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Friday, 10 August

00:19

US Senate Calls Julian Assange to Testify as Russiagate Hinges on Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday requested that WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange testify on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The mutually agreed upon time and location also comes with the strict condition from Assanges legal team that testimony must conform to a high ethical standard, according to this Wikileaks tweet:

A meeting between the Wikileaks publisher and the US Senate Intelligence Committee has the potential to put the entire Russiagate investigation in jeopardy because it hinges on conspiracy, 21WIREs Patrick Henningsen told RT. Watch:


If Assange does testify, he could completely destroy the US narrative on Russian meddling and interference:

Others in independent media, including mega entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, have speculated that this event would bring the entire Russia hoax to its conclusion:

00:03

"The Right Of Return" -- To Where? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Even though Israel does not assume any responsibility for the refugees, in a demonstration of goodwill the Israeli government should provide technical help in areas of prefabricated housing and infrastructure. It is in Israel's best interest to facilitate a solution to the refugee problem, which has been haunting the Israelis as well for 70 years.

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Thursday, 09 August

23:50

You win the prize, Don Jr.! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Not only are the three eldest Trump offspring utterly lacking in ethical principles, they do not seem very bright either, except for a narrow cunning in finding ways to exploit their position for financial gain. Samantha Bee discusses the actions of Donald Trump, Jr. who seems to be winning the race for the title of Donald Trumps stupidest child, easily overtaking early front-runner Eric. Ivanka already holds the title for the most smug and unctuous child.

23:43

Week of Action to Save the Mattoles Ancient Forest: August 25th to 31st "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Week of Action to Save the Mattoles Ancient Forest: August 25th to 31st appeared first on It's Going Down.

Earth First! Humboldt invites all forest defenders young and old, near and far to a Week of Action from August 25th 31st to protect the ancient forest of the Mattole River.

The time to act is now!

The threat of forest destruction on Rainbow Ridge is more eminent than ever after the violent security contractor raid and take down of the years-long forest protection blockade camp.

We are putting the call out to assemble for rallies and direct action to keep the trees standing. Come for one day or stick with it all week, there will be camping available for out-of-towners.

Inspired by the non-violent mass mobilizations of Redwood Summer in 1990, the Mattole Forest Week of Action is being organized as an opportunity for people to gather together and be supported while taking action for what they believe in.

Contrary to what the corporations want the public to think, the timber wars never ended as the fight to protect the Mattoles forest is entering its 20th year of direct action. The Mattole Forest Week of Action is a continuation of this historical struggle to save the last old growth forests still untouched by industrial logging. This week will not mark the final actions to these logging projects but rather it is a rising tide of growing resistance.

Lets show Humboldt Redwood Company even though they may take down our blockades and threaten our safety, they cannot break our spirits and with every destructive action the resistance keeps growing stronger.

This is a call out for all wild creatures who love this planet to show up, speak up and act out on behalf of this precious ecosystem.

On Saturday we will host a Non-Violent Direct Action training to prepare for a week of rolling actions to defend the forest. Come prepared and ready to follow your interests whether you are rallying in front of the gates, creating protest art and signs, or taking direct actions in the woods.

We are asking folks to show up as self-sufficient as possible as this will be a somewhat fast paced week involving many moving parts. We are also encouraging people to organize their own actions in solidarity while respecting our Direct Action Guidelines for the Mattole Forest Week of Action

Direct Action Guidelines:

  • We will defend the ecosystem while taking all mea...

23:40

BlacKkKlansman a Spike Lee Joint [Review] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

According to The New York Times, Spike Lees new joint, BlacKkKlansman, is his best nondocumentary feature in over a decade and one of his greatest films of all time. In the middle of the movie, Ron Stallworth and his sergeant are arguing about the future of the Ku Klux Klan. It is the early 70s []

23:38

Google Employees Protest China Censorship Plans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel Google announced that it would provide China with a government-censored search engine, according to leaked documents reported by The Intercept, which resulted...

23:33

Prelude to the 2018 Prisoner Strike "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Prelude to the 2018 Prisoner Strike appeared first on It's Going Down.

As we approach the start of the 2018 Prison Strike, which will begin on August 21st, Rust Belt Abolition radio sits down for this important dialog with Oakland IWOC about the strike.

In this episode, we discuss how some of us are preparing for the upcoming 2018 Prisoner Strike slated to take place between August 21st and September 9th. We speak with members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW, Oakland chapter, about the lead-up to the strike and how you can get involved.

This years actions come in the wake of the extraordinary 2016 prison strike the largest and most widespread prisoner strike in U.S. history. It is estimated that about 50,000 imprisoned workers in more than two dozen different states refused to do the work that keeps prisons running. In August 2017, the Millions for Prisoners march led prison officials in Florida and South Carolina to preemptively lock-down their entire prison systems impacting over 121,000 imprisoned people.

Rustbelt Abolition Radio covered these historic events in our September 2017 episode, Reports from the Prisoner Resistance Movement, as well as in our Making Contact audio documentary, Specters of Attica: Reflections from Inside a Michigan Prison Strike.

The prisoner resistance movement takes another step this August 21, 2018, as prison rebels in more than 17 states will refuse to labor and maintain the institutions that perpetuate their captivity.

23:29

Rashida Tlaib Is Running for Congress on a Mission to Expand Civil-Rights Protections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tlaib will fight hard in the House, as she has on the campaign trail, for "Medicare-for-All that guarantees health care as a right, not a privilege," for "Debt-Free College and Vocational Training, for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, for strong unions, for ending corporate welfare and for overturning Citizens United."

23:26

QAnon: Why We Have the CIA to Thank for the Craziest Conspiracy Theory Yet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Qanon Conspiracy(CD Op-ed)  As the editor of the JFK Facts blog, I try not to spend a lot of time on stupid conspiracy theories, but given widespread ignorance and confusion on the subject, unpleasant journalist duty often calls. Who killed JFK? The Federal Reserve? Nah. The Secret Service man? A hoax. Ted Cruzs father? Pure B.S. George H.W. Bush? Heavy breathing is not []

23:21

23:00

Google Searches for Infowars Skyrocket After Tech Purge "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Google Searches for Infowars Skyrocket After Tech Purge

Censorship campaign backfires as interest in Infowars goes through the roof

The post Google Searches for Infowars Skyrocket After Tech Purge appeared first on Alternative News Network.

22:59

The Lessons of Charlottesville: How the Terrain Has Changed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post The Lessons of Charlottesville: How the Terrain Has Changed appeared first on It's Going Down.

Looking at both the Alt-Right, the Trump Administration, the Center, and revolutionary antifascists, CrimethInc. analyzes what has changed in the world since the events in Charlottesville last year.

A year after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that left one dead and countless injured, we can see how fascists, police, centrists, and others have learned from experience and adjusted their strategies. Have those of us who oppose the rise of fascism done the same? Read on for our analysis.

For more background on the events of August 2017 in Charlottesville, consult the reading list at the end.

Fascists and the Far-Right

Some fascist organizations disintegrated after the debacle in Charlottesville, and many still havent recovered. Patriot Prayer was in disarray; Richard Spencer scaled back his efforts to speak on university campuses; the Traditionalist Workers Party collapsed. A few months after Unite the Right, some anti-fascists felt confident enough to declare a provisional victory. However, a year later, fascists are reorganizing and trying new things.

Discouraged from pre-announced mass actions like Unite the Right, the explicitly Nazi organization Patriot Front has demonstrated a new pattern of surprise attacks via their appearances at the Houston Anarchist Book Fair and the San Antonio Occupy ICE camp. Thus far, these appear to be chiefly aimed at producing video footage with which to make advertisements for fascism, but the model could be used for much more destructive means.

Meanwhile, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer has figured out that if fascists can just hold off on publicly murdering people and deny having ties to overt white supremacistshowever dishonestlythey can resume slowly building momentum while...

22:47

11 Surreal Scenes Showing Fires Are Unleashing Hell on Earth in California "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

california fires(ANTIMEDIA)  Wildfires in California are burning hundreds of thousands of acres as tens of thousands of firefighters, some who have traveled from as far as Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand work to contain the blazes. Even prisoners have been enlisted to fight the fires (at a rate of $1 per hour plus $2 per day). Though much of the []

22:21

Rebellion and Possibility: Voices in the Anti-ICE Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Rebellion and Possibility: Voices in the Anti-ICE Struggle appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following is the introduction to Vol. 1 of the new zine Rebellion and Possibility: Voices in the Anti-ICE Struggle. Vol. 1 of the zine can be found here. Vol. 2 will be released shortly.

Download Booklet HERE

COMBINE, INTENSIFY, FEDERATE: Radical struggle and the anti-ICE movement

By Redrick of the Radical Education Department

0. Overview

The nationwide rebellion against ICE is a pivotal moment in American radical struggle.  It burst forth as part of a historic, massive wave of revolt that has been shaking the US for the past year and a half.

But the anti-ICE rebellion is helping to radicalize that struggle.  In the face of the fascism that ICE embodies, the struggle combines some of the most radical currents of struggle in the US: antifascism, pro-immigrant and anti-xenophobia struggles, movements for police and prison abolition, and revolutionary socialism, communism, and anarchism.

Through that combination, radical struggle is intensifying.  It is developing a combative and militant stance against cops, prisons, the state, and the capitalist class war they all exist serve In their attacks on ICE facilities and beyond, they are spreading a recognition that ICE is a symptom of a systemic capitalist domination, and that the solution itself must be a new social order.  We must not forget, though, that the explosion of anti-ICE actions in May, June, and July is only the latest in inspiring struggles against xenophobia, deportation, and white supremacy, struggles that have been led by detainees, immigrant-rights groups, and the anti-police and anti-prison movements for many years.  Those uprisings have laid the foundations for this work and they continue to lead it in some of the most inspiring and powerful examples of solidarity.

But the anti-ICE movement is at a crossroads.  It has won important victories, like disr...

22:00

Here's How Corporate Interests Control What You Hear -- and Work to Undermine Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both of those things in their wealthy hands to establish a de facto American aristocracy. Every time, the people have rebelled in organized mass struggles against the monopolist and financial royalists. Now, We the People are suddenly in the grip of a brutish level of monopolistic power.

22:00

Ask Strong Towns #5 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today we've got the video and audio (if podcasts are more your style) from a recent Ask Strong Towns webcast conversation featuring Chuck Marohn and Strong Towns Communications Director Kea Wilson.

We host the regular webcast series Ask Strong Towns to give you a chance to ask your burning questions about our vision for change, and how the Strong Towns approach might apply in your unique placeand give us a chance to share our answer with the world, so it might help other Strong Citizens.

Here are the questions discussed on this episode:

1. Long ago, Rockford, Illinois decided to not allow highway I-90 through the middle of downtown. The result was 8 miles of stroad headed to that highway, lined with big-box stores. Was Rockford really better off by not letting the highway into town?

2. If you have a town committee whose members look upon new ideas as something to dismiss or ignore or as a threat, and you want to introduce new ideas such as those of Strong Towns, how do you disrupt the status quo and get people to be open-minded?

3. You talk a lot about running local government using business principleshow cities need to actually take in more money than they spend. Why did we decide to calculate property taxes using the value of a property, instead of the cost incurred by that property?

4. Macon-Bibb County has had the highest pedestrian death rate in Georgia for 6 of the last 7 years. A review board was created to address the problem, but its focus has been entirely on blaming the victimteaching people walking how not to get run over. We have two interstates and numerous stroads, and lots of financial challenges. How do I educate our leaders about the role of street design in pedestrian safety?

5. How do I convince my towns director of public works and town engineer to plant street trees between the sidewalk and the street, rather than only on private property?

6. What cities are leaders in urban forestry?

7. I would like to increase the tourist industry in my town of about 100,000. Its not an industry thats well respected where I am. Do you have any insights into how to communicate the benefits of adding another industry to the economic base of this area?

8. I hear two views on how to address a housing shortage in Denver: 1) Add density, where you need it, but incrementally and with fewer zoning restrictions, vs. 2) Add density, but only in the form of large developments, so your city can make deals and require below-market-rate housing. What would you say to Person 2 to bring them closer to Person 1s position?

9. How does...

21:57

FATIMA WATCH: RUSSIA WILL EVENTUALLY ATTACK "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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21:22

PNW-Antifascist Workers Collective Report Back From A4 in Portland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post PNW-Antifascist Workers Collective Report Back From A4 in Portland appeared first on It's Going Down.

Longstanding antifascist group, the Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective offers up a report and analysis of the mass antifascist A4 mobilization in Portland.

On August 4, 2018, Patriot Prayer held yet another rally in Portland Oregon with their band of bigots. This rally came off the heels of their June 30th revenge rally, where they imported violent bigots from all over the country, and their June 3 rally, where they were pushed back by antifascists.

Some very notable racist groups, including the Hiwaymen and the American Guard, attended in addition to their usual grouping of chauvinists. Patriot Prayers grouping is a casserole of racists and xenophobes, including the Proud Boys who, at the last rally, advocated bashing immigrant heads into the concrete. Nazis and white nationalists such as Identity Evropa and the PDX Stormers, and the violently anti-LGBTQ group known as the Hell Shaking Street Preachers were also there, to name a few of the sundry proto-fascist groups in attendance.

In the lead up to the August 4 rally, Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson continuously told his supporters that the rally would be considered a mutual combat zone and urged his followers to bring weapons, including guns, and to prepare to cleanse the streets of Portland. Many of his followers took it to the next level and openly posted on social media that this is the time to kill antifascists. National news outlets reported that the rally had the potential to be the next Charlottesville. We did not feel that was very far off base, after all many of Gibsons followers posted extreme threats of violence. Many Gibson supporters, such as Proud Boy Russell Schultz, openly celebrate the murder of Heather Heyer who was killed by a fascist in Charlottesville.

As the day began heating up, Patriot Prayer bused their people in from Vancouver Washington from a Fred Meyer store. Fortunately, Fred Meyer had a tow truck in the lot and neighboring businesses had blocked their parking lots off from the bigots that planned to usurp their parking areas. Patriot Prayer then moved their bus location to another area in Vancouver and began sending their cadre of hate to Portland.

Once Patriot Prayer arrived in Portland they found that their location had a weapons checkpoint and they refused to enter the area until they later reached an agreement with Portland police to allow them to enter with weapons. Armed with weapons and many wearing shirts openly supportive of Pinochets murder and torture of politic...

21:22

Death Toll Rises to 50 in US-Backed Bombing of a School Bus in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

School Bus Yemen Children(MPN)  The late morning sun conspired with a cloudless blue sky to picturesquely frame the city of Dhahian in southern Saada province. Suddenly the serenity was broken by the loud piercing shriek of fighter jets over the quiet village, followed by a deafening explosion. When the thick black smoke finally began to dissipate, more than 20 []

21:16

Dozens of children killed in Yemen by Saudi-US bombing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Reports are emerging of a major atrocity in Yemen.

Dozens of civilians, mostly children, have been killed and others wounded in an airstrike by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that hit a bus in the rebel-held north of the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the few humanitarian institutions helping civilians on the ground in the war-torn country, said a hospital it supported had received dozens of casualties after the strike at a market in Dahyan, in Saada governorate.

Under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict, the organisation tweeted. Johannes Bruwer, the head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, tweeted: Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of 10.

It was not possible to confirm the death toll, but Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, a health department chief in Saada, told Reuters 43 people had been killed and at least 61 injured. Houthi-controlled Almasirah television broadcast unverified footage of dead and bloodied children being transferred to a hospital.

This war is being waged on behalf of the brutal Saudi regime led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS) and it has issued the usual excuse for war crimes.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi press agency, the Saudi-led coalition called the strike a legitimate military action targeting elements responsible for a Houthi missile attack on the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday. [The airstrikes] conformed to international and humanitarian laws, the statement said. It accused the Iran-aligned Houthis of using children as human shields.

This is not the first such killing of ordinary people. Another one occurred just last week.

The Saudi-led coalition was accused of carrying out airstrikes on 2 August near a fish market and hospital in Hodeidah that killed 55 people and injured 130 more.

The coalition has been criticised for repeatedly targeting civilian areas, including markets and hospitals, during the conflict, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives and left millions of people on the brink of starvation.

The Saudi-UAE coalition carried out 258 airstrikes on Yemen in June alone, nearly a third of which hit residential areas, according to the Yemen Data Project, an independent group collecting data about the conflict.

You can bet that there will be no condemnation by...

21:11

Not Safe to Be Black at Smith College "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Smith has struggled with race issues in the past. President McCartney stakes out an honorable if somewhat bloodless position (smacking of white privilege?). Oumou Kanoute stakes out a heartfelt demand for a humane institutional response that offers an opportunity for meaningful institutional growth, especially in the current presidentially-induced atmosphere of racist pollution.

21:04

Proud for What? Part 1: On Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys, and Nationalism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Proud for What? Part 1: On Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys, and Nationalism appeared first on It's Going Down.

This text was originally conceived as a couple of flyers to distribute in Portland on Aug. 4th and at other counters to the Patriot Prayer demos leading up to Unite the Right 2 in Washington D.C. on Aug. 12th. It was meant for distribution to the general ensemble of radical/left/liberal attendees at such demos, as well as anarchists and anti-fascists, for the purposes of contextualizing Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys and introducing a general readership to some rudiments of an anarchist rejection of patriotism, nationalism, borders, and nation-states. It grew into something, slightly bigger.

Proud for What

What is Patriot Prayer? Who are the Proud Boys?

Patriot Prayer is a far-right political organization: in this case an association of newly active Christian bigots, low-key white nationalists, professional agitators, and opportunistic brawlers based in the area of Portland, Oregon, founded in late 2016 to defend the honor of the ascendant Trump presidency from the massive waves of social upheaval accompanying his election. Repeatedly since then, Patriot Prayer and their affiliates have rallied in support of an array of vacuous and American-sounding principles like freedom, love, and truth, while making common cause with an array of open white supremacists as well some non-white US ultra-nationalists and fascists along the way.

They have brutally attacked vulnerable individuals and populations, and have clashed with anti-fascists of various stripes always under the auspices of supporting the billionaire president, closing the national borders, and championing figments of the democratic imagination like free speech.

Their leader Joey Gibson attempts to navigate a vague middle ground of reaction that maneuvers temporarily away from anything extreme enough to prevent his goal of forging a broad-based far-right populist movement. Gibson has aspirations toward seizing State power, having announced his run for U.S. Senate from Washington early in 2018. Two years after its formation, it is becoming clear that not only is Patriot Prayer not going away, but it is using its apparently protean political commitments to give impetus to what is becoming potentially the most significant up-welling of fascistic street mobilization in years.

Patriot Prayer uses dog-whistle politics thinly-veiled or coded language meant to motivate the base of tr...

20:55

Improved Medicare For All Means Something. Dont Dilute It. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On July 13, 2018, in an article1 on Vox, Tim Higginbotham and Chris Middleman of the Democratic Socialists of Americas (DSA) Medicare for All campaign condemned Paul Krugman, Adam Green, the Center for American Progress, and Andy Slavitt for their efforts to co-opt and water down the Medicare for All slogan into meaningless vague principles and inadequate programs.  They are absolutely right! Higginbotham and Middlemans analysis of those who seek to use and abuse the growing popularity of Medicare for All while abandoning the struggle for a real national single payer program is excellent.  The door-to-door grass roots proposal of the DSA is compelling with its plan to reach into the heart of every community. But there is a problem embedded in Higginbotham and Middlemans core principles that threatens to destroy all of their good work and do damage to the robust and growing single payer movement.

20:55

Obstruction of Justice "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rod Rosenstein has been a fierce defender of the Special Council investigation, refusing to bend to Republican demands to end or curtail it. Ordinarily that wouldnt matter, as hes merely the Deputy Attorney General, but Jeff Sessions has recused himself and that makes Rosenstein the boss of Mueller. Eliminating Rosenstein would be the first step in a modern Saturday Night Massacre, shifting control of the Special Council to someone Republicans can control.

Just before their recess, the House Freedom Caucus tried to queue up that first step by introducing articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein. Fortunately, nearly everyone thought it was an empty gesture.

It appears that the resolution will have little chance of success on the House floor, in part because Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has not signed on to to the impeachment effort, and has defended the DOJs efforts to cooperate with the committee. Impeachment is a punishment, its not a remedy, Gowdy said according to The Washington Post. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is also among the leadership who have not signed on to the Rosenstein impeachment effort.

But it looks like we were lied to. Ive added italics for emphasis.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: But also, on things that came up in the House on Rosenstein impeachment thing. And it appears from an outsider that the Republicans were not supported.

REP. NUNES (R-CA): Yeah, well, so its a bit complicated, right? And I say that because you have to, so we only have so many months left, right? So if we actually vote to impeach, okay, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up. Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time. Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice? So thats part of why, I dont think you have, youre not getting from, and Ive said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. I mean, so, I dont think youre gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues. The question is the timing of it right before the election.

REP. MCMORRIS RODGERS (R-WA): Also, the Senate has to start

REP. NUNES (R-CA): The Senate would have to start, the Sen...

20:51

Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ICE depends on a lot of people's work, not just its agents'. Software engineers and flight attendants who took a stand added their efforts to a national push that got the Trump administration to suspend its family separation policy, Credit: Seattle Democratic Socialists of America. The brutal and wildly unpopular Trump administration policy that separated thousands of children from their immigrant parents triggered widespread protests. It also provoked resistance from workers whose jobs are crucial to carrying it out. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) dont operate in a vacuum. They depend on a host of products and servicesincluding technology produced by software engineers and travel assisted by flight attendants.

20:47

Scars Of Hiroshima "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At the outskirts of Tokyo, beyond light manufacturing plants and small farms, sits an incongruous set of buildings. There is a traditional Japanese veranda near an attractive house, besides which sits a large blue building. In that building, on two floors, hang the soul of Japan the paintings by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki that are collectively called the Hiroshima Panels. Not long after the United States government dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Iri and Toshi Maruki left Tokyo for Hiroshima. Their uncle and two nieces died in the attack; Iris father died six months later. The Marukis husband and wife looked back at the impact those months had upon them as they opened their family house to the bomb victims. We carried the injured, cremated the dead, searched for food and water, made roofs of scorched tin sheets, they wrote.

20:43

Thomas Sowells Discrimination and Disparities Is The Book About Racism That America Needs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sometimes the slim volumes are the most deadly. Such is the case with Thomas Sowells Discrimination and Disparities, which in fewer than 200 pages lays bare the grave faults and assumptions of people on both sides of the political divide about outcomes for racial groups. In a long, storied career, Sowell has been a beacon of reason and evidence-based thinking. In this book, he makes the fruits of his labors accessible to almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to think, speak, or write on race in America would be remiss in not reading it.

Sowell takes aim at two typical explanations for differences in the success of racial groups. One, most associated with the Left, is that discrimination by racial groups in power is the primary force creating bad outcomes for the groups out of power. The other, most associated with the Right, is that racial groups have inherent abilities or disabilities based on factors such as IQ distribution that lead to unequal outcomes.

Not only does Sowell argue that neither of these explanations is sufficient, he also effectively shows that the truth does not lie in some simple combination of the two. In fact, the issue is vastly more complicated than merely finding which balance between these two competing ideas best tells us the truth about why outcomes are what they are.

First, Some Prerequisites

In a theme Sowell opens with and refers to throughout, he discusses how in any area or endeavor, success is the result of meeting multiple and myriad prerequisites. Lacking even one of these, even if others are in abundance, can prevent success.

This locates the causes of success closer to the individual than to the group. It also shows that there really is no reason we should assume that under equal situations racial groups will see equal outcomes, because there are no equal situations and cannot be.

Through portraying a litany of empires, peoples, and corporations that rose and fell throughout history, Sowell shows that shifting conditions in society and the economy make assigning the blame for failure extremely complicated. For example, studies have consistently shown that firstborn and only children are more successful than their younger siblings are.

This may have to do with the undivided attention they received early in life, but whatever the reason, we know they have a major advantage. This is neither the result of innate ability nor overt discrimination against younger siblings. For groups of human beings, disparate outcomes are the norm.

As for Discrimination

Sowell certainly does not suggest that discrimination doesnt exist, but he does break it down into two essential categories. The first is discrimination that is based on evidence and  can be positive, such as a person of discriminating taste. The s...

20:40

Removing the Pillars: Mass Call In To Call Out ICE Profiteers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Removing the Pillars: Mass Call In To Call Out ICE Profiteers appeared first on It's Going Down.

Roundup of some of the major corporations making millions off of ICE prisons and human detention and a call to action. 

Over 500 children remain captives of the state well beyond the re-unification deadline.

Thousands of sexual assaults by ICE and immigration detention guards have been reported. (these are only the ones *reported- the numbers are expected to be much higher)

Immigrant detainees have reported rampant abuses in immigration detention dungeons.

Roundups and raids, stalking our public transportation, killings at the border and even the detaining of an Undocumented woman who reported the sexual abuse of a 6 year old child are among the atrocities these institutions find profit margins within before going home to their families, while denying that right to thousands of others.

Meanwhile, corporations like GeoGroup, CoreCivic and Microsoft, various politicians and other private contractors continue to turn a profit off of the caging of children, the detaining of Immigrants and the mass imprisonment of Black people. The days of pedaling misery for profit are over.

With these companies and institutions in community cross hairs, we vow to keep the pressure on to let them know that the suffering and misery will stop, their profits will disappear and we will out them as complicit, blood for money prison profiteers.

Call in and Call out those profiting from these crimes against humanity. ...

20:37

L.A. Program Targets Muslims Under Guise Of National Security "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The citys Countering Violent Extremism program is drawing fire from many quarters. Exactly one week after the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administrations Muslim Ban, dozens of Los Angeles residents descended upon City Hall to urge lawmakers to reject nearly $500,000 for a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program that would target Muslims under the guise of national security. Just days before, a coalition of civil rights and community groups filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to release documents about its CVE programs in response to a California Public Records Act request (similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act).

20:30

Grassroots Campaigns Office Closed in Retaliation for Strike, Union Staff calls for Day of Action "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Grassroots Campaigns Office Closed in Retaliation for Strike, Union Staff calls for Day of Action appeared first on It's Going Down.

In response to continued job action from IWW members, Grassroots Campaigns has again closed its office in retaliation. Wobblies are gearing up for a day of action tomorrow.

SEATTLE Nationwide fundraising company Grassroots Campaigns on August 1st announced to the Seattle offices union representative their intentions to permanently close the Seattle office. The Industrial Workers of the World Industrial Union 650 believes this action is direct retaliation for protected union action and intimidation of other offices organizing union drives. They are calling for a National Day of Action in support on August 10.

The office closure by Grassroots Campaigns is only the latest in a months-long campaign of anti-union activity. The union canvassers have been fighting lockouts, intimidation, harassment, surveillance, firings, an unspoken hiring freeze, and other unfair labor practices since their March 9 election.

This action by Grassroots Campaigns is blatant strong-arming and intimidation of other union campaigns, said an IWW IU 650 member. Its a sad day when our crucial work supporting Doctors Without Borders and others dedicating their lives to the cause of justice is halted by our management for asserting our own rights.

The office closure announcement came just three days after the union held a three-day Unfair Labor Practice Strike in protest of numerous Grassroots practices being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board. A national day of action supporting the strike saw retaliatory firings of fundraisers around the country.

IU 650 exists to defend folks who risk their lives for progressive values on the street corners of American cities. This job is hard enough without being terrorized by their employers. The response against the organizing effort has shocked me, said another IWW IU 650 member.

The National Day of Action is scheduled for Friday, August 10. The Seattle workers are asking the public to call into the national office at (617) 338-7800 to express solidarity with Grassroots workers and demand the Seattle office be reopened.

Employees of Grassroots and members of the union are available for comment: please contact the IU 650 media liaison at 708-278-6437 or iu650seattle@gmail.com to arrange for interviews.

20:23

Why The Latest Attack On Single-Payer Backfired "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you find that you have to keep explaining what your proposal is, you havent done enough, and your opponents can and will destroy your efforts with a few soundbites. Dr. Don McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program, 2016. Medicare for All costs $32.6 trillion. This jarring statistic, plastered all over the dominant media last week, was designed to turn heads. Thats trillion with a T, the Associated Press (AP) quipped. This kind of coverage was frequent following the release of a July 30 study by the Koch-supported libertarian think tank, the Mercatus Center, which analyzed Bernie Sanderss Medicare for All bill (S.1804). The head of the study was a former George W. Bush official, Charles Blahous.

20:20

US-Backed Coalition Just Slaughtered Dozens of Children Under 10-Years-Old by Bombing a Bus Full of Kids "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John Vibes Through multiple Democratic and Republican presidential administrations, of Bush, Obama, and Trump, the United States military has been on a steady march...

20:14

The Misleading Role Of Human Rights NGOs In International Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When the media reports on events happening in countries other than their own, the nature of the information they rely on tends to be very different than they otherwise would use when reporting on domestic matters. Although most major news institutions have correspondents on site in different nations, most of them rely on the same information from the same sources in their repots, which can be very dangerous given its one-sidedness. Any journalist with integrity and respect for his profession should know better and check his sources properly before returning the information back home. Questions like who do I get this information from? are they truly impartial or do they have a clear political bias? who funds them and what are their agendas? are all very important ones to ask.

20:08

FBI Pressed Detained Anti-ICE Activist For Information On Protests, Offering Immigration Help "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ON FRIDAY, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested a longtime U.S. resident protesting against ICE in San Antonio, Texas, the FBI stepped in for an interrogation, telling the resident, 18-year-old Sergio Salazar, that his immigration status had been revoked because he was a bad person. The FBI agents asked him to inform on fellow protesters and said if he did so it could help his immigration case. It seems evident that he was targeted here because of his involvement in the anti-ICE protests, said Jonathan Ryan, Salazars lawyer from RAICES Texas, an immigrant advocacy group. Were very concerned about how directed and targeted and aggressive and quick this was. ICE has been criticized for recent detentions and deportations of other activists, but little else has emerged that indicates an FBI interest in anti-ICE protests.

20:05

Somalia in Focus! Importance of Yemen! Dead falling birds! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Enkidu Gilgamesh for Veterans Today CONTENT 1. Pivotal Somalia! 2. Suffering of Somalia! 3. Importance of Yemeni airspace! 4. Dead falling birds! 5. Preventing the statehood of Somalia! 1. Pivotal Somalia! Short time after the bankruptcy of Soviet Union and disintegration of Warsaw Pact, the attack and disintegration of Somalia began. The year 1991 is []

20:01

Wikileaks: Rwandan Reconciliation Is A Lie "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Sunday I joined the three-day YouTube vigil for imperiled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The next day I realized that I must have sounded obsessive because Id kept returning to a single classified diplomatic cable from Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, sent to the US State Department. This is one of the many thousands of diplomatic cables that Wikileaks released between February 18, 2010, and September 1, 2011. I know I didnt fully explain it although I kept returning to it because I kept turning it over in the back of my mind. Apologies to the YouTube vigil producers and listeners for any inexplicable redundancy. Im going to do my best to clear that up now that Ive had more time to think about. The cables title is ETHNICITY IN RWANDA - - -WHO GOVERNS THE COUNTRY? Its dated August 5, 2008.

20:00

Facebook blocks video ad that criticizes communism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Facebook blocks video ad that criticizes communism

(Natural News) Censorship at Facebook is going to even greater extremes: A Republican congressional candidates campaign video has been banned for telling the truth about communism. Elizabeth Heng, a Republican running in the deep blue state of California, shared a video that included information ab...

20:00

Dog Defends German Couple From Violent Migrants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dog Defends German Couple From Violent Migrants

Dog Defends German Couple From Violent Migrants

A dog defended its owners from an attack by four Afghan migrants, German media reported.

The dogs owners, a 22-year-old girl and a 31-year-old male, were walking through downtown Chemnitz, a city in eastern Germany not too far from Dresden, last Saturday night when the man was attacked.

As they crossed the railway underpass between Ma...

20:00

The True Cost of Debt in Atlantas Suburbs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article is the fourth in a week-long series about Cobb County, GA a suburban region that epitomizes the folly of going into debt to build more and more infrastructure with no ability to pay for it. Read Part 1 Part 2, and Part 3 here.


Over the course of this week, my colleagues have trained their sights on Cobb County, Georgia. This seemingly unassuming area just to the northwest of Atlanta is like so many of North American suburbsespecially because, after a generation of seemingly unstoppable growth, it is beginning to fail.

Cobb County and its central city of Marietta have entered the third phase of what we at Strong Towns call the Growth Ponzi Scheme. After decades of building single family housing on large lots that don't generate the tax revenue they need to pay for their basic infrastructure, now Cobb is reaching for even bigger growth by inviting and subsidizing big box stores, large strip malls, and now professional sports franchises (yes, plural: baseball and soccer) to try to stimulate the local economy. While doing this, Cobb County is ignoring the needs of its poorest citizens and countless true opportunities for lasting growth.

 The new Atlanta Braves Stadium, SunTrust Park (Source:  Thechased )

The new Atlanta Braves Stadium, SunTrust Park (Source: Thechased)

Cobb County is no anomaly. Its level of debt service, economic disparity, and sheer dedication to building seemingly endless miles of asphalt are common suburban themes. But it is the scale of Cobb County's gamble that is unique: the county has made a proverbial "all in" bet on a big infrastructure projects, with its citizens on the hook for the bill. It is the nature of these proposalsclosed door deals, without the chance for public input, and...

19:56

Lets All Move to Taxlandia! #PropagandaWatch "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By corbettreport So how much taxation is too much? And how much is too little? And how much is juuuuuust right? Dont worry if you...

19:55

Should Al Qaeda Be Made The 51st State? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While Saudis have threatened Canada with a 9/11 attack, the U.S. has moved on to blaming 9/11 on Iran. Al Qaeda, despite being Saudi in origins and ideology, was easily tied to Afghanistan, then Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, the Philippines, and Yemen, and now Iran. The potential is almost as endless as with Communism in the good old days. Without Al Qaeda the United States would not be whole. With it, all is in perfect balance. If there were no Al Qaeda wed have to invent one. In fact, where there is no Al Qaeda, the effective policy has been to invent one. Pretending theres been a major Al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan has worked wonders. Pretending Al Qaeda members all wanted to move to Afghanistan from which to destroy the United States, the moment the United States stopped bombing people and kicking in doors and paying off members of Al Qaeda or related groups in Afghanistan has been a gold mine.

19:52

Neocons Concoct Threat Of Iranian Hackers To Justify Preemptive Counterattack Against Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Recent warnings of an imminent Iranian cyberattack on the U.S. are dubious at best aimed at ending the U.S. isolation through dishonest intelligence, while justifying a U.S. preemptive counterattack on Irans infrastructure in a bid to further destabilize the nation. WASHINGTON  Several reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that []

The post Neocons Concoct Threat Of Iranian Hackers To Justify Preemptive Counterattack Against Iran appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:49

Trumps Treasury Department Hands Banks A Windfall "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Do financial services include banking? Not according to the Trump administration, whose new rule, issued Wednesday by the Treasury Department, argues there is a difference and then cites the alleged difference as a means of extending lucrative tax breaks to the banking industry. The new rule represents more than semantic hairsplitting and hands a huge windfall to the banking industry. At issue is the Trump tax bills treatment of so-called pass-through income or income that is gleaned from partnerships, LLCs and S corporations. The 2017 Republican tax legislation dramatically slashed tax rates on income from such entities, generating a firestorm of criticism that it was a giveaway to real estate moguls like Trump, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and other Republican backers of the legislation who have such entities in their personal portfolios.

19:46

Election 2016 Gets a Report Card "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new report out today by researchers at MIT contains some good news about Americas election process. States seem to have fixed the long lines and sky-high wait times that plagued voters in 2012. Overall, its getting easier to vote, the research shows.

The report, called the Election Performance Index, also found evidence of a large group of voters who cast a protest vote in 2016.

The index is based on a variety of sources, including public surveys and census data. It grades each state on 17 factors that are designed to measure how well they administered the 2016 elections, from voter turnout to provisional ballot rates to the quality of a states public data.

Here are a few key takeaways:

None of the Above

A large number of Americans, perhaps a million or more, handed in incomplete ballots in the 2016 election, leaving their choice for president blank. This sizable protest vote, invisible to election observers, was detected by one of the EPIs statistics called the residual vote rate.

The rate is defined as the percentage of all ballots cast that include either an overvote meaning the voter selected too many candidates in a race or an undervote which for the EPI means ballots that left the top of the ticket blank.

The measure rose nationwide from 0.967 percent in 2012 to 1.395 percent in 2016 according to Charles Stewart and Claire DeSoi of the MIT Election Lab: a 44 percent increase.

The rate was meant to detect problems with ballots themselves. However, experts think the increase in the rate for 2016 is an indication of something else. The upward trend, they say, amounts to voters abstaining from voting for president more specifically, abstention among Republicans, says a paper published earlier this year.

Thus the residual vote rate was measuring dissatisfaction with the top of the ticket, said Judd Choate, Director of Elections in Colorado.

The survey behind the EPI report does not ask states to distinguish between overvotes or undervotes. However experts say the unexpected spike in the residual vote in 2016 is best explained by voters unwilling to choose either candidate. Based on their research and collection of opinion polls, Stewart et al. say this phenomenon was more widespread among Republicans reluctant to vote for Donald Trump.

Be a More Informed Voter

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19:43

Hitcher "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I was out for my morning saunter when I spotted this at a local pond: a baby turtle hitching a ride on a swan. Clearly, this is the laziest turtle in the world.

19:43

March For History "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An event to call attention to the need for accurate historical education in Texas public schools! August 10, 1862, is the date of the Nueces Massacre, in which Confederate soldiers killed dozens of central Texas German settlers fleeing Confederate conscription; survivors eventually joined the United States army to fight for liberty and union. Comfort, TX is the site of a monument to their bravery, the Treue Der Union monument. There is an annual ceremony at the monument on August 10. On August 11, we will begin at the monument at 8AM by hearing a brief historical talk by a member of the Comfort Heritage Society. We will then march to a roadside picnic area 12 miles north along state highway 87, where we will rest through the heat of the day and hear presentations on Civil War and Texas history from organizers, activists, and historians.

19:41

MLB And NFL Fans Submit Their Faces And Fingerprints To Buy Food, Beer And Tickets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By MassPrivateI If you still value your privacy, I urge you to stay away from major league sporting events. Yesterday, CLEAR biometrics announced that they...

19:36

Democratic Socialist Rashida Tlaib Poised To Become First Palestinian-American Congresswoman "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I think if more members of Congress actually knew the realities of war and regime change, they wouldnt be so callous about dropping bombs in distant countries, the candidate says, describing her foreign policy

19:35

US-Backed Airstrikes Just Targeted A Bus Full Of Children In Yemen, Killing 43 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes today killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus, in Yemens Saada province, Yemeni medical sources and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The Western-backed alliance fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said the airstrikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi industrial city of Jizan, killing []

The post US-Backed Airstrikes Just Targeted A Bus Full Of Children In Yemen, Killing 43 appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:34

Make It Right Project Billboards Boost Activist Campaigns To Remove Silent Sam Confederate Monument "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Raleigh, N.C.   The Make It Right Project has put up two Raleigh-area billboards that support the removal of UNC-Chapel Hill Confederate monument known as Silent Sam. The signs, which include a photo of the statue covered by a red X, display the message North Carolina needs a monumental change. UNC students and Chapel Hill activists have been demonstrating against Silent Sam since 1968. The billboards are part of a larger campaign by the Make It Right Project to elevate and bolster protests by those who have put their lives and livelihoods on the line to remove Confederate monuments. For five decades, UNC administrators have ignored students requests to remove an homage to an army that fought to defend black chattel slavery, said Kali Holloway, Director of the Make It Right Project.

19:33

Trump Sanctions Russia Over Alleged Chemical Attack In UK "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Months after Britain alleged that the Russian government carried out nerve-agent attacks in Salisbury, the Trump Administration has announced a new round of sanctions against Russia, aimed to punish them for the incident. The Novichok poisoning incident was claimed by Britains government, but contested by Russia. There was never conclusive evidence to support the claims Russia []

The post Trump Sanctions Russia Over Alleged Chemical Attack In UK appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:29

Primary Results Show Rightward Shift Of Both Republican And Democratic Parties "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The primary elections held in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington, along with a special congressional election in Ohio, showed the continued shift to the right by both of the major capitalist parties. Popular revulsion toward the Trump administration is mounting, but the Democratic Party offers no real alternative. Most attention in official political and media circles was paid to the special election in the 12th Congressional District of Ohio. The seat has been held for the past 38 years by Republicans, but was vacated last year by the resignation of Representative Pat Tiberi, who quit to take a lucrative post heading an Ohio business lobby. State Senator Troy Balderson, who is 56, won the Republican nomination in a May 8 primary, narrowly defeating an even more right-wing opponent.

19:25

The pope should shut the fuck up about indigenous resistance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[Note: I wrote almost all of this blog before learning of Caines passing. I only interacted with her a few times, but I was repeatedly struck by how fierce she was in her writings. She will be missed.

Some months back, she had written that shed like to see her fellow bloggers write about indigenous issues and we had a little back and forth about it. A coincidence, then, that it is the topic of this post. Condolences to those who knew and loved her best, and anyone else whos enjoyed her work on FtB.]

Via The Onion:

In a historic admission of the Catholic churchs complicated and often shameful history, Pope Francis admitted in an informal public statement Thursday that like, 97 percent of Catholic leadership are probably burning in hell right now. Believe me, contemporary Catholics are quite familiar with our legacy of murder, rape, cultural exploitation, and thievery on every scale from splitting up South America for silver rights down to just stealing stuffmake no mistake, most of those holy men were simply terrible people who deserve to fry in their own considerable fat for eternity, said His Holiness, who took time during an informal lunch meeting with interfaith leaders to deliver a capsule history of manifold crimes committed by Vatican higher-ups, complete with a running commentary on the churchs long tradition of manipulating and mistreating its devotees. Keep in mind this was just the stuff they did to other Catholicsat least, they were Catholic when those vicious scoundrels were done with them. Well, theyre paying for it in searing pain and screams now. Oh, and if someone wouldnt convert, or couldnt be converted by force? Thats when we get into Crusades, the Inquisitions, Spanish and others, the name of Christ invoked in the slaughter of native peoples, which is why their eyes will forever boil from out of their roasting skulls.

This is one of the many times I lament the fact that The Onion is #fakenews. What a welcome sentiment this would be in light of the Cool Popes somewhat recent shitty comments on the Mapuche conflict in Chile (this is something I meant to write about way back in January). First, though, who are the Mapuche and what made Francis think he had the right to tell them what to do? Stop me if youve heard this one before:

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19:19

University Professor Develops App to Track Teens Emotions When Boatloads of Mental and Physical Health Experts Advise Restricting Kids Screen Use and Radiation Exposure. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Here we go again.  More research forcing children to use technology throughout the day: Lawrence University professor develops app to track teens...

19:08

Freedom Flotilla Passengers Finally Released by Israeli Military "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Ann Wright Defending their illegal blockade of Gaza against what they see as infiltrators rather than activists bringing aid and making a point, Israeli...

19:07

UK Tests Giving Homeless People Barcodes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

UK Tests Giving Homeless People Barcodes

New initiative called Greater Change hands homeless people a QR code.

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The post UK Tests Giving Homeless People Barcodes appeared first on Alternative News Network.

19:05

Dosing Kids With Drugs is Fine Says the New York Times Quoting Pharma-Funded Docs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In July the New York Times Science section defends the drugging of our children with quotes from doctors paid by Pharma to, well, drug children.

18:49

When Twitter Decides Who Speaks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Censorship has become such a normal part of daily American life that most people either don't pay attention to it or don't care. But it's taken on a life of its own, and it's beginning to spin out of control. We must take back our constitutional right to freedom of speech and our civil liberties. This is an issue of free speech.

18:33

'She doesnt share our values': Republican goes on attack after Sharice Davids victory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Republican descendant of immigrants claims his indigenous opponent is not from around here.

18:24

Dictatorship of the "Free" Market "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

North America is subsisting beneath the bars of a publicly bailed-out "free-market" dictatorship that is killing us all.

18:22

Spare us your history lessons, Dalai Lama "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's such a humbug from the 14th Dalai Lama to suggest that the 1947 Partition could've been avoided had Pt Jawaharlal Nehru accepted Mahatama Gandhi's offer to Make Mohammad Ali Jinnah as Prime Minister, the offer which was made to Viceroy Lord Mountbatten on April 1, 1947.

18:19

California Wildfires: Is Global Warming Producing a New Normal? Part 1: Are CA Wildfires Becoming More Frequent? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With major fires burning in California, the media is abuzz with stories suggesting or stating that global warming is the key driver of these big burns.  Some media reports state that the number of California fires and the annual burn area are increasing and that global warming is the cause.    California's Governor Jerry Brown is absolutely explicit about the climate-wildfire connection, claiming that global warming is creating a "new normal" of increased wildfires and that the population will have to get used to it.

Are these claims really true?  What does actually fire data show?  The truth may surprise many.


In this blog, we will consider whether the number of fires and the acreage burned in California have increased dramatically during recent years. 

If this is true, we can discuss why--- it could be climate change, mismanagement of forests, change in fire suppression policy, increased human ignition of fires, people living in places they had not before, invasive flammable species, are some possibilities.

If there is no trend in wildfires, we can examine why.

Let us first consider the wildfire statistics by CALFIRE, the official group in the State of California responsible for the numbers, which suggests a very different story provided by the media and many politicians.  The numbers I will show include the entire state.

CALFIRES statisitics show that the numbers of California wildfires over the past 30 years has declined--dropping roughly in half.


For the same 30 years (1987-2016), wildfire area has grown slightly, with huge transient peaks and troughs (see below).   With such variability, I suspect the trend would not be significant.  Final statistics for 2017 are not yet available...

18:09

How Paid Leave Policy And Social Engineering Impact Women And Families "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Vanessa Brown Calder is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, where she focuses on social welfare, housing, and urban policy. Calder joins The Federalist Radio Hour for a discussion on government paid leave, the impact of policy on women, and social engineering.

What I would love to see conservatives do is say, Were going to set our own agendaderegulate childcare so that people have less expensive, more affordable care options,' Calder said. You dont have to create an entitlement program around it. You dont have to compromise your values.

Listen here:

18:07

US-Backed Coalition Just Slaughtered Dozens of Children Under 10-Years-old by Bombing a School Bus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

children

As children in the U.S. prepare to go back to school, a United States-backed airstrike hit a school bus and killed at least 43 civiliansmostly children.

The post US-Backed Coalition Just Slaughtered Dozens of Children Under 10-Years-old by Bombing a School Bus appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:52

WATCH: Cop Attacks Handcuffed, Blindfolded Man for No Reason, Injuring HimNot Guilty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

blindfolded

After he was charged for attacking a handcuffed and blindfolded man on video, a jury, apparently blinded by the badge acquitted this brutal officer.

The post WATCH: Cop Attacks Handcuffed, Blindfolded Man for No Reason, Injuring HimNot Guilty appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:50

US-Backed Airstrikes Just Targeted a Bus Full of Children in Yemen, Killing 43 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bus Children Yemen(MEMO)  Saudi-led coalition airstrikes today killed dozens of people, including children travelling on a bus, in Yemens Saada province, Yemeni medical sources and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The Western-backed alliance fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said the airstrikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi industrial city of Jizan, killing []

17:50

An open memo to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted re: 12th District special congressional election "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Secretary of State Jon Husted: Ohio has a long and unfortunate history of election irregularities. In recent years millions of Ohio citizens have been purged from the voter rolls. Large numbers of electronic voting machines have yielded dubious results that indicate manipulation and hacking. In light of this, a number of serious issues have arisen surrounding this year's special election in the 12th Congressional District.

17:28

Mahmoud Abbas: Stop Exploiting Ahed Tamimi for Personal Gain "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ahed is a symbol for a rebellious Palestinian young generation which is fed up with having no rights and no freedoms, but Abbas' shameless attempt at harnessing that symbolism to polish his image is pure exploitation.

17:22

Cherokee scientist Mary Ross finally gains widespread attention "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mary Golda Ross, the great-great granddaughter of a Cherokee chief, was the first Native woman to work as an aerospace engineer.

17:04

TV Review: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week will see the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017. The same people wanted to hold an anniversary rally in Charlottesville but their application for a permit was turned down. But their application to hold a rally in Washington, DC was approved by the National Park Service and they are planning what they call a White Civil Rights Rally this weekend in front of the White House. No word yet if Donald Trump has been invited to address the groups, since they clearly see him as a supporter. But a coalition of 18 groups under the umbrella DC Against Hate plan a massive counter-protest. This has again reignited the debate as to the best way to deal with hate groups: whether to ignore them and that, starved of attention, they will disappear, or that letting them to do their thing with impunity just emboldens them.

Two nights ago I watched the premiere of the above documentary on PBS TV. It was produced by a collaboration of two investigative journalist outfits ProPublica and Frontline and is based on a series of ProPublica reports led by A. C. Thompson that delves into the neo-Nazi and other white supremacy movements in the US, to find out who its members are, why they joined, and their goals. It is the first of a two-part series with the second part to be released in the fall. You can see the full documentary here. Heres a taste of what you will see.

It starts with the clashes in Charlottesville last year that were triggered by the arrival in that town of what organizers proudly claimed was the largest gathering of such neo-Nazis, who were protesting the decision to remove a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee. You may recall the night time march of mostly young people holding tiki torches and chanting You will not replace us and Jews will not replace us that resulted in violence when they surrounded and assaulted a small group of counter-protestors, followed by bigger clashes the next day that resulted in Heather Heyer being killed and 28 others injured when a neo-Nazi drove through the crowds. The documentary shows the police just standing there while the clashes unfolded, even when a young black man was brutally beaten on the street within yards of them. The police were unmoved by calls from bystanders to do your job and stop the assault. As Thompson says:

A horde of white supremacists clad in polo shirts attacked a smal...

16:54

What Does Veterans for Peace Stand For? New Definitions of Torture? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are calling out the unethical behavior of medical professionals who have advocated for and participated in torture and advocate for word changes that will authorize torture, but by another name. As with most of the VFP stances on various issues, we are in an uphill battle with the racism, bigotry and war-mongering that seems to be prevalent in the US and reflected in republican and democratic administrations.

16:47

Bi Any Means Podcast #161: Ranting about Facebook Live on Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Todays episode is the audio from a live Facebook video I did this past Sunday where I talk about Facebook arguments, how I always end up upsetting someone when I try to have a serious conversation about racism, and anxiety over asking people to come on my show.

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16:46

Goodbye Caine. And Fuck Cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of our best bloggers and commenters, Caine, has left this life.

This caught me completely and totally by surprise, because I, for some reason, thought she was winning her battle with cancer.

Anyone remember her rats? Shes the one who made me realize just how adorable rats and mice can actually be.

She was a tough commenter and blogger. She was tough in the backchannel, as well. But it was never in a way that wasnt deserved. And she was so sweet, and so kind, and so friendly to those who deserved it

I know you cant read this, Caine, but Im going to miss you. Im going to miss your wit, your rats, your friendliness, your words rest in power, Caine.

And my condolences to Rick and everyone affected by her passing.

I wish I had something with which to raise a toast to her.

And fuck cancer.

16:43

Left and Right are Begging for Nazi-Style Censorship to Stop Their Feelings from Getting Hurt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

information

To stop the flow of information they disagree with many on the left and the right are begging to be forced into silence by tech giants and government.

The post Left and Right are Begging for Nazi-Style Censorship to Stop Their Feelings from Getting Hurt appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

16:42

Offensive? Parody 'Caucasians' t-shirt draws strong reactions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An African American business owner is getting death threats after exposing the hypocrisy of the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.

16:40

Moscow aware of NATOs plans to attack Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dmitry Sudakov Our awareness of what plans the US and other Western countries militaries are nursing in relation to the Russian Federation is guaranteed, Lavrov said during the Territory of Meanings youth forum. The minister also said that Russias military presence in the world ensures the nations security and defense capability. Despite recent changes in []

16:36

No doubt about it: The deep state is real and Trump is its latest tool "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. Theodore Roosevelt

There are those who would have you believe that President Trump is an unwitting victim of the Deep State.

And then there are those who insist that the Deep State is a figment of a conspiratorial mind.

Dont believe it.

The Deep Statea.k.a. the police state, a.k.a. the military industrial complex, a.k.a. the surveillance state complexdoes indeed exist and Trump, far from being its sworn enemy, is its latest tool.

When in doubt, follow the money trail.

It always points the way.

Every successive president starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt has been boughtlock, stock and barreland made to dance to the tune of the Deep State.

Even Dwight D. Eisenhower, the retired five-star Army general-turned-president who warned against the disastrous rise of misplaced power by the military industrial complex was complicit in contributing to the build-up of the militarys role in dictating national and international policy.

Enter Donald Trump, the candidate who swore to drain the swamp in Washington DC.

Instead of putting an end to the corruption, however, Trump has paved the way for lobbyists, corporations, the military industrial complex, and the rest of the Deep State (also referred to as The 7th Floor Group) to feast on the carcass of the dying American republic.

Apart from tweets that are little more than sound and fury, Trump is not a man who is raging against the machine.

He is too much a part of the machine.

Indeed, as Reuters reports, [President] Trump has gone further than any of his predecessors to act as a salesman for the U.S. defense in...

16:34

Pravda: Ukraine wants to have the army of Nazi zombies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Petro Poroshenko ordered to draft a bill that would replace army greetings from Soviet-style Greetings,  comrades! to Bandera-style Glory to Ukraine! and Glory to heroes! The bill is to be approved by the Ukrainian parliament, which currently remains in recess. The parliament is to reconvene on September 4. Nevertheless, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said []

16:32

Pravda: Russia to respond with military-strategic blow to new USAs sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The new bill about new sanctions against Russia includes measures against the Kremlin elite and bans transactions with a new Russian sovereign debt. The Russian side will respond to the US with mirrored military and strategic measures, Anatoly Aksakov, the chairman of the Committee for Financial Market at the State Duma said. Russia may revise []

16:31

Keep Pelosi and Lose the House In November--Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It painful to say it but Trump's tweet and campaign stop in the much-watched special election in Ohio's 12th District gave GOP candidate Troy Balderson the win. tinge of name calling. The name he called out was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Trump flatly said, Vote for O'Connor and you're voting for Pelosi. He doubled down on that in his campaign pitch in the district for Balderson.

16:29

Common heroes: Ouday Ramadan, the Old Syrian "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  By Constantino Ceoldo for Pravda.Ru I met Ouday Ramadan navigating the ocean of Facebook, following coasts of blatant posts, skirting islands of real news and fake news, landing in ports of common places after having sailed seas of banality. The result is a friendship of modern times, made of like, sorry, repost, short and []

16:25

Daily Inspiration --- Herman Hesse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sometimes the call of a bird Or the rustle of wind-blown leaf, Or a barking dog, barely heard I am taken by laughter, then grief. My soul flies back, aeons past This life and so many others, To a time when we all clove fast, This bird and the wind were my brothers. My soul becomes the tree, A whisp of cloud, then a pond. When, transformed, it comes back to me Ripe with questions, how should I respond? - HH tr JJM

16:23

Imran Khan and the Silk Road "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow The election of Imran Khan represents a turnabout in policy in South Asia in ways few expect. Khan will close the door on Americas longtime policy toward the Caspian Basin, a policy of dominance, regime change and military colonization. That policy will die a needed and painful []

16:15

Portland City Hall stormed, shutdown, by activists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alt-left activists who stormed Portland City Hall on Wednesday to take a stand against police brutality found themselves in a violent scuffle of their own which resulted in several arrests and injuries.

During the aggressive confrontation, Mayor Ted Wheeler and others were forced to walk out of a scheduled meeting and find a more secure conference room in which no one was allowed to enter and two security guards suffered minor injuries from the conflict as reported by KTVZ 21.

One demonstrator, who was masked and wearing a baseball helmet, smashed a security guard over the head repeatedly with a megaphone. The guard was seen afterward clutching a bag of ice, a bruise beginning to form on his cheek., The Oregonian reported. City Hall security chief Dorothy Elmore said she was also struck by a protester, in the arm.

Foul-mouthed activists could be heard yelling Fyou, Fyou at city officials who were brave enough to greet them at the buildings entrance.

This all comes after a number of the ANTIFA-type communists were rounded up by the department during recent protests.

Shepard Ambellas is an opinion journalist, analyst, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News & Politics (Intellihub.com). Shepard is also known for producing Shade: The Motion Picture (2013) and appearing on Travel Channels America Declassified (2013). Shepard is a regular contributor to Infowars. Read more from Sheps World. Follow Shep on...

16:13

The war to destroy Alex Jones, Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The war to destroy Alex Jones, Part 3

Where is the bill of particulars against him?

by Jon Rappoport

August 8, 2018

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(For Part 2, click here)

When several big-tech companies remove a person from their platforms in a 12-hour period, which is what happened to Alex Jones, you need to ask:

Where are the specific violations Jones is charged with?

Where is the bill of particulars against him?

Where is the hate speech he is accused of spewing to his audience?

What definition (if any) of hate speech is being used as a measuring stick?

Asking those questions, you come up very short on answers.

Jones is being made into a SYMBOL of a hater by social media and the mainstream pressand when THAT is the objective, the whole idea is to avoid specifics and just smear the target with a very broad and general brush.

Hate speech is replacing the 1st Amendment as a standard of judgment. The question now is: did you express hate toward someone? Rather than: did you commit slander or libel?

Did you utter something that could offend and might disturb a victim or victim-group? Yes? YOURE BANNED. CENSORED. Of course, social media giants decide what constitutes hate and who is designated a victim-group with protected status.

The term hate speech is very elastic. Its definition can be changed on a moments notice.

Dont like someone?

Upset at their actual ideas?

Disturbed at their success?

Embroil them in charges of being a hater and expressing hatred toward victims. Ban and censor them from online platforms based on that accusation. Ignore millions of their wordsinstead, invoke a few outbursts they committed over the years.

And finally, make the conversation all about whether the accusedin this case, Jonesis good or not, is honest or not, is caring or not, is worthy or notAS IF THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS WOULD DECIDE WHETHER BANNING JONES FROM ONLNE PLATFORMS WAS A CORRECT ACTION.

16:06

Reducing Legal Immigration Through Executive Action "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Almost 80% of US Workers Live From Paycheck to Paycheck. Heres Why. (Jimmy)

The author writes, Simply put, the vast majority of American workers have lost just about all their bargaining power. The erosion of that bargaining power is one of the biggest economic stories of the past four decades, yet its less about supply and demand than about institutions and politics.

Saudi Arabia Crucified a Man in Mecca While Aggressively Calling Out Canada Over Human Rights (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Crimes in Saudi Arabia such as homosexuality and attending anti-government rallies have previously led to crucifixion sentences. Unlike the biblical crucifixions carried out by the Romans against Christians in antiquity, Saudi crucifixions usually involve displaying a beheaded corpse in public on a cross.

The Shadow Rulers of the VA (Reader Jill)

From ProPublica: How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administrations veterans policies.

FCC Lied to Congress About Made-Up DDoS Attack, Investigation Found (Jimmy)

The author writes, The Federal Communications Commission lied to members of Congress multiple times in a letter that answered questions about a DDoS attack that never happened, an internal investigation found. Making false statements to Congress can be punished with fines or imprisonment, but the US Attorneys office declined to prosecute any FCC employees, according to the IG report.

Senator Claims Russia Has Penetrated State Voter Registration System (Reader Steve)

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15:55

Sen. Dianne Feinstein employed SPY for communist China as office manager for 20 years, during which 20 CIA operatives were murdered "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is in the hot seat, now that the public knows she employed a Chinese spy for over 20 years. Early reports indicated the spy was only a driver for the senator, but new reports have revealed that Russel Lowe, named as the spy in question, was actually employed as her office manager.

To make matters worse, it turns out that Feinstein first learned that Lowe was a Chinese operative in 2013, while she was the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Lowe is a Chinese-American and worked alongside Feinstein as her aide for 20 years, though he is now Secretary General of the Education for Social Justice Foundation. As this shocking story unravels, it only continues to get darker: A report from Business Insider shows that dozens of CIA operatives were imprisoned or killed by China, and many operations were thwarted by the Chinese government during the time Lowe was employed.

CIA operations in China take a hit

In 2017, Business Insider reported that up to 20 CIA sources were imprisoned or killed by the Chinese between the years 2010 and 2012. At the time of that report, the source of the massive intelligence breach had not been identified, but now, some are wondering if Russel Lowe could somehow be connected to the plot. CIA officials were divided on whether or not the breach had been carried out by an unidentified spy or by way of hacking into the CIAs communication system. As reported:

The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the CIA from 2010 through 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the newspaper reported.

One was shot and killed in front of a government building in China, three officials told the Times, saying that was designed as a message to others about working with Washington.

The breach was considered particularly damaging, with the number of assets lost rivaling those in the Soviet Union and Russia who perished after information passed to Moscow by spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, the report said. Ames was active as a spy in the 1980s and Hanssen from 1979 to 2001

Is it all connected?

The FBI and the CIA joined forces to investigate the matter as more sources were killed or arrested. U.S. Intelligence officials stated that Chinas scheme for identifying American age...

15:54

'Win-loss is still pretty bad': Tribes falter at Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.

15:45

Turkey Leaves US Out of Syria Summit Plans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Turkey is seeking to host a new Syria summit without the US, which indicates the beginning of the end of Washingtons influence in Syria, Turkish analysts told Sputnik, further suggesting that France and Germany are also interested in expanding ties with Russia and Turkey. The upcoming Istanbul summit on the Syrian crisis will leave Washington out in []

15:39

Americans live in a world of lies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The US government and the presstitutes that serve it continue to lie to us about everything. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us that the unemployment rate was 3.9%. How can this be when the BLS also reports that the labor force participation rate has declined for a decade throughout the length of the alleged economic recovery and there is no upward pressure on wages from full employment. When jobs are plentiful, people enter the labor force to take advantage of the work opportunities. This raises the labor force participation rate. When employment is fullwhich is what a 3.9% unempoyment rate meanswages are bid up as employers compete for scarce labor. Full employment with no wage pressure and no rise in the labor force participation rate is impossible.

The 3.9% unemployment rate is not due to employment. It results from not counting discouraged workers who have ceased to search for jobs because there are no jobs to be had. If an unemployed person is not actively searching for a job, he is not counted as being in the labor force. The way the unemployment rate is measured makes it a hoax.

The government tells us that there is essentially no inflation despite the fact that prices have been rising stronglythe price of food, the price of home repairs, the price of drugs, the price of almost everything. Two years ago the American Association of Retired Peoples Public Policy Institute reported that the average retail drug price has been increasing at a worrying pace of 10 percent a year, and about 20 drugs have astoundingly had their prices quadruple since just December. Sixty drugs doubled over the same period. Turing Pharmaceuticals, headed by Martin Shkreli, is one of the most pronounced examples of this kind of behavior. The company bought a lifesaving cancer medication only to increase its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. https://www.rt.com/usa/334004-drug-prices-doubled-years/

Incomes, of course, have not doubled. In real terms incomes have declined. Moreover, expenditures on medicines are a huge percentage of the budgets of the elderly and those on Medicare. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average annual cost of prescription medicines for the elderly accounts for three-fourths of the average Social Security pension and for about half of the median income of people who receive Medicare benefits. https://www.rt.com/usa/334004-drug-prices-doubled-years/

Real jobs have also declined. The jobs that the financial presstitutes report to be unfilled are not jobs that provide a living. The BLS reported that the number of Americans working multiple jobs rose in July by 453,000, bringing the number of Americans who hold mul...

15:17

10 Qualities Every Human Being Should Have "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ByLuminita D. Saviuc via Purpose Fairy

I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it. ~ Audrey Hepburn

If you ask me, there are certain qualities each and every human being should have. Qualities that have the power to help each and every one of us to connect with our own selves and the world around us at a deeper level. Crafting better lives for ourselves and those around us and making the world a happier and a lot brighter place to be in. And these qualities are:

1. Faith

Faith in yourself and all that you are. Faith in your abilities. Faith in life and faith in the Infinite intelligence that created us all.

He replied, Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ~ Matthew 17:20

2. Courage

Courage to create the life you deep down inside know that you deserve to live. Cour...

15:04

NASA astronaut Leland Melvin claims he witnessed an organic, alien-like creature in Space Shuttle payload bay "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It might sound like the plot to a Hollywood science-fiction blockbuster, but an astronaut claims to have seen an organic, alien-like creature on the Space Shuttle.

Nasa engineer Leland Melvin made the astonishing claims during a discussion with a conspiracy theorist on social media.

The former NFL football player says he spotted the creature in the payload bay of the space shuttle Atlantis, which was in orbit above the Earth at the time.

When he told Nasa about the sighting, space agency experts told Melvin the most likely explanation was ice had broken off away from the shuttle and it was the movement of these floating shards that caught his eye.

The post NASA astronaut Leland Melvin claims he witnessed an organic, alien-like creature in Space Shuttle payload bay appeared first on Intellihub.

15:00

CNN Panicking: Warns of Unsettling Signs Dems Are Losing Hispanic Voters to Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CNN Panicking: Warns of Unsettling Signs Dems Are Losing Hispanic Voters to Trump

A number of political consultants and pollsters on the left were witnessing unsettling signs that Democrats would not see a large enough turnout among Hispanics and La...

15:00

Twitter Plans Hate Speech Crackdown After Backlash From Upset Employees "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Twitter Plans Hate Speech Crackdown After Backlash From Upset Employees

Twitter also plans to evaluate whether the company needs to better police off-platform behavior. 

The post Twitter Plans Hate Speech Crackdown After Backl...

14:49

How to Treat People, Not as Bad as They Are, but as Good as You Are "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Luminita D. Saviuc via Purpose Fairy

Learn to treat people, not as bad as they are, but as good as you are. And in doing so you might become the first person in these peoples lives who treated them with the love, dignity and respect each Human Being deserves to be treated. 

It really does not matter what other people say and do. All that matters is what you yourself, say and do.

Thats all that truly matters.

And today I will share with you a list of things that are meant to inspire and empower you to treat people, not as bad as they are, but as good as you are.

HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE AS GOOD AS YOU ARE, NOT AS BAD AS THEY ARE

1. Treat people with love

Dont fight them.

Dont resist them. (What you resist, not only does it persist, but it also grows in size, as...

14:46

The Modern Day Nazis Are Taking Over: The Rise of the Social Media Gestapo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My fathers side of the family escaped the ravages of Nazi Germany. My German grandmother and my father made certain that I learned the lessons of oppression, discrimination and genocide very well. These principles were ingrained into my upbringing.
At one time, German was the envy of most of the world. They had the best scientists, German education was outstanding and they were leaders in the arts. So how did a highly sophisticated educated and intelligent Germans fall victim to the corrupt Nazis which set the tone for genocide? More to the point of this article, does America need to fear the rise of the same totalitarianism that infested and destroyed Germany? The answer to this question has its roots in the demise of the legitimate church and the compromising of the media and both things are happening in todays environment..

The Fallen Church

German pastors stood at the Nazi rallies with their right arms extended chanting loyal phrases directed at Hitler. For these misguided so-called religious leaders, Hitler had replaced Jesus, and todays people wonder if the anti-Christ could really gain a foothold in todays world.
 What should have been the first line of defense was the most important betrayal of the American people. With few exceptions, the religious leaders cheered for Hitler in the midst of mass murder of Jews. Gypsies and homosexuals as well as the handicapped and the mentally ill.
The German pastors, as a group, sacrificed spiritual integrity for political expediency and profit. Most of todays church and their accompanying pastors are no better than the German pastors ho capitulated to Hitler.  I remember a time in this country when the many in the pulpit would speak out against murderous abortions and the incessant attack upon the Christian family values of the modern American family. Those voices have grown silent.
Todays pastors are more concerned with preserving their 5013c tax exempt status which prevents them from taking political and m...

14:35

Syrian War Report August 9, 2018: 418 ISIS Members Killed In SDF Operation Near Iraqi Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront The Syrian General Command has deployed more troops, military equipment and artillery pieces in northern Latakia and northwestern Hama over the past few days. According to pro-militant sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are preparing for a military operation that would target Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Horas al-Din []

14:33

The dogwhistles have become foghorns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is revealing. According to Laura Ingraham, demographic shifts are not organic, but have been forced upon the country by the mysteriously powerful Left, which has the ability to compel people to have children and to move to new places.

The words she says are even worse.

In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesnt exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us dont like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed. Now, much of this is related to both illegal, and in some cases legal immigration that, of course, progressives love.

The America we know and love doesnt exist anymorebecause there are more brown people living here. Most of us meaning Fox News viewers, not intelligent, compassionate people dont like these brown people living here.

I guess demographic change is the new code phrase for non-white people that we dont like.

There was a lot about the America we knew that didnt deserve our love, and Id be glad to see it change, if only there werent people like Laura Ingraham trying to make sure all the changes make it worse.

14:20

Graphic Video Shows Cop Publicly Execute Man, Shooting Him in the Back as He Ran Away "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Graphic video footage was just released showing a police officer execute a fleeing man by shooting him in the back as he ran away.

The post Graphic Video Shows Cop Publicly Execute Man, Shooting Him in the Back as He Ran Away appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

14:15

U.K Military Industrial Cartel and Tory Government Profit from Mass Murder in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


A six-year-old boy is held by his mother at a malnutrition intensive care unit at a hospital in Hodaida, Yemen. (Photo:Reuters)

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

Yemen is hemorrhaging. After more than three years of a brutal and genocidal war waged by a U.S/U.K-armed Saudi Coalition against 27 million Yemenis, life in Yemen has been reduced to a diseased, starving, mutilated and preyed upon nation that is still resisting some of the worlds most powerful nations in their attempts to drive Yemenis to their knees. 

In May 2018, Sir Roger Carr, chairman of BAE, gave a speech to shareholders at the BAE AGM. There is no doubt that 2017 was a successful year as reflected in our sales, profits and cash flow, which, I am pleased to say, has supported an increase in your dividend for the year to 21.8pence per share.

Shareholders in arms production benefit from bloodshed globally. The deaths of Yemeni children pay healthy dividends. In 2015 the UK exported 2.94 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia over a period of 9 months. The illegal aggression against Yemen began in March 2015. BAE jumped at the opportunity to reap a harvest from the murder of Yemeni civilians. According to Amnesty International:

They (UK) recently diverted a batch of 500-pound Paveway IV bombs to Saudi Arabia. These bombs are used by Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets, both of which are manufactured and supplied to Saudi Arabia by the UK arms company BAE Systems.

In May 2018 Carr said our customers are our lifeblood while those customers shed blood globally. Saudi Arabia is crucial to BAEs success in the arms industry and i...

14:07

These people exist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ive been seeing versions of this claim since at least the Reagan years.

I dont think the proper response is to point out that Michael Moates is kind of homely himself. The core problem is judging people by artificial standards of appearance something that is totally irrelevant to their humanity and moral standards and intelligence. Isnt the We win the political debate because we can find pretty women in our clique intrinsically wrong and fallacious?

I think we can just say that someone who makes this stupid argument has already lost.

14:00

Shut Out of Housing Gains "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pete Saunders is a planning consultant and journalist based in Chicago. He blogs at The Corner Side Yard, and we've featured his work a number of times before on Strong Towns. He recently shared an account on his blog that is at once more personal and anecdotal than much of his work, and yet extremely illuminating.

In "A Personal Segregation Story," Saunders uses his own family history to shed a critical light on the notion, pervasive in American society, that homeownership is a path to building generational wealth. He reminds us that for many Americansand disproportionately for Americans of colorit never has been so:

The neighborhood of my childhood home... is still the home of some of the neighbors I remember from nearly 40 years ago.  But in part because of segregation, and an overall moribund regional economy for the last half century.... the neighborhood has remained at a weird level of stasis for a very long time; it looks exactly the same in 2018 as I remember it in 1978.  The sense of stasis is reflected in the minimal appreciation in home value.  My parents bought it in 1968 for $17,500 and sold it in 1981 for $36,000.  Zillow's zestimate for the home today is $72,100.
There was no transfer of generational wealth from my parents to me and my siblings.

In fact, Saunders writes, his parents' home has appreciated at less than the rate of inflation over fifty years. It has been a net money loser, even before the cost of ongoing maintenance of the structure is factored in. And there are millions of homes like it across America.

A common theme in discussions of racial segregation in American housing is the racial homeownership gapthe difference between the rate of white and non-white (especially black) households who own their homes. This gap exists everywhere, and, in the worst cities, is a shocking 50 percentage points. This is a problem because homeownership is the primary vehicle of retirement savings for many, many people, not to mention a source of wealth that can be passed on to their children, used to pay for education and other opportunities.

And yet, the story Saunders is telling is different, and equally troubling. His grandparents were upwardly mobile and were not shut out of homeownership. They owned their homes, on both his mother's and...

13:47

The Koch brothers are not on your side "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Kochs have been in the news lately because theyre expressed unhappiness with Trump, and Trump has sniped back at them. This is a reminder that the enemy of your enemy is not your friend the Kochs are major backers of the Heartland Institute, and have been and still are promoting science denialism. Theyre all evil liars, even when theyre having a falling out among themselves.

I agree with that video: keep all capitalist enterprises out of the school room. Capitalism promotes short-term thinking, and short-term exploitation. But of course places like the Heartland Institute and the fully-owned subsidiary of moneyed interests, the Republican party, have been working for years to starve the educational system so that teachers will be reliant on handouts from corporations.

Also, keep religion out of the classroom. Religion promotes delusional, fantasy thinking. Can we just keep the schools focused on reality?

13:04

Facebook Not Only Censors, They Want to Steal Your Banking Data "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Congress was previously reviewing Zuckerbergs Marxist-Communist style of censorship on Facebook. After prolonged scrutiny, Zuckerberg left the Congressional hearings and made an unbelievable and outrageous statement. Despite being raked over the coals for Facebook censorship, Zuckerberg has announced a new army of Facebook censorship agents have been hired. Here is the story. Now it has gotten worse. Facebook wants to steal your banking data. Here is the story

 

 

The post Facebook Not Only Censors, They Want to Steal Your Banking Data appeared first on Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show.

13:01

Social Media Giants Shouldnt Be Arbiters Of Appropriate Speech "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Of course sites like Facebook, Apple, and YouTube are free to ban conspiracy mongers like Alex Jones from their platforms. They have a right to dictate the contours of permissible speech on their sites, and to enforce those standards either dutifully or hypocritically or ideologically or using any method they see fit. No one seriously disputes this.

Then again, Twitter also has a right, as a private entity, to take a stand, and, as the companys CEO Jack Dorsey explains it, dispassionately allow free exchanges of ideaseven the ugly ones Infowars offersas long as users dont break the companys rules. Yet, here we are, watching a number of journalistssupposed sentinels of free expressiondemanding that billionaire CEOs start policing speech that makes them uncomfortable.

Jones, who has made numerous hateful, and reckless remarks, should make any reasonable person uncomfortable. In this regard, though, hes certainly not alone. And if Facebook is now guaranteeing a platform free of unpleasant voices who break their vague terms of service, they have lots of work ahead.

To some extent, I can understand how frustrating it is watching a bigoted conspiracy theorist who has destroyed lives be provided a voice on a large media platform. After all, Ive been trying to ignore Al Sharptons cable show for years. Yet if I were running a social media platform, Id like to think I would allow nearly anyone minus those who threaten violence or otherwise break the lawspeak. Its not as if users wouldnt possess a block button. I cant recall a single time in my decade using social media ever opening an Infowars link. I doubt most of you have either.  Even if you did, you wouldnt melt. Theyre just words.

And while the ejection of Jones isnt the end of the world, and it doesnt necessarily portend a mass expulsion of less extreme  voices, lets stop acting like conservatives are foolish for harboring some concerns about the incrementalist goals of would-be liberal censors.

Every day, contemporary liberals run around accusing Trump supporters of being in league with white supremacists and social conservatives of being unrepentant bigots. Republicans are regularly charged with propagating fascist views or attempting to literally...

13:00

Whats the City of Chicago Doing About Its Problem With Duplicate Sticker Tickets? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The City of Chicago has a message for drivers who received more than one sticker ticket in a single day: Take us to court. Or, if youre feeling generous, just pay up.

Seven weeks after ProPublica Illinois/WBEZ revealed that Chicago police officers and parking enforcement aides had, on some 20,000 occasions over the past decade, issued multiple citations for not having a required sticker on the same vehicle, city officials have made no apparent effort to refund the money even though they said they might.

Asked what was being done, finance department officials deferred to the citys law department.

Bill McCaffrey, a law department spokesman, said in a statement: Depending on the circumstances, it is possible for a car to receive multiple tickets in a day. In those cases, motorists have the option to pay the fines for the violations or contest the tickets.

Officials with the finance department first raised the prospect of offering refunds or canceling debts in June, after they were informed by ProPublica Illinois/WBEZ that, over the past decade, the city had issued close to 20,000 duplicate citations to vehicles without the required city sticker.

The finance department officials said they were taking this seriously and working with other departments to further investigate the issue and determine responsible next steps.

Many city officials privately acknowledge the city ordinance a requirement that vehicle owners buy stickers annually and affix them to their windshields makes clear that a vehicle can be cited only once a day.

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12:59

To Counter Trump, Vox Defends MS-13 As Nice Kids Who Ride Bikes, Work After-School Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Vox and ProPublica take aim at President Trumps heightened concern for gangs in the United States in a recently published video, claiming his harsh characterizations of MS-13 are unfair.

The gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, numbers in the tens of thousands and is composed primarily of outlaws from El Salvador, Honduras, and other Central American countries. Trumps hardline stance on crime and border security has made MS-13 a more widely recognized public menace. But instead of acknowledging the rising violent threat that MS-13 poses to the American people, progressive media outlets like Vox and ProPublica are casting the Trump Administrations actions with regard to illegal immigration and law enforcement as irresponsible, dangerous, and factually unsound.

The video candidly titled, Why the street gang MS-13 is an American problem opens by framing MS-13 as a uniquely American issue. Its true the gang was founded in the United States during the early 1980s, but the roots of MS-13 are distinctly un-American.

Lets review: Beginning in 1979, El Salvador was gripped by a nasty and brutal civil war between the established military junta and a newly-formed coalition of Marxist insurgents. Around a million people were displaced by the 12-year conflict and many sought asylum in the United States. The refugees, mainly anti-government sympathizers who resented American intervention in the war, illegally crossed the border and settled in southern California, mostly in Los Angeles Pico-Union neighborhood. Unsurprisingly, the young men from these impoverished alien communities started street gangs for personal and financial security. By 1984, they called themselves Mara Salvatrucha as a designation of their ties to the Salvadoran rebels.

This context is wholly absent from Voxs presentation. The video succinctly describes the origins of MS-13 as a group of teenagers, hanging out, smoking pot, listening to rock music who eventually became juvenile delinquents involved in street crimes who were stuffed into American jails.

Vox specifically defends MS-13 against Trumps charge that the gang is a drug-smuggling criminal cartel. The voiceover states, thats not really the case and notes that the group doesnt have global ambitions. Hannah Dreier, a ProPublica reporter showcas...

12:59

Marco Rubios Plan To Suck Social Security Dry Faster With Family Leave Isnt Pro-Family "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has introduced legislation that would allow parents to cash in a portion of their future Social Security benefits early to finance family leave. Hes billing the proposal as pro-family, but it would actually hurt families by worsening the programs already dire financial problems.

Rubios bill would give new parents the option to take at least two months of paid leave, in exchange for delaying their Social Security benefits for three to six months after they retire. Rubios passion for providing paid family leave is admirable, but his proposed solution is fundamentally flawed. The Social Security system is currently not financially stable, and allowing more benefits to be drawn from the trust fund will only quicken its existing death spiral towards bankruptcy.

Rubio tried to argue that his paid leave plan isnt funded via Social Security per se, but with individual Social Security benefits. He tweeted on Friday, I dont want to fund #PaidFamilyLeave with #SocialSecurity. I want working American parents to have the OPTION of funding THEIR paid leave by drawing early on a portion of THEIR social security benefits which THEY paid for with THEIR taxes. But this isnt really how Social Security works.

When you pay your Social Security taxes, that money is used to make Social Security payments to retirees. Its not as if you pay into a personalized government bank account during your working years and draw from that bank account after retiring. Your money is immediately used to pay benefits for current retirees. If more money is paid in taxes than paid out in benefits, the surplus enters the Social Security trust fund.

Unfortunately, a...

12:59

Big Tech Demands Content Equality For Net Neutrality, But Not For Alex Jones "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alex Jones and InfoWars loss of platforms such as YouTube and Facebook has a number of layers to it, including the responsibilities social media companies have to free speech, particularly as the lines between Big Tech and Big Government are increasingly blurred.

While Ill leave others to debate those subjects, these developments and reactions to it provide clarity to another heated tech-related debate: the hypocrisy of net neutrality advocates. After all, there is a ton of overlap between those who advocated Title II regulation of the Internet and those celebrating Joness deplatforming. This is particularly true among the most powerful players in this debate, including legislators and leaders in the industry.

Consider, for example, the reaction from Big Tech to the Federal Communications Commissions (FCCs) repeal of Title II regulation last December. Facebooks Sheryl Sandburg published a statement saying: An open internet is critical for new ideas and economic opportunityWere ready to work with members of Congress and others to help make the internet free and open for everyone.

Google encouraged online activists to take action, in order to protect the free flow of information and help make sure the Internet is available to everyone, everywhere. Apple went so far as to say: An open internet ensures that hundreds of millions of consumers get the experience they want, over the broadband connections they choose, to use the devices they love, which have become an integral part of their lives. What consumers do with those tools is up to them not Apple, and not broadband providers.

Fast-forward eight months later and now those who demanded Internet service providers treat all content equally are the very same platforms actively deciding what content is permissible for consumption.

This is hardly surprising to anyone who has paid attention to the debate. Google and Apples lip service to the importance of protecting tech startups has never jived with their app stores serving as the greatest filters to what new products consumers can easily access. Tellingly, both have caved to government pressure whenever an app, no matter how popular, has frustrated legal authorities.

All the...

12:59

How Republicans Can Switch From Offending Minority Voters To Wooing Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Millennials are the most likely fully adult generation to be registered as independents, and the most likely to vote for Democrats. A great part of this is due to biases in education and media, but blame also rests on the shoulders of Republican candidates, who have spent decades underappreciating the implications that changing U.S. demographics have for the party.

After Mitt Romneys 2012 loss, the Republican establishment released an autopsy stressing the importance of Republicans working to make inroads with the countrys growing demographics, but the Republican base instead doubled down on the aggressive rhetoric and hardline policy stances that the leadership said was alienating the party from young voters.

Ever since the conservative movement came to dominate Republican politics, politicians have been able to rest assured that they will be able to win elections with rural and suburban votes. This wouldnt have been a problem if the party hadnt simultaneously ignored other demographics, withdrawing almost unilaterally from the urban communities that now dictate so much of our political lives.

Those voters are now reaching out. We could be< in a time of change, as this video from Chicago and the surprise primary win of Republican John James in Michigan suggest. Here are some ideas for pushing things like this closer to a tipping point.

Lets Face It: Most Republican Voters Are Pretty Old

With the absence of Republicans willing to put effort into changing hearts and minds, Democrats have been able to present a generation of young people a vision of the Republican Party that is neither accurate nor flattering. Overwhelming majorities of people who live in urban communities, and a budding majority of suburbanites, favor Democrats, and are openly hostile to even the prospect of supporting the Republican Party....

12:58

Why Voters Rated Oklahomas Mary Fallin The Worst Governor In America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was recently decreed the worst governor in the entire nation in a Morning Consult poll. According to their survey, Fallinwho is leaving this November at the end of her two-term limitcame in at number 50 with a whopping 74 percent disapproval rating, beating Democrat Dan Malloy of Connecticut by 3 percentage points.

While this might simply be an interesting data point in the world of the 24/7 news cycle, the collective eye-rolls and heat of embarrassment rising from Oklahomans cheeks over our governor could create a tropical depression off the coast of Texas. Obviously one of the 50 governors has to come in last, but why Fallin?

In a word: everything. That includes a thorough lack of leadership by a self-ordained conservative on a raft of important conservative issues, an obvious disdain for transparency while advocating for open records laws, big spending on personal travel during budget shortfalls, and major policy failures. The conservatives who ushered her into office on the 2010 Tea Party train are so over Fallin, and theyre not the only ones, either.

Here Are a Few of Mary Fallins Worst Policy Hits

Fallin has held major political offices in Oklahoma since 1990: Oklahoma House representative, lieutenant governor, then governor. Certainly, there are a litany of reasons liberals dont care for Fallin, but these are an artifact of life in an historically red state. So lets just stick to the big conservative blunders, especially since she was ostensibly elected as a conservative.

Obamacares Medicaid expansion: Fallin was for it before she was against it before she was for it before she wanted to hit the pause button. In 2012, Oklahomans shut down the state capitol switchboard numerous times to protest her decision to accept federal money and set up state Obamacare exchanges.

Although she reversed course, sent the money back, and said an emphatic no to the Obamacare exchanges then, four years later a budget shortfall had her deciding to make another run for federal dollars fueled by debt for our kids, as though conservatives who fought it four years ago would just suddenly be okay with it.

Abortion: An article in the National Catholic R...

12:58

Why Resurrecting The Old Stories Of Confederates, Cowboys, And Indians Will Do America Good "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I was young, a cowboy with a pony trailer used to turn up occasionally to take pictures of tykes old enough to hold onto a pommel. It was something you did once, creating a family keepsake. But you would be hard-pressed to find a picture of me as young boy without a cowboy hat, boots, and toy (but steel) six-shooters.

No pony trailer ever turned up for my kids, so I imagine that tradition is long gone, which is too bad. To my mind, the disappearance of the pony man and the milk man and the helpful gas station attendant (remember them?) mark the vanishing of something valuable in American life, something that helped create community, that now much-abused word.

The bigger community that appears to be unraveling is America itself, in part because of the Lefts identity politicswhere the only unity is found in opposition to the able-bodied, white, cisgender-male Christian patriarchyand in part because of the Lefts war on the idea of a common, patriotic American history.

I grew up in San Diego, a Navy and Marine Corps town. Many of my teachers were former officers or the wives of officers. Still, in elementary and junior high school I learned more about Crispus Attucks than I did about George Washington at Trenton; more about Harriet Tubman than about Jefferson Daviss presidency in Richmond.

Up to a point, it was soft-soap political correctness, but all very well-meaning, without finger-pointing. Indeed, we were taught that the causes of the Civil War were obviously manifold, not just slavery, and no one, student or teacher, was so crazy as to conflate the Southern Confederacy with national socialism. Instead, the shared attitude was that of Theodore Roosevelt:

The great Civil War, in which Lincoln towered as the loftiest figure, left us not only a reunited country, but a country that has the proud right to claim as its own the glory won alike by those who wore the blue and by those who wore the gray, by those who followed Ulysses Grant and by those who followed Robert E. Lee, for both fought with equal bravery and equal sincerity of conviction, each striving for the light as it was given him to see the light; though it is now clear to all that the triumph of the cause of freedom and of the Union was essential to the welfare of mankind.

Equally important, if not more so, as the history I learned in the classroom was what I imbibed outside of it. When Gone with the Wind re-aired on national television back then, everyone watched it (and girls read the book). Most Westerns, popular in the 1960s and into the early 1970s, featured sympathetic former Confederates, and some filmslike The Undefeated (John Wayne and Rock Hudson, 1969) and Major Dundee (Charlton Heston and Richard Harris, 1965)centered on Federals and Confederates uniting against a common...

Why Destroying The Civil Service Would Be Good For America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anne Applebaum, author of the fantastic Iron Curtain and other histories, took to the pages of the Washington Post late last week to defend the neutral civil service as essential to American liberal democracy. She credits the so-called merit system for producing efficient and apolitical administration of government, and warns that dismantling it will result in the kind of corrupt governance that abounds in places like Venezuela and Turkey.

But the modern civil service is neither efficient nor apolitical. The efficiency of the federal government is a perpetual joke, due in no small part to a system of employment that makes firing lazy, incompetent, or outright defiant workers nearly impossible.

It can take years and multiple appealsproceedings that give the dismissed employee a level of protection comparable to a civil trialto fire someone for even the most obvious of causes. DeWayne Hamlin, a corrupt manager at Veterans Affairs, was convicted of a felony while on the job by the standards of a criminal court, but still was allowed to resume work (and get paid) while his civil service appeals played out for months.

Hamlin was not alone, and the consequences of keeping known bad apples can be dire. The employee who sent out the mistaken incoming missile alert in Hawaii at the height of tensions with North Korea was a known neer-do-well, who was kept around only because firing him would have been a Herculean effort.

Only three in 1,000 federal employees were dismissed from their jobs in 2016. Is Applebaums contention that 99.7 percent of them were doing a stellar job for the American people? No private company could operate with this kind of Byzantine nightmare system, which ironically is said to protect merit.

The frustrations of keeping on inefficient employees pale in comparison to the consequences of shielding an entire class of people who exercise government power from democratic accountability.

In 2016, 95 percent of political donations from federal employees went to Hillary Clinton. After Donald Trumps election, career staff from multiple agencies gathered publicly to learn how to best employ their official duties to...

12:57

Catholics Upset With Pope Franciss Death Penalty Opposition Shouldnt Jump To Condemn It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pope Francis sent the internet for a tailspin last week, when the Vatican announced that a change would be made to the catechism of the Catholic Church. The change to the section on the death penalty makes the practice now inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.

Many conservative commentators both in and outside the Catholic Church immediately condemned Francis for violating 2,000 years of Christian teaching and tradition. Liberal pundits, alternatively, lauded him for affirming the value of human life, and for stickin it to the conservatives. Rather than offer yet another opinion on the decision itself, I would like to step back and argue that the the nature and speed of responses to this event particularly by Americans is a more worrisome trend than the actual content of the announcement.

To understand why, we should revisit a little-known heresy the Catholic Church condemned more than a century ago. In the 1890s, a set of theological beliefs and practices became popular in the United States. These included insistence on a clear divide between church and state, emphasis on interior initiative in the spiritual life, attacks on religious vows, disparagement of the value of religious orders in the modern world, minimization of Catholic doctrine, and a reduction of the importance of spiritual direction. Americanism also stressed the uniqueness and exceptionalism of the American people, the American nation, and the American church.

Pope Leo XIII condemned American particularism in the 1899 encyclical Testem benevolentiae nostrae, and rejected the idea of some who conceive and would have the church in America to be different from what it is in the rest of the world. As Ive noted elsewhere, debates over whether Leos description reflected the reality in the United States largely subsided in the years that followed, although the underlying premise of American exceptionalism continues to play a role in some aspects of American Catholicism. The response to Pope Francis determination on the death penalty is, I would argue, just such an instance.

Consider first the amazing celerity of American pundits to the decision. I was at work when the news from the Vatican hit the presses. By the time I got out of work, my email inbox was already being flooded with commentary and opinion pieces.

From the Left, a CNN opinion called Francis critics death penalty hypocrites. Another same-day...

12:57

Why Parents And The Media Need To Stop Injecting Children Into Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If any feeling defines the Trump Era, its anger. Without channeling the anger of Americans who felt ignored by Washington, Donald Trump might never have been elected president. And since the 2016 election, anger even white-hot rage has fueled his political Resistance.

This is the emotionally polluted air we, including our children, are all breathing, and that exposure may not be healthy. Damon Winter, a staff photographer for The New York Times opinion section, draws our attention to that point with his recent photo essay featuring three photographs of children at Trump rallies.

Given The Times general unwillingness to understand anyone to their political right, Winters photographs offer Times readers a rare and much-needed window into some real people who supported Trump in 2016. Winter, a father, writes, During the last few weeks of Donald Trumps presidential campaign in the fall of 2016, I found myself seeking out increasingly tender and empathetic photographs of his supporters.

Winter reflects, In those final weeks, I remember being heartbroken that children were exposed to this anger, were learning from it and participating in it. I knew those parents loved their children just as I do mine, and that common bond was my reminder of their humanity and my own. I was searching for a way to connect in an environment that felt so toxic and violently polarized.

Winters heartbreak reminded me of my own reaction, when I heard about children as young as preschoolers who cried upon hearing that Hillary Clinton had lost. I dont doubt that those childrens parents love them, but I worried about the anger or fear that drove those children to tears over a national election they likely didnt even understand. I also wondered if Winter had ever taken pictures of children at Resistance-related rallies. But I digress.

To be fair, lets consider how Winter makes his own point: Of the three photos he shares, two feature girls wrapped peacefully in their fathers arms. We can only imagine what they make of the spectacle around them. The third photo is the only one blazing with anger. A close-up of a boy dressed in a white button-down shirt and red tie, its captioned, Jaden Rams, with his father behind him, jeering during a campaign event in 2016 for then-candidate Trump.

If were worried about children mimicking the angry behavior of adult crowds, Jadens picture is the one worth discussing. But rather than focus on Jadens father, who Winter writes beamed with pride. [while] Vitriol sputtered from his son Jadens mouth [Lock her up!], it see...

12:44

Could Donald Trump Launch Another War to Save His Skin? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A few days ago, the Trump administration moved to reimpose sanctions on Iran. This decision was hardly unexpected after Trump pulled the US out of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran in May. But could the escalation of tension be more about a troubled presidency at home than a strike at an ideological adversary abroad?

Since May, President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened Iran on Twitter. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton two ultra-hawks on Iran have also been ramping up the rhetoric. And Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York and now Trumps personal lawyer, recently called for regime change at a rally sponsored by a controversial group opposed to the current Iranian government.

It seems as though the administration is itching for a fight but would it really be willing to engage in yet another boots-on-the-ground Mideast war?

WhoWhatWhys Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker recently sat down with journalist/author/radio host Tom Hartmann to discuss how more than a few US presidents have viewed war: as just another means to improve their public standing. That cynical ploy could kick in with extra vigor for a president who feels cornered  someone like Trump, facing unpopularity and the potential endgame of the Robert Mueller probe.

Baker dr...

12:38

Rudy Giuliani: Robert Mueller is Now Implicated in Collusion and Soft Coup Attempt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rudy Giuliani: Robert Mueller is Now Implicated in Collusion and Soft Coup Attempt

According to Giuliani this information/evidence will surface over the next year to year-and-a-half, and will lead to a fundamental change in the institutions of...

12:06

'It brings all these teams together': Native basketball builds bridges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Native American Basketball Invitational is about more than just rez ball.

11:00

Negative Waves in Space "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NASA's Van Allen Probes observed a new population of space sound waves, called plasmaspheric hiss, which are important in removing high-energy particles from around Earth that can damage satellites.

Other bodies in the solar system don't have the protective measures that Earth enjoys and when robotic space craft visit (and later humans riding in the can), can be negatively influenced by conditions that are unfamiliar, and are not compensated for (presuming that compensation is possible. 

And before I'm accused of making negative waves, you should read the whole article.

Listening to electro-magnetic waves around the Earth, converted to sound, are said to be almost like listening to singing and chirping birds at dawn with a crackling camp fire nearby. This is why such waves are called "chorus waves". They cause polar lights but also high-energy 'killer' electrons that can damage spacecraft. 

Ganymede is both Jupiter's largest moon 
and the largest moon in the solar system.

The scientists led by Yuri Shprits of GFZ and the University of Potsdam report that the power of chorus waves is...

10:59

The Censorship Report joins REAL.video "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Censorship Report joins REAL.video

(Natural News) The Censorship Report, a site dedicated to exposing the criminality of the extreme Left, has just joined REAL.video. Mike Adams, founder of Natural News and director of CWC Labs, created REAL.video as a pro-liberty alternative to YouTube and other video-sharing sites that have been overtaken by liberal tyrants bent on quashing conservative voices.

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08:00

Huge outpouring of support for Alex Jones after censorship purge by tech giants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Huge outpouring of support for Alex Jones after censorship purge by tech giants

(Natural News) Despite having had his entire repository of media content scrapped from multiple major social media platforms, Alex Jones of InfoWars.com still has something that cant be taken from him by the tech tyrants the invigorated support of people everywhere who are outraged by this blatant act of silen...

08:00

Freedom Flotilla Passengers Finally Released by Israeli Military "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Freedom FlotillaDefending their illegal blockade of Gaza against what they see as infiltrators rather than activists bringing aid and making a point, Israeli soldiers physically assaulted a number of delegates and arrested them, including a USS Liberty survivor. (CN)  U.S. Navy Signalman Joe Meadors was standing watch on deck of the USS Liberty off the coast of Gaza on []

07:11

10 Bombshell Revelations From Seymour Hershs New Autobiography "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Seymour Hersh Autobiography(ZHE)  Among the more interesting revelations to surface as legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh continues a book tour and gives interviews discussing his newly published autobiography, Reporter: A Memoir, is that he never set out to write it at all, but was actually deeply engaged in writing a massive expos of Dick Cheney  a project he decided couldnt ultimately be published []

07:10

Southern Ute elder Sage Remington passes on at the age of 76 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sage Douglas Remington, an elder from the Southern Ute Tribe known for his political and cultural activism, passed away on July 31, 2018.

06:51

ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Denying Asylum to Victims of Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ACLU TrumpIts clear the administrations goal is to deny and deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, said Jennifer Chang Newell, an attorney with the ACLUs Immigrants Rights Project. (TT)  The American Civil Liberties Union has launched another sweeping challenge to President Donald Trumps administration, this time in a federal lawsuit over the administrations []

06:39

F.A.S.T. for Pepper Spray Treatment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post F.A.S.T. for Pepper Spray Treatment appeared first on It's Going Down.

An in-depth look at new frontiers in pepper-spray treatment.

In-Depth Flyer For Download HERE

A coalition of street medics, mad scientists, and people tired of getting pepper sprayed have worked together for over a year to develop a more effective solution for treatment of OC spray contamination and injury.  The criteria for more effective included the ability to prepare the solution from readily available consumer ingredients, without electrical appliances.

The solution needed to remain stable over time and tolerate normal fluctuations in temperature. It needed to be as easy to apply as LAW (liquid antacid wash) but have a chemically fixative action, bringing the pain and tissue damage to a halt within five minutes or less.

These goals have been met, both in controlled tests, and most recently, on the streets of Portland. All test subjects and recipients of treatment agree its time to share. Theres a brief technical paper on the theory and development, and a couple of convenient posters for the TL;DR folks.

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06:31

Its Time for the World to Impose Sanctions on Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sanctions Donald TrumpIts time for Americans to get a taste of their own medicine. The world should blacklist Trump, his associates, and his businesses. (FPIF Opinion)  Its embarrassing enough to have Donald Trump as president. But now American citizens have to endure the additional pain of the sanctions that other countries are imposing on the United States. Doesnt []

06:17

US Sanctions Russia Over Alleged Chemical Attack in UK "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump Russia Sanctions(ANTIWAR.COM)  Months after Britain alleged that the Russian government carried out nerve-agent attacks in Salisbury, the Trump Administration has announced a new round of sanctions against Russia, aimed to punish them for the incident. The Novichuk poisoning incident was claimed by Britains government, but contested by Russia. There was never conclusive evidence to support the claims Russia was []

06:05

Nuremberg Prosecutor: US Detention of Children a Crime Against Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nuremberg Prosecutor(CD)  The last surviving prosecutor at the Nazi Nuremberg trials just offered harsh criticism for the Trump administrations family separation crisis resulting from its cruel immigration policies, calling it a crime against humanity. Ninety-nine year old Ben Ferencz made the comments in a recent lengthy interview with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad []

05:54

Supporting Street Actions with Labor and Economic Campaigns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Supporting Street Actions with Labor and Economic Campaigns appeared first on It's Going Down.

Argues for antifascist street actions to also be met with labor and economic actions against the far-Right.

On August 4th, the nazi-right invaded Portland with the intention of killing and maiming all who might oppose them. Unluckily for them, the working-class turned out in much greater numbers. From what I can tell all the way from the east coast, the working-class outnumbered the nazi-right 10:1. Its hard to go around smashing the heads of minorities when the working-class decides to band together and bash your head. Unfortunately for us, were talking about violence here. Between the camp of the nazi-right and the working-class, numbers more or less will be the deciding factor in any direct conflict, but those arent the only two camps involved in the struggle. The capitalist State has a monopoly on violence and gets to decide who will win any and all major street fights so long as an alternative does not begin threatening the capitalist State.

Summarizing the lessons from these two important report-backs from Portland leads us to understand the general tactic the State is using with the nazi-right. Where the nazi-right can potentially curb stomp the working-class, police back off. Where the working-class can defend itself from nazi-violence, police will intervene and give the nazi-right permission to march the streets armed. Where this leads is predictable, quoting from one of the report-backs.

Soon after the bloc dispersed, a friend who was in the area described seeing a large group of Proud Boys, including Tusitala Tiny Toese (who was wearing a T-shirt that read Pinochet did nothing wrong) attacking a group of POC young adults. My friend said they saw the Proud Boys holding a young black man in a chokehold; when he fought his way free, they began attacking him with metal trash can lids and macing him. They also maced two young brown women and a group of white bystanders who tried to intervene. It is unknown if the other Proud Boys involved in the attacks were local or out-of-towners. Because of the force with which the police attacked us, our goal of preventing fascist violence in Portland yesterday did not succeed.

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05:06

OmarosaGate: Tapes to Prove Trump Dementia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Move over Michael Cohen: youre not the only one whos secretly recorded US President Donald Trump. Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman recorded multiple conversations with POTUS while she was serving in the White House, the Daily Beast revealed Wednesday, citing multiple sources. According to the publication, those whove managed to listen to the Omarosa tapes described them as anodyne, []

04:58

He Opted To End His Career To Donate Bone Marrow To A Patient He Didnt Even Know "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: https://faithit-eszuskq0bptlfh8awbb.stackpathdns.com/

Can you imagine donating 2 liters of bone marrow to a complete stranger? Would you pause your life, and moreover, end your career, just so that you could give someone you had never met, a chance to survive? Thats exactly what this 21-year old athlete did in order to help save life. He selflessly gave up his life in order to allow a 28-year old leukemia patient hope at survival.

Cameron Lyle is proof that not only do good guys still exist in the world, they also have hearts beyond measure.

Cameron Lyle, Athlete Extraordinaire

Source: http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/

Cameron Lyle was 21-year old star athlete who had graduated from Timberlane Regional High School. After graduation, he went on to study college at the University of New Hampshire where he joined their Track and Field team.

04:50

Caine: There is never enough time (Non-fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Caine, a member of FtB, lost her battle with cancer this week.

Honestly, I mainly knew her through the back channel. I knew she had cancer, but I didnt realize how severe it was.

I feel for her many friends and followers  I also feel sad that I will never get to know her better, or ever get to meet her in person.  That opportunity is gone.

Humans are fortunate, in that we appear to be the only animals on Earth that can perceive and appreciate the universe.  Our advances in medicine and science have extended our lifespans.  Still, at least for this week, it feels like theres never enough time.  So Ill try to make the most of the time I do have.  However long that is.

 

04:39

Would the LAST Honest Republican Please Stand Up!! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We become more and more a banana republic where the rulers don't even have to PRETEND to care about the people -- ONLY about stealing their country's resources for themselves and their friends and family members!!

04:08

Something Has Changed Forever: Portland, A4 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Something Has Changed Forever: Portland, A4 appeared first on It's Going Down.

A personal and reflective account on the recent antifascist mass mobilization in Portland, Oregon.

8:30 A.M.: Im sitting at my living room table trying to eat a piece of toast. Not the best breakfast to fight fascism, but my nerves are shot, and its all I have the energy to make. Today is going to be long, and Im going to need the energy, but I just dont feel like eating.

Anxiety does that to you. I didnt sleep much, but Im awake, really awake. Most people dont work on Saturdays, but being someone that works in the service industry, I do. I should be there right now, at work, but I called in sick. I fibbed a little bit, gave my manager the classic food poisoning story, but the only thing Im sick of is having to go out into public to confront fascism. And yet, here I am, getting ready to do just that. The word is that today could be another another Charlottesville. I believe it. Im worried that by the end of the day, one or more of my friends will be dead or hospitalized. Suddenly nauseous, I grab the plate, walk to the trash can, throw the toast away.

11:00 A.M.: Ive arrived to the Pop Mob (popular mobilization) meet up site, City Hall. There are numerous contingents of people from various organizations. The usual suspects are here: IWW, DSA, labor unions, various assortments of socialists and anarchists, but liberals seem to be in shorter supply than normal. Folks in black bloc mob about within the crowd. Its big. Theres a lot of us. I take comfort in these numbers and the mentality of the crowd, after all, its mostly leftists, not liberals, and I know that were all on the same page: defend our community.

We begin to march, and soon enough were making our way down Salmon Street, a hundred or so militant antifascists at our front. Weve clogged the street for two blocks. Its definitely not Boston, but Im beginning to think we have the numbers to make this happen, to end this before it begins. Up ahead I can see the proto-fascist (and explicitly) fascist Patriot Prayer rally. Theyre just across the street, lined up behind numerous State fascists (cops), barricades, and barriers.

Their crowd is a sea of authoritarian and racist imagery, some of it obvious, some of it more subtle. Theres a few confederate flags and a yellow anti-communist action flag resembling a Third Reich battle flag, in the middle of this flag is a helicopter, a shout out to fascist Chilean dictator install...

04:05

US Officers at Incirlik Air Base Sued by Turkish Lawyers for Terrorist Ties "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A group of attorneys loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have initiated legal action against US officers attached to the strategic Incirlik Air Base in Turkey for alleged ties with terrorists, according to a new report. The Turkish attorneys want to temporarily halt all operations at the Incirlik base to execute a search warrant, Stars and Stripes []

03:27

Democrats Vow Investigation of VAs Shadow Rulers After ProPublica Story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democratic lawmakers said they will investigate how three outsiders have been shaping policy and personnel at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A ProPublica investigation Tuesday revealed the vast influence of the trio, who often meet at President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago club.

Tim Walz, the ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the agencys new secretary demanding that the VA hand over all records of contacts between agency officials and the three men, who are sometimes referred to as the Mar-a-Lago Crowd.

This situation reeks of corruption and cronyism, Walz (D-Minn.) said in a statement. If these revelations prove true, and VA is being secretly run from the shadows of Mar-a-Lago by individuals with no accountability to taxpayers and who have never served in the United States military or government, then that would amount to an unprecedented, disturbing, and profoundly unacceptable betrayal of our nations veterans.

The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the chairman of Marvel Entertainment who has long known Trump. Another is Bruce Moskowitz, a Palm Beach doctor who caters to the ultra-wealthy. The third is Marc Sherman, a lawyer who serves as an expert witness in white collar trials. While they lack relevant experience to veterans health care, what they do have is the presidents ear.

ProPublicas investigation, based on interviews with former officials and hundreds of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that VA officials treated their directives as orders. Officials who didnt get along with the Mar-a-Lago Crowd were sidelined or removed.

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02:25

Defend DC From White Supremacy: #AllOutDC Weekend Of Events "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Defend DC From White Supremacy: #AllOutDC Weekend Of Events appeared first on It's Going Down.

The Shut It Down DC Coalition, representing 38 different organizations and local groups in the DC metropolitan area, has released a schedule of events for the upcoming mass days of action from Friday to this Sunday, in opposition to the neo-Nazi and Alt-Right rally, Unite the Right.

Free School

Friday August 10th

3 PM 9 PM

St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church Washington, DC

1525 Newton St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010

Day of Free School Classes with the emphasis on Resistance.

Join us as we will have multiple teachers facilitate classes such as Self Defense, know your rights, and many more. We have room for flexibility, so if you are interested in plugging in please go to the Google form (coming soon) and submit.

Very Important

Please leave phones, bags, etc. in your car. Either dont bring them, or be willing to leave them in our designated secured area that we will provide for you. Please do not attempt to enter the training without going through our quick security process first.

Please come wearing clothes ready for self-defense (comfortable shoes and clothing).

This is a collaborative effort by multiple groups.

For more information, questions or anything else please contact ResistanceTraining@protonmail.com.

Please do not contact the peace house with any questions or inquiries regarding this event, as you will not get a response.

Virginia Students United Against White Supremacy

Saturday August 11th

7 PM The Rotunda, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Join us, student and community activists, on August 11th to reclaim the North Plaza of the Rotunda and demand justice for those who have suffered at the hands of white supremacy. We are calling on you to rally with us. Bring your friends, your community, your people...

02:09

Jeff Sessions Unloads On Bigoted Ideology Of Media Who Attack People Of Faith "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Progressive campaigns against so-called hate speech are bullying tactics used to oppress people of conscience who defend Constitutional and civil rights, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a group of religious liberty advocates on Wednesday evening.

They have used this designation as a weapon and they have wielded it against conservative organizations that refuse to accept their orthodoxy and choose instead to speak their conscience. They use it to bully and intimidate groups like yours which fight for the religious freedom, the civil rights, and the constitutional rights of others, Sessions said in prepared remarks for the Alliance Defending Freedom Religious Liberty Summit.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit organization that defends religious liberty in the courts, has a 9-0 record at the Supreme Court over the past seven years. It won the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case just weeks ago with a 7-2 ruling reaffirming Constitutional rights of free expression in the face of governmental animus. It also won the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra case 5-4, reaffirming freedom of speech against governmental limits. Last year it won Trinity Lutheran v. Comer with a 7-2 ruling against governmental discrimination against the religious. The group has also won hundreds of free speech cases in lower courts.

Yet when Sessions addressed the group last year, the formerly respectable Southern Poverty Law Center claimed hed addressed a hate group. Worse, media companies completely adopted this extremist language and used it to smear Christians who defend the countrys founding principles. Sessions had harsh words for this practice, which attacks a culture of free expression and religious liberty.

In his speech, Sessions also critiqued tech companies and the media, which use inflammatory slurs and epithets to limit expression of ideological opponents. Rather than engaging in good faith arguments, they rely on the short-cuts of smears and name-calling.

Yet people of faith are facing a new hostility. Really, a bigoted ideology which is founded on animus towards people of faith.

Youll notice that they dont rely on the facts. They dont make better arguments. They dont propose higher ideals.

No, they just call people nameslike hate group.'

This week, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their tech platforms not for his dangerous conspiracy theories but, as one put it, because he violated hate speech guidelines which limit expression on...

01:59

Alex Jones Written Statement on Internet Censorship "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alex Jones Written Statement on Internet Censorship

This is a dangerous precedent that can be used against any ideology, left or right.

The post Alex Jones Written Statement on Internet Censorship appeared first on Alternative News Network.

01:58

Trump's Talk of Isolating Iran Speaks More to US Global Isolation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The American president is in danger of recklessly overplaying his hand. His truculent demands that the rest of the world join in US efforts to isolate Iran economically are likely to backfire badly. Both China and India -- Iran's biggest export markets for its oil industry -- have said they are not going to defer to Trump's sanctions.

01:57

Regime Change In Iran, Government Internet Takeover, Assange Asked to Testify & Systemic Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (8/8/18). John Bolton has been ramping up his television appearances recently to assure the public that Iran Evil, US good, that the recent reimposed sanctions are in the []

The post Regime Change In Iran, Government Internet Takeover, Assange Asked to Testify & Systemic Pedophilia appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

01:46

Daily Inspiration --- Blackberry Authorities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I first came out to the country "" my mind emptied and I liked it that way. My mind was like a sky "" without clouds, a summer sky with several birds flapping across a field "" on the eastern horizon.

01:29

Hitler & Trump: The Great Man Theory Debunked "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Reading time: 6 pages, 2,150 words, 5 to 8 minutes.

Were told that great leaders make history. Like so much of what we are taught, thats a load of bunk. Yes, great leaders make it into the history books, but they do not make history. You make history. I make history. All we dirt people together make history. Government-run schools dont teach us this because it makes us easier to control.

The Great Man Theory [Link] tells us that history can be largely explained by the impact of great leaders. This theory was popularized in the 1800s by the historian and social commentator Thomas Carlyle  [Link] The Great Man Theory downplays the importance of economic and practical explanations. It is an appealing theory because its simplicity offers the path of least resistance. That should ring an alarm.

Herbert Spencer [Link] forcefully disagreed with the Great Man Theory. He believed that great leaders were merely products of their social environment. Before he can remake his society, his society must make him. Tolstoy went so far as to call great leaders historys slaves. However, this middle ground still misses the mark.

At the other extreme is history from below [Link] aka the peoples history. History from below takes the perspective of common people rather than leaders. It emphasizes the daily life of ordinary people that develop opinions and trends as opposed to great people introducing ideas or initiating events. Unfortunately, this too is only half the equation, and it is no surprise that it appeals to Leftist and Marxist agendas.

Having studied politics and history ever since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, I determined that although history is partly the environments and individuals shaping each other reciprocally, it is more than that. It is you and I who make history with every decision we make, every dollar we spend, everything we learn, every vote we cast and every opinion we voice. Its even what we dont do. It is mostly organic and cannot easily be explained in a simple, linear fashion the way the aforementioned political philosophers tried.

Great leaders are merely the right person at the right time and place. However, they do not lead so much as follow from the front. They stick their finger in the air to see which way the wind blows. They may be brutes, bullies or demagogues, but they are sensitive enough to understand the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times and so, they adjust their message accordingly.

That is one reason Jimmy Carter was a failed President. He was a nice guy, but h...

01:14

VIPS Plead for Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For six years, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been effectively imprisoned without charges at Ecuador's London embassy. Human rights organizations have decried actions of the UK, US and Swedish governments that confine the journalist in what now amounts to torturous isolation, deprived of space, sunlight, visitors, communication with the outside and necessary medical care.

01:14

Caine has died "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Caine was a long-time commenter here, which led to her taking on her own blog at Affinity she was notoriously strong-minded and independent, and I greatly appreciated her perspective. If youve been following her blog, you know that she was struggling with cancer, and as usual, she was forthright and honest about it.

Unfortunately, the cancer has killed her. She will be greatly missed.

Heres her last post: pissed off but hopeful. We all expected her to be back doing her art by now.

Fuck cancer.

00:56

Lawsuit Confronts Extortion Of Prisoners By Electronic Monitoring Firm "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Robert Jackson was four days into a 120-day sentence in an Alameda County, California, jail when his wife passed away unexpectedly, leaving their three young children without a parent in the home. He was compassionately released with the caveat that he submit to electronic monitoring by the for-profit Leaders in Community Alternatives (LCA) company. Though his weekly paycheck was $400-$500, his weekly monitoring fees to LCA came to $250 per week 50-65 percent of his total income. He ultimately paid around $4,500 for 113 days of monitoring, while being repeatedly threatened with violation and jail if he didnt pay something that would have left his children without a parent and at the mercy of the state. Jackson was forced to sell his car and eventually had to give up his apartment leaving him homeless just so he could pay off LCA.

00:44

VIPS Plead For Humanitarian Asylum For Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For six years, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been effectively imprisoned without charges at Ecuadors London embassy. In that time, two international courts and dozens of respected legal and human rights organizations have decried actions of the UK, US and Swedish governments that confine the journalist in what now amounts to torturous isolation, deprived of space, sunlight, visitors, communication with the outside and necessary medical care. The catalyst was an arcane effort by the Swedish government to extradite Assange for questioning about claims of sexual improprieties.1 The UK government subsequently arrested Assange and released him on bail.

00:38

#OccupyICE Movement Grows Momentum In Colorado "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There was a rally of more than 100 people coinciding with the blockade, and providing water, food, songs and chants, and support to the blockade participants. The large crowd was met with militarized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers and a team fitted for riot control. Around 6:00pm, a DHS officer began sawing off one PVC pipe at a time with a hand saw (none of the eight participants were injured during the sawing). After each individual was removed from the PVC pipes, they were cuffed with zip ties and placed into a transport vehicle. Supporters of the blockade participants expected the transport vehicle was heading to the Arapahoe County Detention Center. Instead, the transport vehicle drove a mile down the road and told the eight individuals they could leave after officers wrote up their citations and court summons. However, one of the eight refused to give the police any personal information.

00:37

BREAKING: Israeli and Palestinian Forces Fighting in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Breaking news out of Gaza tonight: a major confrontation between Israeli and Palestinian forces is underway after a reported unprovoked deadly Israeli airstrike and a subsequent rocket attack by Hamas in response.

Follow 21WIRE contributor Robert Inlakesh for updates on Palestine:

Al Masdar News reports

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) A major confrontation is taking place place between the Israeli and Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip tonight.

According to a report released by the Israeli military, the confrontation began when members of Hamas fired several rockets towards the Sderot settlement near the Gaza Strip.

Local Palestinian activists reported that the rocket attack was in response to Israel killing a member of Hamas recently.

As a result of this conflict, several airstrikes have been launched by the Israeli Air Force, along with heavy shelling from their ground forces.

In response to the airstrikes and shelling, the Palestinian forces have launched several rockets towards the Israeli settlements, prompting the IDF to activate their missile sirens near the Gaza Strip.

Israels Iron Dome system managed to intercept most of the rockets, but some did reach the Israeli settlements, causing material damage to some homes.

More details to come

READ MORE PALESTINE NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Palestine Files

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00:30

The U.S. Deploys Its Third Major Attempt To Destabilize The Government Of Evo Morales "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Using the 2019 elections as the pretext, The United States, through different means and actors, is activating its third major plan to destabilize Evo Morales government, block the indigenous leaders project of political-electoral continuity and interrupt the process of change. However, far from coming from a position of strength, these external actions against the process of change in Bolivia reveal the deep weakness of the internal opposition, which seeks to gain from outside the country what it has not yet been able to gain from within. The interventionist plan of the United States is obvious. There is no reason why U.S. imperialism would not activate plans and measures to meddle in Bolivias internal affairs, just as it has done against all the progressive and leftist governments of Latin America. It started with the weakest, such as Honduras and Paraguay, then it carried out a new type of coups, that they applied against the strongest.

00:21

Monsanto Pays Harvard Wizard $100k To Perform Statistical Magic Show For Jury "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Despite its impressive name, the HSPH has earned an unsavory reputation for taking rich contributions from polluters in exchange for producing scientific research that fortifies corporate profit-taking. Big Tobacco, the chemical industry, Detroit automakers, corporate food processors, and industrial meat and grain barons have all turned to HSPH for corporate-friendly science anointed with the imprimatur of the Harvard name. HSPHs iconic founder, Fredrick Stare, proudly bore the sobriquet Mr. Sugar for his adamant defense of a sugar-only diet. Stares sweet tooth garnered HSPH millions of dollars in research grants from Kelloggs, General Mills and Coca-Cola. In exchange for soda industry lucre, Stare obligingly provided the scientific conclusion that a cold Coke was a healthy between-meals snack.

00:19

TEAM PEOPLE RISING: First Muslim woman, daughter of Palestinian immigrants, bound for Congress "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Beige Americans being replacing the order in the USA and not a second too soon! Hurry!

00:19

Forbidden Information: Alex Jones Launches Nationwide Grassroots Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Forbidden Information: Alex Jones Launches Nationwide Grassroots Campaign

Red pill your town or neighborhood in this fight for free speech.

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The post...

00:09

President Trumps Tariffs Are Not Really The Point "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ronald Reagan told us that markets are good, government is bad, and we should let free markets solve all our problems. Winners will prosper, and gains will trickle down to workers and communities. At the global level, this meant free trade policy that blurs national boundaries, and merges or integrates our economy into the global economy. This approach shifts power in favor of global corporations, while reducing policy space for governments, workers, communities, and the environment. China has never accepted our free-trade free-market model. Zhang Xiangchen, Chinas ambassador to the WTO, made this clear a few days ago. China has been vigorously exploring a road of market economy, which suits Chinas own national situation and circumstances, and we have made remarkable progress in this endeavor.

00:07

Mega-DNC Funder Goes to War With Wobbly Canvassers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Mega-DNC Funder Goes to War With Wobbly Canvassers appeared first on It's Going Down.

Overview of recent organizing efforts by Wobbly canvassers, and the uphill battle they have faced from their employer, a progressive Canvassing corporation that raises money for the DNC, ACLU, SPLC and a variety of non-profits.

Over the past several months workers relying on whats often called the non-profit sector, have been organizing to tackle systematic workplace grievances and management withholding pay, benefits and pushing through extreme employment dependent performance goals.

Despite the name many companies involved in the charity or non profit sector are actually very profitable, some companies like the Grassroots Campaigns Inc (GCI) which has some very high profile and well funded clients like the AFL-CIO. A number of its workers in several areas, Seattle, Portland, New Orleans etc have started working with the Industrial Workers of the World to establish branches of the United Campaign Workers Union.

The campaigns are passing up recognition from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and are instead consciously pushing a Solidarity Unionism strategy.

From Street Canvassing for Good Causes: The Worst Job in Town? by Shane Burley of In These Times:

Last week, the United Campaign Workers union, an affiliate of the Portland Industrial Workers of the World, announced its second organized workplace in its less than two months of existence. (The first was the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp.)Canvassers working for Grassroots Campaigns Inc. (GCI), a third-party contractor that does street canvassing and fundraising for progressive nonprofit organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center, informed management of their unionization drive two weeks ago. The union drive began in response to what workers say were unsustainable turnover rates from firings and overly complicated pay scales.

The article is worth reading in full as it gives a lot of detail to working conditions at GCI and the early campaigns of the United Canv...

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23:56

How BRICS Plus Clashes With The US Economic War On Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

August 04, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa important Global South players strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism. The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy. Closer examination of Chinese President Xi Jinpings speech unlocks some poignant details. Xi, crucially, emphasizes delving further into our strategic partnership. That implies increased BRICS and Beyond BRICS multilateral trade, investment and economic and financial connectivity.

23:51

Pilger Excoriates Media on Assange Silence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and investigative reporter John Pilger takes the gloves off on the continuing attempts to upend WikiLeaks and arrest its founding publisher, Julian Assange, in this interview with Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico.

23:49

OSP Hunger Strike Reaches Second Week "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post OSP Hunger Strike Reaches Second Week appeared first on It's Going Down.

Update on ongoing hunger strike in Ohio by prison rebel Siddique Abdullah Hasan.

Youngstown, OH Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan has been refusing food since the morning of Saturday July 28 in protest to a conduct report and new restrictions on his confinement.

The charges include rioting or participating in a riot, though no riot occurred. Hasan has been held in solitary confinement for decades at the supermax prison in Youngstown Ohio.

The conduct report will be handled by a Serious Miscondut Panel later this week, who will make recommendations to the Chief of the Bureau of Classification, Brian Wittrup. Brian Wittrup is also the author of the conduct report.

This is the equivalent of a prosecutor first arguing a case, and then putting on judges robes to determine the sentence, said Ben Turk, a supporter who was named in the conduct report and will testify before the panel, there can be no justice in such an arrangement.

The conduct report primarily stems from Turk attempting to send publicly available documents about the upcoming prison strike to Hasan. The mailrooms intercepted the paper copy of these documents, but not the copy sent through the JPay email system.

Hasan believes the matter cannot be won within the ODRC, he regards it as an infringement on his, and his supporters First Amendment rights and intends to pursue remedy through the courts.

A determined human rights advocate, Hasan has engaged in many hunger strikes over his years at the supermax. His commitment to justice and the assertion of his rights in this matter is strong.

Outside supporters are engaged in a pressure campaign against the ODRC, encouraging people to call, send emails, and letters to Director Gary Mohr, at his office and home address.

View the call to action here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1845174578902495/

A copy of the conduct report is available online here: https://share.riseup.net/#0fTFl9yer_QKIt5h0nURDw

A copy of the offending material sent to Hasan is available online here: https://fireinside.noblogs.org/2018prisonstrikes/

23:44

Rothschild Connected Billionaire Arrested For Role In NXIVM Child Trafficking Sex Slave Ring "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Rothschild-connected billionaire heiress to the Seagrams dynasty has been arrested for her role in the child sex trafficking cult NXIVM

 

Billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman was indicted on racketeering charges in federal court on Tuesday connected to her involvement as Operations Director for the NXIVM sex cult.

Bronfman is the heir to the multi-billion dollar liquor fortune of Edgar Bronfman Sr, the billionaire philanthropist who was formerly head of Seagram.

Additionally, Nancy Salzman, her daughter Lauren and NXIVM bookkeeper Kathy Russell were also accused of a racketeering conspiracy in the new superseding indictment in the case.

As alleged in the superseding indictment, for over a decade, Keith Raniere was the leader of a racketeering conspiracy in which he and members of his inner circle committed a  broad range of serious crimes from identity theft and obstruction of justice to sex trafficking, all to promote and protect Raniere and NXIVM, said US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue in a statement

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney also gave a statement on Tuesday.

As alleged, this long-running conspiracy crossed multiple avenues of criminal activity, which included, among other things, electronic monitoring; identity theft; extortion; victim smuggling; and illegal trafficking of a victim after a period of unlawful confinement, said Sweeney.

After her court appearance on Tuesday, Bronfman walked free after agreeing to wear an ankle monitor and posting $100 million in bail. Bronfman is not accused of sex trafficking.

While shes not accused of sex trafficking like the groups leaders Keith Raniere and Allison Mack, Frank Parlato, a former NXIVM publicist-turned-whistleblower...

23:37

Russia Is Our Friend "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last May I was in Russia when fascists held a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville, not to be confused with their larger rally which followed in August. At the May rally, people shouted Russia is our friend. I was on a Russian TV show called Crosstalk the next day and discussed this. I also discussed it with other Russians, actual friends in the human sense. Some of them were completely bewildered, arguing that Russia never had slavery and couldnt be the friend of Confederate-flag-waving people whom they saw as advocates for slavery. (Anti-Russian Ukrainians have also waved Confederate flags.) I dont think slavery or serfdom was on the minds of the people shouting Russia is our friend. Rather they believed the Democratic/Liberal accusation that the Russian government had tried to help make Donald Trump President, and they approved. They may also have thought of Russia as a white ally in their cause of white supremacy.

23:32

In One Year, MSNBC Covered Stormy Daniels 455 Times, War in Yemen 0 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by  via Anti Media

Why is the No. 1 outlet of alleged anti-Trump #resistance completely ignoring his most devastating war?

(FAIR) As FAIR has noted before (1/8/18, 3/20/18), to MSNBC, the carnage and destruction the US and its Gulf Monarchy allies are leveling against the poorest country in the Arab world is simply a non-issue.

On July 2, a year had passed since the cable networks last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to what Adweek (4/3/18) calls the network of the Resistance, which has since its last mention of the USs role in the destruction of Yemen found time to run over a dozen segments highlighting war crimes committed by the S...

23:31

Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis In Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israeli arms are being sent to a heavily armed neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine, The Electronic Intifada has learned. Azov Battalion online propaganda shows Israeli-licensed Tavor rifles in the fascist groups hands, while Israeli human rights activists have protested arms sales to Ukraine on the basis that weapons might end up with anti-Semitic militias. In a letter about licenses for Ukraine obtained by The Electronic Intifada, the Israeli defense ministrys arms export agency says they are careful to grant licenses to arms exporters in full coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities. The 26 June letter was sent in reply to Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack who had written a detailed request demanding Israel end all military aid to the country. Azovs official status in the Ukrainian armed forces means it cannot be verified that Israeli weapons and training are not being used by anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi soldiers, Mack and 35 other human rights activists wrote.

23:30

BAD SPIN: Trump Calls Latest Sanctions on Iran a Push for WORLD PEACE "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is truly bad spin on more sanction addiction spinning off the rails and right into the swamp. WORLD PEACE is not on the agenda here.

WAR: GOOD FOR FEW, BAD FOR MOST. (Illustration by Carlos Latuff/WikiCommons)


Antiwar.com reports

In a post on Twitter, President Trump offered a self-congratulatory announcement that sanctions on Iran have been reimposed, declaring them the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and saying that they are a push for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!

This is the first time Trump has couched the sanctions as seeking anything like peace. In general, he has presented them as punishing Iran for their civilian nuclear program, and trying to force them to negotiate. Iran has rejected any talks that come under threat.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is demanding massive, and largely unspecific, changes in behavior by Iran as conditions for any sanctions relief. Of course, weve seen in the past that US sanctions have a momentum of their own, and even in cases where, like Iraq, the sanctions escalated into an invasion, removing them didnt happen instantly even after regime change.

Iranian FM Javad Zarif was very dismissive of Trumps comments, saying tantrums and CAPPED TWEETS wont change the fact that the world is sick & tired of US unilateralism He predicted that the world wont follow impulsive tweeted diktats.

That appears to be an open question. Trump is clearly betting, as the lone country pullout of the P5+1 nuclear dea...

23:17

16 Manipulative Compliance Tactics Society Uses To Influence, Alter and Control Your Behavior "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by  via Loner Wolf

Are you a puppet?

Think about that question for a moment.  Look at everything you have bought in the last week, consider all the decisions you have made, places you have gone, agreements you have made, favors you have given and then answer the question.

The truth is, if you have a combination of X and/or Y chromosomes and identify as a human being you probably are a puppet of life, and like a marionette you are often pulled here and pulled there, without even knowing it.  What you buy, decide to invest in, commit to and relinquish in life is greatly influenced by the following 16 compliance tactics first discovered by American sociologists Gerald Marwel and David Schmitt.

16 Highly Effective and Persuasive Compliance Tactics

So, what is a compliance tactic, and why is it so important to learn about?  Well in essence, a compliance tactic is basically a way of intentionally trying to alter your behavior, or in other words, its a way of controlling your decisions.  Compliance tactics are more forceful than simple persuasive techniques in that they actually target the behavior of a person, rather than their mental processes.

Sound a tad manipulative?  You bet.  And it happens to you almost daily without you ever knowing it.  Friends, family, work colleagues, strangers, magazines, internet and TV advertisements almost everyone and...

23:11

Medicare Members Beware! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors Note:  New Medicare cards are in the works.  Be sure Social Security has your current addressCarol What should you do if someone calls and asks for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you dont share your personal information? Hang up! Its a scam. Scam artists may try []

23:06

Caine is gone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dear readers

Sadly we have to tell you that Caine has lost her battle with cancer and died yesterday morning.

Life threw much more at Caine than it had any right to, yet she was still and always a passionate and compassionate fighter for what is right, for human dignity and decency. Many here started our time out on Pharyngula by being whacked over the head by Caine, whose zero tolerance for people being assholes made her a fierce commenter.

But Caine was so much more than that, she was a wonderful artist, great photographer, a loving partner and a good friend, even though most of us never met her in person. She created this space and this wonderful little community.

Dear Rick, we feel your pain and our heartfelt condolences are with you.

Dear Caine, you will be missed and remembered. None of us believed in an afterlife, except for the one in the hearts and the memories of the people we touched. Dear Caine, you live on in many hearts and the tears that are cried for you.

Two feathers swimming on water

22:48

Julian Assange Asked To Testify In Front Of Senate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia...

22:47

Twitter Bans Conservative Author For Tweet Supporting Sarah Jeong And Opposing Deplatforming "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two days ago, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars was banned from Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes. Yesterday, Tommy Robinson, an activist in trouble for speaking out against grooming gangs in Britain, was deleted from Instagram, libertarians including the director of the Ron Paul Institute were banned from Twitter. Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted that Facebook and YouTube must take down more conservative sites because The survival of our democracy depends on it, and he wasnt Twitter-banned.

Twitter wags joked that that banning Jones was hardly the way to douse his conspiracy theories and pointed out that respectable conservatives are hoping to be eaten last, but the deplatforming bear is coming after all of us. I guess I wont be part of the Twitter conversation on deplatforming, going forward, however, because today Twitter banned me.

They deplatformed mefor a tweet deploring deplatforming. Heres the full text of my offending tweet, a full-throttle defense of New York Times editorial board hiree Sarah Jeongs freedom of speech and included a self-deprecating reference to my own race: @sarahjeong This whitey is cheering you on as you fight off the Twitter mob. Down with deplatforming! Plus, its clarifying abt. what kind of paper the NYT wants to be . . . 5:24 AM 3 Aug 2018.

Honestly, I thought that was a pretty gracious response to someone who had tweeted out #CancelWhitePeople and speculated that people like me are natural cave-dwellers unfit for life on the surface of the planet. But according to Twitter its me, not Jeong, who has engaged in hateful conduct that violates Twitters terms of service: Violating our rules against hateful conduct.You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin

My Twitter-banning is just another example of the social media monsters attempt to ban conservative voices from the public square in the runup to the 2018 election. They seem to have decided that if they let us be heard, the Democrats will keep losing elections, and that outcome is unacceptable.

I have always had my doubts about trust-busting, but it may be time to consider regulating these huge social media corporations as public utilities. As John Zmirak, a fellow Regnery author whose books I have been privileged to edit, points out, if Ma Bell had behaved like this when the telephone was invented, the phone company would have been listening in to all our calls and cutting off conservatives phone service for hate speech.

My stand in defense of even hateful speech was inspired by the venerable free speech tradition in Western civilization and specifically Anglo-American cultureexpressed in such classics as Miltons Areopagiticawhich I explored in The Politically Incorrect Guide to English...

22:43

Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A little-noticed Senate bill would give Donald Trump blanket permission to launch wars in violation of the Constitution, says John Kiriakou.

22:25

Resistance Mixtape: US Midterm Elections Lift Hysteria on Left to New Heights "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The fact that hysteria on the Left has reached new heights is not new, but the current American political climate has become a theatrical spectacle and wont be letting up any time soon.

The following report colorfully describes the situation, and could be a guide to understanding how the upcoming US midterm elections will unfold.

Tucker Carlson also provides this concise, razor-sharp analysis worth watching. You wont believe what #TheResistance has said in his latest mixtape. It is completely out of control. Heres a quick sampling:

Trump is literally Nero, while the West burns

What we are watching in the Trump presidency is worse than Watergate. (says the man who hasnt worked since Watergate)

I will prosecute ICE for their criminal acts.

All this and more below

The Duran

The chronicling of the American political situation continues to fascinate and in some cases, alarm and terrify those who study the United States, and President Trump.

There appear to be three or four major sides evident in the American political / social theatre:

Group 1: The enraged Democrat / Liberal contingent: These are the people who were crying when Hillary lost the 2016 presidential elections. They are the ones that patronize CNN and MSNBC and any publication or network that shares the similar point of view: Donald Trump should not have happened. Something has gone seriously wrong in the Universe for this to happen.

Their behavior is often nonsensical as Tucker Carlson outlines in his video clip here below:


Group 2: The establishment Democrats and Republicans, among which include the Neo-cons, Neo-libs and any other neo that wants to preserve the post WWII world order without reference to modern conditions.*

This is given an asterisk...

22:10

Americans Are Begging the Government and Corporations to End Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  This week, internet giants like Facebook, Youtube, Spotify and others banned the notorious Alex Jones and InfoWars from their platforms, and the purge is enjoying widespread support among the left, which has made a reputation for itself as intolerant of differing opinions (last year, for example, a group of Antifa protesters beat one of our []

22:08

Christopher Steele Was Concerned About Senate Investigating Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Text messages released to Congress show that dossier compiler Christopher Steele was concerned about Sen. Chuck Grassleys letter regarding the document, The Daily Caller News Foundation reports.

Would it be possible to speak later today please? Were very concerned by the Grassley letter and its possible implications for us, our operations and our sources. We need some reassurances, Steele wrote in a March 7, 2017 text message to Bruce Ohr, who was the deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice at the time.

Its not clear how Ohr replied to Steeles concerns. At the time, Ohrs wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele. Ohr was demoted in December 2017 for his contact with Steele and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Steele is a former British spy.

The DOJ recently provided these texts and other documents to several congressional committees, looking into the governments involvement in the dossier.

The Grassley letter is likely referencing the March 6, 2017, letter that Grassley sent to the DOJ, requesting more information about the dossier and intelligence communitys relationship with Steele.

The dossier was unverified opposition research that the DOJ used for their FISA warrant on Donald Trump associate Carter Page. The claims in the dossier of Russian dirt on Trump have not been corroborated.

Grassley expressed concern that the Obama administration was using FBI and CIA as political pawns, the letter says.

The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for President in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBIs independence from politics, as well as the Obama administrations use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends. It is additionally troubling that the FBI reportedly agreed to such an arrangement given that, in January of 2017, then-Director Clapper issued a statement stating that the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.

Grassley then went on to ask 12 questions about the FBIs relationship to Steele and the dossier, as well as for communication between the government and Fusion GPS.

The DOJ stonewalled Congress before releasing any information. Grassley wrote another letter to the DOJ on May 2, 2017, demanding documents he had asked for two months earlie...

22:00

Your Planet or Your Life: Pick One? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week, the White House announced a proposal that would change a previous administrations regulatory stance towards automakers. Depending on what type of news sites you read most often, the hook to the story might have gone something like this:

President Trump has proposed a rollback of key auto emissions standards designed to combat global warming, including a rule that would prohibit the state of California from instituting stricter standards in their own state.

Or maybe it went like this:

President Trump has proposed a rollback of restrictive regulations on automakers. The administration argues that these regulations suppress the sales of new cars with up to date safety mechanisms, encourage increased driving among the owners of fuel efficient vehicles, and potentially cost up to 13,000 lives in increased traffic fatalities.

Chances are, one of the two statements above got you a little angryand which one depends on which values are most core to how you view our political landscape. If environmentalism is a core value to you, youre probably saying in your head just how reckless this all seemswith the fate of the planet at stake, why wouldnt we use every regulatory tool we have available to us? If safety issues are more salient to you, youre probably saying to yourself that reduced emissions arent worth the cost of human lives, and there has to be a better way.

Or maybe youre somewhere in the middle. Maybe you care a little about both traffic safety and the environment. Maybe you have some quibbles with the means, but you like the ends.

Youve still got to make a choice. Right? Pick a team. Dead people in piles of twisted steel or a dead planet. Shirts or skins. If this bill was on the ballot today, would you be for it or against it? Youre a jury member in the court of public opinion, after all.

I bet youre reading this right now and wondering: what does this author think? What does Strong Towns think?

Im not going to tell you that today. But I hope Im going to tell you something better: how to get beyond the false binaries that our dominant development pattern puts in front of us. Because underlying both sides of this issue are a set of assumptions about the automobile-centric design of our cities and townsassumptions that we need to challenge if we ever want to move our stalled national conversation forward.

How should we evaluate a policy choice framed as binary?

When this news story floated across the internet last week, the Strong Towns staff sat down to talk about it, like we often do when were not sure how to proceed. A lot of our readers were asking for our comment, and we could all see why. Because the justifications the administ...

21:59

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Through the meadow, voyager, all rights reserved

Toward Perce Rock and Mt. Joli, voyager, all rights reserved

So much Blue, voyager, all rights reserved

The weather here is perfect today, a rare treat for the Gaspe where it is frequently cool and damp. Jack and I decided to walk the meadow path that leads to the edge of the cliff overlooking North Beach. The ocean looks so blue today and the sky so clear that we wanted to take it in from on high. You can walk even higher, all the way up to the cross which sits atop Mt. Joli, but thats a steep climb well save for another day.

21:59

Yesterdays election results "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterdays elections provided a mixed bag of results. In the special election in Ohios 12th congressional district, the result was pretty much a tie with the Republican Troy Balderson holding such a small lead over Democrat Danny OConnor that the result has not yet been called. The margin is about 1, 750 votes in his favor, out of a total of over 200,000. I expect him to win, since it is rare that absentee and provisional ballots overcome a deficit in the regular votes. But this election was to fill the seat for just the next three months, until the general election in November, so it was a race without much practical significance. The symbolic factor is that Republicans should be worried that they had to work so hard to hold on to what has long been a very secure seat for them.

In Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer won comfortably over the more progressive Abdul El-Sayed for the Democratic nomination for governor. The faux-progressive Shri Thanedar came in third.

In Kansas, progressive Brent Welder fell short of winning the Democratic nomination for the 3rd district, while fellow progressive James Thompson won the nomination easily for the 4th district. The Republican race for the nomination for governor is being closely watched because the Trump-backed extremist Kris Kobach holds a slim lead over incumbent governor Jeff Colyer and that result is also too close to call.

The results in Washington state have been commented on by anat here who explains why the results were quite good.

One of the best results of last night is that Wesley Bell unseated 28-year incumbent Robert McCulloch for county prosecutor in St. Louis county.. This was the prosecutor who brought no charges in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson four years ago. McCulloch had rarely faced any challenge in his previous runs for the office.

A seven-term prosecuting attorney in St. Louis County who gained national attention in his handling of the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson lost a primary challenge Tuesday to a black Ferguson councilman, according to unofficial results.

With the vote counted from all precincts, the county reported Wesley Bell with a 57 percent to 43 percent victory over 67-year-old Bob McCulloch in the Democrat...

21:44

Democrats: A Big Bunch of Latte-Sipping Chickens!!! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When will Democrats learn; it's not how you play the game. It's winning stupid! I am sick of being on the losing end because "snowflakes" have taken over our party and they don't want to get their hands dirty. Dump your lattes and take off your Cubs hats (you were never fans of the Cubbies to start with); get back to the "Blue Collar" and "Middle Class" we used to fight for. Bernie showed us the path, and Hillary's old news!

21:41

I Didn't Join Facebook to "Feel Safe" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why on Earth would Facebook's users require protection from Alex Jones? He's loud and red-faced and nuts, but it's not like he can pop out of the screen and grab us. ... note to Facebook: These "I don't feel safe" people will never "feel safe" enough to stop demanding that you reduce the content options other Facebook users enjoy. It's not about their actual safety. It's about their compulsion to run everyone else's lives.

21:37

Federal Court Judge Orders U.S. Dept. of Justice To SAVE Comeys Emails "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich August 6, 2018, A judge has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve any emails located on former FBI Director...

21:33

"If the EU Sticks to Its Guns, the Only Victim of Washington's Sanctions Will be Americans" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Foreign companies accommodate the illegal sanctions because the companies do not want to lose access to US markets. To put a halt to this, the sanctioned countries can simply announce that sanctioning countries lose all access to their markets and break off all economic relations with the West.

21:29

Why we all must reject Kavanaugh - and it's not just about Roe v Wade "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kavanaugh must be rejected for SCOTUS. Here is another reason why.

21:24

A Sanctuary City Released This Illegal Immigrant. It Turns Out He Was A Child Rapist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An illegal immigrant who the city of Philadelphia refused to turn over to federal immigration officers in 2014 is now serving a prison sentence for the rape of a child and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Juan Ramon Vasquez has now pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the country after being deported, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Vasquez was initially deported after illegally immigrating to the U.S. from Honduras in 2009. Immigration and Customs Enforcement realized he was back in the U.S. illegally in 2014, in a Philadelphia prison, and asked the city to turn him over to federal custody. The city released him instead, and he went on to commit the crimes he is now back in prison for.

Philadelphia celebrated an 8-year battle with the federal government to officially label itself as a sanctuary city in June, making official its policy of refusing to fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. The city refuses to turn over illegal immigrants to ICE agents, unless the agency has a warrant signed by a judge.

U.S. Attorney William McSwain called the policy dangerous in a statement Tuesday, and said law enforcement should be doing everything in its power to protect children from predators.

This defendant received a free pass from the City of Philadelphia and its Department of Prisons, headed straight back into our community, and committed a heinous crime he never would have had the chance to commit had the City of Philadelphia complied with the ICE detainer, McSwain said.

21:09

Shameful Survival Strategy: Short-Sightedness Surging Self-Destruction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We must never forget what moneyed conservatives have done to America, but we must in the final analysis forgive evangelical Christians who, in choosing Trump as their new Christ, lost the battle to save America from itself.

20:59

Experts: More than 100 giant exoplanets may have potentially life-hosting moons "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Experts: More than 100 giant exoplanets may have potentially life-hosting moons

(Natural News) The search for extraterrestrial life is no longer restricted to exoplanets. New research suggests that an exomoon with the right conditions can sustain life forms. In an article on Space.com, California-based researchers reported that there are more than 100 gas giant exoplanets with at least one moon tha...

20:59

NYC Cracks Down on Ride-Sharing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NYC Cracks Down on Ride-Sharing

Legislation to allow minimum pay rate for drivers

The post NYC Cracks Down on Ride-Sharing appeared first on Alternative News Network.

20:59

Ingraham Defends Infowars: Coordinated Purge of Sources We Trust and Like "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ingraham Defends Infowars: Coordinated Purge of Sources We Trust and Like

Big Tech launching their own insurance policy to ensure more nationalists dont gain power.

The post Ingraham Defends...

20:56

Arab NATO, the UAE Igniting the beginning of the Arab War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Qatar, Erdogan, and the Brotherhood aim to return to power in the Arab world but this is simply a dream that will not come true.

20:53

The Need for Brotherhood "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Introduction to a new perspective on the condition of our culture and civilization, including assessment of the opportunity and the existential danger inherent in the times. Populism, although thrilling and profitable for some businesses, is a handmaid of chaos. The forces of chaos usurp every democratic and humane idea, turn it upside down and make it an abomination to one or the other political campaign for power.

20:52

Somuchbubble wrap "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We had all these window treatments installed in our house yesterday. In almost every room. They arrived in great big cardboard boxes with bubble wrap. Installation went fine, but now our house is full of cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. So many cardboard boxes, so much bubble wrap.

My day has been spent breaking down and wrestling with cardboard boxes. I won; all were collapsed and broken, and we hauled them away for recycling. But now we have to deal with the plastic stuff. First approach: just leave it all over the floor as a burglar warning system. At least for now, because battling immense quantities of cardboard all day in this heat has left me sweat-soaked and worn out. In the next day or two, though, well recycle the bubble wrap, too, a local dropoff place, which isnt so local the nearest is over 50 miles away.

Anyway, thats been my day, how was yours?

Next on my agenda, maybe tomorrow, is to spend some time at the Stevens County Fair. Im sure youre all reading the blog to enjoy the exotic, exciting things I do.

20:50

Best National Government in North America: Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At least that's the hope of those who elected Andre's Manuel L--pez Obrador, aka AMLO, aka Peje, on a platform of sweeping out the corruption -- a platform promoted in Obrador's book, A New Hope for Mexico. That Barack Obama did not permanently decommission the word "hope" for credible electoral campaigns on this continent may be the least of the book's surprises.

20:39

Imran Khan makes first steps towards forming alliances with Iran and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[Editors note: Pakistan and Iran are both powerful Islamic nations with large, well-equipped and capable militarys and in the case of Pakistan, backed by a nuclear arsenal. Pakistan has been the victim of a great deal of outside meddling in its affairs for decades, primarily by the US, but also by Indian and Israeli infiltrators, []

20:35

WikiLeaks: US Senate Asks Julian Assange To Testify About Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Julian Assange has been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account. The letter, delivered to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, reads in part As []

The post WikiLeaks: US Senate Asks Julian Assange To Testify About Russia appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:29

Voter Fraud: 670 Ballots Cast in Georgia Precinct with 276 Voters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Voter Fraud: 670 Ballots Cast in Georgia Precinct with 276 Voters

Voting irregularities come as state investigated other instances of voter fraud.

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The post...

20:26

Have You Donated or Helped to Collect Birth Tissue? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you have donated birth tissue, such as your placenta or amniotic fluid, we would like to hear from you. (Note: This does not include private banking for personal use.) We'd also love to hear from health care professionals who have helped to collect or facilitate birth tissue donations.

A note about our commitment to your privacy: We appreciate you sharing your story and we take your privacy seriously. ProPublica is gathering this information for our reporting, and will not publish it without your permission.

Fill out our form.

20:23

BREAKING: US Senate Intelligence Committee Calls Julian Assange to Testify Over Russian Hacking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

assange

Julian Assange has been called in by US Senate Intelligence Committee to testify in the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The post BREAKING: US Senate Intelligence Committee Calls Julian Assange to Testify Over Russian Hacking appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

20:20

Michigans Underdog Senate Primary Winner John James Offers A Bright Future For Voters And Republicans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Political newcomer John James won Michigans Tuesday Republican senatorial primary. The previous underdog finished with a solid 9 percent victory over opponent Sandy Pensler, thanks in part to a late-July endorsement from Donald Trump. Trump also recorded a telephone pitch for James that went out to Republican voters the day before they headed to the polls.

James, who suffers from sparse name recognition, will face Democrat Debbie Stabenow when voters head to the polls in November. Prior to the primary, Stabenow held a nearly 20-point lead in a hypothetical head-to-head contest between the Democrat senator and the political novice, leading national pundits to write off the contest.

RealClearPolitics, for instance, sees the seat staying in Democratic hands because of Republicans failure to come up with a solid challenger. Even with the increasing focus on the 2018 midterm electionswhich will determine control of the Senate for the remainder of President Trumps first termMichigans Senate battle remains but a blip in the national coverage.

Ignoring the Michigan race, however, is a mistake, with several factors making this a contest to watch. First, beltway observers ignore James appeal. Salena Zito, whose on-the-ground, back-roads reporting of election 2018 proved prescient, captured this reality in her profile of the senatorial candidate, John James Could Be the Future Republicans Have Been Waiting for.

James is a young, accomplished, determined, devout black man, the kind of new conservative that the Grand Old Party needs to shake up next years midterm election cycle. He is at once full of energy, grace, command, and passion.

When this young man tells you he is running on conviction, everything about him tells you he is not a poser. He says: I am called to a life of service. I want to serve my country and my community and my state. When I would come back from Iraq on leave during the great recession, the economic and societal devastation I saw here in my own state floored me.

Michigan has seen a solid recovery, but only after abandoning career politicians, such as former Detroit Democrat mayor and current convict Kwame Kilpatrick, and former Democrat governor Jennifer Granholm. After Granholm ran the state into the ground with liberal policies, in 2010, Michigandersmyself includedgave businessman and self-described nerd Rick Snyder a chance to help the ailing state.

Boasting solid Republican majorities in the state legislature, Snyde...

20:16

Cop And State Attorney Jailed After Fellow Cops Caught Them Raping A Baby And Filming It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A vile police officer and state attorney were sentenced to prison this month for horrifying sexual abuse of a baby and several children. (TFTP) In one of the most disgusting cases ever to come across the radar of the Free Thought Project, a police officer has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after he []

The post Cop And State Attorney Jailed After Fellow Cops Caught Them Raping A Baby And Filming It appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:12

Ethnic Cleansing: Israeli Lawmaker Quits in Protest of Jewish Nation-State Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Zouheir Bahloul(MEE)  A Knesset member who resigned in protest over the Jewish nation-state law says the legislation normalises and enshrines in law the superiority of Israeli Jews over their Arab peers, and warned of a limit to what the Arab community in Israel will tolerate. Zouheir Bahloul, 67, a popular sports commentator turned politician who represented the Zionist Union, quit the []

19:51

We Helped Immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A wonderful network of Spanish-speaking volunteers meet every bus from the detention facilities at the Greyhound bus stations and help sort out tickets, calls to sponsors and a variety of other issues that pop up after people are coming out of detention and not knowing really where they are or whether they have tickets waiting for them!

19:40

VT and UNHRC to Cooperate on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Nahed al Husaini  Middle East Commissioner for UN human rights commission Dr. Haissam Bu Said received confirmation that his report to UN Secretary General on Syria, Gordon and Egypt on human rights issues was favorable and dealt with properly. Dr Haissam told VT that UN human rights commission will open a headquarters soon in []

19:37

WikiLeaks: US Senate Asks Julian Assange to Testify About Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Julian Assange(ZHE)  Julian Assange has been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account. The letter, delivered to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, reads in part As []

19:20

Greece: A high-ranking cleric turned out to be an agent of Turkish intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  Submitted to Veterans Today by Sophia Ilaidi As Greek journalists found out, the Metropolitan of Bursa Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) has close ties with Turkish intelligence. According to the information obtained by my counterparts from their sources, Ankaras main goal is to weaken the Church of Greece and expand the influence of Constantinople. And one of []

19:16

US Intelligence Veterans Ask Twitter to Restore Peter Van Burens Account "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Twitter Peter Van BurenThe Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in a memo to the Twitter board of directors questions its decision to suspend the account of one of its members without due process. TO: Twitter Board of Directors FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Suspension of VIPS Associate Peter Van Burens Twitter Account We at Veteran Intelligence Professionals for []

19:15

Smart Meters Raise Health, Privacy and Constitutional Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Michael Maharrey I get more emails about smart meters than any other issue we cover. Pretty much on a weekly basis, somebody asks me...

19:02

That Time Trumps Iran Advisor Threatened To Murder An Officials Children To Start The Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If youve been wondering why youre seeing John Boltons carrion-soaked mustache on screen more than usual lately, its because things are escalating further with Iran. President Trumps National Security Advisor has been on a whirlwind media tour helping the imperial propaganda machine manufacture support for the latest round of crushing sanctions that have now gone into []

The post That Time Trumps Iran Advisor Threatened To Murder An Officials Children To Start The Iraq War appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:00

U.S. Bankruptcies Soars As The Country Grapples With An Unprecedented Debt Problem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Michael Snyder America, you officially have a debt problem, and I am not just talking about the national debt.  Consumer bankruptcies are surging, corporate...

19:00

When Extra Parking Might Be a Good Thing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The City of Rochester, New York is seeking developers to transform a portion of a former subway tunnel into more parking downtown. While typically, the very thought of converting mass transit infrastructure into parking would send shivers down the spines of even moderate urbanists, this attempt to expand parking capacity isnt so cut-and-dry. In fact, this project may be a surprisingly beneficial way to catalyze more redevelopment in the citys recovering downtown.

Before I get into the benefits of a tunnel-to-parking retrofit, it must be made clear that Rochester has absolutely no shortage of parking. In fact, perhaps the only parking problem in Rochester is that there is far too much of it. Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, as in much of the rest of the country, development proceeded according to the principle that traffic flow and parking availability were paramount to the citys success. Dense clusters of shops and apartments were razed in favor of surface lots, parking decks, and highways such as the now defunct Inner Loop. Like so many other American cities, Rochester was effectively disemboweled during the relentless transition to an auto-dependent culture.

So why in the world would adding yet another parking deck now be a good thing? On a practical note, there is tremendous financial and legal incentive for the city to offload the subway tunnel. Despite its nostalgic allure, Rochesters subway is not coming back. The subway hasnt served any passengers since 1956, and the city has since lost a third of its population. And even with a residential comeback in recent years, downtowns population and employment density would have to increase exponentially to justify the revival of a mass transit option with the sheer capacity of a subway or even light rail network.

Furthermore, while the old subway bed has become a magnet for adventurous urban explorers, it also serves as a massive liability for the city. The ongoing maintenance to ensure the tunnels structural integrity costs taxpayers $1.2 million per year, and the potential for unauthorized explorers of the space to get injured is almost certainly a headache for the citys legal team. While more creative uses for the subway, such as a dramatic...

18:56

Too Close to Call in Ohio as Blue Wave Gains Momentum "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ohio: Late last night, the final precincts reported in the critical special election for Ohio's 12th congressional district -- and the result is still too close to call. The candidates are now separated by less than a percent, and the outcome will be decided by thousands of uncounted absentee and provisional ballots that will be opened ten days from now.

18:49

Doctors Accepting Bribes Harm You "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors Note:  Trump is under investigation by Mueller.  In 2016 Novartis paid $1.2 million to Michael Cohen, Trumps lawyer until May of this year. Since he is not a doctor, what was that money for?  Perhaps, the Trump election campaign? For those of you who do not know, Novartis International AG is a Swiss []

18:46

FASCISM Actually = Authoritarian NATIONALISM! What You NEED To Know! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Being a Fascist is a term often slung around by both the tolerant left and the alt right when describing the ideologies of their political enemiesbut can that really be an accurate accusation when opposing sides are using the same term against each other? What does the word actually mean? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Tim Pool of TimCast about the divide between the left and right in America and the importance of understanding the words that youre going to use especially in an argument!

18:39

Hungry 11yo Girl Taken to Hospital After Cop Tasered Her in the Back for Stealing Food "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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After a cop suspected an 11-year-old girl of stealing food and she walked away, he tasered her in the back causing her to be taken to the hospital.

The post Hungry 11yo Girl Taken to Hospital After Cop Tasered Her in the Back for Stealing Food appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

18:37

Should Al Qaeda Be Made the 51st State? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hear me out. The potential is almost as endless as with Communism in the good old days.

18:37

How to Kill the Free Press "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump has spread distrust of the mainstream media, so that their reporting about his words and his administrative actions is not believed by his supporters. He goads those who attend his rallies to shout "CNN sucks," calls journalists "horrendous people", and lately uses the phrase "enemy of the people" to describe the mainstream media in general.

18:28

Native advocates challenge Trump administration's royalty policy committee "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A coalition that includes Native advocate groups is suing the Trump administration over an advisory committee they say is stacked in favor of the energy industry.

18:26

ENDTIME PROPHECY: ESTEEMED MYSTIC ON ANTICHRIST & CHRISTS SECOND COMING "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

SISTER JEANNE OF NATIVITY PROPHECIES (VATICAN 2/ANTICHRIST) BY: ERIC GAJEWSKI VISIT TRADCATKNIGHT.ORG! DR. FETZER AND JAMES PERLOFF JOIN ME THIS WEEKEND! Born January 23, 1731, in the village of Beaulot, near Fougres, in Brittany, entered the convent of Urbanists, July 8, 1852, at the age of 21 years. It is said of her that from []

18:25

Facebook Now Wants Your Banking Data "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mac Slavo Social media giant Facebook, which has been embroiled in privacy scandals lately now wants banks to give them your financial information in...

18:23

Interview: North Korean Defector Shares Her Story Of Torture, Escape, And Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Grace Jo was born in North Korea and lost most of her family to starvation. Her father was killed by the state. She joins Bre Payton in studio to share her story of suffering, escape, faith, and transition to life in the United States.

We changed our route, we stayed in China, and helped [our pastor] to rescue other defectors. In 2005, we got caught again, we stayed in Chinese prison for 13 or 15 months and in 2006 we got sent back to North Korea again, she said. We thought we would die in North Korea because it was exposed to the government that we believed in Christianity.

Listen to the full interview here:

18:14

More Tribal Groups Join Lawsuit with NRDC Fighting FCC Rule Change for 5G Small Cell Towers Installation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank There have been many reasons provided by countless health and security experts why the U.S. should drop out of this totally moronic...

18:11

Rashida Tlaib Set to Become First Muslim Woman in US Congress "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rashida Tlaib(MEMO)  Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Palestinian-American Congresswoman following her victory in the primary election for Michigans 13th Congressional District. The 42-year-old daughter of Palestinian father born in Jerusalem and mother born in Ramallah, Tlaib is virtually guaranteed to become the first Muslim woman in Congress. She will run unopposed in Novembers []

18:06

Things Are CHANGING In Ontario Under DOUG FORD In A MAJOR Way! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

FordNation seems to be killing it in Ontario! Doug Ford, the brother of the late crack smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford has filled his brothers shoes and hes on a mission to fix all the problems created under the previous Kathleen Wynne government. In this video Leigh Stuart of Press For Truth goes over some of the latest developments in Ontario under the leadership of Premier Doug Ford that are undoing everything that needs to be undone by the previous government! Will he keep this train going or derail like every other politician?only time will tell.

17:46

Winnebago Tribe moves forward with food sovereignty initiatives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Winnebago Tribes efforts improve the health of residents have gotten some significant boosts.

17:41

GomerBlog Chuckle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors Note:  I had to share this one.  Remember this is medical satire and a massage of this magnitude is not recommended.    Carol Too Much Pressure: Masseuse Breaks All 206 Bones in Clients Body  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  Despite the request to use only light-to-medium pressure during a one hour deep tissue massage, masseuse Lindsey Wang []

17:38

That Time Trump's Iran Advisor Threatened To Murder An Official's Children To Start The Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There's nothing you can say about Iran that can't be said far more damningly about Saudi Arabia, so anyone who babbles about the Iranian government's human rights violations or terrorist funding isn't arguing based on principle, but based on something their television told them to believe and regurgitate.

17:16

The Mueller Probe: Just the Beginning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Those who are hoping that Robert Meuller's probe will end this national nightmare, are kidding themselves. Here's why.

17:11

As Canada Stands Up to Them, Saudi Arabia Threatens to Fly a Plane Into Toronto TowerJust Like 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

9/11

After Canada asked Saudi Arabia to release the imprisoned human rights activists, a Saudi group posted a photo of a plane about to hit Toronto's CN towerjust like 9/11.

The post As Canada Stands Up to Them, Saudi Arabia Threatens to Fly a Plane Into Toronto TowerJust Like 9/11 appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:08

Asma Assad Begins Treatment for Breast Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note: The staff and readers of VT wish Asma Assad a speedy recovery.  You have been an inspiration to millions, particularly compared to the human vermin politicians in the West (and Israel) are married to. The official account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic announced on August 8 that Bashar al-Assads wife []

17:02

Nicaragua: Dynamics of an Interrupted Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The unfolding events in Nicaragua over the past three months pose two critical questions for socialists and antiwar activists. Where do we stand on the critical issue of U.S. imperialist intervention and where do we stand with regard to the dynamics of the still-unfolding confrontations? That U.S. imperialism is intervening in Nicaragua today against the capitalist FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) government of Daniel Ortega cannot be denied. President Trump has openly threatened to send U.S. troops. In this anti-imperialist context, however, each component of any successful U.S.-based united front, democratic, mass-action movement must be free to express its own views on the internal dynamics operating in each nation where any form of U.S. intervention is underway. While we considered Daniel Ortega and the FSLNs central leaders revolutionists of action, that is, honest revolutionaries who desired important changes in Nicaraguan society, we recognized that they were fundamentally adverse to breaking with Nicaraguas capitalist class...

17:01

Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Another Native woman is making history after winning her primary for a U.S. Congress seat in Kansas.

16:58

Critically important for Mueller to present "a" report by Sept. 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It would be great if Mueller would present a full report on the Russian investigation soon. But if he's not ready to do that just yet then all he needs to do is present a preliminary report that informs Americans of what this investigation has determined thus far, i.e., a progress report.

16:40

Lawmaker Proposes Implanting Microchips in People to Track Non-Violent Offenders Like Pets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John Vibes Toledo, Ohio This Tuesday, Toledo City Councilman Rob Ludeman suggested that criminals be implanted with microchips so they can be tracked...

16:36

Was the modern concept of fake news born in Georgia a decade ago? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bryan MacDonald is an Irish journalist based in Russia. An EU-sponsored report found that Georgia, not Russia, started the 2008 conflict, which kicked off after Tbilisi attacked South Ossetia. Nevertheless, much of the Western media and political classes hold Moscow responsible. SOCHI This week marks a decade since arguably the first social media war. []

16:25

Vets Betrayed: Trumps Gangster Buddies Run VA from Mara Lago Whorehouse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  Trump and his friends have been robbing the VA blind while veterans are being bankrupted in a Trump backed scheme partnered with big pharma and his Wall Street Kosher Nostra cronies: Three of President Trumps cronies from his Mar-a-Lago resort, including the reclusive Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter, have been quietly pulling the []

16:12

Colbert, Jones and the Phony War on Fakery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor To some in the alternative media, Alex Jones is seen as a starter drug.  The public, such as it is, those who gave up freedom for fear, are to turn to fear porn monger Alex Jones for a dose of conspiracy theory and then turn to the real deal, whatever []

16:00

America to Netanyahu and Trump: No More War for Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The latest polls show that over half of the American public does not war with Iran, despite the literal and systematic brainwashing for that very thing on the part of the Zionist American Establishment.

Making a Rondel Dagger Part 15 Troat of the Scabbard "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have decided to make the fittings for the scabbard from the same shovel that provided steel for the rondel. It is good carbon steel of appropriate thickness and I reasoned that after I grind it to remove all pitting from the outer side, it shall be thin just right. However, because I wanted to bend the steel at least in part whilst it is cold, I had to first anneal the shovel in case you do not know, shovels are hardened and tempered. So I have decided to burn some more rotten wood, bbq dinner and anneal the shovel at the same time. Luckily the droughts in the place where I live are less severe than in the rest of CZ, so we do not have ban on fires (yet). Nevertheless, despite how it might appear, I am actually careful with fire I always watch the direction in which the wind is blowing, I have water prepared and I douse all coals when I am done. And I have portable fireplace that I position in the middle of a gravel field.

I proceeded to make a paper template by wrapping it around the scabbard and adding about one cm for length. That I transferred onto the shovel and I cut the rough shape with angle grinder.

My improvised bending setup did not work as intended. The main problem being, that this steel proved to be extremely tough and hard, even annealed. I tried and tried, but it just did not work. After a few attempts I gave up and had to think up another way. I have decided that I have to do what I did not want to forge it hot.

I could not go outside and make fire, because firstly it was way too hot outside for that and secondly because my improvised anvil for this delicate task was an old annealed file held in a vice. As a source of heat therefore I had to do with handheld propane torch and a few fireclay bricks as an impromptu forge. Unfortunately I forgot to make more detailed pictures of this process so you have to be content with red-hot glowing steel on fireclay brick laid on a granite paving stone laid on wooden bench. I see you cringe with my minds eye and I agree. For subsequent works I moved the whole assembly onto the circular saw table (also seen in the picture) which is made from metal and therefore fireproof. Needles to say, bucket of water was...

16:00

InfoWars App Overtakes CNN on Charts, CNN Lobbies Apple to Censor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

InfoWars App Overtakes CNN on Charts, CNN Lobbies Apple to Censor

InfoWars shot up the charts following censorship of its accounts on most major platforms.

The post InfoWars App Overtakes CNN on Charts, CNN Lobbies Apple to Censor appeared first on Alternati...

16:00

Socialist star Ocasio-Cortez strikes out: All endorsed candidates lose Tuesday primaries "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Socialist star Ocasio-Cortez strikes out: All endorsed candidates lose Tuesday primaries

The socialist pulled off a stunning victory last month in New York, and is now att...

16:00

CENSORED: Disqus Bans Infowars, Entire Alex Jones Network of Websites "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CENSORED: Disqus Bans Infowars, Entire Alex Jones Network of Websites

Disqus sent Alex Jones a vague message saying they banned him for being in violation of their terms of service.

The post CENSORED: Disqus Bans Infowars, Entire Alex Jones Network of Websites appea...

15:55

Lawmaker Proposes Implanting Microchips in People to Track Non-Violent Offenders Like Pets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

microchips

A local councilman proposed the idea of implanting microchips in criminals on house arresteven if they are nonviolent offenders.

The post Lawmaker Proposes Implanting Microchips in People to Track Non-Violent Offenders Like Pets appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

15:50

Clash of Ideologies in Portland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is Trump Becoming More Like Hitler? (Russ)

This historian of Nazi Germany thinks so. Heres why.

Trump vs. Climate Science, Again (Reader Steve)

Trump believes Californias wildfires could be lessened if water supplies werent being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Climate scientists disagree.

Even the FBI Agrees: When Undercover Agents Pose as Journalists, It Hurts Real Journalists Work (Jimmy)

The author writes, The FBI has previously disclosed that agents have pretended to be news reporters to further investigations. But questions remain about how often such covers are used and what policies are in place to govern the deployment of fake reporters.

Facebook Is Great for Political Organizing, but Not for Politics (Dan)

This interview with the author of The Anti-Social Network discusses how Facebook and other social media platforms overstate how much they connect us, and understate how much they divide us.

US Refuses to Back Canada in Saudi Arabia Dispute (Reader Luke)

The author writes, The US government has declined to come to Canadas defence in the growing diplomatic crisis over its criticism of Saudi Arabias human-rights record.

The post...

15:36

Go away, Jenny McCarthy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

McCarthy is still around, and she has just issued a call to action the anti-vaxxers are supposed to rush out and promote a book by JB Handley.

Yeah, JB Handley. Anti-vax, autism-obsessed crank. I think both of them can crawl back into the hole they crawled out of.

This JB Handley:

How did your life change when you discovered your son had autism?

Everything changed from the day it happened. It was an immediate nightmare. It was 30 days of six, seven, eight hours of nonstop crying by both me and my wife. It was the painful realization that my son may not have the kind of life that I expected for him. And once the grief had passed just enough to get up off the floor, it was a mandate to do whatever I could do with the rest of my life to give him the best possible life.

Theres a kind of annoying selfishness there. Guess what? Your children generally will not have the life you plan for them. Learn to appreciate them for who they are.

They just cried non-stop for a month? Over-react much? Its like hearing that someone melted down when they discovered their child had a birthmark. Calm down. There are degrees of autism, and none of them are a death sentence.

Even more bizarre, he then declares that his son is now recovering dramatically, getting all his words back, going to a normal school. Maybe the diagnosis didnt warrant a month of bawling? Autistic children are children they grow and change. Freaking out over autism is just silly.

So this is the guy who has a new book. I dont care, and am not interested. This is the guy who has Jenny McCarthy excited I am unimpressed with the endorsement.

15:29

Taliban-America Direct Talks and Irresponsible Remarks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen for Veterans Today Afghan Writer and political Analyst based in Kabul On third week of July, 2018, the joint delegation of U.S. State Department, Pentagon and CIA met the Taliban Political Commission office in Doha after 17 years of war. They had clear talks on the future for two consecutive days, and []

15:28

Syrian War Report August 8, 2018: Government Forces Attack Militants Supply Lines In Northern Hama "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have been stricking miitant positions and supply lines in and near the villages of Lahaya and al-Latamina, which are located about 35km north of the city of Hama. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian military will further work on targeting militant supply lines in northern []

15:25

Twitter Suspends Libertarian Accounts, Including Ron Paul Institute Director "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Tyler Durden (ZHE)  One day after what appeared to be a coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on Alex Jones, whose...

15:20

Now That Facebook, YouTube And Apple Have Come For Alex Jones, They Will Start Coming After The Rest Of Us "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Michael Snyder August 6th was one of darkest days in the history of the Internet.  When I learned that Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify, Pinterest...

15:18

Cop and State Attorney Jailed After Fellow Cops Caught them Raping a Baby and Filming It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

baby

A vile police officer and state attorney were sentenced to prison this month for horrifying sexual abuse of a baby and several children.

The post Cop and State Attorney Jailed After Fellow Cops Caught them Raping a Baby and Filming It appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

15:14

Justifying Murder The U.S Freefall into Fear and Loathing at Home and Abroad "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Christopher C. Black
NEO

As I write this news came of the attempt on President Maduros life, additional sanctions against Iran, North Korea, Syria and Russia, a ramping up of the economic warfare against China through the use of trade tariffs, threats of war against all of those nations and dangerous alarms from within the USA that the upcoming midterm elections for Congress are being threatened by Russia.

The western media have spun the failed attempt on Maduro as a staged event so he can clampdown on democracy and so act as co-conspirators in the plot. If the attempt had succeeded they would have been jubilant that it worked but they are so corrupt we could not put it past them to claim that his murder would be justified. But what strikes me about all these circumstances is the connection between the domestic situation in the USA and its external aggression.

The defeat of the US and its NATO and Middle Eastern allies in Syria dealt them a major strategic blow. They had hoped to be able to take over the land and air space of Syria and ISIS controlled Iraq to build up forces so they could attack Iran. Now that is only possible by air attack and they know as we all know that despite the destruction they can wreak air bombardment alone does not win wars. So the US reneged on the Iran nuclear deal in order to have its pretext to impose crippling economic warfare on Iran, which has had the effect of devaluing its currency and making life difficult. Already some unrest has been provoked because of this and the actions of western agents in Iran. The Americans hope to cause enough unrest to bring down the Iranian government and impose their own puppets or direct western colonial rule but they do not understand either the will to resist nor the Persian culture and people. Nor did they expect to be frustrated by Irans friends who refuse to obey US diktats to reduce Iranian oil sales to zero. India, China, Russia, Turkey and some EU countries that need it will continue to by Iranian oil.

The Syria defeat, along with their defeat in Iraq and their inability to fully control A...

15:11

Where They Burn Books, They Will Soon Burn People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Fact: President Trump is sitting in the White House, today, largely because of the Independent Media.

Fact: President Trump just thumbed his nose to one of his biggest supporters, Alex Jones, when he refused to use the power of the President to reign in the illegal behaviors of the social media monopolies.

Fact: One-time staunch supporter of Trump, Gary Heavin, retired owner of curves, philanthropist and movie producer, stated on The Common Sense Show, that he no longer supports Trump and that he is clearly compromised. In the interview, I was shocked but I could not deny his supporting evidence. I desperately wanted Gary to be wrong! Sadly, everything he said was true.

Is It Time to Forsake Trump?

Am I jumping off of the Trump train? No, I am not, I am being pushed of off the train by his unexplainable inaction in moving to protect the only media that has been friendly to the President.

There is no denying the many great economic accomplishments of the Trump administration. However, and for the time being, he has clearly deserted his base. This is my line in the sand for Donald Trump. If Trump does not move to undo the illegal censorship of the social media giants, it is time for the Independent Media to re-evaluate where we will place our efforts.

The  social media giants are low hanging fruit. They are in such blatant violation of Federal law, that prosecuting them is easy. Again, under the open forum laws that all social media giants claim membership status in, they are not allowed to discriminate and censor. Ted Cruz exposed the open forum umbrella that all the social media giants are operating under. Further, there is no question that the social media giants are monopolies. In fact, they are poster-children for this concept. However, monopolies cannot selectively censor without being in violation of anti-trust laws. Again, where is Trump?

Where Will You Go For the Only True Version of the News?

You are on this website, because you know you cannot trust CNN, ABC, MSNBC, the Washington Post, etc. By election day of 2018, you will not have many places to go to find out whats really going on.

The following entities are actively censoring and banning the Independent Media:...

14:33

The war to destroy Alex Jones, Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The war to destroy Alex Jones, Part 2

Many strange things can be implemented on the basis of protecting the herd.

by Jon Rappoport

August 8, 2018

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(For Part 1, click here) (For Part 3, click here)

You see, censorship is good if the person being censored is someone you dont like. Thats right. You didnt know that, did you? Thats the secret meaning of the 1st Amendment.

Here is how foul the political air is now, how low the logic has sunk. If you dont agree that Facebook censoring a particular person is a good thing, then you must be supporting that censored person. You must be on his side. There is no middle ground. There is no Bill of Rights. There is only like and hate, and hate implies there is a target to be censored

Whole generations are being raised to think of censorship as a pleasant solution to speech they dont like, people they dont like, ideas they dont like.

Ive received an email outlining reasons not to like Alex Jones. It stopped short of saying he should be censored. Instead, it accused me of supporting him. Which of course ISNT THE ISSUE. The issue is, should Jones be banned.

Several generations know NOTHING about the 1st Amendment or corporate monopoly of the news. All they know is: shut bad people up.

You could run the following Noam Chomsky quote by such people and see what reaction you get: If youre really in favor of free speech, then youre in favor of freedom of speech for precisely for views you despise. Otherwise, youre not in favor of free speech.

The reaction youd get? Some form of non-comprehension. In the case of the massive social-media banning of Alex Jones that occurred yesterday, these know-nothings would say: Good. Im glad hes censored.

But if social me...

14:23

Pariah States and General Commentary "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Norks Visit Teheran

On 7 August, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrived in Tehran for talks with President Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Minister Ri is the first high ranking North Korean diplomat to visit Iran during President Rouhanis second term. However, Ris visit does not signify a diplomatic breakout or a weakening of sanctions for either country. The US has sanctions on both, which they ignore between themselves.

The relationship is more than 30 years old and dates to before the Iran-Iraq war of 1980 -1988. North Korea sold Iran Scud ballistic missiles, a turnkey Scud assembly facility and rocket engines during that war. North Korea also constructed much of Irans rocket and missile infrastructure--test stands and launch facilities.

As Foreign Minister, Ris visit is not about arms sales or missile proliferation. Those issues are not included in the North Korean Foreign Ministers portfolio. It is highly likely that Ri shared insights about dealing with the US administration.

Chairman Kims technique has been to use flattery and a personal relationship with the US President to separate the leader from his advisors to advance North Korean purposes. Kims techniques transformed the security situation on the Korean Peninsula from near war to rapprochement in six months.

The Iranian Supreme Leader has chosen defiance and demagoguery over skillful crisis management. Most importantly, Ayatollah Khamenei made the mistake of rejecting the US Presidents offer of a meeting. They're used to dealing with the cur-like Obama and his band of misfits. Presuming that President Trump and his team are nothing like the oafish Americans who were in power for eight years. Minister Ri might advise Minister Zarif to focus on the US Presidents actions more than his style. The President Trump wants a deal with Iran much more than a confrontation. 

Differing Agendas on the Same (general) Issue

...

14:20

Want To Stop Roundup Spraying? Then Tell Congress To Do Just That "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich Have you ever wanted to tell off someone in high places about something you really didnt like?  Well, you now have...

14:15

Do You Want To Know What The FISA Court Documents Reveal? Here They Are "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Catherine J. Frompovich The folks at Judicial Watch emailed me their latest find regarding the ongoing Russian investigation at the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...

13:59

Democrats Blame Russians For Ohio Loss, Turn On The Green Party! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democrats Blame Russians For Ohio Loss, Turn On The Green Party!

Theyre blaming Russia for their loss and saying the Green Party are agents of the Russkies!

The post Democrats Blame Russians For Ohio Loss, Turn On The Green Party! appeared first on Alternative News Network...

13:54

Is the EU Firing Blanks at Trump Sanctions? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By the US unilaterally imposing sanctions on Iran, Europe's dream that European unity will make its states collectively stronger has proved to be an illusion.

13:41

There is a convention for citing a tweet in an academic paper? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I guess there is now.

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the authors real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.

Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet). For example:

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event). 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.

The date and time of a message on Twitter reflect the readers time zone. Readers in different time zones see different times and, possibly, dates on the same tweet. The date and time that were in effect for the writer of the tweet when it was transmitted are normally not known. Thus, the date and time displayed on Twitter are only approximate guides to the timing of a tweet.

Setting aside the whole issue of why you would want to cite a tweet, this is not a well thought-out format. It assumes way too much: it ignores other potential microblogging media, like Mastodon, and assumes that there is only one such service, Twitter, and that the username is sufficient to identify the source. As the article I lined to mentions, there ought to at least be a URL associated with the citation otherwise, you have to go to the service and search to find that specific set of words. And Twitter search is terrible.

Oh, well, theres an easy way around this limitation: dont dignify Twitter with formal citations.

13:40

Facebook: Farrakhans Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Dont Violate Hate Speech Rules "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Facebook: Farrakhans Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Dont Violate Hate Speech Rules

Videos posted to Farrakhans Facebook page show the Nation of Islam leader claiming that Jews are secretly controlling governm...

13:38

More Competence Porn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since 2004 or so, Ive done a column over at SearchSecurity [ss] which started out as me doing a point/counterpoint with Bruce Schneier and ended with me interviewing interesting people from all over the field. Im stopping doing the column, finally, this fall, due to internet security fatigue triggered by decades of saying the same thing.

Its a real privilege to interview some of the people Ive managed to get hold of, and the last interview posted was a special thrill: I interviewed Tom Van Vleck. [multicians] Toms been a personal hero of mine since the late 80s, when I encountered some of his commentary on software development. It was around that time that I was asking why is so much code so bad? but I hadnt seen nothin yet. You know how every device you carry seems to be constantly updating itself? Thats because the software engineers writing the crap that runs on it are incapable of writing stuff thats not so buggy that it cant hold itself together and stagger along for a year or even two. When I started doing development in the 80s it was expensive to release software so we tended to do things on an annual cycle. Now, it appears to be weekly which has severe consequences for system dependability.

The interview is here: [thvv] and its (unfortunately) just a slice of a fascinating 25-minute discussion.

Tom Van Vleck: Let me start by saying that my understanding has evolved. One of the things that I worked on was the Multics system administration facilities and they were quite elaborate. They had many commands and tech manuals describing how to use all those commands, and we built a special-purpose subsystem with different commands for the system administrators and another set of different commands for the system operators. Remember when systems had operators who were trained to operate the computer, instead of having everyone operate their own computers with no training at all?

It was big mistake, in retrospect. It used to be that after the Multics operating system crashed in large part due to the hardware, which was much less reliable than it is now the operator would have to go through a very complex set of recovery steps to get the system back up and all the files happy again. Over time, we realized that every place where the operator had to make a choice and type the right thing was a chance for them to type the wrong thing. Over time, we......

13:35

Inside The Texas Border Town That Funnels Half Of All U.S.-Mexico Trade "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LAREDO, Texas About 70 miles south of San Antonio along Interstate 35, well outside the city and its suburbs, the landscape spreads out into a flat expanse of prickly pear and palo verde populated mostly by cattle wandering vast ranchlands strewn with oil derricks. About halfway to the Texas-Mexico border from San Antonio is the small town of Cotulla, where a southbound traveler will begin seeing U.S. Border Patrol SUVs on the side of the freeway. Forty miles further south, on the northbound side of the interstate, sits a Border Patrol checkpoint. This is where things begin to change.

A majority of the traffic now consists of semi-trailers and other cargo vehicles, all of them headed for Laredo, where I-35 terminates at the JurezLincoln International Bridge. The bridge, which carries private vehicles and pedestrians over the Rio Grande River, is one of four international crossings in this sweltering border city of 250,000 people. Most Americans have no idea that Laredo is the countrys largest land port of entry by volume, or that out of all U.S. ports of entry, both land and sea, it is second only to the port of Los Angeles.

Lately when Americans talk about the border, they rarely think of places like Laredo. Depending on their politics, they might think of a wall and a remote river, and of migrants and drug smugglers stealing across it. Or they might think of families cruelly separated by the federal government, corralled into detention facilities and lost in a bureaucratic nightmare.

They will think of these things largely because this is what President Trump tweets about and what the mainstream media tends to cover. These themesborder security and the family separation crisisare shaping our national dialogue on immigration and the border. Recently, writing on Twitter, Trump threatened a government shutdown if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!

Meanwhile, recent media coverage has focused on the Trump administration blowing a deadline to reunify families separated at the border. More than 400 migrant children are still in federal custody, their parents deported without them. Of those families that have been reunited, many are being held in federal detention centers in Texas, where the Trump administration is planning to house up to 15,500 migrants on military bases.

To be sure, border security and the family separation d...

13:35

Sen. Dianne Feinsteins Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese.Sen. Dianne Feinstein

As media, intelligence agency, and political scrutiny of foreign meddling is seemingly at its apex, a story with big national security implications involving a high-ranking senator with access to Americas most sensitive intelligence information has been hiding in plain sight.

The story involves China and the senior U.S. senator from California, and former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Democrat Dianne Feinstein. It was buried eight paragraphs into a recent Politico expos on foreign efforts to infiltrate Silicon Valley, as a passing example of political espionage:

Former intelligence officials[said] Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics. (A spokesperson for Feinstein said the office doesnt comment on personnel matters or investigations, but noted that no Feinstein staffer in California has ever had a security clearance.)

Later comes additional detail:

According to four former intelligence officials, in the 2000s, a staffer in Senator Dianne Feinsteins San Francisco field office was reporting back to the MSS [Chinas Ministry of State Security, its intelligence and security apparatus]. While this person, who was a liaison to the local Chinese community, was fired, charges were never filed against him. (One former official reasoned this was because the staffer was providing political intelligence and not classified informationmaking prosecution far more difficult.) The suspected informant was run by officials based at Chinas San Francisco Consulate, said another former intelligence official. The spys handler probably got an award back in China for his work, noted this former official, dryly.

This anecdote provides significantly more questions than answers. For starters: Who was the spy? For how long was the spy under surveillance? What information about local politics was the spy passing back to China? Just how close was the spy to the senator? Did law enforcement officials sweep vehicles and other areas for listening devices? Was there an investigation into whether others in the senators circle may have been coordinating with Beijing?

Did the senator expose herself to potential blackmail, or the public to danger through leakage of sen...

13:35

Obamas Ed Secretary: I Wish Id Pushed Common Core Even Harder "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Obamas education secretary Arne Duncan published a memoir out Tuesday, in which the famously fatuous school leader who continually failed upward says he regrets not re-engineering even more of American life without the input of the American people or their representatives.

The memoir discusses, in part, the Obama administrations decision to use an education slush fund from inside the 2008 stimulus money Christmas to lure nearly every state to adopt untried, then-unwritten curriculum mandates and tests called Common Core, then rate teachers and schools according to how well they followed these orders from people who almost uniformly had never taught in a K-12 classroom. The predictable result was years of chaos inside American schools and, nearly a decade later, zero improvement in academic outcomes.

But, Duncan says, the real problem was that Americans on both the political Left and Right strenuously objected to his pie-in-the-sky schemes for their kids and money. If he could do all over again, I would push even harder than we did, he writes, according to Education Week. This is the lesson the Left is learning from their failures, folks: Citizens are going to protest anyway, so compromise less. This level of arrogance is frightening.

Each difficult change inevitably would have been punted further down the road, and in the end, nothing would improve, Duncan writes in How Schools Work. Students would still be short-changed, the country would continue to fall behind its international peers, and there would still be plenty of pushback. For me then, it was all or nothing. (Actually, if I had it to do all over again, I would push even harder than we did; theres never a right time for fundamental change.)

In the book, say reports, Duncan mostly chalks mass grassroots resistance to the Obama administrations education policies to poor communication. It wasnt anything wrong with the administrations agenda, no, just that people simply couldnt understand it. Of course, the humble and most direct thing to consider would be that Americans understood perfectly, and thats why they objected. Still, Duncans arrogance keeps him mystified about why even Obama allies like teachers unions, albeit late in the game, started opposing Common Core and especially its enforcement, tests.

These folks [teachers unions], many of whom supported Barack Obama, should have been our natural allies,...

13:34

For A Successful Legacy, President Trump Needs To Move Past His Rocky Balboa Persona "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why does President Trump insist on moonlighting as a pugilistic Twitter troll? True to form, he tossed a few crosses at both CNNs Don Lemon and NBA superstar LeBron James on Friday. Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon, he tweeted. He made Lebron look smart, which isnt easy to do. I like Mike!

This kind of Friday Night Twitter Fight has become a hallmark of the Trump administration. The president has spent his Friday evenings tossing jabs at Leakin James Comey, the Fake News media and Crooked Hillary Clinton. A few weeks ago, he spent the sixth day restarting a fight hed already won by kidney-punching a half-unconscious NFL over its revised National Anthem policy. And now the LeBron jabs.

Some of Trumps supporters theorize its simply part of his nature as an alpha male to attack those who have publicly criticized him, which both Lemon and James have done recently. But this is hard to buy, because the true alpha move would be to ignore these men and say, through silence, Im so powerful that none of you is worth my attention. Some critics, like John Gartner at Slate, speculate that Trumps aggressive tweeting is part of his nature as a malignant narcissist. I hesitate to embrace this theory, because Im not qualified to diagnose recognized psychological conditions, but I have a theory of my own.

I am convinced Trump suffers from what I like to call Return-to-Rocky Disorder. This is what happens when someone tries to reclaim a persona hes not in danger of losing. Its the compulsion to make people see you as your most successful character when those people havent stopped seeing you as that character. This is what Trump does every time he picks a Twitter fight with a political rival, a journalist, or a real housewife of Murfreesboro....

13:34

How Maines Governor May Be Saving Lives By Refusing To Expand Medicaid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New York Times published an article describing Maine Gov. Paul LePages refusal to expand Medicaid in that state through Obamacare. LePages refusal defies a binding vote on a 2017 ballot initiative, when the states voters approved expanding the program.

The New York Times frames the refusal as both unwarranted legal malfeasance and as an assault on Maine residents health just to save money for taxpayers. This framing is not completely inaccurate. Directly defying the states voters is certainly unusual. On the budgetary front, the governor has repeatedly stated that the state needs to find the necessary funds (approximately $60 million annually) from sources other than new taxes or dipping into the states reserves.

But neither is the article framing complete. It leaves out relevant details about the expected health benefits, which distort readers understanding.

Heres the Rest of the Story

The impression The New York Times leaves is of a leader indifferent to his citizens health. The implicit assumption is that expanding Medicaid is an unalloyed good for Maine, and only base or corrupt motives could explain not doing it. The Times expends no effort in examining the basis for that assumption. This is unfortunate, as there is a clear empirical correlation between expanding Medicaid and increased mortality.

To date, there is no generally accepted causation mechanism between expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare and the increase in the death rate, but the correlation is clear and unambiguous. Some have proposed a link between the increased mortality and an increase in opioid deaths due to Medicaid expansion. The U.S. Senate held a hearing on the subject and issued a report. The Medicaid-opioid link has not been accepted by public health academics so far, but neither have they proposed a convincing alternate explanation for the empirical connection between Medicaid and increased mortality rates.

Even without knowing the cause of the link between Medicaid and increased death rates, it is clear that the relationship exists. Therefore, it is possible that LePage, intentionally or unintentionally, is actually preserving the lives of his fellow citizens in the Pine Tree State. But one would never know this from reading The New York Times.

Lets Compare Maine to New Hampshire

How much is LePage helping the residents of Maine? We can estimate the magnitud...

13:34

HBOs Barry Is An Entertaining Confection Gone Stale Inside "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Not that long ago, I taught scriptwriting for a number of years. Like aura-reading psychics and Chinese hacking software, writing teachers begin to sense patterns after being hit over the head with something enough times. Here, its the [blank] who is also a hit man theme.

Blank might be janitor. Blank could be psychiatrist. Baker. Florist. Blank can even be hit man. Theres actually a mystery series about a guy who is a normal, everyday contract killer by day, but who is a hit man of other hit men by night.

So, lo and behold, it is not a surprise to see Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader as co-creator and star of HBOs deliberately bizarre comedy series, Barry. He plays Barry Berkman. Barrys an actor. Whos also a hit man. Sigh.

Perhaps as a result, Haders show taps into a vein of Ackroydian weirdness, and turns out to be a mostly charming confection, even if it ultimately fails to be as funny as it thinks it is. There are a few genuine moments of emotional resonance along the way. But the show is done by episode eight, the story told, the point hammered home. Unfortunately, HBO likely senses a cult hit and has renewed it. Season two of Barry feels like a gloomy prospect.

The Gore Comedy Is Overdone

Haders Barry is a former Marine, a veteran of Afghanistan, where its implied he was hip-deep in the hard stuff. He returns an emotional wreck with no living family. Hes preyed upon by his handler, Monroe Fuches (played by Stephen Root), who pulls Barry out of his doldrums by setting him up with contract hits of people Fuches assures him are bad guys. Not even Barry really believes this.

It turns out that, in murder, Barry is skilled and remorseless in the thick of things, even though he gets terribly irritated at the chaotic circumstances surrounding his trade. Barry senses that something is wrongthat thing being the fact that he has a smoking cinder for a soul. After he stumbles upon an acting class while snuggling up to a mark in Los Angeles, he realizes he may have finally found something that fills the void inside better than a righteous double tap.

The rest of the season is an extended take on Barry trying to extricate himself from his unsavory past, from the Chechen, then the Bolivian mob, and from Fuches, his handler. Poor schmuck, every time he opens up and takes a chance, he endangers the ones he cares for (and often the danger is Barry himself, who is not above killing anyone he thinks will get him caught).

The killing is done video-g...

13:32

This Years Bachelorette Teaches A Needed Lesson About Love Across Political Lines "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Within twenty-four hours of the premiere of The Bachelorette back in May, multiple outlets had run reports exposing one of the contestants, Garrett Yrigoyen, for liking Instagram posts deemed problematic by increasingly aggressive online thought policers. Despite this, he and Kufrin announced their engagement in the conclusion of the series Monday night, newly enraging the online mob. But we should celebrate their engagement. We need more couples who can see across political divides.

Garretts internet transgressions clashed with Beccas own social media posts, which indicate shes a card-carrying member of the #Resistance. He was called out for liking posts that mock immigrants and the trans community. The Daily Beast ran a piece headlined, ABC Cancelled Roseanne. What Will They Do About Their Alt-Right Bachelorette Contestant?

The article not only smears Yrigoyen as alt-right sans evidence, but also describes him as a misogynistic, transphobic, anti-immigrant asshole whose opinions appear to be completely at odds with Beccas, and accuses the network of giving platforms to people with hateful beliefs in the hopes of higher ratings. The Washington Post even profiled Ashley Spivey, a former Bachelor contestant who tweeted out screenshots of the triggering memes in question.

Despite their differing political views, Becca and Garrett are apparently exceptionally compatible. And far from being the awful bigot presumed by commentators, Garrett proved to be the least hateful contestant of the whole bunch. He rarely let a smile disappear from his face, he avoided petty conflict with the other men, and Becca cited his infectious positivity as a primary reason for her attraction to him.

If Becca and Garrett met under different circumstances, she might have checked out his social media before their first date, seen that he liked certain posts that might indicate his political beliefs, decided they probably wouldnt get along given their presumed differences in opinion, and cancelled the date, never meeting up with the man who is now poised to be her husband. As ridiculous as this scenario may sound, its happening regularly in American citi...

13:32

Do Democrats Want Obamacare To Fail Under Donald Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In their quest to take back the House and Senate in Novembers midterm elections, Democrats have received a bit of bad news. The Hill recently noted:

Health insurers are proposing relatively modest premium bumps for next year, despite doomsday predictions from Democrats that the Trump administrations changes to ObamaCare would bring massive increases in 2019. That could make it a challenge for Democrats looking to weaponize rising premiums heading into the midterm elections.

Administration officials confirmed the premium trend last Friday, when they indicated that proposed 2019 rates for the 38 states using healthcare.gov averaged a 5.4 percent increasea number that may come down even further after review by state insurance commissioners. So much for that sabotage.

The messaging strategy once again illustrates the political peril of rooting for somethingparticularly legislation Democrats worked so hard to enact in the first placeto fail on someone elses watch. Like officials accused of talking down the economy so they can benefit politically, Democrats face the unique task of trying to talk down their own creation, while blaming someone else for all its problems.

The Obamacare Exchanges Prolonged Malaise

While Obamacare hasnt failed due to President Trump, it hasnt succeeded much, either. Enrollment continues to fall, particularly for those who do not qualify for subsidies. Two years agolong before Donald Trump had any power to sabotage Obamacare as presidentBill Clinton called Obamacare the craziest thing in the world for these unsubsidized persons, and their...

13:32

Crowdfunded Rebellion Against Identity Politics In Comics Nets $1.25 Million And Counting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A year and a half ago, comic book fans and retailers started rumbling about problems in the industry, driven by Marvel and DC Comics insistence on pushing extreme left-wing politics in their comics. The Big 2 companies in the comic industry made many fans feel they werent wanted. Instead, they chased a new, diverse demographic, fueled by identity politics.

Their marketing tactic was based on replacing characters like Thor and Iron Man with female or minority counterparts, and interjecting political commentary on the 2016 election into their stories.

Last month, comic companies descended on San Diego Comic-Con to unveil their new products and tease storylines for the forthcoming year. It appears these industry giants havent changed with their attitudes toward customers. The market, however, has turned its eyes to new properties by independent creators.

Meet the New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

Marvel took a step last year toward a shift in their corporate culture. They fired their long-time editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, who famously stated writing comics was a hobby for white guys in The Guardian in 2016, and went on to say pushing identity politics was good for business. C.B. Cebulski replaced him, who had a positive reputation in the business at the time. Fans were cautiously optimistic about the replacement, but the sentiment didnt last long.

A year after Cebulskis tenure began, things look exactly the same at Marvel. The company still has largely the same creative staff, but has shuffled their teams on different titles. Marvel launched a new run of Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote a rant in The Atlantic arguing the election of Donald Trump surfaced a long-standing culture of white supremacy in the country.

His handling of the character came soon after Nick Spencer, right after Trumps inauguration in 2017, turned Captain America into an allegorical Nazi in order to attack right-wing America. Spencer wasnt fired for his offensive performance on the patriotic character, but rewarded with a higher-profile book: The Amazing Spider-Man.

Since The Federalist expos on Marvel creators anti-conservative social media rants last April, several backed away from Twitter and Facebook. Writers Dan Slott and Mark Waid deleted their Twitter accounts after coming under immense fire for their political tweets directed at fans. Spencer protected his account, meaning only approved readers can view his tweets, and has posted he is no longer updating on Twitter.

Not all of their writers have disappeared, however. Black Bolt writer Saladin Ahmed posted a tweet on July 19 accusing Israelis of being part of...

13:32

Court Stops Bureaucrats Who Tried To Tax Christians For Feeding Poor Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Now and then, children win, and when theirs is a triumph over the kind of entrenched, biased bureaucracy that so often frustrates their elders, the joys of victory are rich indeed.

For 17 years now, the historic Moody Church in Chicagos Lincoln Park has offered an afterschool program, By the Hand Club for Kids, which reaches underprivileged children in the Cabrini-Green, Altgeld-Murray, Englewood, and Austin neighborhoods. Employees and church volunteers lead chapel services and Bible studies for the boys and girls, teaching them to pray and worship. They also provide meals and basic medical care, teach enrichment classes, and help the children with their homework.

Those last activities caught the attention of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, where officials decided that a ministry offering so much practical assistanceall for freeshould surely be assessed unemployment compensation taxes, since its not operated primarily for religious purposes.

It was, to say the least, a curious assessment: a church-sponsored, church-run, Bible-based mission outreach featuring prayer and discipleship programs is not acting out of religious purposes? That seems to presume that people of faith do a lot of compartmentalizingas if giving a boy a cookie and some apple slices has nothing to do with loving God, or leading a little one in prayer precludes helping her figure out her multiplication tables.

Strange, too, that the Illinois DES had never previously attempted to tax By the Hand during the first 15-plus years of its existence. But those were the days, as one agency official admits, when things were run a little bit differently around here. New leadership apparently took a new look at the childrens ministry and decided it just wasnt religious enough to be left alone.

The argument, of course, made no sense. How, exactly, would By the Hand become more religious by doing less good works? Well believe youre doing Christian ministry just as soon as you quit giving out free food and medical care to those who cant afford it. Or: Youve got to quit helping impoverished children if you dont want the state to start taxing you.

In effect, state officials were asserting their mythical legal right to decide how Christian a Christian ministry can be. Not only were they wrong on the law (attempting to tax a non-taxable entity), but they were on the verge of making things worse for under-resourced childrenburdening the finances of a ministry working generously to serve them.

Despite such obvious lapses in logic and legal merit, DES persisted to the point that By the Hand enlisted Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys (including me) to defend the ministry in court. That case came to a head last month, when the Circuit Court of Cook County...

13:06

Battle Over Opioids: Surprising Push-Back, and Not From Dealers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The first known victims of prescription opioids were not hardened addicts who stole the drugs to get high. They were injured workers, whose treatment was driven by a narrative that changed the way doctors thought about pain. Now, says the physician who discovered those first deaths, a huge counter-narrative may be putting some unsuspecting patients in danger.

Nearly two decades ago, Dr. Gary Franklin identified 32 definite or probable deaths of injured workers in Washington State that had been caused by opioid medication. Franklin is medical director for Washington States Department of Labor and Industries, and a vice president of the nonprofit Physicians for Responsible Prescribing (PROP).

He was troubled that the affected workers had sustained only routine injuries sprains and low back pain.

The teaching at the time was that you should use opioids liberally, in everyone with pain, Franklin said. Doses were going through the roof. The deaths, he said, occurred simply because the workers had taken the medication their doctors had prescribed. Theyre not suicides, he told WhoWhatWhy. A doctor gives a patient opioids. They go to sleep and dont wake up.

But when he discussed his findings at a meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, I was practically yelled out of the room. They didnt want to hear it.

The first time he interviewed late-stage cancer patients, he said, he found their testimony very similar to the victims of torture. Theyd do anything to stop the pain.

A lot has happened since 2003, when Franklin faced a hostile audience. The US has been in the throes of a full-blown crisis that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, 40 percent of them involving prescription opioids.

The number of opioid prescriptions is beginning to decline. But even as late as 2015, enough opioids were prescribed to medicate e...

13:04

Goodbye, Columbus, Ohio. Now That Youre a Smart City, Everyone and Every Living Thing Is Being Exposed to Much More Harmful Radiation and Electrosmog. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank According to a recent article about Columbus, Ohio becoming a Smart City, all the grant money in the world wont help it...

12:57

New Mexico Said NO to the New World Order "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Smart meters emit dangerous radiation. They over-bill consumers. They will be used to control energy use. The people of New Mexico have said enough. Their state regulatory commission said no more smart meters. The state of New Mexico said no to the New World Order. Heres the story

 

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This Democrat Wants You to Pay Every Illegal Immigrant for Coming to the US "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The CIA sponsored ISIS/MS-13 fifth column gangsters are coming to your neighborhood armed with IEDs, anti-tank weapons, automatic weapons and WMDs courtesy of of the 2014 immigration crisis. Now, in light of all this, Democrat, Joe Crowley, wants the US taxpayer to pay illegal immigrants coming into the country. Here is more on this amazing story.

 

 

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12:35

Trump administration delays Dakota Access Pipeline decision again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs until the end of the month to complete its work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article is the third in a week-long series about Cobb County, GA a suburban region that epitomizes the folly of going into debt to build more and more infrastructure with no ability to pay for it. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.


In Mondays article, Rachel included a picture of a stroad with a distinctive KFC sign shaped like a big chicken in Marietta, the seat of Cobb County and its largest city. Below is a slideshow with the same picture, along with pictures of KFCs along stroads in two other counties. Before you read on, click through the slideshow and take a wild guess about where each KFC is. 

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Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The non-Indian power structure in a Utah county is slowly being dismantled.

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Bright light stimulates memory and learning, according to research "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bright light stimulates memory and learning, according to research

(Natural News) The lighting condition in your room affects your brain. Being exposed to bright light boosts memory and learning, according to a new study published in the journal Hippocampus. A group of scientists from Michigan State University carried out a study on the link between li...

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Ben Carson Declared Mission Accomplished in East St. Louis Where Public Housing Is Still a Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. The citys administrative building was decorated for a festive affair when U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson arrived here last September. An Americana themed banner draped the back of a raised stage. Red, white and blue balloons floated in the foreground.

This is really an exciting day, Carson told a crowd of a few dozen city and community leaders. It is a day of transition and a day of progress.

In October 1985, HUD officials arrived here unannounced and seized control of the East St. Louis Housing Authority, citing poor living conditions and fraud. Carson was in town to return it to local control.

In a brief speech, Carson said that when former President Ronald Reagans HUD took over the housing authority five presidential administrations ago, the residents were at risk, and the future of our children was at risk.

Not anymore, he boldly declared.

In the months leading up to Carsons visit, however, HUDs own inspectors had failed nine of East St. Louis 12 sprawling public housing projects, citing a wide variety of health and safety violations, according to federal records obtained by The Southern Illinoisan.

Inspectors reported such problems as windows and doors that didnt lock, infestation, mold and mildew, fire safety violations, holes in walls, broken appliances, peeling paint and missing lead-based paint inspection reports. Among the properties that failed, HUD inspectors estimated an astounding 5,405 violations. One-quarter were deemed life threatening.

In at least one case, persistent security problems may have played a role in a tenants death.

Just weeks prior to Carsons appearance, an intruder broke into 23-year-old Alexis Winstons apartment owned by the East St. Louis Housing Authority and killed her in front of her toddler.

Around 4 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2017, Winston made a frantic call to 911, told dispatchers someone was trying to break in, screamed and hung up the phone. When police arrived at the John Robinson Homes, they found her first-floor kitchen window shattered and Winston dead upstairs, her body on the right side of her bed. Her toddler was in a nearby playpen.

In the months preceding her death, Winston made r...

Top Official at U.S. Embassy in Israel Is Owed Money From Israel Advocacy Group "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A top aide to the U.S. ambassador to Israel has financial ties to entities involved in Israel policy or that could have business with the government, according to newly released disclosure forms.

One of the groups, an anonymously funded nonprofit called Shining City Community that has been involved in U.S. and Israeli politics, owes perhaps as much as $50,000 to Aryeh Lightstone, a senior adviser to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, according to his financial disclosure forms.

Lightstone, a Long Island businessman and rabbi, reported he is also retaining three positions outside his government job. Separately, he reported receiving outside income from two firms after he was hired in July 2017 by the State Department.

Lightstone pledged to recuse himself for one year from matters related to Shining City. The Ethics Agreement that Mr. Lightstone signed is very clear that he will not participate in any matter in which he has a direct financial interest, a State Department spokesperson said. His government position does not obligate him to divest from all of his investments, and every investment was declared to and cleared by the U.S. Department of State ethics lawyers.

But an ethics expert who reviewed Lightstones filings criticized his ethics agreement, particularly his relationship with Shining City.

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We Are Expanding Our Local Reporting Network. Submit Your Best Project Ideas for Investigating State Government. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last year, ProPublica introduced our Local Reporting Network to help create vital, investigative journalism in communities where such stories would otherwise not to be done.

Now, were expanding it, and were specifically looking for accountability stories emanating from state capitals, from the governors mansion to the legislature to the work of state agencies.

The influence of state government is far-reaching, touching aspects of life as varied as taxes, education, environmental oversight and health care yet elected officials and state bureaucrats are getting ever less scrutiny.

As local newsrooms are shrinking, and the number of reporters working in statehouses across the country has dropped sharply in recent years. Some news organizations no longer cover their state capitals and others have reduced their bureaus to one or two reporters.

With support from a new grant, we will pay the salary, plus an allowance for benefits, for full-time reporters at seven partner news organizations who are dedicated to big investigative projects focused on state politics and state government. We expect that at least one winning proposal will come from Illinois to complement our own local work at ProPublica Illinois. Applications are due Sept. 14, and selected reporters will begin work on Jan. 2 and work on their projects throughout 2019.

ProPublicas first group of seven local reporters has already produced a strong body of work, exposing lapses in worker safety at nuclear facilities, failures in public housing, the devastating toll of post traumatic stress disorder on first responders, and stunning miscarriages of justice in Indiana, among others. (Here are all the stories produced by reporters in the network so far.)

Our expansion will not take the place of our original Local Reporting Network. Later this fall, we will solicit proposals for the second year of our general local reporting initiative. Instead of having seven local reporting partners, we will have 13 or 14 next year....

ProPublica to Expand Local Reporting Network to Focus on State Governments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In an effort to help stanch the decline in aggressive statehouse coverage across the country, ProPublica today announced that it is expanding its Local Reporting Network with a focus on accountability journalism on state governments or state politics.

Under a new two-year grant, ProPublica will pay the salary, plus an allowance for benefits, for reporters at seven partner news organizations who will spend one year tackling an investigative project in their states. Reporters will collaborate with a ProPublica senior editor, and ProPublicas expertise with data, research and engagement will be made available for the work.

Applications for these new slots are due on September 14. Here are the details for those interested in applying. The new group of reporters will begin their work on Jan. 2.

ProPublica announced the creation of the Local Reporting Network last fall, and the first group of seven local newsrooms has already produced a strong body of work, exposing lapses in worker safety at nuclear facilities, failures in public housing, the devastating toll of post traumatic stress disorder on first responders, and stunning miscarriages of justice in Indiana, among others. A second group will be chosen for 2019 in an application process later this year; the new state-focused program will add seven additional projects to the network.

The number of journalists working in state capitals has steeply declined in recent years, as fewer outlets have the resources to hold accountable those in powerful state offices, from the executive and legislative branches to secretaries of state to attorneys general. An analysis by Pew Research estimated a 35 percent drop in journalists working in state capital bureaus from 2003 to 2014. 

Reporters focused on state government are critically important for holding elected officials accountable and leveling the playing field between special interests and the public, said ProPublica President Richard Tofel. We are delighted to expand the ProPublica Local Reporting Network to support local reporters and newsrooms who bring much needed sunlight to the dealings of state government.

Reporters selected for the Local Reporting Network wi...

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What Do You Know About Public Housing in the U.S.? Help Us Investigate. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Volumes have been written about the broken promise of safe public housing for low-income families living in large urban centers.

But the deterioration of affordable housing is a crisis that affects some small towns and mid-sized cities, too.

And not enough people are talking about it.

ProPublica and The Southern Illinoisan are teaming up to examine failures by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to ensure that federal dollars are paying for housing that is safe, decent and sanitary, as the law requires. Were investigating this issue in small and medium-sized cities, which have fewer resources than larger urban areas to combat aging, crumbling facilities.

In April, we reported on HUDs decision to relocate about 400 people from neglected housing complexes in Cairo, Illinois, after years of oversight failures threw residents lives into chaos.

Three months later, HUDs watchdog arm released a stinging report that said HUD put off taking over the Alexander County Housing Authority for years to avoid potential political repercussions and financial burdens, despite its knowledge of local mismanagement, poor living conditions and civil rights violations. (Cairo is located in Alexander County.)

Weve published an investigation exploring how deteriorating housing is threatening the health and security of thousands of public housing residents in the southern Illinois community of East St. Louis. HUD ended its 32-year federal receivership there last September.

Were looking to hear from more people about the living conditions at HUD-funded housing.

We want to hear whether public housing failures have led to resident suffering, particularly in small- or mid-sized cities where resources are pinched. We want to know how safe the housing has been, and how HUD-funded housing officials responded when residents asked for help.

We want to hear stories from advocates and officials, too, who can lend their insight into the HUD-funded housing system.

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09:56

This Is America #23: ICE Captures Mapache, Medics View of Portland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post This Is America #23: ICE Captures Mapache, Medics View of Portland appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, August 8th, 2018.

In this episode, we caught up with an organizer at #OccupyICE in San Antonio to talk about the States recent push to deport people who have been involved in their encampment. As the Intercept reported today:

On Friday, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested a longtime U.S. resident protesting against ICE in San Antonio, Texas, the FBI stepped in for an interrogation, telling the resident, 18-year-old Sergio Salazar, that his immigration status had been revoked because he was a bad person. The FBI agents asked him to inform on fellow protesters and said if he did so it could help his immigration case.

Also on the show today, well talk to a medic that was on the streets of Portland when the police began their brutal attack and talk about the massive antifascist mobilization.

But first, some thoughts on #AllOutAugust.

#AllOutAugust

08:16

Prime Minister vows to immerse newborn daughter in Mori language and culture "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The leader of New Zealand is vowing to ensure her newborn daughter learns the Mori language and understands Mori culture.

07:43

That Time John Bolton Threatened to Murder Children to Start the Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

John Bolton(CJ Opinion)  If youve been wondering why youre seeing John Boltons carrion-soaked mustache on screen more than usual lately, its because things are escalating further with Iran. President Trumps National Security Advisor has been on a whirlwind media tour helping the imperial propaganda machine manufacture support for the latest round of crushing sanctions that have now gone []

07:26

News reports link Rep. Markwayne Mullin to indicted member of Congress "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A criminal indictment of a fellow lawmaker is putting Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, back in the news.

07:05

AnarCon! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Join us for a weekend of liberty from Aug. 24-26th! Lets come together as a tribe to share our stories of liberation, strategies against tyranny, and community celebration.

Location: AnarCon will be taking place at The Cove. The beautiful 3,000 mountain acre campground includes a beach for swimming, lakes to go boating and fishing, trails for motorcycles, ATVs, mountain biking, and hiking. And if thats not enough for you theres also a rifle and pistol range on site! Camp 6 is where well be hosting our festivities for spontaneous order. It includes a stage for music and talks, washroom facilities, and room for up to 1,000 happy campers. Kids and family-friendly dogs welcomed, too.

Activities: Lots of fun campground activities and events to dive into include fishing, swimming, a shooting range, kickball, talks, workshops, an Agora Marketplace, and more!

Click here for more info.

06:35

Trump Threatens to Sanction All Companies That Do Business With Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump Business With Iran(ANTIWAR.COM)  Declaring sanctions against Iran the most biting ever imposed, President Trump on Tuesday vowed to go after any companies worldwide that continue to do business with Iran, sanctioning them and forbid them access to the American market. Trumps threats appear to have had some effect already, with Daimler AG, a German automaker, announcing that they are going []

06:25

The Resistance, Part One "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Work and home life have me running, not sure I can moderate this conversation once I start it. But I think its time. Rpjohnston in the comments at Pharyngula mentioned the Seven Mountains of Dominionism that helped bring our country to its current horrid state, suggested we could use something like that of our own an agenda for world domination, basically. So. Here goes:

Ask yourself why the right wing so consistently wields power beyond what they should in a truly democratic society? Why are they able to put forth a unified front the likes of which the left seems unable to muster? There are a lot of reasons that we cant do shit about. They have the money, they have us so overworked and ragged that we dont have the energy to fight at the end of the day.

The money especially is at issue. The right exists to serve the wealthy and has since the term was coined. Since politicians are usually wealthy, even the most progressive of them have a vested interest in supporting that agenda. Democrats might want to help the poor in some vague abstract way, but since it serves their families to let Republicans have their way, they just cant get up the will to fight that hard.

If we want to win, were fighting against odds that are completely unfair. We have more bodies to sacrifice if it comes to attrition, but who the hell wants it to come to that? And money has ensured that people power will never be enough to tilt that scale.

There has been some progress made in the social sphere, against sexism and homophobia and racism. The shrieks and bellows and ostentatious evil of those in power are evidence of that progress. We need every approach, all hands on deck. It wont be enough in itself, but we can look at where progressives have succeeded and try to amplify what has already worked.

This is where I may run afoul of some good people. I think we wouldnt have the few advances of today without call-out culture, without naming and shaming the perpetrators of evil. What is #MeToo, if not the ultimate ongoing call-out? Call-outs can be too extreme, can cause bad problems when they get out of hand. But lets not toss this baby out with the bathwater. This is an important baby.

Im running out of juice for tonight, but let me put it to the crowd What has worked? Where has human progress been achieved, even in this terrible moment in history?

06:22

Watch: Alex Jones Official Statement on Internet Purge "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Watch: Alex Jones Official Statement on Internet Purge

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05:38

410 Movies Made Under the Direct Supervision of the Pentagon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pentagon Movies Hollywood(ZHE)  A year ago we featured a detailed report by authors Tom Secker and Matthew Alford exposing just how vast the Pentagon and CIA programs for partnering with Hollywood actually are, based on some 4,000 new pages of formerly classified archived documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The report noted at the time that These documents for the first []

05:07

Reading the Numbers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its been over a month since the White Houses forced separation policy hit the news, which should be plenty of time for the polls to show an effect. So, how have US citizens reacted? Heres FiveThirtyEights aggregate numbers, from June 1st up until Helsinki.

FiveThirtyEight's aggregate popularity of Donald Trump, from June 1st to July 15th.

Wwoooow. We have recordings of crying children, lawsuits from states and organisations alleging inhumane treatment, tonnes of ink spilled over civility and ruined dinners, and yet Trumps numbers havent budged. What gives? One hint comes when we break down the approval numbers by party; Ill turn to Gallups numbers, in particular.

Gallup's popularity of Donald Trump, by party affiliation, from June 3rd to July 8th.

Believe it or not, I think those numbers underestimate partisanship. Human beings are imperfect, can misunderstand questions that seem clear and concise, and have only a middling grasp of the skeptical process. A small fraction of them can believe practically anything, as a result; for instance, another poll by Gallup found that roughly one in five Americans believe that witches exist, while just under one in ten are convinced spirits or ghosts can take over someones b...

04:40

3D Smoke "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Satellite imagery shows smoke moving in over head (see below) and our sunsets/sunrises confirm it.



But yet the air quality is very good near the surface, something shown by the measurements of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (see below), with the near sea level sites being green (good air quality).   But note that Rainier and a few sites near the Cascade slopes are yellow (moderate air quality)


In contrast, head down to California, and smoke has engulfed the lower atmosphere, as beautifully illustrated by the picture of the region around Mt. Shasta sent to me by Kean Stump.

04:00

48 Hours in Charlottesville: Fear, Nausea, and a Sad Lack of Surprise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Watch Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.

I was driving through the lush Virginia countryside along Route 29 last August when I saw it: a long convoy of military vehicles, most of them troop carriers.

After a few moments, I realized what was going on. The soldiers were headed south to Charlottesville, where, in a few hours, hundreds of white supremacists were expected to convene for the largest public gathering of racial extremists in decades. I was going there, too, on assignment to cover the rally.

Given what had happened in the previous months three people stabbed at a Klan rally in Anaheim, seven people stabbed at a neo-Nazi event in Sacramento, street fighting that stretched on for hours in Berkeley I feared it might be a bloody scene in Charlottesville.

As the convoy trundled along in the slow lane, I shivered a little despite the heat. The authorities, I thought, must be expecting a storm of violence if they were mobilizing National Guard.

At 11:14 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2017, I pulled over and tapped out an email to my editors with the subject line, In case of emergency.

There was likely to be violence, I wrote, adding that it was possible that Id be swept up by police responding to the unrest. I wanted them to know that they might be getting a call from a hospital bed or jail cell. 

It was, as they say, a moment. The next couple of days were full of them.


Were gonna put you in camp! boomed the white supremacist, torch in hand, as he strode past me and my colleague Karim Hajj, a producer and videographer for Frontline. It was now dark on the night of Aug. 11.

Were gonna put you in camp! he shouted again.

I didnt know if the words were meant for me, Karim, or just something the guy enjoyed yelling as he marched, a sort of generic all-purpose threat. 

Other marchers shouted about giving their enemies helicopter rides, an expression meant to evoke the atrocities of Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean fascist ruler whose government thugs had made a habit of hurling the regimes political opponents out of helicopters.

The mood of the marchers wasnt merely angry, it felt homicidal.

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03:47

Peace Leader Speaks Against US-backed Regime Change in Nicaragua, Confronted by Anti-Ortega Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Camilo Meja prefaced his explanation of the seemingly inexplicable eruption of violence in his native Nicaragua with the admonition that no one should take his word but should research the facts as he has. Meja spoke at an event co-sponsored by the Task Force on the Americas, a 32-year-old anti-imperialist human rights group. Anti-Ortega demonstrators filtered into the now standing-room-only lecture hall, periodically heckling Meja. Calmly and graciously, Meja welcomed the opposition elements and even allowed a senior woman who had been a Sandinista to take the microphone and make an impassioned appeal for regime change. But when the opposition elements became intolerantly disruptive to the expression of views contrary to their own, Meja admonished: By your actions, you demonstrate what kind of democracy you stand for.

03:01

New Nation, New Constitution Now "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The worldview and lifestyle of Buddhist Socialism is the best way I can think of to find inner peace and achieve world peace: We can reduce vast individual suffering with Buddhism and vast social suffering through democratic, compassionate socialism.

02:59

The humble sodaapple nightshade could be a great alternative cancer remedy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The humble sodaapple nightshade could be a great alternative cancer remedy

(Natural News) The sodaapple nightshade (Solanum aculeastrum), a medicinal plant found in tropical Africa, contains potential anti-cancer activity, according to a study led by South Africa...

02:10

We NEED To Talk About The PURGE Of ALEX JONES! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are all Alex Jones Now! Regardless of what you think of the man this recent internet purge of Alex Jones by the major tech companies is wrong on every level and it needs to be rejected and exposed for the sake of free speech, freedom and liberty. This blatant attack on the free flow of information shows how all the major tech companies have made themselves gods of political opinions and the gatekeepers of the infowar. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains why the internet purge of Alex Jones is a direct attack on all free speech and why we must support Alex and anyone else who challenges the status quo now more than ever before its too late!

01:38

New Scorecard Shows Only 12 House Democrats Have Fully Embraced Game-Changing Progressive Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With the momentum and energy within the Democratic Party clearly tilting towards those willing to embrace a bolder, progressive set of policies and priorities, a new congressional scorecard released Tuesday reveals that only 12 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have put their support behind five specific bills.

01:33

US Ties To Yemen al-Qaeda Exposed, Saudi 9/11 Threats, EU To Block US Sanctions & CBD Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (8/7/18). It is quite amazing how independent media can make claims well researched and backed with supporting evidence about the true behind-the-scenes actions and intentions of []

The post US Ties To Yemen al-Qaeda Exposed, Saudi 9/11 Threats, EU To Block US Sanctions & CBD Trafficking appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

01:26

Athletes Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Fatal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With football practice beginning in the hot August heat, athletes are encouraged to stay hydrated. However, drinking too much can be fatal. In 2017, a football coach from the University of Texas created a urine-based Longhorn Football Chart, which designates players with yellow or brown urine and labels them as selfish or a bad guy respectively. []

01:16

Cohousing Communities Bring Generations Together Separately "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The cohousing premise is many people living independently but together. Unlike the stereotypical commune of the 1960s, todays group living has grown up. While each community is unique, they all follow the same tenents. Overall, the cohousing model intentionally balances the intergenerational ratio of those who reside within the community close enough to enjoy others of diverse generations []

01:06

CBS Plans to Attract 8 Million Trekkies With Star Trek All the Time "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By 2022, CBS All Access intends to have 8 million subscriptions sold to Trekkies of all ages with Star Trek programming 7/24. The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery aired on television on Sept. 24, 2017, and viewed by fans eager for a new Trek series. However, there was a catch. To watch further episodes viewers []

00:58

43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump Power to Shut Down News Outlets: Poll "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump News Outlets(CD)  In the age of media-bashing enthusiast President Donald Trumpwho regularly declares critical journalists and outlets fake news and the enemy of the American peopleat least 43 percent of Republican respondents to a new survey said they believe the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior. The Ipsos poll (pdf), first reported by The Daily Beasts Sam []

00:39

US Sanctions on Iran Put Iraq in the Crosshairs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Iraq Sanctions on Iran(MEMO)  Iraq does not agree with US sanctions against Iran but will abide by them to protect its own interests, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday. As a matter of principle, we are against sanctions in the region. Blockade and sanctions destroy societies and do not weaken regimes, he said at a news conference. We consider them (sanctions []

00:29

The Shadow Rulers of the VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last February, shortly after Peter ORourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. Received, ORourke replied. I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.

ORourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz is not his boss. In fact, he is not even a government official. Moskowitz is a Palm Beach doctor who helps wealthy people obtain high-service concierge medical care.

More to the point, he is one-third of an informal council that is exerting sweeping influence on the VA from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trumps private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, who is a longtime acquaintance of President Trumps. The third member is a lawyer named Marc Sherman. None of them has ever served in the U.S. military or government.

Yet from a thousand miles away, they have leaned on VA officials and steered policies affecting millions of Americans. They have remained hidden except to a few VA insiders, who have come to call them the Mar-a-Lago Crowd.

Perlmutter, Moskowitz and Sherman declined to be interviewed and fielded questions through a crisis-communications consultant. In a statement, they downplayed their influence, insisting that nobody is obligated to act on their counsel. At all times, we offered our help and advice on a voluntary basis, seeking nothing at all in return, they said. While we were always willing to share our thoughts, we did not make or implement any type of policy, possess any authority over agency decisions, or direct government officials to take any actions To the extent anyone thought our role was anything other than that, we dont believe it was the result of anything we said or did.

VA spokesman Curt Cashour did not answer specific questions but said a broad range of input from individuals both inside and outside VA has helped us immensely over the last year and a half. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters also did not answer specific questions and said Perlmutter, Sherman and Moskowitz have no direct influence over the Department of Veterans Affairs.

But hundreds of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former administration officials tell a different story of a previously unknown triumvirate that hovered over public servants without any transparency, accountability or oversight. The Mar-a-Lago Crowd spoke with VA officials daily, the documents show, reviewing all manner of policy and personnel decisions. They prodded the VA to start new programs, and officials travelled...

00:04

Some interesting elections to watch for today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today is yet another Byzantine day in American politics, with various kinds of elections taking place. Much media attention is focused on a special election in Ohio for a seat in the US House of Representatives. This is a solidly conservative district that has been represented by Republicans for decades and Donald Trump won by a margin of 7 points. So why the fuss? Because according to polls, Democrat Danny OConnor is giving Republican Troy Balderson a close run. I am not hopeful, though. Ohio is quite a reactionary state.

In Michigan there is an interesting primary in which a young physician Abdul El-Sayed, running on a strongly progressive platform and who has been backed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is competing in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of the state. He has surged late in the race, going from being a long shot to strongly competitive. He is challenging the party establishment candidate Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who has close ties to the health care industry, and wealthy businessman Shri Thanedar who seems to be a phony, trying to act as if he is a progressive when his entire history suggests otherwise. What is interesting is that pretty much all Democratic candidates now embrace some form of single-payer health care. The only issue is whether they are genuine or just saying it because they feel they have to. It shows how much the idea has caught on.

Kansas too faces some primary interesting races for the House of Representatives. Brent Welder is running for the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District while civil rights attorney James Thompson is trying to win the nomination for the 4th District. Both have been endorsed by Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez who have campaigned for them

Meanwhile Aida Chavez writes that another insurgent campaign is being waged for a Missouri congressional district by Cori Bush, who is hoping to defeat nine-term Democratic incumbent William Lacy Clay in the 1st Congressional district. Bush is running on a progressive platform and hoping to replicate Ocasio-Cortezs upset win, using grass-roots organizing to compensate for the lack of big money campaign funding sources.

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23:59

NATO Fighter Jet Accidentally Launches Missile Near Russian Border Estonian Army "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NATO Fighter Jet Accidentally Launches Missile Near Russian Border Estonian Army

Launch occurred with Spanish crew during a training flight

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23:57

Who the Hell are We? Uri Avnery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Uri Avnery - "We are not temporary tenants in this country, ready at any moment to go and join our brother and sister Jews around the globe. We belong to this country and are going to live here for many generations to come."

23:37

Democracy NOW Interviews Ahed Tamimi: Video "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Video: Meet Ahed Tamimi, 17-Year-Old West Bank Activist Jailed 8 Months for Slapping Israeli Soldier

23:34

NYT Falls Victim to Trump Derangement Syndrome in Warning of Clouds for the Economy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anyhow, it's best to keep our eyes on the ball and focus on the many bad policies that Trump is actually putting in place. Many will hurt the economy, but much more in the long-run than the short-run. And, we should not be rooting for a recession to somehow save us from Trump's incompetence and evil.

23:28

Is It Possible To Follow A Vegetarian Ketogenic Diet? (Everything You Need To Know) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Alex Reed 

The ketogenic eating style has spread like wildfire during recent years. Its so popular because it allows you to enjoy fatty foods which are restricted in most diets and burn fat during the same time.

You may be wondering if as a vegetarian you can follow this high-fat eating style? You may want to burn fat, reap the mental benefits and save the planet during the same time. Regardless of your motives, you can follow the ketogenic diet if you are vegetarian, but it takes little extra effort from your side.

While the traditional ketogenic diet is all heaven for meat lovers, its not the main ingredient in this diet. The biggest part of this eating style is fat, which is easily available in vegetarian foods.

Just like non-vegetarians, the biggest mistake vegetarians do is they eat too many vegetables thus getting too many carbohydrates which will eventually kick them out of ketosis. If you are a vegetarian, then you need to be way more careful with your carbohydrate and protein intake. For example, traditional vegetarian protein sources are beans and grains, which arent part of the ketogenic diet.

What is the ketogenic diet?

In a nutshell, the ketogenic diet is a high-fat diet which burns fat and makes you feel superhuman. Its a high-fat, moderate protein and extremely low carbohydrate eating style. The main goal is to get 75% of your energy from fat, 20% of protein and 5% from carbohydrates. The ketogenic diet is so effective because removing carbs from your daily menu will cause your body to enter into a stat...

22:46

Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline now $1.9B higher, Kinder Morgan says "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Steel pipe to be used in the pipeline construction of the Trans Mountain expansion project at a stockpile site in Kamloops, B.C. (Dennis Owen/Reuters)

Pipeline to West Coast now projected to be done by December 2021

22:32

22:29

LeBron James Spent Millions to Open a Public School With Free Meals, Bikes, and College Tuition "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich

LeBron James has made a name for himself not only as a professional basketball player but also a philanthropist. On Monday, July 30th, the star unveiled a project hes been working on for some time: a new public school in Akron, Ohio. The school, I Promise, is aimed at low-income and at-risk children. James wanted to give back to the community he grew up in, which is why he is willing to invest more than $100 million of his money into the endeavor.

James didnt have an easy start in life. He was raised by a single mother who oftentimes struggled to maintain a steady job. When he was a 4th grader, he missed 83 days of school due to his unstable home life. The two-time Olympic gold medalist doesnt want any more children to suffer the way he did, which is why he founded I Promise.

The basketball player considers the I Promise school to be his greatest achievement yet. His philosophy is that if children obtain a proper education, he is making a difference not only in his lives but the future of the planet. 

As Bored Panda reports, the I Promise school will have an extended school year which will start in July and end in May. Each day is 8 hours long; furthermore, I Promise will provide a seven-week summer session with STEM-based camps. The goal is to help children prepare for future jobs in the technology field.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will all be provided to the school for free. The students will also be given free bicycles, helmets, uniforms, school supplies, and transportati...

22:27

Trump, Racism, and the Republican Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump's racism is nothing new for the Republican Party, going back to Nixon's "Southern Strategy." Trump has just taken the hood off.

22:21

Portland Police Attack Antifascists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Portland Police Attack Antifascists appeared first on It's Going Down.

Video report from the streets of Portland from Sub.Media.

Video Ninja Jake Westly Anderson went to Portland on August 4th, to cover the confrontation between anti-fascists and Patriot Prayer and filed this report:

Police nearly killed a counter protester after firing a projectile through their helmet. After the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and other right wing nationalists descended on Portland, things turned violent as police attacked community counter demonstrators. The Portland police department used concussion grenades, pepper-spray, paint balls, and flash bangs on both bystanders, counter protesters, journalists and civil society groups that were on the scene.

The attack seemed largely unprovoked, especially when compared to the indiscriminate and near fatal response. Meanwhile, far right extremists, some of whom fought in Charlottesville, where basically left alone, despite many being masked and armed. This is the first of several videos well be releasing.

Thank you for supporting independent media. Well do our best to continue to cover this story. Please share this video to help us get the word out.

Love and solidarity -Jake Westly Anderson

22:17

Rosie ODonnell Unhinged: Trump Supporters are Paid to Attend Rallies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rosie ODonnell Unhinged: Trump Supporters are Paid to Attend Rallies

Conspiracy theories a major symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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22:14

Kite Line: Strike Season "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Kite Line: Strike Season appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anti-prison radio show and podcast, Kite Line returns with an episode on the upcoming Prison Strike, set to kick off on August 21st.

Listen and Download HERE

As we approach the August 21st launch of the national prison strike, Kite Line is focusing on the historic and recent precedents for the current prisoners movement.  This strike, called by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak along with a growing coalition of grassroots prisoners groups, is grounded in four decades of organizing, symbolized by George Jacksons state assassination in 1971 and the Attica prison uprising which kicked off in response.  More recently, it builds on and learns from the 2016 strike.

Outside supporters are learning lessons too, and prioritizing anti-repression organizing.  Jailhouse Lawyers Speak is already reporting that organizers are being thrown into solitary in South Carolina, as have many other prisoners who will be mentioned later in the episode.  We open today with a short history of the Lucasville uprising in Ohio, then move to a statement from Kevin Rashid Johnson, and end by speaking with an organizer with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and The Fire Inside collective, who shares with us an important introduction to the prisoners movement.

22:00

A Strong Towns Member Toured 6 Places on the Right Track "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Imagine spending a week visiting some of the strongest towns in America. What would you see? What might you learn?

 Acorn Alley in Kent, OH is a pedestrian walkway filled with shops and cafes, making productive use of a small space.

Acorn Alley in Kent, OH is a pedestrian walkway filled with shops and cafes, making productive use of a small space.

Strong Towns member Roger Horn did just that this July. Roger says hes always been interested in city planning and sits on the planning commission in his town of Olympia, WA, as well as being active in his neighborhood association. He wanted to tour some examples of successful towns to get new ideas to bring back home.

While we have yet to encounter a community that can answer Yes to all 10 questions on our Strength Test, Strong Towns staff were able to point Roger in some promising directions. We invited him to explore the finalists of some of our previous Strongest Town Contests, and he found a critical mass of communities in the Midwest. With that in mind, he set out on an adventure, flying from Washington to Cleveland, after which he traveled over 1,000 miles to visit six inspiring communities.

Here are some lessons he learned and favorite things he experienced on his journey, which included stops in Kent, OH; Sandusky, OH; Valparaiso, IN; Holland, MI; Muskegon, MI and Traverse City, MI.

A Healthy Town Needs a Healthy Heart

The overarching theme in every town Roger visited was a successful, thriving city center. Your downtown is the heart of your community, and if the hearts weak, the rest of the body suffers.

In city after city, Roger saw active downtowns, filled with people, restaurants, shops, public spaces, natural beauty, and good sidewalks for everyone to travel on. Roger spent much of his trip simply walking around each downtown and observing what was happening.

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