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Friday, 15 December

00:16

Alabama Saves The Day. But Not Much Else. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's an odd day when Democrats have Alabama to thank for their better fortune. Winning a U.S. senate seat in the state that gave Donald Trump a 62 percent victory margin, narrowing the Republican-Democratic split in the Senate to one and scoring a victory for minorities, women's dignity and gay rights, in Alabama, is no small thing.

00:10

Widespread Detainee Abuse At ICE Prisons Confirmed By Inspector General Report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department conducted unannounced inspections of six immigrant detention facilities overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It uncovered glaring examples of detainee abuse and mistreatment at four of the facilities.

Inspections were conducted in response to complaints from immigrant rights groups, as well as complaints to the inspector general, and the report was released as President Donald Trumps administration seems intent to slash the budget for inspector general offices, like the one at DHS.

According to the report [PDF], We identified problems that undermine the protection of detainees rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment.

The problems included: abuse of solitary confinement (or segregation) and lockdown of detainees, abuse of strip searches, intimidation and threatened retaliation against those with potentially serious concerns about confinement conditions, lack of interpretation services during medical exams, and deplorable bathroom maintenance, as well as a refusal to properly supply detainees with hygiene items.

All ICE detainees are detained in civil custody. As the report mentions, the confinement is not supposed to be punitive.

ICEs Enforcement and Renewal Operations oversees the confinement of detainees in nearly 250 detention facilities that it manages in conjunction with private contractors or state or local governments.

Inspectors made unannounced visits to Hudson County Jail (mixed gender), Laredo Processing Center (female-only), Otero County Processing Center (male-only), Santa Ana City Jail (mixed gender), Stewart Detention Center (male-only), and Theo Lacy Facility (male-only).

Stewart Detention Center is run by CoreCivic, the private prison contractor formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America. The Santa Ana City Jail no longer has an ICE contract, and detainees were transferred to Cibola County Detention Center in May.

At the Otero County, Santa Ana, and Stewart facilities, the OIG found, Staff did not always tell detainees why they were being segregated, nor did they always communicate detainees rights in writing or provide appeal forms for those put in punitive lockdown or placed in segregation. In multiple instances, detainees we...

00:00

I learn something new every day "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I tend to resist watching long clips of talking heads on the internet (speeches, press conferences, debates, lectures, etc.) because it is so time-consuming and I find is so much quicker to read transcripts. Unfortunately. transcripts are not always available and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. But just yesterday, I learned that at least with clips on YouTube, you can adjust the speed to suit you.

I find that playing the clips at 1.5 times the normal speed works well for me. This results in a 33% reduction in the length of time taken to watch it, which works out to a 40 minute reduction if you want to watch a two-hour lecture on some topic, not an insignificant saving. At this speed, the speaker still moves and sounds fairly normal and not as if they are appearing in a Benny Hill sketch.

I am passing this on for the one or two of you out there who may have been as clueless about this as I was.

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Thursday, 14 December

23:49

China Just Ridiculed the US While Confirming Most Important Partnership With Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIMEDIA)  This week, the Chinese ambassador to Russia, Li Hui, praised the increasingly cooperative relationship between China and Russia, also taking the opportunity to take a stab at the U.S., Newsweek reports.

Speaking on Wednesday at a government news conference organized in response to the overwhelming success of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October, the ambassador lauded the progress the two countries have made in pursuing greater relations in recent years, particularly with regard to their efforts to modernize their armies and inject themselves into the international political arena.

The Chinese-Russian relations of comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnership are the most important bilateral relations in the world and, moreover, the best relations between big countries, Li reportedly told the Russian state-owned TASS news agency, which played host to the conference.

One can say that they are a classic example of the healthiest and most mature interstate relations and an important force to protect peace and stability throughout the world, Li also added.

It is not unusual for Russian and Chinese officials to make statements like these, which are clearly intended for Washington in more ways than one. First, the statement is crafted to make Washington pay attention to Russia and Chinas growing relationship so the U.S. knows it cannot realistically get much done on the world stage without confronting either of the nuclear powers first. Second, the statement itself is directed at the United States government with its use of terms such as healthiest and most mature interstate relations, an effort to ridicule Americas approach to global politics, which arguably lacks those qualities. The foundation of the U.S.-led world order is based on forced submission through direct bullying as opposed to maintaining healthy and mature relations intended to protect peace and stability.

According to the ambassador, one of the core reasons why Russia and China are having success lately is that they have both abandon[ed] the thinking of the Cold War and a zero-sum game policy. Aga...

23:29

COLLUSION FUSION: DOJ Officials CIA Wife Was Hired to Research Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

21st Century Wire says

More evidence of collusion has surfaced this week  just not the kind mainstream media has been incessantly reporting for months.

Zero Hedge is reporting that Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, admitted in a court filing this week that his firm paid Nellie Ohr, wife of U.S. Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, to help dig up dirt in 2016 on then presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Mr. Ohr was demoted from his senior post at the DOJ as associate deputy attorney general after it was revealed he met with Simpson and Christopher Steele, a retired British intelligence officer who assembled the now infamous Trump-Russia dodgy dossier.

Read more at Zero Hedge, including details about the DNCs law firm Perkins Coie

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23:06

Julian Assange Just Warned of a Deep State Coup Meant to Install Mike Pence as President "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mike PenceThe founder of WikiLeaks is warning the public about a Deep State plot to overthrow Trump, and install Mike Pence as President of the United States.

23:01

CLOAKED IN CONSPIRACY: An Overview of JFK files Reopens Door to Coup Dtat Claims & Cold War Era False Flag Terror "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

Since late October, an ongoing release of intelligence files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have reignited decades old conspiracy claims. While the material released is reportedly a mix of new and old, some critics have declared that the recently declassified files reveal even more startling evidence regarding the death of 35th President of the United States.

Upon reviewing pivotal historical elements linked to the Kennedy assassination, were told that the vast majority of CIA and FBI records regarding the JFK files have been released, though many are still pending.

Despite claims that newly revealed files contain smoking gun evidence in the enigmatic case, the murder of President John F. Kennedy, is perhaps an act that will forever be shrouded in conspiracy and mystery, as the controversial case is unlikely to be officially reopened during our lifetime.


CLOAKED IN CONSPIRACY JFK assassination claims have been reignited following the CIA and FBI case record releases. (Photo Illustration 21WIREs Shawn Helton)

NOTE* While the JFK files have been making their way to The National Archives website since late October, some material released contains names of certain individuals that will remain redacted due to apparent concerns over national security.

Although the JFK case is one of Americas most compelling conspiracies, its doubtful that there will ever be complete transparency regarding any information concerning a larger premeditated plot. Among the mountain of theories and credible information concerning...

22:43

The Final Week Ahead Podcast of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chuck and Rachel ask for help choosing the intro music for this podcast (vote here!). Then they recap recent events in Florida and share the best podcasts of 2017. Finally, they close with Chuck's favorite books from the year.

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22:29

Will Rahn Talks Roy Moore, Trumpism, And Our Cultures Sex Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Will Rahn, politics editor at CBS News Digital, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss this weeks election in Alabama and what it means for the Republicans and Democratic Parties in the long run. They also discuss the viral New Yorker essay, Cat Person and the cultural consequences of the sexual revolution.

You cant mimic the Trump show. Only Donald Trump can go out and do those rallies and stir people up, Rahn said. I think the way forward for the GOP is to be some grand coalition of the boring.

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22:29

Trump's Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital And The Prospect Of A Two-State Solution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Even though President Abbas criticized Trump for his declaration, and pronounced the US as being biased and no longer an honest broker, the US (especially Congress and most previous administrations) has in fact always been biased in favor of the Israelis.

22:13

Bi Any Means Podcast #128: How to Win an Election with Andrea Jenkins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My guest for today is Andrea Jenkins. According to Wikipedia, Andrea Jenkins is an American policy aide, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesotas Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Starting in 2018, Jenkins will represent Ward 8 on the Minneapolis City Council. And today I have the privilege of interviewing her.

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21:53

An Inside Look at Colombias Indigenous Guards "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Indigenous Guards in Colombia prior to the beginning of training; each guard carries a baton as a symbol of his or her membership. Photo: Intercontinental Cry

by Robin Llewellyn, Intercontinental Cry, Dec 11, 2017

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos may have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but peace has not come to Colombia. Social leaders and members of indigenous communities have been targeted in a wave of assassinations that has swept through the countryside during this supposed post-conflict eraand the state has failed both to stem the killings and to curtail the spread of illegal mining and drug trafficking.Indigenous guards are elected by their communities and mandated to protect Indigenous lives and territory without the use of arms. Throughout both the civil war and the undeclared battle for territory...

21:22

Donald Trump's fascist war on youth "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump's embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America's youth.

21:21

Watch This Republican Economist Squirm as He's Forced to Admit the Truth About the GOP Tax Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, noticed Stephen Moore, the conservative economist and tax-cut evangelist, walking past and pinned him down on camera, forcing him to admit that not everyone in the country is in line for a tax cut as the GOP has promised.

21:19

The Pricing of Bitcoin vs. Gold Is Meant to Herd the Masses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Based on core global economic fundamentals, the gold price should be well north of $10,000 an ounce. Yet because gold is rare, is hoarded by governments and very wealthy, very private plutocrats, because it is intimately related to the value of interest rates and the perception of paper currencies themselves, its price is tactically suppressed.  Meanwhile, Bitcoin - a purposeful distraction from gold - is, in turn, strategically run up to $10,000 at an unprecedented pace, quite possibly by the Deep States financial and technological arms, in part so that you feel like you're 'missing out'.

In this latest episode of Money and Fear, well review the power that the pricing of each particular asset class has over the minds of investors and savers, alongside the praise or admonitions issued by banks and pundits which are issued in wider efforts to mold public perceptions of both cryptocurrencies and precious metals.  Tons of data and citations in this show so that you can be armed with knowledge against the urgently assigned hype.  So that you can think about money with some historical sobriety.  If youre not a Newsbud member yet, please sign up, tune in and spread the news

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Bitcoin (USD) Price

Is Bitcoin Standing In for Gold?

 We talked to an economist who predicted the Great Recession about the next financial crisis

Is Bitcoin a Threa...

21:10

Fuck Abuse, Kill Power: Addressing the Root Causes of Sexual Harassment and Assault "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Fuck Abuse, Kill Power: Addressing the Root Causes of Sexual Harassment and Assault appeared first on It's Going Down.

The past year has seen a wave of revelations about powerful peoplenearly all menperpetrating sexual violence against those beneath them. The #MeToo moment has provided a platform for countless courageous survivors. Yet although some men have been made to face consequences for the harm they have done, we are far from being able to solve the problem of male sexual violence. Focusing on the wrongdoings of specific men tends to exceptionalize them, as if their actions took place in a vacuum. This is consistent with the mechanisms of a criminal justice system focused on individual guilt and a reformist politics premised on the idea that the existing government and market economy would serve us perfectly if only the right people were in power. But with the bad behavior of so many men coming to light, we have to consider the possibility that these are not exceptions at allthat these attacks are the inevitable, systemic result of this social order. Is there a way to treat the cause as well as the symptoms?

Trigger warning for descriptions of sexual violence.

Virtually all recent mainstream coverage has treated sexual harassment and assault as an issue distinct from capitalism and hierarchy. When writers admit that capitalism and hierarchy play some role, they imply that what is harmful about these systems can be fixed through reform. They exhort us to appeal to power to solve the problems power causes: we are to pressure corporations to fire their executives, to use the media to shame media moguls, to use democracy to punish politicians. In short, we are supposed to use the very structures through which our abusers hold power to take it away from them.

On the contrary, we cant be effective against rampant sexual assault without confronting its root causes.

A tattoo by Charline Bataille inspired by Jenny Holzer.

A Very Brief History of Sexual Assault in the United States

Sexual assault and rape are woven into the very origins of the United States...

20:58

What Happened In Portland: Joey Gibsons Assault Victim Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post What Happened In Portland: Joey Gibsons Assault Victim Speaks Out appeared first on It's Going Down.

For more information about the Portland Rally click here. Joey Gibson for over a year has created a far-Right coalition that includes open neo-Nazis and white supremacists. For more information on Gibson, check out the research of Rose City Antifa.  

I was at the Anti-Hilary rally, counter protesting against Patriot Prayer (PP) with a heavy police presence in the area. I was standing with the bloc, facing PP on the other side of the street, and I noticed that the fash were starting to march down the street.

They started crossing the street, so I followed them and crossed to the other side. I also noticed that the rest of the bloc was waiting for the crosswalk, to come join. The fash were still on the opposite side of the road, and they crossed the street again, coming towards me ,and a couple other comrades.

As they passed me, this woman with long hair, who I had also encountered at the last protest, she walks past me and tried to grab the sign I was holding and pushed me. I pulled back on my sign, and pushed her. And then, out of nowhere, Joey Gibson comes up behind me, and restrains me, forcing me to the ground. I didnt realize it was him at first, I thought it was an actual police officer, so I complied. All of the fash started crowding around us, and I was scared I was going to be trampled. Then I heard him say something about citizens arrest, trying to say I had a warrant.

I told him to get off of me, because I have Epilepsy, and I could not breathe. And then, Deme Cooper...

20:53

ERROR451 #06: Cryptocurrencies, Nazis, Bailbloc & IRL Impacts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post ERROR451 #06: Cryptocurrencies, Nazis, Bailbloc & IRL Impacts appeared first on It's Going Down.

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This week, Bursts was joined by Pat Boyle, a collective member at Unicorn Riot (more about them later in this post), radical independent media project.  We chatted about crypto-currency, Bitcoin in particular, technologies and strategies involved in the implementation of crypto-currency, recent comings to light of increased wealth coming via Bitcoin into the hands of far right racists and ecological impacts of crypto-mining.

As to the far right, we referenced an article from IdaVox and one from Mic.com, as well as the twitterbot @NeoNaziWallets that can be visited to track transactions with the bitcoin wallets of well-known white supremacists.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange trading of Bitcoin was brought up a few times, and it was just introduced to the Private, or secondary, Market of the NASDAQ.

An example of an interesting use of cryptocurrency ongoing against the prison industrial complex is the BailBloc project that is shared between the Bronx Freedom Fund and The New Inquiry.

Some great Unicorn Riot content that Pat & company have been releasing this year (an incomplete list):

  • Black Snake Killaz, full length documentary about resistance to the #DAPL;
  • Coverage from Greece & the G20 in Hamburg, Germany;
  • on the ground in...

20:47

Michigan: All out to Stop Richard Spencer at U of M "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Michigan: All out to Stop Richard Spencer at U of M appeared first on It's Going Down.

Students at U of M have been walking out of classes and occupying offices, building the movement to stop the Fascist, Richard Spencer, and his supporters from coming to U of M to attack Black students, Muslim students and all who oppose him. The administration of U of M, the Board of Regents, the cops and the government are complicit with Richard Spencer and do nothing to stop racist attacks or to defend students under attack. We must do that ourselves.

We support students at U of M Dearborn, U of M Flint, EMU, MSU, GVSU and all campuses and community colleges uniting to oppose Spencer and stop the fascists. We support walkouts and occupations wherever they occur. We encourage high school students, teachers, campus workers and community supporters to join in this fight against Spencer and against racist attacks and white supremacy.

The racist and fascist attacks hit a Black family in Burton, a Black church in Wayne, and a Black family in Inkster who had a family member, Brodrick Ward, murdered in Kalkaska and now face a racist response from the cops in that town. The attacks hit the family of Damon Grimes, the 15 year old murdered by the Michigan State Police in Detroit because he was young and Black. The attacks hit families of those in the Muslim, Latinx and immigrant communities who have been rounded up and deported and those held in detention centers who face deportations.

We say stop Richard Spencer and defend against racist and fascist attacks on every campus and in every community. We say no ban, no wall and no borders. We say organize to oppose the fascists, the racists, and the university administration, the cops and ICE and the government who are complicit in these attacks and the enemies of our communities.

We are Solidarity and Defense, a statewide organization fighting to oppose fascist and racist attacks wherever they occur and to unite our forces to build strong community self defense. Join us for a statewide conference in Lansing on January 19 and 20, 2018 to oppose the fascists, the racists, the government and the cops and to build community self defense.

20:45

6 Natural Products That Actually Work "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Lessen Your Toxic Load

In your quest to find products that support a healthy, conscious lifestyle, do you sometimes feel like you have to compromise between effective and safe? Weve been led to believe that this is the case, through powerful marketing forces that position chemicals as king, and all-natural as the watered-down, over-priced alternative.

Adding to this confusion is the trend of green packaging. Since the FDA does not regulate what goes into health and beauty products, companies cash-in on health-conscious consumers willing to pay more for clean, safe products. Green, leafy logos and words like all natural can conceal the fact that whats inside the bottle is anything but!

The Need for Safe Alternatives

While consulting a list of toxic products to avoid is easy enough, taking the time to read labels and ingredient lists for literally EVERYTHING you buy can be really taxing, not to mention, a total drag! Perhaps this is why people ask me all the time, What do you use?

To help make your adventures in detox a little easier, I am sharing a short list of some of the natural products that I love, and that you can feel good about using. Most importantly, they work great and feel luxurious!

...

20:44

Anti-Homeless Robot Deployed in San Francisco "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIMEDIA)  As the homeless problem continues to surge in San Francisco, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic has taken the novel, if dystopian, approach of hiring an autonomous security robot unit to clear out vagrants. The SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) deployed a K5 robot manufactured by Knightscope, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, to help discourage homeless people from erecting tents on the sidewalks and streets near the clinic. Though it has reduced the number of encampments, the robot has drawn overwhelmingly negative reactions from city residents.

Resembling a Whovian Dalek, the K5 security robot moves at around three miles per hour and is equipped with four cameras and an array of lasers, thermal sensors, and GPS. It can be rented for $6 an hour as opposed to the $16/hr a security guard costs.

Representatives for the SPCA say homeless encampments were making the area dangerous for staff members.

Over the summer our shelter was broken into twice. The inside was vandalized and property and cash donations were stolen, S.F. SPCA spokesperson Krista Maloney remarked. Furthermore, many staff members and volunteers have filed complaints about damage to cars and harassment they experienced in our parking lot when leaving work after dark. We currently employ security guards, but we have a large campus and they can only be in one area at a time.

Bill Santana Li, CEO of Knightscope, which has 19 clients in five U.S. states, also defended the use of the robot, calling it an effective crime deterrent.

If I put a marked law enforcement vehicle in front of your home or your office, criminal behavior changes, he said.

Despite its efficacy, many have criticized the move, calling it draconian and even dystopian.

In a tweet, journalist B...

20:42

Judge Dismisses Inciting a Riot Charge against All Six Defendants; More Connections Between Pemberton and far-Right "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Judge Dismisses Inciting a Riot Charge against All Six Defendants; More Connections Between Pemberton and far-Right appeared first on It's Going Down.

Prosecution and defense rest, closing arguments scheduled for 10am Thursday in widely watched trial

Washington, DC  Yesterday, DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz dismissed the felony charge of inciting a riot against six defendants currently on trial in a widely watched case involving 194 people arrested at Inauguration Day protests on January 20. Defendants Jennifer Armento, Oliver Harris, Britt Lawson, Michelle Miel Macchio, Christina Simmons, and Alexei Wood are being tried on five felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from a mass arrest orchestrated by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Each defendant is still facing more than 50 years in prison if convicted.

The dismissal of a felony charge against these trial defendants is a victory and shows the weakness of the federal governments prosecution, said Betty Rothstein of Defend J20 Resistance. But, its important to recognize that these defendants, along with nearly 200 others, are still facing serious felony charges and still need our support. Yesterdays dismissal on a singular charge does not apply to any of the defendants set to go to trial next year.

The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday after calling more than two dozen witnesses and showing extensive video footage of the same broken windows again and again, yet admitting that none of the defendants personally engaged in property destruction.

On Wednesday, in a customary trial proceeding called a Motion for Judgment of Acquittal, Judge Leibovitz characterized the role of street medic as aiding and abetting the alleged riot. Further, Leibovitz claimed that by providing such a service to protesters, street medics are considered co-conspirators, establishing a dangerous precedent for an important role at mass protests. Two trial defendants, Britt Lawson and Miel Macchio, have been identified by the prosecution as street medics.

Judge Leibovitz also claimed Wednesday that a persons mere presence at the anti-Trump march was aiding in the riot and that covering ones face is something greater than mere expression, despite masks being ubiquitously used for political reasons as well as a guard against alt-right harassment.

In the same trial proceeding, livestreamer Alexei Wood was accused of trying to recruit viewers to join what Judge Leibov...

20:34

After Trillions Mysteriously Go Missing, DoD Getting Audited For First Time In History "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

The Defense Department is starting the first agency-wide financial audit in its history, the Pentagons news service said this week, announcing that they are finally going to follow through with something they promised to do for years.

Beginning in 1996 all federal agencies were mandated by law to conduct regular financial audits. However, the Pentagon has NEVER complied with that federal law. In 20 years, it has never accounted for the trillions of dollars in taxpayer funds it has spent, in part because fudging the numbers has become standard operating procedure at the Department of Defense, as revealed in a 2013 Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow, which detailed the illicit tasks of 15-year employee, Linda Woodford [who] spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defenses accounts.

Every month until she retired in 2011, Scot J. Paltrow wrote for Reuters, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagons main accounting agency. Using the data they received, Woodford and her fellow DFAS accountants there set about preparing monthly reports to square the Navys books with the U.S. Treasurys a balancing-the-checkbook maneuver required of all the military services and other Pentagon agencies.

And every month, they encountered the same problem. Numbers were missing. Numbers were c...

20:29

Snowflake Students Force University to Apologize for Saying Snow is White "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

snowA university was just forced by offended students to apologize for calling the snow that falls from the sky "white." Seriously.

20:28

Fifth anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Susie Madrak has compiled a photo montage of the six teachers and twenty first-grade children who were murdered at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT on this day five years ago

But after the massacre, more laws were passed around the nation weakening gun control (37) than strengthening it (14).

You have to wonder, if such a grotesque event did not lead to any form of reasonable gun control, what hope is there?

20:27

Update on NATO 3 Appeal Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Update on NATO 3 Appeal Hearing appeared first on It's Going Down.

Yesterday, the NATO3 were back in court to appeal their convictions following their arrests in May 2012. While the NATO3 and their legal team beat the more serious terrorism charges in their original trial, they were each found guilty of two counts of mob action, possession of incendiary devices with intent to commit arson and possession of incendiary device with knowledge someone else intended to commit arson on February 12, 2014.

In April 2012, Occupy Chicago was infiltrated by two undercover Chicago police officers, Mehmet Uygun and Nadia Chiko, ahead of planned protests surrounding the NATO summit. Over the course of several weeks, the officers targeted and entrapped Brian Jacob Church, Brent Betterly, and Jared Jay Chase, later known collectively as the NATO3. The undercover officers continuously encouraged the young men to make molotov cocktails and talked about their plans to riot. As audio recordings later revealed, none of these ideas were more than idle talk for the NATO3. The more than two weeks worth of audio recordings that were presented during the trial showed that the NATO3 never concretely planned to do anything other than protest. Comments about doing more than protesting were fleeting, with conversations quickly turning to what folks were going to do that evening, who was able to grab beer, or when the weed would arrive.

The undercover officers went as far as buying alcohol for 19-year-old Church in an attempt to lure him and the others into making incriminating statements. After surveilling and pressuring the NATO3 for two weeks without any luck, the undercovers themselves proposed and took steps to make molotov cocktails on May 16, 2012. The molotov cocktails were only ever in the possession of the undercover officers, who quickly hid them in the house where they were staying and obtained a search warrant to go get them again. Later that evening, the home at which the NATO3 were guests was raided, and the NATO3 were disappeared to Chicago Police Departments notorious Homan Square black site. After being assessed exorbitant money bails, they remained in Cook County Jail for nearly two years until their trial in 2014.

Now, more three year laters, Brent Betterly and Brian Jacob Church have finished their sentences and are living free. Jared Chase remains incarcerated by the Illinois Department of Corrections at Dixon prison in Northwest Illinois. If the appeal is successful, Brent, Jacob, and Jay would have the felony c...

20:24

Lobster With Pepsi Can Tattoo Embodies Fears About Ocean Waste: Here Are 5 More Examples "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By , EcoWatch

Its safe to say that lobsters arent a budding new demographic for soda companies.

So why did a lobster recently caught in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, have part of a Pepsi logo tattooed on its claw?

Thats a question that baffled Karissa Lindstrand, the fisherman who spotted the uncanny image during a lobster haul, according to the Guardian. Lindstrand happens to drink up to a dozen Pepsi sodas a day, but she was struck by the images unusual dimensions.

It was pixelated, she told the Guardian, and far too big to be seen on a soda cantheoretically debunking claims that the lobster grew up in a can. Shes not the only one to question how the logo got there. Since the image went viral, its sparked a debate on how a lobster became an unwitting mascot of a soda giant, the Guardian noted.

Lindstrand, for example, thinks that ink from a piece of paper somehow fused to the lobsters claw.

One thing, however, is clear to everyoneplastic pollution in the worlds oceans has reached a crisis level.

Each year, an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

This pollution affects marine life in a number of ways,...

20:20

Did a Cartoon Mouse just kill the internet? Disney Buys Fox As Net Neutrality Vote Looms "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new internet completely different from how we know it today may be just around the corner! If the regulators get their way the internet will soon be turned into something that more resembles cable tv! The timing of Disney's acquisition is questionable to say the least. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth breaks down what can be expected should net neutrality actually succeed.

20:17

WATCH: Raging Cop Maces Fellow Cop While Torturing Handcuffed Man With Pepper Spray "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A New Jersey cop was so hellbent on inflicting pain on his victim that he hit his fellow cop in the face with his torrent of pepper spray.

20:16

Dear white people, have babies. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tim Gionet, aka Baked Alaska. Screengrab.

Poor Tim, hes just stunned by Moores loss. And of course, all those people of colour who rocked the vote. The solution? Have babies! (White ones only, please.)

I dont mean to be a dick here, but what is going on with the non-white voters? I mean, what isif you care about MAGA, if you care about Trump, if you care about Make America Great Again, if you care about the good MAGA candidates, its mostly white people who are voting for these people and the non-whites are, and Im not saying all, but Im saying a large, almost 90-percent, are not voting for the MAGA candidates, Gionet said. What is going on?

Sigh. People with actual principles went out and voted. People who thought that being a raving fanatic and drooler over young women was not fit for office. This must be breaking news to you, Tim, but all manner of white people do not care about maga or about the Tiny Tyrant, unless you count wanting an impeachment as caring. Trump acts as if there was no choice but for him to endorse Moore, but thats not true. Any person with an ounce of integrity would have clearly stated they could not, and would not endorse such a person, in spite of party lines.

Gionet agreed with what a viewer named Joey posted on the chat server, that the election results in Alabama were like a black-lash.

How adorable. :near-fatal eyeroll:

Dear white people, have babies. This is not working out very well, OK? Just look at it raciallyand I agree, judge people by the content of their characterbut look at it racially. Look whats going on, Gionet said.

Why on earth do idiotic white supremacist scum always resort to this? What do you think that will do? It seems you morons dont realize that the decision to have children is a serious one, which requires substantial resources, and is a lifelong commitment. All that said, children are people, they arent little robot slaves, and they come with minds of their own. Oh my! Youre also advocating moar babies in a perilous time, with job uncertainty, a lack of healthcare, and no safety nets. Dont be surprised if people dont run out and start the baby making. Speaking of, Tim, why dont you have a passel of white babies?

I like to think that its not sad a lot and that...

20:15

Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein Threatened to Kill Me When I Refused Him "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIMEDIA)  In a New York Times op-ed titled Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too, Salma Hayek shared shocking details of her interactions with disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein during the making of the 2002 film Frida.

In the op-ed, published Wednesday, Hayek revealed her experiences with Weinstein, including numerous sexual demands from the ousted producer. For example, she claimed Weinstein wanted to shower with her, attempted to enter her hotel room, requested to perform oral sex on her, and made a threat on her life.

Hayek wrote of the numerous instances when she declined Weinsteins advances during filming. She wrote:

No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasnt even involved with. No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman. No, no, no, no, no.

I dont think he hated anything more than the word no, Hayek continued. In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasnt even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body.

Her rejections quickly wore on Weinstein. She recalled that in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, I will kill you, dont think I cant.

According to Hayek, Weinstein forced her into a sex scene with a female co-star that resulted in a nervous breakdown. The actress took a tranquilizer to continue filming. She says she was so emotionally distraught she was vomiting and sobbing uncontrollably.

A spokesperson for Weinstein responded to Hayeks allegations in a statement to BuzzFeeds Kate Aurthur.  The representative claimed the disgraced movie executive denied all of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma.

Mr. Weinstein does...

20:14

Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistance in Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistance in Virginia appeared first on It's Going Down.

All of us organizing to resist the current grand jury in North Carolina extend our strongest solidarity and our deepest love and admiration to the communities resisting grand jury subpoenas in Virginia. We have especially profound respect for those who have both survived horrific white supremacist violence and defied the states intimidation by maintaining their commitment not to cooperate with repression. Whatever circumstances grand juries take place in, we know that justice and healing in our communities can never come from the same state that has dedicated itself to disrupting and destroying our movements.

Resistance to grand juries anywhere strengthens all of our resistance. Both the powerful examples in cases over the past several years and the long history of grand jury resistance have given us examples to learn from and invaluable resources for communities to prepare and educate themselves so that we are all able to resist this secretive and abusive tactic of the state. We are confident that people in Virginia will receive the uncompromising support of many, including ourselves, for their continued resistance to these subpoenas. We have found that support for grand jury resistance in North Carolina this year has been even broader and stronger than we could have ever expected, and cut across so many different movements, political opinions, and communities. We believe that people in Virginia will have a similar experience, because as understanding and knowledge about grand juries grows, so will support for those who resist them.

20:12

Woman Inspires Millions By Being Her True, Authentic Self In Engagement Photos "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

So much of what our society focuses on has to do with external beauty. It is because of this that some people will go to great lengths to hide their flaws. For a time, Makenzee Meaux was such a person.

The bride-to-be suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out in small, random patches. To save herself from embarrassment, Meaux has worn a wig for years. But now, shes embracing her condition. In the process, she has inspired millions of people.  Hair is not what makes you beautiful, she says.

...

20:12

Not My Job: Police Assert Workers Rights To Not Wear Body-Cams "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

With the movement to outfit police officers with body-cams advancing, many departments have encountered pushback from their members. On some forces, resistance has centered on the issue of workers rights and a demand that body-cams be collectively bargained as a term of employment. CHICAGO  As of this week, more than 7,000 of Chicagos police officers []

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20:09

London Train Station To Host Christmas Party For The Citys Homeless "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Lucky and homeless are two words you probably never thought would go together, but in this instance, they do! This Christmas, 200 lucky people who presently live on the street will partake in an extravagant party, hosted by the British transit company Network Rail.

Rail workers at the Euston Train station have volunteered their time to throw the Christmas bash. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the party will have everything from decorations to food. Rail workers will serve up the meals, chat with visitors, supervise the event, and help clean up afterwards.

The Christmas bash was coordinated by St. Mungos and Streets Kitchen, two local charities. Volunteers with those organizations have already distributed invitations to people they found sleeping on the streets.

Using a station to give homeless people a Christmas dinner and some festive cheer is a great thing to do. Said Steve Naybour, head of transformation in Network Rails track team.

Thousands and thousands of my colleagues will already be working on Christmas Day to improve the railway for passen...

20:06

Googles Street View To Capture The Migration Of Millions Of Crabs On Christmas Island "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Every year, millions of crabs scuttle across Australias Christmas Island. They do so as part of their annual migration which can sometimes last up to 18 days. This year, the rarely-witnessed migration will be documented, thanks to Google and Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia.

As Mashable...

20:01

4 Surprising Reasons Cops Want Marijuana To Be Legalized "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On my first day visiting Reef Dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to chat with a former police chief and present-day security guard for the company. As a journalist, I couldnt help but ask what he and other guards thought about the long-waged War on Drugs in the United States. His answer both surprised and elated me.

As the unnamed veteran gave commands to his K9 partner, he explained that he and other police officers had long-concluded that the criminalization of marijuana is uncalled for. He said in his 15+ years on the police force, he never once saw a violent offense result from a user of marijuana.

Because of this, he said, cannabis in all of its forms needs to be decriminalized across the nation. We continued to talk about the various ways it could stimulate the economy, help heal peoples various ails, and, possibly, even contribute to a raising of consciousness.

The conversation was enlightening, to say the least. It confirmed my personal beliefs that most police officers arent the bad guys, as many Americans have come to believe. Rather, they are just attempting to do their job, which is outlined by the federal government....

19:40

Indian Head Park Police Officer Charged With Shooting Son in Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

CHICAGO A sergeant with the west suburban Indian Head Park Police Department has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a domestic-related shooting early Tuesday in the Clearing

The post Indian Head Park Police Officer Charged With Shooting Son in Chicago appeared first on Filming Cops.

19:39

Still Waiting For An Antiwar Awakening "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible. In the relatively recent past, a roster of prominent offenders would include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill OReilly, and, of course, Donald Trump. Throw in various jocks, maestros, senior military officers, members of the professoriate and you end up with quite a list.

19:38

Judicial Watch President: Forget Mueller, The Real Question Is Do We Need To Shut Down The FBI? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Echoing the thoughts that are undoubtedly running through the minds of many Americans following startling revelations of an insurance policy crafted by FBI agents Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok to prevent a Trump presidency at all costs (something we covered here: FBI Texts Reveal Insurance Policy To Prevent Trump Presidency), Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared []

The post Judicial Watch President: Forget Mueller, The Real Question Is Do We Need To Shut Down The FBI? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

19:37

Monsanto Is Paying Farmers To Use Its Controversial Pesticide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, Yahoo News reported. The incentive to use XtendiMax aims to refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray []

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19:30

How to protect net neutrality in the wake of the FCCs vote to kill it "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At around 1:10pm eastern time this afternoon, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai cast the deciding vote to eliminate net neutrality rules established in 2015 under Obamas FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler. Pai, a former Verizon lobbyist who recently joked (ha-ha) that he is a Verizon puppet, took this action despite public polling that shows the vast majority of Americans, in both parties, support net neutrality, and despite millions of public comments asking the FCC to protect the rules.

Take action now to save net neutrality.

But do not despair. Anything human beings do can be undone by other human beings, and this shameful, anti-democratic decision is no different. 

On Monday, I had the pleasure of attending a press conference at the offices of Rapid7, a tech firm in downtown Boston. Senator Ed Markey spoke alongside leaders of the Massachusetts technology industry, demanding that the FCC drop its sinister plans to gut net neutrality rules. In the event that the FCC plows ahead, Markey said, he pledged to introduce a measure in the Senate to reverse the FCC vote and protect net neutrality.

Thats the next battlefield. And we need to get active on it starting right now.

A law called the Congressional Review Act allows congress to reject decisions made by regulatory agencies. The very same CRA was what congress used back in the spring of 2017 to eliminate the FCCs internet privacy rules, which would have barred companies like Comcast and Verizon from selling our browsing data without our opt-in consent. If we can get both chambers of congress to adopt a CRA measure rejecting todays FCC vote, we can protect net neutrality and the free and open internet it guarantee...

19:30

The Power of Growing Incrementally (a series) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At a recent Curbside Chat presentation, I had someone ask me who the critics of Strong Towns are. Who hears this compelling narrative and disagrees with it? It was a question meant to understand the social context in which our movement fits. Whose ox is gored? My answer touched a little bit on the resistance of professionals to ideas that threaten their livelihood as well as the natural resistance of people living on the outskirts of a community to believe the extent to which their lifestyle is subsidized.

Really, though, the major pushback we've experienced this year is around the issues of incrementalism. A core belief that our movement embodies is the need to work incrementally. The first four principles of a Strong Towns approach relate directly or indirectly to working incrementally. We say that a Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

I would simplify the tension down to this: If you think you are smart enough to know the answer, you don't like the constraint of working incrementally. If you think you are smart enough to have the right course of action figured out, you are not going to want someone telling you to take baby steps. If you have a grand vision for reshaping all that is wrong with the world and all you need is for the policy people and the funding people and those ignorant masses known as voters to wise up and support it, you're not going to be a big fan of the Strong Towns approach.

We experience this a lot when it comes to transit. Chuck, it's obvious we need this  [insert transit mega-project]  and it just can't be done incrementally. You clearly just don't get transit! The assertion is (1) here's what I see as obvious and (2) you must be dumb for not seeing it. Often times these people love our critique of highway mega-projects and then get really mad at us when we apply the same thinking to their pet project.

Another area of conflict is housing policy, particularly affordable housing. There is a mindset that suggests that affordable housing issues are a one-dimensional supply problem. Increase the supply and it solves the problem. If the only way we can increase the supply is to build towers on sites...

19:27

US Has Taken 70% Of Worlds Wealth Gains Since 2012 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

America's super-rich are taking not only from their own nation, but also from the rest of the world. Data from the 2017 Global Wealth Databook (GWD: Table 2-4) and various war reports help to explain why we're alienating people outside our borders. From 2012 to 2017, global wealth increased by $37.7 trillion, and U.S. wealth increased by $26 trillion. Thus, largely because of a surging stock market, our nation took nearly 70 percent of the entire global wealth gain over the past five years. Based on their dominant share of U.S. wealth, America's richest 10% -- much less than 1% of the world's adult population -- took over HALF the world's wealth gain in the past five years.

19:27

Trump's Lethal Decision on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

19:16

2017 A Year In Courage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As we approach the end of a year that saw increased threats on freedom of the press, right-wing governments on both sides of the Atlantic launch attacks on civil liberties, and the continued persecution of hackers, whistleblowers, and truthtellers of all stripes, we look back on the highlights and lowlights from the front lines of the war for information and the publics right to know. January: after years of international pressure and outrage against her unprecedented sentence and degrading treatment, Chelsea Mannings 35-year prison sentence is commuted in one of President Obamas final acts in office. As we noted at the time, Chelseas physical freedom could not be more welcome but because she wasnt pardoned, Chelseas legal appeal against her egregious sentence, and the dishonorable discharge that comes with it, continues and continues to need support.

19:12

US Stealth Fighters Fire Warning Flares at Russian Jets as They Nearly Collide Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ZHE On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported an Incident had taken place involving USAF F-22 jets over Syria, which according to the Russians, actively prevented the Russian pair of Su-25 attack aircraft from carrying out a combat mission to destroy the Daesh stronghold in the suburbs of the city of Mayadin in the airspace over the western bank of the Euphrates River on November 23.

The F-22 fired off heat flares, according to the Russian statement, and released brake shields with permanent maneuvering, imitating an air battle to which we said that in the apparent eagerness by the US to re-engage Russia, it is likely that more such near-incidents will take place.

Sure enough, on Thursday morning, a Pentagon official confirmed that a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters fired flares to chase two Russian Su-25 fighter jets out of restricted airspace over Syria on Wednesday.

  • U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS U.S. F-22 JETS FIRED WARNING FLARES ON WEDNESDAY AFTER RUSSIAN JETS ENTERED AGREED UPON DECONFLICTION ZONE OVER SYRIA

As the Washington Examiner adds, the aerial encounter occurred when the Russian jets strayed into airspace east of the Euphrates River, putting them on the wrong side of a deconfliction zone established between Moscow and Washington to avoid confrontation in the skies over Syria.

The Russian jets immediately left the area after the intercept and warning flares from the F-22s, an official confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Meanwhile, the Pentagon could not provide an account of how many or how often Russian violations of the deconfliction zone occur.

So far, neither Russian or US military officials commented on the issue, although the fact that there have been two near-combat incidents in the span of a week virtually assures that it is only a matter of time before the worst case scenario becomes reality, and a dogfight between US and Russian fighter planes ends in tragedy.

By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo

This arti...

19:00

Lawsuit Targets Berrios Over Unfair, Error-Riddled Assessments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A group of public-interest lawyers filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that embattled Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios violated state and federal civil rights and housing laws by knowingly producing inaccurate assessments that punished poor and minority homeowners across the county.

The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, contends the countys residential property tax scheme is neither accurate nor uniform and is perpetuating institutional racism by shifting the tax burden from wealthier, majority-white neighborhoods to poorer, minority neighborhoods.

The lawsuit also alleges a lack of transparency in the office, contending the secrecy is antithetical to democratic accountability and undermines public trust and confidence in the residential property tax system.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that county assessments overvalue low-priced homes while undervaluing high-priced ones. Known as regressivity, that flaw leads to deep inequities in property taxes that break down along racial and ethnic lines, with poor, black and Hispanic homeowners paying more than they should while wealthier and white residents pay less.

As a result, the lawsuit argues, the county violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act, equal protection clauses of the state and federal constitutions, and the federal Fair Housing Act.

Read the Full Complaint

In response to the lawsuit, a spokesman for Berrios issued a blanket denial that anything is amiss with the offices assessment system, but he declined to comment on the specific allegations in the complaint. The office has repeatedly denied that assessments are unfair or plagued with errors.

We again state that property assessment in Cook County is done correctly and fairly, Tom Shaer, the spokes...

18:53

Seattle Municipal BankA Future For US All "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was in early August 2016, as bulldozers desecrated grave sites and sacred lands along the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.  As private security unleashed attack dogs on water protectors, it became clear our efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline through our moral, Tribal and environmental arguments were less and less effective. Just one day before the mass desecration, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes historic preservation officer handed to a judge a detailed map of where these burial sites and sacred sites were located.  To Energy Transfer Partners, the Army Corp of Engineers and the State of North Dakota, the destruction of the bones of our ancestors, sacred sites, violation of Treaty rights and the contamination of our drinking water were simply not compelling enough reasons to not build the massive oil pipeline.

18:51

Siobhan in VICE: The Strange Saga of Arrested Inauguration Protesters Seized Property "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was a crisp winter morning when Shay Horse set out to cover the protests against Donald Trumps inauguration. The Brooklyn-based freelance photojournalist was one of hundreds of reporters who traveled to Washington, DC, to cover a demonstration that would set the tone for Trumps presidency: defiant chants, smashed windows, and hundreds of people, including Horse, surrounded by police.

The segment of the protest Horse followed gathered around 10 AM at Logan Circle, a couple miles northwest of the Capitol. The energetic, enthusiastic crowd attracted the attention of journalists as they slowly marched south. They didnt get farat the corner of L and 12th streets, the march was surrounded by police, who subjected Horse and the rest of the group to clouds of pepper spray, dozens of stingball grenades, and strikes from batons. According to a lawsuit later filed by the ACLU, the protesters, legal observers, and journalists were hemmed in so closely by cops they didnt have room to sit down; officers spent most of the day arresting people, taunting them in response to requests for food, water, and toilets. When they got around to Horse, he was handcuffed so tightly he lost feeling in two fingers.


Read more in VICE.

-Shiv

18:50

Victor Ehikhamenor / Kehinde Wiley / Omer Ba. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Victor Ehikhamenor, I am Queen Idia, the Angel of Kings, 2017. Copyright the artist, courtesy of Tyburn Gallery.

Kehinde Wiley, Fishermen Upon a Lee-shore, in Squally Weather (Zakary Antoine), 2017.

Omer Ba, Amazone-Behanzin, 2017. Courtesy of Hales Gallery.

From a European perspective, the affirmation of cultural identities on display in these shows is important in London as it is anywhere in the world. Theres a dangerous lack of strong political opposition to the rhetoric of the far right just now, and the contribution of artists is vital to broadening and enriching the context in which significant debate and action can occur. Ba, Ehikhamonor, and Wiley arent interested in sloganeering, or in producing pre-digested protest art; instead theyre asserting their presence and cultural sovereignty, and reminding us that the climate of xenophobia in Europe is nothing new.

Kehinde Wiley: In Search of the Miraculous  is on view at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, through January 27, 2018.  Omer Ba: Supernova is on view at Hales Gallery, London, though December 9, 2017.  Victor Ehikhamenor: In the Kingdom of this World is on view at Tyburn Gallery, London, though January 20, 2018.

You can read much more about these artists at Garage.

18:50

The Foundering Russia-gate "Scandal" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Taking on water from revealed FBI conflicts of interest, the foundering Russia-gate probe -- and its mainstream media promoters -- are resorting to insults against people who note the listing ship, writes Robert Parry.

18:48

How Will the New Tax Plan Impact Your Taxes? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The brouhaha surrounding the tax reform bill is a story in and of itself. It's a mess, and if you're not one of the 1 percent (or a multi-million dollar corporation), chances are you're getting a whole lot of nothing. So how does the bill potentially impact you and your taxes?

18:47

Fixing One Facebook Problem Serious for Activists; How to Use Facebook Groups to Increase Your OEN Readership "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I share my deep concern about Facebook Jail eroding Freedom of Speech by constraining activists with sharing to groups restrictions, with no clear rules laid down. (Article 1); #2: my best articles over ten years, particularly on protecting consumers worldwide; Article #3 will be on where this once fervent Democracy is going, with the political pendulum swinging to the Left again. Thank you for one million OpEdNews page views

18:44

WATCH: St. Louis Police Officer Demanding Sex Knew Exactly What He Was Doing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In June 2015, Brittany Walker was six months pregnant when, she says, a St. Louis police officer coerced her into giving him oral sex. She had called the police for

The post WATCH: St. Louis Police Officer Demanding Sex Knew Exactly What He Was Doing appeared first on Filming Cops.

18:44

Big Brother Installing Surveillance Cameras in Places of Worship "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By MassPrivateI Forget the fact, that minsters, priests, rabbis, etc., are secretly spying on worshipers. Forget the fact that places of worship want their own...

18:44

She Fought As Black Panther. Will Gentrification Force Her Out? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In Americas hottest housing market, one womans fight to keep her home has become a rallying cry against the displacement of communities of color. One by one, Frances Moore has watched friends and neighbors move into cars, tents and encampments. Many in crisis often turn to the 62-year-old Oakland woman, who provides free meals to the homeless, but she has found it increasingly difficult to hear their stories of displacement. Thats because she knows she could soon be next. Moore, known locally as Aunti Frances, is now fighting an eviction from the community where she was born and raised, in the heart of a neighborhood recently named the hottest real estate market in the US.

18:39

Major Energy Paradigm Shift: World Bank Announces It Will No Longer Fund Oil & Gas Projects "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In a significant policy change, the World Bank announced that it will stop funding most of its oil and gas exploration and extraction projects after 2019.

18:34

Cop Convicted of Statutory Rape After Impregnating 13-Year-Old Tried to Contact Victim From Prison "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A former North Carolina police officer who is serving time behind bars for statutory rape after impregnating a young teen is now adding insult to injury and has attempted to

The post Cop Convicted of Statutory Rape After Impregnating 13-Year-Old Tried to Contact Victim From Prison appeared first on Filming Cops.

18:30

Elevating Lesser-Known Voices: Support Shadowproofs Podcasts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Podcasts are an important way for us to bring our reporting to new audiences. They provide another medium through which we can elevate voices from marginalized communities as well as dissenting perspectives, which deserve greater consideration.

A lot of work goes into producing episodes of Unauthorized Disclosure and Beyond Prisons, and we depend on people like you, who support our work and want to see it thrive, to keep creating shows.

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18:27

I guess theres a reason FtB lacks a style guide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh, no! I just realized that Freethoughtblogs lacks a style book! We have a short guide we send out to all the new bloggers that summarizes the mechanics of writing here, and includes general suggestions, like frequent admonitions to overthrow the patriarchy and return the implements of wealth generation to the hands of the workers, but nothing about style. We just tell em to write what they want and how they want, and its a free-for-all out there. I think if we said anything about style beyond encouraging godless liberty and a workers paradise, wed have a revolution.

But OK, I know a lot of places enforce a house style and even dictate the kind of content that is acceptable. Lets see what our competition is up to.

The Daily Stormer has a prime directive.

Oh. Well. I guess Im not surprised. Nuance and thought get in the way of hatred and violence, so of course oversimplification and reduction to crude caricature is the order of the day there.

What about tone?

This fits. Im sure youve noticed how often the most abominable people use the I was just joking defense, or scream Satire! at you (the Morris North Star, for instance, publishes prominently a disingenuous disclaimer that they write satire, so that when they accuse an administrator of promoting white genocide, they can quickly disavow it). But we all know they really mean it.

Im feeling rather nauseated. I dont think I go on. All the other freethoughtbloggers will be relieved to know that I wouldnt impose a style guide on them even if that were within my power to do (we have an administration style best characterized as anarchy.)

But please do remember that when an alt-right Nazi or troll from /pol/ smiles and tries to tell you that theyre just having fun, theyre not. They actually are horrible, awful, people who might be dressed up in clownface.

18:20

Daily Inspiration --- The Hard Problem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the 17th Century, Rene' Descartes was both scientist and Christian philosopher. Elisabeth von der Pfalz was 24-year-old daughter of a Bohemian prince when she wrote to Descartes, challenging his dualism with clear-eyed questions. There followed a seven-year correspondence between the two, in which Descartes faced up to the fact that the question he had taken on deserved the name of Hard Problem.

18:19

Microbusinesses: Real Victims Of Net Neutrality Vote "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Imagine trying to buy your mom the perfect holiday gift from her favorite small designers website, only to find that youre browsing at dial-up speeds and the images wont load. Chances are, you wont stick around to make a purchase and that small business will lose a critical sale. Now, multiply that experience by the 1.9 million Etsy sellers and 29.6 million small businesses who depend on the open internet to compete with much larger, more established brands. Nine out of ten of our sellers are women, and most are running businesses out of their homes, many of them in rural communities. These are the people who stand to lose the most when the FCC votes to overturn net neutrality protections this week. Under the FCCs new proposal, businesses that cant pay off big cable companies could find themselves in the internet slow lane or blocked altogether.

18:15

Firefighters Dont Want Cell Towers Near Their Stations, But 50+ Federal Bills Allow Cell Towers In Residential Yards and Pretty Much Everywhere Else "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he promised that if elected, he would make the country great again, give the country...

18:10

Doctor Who Exposed Clinton Foundation Corruption In Haiti Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Yet another individual involved with exposing the fraud of the Clinton Foundation, to the surprise of no one, has turned up dead. This time with a knife in the chest, yet for all those well versed on the many oddities and inconsistencies that always seem to follow the mysterious deaths in relation to the Clinton []

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18:09

Las Vegas police seek to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the massacre sealed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If there are no living defendants being investigated then why all of the secrecy?

(INTELLIHUB) The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the October 1 massacre sealed as news agencies and the general public demand answers.

Its unclear why the authorities want to keep those warrants hidden, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson reported. At least officially there are no living defendants being investigated in that case so it doesnt make a lot of sense.

Carlson plans to provide an update on the matter Friday on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

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18:05

How New Orleans Hospitality Workers Organize Their Industry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On a chilly evening just before Thanksgiving, about a dozen New Orleans Hospitality Workers Committee (NOHWC) members were gathered around a long table in a well-worn Claiborne Avenue meeting room papered with signs from other activist projects ("Reproductive Rights Are Not for Sale," "Homes for People, Not for Profits"). One by one, members took turns speaking up: not to give thanks, but to say what they hoped to change at their job or in the hospitality industry. Stopping the manager who skims tips from employees, someone said. Waitstaff not paying for kitchen mistakes out of their paychecks. Getting a guaranteed 40-hour work week and a chance to earn overtime.

18:03

SHOCK VIDEO: Masked Cops Take Handcuffed Man Into an Alley to Beat & Taser Him "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

maskedA video is going viral that shows masked officers leading a handcuffed man around the side of a building where they hit and Taser him away from the public.

18:01

Something Jobs Something Title Something "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Game-Master: You peer over the edge, down into the cave. Below is a huge dragon, lying on a mound of gold.
Rogue: Is it asleep?
Game-Master: You hear deep rumbling snores.
Party-Leader: Great. We sneak back to town and take all the villagers gold. Then we sneak back to the cave, and add the villagers gold to the dragons pile without waking it up. The dragon will create jobs for everyone!

Thats a slightly polished-up retelling of a joke I saw on facebook the other day. It is not my work of genius; I can only stand in awe of what is clearly the work of a level 20+ Snark-mage. I remember one battle my high school D&D club had with a Snark-Lich whoo, boy! But I digress.

It turns out that high level economists can also turn into snark-liches; the title of the email I got from FREDblog was Seasonally adjusted greetings from FRED!

As with all of FREDs amazing offerings, the chart includes directions for how you can create it yourself using FREDs database and tools. Be careful if you decide to explore their system, you can get lost for days in farting around with numbers. One of the things you will learn if you do that is exactly how much farting around with numbers there is to do, and where all those charts in magazines come from.
#include texas_sharpshooter.h>

So, what does this chart mean? Im interpreting it as there is job growth in the shit job sector.

Does that sound about right to you?

If what were seeing here is the gig economy and job growth in the shit job sector, were looking at a lot of people with degrees driving cars for Uber on behalf of the vanishing middle class. Im going to mess around with the data set more and see if I can map in job growth in professional salaried positions. Does anyone want to bet that there is lower job growth outside of the shit job sector?

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Im probably going to be kind of quiet the next couple days. Still shovelling out from last week.

17:55

White Mountain Apache Tribe refutes Facebook post about closure of ski resort "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Don't believe everything you read on social media, the White Mountain Apache Tribe is saying.

17:48

Mom Rips Deputy She Says Murdered Her Son "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The sadness turns to anger, says Andrea Feltman when talking about her son, nineteen-year-old Kyler Grabbingbear, who was unarmed when he was shot to death in Thornton by an Adams

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17:46

Investors Finally Facing Up To Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over 200 companies have pledged greater transparency on reporting climate-related risks in their businesses as part of a voluntary program led by U.S. billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The former New York mayor and Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the Financial Stability Board, said Tuesday that the number of companies supporting the program had more than doubled since its recommendations were first published in June. The 237 companies, with a combined value of over $6.3 trillion, include construction firms, energy companies and financial institutions from 29 countries. Carney said the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures plans to report on its efforts when leaders of the Group of 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies meet in Argentina in a year.

17:41

US Never Stopped Using Torture At Guantanamo Bay, Warns UN Expert "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has issued a new statement on Wednesday claiming information that Gitmo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi continues to be subjected to torture by US forces, including treatments banned under international law. Baluchi is being accused of having facilitated 9/11, and worked as a courier for Osama bin Laden. During his detention at a CIA []

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17:40

Black Lives Matter Activists 8 Year-Old Son Locked in Bathroom by School Cop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Philadelphia School District was criticized Tuesday by the family of a student who claims he was unfairly locked in a bathroom by a school police officer. The parents of

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17:38

Trump: A Sackcloth and Ashes Doorway. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cilices were originally made from sackcloth or coarse animal hair so they would irritate the skin. Other features were added to make cilices more uncomfortable, such as thin wires or twigs. In modern religious circles, cilices are simply any device worn for the same purposes. Source.

Given the compleat mess of conservachristians in recent political theatre, all the prophets are falling back on their old standby, Trump the Saviour. Today we have Sundar Selvaraj, Jim Bakker, and Mark Taylor.

Slevaraj said that Trump will sit in sackcloth and ashes and lead America in repentance because he is Gods man to stand in the gap for this nation.

Okay, can anyone picture the Tiny Tyrant in a hair-shirt tunic thoroughly dusted with ash? Perhaps if it was a designer hair-shirt (the softest of hair) with the ashes of his enemies! (The Tiny Tyrant sitting in the ashen fallout of nukes doesnt count.)

God has chosen him to stand as like the king of the nation, he said.

Oooh, King. Has anyone told the Tiny Tyrant yet? He can start planning his crowning ceremony, and lie about the crowds all over again! He can start a war with Britain in an attempt to claim the crown jewels or something.

And because of his God-fearingness, he becomes now a doorway for God and the angels to come through into this nation for one purpose: to cleanse this nation of all the filth, of all that mess, so that God can pour out His spirit, His Last Days powers of the age to come, upon this nation so that this nation will once again become a God nation.

Sobasically, the Tiny Tyrant will be a sewer for all the godwater? How apt. One thing, are you going with the last days shtick or no? Hard to tell.

Later in the broadcast, Bakker ranted that we have a hunting program going on to destroy the president of the United States and no one is stopping it! The very person God has given to our nation to save our country is being hunted to be destroyed.

Given all the gunnuts in this country, Im sure any hunting program would be advertised half to death. The NRA would be all over it. You mean the investigations, Jim? Thats not a hunting program, its an investigation, because your saviour is...

17:34

Tax Bill: Stealing Money From College Education For Tax Cuts For Wealthy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

New tax bills Congress just passed with zero input or support from Democrats hit higher education hard, but new legislation House Republicans are crafting will likely worsen the damage. As The Wall Street Journal reports [paywall], the House education committee recently gave a preview to its new legislation, a long overdue reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Like recent tax bills passed by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, this proposed rewrite of HEA will have the effect of further constricting learning opportunities for students, adding to the costs students and families take on for education, and steering more public money for learning to private businesses.

17:33

WATCH: Yonkers to Pay $82,500 in Fatal Police Raid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

YONKERS The family of a man who died during an illegal Yonkers Police raid will receive an $82,500 settlement. The Yonkers City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a

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17:25

Mainstream Media Now Urging Parents to Give 3-Year-Old Kids Dangerous Drugs for Depression "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

depressionThe mainstream media is now warning parents that their children as young as 3 years old, could develop depression and should be checked by doctors.

17:19

Tax Bill: More Secret Campaign Cash In Elections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last week Senate Republicans passed a tax bill that hands massive tax breaks to corporations and the rich at the expense of low-income and middle-class Americans. Written behind closed doors with the help of 6,000 lobbyists and rammed through before anyone could read it, the bill offers Christmas presents for special interests, like eliminating a tax that private jet owners have fought the federal government over and tax breaks hedge-fund managers living in the Virgin Islands. And it sets the stage for a sweeping attack on the New Deal and Great Society reforms of the past century that built Americas middle class. But as bad as that is, things could get even worse.

17:18

Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Wider World of War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

"We don't know exactly where we're at in the world, militarily, and what we're doing," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West African nation of Niger.

17:16

Unpleasant character, unpleasant demise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pope Danny Ray Johnson was a blustery, cocky, unpleasant dude: a racist, Confederate-flag-wavin, Bible-thumpin, struttin caricature of a certain kind of toxic Southern masculinity. Of course he had a church the kind of church centered around a cult of personality, where the pastor could call himself Pope (and have a hat that spelled out POPE on it), where the choir would pose with their guns on display, where Rebel flags hung from the walls, a church with a bar (which isnt a bad idea) but no liquor license, but theyd try to get away with selling alcohol with the excuse that it was for communion. Johnson was happy to post memes to Facebook calling the Obamas monkeys. Thats just the kind of good ol boy he was. He also got elected to the state congress of Kentucky, because thats the kind of horrible person who can get elected in the benighted counties of the regressive South.

Oh, and he was also a child molester. Ive put the 17 year old victims account below the fold, because its a bit detailed and unpleasant, and the story just gets worse and worse.

That night, she woke after settling in on the sofa. She was groggy, unfocused. But she saw Johnson kneeling above her. He gave her a kiss on the head. She thought it fatherly, nothing out of the ordinary, simply one last goodnight gesture.

Then he started to stroke her arm. He slid his hands up, under her shirt and bra, and groped her. He stuck his tongue in her mouth. Then, he forced his hands down her pants, underneath her underwear, and penetrated her with his finger.

She begged her pastor to stop and tried to force him off, quietly. She remembers not wanting to awaken Sarah. But Johnson was a big man, roughly twice her weight.

He told her shed like it. She said no, she didnt. She pleaded with him: go away, go away.

Eventually, he did.

She lay on the sofa for hours, those moments running through her head, over and over. She remembers feeling frozen.

Every little sound that I heard I was terrified that it was his door opening up and he was coming back out, she said.

And now Johnson is dead. He killed himself in a bizarre frenzy of denial, recriminations, guilt, and God. He left behind a suicide note on Facebook.

The accusations arent fr...

17:06

A nation of pill poppers: HALF of all adults in England are on prescription drugs for depression and heart disease, damning report reveals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Half of adults regularly take prescription drugs including antidepressants, statins, and high blood pressure pills, a major report has found. A record 1.1 million prescriptions were handed out last year, a rise of almost 50 per cent in the last decade. One in seven adults are on statins, a tenth are taking antidepressants and one []

16:58

WATCH: Body Cams Capture Controversial Arrest in Macomb County "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. Four people were arrested last week and claimed police brutality against Macomb County Deputies. Now, the sheriffs office has released body cam and dashboard video of

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16:52

And now for some political soap opera "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh boy, this is going to be good.

Roy Moore has issued a fiery video statement explaining why he has not conceded the race. He says that all the provisional and military ballots have not been counted yet and that the secretary of state (a Moore supporter) has not certified the result. He seems to think that his god will carry out a miracle on his behalf. But it seems likely that the secretary will certify the result soon and then I am not sure what Moore will do.

In the video, he says that the country is going to hell in a hand basket, giving a litany of the usual things that right-wing Christians trot out. Ironically, he also says that the election was tainted by large amounts of outside money, which is of course the very thing that the Republican party has worked hard to allow because it helps them.

Some highlights:

Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have stopped prayer in schools Weve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family. Weve even begun to recognize the right of a man to claim to be a woman and vice versa.

I notice that he did not include pedophilia or grown men hanging around malls and high school sports events and ogling girls as one of the evils ruining the country. I wonder why?

Moore continuing his campaign is adding fuel to the Republican party infighting that is going on between the party establishment and the insurgents led by Steve Bannon as to whom to blame for the loss and which way the party should go.

While the Trump administration is malevolent in its actions. it also has the elements of a soap opera and the latter was in abundant evidence yesterday by the abrupt departure of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a Trump confidante who had appeared on his TV shows but whose duties were not clear to other White House staffers who were irritated by her erratic and self-serving behavior, and they were ecstatic about her removal.

Reports are mixed. Wags have suggested that Donald Trump was furious that 98% of black women in Alabama voted for Doug Jones and in an act of revenge, fired the only black woman who worked for him. Some say that she was fired by chief of staff Jack Kelly and had to be dragged out of the building cursing and swearing. On the other hand, White House spokesperson Sarah Hucka...

16:51

Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In January "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shadowproof is seeking pitches from freelance writers for publication on our website in January.

Writers are encouraged to send us 1-2 paragraph pitches outlining their stories as well as the amount of money they would like to be compensated for their work. Additionally, let us know when you could complete and submit your first draft if your pitch is accepted.

Email your pitches to brian@shadowproof.com and please begin the subject line with PITCH:

We are looking for journalists to pitch us on stories including, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • Indigenous Americans and the legal system
  • Energy extraction and/or resistance to fossil fuel industry
  • Impact of climate change and President Donald Trumps abolition/undermining of environmental regulations
  • ICEs constant attacks on communities
  • #J20 prosecutions

What happens after I pitch? Well get back to you in roughly one week to let you know whether or not wed like to take your story. If we accept your pitch, we will negotiate the price based on your proposal.

Please refer to our Freelance Submissions page for more details on submitting pitches to Shadowproof.

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16:50

Turtle Dove and Palm Tree. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A pair of turtle doves on top of a symmetrical tree is placed beside the heading of dove and sparrow. The text on f.32r refers to the female turtle doves chaste devotion to her mate, even when widowed. So, the illustration refers to the birds faithful marriage.

A pair of facing turtle doves in a roundel.

This dominating image shows the usual bland white turtle dove in its roundel and square perched in the arms of a cross. The cross represents the tree which conceals the nest, according to the rubric. There is a long commentary on this image.

Text Translation:

The beginning of the account of the turtle dove and the sparrow. After the mournful note of the dove and the plaintive call of the hawk, lest I linger too long, I shall write more speedily of the lament of the turtle-dove and the cry of the sparrow and not only write of them, but also portray them. My purpose is to show how the turtle-dove cherishes the solitude of the wilderness, and the sparrow cries ceaselessly, alone on the roof; so that, following the example of the turtle dove, you may cleave to the purity that comes of chastity, and following that of the sparrow, you may take pleasure in acting shrewdly and prudently; living chastely and going your way with caution. Of the turtle dove The turtle dove, so called from the sound it makes, turtur, is a shy bird, and stays all the time on mountain summits and in deserted, lonely places. It shuns the houses and society of men and keeps to the woods.

Even in the winter time, when it has lost its plumage, it is said to to live in the hollow trunks of trees. The turtle dove also overlays its nest with squill leaves, in case a wolf should attack its young....

16:47

Monsanto Is Paying Farmers To Use Its Controversial Pesticide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with VaporGrip, an herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, Yahoo News reported. The incentive to use XtendiMax aims to refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if []

16:44

WATCH: Police Video Shows 11 Year-Old Girl Screaming as Officer Points Gun at Her "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A Michigan police chief says hes nauseated by body camera footage that shows one of his officers pointing a gun at an 11-year-old girl and handcuffing

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16:41

Schumer on the march "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The election of Jones creates a seminal and defining moment for the Senate. McConnell and Ryan should step back, think carefully, negotiate with Democrats, rewrite the tax bill, do it right, and avoid the economic disaster the bill could create for the nation and the political disaster it will cause for Republicans.

16:34

Prison Guards Rage Over Colin Kaepernick Visit to Rikers Inmates "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The city allowed Colin Kaepernick to make a surprise visit to Rikers Island on Tuesday to meet with inmates enraging correction officers who feel the stunt will only endanger

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16:30

In Kids Climate Lawsuit; Gov Effort To Dismiss Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration's efforts to block a major climate change lawsuit that was brought on novel grounds by a group of young people appeared to suffer a setback Monday at a hearing before a federal appeals court. The lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 youths who are accusing the government of violating their constitutional rights by failing to address climate change and continuing to subsidize fossil fuels. A federal district judge earlier this year set a trial date for February. But in July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals paused the case after the Justice Department invoked an unusual legal maneuver to try to block the lawsuit.

16:25

Fairy Tales: The Ridiculous Wishes. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The illustrations to The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, 1922, by Harry Clarke. Click for full size.

16:20

WATCH: Injured Woman Accuses Coldwater Police of Disgusting, Thug-Like Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A woman is suing several Coldwater, Mich. police officers after she says she was slammed to the ground and knocked unconscious while handcuffed in a secure entrance to the county

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16:17

Two hours of Bellagio conservatory camera footage wiped from night of massacre "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Images captured from inside of the Bellagio on the night of the massacre appear to have been removed from EarthCam website, but why?

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) An EarthCam placed inside of the Bellagio Resort and Casinos conservatory and botanical gardens area of the property captures 4 images per hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year like clockwork. However, on the night of the massacre two hours of imagery, a total of 8 images captured between the hours of 10:15 and 12:15 p.m. was scrubbed from the EarthCam.net website following numerous eyewitness reports of gunfire which authorities have tried their best to cover up.

Here is Jake Morphonios with the report:

What could be seen in the images that authorities were so worried about?

A woman by the name of Rene Downs claims that the entire lobby of the Bellagio was a mess after bullets came whizzing in just 30-45-minutes after the Route 91 music festival massacre occurred over a mile-and-a-half away.

Downs recalls a chaotic scene as people came flying into the lobby through the front doors.

Downs said that she was sitting with a man by the name of Daniel, presumably her husband, who got her down on the ground behind a table when she heard pop, pop, pop!

For some reason, there has not been one reporting that we have heard from our friends or anything, Downs said, pointing out the media blackout on the incident.

But Downs was not the only witness to have heard gunshots at the Bellagio that night.

Additionally, a woman by the name of Rikki Raulerson claims that she was on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday night when the mass shooting occurred and says that early news reports, reports from police, security, and even her friends, contradict the official story that only one shooter was involved.

Raulerson posted a statement to Facebook last Tuesday where she explained what she heard the night of the shooting.

We were told that there were 7 confirmed shooters, and confirmed deaths at multiple hotels. Including Bellagio, the Aria and New York New York, Raulerson wrote.

...

16:17

Protests Intensify Before FCC Net Neutrality Vote "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Washington, DC Over 200 Net Neutrality supporters braved bitter cold at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wednesday to make sure Commissioners know they wont stand by quietly if it cedes control of the Internet to a handful of telecoms. The rally came a day before a critical vote on a proposed rollback of regulations governing broadband providers. On the sidewalk outside FCC headquarters, protesters built a memorial to the Internet with a bed of flowers, candles and a wreath and chanted slogans. FCC staff took pictures of the memorial as they passed by and watched from windows above. Among protesters concerns is the possibility that five corporations may end up with the keys to the Internet and be able to decide what data flows through the U.S. communications network, who has access to it and how fast it can be downloaded.

16:17

Syrian War Report December 14, 2017: Syrian Army Prepares For Idlib Operation - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces have established control over the hilltops of al-Ahmar, al-Madjahan and al-Khazzan inside the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria. Thus, the SAA and the NDF are about to divide the Beit Jinn pocket into two separate parts. If this is done, the liberation []

16:12

Henderson County Sheriff Addresses Tasteless Photo Circulated in Department "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald released a statement Friday about an image circulated in his department that made a joke about the drug Narcan. Narcan is used

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16:02

Young Turks Reporter Fired Over Sexual Allegations Sues Huffington Post for $23.5M "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(SP Former Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton filed a defamation and libel lawsuit against Huffington Post and its owner, Oath, over a contributor posting that publicized sexual allegations against him.

The post was taken down by editors but not immediately removed from Googles indexing for news websites. It ultimately led to the Young Turks firing Chariton on November 17.

The lawsuit [PDF] argues Huffington Post and Oath were active participants and co-conspirators in the libel.

HuffPost Contributor articles do not get indexed and show up in Google search engines until an editor at HuffPost approves it and decides to promote it, the lawsuit contends. The article in question was indexed to Google not once, not twice, but three times overon Googles regular page, on Googles mobile site, and on Googles newsafter the promoting editor took overt acts to enter each listing on Google.

It also asserts that Huffington Post has a registration and approval process for becoming a HuffPost Contributor. Everyone who applies is not approved, and a person cannot go online right now and become a HuffPost contributor. This establishes that being a branded HuffPost Contributor is a selective process.

The post was removed one day after it was published. Huffington Post did not issue a retraction, even though representatives of Chariton made a request on November 20. They were also asked to delist its Google indexing of the story yet Oath General Counsel Jeff Grossman declined these requests a day later.

Bill Moran, an attorney for Chariton, told Shadowproof that Huffington Post will likely argue their content is covered under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1995, which cover folks like Reddit or Twitter [users]. If someone says something horrible on Twitter, its not attributable to Twitter. But Moran insists Huffington Post isnt covered by the law in this instance.

This was on their contributor platform, and they mark their contributors as HuffPost Contributors, which is extremely deceptive because people dont know whether this is a HuffPost employee or just some random person posting on the internet. They also have a selective process in determining who can become a contributor, Moran noted.

Moran added, It is an open secret that HuffPost does not index their stories until they are promoted by an editor. A large sum, perhaps the majority, of HuffPost articles are never indexed or [the...

15:46

The Big Brother Future "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US Meddling in Venezuela? (Jeff C.)

The State Department pays a think tank nearly $1 million to work with Venezuelan opposition.

We Need to Talk About Honduras (Dan)

Honduras recent presidential election has ended in violence. Security forces and protesters have continued to clash while the too-close-to-count result is still being debated. At the moment, 14 people have been reported killed. Now the US, which has long financially supported the incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez and his security forces, is at a crossroads.

Arizonas Private Border Wall Fail (Steve)

Arizona tried to build a private border wall through crowdfunding. It failed miserably.

Ajit Pais Cringe-worthy Promo Video on Net Neutrality Repeal (Jimmy)

The author writes, In a video with the conservative site Daily Callers Benny Johnson the dude who got fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarizing Yahoo Answers [FCC Chairman] Pai urged the country to understand that even if he succeeds in his plan to let ISPs strangle the rest of the internet to death, theyll let us continue to take selfies and other stupid bullsh**.

Mesmerizing, Mysterious Murmurations  (Milicent)

You should stop whatever you are doing and witness this phenomenon. Watch it, listen to it, open up and let it flow in and around you and carry you away.

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15:26

An America Without Consequences? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Many Americans admit that they have never seen a country so divided. The last elections, one of the most intense on record, became the most talked about of all time. It had one of the most significant voting battles this nation has ever seen. It was one of the most watched political dramas ever broadcasted on []

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15:20

Today in OpenGov: Withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note: This will be the final edition of the Today in OpenGov newsletter for 2017. We're taking a much needed break, but will be back in the new year with all of the top open government news. We want to say a sincere and hearty thank you to our loyal readers. It hasn't been an easy year, but it has been our pleasure to share the news with you throughout it all.

Now, enjoy one last look at the day's open government news for 2017 including the latest on net neutrality repeal, the withdrawal of several Trump nominees, concerning news for press freedom, good news for access to information in New York state, and more! 

net neutrality's day of reckoning


 
Despite calls for delay, the Federal Communications Commission appears set to vote on net neutrality repeal today. "On Thursday, the FCC is expected to approve Chairman Ajit Pais proposal to repeal rules that require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. The measure is expected to pass 3-2, with all the Republican appointees supporting repeal and all the Democratic appointees opposing." (The Hill)

Calls to delay or cancel the vote are coming from at least 18 state attorneys general (The Verge) at least one Republican member of Congress (Ars Technica) and countless experts and internet pioneers   including Tim Berners-Lee, the "inventor of the World Wide Web," (Pioneers for Net Neutrality).

We stand with the creator the World Wide Web, grandfather of the Internet, advocates for press freedom, free expression & open government and...

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SPCA Hypocrites Now Using Robots to Scare Away Homeless People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Truthstream Media Activist Post Editors Note: The lack of compassion displayed by the government toward the homeless is already on the rise. But it...

15:14

GOP tax cuts will trigger sequestration "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Tax Bill is a reverse Robin Hood cloaked in the fake objectivity of sequestration. The plan all along appears to be to reduce taxes, boosting the deficit, then allowing sequestration to do more damage to the budget. Sure some of the Republicans' spending priorities might suffer--but not as much as those that the Democrats tend to defend.

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The Horror of Sexual Abuse Must Stop... The Upsurge Against It Is Just. Are We at a Turning | Revolution Books forum "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Film of a forum held at Revolution Books, NYC on the upsurge against sexual abuse and the big questions it raises. Speakers were Fran Luck, founder and executive producer of "Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio (WBAI)," and Sunsara Taylor, co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org; a leader on the frontlines of the movement to end pornography and patriarchy; advocate for Bob Avakian's new communism. Moderator: Andy Zee.

15:09

US Never Stopped Torturing People at Guantanamo Bay, Warns UN Expert "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIWAR.COM)  UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has issued a new statement on Wednesday claiming information that Gitmo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi continues to be subjected to torture by US forces, including treatments banned under international law.

Baluchi is being accused of having facilitated 9/11, and worked as a courier for Osama bin Laden. During his detention at a CIA black site, he was repeatedly beaten by interrogators and subjected to multiple enhanced interrogation techniques.

Though the US nominally banned torture 10 years ago, Melzer indicated that the information he has is that Baluchi continues to be subjected to sleep deprivation and other mistreatment, and not given access to proper medical care for the torture he suffered in the past.

The Pentagon denied that this was the case, saying they see no credible evidence any torture took place. That theyre presenting this with the same language as the reports of civilian deaths in US airstrikes is bizarre, because while the US doesnt have access to victims of their strikes on the ground, they certainly know about the treatment of detainees within their own facilities. Yet instead of categorically denying that torture is taking place, they simply deny that the evidence exists.

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

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

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Its amazing what theyll just come out and say on YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Roy Moore lost the election in Alabama, but he refuses to concede. Hes put out a video explaining why. Its revolting.

After a brief nod to the fact that theyre still counting some military ballots (wont make a difference to the outcome), he gets around to the real reason. Its too important to God to allow godless sodomites to have a say in an election. We have to stop abortion, homosexuals, and men who claim to be women, and we need to have prayer in the schools, and Immorality sweeps over our land! To preserve our republic and honor the Constitution, he is going to deny the outcome of an election. Well, gosh, can we also deny the outcome of the last presidential election simply because the asshole-in-chief is an affront to morality?

I dont think he understands the concept of a republic. Remember that next time some theocrat runs for office their intent is to destroy that institution.

Hey, you know who else doesnt understand anything? Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad. Benjamin really is a Nazi at heart. He did a hangout with another alt-right fuckwit, MillennialWoes, and they let it all hang out. What is he afraid of?

Youve got diversity in everythingits terrifying, isnt it?

Hes terrified becausewhat? Brown people and gay people and women might also get employed and share equal status with his pale right-wing brothers? This is a blatantly racist, anti-egalitarian statement and he probably wouldnt consider my criticism a rebuke, but something to be proud of.

Hes also afraid of SJWs, because theyre a fucking massive problem. We have a terrible great power.

the reason thousands of young girls are getting raped is not because the police didnt want to do something or couldnt do something. It was because they were afraid of social justice warriors calling them racist.

That doesnt even make sense. Say or do something racist, and someone might rightly say to you that youre a racist, therefore the problem ispeople able to point out reality? A policeman might shoot an unarmed black man to death, but thats OK the real horror to a Sargoonian is that someone might point to a pattern of such incidents and declare that there is clear evidence of racist oppression. Say it right out loud, in public!

So we need to silence those goddamn SJWs.

The worst case scenario fo...

15:00

Chris Hansen Is Ready for a Comeback! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chris Hansen participated in Little League Wrestling when he was 10 years old. He competed in Megalodon Tournaments up through middle school and the he joined the wrestling team in high school with his older brother. His wrestling skills are noticeable in the cage. However, once he started kickboxing, he lost all interest in the []

The post Chris Hansen Is Ready for a Comeback! appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

14:30

Monsanto Is Paying Farmers To Use Its Controversial Pesticide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with...

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The Hayek revelations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Good grief. I just read Salma Hayeks piece in the New York Times. Its a horror through and through Harvey Weinstein is a terrible human being. There was the familiar constant pressure for sex, and his anger when denied, but whats new here is how Weinstein, who had a reputation for sponsoring great art movies, was in active force in compromising the art. What he did to Hayeks movie, Frida, was unconscionable.

Halfway through shooting, Harvey turned up on set and complained about Fridas unibrow. He insisted that I eliminate the limp and berated my performance. Then he asked everyone in the room to step out except for me. He told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal and that there was none of that in this movie. So he told me he was going to shut down the film because no one would want to see me in that role.

Frida Kahlo did many self-portraits, and her striking appearance was part of her identity, and Weinstein wanted to reduce her looks to something more conventional? She was afflicted with polio as a child and severely injured in an accident in her teens, and lived her whole life with a disability and chronic pain, and Weinstein wanted to erase that in a biography? How clueless is he, and how many of the good Weinstein-produced movies were made in spite of his interference, and how much better would they have been if hed never been allowed to say a word?

He offered me one option to continue. He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity.

Christ. Hayek gave in on that demand, reluctantly, and with much anguish. But now youll need to keep this in mind next time you watch Game of Thrones or some cop show which features a stroll through a strip joint. The nudity isnt some critical part of the story, or even a part of the atmosphere added for verisimilitude. Its probably because some guy high up in the production likes the power of being able to compel the women acting in his show to expose themselves. Its not that nudity and sex cant be a natural part of a story, but that theres so much of it, and its almost entirely gratuitous.

It sort of turns out well, with regard to the movie, at leastexcept for the part where Hayeks success was added to the Weinstein luster, and that he then intentionally stunted her career.

Months later, in October 2002, this film, about my hero and inspiration this Mexican artist who never truly got acknowledged in her time with her limp and her unibrow, this film that Harvey never wanted to do, gave him a box of...

14:13

Why Oppose the Globalists and Then Let Them Educate Your Children? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Do you remember the famous line from the classic movie, Animal House as John Belushi stated: Did we give up after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? This is a humorous but sarcastic and somewhat truthful quote designed to illustrate the folly of American education. Today, our kids are taught the folly of climate change without the benefit of using the scientific method. Social justice warriors patrol our university campuses looking to impose discipline for the mere appearance of incorrect views in this modern rendition of  The Lord of the Flies.  


An increasing number of Americans are realizing the folly of participating in the globalist world of antiChristian and anti-American values and then letting these same forces educate our children. In greater numbers we are avoiding the K-Marts, the Walmarts and all of the slave marts. We buy precious metals instead of horde cash because we know where this is all headed. More Americans are growing their own food. They increasingly shop at the mom and pop stores as opposed to the corporate entities. We visit natural doctors as opposed to the cut it out, burn it out and poison it out AMA approved doctors. More Americans than every belore are going off the grid. More of us are holidng home Bible studies as opposed to attending a DHS Clergy Response Team  controlled church who doesnt just render unto Caesar, they are Caesar. With all that many Americans are doing to not be a part of the evil empire then why in the world would parents give up their children to the public schools that are controlled by the same forces that have forced millions of Americans into varous degrees of alternatives to the main stream society? John Kennedy said it this way:

The great enemy of the tr...

14:05

I am graduating "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have been hinting for months that I am close to graduating.  Well, the time has come.  I am graduating with a Ph.D. in physics.

In the immediate future, I will be unemployed.  I am taking my time looking for a job in data science.  That means Ill find some tech company and analyze data for them.  And before you comment on that career choice, let me just say that I know more physics students moving into data science than staying in physics.  When I do find a job I probably wont make any announcement about it.


Given that most of my time blogging has been while I was at grad school, the impact on my blogging is unknown.  I may have more free time while unemployed, but I wont necessarily spend that time blogging.  (Note that I often take a blogging break near Christmas, and that has nothing to do with graduating.)

Ah, one thing that might make an impact on blogging, is that I will lose journal access.  I can still get physics papers on ArXiV, but most of what Id want to blog about would be in social sciences or humanities.  So, thats a bit tougher.

After this post, I intended to write at least a couple more blog posts about why grad school can be such a bad experience.  Its not too late, Ill get around to it eventually.


If you are unwise enough to wonder what my dissertation is about, Ill tell you.

I worked on photoemission spectroscopy of cuprate superconductors.  Photoemission spectroscopy is the technique of shining light on a material, and measuring the electrons that come out.  The technique tells us about how the electrons were behaving in the material.  A superconductor is material in a special state where electricity is conducted with zero resistance.  Cuprates are a particular class of superconductors.  Cuprates are famous for being in a superconducting state up to relatively high temperatures (but high temperature still means minus ~170 degrees Celsius).  Cuprates are not fully understood, and have been a longstanding mystery since they were discovered in the 80s.

Photoemission spectroscopy of cuprates sounds very specific, but its a well-established and competitive field of research.

13:49

WATCH: Compliant Man Begs for His Life as Cops Try to Beat Him To Death "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After savagely beating and tasering a compliant and arguably innocent man on video, police investigated themselves and issued a slap on the wrist.

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Tillersons No Preconditions For North Korea Means Things Are Worse Than We Thought "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent shockwaves through the foreign policy establishment this week when he suggested that the United States is prepared, for the first time, to come to the negotiating table with North Korea without any preconditions or promises from Pyongyang that it would halt, even if just temporarily, its nuclear program.

Tillersons startling comments, which mark a major departure from U.S. policy and part significantly with President Trumps views on the North Korea crisis, signal that Pyongyang is truly on the cusp of having a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and that a military conflict might be fast approaching.

On Monday, an analysis was released by 38 North, a U.S. website specializing in North Korea, indicating Pyongyang may be getting ready to test another nuclear weapon. The countrys last test, in early September, was estimated to have been 17 times more powerful than the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

The September test resulted in a fresh round of international sanctions, which, apparently, have done nothing to deter the hermit kingdom from moving ahead apace with its nuclear program. North Korea is similarly catapulting forward with its ICBM program, making steady progress and demonstrating this year that it now has the capability to reach the entire continental United States.

China Is Making Contingency Plans

By all accounts, the North is far ahead of previous estimates of when it would attain nuclear capability. With Pyongyangs rapid progress, the deployment of anti-missile systems to South Korea, Trumps boisterous posturing, and the evident failure of international sanctions, a growing number of experts estimate that some kind of war or conflagration is possible in 2018.

China doesnt seem all that interested in making significant efforts toward curbing North Koreas nuclear program, despite the Trump administrations persistence in believing that it is. Yet Beijing is forming a contingency plan in the event of the collapse of its neighboring client state, either from an outside pre-emptive strike or a self-imposed political implosion.

China is preparing for the waves of refugees that would attempt to enter China under such a scenario. According to recent reports, China has been setting up refugee camps along its border with North Korea and has conducted several military drills in...

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This Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old Has A Message For Questioning Kids "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Noor Jontry believed she was male from ages 11 to 13, but has changed her mind. Now at age 14, she is sharing her journey into the trans-male identity and back to her female self.

In an interview on the website 4thWaveNow, Noor gives extraordinarily mature insights into her thoughts and feelings as she changed from being certain she wanted gender transition to finding less drastic ways of addressing her gender dysphoria and becoming comfortable in her female body.

Gender dysphoria is the strong feeling of unease about ones gender not matching ones physical body. Noor says, I learned that being female isnt a feeling. Its a biological reality and I could feel however I feel without it meaning I was male.

When asked why she wanted to be male, she said she didnt like her body and wanted a different one. She also realizes in retrospect that I used being trans to try and escape being scared about being small and weak. I thought that if I presented myself as a man Id be safer.

With the encouragement of her mother, she researched the medical effects of puberty blockers, cross-gender hormones and surgery, and came to see that her initial beliefssuch as there being no dangerous side effects from hormones or blockers or thinking that she could delay puberty foreverwerent true. She says she now understands that testosterone is a powerful drug that can damage female organs, and puberty blockers negatively affect brain development.

When asked about dysphoria, Noor says, It is definitely a real feeling! But being uncomfortable is part of being human. If you cant cope with those feelings, then you need help learning better ways to cope. My psychologist understood I had dysphoria and we worked through the trauma that caused it.

Dysphoria Always Has a Deeper Root

I have come under fire for suggesting people with gender dysphoria spend time with a psychologist to work through, as Noor puts it, the trauma that caused it. In my 10 years of working with trans persons and their families, I have found 100 percent of those who write me can identify the onset of gender dysphoria in themselves or their loved ones.

So many traumas can cause gender dysphoria, including emotional loss, abuse, and extreme changes in the home. According to research, almost two-thirds (62.7 percent) of transgender people have some type of co-existing psychiatric disorder, such as depression, phobias, and adjustment disorders.

As Noor has discovered and articulates so well: Dysphoria always has a deeper root. Trans isnt the right word. Weve lear...

13:11

Ferdinand Film Writes Narcissism Into Classic Childrens Story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 1935, Munro Leaf spent about 40 minutes writing a story for his friend Robert Lawson, a then-struggling illustrator. After a slow start, Munros text coupled with Lawsons beautiful ink drawings became a success, and The Story of Ferdinand has never been out of print. A few years after its publishing, Disney released an Academy Award-winning short film based on the book, and a full-length feature film opens in theaters on December 15.

The Story of Ferdinand tells a humorous story of a gentle-spirited bull who wants to sit just quietly under the cork tree and smell the flowers. When five men come to Ferdinands pasture to pick the biggest, fastest, roughest bull to fight in the bull fights in Madrid, all the bulls except for Ferdinand try to prove that they should be picked.

Ferdinand desires no glory, though, and instead just wants to sit peacefully. When hes stung by a bee, however, the men spot him flailing and snorting, and choose him for the bull fights. Once in the ring, much to everyones shock and dismay, Ferdinand cannot be provoked to fight.

Its funny to imagine, isnt it? The bull in the pasture isnt so scary when hes as gentle as the butterfly on the flowers hes sniffing. The idea coupled with Lawsons captivating illustrations are enough to elicit a giggle from even the stodgiest of readers. Leaf said, If the book fails to make you chuckle there is no excuse for its existence, as far as Im concerned.

Not Everyones Laughing, Though

Although Leaf says his story was nothing more than a tale meant for a laugh, The Story of Ferdinand met its success alongside some serious controversy. First published near the start of the Spanish Civil War, different views had the story being both pro-Franco and anti-Franco. Ferdinand has also been called a fascist, a communist, an anarchist, and most commonlygiven the context of the unstable world during the books first printinga pacifist. Burned by Adolph Hitler as democratic propaganda, 30,000 copies of the book were later printed and distributed when Berlin fell in 1945.

While many of the original readers had strong political interpretations of the book, many modern readers have embraced Ferdinand as champion for following ones heart. The Washington Posts 50th anniversary tribute to Ferdinand praised him for knowing that true courage is being true to ones self, no matter what anyone else might say.

Similarly, in the latest Ferdinand film, audiences will be told, Be strong, be brave, be true to yoursel...

Director Martin McDonagh Discusses His Wish To Portray A Suicidal Christ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I met Martin McDonagh, he was in the process of directing his newly released film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri near Asheville, North Carolina. A local bookstore was hosting him for an afternoon interview and book signing, and I was more than happy to make the hour and a half drive to meet one of my favorite storytellers.

Martin McDonagh isnt exactly a household name, but he does have one more Oscar than most Hollywood A-listers. His first venture into film directing, a short called Six Shooter, won McDonagh an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. Prior to working in film, McDonagh wrote an impressive array of dark stage plays that received wide acclaim. My own introduction to McDonagh was his 2008 black comedy In Bruges.

In Bruges stars Colin Farrell (Ray) and Brendan Gleeson (Ken) as two hit men on the run from London. Ray botched his first job and accidentally killed a young boy along with the Catholic priest he was hired to kill. Ken is an older, more experienced hit man who acts as Rays partner, mentor, and babysitter.

After the boys murder, Ray and Kens boss, Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes), orders them to go hide out in the city of Bruges, the most well preserved medieval town in all of Belgium. The film follows their misadventures as they await instructions from Harry in Bruges.

Laughter Plus Punishment

When I first saw the film, I was completely unsure what to think of it. The viewer experiences emotional whiplash, laughing heartily at absurd lines of well-crafted dialogue, but mere moments later sadly contemplating what it means for the state of Rays soul that he murdered a little boy. The movie is genuinely funny and sincerely dark, and effectively shows that good comedy is perfectly compatible with heavy themes.

Where In Bruges succeeds and other dark comedies often fall flat is in its preservation of the weight of emotion throughout the film. This is due at least in part to the spectacular piano-based score composed by Carter Burwell, best known for scoring films by the Coen brothers. The melancholy main theme evokes sincere reflection, even nostalgia, always drawing the viewer back to the deepest questions at the heart of the film, questions about salvation, penance, and punishment.

McDonagh was raised Roman Catholic, but left the church at a young age. Nevertheless, as an Irishman and former Catholic, the church features prominently in his stories. Rays first job as a hit man is to kill a priest. Ray and Ken visit the Church of the Holy Blood in Bruges, where a vial of Christs dried blood is said to be held. They also visit an art gallery featuring paintings of the final judgment of all mankind, which leads Ray to ask Ken his thoughts on sin, death, and the afterlife. In other words, even if not orthodox or traditional,...

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17 Best Video Games To Buy Your Gamers For Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Do you know someone who would like a video game for Christmas, but you have no idea what to buy? Heres some help.

There are a lot of game choices out there, but for the uninitiated, it might seem like a daunting task to get the best ones or just avoid the trash. Here is a list of the best games to buy for a friend, family member, or even yourself.

Note that this list only includes games available for purchase at retail or the retail versions of some games.

2017 Games and Newer

Persona 5 (Playstation3, Playstation4)

We have to start off with possibly the best game this year. Popular among Japanese role-playing game fans, this 100-plus hour game tasks you with changing the hearts of various wrongdoers by entering their subconscious and making your way through stylish levels while combating figments of the hosts personality with your own personas, which you can level, customize, and fuse to create stronger versions (like a more complex demonic Pokmon).

Thats only half the game. You also spend time interacting with characters to grow your relationship that corresponds to your strength in battle. This game has great acid jazz music, gorgeous art, well-written characters, and emotional moments.

This is for those who love jrpgs, character interactions, and style, as well as any of the other Shin Megami Tensei games. Previous games are not required to enjoy this.

Rated M for Blood, Drug Reference, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence.

Nier: Automata (Playstation 4)

Do you want to play as a sexy robot in a post-apocalyptic world with a story revolving around existential crisis and questions about sentience, self-worth, and the value of life? This game has two main selling pointsits unique and interesting story and its fast, fluid combat. Its a little unorthodox in that it features 26 endings, achievable through some truly bizarre means. It also has an amazing musical score.

This is for those who love action games that might be a little different or an out-of-the-box way of storytelling, or if they like other Platinum-developed games like Bayonetta. While this is the second Nier game, the first is not required to understand the story.

Rated M for Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Violence.

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13:07

Why A Tax Credit May Not Be The Best Way To Foster Adoption "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is an article about adoption. But first, let me tell you about our recent minivan shopping.

You see, our current vehicle is 10 years old. It still runs fine, more or less, and I had hoped to hold onto it for a while longer yet, until I was excited about something new on the market or the vehicle needed major repairs, whichever came first.

But we take it for granted that subsidies towards electric car production have to be given to the consumer in the form of tax credits,when the whole thing could have been arranged as direct government subsidies to manufacturers and it wouldnt have even been under discussion in the tax reform proposals because no one would have considered it a part of the tax system.

So it is with the adoption tax credit, which was recently threatened in Congresss tax bills, but then restored. The rhetoric of the credit is that its a beautiful pro-life benefit and, in taking it away, Congress is practically consigning children to lives in orphanages or being snuffed out in abortion. But is that accurate?

Lets Review Some of the Facts and Figures

According to Adoption: By the Numbers, published by the National Council for Adoption, in 2014, there were a total of 69,350 unrelated domestic adoptions. Of these, only 18,329 were adoptions of infants. Split another way, of the total number of unrelated adoptions, 47,094 were through public agencies, 16,312 through private agencies, and 5,944 were private individual adoptions (no agency involved). Notably, private adoptions dropped by 55 percent from 2007 to 2014.

At the same time, there were 5,647 immigrant-orphan adoptions (2015 Department of State data). This is a small fraction of the 22,989 at the peak of overseas adoption in 2004, due to various sending countries tightening their regulations amid concerns about baby-buying. These children are largely toddler- and preschool-aged.

In 2012, when there were 8,600 such adoptions, 10 percent were infants, about 60 percent were between the ages of 1 to 4, and the remainder were older. The largest number, 36 percent, came from China; other top sending countries were Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Haiti.

And adoption is indeed expensive. According...

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Court Case Reveals DCs Metro Canceled All Religious Ads In Fear Of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My November 30 article covering a lawsuit against Washington DCs transit system began: Keep the cash in Christmas. That was the message the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington received from the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority when the archdiocese attempted to buy ad space on Metro buses for its Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

In the lawsuit, the archdiocese argued that by refusing its ads, Metro violated the churchs First Amendment and due process rights, and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At the time, the archdioceses case seemed a pretty clear example of anti-religious animus and viewpoint discrimination. However, two happenings in the last week cast new light on Metros advertising guidelines that ban political and religious displays, and its use of those rules to reject the Catholic archdioceses Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

First, on Friday, when federal district court judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the archdiocese a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, she detailed the rationale underlying Metros decision to ban political and religious advertisements, writing:

The [Metro] Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications, and Marketing also averred that she heard from the Metro Transit Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that running certain issue-oriented ads could pose security risks on trains and buses. One of the factors that spurred [Metro] to close its advertising forum was the submission of an ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. Drawing the Prophet Mohammed is highly offensive to Muslims, and [Metro] was aware that the ad was drawn at a contest where two gunmen were killed in an attempt to prevent the event.

But why then also ban the Find The Perfect Gift campaign adan advertisement that does not disparage? From a legal perspective, the answer flows from First Amendment jurisprudence, which grants governmental officials the right to control access to a nonpublic or limited forum, such as advertisement displays on government property, based on the subject to be discussed as long as: the lines drawn are reasonable given the purpose of the forum involved, they do not favor one viewpoint over another, and they are consistently applied.

Had Metro opened the limited forum of bus advertisements to the subject of religion, it could not then discriminate based on the content of the proposed ad. In fact, the archdioceses strongest argument for reversal stems from Metro allowing advertisements t...

13:07

Why We Go Christmas Caroling Outside Abortion Facilities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A young woman sits in the waiting room of American Womens Medical Center on Chicagos northwest side, waiting to be called back to the operating room for her procedure. Even now, shes unsure about the choice shes made. She knows that abortion is against her religion, but she feels cornered. This is the only way out.

Then she hears something that breaks through her anguished thoughts. A group of voices is singing outside the building. She recognizes the familiar words of a Christmas carol: round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant, so tender and mild.

Outside, a group of some 30 carolers huddle together, bundled up against the cold, each holding a photocopy of a song sheet. As they finish the last lines of their final carol, Silent Night, the young woman comes out of the building. She approaches a member of the caroling group and says shes decided not to go through with her abortion. I heard your singing and started thinking of Mary and Jesus, and I just couldnt go through with it.

As the rest of the carolers move off to their cars to head to the next stop on their caroling tour, an experienced counselor stays behind to talk to the young woman about her situation. She gives her the number for a nearby pro-life pregnancy center that can help her with prenatal care, housing, getting plugged into social services, and anything else she might need.

This Christmas miracle took place on a Saturday morning in December 2003, the year the Pro-Life Action League organized our first Christmas caroling tour at abortion facilities throughout Chicago. We soon began training other pro-life groups to hold Peace in the Womb Christmas caroling tours in their own communities, and they were soon reporting back to us with their own stories of mothers being moved to cancel their abortions. This year, Christmas carols will be sung at close to 100 abortion facilities throughout the country.

It is especially sorrowful that a child would be aborted at this time of yeara horrible contradiction of the Christmas story of hope and joy dawning upon the earth with the birth of a baby. Those of us who go out every year to sing Christmas carols outside abortion centers draw parallels between the story of Bethlehem and so many of those sitting in abortion waiting rooms right nowthe poor and displaced who have found no room at the inn, and in desperation are turning to abortion.

We know that from the pro-choice perspective, abortion would be the ideal solution for a couple in Mary and Josephs situation, with their scandalous unplanned pregnancy. Planned Parenthood would have aborted Jesus.

The child spared from abortion durin...

13:06

Memo to CBS on George W. Bush: Dan Rather Got It (Mostly) Right "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anyone who has worked at a television network has loads of stories about pieces that were spiked or totally suppressed because the corporation went into damage-control mode. One recent example: 60 Minutes.

On December 3, during a congenial retrospective presentation Fifty Years of 60 Minutes the iconic news program re-lived some of the shows biggest moments: trophy interviews, scoops and revelations, and, commendably, a few jumbo mistakes.

But in the course of serving up confessions, such as Mike Wallaces spiked interview with a tobacco company whistleblower, to which they devoted only a few seconds, they also mentioned how they were led astray on a key incident in the career of George W. Bush. And they blamed it on the sloppy reporting of Dan Rather and his producers.

By doing so, the network perpetuated a serious fiction about the 2004 election, in a way that only underlined its cowardice in dealing with an embarrassing scandal.

The real problem with Rather was not as CBS would have us believe that he failed to properly vet a fake document during an investigation into whether George W. Bush pulled strings to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.  

In fact, the documentation for Bushs self-serving actions is clear and compelling.

The core issue is what CBS left unsaid. Rathers producers were poking into an authentic story that powerful political forces had long been trying to suppress: how the then-President of the United States, who had taken the country into war in Iraq under false pretenses, resulting in untold unnecessary deaths, himself had gone AWOL from military service years earlier and covered it up.

Thats a big deal. And a news organization worth its salt doesnt run from the truth.

Another mainstream outlet, the Los Angeles Times, mocked Rather by putting the word Truth in quotation marks in the title of a story published in 2015 Dan Rather is sticking to the Truth of his story about George W. Bush. But at least that newspaper gave him a chance to defend himself. In his response, Rather made clear that he regrets the use of documentation that was not properly vetted. But he went on to strongly refute any inference that this invalidates the thrust of the original report:

Its not a matter of opinion whether the central facts of the story were true or not; its true, he says of the 2004 report. One: That through the influence of his politically powerful father, George W. Bush got into a so-called champagne unit of the Air National Guard as a way of assuring he wouldnt have to go to Vietnam. And two: Af...

12:42

Committee To Protect Journalists: Number Of Jailed Journalists Hits Historic High "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has declared the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has hit a new record at a total...

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Chicago Police Win Big When Appealing Discipline "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A secretive appeals system has been knocking down the punishments of Chicago police officers no matter how serious their misconduct, undercutting the results of lengthy investigations and layers of review long after the public believes the cases were concluded.

In the first examination of its kind, the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois found that 85 percent of disciplinary cases handled through the Chicago Police Departments grievance process since 2010 led to officers receiving shorter suspensions or, in many cases, having their punishments overturned entirely.

A suspension for punching a handcuffed arrestee, all caught on camera? Negotiable.

Discipline for making racially insensitive comments during a traffic stop? Tossed out and expunged from the record.

Punishments for making false statements, an offense for which the department says it has zero tolerance? Those, too, were wiped away as if they never happened.

The result: the weakening of a police accountability system that rarely finds fault with officers actions in the first place.

By the time an officers misconduct appeal reaches the Police Departments Management and Labor Affairs Section, where grievances are handled, the officer has already been found at fault in an internal affairs investigation or after an inquiry by the citys police watchdog agency, whose findings are public. In some cases, the discipline already has been upheld by the Chicago Police Board, whose decisions also are public.

But the departments labor office operates behind closed doors and according to requirements contained in the police union contract. Victims and complainants were not told when an officer filed a grievance nor were they notified of its outcome.

The decisions that overturn discipline can have little to do with the facts behind the actual misconduct. The systems notorious inefficiencies end up working in an officers favor, with punishments being dismissed because investigations took too long, the Tribune-ProPublica Illinois investigation found.

The Police Department has no system to track cases, so reporters used data and records from the department and its oversight agency to follow more than 300 disciplinary cases, analyzing changes between the original discipline orders and the actual outcomes.

Chicago Police Grievances

CPD Grievances...

Why I Chose to Raise my Kid in an Urban Neighborhood "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Every December, we re-run some of our best essays from the year. (See them all here.) The piece below might seem a little out of place on a "best of" list: it's not particularly in-depth, it wasn't written by one of our regular contributors, and it doesn't deal with a heavyweight issue like affordable housing or infrastructure spending. But I found it to be one of our most important articles from 2017 for the simple fact that it provided a contradictory perspective to the prevailing attitude in America (and we're all about sharing surprising perspectives on our site). Additionally, it generated extensive conversation on social media when we published it from people who both agreed and disagreed with its argument.

Parenting and family life might not seem like natural topics for an organization that's focused on helping towns become financially strong, yet every time we publish something in this realm, I see more and more connections between our mission and the concerns of parents and children. We can't have strong towns without having strong families, without having streets where kids can safely walk to school, without having neighborhoods that don't isolate stay-at-home parents from a community of support...

So I hope this essay (which we initially republished from the blog of our friends at VERDUNITY) helps kickstart more conversations about how to build strong towns, and I plan to continue contemplating issues of parenting and families on the Strong Towns website in 2018.  - Rachel Quednau


My decision-making inspiration

My decision-making inspiration

My life changed forever when I became a mom.  While I admit that I still hold onto a few of my selfish tendencies, most my daily decisions are now based on what is best for my son instead of myself.  My husband and I plan our weekends around what and when we are going to eat, when he is going to get his nap, and what activities we can do that will adequately wear him out before bedtime. 

So, when we started to think about the community that we wanted to live in, our criteria mostly revolved around the type of environment that was best for him.&n...

11:59

Chicago Police Department Grievances "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

11:27

Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

11:22

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Dec. 14, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

08:45

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Why won't Donald Trump release his tax returns? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Native Americans and other minority races will rise up in great numbers in 2018 if they want to stop this madness that has taken over this country.

08:33

Charlottesville Community in Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistors "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Charlottesville Community in Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistors appeared first on It's Going Down.

Today, Charlottesville community members held a press conference at the U.S. District Courthouse to declare solidarity with survivors of the August 12th car attack, who have been repeatedly harassed by federal law enforcement and were summoned to testify before a grand jury.

A full transcript is below:

SPEAKER 1: We are here today because the U.S. Attorneys Office has been bullying those of us who were most severely injured by the car attack. Chris Kavanaugh subpoenaed us to appear before a federal grand jury. In a federal grand jury, you cant bring your attorney into the room. Theres no judge in the room. The rules of evidence do not apply. They can ask you about anything under the sun. They can even take away your right to plead the fifth. I was already run over by a car. I will not be bullied by the federal government.

SPEAKER 2: Im just gonna build on whats been said. So, since November 27th, 2017, a number of federal grand jury subpoenas have been served to anti-racist activists who were the most severely injured survivors of the car attack on August 12th, that was carried out by white supremacist James Alex Fields, Jr. It is shameful that the most vulnerable members of our community are being singled out by law enforcement. As was said earlier, U.S. Attorney Chris Kavanaugh has justified these subpoenas by stating that hes only seeking to indict Fields and other white supremacists. Yet, we dont know if they are also seeking to indict the anti-racist activists who defended our community this past summer.

Grand juries are a secretive procedure. People who are called to testify, again, are not allowed to have their lawyer present, and there is no judge, only the prosecutor and the jurors. The prosecutor may ask any and all questions they deem relevant, and they are not obligated to reveal the subject of their investigation. Grand juries have historically been used as a tool of political repression to surveil and incriminate social movements, from Standing Rock to Greensboro, North Carolina. The survivors of a terror attack should not be subject to up to 18 months in jail simply for refusing to participate in the unjust processes of a grand jury.

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08:33

Native Sun News Today: Dakota prayer ride and walk puts focus on Keystone spill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Prayer ride and walk spotlights pipeline oil leak By Talli Nauman Native Sun News Today Health & Environment Editor AGENCY VILLAGE Participants in the Dakota Prayer Ride & Water Walk trekked to Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters here on...

07:59

Navajo Nation signs contract to implement AMBER Alert system on reservation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Navajo Nation is finally close to implementing an AMBER Alert system on the reservation.

07:43

Muslim World Leaders Declare East Jerusalem the Capital of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(MEE)  The biggest grouping of Islamic nations put aside differences and recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine, the most concrete response yet to the American move of recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The surprise announcement came despite Saudi Arabia and its allies sending low-level officials to the heads of state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Istanbul on Wednesday, suggesting an unwillingness to adopt a strong position.

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Islamic Countries Declare East Jerusalem Capital of Occupied P

The biggest grouping of Islamic nations just declared East Jerusalem the capital of occupied Palestine

Posted by Middle East Eye on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The final communique declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and invited all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital.

It stated it rejected and condemned in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the President of the United States America recognising Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power.

It said the move was considered null and void legally and an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people, a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, an impetus to extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security.

I believe that we showed the world today that Jerusalem is not alone nor abandoned, a triumphant Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced at a post-summit news conference flanked by Palestines president, Mahmoud Abbas, and OIC secretary general, Yousef al-Othaimeen.

I want this display of unity over Jerusalem to be a lesson to everyone. As 1.7 billion Muslims we rejected Trumps decision today. We will never give up on Palestine.

Todays su...

07:32

The Job I Want "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

jessicacabot:

Ive been looking for jobs online lately and this is the first posting Ive found that really resonated with me. 

Are you sitting around waiting for a mission in life? Feeling helpless as youre tossed and turned by events? Helplessly reacting to the deeds of the of the evil doers instead of taking action to put our civilization back on course? Well then you might have what it takes to join us, join us in this great mission to restore morality and human decency to our sickly species to drive the evil ones and the vile opportunists from the agora of the public realm, to aid the rapid transmutation and transformation of our world from a fossil fuel dependent weather wrecking nightmare of never-ending burning summer and fire and destruction and pain and boredom. Join us in the salvation of our home planet and the salvation of humanity. Well get those sleaze bags yet and well put them in the pit of despair. If youd like to enquire about this mission or the film rights drop us a line. The Voice of the Desert

07:30

Exit From The Matrix: free individual vs Deep State "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Exit From The Matrix: free individual vs Deep State

by Jon Rappoport

December 14, 2017

The people who run society are engaged in bringing systems and structures into interlocking alignment, in order to create larger and larger machines of control.

I keep returning to this territory, because the whole thrust of modern civilization is making the individual extinct.

Powerless, badly educated, adrift in technology, viewed as a unit tied to a massive collectivethis is the picture of the individual.

Lets go back to square one. The individual is fundamentally at odds with the State. The State wants control. The State wants loyalists, adherents, joiners, conformists. The individual wants freedom, if he has any inkling of his own power.

The basic makeup of the State is promoted as a We. We want this. We need this. We deserve this. We all agree on this. The ubiquitous We is floated on purpose. The aim is to eradicate the I. The individual.

The State wants all arguments to center on what We should get. Should We be given this or that? Should We have A or B? What is best for We?

This is where all the trouble starts.

The State is not going to solve that trouble because it is creating it.

On the other hand, the individual who is free knows what he wants. Or can discover it. Sooner or later, he realizes that most of the people around him arent free. Those people have embedded themselves so deeply in We that they cant see outside it. The very idea of being free is meaningless to them.

So be it.

Ultimately, when all the bets are in, when all the chips are laid down on the table, the States game is all about We. Thats how the game is rigged.

The individual is ruled out.

The roulette wheel spins, but it doesnt matter which slot the ball falls into. No slot is labeled individual.

And Im not just talking about the State. Any large organization works in the same way.

So the free individual has to take his future in his own hands.

First, he has to conceive that he does have a future apart from We.

Then he has to imagine what that future could look like. He has to invent the future he wants.

Whats called the spiritual is not independent from what Im talking about here. How the free individual imagines his future and then goes after inventing it is very much a spiritual exploration. Why? Because the individual is more than a bio-machine. Knowing that, he conceives of a f...

07:13

Growing Connections Between the Far-Right & J20 Prosecution "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Growing Connections Between the Far-Right & J20 Prosecution appeared first on It's Going Down.

the government is not concerned with policing forces which seek to uphold the power of the State and the colonial hierarchies upon which it was founded, but instead those that seek to abolish it. 

Almost 200 people face upwards of 60 years in prison for taking part in a demonstration against Trumps inauguration and collectively are all being charged with breaking the same 5 windows of banks and corporate stores. The mass of people arrested on January 20th were swept up in a police kettle which lasted for hours, and ended in the police sexually assaulting and raping arrestees as a sadistic form of group punishment.

Central to the States narrative, is that everyone that took part in the anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march that led to the breaking of only a handful of windows was in fact part of a criminal conspiracy. In lieu of evidence, the State argues that the wearing of masks, black clothing, and even chanting similar chants or smiling while witnessing property destruction all constitute evidence in this regard. If the State succeeds, most of the defendants face literally a life sentence, and the State will be given a dangerous new precedent for future repression.

Nothing To Do with Protecting the Public, Everything to Do With Smashing Social Movements

the farther that the far-Right can beat the drum of open civil war with autonomous social movements, the more the State can justify cracking down on them. 

Across the US, we already are starting to see a similar J20 strategy be put into practice. In Colorado Springs, police justified the infiltration of a group of socialists because police claimed that some of them were seen at a protest wearing black bloc clothing. Meanwhile, other states have passed...

07:01

The Taking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

06:55

Robert Hill: President Trump has been insulting indigenous peoples for decades "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its no surprise that the president would insult Native Americans at a ceremony to honor them, Robert Hill writes.

06:33

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of --vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. It's also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

04:31

Iraq Oil Ministry: Qatar Petroleum interested in investing in Iraqs energy sector - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is amazing and wonderful because Qatar is moving forward successfully with Iraq and Iran. From Reuters: * Iraqs Oil Ministry said on Wednesday Qatar Petroleum is interested in investing in the countrys energy projects * Qatar Petroleum has shown interest in Iraqs projects in gas, extraction, refining and petrochemicals infrastructures, , the ministry said []

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02:53

Why Can't Alabama Republicans Admit Doug Jones Won Fair and Square? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Roy Moore cannot get a recount under state law, a growing chorus of legal scholars said Wednesday, despite what the state's top election official and the Senate candidate himself might have you believe. (Moore told rallygoers Tuesday night that the race is "not over," and that it will "take some time.")

02:49

As Media Obsesses Over Trumps Diet, Israel Is Dropping Bombs On Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

While the MSM educates the public on Trumps diet, the aftermath of his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem has turned deadly. (TFTP) The mainstream media devoted a significant portion of its precious airtime to a groundbreaking report claiming that President Trump drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke each day. While that could []

The post As Media Obsesses Over Trumps Diet, Israel Is Dropping Bombs On Children appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:48

Abduct, Imprison, Repeat: Israel Systematically Imprisons Palestinians On False Or No Charges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

People around the world are rightfully outraged by Donald Trumps recent effective handing over of Jerusalem to Israel. Behind the scenes, out of sight, an outrageous and illegal practice continues, the alleged only democracy in the Middle East on a near-daily basis abducts Palestinian men, women, and children under false pretexts (or no charges at all), using sham []

The post Abduct, Imprison, Repeat: Israel Systematically Imprisons Palestinians On False Or No Charges appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:44

Russias Pulling Out Of SyriaWhy Cant We? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Yesterday, Russian president Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to Russian troops fighting ISIS in Syria. He announced that since the battle against the extremists was essentially won, he was ordering the bulk of Russian military forces to return to Russia. The US, on the other hand, is claiming that its troops would continue to []

The post Russias Pulling Out Of SyriaWhy Cant We? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:42

Law Enforcement Bill of Rights Adds Bricks To Blue Wall Of Silence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

The Law Enforcement Bill of Rights operates, in many cases, in opposition to the Constitutions Bill of Rights, by sharply limiting accountability and transparency when it comes to police brutality and other misconduct. LOS ANGELES  Most of us living in the United States were familiar with the Bill of Rights  the first 10 amendments to the []

The post Law Enforcement Bill of Rights Adds Bricks To Blue Wall Of Silence appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:39

Scientists Warnings and What Humans, Bees and Koalas Have in Common? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The article delineates scientists' warnings to humanity. Unheeded there is an ever-growing disaster including the demise of some lovable, some necessary species.

02:36

GUN LOVERS : JOIN NOW !!! (only slightly satirical...) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the sick love affair some have with their guns

02:33

Federal Government Continues To Argue In Favor Of Indefinitely Detaining An American Citizen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

On Monday a federal judge challenged the U.S. government to justify the continued imprisonment of an American citizen who has been denied access to a lawyer for over three months. Washington D.C.  U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has expressed skepticism and frustration over the U.S. governments arguments for detaining an American citizen for three months. []

The post Federal Government Continues To Argue In Favor Of Indefinitely Detaining An American Citizen appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:27

Young Turks Reporter Fired Over Sexual Allegations Sues Huffington Post For Defamation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Former Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton filed a defamation and libel lawsuit against Huffington Post and its owner, Oath, over a contributor posting that publicized sexual allegations against him.

The post was taken down by editors but not immediately removed from Googles indexing for news websites. It ultimately led to the Young Turks firing Chariton on November 17.

The lawsuit [PDF] argues Huffington Post and Oath were active participants and co-conspirators in the libel.

HuffPost Contributor articles do not get indexed and show up in Google search engines until an editor at HuffPost approves it and decides to promote it, the lawsuit contends. The article in question was indexed to Google not once, not twice, but three times overon Googles regular page, on Googles mobile site, and on Googles newsafter the promoting editor took overt acts to enter each listing on Google.

It also asserts that Huffington Post has a registration and approval process for becoming a HuffPost Contributor. Everyone who applies is not approved, and a person cannot go online right now and become a HuffPost contributor. This establishes that being a branded HuffPost Contributor is a selective process.

The post was removed one day after it was published. Huffington Post did not issue a retraction, even though representatives of Chariton made a request on November 20. They were also asked to delist its Google indexing of the story yet Oath General Counsel Jeff Grossman declined these requests a day later.

Bill Moran, an attorney for Chariton, told Shadowproof that Huffington Post will likely argue their content is covered under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1995, which cover folks like Reddit or Twitter [users]. If someone says something horrible on Twitter, its not attributable to Twitter. But Moran insists Huffington Post isnt covered by the law in this instance.

This was on their contributor platform, and they mark their contributors as HuffPost Contributors, which is extremely deceptive because people dont know whether this is a HuffPost employee or just some random person posting on the internet. They also have a selective process in determining who can become a contributor, Moran noted.

Moran added, It is an open secret that HuffPost does not index their stories until they are promoted by an editor. A large sum, perhaps the majority, of HuffPost articles are never indexed or [they are] marked noindex/nofollow in the metadata. Here, the story was not only marked for indexing to appear on Google within...

02:02

4 Reasons Why Democrats Shouldnt Be Celebrating Doug Jones Win in Alabama "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ANTIMEDIA) Birmingham, Alabama  The people of Alabama have spoken. Doug Jones will become the first Democrat to represent the Heart of Dixie in the United States Senate in over 20 years.

Tuesday nights election signaled a change in American politics, in our nations ideals, and the hope for our future. The blue team won and sent a message bellowing across the political stratosphere that if Alabama can go Democrat, the rest of the country could soon succumb to the youthful and progressive values of the party. Roy Moore and the Grand Old Party were rejected by one the reddest states in the union. Surely, the lefts time has come. Or has it?

Sorry for the bubble bursting reality check, but once the emotions of Moores defeat fade into history, Jones victory wont mean a whole lot for the Democrats. Sure, Moore wont become one of two voices in the U.S. Senate for almost 5 million Alabamians. If that was your ultimate and only goal, congratulations. Many Republicans, including Mitt Romney, also wanted Jones to win, but bipartisan high-fives are certainly not a victory for Democrats in the divisive world of politics. For those who believe Jones win marks the beginning stages of a progressive revolution, all you really achieved was a single night of cheers alongside other naive voters.

For Doug Jones election triumph to mean anything moving forward, he has to win reelection in 2020. Thats right, he doesnt get six years in office, as is the normal term for a U.S. senator. He gets less than two due to Jeff Sessions appointment as Attorney General, which led to Alabama holding a special election. Theres good news, though Democrats. Doug Jones did win once, and he can replicate those results and procure victory in 2020. Heres how:

Doug Jones will need to behave more like a moderate Republican than a progressive democrat. Doug Jones will be free to cast his votes in the Senate as he chooses, and hell possibly vote along Democratic lines to be a wrench in Trumps agenda. But if he has any political aptitude and ambition to win in 2020, he will have to bend to and placate conservative voters who sat out Tuesdays election. This is probably not what Democrats were voting for. Jones even actually campaigned on expanding an already bloated military budget and for increasing the size of the military-industrial complex...

01:17

Democrats abandon the resist Trump movement when it comes to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One would think Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans and their consequences, pitting us, once again, against the rest of the world and obliterating our credibility to be an honest broker. Instead, most have been, silent or, worse yet, taking credit themselves for Trump actions.

01:06

Gossip: 9/11/01 Investigation Continued. . .  - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Working on getting to the bottom of the master plan. "Ann, You are questioning the whole system we set up prior to 9/11." Ann Diener (@a_diener) December 12, 2017 Today I asked, "Why fight against things when they are going well?" (Referring to 2001). "We had our plan." 9/11/01 Investigation continues Ann Diener []

00:48

Greenbacks and Scams "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Time for a true progressive movement in the Democratic party to bring back liberal values to our struggling plutocracy.

00:45

Sacred Christian Site in Jerusalem Vows to Refuse Entry to Mike Pence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I absolutely refuse to officially welcome the American Vice President Mr. Mike Pence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and I will not be physically in church during his visit.

(COMMONDREAMS)  Vice President Mike Pence will not be permitted to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem when he visits the Middle East next month, as a result of the Trump administrations decision to recognize the city as Israels capitol, according to the man who holds the keys to the building.

I absolutely refuse to officially welcome the American Vice President Mr. Mike Pence at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and I will not be physically in church during his visit, wrote Adeep Joudeh, the custodian of the churchone of the worlds most sacred Christian sitesin a letter to Israels Channel 2 News on Wednesday. This is an expression of my condemnation of President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trumps decision, announced last week, set off protests not just in Gaza and the West Bank, where Palestinians view East Jerusalem as their future capitol city, but throughout the Middle East. Demonstrators in Turkey declared that the Israeli occupation of land that Palestinians view as theirs is a fundamental issue for all Muslims.

Joudeh is not the only Christian in the region to denounce Trumps move. Egypts Coptic Christian Church has also said it would not meet with Pence, citing the United States decisison at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people.

Prior to Trumps announcement, several Christian churches in Jerusalem joined the international community in urging the president not to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city. Opponents warned him not to inflame tensions by appearing to side with Israel over the status of the city after decades of U.S. policy that urged peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians to resolve their conflict.

The action, the churches said, would yield increased hatred, conflict, violence, and suffering in Jerusalem and the Holy Landand cause irreparable harm.

Since the announcement, several Trump administration officials have......

00:42

What are you, my mom? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

First, I get an email from The Nation with the subject line you DID NOT sign to impeach Donald Trump (WHY NOT?).

From this alone we can conclude that The Nation must have sent out a mass email survey of some sort recently one among many similar missives I receive daily from various organs of the Democratic party. Apparently readers were asked to sign to impeach Donald Trump. Because thats how impeachment works: a particular number of readers of a pretentious neoliberal magazine must click YES to an email poll.

However, when I tragically failed to timely respond to this embarrassing bid for attention in the guise of an impeachment vehicle, The Nation suddenly got all shouty at me and demanded to know WHY NOT.

Explain yourself, woman!! Do you even read our magazine?! Do you secretly looooove Donald Trump?! How could you???

Because FUCK YOU, The Nation. Hows that?

Moving on.

This morning I get an email from my illustrious Senator Chuck Schumer (D-Wall $treet), presently serving tirelessly as the de facto head of the Democratic party. His subject line is Yesterday? That was just the start.

As you might expect, Chuckie is trumpeting Doug Jones beating Roy Moore for the Senate seat abandoned by Jeff Sessions, after Mr. Sessions decided that he could do a lot more damage to peoples lives as Trumps Attorney General than he ever could as Senator from Alabama.

So of course Chuck lays on the usual banal accolades and then he says this:

Now, look, you are welcome to celebrate for a moment. Youve earned it. This win is thanks to Doug Jones, his incredible team, and you your calls, your donations, your Facebook posts, your emails to friends. Thank you.

But that moment to celebrate is over. Now its time to get back to work.

You had your fun missy, but all thats over!

Can we just pause for a minute to appreciate how generous it is of Chuckie to allow everyone a brief moment to celebrate a hard-won victory in Alabama?

BZZZT! Shows over! NOW GET THE FUCK BACK TO WORK!

I am sure you are now wondering how we might toil t...

00:42

Republicans and Democrats are the problem: Stupidity and Blindness Have Destroyed Whatever Democracy the US Ever Had "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Between genuinely ignorant or science-denying Republicans and blinder-wearing Democrats, the US seems doomed to blunder into either climate catastrophe or a world war, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff

00:39

Bill Lost His Memory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Benny Wills Bill Lost His Memory is a poem about political and spiritual awakening. Written and performed by Benny Wills of The Joy Camp....

00:29

Roy Moore is waiting for God(ot) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Roy Moore still hasnt conceded that he has lost the Alabama senate race, even though the margin of defeat was 1.5%, well above the 0.5% threshold that triggers automatic recounts and that the Alabama secretary of state John Merrill, a Moore supporter, said that he thought it highly unlikely that a recount would change anything. Then Merrill incorrectly said that Moore could ask for a recount if he was willing to pay for it but legal experts say that Alabama law has that provision only for elections to state offices, not federal ones.

But the reason Moore is not conceding is apparently that he thinks an election is not over until his god, who must be the proverbial fat lady, sings or at least says so. He seems to think that his god would never allow a Democrat to win the election and so that at some point a miracle will occur reversing the outcome. This faith that his god was going to win the election for him may be what led him to take the final week off from campaigning, thinking it was in the bag.

You gotta admire that faith, even as you marvel at the idiocy.

JK Rowling suggests that he lost because god is a black woman, and that demographic went 98% for Jones.

Even Mike Huckabee, who can find a religious justification for pretty much any right wing abomination, thinks that Moore should pack it in, tweeting that Roy Moore wont concede; says will wait on God to speak. God wasnt registered to vote in AL but the ppl who voted did speak and it wasnt close enough for recount. In elections everyone does NOT get a trophy. I know first hand but its best to exit with class.

But the class train left Alabama evangelicals behind a long, long time ago.

Christian evangelicals are being urged to engage in some soul-searching for their support for Moore, even though turnout among them was low enough to cause his loss, according to Mark Silk.

In 2012, the last election for which we have an Alabama exit poll, 47 percent of the voters identified as white evangelicals and 90 percent of them cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. Yesterday, according to preliminary exit polls , they constituted 44 percent of the Alabama electorate, and 80 percent of them voted for Moore.

In other words, white evangelicals were less motivated to go to the polls than other voters (black and...

00:27

Daily Inspiration --- that spirit can redeem mankind "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Virtue Will, to her efforts, tolerate no bounds / That are not lofty as her rights; aspiring By impulse of her own ethereal zeal. / That spirit only can redeem mankind.

00:18

What the Doug Jones Election Means for Criminal Justice Reform "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Alabama Democrat represents the flip-side of his predecessor.

00:09

Trump, His Generals, and the Road to Authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The one power center that could challenge Trump is the military-industrial complex: America's fourth branch of government. Yet by hiring so many of its generals and by praising it while passing loads of moola its way, Trump has co-opted its authority and power, attaching it to himself in his role as commander-in-chief.

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23:50

Mueller Team Uniform? Democratic Donkey Jerseys and Im With Hillary T-Shirts says Congressman "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, amid new questions about Anti-Trump text messages sent by FBI employees assigned to special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation. Rosenstein testified that Mueller is running his office appropriately and without bias.

In a colorful exchange between Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Rosenstein, Chabot asked the Deputy AG:

How with a straight face, can you say that this group of Democrat partisans are unbiased, and will give President Trump a fair shake?

After a brief stammer, Rosenstein replied that political affiliation and the issue of bias are different things, and that we should trust the experience Mueller and the Justice Department have in managing investigation teams, adding:

We recognize that we have employees with political opinions, and its our responsibility to make sure those opinions do not influence their actions.

To which Chabot argued how can anyone possibly reach that conclusion:

I was at first encouraged. It seemed like a serious matter and deserved a serious investigation. And I assumed, as many of us did, that Mr. Mueller would pull together an unbiased team. But, rather than wearing stripes as umpires and referees might wear, I would submit that the Mueller team overwhelmingly, uh, oughta be attired with Democratic donkeys on their jerseys or Im with Hillary t-shirts, certainly not with Lets Make America Great Againand I think thats a shame. Because I think the American people deserve a lot better than the very biased team theyre getting under Robert Mueller. And I think its really sad.

Things get awkwardly amusing at the 50 minute mark

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23:47

Counter-Insurgency as a State Philosophy with Peter Gelderloos "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Counter-Insurgency as a State Philosophy with Peter Gelderloos appeared first on It's Going Down.

Counterinsurgency as a state philosophy has been used to crush uprisings before they even happen by pacifying movements and managing conflict to ensure the stability and continuity of governance.

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We spoke to anarchist author Peter Gelderloos to understand the relationship between repression and recuperation, the reason why capitalists are attracted to democracy, how anarchists can be more effective and apply those principles, and a whole lot more.

For more writings by Peter, you can check out The Anarchist Library

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23:36

Denver, CO: Unite the Right Attendee, Proud Boys, & College Republicans Oppose March Against White Supremacy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Denver, CO: Unite the Right Attendee, Proud Boys, & College Republicans Oppose March Against White Supremacy appeared first on It's Going Down.

On December 2, 2017, Denver activist group Resist 5280 held a March Against White Supremacy. 2017 has been a banner year for hatecrimes, which isnt surprising given the current political environment. One would think a march against white supremacy wouldnt be that controversial of an event. One would be wrong.

The Denver event brought out a contingent of counter protesters. In the same way that being anti-anti-fascist just makes someone pro-fascist, protesting a march against white supremacy just makes them pro-white supremacy. Which isnt surprising given the counter-protesters.

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23:33

Leaked FBI Texts Reveal Insurance Policy to Prevent Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(ZHE)  The lead FBI official at the heart of the rapidly unraveling Trump-Russia probe sent a text message to his FBI mistress last year which discusses some sort of insurance policy against Donald Trump becoming president.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office that theres no way he [Trump] gets elected  but Im afraid we cant take that risk. writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding Its like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40.

Clearly Lisa Page thought there was no way Trump would win during a conversation in then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabes office, yet Strzok clearly states to Page that he cant take that risk in the unlikely event Trump was elected, and that an insurance policy of some type existed to presumably undermine Trump. If this is the case, it would constitute an active measure taken by the FBI against one candidate for US President, while aiding the other. 

The text message which references an insurance policy is all the more controversial when you consider another exchange in which Peter Strzok says I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer, and I CANT PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page responds I dont know, But well get it back.

23:19

Criminalizing Dissent: After Proving Mere Presence J20 Prosecution Rests Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Criminalizing Dissent: After Proving Mere Presence J20 Prosecution Rests Case appeared first on It's Going Down.

Washington, DC Since November 20, trial has been underway for the first group of defendants charged with multiple felonies after being caught up in a politically targeted mass arrest of an anarchist protest march during Donald Trumps inauguration on January 20 (J20). The arrests took place when, after some store windows were broken, police forcefully herded the march into a trap and kettled the entire group at 12th & L streets. Detained for hours in winter weather without access to food, water, bathrooms, or medical care, almost two hundred people would be indicted for a series of felonies and misdemeanors.

Update Weds. 12/13: On Wednesday morning Judge Lynn Leibovitz dismissed the charge of inciting a riot against all six current J20 defendants. More to follow:

Several hours later, Judge Leibovitz labeled photojournalist Alexei Wood a principal aider and abetter in the alleged conspiracy to riot because his livestream played a roleto advertise, broadcastto recruit and keep people informed of the events, and denied all other motions to dismiss the remaining charges against the defendants.

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The indictment brought by the US Attorneys Office for DC in the J20 case seeks to hold every perceived member of the political assembly responsible for alleged individual acts, such as breaking windows or throwing bricks at police, which appear to have been engaged in by only a dozen or so people. The case is being heard by Judge Lynn Leibovitz (known as DCs toughest judge) in DC Superior Court, with US Marshals providing court security.

The vast majority of the trial has been a long list of prosecution witnesses giving highly repetitive testimony that had little or nothing to do with the current defendants. Assistant US Attorneys Jennifer Kerkhoff and Rizwan Qureshi brought in at least a half dozen witnesses who were managers or owners of commercial businesses who had their windows broken on inauguration day, and had them recount their woes in detail to the jurors. (One business owner accidentally let it slip that her broken windows had been paid for by her insurance company.)

23:09

Trump's FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ending net neutrality will squelch competition, innovation and small internet startups, and limit freedom of expression, independent voices and diverse viewpoints. More than ever, Big Business, like Big Brother, will control what you read, see and hear and limit your own ability to speak up and share your opinions, your creativity, your life.

22:45

Roy Moore Had Lowest White Evangelical Support Of Any Alabama Republican In The 21st Century "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Exit polls from the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday show that Roy Moore got 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, but nonetheless went down to defeat. This is shocking, because white evangelicals are a big share of Alabamas population. Indeed, public polling on religion suggests Alabama should be the third-strongest-state for white evangelicals! Only Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas have more of us than Alabama has. So if its a big voting bloc and theyre 80 percent for a candidate, shouldnt that candidate win?

This is where opinion polling gets tricky. The exit poll from Alabama shows that white evangelicals made up about 44 percent of the electorate, versus somewhere between 35 percent and 47 percent of the general population, depending on which polls and methods you use. White evangelicals were probably slightly over-represented in the electorate versus their population share, indicating they had higher turnout than other groups did.

With high turnout and 80 percent in favor of a candidate in a group that is a large population share, victory should be assured. But it was not to be.

In reality, Roy Moore substantially underperformed among white evangelicals. Understandably turned off by his apparent opposition to religious liberty, disregard for the Constitution, weirdly positive comments about slavery, and his alleged sexual misconduct, white evangelicals gave Moore the worst showing of any Alabama Republican Senate candidate in the twenty-first century.

So Lets Crunch Some Numbers

Proving this mathematically is simple in theory, but complicated in practice, so very few pundits have even tried. First, we need to know how many white evangelical adults were in Alabama during each previous senatorial election. Then we need to know how many white evangelicals actually voted for the Republican candidate in each election.

To get the first number, I use Census Bureau estimates of the adult population, and take estimates of the white evangelical population from the Public Religion Research Institute. I...

22:35

The Meaning of Doug Jones's Upset Victory "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today Alabama demonstrated that America is better than Trump, and better than House and Senate Republicans who have jumped into the swamp Trump has created. Congratulations, Doug Jones. Congratulations, Alabama. Congratulations, America.

22:25

Podcast: Alabama Senate Race, Phony Feminists, And #MeToo Pitfalls "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Inez Feltscher Stepman and Bre Payton discuss last nights election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones in Alabama on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss evangelical voters and their pro-life beliefs, as well as other issues both Democrats and Republicans may be facing as the parties shift and the bases change.

I think there is a lot of blame to go around, Stepman said. Republicans dont want to defend conservatism and dont want to defend the people who vote for them and are willing to throw them overboard at any opportunity.

Stepman and Payton also share their opinions on the #MeToo movement and how many feminists are out to put down women they dont agree with, rather than building them up.

Listen here:

22:21

China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a heady vortex churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce. In the end, the only certainty is this shadow play involving China, India, Iran and Pakistan, with the US as an active third party, is at the heart of the New Great Game in Eurasia.

22:20

This Single Mom Worked Overtime To Restore $500 To Homeless Man Who Was Robbed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

$500 is a hefty chunk of change. So, you can imagine a homeless mans despair when he was robbed of this exact amount the last of the money he owned.

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

To be a hero, all someone has to do is brighten another persons day. It is that simple. Buying a sandwich for a hungry person on the street, holding the door open for a stranger behind you, or purchasing another coffee lovers drink at Starbucks are all ways one can accomplish this. An additional method is shared in the following story, which is sure to cheer you up this holiday season.

Recently, footage was aired showing a man chasing another out of a Walmart in Florida.  The individual doing the chasing was 60-year-old Charles Reynolds, an employee at Walmart who had just cashed his check. At an inopportune time, a thief ran by and stole all $500 of it.

$500 is a lot of money. But to Charles, it was everything literally. Upon being interviewed, he said he is pretty much homeless, and Im doing the best I can to get up and get out of there. And, yeah, that money meant a lot.

One w...

22:18

Birth Control Pills Linked to Breast Cancer--How Could That Happen? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While Pharma, the FDA and the medical establishment collectively plead "Who Knew"-- they knew. Almost 50 years ago the breast cancer risks of hormonal birth control pills were exposed by Barbara Seaman in The Doctor's Case Against the Pill and reiterated in her follow-up book The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women.

22:16

Bitcoin Futures Plunge Fiat Crypto-Space Crumbles: Gold Buying Increases "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The days slide started around 9amET, when a burst of gold buying appears to have reset the correlation between XAU and BTC: Just a few hours later, Bitcoin is back below $16,000. [Who in the world can afford 1 Bitcoin ~ The US Middle Class? Think Again!] Nobel Laureate Economist Joseph Stiglitz Says Bitcoin Doesnt Serve []

22:00

Our Best Podcast Episodes from 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We publish 2+ podcasts every week, so choosing the best handful of them from the entire year was a challenge. In the end, though, here's what rose to the top. These are the podcasts that we saw referenced again and again, and heard our members chatting about for weeks and even months after they were published:


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Richard Florida and the New Urban Crisis

May 11, 2017

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Richard Florida is a University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, he's a writer and journalist, and he serves as senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for CityLab. He's also the author of a new book, The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class-and What We Can Do About It.

In this interview with Chuck Marohn, Florida discusses the backlash to one of his most famous books, The Rise of the Creative Classand the growth in inequality and economic segregation in American cities, which he cites as a much bigger problem than gentrification. Florida also shares his reaction to the presidential election and his thoughts about the future of the suburbs.

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21:46

America, plutocracy not a democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We don't have a democracy in the US. We have a plutocracy, gov't of, by, and for the rich & big corporate interests. There is no real difference between the Democrat & Republican parties. Both are beholden to the big moneyed interests. Is it any wonder the laws, regulations, oversight & enforcement benefit those interests? Our entire electoral system is irredeemable, beyond reform & needs to be scrapped.

21:33

It Is All in Your Head "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In this book, the author, Dr. O'Sullivan, shares her long-term experience with some of her patients who thought they were suffering from serious diseases. She explains, however, how medical tests showed they had no serious disease but only illness, in how they respond to emotional situations.

21:23

Chris Owen Promises He Will Win the 170 Pound Title "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chris Owen has been drawn to mixed martial arts since he saw his first fight in the eighth grade. He played water polo in college and when he decided the college tack was not what he wanted, he turned to fighting. I have always been a real scrappy kid. I grew up in a real []

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21:10

Zionist Group Awards Trump its Highest Honor: No President Has Done More to Promote Zionism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week president Trump received the Friends of Zion Award at the White House, labeling him as the most Zionist-friendly president in US history.

21:06

The Art Of Word Magic And Its Connection To Freedom And Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Pao L. Chang Contributor, Waking Times 

In the late 1700s, freedom was a very important and popular topic on peoples minds, especially on the minds of the people living in the 13 colonies. Today that passion for freedom is burning strong again, causing many people to once again become interested in their freedom.

This is a wonderful thing, however, when people do not innerstand what freedom is, it can lead them down a dangerous path. To innerstand what freedom is on a deeper level, you need to investigate the word freedom meticulously by studying its origins and different definitions. Furthermore, you need to investigate the words that have a strong connection to freedom, such as liberty. You also need to study how word magic is used to hide the deeper meaning of words, allowing you to see their hidden meaning.

The Origins and Definitions of the Word Freedom

One of the origins of the word freedom is the Old English word freodom, meaning power of self-determination, state of free will; emancipation from slavery, deliverance.

Dictionary.com defines the word freedom using these exact words:

the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.

exemption from external control, interference, regulation, et...

20:46

Breaking: US seeks unconditional dialog with North Korea - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from Press TV, Tehran Update: State Department walking back Tillersons no preconditions for talks comments below. Inquiring minds would like to know who is in charge really there. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have []

20:46

Cesar Liborio Will Face Julius Lopez for the Bantamweight Title "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Current Bantamweight Champion, Julius Lopez will be putting his title on the line against Cesar Liborio, on Jan. 26, 2018. Lopez is 6-6-0. His last fight was on July 22, against Sean Mcalpin at Cage Wars 28. Lopez won the match 2:23 minutes into the first round with a submission choke hold. Liborio is 3-1-0 []

The post Cesar Liborio Will Face Julius Lopez for the Bantamweight Title appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

20:45

Direct Action Campaigning Today: Manual For Organizers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For the past year Ive been book touring to over 60 cities and towns across the United States and have been asked repeatedly for a direct action manual that addresses challenges we face now. The requests come from people concerned about a variety of issues. While each situation is in some ways unique, organizers in multiple movements face some similar problems in both organization and action. What follows is a different manual from the one we put out over 50 years ago. Then, movements operated in a robust empire that was used to winning its wars. The government was fairly stable and held great legitimacy in the eyes of the majority. Acknowledge that the United States has not seen this degree of political polarization in half a century. Polarization shakes things up. Shake-up means increased opportunity for positive change, as demonstrated in many historical situations.

20:44

WATCH: Tyrant Cop Knocks Handcuffed Woman Unconscious for No Reason & Lies About It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Horrifying video shows a woman beating cop slam his victim to into the ground so hard she's knocked unconscious and left to lay in a pool of her own blood.

20:40

Mick Mulvaney and the Bad Actors Club "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mick Mulvaney openly holds the CFPB in contempt. When he was still in the House of Representatives he referred to it as a "joke." Mulvaney has made it clear that he would be happier if the CFPB did not exist. Appointing him as acting director is a bit like selecting a hard--core atheist as the next pope.

20:37

Want to Host a Community Discussion on Maternal Health? Our Event Toolkit Can Help. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why does the U.S. have the highest maternal death rate in the affluent world? This year, ProPublica and NPR have been investigating this question through our Lost Mothers series. Weve explored myriad factors that contribute to the 700 to 900 American women who die each year from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, as well as the more than 50,000 women annually who suffer life-threatening complications.

As we have continued to dig into this problem, we have focused on the personal stories of affected women and their families. Thousands of people have shared their experiences with us since our initial callout in February, and those stories hold critical lessons for hospitals, regulators and policymakers. Making such experiences visible and transparent lifting them up not only as individual tragedies, but as part of a public health crisis that endangers all women remains a vital aspect of this project.

In addition to this tremendous response from families who have lost someone, or narrowly escaped tragedy, we have received numerous emails from people who want to push the conversation further.

Your step-by-step guide to sparking community and change on maternal health.

Weve heard from expectant mothers seeking more specific advice on finding the best possible provider and preparing for an emergency.

Weve been contacted by advocates calling for a closer examination of where the health care system is failing women, including the areas of insurance companies and the responsibility of care providers.

We continue to hear from professionals, who are eager to highlight the vital roles of midwives, mental health care services and other providers. Essentially, our readers are looking to engage with this material beyond our stories, and yearning to exchange more of their ideas.

Thats why weve created the Lost Mothers Event Toolkit, a step-by-step guide designed to foster local conversation and connection aro...

20:27

Venerable Holzhauser on the Vatican II Heretics & Their Defenders - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Venerable Holzhauser on the Vatican II Heretics & Their Defenders By: Eric Gajewski Included: TradCatKnight Exclusive Video: Ven. Holzhauser & the Endtimes FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE LOADED WITH PICTURES AND VIDEO https://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2017/12/venerable-holzhauser-on-vatican-ii.html#more These are evil times, a century full of dangers and calamities.. Heresy is everywhere, and the followers of heresy are in power almost []

20:11

U.S. Government Deports U.S. Military Veterans And Lowers Standards for Recruits "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The newest chapter of Veterans for Peace is composed of U.S. military veterans recruited from 30 other countries. These U.S. military veterans did not attain U.S. citizenship that was promised when they were recruited for U.S. military service. After their service in the U.S. military they ran afoul of law enforcement in some manner and were deported despite their willingness to die for this country.

19:55

America Is Haunted "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Theres a quote, attributed to Albert Einstein,that says, The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

That definition of insanity may just fit that state of America where we continue to think we can keep our country afloat just keeping the status quo without any innovation.

Are things the same as they were back when you were a child?

Are you noticing that society in America is becoming obsolete?

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

Americans haunted with the ghost of our nations past.

Via Truthstream Media:

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19:45

We are Heading Down a Dangerous Path "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are Heading Down a Dangerous Path What President Trump stands for is not "America First", but unbridled capitalism, growing inequality, increasing racism, white supremacy, hatred of women, protectionism and constant provocation. He is purposely creating a crisis, as Trump's administration thrives by chaos. One man's loss is, after all, another man's gain.

19:38

California Wildfires Now Larger Than New York City and Boston Combined "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

It has been one week since the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire. Despite thousands of firefighters attempting to control it, the blaze has grown. Now, it is larger than New York City and Boston combined.

According to CNN, the fire was about 20 percent contained as of Monday evening. However, the Thomas Fire is but one of six fires which are engulfing the state. Together, theyve destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

Many are still hoping for the best, such as Barbara Nimmo. The California resident said she lived through the Zaca fire that burned more than 240,000 acres in 2007, and witnessed the blaze in Romero Canyon more than 40 years ago. As a result, she feels comfortable staying put in the affluent Montecito area, in Santa Barbara County.

Were from here. We know fires and we feel absolutely dedicated to our clients, said Nimmo, an estate manager. Im just devastated overall. This is the worst Ive seen.

Facts about the Thomas Fire:

So...

19:34

Anonymous Person Buys All The Toys At Goodwill, Gifts Them To Children For Free "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Every year, for the past decade, an anonymous man in Fort Collins, Colorado, has written a hefty check to a local Goodwill store. The purpose? To delight children and their families around Christmas time. In the years that have passed, he has not tired of delighting people of all ages. Such is fortunate, for he and his family kept with the tradition again this year.

Last Saturday, the anonymous man and his wife visited a Goodwill establishment and purchased all of the toys in the childrens section. He then requested that each visiting child be allowed to take one item of their choosing home for free.

Todd Wakefield, Goodwills Senior Director of Retail, was happy to announce on the intercom: All kids today, all day long, you get one free toy, free stuffed animal or free kids book.

In the days leading up to Saturday, store staff members set aside extra toys to make sure no child left Goodwill empty-handed. According to the Coloradoan, there was an abundance of educational books and toys.

...

19:31

The Sad People Who Watched A Christmas Prince 18 Days In A Row Craft A Statement "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donna: So, what do we think, girls? I feel like we have to respond to this Netflix tweet. Theyre targeting us. Weve done nothing wrong, and that should go without saying. But we do need to lay down a marker that watching a good, clean holiday romance every single day of the Christmas season is just good, clean fun.

Amelia: They should be happy were watching Netflix Christmas romances at all. Dont they know we can DVR TWO Hallmark channels? Two!

Beth: Theres an app, too! I mean, I didnt buy it, but now Im thinking about it.

Lindsay: Whats the implication, here, that were all lonely cat ladies just because we want to watch a spunky reporter investigate a playboy prince and get herself entangled in some truly royal trouble a couple dozen times??

Martin: I am not a girl or a lady, cat or otherwise. I know Im outnumbered, here, but really.

Donna: Sorry, Martin.

Amelia: How am I supposed to write a proper Wikipedia plot if I dont watch the movie SEVERAL times?

Angelica: We do have a lot of cats, to be honest.

Melissa: Collectively, sure.

Angelica: Also, some of us individually have a lot of cats. NTTAWWT.

Amelia: I have a dog.

Donna: We know, Amelia, but cats are an equally valid choice. I dont want to get into this again. Hes a handsome dog.

Amelia: He is.

Donna: And he helps us deflect accusations of cat-ladyism, which is important to our movement. Look, I think were getting off topic.

Emma: I have a cat and a dog. My cat is fat.

Ariel: He is! Loved the Christmas card! The fat cat had Christmas lights draped over him, and he was so maaaaad about it!

Emma: So mad!

Kristin: GUYS, our character has been besmirched. How dare Netflix make original, romantic holiday-themed movies and then sling its social media arrows at those who darewatch them? I am next-level on this right now. Lets torch them.

Alicia: Maybe they didnt mean it that way.

Kristin: Of COURSE they meant it that way. Lets torch them like all the grotesque exes who smashed our feelings when we made ourselves vulnerable.

Donna: Now, were getting somewhere.

Mary: I dont want to throw us off track, but I am kind of hurting. My last relationship was nooooot great. Kristins last comment suggests she may also be bringing some baggage to the mythical kingdom of Aldovia.

Ariel: She h...

19:30

5 Practical Tips To Avoid Overspending This Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Christmas is the largest gift-giving holiday and many of us often break the bank to buy presents for loved ones. Christmas is the one time in the year when we normally throw caution to the wind and just blow our budget regardless of the consequences. However, once January rolls around the negative events of this spending begin to set in: higher than expected credit card statements, increased stress, and overall, complete and utter regret over the amount of money spent. So, what steps can you take to avoid overspending this year? Here are five ideas:

Set Your Priorities

What do you hope to achieve this holiday season? Do you want to see family you havent seen in awhile? Do you want to travel to a new location? Do you want to take time off work and just rest? It is important that you identify your goals so that you can prioritise what you hope to achieve and have a budget that reflects this.

Set A Budget

If you are prone to overspending be sure to list everything you want to buy, this includes everything from gifts and travel, to food and decorations. Once you have outlined the budget, it is important that you stick to it.

Pay Cash

At the height of the shopping season, many of us easily get carried away with our purchases. To avoid overspending, pay for everything by cash whenever you can. If you make an effort to do this, you will avoid fees and interests charged to your card and are less likely to spend more than you should....

19:23

Retro-Scoping the FBI "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The retro-scope appears to now be part of the investigative procedure for any incident that has political implications. Because its time-horizon goes about -10 years (with some blurry images back to -20 years) the entire current crop of politicians grew up in a time before retro-scoping existed, so they do not fear the scope, nor do they fully understand it. They will.

I did a google image search for retroscope and look at this beauty!

Meta: Previous articles on the retro-scope [stderr][stderr][stderr]

Recently the Mueller investigation fired an agent for making a negative tweet(?) about the Trump administration. Certainly, that was a lapse of professionalism that could have (and did!) distract from the investigation, so Mueller was right to decisively shut it down. Its not a free speech issue well, technically, it is as much as a matter of poor professional judgement. The matter as Mueller clearly hoped would end there. But, because its political, it did not. Someone engaged the retro-scope on the FBI agent involved and now the left hand is doing a drill down on the right hand.

Most of the rest of what Im going to say is extrapolation; naturally, you should do your own research. Void where prohibited. Etc. But I dont think we need a copy of Palantir to draw the dotted lines through this scenario and see whats going on.

The story:

  1. FBI agent on the investigation into the Trump/Russia connection is fired for making a disparaging remark about the Trump administration. If you were there watching the news cycle, you might be forgiven for making the mistake many of us made, that Strzoks comments about Trump were public. If you read the reporting it might sound a lot like Strzok was a moron like Trump, and just gassed off on Twitter. The reporting goes blah blah blah Twitter blah FBI Investigator fired blah Twitter disparaging message blah blah. But I cannot find a reference that says that Strzok actually said anything public. [twitter]...

19:00

5 Low Cost Ideas to Make Your City Wealthier "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today I'm flying home from my last trip of the year. Last night I spoke in Panama City, Florida to a large and enthusiastic group of people in a community struggling with some large development proposals. Their core frustration is a common one. There only seems to be two choices available to them: either build something completely out of scale with their community or build nothing.

During my visit, we talked a lot about why this is, why local government so often delivers this kind of false paradigm despite the strong desire from nearly all players  even many within local government  to do something different. This conversation echoed another dialogue that happened earlier this week in Pensacola, Florida, where I delivered a follow up to October's Curbside Chat. We all know that it makes more sense to work incrementally, to make many small investments to shore up and strengthen our core neighborhoods. How do we do that when every mechanism we use to deliver projects  from funding sources to regulations to the project advocates themselves pushes us into a few large endeavors we hope will trickle down to something resembling success.

Earlier this year I wrote one of my favorite pieces: this Buzzfeed-esque list of things cities can do, which you'll read below. As opposed to being merely clickbait, this list contains some of the most important incremental endeavors going on in North America today. I know the people involved in all of these undertakings. They are not only true visionaries following their passion for building stronger places, they are also experts delivering on the promises of transformation. I'm so proud to be able to recommend them all.

If you're inspired by Strong Towns and are struggling with your next steps, check out this list and see if something suits you. And look forward to more along these lines on our site in 2018, when we'll devote some serious attention to showing how our members and advocates can take action in their places. I could not be more excited.  - Chuck Marohn


Last week, we shared five ways federal infrastructure spending is making cities poorer. That piece included this observation:

What we have not figured out and what we won't figure out with another flood of federal infrastructure spending  is how to translate maintenance into growth. How do we go out and fill potholes and fix leaking pipes and have that result in additional wealth in our neighborhoods? This is a daunting challenge that requires us to rethink  from bottom to top  how we develop our places. We need to modernize our zoning codes, building standards,...

18:42

LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Watch The House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Robert Muellers Russia Investigation Witch Hunt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinthe official who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Trump/Russia collusion during the 2016 election, will answer questions about ongoing controversies within the FBI and DOJ. Judicial Watch => Investigation Into Robert Muellers Waste Of US Taxpayers Money On Witch Hunt

18:30

Autocorrect nightmare: cannibalism instead of cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Autocorrect nightmare: cannibalism instead of cannabis

18:30

The Destruction of the White Christian Male. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh, its Coach Dave again, this time sobbing and wailing into his bible (or beer), over the horrible crime committed against Roy Moore. Goodness, people didnt elect him! The worst persecution ever, you know.

We had an underbelly that was exposed to us last night, he said. If you guys dont think that were in troubleremember when I was telling you that its about the destruction of white Christian male? Do you remember that? This whole thing is all playing out that very thing, the destruction of the white Christian male. And the left, the God-haters, the devil has had tremendous influence in the lives of Christian believers, there is no other way to explain that mess that happened down in Alabama.

Oh now, there are plenty of ways to explain what happened in Alabama. We owe a great deal to all the people of colour who faced tremendous bigotry and oppression and still got their vote out. There arent enough thanks for that one. Some white christians managed to find their conscience, and decided that being a liar and a skeevy ephebophile* was not a good thing. Doug Jones is a white male too, Dave.

*To all the people using pedophile in regard to Moore: please, fucking stop it. Its inaccurate, and it does no good to go the hysterical and wrong route conservachristians are so fond of running down. Take the time to be right, please.

Daubenmire blasted Christians who refused to support Moore simply because he maybe molested a girl 40 years ago but were willing to vote for a Democrat who wants to kill babies.

So, maybe molesting a girl doesnt matter? At all? Goodness, you sure are clarifying those christian morals, Dave. Democrats do not want to kill babies, and they dont in fact kill babies. They do support women, which I realize is a crime in christianity.

When they weighed those two things in the balance, he said, evangelicals said, My faith will not allow me to elect the man that lies or molested a child, instead Im going to elect this guy here who wants to kill babies. Now, folks, I dont care who you are, that is a delusion right there, that is a strong delusion and it is evidence th...

18:30

Pedestrian Tickets Lead to Hundreds of Suspended Drivers Licenses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

More than half the 2,000 people who received pedestrian tickets in Duval County, Florida, from 2012 to 2016 saw their drivers licenses suspended or their ability to obtain one limited, according to an analysis by the Florida Times-Union and ProPublica.

The tickets, which carry what can seem like a modest $65 fine, can have more significant consequences for those who get them and refuse to pay or are unable to do so.

Over five years, a total of 2,004 pedestrian tickets were issued in Duval County, which is comprised almost entirely by the city of Jacksonville. Of those tickets, 982 people who failed or were unable to pay the fine lost their drivers licenses or their ability to obtain one, according to the analysis.

The license suspensions help answer a question at the center of a Times-Union/ProPublica investigation of pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville: What are the consequences for individuals swept up in the Jacksonville Sheriff Offices aggressive enforcement of some two dozen often obscure pedestrian statutes?

Last month, the Times-Union/ProPublica investigation showed that 55 percent of the tickets given in recent years went to blacks despite the fact that they make up only 29 percent of the citys population. Blacks were similarly overrepresented in the 932 tickets that led to license suspensions 54 percent.

As of Tuesdays City Council meeting, three elected officials on the body have called on Sheriff Mike Williams to order his officers to stop writing pedestrian tickets. Council member Garrett Dennis asked the Office of General Counsel to review what authority the council had to compel him to do so. In addition to voicing her support for that measure, council member Katrina Brown asked for a noticed meeting focused on pedestrian infrastructure and enforcement.

The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office has insisted that blacks have not been targeted in the issuance of pedestrian tickets, and said it saw no reason to review the investigations findings of a disproportionate impact on African Americans. The office said those receiving tickets could contest them before a judge, and that it would address any erroneous or improper ticketing with additional training of officers.

Losing ones license in a sprawling city like Jacksonville can make aspects of daily life seem near impossible, whether youre a mother shuttling children to school or a trucker trying to secure your next job.

...

18:20

Bad Moon Rising "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What is wrong about the whole Trump team is that they all seem to believe that you can go around the world kicking the sh*t out of everyone without there being any consequences. And they all hate Iran for reasons that continue to be obscure but may be connected to their relationships with -- you guessed it -- the neoconservatives and the Israeli Lobby!

18:15

Could Central Banks Dump Gold in Favor of Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Charles Hugh Smith All of which brings us to the crazy idea of backing fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies, an idea I first floated back...

18:13

Sicko Cop Convicted of Making Child Porn While On Duty, Using Police Equipment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

dutyA police sergeant was found guilty of using his work equipment to produce and access child pornography while he was on duty.

17:53

Judge Bans Fmr House Speaker from Being Left Alone With Kids as Hes a Serial Child Molester "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

speakerA federal judge in Chicago just banned former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, from being around anyone under the age of 18.

17:44

Jones Victory Sends Message to Democrats, Ignore the Black Vote and Lose "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democratic party officials set up a huge table outside a voting precinct in Helena in Shelby County just south of Birmingham. They didn't try to hide who they were making their vote pitch to at the table.

17:22

Word Wednesday. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lineament

Noun.

1 a: an outline, feature, or contour of a body or figure and especially of a face usually used in plural. b: a linear topographic feature (as of the earth) that reveals a characteristic (as a fault or the subsurface structure).

2: a distinguishing or characteristic feature usually used in plural.

lineamental, adjective.

[Origin: Middle English, from Latin lineamentum, from lineare to draw a line, from linea.]

(15th C.)

To open the female body was not just to embark upon a voyage of scientific discovery, but it was also to trace the lineaments of the rebellious nature of womankind. That rebellious nature could undermine the smooth transfer of material goods from one generation to the next, just as, in the garden of Eden, it had seemed to undermine the divine plan itself. Every female body which found its way into the anatomy theatre was, therefore, a potential second Eve, just as every male body was a potential second Adam. To be an Eve, however, was very different from being an Adam within the patriarchal structure of early-modern culture. If the Renaissance anatomy theatre, in its modes of ritual and representation, offered the suggestion of redemption to the male cadaver, what it offered to the female was the reverse: a demonstration of Eves sin, a reinforcement of those structures of patriarchal control which, so the argument ran, were necessary to avoid a repetition of that first act of rebellion in the garden of Paradise. The Body Emblazoned, Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture, Jonathan Sawday.

Note: This book is still available, and considerably less expensive than back when it was first published. Recommended, its a fascinating read all the way through.

17:20

NRA Silent as States, Feds Ban Gun Sales to Medical Marijuana Patients "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The National Rifle Association (NRA), which fancies itself a champion of the Second Amendment and gun rights, is nowhere to be found as state governments are moving to confiscate firearms from medical marijuana patients. Police in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently sent out a letter to 30 medical cannabis patients warning them they had 30 days to hand over []

17:20

OIC recognizes East Jerusalem al-Quds as Palestines capital - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  Leaders and representatives of member states pose for a group photo during an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the US recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israels capital, in the Turkish city of Istanbul, December 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited all nations []

17:15

The Collapse of Major Media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As I indicated in a recent article, the B-team, or even the C-team, is now heading up the national evening news in America. These anchors faces and voices (Muir, Glor, and Holt) are not even faint reminders of the so-called Golden Age, when father figures like Cronkite and Reasoner fed official truth into the brains []

17:12

Hump Day Blues "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


The Universal Progressive Elixir

This may be the only way to get the progressives onboard in dealing with North Korea.

I'm not sure about Judge Moore, who recently lost the bid for the Senate to represent Alabama. Stuff that happened 40 years ago? Really? Anybody can claim that anything happened 40 years ago and who can gainsay it.

Dateline 1967: "LL grabbed my breast when we were on a date." Uh, how do you respond to that one? 

Justice delayed is justice denied. Sometimes you have to resort to the statute of limitations and just get on with life, but that's not part of the progressive agenda (and that of the RINOs) who plan to use that tactic against President Trump. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) was a sacrificial goat because none of the Dems had any use for the pompous fool/failed comedian.

A Curious Suicide
(ABC News) An acclaimed trauma surgeon was found dead with a knife in his torso Sunday in his Park Avenue apartment in a suspected suicide, New York City police said. 
Dr. Dean Lorich, 54, was the associate director of the orthopedic trauma service at the Hospital for Special Surgery who treated Bono in 2014 after the U2 frontman was badly injured in a cycling accident in Central Park. 
Lorich was also a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide, a New York Police Department official told ABC News. 
...

17:11

Chemotherapy found to increase the number of tumor cells circulating in the blood, spreading it to previously unaffected areas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chemotherapy is a pretty scary prospect, but a lot of people are convinced by their doctors that its potential benefits are worth enduring the very unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, a new study shows that getting chemotherapy before surgery can actually increase the tumor cells in your blood and spread the cancer to other areas. This []

17:11

Trump administrations turnaround in Syria - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On the campaign trail, in his speeches as well as on TV debates with other presidential contenders, Donald Trump repeatedly mentioned that he has a secret plan for defeating the Islamic State without elaborating what the plan is? To the careful observers of the US-led war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, however, []

17:08

Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory in a closely-watched race in Alabama but Republican Roy Moore has not conceded after being repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct.

17:07

DOJ Wall Street Get Rich Quick Revolving Door$ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the fourth part of an investigative series concerning the troubling matter of Wall Street crimes protected by federal agents switching sides to protect their secret buddies bizness schemes by conflict of interests and revolving doors. In this segment, well look into apparent acts of federal agents incompetence, willful blindness and observable acts of []

17:06

3 Ways The Tax Reform Bill Would Hit Seniors Hard In Health Costs - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

    The Senates passage of the Republican-sponsored tax reform bill, which could result in a $1.5 trillion tax cut, is seen by some as a Christmas present to most American taxpayers. Critics of the proposed legislation, however, suggest that the Grinch will have stolen Christmas from some seniors. Older Americans have some important issues []

17:05

Should Donald Trump be fired? - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jonas E. Alexis   Donald Trump continues to deconstruct himself at an astronomical rate. He has recently called for the firing of a Washington Post reporter for a misleading tweet about the size of a crowd at a rally for Trump in Pensacola, Florida. Trump responded to the tweet by tweeting: @DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put []

16:58

Oh, gosh, I made the Morris North Star! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fortune and glory surely await me. Although I suspect they only include me because a mention on my blog gives them far more attention than their cheesy alternative campus newspaper would otherwise.

Thats what passes for intelligent discourse on the right. Sadly, all they have to offer is slurs and hate speech. Well, that and highlighting how adorable I can be.

16:53

The North and South Wind, The Hawk. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This spread-eagled bird is usually referred to as a hawk, preceding its chapter on ff.30r-30v. It may depict the hawk spreading its wings to the south wind to facilitate moulting. However it is placed next to a text referring the the devil uplifted on wings of pride. It might be alternatively an eagle (aquila), a pun on aquilo the north wind, and a tangible image for the invisible wind.

This spread-eagled bird is usually referred to as a hawk, preceding its chapter on ff.30r-30v. It may depict the hawk spreading its wings to the south wind to facilitate moulting. However it is placed next to a text referring the the devil uplifted on wings of pride. It might be alternatively an eagle (aquila), a pun on aquilo the north wind, and a tangible image for the invisible wind.

The hawk grips its frame and twists backwards aggressively.

The hawk grips its frame and twists backwards aggressively.

Text Translation:

[Of the north wind and the south wind] The north wind is a very cold wind. Out of the north an evil shall break forth (Jeremiah, 1:14). There Satan dwells; and thence is the source of ruin. The north wind represents the weight of temptation; the breath of the wind is the first intimation of temptation; its coldness, the numbing effect of moral negligence. The north wind comes, therefore, when serious temptation possesses the mind. It rises when temptation withdraws from the soul. From the north, says Isaiah, and from the sea (see 49:12). The north wind represents temptation; the sea, the world. Therefore Christ gathers his followers away from north wind and from the sea, since he keeps not only the righteous but also sinners away from the moral torment of temptation. I will set my throne in the north, says Satan, and I will be like the Most High (see Isaiah, 14: 13, 14). Uplifted on the wings of pride, he wishes to set his throne in the north; he longs to be like the Most High, presumptuously making himself the equal of one to whom he should be subject. And more than that, I say, he not only compares himself with his master but also thinks himself better. The Devil fell because he sought to exalt himself; man is humbled when he de...

16:52

Moscows Pro-Putin Museum "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Roy Moore May Have Lost, But Its Bannon Who Loses (Dan)

Momentum for Bannons revolution and by proxy Trumps hit a snag last night with Roy Moores loss to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. Establishment Republicans like Mitch Mcconnell appear OK sacrificing one of theirs to avoid any internal GOP dissent.

Mike Pence, Vice Brownnose (Reader Steve)

Pences willingness to be second in command came with a loss of pride something he didnt mind losing, apparently.

Meet the Alt-Tech Internet (Russ)

These new tech companies provide a refuge from political correctness and censorship.

GOP Further Shuns American Bar Association (Dan)

Republicans have long believed that the American Bar Association (ABA) has a Democrat bent. Now theyre acting on that feeling by approving judicial nominees that the ABA considers not qualified.

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard (Jimmy)

Newly declassified documents confirm that, during delicate high-level German reunification negotiations in the early 1990s, multiple US and Western political leaders assured the Soviet Union that NATO would expand no further.

The post Moscows Pro-Putin Museum appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.

16:35

Light Rain Returns to the Pacific Northwest, California Smoke Exits the Region, as the West Coast Ridge Weakens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After over a week without rain, precipitation will soon return to the Pacific Northwest.  But not much.

Morning temperatures will warm, freezing fog will lessen super temperature inversions will fade, and the hated Southern California wildfire smoke will leave our region for good.  But the ridge of high pressure is not done with us, continuing in a weakened form.

Today and Thursday should be dry, but by Friday, the probability of precipitation will increase---withe light rain Friday, Saturday, and into next week.

Let's look at the forecast upper level maps.  One valid at 4 PM today shows a ridge (high pressure) over us...and you can see the weak upper level disturbance (trough) over Idaho that brought some clouds yesterday.


The map for Friday at 10 AM shows a modest upper level disturbance passing through, depressing the ridge.  Clouds and perhaps some light showers.

But fast forward to Sunday afternoon at 1 PM.  The ridge is still there, but pushed southwards, and we are in the northern portion of it, with strong flow going into northern BC.  

Meteorologists call this a dirty ridge.  No...nothing to do with porn, but a ridge that allows some clouds and perhaps some light rain.  But no real weather.

16:28

Russia Begins Withdrawing Troops, Aircraft From Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Most of the remaining Russian forces operating in Syria, including the Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Beriev A-50 AWACSs are returning to home just days after President Vladimir Putin surprised the world by announcing that Russian military forces would swiftly withdraw from Syria  a promise that elicited accusations of insincerity from the West. The first contingent of []

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16:25

Fairy Tales: Little Thumb. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The illustrations to The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, 1922, by Harry Clarke. Click for full size.

16:19

dod/cia man out of my office yesterday, Khan Shaykoun terrorist incident file (part) - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There were terrorists in the area, no matter what erdogan has been attempting to conceal. Just for fun, here is my scratch pad from around the time of the terrorism incident. I have been dealing with a suspected case against me in the United States of America for exposing Turkish terrorism which connects with Netanyahu. []

16:13

Alabama Stunner: Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Right-Wing Extremist Roy Moore in Photo Finish U.S. Senate Race "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Moore did not concede defeat, however. In brief remarks to his supporters, Moore's campaign manager said that ballots from overseas military personnel had not yet been counted. (The state will not conduct a recount unless the victory margin is under 0.5 percent; however, that does not stop a candidate from paying for a recount.)

16:08

Every Time You Wish Someone Happy Hanukkah You Acknowledge The Historic Jewish Claim On Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Hanukkah eve, I tweeted out a somewhat reductionist thought commemorating the bloody Maccabean rebellion against the Seleucid Empire and their traitorous Hellenized Jewish accomplices. It seemed to upset some of my followers.

Why are you politicizing such a pleasant holiday? Does wishing someone a Merry Christmas now mean that you accept Jesus as your lord and savior?

Well, first of all, the story of Hanukkah isnt pleasant. Violent, brutal, and passionate, maybe. But not pleasant. And of course wishing someone a Happy Hanukkah isnt an endorsement of any theological position, any more than wishing someone Merry Christmas is (although we appreciate the recognition of the Jewish presence in ancient Bethlehem). Mostly its convention and good manners. Thank you.

Fact is, there isnt a ton of theology to worry about. Hanukkah is not a Jewish yom tov, which in the literal translation means good day but in religious terms means the holiday was not handed to the Jewish people through the Torah. Unlike Passover or Yom Kippur, there are no restrictions on work. The two books that deal with the Maccabees arent Jewish canon. The miracle of the lights which you might be led to believe is the entire story of the holiday is apocryphal and was added hundreds of years later in the Talmud. (To be fair, the story of miraculous oil is far more conducive to the holiday gift-giving spirit than, say, the story of the Jewish woman who watched her seven sons being tortured and slaughtered by Antiochus because she refused to eat pork.)

But whatever reasons you have for offering good wishes, Hanukkah itself is a reminder that Jews have a singular, millennia-long historic relationship with Jerusalem. By the time Mattathias rebelled against Hellenistic Syrian king Antiochus, who had not only ordered a statue of Zeus to be erected in the Holy Temple but that swine be sacrificed to him, Jerusalem had likely been a Jewish city for more than 1,000 years. As some readers have suggested, Hanukkah might be the only Jewish holiday that celebrates events confirmed by the historical record. The Hasmonean dynasty, founded by Mattathias son Simon, is a fact.

The problem is that many are trying to erase the Jew......

16:03

Evidence of C.I.A. role in forging Obamas birth certificate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Government computers illegally hacked Hawaii Dept. of Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. Infowars.com has learned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaios investigators had discovered bombshell evidence that the CIA and or other government entities illegally hacked into Hawaii Department of Health records searching for birth records on Barack Obama.

Michael Zullo, formerly the commander and chief investigator of the Cold Case Posse (CCP), a special investigative group created in 2006 in the office of Joseph M. Arpaio, formerly the sheriff in Maricopa County, an Arizona State Certified Law Enforcement Agency, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, provided Infowars.com sections of an electronic surveillance database created by whistleblower, Dennis Montgomery, in 2013.

The electronic surveillance database, provided to Zullo in late 2013  by a then-confidential informant, Dennis Montgomery, working with the sheriffs office  was apparently created by the NSA as part of the NSAs illegal and unconstitutional Project Dragnet electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens, first revealed by news reports published in 2005, as further documented by the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

As Infowars.com reported in June, the decision of a federal court to take the case of former contractor Dennis Montgomery advances the story Infowars.com reported in March that the National Security Agency illegally conducted surveillance of potentially millions of citizens for years, with a database that suggests both Donald J. Trump and Alex Jones were under unauthorized government monitoring.

Represented by well-known conservative attorney Larry Klayman, Montgomery ultimately turned over to the FBI 47 hard drives including information he supplied to Zullo concerning Obamas fraudulent birth certificate and highly classified information he...

16:02

EXCLUSIVE: Video Shows Cops Taser Grandpa to Death While Handcuffed in Back of Police Cruiser "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Horrifying video shows an innocent grandfather's last moments alive as police taser the handcuffed mentally ill man repeatedly until he died.

16:00

Where Will Lexington Put 40,000 People? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My dad and I at our first Lexington house near the Lexington Ice Center.  This is about as far from urban as it gets, but it got us into the city.

My dad and I at our first Lexington house near the Lexington Ice Center.  This is about as far from urban as it gets, but it got us into the city.

When I was a baby, my parents and I moved to Lexington, Kentucky. My mom had left behind debilitating rural poverty in eastern Kentucky. My dad had left behind a then-fairly stagnant Louisville. Before I could talk, we bounced around the southeast from apartment to house to apartment as my dad served in the military and started looking for a job in the automotive industry. We might have left Kentucky altogether at this point. But eventually, he found a good job at the Toyota plant in Georgetown.

My parents bought our home shortly thereafter, a house off of Todds Road that was built thanks to a recent expansion of Lexingtons urban growth boundary. Later that year, we celebrated my sisters first birthday there. A lot has changed, but my parents still live in that house. Whenever I think about the course my life has taken, I think about how different things would have been if we hadn't found a place like Lexington.

Between now and 2025, Lexington is projected to add 40,000 new residents. I start off by sharing personal history because, when we talk about migration and development in Lexington, its easy to forget the human reality of these issues. Each of these 40,000 abstractions is a human being with hopes, fears, and needs. Many of them are Kentuckians who, like my mom, come from places where there is no opportunity. For them, Lexington is a beacon of hope a place where they can find a great job, reach their fullest potential, raise a family or start a business.

When we talk about how Lexington needs to change in the years to come, we can frame it as something like: How do we add 40,000 new residents without crossing X housing cost threshold? But I prefer to think of it this way: How do we keep Lexington (and cities like it) a place that is livable and affordable for people like my young parents? Its a massive undertaking and now is the time to start taking this question seriously. This vital question is something cities across the country should be consid...

15:58

Things are changing in Russia for the Positive - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kremlin does not share Erdogans stance on Israel Russias position on Jerusalem and the Middle Eastern settlement is well known, Peskov added MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The Kremlin is aware of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans stance on Israel but does not share it, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. When commenting on Erdogans statement, []

15:58

What might the Alabama result signify? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is always dangerous to draw sweeping conclusions from one data point, so the stunning victory in Alabama by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in one of the reddest of red states should not be taken as a sign that the era of Republican extremism, so well represented by Moore, is over. The result continues my streak of making wrong predictions, since I had thought that Moore would win and that the only doubt was whether he would win narrowly or easily. My repeated wrongness has made me think of referring to myself as the anti-pundit. But there are some implications that are easy to predict.

The first is that this is major and humiliating defeat for Donald Trump. He is immature and deeply hates to lose and be associated with losers. The Alabama race had him making several missteps. He first backed Moores rival Luther Strange in the primary. After Moore won and was expected to win his senate race easily, he suggested that his endorsement of Strange had been a mistake and that he really preferred Moore. Then when the sex abuse allegations exploded and Moores poll numbers dropped below Joness, Trump went silent and declined to speak about Moore. Then when Moores poll numbers bounced back up, Trump started campaigning strongly for him again especially at the end. So this loss has got to really hurt.

Since Trump is so immature, worse than a spoiled toddler really, he is likely to be livid at what he will see as a personal repudiation and will lash out because no amount of his favorite comfort foods of Big Macs and Diet Cokes will ease his pain.. I feel sorry for the low-level staffers in the White House who will have to deal with his wrath. I have no sympathy whatsoever for the high-level staffers who have been his apologists and enablers, as he unleashes tirades on those whom he thinks are responsible for his humiliation. He has already attacked Moore for being a weak candidate and reminded people that he initially supported Strange because he thought Moore might lose.

It was also a terrible night for Trumps Svengali Steve Bannon. He had grand designs of taking over the Republican party by having people loyal to him run for office and defeating the Republican party establishment that, while it is extreme, is not extreme enough for him. He led the charge against Strange (who would likely have won easily) and gloated over that fact. The party may wish that he will, as a result of this debacle, fold his tent and steal away quietly into the night but that will not happen. The fairly narrow margin of defeat makes alternative explanations irresistible since any one can be claimed to be decisive. He (and Trump) could argue that it was feckless Republicans like fellow Alabama senator Richard Shelby and other R...

15:55

Tillerson: US Ready For Talks With North Korea Without Preconditions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a major change to the US position with respect to possible direct negotiations with North Korea, saying Tuesday that he is prepared to engage in such talks without preconditions. Historically, the US has demanded North Korea unilaterally disarm before they would even consider negotiations, something which North Korea has []

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15:50

Inside ISIS Management Structure: Fatally Wounded ISIS Trying To Reallocate Resources And Reappoint Its Killers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Inside Syria Media Center sources on the ground give an inside look into the scattered, yet still very present ISIS organization, and reports on personnel changes and renewal of ISIS leadership. Senior officials are currently in hiding and are trying to optimize the management of their structure and continue to carry out illegal subversive activities in a []

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15:25

Syrian War Report December 13, 2017: Trump Declares Victory Over ISIS - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront On December 12, ISIS conducted a surprise attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the western bank of the Euphrates in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to reports, members of ISIS entered the villages of al-Jalaa, Saiyal, Salihiyah, Mujawdah, Abbas and al-Harsa. Clashes in the area continued on December 13. According []

15:25

Beautiful Blackbird. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Oh, a gorgeous blackbird from Giliell, click for full size.

Giliell, all rights reserved.

15:24

Donald Trumps China Hawk Clown College Now in Session! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trumps China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region.

Its hard to push around the Peoples Republic of China.  Maybe thats why the US China hawk community has concentrated on whipping Australia into shape.  The Australian battle to combat PRC influence and ignore US influence passed an important milestone with Malcolm Turnbull taunting the Chinese in Mandarin and ASIO gearing up for stage two of its witch hunt against pro-PRC politicians.

Meanwhile, US Korean policy drifts into a frozen conflict.  Will Trump turn that aroundby flipping the switch on red hot radioactive Armageddon?

And China hawks want to do something bold and provocative on Taiwan.   But will China play ball?

Finally, the myth of Hambantota: the BS getting peddled about the PRC and the Sri Lankan debt trap.  Who really put Sri Lankas wallet in the wringer?  The answer will probably surprise you.

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US will take North Korea into its own hands if China doesnt do more -- Haley

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

The Sellout in Oz My China Watch special report on the most consequential and under-reported Asia story of the year: the coordinated US-Australian deep state campaign t...

15:12

Democrats find their candidate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Steve Brawner

2017 by Steve Brawner Communications, Inc.

If youre an Arkansas Democrat, the glass-half-empty perspective is that your candidate for governor apparently is going to be Jared Henderson, a 39-year-old political newcomer youve probably never heard of. Thats also the glass-half-full perspective. Read the rest

The post Democrats find their candidate appeared first on independentarkansas.com.

15:00

The Daily Bird #559. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Charly, Blue Tit takeoff! Click for full size.

Charly, all rights reserved.

14:55

We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democracy lives or dies on the quality of public conversation. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, Thomas Jefferson wrote, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Today it doesnt take the smarts of a Jefferson to realize that our public conversation, filtered through corporate-controlled, often-fractured media, is faltering. While analyzing how to fix our broken news system, from the promotion of public broadcasting to eliminating fake news, is complex, right now is a critical moment to hold the line. If we hope to reinvigorate our media, today democracy defenders are called upon to play defenseand quickly.

14:50

Two People Locked Themselves To Crane At Port Of Tacoma "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two protesters have locked themselves to a crane at the construction site of a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma this morning, according to activist group 350 Seattle. A spokesperson for the Port of Tacoma confirmed that Tacoma Police and the fire department have responded to the scene. Climate activists and the Puyallup Tribe have been protesting the facility for years. It sits on the tribe's ancestral land at the Port of Tacoma, between two stretches of the Puyallup reservation. Two years ago, the tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Tacoma, PSE, and the Port of Tacoma, claiming that the project would impact tribal members' ability to fish in treaty waters.

14:49

The Great White Fuckups of America finally begin to lose "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last night, I stopped paying attention to the news when I heard, early in the returns, that Doug Jones was far behind Roy Moore in the Alabama election.

The last thing I read about it was Charles Pierces despairing description of a Moore rally.

You grow exhausted from the effort it takes to keep mockery at bay long enough to explain that what Moore and Bannon are selling is a dangerous blend of religious extremism and McCarthyite bombast, Roy Cohn in Torquemada drag. You grow exhausted by the effort it takes, over and over again, to remind yourself that there are good people in the crowd cheering this river of sludge and nonsense.

Finally, you give up. Roy Moore is a vehicle for collecting suckers, for liberating them from their responsibility as citizens in a self-governing republic, and anybody who thinks this waterheaded theocrat belongs in the United States Senate is a dupe and a fool. Finally, you dont care if the people behind Roy Moore, and the people in the crowd in front of him, believe you are a member of the coastal elite or an agent of Lucifer. Finally, you grow weary of the smug condescension of religious bigots. Finally, you decide to put down the twin burdens of excusing deliberate ignorance and respecting the opinions of people who want to light the world on fire to kill their imaginary enemies. And you give up and tell the truth.

These people deserve what they get.

Then I went to bed.

I woke up to howling winds rattling the house, and I peeked out the window to see a bleak cold landscape to match my soul. So I resignedly opened up the news to this, Rosie Grays post-election wrap up.

Everything had to break exactly right for Doug Jones to win the Senate election in deep-red Alabama, and it did. Jones ran a disciplined campaign that hinged on black turnout, and it delivered for him.

WTF? Jones won? How could that happen? Moore had Bannon and Clarke and Gohmert and Trump all backing him he had all the racist/nationalist/dumbshit fuckwits pulling for him in Alabama. That isnt a recipe for success anymore? And then I read how Jones won. He had the black vote. Black citizens turned out in spite of all the obstacles put in front of them, all the voter suppression, all the dirty tricks, like all the stories I read of Alabama cops pulling over black drivers on the way to the polls to make them late, the weird games with demanding that they re-register, that they were listed as inactive voters and had to jump through extra hoop...

14:45

Exxon To Disclose Climate Risks Under Pressure From Investors "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Under pressure from investors, prosecutors and global regulators, ExxonMobil Corp. agreed on Monday to strengthen its analysis and disclosure of the risks its core oil business faces from climate change and from government efforts to rein in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. That will require Exxon to face squarely the implications of reduced oil demand if the world makes good on the pledges of the Paris climate agreement to cut carbon emissions practically to zero fast enough to avoid the worst effects of global warming. In a one-paragraph filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the oil giant said it would stop resisting motions filed by dissident shareholders seeking this kind of risk disclosure.

14:40

How Movements Can Turn Money Into Victories "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As an organizer in the climate movement, I dont usually have a lot of spare cash to donate to the cause. (Still waiting on that Soros money!) But since the people doing the work are my friends and comrades, I know when theyre not getting support for vital, underappreciated stuff. So on the occasions when I can afford it, I throw a little money their way, and they do the same for me and for groups Im working with. Often, this means giving to a bail fund after a successful direct action, for example, or helping a veteran organizer come up with a months rent to get on their feet during a hard time. In other words, its the kind of thing that a philanthropic foundation is unlikely to touch. But for the scrappy, grassroots groups that are most effective at stopping new fossil fuel projectsand that are also proposing the most creative, promising alternativesits precisely the kind of thing that can make or break a campaign. Thats because smaller organizations are much less able to weather the kind of spur-of-the-moment expenses that inevitably come up.

14:30

As Media Obsesses over Trumps Diet, Israel is Dropping Bombs on Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

dietWhile the MSM educates the public on Trump's diet, the aftermath of his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem has turned deadly.

14:30

LA Brings Social Equity To Marijuana Sellers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LOS ANGELES  Beginning in January in Los Angeles, individuals who are low-income and/or have had a conviction for a marijuana-related offense will enjoy priority status when it comes to applying for a license to legally sell the herb. Cultivators or manufacturers will also have such status, thanks to the Los Angeles City Council.  On Wednesday the council voted to repeal a four-year-old ban on such businesses in the city, and that repeal is accompanied by what supporters are saying is the most aggressive and progressive social equity clause in the nation. In the movement to decriminalize marijuana, attempts to apply social equity standards to cannabis have been talked about but have not made much progress.

14:26

Your Favorite Websites Could Soon Disappear Courtesy of the MSM "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is not just Facebook. All the MSM is engaged in a plot to silence the alternative media. This a crtically important issue.


The alternative media, or as I prefer, the Independent Media, is beating the daylights out of the Mainstream Media (MSM). CNNs ratings are so far in the toilet that they need a plumber to excise the network.

The American public has become sensitized to the odor of the MSM and its penchant for fake news. People often write to me and ask me how we in the Independent Media (IM) get to the truth behind the stories with much more depth and accuracy of the Independent Media? The reasons are simple:

  1. We are not owned by corporate media and are beholding to their money-making (at all costs) agenda. Therefore, we have no restrictions on telling the truth.
  2. Confidential sources, with an important story to tell, do not trust the MSM because of their lack of integrity and therefore, turn to the IM.
  3. The present generation of MSM journalists are script writers and teleprompter readers. They have neither the desire of the ability to connect the dots required by the demands of quality investigative journalism. In fact, much of the copy for the MSM is written by the intelligent agencies (eg CIA). Remember, WAPOs, Jeff Bezos, signed a 6$600 million dollar deal with the CIA and we know the CIA runs CNN and ABC.

The emerging dominance of the MSM could come to a screeching halt. More on that later. First, how does the IM outperform the MSM in critical stories. It has to do with out collective ability in the IM to connect the dots and knowing where to look for classified information.

Open Source vs. Closed Source Information

The world of intelligence gathering is a very complex process. Some people in the world of intelligence gathering, to be used a data/trend fathering tool is also not a perfect science. However, there...

14:25

Mussolini Era Law Used By Italy Against Pipeline Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Italian authorities are using a Mussolini-era law to put an entire town under lockdown while they force through a gas pipeline against the wishes of the local community, activists have said. A so-called red zone was declared around Melendugno by the central governments military police force this month, after months of protests against the effect of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) on the local area. Activists on the ground who contacted The Independent say the police swooped in the middle of the night and barred people from leaving their homes, blockaded streets, and fenced off olive farms. Some locals have been expelled and cannot access Melendugno... for the next three years, Sabina Giese, one resident of the town said.

14:23

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two huge current vaccine scandals the press isnt covering

by Jon Rappoport

December 13, 2017

The old question about a tree falling in the forest is relevant here. Does the tree make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

If a scandal erupts and the press doesnt cover it, is it a scandal?

If this sounds strange, consider that, since the dawn of time, whatever has passed for mainstream news has substituted for the direct observation of events by humans. The press has functioned as the eyes and ears and even mouths of the public.

If someone tells you, I am your eyes, trust me, and then they fail, on purpose, to see something vital, where are you if you trust them? Youre blind.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment. The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of what they mean.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. As I recently wrote, a new study has concluded the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate. Why? Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017 flaw.

Its been the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

...

14:20

FCC Does Not Understand Internet, Flawed Analysis "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal "is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," a group of inventors and technologists told members of Congress and the FCC in a letter today. The letter's 21 signers include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; RSA public-key encryption algorithm co-inventor Ronald Rivest; Paul Vixie, who designed several widely used Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications; and security expert and professor Susan Landau, who has fought against government attempts to make phone encryption less secure.

14:19

National Day of Action in Defense of Net Neutrality "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

UPDATE: In sweeping act of deregulation, the FCC has voted to repeal Net Neutrality Protests to save net neutrality burst upon the San Francisco Bay Area scene on December 7. The proposal at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Obama era rules would fundamentally change the internet by favoring carriers over internet content providers. In Palo Alto, a "March on Verizon" started in Lytton Plaza, where "Digital DNA", a sculpture inviting the viewer to question how technology can enslave us, is slated for removal because of its political message. Demonstrations on the national day of action targeted Verizon because FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a former Verizon lawyer.

14:15

Infiltration And Intense Law Enforcement At Standing Rock Camp "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

AS LAW ENFORCEMENT officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipelines path, two sheriffs deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Well before that moment, Fallis had been caught in a sprawling intelligence operation that sought to disrupt and discredit opponents of the pipeline.

14:14

Mika Brzezinski Roasts Trump over Gillibrand Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump's demeaning tweet about NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought Mika Brzezinski to angry tears on Morning Joe. She says she is so upset she is literally shaking in anger, calls Trumps tweet "one of the worst things I have seen in this presidency." Mika angrily calls for Huckabee-Sanders and other women on staff in the White House to stop covering for presidential bullying.

14:10

CODEPINK Protests Democrats Supporting Saudi Weapons Deals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its the holiday season in Washington, and Christmas carolers with bells and funny red hats are everywhere. But CODEPINKs carolers werent interested in decking the halls with boughs of holly on Monday. Instead: nows the time to stop the killing. CODEPINK visited Senate offices against a record-breaking arms deal with Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing Yemeni civil war and deepening proxy conflicts with Iran. Washington and Riyadh concluded the largest arms deal in American history in May, immediately providing the Saudis with billions in combat-ready equipment. Thousands protested the deal in the Yemeni capital, and a Saudi blockade imposed following an attempted missile attack by Houthi rebels stocked fears of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

14:10

Free and Fair Elections in America? - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ballot-Stuffing Ted Rall
I guess no one wants fair elections in America? Who wants to end fair elections, even it you are a Republican? Here is Greg Palsts latest article on Free and Fair Elections: Legal victory stops steal in Bama! Well, almost Voting rights victory lasted just 9 hours: Republican judges overturn ruling to prevent ballot-box stuffing []

14:05

How Baltimore Prosecutors Pursued A Police Shooting Victim "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Victory, the Baltimore States Attorneys Office tweeted in October after Keith Davis Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder. Keiths wife Kelly and members of the activist group Baltimore Bloc who have been advocating for Davis for years called attention to the language: the SAO, headed by celebrated, purportedly progressive prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, best known for indicting the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, declared Victory instead of invoking Justice. It was evidence that, in Kelly Davis words, Mosby and the SAO have a vendetta against her husband. Keith Davis Jr.s story begins on June 7, 2015, when he was shot by the Baltimore Police three times near the Park Heights neighborhood in West Baltimore.

14:00

We Are Hiring an Engagement Reporting Fellow for ProPublicas Local Reporting Network "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are you interested in helping revitalize local reporting and reinventing journalism along the way?

Then apply to be the engagement reporting fellow for ProPublicas Local Reporting Network.

The network is an initiative we recently announced to support local journalism. Were going to be covering the salaries of, and providing editorial support for, reporters to do investigative journalism at seven news organizations across the country next year. Here are the organizations and reporters were going to be working with.

In addition to hiring a senior editor to oversee see the initiative, we are hiring an engagement reporting fellow to help develop and execute ideas that give communities the opportunity to contribute to or participate in the work.

Youll work closely with the local reporters and their news organizations, as well as the senior editor and ProPublicas award-winning engagement team. Some of our partner newsrooms are bigger than the others; in some instances, you might be in a more advising or consulting position. In others, you might be leading and managing the engagement portion of the project.

Youll be involved from the very beginning of our work in the project, thinking about how to find and reach the communities we need in order to tell the story, pull them into the work to help inform the story, and find ways to maximize the resonance of the project after publication.

So what exactly are we talking about? Take a look at a project weve done about Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange. Unlike traditional investigations, we didnt start with a story. We announced that we were doing an investigation with a callout to the community. We asked vets to tell us their stories, and weve now heard from nearly 8,000 of them. This community has fueled our reporting, an...

13:50

Today in OpenGov: Behind closed doors "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In today's edition, we talk about corruption, President Trump's reliance on "acting" appointments may bite him later, New Mexico's transparency portal needs some clarity, better laws are vital in the global fight against corruption, and more. 

washington watch

At a press conference to discuss the results of Transparency International's new survey. Image via FACT Coalition.
  • According to new report, Americans think their government is increasingly corrupt. Yesterday, we joined Transparency International at a press conference that featured Sunlights executive director, John Wonderlich, and many of our key allies in transparency, accountability and ethics in government here in Washington, including Danielle Brian at the Project on Government Oversight, Lisa Rosenberg at OpenTheGovernment, and Gary Kalman at the FACT Coalition. We discussed TI's new report and what it means. You can learn more and watch a livestream of the event on the Sunlight Foundation blog
  • The Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia probe may go behind closed doors. "Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said he doesnt currently see a need for more public hearings in his panels investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election, but added that he still wont be able to meet an original goal of wrapping up this year." As Steven T. Dennis reports, dozens of closed-door interviews are still to come. (Bloomberg)
  • Fake comments on proposed regulations aren't just a problem for the Federal Communications Commission. An...

13:31

Evolution of outcrossing and selfing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sex is costly. You could die trying to find a mate. Your mate could kill you, or give you a disease. You could be unable to find a mate in the first place, in which case youd be better off if you could reproduce asexually. Even without those risks, though, even in a simple genetic simulation, sexual reproduction means you only pass on half of your genes to your offspring.

So why do it? We know that its possible to reproduce without sex; lots of things do. Its not just bacteria and protists, either: asexual reproduction occurs in some plants, insects, snails, amphibians, and reptiles, among many others. The logic of natural selection suggests that sex must confer some benefit that outweighs all the costs, at least in some situations. Essentially all of the proposed benefits of sex have to do with outcrossing, or mixing your genes with those of another, genetically distinct, individual.

Nevertheless, a lot of things that reproduce sexually do so without outcrossing. This is especially common in plants, where its called self-pollination or just selfing. Selfing is thought to provide short-term advantages relative to outcrossingbasically by avoiding the costs Ive listed above. However, selfing also doesnt provide most of the benefits associated with sex, so its thought to be a bad strategy in the long term. This leads to selfing being thought of as a dead-end strategy: the short-term advantages make it unlikely that a selfing species will return to outcrossing, and the reduced genetic variation produced by selfing make diversification less likely.

Erik Hanschen and colleagues have tested these predictions in the volvocine algae (Im among the colleagues, as are John Wiens, Hisayoshi Nozaki, and Rick Michod): do selfing species ever return to outcrossing, and do they have a lower rate of diversification than outcrossing species? Both mating systems exist within the volvocine algae, and so they make a good test case. Roughly speaking, the term heterothallic refers to outcrossing species and homothallic to selfing species:

Hanschen et al. Fig. 1

Figure 1 from Hanschen et al. 2017. Diversity of mating systems in the volvocine green algae and their respective life cycles. (A) In outcrossing (heterothallic) species, distinct genotypes (male on left and female on right) sexually differentiate producing either eggs or sperm. A diploid zygospore (red) is produced after fertilization. Sexual offspring hatch a...

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13:27

A Victory for a Night, a Loss for the Future "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Doug Jones' win over the odious Roy Moore is good news, yes, but the particulars of the race bode ill for the health of our two-party system.

13:26

Thank You Alabama! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Let's all pause for a moment and give the good people of Alabama a huge thank you for doing the right thing.

13:19

Opinion: Secularism must stay in Syria to avoid dictatorships, globally - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syria is an important symbol for America. As Tillerson, Putin and "others" seem too eager to oust Bashar al-Assad, it seems those in power are too eager to deny the Syrian people the right to choose their leadership.

13:19

Roy Moore Is A Lesson On The Folly Of Angry Populism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

They told me I should keep my elite media nose out of it and let the voters in Alabama decide for themselves whether to elect Roy Moore as their next senator. Well, alright then. The voters decided, and they elected a Democrat. In Alabama. I think thats a pretty definitive judgment about the merits of Moore as a candidate.

The obvious lesson here is that angry populism fueled by resentment against the bogeyman of supposed elites is not the basis for a political party or movement. Even before the allegations that as a grown man Moore used to troll the malls for teenage girls to date, it was pretty obvious that he was trouble. He has always been a grandstanding attention addict who likes to shoot off his mouth without thinking first.

More to the point, he thrived by pandering to the deplorables whom normal candidates wisely choose not to pander to. Moore pandered to those who like to engage in Confederate nostalgia, to those who want to return to the persecution of homosexuals, to those who fantasize about imposing a religious test for public office.

When called to account for these views, he follows the angry populist playbook Donald Trump established: call it all fake news and campaign against the media and the elites. Its the perfect way never to be held responsible for your own statements and actions. Everything is always a conspiracy by those corrupt insiders in Washington DC to foist their will on the decent, God-fearing folk out here in the heartland. Its a formula that covers a multitude of sins.

Until it doesnt. No one could have predicted specifically that Moore would end up having a history of showing creepy sexual interest in teenage girls back when he was a district attorneythough this was apparently whispered about in some political circles in Alabama. What we could have predicted is that he is the kind of personality that is a constant source of random political embarrassment. To be sure, Alabama leans so far toward the Republicans these days that Moore could have gotten away with lesser embarrassments. But his thing for teen girls turned out to be a fatal character flaw for a man who had built his reputation on being holier than thou.

Yet Moore doubled down on the playbook: blame the media, blame the establishment, blame Mitch McConnell. Count on your core supporters to be so eaten from within by hatred for Democrats, RINOs, and the fake news media that they will automatically dismiss anything bad that is said about you and vote you into office just to poke a finger in the eye of the imagined...

13:19

Instead Of Taxing Endowments, Congress Should Slash College Subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The House and Senate tax bills ignited a mini controversy over proposing to tax at 1.4 percent the annual income from college endowments worth $250,000 per student or more for colleges of at least 500 students.

An endowment is like a retirement account: a pot of economic investments expected to generate annual returns that fund college programs and scholarships. An endowment at $250,000 per student at a 5 percent average annual rate of return would generate $12,500 per student per year. Approximately 65 colleges fit the criteria for this new tax should it become law (heres a list).

A late amendment to the Senate bill would apply the tax only to colleges with assets of $500,000 per student, approximately 30 higher education institutions. That level of assets with a 5 percent rate of return generates $25,000 per student per year, or about enough to cover half a students tuition costs at a typical private college.

Theres No Real Good Justification for This Carveout

Yet its not exactly clear why the tax bills contain this provision, as part of the justification for tax reform at all is simplifying the tax code and eliminating carveouts aimed at select groups decided by narrow political preferences. By this principle, if there are changes to investment taxes they should apply to all investment income for all endowments, trust funds, retirement accounts, and the like, or none at all.

If the goal is to soak the rich, its not only unjust to target those who take more care to provide for their own students and long-term stability, its class warfare, which is built upon a foundation of envy and therefore despicable. It could be, as Tim Carney suggests, motivated by culture war politics; but conservatives shouldnt use tax law to target the other sides institutions, because a war between the Leviathan State and the institutions of civil society is a war that conservatives automatically lose.

If the goal is to pay for some of the tax cuts elsewhere in the bill, that could be done much more fairly, with better profit for students and Americans, and with bigger savings to taxpayers by instead cutting federal college sub...

13:19

The #MeToo Movement Is Destroying Trust Between Men And Women "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How do people from different walks of life, diverse experiences, and varied points of view live together peacefully within a civil society? What is the main ingredient necessary for democracy to thrive? It can be boiled down to one word: trust. Civil society is built on relationships, friendships, and associations that foster confidence in ones fellow man or woman.

Freedom and community flourish in a culture of trust, and were losing it. This has been happening for some time. We see it across the American landscape in varying degrees. The poor dont trust the rich. Blacks dont trust whites. Populists dont trust the elites. Voters dont trust politicians. Teachers dont trust parents. Citizens dont trust the media. Democrats dont trust Republicansand vice versa.

We experience so much distrust that were numb to it; we even expect it, and often we thoughtlessly feed it. After all, we dont think the distrust being bred out there in politics and social media affects us in our daily lives. But it does, and its increasing, expanding. Like a disease, its now infecting our most foundational relationship as a people, the building block of a free, civil societythe relationship between men and women.

Demonizing Men Undermines Both Sexes

The breakdown of trust between the sexes is the tragic legacy of the modern feminist movement, but it has taken on a new fervor with the #MeToo campaign and the growing accusation that masculinity is vile, toxic, and inherently predatorial. Fear of men is legitimized, as accusation is treated as fact. Men are seen as the enemy, an embodied deviance that must be remolded into the image of a woman. Their sexuality is assumed to be naturally brutal, a threat to be controlled and reduced for the individual man to be considered safe.

While womens willingness to hold men accountable for criminal sexual behavior is to be applauded, the scorched-earth approach we are seeing today is destructive because it undermines trust. When anything from a naive touch during a photo shoot to an innocent attempt at a kiss is compared to rape and sexual abuse, we are not healing society but infecting relationships with the poison of distrust.

Whether its in the workplace, church, or home, the interaction between a man and a woman is unique and primary to all other relationships. When a breakdown of trust happens there, when fear of the other sex becomes generalized, society simply cant thrive.

Essential to the relationship between men and women is the sexual dynamic. For trust to flourish, this reality cant denied, and it must be handled with respect, care, and honesty. It cant be shut down. It cant be abused, and one part of the polaritywhether its masculine or femininecannot be labeled toxic, brutal, or evil (as was done in the past by certain totali...

13:18

The 9 Worst Kinds Of Hilariously Trendy Church Names "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Christian satire site Babylon Bee recently skewered the growing trend of trendy church names. Forget words like Faith, Bible, Church, orheaven forbidthe name of your denomination, they advised. Dont go with a name that gives visitors information about your church, said imaginary consultants. Go with a name you can market.

I had a good laugh, but it got me thinking. What if I compiled my own list of the most cringe-worthy actual church names? So I conducted an informal social media survey, and was overwhelmed by the responses. For your convenience, Ive pared down the list (really, I did!) and broken these church names (all of which Ive checked, and all of which are real) into nine handy categories.

Understand that I count all of you who belong to these, ahem, creatively named churches as brethren and sistren, so please, no angry emails. Were all in this together, and whats life if you cant laugh at yourself? Without further ado, here are the nine types of trendy, new church names.

1. Just Random Words

These led me to suspect the branding agencies or committees in charge of renaming, say, First Baptist Church of Springfield, or Pleasant Grove Presbyterian simply wrote nouns and verbs on slips of paper, threw them into a hat, and named their church according to whatever one or two words the senior pastor pulled out.

They include such oddities as, City, City Hope, Cornerstone, Create Church, Destiny City Church, Dream City Church, Intersect Church, Elevate Church, Elevate Life Church, Lifebridge Church, The Compass Church, Reality Church, and Rise.

Some names made me wonder if a deacons kid selected them while looking out the window during a road trip. Among them were Red Door, The Branch, The Harbor, The House, The Journey, The Orchard, The Painted Door, and The River.

2. The Grocery Store Romance Novel

These subtle-yet-sentimental congregational cognomens irresistibly evoke the titles of paperbacks in the supermarket checkout aisle aimed at middle-aged momsbooks whose covers feature brawny, classically masculine men with their heads cropped off, holding breathless, bonnet-clad women in front of an idyllic vista that hints at the traditional mores holding back their achingly unconsummated love.

The best included, Burning Hearts, Door of Hope, Epiphany Station, Liberating Spirit, Mercy Road, New Horizons, Passion, Second Chance Church, Shepherd of the Prairie, The Nest of Love, The Refuge, and Word Aflame.

3. The Gated Community

For Christians, church can offer a sense of place. Its where a body of local believer...

13:18

Repealing The Mandate Doesnt Fix Obamacare. Its The Regulations, Stupid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As Congress considers repealing Obamacares individual mandate as part of tax reform, some conservatives believe doing so would fulfill [Republicans] promise to the American people by return[ing] personal decisions about health care choices to patients.

In reality, however, repealing only the mandate would accomplish little of the former, and virtually none of the latter. For this conservative, at least, the answer to what would fulfill Republicans promise echoes James Carville: At its core, an Obamacare repeal is about the regulations, stupid.

To be sure, repealing the individual mandate would alleviate a regressive tax on the poor, and create revenue to provide tax relief elsewhere. But, as a lawyer familiar with courtroom rules of evidence might say, repealing the mandate alone focuses solely on pruning back the fruit of the poisonous tree, rather than attacking that poisonous trees roots.

We Dont Want to Own the Consequences of Our Policies

In 2009, Democrats probably didnt want to subject themselves to attacks for spending trillions of dollars on new entitlements. They didnt want to take the political hit for raising taxes and reducing Medicare spending to pay for those entitlements. Also, Democratsnot least Barack Mandate to Buy a House Obama, who ran against the mandate in the 2008 presidential primariescertainly didnt want to require individuals to purchase government-mandated insurance.

But they realized that imposing unprecedented federal regulations on insurers would raise premiums, necessitating requirements on employers to offer, and individuals to purchase, that costlier coverage, higher spending on subsidies to make that more expensive coverage affordable, and new taxes to pay for that higher spending.

By contrast, repealing only the mandate would do nothing to restore health-care freedom, or return health care choices to patients. While Americans would not face taxes for not buying coverage they may not want, need, or afford, they would have no greater or lesser ability to buy coverage they do want and can afford than they did in the first place, because all of Obamacares regulations would remain in place.

Moreover, repealing the mandate alone could allow Republicans to walk away from their promise to repeal Obamacare root and branch, because many seemed disinclined to dismant...

13:18

"IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The investigation of Russias meddling in the U.S. election has been going on for almost a year now. Its scope and objectives seem to expand daily. It has consumed the majority of our attention and resources.

In the meantime, another country has more subtly and expensively wielded its soft power on U.S. soil. That country is China. Unlike Russia, the Chinese government has a different set of objectives: it wants to use its influence to quiet critics of its authoritarian regime and its policies on human rights and international affairs. By controlling discussions and shaping public opinion in America, China hopes to export its authoritarian ways globally with little resistance.

Fortunately, Chinas interference in the United States didnt go unnoticed. This Wednesday, the Congressional Executive Commission on China, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), will host a public hearing, titled The Long Arm of China: Exporting Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics. Such a hearing is long overdue, because Attempts by the Chinese government to guide, buy, or coerce political influence and control discussion of sensitive topics are pervasive, and pose serious challenges in the United States and globally.

Some Countries Have Fallen to Chinas Interference

Chinas interference on foreign soil usually involves several means. One is using technology to obtain political, economic, and even personal information to its advantage. For example, the German intelligence agency (BfV) disclosed  Monday morning that Chinese intelligence used fake profiles on LinkedIn, a networking site, to target at least 10,000 Germans, many government officials and politicians. According to BfV, the Chinese objective is to gather information on these Germans and even possibly turn some as informants.

Three years ago, two U.S. government databases, which contain personnel records and security-clearance files on about 22 million Americans, were hacked. It was one of the worst cyber intrusions in U.S. history, and officials said they traced the hack to the Chinese government.

No country has suffered more than Australia. Australias domestic spy chief Duncan Lewis alerted Parliament that Chinas interference in Australia was occurring on an unprecedented scale. The Sydney Morning Herald filed a...

13:18

Why Even Non-Catholics Can Appreciate Our Lady Of Guadalupe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an event commemorated in the Catholic Church marking three days in 1531 when Mary supposedly appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a poor Aztec peasant, in Mexico.

Most Americans knowledge of Our Lady of Guadalupe probably extends to recognizing the famous image of Mary, often found in the homes and businesses of many Mexican-Americans. Indeed, Mexicans often display the image on their cars, clothing, and even on their bodies vis-a-vis tattoos.

That image, and the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may seem like a parochial element of Mexican culture of little interest to broader America. Yet it is a thoroughly American story, one with a message of faith, hope, and love not only for Catholics, but for all Christians and even non-Christians, as well.

What Reportedly Happened

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe begins in Mexico in December, 1531. The colony formerly the great empire of the Aztecs had only been in the hands of the Spaniards for ten years. The vast majority of the inhabitants, including Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, were Aztecs, a small number of whom, like Juan Diego, had converted to Christianity.

On December 9, 1531, a maiden dressed in traditional Aztec clothing and speaking Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, appeared to Juan Diego at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac. She identified herself as Mary and requested a church be built at the site in her honor.

Juan Diego appealed to the archbishop of Mexico City, Fray Juan de Zumrraga, and related the story. The bishop, unsurprisingly, did not believe him. Later that day, Mary reportedly appeared to Juan Diego again, and urged him to continue to entreat the archbishops aid.

The next day, Juan Diego again sought out the archbishop, who instructed the peasant to return to Tepeyac Hill and petition the lady for a miraculous sign to prove her identity. Diego promptly returned to Tepeyac, and encountered the maiden yet again, and reported the request for a sign. The maiden consented to provide one the following day, December 11.

The next day, however, learning of a desperately ill uncle, Juan attempted to avoid the maiden in his rush to find a priest to say last rites. The woman confronted Juan on his alternative route, told him his uncle would be healed, and instructed him to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac, a hill typically barren, especially in December. Juan obeyed, and found blooming there Castilian roses, a species foreign to Mexico.

The woman arranged the flowers in Juans tilma, or cloak, and Juan Diego headed off to see the archbishop. When he reached him, he opened his cloak, the flowers fell to the floor, and prominently displayed on the fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guad...

13:17

Fusion GPS Paid Top DOJ Officials Wife To Dig Up Dirt On Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Court documents reveal the opposition research firm that put together a dossier filled with wild, unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump hired the spouse of a newly demoted Justice Department official to dig up dirt on Trump.

Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS the infamous firm behind the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele stated in a court declaration that his firm hired Nellie H. Ohr as a subcontractor to help with research and analysis of Mr. Trump, according to Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller. Nellie H. Ohr is married to Bruce G. Ohr, who was associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ until he was recently demoted.

The timing of Bruce Ohrs demotion is curious, as he retained his status as a top DOJ official until just before Fox News broke the story about his wifes role at Fusion GPS and his own secret meetings with Steele and Simpson in 2016.

CNN has reported that the FBI used the Steele dossier as a justification to wiretap a Trump associate, Carter Page. Last week, news broke that Peter Strzok, a top FBI official who was involved in the ongoing probe into whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian officials to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton, was dismissed after it was discovered he had exhibited an anti-Trump bias. Strzok was demoted last July for text messages railing against Trump that he sent to a woman he was allegedly having an affair with. You can read some of these text messages here.

In one such text message, Strzok makes an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, CNN reported. 

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe that theres no way he gets elected but Im afraid we cant take that risk. Its like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40 . . . . Page does not appear to have responded, according to records reviewed by CNN.

McCabe was scheduled to testify before House intelligence committee members on Tuesday about the o...

13:17

Trump Administration To Reconsider Race-Based Special Education Quotas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today the Trump administration plans to suspend last-minute Obama-era regulations that required states to set quotas for special-education services based on race, known as the significant disproportionality rule. Although the regulations became binding two days before the end of the Obama administration, they have not yet affected children because they required data collection and paper-pushing that states were to have completed this coming July. Thats a good thing, because if the rule went into effect its biggest victims were likely those who dont need any more disadvantages: minority special-needs kids.

The initial rule was based on data showing African-American children are more likely to be identified as needing special education services than are kids from other racial groups, said Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who studies education policy. The Obama administration just assumed the reason for that was institutional racism, then rushed to force states to administer special-needs services according to race. If the feds found significant disproportionality a term federal law does not define among the percentages of kids of each race given special-education services, districts could have parts of their federal special education funding redirected.

The goal was to ensure equality, but according to a largely arbitrary standard how much does anyone know about whether a kid needs special education just by knowing his or her race? Basically nothing. Saying it does is to engage in negative racial stereotyping.

Rather than putting a childs individual needs first, under this system states and therefore schools would be pushed to assign kids special-education services such as tutoring or therapy based at least partly on the students race. The policy theory parallels Obama administration school discipline race quotas that left educators across the country decrying a rash of violence and other disruptive behavior especially inside schools and districts with higher minority populations.

Also, new research Eden thinks is of better quality has found that minority children are, on average, more likely to have their potential special needs ignored, rather than overidentified. In other words, at least for some kids, the problem is not that they are too often designated special needs, its that they are not designated such not enough. The key difference is, again, whether the individual child is in need of those additional services or not. Thats, again, not something his or her race can tell you, nor can the percentage of other kids in his or her state of the same race needing...

13:17

7 Things To Know About The Supreme Courts Refusal To Consider Adding Sexual Politics To Employment Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII.

In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court held in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital that the plaintiff, Jameka Evans, a former security guard for the defendant hospital, could not sue her former employer for sexual orientation discrimination because sex as used in the federal civil rights law does not mean sexual orientation.

Here are seven quick take-aways from the case and the Supreme Courts denial of review.

1. We Dont Know the Facts Yet

Initially, it is important to recognize that the district court and appellate court dismissed Evans case early on, before any evidence was presented, and that in answering the legal question of whether sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under federal employment discrimination law, the courts assumed Evans allegations were true.

Thus, while Evans claims her employer discriminated against her and harassed her because of her sexual orientation, that may not be the case.

2. The Eleventh Circuit Already Decided the IssueIn 1979

Another preliminary, but significant, point: The appellate court rejected Evans claim of sexual orientation discrimination based solely on circuit precedent. The two-judge majority did not analyze the issue anew, but instead concluded [o]ur binding precedent forecloses such an action, based on the Eleventh Circuits prior precedent rule.

That rule requires the presiding panels (which consists of three judges) to follow prior circuit precedent unless and until it is overruled by this court en banc or by the Supreme Court. (En banc review occurs when all active judgesthere are 12 in the Eleventh Circuitdecide a case as a whole.) In this case, the Eleventh Circuit refused to consider the issue en banc, leaving the panel bound by the circuits prior holding in the 1979 decision of Blum v. Gulf Oil Corp., that [d]ischarge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII . . . .

3. There Is a Split in the Circuits

In denying Evans petition for review, the Supreme Court let stand a disagreement between the federal circuit courts concerning the proper interpretation of Title VII. Until recently, every federal circuit court to have considered the question held that sexual orientation is not a protected class under Title VII.

However, earlier this year, while sitting en banc, the Seventh Circuit held in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. The meaning of federal law, thus, varies depending on where the parties live, with those suing in the federal cour...

13:17

Nebraska Requires Barbers To Train Longer Than EMTs. Thats Ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court found that, without proper state supervision, licensing boards can become unaccountable, self-serving organizations that protect themselves from competition rather than protecting consumers. The courts opinion noted that when legislatures hold hearings on licensure practices, they are flooded with special interests that give the false impression that additional occupational regulations will only enhance public safety without imposing costs on aspiring workers.

For proof the court was right, look no further than a recent hearing on barber licensing in Nebraska. This fall, the Nebraska Health and Human Services committee held hearings on lowering the licensing requirements for those who want to work in various personal service occupations, including barbers.

I testified in support of lowering Nebraskas excessive licensing requirements to promote economic opportunity, but other witnesses did not share my view. Besides a representative from the free-market Platte Institute, nearly every other witness wanted to maintainor even increasethe states licensing requirements. And these opponents of reducing red tape? They work as barbers, for the Board of Barber Examiners, or at barbering schoolsimagine that.

Its Cutting Hair, Not Nuclear Science

Nebraska mandates 2,100 hours of education and training to become a licensed barber, which is tied with Iowas requirement for the longest training requirement in the nation. These long hours lead to tuition costs of more than $20,000 for completing the education and training. Here Nebraska is an outlier: in the United States, the average required training is close to the 1,500 hours that more than half of states mandate for barber licenses.

The Nebraska hearings also covered a proposal to lower the licensing hours for cosmetologists, another occupation that has the unnecessarily high barrier of 2,100 hours to work in the state. Some witnesses who opposed easing the requirements argued the extra hours were necessary to teach students professional and life skills like how to market their business and open a retirement account. One witness even called for adding extra hours so the schools could have time to teach the importance of voting.

But these witnesses fu...

13:14

Plastic Ocean: From Thriving Ecosystem to Trash Dumpster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the foreseeable future, the weight of plastic trash in the ocean will be greater than the weight of all fish.

Already its been estimated by researchers that virtually all shellfish, and one-quarter of all fish, contain traces of plastic.

Every year about 300 million tons of plastic are produced and eight million tons wind up in our oceans. Thats the equivalent of over 500 trillion plastic water bottles. If you were to stack these bottles one on top of the other, you would be able to make two full trips from Earth, to the Moon and back.

But the problem is not only the millions of water bottles humans consume and discard each hour, but also the plastic we cannot see.

Microplastics are considered to be any piece of plastic that is under five millimeters in length. This also includes small particles like fabric and the plastic microbeads used in facial cleansers.

These particles are found in our oceans, on our beaches, and pretty much anywhere else theres water.

Danger to Humans

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The plastics that wash up on our beaches or end up in massive floating garbage patches come from bottles, bags, containers, straws, shipping materials and other quick-use products that break down over time and in turn become a home for harmful substances.

Toxic chemicals adhere to plastics very easily, Emily DiFrisco, Director of Digital Strategy of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, told WhoWhatWhy. Even in the ocean, PCBs, DDT, pesticides, flame retardants, mercury and other organic pollutants can be absorbed by plastic in the ocean.

DiFrisco, whose group aims to halt the tide of plastics that make their way into the environment, added that the chemicals pass into animals we consume and, as a result, enter our bodies.

It is believed that these chemicals can be found in almost all humans, including newborn babies.

We as producers, consumers and disposers, are directly to blame. More than half the plastic we use everyday, according to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, is used only once.

...

12:07

Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I think of what it requires to be a rotiane in the best sense, Chief Irv Powless exemplified this in every instance of his 88 years and for that I am grateful

12:00

Fake News, Fake NFL Fans and Now Fake Ancestry Reports "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Everything the liberals touch turns fake from news, the NFL fans to ancestry reports

12:00

The Isolation of Aging in an Auto-Oriented Place "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sara Joy's essay below is simple and beautiful, and it highlights a tremendously important topic: the impact of our auto-oriented cities on senior citizens. There's a popular trend in the media right now of talking about how traditional downtowns and urban cores are the "playgrounds of the rich" where young people flock so that they can walk to breweries and restaurants and live in trendy converted warehouses... In fact, walkable neighborhoods are attractive to and needed for people of all ages. Seniors in particular benefit from neighborhoods where they can safely run errands, visit friends, and go about their days without needing a vehicle, since many of them cannot drive.

Unfortunately, most of our cities are designed in a way that makes life nearly impossible for people who don't drive. And the dangers of un-walkable neighborhoods where cars speed through and pedestrians must contend with crumbling or nonexistent sidewalks, unsafe intersections, and so on... well they're actually most harmful to the most vulnerable members of our communities: kids and seniors. A simple moment in a grocery store parking lot brought that home for Sara Joy this year and I'm so glad she was willing to share this story (originally published on Humane Pursuits) with us as she reflected on this important issue.  - Rachel Quednau


Source: miltondawson

Source: miltondawson

A couple of months ago, I was leaving the store about 8:30 at night when I noticed an elderly woman pushing her shopping cart into the vast expanse of empty parking lot. The scene struck me as odd because, it being winter in Minnesota, the sun was well beyond set, the weather was nippy, and she appeared to be going in the direction of nowhere with no identifiable car in her line of sight. I shrugged it off and got in my car to head home. A few hundred yards later, as I was exiting the lot, there was the woman again except now she was waving at me. I slowed down and paused a moment wondering what to do. Did she need my help? Was I about to get myself into a situation with a crazy lady? I uttered a quick prayer for wisdom and rolled down my window.

She politely asked if I was going in the dir...

11:58

Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.

11:54

The LA Rams Resort to Hiring Fake Fans-The NFL Is Imploding "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Selfish, liberal, self-absorbed and anti-American NFL players have turned their staduims into ghost towns.

 

 

11:50

Masculinity: the personal, the political and the economic "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Theres an unusually well-balanced feature about the politics and practice of masculinity in the Independent today by Oliver Bennett. Most writing on mens issues and masculinities takes either an individualist or a political approach. Bennetts piece is smart enough to recognise that the issues are connected & inseparable.

The article put me in mind of something I wrote a few weeks ago, when I was speaking on a panel at the ESRC academic conference on masculinities & was asked to introduce myself with a few words to set out where I was coming from. What follows is a (hopefully) readable edit of the notes I made for that address.

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When it comes to writing the socio-political history of 2017, I think we can safely assume that masculinity will be filed among the villains, implicated in everything from sexual abuse and harassment scandals to the rise of the alt-right, from the mass murder of spree shooters and terrorists to child abuse or the mundane malice of internet trolls.

And masculinity is not just held responsible for harm to others. Our bookshelves groan with the weight of testimony against masculinity, as writers, actors, comedians, artists, musicians all line up to become witnesses for the prosecution. Yes, the biggest victims of masculinity are often men themselves emotionally stunted, isolated, lonely, self-destructive.

Our masculine norms can be and often are rightly blamed for contributing to the horrific male suicide rates, alcoholism and addiction, our poor physical and mental health, and so on and so on. Never mind what we are doing to others, why are we doing this to ourselves?

I dont particularly disagree with the prevailing consensus of those debates. And yet, for me, something very important is missing from the conversation, and it is this:

The prescriptions that we hear today, from the Grayson Perrys and the Robert Webbs, from the endless Guardian thinkpieces goes something like this: The problem here is men, and the solution is for men to heal, for men to change.

But theres a problem. Masculinity is not an individual ailment it is a political construction.

This narrative around healing and change is an atomised, individualist solution to a structural, societal, political problem. Men are as we are because at a profound level this is how society wants us to be. That is how hegemony works. While well-meaning liberals urge us to step out of the man box, pretty much all of the structural forces of society are shoving us back in and nailing down the lid.

Now theres a big ideolo...

11:45

This Is the Worlds Next Hot Spot "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Do you know where the next hot spot will be How many Americans will have to die so some banker can become more more wealthy? Which country? Will the conflict lead to WW III?

 

 

11:37

Trump Going After Obama-Appointed Liberal Judges "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

President Trump is making the political assassination of Obama appointed federal judges a hobby. Navarro and Contreras are the only the first 2 casualties of the war against the Deep State.

 

Trump

11:32

Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Todays News Dec. 13, 2017 - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We encourage you to browse our list so that you can take what you want and keep what you need.

10:34

New CDC Statistics: 1 out of every 36 Children in the U.S. has Autism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

New statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that one out of every 36 children in the U.S. now are diagnosed with autism.

The rate in 2013 was one out of 50, in 2008 the rate was one out of 88, in 2002 the rate was one out of 250, and in 1980, six years before Congress and President Reagan passed a law giving vaccine manufacturers total legal immunity for injuries or deaths caused by vaccines, the rate was only one out of 10,000.

This should be headline news, and yet the corporate-sponsored mainstream media has been mostly silent on this report.

MIT researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff has stated that given current trends, by the year 2025 half of all children will be diagnosed with autism.

To break down the data supplied by the CDC, the VAXXED team turned to Dr. Brian Hooker. Dr. Hooker is perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the world regarding the CDC and the data they have compiled regarding vaccines and autism.

Dr. Hooker is the father of a vaccine-injured child, and is a Ph.D. researcher. He has fought against the CDC for more than 14 years, using the Freedom of Information Act to try and gather as much data as he could from the studies that the CDC has published that claim there is no link between vaccines and autism.

He has submitted much of the results of his own internal investigation of the CDC data on vaccines and autism to Congress. Congressman Bill Posey has assisted him in forcing the CDC to comply with many of these requests.

After almost 12 years, his tireless pursuit of finding the truth resulted in the CDC finally handing over documents so that Dr. Hooker could look at the raw data that the CDC used to claim that there was no link between vaccines and autism.

It took some Congressional pressure from Congressman Bill Posey to get this information. (See:...

10:08

Alabama Elects First Democrat Senator in 25 Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On election day, December 12, 2017, Alabamans voted in the states first Democrat senator since 1992. In what is being heralded as a stunning victory, Gordon Douglas (Doug) Jones managed to keep Roy Moore from joining Congress. Jones won by 20,936 votes 673,236 to 652,300, according to NBC News. Jones will take the seat []

The post Alabama Elects First Democrat Senator in 25 Years appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

08:43

Vladimir Putin: Trumps Jerusalem statement defies common sense - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jonas E. Alexis   Vladimir Putin has recently pronounced his verdict on Trumps recent statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. Once again, King Bibi must have felt pretty bad because virtually no serious politician in Europe has followed through his Zionist project. Putin, who has recently defeated the New World Order in Syria, declared []

08:32

End Of US Dollar Dominance As Globalists Move The Wealth From West To East "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Julie Telgenhoff

Houston we have a problem.

As the US Dollar is deliberately being destroyed by the BRICS alliance, which is a planned destruction, we will  soon see the new rising players of China and Russia playing their role on the road to an eventual one world governance.

Whats very disturbing to me is when I see many Americans jumping for joy as they read commentary about their own currency being destroyed.

From the RT article, Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance, check out the following comment by an American:

YESS !!!..KARMA.. the zionnist warmonger Rothchild colony is sinking like the Titanic Ship !sooner the better ..imagine peace in the world ?? no world war 3 ? no more the U.S. bullying north korea and all the third world countries !!

What in the world is this American thinking? That somehow the warmongering US isnt a part of this plan for a global police state governance? That any of the BRICS countries (mainly China and Russia) are going to come in and give her the cushy life shes always had living in a country considered a super power with the its military might and dollar dominance? That wars will cease because the global wealth left the US and went to the East? That Russia and China will be the new heroes of human rights, especially to those living the the US?

I just dont get it? I see so many Americans rooting for their own demise no clue that once that dollar ceases to have its global glory, they will experience massive hyperinflation and who knows what else in the near term future. Without that protection and the Americas ability to be a global military threat, Id say the future isnt looking to good for us Americans. Maybe we can take a glance at the future by visiting Zimbabwe.

These globalists cannot allow for any country to be a super power with military might if the plan is for a one world tyrannical government with all countries of equality. The destruction of the US dollar by shifting the wealth from West to East, is a delib...

08:23

Criminalizing Dissent: After Proving Mere Presence J20 Prosecution Rests Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Washington, DC Since November 20, trial has been underway for the first group of defendants charged with multiple felonies after being caught up in a politically targeted mass arrest of an anarchist protest march during Donald Trumps inauguration on January 20 (J20). The arrests took place when, after some store windows were broken, police forcefully herded the march into a trap and kettled the entire group at 12th & L streets. Detained for hours in winter weather without access to food, water, bathrooms, or medical care, almost two hundred people would be indicted for a series of felonies and misdemeanors.


Update Weds. 12/13: On Wednesday morning Judge Lynn Leibovitz dismissed the charge of inciting a riot against all six current J20 defendants. More to follow:

Several hours later, Judge Leibovitz labeled photojournalist Alexei Wood a principal aider and abetter in the alleged conspiracy to riot because his livestream played a roleto advertise, broadcastto recruit and keep people informed of the events, and denied all other motions to dismiss the remaining charges against the defendants.

Follow our twitter for more updates.


The indictment brought by the US Attorneys Office for DC in the J20 case seeks to hold every perceived member of the political assembly responsible for alleged individual acts, such as brea...

07:55

Native activists go viral with 'Redhawks' campaign aimed at NFL team's racist mascot "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A series of fake news articles, claiming the Washington NFL team changed its controversial name to the Washington Redhawks, went viral across Indian Country.

07:23

Mysterious Sun Simulator Captured On Video??? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Wow! Is this the Sun Simulator caught on video???

According to disclose:

The Youtuber MrMBB333 is specialized on weather and geographic events.

In his last two videos, he examines some photos that were sent to him. On these photos, you can see a strange anomaly which after a closer examination, could turn out to be the mysterious sun simulator. Then check out video number two.

In the second video, he even found the patent for this type of satellite.

GOOGLE PATENT: https://www.google.com/patents/US3247367

07:20

Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.

06:49

Analysis of Reasons for American Involvement in Vietnam War - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Authors note: Human life losses during the Vietnam War were astronomical and under reported. According to Major General Jan Sejna,1205 living Americans were never repatriated from Russian custody and in the early 1990s Congress considered placing a second monument for approx. 50,000 Vietnam war dead not included in the wall. These figures included, but were []

06:31

America Says Screw You to Trump, Alabama Elects a Democrat to the Senate - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  America just did to Trump and Moore what they do to little girls. Democratic candidate Doug Jones will be the new US senator from Alabama after defeating Republican Roy Moore in a special runoff election. Jones shock victory will send ripples through Congress, and could impact upcoming races. With 89 percent of precincts []

06:02

Navajo Nation accusses Wells Fargo Bank of exploiting tribal citizens in new lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Navajo Nation is suing Wells Fargo Bank, alleging the financial giant pressured tribal citizens into opening accounts and signed them up for debit and credit cards without their consent.

05:27

Daily Inspiration --- Vita activa & Vita contemplativa "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Every kind of activity, even the process of mere thought, must culminate in the absolute quiet of contemplation. Every movement, the movements of body and soul as well as of speech and reasoning, must cease before truth. Truth, be it the ancient truth of Being or the Christian truth of the living God, can reveal itself only in complete human stillness.

05:16

Mitch McConnell Is The Reason Doug Jones Is A Senator "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While Mitch McConnell and his allies will try to blame conservatives for nominating Roy Moore, its important to remember that McConnell is the main reason Roy Moore was nominated.

The moment it was clear there would be a Special Election to replace Jeff Sessions, McConnell and his PAC, Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) declared they would back Luther Strange and vowed to spend millions on his behalf.

Strange was a flawed candidate from the jump. The circumstances around his appointment by scandal-ridden Governor Robert Bentley were sketchy at best, and rightly or wrongly, voters just never trusted him.

Looking back, an establishment candidate like Strange, beset by issues surrounding his appointment was never going to win a runoff in an anti-establishment state like Alabamacertainly not in the year after Donald Trump was elected.

Judge Roy Moore soon entered the race, followed by Mo Brooks, a conservative congressman from northern Alabama with a very solid voting record. A member of the House Freedom Caucus in the mold of Jeff Sessions, Brooks resonated with conservative grassroots. As I have outlined before, my firm was retained by Brooks and helped a pro-Moore superPAC in the runoff against Strange. (We did no work for Moore in the General Election.)

Determined to keep a Freedom Caucus member out of the Senate, McConnell and SLF swung into action with a little over a month to go, spending over four million dollars carpet-bombing Mo Brooks.  They told everyone who would listen that they were going to destroy Brooks. They even hired consultants for a potential prim...

04:40

Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in Alabama "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In what has to be considered a huge upset, Democrat Doug Jones has just been projected to be the winner in the Alabama senate race, defeating sex abuser and molester of teens Roy Moore by a margin of 49.5 to 48.7% with 91% of precincts reporting, in one of the Republican partys strongest of strongholds.

I am off to bed feeling great and will discuss what this might mean tomorrow.

04:20

Crown Chakra Mandala "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The Crown Chakra is the seventh chakra, symbolized by the color white. Located at the top of the head, it is the Divinity center, associated with the mystical experience of oneness with the divine.

03:56

From Automation to the Gig Economy: Mapping Capitals Networks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post From Automation to the Gig Economy: Mapping Capitals Networks appeared first on It's Going Down.

From Trump tweeting about how low unemployment is to patting himself on the back for a roaring stock market, we are bombarded daily with news about how great our economy is doing. So how can the economy be doing well, but so many American workers are barely getting by? Moreover, many Americans are having to work a variety of jobs in order to put food on the table and pay their rent, as the cost of living continues to climb while wages stay stagnant. As the saying goes, someone is gettin rich, but it sure isnt me. 10 years after the Great Recession, and the gap between rich and poor has grown even wider, while wealth has accumulated into fewer and fewer hands. Meanwhile on the horizon, automation seeks to amplify this process while at the same time the elites are signalling a push to gut basic programs for the poor, the elderly, and the infirm.

Wanting to know more about the forces causing this reality, in this episode, we catch up with two people involved in the Global Supply Chains, which works to map the strengths and weaknesses of modern capitalism and looks at ways in which working-class people could possibly take action at choke points, leveraging the maximum amount of power.

In the first part of the podcast, we begin the conversation with a discussion about the massive transfer of wealth in the wake of the Great Recession, the rise of the precariat, the growth of the service sector and the gig economy, and how capitalists in big cities are literally running out of workers as gentrification pushes out more and more wage earners. We then discuss economically, what has taken place under Trump over the last year, looking at both the economic nationalism of Bannon and the tough talk by Trump to leave behind neoliberalism. Lastly, we discuss the growing push towards automation and robotization and what this signals for everyday people.

We then switch gears and discuss the work of Global Supply Chains, and how this work can inform both current anti-capitalist workers struggles as well as environmental battles taking place against resource extraction.

As both tech capital and gentrification rearranges the world around us, pushing millions into the margins while working us harder and longer for less and less money, we find our lives becoming more and more precarious. In this context, we need to find ways of analyzing and understanding the networks of power, energy, and capital in ways benefit our struggles on the ground.

More Info:...

02:40

Federal Government Continues to Argue in Favor of Indefinitely Detaining an American Citizen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Derrick Broze On Monday a federal judge challenged the U.S. government to justify the continued imprisonment of an American citizen who has been denied...

02:30

DOJ Wall Street Get Rich Quick Revolving Door$ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel This is the fourth part of an investigative series concerning the troubling matter of Wall Street crimes protected by federal agents switching...

02:08

New Mail Policy in Michigan Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Effective November 1st, 2017, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has instituted a new mail policy, which they falsely claim will stem the flow of contraband, primarily the controlled substances suboxone and fentanyl, into Michigan prisons, when they well-know over 80 percent of all contraband is smuggled into prisons by employees, as confirmed by multiple studies. If the MDOC really wanted to stop drugs and other contraband, such as cell phones and tobacco, from entering its prisons, then they would search all MDOC employees just as thoroughly upon entry as they do prisoners families and friends when visiting. Consequently, one can only conclude that stopping contraband is not the goal of this new policy, merely the excuse for it

01:47

Michael Snyder And Other Pro-Trump Candidates For Congress Are Freaking The Establishment Out "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Literally dozens of pro-Trump candidates are running for seats in Congress in 2018, and the establishment is really starting to freak out about this. If having Trump in the White House was a nightmare for them, how are they going to respond once his allies start taking control of Capitol Hill? For a very long time I have been saying that the 2018 mid-term elections are going to be the most important in modern American history. They will inevitably be a referendum on Trump and his policies, and I believe that the American people will support Trump wholeheartedly.

Personally, I am running as a pro-Trump candidate in Idahos first congressional district. Trump supporters have been flocking to my campaign, and it is absolutely amazing how much momentum we have built up over the past few months.

At first my opponents were very polite to me because they didnt see me as a threat. But then they started seeing numbers that showed how well I was doing, and now the claws are coming out.

It is funny how the attacks against me and other pro-Trump candidates around the nation sound almost exactly like the attacks that are constantly being hurled at Trump himself. But like Trump, we are refusing to be intimidated and we are keeping our eye on the ball. Our campaign website is getting the most visits of any of the candidates, our Facebook page has the most likes, and we won the most recent online poll by a very wide margin. We need your help to keep the momentum going, because the establishment is likely to continue to hammer me with attacks up until election day.

Other pro-Trump candidates are getting a lot of heat as well. One of the candidates that I really like is...

01:46

How to make an omelet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chef Gordon Ramsay got over 25 million views of his video showing how to make scrambled eggs. So The Onion produced its own video showing how to make an omelet for those who dont know how. (Language advisory)

01:44

It's Duesday... "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Perhaps caving to some of the pressure from his own sexual harassment/assault accusers, Trump today took to Twitter to call New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a whore. Well, not exactly. But he said she "begged" him for money and "would do anything" for contributions... wink-wink.

00:51

Stuporific! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ted Crockett fails his saving throw against intelligence and is stunned by a fact from Jake Tapper! The stunned ox look is delightful.

I was also giggling at his sad, forlorn Merry Christmas, Jake as the clip ends. Sorry, Ted, that was a pathetic comeback.

Unfortunately, stupid might just be a winning strategy in the Alabama election.

00:33

Russian warplanes & troops arrive home after Syrian mission accomplished (VIDEO) - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Russian forces operating in Syria, including the Beriev A-50 AWACS plane and military police detachment, are arriving back home after successfully completing their mission and playing a key role in defeating Islamic State. On Tuesday, the first group of Russian military aircraft and troops left Syria following President Vladimir Putins order. The Russian leader []

00:13

Thank you Trump: Big Losses for Severely Disabled Veterans - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[ Editors note: Lets explain why you should care about this. Krause leaves some things out. For many years now the most severe totally disabled veterans have been pushed into a category called individual unemployability, corruption and incompetence have, left this one path open after the VA had simply destroyed records or misplaced claims. Some []

00:13

Property of the People Demands Termination of Christy McCormick from Trumps Election Integrity Committee "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Letter from Transparency Watchdog to Secretariat Reveals McCormicks Dual Positions in Trump Admin Violates Federal Law


Read the letter to Secretariat HERE

Washington, DC On Monday, December 11, 2017, Property of the People mailed a letter to the General Services Administrations Committee Management Secretariat asking that Christy McCormick be terminated from the Presidents Advisory Committee on Election Integrity.

52 U.S.C. 20923(d)(2), which governs the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, explicitly states that [n]o member appointed to the Commission under subsection (a) may engage in any other business, vocation, or employment while serving as a member of the Commission and shall terminate or liquidate such business, vocation, or employment before sitting as a member of the Commission.

Christy McCormick serves on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). McCormick was also appointed to serve on the Presidents Advisory Committee on Election Integrity (PACEI).

McCormicks dual positions matter not only because they violate the letter of the law, but also the spirit.

The EAC is an independent agency. When Congress creates independent agencies, it is with the intention that their officers discharge their duties independently of presidential control. Influence from the executive, whether direct or indirect, must not enter the calculus of the officers decision-making. This concept dates back to the very founding of our nation. McCormicks service on the PACEI, a commission created by President Donald Trump, himself, threatens to blight McCormicks service on the nonpartisan, independen...

Tuesday, 12 December

23:53

Solecast: Long Live the Olympia Fracking Blockade "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Solecast: Long Live the Olympia Fracking Blockade appeared first on It's Going Down.

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In this episode of the Solecast I chatted with 4 participants from the Olympia Fracking Blockade, an occupation that shut down the port of Olympia for 2 weeks in November 2018. We take a look back on the occupation in the wake of its raid.

In this interview we discuss:

  • The history of shutting down the Olympia Port from anti-war resistance to environmental actions
  • The subtle beauty of occupations and how they serve many purposes
  • The importance of blockades vs symbolic acts
  • The role of music & dance in building a culture of resistance at the blockade
  • How Freedom Of Information Act requests can inform actions
  • Perspective on the decision to not resist the eviction
  • Critical discussion of things that the people I talked to think could have been done better
  • Tons of amazing and informational anecdotes from the blockade

For more information visit the Olympia Stand Fedbook & Twitter

23:51

Here Comes the Next "Defense" Shakedown "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly aping Ronald Reagan and hoping it brings in the re-election votes? Or perhaps something else entirely? The NDAA budgets nearly $700 billion for the US military next year. Despite its name, there's precious little "defense" involved.

23:45

Talking to the Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls, a Guide for Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Talking to the Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls, a Guide for Anarchists appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anarchists have appeared in the corporate media a lot this year, from the first breathless reports on resistance to the rise of the far right to recent appearances in the fashion pages. But not all visibility is good visibility. The Trump regime is looking to popularize an image of anarchists and other activists as a major threat to public order in order to legitimize further crackdowns; fascist organizations have worked hard to capitalize on a media profile of antifa as violent and mysterious in order to draw more people into their ranks. Corporate media outlets like the Wall Street Journal are notorious for catering to the reactionary politics of their owners, while even the most sympathetic media coverage can be useful to law enforcement agencies seeking information to use against activists.

Anarchists and others have long been critical of the function of the media itself. Yet its not always possible to avoid press coverage; in the information age, its spin or be spun. When we act effectively in pursuit of social change, media outlets will seek to represent us to the general publicand unless we can disrupt their narratives, most people will see us through their eyes.

Corporate media is not a neutral space in which we can present ideas the way we can in direct conversation with our coworkers and neighbors. It is a strategic terrain on which the authorities position themselves to legitimate the use of force. To step in front of the cameras is to enter a hostile territory controlled by a class that is determined to use our images against us. If we enable media outlets to depict us as violent, alien, or extremeno matter how strong the arguments we make in favor of our tactics or ideasthe ultimate result will be that the authorities are emboldened to step up their attacks on us.

When we engage with the media, we must not imagine that they will promote our ideas; we have to accomplish that on our own through our own channels. (At best, we can use media appearances to direct people to those channels, like the organization that insisted on only answering interviews in front of a banner displaying their website.) Rather, we are engaging in a subtle war of position in which we seek...

23:45

A Christian Christmas? The West Supported Al Qaeda Terrorists Who Killed Christians in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Soon Americans and Canadians will be going to Christian churches to celebrate Christmas

23:41

Its Best to Lie! Its Biblical! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Coach Dave is teachin and preachin about lying. Like lying for Jesus, lying for Jehovah is right good too.

Religious Right activist Dave Daubenmire said that Roy Moore has no obligation to tell the truth regarding multiple allegations that he pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s and that, in fact, it is better for him to lie about it if doing so will help to advance the kingdom of God.

Daubenmire, who has been an ardent Moore supporter for years and even interviewed Moore on his program back in 2013, likened Moores efforts to become a U.S. senator from Alabama to using misdirection in a football game, employing subterfuge during a military battle or hiding Jews from the Nazis, saying that deception and dishonesty in such endeavors is acceptable because doing so furthers a greater good.

Lying through your teeth about being a skeevy asshole with a taste for teenagers is not the same as strategy, sportsball or military, and its certainly not the same as hiding Jews from Nazis. The finely fucked up morals of a christian, right there. (Yeah, yeah, #notallchristians, but you all still arent standing up against these fanatical asses.)

When I hear people say, Well, Judge Moore is not worthy of the office if hes lying about what he did, I want to grab em and I want to slap em upside the stinking head, Daubenmire said. Judge Moore is trying to infiltrate an ungodly system and the stakes in this campaign are so great for the cause of Christ and Judge Moore is being lambasted by the holier-than-thou Christians who think [the Bible] says we can never lie.

Golly, such language! Tsk. Infiltrate? Hes running for senate, not trying to pass a super secret seal test or anything. Any idiot can run for the senate. Youd think thered be requirements or something, but no. (You have to be 30 years old, been a citizen for at least nine years, and live in the state you wish to represent, thats it. That would be why so many lying idiots.)

Its best to lie if it advances the kingdom of God, Daubenmire stated. There, I said it.

Yes, you did, and thanks, Coach Dave, for having the spine to admit that, unlike most christians, who believe firmly in lying, but always deny that....

23:37

Bigots know that Trump is on their side "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It is telling that lawyers who are defending three men accused of a hate crime against Somali immigrants are demanding that the jury include people who are more likely to be supporters of Donald Trump.

Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge Friday to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are twice as likely to have voted for President Donald Trump.

A defense motion argues that plans to only summon citizens in the more urban counties closest to the federal courthouse in Wichita is a discriminatory practice that excludes rural and conservative jurors. The trial begins March 19.

Prosecutors have argued the men formed a splinter group of the militia Kansas Security Force that came to be known as the Crusaders. Wright is quoted in a wiretap transcript as saying he hoped the attack would wake people up and inspire others to take similar action against Muslims.

Steins former attorney told the court in an earlier hearing that his client believed then-President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Trump won, forcing militias to step in.

I am not sure why the lawyers are being so subtle by using Trump as a proxy for views. Why not be completely open and require prospective jurors to take a quiz and ensure that there are outright bigots, racists, and xenophobes on the jury?

23:32

To the Muslim Puppet Leaders of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran etc: - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Now that unstable Trump has designated Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, unfortunately there will be more violence and chaos. This unnecessary action is a slap in the face to all Muslims

23:24

Arizona Cop Acquitted for Killing Man Crawling Down Hotel Hallway While Begging for His Life "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This below video will make you sick to your stomach, but you really should try to watch it in order to understand why we need criminal justice reform.

A man is dead.

A cop sprayed him with bullets for failing to comply with a series of confusing and frankly impossible instructionshands on your head, hands in the air, cross your legs, crawl forward, dont fall.

Keep your hands in the air or I will shoot you!

If you fall, you better fall on your face

Keep your hands up

Also, crawl toward me Somehow?

The man was inebriated but obviously no threat, unarmed, sobbing, and justifiably fearful of being killed. I will hear the terror in his voice in my nightmares.

The video is unambiguous; we see the whole encounter, from start to finish. For some reason, a jury decided to acquit the officer.

Heres an interesting detail from the Arizona Republic:

The judge did not allow jurors to hear about an etching on the dust cover of the rifle Brailsford used to shoot Shaver, which said Youre fked, because he felt it was prejudicial.

Both victim and officer were white.

This wasnt racism.

It was aggression and authoritarianism.

One of the problems I have with Black Lives Matter (their tactics, not their goals) is that it seems like they have managed to make the cause of criminal justice reform appear explicitly racial, which could have the unfortunate side effect of discouraging people who arent sufficiently woke on race issues from caring about it.

Which is bad, because the automatic deference we extend to police power, the excuses we make for bad cops, and the incentives we provide for authoritarian policing these are not the hallmarks of a free and healthy society. And they have a real impact on peoples lives.

Daniel Shaver, the victim, had no way out to get out of his situation alive.

This is the body cam footage that was released showin...

23:14

Israel-Palestine: Trumped, Part 1: Why the Israeli Right Will Never Negotiate "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump's Jerusalem decision has put Israel-Palestinian peace talks on hold indefinitely. But that suits the Israeli Right, led now by Netanyahu and Likud, just fine. And it always has.

23:13

Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women's Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action.

22:58

Books. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Just started The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., and Im in love with it already. Stephenson benefits greatly from Gallands warmth and humour.

22:35

Bitcoin and Blockchain Mass Adoption Is Happening! What You Need To Know! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

2017 was the year for cryptocurrencies because Sally soccer mom and Joe six pack are now interested in Bitcoin! This has peaked the interest of Wall Street investors who may soon be able to short bitcoin due to the futures market recently being introduced. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Frank Holmes of HIVE Blockchain about what this will mean for not only bitcoin moving forward but also other cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech in general.

22:33

Uri Avnery King and Emperor - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - Uri has the best new quote on the Supremacist Jews in Israel: Netanyahu would like to be, like Queen Victoria, "king and emperor" King of Israel and Emperor of the Jews. Well, he ain't.

22:33

Tell The FCC Not To End Net Neutrality! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.

22:21

An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover an FBI Informant. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

DAPL red fawn bwby Will Parrish, The Intercept, December 11, 2017

As law enforcement officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipelines path, two sheriffs deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her.

Well before that moment, Fallis had been caught in a sprawling intelligence operation that sought to disrupt and discredit opponents of the pipeline. The Intercept has learned that the legal owner of the gun Fallis is alleged to have fired was a paid FBI informant named Heath Harmon, a 46-year-old member of the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota. For at least two months, Harmon took part in the daily life of DAPL resistance camps and gained access to movement participants, even becoming Falliss romantic partner several weeks prior to the alleged shooting on October 27, 2016.

In an interview with agents from the Bureau of Alcoh...

22:14

Why Palestine and Al Quds are Number One Priority for The Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Dahiyeh Al Quds rally. Beirut 11th December 2017. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

The estimated six thousand strong crowd hummed with expectation as they gathered in the Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh to hear Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speak, following President Trumps unilateral announcement that Jerusalem should be recognised as the capital of Israel. This statement has unleashed a volcanic reaction worldwide against yet another provocative geopolitical maneuver by the maverick US president. 

Watch this exclusive video footage from Beirut:

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There was a new power and urgency to Nasrallahs words, the flags of Palestine, Hezbollah and Lebanon flew side by side over the surging crowd that chanted in unison as their leader spoke. This was not a speech of defence, this was a speech of defiance against the US moves to protect their military outpost in the Middle East. This was a speech that spoke of the end of the illegal state of Israel and a refusal to accept US policy on Middle Eastern soil. Palestine is centre stage once more and Israel is facing a no-option future, war and extinction if they press ahead with their policy of isolationism and extremism in the land they have occupied through brutality, racism and violence.

The following account of Nasrallahs speech has been taken from a report in Al Manarwith all photographs (except one) by Vanessa Beeley. 

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22:14

Okay, Is Everyone Upset? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fonts used: Blasphemy, Black Cow, Zazen Matrix, Zombified. C. Ford.

According to the Family Research Council, all of us secular liberal types are all upset, reallytrulyseriously upset, because merry christmas. Going by them, its a type of wolfs bane now you too can ward off those evil and scary secular liberals, by saying merry christmas! Yes, its that easy! Just three easy payments of $29.95, and well show you the secret to :cough: Sorry about that.

In an email yesterday on behalf of FRCs political arm, FRCAction, Boykin wrote under the subject line Finally, a president who celebrates Christmas!:

This Christmas, President Trump is further separating himself from the left-wing legacy of Barack Obama, who famously wanted a non-religious Christmas.

The Trumps are highlighting a larger-than-life nativity scene and displaying a wealth of beautiful decorations celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

They are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas in the White House, on social media, and even on their beautiful Christmas cards.

While the White House may be celebrating Christmas, secularist liberals around the nation are upset that our president is honoring this blessed time of year. They are more determined than ever to strip away our rights to celebrate our faith and the true meaning of our most treasured and joyous holidays in the public square.

I dont give a shit what people do on their own property, but promoting one particular religion has no place in any publicly funded building or institution. Yknow, separation of church and state, all that. The Tiny Tyrant is a fucking idiot, who is tossing this to all the other idiots, like it means something.

We are a nation that was founded on the freedom of religion.

Yeah. It would be really nice if you fucking christians figured out that doesnt mean freedom of christianity only. Thats what you want it to mean, but that doesnt make it so. FFS, you morons worship the damn constitution more than your psychopathic god, and you still cant get anything right.

Now, we are fighting to preserve those very rights that the Founding Fathers gave us in the Constitution.

When President Obama was in office, his hand had to be fo...

22:06

A reconciliation fail: B.C. First Nations promise court action over NDPs approval of Site C "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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There are thousands of people that are bitterly disappointed, says leader of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Dec 12, 2017

Moments after B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government would allow construction of the Site C dam to move forward, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations promised to go to court to stop the project, while others criticized the NDP for breaking campaign promises to respect the rights of Indigenous people.

This sets the tone for the next four years with this government, said West Moberly Chief Roland Willson.

Willson and Prophet River First Nation chief Lynette Tzakoza said their legal counsel would be filing a court injunction to stop construction of Site C, on the grounds that it violates the 1899 Treaty No. 8 agreement.

A similar...

22:01

At Six Nations deer hunt, aboriginal rights become a target "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Six Nations hunt hunter

Chester Gibson, of the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority, and co-leader of the Six Nations of the Grand River hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park, speaks to visitors on Dec. 5. PHOTOS BY Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

by Dakshana Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail, Dec 11, 2017

For much of Chester Gibsons adult life, deer hunting outside the boundaries of the Six Nations Reserve was carried out stealthily. Hed be in a car going 30 kilometres per hour and dive out of the passenger seat clutching his crossbow, roll in a ditch and then disappear into the woods. When Mr. Gibson, who is Mohawk, was ready to be picked up, hed plant a stick at the side of the road to alert his driver. Then hed lug the deer carcass into the back of the truck as quickly as possible, jump in and take off. If caught, he could be prosecuted.

But this fall, when Mr. Gibson, 51, arrived in...

22:00

What can I do to make you love me? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The seducing of Amazon has turned into a litmus test of sorts for me. I've made a (sadly) very long list of cities below I don't plan to ever reside in  places that have shown a pathetic level of desperation. I'm actually proud of Minnesota. Our governor, who never met a subsidy he didn't like, who thinks success is subsidizing businesses to move from one community to the other, initially expressed enthusiasm over putting a package together for Amazon. Props to Minnesota's business leaders for pressuring him to do otherwise. We put together a modest bid just to be Minnesota Nice, but we're not mortgaging our future for a nice headline today. 

My least favorite example (which is the way my daughters describe things that they loath) has to be Frisco, Texas. I've been to Frisco. It is clearly in the grips of the Illusion of Wealth, including all of the feelings of superiority  as if their unique brilliance created the massive wealth they live with and not recognizing the pattern around them suggesting both the accidental origin and the inevitable end.

I posted something in the Strong Towns Facebook feed a while back about Frisco and was savaged on my own personal wall by a resident (the digital equivalent of putting dog feces on the front stoop of your enemy). Whatever you think of Amazon, they aren't stupid. There's no way they go to Frisco, or any similar dead-end suburb, regardless of their own estimation of themselves.

The best meme on this came from the Onion, which put together an article depicting Philadelphia razing their downtown in anticipation of landing Amazon. Their imaged quote was:

We look forward to all the jobs and economic benefits that will be coming our way once Amazon decid...

21:48

Taking Care of The Flood of Humanity in Bangladesh -- 622,000 Rohingya Arrive in Three Months "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Bangladesh deals with annual disastrous typhoons from the Bay of Bengal and the massive floods that routinely submerge large parts of the small country. The latest flood in Bangladesh is not of water, but of humanity.

21:46

Saving The Ecosystem With Wild Backyards "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week on Love (and Revolution) Radio, Sherri Mitchell and Rivera Sun speak with citizen scientist and master gardener Adrian Fisher about reconciliation ecology and how her neighborhood outside Chicago, IL used wild plant gardening to not only connect two wildlife preserves on either side of her, but also a bi-continental migration route for innumerable wild species.

21:44

Rustbelt Abolition Radio #12: Settler Colonialism and the Struggle for Abolition "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Rustbelt Abolition Radio #12: Settler Colonialism and the Struggle for Abolition appeared first on It's Going Down.

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This episode grapples with the relation between incarceration and settler colonialism. Kelly Lytle Hernndez, abolitionist writer and professor of History and African American studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, discusses her latest book, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles.

Hernndez reveals the underlying logic of elimination and conquest that is foundational to our settler colonial society by interrogating the construction of the settler-carceral state over two centuries. In this historical analysis, Hernndez draws from what she calls The Rebel Archive, a constellation of historical materials that emerged from struggles against conquest and elimination.

As resistance against conquest continues, how can abolitionists take seriously the reality of envisioning another world on occupied land?


Rustbelt Abolition Radio is an abolitionist media and movement-building project based in Detroit, MI. Each episode amplifies the voices of those impacted by mass incarceration and explores ongoing work in the movement to abolish the carceral state (that is, prisons, police, courts as well as racial domination and capitalist exploitation).

The show seeks to strengthen community collaboration and undermine the common sense that putting people in cages and shackling them with electronic devices solves the problems produced by racial capitalism. As such, we aim to expand our ability to struggle against the ways in which the carceral state impacts our daily lives and to create a space where we can both imagine and remake our world anew.

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Middle East Is On Verge Of New War Following Trumps Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israels Capital - Veterans Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront On November 28, SouthFront released a video analysis entitled Would Anyone Profit From a New War in the Middle East?. The video said that despite tensions in the region the possibility of a new war in in the near future was relatively low because no regional player was interested in it. The only []

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Video Surfaces Showing Killer Cop Beating Up Teens Months Before He Murdered Daniel Shaver "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A video has resurfaced apparently showing Philip Brailsford, the police officer who killed Daniel Shaver, violently abusing teenagers.

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UK Govt Exposed For Funding Terrorist Councils, Police, And White Helmets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Turbeville The BBC has recently surprised everyone with a rare act of journalism, exposing the UK government for funding terrorists in Syria through...

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U.S. Government Interventionism and Wars Provoke More Violence: NYC Bombing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Scott Lazarowitz Another terrorist bombing, an amateurish pipe bombing/attempted suicide bombing, in New York City on Monday morning, in which no deaths occurred but...

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Americans view U.S. government as increasingly corrupt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the past year, a new survey by the Transparency International found that American adults believe corruption has increased in the United States, with the White House being the most corrupt government institution.

The results are bad news, with one exception: the vast majority of the public still believes that they can make a difference on corruption, a viewpoint that we at Sunlight also share. Here are five ways to make progress.

  • 44% of Americans believe that corruption is pervasive in the White House, up from 36 per cent in 2016.
  • Almost 7 out of 10 people believe the government is failing to fight corruption, up from half in 2016.
  • Close to a third of African-Americans surveyed see the police as highly corrupt, compared to a fifth across the survey overall.
  • 55% gave fear of retaliation as the main reason not to report corruption, up from 31 per cent in 2016.
  • 74% said ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption.

Discussing corruption and public discontents

This morning at the National Press Club, Transparency International convened a press conference that featured Sunlights executive director, John Wonderlich, and many of our key allies in transparency, accountability and ethics in government here in Washington, including Danielle Brian at the Project on Government Oversight, Lisa Rosenberg at OpenTheGovernment, and Gary Kalman at the FACT Coalition.

You can watch the archived video of the discussion in the embed below.

Heres some more of the key takeaways:

The public views the Trump White House as the most corrupt institution

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As Josh Rogin noted in the...

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