUR, a Mexican research university, salmonella is now an issue. In its research, ECOSUR found high levels of bacterial pathogens in the water, including coliforms, which indicate the presence fecal matter in the water.

The situation in Chiapas has also garnered global attention. Lo Helle...

20:13

Cotton Reigned Until Slavery Was Outsourced "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bayard & Holmes

~ Jay Holmes

Today, Western nations are forced to consider the price and flow of crude oil in all foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. From Algeria to Iran, Oil is King. However, back in 1861, petroleum was not yet a major commodity for world markets. Instead, a major commodity was cotton.

Americas South had developed an important economic position in world markets by harvesting and exporting cotton to European markets. In 1860, the United States exported over four million bales of cotton to Europe, with each bale weighing 500 pounds.

 

Girls Picking Cotton
Image by Keystone View Co, public domain
Located at NY Public Library

 

The largest importer of US cotton exports was Great Britain.

American cotton was one of the two major ingredients in profitable textile mills in England. The other critical ingredient was cheap labor, and the UK had plenty of that, as well.

The cash that flowed into the South allowed it to import goods from Northern factories, mills, and foundries. The cotton formula was simple, and the Southern states had the long growing season and four million slaves to make cotton farming highly profitable. Many Southern leaders saw themselves as key players in the global market. As far as they were concerned, cotton was essential to Europes economy.

Today when we look back at the Civil War, we might wonder why the less-populated, less-industrialized South would have considered a war with its Northern neighbors.

In 1860, Southern states had a population of nine million citizens and nearly four million slaves. The Union population was twenty-two million. The Northern states could boast of having ten times as much manufacturing production as the South. And, in particular, Southern states produced almost no military equipment or firearms.

To add to the disparity, the Northern states operated with a single,...

20:01

A MUST SEE! This Video is Blocked in Almost Every CountryWhat is Going On (2017-2018) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rosalind Peterso of California Skywatch was a certified U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency Crop Loss Adjustor working in more than ten counties throughout California.

She now spearheads a watchdog group that monitors uncontrolled experimental weather modification programs, atmospheric heating and testing programs, and ocean and atmospheric experimental geoengineering programs Peterson is at the forefront of the chemtrail research field and how the unexplained patterns that scar our skies are causing detrimental human health effects and environmental degradation.

This is one of the most compelling videos to lesion to and share with those in the dark about their current reality.

VIA Latest Technology:

19:56

Another Priest, More Child Porn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I will assume that most of you have seen by now that another Catholic priest is a suspect in child sexual abuse.  The Vatican had to withdraw one of its diplomats from the US following allegations that he violated US laws in regard to possessing child pornography.  It was reported that the Vatican was asked to lift his diplomatic immunity so that he could be charged, but the request was denied.

This time I am not going to go through the outrage of yet another priest being charged being protected by higher ups in the church.  So much for the new levels of accountability and transparency that Pope Francis promised.  Same shit, different priest, it looks like.  I am going to hold my outrage over that to make what may be a larger, more comprehensive point.

This is proof the Catholic Church from Francis on down doesnt believe its own shit.

Now, with all the this is still just alleged caveats in place, we can use this guy or anyone of the Catholic priests in similar situations to show this.

So, if you really believed that there was an eternal god who watched everything you do and who could send you down to eternal torment and damnation, would you really be downloading child porn to your computer?

This is not some case of rationalization: If I browse incognito, my wife will never find out, and any way divorce aint so bad.  This is a guy risking eternal damnation from an all seeing, all knowing god.  There is no way to rationalize or hide his guilt.

Normally, I would say, There is no way to really know what someone believes, but in this kind of case we have some serious clues.  In this case he seems afraid of facing the civil authorities, looks like he is more afraid of jail time than eternal damnation.  Seriously?  Jail worse than hell?  Apparently so.  This guy clearly doesnt believe what the church preaches.

And neither does Pope Franky.  If there really was a god who has strategy sessions with Franky, what do you think the chances are that secrecy and coverup is what god would recommend at this point?  Maybe at some point it could have been argued that covering up a stray case or two might have been best for the organization (I would not make such an argument, but it could be made).  But that time is well past.  This kind of report clearly hurts the organization, with Franky risking being dismissed as just another hypocrite.

But is Franky at all concerned about divine retribution toward himself or the church?  Sure as hell doesnt seem like it.  Sure seems like the attitude is, If we can sweep this under...

19:41

Honor the Constitution by Impeaching Jeff Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jeff Sessions is a crudely intolerant political careerist whose enthusiastic talk about scrapping DACA provided a reminder of how he uses his ill-gotten position to divide Americans against one another. Jeff Sessions has no business heading a department named "Justice." He should be impeached and removed.

19:33

Building a sex is harder than most people imagine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Now will you believe me? I keep saying that sex and sex determination are far more complex than just whether you have the right chromosomes or the right hormones or the right gonads, and now heres a lovely diagram that illustrates some of the steps in sex determination.

The biology is set up to favor driving an individual to one side or the other, but there are so many detours that can be taken en route that it is ridiculous to ignore all the people who end up following a more unique path.

19:25

Syrian War Report September 18, 2017: Syrian Army Crossed Euphrates River "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are preparing for a joint advance on the ISIS border strongholds of al-Bukamal and al-Qaim. On Saturday, the Iraqi Army and the PMU launched an anti-ISIS operation in the border area, liberated the border town Akashat, the H-3 []

19:20

Watch: Neo-Nazi Gets Knocked Out For Harassing Black Man "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A wannabe tough guy Neo-Nazi in Seattle got knocked out in just 1 punch after he harassed a black passenger on a bus.

The unidentified Nazi was first spotted riding on a bus, where witnesses say he was harassing a black passenger. From there, anti-fascist activists used social media to track the mans whereabouts, and he was eventually spotted on a street corner in the downtown area, reported BuzzFeed.

He ended up in a confrontation with unidentified people who objected to him walking around wearing a Nazi arm band.

One man was eventually tired of hearing the neo-Nazi, so he punched him in the jaw, knocking him out as his companions applaud.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, one of the anonymous social media users who helped track the Seattle Nazi applauded the unidentified man who knocked the Nazi to the ground.

I would say that we successfully identified, tracked and coordinated to neutralize a clear and present danger to Seattle, the person said. Whether we coordinated the actual punch or not I, for one, applaud the anonymous hero.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

19:18

Day 3: Dozens arrested as protests turn violent in St. Louis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

120 arrested in total after 3 solid nights of destruction

(INTELLIHUB) For the third day in a row protest turned violent after former police officer Jason Stockley, a Caucasian, was acquitted of the 2011 shooting of Anthony Smith, African-American.

Windows were smashed in and vehicles were vandalized as protesters showed their anger for what they say was systematic injustice.

More than 80 were arrested on Sunday as a result.

Featured Image: Paul Sableman/Flickr
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19:05

Bill Gates Funding MIT Development of Micro Implants to Automatically Give Babies Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

vaccinesFunded by the Gates Foundation, MIT is developing a microparticle implant that will automatically administer vaccines over time in babies.

19:03

Emmy Awards Again Ignore Audience Flight To Focus Not On TV But Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The production duo of Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner came close to saying something as funny as anything late night host Stephen Colbert could deliver during the 69th Emmy Awards telecast. The show directors attempted to downplay the social commentary expected to arrive from the stage Sunday night.

It was for good reason. They were hoping to stem the trend of declining ratings for the broadcast, which hit a record low last night 2 percent below last years audience numbers. (Because of Hurricane Irma those ratings, unlike last years, reflect the markets outside Florida.)

In declaring there would be less topical content, you cannot help but be skeptical. Weve got some scripted bits, some pre-taped bits. He has provided a bunch of material which is not at all politically based, claimed Weiss. There is a solid reason behind this preshow deflection. Earlier this year the Academy Awards took a decidedly political slant, and it led to a drop in the ratings, the lowest in a decade.

That Colbert would end up delivering numerous barbs towards President Trump and the GOP throughout the night was a foregone conclusion. The host mentioned Trump being nominated numerous times for an Emmy yet never winning as a motivator for him to become president. Then there was this weak barb: Everyone likes streaming video just ask Ted Cruz!

That the Right would be targeted at an awards show is not at all surprising. It is rather amazing, though, there could be no material found to skewer Democrats.

Colbert Was Only Reflecting the Awards

Even had the producers been successful in reining in Colbert, the political tone of the show would hardly have been reduced. The shows awarded easily transmit the feel of the room. Political commentary or making political statements was the driving force, and that is beyond the big wins for HBOs Veep and actors speeches referencing Trump. The other shows receiving multiple accolades were Saturday Night Live and the Hulu series getting massive media traction, The Handmaids Tale.

SNL completed a rather tepid year, one I covered weekly. The writing was little more than touching on the surface of the Trump administration. There was little in the form of insightful commentary or biting satire; mostly it was a regurgitation of the previous weeks events. This effort was all the show needed, however, as SNL received a significant ratings spike following the Trump election.

The show also was further encouraged with numerous Emmy nominations, and it won nine times in total, including three...

18:53

Bitch-ass n**ger: Uber Driver Kicks Racists Out Of Car "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This group of not racist people started by entering the car with one of them saying white privilege several times for no apparent reason, other tan maybe trying to antagonize the driver.

Watch the video below:

His face clearly shows he is not happy with the group, but the Uber driver remains calm, even though the people clearly look down upon him as inferior because of his race.

The driver tells the unseen person in the front passenger seat, Please dont touch my stuff.

Then, once he has had enough of their nonsense, he pulls over and tells them, You know what I need you to get out.

The driver then says, Im sorry, Rebecca, but your partner here has gotta go.

As the driver explains to Rebecca the white privilege comment and why he is kicking them out of the car, the person in the front passenger seat calls the driver a bitch-ass n**ger, as he is getting out

The driver then gets out of the vehicle to confront him off camera.

Off camera, Rebecca tries to explain why she isnt racist, and the driver tells her, If youre not about that, you need to stay away from people like that.

As he leaves, the driver tells the group, Be grateful that Im a calm, collected dude, bro.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

18:51

Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Charles Hugh Smith To qualify as colonial powers, Facebook and Google must effectively limit the choices and power of users, and punish or coerce...

18:45

[WATCH] Ex-Inmate Reaches Settlement After Being Tortured by Guards at Cheatham County Jail "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. A lawsuit against the Cheatham County Sheriffs Office has been dismissed after an ex-inmate has reached a settlement. The lawsuit alleged that three deputies used excessive

The post [WATCH] Ex-Inmate Reaches Settlement After Being Tortured by Guards at Cheatham County Jail appeared first on Filming Cops.

18:37

Glaucoma, the Unseen Enemy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Carol Duff MSN, BS, RN Glaucoma can cause damage to the optic nerve which cannot be undone. The optic nerve carries the knowledge of what the eye sees to the brain for interpretation of what is seen.  Think of the optic nerve as the cable that connects the eye to the brain.  Without the []

18:36

Most Investors Wont Be Buying Gold & Silver until AFTER Big Gains Occur "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Clint Siegner Physical demand for bullion rounds, coins, and bars remains somewhat soft in the U.S. This years run higher in prices as well...

18:35

One Nice Thing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

about watercolours tube failure doesnt matter. :)

C. Ford.

18:34

Turkey Deploys Armored Military Vehicles and Troops Along Syrian Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The deployment of 80 military vehicles includes tanks and comes after Russia, Turkey, and Iran agreed to send additional forces to Syria in the coming weeks.

(ANTIWAR.COM) In a move rebel officials say is part of the de-escalation deal reached at Astana peace talks, Turkey has begun massing troops and armored vehicles along the Syrian border. The deployments include multiple different convoys heading to different border crossings.

The vehicles were mostly armored personnel carriers, but also included some tanks. Turkey, Russia, and Iran have agreed to set up new de-escalation zones for the next six months to try to facilitate more peace talks.

Turkey is expected to control parts of the Idlib Province under this deal, which stands to be a very complicated process, both because of the large number of rival Islamist rebels packed therein, and especially because the Nusra Front says they dont intend to de-escalate.

The new zones intend to include Idlib, Homs, Latakia, Aleppo, Hama, and Eastern Ghouta, which if successful would cover a lot of the areas of non-ISIS combat in the country, and would bring much of the war into a state of de facto ceasefire.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

 This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

18:27

F*ggots Will Burn in Hell: Deputy Investigated for Terrorizing Gay Child on School Bus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

gayAccording to multiple witnesses, a West Virginia deputy told a gay teen No f*ggot activity will be permitted on this bus, and f*ggots will burn in hell.

18:20

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Ulson Gunnar When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the...

18:20

The phony morality of white Christian evangelicals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of Donald Trumps most potent messages in the last election was his vision, given in almost apocalyptic language, about how important the election was for the soul of America, as expressed on Pat Robertsons Christian Broadcasting Network.

Trump put the choice starkly for the channels conservative Christian viewers: If we dont win this election, youll never see another Republican and youll have a whole different church structure. Asked to elaborate, Trump continued, I think this will be the last election that the Republicans have a chance of winning because youre going to have people flowing across the border, youre going to have illegal immigrants coming in and theyre going to be legalized and theyre going to be able to vote, and once that all happens you can forget it.

That this message resonated can be seen by post-election polls that shows that Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Trump voters, compared to only 22 percent of Clinton voters, agreed that the 2016 election represented the last chance to stop Americas decline.

But the author of that article, Robert P. Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), says that Trumps victory signifies not the saving of America from the invading brown hordes but something else entirely.

The evidence, however, suggests that Trumps unlikely victory is better understood as the death rattle of White Christian America-the cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians-rather than as its resuscitation.

He says that in a dramatically short time, white evangelical Christians have done an almost complete about face on the issue of morality. One piece of evidence he points to is the dramatic switch officials in just five years from 2011 to 2016 in the attitudes of evangelical Christians towards the morality of elected. Other Christian groups also changed their views by large amounts but evangelicals were way ahead of the rest.. It is noteworthy that the views of the religiously unaffiliated remained largely stable.

This can be interpreted as due to the fact that in terms of personal morality Trumps represented everything that evangelical Christians said they abhorred and yet they voted for him. Since it is impos...

18:15

Vital: The Real Dreamers are Elite Corporations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jon Rappoport And the unknown trade deal that cost the US a hundred thousand jobs This isnt one of the big trade deals everybody...

18:06

Glaucoma: Facts You Should Know "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Carol Duff on September 18, 2017 (Updated) CAROL WARE DUFF MSN, BA, RN:  WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?  GLAUCOMA CAN STEAL YOUR SIGHT, WITHOUT ANY WARNING. EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY TO SAVING YOUR SIGHT.Glaucoma can cause damage to the optic nerve which cannot be undone. The optic nerve carries the knowledge of what the eye sees to the brain []

18:03

Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn't even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

18:00

The Trumps Say Theyre Opening Hotels in Dallas, Nashville and Elsewhere. We Couldnt Find Evidence of Them. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Earlier this summer, the Trump Organization announced big plans to open a line of hotels across the country. The new brand, American IDEA, would be modestly priced and patriotically themed. The product is very hometown and fits in every hometown in the United States, Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger said during a presentation at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the same place where Donald Trump had announced his presidential campaign two years earlier.

American IDEA would be part of a wider rollout with another higher-end hotel line, Scion, that the Trumps had already unveiled. Progress on the hotels would be swift, Danziger said.

The Trump Organization had said it signed deals for Scion hotels in Nashville, Dallas, Cincinnati, Austin and New York. At various times, company officials have cited anywhere from 10 to 39 impending deals.

The Trumps declined to release any details about the deals. The Trump Organization wouldnt name the developers partnering with it, or where the planned hotels would be. So we asked readers and journalists to help us figure out who the presidents company was working with and where.

What weve found are false starts, fizzled-out partnerships and, for a number of cities that the Trumps said they had deals in, no evidence of deals at all.

...

Predictive Planning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Wellcome Image

Source: Wellcome Image

A few days ago, I received an email advertisement for a software platform that offers predictive capabilities for urban planning, environmental analysis, and related fields. The email brought me back to work that I performed shortly after graduate school running scenarios for a regional visioning plan. Using the latest fancy software, we developed a handful of alternative regional visions, each incorporating a different set of assumptions about land use patterns and transportation investments.

By twisting a digital knob, we could expand development endlessly into the hinterland and see the regions traffic soar and its stormwater overwhelm existing capacity. Likewise, we could dial the knob the other way, emphasizing infill and protection of rural areas to see a smaller increase in traffic and reduced need for costly infrastructure. Our client used this information to steer the plan towards objectives that were intended to result in the desired outcome.What struck me most during those days was that our predictions were based on demographic data projected for the year 2040 a full 30 years into the future. I remember feeling very unsettled about that. How can anyone have a clue what to expect in 30 years? While I believe that kind of information could be useful in the right context, I grow more and more convinced that these types of exercises often do more harm than good.

The Power of Prediction

We humans are highly susceptible to subconscious biases that emerge from what Daniel Kahneman calls System 1 thinking. This is the part of our mind that is governed by intuition and emotion. Jonathan Haidt describes this as the elephant upon which our logical, rational self rides.

One of the insights from Daniel Kahnemans work is a cognitive fallacy he calls the illusion of validity. This is that so-called experts in many fields often perform worse on predictions than random chance. One explanation for this is that experts are less likely to question the System 1 impulses that invariably affect the rational assumptions that undergir...

17:56

Its already started "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I heard that Sean Spicer was given an amusing cameo in the Emmy Awards last night. Its time to remind everyone

17:55

President Pottymouth. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Johan Olander, President Pottymouth (2017), inkjet on matte photo paper with hand-painted enamel additions, 8.5 x 11 inches.

President Donald J Trumps official portrait is so rich in infantile machismo that mockery is inevitable. Look at it for minute and you cant but help to want to distort it in order to show its true nature.

Via Hyperallergic.

17:45

Watch: Georgia Tech Student Shot and Killed by Police "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The attorney for the family of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by police late Saturday night wants to know why authorities didnt try non lethal methods to de-escalate the situation.

The family of Scout Schultz, 21, has hired trial attorney L. Chris Stewart to represent them.

 


Police encountered Scout Schultz outside a campus dormitory in Atlanta after a call about a person with a knife and a gun late on Saturday, reported BBC.

When officers arrived, they made contact with Schultz, who officers said was armed with a pocket knife, but there was no gun. Stewart said the blade of the folding pocket knife was not even open.

Officers allegedly tried to get Schultz to drop the knife, but Schultz was not cooperative and would not comply with the officers orders.

Video shows Schultz very slowly advancing towards police, so an officer decided to shoot with deadly force rather than try the non-lethal options available to them.

Schultz was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta, and died there.

Watch the video below via Live Leak:

17:44

Former Oregon Police Officer Suspected of Murdering His Own Parents "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former Oregon Police Officer is suspected committing a double murder of his own parents. On September 14, 2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers of the Nampa Police department responded

The post Former Oregon Police Officer Suspected of Murdering His Own Parents appeared first on Filming Cops.

17:33

ISIS panic video found of their being killed by SAA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - These ISIS guys learned the hard way that attacking a position with superior fire power, where they were out in wide open terrain has significant downside, which they got a bitter taste of.

17:28

Random Musings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Speed is Fine
Accuracy is Final

An interview of Wyatt Earp.


Wyatt Earp in his later years.
John Henry (Doc) Holliday - died of 
consumption/TB at the age of 36.

The New i-phone 

It will only cost you $1,000 to make a phone call and surf the net. I don't get it. The phone incorporates new 'smart' face recognition technology so your mug will be on file and attached in a cyber sense to your...

17:27

St. Louis Cops Knocked Over, Stepped On and Arrested An Elderly Woman For Protesting Stockley Ruling "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Earlier this week, Officer Jason Stockley of the St. Louis Police was acquitted of the murder of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, who he mercilessly gunned down without trial

The post St. Louis Cops Knocked Over, Stepped On and Arrested An Elderly Woman For Protesting Stockley Ruling appeared first on Filming Cops.

17:21

WATCH: Cops Chant Whose Streets, Our Streets, as They Trap Protesters, Pepper Spray, Assault Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In what looks like Ferguson all over again, St. Louis police were recorded needlessly attacking peaceful protesters and journalists.

17:15

CA Police Shoot and Kill Man Walking on Freeway "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A man allegedly carrying a knife and walking on I-5 in Los Angeles was shot and killed by officers Sunday night.

The incident occurred in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights just after midnight, according to CBS LA.

Police received multiple calls of a man wandering on the freeway.

When the California Highway Patrol arrived on scene, there was a deadly encounter as the officers feared for their lives from the man who allegedly brought a knife to a gunfight.

A barrage of shots can be heard in graphic cellphone video of the shooting.

The man, presumably in his 40s, died from his wounds. Very little information has been released on the incident yet.

Police said a knife was recovered at the scene.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

17:04

Dr Bouthain Shaaban: Catching a Glimpse of Tomorrows World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, Political & Media Advisor to Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad

Despite all the pain and suffering imposed by the ongoing nihilistic wars in our region, I thank God that we are witnessing this historical era, which is one of the most complex eras mankind has passed through. The daily regional and international events reinforce an image Ive painted in my mind for the past six years about how the world we know is moving slowly to be replaced by another world; and the transition will take few years to be completed.

I see two different intersecting circles today, and we can only see a sliver of each circle, but the intersecting parts remain hidden. In the BRICS summit that took place in China few days ago, I could see signs of the new world, a glimpse of the coming decades, what our children and grandchildren will definitely see in their lifetime, and I was pleased by what I saw.

I saw the BRICS leaders arriving at the summits and being welcomed by a body language that entails respect and parity, and everyone had a happy expression on their faces, signalling their liberation from having to deal with the supremacists who reside on the other half circle. I saw the First Lady of China standing very humbly and elegantly, wearing a silk dress made in China, representing a country with a great civilisation that is preparing to revive the Silk Road, which would change the identity and life style of the entire world.

I saw a dinner party, meetings, and speeches that aim truly to change a world in which the strong prey on the weak, as the Chinese president had said, I also saw tireless efforts to solidify a simple, yet essential principle, which is the unity of humanity, regardless of race, religion, creed or skin colour.

This is the principle that should have been made apparent by the phrase the world is a small village which the West tried to reinforce, but the true aim of the slogan was to turn the world into a field open for economic exploitation, the looting of natural resources, and an exclusive market for western goods.

The concept of small village promoted by the BRICS is one of unity in diversity, but the unity of humanity does not impede the diversity of the world an...

17:02

Sandy Hook researcher getting sued for $55M by father of victim Noah Pozner: Update "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Judge tells plaintiffs, paralegal, to stop playing games, set deposition of Leonard Pozner for Nov. 15

Critically acclaimed Sandy Hook researcher Wolfgang Halbig is getting sued for $55 million by Leonard Pozner, the alleged father of the reported six-year-old shooting victim Noah Pozner, who allegedly was killed by a 20-year-old lone gunman named Adam Lanza along with 19 other children and six staffers during the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. And I say allegedly because thats what the entire court case is all about.

After doing years of tireless research regarding the December 12, 2012 shooting, former law enforcement officer, former teacher, and a current school safety assessor and emergency management consultant Wolfgang Halbig maintains that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never really took place and that no one was killed which is why he is getting sued by Leonard Pozner.

Halbig belives the highly-publicized event was just a drill, part of a federal Capstone Exercise that was filmed on different days and edited for the mainstream media in a manner to capture the general publics attention.

A Capstone Exercise, also known as a National Level Exercise, starts at the presidential level and incorporates an entire community and its residents to participate as roleplayers to see just how an actual scenario would play out with the general public.

Halbig first appeared in a Lake County Florida courtroom for the case of Leonard Pozner VS Wolfgang Halbig on March 28 where Leonard Pozners legal team tried their best to prevent a reporter from WeAreChange.org from filming the case.

Halbig returned to court for a second...

16:57

Racist Arrested After Spitting On And Assaulting Black Woman On NY Subway "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A racist man allegedly sat on a womans thigh, then accused her of going on a Kanye West rant before spitting on her and assaulting her. He was arrested by New York police officers over the weekend.

The man was apprehended thanks to a photo the victim took of him prior to the alleged assault, reported New York Daily News

The September 12 altercation happened on the E subway train during the evening rush hour. According to Gothamist, the NYPD said Abel Adames, 38, encroached on the victim when he sat down next to her, which happens regularly on the overcrowded trains.

According to NYPD, when the victim, a 34-year-old black woman, asked him to move for a moment so she could readjust herself, he Adames lost it.

He reportedly yelled, Just because youre African American, you think you can go on your Kanye West rant, you black b-h.

When she got up to leave the train, Adames allegedly spit at the back of her head, so the victim grabbed his backpack to try to stop him, and he then spit in her face and punched her in the shoulder, before jumping back onto the train.

The woman said she was in pain, but refused medical assistance.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

16:56

E. Michael Jones: Trump is in cahoots with New York Jewish gangsters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump has also surrounded himself with political gangsters who are in cahoots with the Israeli regimes relentless liquidation of the Palestinians.

16:55

The US May Be Closer to Ending the Warfare State Than You Think "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For the first time in years we saw US Senators on the Senate Floor debating whether the president should have authority to take the US to war anywhere he pleases.

(RPI)  Last week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded Congress that in matters of war, they have the authority and the responsibility to speak for the American people. Most Senators were not too happy about the reminder, which came in the form of a forced vote on whether to allow a vote on his amendment to repeal the Afghanistan and Iraq war resolutions of 2001 and 2002.

It wasnt easy. Sen. Paul had to jump through hoops just to get a vote on whether to have a vote.

That is how bad it is in Congress! Not only does Congress refuse to rein in presidents who treat Constitutional constraints on their war authority as mere suggestions rather than as the law of the land, Congress doesnt even want to be reminded that they alone have war authority.

Congress doesnt even want to vote on whether to vote on war!

In the end, Sen. Paul did not back down and he got his vote. Frankly, I was more than a little surprised that nearly 40 percent of the Senate voted with Rand to allow a vote on repealing authority for the two longest wars in US history. I expected less than a dozen no votes on tabling the amendment and was very pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Last week, Rand said, I dont think that anyone with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes that these authorizations from 16 years ago and 14 years ago authorized war in seven different countries.

Are more Senators starting to see the wars his way? We can only hope so. As polls continue to demonstrate, the American people have grown tired of our interventionist foreign policy, which burns through trillions of dollars while making the world a more dangerous place rather than a safer place.

Some might argue that losing the vote was a defeat. I would disagree. For the first time in years we saw US Senators on the Senate Floor debating whether the president should have authority to take the US to war anywhere he pleases. Even with just the small number of votes I thought we might have gotten on the matter, that alone would have been a great victory. But getting almost 40 percent of the Senate to vote our way? I call that a very good start!

The first step toward rebalancing the separation of powers is for Congress to re-assert its authority and responsibility for declaring war. To this point, Congress has preferred to transfer its war responsibility to the president.

The second step, once Congress understands its o...

16:52

The obituary Jerry Pournelle deserves "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pournelle died earlier this month. He (and his writing partner, Larry Niven) were big, popular names back in the 70s, and long ago I read several of his long tomes. I will say this for him: he could write an engaging potboiler, where the plot kept churning along. But in every one of his books, there was a what the hell am I reading? moment, followed by a period of introspection in which I had to admit to myself that if Id been paying attention, I would have noticed that there were clear hints that this regressive conclusion was exactly what hed been building towards all along. Then I read a few more and realized that you could predict exactly how the story would proceed from the first chapter on: the solution would always be a gushing militaristic/Libertarian fantasy. So I stopped reading him.

Except for one thing: those were also the heady days of the microcomputer revolution, and I read Byte magazine every month. Pournelle had a column in there, that was apparently popular to some people, but that I found plodding, unreadable, and useless. Well, not quite unreadable: Id hate-read him. His house, which he called Chaos Manor, was stuffed with random computer gadgets, most of which seemed to be mainly there as techno-trophies. And every month thered be some glitch that hed solve by calling up one of his connections in the tech industry, and theyd mail him a new gizmo, or more insufferably, some fawning gadget-freak would show up at his door and install it for him. He was a boastful poseur. I much preferred Steve Ciarcias columns, where hed actually do something and explain how it worked.

Anyway, the Daily Beast summarizes Pournelles career schmoozing with Gingrich, promoting the military-industrial complex, praising Reagan and Trump, his grandstanding for the impossible Star Wars missile defense system, and includes excerpts of some of those what the hell am I reading? moments. Pournelle was overtly political, but strangely, his fans always seem to assume that radical conservative militarism is a non-political stance. Underlying it all, too, was the nasty racism of the well-connected white man.

The line that connects Pournelle, Gingrich and Trump is a view that the future must be secured through aggressive force, and specifically through authoritarian institutions (governmental or non-governmental) that group together humanitys best and prevent the rest from stifling them. The difficulty, as always, lies in identifying the best, and in whos doing the identification.

At the bottom of Pournelles website is the quote, Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free. Its not attributed, but the sentiment is an old saw o......

16:47

Iran Leader slams US policy on JCPOA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - This was a vague threat by Khamenei, but politically he is domestically required to stand up to bully America as the Iranian people are so tire of being treated like a colony. Iranians are nothing if not a proud people.

16:46

Monday Meslier: 157 Abuse of a State Religion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Every national religion has a tendency to make man vain, unsocial, and wicked; the first step toward humanity is to permit each one to follow peacefully the worship and the opinions which suit him.

Jean Meslier Portrait

Your host, Jean Meslier

But such a conduct can not please the ministers of religion, who wish to have the right to tyrannize over even the thoughts of men. Blind and bigoted princes, you hate, you persecute, you devote heretics to torture, because you are persuaded that these unfortunate ones displease God. But do you not claim that your God is full of kindness? How can you hope to please Him by such barbarous actions which He can not help disapproving of? Besides, who told you that their opinions displease your God? Your priests told you! But who guarantees that your priests are not deceived themselves or that they do not wish to deceive you? It is these same priests! Princes! it is upon the perilous word of your priests that you commit the most atrocious and the most unheard-of crimes, with the idea of pleasing the Deity!

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Meslier is fond of complaining about the many lies and detailed flaws of religion; I suspect that because he was inside the process for most of his life, he was painfully aware of every transgression and dishonesty. I prefer a positive attack on religion, which Meslier did not have in his arsenal because the crime of lse-majest was still real in his day: religion is a technique of political control.

Sometimes I wonder if the rise of atheism is directly related to the rise of the police-state; fewer people being scared of the invisible sky-kingmaker, its necessary for the goon squad to scare them in the here-and-now. But I think the real problem for the ruling class is the willingness of the people to say the king is a fink. Of course, that also leads to atheism.

16:45

DPRK Defiant: The More US Impose Sanctions, the Faster We Pursue Nukes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

This week, neocon war hawks in Washington conformed what we had already suspected for some time: that the Trump administration is not ruling out a military option against North Korea.

Invariably, all this fighting talk from Washington is public relations gold for Pyongyang. Being seen to stand up against an aggressive US military establishment is effectively reinforcing the Kim brand at at home.

Still, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is none the wiser. We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the [UN] Security Council at this point, said Haley to CNN on Sunday. We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first, if that doesnt work, [Secretary of Defense] General Mattis will take care of it.

So is it merely a case of leave it to The Generals? That seems to be surface narrative anyway. The rest is just profits and dividends for the US defense industry

RT International reports

North Korea has warned that the more sanctions pursued by the US and its allies, the more quickly it will complete its nuclear force, official state news agency KCNA reports.

The latest sanctions represent the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of the DPRK, let alone its system and government, a foreign ministry spokesman said, as cited by Reuters.

The most recent UN sanctions include capping crude oil supplies to North Korea at present levels and reductions in other commodities. They also include banning textile imports.

SEE ALSO: Mattis will take care of it: Tillerson, Haley say N. Korea military option on table

The sanctions were enacted after North Korea launched its sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month.

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16:41

Salt River Police Officer Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail for Unlawful Sexual Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former Salt River Police Department officer accused of sexually abusing a woman in his squad car was sentenced Friday to six months in jail and lifetime probation, and must

The post Salt River Police Officer Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail for Unlawful Sexual Conduct appeared first on Filming Cops.

16:37

Im not going to stop the n-word: Tech CEO Insults Employees, Threatens And Assaults Women "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A lawsuit claims Silicon Valley CEO Gurbaksh Chahal habitually used racial slurs when speaking to subordinates, physically attacked two women and fired a male employee who attempted to prevent him from hitting a third woman.

Chahal is the subject of a lawsuit which alleges that he called workers his n**gers and took out his violent rages on employees. Two other pending lawsuits against Chahal accuse him of misleading investors, hiring women based on their looks and making death threats against one employee of his multiple tech companies, reported The Daily Beast.

In 2013, Chahal briefly stepped down as CEO of his ad tech company RadiumOne after a viciously attacking his girlfriend, according to David Ferguson of Raw Story.

Police examined surveillance video and determined that during the attack, Chahal punched and kicked the woman he was dating 117 times. He then tried to smother her with a pillow for 20 seconds. Court records show that microphones caught Chahal threatening the woman, Im going to kill you 4 times as he beat her, Ferguson reported.

The rich man resumed his position at RadiumOne after the judge dropped the myriad of felony counts against him because he strangely decided the video was inadmissible as evidence.

Its amazing how judges always seem to side with rich people.

The RadiumOne board decided they didnt want Chahal around, even though the judge let the vicious abuser walk free.

But Chahal formed a new company called Gravity4 and has continued to lead new business ventures including trying to raise $100 billion to start a new Bitcoin-like crypto-currency, the Daily Beast noted.

Gravity4 chief of staff Ali Al-Ansari filed a new suit alleging that Chahal is shockingly sexist, detailing a series of remarks...

16:30

NORTH KOREA: The US Again Underestimates its Enemy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

Russian news channels are producing some truly impressive reports on world events, during these reports we see a breadth of analysis and information that reduces our western media productions to childsplay, a puerile spin theatre that only scratches the veneer on the hard facts that they should be making available to a critical audience. 

While, we must presume, there is an element of bias within these reports and that not all channels or programmes are of the same calibre, it is still worth taking a look. Russian Insider has been diligently subtitling some of the more impressive segments, such as this 12 minute, in-depth, report on North Korea:

Russian Insider also provided the full transcript: 

And now lets go back to what was only briefly mentioned earlier the crisis surrounding North Korea. And, to the sensational words of Putin that, I quote,

North Koreans will eat grass, but they wont give up nuclear weapons.

However, this is nothing they should be praised for. So, what would a unified and firm response to Pyongyang be, according to Frances young presidentMacron? Lets figure it out.

Fortunately, the missiles of young Marshal Kim Jong-un, as far as we know, arent pointed at Russia. But if it all goes wrong on the Korean peninsula, whether the young Marshal attacks the South or the United States starts hunting him, itll be bad for us, too.

Vladivostok and the border city of Hassan, located on the Tumen river, is a stones throw away. However, at the same time, this proximity allows us to ascertain the mood of North Korea better.

Russia has an embassy there. (the US does not).

From Russia to there, one can take a ferry, a train, and a regular flight. By the way, the Vladivostok-Pyongyang connection is served by a Russian-made aircraftthe Tu-204. Theres one more connection. Our film crew took this flight.

One of my most unexpected impressions is that Pyongyangs famous traffic poli...

16:22

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F....

16:21

Protest Song Of The Week: Wont Let It Go By La Neve "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Joey La Neve DeFrancesco is a guitarist for Downtown Boys, the Providence group whose recent full-length Cost Of Living received widespread critical acclaim. The group was called the most exciting punk band in America and described as rewriting the rules of punk rock.

Under the radar, earlier this year, DeFrancesco released a debut record under the solo moniker La Neve. Its titled American Sounds, and was released on a small run of cassettes via Don Giovanni Records.

On Bandcamp, La Neve described the collection of electro-pop as all aimed at destroying the right wing power structure that has always run the USA and has come to pose a more intense threat than ever in 2017.

DeFrancescoas La Neveembraces dance beats, electronic collages, deadpan melodies, and multimedia performance while interrogating the past, the present, and the future. Songs like the soaring 8 to 8 draw from the labor movement politics that infiltrate all of DeFrancescos work. (*Note: Prior to playing in Downtown Boys, DeFrancesco worked at a hotel, eventually famously quitting with the help of a marching band, a video of which later went viral.)

In the cinematic American Sounds video, La Neve wears a black mini-skirt, riding an escalator in a shopping mall. The video was filmed in a Pennsylvania mall in the middle of Donald Trump Country.

DeFrancesco browses the sequined dresses at Bloomingdales and wanders through the American Girl doll store, as young girls play with doll wigs.

The whole point of shooting this video was to go and loudly claim the right to take up space in these conservative, suburban spaces at a time when Trumps America is trying to make queer, trans, and gender non-binary people as invisible and as threatened as possible, they said, of the video.

Perhaps, the most anthemic song of all is Wont Let It Go, an upbeat cut of synths and chimes, layered harmonies, and explosive percussion. Its a song about not compromising on your values (You should know / I wont let that go / Ill never let that go), but it also has a nuanced understanding of the systems people would like to tear down (You wanna stop it? The first thing you gotta learn is how does it speak.)

Wont Let It Go appears on American Sounds, out now on Don Giovanni Records. It was also included on Evergreen: A Benefit Compilation for Hour Children, released in July.

Listen to Wont Let It Go by La Neve:

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16:14

China Moves On New World Order: Will Buy Oil With Gold-Backed CurrencyBypassing US Petrodollar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article by Jay Syrmopoulos was originally published by The Free Thought Project.

Beijing, China In an effort to hedge against U.S. hegemony, and what could be a global game-changer, the worlds top oil importer, China, is preparing to denominate crude oil futures contracts in Chinese yuan to be convertible into gold. The move would allow oil exporting countries to bypass benchmarks denominated in U.S. petrodollars creating what will almost certainly be the most critical Asian oil benchmark, according to a report by Nikkei Asian Review.

Typically, crude oil is priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate futures, both denominated in U.S. dollars.

The move by the Chinese will allow oil exporting countries such as Iran and Russia to bypass U.S. sanctions by trading in yuan instead of U.S. dollars. The move is a direct result of the U.S. proclivity to use the dollar as a weapon against countries that refuse to bend to the imperial will of the United States. To make the yuan denominated contracts more appealing, China intends to make the yuan fully convertible to gold on the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges.

The rules of the global oil game may begin to change enormously, said Luke Gromen, founder of U.S.-based macroeconomic research company FFTT.

According to a report by OilPrice.com:

Last month, the Shanghai Futures Exchange and its subsidiary Shanghai International Energy Exchange, INE, successfully completed four tests in production environment for the crude oil futures, and the exchange continues with preparatory works for the listing of crude oil futures, aiming for the launch by the end of this year.

Yuan-backed oil and gold futures mean that users can be paid in physical gold, said Alasdair Macleod, head of research at Goldmoney, a gold-based financial services company based in Toronto.

16:10

Step Aside Google! Theres A New Search Engine That Plants Trees (With Video) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Ecosia is a social business that wants you to help change the world and end deforestation one search at a time. They are a search engine based in Berlin, Germany that donates 80% of its surplus income to non profit organisations. These organisations focus on one thing planting trees. The remaining 20% of their income is used to neutralise CO2 emissions and meet expenses.

Ecosia is made up of a small team of dedicated individuals. They were founded in 2009 and are working hard to help end deforestation. Ecosia are on an ambitious journey to plant one billion trees by 2020. They want to create a world where the environment no longer needs protecting.  Their project will help promote biodiversity, water security and clean air. The Ecosia community plants a tree every 1.7 seconds. So far, over 13,000,000 trees have been planted in countries such as Madagascar, Tanzania and Peru.

Simply use the Ecosia search engine (which runs on Bing) and the income generated from your search will go towards a tree being planted.

Founder, Christian Kroll said that thanks to sponsored links, search engines earn billions every year. Ecosia believes that there is a more eco-friendly way of using these huge profits and that the money should better be used to fight global warming. For complete transparency, Ecosia also publish their financial reports on their website. This means that you...

16:09

Deplorable Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: stephenlendman.org (Home Stephen Lendman). Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

On September 14, House members passed the measure one week after its introduction, largely along party lines. Trump expressed support. Senate consideration will follow.

16:05

Tunisia Officially Lifts Ban On Muslim Women Marrying Non-Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Imagine not being able to marry the love of your life, simply because he or she doesnt believe in the same God(s) as you. Though this is somewhat unheard of in many Western nations, it was a reality for non-Muslim men in Tunisia until recently.

After decades of enforcing a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims, the Tunisian government secured equal rights for the countrys female population. Presidency spokeswoman Saida Garrach wrote on Thursday: Congratulations to the women of Tunisia for the enshrinement of the right to the freedom to choose ones spouse.

As AlJazeera reports, the announcement came one month after Tunisias President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to lift the ban, which was implemented in 1973. He argued that the ban violates Tunisias constitution, which was adopted in 2014 in the wake of the Arab Spring revolution. The President has since hired a woman lawyer and rights activists to draft revised rules.

Until now, a non-Muslim man was required to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conver...

16:02

Single-Payer Success? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to picks@whowhatwhy.org.

Single-Payer Movement Shows: Life After Trump May Not Suck (Jimmy)

Matt Taibbi writes, In the pre-Trump universe, a Medicare-for-all bill would have had no chance of passage. But now that the hated Trump has come out against it, and moreover since Democrats were forced to argue during the Trumpcare debate that leaving people uncovered is morally untenable and even murderous, single-payer suddenly has wheels.

Cuban Hearing Loss Mystery Deepens (Russ)

Nobody can figure out what happened to diplomats whose hearing seems to have been deliberately damaged. The story just keeps getting stranger.

Rebuking the Panama Papers (Dan)

Pakistans prime minister Nawaz Sharif was forced to resign this year after 2016s Panama Papers revealed his involvement with money laundering and other schemes. Yet Sundays election shows, with wins by two Sharif-connected candidates, that Pakistani voters are concerned more with successful governance than corruption.

Fake News Concept Now Rejected By Trump Supporters (Russ)

Yup, starting to happen: those who claimed media reported fake news increasingly trusting news reports over Trump spin.

Where Will the Next Terror Group Emerge? Myanmar (Dan)

Violence against Myanmars Rohingya Muslims is turning into an international crisis. So much so that refugees are flooding to neighboring countries. Now terror groups are looking to give a radical cause to the Rohingya.

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16:01

St. Louis Police Chant Whose Streets? Our Streets While Making Arrests During Protests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Well, in case you had any doubt, or were curious as to what police officers make of citizens attempting to assert their rights to peacefully assemble and protest the seemingly

The post St. Louis Police Chant Whose Streets? Our Streets While Making Arrests During Protests appeared first on Filming Cops.

15:56

Saving al-Nusra "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the United States is protecting Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra. Lavrov said the US has broken a promise to separate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham from other supposedly moderate Syrian groups attempting to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. French intelligence reported months ago US air strikes against the Islamic State have avoided targeting positions held by al-Nusra. In 2016, an al-Nusra unit commander told a German newspaper the terror group has received sophisticated weapons indirectly from the United States, including TOW rockets. This assistance and preferential treatment has made al-Nusra the most effective and vicious of the so-called rebel groups. Over the last couple months, the Syrian Arab Army has made significant gains against the Islamic State and other jihadi terrorists. Trump is not only continuing the wars Obama inherited from Bush, he is expanding them under the advice of his senior policy advisor, H.R. McMaster. Since Trump assumed office the Pentagon has killed nearly as many civilians in Syria as were killed during Obamas eight years in office. The effort to save al-Nusra is an effort to keep war and its profit going for long as possible.

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Lavrov Blasts US-Led Coalition for Trying to Protect Nusra Front in Syria

US protecting Syria jihadist group - Russia's Lavrov

 Americans Are On Our Side: Al-Nusra Commander Says US Arming Jihadists Via Thir...

15:43

An ungraceful exit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mythcon, this conference by Mythicist Milwaukee, has lost another one. Aron Ra withdrew from participation over the fact that the con was featuring a trio of alt-right-leaning, incompetent pseudoskeptics, the Armoured Skeptic, Shoe0nHead, and worst of all, Sargon of Akkad (see previous post on the bad history of the alt-right). Now, surprisingly, Seth Andrews has announced his withdrawal as well. I say surprisingly because he was the one lashing out most viciously against critics of the conference. Like this:

He wasnt accusing alt-right neo-Nazis of frothing hyperbole and fear-pimping by bad-faith agents of chaos: the bad-faith agents of chaos were those fellow atheists who saw him being exploited by people who wanted his name on a roster just to legitimize those three awful people. Thats been his reaction ever since accusing anyone who said he should not use his (formerly) good name to support this group as part of the Outrage Brigade, among numerous other insults.

Unfortunately, while announcing that he is respectfully withdrawing from the conference, a large chunk of his tirade is, once again, aimed at everyone who told him this was a bad idea. Here is his third and longest point in his announcement.

The hysterics (who Ive winkingly dubbed The Outrage Brigade) warned that MythCon would be some kind of frothing Thunderdome, a roiling cauldron of racism and misogyny, a white male circle jerk, and (my favorite) a neo-Nazi training camp. (Of course, the participation of Iraq-born Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and Singapore-born Melissa Chen would make this the most bizarre Klan camp in history.)

Extreme voices like Dan Arel who broadcasts from his latest residence in the town of Oblivion gleefully poured gasoline on every spark, going so far as to call the hotel with alarmist tales of possible disaster. (Remember that this is the same guy who thinks we should punch Nazis, and that all police officers are terrorists. We can move on, folks. Nothing to see here.)

I watched with my jaw on the floor as The Outrage Brigade digitally tarred and feathered friends, fellow activists and wonderful humanists (Dillahunty, etc) with accusations of being white s...

15:43

Donald Trump Endorses Internet Bullying and Incites Violence Against Women by Sharing GIF of Himself Hitting Hillary Clinton With a Golf Ball "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

First Lady Melania Trump has made it her mission to stamp out bullying on the internet. There is, however, one person who is apparently exempt from her anti-bullying endeavor- President Trump.

On September 14th, the President shared a GIF of himself striking Hillary Clinton in the back on Twitter. The image is telling of the Presidents character, not only is he childish, his misogyny shines through as he clearly finds the idea of inflicting pain on women to be humorous.  The President is accused by many on the twittershpere of inciting violence by sharing the tweet.

As reported by Pink News:

The US President retweeted the picture which shows him swinging a golf club and apparently hitting Clinton in the back with the ball.

A follower of Trump combined the footage of Trump on a golf course and Clinton tripping and falling while boarding a plane in 2011 and edited it do look like a gold ball caused the fall.
The original tweet is captioned Donald Trumps amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary.
While it is true that tweets dont always equate to endorsements when the tweet comes from the account of the President of the United States it understandably causes outrage.
Many have condemned Trump for condoning abuse and hate against women by sharing the GIF.
One wrote: Grow up! This is not the type of tweets the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES should be sharing
Worse yet, YOU WON! Stop grinding it in like a child! Give the poor lady a break.
Somebody else added: How is retweeting this Presidential? Isnt @FLOTUS suppos...

15:41

Climate Change An Existentil Threat To Humanity By 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Gary Robbins for The San Diego Union-Tribune - Theres a very small but distinct possibility that rapid global warming could pose an existential threat to the survival of humans by 2050, UC San Diego said Thursday in one of the most dire forecasts yet about climate change. The schools Scripps Institution of Oceanography published a paper that said there is a 5 percent chance of catastrophic change within roughly three decades, and a smaller chance that it would broadly wipe out human life. Scripps made the claim while proposing two new classifications for climate change: catastrophic and unknown, or existential. Catastrophic means that most people would have trouble adapting to such change. The latter terms means that they would not be able to. Other people have used the word catastrophic, but I have resisted doing so until now, said the studys lead author, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a renowned climate scientist who helped influence Pope Francis to urge the world to fight global warming in 2015. I changed my mind because, over the past five years, I have gone back and reviewed data that we began collecting from satellites in the 1980s and data from aircraft and changes in the intensity of storms, and studies about the possible health affects of rapid global warming. There is a low probability that the change will be catastrophic. But you would not get on an airplane if you thought there was a 5 percent chance that it was going to crash.

15:39

Trump Supporter Tries to get Undocumented Student At His School Deported, Gets Himself Expelled Instead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump supporter and white supremacist Tayler Ragg thought it would be funny to get an undocumented student at his school deported- but in an ironic twist, Ragg is not getting the last laugh as he has now found himself kicked out of the college they mutually attended.

As reported by The Grio:

The ex-Transylvania University student posted a picture of the victims Facebook page and captioned it, Everyone go report this illegal at my school.

The harassing posts we originally on a scummy Facebook group page called  10th Crusade Enthusiasts. Ragg has since deleted is account but not before the damage to his victim was done.

Ragg has since been expelled and a Transylvania University spokesperson confirmed his departure.

The girl he harassed, Paola Garcia, has made a video describing what she went through. She was sent abusive messages like, I cant wait till your f****** c*** ass is gone, You and your n***** boyfriend need to leave and Hope you enjoy your visit back to the dirt floors of your homeland, stinky ass.

In the wake of Trumps announcement of his plans to repeal DACA, white nationalists have rejoiced and taken it...

15:32

[WATCH] St Louis Police Officer Caught On Camera Breaking Out Culpeppers Restaurant Window During Protest "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Following a not guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley murder trial, people took to the streets of St Louis to protest the unjust decision. During the protests on Friday night,

The post [WATCH] St Louis Police Officer Caught On Camera Breaking Out Culpeppers Restaurant Window During Protest appeared first on Filming Cops.

15:22

Now the White House Is Pushing an Even Larger, Tougher, and More Specific Travel Ban "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No information has been released about the nationalities of two suspects arrested in connection with Fridays subway bombing.

(COMMONDREAMS)  While no information has been released about the nationalities of two suspects in Fridays subway bombing in London, national security advisor H.R. McMaster indicated Sunday that the Trump administration is eager to use the attack to bolster its argument for a ban on travelers from six majority-Muslim countries.

Appearing on ABCs This Week Sunday morning, McMaster said the White House is examining how to protect the American people better, how to ensure that we know who these people are who are moving.

His comments came two says after Trump tweeted about imposing a larger, tougher, and more specific ban on travelers to the U.S. than the one he proposed in January. Trump made his comments as authorities were investigating Friday mornings attack and was chastised by British officials for the unhelpful remarks.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday but no evidence or proof of its connection has been found.

The travel ban has come up against widespread protests as well as legal challenges, with federal courts blocking the executive order and states filing lawsuits. The Supreme Court allowed a suspension of travel from the six countries in question Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, and Sudanfor 90 days, making exceptions for certain family members. Last week, the high court ruled that the travel suspension can apply even to refugees who have connections with resettlement agencies in the United States.

The court will hear arguments next month regarding the constitutionality of President Trumps original ban.

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15:21

Assessing Our Role in the Struggle to Defeat Corporate Racism in Detroit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Note: This address was delivered at a Workers World Party Detroit branch public meeting held on Saturday September 16, 2017. The gathering was entitled Topple White Supremacy Do It Like Durham. There was a report via Facebook from the Durham

15:19

Sri Lanka: The New Constitution A Neo-colonial Project! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As we meet here this evening, a radical overhaul is underway of our political, economic, financial, social and cultural system. A new Constitution is being discussed, at the same time a plethora of radical reforms are being rushed through.

15:14

Kurdistan and the Unity of Iraq: A Referendum in a Powder Keg "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On 29 August, the Kirkuk Provincial Council voted on a demand from governor Najmaldin Karim, a Kurd and a high-ranking member of the Patriotic Union Of Kurdistan (PUK the party of former Iraqi president Jalal Talbani), one of

15:14

Faith Leaders Protest Pipelines Statewide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Staff of Augusta Free Press - In an unprecedented mobilization of clergy and other faith leaders, Virginia congregations turned out in seven cities today with music, prayer, and silence to honor recent hurricane victims while protesting Governor McAuliffes Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines for fracked gas. Kicking off two consecutive days of statewide protest, faith leaders gathered outside of seven regional Department of Environmental Quality offices in Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach, Abingdon, Glen Allen, and Woodbridge. Observers cannot recall such a large organized faith protest on any environmental issue in the history of Virginia. The action today set the stage for additional protests tomorrow where citizens in the same seven Virginia cities will deliver official letters of protest to the Governors DEQ offices representing regional concerns over the pipeline, from Northern Virginia, to the coast, to the mountains. In Richmond, two dozen activists are expected to peacefully sit in at the Virginia DEQ headquarters until arrested. At todays event in Roanoke, Reverend Brad Delaney said: This pipeline (Mountain Valley Pipeline) will create carbon emissions going into our environment. God created us as human beings to care for our home, which is Gods creation and by doing that to care for one another and particularly for the least and the last, those that are poor. So I come here today to stand for them.

15:13

Is Sri Lanka Being Used by Big Powers into Making the Indian Ocean Another South China Sea? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) organised by the India Foundation and held at the Sri Lankan Prime Ministers official residence Temple Trees from Aug. 31 to Sept.1, was billed as a gathering of Indian Ocean Region countries and other concerned

15:12

The Russia-China Plan for North Korea: Stability, Connectivity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United Nations Security Councils 15-0 vote to impose a new set of sanctions on North Korea somewhat disguises the critical role played by the Russia-China strategic partnership, the RC at the core of the BRICS group.

The new sanctions

15:08

Have We Been Deceived Over Syrian Sarin Attack? Scrutinizing the Evidence in an Incident Trump Used to Justify Bombing Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria issued a report this September that reinforced the official narrative that the Syrian air force dropped a bomb containing nerve gas sarin on the insurgent-controlled town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria

15:07

Australian Politics Is Suffering a Death by Boredom "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian.

It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the

15:07

Vital: The real Dreamers are elite corporations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Vital: The real Dreamers are elite corporations

And the unknown trade deal that cost the US a hundred thousand jobs

by Jon Rappoport

September 17, 2017

This isnt one of the big trade deals everybody knows about.

This one was launched during the glorious Obama years:

The (South) Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Signed, sealed, and delivered by Obama in 2011 with his assurance that it would create 70,000 American jobs.

His assurance was on the level of his promise that, under Obamacare, you would be able to choose your own doctor.

Four years later, in 2016, this was the outcome of the Globalist Korea Free Trade Agreement, as reported by Public Citizen:

the loss of more than 102,554 American jobs.

Oops. Slight miscalculation.

U.S. goods exports to Korea have dropped 10 percent, or $4.5 billion

Sorry about that.

U.S. imports of goods from Korea have increased 18 percent, or $10.8 billion

Sorry about that, too.

How could this have happened? Ill tell you how. Its simple. Despite claims, these trade deals are written and calculated to torpedo economies. Thats what Globalists do.

Why?

Because an ultimate top-down takeover of populations is easier that way.

Heres another example: NAFTA. Remember that trade treaty? It enabled, among other consequences, the export of very cheap cornmassive amountsfrom the US to Mexico. Result? 1.5 million Mexican corn farmers were thrown out of business. Boom. Many of them decided to come across the border to the US.

Does that sound like an all-around economy-building scenario?

Globalism: the wolf in sheeps clothing.

No more countriesonly elite corporations in control, making markets wherever they can find them

Theres just one problem. As these corporations and their Globalist leaders play economic game with countries and their people, the net effect is decreasing the number of customers who can afford to buy the corporations products.

You cant just shift the beneficiaries of trade deals from one nation to another, in an unending shuffle and reshuffle of the deck. Sooner or later, you wind up...

15:02

From Prophesy to Reality Government Prediction of 30 Year Terror Campaign Comes to Life "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The partial explosion of a homemade bomb on a packed underground commuter train in southwest London on Friday morning has moved a prediction just six months ago by the UKs government, of a terrorism offensive to match that of the

15:01

Scientists and Doctors Warn of Potential Serious Health Impacts of Fifth Generation 5G Wireless Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We the undersigned, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists

15:00

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Volume 5 of the CIA's Oswald 7-volume file, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year.

15:00

Classicists and atheists of the world, unite! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The alt-right have a fondness for justifying their beliefs with mangled historical references and assertions that only white people have contributed significantly to culture. The historians and classicists have noticed, and are beginning to marshal resources to fight back. So here you go, a preliminary list of articles that rebut fascist claims. The Nazi wanna-bes are going to hate it. But, as Donna Zuckerberg frankly admits, there is a danger of temptation.

The Alt-Right is hungry to learn more about the ancient world. It believes that the classics are integral to education. It is utterly convinced that classical antiquity is relevant to the world we live in today, a comfort to classicists who have spent decades worrying that the field may be sliding into irrelevance in the eyes of the public.

The next four years are going to be a very difficult time for many people. But if were not careful, it could be a dangerously easy time for those who study ancient Greece and Rome. Classics, supported by the worst men on the Internet, could experience a renaissance and be propelled to a position of ultimate prestige within the humanities during the Trump administration, as it was in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Classics made great again.

This is my call to arms for all classicists. No matter how white and male Classics once was, we are not that anymore. In spite of the numerous obstacles that remain, our field is now more diverse than ever, and that is something to be proud of.

These men are positioning themselves as the defenders of Western Civilization. Classicists, when you see this rhetoric, fight back. We must not allow the Alt-Right to define what Classics will mean in Trumps America.

But she also points out what needs to be done.

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14:58

Will Judge Overturn Arpaio Pardon? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Source: ktul.com)

When Donald Trump plunged a dagger through the hearts of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaios victims and all justice-loving people by pardoning the racist serial lawbreaker, many threw up

14:57

Selected Articles: The Politics of Military Ascendancy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Global Research strives for peace, and we have but one mandate: to share timely, independent and vital information to readers across the globe. We act as a global platform to let the voices of dissent, protest, and expert witnesses and

14:55

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Opponents Turn To God To Stop Project "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Martha Quillin for The News and Observer - Builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will need to give more information to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality before the agency can decide whether to approve the part of the disputed gas line that would run through the state, the agency said Thursday. The pipeline is a project of Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas, who had hoped to begin clearing land for construction in November, build in 2018 and have the pipeline in use in 2019. DEQs request, issued Thursday, could push that schedule back. While the pipeline would need additional state and federal approvals before construction could begin, the water quality permit is a major hurdle. Meanwhile, pipeline opponents are stepping up their campaign to try to stop the project, saying its a religious crusade for which they are willing to lay their bodies down. At its core, its a moral and spiritual issue, said Greg Yost, a ninth-grade math teacher from Madison County who is working full-time to try to stop the pipeline. Yost began fasting two weeks before DEQs Sept. 18 deadline to respond to the permit application, and this week has spent his days outside the departments Jones Street office in downtown Raleigh. Where a political issue might hold interest for a short while, he said, By saying this is a moral issue, were signaling that were in it for the long haul. We will fight to the end, and if that means we have to put ourselves physically in the way of the pipeline, were ready to do that.

14:54

US Missile Machinations Undermine Nuclear Non-Proliferation Efforts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those

14:50

The 5G Depopulation Plot- Virginia Farver- The CSS- 9/17/17 (Hour 3) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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I recently interviewed Virginia Farver and discussed the INCREASING DANGERS of the 5G network that is being quietly installed all over the country. I have concluded that this is the biggest cancer risk and millions are going to be impacted.

I have known Virginia Farver for years and she is calm, level-headed and research orientated. However, in this interview, she shocked me as labled the 5G movement as being motivated by a type of slow-burn depopulation strategy. When someone as cautious and conservative as Virginia Farver makes such a statement, it is time for all of us to sit up and take notice.

This is an life-changing interview and it needs to be shared far and wide.

 

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14:41

China Plans To Ban Sales Of Fossil Fuel Cars Entirely "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch - Chinas big electric vehicle push is about to get even bigger: The country is planning to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles entirely, with regulators working currently on a timetable of when the ban will ultimately take effect, according to Bloomberg. China is the worlds largest auto market, with 28.03 million vehicles sold last year, a boost in demand of 13.7 percent vs. 2015 sales numbers. The nation has already done a lot to incentivize manufacturers to develop and sell new EVs, including allowing foreign automakers to create a third joint venture with local automakers (a standard requirement for doing business in the country for auto OEMs) so long as its dedicated to the creation of EVs exclusively. The government has also created a number of incentive programs for OEMs, including subsidies. This will add to its positive efforts to drive more EV sales in China with the ultimate negative condition on the other side at some point, automakers just wont be able to do business at all in the country if theyre still selling a mix of fossil fuel and electrified vehicles. This isnt the first time a governing body has said it would eventually phase out the sale of traditional fuel vehicles: France said it will stop selling fossil fuel cars by 2040 in July, and the UK has committed to the same timeline for sales of those vehicles.

14:35

Patrick Wood and the Technocracy Takeover-The CSS- Hour 2- 9/17/17 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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I recently interviewed Patrick Wood, who is a very upbeat and outgoing person. However, this interview was frightening beyond belief. Patrick Wood detailed how the elite are using technocracy to spy on our every move and he also revealed with the end-game purpose is.

Please make this interview go viral as it is earth-shattering in its implications.

 


 

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14:31

$1,945 billion for what? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the cost of Overseas Contingency Operations* (OCO) over 16 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. $1,945 billion, the number is so large it is hard to fathom.

14:31

Trump Fans Just Held The Mother Of All Rallies On Capitol Hill And Got Upstaged By Clowns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Colin Taylor for Verified Politics - Add your name to millions demanding that Congress take action on the Presidents crimes. IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP! Around 150 200 people showed up for a rally that was billed as a crowd of millions, drawing the usual assortment of racist idiots like rape apologist Gavin McInnes Proud Boys and the Three Percenter sovereign citizen militiamen. The MOAR wasnt even the only rally in Washington D.C. today. The MAGA chuds were overshadowed by the March of the Juggalos, the fans of the Insane Clown Posse hip-hop group known for their clown face-paint, their love for Faygo soda, and their hatred for fascists and Confederates. The Juggalos are marching to protest their unfair designation as a gang by the FBI, which has made life very difficult for some prominent Juggalo fans, including making it harder for them to get jobs. Warriors for civil rights in general, the unifying tenet of the Juggalo Family is tolerance for everybody, no matter their race, sexuality, class, or gender, all united in their love for the music of ICP. It is beyond outrageous that the FBI has labeled them a dangerous gang.

14:30

WATCH: Cops FAIL as They Try to Intimidate an Informed Citizen for Staring at Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A man was approached by a cop while he was taking a break at work, and questioned about his well-being, all because he was lawfully filming the officer.

14:14

Congressman Gosar-Joe Hagmann- CSS- Hour 1- 9/17/17 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Congressman Paul Gosar (R) Arizona

Congressman Paul Gosar (R) Arizona

I recently interviewed Congressman Paul Gosar (R) from Arizona. We discussed immigration and DACA, the Sheriff Joe Arpaio pardon by President Trump as well as the possible prosecution of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton.

In the second half of the hour, I was joined by Joe Hagmann of the Hagmann and Hagmann Report and discussed these same issues from the media point of view.

Here are the interviews and be warned, Congressman Gosar is a devout Constitutionalist.

 

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14:03

Energy Forecast Sees Global Emissions Growing, Thwarting Paris Climate Accord "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John H. Cuahman JR. for Inside Climate News - The U.S. government's energy forecasting branch issued its formal international prognosis on Thursday, and it paints a picture of a world still so addicted to fossil fuels that emissions of global warming pollution continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) projected that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels would grow 16 percent by the year 2040 from the levels of 2015, the year that the nations of the world agreed to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change that is intended to reverse the trend. Absent any policy changes, the business-as-usual "reference case" findings at the heart of the agency's International Energy Outlook 2017 report can't be squared with the ambitions of Paris, which demand quick action to bring emissions down sharply and avoid the worst risks of a warming planet. The EIA, despite being part of the U.S. Department of Energy, conducts its analyses without regard to the policy agenda of the administration that happens to be in office. In this case, that's the Trump administration, which the report noted has announced its intention to quit the Paris accord, has jettisoned the emission pledge presented by the Obama administration during the treaty negotiations, and has announced that it wants to rewrite the centerpiece of federal climate policy, the Clean Power Plan, which is being challenged in court by the fossil fuel industry and its mainly Republican political allies.

13:58

Houston Residents Being Sprayed with Deadly Neurotoxins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Red Alert: HOUSTON OFFICIALS WARN LOCAL RESIDENTS TO USE GAS MASKS AS C-130 GUNSHIPS RAIN DOWN TOXIC SPRAY IN FIGHT AGAINST MOSQUITOS. THE PROBLEM IS, WHAT IF A RESIDENT AND THEIR FAMILY CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY GAS MASKS? WILL THE SAME BE DONE TO PEOPLE IN FLORIDA?


 

A serious situation is developing in Houston as people operating with orders from an unknown source, are spraying a  highly toxic substance, banned in several countries, on the people of of Houston.

The authorities are telling the people to don gas masks? Really? What if a family cannot afford gas masks? Also, Houston citizens need to be asking an important question: Are there millions of gas masks available for purchase in Houston?  Further, if there is no other choice. why arent the federal relief funds being used to purchase gas masks for the citizens? And how would these gas masks be distributed?

I have handled and worn gas masks before they are difficult to put on and they are even more difficult to remove. What about the elderly or the infirm? What are they to do? What about the children, or infants, what is going to protect them? The spraying of these residents is the best example of depraved indifference that I have ever witnessed.

A Slow Burn Genocide

In short America, this is a slow burn genocide for the people of Houston. Now whether this genocide is intentional or an unavoidable tragedy, one can debate the circumstances surrounding this human holocaust. However, there is one unavoidable factor that cannot be debated. The mosquitos which are being sprayed, will not bite and infect all Houston residents, not even close.

CONVERSELY, EVERY HOUSTON RESIDENT WILL BE EXPOSED TO THIS BANNED NEUROTOXIN WHICH IS PROVEN TO CAUSE CANCER AND A WHOLE HOST OF COGNITIVE AND PHYSICAL PROBLEMS.

Which is worse, to get sprayed and have a 100% chance of being expose...

13:57

The NFL Players Union Just Awarded Colin Kaepernick Week 1 MVP "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Grant Stern for Verified Politics - The NFL Players Association just picked a free agent quarterback as their Week 1 MVP for his charity work, even though he didnt even make it onto the field. Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFLs ownership 97% of which is composed of enormously wealthy, mostly conservative white males over his controversial stand to peacefully protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem while playing for the San Francisco 49ers last year. Kaepernick guided the Niners to a Super Bowl just four years ago, turning in a stellar performance while his team came up just short against the Baltimore Ravens. Now, hes still making good on his pledge to donate $1 million to charity, even though hes unemployed. The Chicago Tribune reports: The NFLPA found particularly impressive, Kaepernicks continued donations to charity, including a Sept. 7 gift of $100,000 split between four organizations. Kaepernick, who some say hasnt been signed by an NFL team due to his political activism, gave $25,000 each to DREAM, a New York City after-school program that promotes sports in urban neighborhoods, the Gathering for Justices War on Children, a forthcoming initiative to tackle child incarceration, United We Dream, an organization focused on empowering immigrant youth and the Coalition for the Homeless.

13:41

Mind Hack How Corporations Took Over Our Bodies And Brains "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dr. Joseph Mercola for Organic Consumers Association - The science is in: Processed food is addictive, can make you extremely unhappy and will prematurely kill you. How did this happen? And how have food manufacturers been able to deceive the world about these facts? Dr. Robert Lustig has written a new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, in which he explains how and why this occurred. He is perhaps most well-known for his brilliant research into sugar and obesity, and his previous book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, was a New York Times Best Seller. Lustig is an emeritus professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies. Since the last time I interviewed him, hes also completed a masters in public health law. The Genesis of Hacking of the American Mind.' The motivation for The Hacking of the American Mind began some 30 years ago, while still a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Rockefeller University.

13:25

Top German Politicians Want US Nuclear Weapons Out "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John Laforge for Counter Punch - A series of anti-nuclear weapons actions between March and August at Air Base Bchel in Germany brought widespread media attention to the 20 US nuclear weapons still deployed there. Surprising demands for the bombs removal soon came from high-ranking political leaders including Germanys foreign minister. A timeline of events between July 12 and 18, involving a Nukewatch-organized delegation of 11 US peace activists, shows how the work may have moved the officials to speak out. July 12 Upon its arrival, four members of the US group held a press conference in Frankfurt accompanied by Marion Kpker, international coordinator for DFG-VK Germanys oldest anti-war group and organizer of the five-month peace camp. News of the unprecedented US group was reported in the daily Frankfurt Journal (Activists from the US land in Frankfurt: Campaign against US nuclear weapons), the online magazine FOCUS (Nuclear fighters receive support from the US) and picked up around the country. July 15 Headlines like Today in Bchel: Action day against nuclear weapons, and Konstantin Wecker sings for the peace, was news across southwest Germany when the well known singer-songwriter drew about 400 to his performance near bases main gates. The US delegates all spoke briefly to the gathering through interpreters.

13:20

Direct Action Ramps Up Resistance to Line 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Superior, WI Resistance against Enbridges Line 3 Pipeline expansion is ramping up. Near the Fon du Lac Reservation, at the frontline camp, Makwa, water protectors, land defenders, warriors, and others have participated in a wave of civil disobedience that has resulted in 16 arrests in multiple actions that have delayed construction work on the pipeline in the last month. On the morning of September 18, Unicorn Riot covered another direct action to stop construction on the Wisconsin side of the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

To watch a livestream of the action which featured a person locked down to a flipped over car, see below:

These direct actions have targeted the construction of the Line 3 pipeline expansion in Wisconsin. Line 3 carries diluted bitumen slugged out of the Alberta, Canada tar sands through Minnesota and into Wisconsins Calumet Superior Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin.

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13:17

It Is The Definitive Cinematic Adaptation Of Stephen Kings Literary World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some spoilers ahead.

Stephen King is known as a horror writer, and he certainly has written much in this genre. Like many prolific writers, he has also voraciously read pretty much everything from classics to pulp. Author H.P. Lovecrafts influence on him is often brought up for obvious reasons, besides his own acknowledgment of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos. Both are well-known writers of horror and weird tales set in New England.

Kings massive Dark Tower series, which has come to create and encompass Kings entire literary universe, is basically Sergio Leone combined with Lord of the Rings. There are always eldritch tendrils crawling all over (and under) Kings writing, but in many ways J.R.R. Tolkiens work has influenced him more than any horror writer has.

In the introduction to a reissue of Salems Lot King expresses that Tolkien became the lens through which he saw story. When reading Dracula, King realized that basically all the major elements of Tolkien were there. Van Helsing is Gandalf, Count Dracula is Sauron, London is the Shire, Castle Dracula is Mordor, etc. In other words, much of Kings work may wear the skin of Bram Stoker or Arthur Machen, but the skeleton and muscles come from Middle Earth.

Stephen King Is Hope with Horrors Clothes On

This makes sense of his immense popularity. Horror is a perennial money-maker, but King is a literary economic phenomenon, and has been for a long time. That kind of success cant be explained simply by subject matter. Theres also the fact that his writing is often too long, overly (and randomly) sexual, and clearly tends toward bleak subject matter. He is so astronomically successful because while indulging in the base side of humanity his writing also turns towards hopefulness.

In fact, he can be eucatastrophic from time to time. His horror isnt designed to scare as much as simply tell a story. Some of those stories happen to be very scary. This is why he can write intimate novellas like Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil, and why he produces extremely long works like The Stand and It. In almost every case he is simply spinning a yarn, essentially according to the platonic plot graph: the archetypal progression from inciting incident to action to climax and finally resolution. These elements he clearly got from the Shire, not Myskatonic University.

Kings worldview is best understood at his intersection between Tolkien and Lovecraft. King uses Tolkien to fix Lovecraft. He presents a sort of hopeful re-envisioning of the Cthulhu mythos. For Lovecraft, there were no happy endings. Life had no meaning and insanity was its most truthful outcome.

Of course, in his works this insanity was brought on by cosmic transcendental horror. Nothing protects humans from...

13:17

Trumps Attacks On The Media Are Not Even Close To Hitlerian "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The public sphere is broken. Journalists and public intellectuals persistently read evidence in the darkest possible light and exclude evidence that would put events in their ordinary, less catastrophic context. Its one of those moments when all bad things are Adolph Hitler, burying worthwhile criticism of power in a blizzard of dumb hyperbole.

Take the presidents criticism of the press, for example, and catastrophize it to meet the current climate of public discussion. Chillingly, Donald Trump tweets stuff about reporters, and makes fun of them from the dais. Nothing like this has ever happened before in the United States, where no previous elected official has ever criticized any journalists.

As the Associated Press put it, after the newly inaugurated President Trump held an apparently terrifying press conference:

Never before has a president stood in the White House and so publicly maligned the press or attacked reporters by name, according to presidential historians. Not even Richard Nixon in the days of Watergate.

It was bizarre theater, said Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University. He turned a presidential press conference into a reality TV show in which he can be the star and browbeat anyone who objects to him with the power of his office.

Some especially dull-minded politicians have taken this idea to its dumbest extremes, as when the California congressman John Garamendi bluntly said in a CNN interview that Trump has engaged in rhetoric that slams the press which, by the way, happens to be the very first thing that a dictator will do to secure his positionIf one were to look at Nazi Germany, that was the very early part of their tenure was to delegitimize the press.

Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder, a particularly rabid TrumpHitler caterwauler, has made similar claimssaying, in response to an interviewers question about Trumps criticism of reporters, of course, its an atrocity, and its a violation of basic American traditions, to attack journalists like that.

Its not. Since (at least) the inception of the American republic, attacks on journalists in the United States have been frequent and furious. Journalists and writers have been killed, threatened with death, beaten, driven out of towns and regions, prosecuted, imprisoned, and forced to watch as their offices were destroyed and their printing presses thrown in the river. Theres a dark and painful history to refer to, and its a history other than Hitler, rooted in American...

13:17

Why The Word Woke Encapsulates An Evil, Self-Defeating Ideology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I first saw the word woke in connection to a leftist cause, the Black Lives Matter movement, I had that panicky sensation of the madman in the wilderness whos been screaming about an oncoming danger nobody wants to hear about, but finally has the first sign to prove what hes been saying. There it is! Thats the Gnosticism Ive been talking about!

For several years now Ive been warning about the rise of Gnosticism in America. Much of my argument is subtle and calls for an in-depth understanding of traditional Christian theological categories and a careful reading of American culture. This woke language is like the first hint of the wizard blatantly revealing himself, the first sight of the iceberg.

And it is Gnosticism. Classic Gnosticism. That will make sense once you read on, and in the process discover how wrong and dangerous this philosophy is, as well as its practical effects. Heres how it works.

The Gnostic Mind

The Gnostic mind sees the entire material world as imprisoned by a dark overlord and his subordinate archons. Famous depth psychologist and self-proclaimed Gnostic Carl Jung would call these characters archetypes, explaining archetypical realities universal to the human condition. They represent the ruling cultural symbols, institutions, and systems that shackle our minds. These include everything from the economic system to traditional family systems.

Ones birth in flesh localizes his mind within these systems and calcifies a persons perspective, giving him a false ego or false consciousness. Yet within each person is a latent, not-flesh-bound self waiting to emerge. Salvation occurs as the Gnostican elite fewawakens (ahem!) to the prison house he is in and breaks free (violently if need beahem!) from his prison.

So, being woke is an essential component of Gnostic salvation. Once one is woke to the systemic oppression of this world order, he sees things differently and no longer conforms slavishly to the acceptable manners and behaviors of the system. He becomes antinomian, rejecting all law, because the laws only support the oppressive system.

On these terms, violence against the system is not aggressive, but a defense of his emerging self. Who would fault an innocent man for violently breaking free from his prison? That violence also extends to language, because language animates the constructs making up the system. The archons use language to craft the structures by which the un-woke mindlessly view reality. Not only language, but all the communicative icons constructing the psychic architecture of culture are slated for iconoclasm (ahem!).

Woke Arises from Leftist Contradict...

13:16

No, Frank The White House Mower Doesnt Send Bad Messages On Child Labor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Eleven-year-old Frank FX Giaccio sent a letter to the White House asking if he could mow the lawn there. On Friday, he got his wish, mowing the Rose Garden and getting a tour of the White House. He also met President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

This story was so delightful that only someone with a heart of stone could frown upon it. Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times former labor reporter, is that man. (Will it surprise you to learn that The New York Times former labor reporter has decidedly liberal views on labor? No, it will not.)

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out a picture and update on Frank:

Greenhouse wrote a series of tweets lambasting the mowing of lawns by an 11-year-old:

Greenhouse went on to tweet a bunch more, saying that hed written a lot about child labor and that the American Academy of Pediatrics says you should be 12 before operating a mower. (Fun fact: this same academy also recommended that parents talk to their children about Donald Trumps election victory, so they can avoid long-term psychological trauma from it.)

Greenhouse also responded to the tsunami-level of feedback he received by calling people snowflakes having a meltdown for his views against Frank, the lawn-mowing ki...

13:16

The Day Of The Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Phil Butler for NEO - In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. At such a meeting theres no doubt that Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford attended seeing hes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agenda for this meeting was serious as a heart attack Americas most brilliant and powerful military men gathered that day to discuss Armageddon. The minutes of this fateful meeting are top secret. Only a handful of people will ever know what was discussed. But the end result of the strategy session was revealed on September 15, 2017 before the people of the United States. The top generals of the most powerful nation on Earth advised congress that America could in fact win an all-out war with Russia and China. It must have been a scene right out of Director Stanley Kubricks classic Cold War film, Dr. Strangelove.

13:16

Broad City Degrades Women For Entertainment And Excuses It Because Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We get it. The endless stream of NYC-based TV characters was shook when Hillary Clinton missed her crowning opportunity a second time around, this time to a brass, straight white malea never more demonized figure in contemporary American society.

This week the popular, female-led show Broad City entered a fourth season. To those unfamiliar with the show, Broad City centers around two eclectic female friends maneuvering the grimy streets of New York in search of excitement and thrill. The first few seasons represented a somewhat odd, but tolerable take on toilet humor and existential wandering, coupled with two truly talented main actresses.

An Introduction to Broad City

Heres a brief recap of the shows main characters. Abbis occupation consists mostly of cleaning pubic hair, vomit, and other gross fluids in a tiny gym facility. She appears to be Christian and occasionally Jewish, perhaps even Muslim this season to account for the religious diversity quotas the policing audience demand. Her career prospects are low, contributions to society absent, rent high, and she cant seem to build a normal tolerance for weed.

Ilana, on the other hand, has an admirable tolerance and appetite for weed, alcohol, casual sex encounters, and various other activities, all while being happily underemployed in the most expensive city in America. While most readers here need to look no further to recognize the unrealistic lives of these two gals, many young adults watching seem to believe that riding smelly subways, spending $1,000 or more monthly to live in a slum, and hopping from one hippy job to the other is not only realistic, but also sustainable and fun.

In addition to these pronounced shortcomings, there appears to be popular consensus claiming Broad City is a pioneer in bringing feminism and sexual liberation to television, and thus deserves our passionate praise. This assumption is misleading and ignores similar gynocentric TV entertainment popular throughout the past two decades. Most millennial journalists today seem to forget the cult show Sex and The City that aired for six full years with its solitary focus a group of charismatic women exploring their sexualityin the Big Apple, of course.

Profanity, promiscuity, and the use of trendy slang is by no means an innovative approach to female-dominated television. Remove these elements, and Broad City is just another naive, worn-out show fused with the typical progressive characters, subtle political discourses, and located in the obviously unavoidable bubble of New York City.

Were Still Not Over 2016

Last seasons episode in which...

13:15

The Trans Brigade Is Heartlessly Weaponizing Children And Ignoring The Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ill never forget the first time I heard of warlords such as Ugandas Joseph Kony turning little boys into killer soldiers and little girls into sex slaves. My heart ached at the thought. It still does. It seemed like a horrible war movie, but it was real, with real children as casualties.

War is always horrible, but in some sad cases it is necessary. But to the greatest degree possible, children should be shielded from violent conflicts. They should never be forced to kill or do violence. Innocent, impressionable children are malleable. They can be molded into persons of deep character, guided by transcendent principles. Or they can be turned into weapons, as Kony and many other evil men have done.

Apart from movies, were unlikely to find anyone in America turning young boys into bullet-firing, lethal fighters. But we dont have to look too far to find adults using children as pawnsas weaponsin the culture war.

Manipulated for Propaganda Tools

At first, the LGBTQ craze focused on adults, but adherents have increasingly sought not only to include and recruit kids in their movement, but now to use them as their frontline combatants. For example, eight-year-old Nemis Golden, born a boy, routinely performs on stage before packed, cheering audiences as the mini drag queen Lactatia. Nemiss mother not only encourages his performances, she even helps him dress and apply his wig and makeup. The crowds not only cheer at his performances, they also laud him as a brave young role model.

But it isnt just practitioners of the LGBTQ lifestyle who portray as heroes little ones who claim to be transgender. We see in ever-increasing number of stories like the following:

Those stories generally paint a rosy view of happy, well-adjusted transgender children. But those pictures are typically snapshots, not full-length movies. Yes, Im happy, the little one answers as he or she is aided in and rewarded for indulging in transgender fantasies. Those rosy answers are pretty common in act one of the movie, but I usually hear from transgenders in act two, when theyre no longer so hap...

13:15

Taylor Swifts Terrible Look What You Made Me Do Is Perfect For America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Taylor Swifts latest single, Look What You Made Me Do, is awful, which makes it the perfect song for America right now. It even coincides nicely with Hillary Clintons book blaming everyone but herself for her loss. Swifts atonal chanting about revenge and blaming others for what we do perfectly fits our current politics and culture.

Look what you made me do. It is an excuse as old as human wrongdoing. In the Bible, it is part of the first excuse for the first sin. In Eden, God confronts Adam for breaking the only commandment in the world, he blames his wife, and, implicitly, God, answering that he sinned because of the woman whom you gave to be with me. I sinned because of her and, God, she came from you, so look what you made me do.

Yet by its very language this rationale for injustice betrays a consciousness of guilt. Yes, what I did was wrong, but somehow its not my faultits yours. Guilt is admitted, but then transferred. The words are those of an adulterer, or a wife-beater or an addict looking to blame those they hurt. Its your fault I hit you/cheated on you/am using. Look what you made me do.

Our Society Has Turned Into One Big Blame Game

As bad as Swifts song is, it captures the American zeitgeist. Our culture and politics are deteriorating, and as partisans of each side hit new lows, they blame each other for their bad behavior. Consider this Kurt Schlichter screed at Townhall, in which he urges conservatives to abandon the rule of law to eventually save it, or something.

His plan wasnt very clear on how that works, except for his clichd fantasies, My plan is to cause the left so much pain by applying their new rules to them that they give up trying to grind their Birkenstocks into our faces forever. This isnt political hardball or a real plan for conservative success, its political revenge porn in which the main character grinds his Crocs into lefty faces while whispering Look what you made me do.

Trumps core supporters are enthralled by this mantra of revenge, even (or especially) within the GOP. As he reneges on major campaign promises and capitulates to Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, theyre still looking to blame someone else for their foolish choice to nominate him. Its the fault of an establishment that had to be taught a lesson. It was because of Jeb Bush, or Paul Ryan, or Mitch McConnell. Even as President Trump looks to sell out his base on his signature issue of immigration, Sean Hannity is deploying this excus...

13:13

Why Youve Never Really Seen Hollywood Portray An Abortion Scene "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the past few years, Hollywood has given us a handful of opportunities to see women on the big screen undergo an abortion procedure.

In 2014, the movie Obvious Child graced theaters across the country. Dubbed an abortion comedy (lets hope this genre never catches on), the film featured a 20-something comedian who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand. Ultimately, she gets an abortion, and the movie is hailed as an honest look at the countrys most controversial social issue.

In late 2015, the television show Scandal included a scene where Kerry Washingtons character has an abortion. The scene was set to the tune Silent Night, and dubbed iconic by mainstream media. Planned Parenthood loved it and Slate called it a rare accurate depiction.

More recently, the show Glow featured an abortion scene with minimal dialogue and minimal detail. One abortion supporter called this an incredibly pro-woman scene with a tone that ultimately feels real and, quite honestly, right. The episode shows the character, Ruth, justifying the abortion by declaring that its not the right baby. The view sees Ruth staring at the ceiling as she gets an abortion while the show ends. Planned Parenthood called this honest and authentic.

These depictions of abortion have been roundly celebrated by abortion supporters for the way they injected the abortion discussion into the everyday life of the average viewer. Persons who support allowing women to choose abortion are thrilled to have abortion portrayed in such a positive light and in front of such a large number of people. The chance fo...

13:13

What Anne Franks Garret Can Teach Us About Demolishing Monuments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Confederate statues were first being removed around the country and other monuments were being questioned in the wake of the Charlottesville street fighting, my family got to tour a historic site across the Atlantic. More than a million visitors walk through the Anne Frank House every year in Amsterdam to see the secret annex where eight peopleincluding Otto and Edith Frank and their two daughters, Margot and Annelieshid for two years to escape the persecution and systematic removal of Jews from occupied Amsterdam.

If anyone had the right to keep the painful history of his family private, it was Otto Frank. The Nazis eventually found the Franks hiding place, and Otto was the only Holocaust survivor of the eight people hidden in the annex in his office building. After the war ended, Frank returned to the annex, found and published his daughters diary, and worked to help establish the Anne Frank House as a museum documenting their lives and the genocide that occurred during World War II.

Visiting the Scene of the Crime Does Change You

Despite having studied WWII and the Holocaust extensively, nothing prepared me for the emotions I felt while walking around in the rooms where eight people desperately hid in hopes of survival. When my family of six was behind the bookcase that once hid the entrance to the secret annex, I couldnt help but feel transported in time to Amsterdam under Nazi occupation.

The deeper we got into the rooms, the more my body tightened as fear and despair overcame me. As my toddler made noises and the floor creaked beneath my feet, I had to remind myself that I did not have cause for panic. From conversations with other visitors, I got the impression that many experience fear and grief during their tour.

The reality of life for those persecuted under Nazi occupation is horrifying. I dont have to visit the Anne Frank House to know that. But when the opportunity presents itself to visit a living historical site, the effect on ones spirit can be more significant than any book or lecture.

Surely Otto Frank knew that opening the Anne Frank House for the public to tour would evoke painful memories for those whose lives the horror of the Holocaust directly affected. Otto Frank also knew that the Anne Frank House had the potential to teach the truth of the evil ideology that caused his family so much loss. His vision for the Anne Frank House was to be a place serving as a warning from the past, but focused on the future. Otto Frank knew the power of history.

Showing History Isnt the Same as Celebrating It

History shows us the best and worst of humanity. When history is forgotten, we all lose the opportunity to learn and grow...

13:08

At The Emmys, Dolly Partons Reaction To Trump-Bashing Was All Of Us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At the 69th annual Emmy awards on Sunday night, Dolly Parton looked pretty uncomfortable when her 9 to 5 co-stars, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin, took the opportunity onstage to get political.

We still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot, Tomlin said. Dolly Partons face says it all her eyes get wide, and her mouth twists into a bit of a grimace.

Dolly is all of us. She politely stays quiet as she is stuck between two liberal women onstage, facing an audience of Hollywood elites who clap and cheer whenever someone jabs the president.

The aforementioned incident wasnt the only time things got political last night. Grabien News has a great roundup of the top 10 eye-roll moments, a few of which Ill mention here.

Steven Colbert, who was emceeing Sunday nights shindig, kicked off the show by ranting about Donald Trump for five minutes straight.

Booooo-ring.

During her acceptance speech, Saturday Night Lives Kate McKinnon thanked Hillary Clinton, whom the actress famously portrayed on the NBC variety show, for her grace and grit.

Alright, alright.

The Television Academy patted itself on the back and played a montage of all the diverse faces working in the television industry.

Okay, we get it.

The capstone of the evening was when Hulus The Handmaids Tale...

12:59

Barrett Brown Takes on Dallas Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How does a progressive, anti-establishment kind of guy keep winning elections in Dallas, Texas, with all of the citys establishment forces including the mayor and the powerful Dallas Morning News against him?

How did Philip Kingston once again get elected to the Dallas City Council?

One big reason may be that, as he explains below, better communication diminishes the influence of money in public.

What he communicates on his website clearly appeals to voters: an urbanist, neighborhood-first agenda. And if his claims are true, it is easy to see why he continues to attract votes as well as enemies among the establishment.

Kingston says he has helped spearhead the rebirth of the entertainment districts with community safety and walkability in mind [tried] to help solve the pension crisis for Dallas police and firefighters brought about a living wage ordinance and rest-break protection for construction workers in Dallas will continue to fight to protect all citizens of Dallas and residents of District 14 from discrimination of any kind

In his latest podcast for WhoWhatWhy, Barrett Brown talks to Kingston about the importance of local civic participation, particularly at a time when many believe that being involved in politics, with an eye toward changing policy at the national level, seems useless.

Brown and Kingston discuss how, on issues ranging from global warming to transportation and housing, effecting change on a local level may be the only way to go.

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12:55

THAILAND: Land of Smiles an Outsiders Inside View "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


The new Bangkok skyline. (Photo: Andre Vltchek)

Andre Vltchek
New Eastern Outlook

It is hard to calculate the cost of the stubborn refusal of the Thai population to learn foreign languages. Some daring estimates, however, calculate that the losses could be in tens of billions of dollars, annually. And the situation is not getting any better.

Bangkok wants to be the center of Southeast Asia, and by many standards it has already achieved this goal. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the second busiest in the region. Almost all of the international news agencies are here, and not in Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur. Several UN agencies are now located in Bangkok, as well as mega malls and top private medical facilities, catering mostly for people who live in Burma, Cambodia, Laos and as far away as the Middle East.


The image that Thailand would like to project. (Photo: Andre Vltchek)

For years and decades, Thailand was busy promoting itself, capturing the imagination of millions all over the world.

Some wonder whether it could really do even better than it is already doing. According to Forbes, Bangkok recently became the most visited city on Earth:

According to Mastercards Global Destination Cities Index, the Thai capital had 21.5 million visitors who stayed at least one night in 2016. By comparison, London had 19.9 million overnight visitors last year while Paris had 18 million. The Big Apple was even further down the list with 12.8 million.

32.59 million foreign visitors descended on Thailand in 2016 alone, and the numbers are not subsiding.

Statistics vary, but travel and tourism now account for approximately...

12:30

Everything thats wrong with America in two charts. Yeah, right. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Many of you have sent me an article in Jacobin Magazine, a publication I had never heard of but which I found intriguingly named. Things didn't end well for the Jacobins in the French Revolution, although it was an awfully bloody time along the way. This may not end well either, but we'll try to spare you the need for a drop cloth.

The article  "Why the United States is falling apart"  details, in just two handy charts, everything that is wrong with America (although the writer congratulates himself for being above such a clickbait title, I couldn't resist). The central premise of the article is summed up with this quote:

Hurricane Harvey is only the latest reminder that the US infrastructure is falling apart a situation that becomes more urgent as the climate crisis bites harder. Heres a data series that goes a long way to explaining why. In simple English, the public sector is barely investing enough to keep up with normal decay, let alone doing anything to improve things.

The two charts depict Net Civilian Public Investment (as a percentage of GDP) and the downward slope of both charts clearly represents our lack of commitment to funding basic infrastructure. 

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The analysis and conclusion here are simple and, as our readers understand, quite predictable:

For the full decade of the 1930s, it averaged 2.6% the same as the 1960s, a time of dramatic expansion in the public sector. Since then, its been mostly downhill.

To get back to that 2.6% average would mean an increase of $400 billion a year in public investment. (For details on the shortfall, and where the spending needs to be directed, see the American Society of Civil Engineers annual report on the topic.)

Theres no doubt the US could afford that. But our political system is completely incapable of formulating the problem. 

In the 1930's we loved America and invested in infrastructure. Then the war...yada yada...and it took us a while to find our soul again but, thankfully, we did in the 1960's where we again spent like we mean...

12:21

SYRIA: NATOs Anarchist Brigades and Their Rojava Ethnic Cleansing Programme "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Thierry Meyssan
VoltaireNet 

Presented in the West as the realization of a friendly utopia, the brand new Rojava is in reality a colonial state, designed and cemented in blood by Washington. This time, the plan is to expel the populations of the North of Syria and replace them with people who were not born there. In order to implement this ethnic cleansing, the Pentagon and the CIA have mobilised combatants from the circles of the European extreme-left. Thierry Meyssan reveals this insane project which has been ongoing for the last eighteen months.

In the 80s and 90s, Kurdish society was extremely feudal and patriarchal. It was maintained in a severe state of under-development, which pressured the Kurds to rise up against the military dictatorships which succeeded one another in Ankara [1].

The Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK was a Marxist-Leninist organisation, supported by the Soviet Union, which fought against the dictatorships of the Kemalist generals, who were members of NATO. It freed women and joined progressist combats. With the aid of Hafez el-Assad, it set up a military training camp in the Lebanese plain of Bekaa, under the protection of the Syrian Peace Force, close to the camp of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FPLP).

During this period, the PKK could not find words strong enough to denounce American imperialism .

When the USSR collapsed, the PKK had more than 10,000 full-time soldiers and more than 75,000 reservists. This war of liberation destroyed more than 3,000 villages and displaced more than 2 million people. Despite their immense sacrifice, it failed.

Arrested in Kenya in 1999, during a joint operation with the Turkish, US and Israli secret services, the historic leader of the revolt, Abdullah calan, was imprisoned on the island of mrali in the Sea of Marmara. The PKK collapsed, divided between its imprisoned chief, favourable to peace negotiations, and its lieutenants, for whom war had become a way of life. There were a few more terrorist attacks but it was not clear which were due to combatants who refused to disarm, or to a frac...

10:25

Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes, according a previously secret memo.

09:27

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Defending freedom of the press in Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Native Sun News Today is an independent newspaper and beholden to none.

09:20

Tim Giago: South Dakota continues to ignore history with annual buffalo roundup "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup will never bring a sense of true history to South Dakota until the original people are allowed to participate.

09:11

Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Unity Concert honors #NoDAPL participants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Black Hills Unity Concert honored several invited guests for their various contributions to tribal nations, community leadership and environmental activism.

08:24

Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A climate tax, a Senate seat, and the revival of a Canadian political party are three fights ahead for the #NativeVote in 2018.

07:44

YES! Magazine: Pueblo activists challenge annual depiction of Spanish 'conquest' "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the move to decolonize a celebration of the 'conquest' of Pueblo tribes shows how complex identity and culture are, Michael Dax writes for YES! Magazine.

07:29

Cronkite News: Plans move forward to reduce bison in Grand Canyon National Park "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lawmakers in the U.S. House are advancing a bill to reduce the number of bison at the Grand Canyon, just weeks after the National Park Service approved its own plan.

07:13

Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but the Gwich'in people strongly oppose oil and gas development.

07:05

Above the Drama "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Apologies for the radio silence, Ive had a rotten few weeks. Before I put the blog in park for a few months, though, I want to weigh in on a local controversy. Thats still brewing behind the scenes unfortunately, so the silence shall continue, but I do have a less-local controversy to discuss in the meantime.

Im withdrawing my name, my speech, my presence, and my participation from the 2017 Mythinformation Conference.
Im trying to discern what good might have come from the controversy surrounding MythCon. So far, the only positive is that the furor has revealed a clearer portrait of people, attitudes, arguments, and the already-frayed atheist movement.
Youve heard of the Mythinformation thing, no doubt. Aron Ra had already pulled out (Lilandra Ra has the deets), and now Seth Andrews is vacating the premises.

Im pro-Feminism. Im pro-Black Lives Matter. Im pro-Humanism. Im pro-humanity. Im also interested in engaging with those who respectfully disagree on the critical issues of our age, as long as those agents are operating in good faith, with respect for all, and a desire to work together not merely to win, but to see the best ideas win. The YouTubers in question dont even come close to that mark. []

I wrote MythCon with a formal request that it issue an apology to Sargon, Shoe and Armored for the trouble, and then withdraw their invitations to speak, giving those open slots to better, more reasonable, and more compelling names like Ron Miscavige. (Id have also supported the inclusion of dissenting activists who had better reputations and a track record of better behavior.) MythCon politely declined.

Props to Seth Andrews for doing this, I think its the right call given how the organizers of MythCon have behaved.

And, yet

I recently spoke with my wife about all of this. She knows how much I love people, how much I genuinely want to make the right decisions, and how hard Ive worked to ensure that The Thinking Atheist and my own reputation stay above the drama, the fray, the internet gutters, and the social media flame wars. I havent always succeeded, but its something I have always strived for.

Above the drama? Thats impossible if you want to accomplish any sort of social justice, regressives...

07:01

La Raza Exhibit at Autry Shows 60s Equal Rights Issues Still Relevant "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Walking through the La Raza display that just opened at the Autry Museum of the American West, the photos could be a recent DACA or immigration reform march. Mostly, it is the clothes and cars that reveal the 50-year gap. The La Raza exhibit at Autry shows very clearly that the 1960s equal rights issues []

The post La Raza Exhibit at Autry Shows 60s Equal Rights Issues Still Relevant appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

06:16

Is Trump Feelin' the Bern? MAGA Hats Go Up in Flames "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yes, it's a thing. Alt-right Trump supporters are burning their Make America Great Again hats, protesting the possibility of a DACA amnesty deal with Dems. #burnmyMAGAhat

05:39

The Silencing of Dissent "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The establishment politicians in the two leading parties, each in service to corporate power and responsible for the assault on civil liberties and impoverishment of the country, are no longer able to use identity politics and the culture wars to whip up support, leading in the last presidential election campaign to an insurgency by Bernie Sanders, which the Democratic Party crushed, and the election of Donald Trump.

05:13

As Thousands Left Homeless From Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE To Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

As many Americans struggle to get back on their feet after their homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the United States government has insisted that the only way to raise money for relief efforts is to increase the national debtwhile setting aside another $75 million in aid for Israel. Just one year ago, []

The post As Thousands Left Homeless From Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE To Israel appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

04:28

US Coalition Announces Theyll Defend ISIS By Attacking Syrian Army If They Go After Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

US-backed forces say they will not allow Assad regime to cross Euphrates River to take additional ISIS territory in Deir ez-Zor. (TFTP) Syria In a blatantly ominous movesolidifying the notion that the U.S. military machine supports and sustains the proliferation of ISISU.S.-backed rebels openly stated they will prevent the Syrian army from crossing the []

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04:21

A Question, A Challenge for Paul Krugman, And All Those Concerned About the Future of Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is crucial for everyone who recognizes and agonizes over what is at stake for humanity, to act, from their own perspective, give meaningful support to, and indeed become actively involved in, the critical work building toward Nov. 4: endorsing and promoting RefuseFascism's Call, in countless ways helping to develop the necessary political & organizational basis for what RefuseFascism very rightly calls "this great cause."

04:13

This Ancient Herb Was Worth Its Weight In Gold But Mysteriously Vanished "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/silphium-seed-pod-heart-shape

Source: Atlas Obscura/ Roger Culos

As the legend goes, one of the most fundamental herbs in prehistory was discovered after a black rain swept across North Africa, more than 2500 years ago. At the height of its popularity, the plant siliphium was literally worth its weight in gold.

Nowadays, siliphium is a mystery. Scientists are unsure if the plant is extinct, or whether it is currently known by another name. Regardless, Greek scholars reported on the innumerable applications of this miracle plant, and its prominence in ancient culture is indisputable.

Prominent Roman author, Pliny the Elder, detailed 39 uses for siliphium, calling it among the most precious gifts presented to us by Nature. From sap to roots, every part of the plant was utilized in cuisine and medicine. Its juices healed wounds and neutralized poisonings. It was prescribed for recovering patients, convulsions, asthma, digestive problems, plus dozens of other indications. The resin of siliphium, known as laser, was the most potent and powerful component of the herb.

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Ancient coin from Cyrene, showing a siliphium pod. Source: Wikipedia

There is evidence that the heart shape originated from the little seed pods of siliphium. Moreover, siliphium was both romantic in notion and practice. Anecdotal and medical evidence from classical antiquity tells us that the drug of choice for contraception was silphium, wrote historian Joh...

04:00

Shawna: A Life on the Sex Offender Registry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A young mother struggles with life on the sex offender registry.

03:43

(U//FOUO) Asymmetric Warfare Group Russian New Generation Warfare Handbook "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(U) As the American Army fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, it became the best tactical level counter insurgency force of the modern era. Americas enemies, however, did not rest. Russia observed the transformation of the American Army and began a transformation of their own. This new military barely resembles its former Soviet self. Wielding a sophisticated blend of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), electronic warfare (EW) jamming equipment, and long range rocket artillery, it took the Soviet model out of the 1980s and into the 21st Century.

(U) Ukraines 2014 Euromaidan Revolution overthrew a corrupt Russian supported president and threatened to place a pro-European government in power on the very outskirts of the Russian Federation. In March 2014, Russia occupied Ukraines Crimea with SPETsNAZ units in a virtually bloodless operation. SPETsNAZ then infiltrated into the Donbas region, fomenting unrest and sparking a pro-Russian insurgency.

(U) Over the next few months, the Ukrainian military and volunteer militia fought back rather successfully. They pushed the separatists back to the very border with Russia. Then everything changed. Russian regular troops with heavy equipment attacked across their border and fought a series of encirclement battles resulting in hundreds of Ukrainian troops killed and the Ukrainian Anti-Terror Operation teetering on the brink of defeat.

(U) How do we combat this enemy? America has not encountered this type of conflict for nearly a generation and needs to transform to fight and win in complex maneuver warfare. Several factors contribute to potential challenges U.S. formations may face in such a conflict: It has been several years since we deployed large numbers of troops in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our junior leaders, both officers and enlisted, have less and less combat experience. Our equipment has been designed to combat an insurgency, not an enemy with potential overmatch. How do we protect our troops from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), communications and GPS jamming, and layered air defense networks?

(U) This handbook attempts to examine the tactics used by Russia in Ukraine as the military component of their New Generation Warfare doctrine. We will attempt to describe their capabilities and applications of combat power. Finally, this handbook will present recommendations for U.S. Battalions and Brigade Combat Teams to counter these Russian methods of war. The war in Ukraine is still ongoing. The Russian Forces are still involved in Syria and continue to improve from their successes and shortfalls. We, as American Soldiers, must do the same. As the saying goes, Only fools learn from their mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

(U) CYBER

(U) Russias developing capabilities have also incorporated the cyber realm....

01:43

This Military Veteran Was Found NOT GUILTY After Threatening Cops With a Gun for Banging on His Door "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Filming Cops

A friend had been concerned about Gene Phillip Velas health.

The ex-marine suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his days in combat.

He had just spoken to his pal Andrew Clark sounding upset, just before they hung up he told him he needed help.

Clark, concerned about his friends well-being, ended up calling 911 in forming the dispatcher about Velas distressed state.

Moments later police and emergency services were on their way to his apartment in central Austin. In the meanwhile, the call taker contacted Vela.

The already disturbed man was confused by the phone call and then further alarmed by the ruckus outside his apartment.

Someone was incessantly banging on his door.

So, he took his pistol and went into his living room to check out what was going on.

None of the police officers present identified themselves as members of law enforcement when Vela opened the front door while holding his gun.

It was not until a negotiator arrived on the scene that he learnt he was dealing with cops.

Forty-five minutes after that call from Clark, the man with mental health issues was shot thrice with one bullet entering his shoulder.

Then he was placed under arrest charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.
This was two years ago.

Now Vela, whose post-traumatic disorder symptoms have worsened, is suing the city of Austin and the Austin police Department claiming negligence, excessive force and unreasonable search and seizure.

So what was he doing between the November 2013 incident and now? He was in jail serving time for his charges that were dropped earlier this year.

Essentially, this means his injuries that night, the stand-off and jail time should have never happened in the first place.

The gun shots fired by the police left metal shrapnel in his body and wants to his chest, left arm and hand.

Speaking on November 11, which is Veterans Day, he said 22 veterans commit suicide on...

01:21

Newsletter: Chelsea Manning v. US War Criminals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. Chelsea Manning saw crimes and exposed them. Her detractors are aware of the crimes and even commit them. Rather than self-evaluation they continue to hide the crimes even though they are in the public and people can read them. For her part, "Manning said Harvard's decision signaled to her that it's a "police state" and it's not possible to engage in political discourse in academic institutions. "'I'm not ashamed of being disinvited,'" she said. "'I view that just as much of an honored distinction as the fellowship itself.'" The so-called Deep State of Security, Intelligence and foreign policy agencies could learn a lot from Manning about shame. Unlike her, they fear people knowing the truth about them, indeed they fear looking in the mirror and seeing the unpatriotic truths about themselves.

01:01

Constitution Day? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Did you know its Constitution Day? I didnt.

This is an old image, [stderr] but:

Given the way the authoritarian regime has been eroding some of it, ignoring big chunks of the rest, and it never was intended to apply to huge swaths of the population, I dont understand why anyone venerates it at all.

The difference between the constitution and toilet paper is that the constitution is not septic tank safe.

01:00

Whos Really Tolerant? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Still of ANTIFA members beating up attendees of a Trump rally.

If you listened to progressive talking heads you would think people who believe this ideology are the most generous, kind, and giving people there are. You might initially be correct; until you disagree with one of them.

 

To be fair, there are some progressives that do denounce some of the rabid hypocrisy that exists in the more fringe elements of the movement. This is unfortunately not the prevalent stance. The people with slight disagreements are met with backlash and called Nazis or white supremacists even if the critic is a self-identified deeply progressive Jew. The more rational progressives sit on the sidelines and refuse to take sides in this discourse.

 

Take Bret Weinstein; an evolutionary biology professor at Evergreen state college. Every year, minority students take one day of absence. The goal of this day of absence is to show how much minorities mean to the college. In 2017, they took it a step further. Instead of minority students leaving campus for a day as a form of protest, they demanded that all white professors leave campus. Weinstein who is a progressive (and Jewish) refused to take part in this protest. He agreed with

 

He agreed with the reasoning of the protest but did not want to leave his job since he felt the students had overstepped their boundaries. He tried to reason with them and to open up dialogue, but to no avail. The only thing these miscreant students wanted was for him to be fired by the school president that they had held hostage during this whole process. Why did they do this? Because of racism, and if you dont go along with them you're a racist and are feeding into the system of white supremacy.

 

This is not to say that all progressives are like these students. It does show that there is a problem the left has that it does not want to acknowledge. It shows that the left is turning on itself for even the slightest bit of disagreement.

 

Many people who once considered themselves progressives are seeing these sort of events take place and are rethinking their ideology. Take former host for popular progressive internet show The Young Turks Dave Rubin. Dave began to rethink his political ideology back when Sam Harris questioned Ben Afflecks traditional progressive view of Islam on Bill Mahers show. For anybody who doesnt know, Sam Harris...

01:00

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications.

The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Drugmakers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies and doctors have come under intense scrutiny in recent years, but the role that insurers and the pharmacy benefit managers that run their drug plans have played in the opioid crisis has received less attention. That may be changing, however. The New York state attorney generals office sent letters last week to the three largest pharmacy benefit managers CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and OptumRx asking how they were addressing the crisis.

ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed Medicare prescription drug plans covering 35.7 million people in the second quarter of this year. Only one-third of the people covered, for example, had any access to Butrans, a painkilling skin patch that contains a less-risky opioid, buprenorphine. And every drug plan that covered lidocaine patches, which are not addictive but cost more than other generic pain drugs, required that patients get prior approval for them.

In contrast, almost every plan covered common opioids and very few required any prior approval.

The insurers have also erected more hurdles to approving addiction treatments than for the addictive substances themselves, the analysis found.

Alisa Erkes lives with stabbing pain in her abdomen that, for more than two years, was made tolerable by Butrans. But in January, her insurer, UnitedHealthcare, stopped covering the drug, which had cost the company $342 for a four-week supply. After unsuccessfully appealing the denial, Erkes and her doctor scrambled to find a replacement that would quiet her excruciating stomach pains. They eventually settled on long-acting morphine, a cheaper opioid that UnitedHealthcare covered with no questions asked. It costs her and her insurer a total of $29 for a months supply.

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Why Are Drug Prices So High? Were Curious, Too. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This much is clear: The public is angry about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Surveys have shown that high drug prices rank near the top of consumers health care concerns.

Whats not as clear is exactly why prices have been rising, and who is to blame.

For the last four months, The New York Times and ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization, have teamed up to answer these questions, and to shed light on the games that are being played to keep prices high, often without consumers knowledge or consent. Katie reports from the health desk at The Times, and Charles is a senior reporter at ProPublica.

Our reporting journey has turned up some counterintuitive stories, like how insurance companies sometimes require patients to take brand-name drugs and refuse to cover generic alternatives even when that means patients have to pay more out of pocket.

Along the way, weve asked readers to share their stories about their struggles with high drug costs. Weve heard from nearly 1,000 people.

In recent weeks, a few stories caught our eye. A woman in Texas, for example, told us that the company that manages her drug benefits, OptumRx, was going to start asking her to pay more out of pocket for Butrans, a painkilling patch that contains the drug buprenorphine. As a lower cost alternative, OptumRx, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, suggested she try painkillers like OxyContin, even though they carry a higher risk of dependence.

A letter sent by OptumRx, a pharmacy...

00:22

Democrats seek to prop up Trump's crisis-ridden government "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Beyond immigration policy, there are broader political issues involved in the Democrats' embrace of Trump. The moves by the Democrats to solidarize themselves with Trump are aimed at stabilizing the government and the two-party system as a whole, the better to intensify the assault on the working class and prepare for a major war.

00:08

Non-Violent Civil Resistance Works. It May Be the Only Way to Stop America's Next Unnecessary and Illegal War! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Non-violent civil resistance has proved a successful strategy for combating the conduct or policies of repressive regimes and repelling occupation by foreign invaders. It may also be the only way to prevent America's next unnecessary and illegal war and, ultimately, in freeing the world from the tyranny of institutionalized militarism.

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23:54

[WATCH] Massachusetts Cop Admits that Police Dont Really Care About Public Safety "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Boston cyclist who goes by the YouTube handle, Me You, witnessed first hand, the complacent and lackadaisical attitude of police when it comes to public safety. The entire interaction

The post [WATCH] Massachusetts Cop Admits that Police Dont Really Care About Public Safety appeared first on Filming Cops.

23:45

Portland Air Quality May Improve With Upcoming Storms "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In Portland, Oregon, the air quality was rated the worst in the United States on Sept. 16, 2017. However, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports residents in Oregon will breathe easier soon. After months of unusually high temperatures and wildfires, it seemed Portland might have a break. The weather cooled, hinting at Autumn in []

The post Portland Air Quality May Improve With Upcoming Storms appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

23:38

St. Louis Cops Caught On Camera Beating Elderly Woman During Peaceful Protest "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: VP

Earlier this week, Officer Jason Stockley of the St. Louis Police was acquitted of the murder of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, who he mercilessly gunned down without trial or charge after a car chase.

This frustratingly unsurprising miscarriage of justice is particularly galling because Officer Stockley was caught planting a gun in the car of Smith following the murder, after being recorded telling his partner were killing this motherf*cker, dont you know.

The people of St. Louis have risen up in protest against the brutality of their police department, which responded with more brutality against innocent and peaceful protestors.

In this video, you can see armored police officers knock an elderly woman to the ground and step over her as they proceed to mace those all around her.

The police have now announced this little old lady was arrested and charged with interference.

The woman shown in the video refused to leave the street and...

23:31

Church Refused to Let Jewish Lesbian Aid in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Due to Her Faith and Sexuality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texans have come together in the thousands to help with the citys rebuilding efforts. One Texas woman- Carmen Hix, who donated $500 worth of food and had taken a week off work to volunteer at a church food bank seeking donations and manpower got the shock of her life when she was turned away from helping people due to her sexuality (Hix is a lesbian) and being Jewish.

As reported by Newsweek:

Carmen Hix told OutSmart magazine that The Calvary Church in Friendswood, Texas needed volunteers to help at the food bank after Hurricane Harvey tore through the community. Hix decided to take off a week from work and donate $500 worth of food to the church. On Friday, September 8, she was taken by surprise when she was called in by a volunteer and the churchs pastor, Ron Hindt, who told her she was no longer welcome at the church after he found out about her religion and sexuality.

I thought they wanted to talk to me about further volunteer efforts, Hix said. I was so unprepared for the conversation that ensued.

In a post on her Facebook page, the 64-year-old combat veteran recalls how the pastor called her into his office to question why she said Shalom after her prayers. When she told him that she was Jewish, he asked her to leave and to not return to the church.

Confronting the pastor, it was revealed he would have accepted her had she lied about who she really was, and allowed her to continue to volunteer.

The article...

23:24

The Climate Catastrophe We're All Ignoring "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The threat we're facing comes, not from enemies at war with us, but from the results of an economic system designed to exploit the earth and the most vulnerable humans living on it at an ever-increasing pace. As long as we measure ourselves and others by how much we consume, we're complicit in fueling the global system that's rapaciously devouring the earth.

23:02

Arafat, Oslo, Sabra and Shatila The Betrayal of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

"Arafat was a narcissist self-serving, incompetent, corrupt fraud and a lie who did irreparable damage and harm, to the Palestinian people and cause. History will prove me right."

22:58

NEO Zapad War Games The Russians are Not Coming "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - The dishonesty and lunacy of the West was on front row display in the run up to the Zapad war game exercises in Belarus this year. The same old worn out, fake claims were trotted out.

22:51

Mother of All Rallies Flops, Attracts Alt-Right and Neo-Nazi Groups from Unite the Right "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Mother of All Rallies Flops, Attracts Alt-Right and Neo-Nazi Groups from Unite the Right appeared first on It's Going Down.

The long touted Mother of All Rallies or MOAR, was aimed at bringing together upwards of 1 million Trump supporters out to Washington DC in support of Donald Trump. The event attracted several members of the Alt-Lite, including Jack Posobiec and Joey Gibson (who claimed onstage that antifascists were attacking grandmas), and a variety of neo-Nazi, Alt-Right, militia, and white nationalist groups and individuals. Neither Trump nor any elected officials attended the event. The rally itself ended up being a massive flop, bringing together only several hundred Trump supporters and was dwarfed in size to the much larger Juggalo March.

22:48

White People Commit Welfare Fraud, State Creates Amnesty Program so They Wont Go to Jail "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: The Root

Contrary to popular belief, white people do, in fact, receive welfare benefits. What may also come as a surprise is that some of them even cheat to get it, and sometimes when that happens, a local or state government may come up with a plan that will make it so the white people who commit welfare fraud dont have to go to jail for their crimes.

Such is the case in the state of New Jersey, where NBC New York reports that after more than two dozen arrests for Medicaid fraud happened in the Ocean County community of Lakewood, state officials created an amnesty program for people to confess their abuse of the program.

The Ocean County Recipient Voluntary Disclosure Program will start Tuesday and run for three months, according to the Office of the Comptroller, Medicaid Fraud Division.

Under the program, people would have to repay the benefits they received that they were not eligible for, plus a civil penalty. In addition, they would have to agree not to accept Medicaid benefits for one year, NBC reports. Those who meet all the requirements for the amnesty program will not be referred for prosecution, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office will not pursue charges against them.

Currently, the program is open only to Ocean County residents who have received Medicaid benefits but are not already facing charges and have not already settled with the comptrollers office.

State and federal authorities charged 26 people in the town of Lakewood with a list of fraud counts in late June and early July. Among those charged were a prominent local rabbi and a special needs teacher.

The charges stem from allegations that they failed to report or otherwise concealed income that would have made them ineligible for benefits. Those families are said to have collected more than $2.4 million in benefits.

According to NBC, the town of Lakewoods population has triple...

22:40

Cops Taunt Mom as She Tries to Stop them From Brutalizing Her 12-Year-Old Boy for No Reason "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: The Free Thought Project    By: Matt Agorist

Florence, KY In an interview with her local news station, WLWT, Rebecca Brummett says shes always supported the police. However, that support is likely diminished now after she watched and filmed multiple police officers assault her 12-year-old son and shove her 15-year-old daughter without giving them a reason and then laughing about it.

On Wednesday, Florence police were responding to a call in a neighborhood about a group of kids possibly fighting. When they showed up, however, it was the police who got violent.

He drove up on the sidewalk and he walked around the cruiser. The cop got out and grabbed him (her son), says Brummett. However, according to Brummett, her son thought the cop was someone else and simply pulled his arm away.

He said, Get off of me, and kept on walking, describes Brummett. Apparently, pulling his arm away was perceived as a threat to the police, so the boy was thrown to the ground and brutalized.

Brummett, who maintained extraordinary composure as armed agents of the state piled on top of her son and rammed his head into the ground, took out her phone and filmed the assault. Many parents would have been hard-pressed to maintain themselves as cops pummel their child in such a manner.

As she pleads with the cops to stop forcing the 12-year-old boys head into the ground, the officer with his hand on her sons face challenges her.

Get off of my son, pleads Brummett.

Do it! Do it! taunts the cop, apparently begging for even more violence than hes already created.

Brummett said that even though the officers had her son completely subdued, one of them had his hand on the taser as if this was a viable option to em...

22:34

The More You Watch, The Less You Know. Preferred Conclusions The BBC, Syria and Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the late media activist Danny Schechter wrote, when it comes to the corporate broadcast media: The more you watch, the less you know.

Schechters observation only fails in one key respect: mainstream output does tell us a lot

22:28

The Muslim Problem and Racism in UK Media: Thousands Call on Press Regulator to Hold Inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Almost five thousand people have emailed IPSO, the press regulator calling for an inquiry into racism in the UK media, in the wake of a column in the Sun which referred to The Muslim Problem.

The demand for

22:27

Video: Taliban Attacks NATO Convoy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Friday, a Taliban suicide bomber driving a car bomb slammed into a convoy of NATO forces near Kandahar Airbase in Trank Pul area of Kandahar province.

Kandahar provincial governor spokesperson, Fazal Bari Baryalai, said the attack totally destroyed

22:25

US Seeks to Monopolize Cyberwarfare "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The use of information to enhance martial power goes back to the beginning of human civilization itself, where propaganda and psychological warfare went hand-in-hand with slings, arrows, swords and shields.

The most recent iteration of this takes the form of

22:23

Accused of War Crimes, Saudis Investigate Themselves and Find No Wrongdoing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Amid international calls for an independent inquiry into Saudi war crimes in Yemen, the Kingdom has investigated itself and found it has done nothing wrong.

Countries including China, the Netherlands, and Canada have pushed forward with a U.N. Human Rights

22:21

Trump Threatens North Korea with Effective and Overwhelming Military Force "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the wake of North Koreas missile launch, US President Trump and his top officials have once again threatened to use military force to end the supposed threat posed by the small, economically backward country and its limited nuclear arsenal.

22:19

Impotent Churches Cannot Keep Christians from Using the Two Effective Types of Prayer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Many readers know that I am not a fan of the modern church, although there are exceptions. If Jesus were here today, he not only would chase the money changers from our temples, he would also chase most of the pastors, rabbis and priests from their pulpits for their abrogation of the word of God. There can be no doubt that the church has been totally subverted. Most churches are 501 3 c tax exempt foundations who are compromising their spiritual mission to the will of the IRS. This has resulted in a cowardly church which is afraid to challenge governmental authority even when it violates word of God in such practices as abortion and widespread war resulting in the death of millions of innocent people.

The church should be a beacon of resistance against the encroaching tyranny upon America because the tyranny is satanically inspired and violates every precept of the Bible. But from the pulpits, Americas pastors act as is there is no outside world to worry about and that is because most of them belong to NOVAD which is an organization controlled by DHS designed conscript religious leaders to the governments side in times of emergency. Dont serve the recipients of 30 pieces of silver.

The biggest sin in todays churches is not that they do not stand up and challenge the Satanically inspired tyranny of the government, their biggest sin is that they do not teach their flock how to pray and what type of prayer to use and in what type of situations.

Faith can move mountains. However, the expression of prayer can take two forms and according to the good work of the Spindrift organization, there are two types of prayer:

  1. Goal-directed prayer is conditional prayer.  Directed prayer sets up conditions to be met.  Conditional prayer constructs borders to follow to arrive at specific results.
  2. Non goal-directed prayer is unconditional prayer.  Unconditional prayer has no borders or biases or conditions to be met.  Non directed prayer promotes order and resolution.  Non directed prayer creatively changes circumstances in unexpected ways.  Creative prayer could create a way where there is no way.

When I have talked about these concepts to various...

22:18

[WATCH] Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center Guards Forced Inmates to Fight Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CLEVELAND, Ohio Four former inmates in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center filed a lawsuit claiming jail guards forced them into bloody and brutal brawls last summer as part

The post [WATCH] Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center Guards Forced Inmates to Fight Each Other appeared first on Filming Cops.

22:18

Is Google Coming For Your Cryptos? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

The big boys, Apple and Google, are now actively developing a payment API for cryptos to use within their browsers. This is a double-edged sword and possibly indicates a shift in tax policy. I dont trust either Apple or Google at all. The news from Coindesk about Apple and Google developing a payment API on the heels of multiple []

The post Is Google Coming For Your Cryptos? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

22:15

As Thousands Left Homeless from Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE to Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Rachel Blevins As many Americans struggle to get back on their feet after their homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the United...

22:00

UN Security Council Resolution 2375 on North Korea: Preparation for War? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Carla Stea There is now a discernible pattern to US manipulation of the UN Security Council when it wants UN endorsement for US-NATO acts...

21:48

PROOF: Flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in the history of the world "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(Natural News) As one of the very few independent voices willing to stand up against the scientific dogma of our modern medical regime, Ive long felt a need to communicate the dangers of flu shots to the public so that people can have better information to prevent vaccine injuries and save lives.

This doesnt mean Im opposed to the theory of vaccination, by the way. In fact, Im the author of A Blueprint for Safer Vaccines, an audio guide to saving lives and preventing vaccine injuries and deaths.

To my knowledge, Im the only independent journalist in the world who is scientifically trained to run an atomic mass spectrometry laboratory, which Ive been running for over three years now and testing the heavy metals content of organic superfoods like cacao, common vaccines as well as the ability of water filters to remove toxic heavy metals. Im the creator of the...

21:42

Its Time For EveryoneLeft, Right And CenterTo Admit They Were Lied To About Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

The word Nazi drew its final breaths as a real word with an actual definition at some point in the year 2016, before being laid to rest in a grave of gratuitous overuse and boy-who-cried-wolf ambiguity. Google the words Trump and Hitler together and youll be met with a deluge of essays solemnly put forward []

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21:20

The Rowboat Bath. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some ideas were best discarded. This is one of them, from 1916.

The rowboat bath is the newest contribution to the physical enjoyment of living.

The rowboat bath is the newest contribution to the physical enjoyment of living.

The rowing-bath has been perfected in a western sanitarium for the purpose of adding zest to the morning plunge. It is valuable as a curative measure, but it may also be used with enjoyment and benefit by any one.

I wonder how many people bought this ridiculous thing before it sank into obscurity. Looking at that picture, all I can envision is what a mess it would make, and it wouldnt be the male enthusiastic rower who cleaned it all up, either.

Via The Public Domain.

21:16

Sept 26-27: The Internet Descends On Washington. DC "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Fight For The Future for Battle for the Internet. The FCC is set on killing net neutrality. But Congress is key. They can stop the FCC and block the bigger threat: ISP-backed bills that would end net neutrality forever. We're organizing Internet users to meet with members of Congressin DC, or locallyand we're helping to cover travel costs. Are you in? On September 26-27 Internet users from across the country will converge on Washington, DC to meet directly with their members of Congress, which is by far the most effective way to influence their positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists and campaign contributions. First you can attend a training hosted by Public Knowledge who will share years of experience on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to participate in meetings with key lawmakers. If you can't make it to DC, join us by getting involved locally.

21:15

Internet Raises $80,000 for Hot Dog Vendor Mugged by Government "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To be handed an arbitrary citation is one thing, but to have your cash simply snatched by an officer of the law is especially egregious.

(FEE) Like all entrepreneurs, Beto Matias saw an opportunity to support his family while simultaneously creating value for his community.

Finding a prime spot right outside UC Berkeleys football stadium, Matias began selling his craft hot dogs to willing consumers. No one complained about the quality of Matias hot dogs, nor did anyone have any objections to his presence outside of the stadium. But that didnt stop the state from intervening.

Street Theft

Officer Sean Aranas approached Matias as he was going about his business and asked to see identification. Matias, in complete compliance with the officers demands, began sifting through his wallet in search of his identification. But this is where the story took a devastating turn.

Before Matias was given the opportunity to hand Aranas his ID, the wallet was ripped from his hands. And instead of merely examining his identification, Officer Aranas proceeded to confiscate the $60 Matias had in his wallet at the time. It was not until after this strong-arm mugging that the officer finally explained to Matias that he was being cited for failing to obtain a business permit.

Luckily, one of Matias customers filmed the entire encounter on his smartphone and the video has since gone viral.

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UC Berkeley Police Take Every Dollar From Street Vendor's Wallet

UC Berkeley Police confronted this street vendor for selling hotdogs to football fans. He didn't have a permit, so it's understandable that they gave him a ticket.What doesn't makes sense is this cop (Officer Sean Aranas) flipping through the man's wallet and taking every dollar he has on him.Officer Aranas: "This is law and order in action." How can Aranas get away with this? Civil forfeiture laws give cops the legal authority to rob unlucky people like Juan, who just wanted to work hard and make a living. This legalized thuggery has pretty much always existed in America, but the difference now is that we're able to film thes...

21:05

Autonomy in Tampa, Solidarity in Immokalee: Love Letter to the Future "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Autonomy in Tampa, Solidarity in Immokalee: Love Letter to the Future appeared first on It's Going Down.

Thankfully, Tampa did not get punched in the face as much as anticipated. Still, if you are in the Tampa Bay area and need medical assistance or food/water/debris cleanup, or want to act in solidarity with your neighbors, or both! you can come to 5107 N. Central Ave, right next to St. Paul Lutheran Church. We are facilitating debris cleanup crews, providing first aid, engaging in mobile supplies distribution and more. We have cut down trees, removed debris, comforted neighbors, bought life saving medications, cleaned out fridges, put a family that didnt have one up in a safe home. No Bureaucracy. No red tape. In St Pete, community-based relief efforts are coalescing at St Pete Community Acupuncture.  And similar efforts are underway throughout Florida. If you are coming from out of the area, you are welcome at these locations, but know that Tampa itself is back to normal for most of its residents very far from an apocalyptic atmosphere. But we are using the Tampa convergence center to do relief efforts throughout the state focusing on harder hit, historically marginalized communities, including migrant farmworker and indigenous communities.

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20:58

Driver Speeds Through Convict Stockley Protest in Kirkwood, Mo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Sarah Fenske for Riverfront Times. A protest in Kirkwood last night took a potentially ugly turn when an SUV barreled through the crowd, horn honking. The protesters had assembled in the St. Louis suburb to advocate for the conviction of former police officer Jason Stockley, who has been tried on a charge of a first-degree murder. The city is now in its fifth week of waiting for a verdict, a decision in the hands of a judge after Stockley waived his right to a jury. "Stand up! Fight back!" the protesters shouted, with some brandishing signs reading, "Black Lives Matter." The protest appeared to be well under control; the video shows police lights flashing nearby. But one driver in a white SUV got fed up with the chanting and took off into the crowd.

20:57

Dangerously Vague New US Law Blurs The Line Between Hate Speech And Hate Crime "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Eleven years ago, this essay argued against hate-crime laws. One argument read, People can eventually be accused of hate crimes when they use hateful speech. Hate crimes laws are a seed that can sprout in new directions. This has now come to pass, I am sorry to say. This week, the Congress passed S. J. Res. 49, and President Trump []

The post Dangerously Vague New US Law Blurs The Line Between Hate Speech And Hate Crime appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:55

Germany Talks Reparations For Forgotten Genocide in Namibia Where It Murdered Tens Of Thousands "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Urban Intellectuals

At the turn of the 20th century Germany committed a Genocide that has been more or less forgotten. They killed 10s of 1000s of men, women and children in what is now Namibia. They starved, were shot or tortured to death by German troops who were showing the rebellious tribes a lesson.

Berlin have started to speak about this atrocity, a policy U-Turn and many events is leading to talk over the massacre, raised awareness and just how to atone for what happened.

Relatives of Herero and Namaqua peoples affected by the massacre may see some justice as the German and Namibian governments talk over possible reparation payments and line up an official policy. The results are expected by June 2017.

The Guardian reported:

In 1884, as European pow...

20:52

The Beginning Of The End Of Syrias War: Last Stand Of ISIS At Deir ez-Zor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After lifting the blockade around Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian Army is just a step away from freeing a road to Iraq. As for Washington, it is gradually losing influence in Syria, while Moscow is boosting its military, diplomatic and humanitarian positions in the region, a Russian expert told Sputnik. Commenting on last weeks lifting of the blockade []

20:51

Operation Moldova: A New NATO Anti-Russia War Project "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the forty-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Kommersant, Izvestia, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He discusses the escalating political and constitutional crisis in Moldova, the site of another proxy war-in-the-making between NATO and Russia in Eastern Europe, and the statements on North Korea made by the Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in during the Far Eastern Economic Forum. In addition, he chronicles the significant increase of Russias food exports and explains why China has been more successful than Russia in bringing into the country thousands of Ukrainian military industry engineers and specialists and their families.

NOTE: The Russian newspaper Kommersant wrongly reported the president of Mongolia as Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. The current president of Mongolia is Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
 

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta September 11, 2017

Kommersant September 8, 2017

Izvestia September 11, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta September 8, 2017

20:43

Police Shoot at Normalista Students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Police Shoot at Normalista Students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero appeared first on It's Going Down.

The state police of Guerrero shot at a bus where around 60 students of the normal school of Ayotzinapa were traveling in route to Tixtla after carrying out fundraising activities in Chilpancingo. The acts took place in the area known as El tunel where at least 12 normalistas were detained, said the committee of fathers and mothers of Ayotzinapa and the student committee Ricardo Flores Magn of Ayotzinapa.

The parents of the 43 disappeared normalistas in Ayotzinapa and students condemned the aggression and demanded an end to the repression and criminalization against the students, as well as an investigation into the police that shot at the autobus to be sanctioned and prosecuted.

On the other hand, on Tuesday night, normalistas of Ayotzinapa were deprived of their freedom for two hours by the federal police when they were headed to the Rural Normal of Caada Honda, in Aguascalientes, to carry out an informative brigade regarding how the state that has put aside the investigations for three years since the disappearance of the 43 students.

As they passed for the tollbooth of Peaje LenLagos de Moreno, the normalista students raised the boom gate as they did not have money to pay the tollbooth. For this, a patrol car of the federal police blocked their passage way and the staff at the booth prevented them from continuing their course, retaining them for more than two hours.

The deprivation of freedom of the Normalista students of Ayotzinapa by the federal police expresses the clear objective to inhibit the protest that we will soon carry out in the mark of three years of the forced disappearance of the 43, said the parents and normalistas. To this government, it was not enough to disappear our sons and compaeros, maintaining impunity in the case, today they want to silence us again with repression and prevent our scream demanding truth and justice, they added.

On September 26th, they will carry out various mobilizations in different parts of the country to demand the live return of the 43 normalistas of Ayotzinapa, three years after the Night of Iguala.

20:40

[WATCH] Adopted Daughter of Retired LMPD Officer Accused of Incest Wants Him to Stay Behind Bars "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The adopted daughter of a former Louisville Metro Police Department officer claims hes getting a slap on the wrist for rape. Samantha Killary says her adopted dad,

The post [WATCH] Adopted Daughter of Retired LMPD Officer Accused of Incest Wants Him to Stay Behind Bars appeared first on Filming Cops.

20:40

The Kids Are Alright: Students Stage Anti-Fascist Rally in Minneapolis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post The Kids Are Alright: Students Stage Anti-Fascist Rally in Minneapolis appeared first on It's Going Down.

This is a peaceful protest, but we are not to be fucked with.
-one of the student protesters

Friday afternoon in Minneapolis saw a mass rally outside of Government Plaza organized entirely by high school students, with the specific goal of taking a stand against racism and fascism. After a rally where students spoke and did spoken word performances and led people in chants, we began marching down 5th street along the light rail tracks, blocking the trains. The Unlawful Assembly marching band and color guard joined in and provided great music for yelling Whose streets, our streets to, and so did the motorcyclists revving their engines.

The loud and rowdy crowd made its way to Hennepin Avenue, just in time for baseball fans to start arriving at Block Es many bars to either pre-game before heading to Target Field or watch the game. With a full police escort following the march from behind (because the students did not collaborate with the cops) we took Hennepin Avenue and began marching south, towards Loring Park.

20:39

People Are Radicalizing The Bolivarian Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Farooque Chowdhury and Fred Magdoff for Monthly Review. Amidst imperialist interference, the people in Venezuela are carrying on the task of reorganizing their society. Real-life picture in Venezuela is far different from new-reports the mainstream media continuously circulates. The following interview of Christina Schiavoni, a researcher and food sovereignty activist, provides a different view of the life of the Venezuelan people than we normally get from the media. The interview covers food and health situations as well as on-going politics and peoples participation in the politics. The interview was conducted by Farooque Chowdhury and Fred Magdoff, in August 2017.

20:25

Trial Set for Californian Police Officer Accused of Raping Five Women While On Duty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former San Mateo police officer accused of sexually assaulting five women had three charges dismissed and five reinstated and will face trial early next year, according to the San

The post Trial Set for Californian Police Officer Accused of Raping Five Women While On Duty appeared first on Filming Cops.

20:23

Haley Warns World: Mattis Will Take Care of North Korea If UN Diplomacy Fails "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ZHE)  During an appearance CNNs State of the Union Sunday morning, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley admitted something that most of the international community perhaps including Kim Jong Un himself has known for weeks: The United Nations Security Council has just about reached the limit of its ability to economically punish North Korea.

Responding to a question by CNNs Dana Bash about whether President Donald Trumps famous fire and fury remark was an empty threat, Haley insisted that the US has held back out of a sense of responsibility. But now that diplomatic solutions appear to be dwindling, she would be perfectly happy handing the situation off to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the source of some of the USs harshest rhetoric against North Korea. Mattis, Haley said, would take care of it.

What were doing is being responsible where North Korea is being irresponsible and reckless. We were being responsible by trying to use every diplomatic possibility that we could possibly do. Weve pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point.

I said yesterday Im perfectly happy kicking this over to General Mattis because he has plenty of military options. So, I think that the fire and fury while he said this is what we can do to North Korea we want to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first. If that doesnt work, General Mattis will take care of it.

At least one member of the Trump administration, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, has admitted that the White House doesnt have a viable military strategy for North Korea where ten million people in Seoul dont die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons.

But the all options remain on the table line has been key to the USs posturing. Haley reiterated that, should the North strike the US or its allies, [it] will be destroyed.

Youd have to ask the President what fire and fury meant. If the US has to defend itself, or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed. We dont want that. Something is going to have to be done. Were trying every other possibility that we have but there are a whole lot of military options on the table.

However, Haley did praise the latest round of UN sanctions, ignoring the fact that the US had to capitulate on several of its demand including cutting off the Norths oil supply and its trading partners to win the support of Russ...

20:22

The Push for a Medicare-for-All Plan "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

America's complex and inefficient healthcare system ends up being both very expensive and limited in its coverage, a problem that Sen. Bernie Sanders is targeting in his Medicare-for-all plan, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

20:14

What is public relations? How to run a public relations campaign based on the truth "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What is public relations? How to run a public relations campaign based on the truth

by Jon Rappoport

September 17, 2017

Lets say, for arguments sake, that a group exists whichinstead of catering to the lowest common denominatoris composed of individuals who are determined to forward a cause of TRUTH about a vital issue.

Theyre determined to make an impact, change minds, turn the game around.

Theyre up against entrenched power, in government, in media, in other groups who are fronts for LIES.

This good group needs public relations. It needs many things, but it certainly needs this.

However, in most cases, such a group will not know much about public relations, and it will leave that area to a few amateurs among its ranks. These amateurs will make every mistake in the book.

Well, we had to do that. We didnt want to offend anyone. We wanted to be nice. We wanted to remain positive

Sure, and that ad campaign was a loser. NICE was the theme, and it sank like a little stone in a large lake.

But you see, if we put together powerful attack ads, we couldnt have gotten them on television. The networks would have rejected them

Yes, and THAT would have been the subject of the next phase of the campaignads could be placed on thousands of web sites:

Here is the ad the major networks refused to run. Look at it. Think about it. Its real, its the truth

What issues am I talking about? Mandatory vaccination, for example. GMO crops and toxic Roundup, for example.

The ad the networks refused to run shows a lone farmer standing in a growing field, against a background of high super-weeds.

Farmer: I went for GMO crops. The chemical I bought and sprayed was supposed to kill weeds but leave my crops alone. That was a lie. Weeds survived and grew huge. Look at them. Theyre taking over my fields. The survival of my family is at stake

Run that ad. Its just the start of a much more aggressive series of ads.

Attack.

You can be nice, too. But in other ads. Cover all the bases.

Public relations for the truth has to muscle into the game. It cant tap on the gate politely and asked to be let in.

Public relations for the truth has to fly in from a number o...

20:10

[WATCH] No Charges For Lampasas Deputy Seen Punching Man After a Traffic Stop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No criminal charges will be filed against a former Lampasas County sheriffs deputy seen in a May video punching a man after a traffic stop. A Texas Rangers investigation into

The post [WATCH] No Charges For Lampasas Deputy Seen Punching Man After a Traffic Stop appeared first on Filming Cops.

20:05

US Coalition Announces Theyll Defend ISIS by Attacking Syrian Army if They Go After Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

isisUS-backed forces openly admit they will not allow Assad's regime to cross Euphrates River to take additional ISIS territory in Deir ez-Zor.

19:44

Harvard's Cowardice on Chelsea Manning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In an abject display of intellectual cowardice, Harvard's Kennedy School withdrew a fellowship from Chelsea Manning after hearing protests from accomplices in the war crimes she exposed, reports Robert Parry.

19:42

Sanders Health Bill: Cover For Democratic Party Deals With Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patrick Martin for WSWS. Senator Bernie Sanders took his campaign to whitewash the right-wing character of the Democratic Party to a new level Wednesday, introducing single-payer, Medicare for all legislation, co-sponsored by 15 Democratic senators, on the same day that House and Senate Democratic leaders were to visit the White House for cozy talks with President Trump on corporate tax cuts. The bill was given full-scale media promotion, including an op-ed column by Sanders in the New York Times, lengthy articles in all the major daily newspapers, and reports on the network and cable television news programs. This for a bill which has not the slightest chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress, which will never even hold a committee hearing, let alone bring it to a vote. This makes co-sponsorship an opportunity to strike a left pose without actually incurring the wrath of the insurance companies and other giant corporations that control the provision of health care in the United States. Accordingly, a half dozen Democratic senators who are beginning to promote themselves as potential 2020 presidential contenders signed on as co-sponsorsup from zero co-sponsors the last time Sanders introduced such a bill.

19:22

Sept. 20th: Grave Robbing 101 at Lincoln Park. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Heres a fun thing to do on a Wednesday evening if youre in the area:

When the area now known as Lincoln Park was City Cemetery during the 1840s to 1860s, it was a regular smorgasbord for grave robbers medical schools tended to have a no questions asked policy, and a fresh cadaver could pay as much as a month in the coal mines.

Author and tour guide Adam Selzer leads pupils on a walking tour of Lincoln Park, showing relics of the old cemetery, a tomb snooping demonstration, and repeating stories and quotes from the archives about all of the body snatching that took place on the grounds featuring enough tricks of the trade to launch your very own career. Humorous, entertaining, and educational as all get out.

Tickets are $20.00, and all the details are at Atlas Obscura.

19:20

Nazis Threaten: St. Louis Jews Shielding Protestors From Police "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Rafael Shimunov for Medium. When protesters were caged in by an abusive police force, the Central Reform Congregation of St. Louis served as a model to all congregations and opened their doors to protect them. The people of St. Louis took to the streets in response to the acquittal of ex-cop Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley, when engaged on a police chase of Smith was recorded premeditating his killing of Smith. Police responded to protests withunhinged violence. Here is a video of at least 40 militarized forces attacking an elderly woman with a shield, then overrunning her and others under them. Rather than administering first aid, they continue to overrun her and eventually force her up for detainment.

19:07

Second Arrest Made in Child Porn Investigation Involving 911 Dispatcher "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

GAFFNEY, SC The Cherokee County Sheriff said a 911 dispatcher and former reserve deputy was arrested Thursday after a SLED investigation into his conduct. Brandon Dean Mullinax, 24, was

The post Second Arrest Made in Child Porn Investigation Involving 911 Dispatcher appeared first on Filming Cops.

18:52

Donald Trump's Evolving Mass Movement "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In his campaign Trump told the most outrageous lies (Mexico is sending rapists to the U.S.), insult war heroes (John McCain) and "gold star" families, insult entire religions (Islam) and esteemed religious leaders (the Pope), make racist remarks about a federal judge, and even insult the entire female half of the human species by bragging about grabbing women by their genitals. He could do all of this and still get elected.

18:52

Indonesian Woman Lashed 100 Times for Being in Presence of Man She Was Not Married To "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

A 30-year-old Indonesian woman had to be hospitalized after she was lashed 100 times in public. Her crime? Being found in a private place with a man she was not married to.

The woman, whose name is Mazidah, was watched by thousands of people in Lhokseumawe a city in the province of Aceh as she was beaten. The Independent reports that the lashing took place after evening prayers last Friday. Because Mazidah was in such agony, the lashing had to be occasionally paused.

The man Mazidah was found with also received lashings, reports ABC News. However, he did not require hospital treatment. A third man was also found guilty and was reportedly flogged.

The province of Aceh is known to be extremely conservative. Public canings are common there, as they are a punishment for the violation of Islamic law. Last year alone, 339 public floggings conducted, according to the Institute of Criminal Justice Reform. Aceh is the only province in the country where public lashings are used as a reprimand.

Human rights advocates are concerned publish lashings are becoming more common. Earlier this year, two gay men were flogged 83 times for having consensual sex in private. As a result of international outcry over the controversial form of punishment, the local government...

18:43

Speedo-Wearing Man Protests Confiscated Marijuana And Bong, While Smoking A Bong "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Marijuana is expensive. Plus, its illegal to confiscate the herb if one has a medical card in states where it has been approved for use. Aware of these two realities, 31-year-old Jeffrey Shaver decided to protest in front of a courthouse in what might be the most unique way ever to pressure authorities to return his marijuana and bong, both of which were confiscated last October.

The Record reports that the Canadian citizen protested wearing a green Speedo-style underwear next to two signs that read RETURN MY BONG and RETURN MY MARIJUANA. He did this while smoking a bong. Shaver claims he was wrongfully arrested last fall for possession of marijuana, as he had a medical marijuana card on him. Reportedly, police also took a small amount of pot and his bong. Nearly a year later, he wants them back.

The 31-year-old has been periodically protesting at police stations in Cambridge and Kitchener, and at Kitcheners courthouse, hoping to resolve the matter. In prior protests, he smoked marijuana while fully clothed. However, his efforts werent producing results. So, he decided indecent exposure might capture the publics attention he was right.

Shaver told The Record, I have a legal medical marijuana card. Five months after I got it, I was arrested for possession of marijuana, but I had my card on me,. So two days later, I went back and smoked marijuana on the front lawn of the police station. Again they arrested me. I went to jail for the first time. They held me there for 16 hours. And that charge, ironically, has already been dropped and this is the very bong the...

18:33

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Go Cashless For Marijuana Sales "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel for Activist Post. Hawaiian state officials announced Tuesday that Hawaii will be the first state to require the sale of marijuana to be cashless, paid with a special debit card payment system next month. Oct. 1 is our target date to try to go cashless as much as we can, Iris Ikeda the states financial institutions commissioner, told reporters at a news conference. While marijuana is legal for medical use in Hawaii, the feds still consider it a Schedule I drug. This status has brought problems for many banks and credit unions, which is the reason why cannabis dispensaries have been cash-only. Instead of cash, customers will have to download and install CanPay, a mobile app that processes payment for medicinal marijuana shops using a Colorado-based credit Union, Safe Harbor Private Banking. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado. Now a battle begins with credit card processing companies like Visa and Mastercard who say they wont allow their cards to be used to buy cannabis or marijuana-related products.

18:26

Pentagon Ignores President Trump And Continues Preparing For Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

The Trump administration may peddle the notion that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, but the industrial military complex isnt willing to ignore the fact that 97 percent of reputable climate scientists agree that the phenomena is real.  Because climate change will directly affect the United States ability to protect itself as a result of worsening natural disasters, rising sea levels and unprecedented flooding, the Pentagon has decided to follow the plan for climate change which was developed under the Obama administration.

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump rescinded all federal climate change programs initiated by Obama during his two terms. Basically, he ordered the Pentagon to stop preparing for climate change. Fortunately, they have ignored him.

In 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) published what it called a climate change roadmap. This is essentially a blueprint to handle the predicted storms which will result from global warming. The document explained how the military needs to adapt to the world which is fast-approaching. Reportedly, the report concluded that American citizens could be helped out more, too. It reads: The military could be called upon more often to support civil authorities in the face of more frequent and more intense natural disasters.

Equipped with this information, the DoD issued a directive entitled Climate Change Adaption and Resilienc...

18:20

Police Arrest 32 In St Louis After Acquittal Of Police Officer Jason Stockley "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Holpuch for the Guardian. Mostly peaceful demonstrations followed a not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer who shot and killed a black motorist St Louis police said 32 people had been arrested during demonstrations against the acquittal of a former police officer, who had been charged with murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Ten law enforcement officers were injured in the mostly peaceful protests, which began after the not-guilty verdict was handed down by circuit judge Timothy Wilson on Friday morning. The demonstrations quieted early Saturday morning, having taken place in different parts of the city, including outside the home of mayor Lyda Krewson. At one point, the crowd around her home swelled to about 1,000 people, including some who pelted the home with red paint and broke at least two windows.

18:12

Why are 'Tevgeri Azadi' Rejecting Barzani tribe referendum? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today majority of 50 million Kurds are united under the leadership of Abdullah Ocalan to defend Kurds and Kurdistan from occupiers of Kurdistan who are imposing wars on Kurdish people now.

18:07

Food Companies Fail to Protect Environmental Activists in Supply Chains "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Benjamin Dangl for Toward Freedom. Industrial farming of food ingredients such as soy and palm oil, for example, have led to massive deforestation and displacement of rural communities in Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, and elsewhere throughout the globe. Activists standing up against such industries in defense of forests, rivers, land, and the livelihoods of local communities have been threatened and murdered at an increased rate in recent years. Four environmental activists were murdered each week in 2016 for defending their communities and environment from the impacts of agribusiness, mining, and logging industries, according to a report from the human rights organization Global Witness. In Colombia, activists standing up against the impacts of El Cerrejn, Latin Americas largest open-pit mine, have faced regular threats and violence. Jakeline Romero has organized against the water shortages and displacement caused by this mine, which is owned by Glencore, BHP Billiton, and Anglo-American. They threaten you so you will shut up, Romero told Global Witness. I cant shut up. I cant stay silent faced with all that is happening to my people. We are fighting for our lands, for our water, for our lives.

18:03

A Lot of People Will Be Killed: California Officials Preparing for Nuclear Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A group of California public health officials and emergency responders gathered for a strategy session on the growing possibility of a nuclear attack.

18:02

Ponies for the people? A response to the Clinton view of the Sanders campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hilary Clinton's new book actually goes to the heart of the differences the Sanders wing has with her policies.

17:57

UK to Supply Qatar With 24 Fighter Jets in New Billion-Dollar Arms Deal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Qatars defence ministry is set to purchase 24 of the advanced Eurofighter Typhoon jets from BAE Systems.

(MEE)  The British government and defence giant BAE Systems have agreed a major new deal to supply Qatar with Eurofighter Typhoon jets, despite fears of regional instability.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon signed a letter of intent with Qatar on Sunday that will see BAE Systems provide 24 Typhoon jets and support capabilities worth billions of dollars.

The move has shocked observers as it comes only three months after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Qatar to do more to clamp down on the funding of militant groups.

The wealthy Gulf state is at the heart of a regional dispute over the funding of terrorism, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have since June imposed sanctions on Qatar, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with Iran, arch-foe of the Gulf Arab states allegations Doha denies.

Speaking in Qatar on Sunday, where he met with Qatari defence minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyad, Fallon said he hoped the deal would enhance security within the region.

This will be the first major defence contract with Qatar, one of the UKs strategic partners, said Fallon. This is an important moment in our defence relationship and the basis for even closer defence co-operation between our two countries. We also hope that this will help enhance security within the region across all Gulf allies.

Human rights groups are likely to be dismayed by the move, which comes as the UKs $16bn defence industry is facing intense scrutiny over exports to Saudi Arabia and other states accused of major human rights violations.

The UK has exported more than $6bn in arms to authoritarian states since the summers general election, with a huge increase in arms exports to Saudi Arabia and exports worth $160m to Qatar, where political opposition is banned and where the hereditary emir currently Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani  holds all executive and legislative power.

The strategic let...

17:57

CIA Whistleblower: Harvard Picks Torture Apologists Over Chelsea Manning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Aaron Mate for The Real News. Chelsea Manning is celebrated around the world for exposing the secrets of U.S. foreign policy, including war crimes, and going to prison for it, all the while standing up for her rights as a trans woman. One of the most prestigious U.S. schools has taken a different view. The Harvard Kennedy School has rescinded an invitation to Manning as a Visiting Fellow after a backlash led by current and former officials. Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell resigned as a Harvard Fellow in protest, writing, "I have an obligation to my conscience." The current CIA director, Mike Pompeo, withdrew from a Harvard forum where he was set to speak. Pompeo said, "It has everything to do with her identity as a traitor to the U.S. and my loyalty to the officers of the CIA." This prompted Harvard Kennedy School dean Douglas Elmendorf to announce he would still invite Manning to speak on campus, but he's withdrawing her designation as a Visiting Fellow.

17:54

Hillary Clintons blind spot about the media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no question that the media coverage of Hillary Clintons presidential campaign was atrocious, focusing endlessly on things like the email issue as if it was some huge nation-threatening scandal when at most it was an error of judgment that others had also committed. There can also be no question that part of it was fueled by the fact that she is a woman because the US is about half a century behind the rest of the world when it comes to accepting a woman as president.

But while she criticizes the coverage in her book, as Jon Schwarz points out, after all these years in politics she still does not seem to understand that this was not due to the media hating her personally (at least not entirely) but because of the way that the mainstream media is structured. She seems to think that the media was not doing its job when actually it was doing what it is designed to do, which was to make profits for its owners.

Generally speaking, when people fail to do their jobs in a spectacular way, they get fired. When they do their jobs, theyre not.

Who exactly in the corporate media has been fired for failing to provide the United States with in-depth, sober, fair-minded coverage of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and the minutia of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

No one.

Which suggests that the media did do its job. Moreover, I think the media performed incredibly well.

The New York Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, et al., are gigantic corporations in most cases owned by even larger ones. And the job of giant corporations is not to inform American citizens about reality. Its not to play a hallowed role in the history of a self-governing republic. Its to make as much profit as possible. That in turn means the corporate media will never, ever be liberal in any genuine sense, and will be hostile to all politicians who feint in that direction.

From that perspective, the medias performance in 2016 was a shining, glorious success. As Les Moonves effused just as the primaries were starting, Trumps campaign was good for us economically. Go Donald! Keep getting out there! The entire Hieronymus Bosch-like nightmare, said Moonves, may not be good for America, but its damn good for CBS. CNN made $1 billion in profits during the election year, far more than ever before.

Schwarz says that Clintons blindness on this important issue seems inexplicable given that it is well known among media analysts, especially those on the progressive side of the spectrum.

...

17:54

Returning American-Born Kansans are now Required to Show Birth Certificate--simply even to File for a Driver's License "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the second article on the topics of how incredibly much an outlyer, Kris Kobach has made the state of Kansas through his criminal war on emigres from Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and abroad.

17:49

Squirrel rescuers: the worst of the worst. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[CONTENT NOTE: disgusting images of baby squirrels, descriptions of wildly inappropriate human-squirrel interactions.]

Goddammit.

Twenty years working wildlife rehab, and Kevin Barton has seen it all. Or he thought he had. At least until Hurricane Irma tore through Florida this week. It wasnt the variety of species that grabbed his attention. It was the volume. Of utterly common critters, like bunnies and squirrels. Mainly squirrels.

By midweek, the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Venice had accepted 140 baby squirrels, from week-old hairless pinkies to unweaned juveniles.

ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FUCKING SQUIRRELS. Yes, what people rebuilding their lives from Irmas devastation in Florida really need right now more squirrels.

%$#@*&!

Given the scores of dead across the Caribbean and Florida, countless seaside communities reduced to splinters, millions without power from the Virgin Islands to South Carolina, and a projected cleanup bill of roughly $55 billion, swift local response to the fate of fickle arboreal rodents has clearly been a luxury.

A luxury bordering on treason.

Post-hurricane volunteers going all out
to save fucking squirrels.

This articles author at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has at least some sense of the gravity of the Sciuridae menace, and admirably recounts for readers a small sampling of squirrel terrorist attacks:

An ambulance dispatched to the Sterling Court Gracious Retirement Living facility following a squirrel attack that bloodied elderly Deltona residents in 2016; the squirrel that bit and scratched three people in separate incidents in June at a park in Jacksonville; the squirrel that sparked a high-voltage line, causing a fire that destroyed Sunshine Worship Center near Fort Myers five years ago. A year after that, another squirrel zapped itself on a Tampa power line, darkened 700 homes, and delayed state achievement tests in three neighborhood schools.

Squirrel encounters gone bad are hardly unique to Florida. As far back as 2005, a California study indicated The Golden State loses anyw...

17:47

Good Cop Praised After Video Showed Him Kick Surrendering Mans Head Like a Football "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

guiltyAfter a Baltimore cop was found not guilty for kicking surrendering man in the and then spitting on him, he was praised for his "service."

17:46

Sunday Facepalm. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bill OReilly went to Breitbart to opine about us awful lefties and promote his latest book, which I hope will end up remaindered. Bill seems to think that the whole business with confederate statues is tied up with the constitution.

On this mornings edition of Breitbart News Daily, OReilly spoke about his new book about the American Revolution before pivoting to discussing progressive protesters who have recently called for cities and states to remove Confederate monuments in the wake of a violent white supremacist Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.

Oh my. So OReilly fancies himself a historian now. That book has to be one gigantic near-fatal eyeroll. Ill have to content myself with imagining the unholy mess it will be, because Ill never read it.

Theres no question in my mind that its the Constitution that they ultimately want to overturn, OReilly said. The statues are just a wayside to get to the Constitution.

They never say it, but thats what it is, OReilly continued. The statues are just symbols, and I said very early on when I saw this controversy in Charlottesville , Hey, its not going to stop with Robert E. Lee or the Confederate generals. This is going to go into the fabric of our country.

Actually, Bill, they dont have anything to do with one another. That said, other countries have never had a problem with updating their versions of constitutions, recognizing that times change and progress marches on in spite of people like yourself. Thats a mark of a healthy society. Instead, in this country, theres an extreme sickness called constitution worship, which makes it damn near impossible to update the worn out, fucked up document at all. Any healthy society would look at it and say yes, its time for changes, lets get that re-write done. I dont have the least bit of trouble envisioning those who wrote it going back over the years, and deciding it was time for a change (Thomas Jefferson wanted it to be torn up every 19 years*). I doubt they thought anyone would be stupid enough to preserve it for hundreds of years. And yet, here we are, with a most outdated document, which politicians ignore and constantly sidestep, unless someone they dont like is doing the same, then they scream about their constitutio...

17:42

Chelsea Manning and Harvard -- Let's Talk About Disgrace "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chelsea Manning, on the other hand, made classified revelations in the public interest. She is the definition of a whistleblower -- she brought to light evidence of waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, and threats to public health or public safety. Harvard made a big mistake. It wasn't just to disinvite Chelsea Manning. It was to hire the likes of Mike Morell in the first place.

17:39

Russian military observed no fighting between ISIS and SDF north of Deir Ezzor in the last days "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - The Russians have "double downed" on the US claims of its SDF proxy forces, fighting outside of Kurdish territory, being bombed by Russian planes while they were in the company of their US advisers.

17:35

A Lebanese Journalists Journey to North Korea Leave These People in Peace "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


At Pyongyang zoo, August 2017.  (Photo: Eva Bartlett)

Sabah Ayoub
Translation supplied by Jane Stillwater

Months before my trip, I learned by chance that a soccer match would be bringing the Lebanese national football team to play the Korean team in Pyongyang, so I applied to accompany the team. No kidding! was the first reaction of my colleagues, who admitted that no one even thinks of escorting the sports teams there.

Why are you in Pyongyang anyway? is a question Ive been asked constantly both before and during my five-day visit to the Korean capital, and before even reaching it.  Do you know that you will not be able to talk to anyone on the street over there? You do know that you wont be able to write a political article when you get back, right? And after this trip, you will not be able to get any visa to any other country! They will take away your books, pens, camera and phone.

It was a tiring journey and after long travel, we got to Beijing and from there to Pyongyang via Korean Airlines. The elegant flight attendants smiled, but nothing reduced our tension, enthusiasm and adrenaline as we entered Pyongyang airport, which was empty of any other passengers. The inspection was precise, automatic and manual, the security men and women checked our faces carefully.

One of the security personnel at the entry window smiled and stamped my passport, giving me permission to enter. No one searched my larger suitcase, and the security men did not open my carry-on bag. They asked me very gently to hand over my phone and the camera. After a few seconds, they returned them to me without any question, request or condition.

Tension gradually disappeared and the view of green fields along the road leading to the city helped to calm minds and souls. We entered Pyongyang at sunset. Workers and staff returning from their jobs, walking and biking, w...

17:33

Benjamin Lay A Dwarf Who Challenged The Big Issues "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Natasha Frost for Atlas Obscura. During his life and after his death, many people, Rediker says, thought of Benjamin Lay as deranged. [Historians] thought he was not sane, and this was a very effective way of putting him at the margins. Ableism, too, seems to have factored in this general unwillingness to take him seriously. But some of those in the abolitionist movement did feel the need to celebrate this Quaker comet, as he came to be known. Benjamin Rush, one of his earliest biographers, said Lay was known to virtually everyone in Pennsylvania; his curious portrait was said to hang in many Philadelphia homes. This early abolitionist burned bright, and, despite his exclusion from many abolitionist narratives, refuses to be extinguished from history.

17:32

Anticlimax "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Mother of All Rallies took place in Washington DC yesterday. It was supposed to be a loud, proud, strong pro-Trump rally. It was a bust. About 500 people showed up.

Meanwhile, at the same time and also on the mall, fans of the Insane Clown Posse demonstrated. About 1500 of them showed up. They were there to defend their civil rights.

Gill and every other speaker at the Juggalo rally preached inclusivity with a passion that speakers at the pro-Trump rally reserved for subjects liker border security.

We dont care if youre black, white, Hispanic, straight, gay, trans, fat as fuck or skinny as a broom stick, Gill said, adding everyone is welcome to be or support Juggalos.

I cant believe that today Im sitting here admiring the righteousness of Juggalos, but I am. And its not just because Im laughing at the Trumpkins.

17:20

Adults in the Room: The Sordid Tale of Greece's Battle Against Austerity and the Troika "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no reason to question Varoufakis' commitment. He left a comfortable life as an academic in Austin, Texas, to take up what he certainly knew to be an incredibly difficult job as Greece's finance minister in the middle of a financial crisis. The newly elected populist government was despised by most of the business and political establishment in Greece and across Europe.

17:15

Unburying some Secrets: Peter Godfrey-Smiths evolution of consciousness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a guest post by Joshua Stein, a doctoral student at the University of Calgary and @thephilosotroll on Twitter.

Peter Godfrey-Smiths Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness is, like its subject, a strange animal. It is accessible to a broad and general audience; it also deals with a lot of technical literature in comparative psychology and philosophy of mind. I think the book can be deeply enjoyable for a broad lay-audience, but it is even better with a little bit of background and explanation of where Godfrey-Smith fits into the literature and what hes saying about consciousness. I want to provide some of that background, to illustrate why this book is so interesting and show some colleagues in philosophy and psychology why the book should be regarded as a philosophical success.

There are some things about mind and consciousness that Godfrey-Smith takes for granted. The first is that we can study and discuss consciousness as an empirical issue. Most folks are probably familiar with the claim that we cant study consciousness for some reason or other. The claim comes up an awful lot, even in some philosophical literature. (The most noteworthy advocate is the disgraced Colin McGinn.) I wont get into the objections to this position, but it is basically set aside by most philosophers.

There are two approaches to evaluating minds; one is to look directly at the nervous system and extrapolate about how it works from the internal mechanisms, while the other is to look at how the organism behaves in the environment. Theres a long history around these two approaches, often regarded as in tension; it is increasingly common, though, to use both methods in order to a build a more satisfying theory. Godfrey-Smith uses both throughout the book: hell often discuss the ways he sees octopuses behave, and then shift to talking about mechanisms in the central and peripheral nervous system.

Godfrey-Smith uses the book as an opportunity to offer a rich, and technically sound, story about consciousness. There are two features that he discusses at length in the book, returning to them over and over, and these two features are pretty prominent in modern theories of consciousness. The first is that consciousness involves the integration of different sorts of sensory information (pp. 88-90); the second is that consciousness involves the temporal ordering of events (91-92), and allows those orderings to be made available in action.

Godfrey-Smith writes. I see consciousness as a mixed-up and over-used but useful term for forms of subjective experience that are unified and coherent in various ways. (97) Unlike...

17:10

Newsbud Exclusive- Attorney General Sessions Demands a Permanent Surveillance State. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Donald Trumps Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter on September 7 to the leaders of the House and Senate demanding Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) be made permanent. The act faces a sunset provision later this year. Under Section 702, the government is allowed to circumvent the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and obtain general warrants issued by the secret FISA court. Proceedings before the FISA court are ex partein other words, the government is the only party presentand non-adversarial.

According to senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, the federal government relies on "secret legal interpretations" to claim all-encompassing surveillance powers. The secret court permits interception of electronic communications of unidentified targets anywhere in the United States. Moreover, there are no real limits on how the government uses, retains, or disseminates the information that it collects. This means the government can create huge databases that contain information about U.S. persons obtained without warrants and then search these databases at a later point, the American Civil Liberties Union notes.

Sessions and Coats argue the law is limited to the collection of vital information about international terrorists, cyber actors, individuals and entities engaged in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States.

In fact, the government has used the law to surveil political activists in the United States, activists that have nothing to do with terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. [READ MORE]

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17:02

Will Las Vegas be an Amsterdam on steroids? Door opens for pot lounges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What happens in Vegas will still stay in Vegas but perhaps no longer behind closed doors, at least when it comes to pot.

Earlier this week, Nevadas Legislative Counsel Bureau gave the green light for marijuana to be permitted in public places, as long as patrons are of legal age. Citing a lack of state law, the bureau said cities and counties could create their own ordinances governing marijuana consumption in businesses.

Pro-marijuana advocates hailed it as a logical next step for the state, which was the most recent to legalize recreational weed. Nevada started allowing adults 21 and older to buy it on July 1, but like the other four states where its legal, restricts its use to private residences.

Via NBC News


Featured Image: Tracy Hunter/Flickr

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17:00

Violette. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Violette (Violet). J.J. Grandville, Les fleurs animes. This is the last! Tomorrow begins William T. Horton.

16:50

Three Cumberland County Corrections Officers Charged for Roles in Jail Suicides "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BRIDGETON Three Cumberland County corrections officers are facing criminal charges in connection with two different suicide deaths that happened at the Cumberland County Jail in 2017. A grand jury

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16:43

The Growing Danger of Dynastic Wealth "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Maybe Gary Cohn is correct that only morons pay the estate tax. But if he and his boss were smart and they cared about America's future, they'd raise taxes on great wealth. Roosevelt's fear of an American dynasty is more applicable today than ever before.

16:38

WATCH: Elderly Woman Trampled by Riot Police During Protests, Charged with Interfering "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An older woman was trampled by riot police and arrested for "interfering." Activists argue the only crime she committed was being unable to move fast enough

16:38

State Police Investigating After Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Fatally Shot by Guard "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Louisiana State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an inmate Friday morning (Sept. 15) at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Authorities said the guard shot and killed the

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16:31

Netflix Does it Again: Exposes Extreme Police Corruption on Coerced Confessions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new Netflix original series, The Confession Tapes, is giving the viewing public a stimulating look into the American injustice system.

16:26

Pennsylvania State Trooper Suspended and Charged With Strangling, Assaulting Woman at Derry Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A state trooper has been suspended without pay after his arrest in connection with an alleged violent assault on a woman at his Derry Township home this month. Chad Douglas

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16:10

As Thousands Left Homeless from Hurricanes, Trump Sends $75 Million MORE to Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

hurricanesAs the U.S. pushed for increasing the national debt in order to raise money for hurricane relief, it was also adding to Israel's tab of nearly $4 BILLION.

16:06

Is the individual an outmoded idea? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

History is merely an anthropological catalog of trends, a series of customs. We pass from one epoch to another. What was true and important in one time becomes meaningless later. Just "come together for the great healing." That's all you need to think about now. It'll all work out. And if it doesn't, you won't remember the failure anyway.

16:04

[WATCH] Dashcam Video Confirms Roy Lee Richards Familys Account of Fatal Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. After the Little Rock Police Department released dashcam footage from the night Roy Lee Richards was fatally shot, attorneys for Richards family say the content of

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16:00

Transitions. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh, its too soon. Click for full size.

C. Ford.

15:54

Jimmy Carter: US is more an oligarchy than a democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jimmy Carter: Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land

15:49

Jury Finds Colfax Deputy Town Marshal Guilty of Killing His Wife "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. The former Colfax deputy town marshal accused of killing his wife was found guilty on Wednesday. On Mar. 26 of 2016, 57-year-old Keith Smith called 911

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15:40

Pennsylvania State Trooper Cleaning Gun Admits Guilt In Deaths of Wife and Newborn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former Pennsylvania state trooper who caused the deaths of his pregnant wife and their newborn daughter in what he characterized as a gun-cleaning accident at their home has pleaded

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15:38

A Korean Peninsula Crisis Resolution Proposal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The Syrian peace process could be a model for Russia and China to pursue in trying to defuse crisis on the Korean peninsula

15:37

Dunning-Krueger and evolutionary biology fandom "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A graphic designer, Katherine Young, redesigned a girls magazine cover to highlight the implicit assumptions we all tend to make about women:

I ran across this on Facebook, where someone posted it approvingly, and I agree why shouldnt girls and boys be reinforced for a wide range of abilities? You can be pretty, or you can be smart, or you can be strong, or you can be brave, or you can be sensitiveor you can be all of those things at once, even, although then Ill hate you for being so much better than me. No! Thats not it! We should give everyone opportunities to be all those things, and others as well, and avoid channeling them down a single acceptable path.

But then someone commented on that post, and it was fascinating. Im used to criticizing creationist for appallingly bad reasoning abilities and misuse of scientific theories, but heres a magnificent example of someone babbling pretentiously in favor of some narrow scientific concepts, and applying them as a justification for his gender biases. Its kind of horrifying. Its also painfully common.

So this person (all names removed to protect the guilty) asks for a clarification. He doesnt get one, but that doesnt matter, hes on a roll.

it seems to me that you are suggesting that is immoral or at least somehow improper for females to be evaluated using physical characteristics that highlight fertility such as facial symmetry, skin texture, hip to waist ratio, etc. and that instead they should be judged on mental abilities that enable them to have a career. is my understanding of your intent correct?

The implication being that the females should be judged on the basis of their potential fertility, where fertility is the most desired quality, but things like intelligence make no significant contribution to their maternal abilities.

I wonder if hed make the same demands on boys: we should be evaluating them on symmetry, penis length, sperm count, and combat ability, because those contribute to mens purpose in life, which is to crush their competitors and impregnate females. I didnt ask, because I was afraid that hed say yes, and also think those are good things.

Because of course what he claims to be driving his ideas is an objective position on evolution.

given the great demands placed on the female body during homo sapiens l...

15:33

This is an an amazing story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This story is a wild ride

If you prefer to read it as an article, you can find it here: The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1

For more information about BRCA1 see the wikipedia article on the subject. For more about Mary-Claire King see here.

15:32

Rikers Correction Officer Gets 30 Years in Prison for Deadly Beating of Inmate and Trying to Cover Up Assault "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former Rikers correction officer was slammed with a 30 year prison sentence Wednesday for beating an infirm inmate to death and then trying to cover up the assault.

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15:30

Mushroom Hunt: False Chanterelle. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Charly, who notes: I remember finding true chanterelle only a few times in my life around here, as a child, and only a few tiny specimens at that, but my parents told me they used to grow a lot here. Then they disappeared completely and I have not seen them for thirty years at all. They went from very common to very rare during my lifetime. These false chanterelles are not too common either. I have only seen this one specimen this year, and I only ever encounter a few each year. Latin: Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca. Click for full size!

Charly, all rights reserved.

15:28

Germany: Trial of Neo-Nazi Terror Group Whitewashes Role of Intelligence Services "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Featured image: Beate Zschpe (Source: Tagesspiegel)

After more than four years of proceedings, the German federal prosecutors office ended its summation on Tuesday and demanded a lifelong sentence and subsequent preventive detention for Beate Zschpe. Zschpe is the surviving

15:20

SUNDAY SCREENING: Inside Burma: Land Of Fear (1996) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

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

This month, the story of Myanmars (Burma) ethnic minority Rohingya refugee crisis is dominating news headlines. To better understand the current crisis, its important to examine the history of political upheavals in the country. Weve found this film which details some aspects of the countrys recent power struggles, including mass civil unrest and violent military junta from the 1960s to 1990s.

A prison without bars, over a million Burmese citizens have been forced out of their homes and thousands upon thousands have been massacred & tortured, as well as subjected to slavery. In Inside Burma: Land Of Fear (1996), John Pilger goes undercover to expose the treacherous slavery that thrives in modern day Burma. Watch:

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Run time: 50 min
Narrated & Directed by: John Pilger
Distributor: ITV (1996)

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15:11

Bomb Attack on London Underground Sets Stage for Further State Repression "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The explosion of a suspected homemade bomb on a packed Underground commuter train in southwest London Friday morning has become the occasion for a massive police and intelligence operation.

Before anything about the origins of the attack aboard a train

15:00

The Daily Bird #475. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Downy Woodpecker, click for full size.

C. Ford.

14:41

Is the individual an outmoded idea? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is the individual an outmoded idea?

LIVE IN THE COLLECTIVE AND FORGET WHO YOU ARE

by Jon Rappoport

September 17, 2017

We are now told its selfish and greedy to promote freedom for the individual. Its old-fashioned. Its passe. Its dangerous. Its nothing more than a ruse floated by the rich to hold down the poor.

Forget about the fact that the next Einstein or Tesla, growing up in what has become a collectivist society, could be slammed with Ritalin, Prozac, and even heavier drugsbecause theyre abnormal.

Someday, an anthropologist will write a celebrated history of this country, and itll be all about cultural trends and group customs, and no one will even remember there was such an idea as The Individual.

By that time, the population of what was once the United States will live in a theocracy dedicated to Mother Earth, and every day for half an hour, the people will kneel and pray, together, from coast to coast, for mercy from this Mother.

And the people will be happy doing itsuch as they understand happiness. They will glorify The Group. They will live under the great dome of the Flying Drones and they will rejoice in their solidarity.

They will willingly submit to all forms of surveillance, because it is in the interest of the Whole, the collective, the mass. After all, who would depart from the rules and sentiments of The Group? Only the outcasts. Only those bitter clingers who still believe they are unique individuals and have desires and power. Who needs them? Who wants them? Theyre primitive throwbacks. Theyre sick and they need treatment.

If you look, you can see the changes taking place right in front of your own eyes. You can see The Individual fading out as a concept. You can see its replacementthe group and its needscoming on strong. You can know where were heading.

One day, youll be able to tell your grandchildren there was once a time when there was a completely different conception of existence, and youll be able to regale them with stories of the impossible. Stories of individuals.

Of course, they wont believe you. They wont be able to fathom what in the world youre talking about. But that doesnt matter. Theyll listen in rapt wonder, just as we now admiringly contemplate tales of strange creatures and mountain gods of the ancient Greeks.

Itll be fun to look back on our time.

Dont worry. It doesnt matter. History is merely an anthropological catalog of trends, a series of customs. We pass from one epoch to another. What was tr...

14:41

Episode #202 SUNDAY WIRE: Burmese Days with guests Gearid Colmin & Vanessa Beeley "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Episode #202 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on Sept 17th, 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you this weeks LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) covering all the top news stories both at home and internationally

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1-SUPPORT-21WIRE-ClickThis week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from Southwest England with host Patrick Henningsen joined in studio by co-host Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column to cover the biggest international stories this week. In the first hour, Patrick will be joined by writer and global affairs analyst, Gearid Colmin, to try and separate fact from fiction around the current crisis in Myanmar (Burma) where the western media are currently promoting the story of oppression against the countrys Muslim minority Rohingya peoples, and a subsequent migrant crisis which is spilling over into neighboring Bangladesh threatening to destabilize the region. In the second hour, we connect with 21WIRE associate editor Vanessa Beeley, to talk about one year ago when a US airstrike killed more than 80 Syrian soldiers near Deir ez-Zor, and also new developments around cult of the White Helmets. Well also look at an under-reported story about Syria. second Islamic State, the Idlib prov...

14:40

US Sanctions Continue to Backfire: China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line for Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Following the ground-breaking 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and Russia, the US, China, France, the UK, as well as Germany and the EU, to end its nascent nuclear weapons program, Tehran  in honoring the terms

14:36

US to Blame for North Koreas Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Longstanding US hostility toward the DPRK poses a serious threat to its security its leadership acting rationally to defend itself against feared US

14:31

Update on Greek Debt Crises Why Syriza Continues to Lose "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This past August marked the second anniversary of the Greek debt crisis and the third major piling on of debt on Greece in August 2015 by the Eurozone Troika of European Commission, European Central Bank, and the IMF. That 2015

14:25

NEO The Day of the Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - Phil Butler gives us a front and center seat to hear our top military command give their predictions on how WWIII would turn out, and it is not pretty.

14:20

The Infowar Attack Against Azerbaijan Is Because of Geopolitics, Energy, and Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Azerbaijan has suddenly been subjected to a massive infowar attack in response to its increasingly independent foreign policy reducing the US level of control over this strategic energy supplier, and the end result of this coordinated operation is to replace

14:19

Mission Creep Level: Impossible "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Im going to do a small series of postings extracted from an archive of video interviews that I made in 2010. It was one of those projects that (so far) has died a horrible death from success.

Some background: I was at a conference in Texas and encountered an honest-to-goodness lunar landing denialist. We talked for nearly 2 hours as I tried to get a grasp on what the heck their issue was I couldnt see how anyone could think such a silly bunch of things, but he was sincere. Our discussion finally centered on my question of if you think it didnt happen, what was that gigantic thing that went into the Florida sky, that everyone saw? You know, with all the smoke and flames and stuff? That was when he said, Oh, we got into orbit OK, but they just stayed up a while and came back down.

I wrote will you marry me? in the dust and the next day, she saw it and said sure!'

You know the expression laughed till I was sick? He caught me in mid-breath and I almost threw up, I was laughing so hard. Then I explained that getting something that big out of the gravity well was the hard part, and that faking that part would be almost as hard as actually going to the moon. We parted ways and I went to dinner with a friend, and wine was involved, and later I was trying to sober up in the shower when I had this thought: Where did all the people who did that fake program go?

The production manager. There is only one Hollywood. Nobody can touch us. After the project was completed, we all wound up in LA where do you think all the SFX for Star Wars and Blade Runner came from, anyway?

The real moon program spun off all kinds of ancillary technologies (like the Manhattan Project did) that dramatically boosted the US technological advances. There were people figuring out all kinds of insanely complicated things, like how to re-enter atmosphere at 20,000mph (also a useful skill for ballistic missiles) and so forth. Where did those people go?

It turns out, I know a few of them.

My big aha moment in the shower was realizing that a smart technical person can bullshit circles around someone less knowledgeable or technical. In a flash I conceiv...

13:51

Sunday Sermonette (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The End is Near

Blowing the Shofar (ram's horn) to usher in judgment on
mankind.
(Fox News) Some religious folks are predicting the end of the world on September 23. This coincides with the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which will begin in the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 22. Rosh Hashanah is the warning of judgment (Yom Kippur) ten days following and the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord when people are judged. Ominous stuff. 

Maybe North Korea will launch a nuclear missile at somebody and the retaliation (end of the world for them) will sound like the blowing of many ram's horns as the American missiles augur in along ballistic trajectories? Who can say?

If you predict that the end of the world is coming every day, sooner or later, you'll be accurate. Of course it could end for any of us at any given moment (ask not for whom the bell tolls).

Where will you be on September 23? I'll be in AZ up on the White Wolf Mine property, not because I think that the world will be burned to a cinder on Sept 23, but because I planned to be up there hanging out and talking to people about the progress (and lack of progress) that I'm seeing. And because of the whole International Date Line thing, Sept 23 for me is Sept 24 for people on the other side of the rock, which means while I'm hanging out, being cool, all of them could be dead. 
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13:17

There is Only One Way to Protect Yourself from Credit Agency Fraud and Incompetence (Equifax) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The Equifax false flag attack will never touch my family. This article and accompanying short video will explain why I am not worried about Equifax and their total lack of cyber-security.

The Boobs From Equifax

Before I tell you how it is possible to avoid credit agency fraud and incompetence, I wanted all of you to know that what a complete bunch of incompetent boobs work at Equifax. This pillar of excellent credit reporting has my wife working at a place she has never worked at. These morons shaved 10 years off of my age and there is no mention of my corporation that is my main source of income. If you cannot get Equifax to accurately report your either spouses place of employment, or yours, and if they cannot get your age right, then what good are they? The are complete, incompetent idiots. But not to worry, we will never have any anxiety about Equifax ever again.

Did you know that the corporations that support credit agencies like Equifax, they actually benefit from these so-called data breaches. Their corporate owners and/or sponsors keep making sales that they ordinarily would not make. The banks honor the identity theft and ruin the credit of the identity theft victim and it takes years and tens of thousands of dollars to straighten it out. Meanwhile, corporate profits are increased and when the credit report is corrected, the money does not get repayed to the banks. The corporate and banking victims write off the losses AFTER they have already experienced a financial benefit. And of course, the loss is passed on to the consumers. That would be you.

Here is how we get around the Equifax scam

As you can see, we dont use credit agencies. The only things that can h...

12:36

Misplaced American Healthcare Exceptionalism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A popular myth perpetuated about the US healthcare system is that it is the best in the world and the envy of other nations.

The people saying these things are absolutely right. The US healthcare system is the best for the richest of the rich, pharmaceutical companies, specialist doctors and the insurance industry. And it is the envy of other nations but only impoverished countries such as Sudan, Haiti and Syria.

However, if the US system is compared to the rest of the industrialized world, Uncle Sam gets only a participation trophy. And if Americans had any idea of what healthcare systems in other countries offer and at what cost they would rightfully revolt.

The truth is, the US is really tops in only one key category: per capita healthcare costs. On average, Americans pay more than $9,000 annually. That is more than twice the amount people in the rest of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries are paying on average.

But while Americans are spending more, they are getting less. The US is mediocre when it comes to healthcare-related statistics, such as life expectancy, density of physicians, hospital beds per capita, and many more. In others, for example infant mortality, the US lags behind its peers.

And its not just the quality of care that is lacking. Though the Affordable Care Act reduced the number of uninsured in the US, nearly 30 million Americans still dont have health insurance. Thats almost 9% of the population. Thats woeful compared to the rest of OECD countries, all but three of which provide their population with universal or near-universal health coverage.

So if the US insures a lower percentage of its population and only provides average care which in some areas is a charitable description why does it spend more than 17% of its entire GDP (more than $3 trillion annually) on healthcare-related expenses? And why are Americans kept in the dark about paying so much more for less?

One major reason is that prescription drugs and services from specialist physicians cost twice as much in the US than elsewhere. And it is the lobbying of those two groups, as well as that of the insurance industry (and a few other high-stakes players), that has contributed to a healthcare system that works best for providers instead of consumers.

Their lobbying has helped to pull the wool over the eyes of Americans with regard to the quality of their healthcare or how difficult...

11:00

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11:00

Sunday Sermonette "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Placer mining is frequently used for precious metal deposits (particularly gold) which are often found in alluvial depositsdeposits of sand and gravel in modern or ancient stream beds. 

I'm gearing up to do a little prospecting up in White Wolf Mine territory, because I don't think that there are areas that have been adequately explored for gold. The climate (warming/cooling/whatever) changes and it brings more or less water into play in gullies and arroyos, that I can search. No, I don't have a burro, and more's the pity, but I've been researching the application process for filing a claim on government land.

Inside the Saloon (stock photo)
Historically there have been parts of Arizona like the Crown King Mine area, which has been worked very hard. There is still a ghost town at Crown King and you can still buy a steak dinner there at the Saloon. There's also a volunteer fire department.

Mining towns grew up around proven gold strikes and populate the old West, Colorado and Arizona have very colorful pasts as does parts of California and Nevada (I'm thinking Comstock here). 

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08:37

Latino Art Invasion Hits Southern California in Pacific Standard Time "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

People often envision Latin American art as Aztec gold pieces, Mayan design elements, or painters Diego Rivera and Freda Kahlo. But using those images to represent all art from south of the U.S. border is tantamount to mentally defining European art as gilded church altarpieces, Minoan ceramics, Claude Monets airy images or Pablo Picassos cubism. []

The post Latino Art Invasion Hits Southern California in Pacific Standard Time appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

08:16

Left To Die: Callous and cowardly cops are here too "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In August, Taiwanese police were engaged in a roundup of foreigners working without legal visas (expired but did not leave, ran away from their jobs, etc.).  Slave labour has been a problem with arrests as recently as last spring.

During one of these raids,  Taiwanese police murdered Nguyen Quoc Phi, a 27 year old Vietnamese man who was being arrested. He tried to escape and was shot nine times. The police did nothing as he slowly and painfully bled to death. No first aid, no call for an ambulance, no attention at all as he lay on the ground suffering.

The video below is interesting not because of the content, but its source: the Hsinchu County Fire Bureau, itself a government agency. It didnt require private individuals who happened to be there. (Something tells me there will be consequences for the person who released the video.)

http://m.focustaiwan.tw/video/004329086.aspx?v=1OgbM61yn04oFCt2N%2FC2dQ%3D%3D&page=1

Protests by human rights groups and social activists have been going on since the shooting in late August.

http://m.focustaiwan.tw/video/004329022.aspx?v=nKyo%2fyEZz8XsKdqTq4CgdQ%3d%3d

08:07

Campaign Update: 3 Major Events And The All-Important September 30th Deadline Within The Next 14 Days "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are entering do or die time for my campaign for Congress, and if you are interested in helping the campaign we really need to hear from you. As I have discussed in previous emails, we have created an enormous amount of buzz all over Idahos first congressional district, and everywhere we go we are converting voters over to our side. If we can get this message out to everyone in the district effectively, we will definitely win. So in order to do that, I am traveling all over the state holding events, and you can find out the details about three big ones coming up below. We also have our all-important FEC fundraising deadline coming up on September 30th, and if anyone out there was considering contributing to the campaign, now is definitely a key time to do so. Big conservative organizations all over the nation will be evaluating the strength of our campaign based on the numbers we report, and they will make decisions on whether to fund us or not based on how well we do. We really need your help, and if you can possibly do so, I would like to ask you to donate to the campaign today

https://www.michaelsnyderforcongress.com/contribute.html

We also have three big campaign events coming up. The first is at Athol Baptist Church on September 18th at 7 PM. People will be coming up from Couer dAlene and coming over from places such as Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, and we are hoping to pack the place out. And we are also hoping to gather as many of our volunteers from all over north Idaho as possible so we can start to get organized in a major way.

Below I have reproduced the campaign email that we just sent out. This email list is the primary way that we keep everyone up to date on the campaign, and so if you would like to stay in the loop please go to https://www.michaelsnyderforcongress.com/ and sign up to get the emails. As you can see from this example, we...

07:05

Free Speech as One-way Thing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Theres been a great deal of conversation about de-platforming and the free speech of some proto-fascists, or homophobes, or white supremacists.

But the blue lives matter outrage machine kicked in and got a CUNY professor disciplined for saying he was teaching future dead cops. [fox]

Some of yall might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think its a privilege to teach future dead cops

Michael Issacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College, Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmens Benevolent Association, said in a Friday press release.

Well, let me say for the record Fuck king Vagiralongkorn of Thailand, and fuck the active and future police officers; I think what he said was stupid he should have said something like:

Why would you want to be on the side of arbitrary authority? If youre interested in justice and making society better, being a public defender, or helping sue cops, would be a better way to do it. Those bastards are deeply embedded, like ticks, into the blood-stream of the body politic. And, of, look, speaking of parasites heres Patrick Lynch with some important words for you about how important it is to let cops commit crimes while sheltering them from justice.

Not only was what he said stupid, he made a horrible strategic blunder: he went on Tucker Carlsons show. What did he expect, a fair hearing? Has he no idea how Carlson does his interviews? He interrupts, talks over, and yanks the discussion into wherever he wants it to go.

John Jay College President Karol V. Mason called Isaacsons comments abhorrent and the antithesis of an academic institution that trains future law enforcement in a statement. Although she said that professors have a right to free speech and academic freedom, expressions of hate or intimidation are not welcome in that civil discourse.

Fuck John Jay College President Karol V. Mason, too.

Remember all the talk about how president Trump was lowering the tone of dialogue? I have a public service announcement for Carlson and those academics: if its OK to chant lock her up or to chant racist threats while cops stand around using their thumbs as buttplugs, its OK to talk about dead cops. In fact, its stupid not to.

Want to bet the free speech...

05:14

Pull Down That Statue of the U.S. Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The U.S. Constitution, along with the Declaration of Independence, has a whole marble building dedicated to its worship: the National Archives in D.C., plus the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. It's generally taught in U.S. schools as something in the past, not something to be improved upon -- hardly even to be questioned.

04:35

Open thread for episode 21.36: Tracie and Guest Mitchell Diamond "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tracie is joined by Mitchell Diamond, author of Darwins Apple: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion.

Diamond will be presenting a lecture before the show, where he will discuss how hallucinations have a basis in our biology.

04:19

No Charges For Colorado Cops Who Fired 63 Shots, Hitting Suspect 41 Times "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The district attorney decided officers will not face any charges from the May 9 incident. Two officers who entered a suspects home said the suspect fired a handgun, so those officers, and 2 others, fired a total of 63 shots. Hitting the suspect 41 times, and killing him.

The four officers involved in the  death of Joseph David Jaster, 40, will not face criminal charges, according to a letter from Dave Young, District Attorney for Adams and Broomfield counties, to Tim Carlson, Westminster police chief, reported The Denver Post.

Officers David Galbraith, Mike Catalano, Drew Smith and Sgt. Jason Poppenger, all fired their weapon at Jaster.

The post reported on the details leading up to the killing according to the police officers stories:

Jaster, wanted as a suspect in a motorcycle theft, was pursued by an officer to a home in the 1300 block of West 135th Avenue.

After a six-hour standoff, Jaster, armed with a handgun, was hiding in the darkened crawlspace in an attempt to evade officers. Galbraith and Catalano went into the crawlspace in an attempt to convince Jaster to surrender. Instead, he pointed a weapon at the officers, the letter said.

Poppenger, armed with a rifle, was at the entry of the crawlspace. Smith, also armed with a rifle, was inside the home, above the crawlspace.

Galbraith and Catalano both saw the muzzle flash of Jasters gun, according to the Youngs letter. They fired, as did Poppenger and Smith.

When the shooting started, Sgt. Brian Hemplemann, a police dog handler, was inside the home. A bullet came through the floor, hitting Hemplemann in the arm. He fell to the floor.

Smith, who was also inside the home, then fired his rifle through the floor into the crawl space where he believed Jaster was located. Hemplemann was treated at a hospital and released.

The investigation found that Poppenger fired eight rifle rounds; Catallano fired 28 rifle rounds; Smith fired 10 rifle rounds; and Galbraith fired 17 pistol rounds.

The decision letter states the standard police reason for shooting, they fe...

04:09

Syrias Grave Strategic Implications For Deep State US & Deep State Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shortly after the US-led coalition threatened to strike any Syrian Arab Army units if they crossed the Euphrates River, Syrian and Hezbollah troops were marching across imported Russian pontoon bridges to reach the rivers eastern bank. By Friday, Sept. 15 they were able to establish a bridgehead there. Throughout the three-day operation, the Syrians and []

04:06

Finding Truth and Justice for Kenneka Jenkins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

People across the country are posting their support and showing up, in person and online, for protests outside the Crowne Plaza Chicago OHare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. These protests have been held by the family and young people every night since a dead body was found in the hotel freezer. After six days, they are []

The post Finding Truth and Justice for Kenneka Jenkins appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

04:00

Double Standards? Europes Five Undeclared Nuclear Weapons States. Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are Turkey, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands & Italy Nuclear Powers? These nuclear B61 could be launched against targets in Russia or countries in the Middle East such as Syria and Iran

03:40

Former Oregon Cop Accused Of Murdering His Parents "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former Oregon Police Officer is suspected committing a double murder of his own parents.

On September 14, 2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers of the Nampa Police department responded to an address in the 1900 block of West Flamingo on report of an unattended death, reported KTVZ.

When officers arrived they found two bodies at a residence and the nature of the deaths was suspicious. Investigators with the Nampa Police Department and the Canyon County Coroner determined the deaths were likely murder.

William Paul Willie Taylor, 48, was taken into custody Friday morning on 4 unrelated charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, identity theft and tampering with physical evidence. in Deschutes County, Oregon.

Information received during his arrest, coupled with information at the residence, has led police to believe that the deceased persons are his parents, Paul Robert Taylor, 76 and Mary Jane Jane Taylor, 77.

Autopsies are scheduled for early next week and should confirm their identity.

William Paul Taylors last known address was at his parents address in Nampa.

William is being held on a Canyon County warrant for Failure to report a death, Felony, $1,000,000 bond and additional charges through Deschutes County.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

03:24

Justice4AnthonySmith: Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Vandalized "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sometime Friday night, someone decorated the law enforcement at the Capitol in Wisconsin in honor of Anthony Smith, and to remind us that police are not held accountable to the same laws as regular people.

The graffiti, written in red, reads Justice4AnthonySmith

Smith was murdered by a police officer in 2011, and the killer cop was recently acquitted after murdering the unarmed man.

The memorial honors Wisconsin law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty statewide, is on the Capitol Square at the corner of Pinckney and Mifflin Streets.

There is no memorial to honor the people who have been needlessly killed by police officers who were never punished for their crimes.

There have been large mostly peaceful protests in St. Louis over the judges ruling, with many people arrested.

 

 

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

03:23

The Debate Korea Tensions on the Rise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - I think the US knows that Kim's main goal is to get a peace treaty, which the US cannot do as Germany is still waiting for theirs and would be really mad.

03:08

Pittsburg Cop Actually Fired And Arrested For Aggravated Sexual Battery and Official Misconduct "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former Pittsburg Police officer was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated sexual battery and official misconduct after what he did to a female suspect in custody.

Jessie Edward Loren Davis, 22, of Carthage, Missouri, turned himself in at the Crawford County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Davis inappropriately touched a female arrestee while serving as a police officer on August 26, reported The Morning Sun.

A release from the Pittsburg Police Department stated that PPD opened up an internal investigation on Davis, and he was immediately placed on administrative leave, and he was terminated a few days later. PPD also requested that CRSO conduct an investigation into possible criminal activity involving Davis and the complaint.

CRSO stated that Davis and another member of PPD responded to a domestic disturbance in Pittsburg, where a male and female were involved in an altercation.

The female was arrested and transported to the jail by Davis. According to investigators, the female said that during the transport, Davis asked her if she would show him her breasts and allow him to touch them.

The fearful woman lifted her shirt and was able to maneuver herself into a position that allowed Davis to reach through the patrol cars partition into the back seat where he touched her breasts.

The woman told investigators that she only did it out of fear of what might happen if she refused the request.

Davis also allegedly told her that he would help her get out of the domestic abuse charge in exchange for the sexual favor.

 

 

The incident is still under investigation, but apparently there was sufficient evidence to fire him and arrest him. Which is of course very rare when dealing with police officers.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

02:46

Bombshell Report Exposes Pentagon Arms Transfer To Syrian Rebels! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trump Lied! The CIA still supplies weapons to anti Assad forces. The pentagon has been caught altering documents to "memory hole" any mention of Syria when it comes to the CIA's weapons program for ISIS. The US has been secretly arming, training and funding the opposition to Assad in Syria in an attempt to overthrow the dictator paving the way for an eventual war with Iran. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth goes over a recently released bombshell report detailing the fact that the pentagon is still supplying weapons to Anti Assad forces in Syria despite the fact that Donald Trump announced just two months ago that he was halting the CIA's Syrian weapons program.

02:43

Raqqah Sheiks change sides as easily as the opposition groups do "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - To "Fake News" we can now add "Fake Diplomacy" which has even a longer history. Someone forgot to explain to the US psyops people that these kinds of photos are usually reviewed quite carefully for any giveaways of a staged event.

02:35

Hate Crime Charges For Arizona Racist Who Attacked Black Man and 7-year-old Son With million volt Stun Cane "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A racist Arizona man has been charged with a hate crime after yelling racist slurs at his former black neighbor in Utah before attacking the man and his 7-year-old son with a stun cane that hits with one million volts of power.

A Utah grand jury returned an indictment against Mark Draper, 58, for the assault that occurred in November of 2016 in Draper, Utah, reported Fox 13.

The indictment states Porter allegedly called his African-American neighbor a n*gger and then attacked him with a stun cane. The victims name has not been released.

The defendant yelled n*gger, said get out of here to [Victim] and [Victims] seven-year-old son, and used a stun cane (a Zap Cane) to assault [Victim], resulting in bodily injury, the indictment says.

The report states the Zap Cane is a cane that contains a stun gun capable of delivering one million volts and is classified as a dangerous weapon.

Porter was arrested in Arizona where he now lives, and has been charged with one count of interference with housing, which is a hate crime.

The man faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

02:31

Single Payer Is On The National AgendaAnd Its Thanks To Peoples Movements "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Ben Palmquist for In These Times - As Senator Bernie Sanders introduces a bill for universal, publicly financed healthcare on Wednesday, he has growing political momentum behind him. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are cosponsoring the bill, and even former Senator Max Baucuswho shut down consideration of single payer during the drafting of the Affordable Care Actis now saying that universal healthcare is going to happen. These statements among leading Democratic Senators mark a potentially momentous shifting of the political winds, but most media coverage of the Senators statements is misplaced: It ignores the powerful corporate and ideological forces that have long driven both parties opposition to universal healthcare. It ignores widespread public frustration with both parties and the tectonic social and economic changes transforming American politics. It ignores how people all over the country are organizing to channel popular anger into peoples movements that are independent of both political parties. And it ignores how these movements are beginning to completely upend the politics of healthcare. Across the United States, communities are organizing for universal healthcare. One of the most innovative and dynamic campaigns is led by Put People First!

02:31

Will the Courts Save the Dreamers? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Muslim Ban case could serve as a bellwether of DACA's fate in the high court. In a temporary order, the Court left parts of the ban in place pending its decision on the merits. Three justices -- Alito, Thomas and Gorsuch -- would have allowed the ban to continue in its entirety. They would also probably defer to Trump in the DACA case.

02:23

Body-cam Video Released of NJ GOP Lawmaker Calling Cops f*cking assh*les Before She Is Arrested For DWI "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A New Jersey Republican lawmaker was caught on a police-body camera in a profanity-laced rant during a DWI arrest in April.

Raw Story reported The body-cam footage of Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, the first female Latina Republican in the New Jersey Assembly, was obtained by The Trentonian through a public records request and shows an interesting exchange between the combative politician and police.

Police responded after Rodriguez-Gregg was rear ended by another driver. Raw Story transcribed some of the video:

Its 3 in the morning and theyre probably drinking, she suggested. Make them do a breathalyzer.

I dont need this kind of sh*t from these assh*les who cant drive, she tells the police.

Naturally, the had to tell the officers she was somebody important, suggesting she should get special treatment.

I got rear-ended and you guys are treating me like Im the f**king a**hole, Rodriguez-Gregg told the cops.

She touts her importance as a person again, I am a sitting assemblywoman. I am not an assh*le.

Police then begin to search for illegal items.

Please empty your pockets maam, an officer says at about the 9 minute mark.

I have no pockets, its a dress! Assemblywoman Rodriquez-Gregg yells.

You have a jacket on that has pockets, an officer replies.

Its a f*cking sweater, Assemblywoman Rodriquez-Gregg replies. Here, take this sweater there.

Youre dealing with a sitting Assemblywoman, everybody is going to hear about this sh*t, Rodriquez-Gregg predicted. Harass a Latino female exactly, no marijuana, nothing.

I have done nothing but support the police, I have have been one of your number one supporters politically. F*cking assh*oles! she cursed. Yeah, exactly, mess with the wrong person.

The officers then decided to arrest her.

No marijuana was found in her system and the other driver was never given a sobriety test.

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02:15

Harvard Kennedy Succumbs To CIA Pressure, Revokes Chelsea Mannings Fellowship "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Kevin Gosztola for The Guardian - The Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School revoked an invitation for United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow after intense pressure from the CIA. According to the Harvard Crimson, the school newspaper, "high-ranking current and former CIA officials" convinced the Dean of the Kennedy School of Government to reverse course. Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director, canceled his appearance at the school on September 14. He wrote a letter to the director of the Intelligence and Defense Projects at Harvard Kennedy that declared, "Ms. Manning betrayed her country and was found guilty of 17 serious crimes for leaking classified information to Wikileaks. Indeed, Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for." Former CIA director Mike Morell resigned from his position as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. His statement bore a distinct similarity to Pompeos statement. "Please know that I am fully aware that Belfer and the IOP are separate institutions within the Kennedy School and that, most likely, Belfer had nothing to do with the invitation of Ms. Manning to be a fellow at IOP," Morell stated. "But, as an institution, the Kennedy School's decision will assist Ms. Manning in her long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she took to prominence, an attempt that may encourage others to leak classified information as well."

02:09

Chelsea Manning Hung Up Phone On Harvard Dean Who Delivered Fellowship Snub "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Ed Pilkington for The Guardian - Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of state secrets and served seven years in military prison, abruptly terminated a phone call with the dean of the Harvard Kennedy school in an expression of her dismay at his decision to revoke her visiting fellowship in the face of severe pressure from the CIA. Manning ended the conversation on Thursday as the dean, Douglas Elmendorf, tried to justify to her his decision to cancel the fellowship only a day after it had been announced. The dean had said he needed to talk to Manning urgently after CIA figures first raised their objection to Harvard offering the whistleblower a place among its 2017-18 visiting speaker program raising the prospect that one of Americas most prestigious academic institutions had kowtowed to pressure from the intelligence services. Mannings invitation to address students of the schools Institute of Politics was denounced by Mike Pompeo, the CIA director who cancelled an appearance at Harvard on Thursday, and by former deputy director of the agency Mike Morell, who resigned his own visiting fellowship in protest at what the two men described as the honoring of a traitor. Details of the phone call were shared with the Guardian by a source who was present at the time of the conversation. Manning had just stepped off stage in San Francisco where she was receiving a global freedom of information award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

02:00

The Silencing Of Chelsea Manning Puts Power Before Freedom Of Speech "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Benjamin Clayton for Independent - There are difficult questions for Chelsea Manning to answer. As a visiting fellow someone expected to speak publicly, answer questions, and be confronted by different opinions everyone might have benefited. It is ironic that the most powerful most fear powerlessness. Enter Harvard University. This week, wobbled by pressure from the CIA and other institutions, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government rescinded its invitation to Chelsea Manning to become a visiting fellow at its Institute of Politics. With that, the most powerful university in the world silenced a twenty-nine-year-old transgender traitor-cum-hero. The facts of the case are these. In 2007, then-Bradley Manning enlisted in the Unites States Army. Six weeks later, she was almost discharged, partly due to the effects of being bullied by recruits. Amidst a national deficit of soldiers, however, the discharge was revoked and she was later trained in intelligence before being deployed to Iraq. Her first contact with WikiLeaks occurred in January 2010, and on 3 February she sent them roughly 490,000 documents. Over time, she sent more, including footage of a helicopter attack on Iraqi civilians in 2007. Manning was arrested in May 2010, convicted by court-martial in July 2013, and sentenced to thirty-five years confinement in August 2013; ultimately, this sentence was commuted by Barack Obama shortly before he left office.

01:49

Chelsea Manning At Harvard: The Fear Of Veritas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Binoy Kampmark for Global Research - The last assertion is precisely the reason why Manning should be garlanded with floral tributes of acknowledgement on getting to the Kennedy School. Even President Barack Obama, whose administration proved crack addicted to prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, had to concede as a presidential candidate that revealing abuses and corruptions were indispensable to the health of the republic. Despite hardening on getting to the White House, Obama did issue an executive order and sign a law beefing up whistleblower protections in 2012. As ever, he preferred to keep the intelligence community in its traditional, singular nook, where officials remain squeamish about notions that a whistleblower might be anything better than a flag tarnishing traitor. Obama did make one concession on Mannings legacy in reducing her draconian 35-year old prison sentence, deeming it very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received. Not exactly the sort of statement to expect for a person who had supposedly put US soldiers at such mortal risk. The president, nevertheless, made it unquestionably clear that Manning was an example of gold standard deviance, what should not be done when advancing a cause. I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent. The Manning appointment cast an eager cat amongst very puzzle pigeons. Appearances were cancelled, notes sent more in sorry than anger.

01:47

[WATCH] Ohio Police Officer Suspended After Threatening to Choke The Life Out of Suspect "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Columbus police officer has been relieved from duty after he allegedly made comments threatening to choke a suspect, Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced Wednesday. In a

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01:40

What America Would Look Like If It Guaranteed Everyone A Job "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dylan Matthews for Vox Magazine - Imagine if a well-paying job, with benefits and a high enough salary to pay for rent, transportation, and food, were a human right. Imagine the US federal government established a policy whereby anyone who didnt have a job and wanted one could go into a local office for a government agency call it the Works Progress Administration and walk out with a regular government position paying a livable wage ($15 an hour, perhaps) and offering health, dental, and vision insurance, and retirement benefits, and child care for their kids. Different people would do different things: teaching or working for after-school programs or providing child care or building roads and mass transit or driving buses and so on. But everyone would be guaranteed a job, including during recessions. Involuntary unemployment would be a thing of the past. No one who works would be in poverty. Thats a truly radical policy idea. But it has deep roots in the Democratic Partys past, from the New Deals emergency employment programs to the Humphrey-Hawkins Act, a 1970s proposal that, as originally written, would have given unemployed Americans the right to sue the government. Today, there are even some actual proposals on the table. In May, the Center for American Progress issued a report calling for a "large-scale, permanent program of public employment and infrastructure investment." But some labor economists, even left-leaning ones, are skeptical. None of the programs, they argue, have done enough work on the details.

01:27

Venezuela Is the Next Vietnam- VZ Oil Companies Align with China-Intervention Co "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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What are the odds that the Federal Reserve is going to allow Venezeulas oil companies to align with Chinas paper currency and allow a further decline of the Petrodollar? The answer, of course is slim and none, and slim just left town.

Look for a false flag (i.e. Gulf of Tonkin) which will serve as both the catalyst and the excuse to boots on the ground in VZ. And will the American people be the beneficiary of such an expedition? The following video addresses that question and many more related factors.

 

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01:22

These Corporations Have The Biggest Influence On Climate Policy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Lorraine Chow for Eco Watch - For better or worse, corporations have a major influence on climate change policy. Just look at Koch Industries, a multinational conglomerate owned by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch that has contributedhundreds of millions to federal candidates and lobbying over the last 25 years. The "Corporate Carbon Policy Footprint," a new analysis from U.K. nonprofit InfluenceMap, now ranks Koch Industries as the company with the strongest opposition to the Paris climate agreement and most intensely lobbies against policies in line with the landmark global accord. The InfluenceMap scoring system does not measure a company's actual greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, it measures "the extent to which a corporation is supporting or obstructing the climate policy process." For the InfluenceMap report, researchers analyzed more than "30,000 pieces of evidence" on 250 global companies and 50 major trade associations on their lobbying records, advertising, public relations and sponsored research, according to Bloomberg. The research group gave the Wichita-based company an "F" grade for its anti-climate actions: "Koch Industries appears to be actively opposing almost all areas of climate legislation. In 2014 in the US, they were reportedly active in their opposition to a carbon tax, funding politicians and campaigns to oppose the tax.

01:14

Insurance Industry Pays Senators To Not Support Improved Medicare For All "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Andrew Perez for MapLight - Democratic senators who havent signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders Medicare for All proposal have received twice as much cash from the insurance industry as the bills sponsors, MapLight has found. The insurance industry has donated an average of $23,600 since 2010 to senators who have co-sponsored Sanders bill, according to a MapLight review of campaign finance data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democratic senators who have not yet supported his legislation, including Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent, have received an average of $55,500 from the industry. The independent senator from Vermont has been pitching a government-run, single-payer health care system since 1993. But the idea became popular among progressive voters during his 2016 primary campaign against eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and is picking up support. About one-thirdof American adults polled in June said they now support a single-payer health care system. Sanders, who formally proposed his Medicare for All plan on Wednesday, has picked up support from 16 of the Senates 46 Democrats. Supporters include potential 2020 presidential contenders, such as Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. A majority of House Democrats are backing a similar proposal introduced in January by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.

01:06

Jurors Acquit Baltimore County Police Officer After Video Shows Him Run Up & Kick Suspect In The Head "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After deliberating for about 30 minutes Thursday, a Baltimore County jury acquitted a police officer accused of unlawfully kicking and spitting on a suspect during an arrest that was captured

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01:06

Campaign Nonviolence Mounts Nationwide Week Of Actions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aggie Perilli and Jeanine Genauer for Pace e Bene - Corvallis, OR (September 15, 2017) Over 1000 marches, actions, events and rallies are poised to take place in all 50 states nationwide as part of Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions September 16-24. This unprecedented campaign of grassroots activism calls for nonviolent action against racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction. In its inaugural year of 2014, 230 events took place. In response to the hate speech presently dividing our nation, this year people will join together in more than 1,000 rallies, to spread the word of unity and peace. People across the United States and beyond are taking Campaign Nonviolence to the streets to end violence and injustices, and begin peacemaking, said Dr. Ken Butigan, co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and professor at DePaul University. This unified voice calls for concrete policy shifts to build peace, economic justice, and environmental healingand insists on being heard. Campaign Nonviolence is sponsored by Pace e Bene, a non-profit organization committed to building a culture of peace through active nonviolence and shared understanding and partnerships to protect human rights, abolish war as well as nuclear weapons, end poverty, challenge injustice, heal the planetand meet todays profound spiritual task: to build a just, peaceful and nonviolent world.

00:53

Contemporary undercurrents in Pakistan "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Asif Haroon Raja The ongoing political polarization between Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) led by Imran Khan and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has brought back the memory of PPP-PML-N antagonism of the 1990s. This time the social and electronic media have come up as a force multiplier to stir up hatred to new heights. Urban []

00:49

Vatican Diplomat In D.C. Allowed To Flee To Church To Avoid Prosecution For Child Porn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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The Catholic Church has refused to waive the immunity of one of their diplomats, after he was accused of possessing child pornography. (TFTP) The Vatican embassy in Washington D.C. has four diplomatic staff, and it is now admitting that at least one diplomat has been found with child pornographybut the church will not allow him to []

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00:45

SLCPD Detective Who Arrested Nurse Had Been Disciplined for Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The controversial arrest of a University Hospital nurse wasnt the first time Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne had faced an internal investigation for violating department policies, newly released

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00:39

Pedophile Police Officer Who Raped Girl Was Allowed to Keep His Job Despite Being Caught Taking Pictures Up Young Girls Skirts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Filming Cops

A UK pedophile police officer who groomed his victim for more than a decade had been allowed to keep his job despite being caught taking photographs of children eight years ago.

Disgraced Cambridgeshire Police sergeant Nick Lidstone, 55, of Barrington, Cambridgeshire admitted a series of rapes and child sex attacks relating to one victim at Norwich Crown Court last month.

But it emerged today Lidstone was arrested eight years ago for taking up-skirt pictures of children with a spy pen in a branch of Tesco in Royston, Hertfordshire.

At the time he was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a minor public order offence at North and East Hertfordshire Magistrates Court in 2005 but all of his most serious abuse happened after this offence.
Because he was not charged with a sexual offence, his name was not placed on the sex offenders register.
He was allowed to keep his job and it was not until he admitted abusing a girl in court last month that he was dismissed from his role at the forces headquarters.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported the years of abuse which culminated in being raped as an adult earlier this year.

A court heard Lidstones abuse of the girl escalated and all of the most serious attacks happened after his arrest for the photos.

Sentencing him to 14 and a half years in prison, Judge Anthony Bate said he had used his victim as a sexual toy.
He placed Lidstone on the sex offenders register for life.

He said: You have one previous conviction which has two worrying aspects: firstly, the nature of the offence and secondly, the fact you were convicted under public order legislation when quite clearly these were serious sexual offences.

You had armed yourself with a covert camera and were found taking pictures of children. Why on earth you were not charged under the sexual offences act, I do not know.

Whoever took that decision, it allowed you to carry on as a police officer.

The judge added that because he was convicted of a public order offence, nobody had looked more closely at Lidstones relationship with children and a chance to detect his abuse was missed.

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00:23

Black Men In Chicago Are Taking Over Abandoned Property & Rebuilding The Neighborhood With The Youth By Creating Their Own Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Black Men In Chicago Are Taking Over Abandoned Property & Rebuilding The Neighborhood With The Youth By Creating Their Own Jobs

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Chicago, Illinois Black men are demanding the city help them with the resources to help rebuild the community. These men are literally in the process of taking over abandoned property and training at risk youth to help fix up the properties that the city is trying to demolish.

Many of the properties are generally in pretty decent condition as far as the frame being solid brick and these men are saying they are not going to allow the city to tear down perfectly good homes.

A lot of the homes are boarded up and abandoned due to subprime lending where the Lenders/Bankers sucked the resources out of certain communities, left them in total disarray, foreclosed on the properties and resold many of them for pennies on the dollar to Hedge Fund Investors.

This happened by way if issuing Interest only mortgages where the borrower paid only the interest and no principal and when the term was up, they were forced to pay interest plus principle which the majority was unable to do therefore losing their properties while hedge fund investors bet against the people and walked away with tons of properties.

These investors slowly take over certain areas which are considered prime real estate and move the minorities out and gentrify the neighborhoods.

The men called on Alderman Michael Scott 24th Ward, Alderman  Jason Ervin 28th Ward,  and Alderman Walter Burnett 27th Ward and all the Aldermen across the city to help them make this happen.

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00:22

Shelter Within The Storm: a dialog on politics and culture "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Adialog, between myself and playwright and essayist John Steppling and artist and essayist Hiroyuki Hamada on the artist's role in times of extreme societal and cultural alienation e.g., including worldwide and increasing Climate Chaos and numerous other subjects, political and cultural.

00:19

Harrisburgs Top Vice Cop Strikes Deal to Plead Guilty to Stealing $22K "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cpl. Sean Cornick, former head of the Harrisburg Police vice unit, has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to stealing money from evidence lockers. Prison time appears

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00:15

The Slow Dying of Secularism in India "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The article explores the killings of dissident journalists, Muslims and Dalits, the minority rebellions across large swathes of the country, and the interference in dietary habits.

00:09

One Cop Earned $442,000: How Police Rob Taxpayers Blind in Pay, But Refuse to Reform "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Precisely how much dough can be had as a badge-and-gun-wielding government enforcer of laws can best be explained in the head-scratching case of a local school safety cop in New

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23:56

Trump switching parties from Republican to Democrat! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trump will soon announce that he is switching parties from Republicans to Democrat. Trump is already laying the groundwark and testing the waters for such a switch. In the last week he has:

  1. Did a deal with Dems to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown.
  2. Reversed his position on DACA.
  3. Announced that America will not pull out of the Paris climate agreement after all.

Trump is angry at Republicans who cant govern and most of which didnt even show up at his nominating convention in 2016. Trump like Schumer and he doesnt like McConnell, and he doesnt like the Russia investigation. So he thinking Screw em. Im becoming a Democrat!

Ann Culter is calling for his impeachment.

23:52

Off-Duty Springfield Police Officer Dressed in Camo Gear Was Armed With Gun and Knife During Mall Confrontation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

SPRINGFIELD The teenager was lucky, Springfield Police Officer Daniel J. Cintron explained. During a dispute outside the Eastfield Mall, a tall, bearded man named Matt had just punched the

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23:48

The Coming Oil Spike Could Lead to Hyper-Inflation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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HOUSTON, Texas (Dec. 11)--The Port of Houston, the busiest in the nation in terms of foreign tonnage, is accessed by a 54-mile long ship channel. In an average day more than 700 vessel transit the channel. Here, a ship passes under the Fred Hartman bridge on the Houston ship channel, December 11. USCG photo by PA2 James Dillard

HOUSTON, Texas The Port of Houston, the busiest in the nation in terms of foreign tonnage, is accessed by a 54-mile long ship channel. In an average day more than 700 vessel transit the channel. Here, a ship passes under the Fred Hartman bridge on the Houston ship channel, USCG photo by PA2 James Dillard. Today, many of these refineries are not functioning or functioning below capacity.

We live in an economy that is consumer based and shipping is how the consumers receive product. When the cost of shipping goes up, so does everything else. When the cost rises exponentially, so does everything else. Additionally, there are other costs to what is happening and they are explained in the following video.

23:47

Vatican Uses Diplomatic Immunity To Shield Priest From Child Porn Charges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: Patheos

Pope Francis protects pedophile priest from prosecution: Vatican uses diplomatic immunity to shield priest from child porn charges.

According to multiple reports, a high-ranking priest working in the Vaticans embassy in Washington was caught with child pornography, including images of pre-pubescent children. However, after U.S. prosecutors indicated they were ready to charge the pedophile priest for possessing child pornography, the Vatican stepped in, claimed diplomatic immunity, and shipped the pedophile priest to Vatican city, where he is now safe from prosecution for his heinous crimes.

ABC reports:

A high-ranking priest working in the Vaticans embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, Vatican and U.S. officials said Friday.

The diplomat was suspected of possessing, but not producing or disseminating, child pornography including images of pre-pubescent children, a U.S. source familiar with the case said.

Lets face it: Pope Francis is a marvelous showman a genius at public relations and media manipulation who has successfully hustled the media, and the public at large. He says nice things like all animals go to heaven; he chastises creationists and other science de...

23:42

Firefighter Says Saving One Dog Is More Important Than A Million Black People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An Ohio fire department has suspended one of its volunteer firefighters for a racist Facebook post suggesting hed prefer to save a dog in an emergency than a black person.

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23:21

On being Definitionally Challenged "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

People who tend to use language without telling us what parameters they associate with the words they use, I have decided to call them "definitionally challenged"... to these abusers of language I have only one thing to say: read Rumi, Shakespeare and Wittgenstein.

23:20

Why Are All Combat Troops Being Sent Out of US? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Trump said we did not need to send our troops to 117 countries and that we needed to stop being an imperial power. So what has Trump done, he has increased the number of troops being sent out of the country.

The real answers behind the shipping of US troops out of the country is revealed in the following video.

 

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23:19

DC Juggalo March vs FBI Overshadows Conservative #MOAR Gathering "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Washington, DC Unicorn Riot was streaming live on Saturday, Sept. 16th from the National Mall as thousands of fans of the Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse known as Juggalos gathered to send a message to the FBI that they should not be designated as a hybrid gang.

The Juggalo crowd near the Lincoln Memorial, with a few thousand participants, vastly outnumbered a a conservative rally billed as the Mother of All Rallies (#MOAR) which had around 200-300 participants.

Watch the Livestream from the Juggalo march and concert at Lincoln Memorial here:

ICP artists Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope addressed the crowd this clip has their speeches and the march.


Unicorn Riot coverage on Saturday started with the Mother of All Rallies which drew around 200-300 attendees. Some Proud Boys and repurposed Nazi Germany Kekistan flag were spotted among the group.

23:15

Visit the creationist Ark without leaving home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two atheists Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty visited Ken Hams theme park the Ark Encounter in Kentucky and provide a guided tour of the place so that you dont have to shell out 40 bucks (plus $10 for parking) for the privilege. I never had any intention of going there (even though it is relatively close by, less than a five-hour drive) so was glad to see this video and realize how little I was missing.

22:12

Rohingya Genocide Links to Corporatism, Geopolitics & Wahhabism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Chris Kanthan The humanitarian crisis in Myanmar is harrowing, with more than 150,000 Muslims having to flee the country in the recent months. The...

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