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Wednesday, 18 April

01:07

Retrospective No. 1: "I'm Shocked, Shocked (about the Libby Commutation), Not" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the first in an occasional series that I will be running of columns that I published both on OpEdNews and other sites, that bear relevance to current events. There will be very slight, if any, editing, and contemporaneous notes in [ ].I wrote this one, in 2007, on the commutation by Pres. George W. Bush of the sentence that Scooter Libby received for lying and obstruction of Justice in the Valerie Plame case.

00:34

Video: Cop Who Was Fired for Not Writing Enough Tickets Finally Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

cop fired not writing enough tickets(ANTIMEDIA) A police officer in Alpharetta, Georgia, claims he was fired for not issuing enough traffic tickets to motorists in the area. Officer Daniel Capps was on the force for nine years and was ultimately terminated because he declined to issue a traffic ticket to a driver after he bumped into another car. According to a department memo []

00:12

While China Picks Winners, Trump Picks Losers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

America has always had an industrial policy. The real question is whether it's forward-looking (the Internet, solar, zero-emissions buses) or backwards (coal). Trump wants a backwards industrial policy. That's not surprising, given that everything else he and his administration are doing is designed to take us backwards.

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Tuesday, 17 April

23:29

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We had a lot of freezing rain over the weekend and it caused some minor damage to the trees in my neighbourhood. A few small branches down here and there, but nothing serious. I wish I could say the same about our favorite trail in the woods. Today we found major storm damage there, including three large trees, each about 25 30 meters high, pulled up by the roots and laying across the path. There are also several smaller trees and lots of large branches down across the forest and over the path. We went around a lot of obstacles today and in places we had to scramble up and over. This will likely cause damage to the flowers as well because people are treading off the walking path and onto the beds where the trilliums and jack-in-the-pulpit grow. We also heard a few branches cracking overhead which gave the whole place quite an eerie feel. All in all not our usual walk today.

fallen trees

Fallen tree

Uprooted tree

Uprooted tree

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23:24

YouTube Vs 420 & The Great Cannabis Purge of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

YouTube Strikes Again! This time their purge is aimed at cannabis related channels because they to are going up against the status quo by exposing big Pharma and educating people on the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth covers the latest news regarding censorship on the YouTube platform while also explaining his plans for extensive and exclusive coverage coming up of this years 420 event in Vancouver!

23:02

IRS E-File and Payment Systems Crash Hours Before Tax Day Deadline "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With less than 12 hours to go until the Tax Day deadline, The IRS's E-Filing system and "Direct Pay" systems are unavailable.

The post IRS E-File and Payment Systems Crash Hours Before Tax Day Deadline appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

22:32

Rebuild Tooth Enamel and Treat Dental Cavities From Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dental cavities plague nearly every age group and come with serious health concerns, according to the World Health Organization. Additionally, the costs of treating dental cavities and related diseases can be a huge economic burden. Now, there is a new product being created that uses proteins that rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities. Lead []

The post Rebuild Tooth Enamel and Treat Dental Cavities From Home appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

22:26

Russia: Douma Open to Press, Says Trump/May Lied - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After speaking with eyewitnesses on the ground in Syria, even mainstream media are beginning to cast doubt on the Wests narrative of an alleged gas attack in Douma

22:25

Thousands of US Troops Amass on Syrias Border in Jordan for Military Drill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

troops jordan(ANTIMEDIA)  In what can only be described as a remarkable coincidence, thousands of U.S. Marines arrived in Jordan at around the same time the U.S., U.K., and France were organizing a direct military strike on Jordans neighbor, Syria. According to the Marine Corps Times, nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including roughly 1,800 Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in []

22:25

Social Media Now Being Used by Police and Intelligence Agencies to Collect Biometrics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Nicholas West Amid the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica debacle over their general surveillance and misuse of users private data, there is an emerging trend that...

22:13

Koreas Negotiating Peace Treaty & End To Demilitarized Zone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The 1950 to 1953 war between North and South Korea ended their hostilities with a truce and the creation of a demilitarized zone. Now the North and South Korea governments are preparing to announce a permanent end to the Korean War, he  newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed South Korean official. CNBC reports: Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation. Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.

22:13

Pakistan heading towards chaos - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  Asif Haroon Raja India has all along been trying to breakup Pakistan, but it became a collective target of Indo-US-Israeli nexus after it opted to gain nuclear capability in 1970s.  Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, India and Israel in collaboration kept trying to knockout Kahuta plant. In this regard, imposition of Pressler amendment in []

22:09

Mike Lees New Project Measures Social Capital And The Closeness Of Communities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Senator Mike Lee, vice chairman of Congresss Joint Economic Committee, discusses a new index measuring decline in our countrys social capital, on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. Both Lee and Scott Winship, director of the Social Capital Project, discuss what studying families, health, crime, and volunteer work tells us about the state of institutions, religion, and loneliness.

I think we are all sort of seeing this immediate short-term gain from technology and from doing less interaction with people, but it does leave behind this longer term emptiness that I personally think has causes a lot of folks to worry more about economics than they should, Winship said.

Listen to the full episode here:

22:09

As The Us Starts A New War In Syria With No Evidence, Israel Is Murdering Civilians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By  Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

Over the weekend, the United States led a coordinated attackalong with French and British forceson the sovereign country of Syria. Western nations have ganged up on and attacked this sovereign state, launching countless missiles, hitting civilian targets, and, all of it was based on alleged crimes for which they had no evidence.

After the strikes Friday night, the French and British governments released the supposed evidence they had to justify the act of war carried out by allied nations in Syria. The reports admitted to not having any actual intelligence and the evidence was based on open source information widely available on the internet.\

22:00

Lawyer Burns Himself To Death To Protest Environmental Destruction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By , Ecowatch

A nationally known civil rights lawyer and environmental advocate died after setting himself on fire in Brooklyns Prospect Park on Saturday to protest environmental destruction.

David Buckel, 60, doused himself with an accelerant before starting a fire that ultimately killed him.

I apologize to you for the mess, he wrote in a suicide note he left in a shopping cart near his body, the Daily News reported.

In an emailed copy of the note the New York Times received, he said: Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a resultmy early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.

The Times further reported:

In his note, which was received by the Times at 5:55 a.m., Mr. Buckel discussed the difficulty of improving the world even for those who make vigorous efforts to do so.

Privilege, he said, was derived from the suffering of others.

Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help, Mr....

22:00

If you're not growing, you're dying "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If you're not growing, you're dying. This is an exact statement made to me recently by a business owner in a small town. It is conventional wisdom, especially amongst the small town business community. And it is a belief based on observation. Indeed, when you look generally across the landscape, towns that are not growing are dying.

This points out the fragility of our current model of growth and development: Cities that don't grow, die.

Today I would like you to ponder two things about that statement. First, why is that a reality for so many places? And second, what does this say about the future of America's cities and towns?

Growth as we know it today is driven primarily by four mechanisms, which we have discussed in detail previously but which I will mention briefly again.

The gains here are not real in the sense that they foretell some new age of prosperity. The growing simply allows you to not be dying for a little bit longer.

They are:

  1. Transfer payments between governments.
  2. Demand-driven transportation spending.
  3. Debt, both public and private.
  4. The Growth Ponzi Scheme.

The impact that all of these mechanisms share is that they create short-term financial benefits for a community, but almost always generate even greater long-term financial shortfalls. The long-term imbalance is due to the auto-oriented, spread out nature of our development pattern. When the true cost of development is masked, there is little incentive to think about the long-term maintenance expenses inherent in this way of building.

But the short-term benefits are real and, in our pattern of development, necessary. You see, if you are not growing, you are dying precisely because a short-term financial gain is necessary to make up for the long-term financial shortfall of the prior investment.

Our pattern of development is one big Ponzi scheme. We must grow or die the same way Bernie Madoff needed to grow his portfolio of new investors to pay off older investors. Or the same way interest-only mortgage holders needed housing prices to continue to climb so they could cover their debts. The gains here are not real in the sense that they foretell some new age of prosperity. The growing simply allows you to not be dying for a little bit longer.

So long as a community can continue, in ever increasing amounts, to get grants, direct ai...

21:59

TCK RADIO: (MrMBB333) Binary System Approaching & Weird Wildlife Behavior - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TradCatKnight Radio, (MrMBB333) Binary System Approaching & Weird Wildlife Behavior Talk given 4-17-18 (aprx 55 minutes) TCK PODCASTS ARE NOW FOUND ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY & PLAYER.FM Special guest Michael aka MrMBB333 joins me to discuss: latest weird weather anomalies from around the world, weird wildlife behavior lately, sky phenomenons, is there a binary system []

21:54

7 Habits That Are Making You Unhappy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Sometimes it is less what we do, and more what we dont do that has the biggest impact on our lives.

Happiness; something that everyone wants to find in some form, yet elusive enough that many never really find the deep level of satisfaction that they crave. Often we go for everything that surrounds the potential happiness, instead of just going direct to the source. This often leads to immense suffering.

There are many things in the world, yet none of those things will actually bring us anywhere closer to our desires. It is feelings that we need, and feelings are created by experiences and mindset.

There are many decisions we can make that will bring us closer to the life we desire, but often it is the things we choose not to do that will have the biggest impact.

Perfectionism

It is good to have high standards, but if you expect things to be perfect you will be in for a rough ride. Those who manage to find happiness do so as a result of being able to adapt to the given situation.

Nothing will ever be perfect and you can always tweak an idea to enhance it in some way. But when you get stuck in this, you will never hold the fruit of your labour and eventually the fruit will turn sour.

Sometimes you have a very specific idea and goal, the evolution of this can change over time. If you refuse to adapt, it wil...

21:45

Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site, Concludes They Were Not Gassed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Robert Fisks bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but hes encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced []

The post Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site, Concludes They Were Not Gassed appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

21:44

Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel a Matter of Policy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Media spin will continue to provide Israel with the needed margins to carry out its violent policies against the Palestinian people, with no moral accountability. The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza's popular protests indicates that the media's position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means.

21:42

When Will America Wake Up And Tackle Its Homelessness Problem? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Seattle spends $1.06 billion a year in a feigned effort to help the homeless, yet that money is used on programs that help companies and corporations profit from their destitution medical visits, insurance, etc. while it would cost only $192 million to house and care for all the homeless people in King County.  []

The post When Will America Wake Up And Tackle Its Homelessness Problem? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

21:41

Mainstream Journalist Visits Site of Syrian Gas Attack, Questions Official Story "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syrian Children gas attack(ANTIMEDIA)  There are more than enough sound reasons to doubt the official narrative on the Syrian conflict and the alleged poison gas attack, according to the Independents Robert Fisk, who is currently on the ground in the Syrian city of Douma. While in Douma, Fisk met with Dr. Assim Rahaibani, a Syrian doctor from an underground clinic that emerged as []

21:28

Quite Possibly a Greater and More Imminent Danger than WW3 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I've been aware of climate change since 1977, when reading Energy for Survival: An alternative to extinction. Then kicked in the head again in 1997, in an article in Orion Magazine, which made six predictions that have all since come true, with a vengeance. And of course again in the past two decades or so, when we read about this in the headlines (as freak storms, etc.).

21:28

Young Turks Are Leaving Islam For Deism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Turkish students in state-sponsored Islamic schools are leaving Islam for Deism. This has Turkish government and religious officials upset. It would be wonderful to see the same thing happen in the US as it would greatly weaken the religious right.

21:25

Rinse, Lather, Repeat: False WMD Accusations As Tool of Foreign Policy - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront Recently, rumors and provocations have become the main, if not the only, instrument of the so-called US-led bloc to justify its aggressive and two-faced policy around the world. Douma chemical attack On April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria describing their actions as a response []

21:19

The Art of Maureen Tepedino Featured on April 22, 2018! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The art of Maureen Tepedino will be celebrated in a new exhibit entitled "Imagination: Art that Speaks to You" at the Upper West in Santa Monica on April 22nd, from 4-7 pm.

21:12

Life Credits "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Life Credits starts from being honest with one's self; to see the energy that is associated with each and every purchase as well as earning. To simply call it for what it is so that one can start to break down the lies by putting away the euphemisms and perhaps question more.

21:03

Funny, Wise Quotations on Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article was originally published April 15, 2016.

Filling Out Tax Forms with Fiction

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Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. (Herman Wouk)

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government. (Barry Goldwater)

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you dont know when its through if you are a crook or a martyr. (Will Rogers)

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward. (John Maynard Keynes)

There isnt a rich man in your vast city who doesnt perjure himself every year before the tax board. They are all caked with perjury, many layers thick. Iron-clad, so to speak. If there is one that isnt, I desire to acquire him for my museum, and will pay Dinosaur rates. (Mark Twain)

They cant collect legal taxes from illegal money. (Al Capone)

I am willing to barter my nudity for your love. That way the IRS cant tax our transaction. (Jarod Kintz)

There are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin. (Mae West)

The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free information hot lines staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question, such as how you can cheat, theyre useless. (Dave Barry)

Guide to the Perplexed

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This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher. (when asked about completing his income tax form) (Albert Einstein)

The devil appears in many forms, but the most nefarious of all are tax forms. (Jarod Kintz)

Of course the truth is that the congresspersons are too busy raising campaign money to read the laws they pass. The laws are written by staff tax nerds who can put pretty much any wording they want in there. I bet that if you actually read the entire vastness of the US Tax Code, youd find at least one sex scene (Yes, yes, YES! moaned Vanessa as Lance, his taut body moist with moisture, again and again depreciated her adjusted gross rate of annualized fiscal debenture). (Dave Barry)

There is an ancient belief that the gods love the obscure and hate the obvious. Without benefit of divinity, modern men of similar persuasion draft provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 341 is their triumph. (Martin D. Ginsburg)

You Will Pay

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21:02

Democracy Needs a Free Press -- Even in the Congo "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Transformational change in the Democratic Republic of Congo must start with a free press.

20:58

Critiquing PCness: Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We need a shared belief system as a code for mutually predictable relations, expectations, desires allowing for cooperation, peaceful competition. We need a clear value system because both perception and action require a goal. For this to work, we need to take responsibility to strive for goals consistent with reality. Hey, this is Islam or Christianity!

20:31

Facebook Is Violating Your Privacy Via Facial Recognition Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On April 6, a coalition of consumer privacy organizations led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Facebook of violating individuals privacy via the companys facial recognition practices. The complaint focuses on changes to Facebooks policy which went into effect in early 2018, namely the ability to scan user []

The post Facebook Is Violating Your Privacy Via Facial Recognition Technology appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:28

Australian TV Host Peta Credlin Goes Off On Transgender Birth Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Australian TV host Peta Credlin gave a short monologue yesterday against a proposal to let people at whim call themselves or their newborns male, female, intersex, unspecified, or indeterminate on their birth certificates. She notes this ideas proponents say its the next step after government affirmation of same-sex relationships, although at the time that was not publicly sold as an entrance point for transsexual politics.

Trust us, they said, didnt they? Love is love,' she recalls.

Children are born a boy or a girl, [for] the vast bulk of humanity, Credlin says, because stating the obvious is now not only necessary, it even requires courage. That is a biological fact, and laws must reflect reality.

Credlin noted an exception is logical for the approximately 1.5 percent of humans who are discovered, usually at puberty, to have both male and female reproductive organs due to chromosomal abnormalities. But then and only then is the time right to alter a birth certificate, armed with medical fact, but not in a birthing suite due to the whim of a parent who wants to record [her] child as nonbinary, Credlin continued.

This is nothing more than a dangerous push by the Left into records we have kept as civilizations since almost as long as we have had the written word. Assuming change from the outset is designed to disrupt social norms and it must be resisted.

The Australian News Weekly notes the Victorian Upper House voted down transgendering Victorian birth certificates in 2016. When Victorian opposition parliamentarians asked, if a person can change their sex, can they also change their age or change their race? Labor members had no answer.

The proposal would require no physical alterations to a persons body before retconning his or her birth certificate. Transgender activists claim that would discriminate against trans people or those who identify as something other than transgender, male, or female (such as  visual trigger warning ...

20:27

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



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

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





Written by Grant G
                                    Number 577, The Unluckiest Number


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

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


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

20:25

US: Russia Hacked The Evidence Of Chemical Attack In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesnt find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, its because Russia hid the evidence. It is our understanding the Russians may have []

The post US: Russia Hacked The Evidence Of Chemical Attack In Syria appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:19

World Renowned Scientists Have Their Lab Shut Down After Troublesome Vaccine Discovery "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the 90s, Dr. Antonietta Gatti discovered the relationship between micro- and nano-particles as well as a great number of pathologies: cardiovascular diseases, many forms of cancer, multiple neurological diseases, and autoimmune diseases. Shes taken part in many international research projects, including the pathologies induced by depleted uranium, waste incineration, food polluted with inorganic particles, []

The post World Renowned Scientists Have Their Lab Shut Down After Troublesome Vaccine Discovery appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

20:11

What James Comey Gets Wrong About Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

To assure that presidents did not become elected despots, and to guarantee that unfit leaders could be removed when necessary, George Mason argued at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that "No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued."

20:03

Why Not Emphasize Assad Had No MOTIVE To Use Gas! He Had Defeated the Terrorists Sent by USA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why Not Emphasize That Assad Had No MOTIVE To Use Gas When He Already Defeated the Terrorists Sent and Armed by USA and Saudi Arabia, While Assad's Enemies Had a Reason to Stage a Gas Attack To Give USA a Pretext To Bomb Yet Again.

20:01

Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

PHILADELPHIA A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Philadelphias airport Tuesday with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged. Passengers walked off the plane onto the tarmac at the airport.

It wasnt immediately known if anyone on board was injured. Southwest said 143 passengers and five crew members were on the plane.

Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting while wearing an oxygen mask. He posted, Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!

Via CBS News
Featured Image: Andy LoPresto/Flick

The post Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia appeared first on Intellihub.

19:50

U.S. claims Russia hacked Syrian attack evidence, after Russia finds rebel chemical weapons facility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Update: Interfax reports that the Russian military has discovered a rebel-owned chemical weapons lab in Douma.

The Russian Defense Ministry says that components for Mustard Gas production were discovered along with cylinders of chlorine at a alb belonging to militants in Douma.

Additionally, Moscow has said it is stunned by a French statement that Russia is obstructing OPCW experts from entering Syrias Douma (echoing Ambassador Wards). the Russian foreign  ministry confirms OPCW expoerts are already in Douma.

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And on the game goes

While Russias foreign ministry warns that Western powers are interfering with OPCWs work in Syria (noting that the chemical weapons experts access to Douma is being hampered by remaining militants, supported by Washington), as Caitlin Johnstone details, we are now being told by US officials (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesnt find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, its because Russia hid the evidence.

It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site, reports U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward.

It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation.

Via Caitlin Johnstone,

I guess the idea is that this international top-level investigative team on which tremendous credibility has been placed by the western world can be thwarted by Russians showing up with a Hoover and spraying some Febreze in the air like a teenage stoner when mom comes home? Im not sure, but given the immense dearth of evidence weve been seeing in support of the establishment Douma narrative and the mounting pile of evidence contradicting it, it sure does sound fishy.

Now that the jihadist-occupied suburb of Douma has been retaken by the Syrian government, western journalists ha...

19:48

Congress should ensure the investigation of the Special Counsel is protected "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today, the Sunlight Foundation endorsed the Special Counsel Transparency Act to preserve evidence and recommendations that result from Special Counsel Robert S. Muellers investigation, should President Donald J. Trump fire him.

Additionally, we joined a coalition of good government and ethics watchdogs in a letter urging the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to support the bill.

The Special Counsel Transparency Act would protect the Special Counsels investigation by triggering the disclosure of evidence to Congress in the event of the Muellers dismissal, which helps prevent a cover-up, protects any evidence of wrongdoing, and reasserts Congresss relevance to the investigation, all at the same time, said John Wonderlich, our executive director, in a statement to the public and press. Congress should carefully consider and then pass this bill, and quickly.

We dont come to this decision lightly, but recent events have suggested that the special counsels office and its investigation could be imperiled by a president who has become isolated and unnerved in the wake of a corruption inv...

19:42

Durham Becomes First City in US to Ban Cops From Going to Israel for Military-Style Training "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Cops across the country routinely participate in a program in which they travel to Israel to receive training in policing tactics. To prevent the militarization of their police force, the city of Durham has banned this practice.

The post Durham Becomes First City in US to Ban Cops From Going to Israel for Military-Style Training appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

19:40

The Youth Are Protesting This Much More Than Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kids are protesting this much more than they are guns confiscation rallies. What are they protesting?

 

 

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19:40

Who is Alan Grayson and Why is He Asking Questions About Syria? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  Alan Grayson is a former member of US House of Representatives from Florida.  Grayson is Jewish, formerly a backer of any Israeli policy and known to VT through our contacts in Israeli intelligence.    There are those there, our compatriots as it were, men of honor, who stand with us.  This is why []

19:29

Top 5 Veterans News: April 17th, 2018 - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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19:20

Goddamnit Morrissey "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I had a difficult time coming up with a name for my blog. Im not very creative, so I picked a song by an artist I adored Morrissey. And Morrissey is, well, problematic. Im not going to rehash all of the questionable opinions hes vomited out over the years. The idea for this post actually came from the last time he said something terrible but, like dozens of other posts Ive began and left idle, I never finished it. For that instance, he had some thoughts on Kevin Spacey and #metoo:

Morrissey says that the whole thing has become a play, and that the definition of sexual harassment has become so broad that every person on this planet is guilty. Specifically, he says that the allegations against Kevin Spacey are ridiculous, saying that if he was 26 and alone in a bedroom with a 14-year-old boy, then the boys shouldve known what was going to happen. When you are in somebodys bedroom, he says, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. Because of that, he thinks Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.

https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2017/05/26/there-are-some-bad-people-on-the-right/

This was on the heels of his new garbage album. Coupled with his last garbage album, he hasnt made good music in almost a decade. Yet he still sells out everywhere he plays and has an extremely devoted fanbase. This gives him a modicum of mainstream relevancy so, unfortunately, microphones keep being shoved in his face. Behold the most recent example:

As far as racism goes, the modern loony left seem to forget that Hitler was leftwing, he says now. When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is: hmm, you actually have a point, and I dont know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot well both forget how enlightened your comment was.

Yes, people tend to forget that Hitler was leftwing I mean, cmon people, Socialism is in the freaking name of his ideology! Also, when I call someone a racist, deep down I think that theyre right. Moreover, it masks the fact that I have no way of responding to the airtight logic so masterfully deployed by those I unjustifiably call bigots. Fuck.

Anyways, my blog name is bad. Fortunately for me, most people probably dont even know...

19:12

North and South Korea in Talks to Officially End Korean War: Report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(CD)  Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, and have been for more than six decadesbut an absolutely earth-shaking new report on Tuesday indicates the Korean War may soon be coming to an end. Citing an anonymous South Korean diplomatic official, Munhwa Ilboa South Korean daily newspaperreported that the neighboring countries are hashing out a []

19:00

A Small Town Mayor Puts Strong Towns Principles into Action "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 Mayor Lou Radkowski (Photo by Elena Radkowski)

Mayor Lou Radkowski (Photo by Elena Radkowski)

Lou Radkowski is a Strong Towns member and the Mayor of St. Marys, a town of about 13,000 in northwestern Pennsylvania. On top of that, hes also a dad to seven kids (see the photo at the top) and works another full-time job. I chatted with him in the midst of his busy life about his time in office, how hes implementing Strong Towns ideas in his community, and what the Strong Towns movement has taught him.

Rachel: What encouraged you to run for office?

Mayor Lou: I decided to run basically because Ive always wanted to. From a young age, I was always interested in government, politics and the machine that makes everything work. I have a family and relocated back to the town where I grew up. I felt that [running for office] would be a way to share some skills and experience I have with my town.

Rachel: What are the biggest issues your town is facing that you want to address?

Mayor Lou: The big one is trying to stop the brain drain and population decline. Ive been catching up on my Strong Towns Podcast episodes and the one with Haile McCollum from Thomasville, Georgia really spoke to me. As Ive been reaching out on Slack and contributing to discussion, Im seeing that there are a lot of folks out there in rural America struggling, too.

Basically the overarching principle is to just stop it either flat line or increase the population by 2030. Im hoping we can adopt a strategic plan in one of our next meetings. One key part of that is reinventing our downtown to make it a place again and not just an area where traffic just passes through. We also want to get kids more involved. Id like to start a youth council in town to get them more engaged and let them know we care about them. I saw [Jonathan Holth's] recent article on that topic. A lot of the things that I want to do are in line with the stuff you all put out on Strong Towns. Thats why I...

18:55

Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By John Vibes During a solo concert this week in Barcelona, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took a moment to address the audience about the...

18:47

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

'Democrats show, once again, that they are no allies, accomplices, friends or champions of tribal sovereignty.'

18:46

The Crisis Is Only In Its Beginning Stages "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Until Washington is effectively resisted, Washington's European vassals, the UN Security Council and the OPCW will stand with Washington. Once Washington experiences a defeat, NATO will dissolve and with this dissolution Washington's ability to threaten other countries will lose its cover and evaporate.

18:45

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Page from Wake by Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez (all images courtesy Hugo Martinez).

Page from Wake by Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez (all images courtesy Hugo Martinez).

In 1712, New York City witnessed a dramatic uprising when over 20 black slaves, fighting against their unjust conditions, set fire to several houses of white slaveowners and fatally shot nine. Known today as the New York Slave Revolt of 1712, the insurgence resulted in the conviction and public execution of 21 slaves, as well as more severe slave codes. While sources often state that these rebels were all men, the historian Dr. Rebecca Hall has identified four women who were captured during the clashing and were tried. Their names were Amba, Lilly, Sarah, and Abigail.

Erased from history books, their stories will now be told in vivid form by Hall, who has devoted much of her career to unearthing the roles of women in slave revolts. Hall is currently working on her first graphic novel, which will highlight female rebels in various 18th-century uprisings, from three in New York to those that broke out on slave ships. Titled Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, the 150-page work emerges out of Halls 2004 dissertation on the same topic. She is now collaborating with independent comic artist Hugo Martinez to produce the storyboards and, through Friday, May 4, is raising $5,900 on Kickstarter to realize it for submission to publishers.

The way the history of slave resistance has been written, this very gendered narrative developed about how manly and masculine enslaved men actually were, which served to elide the role that women played, Hall told Hyperallergic. I was going against everything being taught in womens roles in slave resistance by insisting that, if I looked, I bet I would find these women. She recalled how her dissertation advisor had told her that she wouldnt find any sources to realize her chosen topic; how one archive claimed that it had no related material.

This is a fascinating, and I th...

18:39

Inside the Inquisition: How the Church gets away with Crime "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

This Sunday April 22 on Here We Stand: 

at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern and 11 pm GMT at www.bbsradio.com/herewestand

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Like other churches with a genodical legacy, the United Church of Canada is a law unto itself, destroying the innocent and crushing dissent with impunity and immunity. And yet its operations are shrouded in mystery, unaccountable and untouchable.

As part of the global Operation Atonement, todays program features an insiders detailed account of how a secret United Church court stripped him of his civil rights and expelled him from the ministry in order to cover up its crimes against native people. The insider is Kevin Annett, who was railroaded out of the church soon after he exposed the latters theft of Ahousaht land and murder of children in its Indian residential schools.

In the words of human rights observer Dr. Jennifer Wade,

The kangaroo court expulsion of Kevin Annett from his profession was the worst travesty of justice Ive ever seen, made all the more atrocious by the deeper crimes it was concealing. I could not believe such a thing could happen in Canada.

To know how to stop the churchs crimes, we must first understand how they get away with them. Tune in this Sunday and find out.

See www.itccs.org and www.murderbydecree.com

 

18:25

Comeys Book Tied Trumps Removal Under the 25th Amendment Disability Clause "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Disgraced FBI Director, James Comey, recently wrote a book called A Higher Loyalty. Is he talking loyalty to the Deep State? In his book, Comey talks about his actions towards Hillary Clinton. You will not believe the words that came out of Comeys mouth. The apparent purpose of the book is tied to impugning the Presidents mental health which could result in his removal from office under the 25the Amendment.

 

The post Comeys Book Tied Trumps Removal Under the 25th Amendment Disability Clause appeared first on Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show.

18:24

The White Privilege Tax Deduction. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Hyperallergic asked CM Campbell, a black artist, to design a rather special tax form. Head on over to see the full form!

18:18

Chelsey Luger: Whose Native lands are you on? A new app can tell you "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Enter your ZIP code into the Native Lands App and an interactive map will tell you the areas original language and tribal ties.

18:16

They Were Not Gassed: Famed Reporter Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Robert Fisk Syria Chemical Weapons(ZHE)  Robert Fisks bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but hes encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced []

18:15

Bill Maher on How Every Generation Could Be Called the What Were You Thinking? Generation. Cell Phones in Pockets Included In Current List of Senseless Behavior. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank On April 13, 2018 Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), Bill provides the audience with a long list of what was once...

18:14

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

18:10

WATCH: Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pink Floyd

"What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people," Pink Floyd's Roger Waters said.

The post WATCH: Pink Floyd Frontman Stops Concert To Explain False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

18:05

Native Sun News Today: Tribes continue fight to protect grizzly bears "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Referring to tribes lawsuit to protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems grizzly bears, Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Brandon Sazue noted that a top lawmaker is on their side.

18:02

Supreme Court: Will US Abide By Treaties With Indigenous? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader. At stake in the case is the Supreme Courts ongoing role as the nations highest arbiter of justice. Despite immense changes, that role remains grounded in a 229-year-old Constitution premised on the supremacy of federal treaties and individual rights. In previous cases, the Supreme Court upheld the tribes rights to fish salmon, spelled out by various treaties entered in the 1850s. But, having insulated those rights from destruction previously, the court must now decide their meaning for the 21st century and beyond.

17:55

Syria Bombing Designed to Distract "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After the Syria Bombing, did you have that pit-of-the-stomach feeling that you had been deceived about a military strike? Accept the Syria bombing as a Wag the Dog deceit, a pretense to deliver a largely harmless distraction for an ulterior motive, as in the manner of a Roman emperor staging a stadium show for the masses.

17:54

Siobhan in Shadowproof: Prosecutors Invoke Union Memberships to Criminalize Inauguration Day Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In prosecutions against Inauguration Day protesters, the government contends some of the defendants union memberships qualify as evidence of a conspiracy to commit a crime.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters converged for the Inauguration Day protests in 2017. One of the demonstrations, an anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march dubbed Disrupt J20, commenced in Logan Circle before heading out into the streets. Protesters marched in the streets carrying banners and signs, and chanting against Donald Trump. During the march, a handful protesters broke off from the main group and smashed the windows of a few store fronts, including a Starbucks.

Police, who monitored people involved in the protest for months before the demonstration, responded indiscriminately with stingball grenades and a deluge of pepper spray. Over 200 people were kettled, including protesters, journalists, legal observers, and street medics.

The first of nearly two-dozen trials over property allegedly damaged during the protests started in November last year, ending in sweeping acquittals for six defendants just before Christmas. After acquittals that month, the government dropped charges for all but 59 of the defendants.

The governments communications to the press state the logic behind this decision: To focus on the core group that we believe is most responsible. Yet in all of the governments proceedings in what is known as the J20 trials, Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff admitted she has already identified at least 12 individuals she thinks broke windows at the protest.

For the rest of the defendants, the government invoked Washington D.C.s Riot Act, a law that was used against demonstrators who protested following the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. The law has not been used against protesters in D.C. since those demonstrations.

So why do so many individuals still face trial?


Read more from me and Elizabeth King on Shadowproof.

-Shiv

17:53

Netflix Paid $105 Million To Unite Worlds Greatest Actors For What Will Be The Most Anticipated Film Of The Century "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Luke Miller Truth Theory

Netflix has just purchased the rights to The Irishman, a film that will unite Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci & Harvey Keitel. The $105 million deal will be directed by Scorsese and ready for release in 2019.

Based on true events the film will tell the story of Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman played by Robert De Niro. Fellow wiseguy Jimmy Hoffa will be played by Al Pacino, with Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel also starring.

The actors are very familiar with each other many having starred in past films together, however this will be the first time all involved will be working simultaneously in a film together.

Netflix has secured the rights to what will likely be the most anticipated film of the century, in which they paid $105million for the rights. The deal will allow them to share the film to their 93 million subscribers and will surely boost their subscriptions.

Netflix reportedly started negotiations with Scorsese after Paramount Pictures dropped out of the project, with a spokesperson sayingScorseses movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants,

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Read Next: 6 Mind Expanding Movies That Will Make You Question Reality And Life

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17:52

As Tree-Cutting Continues For The Mountain Valley Pipeline, So Do The Protests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Coffey knew, as soon as she read an urgent text from a neighbor and left work in a rush, that it was the day she had been dreading the day that tree-cutting for the Mountain Valley Pipeline would invade her family farm on Bent Mountain. For three years, Coffey had fought the natural gas pipeline. She spoke against it at a public hearing. She marched against it at a rally on Capitol Square in Richmond. She argued against it when Mountain Valley took her to federal court, where the company obtained an easement through her property by eminent domain. On the day the tree-cutters arrived unannounced, Coffey did the only thing left within her power. She stood as close as she could to the pipelines right of way, marked by blue-and-white flagged stakes, and dared the men with chainsaws to keep coming.

17:44

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

17:32

Gun Violence Debate Needs To Include Police Militarization And Drug Prohibition Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On March 14th thousands of students walked out of school to protest gun violence, demanding legislators enact more stringent gun control in the U.S.  Later that night, black Brazilian city council member and vocal critic of Brazils militarized law enforcement, Marielle Franco, was assassinated. Four days later, 22 year old father of two, Stephon Clark, was shot in his back eight times by the Sacramento Police. While news outlets and social media made note of these murders, the national conversation instead largely focused on the March for Our Lives protest that took place the following weekend. As the media continued to cover the responses to the March for Our Lives, news broke that the two officers responsible for the murder of Alton Sterling would not be facing charges for their use of lethal force that left yet another black father dead.

17:30

The Real Reason New Yorkers Are Mad About Chick-Fil-A Has Nothing To Do With Christians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New Yorker recently published an article by Dan Piepenbring bemoaning the establishment of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York City. Dan appears to be a talented writer pining for the good old days when throngs of hypocritical hippies protested outside of the Citys first Chick-fil-A restaurant only to turn around and stuff their faces with chicken and waffle fries when no one was looking (we know what youre all up to). He affectionately looks back to the time when Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a boycott on Chick-fil-A. Just reading that sentence in his article made me want to eat a chicken sandwich every day for the rest of my life. Alright you got me; I already wanted to do that, but now I actually might.

Dan, like so many progressive writers before him, continues to search for controversy in Chick-fil-As Christian message. They are collectively becoming the boy who cried bigot. The owner, brace yourselves for this one, supports the traditional Christian definition of marriage. Oh the horror. Somehow this makes eating at Chick-fil-A an act of bigotry. Never mind the fact that each restaurant boasts more images of cows than crucifixes.

But then, after he exhausts his claims of Christian bigotry, in a piece of writing that is truly astounding, Dan finds fault with Chick-fil-As use of cows, despite the fact that they do not serve beef. Just as Christianity does not belong in New York City, fictional cows do not belong in Chick-fil-As marketing. Eat mor chikin is nothing more than the barbaric rallying cry of the bloodthirsty cows. It is the cows schadenfreude, says Dan, purportedly with a straight face. I wonder how long hes been waiting to squeeze that word into an article.

Dan goes on to point out that despite not being open on Sundays, Chick-fil-A is well on its way to becoming the third largest fast food restaurant behind McDonalds and Starbucks. In fact, the average Chick-fil-A restaurant brings in more money than the average Wendys and McDonalds combined. Evidently God looks after his chicken stands.

What Dan does not appear to understand is that Chick-fil-A is not merely a fast food restaurant run by Christians; it is God, speaking to us through food. Each bite of a chicken sandwich, each waffle fry slathered in Polynesian sauce confirms two things. One, there is a God, and two, he most certainly loves us. In fact, Im pretty sure it says somewhere in the Bible that with every nugget eaten, an angel gets its wings.

After reading Dans article a few times, Ill admit I was befuddled. Who in their right mind could possibly be upset by a new Chick-fil-A opening where they live? It doesnt make sense. I cant imagine anything bringing more joy to a neighborhood. But then, suddenly, in...

17:25

Protests Erupt At Philly Starbucks Where 2 Black Men Were Arrested For Trespassing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Starbucks coffee is anti-black, the demonstrators chanted Monday morning. Protesters swarmed a Starbucks in Philadelphia on Monday, days after police arrested two black men who had been waiting there to meet a friend. Dozens of demonstrators shut down the coffee shop in Philadelphias central business district for over three hours Monday morning. The activists came out to protest racial profiling after the stores manager called police Thursday to remove the men for sitting at a table without buying anything. A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of whack, protesters chanted Monday. Starbucks coffee is anti-black.

17:17

Signs of a Massive Attack On the Grid Are Surfacing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Common Sense Show has come into possession of certain information, hich is indicating that an attack upon our grid is coming.

Massive terrorism is being organized and implemented south of the border and it is set to coincide with the outbreak of war. Before presenting what I have discovered, it is important to review some relevant facts revealed in the past two weeks on The Common Sense Show.

Review of the Red Dawn Threat

We all know about what I dubbed The Caravan to Madness in which 1,500 Central American refugees were headed to obtain entry and ultimately citizenship within the United States. I also revealed that I was warned and told to write about a Red Dawn style entry into the United States coming out of paramilitary bases in El Salvador and Honduras. I was told by a high level source that this was a credibile and near-term threat. Russian and Chinese money are associated, in part, with the paramililtary groups in Centrla America. In an article last week, I detailed how Russia is militarily intertwined with all of Latin America. This is important to keep in mind as one reads this article.

The Common Sense Show further covered how President Trump had threatened to cancel NAFTA and DACA and then deploy troops to the border. Trump did not threaten to cancel NAFTA and DACA as well as employ troops on the border because of a mere 1,500 refugees.

I strongly made the point prior to false flag chemical attack in Syria that if we went to war in another region of the world, we were going to be attacked in Red Dawn invasion style. Readers may recall that I discovered that there would be two phases to the attack. The first phase would be widespread terrorism. The grid would be among the targets, if not the primary target. The second phase would be a direct military invasion after the bulk of our military were engaged elsewhere.

The Grid Is the Target

I had a personal communication on Sunday with a source who works for Ar...

17:17

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Reportedly Enter Douma, Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chemical Weapons Inspectors(MEE)  Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have entered Douma, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. Speaking to MEE, an OPCW spokesperson said that it could not confirm or deny whether its inspectors had entered the area due to safety reasons. France had earlier warned that it was very likely that []

17:15

Censored in US: Number of Facebook users whose data was compromised far more than 87m, MPs told - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

So far the British, US and Israeli Intelligence services have still not had their penetration of social media exposed, where they have grabbed ALL personal data available for "national security" reasons.

17:15

Graphic Video Shows Bystanders Screaming at Cops to Stop Beating Naked Harvard Student "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Graphic footage was published showing the brutal beating of a naked Harvard student in the middle of a mental health emergency.

The post Graphic Video Shows Bystanders Screaming at Cops to Stop Beating Naked Harvard Student appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:06

Cambridge Surveillance Oversight Ordinance, Draft and ACLU Comments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Over the weekend, the City of Cambridge released a draft surveillance oversight ordinance. Today at 2pm the Public Safety Committee of the City Council will hold a hearing on the draft, and take comments from the public and interested organizations. The ACLU will submit written testimony, and will testify during the public comment period. 

If you want to ensure community control over police surveillance in Cambridge, but cant make the hearing today, please submit written comment by email to dlopez@cambridgema.gov.

The ACLU suggests strengthening the draft ordinance in the following ways:

  1. In section 12.22.020 (F) 3 c., the draft exempts cameras installed in or on a police vehicle from the requirements of the ordinance. This exemption could be read to include license plate reader cameras. The language should be modified to read, cameras installed in or on a police vehicle, not to include license plate reader cameras.
  2. In sections 12.22.030 (A) and (B), the draft ordinance requires city agencies to submit to the City Council a Surveillance Impact Report and obtain City Council approval before acquiring or using surveillance technologies. The language should read, submit to the City Council a Surveillance Impact Report and a Surveillance Use Policy and obtain City Council approval of both before acquiring or using surveillance technologies. Similarly, section 12.22.060 (C) should be modified to read: including whether the City Council approved, rejected, or required modifications to the Surveillance Impact Report and/or Surveillance Use Policy.
  3. In section 12.22.030 (C), the draft states that the Council shall balance a number of factors in making its decisions. We recommend the language state: the City Council shall consider the safeguarding of individuals rights to privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of association, as well as the investigative responsibilities of the Police Department.
  4. In section 12.22.050 (B), the draft states: To the extent the City Managerdetermines that approving or denying the Surveillance Use Policy would unlawfully obstruct the investigative or prosecutorial functions of the Police Department, the City Council shall simply receive and discuss the applicable portions of the Surveillance Use Policy. This sentence is a loophole that swallows the entire ordinance, and should be removed in its entirety.[1]
  5. In section 12.22.060 (A), the draft states: Similarly, if the City Council received but did not approve a Surveillance Impact Report from the Police Departm...

16:55

Search For Truth In The Rubble Of Douma Finds Lack Of Evidence Of Chemical Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks  and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western worlds most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. Theres even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the gas videotape which horrified the world despite all the doubters is perfectly genuine. War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

16:51

TRUTH JIHAD: Gordon Duff explains why Facebook has BANNED Veterans Today! - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today, joins us to discuss Facebooks outrageous decision to completely ban all links to VT articles.

16:49

Breaking: US Senate moves to limit President Trumps war powers - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a good step by the Senate to reign Trump in a bit, but ducks the elephant in the living room, which is dealing with the War of Terror that the US has been engaged in since 9-11

16:45

2,461 Evictions Every Day "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new national database of court filed evictions filed since 2000 released this week by The Eviction Lab documented an estimated 2.3 million people who were evicted last year. The database - which doesnt account for hundreds of thousands of evictions through intimidation and diception that happen without ever going to court - found that 2461 people were evicted EVERY DAY last year in the United States. In many communities like Richmond, Virginia, as many as 1 in 9 renters faced eviction. For women, particularly black women, that rate of eviction is even higher. We launched Homes For All in 2013 because we believe that every single person has a right to a safe, affordable and dignified home. We believe that if we guarantee that every child, person and family can live in a quality home without fear of eviction, rent increases or intimidation our entire society will be better off.

16:38

Robert Fisk rips away excuses for air strike on Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fisk's report shows that there is a highly credible alternative explanation for what happened in Douma -- one that needs to be investigated. Which means that an attack on Syria should never have taken place before inspectors were able to investigate and report their findings. The US-UK-France launched air strikes hours before the UN inspectors were due to begin their work in Syria, thereby pre-empting it.

16:36

The Corporate Plan To Groom U.S. Kids For Servitude By Wiping Out Public Schools "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

West Virginias public school teachers had endured years of low pay, inadequate insurance, giant class sizes, and increasingly unlivable conditionsincluding attempts to force them to record private details of their health daily on a wellness app. Their governor, billionaire coal baron Jim Justice, pledged to allow them no more than an annual 1% raiseeffectively a pay cut considering inflationin a state where teacher salaries ranked 48th lowest out of 50 states. In February 2018, they finally revolted: In a tense, four-day work stoppage, they managed to wrest a 5% pay increase from the state. Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have now revolted in similar protests. Its the latest battle in a contest between two countervailing forces: one bent on reengineering America for the benefit of the wealthy, the other struggling to preserve dignity and security for ordinary people.

16:22

Learning to Love Tommy My Latest for Splice Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I was 10 when I first discovered The Whos Tommy. I rented the cassette tape of the 1975 movie soundtrack, and fell in love with the story of the deaf, dumb, and blind boy who could play a mean pinball. Four years later I watched the movie, and hated it. It was over-the-top and confusing. Luckily I bought the original 1969 Who album shortly after, which washed the awful taste of the movie out of my mouth. Its still one of my all-time favorite albums.

Now almost 35, Ive grown to appreciate director Ken Russells cinematic interpretation of Tommy. Not only did he bring Pete Townshends vision to life, but also added his own interpretation to the story. Tommy tells the story of a boy who becomes psychosomatically deaf, mute, and blind after watching his father kill his mothers lover. He experiences the outside world through vibrations, and his parents subject him to the abuse of his Cousin Kevin, Uncle Ernie, and the Acid Queen. Despite his disability, Tommy becomes a pinball champion, and when he finally regains his senses hes hailed as the new messiah. Unfortunately, he abuses his power, his followers disown him, and the story ends with Tommy realizing true enlightenment comes from within.

Read the rest here.

16:18

America Once Fought A War Against Poverty Now It Wages A War On The Poor "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2013, Callie Greers daughter Venus died in her arms after a battle with breast cancer. If caught early, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is close to 100%. But Venuss cancer went undiagnosed for months because she couldnt afford health insurance. She lived in Alabama, a state that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Venuss death is not an isolated incident more than 250,000 people like her die in the United States from poverty and related issues every year. Access to healthcare is just one of the issues facing the 140 million people who live in poverty in the US today. Over the past two years, the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has carried out a listening tour in dozens of states across this nation.

16:15

How and When Will the Establishment Pull the Alchemical Plug on Deutsche Bank? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

For several years now, on and off rumors about the general financial health of behemoth German-based Deutsche Bank have sent everything from a nagging unease to outright panic across international financial and political circles.  At times it would be described in mainstream corporate press as the next Lehman Brothers meaning a major global bank []

16:14

Thousands Refuse to Pay Up on Tax Day Because it Funds WarGive Money to Charity Instead "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A group of activists, who are openly refusing to pay their tax to the IRS, are instead donating the money to humanitarian programs.

The post Thousands Refuse to Pay Up on Tax Day Because it Funds WarGive Money to Charity Instead appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

16:06

Hundreds Protest Pennsylvania Governor On Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians from across the state converged in the capitol rotunda today to declare that they are choosing a better path, one that leads to a responsive government that prioritizes the best interests of the people over those of the natural gas industry and that leads to a clean, renewable energy future. More than 700 individuals and organizations made their declaration in a letter that was delivered to Governor Wolf after the rally. Their sentiments mirror those of a majority of Pennsylvanians, according to fresh polling from Franklin & Marshall College. The poll released at the end of March found that 69% of Pennsylvanians think the state government should prioritize renewable energy over coal and gas. Public opinion on fracking has soured, according to the poll that found that 55% of Pennsylvanians now think that the environmental risks of fracking outweigh economic benefits.

16:00

Anatomy Atlas Part 4 Skull "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is no Jolly Roger, but it looks grim nevertheless. I do not think any other part of human skeleton is more evocative than skulls. And I wonder sometimes whether this is a purely a cultural thing, or whether there is something innate in us that associates skulls with death, danger and general unpleasantness. There might be, because our brains are clearly predisposed to recognizing facial features.

Content warning for description of a very unpleasant medical procedure.

Skull Drawing

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

The four dots at the jaw bones bellow the eye sockets in each maxilla and two on the chin on mandibula   and two dots above the eye sockets are points where the nervus trigeminus exits the protective shell of the skull to innervate facial muscles. That is why these points are more sensitive to pressure than other parts of the face. Professor Kos told us that an inflammation of this nerve is allegedly the most painful illness there is. The whole face hurts and a feather caressing the cheek may feel like being burned with hot poker. One way to reduce the pain in very severe inflammation cases (I do not remember whether this was an old procedure or one or still in use) was to inject a powerful neurotoxin directly into these points. Extremely painful procedure, but one that provided the needed long relief. He told us the patients would scream and sometimes pass out. And the neurotoxin used? Alcohol.

Nervus trigeminus is near surface once more just behind mandibula, right bellow the ear lobe. This knowledge has helped me twice in self-defence, once when I was held in chokehold but I managed to slide my hand to my attackers head and drill my forefinger into this point and second time when another person was having their arm twisted by a wannabe teenage ninja. The pain is so intense, that anyone will let go of anything they hold and try to get their head dout of the way. If you feel brave you can experiment on yourself. I did. I do not recommend it.

15:57

Wind Farming Creating Jobs and Building New Economy in Texas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

All along the straight-shot roads of Nolan County in West Texas, wind turbines soar over endless acres of farms, the landscape either heavy with cotton ready to harvest or flushed green with the start of winter wheat. The turbines rise from expanses of ranches, where black Angus beef cattle gaze placidly at the horizon. Here and there are abandoned farmhouses dating to the 1880s, when this land was first settled and water windmills were first erected. Occasionally a few pump jacks bob their metallic heads, vestiges of a once-booming oil industry still satiating an endless thirst. Every industry creates an ecosystem around it. If the wind turbines that sprouted in West Texas were huge steel trees, spinning sleek carbon-fiber blades 100 feet in length, then the wind farmsincluding Roscoe Wind Project and Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center, some of the largest in the worldwere their forest.

15:51

Pentagon Caught Lying as Russia Details US Missile Humiliation - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The VT Editors and Igor Konashenkov, Russian Ministry of Defense The Pentagon claims 105 missiles fired, 105 hits,76 on one small urban target with three moderate sized buildings destroyed. Russia claimed 71 were downed by Syria, now the facts: Konashenkov said that 71 US-led bloc missiles had been shot down by the SADF providing details []

15:34

Sanctuary Cities Under Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Scientists Accidentally Create Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Bottles (Jimmy)

The author writes, The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan.

AT&T and Cable Lobby Are Terrified of a California Net Neutrality Bill (Jimmy)

The author writes, Internet service providers celebrated four months ago when the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate nationwide net neutrality rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. But now internet service providers in California are terrified that they could end up facing even stricter rules being considered by the California legislature.

Syria and Gas Prices (Reader Steve)

Expect to see higher prices at the pump in the upcoming months, and not just because of the seasonal increase.

Pompeo: Hundreds of Russians Killed in Syria (Dan)

During his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo stated that hundreds of Russians were killed in Syria. Pompeo offered the report to show the Trump administration has indeed been hard on Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Social Media and Free Speech (Reader Steve)

Your profile may be personal, but its certainly not private. At least not from your employer or fellow employees.

The post...

15:26

Gene therapy and the trans-human agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gene therapy and the trans-human agenda

Cure disease or alter humans?

by Jon Rappoport

April 17, 2018

Researchers say theyre well on the way to curing thousands of diseases by tinkering with human genes. But is that true? Or is their effort really part of a long-range agenda to keep experimenting in the dark, through grotesque trial and error, to alter humans and make them into a new species? (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

With the onrush of new gene-editing techniques, the medical research establishment is beating an old drum: they will cure many human diseases by making genetic changes.

First of all, the new editing techniques have unknown consequences. A simple snip of a gene can bring on ripples in the patients overall genetic structure. This fact spells danger.

Second, and here is the old drum: there are a number of diseases caused by a problem with a single geneone gene, one disease. Therefore, a precise edit of the offending gene will cure the disease.

But is this one-gene one-disease hypothesis actually true?

If so, we should already have seen these cures. But we havent.

Im not talking about the occasional claim of a single cure in a single patient. Im talking about curing a specific disease across the board in many, many patients.

It hasnt happened.

Here is a very interesting quote from the book, Understanding Genetics: A District of Columbia Guide for Patients and Health Professionals, published by the District of Columbia Department of Health:

Some of the more common single-gene disorders include cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis, Tay-Sachs, and sickle cell anemiaHowever, despite advancements in the understanding of genetic etiology and improved diagnostic capabilities, no treatments are available to prevent disease onset or slow disease progression for a number of these disorders.

Is it a number of these disorders, or all these disorders?

Lets see the evidence that single-gene therapy has cured ANY disease across the board.

It isnt forthcoming.

And since it isnt, the hypothesis that there are single-gene disorders is at best unproven. Speculative.

Lets say that for Disease X, researchers have found that, in every case, there is a particular gene tha...

15:25

V Is For Vr. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Vr.

Vr is Swedish for the season spring. In the South Coast of Finland, spring can start in March or in April and end in late May. The first two pictures are taken from Ursininkallio in late March 2018. The sea ice had started to melt. Bays and areas shielded by islands were still frozen apart from places with strong currents. However, spring progresses haltingly and some areas already thawed would refreeze and then melt again.

The third photo was taken on the eastern shore of Laajalahti in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki about one year earlier than the first pictures. The bay Laajalahti was frozen, but the ice was porous, rotten ice. There was little snow left on the ground.

The fourth photo was taken in mid-May 2017 in the park Kaivopuisto in Helsinki. Many deciduous trees were still bare but there was already green grass for barnacle geese to eat.

Click for full size!

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15:18

Trump is assembling an Arab army to replace US troops in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration is hoping to secure a commitment from a handful of Middle Eastern states to assemble what is effectively an Arab army for a permanent military stabilizing force in Syria that would replace the U.S. military deployment in Syria and overthrow Assad prevent ISIS from regaining lost territory in Syrias battle-ravaged east.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trumps new neocon National Security Advisor John Bolton, only in his second week on the job, has discussed the possibility of contributing troops with Egypts top intelligence official allegedly one of the most influential figures in Egypts military-led regime.

And while full-scale commitments from Egypt and a handful of Gulf states remain elusive, should Trump succeed, hed be able to tout a victory in an area where President Obama failed. Indeed, the Obama administration sought similar troop contributions from Syrias neighbors but came up empty handed.

The Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace the U.S. military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

John Bolton, President Donald Trumps new national security adviser, recently called Abbas Kamel, Egypts acting intelligence chief, to see if Cairo would contribute to the effort, officials said.

The initiative comes as the administration has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to contribute billions of dollars to help restore northern Syria. It wants Arab nations to send troops as well, officials said.

Details about the initiative, which havent been previously disclosed, have emerged in the days since the U.S.-led strikes on sites associated with the Syrian regimes chemical-weapons capabilities.

The security force would have two goals: stop ISIS from reestablishing a presence in Syria, while also stopping Iran or Iranian-backed sources from doing the same (though Israel already has the latter pretty well under control).

While on Monday the White House refuted claims by French President Emmanuel Macron that he convinced Trump to agree to an extended US presence in Syria, it has been forced to concede that the US has no immediate plans to pull US troops from Syria, as President Trump recently promised. Raising an army of troops from regional neighbors would allow the Trump adminis...

15:15

George Amiotte: Reflecting on my third tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was 1969 and I was returning to Vietnam for my third tour of duty (TDY) with the 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force.

15:02

Today in OpenGov: Insufficient Commitment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In today's edition, Trump businesses benefit from GOP campaign spending, Baton Rouge engineers its open data for community involvement, the case for closing digital loopholes in campaign finance transparency becomes more clear, more bad news for EPA chief Scott Pruitt, Hungarians take to the streets, and more. 

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The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. 
  • Trump businesses made more than $15 million off political groups, federal agencies since 2015. 90% funneled through the Trump presidential campaign. "President Donald Trumps U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015, according to a new report to be released Monday. The money went to Trumps airplanes, hotels, golf courses, even a bottled water company during the presidential campaign and the first 15 months of his presidency, according to a compilation of known records of the spending by Public Citizen obtained by McClatchy. But it was Trumps campaign itself that spent the biggest chunk by far about 90 percent, or $13.4 million." (McClatchy DC)
  • More than 20% of Trump campaign spending this year has gone to legal fees. "President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign has spent about $835,000 in legal fees so far this year, or about 22% of its total spending, according to the latest fundraising reports filed quarterly with the Federal Election Commission. The spending comes as Trump deals with the intensifying special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing legal battle with adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose given name is Ste...

14:56

Syrian War Report April 17, 2018: Syrian Forces Repel More Missile Strikes - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military.

14:55

Botanical Walk. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Daffodils punching through the leaves, from Opus. Click for full size!

Opus, all rights reserved.

14:25

Butterfly and Tulips. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Nightjar, click for full size! Tulips are so lovely on their way to being vanitas.

Nightjar, all rights reserved.

14:09

Driving Around "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pink Hats

I avoid downtown Los Angeles like the plague, but must occasionally go there for this and that - and while I'm there, why not stop for BBQ prawns at the downtown Los Angeles Fisherman's Outlet (worth the detour) at 529 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA. Yes, it's a shameless plug but the BBQ prawns there are really excellent, and there's the seedy downtown LA vibe with the security guards out in force guarding the diners seated on the outdoor patio...dystopian society at lunch.

While navigating streets under construction and other traffic, I happened on a small womyn's march.  

Hillary remains popular!
The signs were interesting, "This Pussy Grabs Back", "Support Dreamers", "Gays (heart) Vaginas"(there were two homosexual male partners), "Pink Lives Matter", "Save the Whales", and so forth. Naturally, traffic backed up to look at the freak show on the sidewalks. There were the usual suspects - chubby blue-haired slatterns and new age hippies joined 'as one', wearing pink hats mimicking private parts. 

They chanted and screamed helplessly at the sky -- and I thought to myself, Conan was right. It's good to hear the lamentation of their women as your enemies are driven before you. The Progs are unhinged and their hoped for salvation: Russia-Russia-Russia, Stormy Daniels, and so forth have all flopped like a dying tuna on the deck of a garbage scow. Their message is - confused by identity politics. I spoke to a police officer while stopped in traffic and he said that there was a black womyn's march permit for the next day. They're apparently in a struggle wi...

14:06

If only shed said no 91 times "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its unbelievable what we men can get away with. Heres an account of an ongoing trial in which a naval officer is accused of raping a junior officer.

The junior officer testified that Neuhart forced his way into her home and attacked her, only stopping when her screams alerted a neighbor. Neuhart ran out a back door and was caught by police after he fell and broke a leg.

Forces his way into a home, attacks a woman who screams so loudly a neighbor shows up, and then runs away. This is an open and shut case so far, right?

During the trial both sides acknowledged that the woman was intoxicated after drinking heavily with Neuhart earlier at a hotel bar. Hotel surveillance video showed her hugging and kissing him. They drove back to her home in a limousine.

Jurors heard video from Neuharts cellphone in which she screams at him to leave and tells him some 90 times to stop trying to have sex with her.

Theyve got an audio recording of the woman clearly saying NO! 90 times? That she was drunk and affectionate earlier shouldnt matter at all.

In case youre wondering how they came to have a recording sufficiently detailed that they could count how often she told him to stop, this is the unbelievable part the rapist gave it to them. He thought it was exonerating evidence.

Neuhart testified that the woman consented to going home and having sex with him. He said he recorded part of their encounter in case the woman later alleged rape.

Our foreign enemies will quail before the brilliance of our naval commanders. Hes like Horatio Hornblower made flesh.

If your jaw is hanging open in disbelief at this guy, just leave it there, maybe grab it with one hand to keep it from falling off: the jury was deadlocked. This was declared a mistrial.

People still insist there is no such thing as rape culture.

14:00

The Daily Bird #678. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

More Brambling from Giliell, such a gorgeous dinosaur, click for full size!

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13:41

This is what a steady diet of poison will do to you "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alexandre Bissonnette, the Canadian mass murderer who walked into a mosque and opened fire, is not at all remorseful.

I regret not having shot more people, the shooter told the social worker, who described him as calm and coherent. The victims are in heaven and Im living in hell.

Earlier in the day, prosecutors revealed searches from Bissonnettes computer that indicated the Quebec mosque shooter was obsessed with U.S. President Donald Trump, Muslims, Dylann Roof, mass shootings and feminists, the Gazzette noted. The Canadian National Observer reported that the shooter searched for Trump more than 800 times before the massacre he committed just over a week after the American presidents inauguration

What an excuse! He imagines his victims are in heaven. Theyre not, theyre dead, their families are grieving. Religion sure fucks up your head, doesnt it?

You know what else he was consuming, besides his bible? Alt-right neo-Nazi garbage.

Just to be fair, Ben Shapiro was very popular with this guy, and he has tried to distance himself from the association.

OK. Bissonnette is a a deranged POS, agreed. But then Ben Shapiro is also a deranged POS, so I guess it was a case of shared affinities. Looking at all the names on that list, its one big garbage pile of deplorables.

By the way, Andy Riga is the journalist reporting on this case for the Mon...

13:27

WATCH: Insane Cop Holds Innocent Man at Gunpoint, Illegally Searches Him and Is NOT FIRED "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A road raging cop, who was caught on video holding an innocent man at gunpoint and illegally searching him will not be fired and, instead, will simply receive a five day vacation.

The post WATCH: Insane Cop Holds Innocent Man at Gunpoint, Illegally Searches Him and Is NOT FIRED appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

13:09

Blame The Left For The Rise Of Moralizing In America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dean Acheson, who orchestrated the Marshall Plan and helped create the North Atlantic Treaty Organizaation, had no use for moralizing in foreign policy. He once said that listening to pious Canadians discuss foreign affairs was like listening to the stern daughter of the voice of God.

His point was that theres a big difference between being moral and moralizing. Being moral is about changing the way you act and actually helping others. It requires humility and tolerance because it arises from an awareness of ones own moral failings.

Moralizing, by contrast, is about changing the way other people actby force if necessary. Moralizing breeds intolerance and even tyranny because it springs from a belief that, like the pious Canadians, not only do you know the truth but you also have a solemn duty to impose it on others.

In America today, being moral is out and moralizing is in. Just witness the nonstop spectacle of moralizing everywhere you turnfrom The New Yorkers panicked denunciation of Chick-fil-As infiltration of New York, to gun control activist David Hoggs boycotts, to the protestor with a megaphone shouting in a Starbucks clerks face.

The Apu Affair

Not even The Simpsons, which has been around for 30 years, is immune to the moralizers of our day. Were told now that Apu, the beloved Indian-American owner of Springfields Kwik-E-Mart, is a hateful racist stereotype of Indian-Americans and should be removed from the show, preferably with a simpering public apology from the shows creators. Comedian Hari Kondabolu, an Indian-American, made an entire documentary about how hes offended by Apu.

A recent episode of The Simpsons responded to Kondabolu with a scene of Marge reading Lisa a politically correctand boringbedtime story. At one point, Lisa faces the camera and says, Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do? The camera then pans to a framed picture of Apu with the line, Dont have a cow! written on it.

...

13:08

New AP U.S. History Textbook Implies Christians Are Bigots, Reagan A Racist "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A radio host recently posted pictures of a textbook she says a friends Minnesota district is considering for Advanced Placement courses, which are typically the top students last U.S. history class ever.

This appears to be a forthcoming 2019 edition of an existing textbook from the global education publishing giant Pearson, whose materials are ubiquitous. The friend highlighted some sections that show clear bias against political conservatives, President Trump and his administration, and Americans of faith. Here are some transcriptions from those images.

In describing the rise of Black Lives Matter in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting: The nearly all-white police force was seen as an occupying army in the mostly African-American town. In a section discussing President Trumps cabinet, the book says They were largely white males, more so than any cabinet since Ronald Reagan. In a discussion of the nations politics after 2012, it says Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust to secularization and an increase in people of other races. Elsewhere, it describes Trumps not-very-hidden racism.

A section discussing the 2016 elections returns to these paranoid, highly politicized interpretations of some Americans decisions to vote for Trump:

Trumps supporters saw the vote as a victory for people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing Americaa mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group. Clintons supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidates gender, and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nations history. They also worried about the mental stability of the president elect and the anger that he and his supporters...

13:02

How Should White Americans Deal With Their Ancestors? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Certain phenomena  transcend all cultures and exist independent of contact between them. One of those is admiration of ancestors. In every corner of the globe, people take comfort and inspiration from the generations that came before them. These ties, whether represented in worship or merely remembrance, are an essential part of the human experience.

Today white Americans are being asked, often by other white Americans, to break with this central human tradition and condemn their forefathers. This has come in the form of removing statues, changing history books, and teaching even very young children that their ancestors provided them privileges that are undeserved and wrong.

But what are the implications of teaching young white people their ancestors were awful? If every other racial group in America can draw strength and inspiration from those who came before them, how should young whites consider their own ancestors? Can a balance be achieved where they can respect them, while understanding our countrys history of racism and inequality?

Why Were Whites Dominant?

Everyone can likely agree that in the history of the United States, and beyond that the last thousand or so years, white people have held significant influence in politics, economics, and to a lesser extent culture. But where did this influence come from? In his book Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond does a good job of explaining how this was an accident of history and geography.

Eurasia had a few key advantages over other regions in the world. All but one of the animals larger than 100 pounds that are domesticatable are indigenous to Eurasia. This not only advanced farming, but created immunities to disease. In addition, Eurasia is greater in latitude than longitude. This meant crops could spread widely without weather changes killing the plants, unlike in Africa or the Americas. Put bluntly, geography was the original privilege.

So, understanding that there is nothing special about white people that made them the dominant force of the past millenia, but that they were at least partly the beneficiaries of circumstance, we must ask what our relationship to them should be. Can white kids today take pride in their ancestors, or should they serve penance for them?

The Pendulum Swings, But How Far

There seems to be an idea that history, as currently taught, is a celebration of whiteness. I think this unlikely, but surely was in fact the case for much of American history. The story of America was the white story of America, and probably too much so. But is it possible that in attempting to make the story of minorities more central to that of America we go too far?

This is a difficult question. Most of American history is the history of white people. Also, all of it is...

13:01

A Quiet Place Unravels Our Deepest Fears About Giving Children Life "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This review contains a plot spoiler.

A Quiet Place is the rare horror movie that wins the weekend box office, making more than $50 million on a $17 million budget. Rarer still, its a movie about a family trying to survive the end of the world in a rural setting. Its not about individualism, its not about rugged heroes or implausible survivorsits about a mother, a father, and their children. All the fear stems from our need to protect what we love the most.

Rarest of all, it achieves through horror the simultaneous dramatization of our fears about raising children and the future we prepare for them. The stuff of everyday life is raised to an emotional pitch that only makes sense when our very lives are threatened. The result is that the movie brings out the morality of suffering and sacrifice we aspire to for our children.

A Quiet Place is written and produced by a team of horror writers, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, and directed by John Krasinski, who also wrote, produced, and starred in it. This might help keep the budget down and give movie-makers control over their story.

This is especially useful for a movie that depends on making a soundless story work. Much of the dialogue is in sign language and much of the drama conveyed by facial expressions, as in the days of silent movies. This is one of a number of daring directorial choices that should win Krasinski acclaim commensurate with the movies box office success.

Parents Risk Annihilation to Bring Children to the World

Now, as for the storyI wont spoil any of the surprises. The trailer itself does a good job of setting up the moral drama. In the words of the mother: Who are we if we cant protect them? In a world ever-more obsessed with self-expression, where identities proliferate endlessly, and increasingly aggressively, we see the non-negotiable basis of society. Parents renounce their individual identities to a great extent in order to dedicate themselves to something bigger than themselves, but also something thats out of their control. They risk annihilation to bring children into this world.

Parents now tend to react to this awareness by planning every aspect of a childs life. So we get to see an entire surveillance system and all the precautionary measures by which mother and father try to make sure their children are never in danger. But children are naturally noisy, which in this film is deadly, and are far quicker to learn fear than self-reliance. Taken to an extreme, the fears that have such power over us in our times transform the home and the idyllic landscape around it into a theater of war.

Thus A Quiet Place puts onscreen in a fictional setting the sociological truth about the tendency to run away from cities when raising a family that has transformed the fac...

13:01

The Baby Shortage Downed Toys R Us, And Its Coming For Our Entire Tax Base "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its a terribly stubborn demographic truism: Somewhere close to 100 percent of babies never born will never become customers of your business. This is true of the more than 55 million American babies who never made it past the womb since abortion was legalized in 1973. Its true of the untold millions who were never conceived because a potential mom and dad thought they had better things to do.

Of course, there is an inestimable, inherent worth and dignity to every human life, but we cannot ignore the social significance at play here as well. These invaluable lives-never-realized are a whole lot of missing customers. Not good for business. Not good. Nor will they be paying into social security or pensions to provide your part when that time comes either.

What if youre in the toy business? Well then, this truism is super unfortunate seeing as your whole business model depends upon people called grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents. Others outside of these four types of folks are just not likely to pass through your doors. So you want the population of these four categories not only stable, but growing. The common denominator between all these folks is babies.

New, fresh-smelling little humans are what create grandparents, aunts, uncles and mothers and fathers. This is not a theoretical theorem. No one knows this better than the international toy giant Toys R Us and baby supplier Babies R Us. They recently got majorly T-boned at the intersection of Need for Growing Customer Base Avenue and Declining Birth Rate Boulevard. Thus they are shuttering all of their U.S. stores. Putting it another way, Geoffrey the Giraffe had to be put down.

Of course, there were many market factors leading to the fall of such a long-standing and large company: Amazon, Walmart, increasing labor and union costs, impending tariffs, crumbling brick and mortar facilities are but a few. But the Toys R Us brass noted the baby shortage as a major factor.

Their official statement noted: Most of our end-customers are newborns and children and, as a result, our revenue are dependent on the birthrates in countries where we operate. In recent years, many countries birthrates have dropped or stagnated as their population ages (emphasis mine).

You cant become a Toys R Us Kid if you never get to become a kid. The Washington Post could not overlook the intimate connection here. They report: The change in the number of children born in the previous 12 years (and thus sitting right within the Toys R Us demographic), tracks closely with the companys changing annual revenue. its nonetheless appare...

13:01

How Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Turns The Antihero Upside Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Some stories are driven by character. Others are driven by plot. But the best stories are driven by both. The easiest way to combine these two most essential aspects of storytelling is to create a great MacGuffin.

Alfred Hitchcock popularized this term to mean something like an essentially arbitrary object of desire that is central to triggering a films action. Some of the greatest MacGuffins are:

  • Casablancas letters of transit
  • Citizen Kanes Rosebud
  • The Maltese Falcon in The Maltese Falcon
  • Harry Lime in The Third Man
  • The Death Star plans in Star Wars
  • The Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail in the Indiana Jones films
  • The briefcase in Pulp Fiction
  • The One Ring in The Lord of the Rings

A clever MacGuffin will actually generate a films plot when all the characters relationships to this central element are made clear. In the film Casablanca, for example, the letters of transit are completely fictional documents that could get anybody out of French Morocco no matter what.

The idea that the Nazis would have respected any mere piece of paper so much is of course completely absurd. But creating a story means you get to determine the rules that govern its reality. So these essentially magical documents drive what is probably the greatest cinematic plot of all time.

Thats what a MacGuffin does. It generates intersecting lines of conflict for characters. It generates plot. That brings us to Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the latest offering from DCs animated films line. This little superhero film is a textbook in MacGuffin. It even has an extra featurette discussing the nature of MacGuffins.

This is the third feature-length adaptation of the Suicide Squad, DCs supervillain riff on The Dirty Dozen. The first two were the animated Batman: Assualt on Arkham and the live-action Suicide Squad from 2016. AoA was excellent but, as the title suggests, ultimately a Batman story. SS was a decent film undermined by an ill-conceived marketing campaign and a weak third act. This third attempt really gets it right, however, and mostly because of a great MacGuffin.

What All the Villains Want

The MacGuffin here is a literal get out of hell free card. That is of course an utterly ridiculous concept. But a MacGuffins strength is not in its inherent believability but the quality of story that it generates. While SS:H2P is clearly no Casablanca, it is actually a better lesson in MacGuffin storytelling because the premise is so much more ridiculous.

Even though it should be obvious that the letters of transit are a farcical notion, they do seem like the kind...

13:01

No, One-Third of American College Students Arent Homeless And Hungry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Washington Post informed its readers this month that college students are going hungry, in a report titled, The hidden crisis on college campuses: Many students dont have enough to eat. Two days later, the Kansas City Star reported even more urgently, Think college students are privileged? Nearly a third are hungry and homeless. So whats going on? Are American college students really going hungry and living on the streets?

Eh, not so much.

Both these reports are based on a study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Still Hungry and Homeless at College, which itself is based off an extensive survey of students at both two- and four-year colleges, including the responses of 43,000 students, at the 66 colleges and universities which responded to an open invitation to participate.

So far, so good. However, student participation at those participating institutions was voluntary, with the incentive of a chance at $100 gift cards as a reward. The total response rate was 7.3 percent. This is not a high enough response rate to inspire confidence, especially on a subject where students who are more affected by the issue at hand will be more receptive to the request to complete the survey, and especially if theyre told, as the researchers expressed in The Washington Post article, that the purpose of the survey is to advocate for more funds to help them.

In fact, the demographic characteristics of the students who responded indicate that they arent representative of the overall student body: 70 percent at 4-year and 71 percent at 2-year universities are female (plus another 3 percent claiming to be non-binary), and 45 percent of the 2-year and 44 percent of the 4-year students said they receive Pell Grants (compared to only 32 percent nationally).

In addition to the likelihood that students with a vested interest in promoting the issue of food- and housing-insecurity were more likely to take the survey, theres a problem with the questions themselves. Theyre just as likely to really describe typical college experiences as they are genuinely serious needs.

Consider the questions related to housing insecurity: Students are deemed housing insecure 36 percent of the total at 4-year colleges if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Did not pay full amount of utilities
  • ...

13:00

The Anti-Gun Plotline In Lost In Space Is Forced And Ludicrous "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Lost in Space reboot just released on Netflix is actually very entertaining. There are some big changes from the original series, but the heart and intrigue of the stranded Robinson family is mostly intact aside from Mom, Maureen Robinson (Molly Parker), consistently belittling her husband, John (Toby Stephens) for little apparent reason.

The rebooted Robinsons are a highly educated and trained family of five sent off to a space colony ahead of the impending destruction of Earth. Things go pear-shaped on the hull en route to colony planet, Alpha Centauri, and the family is forced to evacuate on their Jupiter 2 spacecraft. They crash land on an unknown but habitable planet, where they quickly realize they are not alone. Fellow survivors of the exploded hull, and other intelligent life are also on the planet.

Will Robinson, the youngest of the three children, encounters his buddy robot when he gets lost, and finds the wreckage of an alien space craft. The 2018 robot is from another planet, and although it initially appears hostile, takes a shine to young Will after the boy helps him out of a tree. The family takes in the robot as kin with little question, taking his good intentions as a totem of loyalty to Will, and therefore the rest of the family. Hey, blind trust of a giant robot alien with claws on a completely unknown planet seems logical, right?

In episode three, John (Dad) attempts to access the onboard 3D printer, an item I assume to be standard on all futuristic spacecraft, to print a gun for protection of his family. His print attempt is thwarted by a pop up message indicating the printing of firearms is prohibited because of some sanctions on Alpha Centauri. Well of course, why would you want to allow the future of humanity to become the massive bummer modern earth is because of the existence of guns? Lets all naively blast off into the space frontier with no way to defend ourselves other than our college degrees and cunning instinct.

Undeterred from his printer rejection of his right to protect his loved ones, John moves on with his day, fixing things, and trying not to be eaten by space eels. Maureen (Mom) later uses the 3D printer to print up some space ship parts, as you do, and sees that the last use of the machine was outside of the legal parameters, and then notices that metal residue in the print tray, indicating that the illegal action had actually been completed.

She confronts John, assuming he is the culprit, immediately chiding him with, You know how I feel about guns in the house! Lady, your house is a wrecked space ship on a completely unexplored alien planet, and the man you are currently talking to like he is an unstable relative with a tendency toward one too many beers is actually a highly trained Marine. Not just a Marine, but a highly respected Marine who was carefully vetted and se...

13:00

Law Students Protest Free Speech Talk With Shouts Of F-ck The Law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The latest non-platforming of a speaker at a purported academic institution happened to my good friend and sometime co-author Josh Blackman at City University of New York Law School two weeks ago, when he attempted to give a lecture on the importance of free speech on campus. As he wrote on his blog in an epic post accompanied by copious pictures and video, once publicity for the event began after spring break, enraged students began planning a protest.

When Josh asked his host, the president of CUNYs Federalist Society chapter, why his classmates were up in arms, he got the explanation that first, that this is a Federalist Society event; and second, they saw a few of your writings (specifically a National Review article praising Sessions for rescinding DACA and ACA), and instantly assume youre racist; and third, our event being titled about free speech is reminiscent of events that claim free speech just to invite people like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter.

Indeed, that sentiment resulted in Josh being greeted with assorted signs. Some attacked him personally: Josh Blackman you are not welcome here and Pronouns matter, Josh Blackman does not. Others went after the Federalist Society, which some smeared was founded to uphold white supremacy. Still others took on the Constitution itself: The First Amendment is a weak shield for white supremacy and The First Amendment is not a license to dehumanize marginalized people.

Then there were the ones proposing novel equations: My existence > Your opinion, Constitutional originalism = White supremacy, and Conservative hate Intellectual debate. And some were aimed at their own school: Shame on CUNY: Dont give oppressors a platform and the related No platform for fascists. Finally, some apparently tried to make deep points of postmodern theory, such as We reject the myth of legal objectivity.

My favorite was probably the juxtaposition of signs saying Your legal analysis is lazy and wrong and F-ck offboth held by the same person. I mean, wow. Where to begin?

The Federalist Society arose in the early 1980s to combat the left-wing tilt of the legal academy. (Full disclosure: Ive been a member for nearly 20 years and have spoken at more than 500 events without protest, although apparently this year the Vermont Law School administration nixed a planned invite.) Conserva...

13:00

The Robinsons Hit Screens Again For An Enjoyable Reboot In Lost In Space "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lost in Space is a science-fiction reimagining of the classic 1812 novel Swiss Family Robinson by David Wyss. It tells of a family in the near future that leaves Earth for a new colony in the Alpha Centauri system. Their ship encounters an anomaly that pulls them well off course, and they find themselves stranded on an uncharted planet, surrounded by danger (Will Robinson) and nefarious characters. The first season of the show is available on Netflix.

Two literary devices are typically used when plotting out a suspense or mystery narrative. The first, speaking analogously, is a table full of people in a restaurant where something is wrong. Through the course of the meal, they figure out there is a bomb under the table, and the rest of the time is spent trying to eliminate that particular threat. The second literary device takes that same scenario, but shows you the bomb early in the story, while keeping the restaurant patrons in the dark, giving the audience a sense of dread that the diners might not discover the danger until it is too late.

Both of these tropes are used in Lost in Space, simultaneously at times, in a figurative restaurant full of patrons, some of whom are aware of the threat, others who are not, and leaving open the possibility that still other tables may have their own bomb to deal with. As the series progresses, the focus narrows to one table, occupied by the Robinson family, plus one or two uninvited guests. We are aware of some things they are not, while they have knowledge we dont. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld: there are known knowns, known unknowns, and the rest is filled with maybe.

Family-Friendly Adventure for Its Own Sake

That sense of mystery, known and unknown, permeates the overall narrative arc of a fresh yet familiar reboot of the campy original 1966 series, with sprinklings of flavor from the mediocre 1998 film, both of the same name. It is, first and foremost, a family endeavor that aims to entertain everyone in the household.

While it plays gleefully with the gimmick of cliffhangerat times literallythe series feels no need to resort to sordid gawk factor or tawdry sexual violence. In fact, there is very little violence, and perhaps refreshingly, no sex. If youre the sort who thinks of that as a spoiler, youll have to be content with a second binge of the utterly horrible (with one or two exceptions) Altered Carbon.

Lost in Space does away with the campiness of the original series in favor of a sense of adventure for its own sake. While there are one or two almost wink-at-the-camera moments, none of the levity feels forced. Theres even a lets have some fun sequence telegraphed by an appropriate accompaniment from Van Halen that manages to skirt lightly around the cringe factor; no easy feat.

Humor does not feel out of plac...

13:00

Revisiting Battlestar Galactica: Flesh and Bone and Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is the sixth in a series of Battlestar Galactica recaps. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Read the last piece, Revising Battlestar Galactica: Litmus And Six Degrees of Separation here

Spoilers ahead.

The series returns to Americas post-9/11 political controversies in Flesh and Bone, an episode which features Starbuck engaging in the enhanced interrogation of a Cylon, alluding to the moral and practical issues raised by waterboarding top al-Qaeda operatives. Moreover, a show that addresses issues of faith now starts to incorporate visions and prophecies.

The series also likes to allude to movies. Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down bears little resemblance to the similarly-titled Pedro Almodvar film. But the episode explores the relationship between Cdr. Adama and Col. Tigh, who loosely parallel the Navy officers played by John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in Otto Premingers In Harms Way  a film about the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack with ready similarities to Battlestar Galactica.

Flesh and Bone

As result of taking chamalla for her cancer, Pres. Roslin dreams she encounters a copy of Leoben in a forest. The dream ends with him being sucked away from her through the air.

She is awakened by Billy, who reports a copy of Leoben has been captured aboard the Gemenon Traveler. Adama (who experienced Leobens deceit in the mini-series) advises killing the hybrid Cylon, but Roslin orders an interrogation. Adama assigns Starbuck to question Leoben after warning her of his nature.

During the interrogation, Leoben recognizes Starbuck by her callsign, and cryptically remarks that he sees the foreshadowing due to his faith. Leoben is a monotheist, but quotes colonial scripture to Starbuck: all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.

When Leoben claims he has a nuclear warhead set to detonate in the hours ahead, Starbuck has the guards begin beating him. She pressures Leoben by noting he could deactivate his pain circuits, but that would prove him inhuman. She also suggests he is afraid he is too far from the Cylon fleet to ensure his consciousness would not be destroyed by death.

At one point, Leoben snaps his restraints and attempts to strangle Starbuck. She escalates by having the guards repeatedly stick his head into a bucket of water in an attempt to break him. Leoben says this is not Starbucks destiny, which is to find Kobol and lead the rag-tag fleet to Earth.

Meanwhile, Roslin has a vision...

12:54

Ken youre backsliding "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The moment an Evangelical Christian compromises, theyre on the road to hell. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis had that moment when he could have said hes going to stand by his principles and insist that every employee of his organization must abide by his rigid religious articles of faith, and he wavered and wobbled and decided that in the absence of a large enough population of fanatics in the region, hed allow some positions to be filled by lukewarm Christians.

We are a Christian organization, and as a Christian organization, we employ people who are Christians. We actually, for the seasonals, we actually have a more abridged Statement of Faith, the fundamentals of Christianity, not our detailed one for all of our full-time managers and others. So for seasonals, I know theres a lot of young people who still arent necessarily mature in all their thinking in lots of areas, but if they can sign the tenets of the fundamentals of the Christian faith, they can work here.

An abridged Statement of Faith? The Devil loves it when you abridge your faith. Satan just danced along on your principles, kicking out a word here, chopping out a phrase there, cackling as he tricked Jesus into making concessions.

The bad news is that the rest of us are going to have to put up with Ken Ham joining us in Hell now.

12:50

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Still Gagged As Death Penalty Appeal Grinds On "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing comes and goes, we cant help but wonder what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have to say for himself if he were allowed to speak.

For one thing, wed like to ask him if he could fill in some details about his brother Tamerlans mysterious activities in the years leading up to the bombings much of which the government continues to withhold as classified.

Dzhokhar is being held at the maximum-security federal penitentiary in Florence, Colorado known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies under extreme confinement conditions called Special Administrative Measures (SAMs). He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 for his role in the bombing near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev is appealing his federal death penalty conviction. (All death penalty convictions are automatically appealed.)

Essentially a form of solitary confinement, SAMs prevent inmates from communicating with all but a few pre-approved individuals. Tsarnaev is not even allowed to communicate with other inmates in the facility. The government justifies the imposition of SAMs by pointing to the possibility that Tsarnaev could try to secretly communicate with criminal compatriots or incite violence of one kind or another.

Its not clear who that might be, since the government insists that Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan acted on their own.

The few statements Dzhokhar made that we heard about actually sounded apologetic and remorseful in nature.

...

12:00

Think Big, Work Small "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Akron, Ohio is a city in flux. Once the center of the global rubber and tire industry, Akron hit its peak population in 1960, expanding to 290,000 residents.  Since 1960, the city has lost 31% of its population.  Today it is home to just 198,000 residents. 

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Despite its significant loss of population and manufacturing jobs, though, it is inaccurate to pigeonhole Akron as a disappearing Rust Belt city.  The fact that the city once contained the corporate headquarters of at least half-a-dozen Fortune 500 companies, and all of the wealth that they generated; and the fact that it has since diversified its economy, retaining and attracting new high-paying jobs, means that it is still home to some of the most stable and affluent urban neighborhoods in the entire Great Lakes region. It should not be painted with an overly broad brush.

If we want to prepare this city for an e...

Sessions Punishes Everyone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Angry at Chicago, he cuts off police aid for all

11:35

Ron Pauls Liberty Report Talks with Vanessa Beeley in Damascus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last Friday, the US, UK and France announced that their air forces and navies fired 105 missiles, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites in Syria. 

21WIRE associate editor Vanessa Beeley is on the ground in Syria reporting in the aftermath of the US-led missile strikes over the weekend. Whats the real story of the purported gas attack in Douma? How extensive was the damage from US missiles? What will happen with the OPCW investigation?

Watch this very special Liberty Report:

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11:17

Unveiled: The Arrogance of John Bolton, The War Hawk in Trumps Ear "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Only two weeks ago, US President Donald Trump announced that the US would be pulling its military out of Syria very soon. Many took this with a pinch of salt though, and for good reason.

Soon after that, John Bolton was hired to replace H. R. McMaster as national security advisor to the President and all hell broke loose, literally, with the US leading an illegal bombing run on Syria an unprecedented attack waged by the US, UK and France, based only on alleged chemical attack videos they had seen on the internet and other social media indicators. In other words: they found lots of things on the internet which they believe proves that Assad did it.

Deep State operative and arch-Neoconservative war hawk Bolton had previously served as US Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush before resigning in 2007 and fading into the background following the disastrous Iraq War.

SEE ALSO: John Bolton: As Ignorant As He Is Dangerous

This interview between FOX News host Tucker Carlson and Bolton in early March 2018, was filmed before Bolton parachuted into the White House last week. It is very revealing and shows Boltons patronizing and condescending elitist attitude and casual approach to war, as he puts forth a series of incoherent statements on foreign policy, including a bizarre statement that Iran (a predominantly Shia country) is the worlds leading sponsor of Sunni terrorism worldwide.

Watch this revealing interview:

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11:00

Were Hiring, a Lot. Heres What Were Looking For. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

ProPublica is doing a whole lot of hiring. Weve listed about two dozen positions. That includes plenty of reporters to focus on technology and big business, among other things and a variety of different jobs.

Were sharing the details far and wide. And part of that is sharing them with you. All of the jobs are listed below.

We know some people may look at the jobs and wonder whether they have the right credentials or background. But the truth is, we dont care where you went to school or what your connections are. What were looking for are people whove demonstrated the ability to do great journalism or shown the potential to do so. That can come from people with all kinds of experience not just people who see themselves as Investigative Reporters (Capital I, Capital R).

Everyone in our newsroom is a journalist and is given the opportunity to do stories, whether theyre a reporter, researcher, statistician, coder, designer or engagement reporter. Some of the folks doing great work here have even come from outside of journalism.

Hiring people with a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds has been a key part of our success. It makes our work better. Here are more details about what were doing to increase the diversity of our newsroom and the breakdown of our current staff. Among other things, weve committed to following whats known as the Rooney Rule, meaning we will interview at least one person of color for every posted job.

So, if its not a specific educ...

Billion-Dollar Blessings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. 47 years ago in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the lines were especially long to get into the basketball arena for the mandatory thrice-weekly student convocation. There was a festive feel in the air as usual, a live band kicked things off with some Christian rock.

Penny Nance, a newly named Liberty trustee who is the head of the socially conservative group Concerned Women for America, took the stage to say that with Donald Trump in the White House, the country was much closer to overturning Roe v. Wade and putting true limits on the abortionists hand. Tim Lee, a Texas preacher and evangelist who lost his legs in the Vietnam War, gave a sermon bemoaning homosexuals and pornographers, declaring that one problem with pulpits today is that theyve got a lot of girlie men in them. A young man in front of me in a Nautica T-shirt clapped and shouted, Thats right!

Liberty is spread out on more than 7,000 acres overlooking Lynchburg, a former railroad-and-tobacco town on the James River below the Blue Ridge Mountains. The student body on campus is 15,500 strong, and the university employs more than 7,500 people locally. Throughout the university grounds, there is evidence of a billion-dollar capital expansion: mountains of dirt and clusters of construction equipment marking the site of the new business school; the $40 million football stadium upgrade, to accommodate Libertys move into the highest level of N.C.A.A. competition; and the Freedom Tower, which at 275 feet will be the tallest structure in Lynchburg, capped by a replica of the Liberty Bell.

Jerry Falwell Jr., who has led the university since 2007, lacks the charisma and high profile of his father, who helped lead the rise of the religious right within the Republican Party. Yet what the soft-spoken Falwell, 55, lacks in personal aura, he has more than made up for in institutional ambition. As Liberty has expanded over the past two decades, it has become a powerful force in the conservative movement. The Liberty campus is now a requisite stop for Republican candidates for president with George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney all making the pilgrimage and many of Liberty graduates end up working in Republican congressional offices and conservative think tanks.

Liberty has also played a significant role in the rise of Donald Trump. Falwell was an early supporter of the reality-TV-star candidate, staying loyal through the release of the Access Hollywood tape and giving Trump a crucial imprimatur with white evangelical voters, who widely supported him at the polls. The evangelicals were so great to me, Trump said in an interview las...

10:47

The Eve of Destruction: Live Conversation Just Hours Before US Fired its Missiles on Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune in to the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) for another LIVE broadcast of The Boiler Room every Thursday night at 6:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM CST | 9:00 PM EST for uncensored, uninterruptible talk radio

Broadcast live on April 13, 2018, ACR Boiler Room hosts Hesher and Spore for alongside 21WIRE editor Patrick Henningsen and Truth Hound Mark Anderson (also on steemit), with a special 2.5 hour transmission in the face of a potential war in Syria, knowing that this might escalate into a larger multi-national conflict. The hosts and their guests pondered whether the US and its allies were about to launch a war on false pretenses, and what the grave implications of this might be.   ACR asks that you might share this important episode.  Anti-war pundits and citizen journalists are being censored widely and harshly all over the internet as the war machine and the mainstream media are lying through their teeth in the hopes that they might leverage enough popular support for what would be a very brutal and unpopular war.

Listen to Escalating US & Russian Tension In Syria Patrick Henningsen & Mark Anderson Boiler Room EP #156 on Spreaker.

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10:39

At a Junction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post At a Junction appeared first on It's Going Down.

A historical look Mingo Junction from Whither Appalachia?

Since its first description centuries ago by European travelers, the site of the current-day village of Mingo Junction would not be a recognized settlement. In fact, a village would not be established there until after the American Civil War, and the Junction added to its name only some years after that. Curiously, the adoption of the term by the villages adopters served to indicate its seemingly determinate presence at precisely that time when it was aspiring to state-recognition of its ossification. As we will see, this settlements emergence, dependent on the penetration of autonomous agricultural communities by capital, precluded both a continuing transience and the ravages of industrial deployment. This is not so much the history of a particular village, but a preliminary analysis, whose dilution to the point of a locale may prove fruitful elsewhere.

The Wandering Gold

In the wake of increasing pressure from both of the major colonial powers active in the region at the time, the French and British, the Six Nations of the Iroquois would rapidly push their way westward in the often-bloody contest for the lucrative beaver furs that had become a cornerstone of their emerging new livelihoods1. One group, known as Mingoes2 or Ohio Senecas, would migrate into the newly claimed lands along the Ohio Valley that had previously only been claimed as hunting ground by other tribes. By 1750, at the mouth of Cross Creek, they would be present enough in migratory groups and settled villages for the location to be referred to as Mingo Bottoms by later Anglo-American colonists3. These migratory Seneca peoples would continue trading fur via Fort Pitt and white settlers would not fully displace them until the very end of that century.4 The fur trade, here as elsewhere,...

09:57

CONSPIRACY??? IS WAR PLANNED? April 16-30 America Falls??? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Watch this video

Are these dates important? April 16-30, with potential days possibly being April 18 and/or April 23?

Im labeling this post as conspiracy are they conspiring another 9/11-type event?

All the worlds a stage

Via jkbugout:

 

09:50

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

09:35

Facebook Is Violating Your Privacy via Facial Recognition Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Facebook Facial Recognition Technology(TIM)  On April 6, a coalition of consumer privacy organizations led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Facebook of violating individuals privacy via the companys facial recognition practices. The complaint focuses on changes to Facebooks policy which went into effect in early 2018, namely the ability to scan user []

08:35

Daily Inspiration --- Sonnets to Orpheus, Book I #4 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fear not the pain. Let its weight fall back into the earth; for heavy are the mountains, heavy the seas. The trees you planted in childhood have grown too heavy. You cannot bring them along. Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.

08:26

Comeys Stunning Admission "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Disgraced FBI Director, James Comey, recently wrote a book called A Higher Loyalty. Is he talking loyalty to the Deep State? In his book, Comey talks about his actions towards Hillary Clinton. You will not believe the words that came out of Comeys mouth.

 

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08:03

Proof Russia Knew EXACT AREA of Syrian Chem Attack 1 Month BEFORE! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

All these leaders have a vested interest in deceiving the people. And how fortunate for these leaders that men do not thinkcause if they did, they wouldnt be in power.  HighImpactFlix

07:53

Russia Probably Hid Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria, or so Were Told "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chemical Attack Russia(CN Op-ed)  We are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesnt find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, its because Russia hid the evidence. It is our understanding the Russians may []

07:46

Syria, chemicals weapons and missile strikes: FAKE NEWS theater at its finest you are being subjected to an elaborate psyop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Image: Syria, chemicals weapons and missile strikes: FAKE NEWS theater at its finest you are being subjected to an elaborate psyop

(Natural News) By now, you are aware that President Trump ordered a precision strike against Syrias so-called chemical weapon sites run by Assad. The strike was deployed in response to an utterly false, absurd narrative that claims Assad gassed children with chemical weapons.

Beware of any news about an event that reportedly involves the deaths of children. In nearly every major false flag event  from the USA to the Middle East children are used as props to generate emotional terrorism outrage as a form of social manipulation in order to achieve a political purpose. This doesnt mean real children didnt die, by the way. As Ive explained numerous times, a false flag event involves real deaths wrapped around a fake narrative. Real children died in Syria, just as they did in the Oklahoma City bombing. But the official stories were told about why those children died are complete hogwash.

Remember when we were told that David Koresh burned his entire family alive?

Weve seen this countless times in recent history, including going all the way back to the federal governments murderous assault on the David Koresh compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. The assault was nothing less than a murderous rampage by rogue government agents who murdered women and children in cold blood, yet the official story was that David Koresh set fire to his own buildings and murdered his entire family by burning them alive. (Seriously. Thats what the media still wants you to believe.)

The explanation that Assad gassed his own citizen children with chemical weapons is similarly absurd. Youd have to be a complete stooge...

07:36

Getty Villa Reinstallation Provides New Perspective on Antiquities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The stunning Getty Villa is reopening April 18, 2018, after a complete reinstallation and reorganization to offer a new perspective on its antiquities collection. The Getty Villa, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, houses the J. Paul Getty Museums vast wealth of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, which comprises about 44,000 objects. Nearly every piece in the museum was []

The post Getty Villa Reinstallation Provides New Perspective on Antiquities appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

06:47

Science Supporters Gather in Oakland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On April 14, the second annual March for Science Bay Area included a walk around the Lake Merritt path, speakers, and live music. The sunny day event also featured information booths and hands-on demonstrations, speakers, live music and activities for children. Organizers explained they want robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.

05:25

Why do so many Feds sell out to Ruling Cabal? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Many Federal Agents, aka Feds, "sell out" to the evil Ruling Cabal because to do otherwise would cause them major personal losses and extreme "forever" problems.

05:06

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Does cell phone radiation cause cancer? New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality. The ionizing radiation given off by sources such as x-ray machines and the sun boosts cancer risk by shredding molecules in the body. But the non-ionizing radio-frequency (RF) radiation that cell phones and other wireless devices emit has just one known biological effect: an ability to heat tissue by exciting its molecules. Still, evidence advanced by the studies shows prolonged exposure to even very low levels of RF radiation, perhaps by mechanisms other than heating that remain unknown, makes rats uniquely prone to a rare tumor called a schwannoma, which affects a type of neuron (or nerve cell) called a Schwann cell. The studies are notable for their sizes. Researchers at the National Toxicology Program, a federal interagency group under the National Institutes of Health, tested 3,000 rats and mice of both sexes for two years. Investigators at the Ramazzini Institute in Italy were similarly ambitious; in their recent study they investigated RF effects in nearly 2,500 rats. The studies evaluated radiation exposures in different ways. Yet they generated comparable results. The strongest finding connected RF with heart schwannomas in male rats, but the researchers also reported elevated rates of lymphoma as well as cancers affecting the prostate, skin, lung, liver and brain in the exposed animals. Rates for those cancers increased as the doses got higher.

Note: The National Toxicology Program study came to light in 2016 after scientists posted some of its preliminary findings to a public website. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on the risks of cell phones and wireless devices.

Supreme Court shields a police officer from being sued for shooting a woman in her front yard "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Supreme Court on Monday shielded a police officer from being sued for shooting an Arizona woman in her front yard, once again making it harder to bring legal action against officers who use excessive force, even against an innocent person. With two dissents, the high court tossed out a lawsuit by a Tucson woman who was shot four times outside her home because she was seen carrying a large knife. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in dissent the victim did not threaten the police or a friend who was standing nearby. This "decision is not just wrong on the law; it also sends an alarming signal to law enforcement officers and the public," Sotomayor wrote. Since the Civil War, federal law has allowed people to sue government officials, including the police, for violating their constitutional rights. But in recent years, the Supreme Court has erected a shield of immunity for police and said officers may not be sued unless victims can point to a nearly identical shooting that had been deemed unconstitutionally excessive in a previous decision. The justices did not rule on whether officer Andrew Kisela acted reasonably when he used potentially deadly force against Amy Hughes. The court instead ruled [that Kisela] could not be sued because the victim could not cite a similar case. Sotomayor said the majority had revised the facts to favor the officer. "Hughes was nowhere near the officers, had committed no illegal act, was suspected of no crime, and did not raise the knife," she wrote.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in policing and in the court system.

04:34

One Week At War for La ZAD: A Timeline "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post One Week At War for La ZAD: A Timeline appeared first on It's Going Down.

Since last Monday, the French State has been fighting to evict La ZAD, or the Zone to Defend, a stateless and autonomous region of French farmland that for decades has resisted the construction of an airport.

Over the last 6 years, hundreds of people have moved onto La Zad to stop the construction and in doing so, have built homes as well as a communal, anti-capitalist, and ecological way of life. The infrastructure found at La ZAD is extensive, from community meeting and banquet halls, a radio station, a weekly newspaper, and extensive farms and gardens. La ZAD has also grown to feature a wide variety of collectives, from farmers who have lived on the land for generations, to those who came experiment in new forms of life. In 2014, 21 year old Remi Fraisse was killed when a police flash bang grenade exploded during clashes over the construction of a dam, resonating with many at La ZAD and kicking off a fresh round of riots, attacks, and rowdy demonstrations.

In 2016, tens of thousands marched onto the territory and placed spears by the thousands into the ground in a statement that should the State move to evict La ZAD, that they would return to defend it. In January of 2018, it was then announced that the State would abandon the project, but still wanted to evict the hundreds of squatters that had moved onto the land in the p...

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03:44

Seven Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Aren't Being Asked "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The drumbeat of political pressure has forced Trump's hand. He has now directed missiles against Syria, twice. Both attacks carried the risk of military confrontation with the world's other nuclear superpower. Whatever his personal involvement with the Russian government turns out to have been, it is in nobody's best interests to heighten tensions between two nuclear superpowers.

03:22

Monday Miscellany: 16 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A few links of interest from around the web:

03:11

Fukushima's Nuclear Waste Will Be Dumped Into the Ocean, Japanese Plant Owner Says "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Toxic waste produced by one of the world's worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess. Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a multibillion-dollar recovery effort following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The company has yet to deal with the water that was used to cool the plant's damaged reactors, causing it to become tainted with tritium. Tepco wants to release the contaminated water that is being stored in hundreds of tanks at the plant into the ocean. According to Reuters, this is a common practice at functioning nuclear plants. The plan to dump tritium-contaminated water into the sea was met with opposition by local fishermen, who say their industry has suffered enough in the aftermath of the environmental crisis. Dozens of countries and the European Union now ban certain fish imports from Japan following the disaster. As for the rest of the Fukushima prefecture, life has started to resume, albeit slowly. Of the estimated 150,000 who fled, only around 13 percent have come back.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster.

In March, Portugal Made More Than Enough Renewable Energy To Power The Whole Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Last month, Portugal produced more than enough renewable energy to meet the country's entire electrical demand - a feat "unmatched in the last 40 years," according to the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, or APREN. Renewable power produced in March was equal to 103.6 percent of electrical demand on mainland Portugal. Fifty-five percent of that energy was produced through hydro power, while 42 percent came from wind. The country still used fossil fuels to balance out supply and demand. "These periods were nevertheless fully compensated by others of greater renewable production," [APREN writes]. "It is expected that by 2040 the production of renewable electricity will be able to guarantee, in a cost-effective way, the total annual electricity consumption of Mainland Portugal." For most countries in the world, a fully renewable energy supply still seems like a challenging target. Portugal has made substantial investments in renewable energy sources, as has its neighbor Spain. Some of that spending was cut in 2012, amid austerity measures, and more were scaled back in 2016. But by that point, many renewable energy projects had already been paid off and were operating cost-efficiently. And this week, coincidentally, the Portuguese government put a stop to another energy subsidy - one "worth about 20 million euros a year, most of which goes to fossil fuel plants," Reuters writes.

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

Danone's North America business hits key social, environmental milestone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

DanoneWave has renamed itself and says it has been certified as a B Corporation. It is now called Danone North America. To be designated a B Corp, a for-profit company must pass a set of standards regarding its social and environmental performance and change its legal structure to become a public benefit company. Danone sought to achieve this certification by 2020, but it came out two years ahead of schedule. While some stakeholders may worry that big changes to become more environmentally friendly will increase costs, Danone North America's larger suppliers have seen the opposite happen. Dairy is one the company's main ingredients and its production can be harmful to the environment due to water usage and waste. The company's largest manufacturing facility has cut its usage. While the initial research involved in reducing water usage was costly, one of the owners of the facility has already seen a huge reduction in costs. Faber said that up to 250,000 gallons of water can be saved per day due to ... new technology. Danone North America sustainable development manager Catherine Queen [said] that there has been a movement to bring the sustainability effort to global suppliers. Global suppliers have been encouraged to move toward more plant-based packaging and pay their workers living wages. Sustainable manufacturing can lower costs significantly and create more room in budgets to increase wages. Costs on the higher executive level have also been cut.

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

02:51

The Second Law and its misuses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An OrbitCon session brought to my attention to the fact that Steven Pinker spouts a lot of bullshit about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. (The Second Law is, entropy cannot decrease over time in a closed system.) In Pinkers book, Enlightenment Now, he begins by refuting the creationist argument that the Second Law contradicts the theory of evolution. This is easy to do, you just say that the earth isnt a closed system, and dramatically point at the sun. But Pinker then proceeds to forget about the sun, and argues that the Second Law of Thermodynamics explains poverty. I dont have the book available, but Pinker has written an essay along similar lines:

Poverty, too, needs no explanation. In a world governed by entropy and evolution, it is the default state of humankind. Matter does not just arrange itself into shelter or clothing, and living things do everything they can not to become our food. What needs to be explained is wealth.

Heres the thing: creationists are really really wrong about the Second Law. Theres plenty of room to be less wrong than creationists, but still really really wrong. For those of us who have taken an interest in fighting creationism, we know we can just point at the sun and be done with it. But just bec

02:49

Police Use Fingerprints Pulled From WhatsApp Photo To Secure Convictions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Dawn Luger Police have used a photo sent through the app WhatsApp to get a fingerprint and used that fingerprint to secure drug convictions...

02:45

Breaking!US Syria Attack Ongoing, US Denies as Tomahawks Downed, Every Single One - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syrias air defenses shot down missiles targeting Shayrat air base in Homs province early Tuesday, state media reported, as a Hezbollah media arm said missiles targeting Dumayr base near Damascus were also intercepted. Iranian news agencies also reported missiles being fired toward Shayrat. Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isnt yet clear.   []

02:42

Netflix Lost in Space 2018 Reboots Danger Will Robinson [Video] [Spoiler Alert] "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lost in Space, reboot from Netflix is a thrill ride, replete with a family of five, a scheming doctor, and an alien. The youngest family member befriends the strange-looking alien/robot, who then becomes the youngsters protector. Danger, Will Robinson, is the warning heard from the extremely tall being. The between 2018 and 1960s program begins []

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02:42

Washington Post: Trump is crazy - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

What should we do with psychopaths in the White House? Lock them up. Indefinitely.

02:40

BREAKING: Israel Attacks Syria Again, Missiles Trigger Air Defenses Near Shayrat Airforce Base "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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According to Syrian state media SANA, air defense systems were triggered tonight in response to an incoming missile attack targeting Shayrat Airbase in Homs province the same military installations hit by the United States in April 2017 as retribution for the allege sarin attack at Khan Sheikhoun on Idlib province.

According to one unconfirmed report said to be from Hezbollah media, Syrian air defences had also intercepted three missiles heading towards Dumair Military airport northeast of Damascus. This claim has still not been corroborated by Syrian media. However, Syrian state media did not mention Dumair which opposition sources claim was used in the governments campaign to retake eastern Ghouta.

However, Syrian state media still has not reported who might have fired the missiles at Syrian military targets.

UPDATE: Syrian state media reports 9 Israeli missiles intercepted

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported tonight that the Syrian Air Defense managed to shoot down at least nine Israeli missiles in the eastern countryside of Homs.

According to the SANA report, the Israeli missiles targeted the Syrian militarys positions Shayrat Airbase, which was the target for the U.S. strike last year.

However, a source from the Syrian Army told Al-Masdar News that the likely target was actually the T-4 Military Airport, as several explosions were heard in that area. (Source: Al Masdar News)

RT reported earlier

Up to 10 missiles were destroyed by the Syrian Armed Forces, a military source told Sputnik. The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept some of the projectiles, according to a SANA reporter. Meanwhile, the Al Mayadeen news outlet is claiming that all the projectiles were intercepted and inflicted no physical damage or casualties at the targeted Syrian base.

The Pentagon ha...

02:37

Hard-Won Homeschooling Freedoms Are Under Threat and Must Be Defended "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Kerry McDonald Our modern homeschooling freedoms come with the responsibility to protect those freedoms. Homeschoolers today have it easy. Many of us were in...

02:29

Prosecutors to court: Trump's arguments against reviewing potential criminal evidence are absurd "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Letting Trump and Cohen have the first shot at reviewing the documents is putting the fox in charge of the hen house. In fact, notes the USAO, Trump's admitted he'd try to argue for pretty much everything to be privileged.

02:19

The War In Syria From A Syrian Perspective - What You Need To Know! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the face of a strong propaganda campaign aimed at convincing the west that Assad attacked his own people with chemical weapons it is extremely important that we counter this spin machine as much as possible because lives are now literally at stake. The US along with their allies France and the UK recently bombed strategic locations in Syria BEFORE an investigation could take place and unless we expose the lies for what they are the situation in Syria will only continue to escalate. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth interviews Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis, a Syrian man born and raised in Aleppo Syria to get his perspective on the atrocities that are currently unfolding right before our very eyes.

02:01

Legal Help for Animals "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I think we all recognize that not only humans but animals also need the help of a lawyer at times. Thank God for the lawyers at Animal Legal Defense Fund who have stepped up to the plate in this regard.

01:45

BitCoin, 5G and Robotics - Endgame "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As one can see, sometimes everything seems to connect full circle as round and round we go collectively chasing someone else's tales. I know I'm pretty tired of it; are you?

01:37

I Have Ninjas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today when I went over to the shop there were signs of ninjas in the sand-tray.

Those little hand-prints are so cute. Theyre about 1/4 across.

Does 2300F destroy hantavirus? Asking for a friend.

01:31

Israel Just Launched Missiles at Syria for the Second Time in Seven Days "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israel Syrian Airbase(ZHE)  The Syrian military announced at approximately 1:10 A.M. local time that the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles towards the Shayrat Airbase and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate. According to the statement, the Syrian Air Defense managed to intercept several of the missiles, but there was no mention as to whether or not the []

01:28

April's Mission Accomplished: Trump's Trails of Tails begetting Trials "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Throughout our history conservatives and liberals have battled, both getting more and more disloyal to the art of compromise.

01:15

Once Upon A Time Long Ago, Truth Was Important "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If a reporter had brought us a story that was nothing but a Washington press release claiming obviously impossible happenings, we would have told him to go look again and ask the obvious questions. Today the NY Times and Washington Post put the unsubstantiated report on the front page. Today reporters no longer have to check sources, because there is no longer journalism in America.

00:58

Trumps Disastrous Syria Attack Just Created a Big, Fat Mess "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(RPI)  Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, Mission Accomplished! They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that Mission Accomplished was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a []

00:38

Global Anti-war Protests Against US-led Aggression in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Anti-war protesters marched in the U.S., India, Mexico, Chile, Turkey, Cyprus, the U.K. and other countries to condemn the U.S.-led attack on Syria. Leftists and anti-war protesters took to the streets in many cities around the world over the weekend against to renounce and reject the U.S.-led assault against Syrian government structures with the support of France and United Kingdom. In the U.S. hundreds of protesters gathered in major cities, including New York City, Washington, Chicago and Portland. In Manhattan, people demonstrated in front of the Trump Tower to protest the president's decision

00:25

A Tale Of American Hubris "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington's present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it, lets take a few moments to think about what some of the lessons of the last years of the previous century and the first years of this one might be for the worlds most exceptional and indispensable nation, the planets sole superpower, the globes only sheriff. Those were, of course, commonplace descriptions from the pre-Trump era and yet, in the age of MAGA, already as moldy and cold as the dust in some pharaonic tomb.nLets start this way: you could think of the post-Cold War era, the years after the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991,

00:20

Hundreds of Thousands Protest for Release of Pro-Independence Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Six months to the day have passed since the imprisonment of the grassroots pro-independence activists Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Snchez, the last presidential candidate. They were arrested by the Spanish police for their roles in the independence roadmap of Catalonia. To mark the occasion, a platform made up of various organizations in favor of Catalan state called for a march to take place on April 15, in the heart of Barcelona. Police figures claim that 315,000 were in attendance, while organizers count around 750,000 protesters.

00:10

Final Straw: After 25 Years, Two Perspectives on the Lucasville Prison Uprising "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Final Straw: After 25 Years, Two Perspectives on the Lucasville Prison Uprising appeared first on It's Going Down.

Long-running anarchist radio and podcast show The Final Straw speaks with people on the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville prison uprising.

This week is the 25th anniversary of the longest prison uprising in US history in which lives were lost. The rebellion, which lasted 11 days, took place at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, more commonly know as Lucasville, in April 1993. The disturbance broke out on L Block, which housed over 400 people. Over the course of the uprising one correction officer being held hostage and nine prisoners were killed.

The most immediate cause for the riot was a group of Muslim prisoners refusal to take a tuberculosis test which was going to be administered in a form that would have violated their religious beliefs. But serious grievances had simmered under the surface at Lucasville for many years, and ultimately the prisoners demands far exceeded Muslims opposition to TB shots, addressing concerns about conditions of confinement held by the entire inmate population.

After 11 days a negotiated surrender ended the siege. Prisoners gave up control of L Block in return for the states concession to a 21 point plan responding to their demands. Afterwards, authorities engaged in widespread retaliation, including the targeting of five individuals who were perceived as leaders for capital offenses. To this day, the Lucasville 5, as they are called, sit on death row for murders that numerous investigations have proven they did not commit. Prisoners still facing repercussions for the Lucasville Uprising include: Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb, George Skatzes, Bomani Shakur and Greg Curry.
To reflect on the Lucasville uprising 25 years later, Disembodied Voice spoke with two individuals who were involved in the event in very different ways. First, we hear from Mosi Paki, who was present on L Block during the rebellion and served 19 years, most of it in isolation, after the siege ended. We will then...

00:00

Eva Bartlett Interview: The Truth About The Syrian False Flag And Its Propaganda Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Few can disregard the history the US has with creating false pretext on which to carry out military action, for a number of reasons, from the verifiable way in which the American people were knowingly mislead in regard to WMDs in Iraq to completely manufactured events such as the False Kuwait Baby Incubator Story which led []

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23:54

Solecast: Chris from Unicorn Riot on the Implosion of the Traditionalist Worker Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Solecast: Chris from Unicorn Riot on the Implosion of the Traditionalist Worker Party appeared first on It's Going Down.

An in-depth discussion with Chris of Unicorn Riot about what was uncovered in a treasure trove of internal communications on Discord servers that Unicorn Riot leaked.   

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The Unicorn Riot report details a year of the inner workers of one of the most visible and violent neo-Nazi groups in the US.

In this interview we talk about:

The ways white supremacists/neo-Nazis organize and recruit
Troubling discussions about white sharia, fondness for mass killers like Dylan Roof, and open discussions of violent acts.
Members of the TWP openly collaborating with the Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi group that openly promotes acts of terror.
How groups like TWP are using leftist rhetoric to appeal to the white working class
TWP is a FEC recognized political party, and their legal support of William Planer, (a white supremacist who allegedly stabbed anti-fascists in Sacramento) possibly constitutes a legal breach.
How the group was brought down by a strange love triangle
Who these people are, what they believe and why people like them can not be ignored.

23:52

UK COLUMN: US-UK-Frances Nonexistent Case on Syrian WMDs and More Murdoch Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Going over the Friday nights post-mortem in Syria, and pondering the Tripartite powers apparent decimation of international law. It seems that the US, Britain and France have a lot to answer for now. Meanwhile, the BBC offers a platform to a Syrian terrorist moonlighting as a White Helmet-terrorist, and Rupert Murdoch continues pumping out fake news on Syria.

UK Column News anchor Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with a break down of this and much more. Watch:

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23:48

Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today Jack and I drove out to the country so we could take our walk beside a pretty little river called the Thames.  Its named after Englands Thames river, but its much smaller, much slower, very shallow and not fit for boat travel of any kind. Even a canoe can only go a few feet before getting stuck on a sandbar. I know about that from experience. Today, though, the water was very high with a strong current and large areas of flooding. Theres also still a lot of ice.

Thames River

Thames River

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23:30

From Olympia, Long Live the Commune, Long Live La ZAD "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post From Olympia, Long Live the Commune, Long Live La ZAD appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report back was originally posted to the counter-info site, Puget Sound Anarchists.

We gathered on the railroad tracks where the Olympia Commune has been to send insurgent greetings from Olympia, Washington to the brave ones currently defending La ZAD from eviction by the French state.

La ZAD is an autonomous zone in France populated by farmers, squatters, anarchists, and others resisting the construction of a new airport. Their struggle was successful and the airport was halted, but contrary to the wishes of liberals and many socialists, they continue to occupy La ZAD to build the world in which they want to live.

While the commune in Olympia didnt last nearly as long, we twice blockaded railroad tracks carrying fracking equipment, and experimented with new liberated ways of living. It is with the memory of the freedom that we found behind the barricades that we send our love and solidarity. La ZAD is an inspiration to rebels and communards around the world.

Tout le monde deteste les flics!

With love,

-some Olympia anarchists

23:25

Founder Of One Of The Largest Childrens Charities In The World, Arrested For Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A United Nations adviser and the founder of Street Kids International was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia after he was caught with two young children during a police raid. (TFTP) Last week, Peter John Dalglish, United Nations adviser and founder of the Street Kids International charity, was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia, at a home []

The post Founder Of One Of The Largest Childrens Charities In The World, Arrested For Pedophilia appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

23:24

Scientist Debunks US ClaimsReleases Video Evidence US Bombed Syrian Cancer Research Facility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While the U.S. brags that it attacked a chemical weapons facility in Syria, witnesses claim that it actually destroyed a cancer research center. Damascus, Syria  (TFTP) The United States launched around 120 missiles targeting the Syrian government on Friday, and as reports of the damage surface, the evidence is showing that while the U.S. is []

The post Scientist Debunks US ClaimsReleases Video Evidence US Bombed Syrian Cancer Research Facility appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

23:21

OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Chemical Weapon Attack In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One America News visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack, choosing to do an independent investigation due to all the disinformation being thrown around. Residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape. Now while []

The post OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Chemical Weapon Attack In Syria appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

23:20

Q Says Syria Strikes Part Of The Plan, Proof Google Always Listening & Israel Sets Up Next Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/15/18). I have purposely avoided discussing highly speculative and emotion-based story-lines, such as Q-Anon, for a while now. Now I am not saying that entire idea is completely false, []

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23:19

Israel Launches Airstrikes On Airbase Near Homs In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Update: The Syrian military announced at approximately 1:10 A.M. local time that the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles towards the Shayrat Airbase and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate. According to the statement, the Syrian Air Defense managed to intercept several of the missiles, but there was no mention as to whether or not the []

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23:16

President for Life? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pardons would not end their troubles. There could be state crimes not covered by the Presidential pardons, and the New York AG Eric Schneiderman is already preparing charges to be filed. Michael Cohen's antics in New York City may add to the list of charges. Even with the pardons, Mueller would issue a report to Congress which could form the basis for Trumputin's impeachment, which cannot be pardoned.

23:13

Locked and Loaded As Nikki Haley Festoons at UN, the Rest of World Remains Unimpressed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tensions were palpable at the UN Security Council afterwards, with sparks flying between US, UK and Russian representatives, as the Tripartite powers are accused of flouting international law and undermining the United Nations itself. 

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley claims the US are locked and loaded for another strike should another uncanny chemical weapons incident manifest itself on social media, which seems to leave the potential for more staged incidents designed to draw the US and its allies into another round of illegal military aggression in Syria.

However, most nations have been taken aback by Fridays near unilateral act of aggression by the US, UK and France against Syria. Unless they are willing to engage in actual diplomacy, over time, the US and UK representatives will finds themselves increasingly isolated by the rest of the overwhelming majority of the international community.

As UNSC representative from Bolivia Sacha Llorenti stated, The problem is that the United States believes and it acts as if its above any law. They believe they have their own rules and its not the case, and has stressed from the onset that the security council should unite and to create an independent mechanism in order to investigate the alleged chemical attacks.

Meanwhile on the streets of Damascus, life goes on as Syrians remain defiant and mostly unimpressed with President Trumps symbol missile strike. Watch:

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23:02

Montreal: People Protest at Deportation Center for Lucy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Montreal: People Protest at Deportation Center for Lucy appeared first on It's Going Down.

The follow video report from Sub.Media.Tv documents the ongoing struggle to stop the deportation of local organizer, Lucy.

After the federal court refused to stop Lucys deportation on Thursday evening and in the face of continued silence from the Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen, one last effort was made to stop the deportation. Around 50 people arrived at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre shortly after 3am on Friday morning. Armed with banners, balloons, flowers, music, and love, they chained the gates and barred the exits, hoping to prevent Lucys deportation until Lucys immigration application was decided.

-Solidarity Across Borders

22:22

Philly's Top Cop Flops - Again - Backing Bigotry By Boys In Blue "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Police Commissioner of Philadelphia is facing mounting criticism for his blanket defense of the PPD officers who arrested two black men for simply sitting inside a Starbucks located in a ritzy section of the downtown area. White customers in the coffee shop said the black men did nothing to merit the arrest.

22:19

How The US Occupied The 30% Of Syria Containing Most Of Its Oil, Water And Gas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While gaining control of key resources for partitioning Syria and destabilizing the government in Damascus, the U.S. main goal in occupying the oil and water rich northeastern Syria is aimed not at Syria but at Iran. DAMASCUS, SYRIA   After the U.S. launched limited airstrikes on Friday against Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations []

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22:18

Corbyn v Corker: UK wants representation, US royalty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Five years ago, the British Parliament said no to an attack on Syria that its prime minister wanted to join the U.S. president in launching. That action, combined with public pressure, was instrumental in getting the U.S. Congress to make clear that it would say no as well, were it absolutely forced to -- you know -- admit it existed and do anything at all. And that was key to preventing the attack.

22:00

The Week Ahead: Announcing a Year-Long Initiative with Akron, Ohio "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week's guest is Strong Towns Development Director, Bo Wright, who discusses the organization's new partnership in Akron, Ohio, which will spur a yearlong conversation on how to make the city a strong town, supported by the Knight Foundation. Bo talks about what we hope to accomplish this year in Akron and why it matters to everyone not just Akron residents.

Contact quednau@strongtowns.org if you have a request for a future guest on this podcast.

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21:58

Sean Hannity?!?! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Context first. Trump has been fuming since investigators raided Michael Cohens offices and hotel room. It quickly became public that Cohen was under criminal investigation for business dealings possibly related to squashing reports of sexual improprieties. Nonetheless, Federal prosecutors have been secretly reading his email communication as part of said investigation.

Theres also been more reporting about Eliott Broidy, who used Cohen to pay $1.6 million to a woman he impregnated. Some interesting details started emerging: two of the women who had affairs with Trump, plus this third woman, all had Keith Davidson as their lawyer, who happens to know Cohen. The contract was with the same LLC Cohen set up to funnel money to Stormy Daniels, and it used similar wording right down to the code names. This adds to speculation that Cohen silenced so many stories of sexual assault that he had an organized system in place.

Both Michael Cohen and Trump have asked for first dibs in determining which documents are protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than the conventional taint team. More interestingly, again allegations by Federal prosecutors that Cohen had no real clients, Cohens provided a list of three: Trump, Elliot Broidy, and [REDACTED]. The latter explicitly asked Cohen...

21:53

Russia Accuses UK of Masterminding Gas Attack in Syria and Claims to Have Proof "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russia UK Gas Attack Syria(TIM)  Hours before the United States, the UK, and France carried out limited strikes last Saturday morning, the Russian military presented what it claimed to be proof that the chemical weapons attack used as the pretext for those strikes was staged at the behest of the UK government. During a Friday briefing, the Russian Defense Ministry showed interviews []

21:47

Lionel Shriver Discusses Writing Novels, Censorship, And Social Media "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Lionel Shriver is an award winning writer, novelist, and journalist. Her newest collection of short stories is, Property: Between Two Novellas.

Shriver joins this episode of Federalist Radio to discuss inspirations for her writing, censorship, social media, and how the Left controls the world of literature.

The trouble with the Left as it is currently configured is that all you have to be is wrong on one issue and youve become evil incarnate, she said. For me to stick my neck out on any of issues that are the red button onesis to risk literary excommunication.

Listen to the full episode here:

21:34

Michael Savage: Trump Just Bombed His Base "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A political backlash is already underway in the West  following the US, UK and French joint missile strike on Syria last Friday.

Dr. Michael Savage is Americans number one political talk radio host and prolific best-selling author. Many will argue that it was Savages pivotal Conservative endorsement which helped push Trump over the finish line in Americas 2016 Presidential election. According to the radio host, because of his bellicose attack on Syria, Trump is now hemorrhaging credibility with his core support base.

Good Morning America. Everything we have voted for just went up in smoke. It was a Potemkin raid . What was the purpose of this? Oh, I see, to blow up the chemical stores of Mr. Assad. Well, for one we still have no evidence that he unleashed these chemicals upon his own people and I will repeat and reiterate what other people with a mind and a logical faculty have seen ever since the charade began . He [Assad] is winning the war. ISIS is almost defeated; they are reduced to a small pocket in a city, and so he unleashes a chemical attack while the whole world is watching to turn the entire world against him? it absolutely makes no sense.

Well, all I could say is this: if you think this is strength, then youre a coward. You dont know what strength is. It takes strength not to bomb. Remember, diplomacy comes before bombing. Where was the diplomacy in this where is the diplomacy in bombing empty buildings in Damascus tell me so he bombed his base. Watch:

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21:23

Protests Against Syrian Attack and US Militarism Continue "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Protests continued against the US attack on Syria and on US militarism and war. A large protest was held in New York City as can be seen in the tweet report below. The focus of the protests included the Israeli murders of unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border. Thirty-two people have been killed by sniper fire since the protest began. The protest will continue until the Nakba on May 15.  In addition to Syria and Israel, people protested the ongoing war in Yemen, threats to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. The massive increase in spending on war and war preparation, now making up 60 percent of federal discretionary spending, was also protested as people called for divestment from the war machine.

21:18

On The Ground In Syria With Special Guest Vanessa Beeley "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Independent investigative reporter Vanessa Beeley is on the ground in Syria reporting in the aftermath of the US/UK/France air strikes over the weekend. Whats the real story of the purported gas attack in Douma? How extensive was the damage from US missiles? What will happen with the OPCW investigation? Join us for a very special []

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21:18

ProPublica/NPR Collaboration a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Pulitzer Board announced that ProPublicas partnership with NPR was a finalist in the Explanatory Reporting category for Lost Mothers, an illuminating series on the maternal mortality crisis in the United States. ProPublica Illinois and The Chicago Tribune were also named Pulitzer finalists for Local Reporting for their Tax Divide series. The two designations were ProPublicas eighth and ninth Pulitzer finalists in 10 years of publishing.

Led by ProPublica reporter Nina Martin, engagement reporter Adriana Gallardo and NPR special correspondent Renee Montagne, Lost Mothers began with a disquieting trend: For the past two decades, as maternal mortality has declined in other affluent countries, U.S. rates of maternal mortality were rising. The U.S. has the highest rate of mothers who die during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in the developed world, with 700 to 900 American women dying from complications each year. Additionally, every year more than 50,000 American women nearly die during pregnancy and childbirth.

Soon into their reporting, an intriguing question arose: Where were the mothers? The usual journalism tools, such as Nexis and Google, turned up surprisingly few names, and obituaries rarely mention the cause of death. To identify these mothers, the reporters scoured crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and YouCaring, verifying names with obituaries and public posts on Facebook and Twitter. They also published a callout, asking affected families to tell their stories. More than 4,700 people responded, including 4,000 women who said they had almost died themselves. These efforts helped the reporters create a first-of-its kind database of mothers who died from pregnancy-related complications, eventually identifying more than 160 maternal deaths in 2016 alone.

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21:17

ProPublica Illinois a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Pulitzer Board announced Monday that ProPublica Illinois and The Chicago Tribune were finalists for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for their The Tax Divide investigation into Cook County, Illinois unfair property tax assessment system. The series is the first Pulitzer Prize finalist for ProPublica Illinois, a nonprofit newsroom that launched just six months ago as ProPublicas first regional, state-based unit. ProPublicas partnership with NPR was also a Pulitzer finalist for Explanatory Reporting for the Lost Mothers series. It was ProPublicas eighth and ninth Pulitzer finalists in 10 years of publishing.  

For decades, controversy had swirled around the assessment system in Cook County. Residents and business owners suspected their property taxes were based on inaccurate assessments, overvaluing many low-priced properties while undervaluing many higher priced ones. But the process was so opaque and convoluted that few people understood it, and most reporters lacked the technical and analytical skills to challenge it.  

Lead reporter Jason Grotto who started the project as a Chicago Tribune staff writer and continued his investigation after joining ProPublica Illinois set out to prove statistically that the assessment system was deeply flawed in ways that created groups of winners and losers. He studied the arcane system for two years, reading thousands of documents, analyzing more than 100 million electronic records, and interviewing dozens of experts, attorneys and property owners affected by the unfounded assessments. The resulting four-part series exposed a system  that punished small businesses and poor homeowners, gave the wealthy undeserved tax breaks and lined the pockets of politically connected tax attorneys.

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Grotto began his re...

21:11

Making a Rondel Dagger Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When the weather is not suitable for work outside, I will make use of my belt grinder, now  Mark 2. So today I took another old file and I decided to make a dagger out of it. The inspiration is dagger used by Vesemir and Ciri in the game Witcher 3, but there will be some design changes even for the blade (less daggery, more knifey). I will post my progress, but beware that I am no expert, just a self-taught hobbyist goofing around. Risk of concussions from facepalming for any expert. You have been warned.

I started with an old file that I threw in the stove fire last year to soften the steel. I cleaned some of the rust on the belt grinder when I was testing the new design. But before proceeding I needed to make the tang slightly longer. So today I just made the tang more pointy and chamfered the edges. Then I took an old piece of round stock of structural steel, cut it lengthwise for a few cm and fitted it onto the file tang.

 

Old rusty file

Old rusty file

Chamfered file tang

Chamfered file tang

Fitted tang extension

Fitted tang extension

After that there came the trial by fire, or more precisely, electric arc. My first real welding. I admit I should have tried to simply weld scraps together a few more times before I try for something real. I should have. But learning skill on something that is subsequently thrown away simply is not me. I always try to learn on the real thing. Not smart, I know, but that is just me. I have already forced my self to try it once on scraps.

I must admit, I could not have done a better job. That is to say, the job is crap, but I lack the skill to do better. But it holds together even after grinding off the slag and rust from the whole thing. There are some visible slag inclusions in the weld, but it is definitively welded together a...

20:50

Congress Needs to Cancel Trump's Blank Check for War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In one of his darkest moments as speaker, Ryan blocked consideration in 2017 of a bipartisan amendment to renew the role of Congress as a check and balance on presidential war making. As he did on so many issues, Ryan chose to hand a blank check to Donald Trump.

20:41

Pantsir-S1 repelling US strikes on Syria showed 100% effectiveness Russian MoD - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defense system deployed by the Syrian forces showed almost 100% effectiveness in repelling the Western missile strike.

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20:08

Syria missile strikes: based on what evidence? Based on what constitutional authority? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no will, no determination, no desire, within the US government colossus, to be responsive to the wishes of the American people, when it comes to making war. There is no felt need to explain why war is necessary, in very specific terms that can be verified or rejected. There is no need to wait until evidence is thoroughly investigated.

20:03

Sibel Edmonds: The Fog of War Syria & More "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In this edition of Probable Cause Sibel Edmonds breaks down the fog of war and exposes the information warfare campaigns being waged by all sides, in light of the recent military strikes against Syria for their alleged use of chemical weapons. Edmonds also explains what sets Newsbud apart from the rest as she examines the []

19:49

Newsbud Exclusive- BZ, Novichok & the Skripal Case. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As it turns out, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were not poisoned with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, said to cause death from respiratory and cardiac arrest. According to tests conducted by the Spiez Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection, a division of the Federal Office for Civil Protection, it wasnt Novichok that incapacitated []

19:41

Scientist Debunks US ClaimsReleases Video Evidence US Bombed Syrian Cancer Research Facility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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While the U.S. brags that it attacked a chemical weapons facility in Syria, witnesses claim that it actually destroyed a cancer research center.

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19:30

7 Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Arent Being Asked "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syria AirstrikesThe national security establishment and the corporate media have been promoting a confrontational approach, but theyve been unable to explain how that would lead to a better outcome for the US or the world. (CD)  Mission accomplished, says the President. What, exactly, was the mission? And what exactly was accomplished? Donald Trump is being mocked for []

19:29

Social Media Alternatives: Yours.org with Ryan X. Charles "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By corbettreport Continuing our series exploring Social Media Alternatives, this week we talk to Ryan X. Charles about Yours.org. SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=26678 Subscribe

19:18

Busted! Roger Waters(Pink Floyd) Hits White Helmetsas Terrorists - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

English singer Roger Waters, who was a member of the Pink Floyd rock band, slammed the White Helmets as a fake organization.

19:15

HISTORY LESSON: The SELLING of the Gulf War Using False Flag Testimony "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Julie Telgenhoff

Nayirah gave false testimony that was used to fabricate an entire story and sell to Americans in an attempt to deceive them, once again, into backing and supporting more war, at that time, the Gulf War.

This false testimony came from utilizing the same strategy that we witness today in the many false flag operations .the use of children to garner sympathy for an agenda (ie. war, gun control). In this case, Nayirah was put on TV and she told a fabricated story of dead babies killed by Iraqi monsters.

In 1992, it was revealed that Nayirahs last name was al-aba and that she was the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. This false testimony that she gave in front of an American audience was at the request of the US government.

This is now a documentable fact as shown evident by even the corporate media reporting on it. Back in the 1990s there were still some true journalism taking place because the mainstream media was NOT controlled by monolithic corporations and independent, alternative media was not being censored like it is now. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations.  These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day.  They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites.

Below is the full story on how lies about babies being taken out of incubators were used to gain public opinion in order to send troops to war.

19:07

Scott Pruitt Has Betrayed the Mission, the National Interest and the Public Trust "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pruitt has a single overriding responsibility: to protect the environment and public health. Instead, he's protecting big polluters as he moves to delay or weaken needed safeguards at the direct behest of one industrial lobbyist after another. It's time for him to go.

19:05

Former New Jersey Cop Busted in FBI Sting, Charged with Child Sex Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A former New Jersey cop who was considered a fugitive from justice has been captured and arrested following an FBI sting on multiple counts related to child sex trafficking.

The post Former New Jersey Cop Busted in FBI Sting, Charged with Child Sex Trafficking appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

19:00

The Strong Towns Movement Comes to Akron "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In many ways, Akron, Ohio is a unique city. It was once dubbed the "Rubber Capital of the World" because of the plethora of tire companies located there. Akron is also the birthplace of LeBron James, the location of the Soap Box Derby Championships, and home to one of the largest populations of Bhutanese refugees in the world. It has unique organizations, architecture and communities.

 The Annual First Night Akron event on New Years Eve (Source: Shane Wynn via Akronstock)

The Annual First Night Akron event on New Years Eve (Source: Shane Wynn via Akronstock)

But in other ways, Akron shares many characteristics with dozens of other midsize cities across the country: It has a great university, a historic downtown and a central waterway. It has a host of businesses headquartered in its region and an economically diverse population residing in its neighborhoods. 

The way the city has developed is not so different from other communities either: Akron grew rapidly in the middle of the 20th century and today, it's grappling with how to pay for an overextended infrastructure network after its population has dramatically decreased. In approaching this challenge, Akron residents and leaders are choosing to take small steps and make incremental improvements using the assets they already have and they possess so many  rather than to go all-in on more large-scale, risky investments.

This is why we find ourselves in Akron. Throughout 2018, Strong Towns is getting to know the people and places that make this city great, and working with Akronites to talk about a more economically resilient future where residents are empowered and change happens neighborhood by neighborhood, from the ground up. We're sharing our message with the city of Akron, in person and online, and we're also sharing the story of Akron with our readers and members around the globe. This work is made possible through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

You may have seen some of our recent stories on the Rust Belt city like this one about Akron's housing challenges or...

18:58

Mogherini: Keeping Iran nuclear deal in place vital for EU - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The EU has given Trump a blow to his attempts to intimidate the EU into "renegotiating" the Iran deal by adding new sanctions. Mogherini has said she expects none to come out of the EU foreign ministers meeting.

18:56

Epic Fail: Russian Countermeasures Killed Trump Syria Attack - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront   Early on April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria. The attack was publicly justified with accusations that the Syrian government had allegedly been behind the so-called Douma chemical attack on April 7. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the strikes as harder than the []

18:45

19 Quotes On Love That Show Our Light Shines Brightest In The Dark "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

No matter how hard it gets, choose love

Sometimes we must really enter the depths of ourselves to see the light that shines within, and upon shining our light we also reveal darkness that we may not have known to be present. This is the sometimes confusing paradox that can wreak havoc on us, but also without one the other has no comparison so cannot exist. However, regardless of how we feel in this moment or the next, we can always choose to love unconditionally. This is the feeling summed up in 19 beautiful quotes on the darkness transmuted:

  • Love myself I do. Not everything, but I love the good as well as the bad. I love my crazy lifestyle, and I love my hard discipline. I love my freedom of speech and the way my eyes get dark when Im tired. I love that I have learned to trust people with my heart, even if it will get broken. I am proud of everything that I am and will become. Johnny Weir
  • When I say I love you more, I dont mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most. (Unknown)
  • Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and fin...

18:41

Herding Hamsters And Other Cosmic Reflections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Disordered thoughts on the National Cockatoos latest antics

One:  The aghastment and horrilation about the terrible, appalling, shocking etc nature of gas warfare is nonsense. There is nothing unusually  hideous about the use of toxic chemicals. Hidous, yes, but not unusually hideous. Boring old workaday artillery, that nobody criticizes, leaves children watching as mommy frnatically clutches at intestings spilling from her opened belly, leaves men without legs trying to drag themselves along until gushing femoral arteries end consciousness, causes traumatic brain injury that leaves its beneficiaries drooling and burbling for life. Poison gas can do no better.

The whole business of WMD, Weapons of Mass Destruction, is two-thirds twaddle useful for herding  dim publics. Gas has very seldom been used since the World War One days of Wilfred Owen, not because of its vileness but because it has not proved particularly useful militarily. Horribleness does not bother soldiers, who are amoral when they are not actually sadistic.

Biological warfare? It sounds, like, you know, really scary and all, but in fact is not militarily enticing because it is not controllable and can backfire on its users. It serves nicely, however,  to alarm publics with minds of low voltage.  We are most especially supposed to be frightend of anthrax. Since it is not contagious it is more in the nature of a poison and in any event hard to use.

Only three weapons of mass destruction exist: Nuclear explovives, artillery, and aerial bombing. Think Dresden, Hiroshima, Guernica, Falluja.

Two: Whoever wrote Trumps speech for himhe obviously cannot put together two sentences with dependent clauses without wandering onto the far shores of incoherenceworked the moral-outrage pump hard. The gas attack, by whomever made, killed, eeek, squeak, seventy civilians and little children. More hamster-herding: git along little furry dogies. On many days in the Mid-East, the United States has killed more civilians than all the gas attacks real or invented in the entire war. The pilots, unprincipled as are all military men, know they are doing it, and dont care. They get paid for their humanitarianism. By us.

Three: Something smells.  The use of toxins, either by Assad in Syria or by Russia in West PakistanEngland, I meant, Englandmakes no sensee. Assad had won his war and had no need of  gassing a few civilians. He would have to know that  it would give Washington a pretext for an attack. Which it did. Is Assad so foolish?

Similarly with the poisoning of  whats-his-spy and his daughter. Russia had nothing to gain and a great deal to lose, as we have seen. It is one thing to believe Mr. Putin capable of bad things. To believe him stupid is quite another. Note that Theresa May became hysterical before it was established that...

18:38

Terri Hansen: March for Indigenous Science reflects tribal knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

'Indigenous peoples were always scientists. Their lives depended on it.'

18:37

The great tax scam "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I just returned from the post office after mailing my tax returns. Yes, I am an old fashioned guy who still does our own taxes and mails in paper returns, much to the delight of the post office that gets money from my doing so and to the chagrin of the tax preparation companies that would like me to pay for their services, and the Internal Revenue Service for whom it would be much easier to process electronic returns than paper ones.

I am not a total Luddite. I have developed my own spreadsheet over the years in which I input the data and it computes the values that should go in the boxes in the various forms. I then download the fillable tax forms from the government tax sites and transfer the numbers from the boxes in my spreadsheet to the boxes in the forms.

Why go to even this level of trouble? Partly it is a form of protest because Congress has colluded with the tax preparation companies to prevent the IRS from being able to offer electronic filing directly without going through a private intermediary. I do not see why I should hand over my personal information to a private company in a transaction that should involve just me and the government. Not only that, why should I reward a private company for their success in lobbying the government to deny a service to taxpayers?

I now have another reason and that is that electronic filing services have been hacked. Two people I know personally had their accounts hacked so that when they went to file their returns, they found that someone else had already fraudulently filed a return under their names and collected refunds. Correcting that took a hell of a long time and was a major pain.

John Oliver explains that the recent tax reform like most tax reforms in the last few decades have been thinly disguised giveaways to wealthy people and corporations while pretending to benefit ordinary people. He explains some of the biggest items.

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Whenever I do my taxes, I am reminded of the argument some white people use against affirmative action in higher education, that it is unfair for underserved minorities to be given extra consideration during the college admissions process since some members of the underserved communities might well be in higher socioeconomic categories than some members of the white community. Why shoul...

18:37

Founder of One of the Largest Childrens Charities in the World, Arrested for Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A United Nations adviser and the founder of Street Kids International was arrested on suspicion of pedophilia after he was caught with two young children during a police raid.

The post Founder of One of the Largest Childrens Charities in the World, Arrested for Pedophilia appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

18:33

Top 5 Veterans News: April 16th, 2018 - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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

18:19

Native Sun News Today: Candidate brings tribal traditions to campaign in South Dakota "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

'We live in uncertain times,' Faith Spotted Eagle says as she seeks a seat in the South Dakota Legislature.

18:10

Listen to the Rhubarb! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Forced rhubarb, which is made to mature in near total darkness, grows at such an alarming rateas much as an inch a daythat it actually makes squeaks, creaks, and pops as it gets bigger. It makes for sweeter rhubarb, growers say, and sick beats.

I had no idea. I dont care for rhubarb much, but this is fascinating, and you can read all about it at Atlas Obscura.

18:10

Why Do They Tell US Transparent Lies? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Do chemical weapons only release their elements when they explode from intended use but not when they explode from being militarily attacked? There is no evidence in Syria of chemical residue from the chemical weapons facilities allegedly destroyed by US missiles. No dead victims. No reports of hospitals treating Syrian casualties of the American chemical attack. How can this be if such sites were actually hit?

17:57

Russia Accuses UK Security Services of Staging Chemical Attack in Syria Envoy - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russians - "We have incontrovertible evidence that there was no incident on April 7 in Douma and that all this was a planned provocation by the British intelligence services."

17:47

NEO New Think and Americas Fake Gas War - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - This story about the BZ gas comment being edited out of the OPCW report was blacked out of Western press to give more time for damage control.

17:43

The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

They are mostly towns youve probably never heard of, places like Sandy, Ore., Leverett, Mass., Lafayette, La., and Longmont, Colo. Yet these smaller communities, and hundreds more like them, have something even the techiest big cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle dont have: widespread, fast and well-priced broadband service. Big cities usually have the edge in the traditional drivers of economic development. They have the universities, the sports teams, the big airports, the interstate highway access, the ports. But in arguably the most forward-looking part of the economy, some smaller localities have the edge. They made it for themselves by developing their own broadband networks, typically employing the latest fiber-optic technology. I believe over the next three to five years people are no longer going to be surprised that some small cities have much better internet access than big cities, ...

17:39

Its Universal Soldier! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rick Wiles seems to have decided we have gone with Universal Soldier, for real or something like.

End Times broadcaster and right-wing conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles warned that the United States government has secretly created soldiers without a soul and has unleashed them in Syria, which is a sign that Jesus will soon return.

Is it conceivable that we have bred soulless creatures, soldiers without a soul, with no remorse, no conscience, no fearyou can go in, you can cut a baby in half, you can cut out the hearts of Christians and eat themthere is no conscience, theres no fear, theres no fear of God? Wiles asked. Is that what we have created? Have we turned these monsters loose in Syria?

Oh FFS. Theres no need to go for melodrama when it comes to war, or the travesties committed by people on all sides in any given war, at any time throughout history. Its not as though soldiers arent already trained to kill without thought or hesitation. Thats what war is all about, killing. No one has a soul, so thats of no import, and throughout the ages, it would be a fear of god which has motivated wars more than the opposite. People tend to be especially vicious when they think they are fighting for a fucking god.

This is Hitler on steroids, Wiles added. The Americans have become worse than the Nazis.

I dont think were quite there yet, but the spectre of nuclear war is hanging over our heads once again. It certainly would be nice to see the U.S. military sit the fuck down for once though.

Its the end of humanity, he said. If these things get loose, its the end of humanity.

These things? When you start to think of people as things, its the start of all evil. And there are no universal soldiers, or engineered critters wandering around in a terminator style lust for killing. Just regular soldiers and all the usual players, all sides. Perhaps it would be more to the point to get governments to stop thinking of war as a game.  As for the end of humanity, were doing a fine job of that one all by ourselves, no gods needed.

Wiles went on to explain that when Jesus said that he would return when the world is as it was in the days of Noah, that was a reference to the Nephilim, which were a race of giants mentioned in the book of Genesis that were supposedly born as the offspr...

17:37

Trumps Executive Order On Welfare Is Designed To Pit Workers Against One Another "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sums up how little he understands about poverty in America. The order, titled Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility, carries little weight by itself. It directs a broad range of federal agencies to review programs serving low-income people and make recommendations on how they can make the programs harder to access, all under the guise of welfare reform. The orders main purpose appears to be smearing popular programs in an effort to make them easier to slashin part by redefining welfare to encompass nearly every program that helps families get by. To that end, the order reads as follows...

17:33

From A Friend In Aleppo: Syrians Are Laughing At US! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Just got an e-mail from a friend of mine in Aleppo regarding the recent "Friday the 13th" missile strike there -- brought to the Syrian people courtesy of FUK-US (France, the United Kingdom and the U.S.)  My friend watched the event on Syrian TV and apparently it was like watching a low-budget horror movie -- not all that scary.  70% of the missiles were shot down by Syrian equipment left over from the 1960s.  So much for Fire and Fury. "Yes, it was was a very long day here," wrote my friend, "and I watched Trump's made-for TV movie from beginning to end.  I woke up around 3:50 am and switched on the television in time to see the terrorist Trump, live, giving his signal for the attack."  And my friend then stayed awake until 11:30 pm the next evening, not wanting to miss any part of the show.

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White House Chief of Staff Contradicts White House Claim on VA Shakeup "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

White House chief of staff John Kelly contradicted the White Houses claims about David Shulkins departure as secretary of veterans affairs, a discrepancy that could lead to legal challenges of decisions made by Shulkins interim successor.

In a private meeting last week with major veterans groups, Kelly repeatedly said that the decision to remove Shulkin was President Donald Trumps, according to several people who were present or briefed on the meeting. The White House has insisted that Shulkin resigned, disputing his assertion, in media appearances, that he was fired. (Whether voluntarily or not, his tenure as VA secretary ended on March 29.)

Kelly said the president felt he needed to make a change with Secretary Shulkin and went ahead and made it to get the VA back on track, said Dan Caldwell, the director of influential conservative group Concerned Veterans for America (also known as CVA), who attended the meeting.

A White House spokesman stood by the claim that Shulkin resigned.

The distinction isnt just a matter of semantics. Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the president can appoint an interim successor to succeed a cabinet secretary who dies, resigns or cant perform his or her duties. But it doesnt say what happens if the secretary is fired. Its unsettled legal territory, but some scholars say it could open the door to challenging decisions made by the person Trump appointed as acting VA secretary, Robert Wilkie (an official in the Department of Defense). The argument would be that Wilkie lacked proper authority to make the decisions in question, the scholars say.

Opposition to Wilkie surfaced rapidly. Amvets, one of the largest veterans advocacy groups, called on Trump to remove Wilkie and instead elevate the VAs deputy secretary, Tom Bowman. This is what common sense, veterans and the law all require, and it needs to happen now, Amvets national commander Marion Polk wrote in a letter to Trump on April 3. Bowman, a former senior Senate staffer, is popular with traditional veterans groups and on Capitol Hill. But, like Shulkin, he...

17:24

Caught In A Lie, US & Allies Bomb Syria The Night Before International Inspectors Arrive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, claiming to have evidence of the governments use of chemical weapons. That evidence is based on terrorist lies. After a week of outrageous tweets and proclamations by POTUS Trump, which included continued accusations that Syrias president ordered a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, with Trump using grotesque and juvenile terminology, such as animal Assad, the very evening before chemical weapons inspectors of the OPCW were to visit Douma, America and allies launched illegal bombings against Syria. The illegal bombings included 103 missiles, 71 of which Russia states were intercepted. For the past week, we were told that the US had evidence and the UK had evidence that Syria had used chemicals.

17:21

Comeys Handling Of Hillary Clinton Shows Us Hes No Hero "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After being pressed by former top Clinton political aide and Clinton Foundation donor, George Stephanopoulos, James Comey admitted on ABC News last night that he had screwed up a couple of things.

The former FBI director wasnt talking about his failure to notify Donald Trump that unsubstantiated rumors paid for by his political opposition were helping fuel the creation of a special counsel. No, Comey was admitting that he had made mistakes regarding the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton. And no, he wasnt begrudgingly apologizing for failing to recommend criminal charges against the candidate.

Its an article of faith among Democrats and many Trump critics that the Comey Letter, sent to Congress on October 28 was reckless and unprofessional, and likely triggered the downfall of Clinton. Blaming a letter, rather than her supercilious nature, malleable positions or terrible campaign strategy, continues to feed the perception that the election process was somehow compromised. There are many reasons this is wrong, and Comey, perhaps inadvertently, explains the most obvious.

For starters, we dont know that the letter changed the dynamics of the 2016 race. Just as most people understood the moral implications of electing Donald Trump, anyone paying attention recognized the corrupt nature of his Democratic Party opponent. Then again, if the letter reinforced those perceptions, it was well deserved.

But, the fact is, by October 28, Comey had no choice but to inform Congress that there was new evidence. It was neither an act of bravery nor partisanship. Comey had already promised congressional investigators, under oath, that he would let them know if new evidence emerged. And thats what he did.

Not only would it have been corrupt to hide the fact that classified emails were found on the computer of the sex-addicted erstwhile husband of Hillarys top advisor, but it almost certainly would have been leaked by local law enforcement and had a similar effect on the election (perhaps worse). Then, however, it would have rightly looked as if the FBI was attempting to cover up a potential crime for political reasons.

Yet, in essence, Democrats, the same people lecturing everyone about the sanctity of our institutions, have been arguing for more than a year that Comey should have held that evidence pertinent to an ongoing congressional investigation because it might hurt their preferred candidates chances.

Which brings me to the all the talk last week about Comeys admission in A Higher Loyalty that poll numbers tempered h...

17:14

Cop Crosses Thin Blue Line to Expose How Dept. Forces Officers to Write Tickets "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A police officer who was fired for refusing to write mandatory citations is now speaking out about the problems caused by "policing for profit."

The post Cop Crosses Thin Blue Line to Expose How Dept. Forces Officers to Write Tickets appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

17:13

India: Nationwide Protests To Demand Justice For Rape Victims "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Angry protesters rally across cities calling for justice after an eight-year-old Kashmiri girl was fatally gang-raped. Thousands of Indians have taken to the streets to join nationwide protests against continuing sexual assaults of women and girls, including that of an eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped and brutally murdered inside a temple in Jammu area of Indian-administered Kashmir. "Punish the guilty" was the rallying cry on Sunday in New Delhi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and other cities, according to India's NDTV. "Small little girls are being raped every day and the way this time it has happened, that people actually came and supported these rapists, this is (new) heights and this is the time that we should take it as an alarm," Ved Amrita, a protester in New Delhi, told Associated Press news agency.

17:11

Boaters & Bowlers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Speaking of time machines, heres a video recording of a stroll through New York city in 1911.

A couple of things struck me: the hats! Everyone is wearing them, with the exception being the kids. I wonder if there was some sort of ritual associated with coming of age amongst the New Yorkians Now you are a man, and may and must wear this headdress at all times, lest ye scandalize the populace with the distressing dome of your skull.

Also notice how the pedestrians just wander across the street on a whim, as if they havent yet realized that the steely horseless carriages are going to claim total ownership of the thoroughfares.

Hey, wait, maybe the hats are the secret passkey to allow one to ignore traffic. Im going to have to try it next time Im in NYC put on a nice Panama and stride confidently into Times Square.

17:02

Tens Of Thousands In Hungary Protest Far-Right Leader Viktor Orbn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Hungarys capital of Budapest on Saturday to protest Prime Minister Viktor Orbns government, as critics warn the country could slide further into illiberalism. Orbns radical right, nationalist Fidesz party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections last Sunday. With a two-thirds majority in the legislature, Fidesz now has the power to make changes to the countrys constitution. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the election for intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and opaque campaign financing. The campaign saw Orbn rail against migration and push the idea that unseen foreign interests were seeking to undermine the government.

16:51

Here Are 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky On American Empire "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters -- linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations. 1. [In early 2007] there was a new rash of articles and headlines on the front page about the "Chinese military build-up." The Pentagon claimed that China had increased its offensive military capacity -- with 400 missiles, which could be nuclear armed.

16:43

Few To No Anti-Bombing Voices As Trump Prepares To Escalate Syria War "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The curators of American public opinion at the three most influential broadsheets in the United States have decided that dissent from the build-up to new airstrikes on Syria is not really an opinion worth hearing. Of 16 columns leveling an opinion about fresh airstrikes on the Syrian regime in the coming days, only twoboth in the Washington Post (4/12/18, 4/12/18)opposed the airstrikes. No New York Times or Wall Street Journal opinion piece came out against a renewed attack on Syria. Ten expressly supported the airstrikes (three in the Times, five in the Post and two in the Journal), two did so by implication (both in the Times, both lamenting the US doing nothing in Syria), two were ambiguous and two were opposed to the airstrikes. A complete list of the columns can be reviewed here.

16:37

Thirty-Five Years Of Comintern Publishing: A Balancesheet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I objected that I had no background in academic research and publishing. Waters and Sheppard countered that given my grasp of history in that period, my knowledge of the three main translation languages, and my experience as a socialist activist attempting to implement the Cominterns ideas, I was the obvious choice. I accepted the challenge and took charge of the project. It has taken a good deal more than a decade. Along the way, Pathfinder has been replaced as publisher by Historical Materialism Book Series and Haymarket Books. Nine documentary books have now gone to press, totaling 6,500 pages, and another is in preparation. (See list of volumes below.) More than 100 collaborators have helped in various ways to produce them.

16:26

As the US Starts a New War in Syria With No Evidence, Israel Is Murdering CiviliansOn Video "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Unlike in Syria, there is documented evidence of civilian murder, war crimes, and use of chemical weapons use in Israel, yet the US chooses to remain entirely silent and, in fact, voices their outspoken support for the regime.

The post As the US Starts a New War in Syria With No Evidence, Israel Is Murdering CiviliansOn Video appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

16:24

The Times Are A-Changin, But History Repeats (The End Of The World Comes Next Monday) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The rapture is coming this April twenty-third
Which is clearly revealed if you study Gods Word
But its all new to me; Ive just recently heard
And Im shocked at the news Im receiving
While the rest of us pay for the wrath weve incurred
The believers, they will be leaving

Its a tale of Gods glory, and a tale of Gods wrath
And the terrible justice and judgment God hath
With humanity here on a difficult path
We must always be true, but were weaving
Weve crunched all the numbers and done all the math
The believers, they will be leaving

So wives leave your husbands, and husbands, your wives
And its too late to care about your teenagers lives
And remember, its better if no one survives
For the ones who remain will be grieving
Well know it when April the 24th arrives
The believers, they will be leaving

So leave your possessions; abandon your jobs
Go proselytize to the uncaring mobs
Their laughter today very soon will be sobs
As with sorrow their sides will be heaving
Youre a beacon of hope for the atheist snobs
The believers, they will be leaving

Go tell all your family; go tell all your friends
To pray for forgiveness and make their amends
Theres limited time till the universe ends
And no more that they should be achieving
They should grasp for the hand the lord Jesus extends
The believers, they will be leaving

There are some who look forward to that terrible day
When told of the Rapture, they solemnly say
Just dont let the door hit your ass on the way
If youre stealing away, then get thieving
And the ones left behind will shout hip hip hooray
The believers, they will be leaving

If this sounds familiar (last time, it was May 21st, 2011), just think of how many times the end of the world has been predicted. I think I have probably written half a dozen posts on the current end of times prophecy in the decade I have been writing this, and have witnessed a good many more before that. There is nothing new to it, and come April 24th, very few people will have changed their minds (well, if I am wrong and the end of the world does come, I hope I would have the sense to change mine).

But my real reason for posting this is selfish. For real-world reasons, I have some interest in this particular prediction, but I only have one set of eyes. If you happen to see any stories (local, reg...

16:20

U Is For Urban. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Urban.

This crow is an urban dinosaur. It looks for snacks at a gastropub terrace and in the bonus pictures tries to figure out what the flightless mop-heads are up to and checks the door between the shoe shop and tech store.

The pictures were taken in Keskuskatu (translation Center Street) pedestrian zone in Helsinki Downtown in Midsummer Day 2017. Very few shops or restaurants were open as most people would be somewhere in the countryside eating, drinking or attending music festivals.

Keskuskatu is in other times a much more busy place. Keskuskatu and much of Aleksanterinkatu, which is the street crossing Keskuskatu in the pictures, are heated in the winter with the district heating water returning from the buildings to the power stations. This way, no snow ploughs or salting is needed most of the time.

Click for full size!

Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved.

16:08

If Even Emo James Comey Can Chill On Impeachment, So Can The Rest of Trumps Critics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

He writes like an aspiring young adult novelist. His Instagram is full of jumping pics and inspirational quotes. He drinks a mediocre in-flight merlot to soothe his worries about the future of the Republic. He keeps a very juicy diary, thinks Donald Trump is a serial liar morally unfit to be president, and believes he is the conscience of the United States of America in these troubled times.

For many Womens Marchers and other passionate Trump critics, theres a lot to relate to in the public emoting of former FBI Director James Comey. Celebrities, theyre just like us! Hell no doubt sell a lot of books to them even if theyre still secretly stewing that he lost Hillary Clinton the election with his late-game announcement about her investigation.

But given his affinity for melodrama, theres a revealing moment in his interview with ABCs George Stephanopoulos when he doesnt go all in on anti-Trump hysteria. Its the question of impeachment.

Now, Im not sure how this will work for his fan base. After delivering a tome that negs the prez for his under-eye circles and skin tone and references his, ahem, hand size, the most passionate Trump critics will want Comey to take them all the way. What are they there for, after all, if not self-righteous truth-telling that ends in a tidy little scenario that rids the country of its duly elected president? They didnt pay $26 for a hard cover for this flaccid conclusion, amirite?

But Comeys measured response to Stephanopoulos question about impeachment is one his devoted readers should adopt.

First, he doesnt indulge in fantasies about Trumps mental unfitness, saying he doesnt buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia, and instead calls him a person of above average intelligence whos tracking conversations and knows whats going on. The outlandish 25th Amendment option is not on the table for James Comey (or, at least, maybe not until the next book?).

When Stephanopoulos follows up by asking, What is the remedy? Should Donald Trump be impeached?, Comey responds:

I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe theyre duty bound to do directly. People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting...

...

16:02

Why Syria? Israel, the US, and the Balkanization of the Arab Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As I covered in a previous video, the so-called Syrian civil war was manufactured by the CIA and its proxies during the Arab Spring, a larger engineered color revolution effort that worked with devastating effect, primarily in Egypt and Libya. The conflict is hardly a recent development. It began soon after the end of the []

16:01

Law of the Jungle: US, UK & France Bomb Syria the Night Before OPCW Inspectors Arrive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Eva Bartlett

The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, claiming to have evidence of the governments use of chemical weapons. That evidence is based on terrorist lies.

After a week of outrageous tweets and proclamations by POTUS Trump, which included continued accusations that Syrias president ordered a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, with Trump using grotesque and juvenile terminology, such as animal Assad, the very evening before chemical weapons inspectors of the OPCW were to visit Douma, America and allies launched illegal bombings against Syria. The illegal bombings included 103 missiles, 71 of which Russia states were intercepted.

For the past week, we were told that the US had evidence and the UK had evidence that Syria had used chemicals. The evidence largely relied on video clips and photos shared on social media, provided by the Western-funded White Helmets (that rescuer group that somehow only operates in Al-Qaeda and co-terrorist occupied areas and participates in torture and executions), as well as by Yaser al-Doumani, a man whose allegiance to Jaysh al-Islam is clear from his own Facebook posts, for example of former Jaysh al-Islam leader, Zahran Alloush.

This, we were told, was evidence. This and the words of the highly partial, USAID-funded, US State Department allied Syrian American Medical Society, which, like Al-Qaedas rescuers, only supports doctors in terrorist-occupied areas.

On April 12, even US Secretary of Defense James Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee that the US government does not have any evidence that sarin or chlorine was used, that he...

16:00

This Week's Slackchat, Hosted by Chuck Marohn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This week, Chuck Marohn, President of Strong Towns will host an open conversation on Slack. Everyone is invited to attend. Got a question about one of his recent articles? Have a suggestion for the Strong Towns movement? Just want to listen to other members and readers chat about their communities? Join us!

This chat will take place on Slack at 12am CT on Thursday, April 19.

Just log onto Slack and visit the #scheduled-slack-chat channel at the scheduled time to join Strong Towns staff, members and readers in a lively discussion. We'll see where the conversation takes us...

If you're not yet part of our Slack, take 30 seconds to request an invitation and we'll get you set up for the chat.

15:58

Russian reinforcements head for Syria: Warships laden with tanks, military trucks and armoured patrol boats sail towards the Middle East as the world awaits Putins response to airstrikes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  | 15 April 2018 | Two Russian warships laden with military vehicles have been spotted en route to Syria after Fridays US-led airstrikes obliterated three suspected chemical weapons sites. An Alligator-landing ship was pictured cruising down The Bosphorus on Sunday as the world awaits Vladimir Putins response to this weeks co-ordinated military action against []

15:58

Another Doodle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I do not remember why I drew this, but based on the paper on which it is drawn I did it at home and at my computer desk.

Doodle

Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.

15:56

The Right To Bear Arms "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its the middle of the night or broad daylight. Three masked thugs armed with guns burst through your door. MAYBE you get lucky and remember to grab your cellular phone as you make it to a hiding place where you dial 9-1-1. Maybe the marauders dont hear you making the call. Maybe you manage to []

15:53

Trump Isn't the First War Criminal President. He Should be the Last. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the Nuremberg Tribunal noted, "To initiate a war of aggression ... is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." Donald Trump, Theresa May, and Emmanuel Macron are war criminals.

15:50

Donald Trump Punishes Al-Assad for Gassing Over 40 Syrians "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The United States and two European allies launched an airstrike against the Middle Eastern nation of Syria on Friday, April 13, 2018. The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump wanted to punish Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad for fatally gassing more than 40 Syrians near Damascus a week earlier, and led to the death []

The post Donald Trump Punishes Al-Assad for Gassing Over 40 Syrians appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

15:49

Crossing Ideological Lines: The Case of Glenn Greenwald and Tucker Carlson "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[C]ross-ideological collaboration (I call it a 'con job') would revolve around a fight versus a mutual enemy, while disregarding all other equally important goals: an alliance that focuses on a conflict against the "establishment", while ignoring/postponing the left's struggle for ideals and objectives that will lead to a better future. I claim that promoting such a notion is ultimately counterproductive.

15:49

U.S. missile defense systems rendered useless after Russians develop superior and unstoppable nuclear weaponry "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

During Russian President Vladimir Putins State of the Union Address last month, the Eastern leader told attendees that global missile defense systems have been rendered useless as the Russian military has already developed and implemented new and improved nuclear missile technologies on the battlefield which outfox, outperform, and outrun, current U.S. and allied force technologies, rendering the U.S. and other countries sitting ducks.

One of the most intriguing weapons recently developed by the Russians is a nuclear hyper-sonic cruise missile which boasts an unlimited range and great maneuvering characteristics which reportedly allow it to out perform enemy countermeasures.

It has unlimited range so it can keep going like this forever, the Russian president stated during last months demonstration. It can maneuver to avoid defense barriers.

CBC News reports:

The Russian leader said the high-speed underwater drone also has an intercontinental range and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could target both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities. He said its very big operational depth and a speed that is at least 10 times higher than any other vessel would make it immune to enemy interception.

Putin accompanied his statement to an audience of hundreds of senior officials and lawmakers with videos and computer images of new weapons, which were shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.

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Like a meteorite

The Russian leader said that another new weapon called Avangard is an intercontinental hypersonic missile that would fly to targets at a speed 20 times the speed of sound and strike like a meteorite, like a fireball.

Putin said that the weapon is capable of performing sharp manoeuvres on its way to targets, making it absolutely invulnerable for any missile defence system.

Although Putin made it clear Russia has no intention to attack or bully any one county now that Russia possesses superior technology, the mere thought that the U.S. has been rendered defenseless is concerning.

Now that Russia possesses superior missile technologies which can pierce global defense systems, how will all of this play out on the world stage?

15:44

Syria, chemicals weapons and missile strikes: FAKE NEWS theater at its finest you are being subjected to an elaborate psyop "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By now, you are aware that President Trump ordered a precision strike against Syrias so-called chemical weapon sites run by Assad. The strike was deployed in response to an utterly false, absurd narrative that claims Assad gassed children with chemical weapons.

Beware of any news about an event that reportedly involves the deaths of children. In nearly every major false flag event  from the USA to the Middle East children are used as props to generate emotional terrorism outrage as a form of social manipulation in order to achieve a political purpose. This doesnt mean real children didnt die, by the way. As Ive explained numerous times, a false flag event involves real deaths wrapped around a fake narrative. Real children died in Syria, just as they did in the Oklahoma City bombing. But the official stories were told about why those children died are complete hogwash.

Remember when we were told that David Koresh burned his entire family alive?

Weve seen this countless times in recent history, including going all the way back to the federal governments murderous assault on the David Koresh compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. The assault was nothing less than a murderous rampage by rogue government agents who murdered women and children in cold blood, yet the official story was that David Koresh set fire to his own buildings and murdered his entire family by burning them alive. (Seriously. Thats what the media still wants you to believe.)

The explanation that Assad gassed his own citizen children with chemical weapons is similarly absurd. Youd have to be a complete stooge to believe it. In an article entitled, Ten Days Before The End Of The World, written on April 12th, Paul Craig Roberts writes:

The criminally insane governments of the US, UK, and France are sending a flotilla of missile ships, submarines, and an aircraft carrier to attack Syria in the face of Russian warnings. What is the likely outcome of this outrageous act of aggression based entirely on an orchestrated and transparent lie, an act of reckless aggression that is more irresponsible and more dangerous than anything done by the demonized Nazi regime in Germany?

we are left with the dangerous situation that some elements in the US and UK governments were able to orchestrate two eventsthe alleged Skripal poisoning and the alleged Assad chemical attackand use the events to leverage unsupported accusations against Russia and Syria as justifications for an illegal...

15:40

Pension Deficit Problems "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Revealed: Secret Right Wing Strategy to Discredit Teacher Strikes (Gerry)

The author writes, A nationwide network of right-wing think tanks is launching a PR counteroffensive against the teachers strikes that are sweeping the country, circulating a messaging guide for anti-union activists that portrays the walkouts as harmful to low-income parents and their children.

Tim Kaine Says He Wont Back Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State (Jimmy)

The author writes, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as CIA director, but he will oppose him as Secretary of State, citing the directors anti-diplomacy disposition.

Boltons National Security Shakeup (Dan)

President Trumps new national security advisor John Bolton is cleaning house. And given Boltons record, that is worrisome.

Confusion Tops Voting Problems (Reader Steve)

Close to 250,000 California voters mismarked their ballots in 2016 due to the confusing layout. This years races in June could result in an even higher number.

Macron: Ive Convinced Trump to Stay in Syria (Dan)

Along with the UK, France took part with the US in bombing Syrias alleged chemical weapons facilities. French president Emmanuel Macron has convinced President Trump that more needs to be done, and that the US should stay in Syria long term.

The post...

15:39

Wellness Programs for Seniors to Include Virtual Reality When VR Side Effects Include Balance Issues, Behavioral Changes, Headaches and Sore Eyes. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Getting old has never been for sissies.  Todays seniors are also experiencing a world thats become addicted to technology.  Now Virtual Reality...

15:37

The ships not there any more "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On 16 April 1834, the HMS Beagle was beached to inspect the hull for damage (click on that for more detail). The event was noted by this well-known engraving.

Charles Darwin noted the specific latitude and longitude in his notes, so we can actually go to Google maps and find the site, as I did.

Im just wondering if anyone else would go to the link and zoom in the satellite photo and be vaguely disappointed that the Beagle isnt there? Jeez, I need more coffee. Or maybe Google Time Machine.

15:35

The Daily Bird #677. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From Giliell, click for full size!

Giliell, all rights reserved.

15:04

The Anatomy of the Coup that Has Captured the Presidency- Kathy Rubio and Paul Martin "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

Trump had turned the tables on the Deep State. But the swamp has apparently swallowed him up. His reversals in Syria, which have plunged the US head-long toward World War III as this also threatens all of humanity. In this hour, I compared notes with Kathy Rubio and Paul Martin regarding the coup that has taken over the Presidency. We further explored what lies next. This is a very sobering interview.

 

 

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14:53

Nuclear attack on D.C. would kill 280,000 in 48 hours: Scientists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Researchers develop computer model of how chaos would unfold

Amidst heightening tensions between the United States and Russia, researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have developed a computer model that predicts at least 280,000 people would die within 48 hours if a nuclear bomb went off in Washington DC.

The scientists developed the program to predict the behavior of every individual in the city to help the government plan its emergency response.They discovered that a nuke exploding at ground level in DC would destroy a city block and then shatter buildings for a mile in every direction.In the first scenario, people who did nothing and refused to evacuate would be immediately exposed to radiation, leaving 279,020 dead in 48 hours.

Given the utter and total dependence of people living in cities, one can imagine that this would be the most likely outcome.

The study found that the best course of action was to take shelter immediately after the explosion before attempting to flee and seek health care.

However, the simulation also found that many people would expose themselves to deadly radiation by trying to physically locate loved ones and family members. The researchers emphasized that it would be vital for the government to maintain cellphone service to prevent this from happening.

While the world is (hopefully) a long way off nuclear armageddon, tensions between the United States and Russia over Syria are growing.

Professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Stephen Cohen told Tucker Carlson last night, I am more worried than I have ever been in my life, about a nuclear confrontation with Russia.

Via Infowars
Featured Image: Just a Prairie Boy/Flickr

The post Nuclear attack on D.C. would kill 280,000 in 48 hours: Scientists appeared first on Intellihub.

14:44

Esoteric: intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Even a small cult can be incredibly profitable. Theres this freaky alternative medicine quack in Australia who runs a scam called Universal Medicine his specialties are esoteric breast massage, esoteric ovary massage, and connective tissue therapy. My first objection has to be that he doesnt understand what esoteric means.

The esoteric principle is that we are love innately and, unchangeably. The principles of the esoteric way of life date back to the oldest forms of knowledge and wisdom. Whilst ancient in their heritage, the principles of the esoteric life in human form have not out-dated themselves in relation to what is required of mankind to live in harmony and thus arrest any wayward conduct that does not build brotherhood within and amongst our communities everywhere.

The esoteric means that which comes from our inner-most. It is the livingness of love that we all carry equally deep within and it is this livingness that restores each and every individual back into the rhythms of their inner-harmony and thus from there, the love is lived with all others.

You want to know more? Heres a short documentary on Serge Benhayon, the guy who founded it. Hes a bankrupted ex-tennis coach with no medical degree, not even the slightest training, and he came up with the idea for his therapy while sitting on the toilet. But hes also the reincarnated spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, so you can trust him. Right.

Hes raking in $2 million a year, and he has 700 followers. Ive got more followers than that! You slackers have not been sending me a sufficient fraction of your income. All you have to do is go to my donation page and type in the amount of $3000 and click send, and if 700 of you do that, Ill have made somewhat more than Serge Benhayon. Even better, unlike Serge, I promise not to fondle your breasts and groin or stick you with acupuncture needles.

Ick. That sounds like a threat. Even if you dont send me any money, I promise not to do that. I think I just realized why Im not getting rich. Im not extortionate enough.

Anyway, one of his many laughable comments in that video is this one:

I cant be brainwashing intelligent people and educated people.

Ha. Intelligent and educated people are just as easy to fool as anyone else. You just need the right hook, and you can sucker em right in. (Damn, again just realized another reason...

14:43

Steve Quayle-The Spiritual War for Control of the Presidency and the Ultimate Fate of Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is a very difficult time for America. Many of us have previously  large sums of emotional investment, financial investment and spiritual investment in helping to get Donald Trump elected to the office of President. Our world has just been turned upside-down in a just a few short days staring on April 2nd-3rd, in which President Trump went from inviting Putin to the White House and announced that he was pulling all of our troops out of Syria, to reversing course embarking on a path that is almost certain to going result in World War III.

Since Fridays coalition attack upon Syria, I have expended a great deal of emotional and political capital trying to understand how the Presidency was lost and the office of the President has, once again, been reduced to that of being a political puppet.

In a previous article, I created an elaborate and detailed timeline which I believed demonstrated when Trump lost control of his administration. Then along came my two hour guest on Sunday night, Steve Quayle, and he showed me how many of us were looking at this issue from an upside down perspective. According to Steve Quayle, appearing on Sunday nights The Common Sense Show, the proper way to look at this seemingly fall from grace is through the spiritual perspective and any recovery will be divinely inspired.

Not My President

Many of us will recall that when Donald Trump was inaugurated, there were many protests that broke out across the country in which the participants were chanting Not my President, in which these people, seemingly without justification at that time, were opposed to Trump, just because someone told them they should be. These protests often turned violent and we saw, very early on, this presidency was going to be a difficult proposition. The events over the past few days have served notice to the manifestation of...

14:39

Dan Bongino: Comey is an embarrassment to the FBI "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Former FBI director compares President Trump to a mob boss in interview. Former Secret Service agent sounds off.

Via Fox News
Featured Image: Dan Bongino speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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14:11

Ex-FBI Director Comey: Trump morally unfit to be president "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Intellihub editors note: Statements made James Comey on ABCs 20/20 reveal the former FBI Director is a hypocrite. The fact of the matter is, Comey has been involved in the cover up of every major terror attack since the Oklahoma City Bombing. He is as dirty as they get.

Former FBI Director James Comey has accused US President Donald Trump of being morally unfit for the presidency and treating women like pieces of meat in his first television interview since being fired last year.

Speaking to ABCs 20/20 programme, Comey said: The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him.

The television interview on Sunday comes ahead of the release of Comeys book, A Higher Loyalty, on Tuesday.

Via Al Jezeera

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14:11

Daily Inspiration --- Trees with Agency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trees do most of the things you do, just more slowly. They compete for their livelihoods and take care of their families, sometimes making huge sacrifices for their children. They breathe, eat and have sex. They give gifts, communicate, learn, remember and record the important events of their lives. With relatives and non-kin alike they cooperate...Barbara Kingsolver

14:09

Syria missile strikes: based on what evidence? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Syria missile strikes: based on what evidence?

Based on what constitutional authority?

by Jon Rappoport

April 16, 2018

Lets see, US Deep State actors from intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, and the Department of State, along with US allies, played a MAJOR role in creating, funding, supplying, and sustaining ISIS, while purportedly doing everything possible to destroy ISIS. No problem. Why should there be a problem? (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Trump and the Pentagon claim the strikes were based on clear evidence President Assads forces used chemical weapons on their own civilian citizens.

The Russians point out that international inspectors were due to investigate the chemical-weapons claims on Saturdayand their findings would have denied Assad chemical attacks took placetherefore, to prevent this embarrassment, the US-led missile attacks were launched one day earlier.

Posted at Washingtonsblog.com:

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: Evidence Required for Military Decision on Syria

Mr. President,

We the undersigned Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity join a number of other credible experts including former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Fordformer UN weapons inspectors and former military officers who are strongly recommending that you obtain and review actual evidence from the site of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, before ordering any military action. We have long brought to light significant evidence questioning the provenance of chemical weapons indicating that rebel forces may have tried to produce and use such toxic agents in Syria.

The main question that arises is, What motive would the Syrian government have to attack its own people when it is enjoying popular support for routing anti-government rebels? Why would it risk Western ire?

Attacks and wars initiated by governments arent prefaced by detailed evidence made available to the people. Presenting the whole story isnt necessary, as far as governments are concerned.

In the US, Congress goes along with the White House. The media go along with the White House.

The last time evidence was rolled outSaddam was developing WMDs, bought uranium from Niger, bought...

13:59

Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Humans will be genetically modified for the first time in Europe after regulators have given the go ahead to trial DNA-splicing therapy.

A destructive blood disorder known as beta thalassaemia, which reduces the production of haemoglobin, could be cured using this therapy.

Haemoglobin carries the oxygen the body needs to its cells and without sufficient amounts those with the disease can be left with bone deformities, anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Scientists at the biotech company Crispr hope that they can alter the bodys code to stop the genetic mutation and restore healthy levels of haemoglobin.

Via Daily Mail
Featured Image: Agnes/Flickr

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13:45

Monday Meslier: 79 A God Who Punishes The Faults Which He Could Have Prevented, Is A Fool, Who Adds Injustice To Foolishness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


What would we say or a father who, we are assured, watches without relaxation over the welfare of his feeble and unforeseeing children, and who, however, would leave them at liberty to go astray in the midst of rocks, precipices, and waters; who would prevent them but rarely from following their disordered appetites; who would permit them to handle, without precaution, deadly arms, at the risk of wounding themselves severely?

Jean Meslier Portrait

Your host, Jean Meslier

What would we think of this same father, if, instead of blaming himself for the harm which would have happened to his poor children, he should punish them for their faults in the most cruel way? We would say, with reason, that this father is a fool, who joins injustice to foolishness. A God who punishes the faults which He could have prevented, is a being who lacks wisdom, goodness, and equity. A God of foresight would prevent evil, and in this way would be saved the trouble of punishing it. A good God would not punish weaknesses which He knows to be inherent in human nature. A just God, if He has made man,would not punish him for not being strong enough to resist his desires.To punish weakness, is the most unjust tyranny. Is it not calumniating a just God, to say that He punishes men for their faults, even in the present life? How would He punish beings whom He alone could correct,and who, as long as they had not received grace, can not act otherwise than they do?

According to the principles of theologians themselves, man, in his actual state of corruption, can do nothing but evil, for without Divine grace he has not the strength to do good. Moreover, if mans nature,abandoned to itself, of destitute of Divine help, inclines him necessarily to evil, or renders him incapable of doing good, what becomes of his free will? According to such principles, man can merit neither reward nor punishment; in rewarding man for the good he does, God would but recompense Himself; in punishing man for the evil he does, God punishes him for not having been given the grace, without which it was impossible for him to do better.

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This is a typical Meslier attack: he makes a good point and then pr...

13:13

IG Report Proves Andrew McCabes Firing Was Justified "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ever since former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired, McCabe and his Democrat supporters have maintained it was politically motivated. On Friday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, a holdover from the Obama administration, released a long-awaited report that proves beyond doubt McCabe was fired for cause.

The 39-page report consists of four main sections:

  • Introduction and Summary of Findings
  • Relevant Statutes, Policies, and Practices
  • Factual Findings
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) Analysis

In the introductory section, the IG explained why this investigation was initiated. The FBIs Inspection Division (INSD) initially opened an investigation to determine whether information the Wall Street Journal published in an October 30 article was an unauthorized leak and, if so, who was its source. After the INSD became concerned that McCabe might be the source, it referred the investigation to OIG on August 31, 2017.

This report shows McCabe was fired for cause based on two main findings: lack of candor and unauthorized leaking. What he told investigators may also contradict what former FBI director James Comey testified before Congress, and indicates Obamas Justice Department pressured the FBI during its investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The Report Says This Guy Lied Three Times

With respect to lack of candor, the report listed four instances on pages 4-5 and again with more detail on pages 15-21 with dates, times, and McCabes own testimony, both under oath and not:

  1. Shortly after the WSJ article, McCabe made statements that led Comey to believe McCabe had not authorized the disclosure to a WSJ reporter and did not know who did.
  2. On May 9, 2017, when questioned under oath by FBI agents from INSD, McCabe told the agents that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ and did not know who did.
  3. On July 28, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview, McCabe stated: (a) that he was not aware of FBI special counsel Lisa Page having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30 and (b) that, because he was not in Washington DC on October 27 and 28, 2016, he was unable to say where Page was or what she was doing at that time. However, text messages between McCabe and Page revealed they maintained close contact the entire time Page...

13:13

James Comeys Book Reveals He Has A Lot In Common With Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Former FBI Director James Comey is set to promote his new memoir A Higher Loyalty, which gives his perspective on Russias involvement in the 2016 election, the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and his bitter relationship with President Trump that ultimately ended with his firing.

In the book, he attempts to embarrass Trump by sharing the presidents concern about the dossier regarding the salacious, unsubstantiated allegation of a pee tape and making fun of Trumps height, the size of his hands, and use of tanning goggles all while comparing him to a mob boss. And no, this book wasnt written by Michael Wolff.

If there is anything new to learn from Comey, its what he had to say about his botched handling of the email investigation. He said he worried the Department of Justice would screw around as to whether Clinton should be prosecuted. Comey hinted that publicly unknown damaging material about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch would have cast serious doubt in her handling of the Clinton probe. He also admitted that he relied on polls in his decision to reopen the investigation days before the election, as he feared the eventual Clinton presidency would be considered illegitimate.

Comey became a polarizing figure specifically because of his handling of the Clinton investigation. Republicans were outraged when he let her off the hook during that infamous July press conference, and Democrats were outraged when he reopened the investigation. By his own admission, Comey politicized his role as FBI director. Despite the controversy that went into his firing, it was certainly deserved.

But with the release of his new book, Comey is showing that he has a lot in common with the woman his agency investigated for more than a year. A Higher Loyalty is meant for him to set the record straight about what happened during his tenure heading the FBI. Hillary Clintons book What Happened was also meant to set the record straight as to why Trump won the election instead of her. Both books ended up being self-righteous, anti-Trump revenge porn.

As Comey determined back in 2016, Clinton was extremely careless with her handling of classified informationbut so was he. While she had classified and top secret emails on an unsecure server, Comey leaked memos about his conversations with President Trump to the press in retaliation for his firing, which ultimately led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Comey and Clinton both had the luxury of being shielded by the mainstream media. 2016 set a dangerous precedent that a former secretary of state can abuse her power while in office and not be held accountable simply because journalists vehemently opposed her GOP rival.

Comey had a love-hate relationship with the media. When he first announced he wasnt going...

13:13

Why A Quiet Place Might Be An Instant Classic "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When a horror fan sees a list of names like Hitchcock, Argento, Carpenter, and Craven, it conjures the same feelings of admiration as names like Bach, Handel, and Beethoven or Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and Monet. In recent years horror fans have been forced to add more names to an ever-growing list of masters, such as James Wan and Mike Flanagan.

Krasinski has quietly been establishing himself as a filmmaker for the last ten years or so. This is only his third directorial credit for a feature film, and the first time he has done anything in the sci-fi and horror genres. Yet he is right at home. A Quiet Place is by far the best horror film of 2018 so far and it might be the best overall film as well.

That isnt saying much, since we only just exited the first quarter, but it has considerably raised the bar for the rest of the year. This film is bigger than 2018. It really seems like an instant classic, and not just of its genre.

A Life of Total Silence

There are numerous reasons for this, but the primary one is simply that there has never been a film quite like it. The trailers revealed its premise, so discussing that shouldnt spoil too much. At some point, the earth became infested with monsters that only respond to sound. So now everything humans do needs to be quietnot silent, just quiet.

Loud noises draw murderous attention from the blind, bloodthirsty creatures terrorizing the planet. So humans walk barefoot, mark paths around squeaky floorboards, and use sign language instead of speech. This premise effects every detail of the film, from wardrobe design to not using doors. Seeing this premise executed so consistently is a bit overwhelming because we do not think about how big a role sound plays in our lives. It is present in pretty much every moment of everything we do.

Of course there are obvious comparisons to last years excellent It Comes at Night. Both films are dystopic horror based around a nuclear family trying to survive in a ruined world. So both deal profoundly with political philosophy, specifically the state of nature.

Hobbes Versus Tocquevillian Horror

Along these lines Paul Cantor has pointed out that zombie media can basically be divided into two groups: Hobbesian and Lockian. These explore the state of nature but give completely different analysis. The George Romero and World War Z branch is Hobbesian, claiming that anarchy results from government breakdown. The Walking Dead strand is essential...

13:13

Trumps Syria Strategy: For One Night Only! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump has announced American air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, in partnership with Britain and France. The airstrikes are for one night only, supposedly targeting the heart of Syrias chemical weapons program, though the Department of Defense acknowledged that the Syrian government most likely retained some ability to again attack its own people with chemical agents.

Deterring chemical weapons use seems to be the one and only strategic purpose of the strike: We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents. So the United States and its allies are just enforcing the Geneva Convention prohibition against chemical weapons.

But this runs us up against the whole win and go home dilemma. In wanting to keep our mission in Syria very narrowso he can authorize a single night of air strikes and declare mission accomplishedTrump is avoiding the task of forming the kind of larger, sustained strategy that actually produces results. Sen. Lindsey Graham gets it right on the short-range focus of this current effort.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), an influential member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Saturday that the strikes reflected an overt policy decision to be the chemical weapons police and no more.

The administration does have a strategyand its to withdraw from Syria as quickly as possible, he said in a statement, critiquing a hands-off policy that he said would strengthen the hands of Russia and Iran, both key Syrian allies. Ignoring the situation in Syria, simply sayingNot Our Problemwas a losing strategy when President Obama adopted it five years ago. And its a losing strategy still today.

The reason we need a carefully chosen long-term strategy is that were trying to undo the consequences of the previous administrations stubborn neglect of American interests. As President Trump noted, In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syrias chemical weapons. Assads recent attackand todays responseare the direct result of Russias failure to keep that promise....

13:12

This American Lifes Reporters Dont Understand This American Government "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The most recent episode of NPRs This American Life continues a line of liberal laments that the legislative process does not work, and blames most of that ineffectiveness on a single source: Donald Trump. (Shocker there.)

But the idea of removing Trump to Make Congress Great Again doesnt hold up to scrutiny. Even if it did, such a development would not comport with the Framers design of our government, which put the deliberative in deliberative process far more than the modern-day Left would prefer.

The episode follows the trials and travails of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) as he seeks to pass legislation codifying privileges for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump announced last fall that he would end Barack Obamas executive action on DACA, leaving Congress to find a solution through legislative means. Flake and his colleagues want to enact legislation replacing Obamas unilateral declaration that his administration would not apply current law to DACA recipients living in the country illegally.

This American Life correspondent Zoe Chace laments that the popularity of DACAwhich covers individuals brought to the United States illegally as childrenhas impeded its enactment into law. She thinks lawmakers have used its popularity

as a spoonful of sugar to make tougher immigration measures easier to swallowstuff like border security, restricting visas, or on the Democrat side, legalizing even more immigrants. Thats the curse of DACA. The most valuable thing about it, on Capitol Hill anyway, is the possibility that it could be used to pass other stuff. So even though were a democracy, even though 80% of the country wants DACA, the country doesnt get what it wants because theres no incentive for Congress to just put it to a straight up or down vote.

Having castigated Congress for using DACA to pass other stuff, Chace spends much of the episode highlighting Flakes attempts to use other stuffnamely, tax reformto pass DACA.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Chace calls Flake the most powerful senator in Congress right now. Having announced his retirement, Flake has no political constituency to appease. That dynamic, combined with the current Senate split of 50 Republicans and 49 DemocratsRepublican John McCain is recovering from cancer treatment in his home state of Arizonaat first blush gives Flake significant leverage.

But the old saying how looks can be deceiving applies on several levels. First, if Flake has enormous leverage due to the 50-49 Senate split, so does every other Republican senator. In f...

13:12

Why Films Like Ready Player One Outpace Hatred For Nostalgia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ready Player One, the new film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the mega-selling sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, is set in 2045, when most of the wretched, catastrophe-rocked globe is entranced by a massive online simulation called The Oasis. You enter this virtual reality via Google-glass-like specs, to assume an avatars alternate identity and engage in a life of adventure and conquest that is the stuff of dreams. It could be today.

The Oasis is the creation of one James Halliday (Mark Rylance), a kinda sorta Steve Jobs, and creative partner Ogden Morrow (Simon Pegg, or Steve Wozniak, take your pick). When the great, reclusive Halliday dies, he leaves behind Anoraks Quest: a game to find three keys that unlock a mystery at the heart of The Oasis, named for Hallidays online identity: Anorak the magician. The first to discover that mystery, or Easter Egg, as these hidden treasures buried in games (and movies) are known, wins the entire thing: The Oasis and Hallidays multibillion-dollar fortune. Basically, you become the king of the universe, a god among men.

Battling Gunters (short for Egg hunters) around the world for the Egg is the evil corporation (is there ever any other kind?) Innovative Online Industries (IOI), which wants to own The Oasis to monetize it. Boo! The hero of this tale is Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), an orphaned teen desperate to flee his pitiful life in The Stacks, a vertical trailer park, where he lives with a none-too-cuddly aunt and her physically abusive boyfriend.

Wades avatar Parzival shares this adventure with friends Aech, Sho, Daito, and Art3mis, a Lara Croft type with whom he is smitten. Wade has never met the flesh-and-blood counterparts to these avatars. For all he knows, Ar3mis (pronounced as if the 3 were an e), as Aech expresses it, is a 300-pound dude who lives in his mommas basement in suburban Detroit. And her name is Chuck.

Visual Tsunami Overwhelms Thin Characters

The film plays fast and loose with aspects of the book, and not necessarily for the better (although the novel has its own plot problems). The film seems in quite the rush to get to its climax: the final showdown between our gang of young Gunters and the money-hungry, power-mad IOI CEO Nolan Sorrento and his corporate drones, who 24/7 feed him clues to Hallidays life to aid his quest for the Egg.

Wade and his team do finally meet in the flesh (a series of reveals more satisfyingly depicted in the book) and learn that working together gives them a better chance of winning than treating each other as rivals. The film is a textured, multilayered live-action/motion-capture visionscape that represents the 71-year-old Spielberg, who contributed more than his fair share to the 80s pop culture that hes here celebrating. Its visual aspects show Spielberg and frequent collaborator...

13:12

6 Reasons Raising Kids Costs Less Than You Think "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Families in developed countries are having fewer children and women are putting off having kids until later in life, bringing Americas fertility rate to an all-time low. If youre among the many U.S. couples intimidated by the costs of raising a family or hesitant about whether you can have another baby, you can worry a little less. The cost of raising a child might not be as high as you think.

1. Insurance Plans Differ on Maternity Coverage

The cost of childbirth can be intimidating to prospective parents, especially since medical expenses are opaque and depend on a number of factors. With employer-provided insurance, average out-of-pocket costs for vaginal delivery were $2,244 (12 percent of the total cost), and costs for C-section delivery were $2,669 (10 percent of the total cost) in 2013, according to a study by Truven Health Analytics.

That data is consistent with the rule of thumb that insurance typically covers about 90 percent of the cost of a hospital birth. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, all individual plans and employer-based insurance plans must offer maternity benefits. If youre covered by Medicaid, as are nearly half of all U.S. births, your out-of-pocket costs will be zero, or close to it.

For prospective parents who dont use Medicaid, insurance plans are not all equally cost-effective in the long run. Forecasting your expenses can help determine what plan is most cost-effective for your family. Before our first child, we settled on a health savings account (HSA) plan. Although initial birth costs were higher (around $4,500) and deductibles and copays are higher, weve more than made up the difference through lower premiums in the 16 months since her birth.

Out-of-pocket costs might be less than youd expect, since HSAs can negotiate set rates with providers that are lower than the sticker price. Its important to forecast costs and make a decision based on as accurate an assessment as possible, though. An HSA wont be right for every family, but its worth looking into as a cost-effective way of paying for family health expenses.

But delivery costs are only the beginning of nearly two decades of expenses, and health care costs only make up about 9 percent of them, by government estimates. How much does raising a kid typically cost, and can you reasonably pay less than that to raise healthy, well-educated, and well-adjusted kids? Ye...

13:12

New Yorker To Christians: We Dont Want Your Kind Around Here "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Chick-fil-A, that alluring purveyor of delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, has long been a target in certain quarters. These criticisms have nothing to do with the addictiveness of the chains food (a shame, really, because this is a real problem), but its perceived political stances. Most such attacks have stemmed from the chains indirect donations to groups that oppose same-sex marriage, and from CEO Dan Cathys comments on the subject.

Conservatives are certainly no strangers to boycott campaigns, and consumers have every right to register their values through market activity. Indeed, shortly after this blowup, Chick-fil-A largely stopped making such donations. Youd be forgiven for thinking the storm had passed.

That makes this recent New Yorker article by Dan Piepenbringmemorably entitled Chick-fil-As Creepy Infiltration of New York Cityall the more incoherent. According to Piepenbrings screed, which lacks content beyond Ewww-These-People-Arent-Like-Me, Chick-fil-As arrival in the Big Apple raises questions about what we expect from our fast food, and to what extent a corporation can join a community. Evidently, Piepenbring cant understand why the restaurant is so popular with NYC residents, given the citys progressive political and social leanings. How can this be?

Why People Keep Buying Chick-fil-A

Since hes having trouble grasping this, Ill help him out. First of all, Chick-fil-A food is delicious, as anyone whos ever tasted an Original Chicken Sandwich or a Chicken Biscuit well knows. Second, Chick-fil-A is beneficial to communities because it treats its workers well and screens its franchisees rigorously, ensuring a high standard of quality across all the chains restaurants.

Third, Chick-fil-A is a pleasant environment because its employees are friendly and respectful and its facilities are spotless. Also, for what its worth, when pressed about perceived anti-LGBT stances, the restaurant focused its donations elsewhere. So, by any sensible standard, Chick-fil-A should be a model company for any progressive interested in workers rights and community reinvestment. What more could Chick-fil-A do to be one of the good guys?

But Piepenbring is having none of it. In perhaps the articles most ludicrous segment, he criticizes Chick-fil-As cow-driven advertising campaigns by asking why Americans fell in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place. Most restaurants take pains to distance themselves from the brutalities of the slaughterhouse; Chick-fil-A invites us to go along with the...

13:11

Not Only Did Paul Ryan Not Fix Entitlements, He Made Them Worse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Upon news of House Speaker Paul Ryans retirement Wednesday, liberals knew to attack him, but didnt know exactly why. Liberal Politico columnist Michael Grunwald skewered Ryans hypocrisy on fiscal discipline:

Ryans support for higher spending has not been limited to defense and homeland security. He supported Bushs expansion of prescription drug benefits, as well as the auto bailout and Wall Street bailout during the financial crisisRyan does talk a lot about reining in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, for which hes routinely praised as a courageous truth-teller. But hes never actually made entitlement reform happen. Congress did pass one law during his tenure that reduced Medicare spending by more than $700 billion, but that law was Obamacare, and Ryan bitterly opposed it.

For the record, Ryan opposed Obamacare because, as he repeatedly noted during the 2012 campaign, the law raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare. (Kathleen Sebelius, a member of President Obamas cabinet, admitted the law used Medicare spending reductions to both save Medicare and fund health care reform.)

That said, as I noted last March, he and other Republicans made exactly zero attempt to undo Obamacares raid on Medicare as part of repeal-and-replace legislation. Regardless, the Politico article, titled Paul Ryans Legacy of Red Ink, generally labeled him as ineffective, or worse, hypocritical, at reducing spending.

Compare that with a Vox article, titled Paul Ryans Most Important Legacy is Trumps War on Medicaid: [Paul] Ryans dreams are alive and well. Through work requirements and other restrictions, President Donald Trump could eventually oversee the most significant rollback of Medicaid benefits in the programs 50-year history. It goes on to talk about how the administration is carrying on Ryans Medicaid-gutting agenda.

Which is it? On fiscal discipline, is Ryan an incompetent hypocrite, or a slash-and-burn maniac throwing poor people out on the streets? As in most cases, reality contains nuance. Several caveats are in order.

First, Ryans budgets always contained magic asterisks. As the Los Angeles Times noted in 2012, the bud...

13:11

You Need To Do A Lot More Than Voting To Be A Good Citizen "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shortly after becoming engaged, my lovely wife and I visited Budapest, where one day we ventured out to the grand central market. Although we both have ancestors who fled Hungary when the Soviets crushed the 1956 uprising, neither of us speaks Hungarian. When shopkeepers only knew a little English, we would sometimes try her German or my Spanish, but the merchants usually knew only a bit of those as well. Years of language education served us no better than elementary English did.

I recalled this vignette after reading Kevin Williamsons March column on rational ignorance, politics, and (of course) Donald Trump. As Williamson reminds us, ignorance is often a rational response to our finitude. Because our time and minds are limited, not learning things is often quite reasonable.

Thus, while learning French is a good thing, he declares that not learning it is rational, since there are other uses of my time and resources that better serve my overall ends in life. While I would like to be a multilingual scholar and man of the world who reads Cicero and Nietzsche in the original languages, I have allowed those skills to atrophy. English is the current lingua franca and there are many excellent translations available.

The same reasoning may be applied to politics. For most people the effort required to understand politics and policy is disproportionate to their ability to influence them. Unless one enjoys that sort of thing, it is rational to ignore politics, or to align with a party that seems to generally fit ones views, even if one does not understand all the issues. And people who mostly care about only a few issues may align with interest groups, and follow their lead in supporting a party.

Even political junkies do this. The passionate and informed health-care policy wonk may ignore nuclear power plant regulations, or trade policy in Southeast Asia, or legal debates over Chevron deference. These are important issues, but we are finite beings, and not even a devoted genius could hope to master all of public policy. And many of those who do follow politics are paying attention only for daily hits of rage.

We are all rationally ignorant of many things, even those relating to our interests and passions. But it is one thing for a guitar player to not understand the physics of circuit design in a tube amplifier; it is another for a free citizen to not know the basics of the government he or she is part of. The former is rational ignorance, the latter is abdication. The difference is self-rule. In the United States, the people are the sovereign. We are not meant to simpl...

13:11

Women Talk About How Tax Cuts Are Already Improving Their Lives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) doesnt affect tax returns filed for 2017 (due this week), Americans already have a lot to celebrate about the new tax law. Independent Womens Voice asked women to share on social media how tax reform had affected them, and many women did. Their stories ought to be told.

First, there were the increased paychecks for people like Rebecca, Brianna, Laura, and Debra. Rebecca told us she had reservations about President Trump, but was nevertheless excited that tax reform will benefit her family significantly. Brianna said shes getting $234 more in each paycheck, for a total of $2,808 per year. Debra told us shes keeping $300 more of her money each paycheck, for a total of $3,600 per year. Laura estimates her annual savings to be $4,500!

Several parents tweeted how they planned to spend these new resources on their children: new basketball shoes, ballet lessons, healthier food, new appliances, and defraying the cost of medical bills, car payments, gasoline, and daycare. One mom even tweeted she could now afford airfare to visit her 20-year-old son, who is stationed in a faraway state with the U.S. Army.

Why did so many American workers see a boost to their paychecks? The Tax Cuts and Job Act cut tax rates for every income bracket. Before the TCJA, Americans fil...

12:48

Tamerlan Tsarnaevs Classified History "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its been half a decade since two bombs exploded at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, yet the government continues to maintain a seemingly impenetrable wall of silence around what it knows about the primary instigator of the attack that traumatized a major city for nearly a week bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Its been four years since the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community wrote an unclassified summary of a report (IGIC Report) that laid out what federal agencies knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the years leading up to the bombing. But most of that report commissioned by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) remains classified.

However, the inspectors general (IGs) expressed  their own displeasure with the level of secrecy veiling the final report: in its first few lines they asked for a review of the protocols known as classification and sensitivity designations used to withhold the majority of it.

In our ongoing efforts to make public as much as possible about the history of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, WhoWhatWhy requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) those classification designation reviews.

Its now been more than two years and were still waiting.

Tamerlans younger brother, Dzhokhar, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 for his role in the attack. Hes currently being held at the US governments maximum-security penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombing and many important details about his history died with him.

Tamerlan: Known Wolf

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Its understandable that much of the public assumes weve already learned all there is to know about the older Tsarnaev brother. After all, oceans of ink were spilled after the bombing on morbid human-interest stories describing how Tamerlan went from one-time immigrant success story a Golden Gloves champion boxer to a murderous monster filled with anger and resent...

12:30

Where did all the money go? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Two weeks ago I spoke at the Harvard Law School Forum and, after my presentation, had a private meeting with some students and alumni who had a particular interest in urbanism. One student in particular  and I wish I remembered his name because he was a sharp guy  asked me a question Ive been mulling over ever since: Where did all the money go?

Ill elaborate on what I took him to mean: Americans have spent trillions of dollars on homes and commercial properties, and governments have spent trillions of dollars on infrastructure. You are telling us that wealth is not there. If its not, where did the money go?

My answer, and I apologized for going full Matrix on them, was this: What if the money was never there in the first place?

I want to unpack this a little bit because I think its important for understanding why the tragedy of the Suburban Experiment is not a problem we can solve, but a predicament with outcomes we can only manage.

Ill summarize their collective analysis in one line: Cities historically have a very low default rate and so were confident that cities will continue to have a very low default rate.

Even though that seems crazy to me, I must acknowledge that there is a certain logic to it. As Nassim Taleb suggests in the Black Swan, the turkey is fed every day through the spring, summer and fall; theres no reason to anticipate (at least from the turkeys standpoint) that when they wake up on the fourth Thursday of November things should be any different. That might be true, even if some guy from a non-profit organization showed you the ax, chopping stone and guest list for Thanksgiving. Having a full tummy is a powerful motivating factor.

Back in 2013, I wrote a six-part series called Dumb Money in which I tried to explain how and why Wall Street banks take one dollar and turn it into a forty, fifty or even sixty do...

12:02

Bolingbrooks Art Bell Party demands answers (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ten members of Bolingbrooks Art Bell Party picketed in front of Clow Airport to demand an investigation into the death of radio host Art Bell. 

Were just asking questions, said Art Bell party leader Michael Faith.  Like, will (Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar) create a panel to verify no resident was involved in Arts death?  For that matter, where was Roger yesterday?  Can he account for his whereabouts at the time of Arts death? We want to know, and we think that every true Bolingbrook resident wants to know, too.

Bell, who started the paranormal-themed radio show  Coast to Coast in 1988, died 4/13/18 at his home in Pahrump, NV.  At its peak, Coast to Coast was syndicated on 500 radio stations and had 15 million listeners.  In 1996, Bell was the first to report Chuck Shrameks claim that a UFO was following Comet Hale-Bopp. Though stories about the alleged UFO may have inspired the Heavens Gate cult to commit mass suicide, Bell denied any responsibility for the incident.

Art Bell taught us to not accept the official truth, said Faith.  So many other residents believe Bolingbrook is an average suburb, and Clow is only an airport.  There still are residents who laugh when I tell them Clow Airport is just a cover for a UFO Base.  Art opened our minds to the truth, and the Babbler told us the truth.

Jane Z. Cantor, who will be running for Village trustee in 2019, believes there are too many coincidences surrounding Bells death:  Why are we just now debating garbage toters?  Why was American Atheist president David Silverman fired before Arts death?  Why were atheists holding a convention after Arts death?  Why is there suddenly interest in organizing...

12:01

Inconvenient Truth "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's Only Money

The federal government reported a budget deficit of $666 billion for its 2017 fiscal year, but a new comprehensive accounting published by the U.S. Treasury shows that federal finances deteriorated by $1,157 billion in 2017a figure 74% worse than the deficit. This thorough accounting is mandated by a federal law that requires the Treasury and White House to produce an annual report on the overall financial position of the federal government.

Data from this report also shows that the federal government has amassed $89.9 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded obligations. This amounts to more than $700,000 for every household in the U.S., or 92% of the nations private wealth. This includes the combined value of every Americans assets in real estate, corporate stocks, small businesses, bonds, savings accounts, cash, and personal goods like automobiles and furniture. 

The Treasury report reveals that the federal government currently owes $7.7 trillion in pensions and other benefits to federal employees and veterans. To pay the present value of these benefits would require an average of $61,000 from every household in the United States. Yet, the vast majority of these liabilities are not reflected in the national debt.

A similar situation exists with Social Security and...

11:00

Who Polices the Immigration Police? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Early one winter morning last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were scouting the last-known address of a fugitive they had labeled Target #147 when they happened upon Isabel Karina Ruiz-Roque.

A turkey farmworker for over a decade, Ruiz-Roque had kept her head down and her record clean, never once encountering los ICEs, as she called them. Then two federal agents rapped on her car window and flashed a photo of the immigration fugitive they believed to be her York County neighbor. Ruiz-Roque, 34, said she did not know the woman, and they told her not to worry, that she was not their target.

Two weeks later, during an enforcement operation that prized big arrest numbers, the agents returned and demanded she let them into her Hanover apartment house to search for #147. When she refused, they arrested her instead, and drove her, handcuffed, to a Rite Aid parking lot to scan her fingerprints, she said.

There, after finding the record of an old apprehension at the border, they made a stunning proposition, according to a sworn statement she filed in immigration court: They would ignore their discovery and let her go if she paid them off.

They suggested $2,000 to $3,000, according to her statement. She told them she did not have that kind of money. And so they transported her to the York County Prison, the primary detention center for immigrants in Pennsylvania, to face deportation.

Unlike most immigration detainees, Ruiz-Roque was able, through her sister, to secure a lawyer to fight her removal. He would try to air her bribery allegation in court. But the secretive immigration justice system is not set up for public accountability.

An investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer found numerous cases in which ICE agents and police officers allegedly engaged in racial profiling, conducted warrantless searches, detained people without probable cause, fabricated evidence, and, in this one extreme instance, solicited a bribe.

But in none of these cases have agents or officers been put on the stand to respond to the allegations.

The conduct of arresting officers is rarely scrutinized in the overwhelmed immigration courts, which focus squarely on whether arrested individuals should be removed from the United States. While deportation proceedings are civil, they afford immigrants fewer rights than criminal defendants to challenge their apprehensions.

Nonc...

10:22

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Remembering a Narragansett marathon legend "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ellison 'Tarzan' Brown deserves his name to become more of a household name, in the world, but even more so in Indian Country,

10:03

House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

08:27

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to their allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.

07:52

URGENT UPDATE: 30 Days To Go! We Have Nearly 50,000 Mailers To Send Out, But Not Enough Money To Do It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As I write this, there are just 30 days to go until May 15th, and it is becoming exceedingly clear that every single vote is going to count in this very tight race. If you would like to help us turn Congress completely upside down and fight to restore our constitutional republic, we would greatly, greatly appreciate it. We printed up 50,000 mailers to send out to key voters, but so far we have only sent out a very small percentage of those mailers. At this moment we dont have the resources to send out the rest, and I am asking for your help. These mailers are extremely persuasive, and if we can get them into the hands of key primary voters it will win us thousands more votes. And it may only take 30,000 votes to win this thing. This is the biggest financial crunch that we have faced during the campaign so far, and it is frustrating because we are so close to crossing the finish line with a victory. Please help us. If you feel led to help, here are three ways that you can do so

Donate By Credit Card Online: https://secure.anedot.com/michaelsnyderforcongress/donate

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Donate By Check: Make your check out to Michael Snyder For Congress and send it to the following address

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My team and I are working around the clock to try to win this key race for Congress. It is 11:19 PM as I write this, and we have been going strong ever since the alarm clock went off this morning. I am putting everything that I have got into this effort, and we are so close to achieving our goal.

Yesterday, there was a televised debate for the five leading contenders in this race down in south Idaho. If you have not seen the debate yet, you can watch it right here. As you can see, I was on...

07:31

Stphane Gayet: Weighing the mental health risks of marijuana use "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With the emergence of new categories of cannabis, studies have shown the risk of mental illness linked to the use of these new varieties.

07:08

Putin Predicts All Hell Will Break Loose If West Attacks Syria Again "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Russian Mercenaries(MEMO)  Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions, Reuters reports. In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving []

07:02

Graham Lee Brewer: What we learned about #NoDAPL and accountability "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

High Country News spent nine months investigating #NoDAPL fund-raising campaigns.

06:53

US to Impose Even More Sanctions on Russia, This Time Over Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

New Sanctions Russia(MEE)  The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. Haley said the sanctions, to be announced on Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, will target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related []

06:32

France Claims Credit for Keeping US Troops in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

syria-troops-pentagon(ANTIWAR.COM)  US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the US troops in Syria will not be leaving the country until all their military goals are accomplished. Those goals no longer seem to begin and end with ISIS. Haley says the US military priority in Syria is to ensure Iran doesnt take over the country, []

05:43

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One in four Americans now owns a gun or lives in a household with guns. So how strange that, on that day in the late 1980s, I saw a real gun for the first and last time.

05:36

Will fog of war hide Syrian strike details? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How much of the US led attack on Syria was just shadow boxing to field test an attack of this size and see what Syria's defensive capabilities were using older equipment under a modern Russian command and Intel structure?

03:33

Is It Russian Surrender that Is on the Agenda or World War 3? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If Russia and China do not take steps to defeat the US before Washington forces nuclear war on the world, we are all doomed. The American people are denied information, are uninformed, and helpless. The same is true for Europe and Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan. Even if the peoples knew, they are impotent.

02:55

Dennis Kucinich's Vision of Hope: Spirit and Stardust "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dennis Kucinich's keynote address at Praxis Peace Institute's Dubrovnik Conference on the Alchemy of Peacebuilding entitled, Spirit and Stardust, was given on Sunday, June 9, 2002, but speaks to us, still. He's been on the leading edge, but even the WaPo is saying that people are finally caching up. Be inspired.

01:42

On Syria The United States Is Not In Control: An Interview With Vijay Prashad "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We speak with Vijay Prashad, who provides insightful analysis of the situation in Syria and the aerial bombing of Damascus by the US. The US' claims, which were used to justify the bombing, of attacking Syrian chemical weapons facilities make little sense. If the US knew of such facilities, the information should have been provided to the UN so they could be inspected. Prashad finds it strange that the US attacked Damascus while chemical weapons investigators were in Syria and had not yet completed their investigation of the alleged chemical attack. The attack did not change the balance of power.

01:19

San Francisco, CA: Call for Solidarity Demonstration with La ZAD "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post San Francisco, CA: Call for Solidarity Demonstration with La ZAD appeared first on It's Going Down.

A call for an emergency solidarity demonstration with La ZAD in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 18th, 5 PM, at the Civic Center BART Station. For more information on La ZAD, see CrimethInc.s background piece here.

As the ZAD fights for its preservation against ongoing state repression, well take up the spirit of our comrades in France here in SF.

Last week the French state began evicting the ZAD (Zone to defend) an occupation by more than 80 collectives which forced the abandonment of an airport project. The state sent 2,500 police accompanied by armored vehicles and demolition machinery to attack everything the occupied territory stands for and all that it has achieved. The ZAD is one of the longest-running projects of autonomous politics in our time, and serves as a coordinating node for radical organizing across France and Europe.

In 2011 police raided and destroyed the Occupy encampments across this country, then in 2017 a militarized force dismantled the Standing Rock camp. Now the forces of order, with constant gas and thousands of stun grenades, wish to write the ZAD into history as another thwarted possibility.

We ask you to join us on Wednesday afternoon for a demo in solidarity with our friends in France. The ZAD is not just a worldwide symbol for autonomous revolutionary struggle, but a partisan reality where thousands of people have been making another way of life possible for years. Despite every obstacle placed in their way by this world, th...

00:55

Terror Fraudsters, Clooney and Trump and their White Helmets - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Gordon Duff - The world was warned and everyone knew, the White Helmets were terrorists, total "bad news" and might well kill us all.

00:40

Draining the data swamp: who owns the "virtual you"? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Zuckerberg dodged extremely serious questions. Who owns "the virtual you?" Zuckerberg's response was that you own all the "content" you upload, and can delete that content any time you want. Yet the heart of the matter is the advertising profile Facebook builds on each user. That simply cannot be deleted. And the user cannot alter it in any way.

Sunday, 15 April

23:50

Mobilizing for War- US Ships/Planes to the Panama Canal-4K US Soldiers to Syrian Border-UK Braces for Anthrax Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

 

There are a serious of simultaneous events involving massive movements of troops and equipment indicating a mobilibilation for war. Here are 5 of 12 reports I have received in the past 4 hours.

American Military to the Panama Canal

A highly trusted source, highly decorated ex-Green Beret, John Moore, has sent Paul Martin and myself evidence of a troop buildup within the Panama Canal. This is information is highly sensitive and carries profound implications.

The implications are two-fold:

  1. These troops are moving to block a Red Dawn invasion that will follow the breakout of the ground war in Syria
  2. These troops will also be in position to check the Chinese part of the invasion. Remember, China controls the Panama Canal.

 

John Moore

Attachments1:41 PM (5 minutes ago)
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23:46

Reportback: April 10th Day of Solidarity with #J20 Defendants "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Reportback: April 10th Day of Solidarity with #J20 Defendants appeared first on It's Going Down.

This is a brief report back of actions/events that took place on April 10th, a day of solidarity with the remaining 59 defendants. Both April trials have been delayed by the prosecution, the next trial is set to start on May 14th.

Rights and Dissent wrote a good analysis of what the continuances mean, as well as the State dropping their expert witness of anarchist extremism:

On April 11, a week before the next J20 trial was set to start, prosecutors asked for a continuance, claiming they need time to find an expert witness. A judge granted this motion, meaning the trial scheduled to start on April 17 has been pushed back to June 4. Prosecutors have similarly asked for a continuance for the trial of protesters scheduled to start on April 26. It does not appear that prosecutors will seek a continuance for the J20 trials scheduled to being in May, as they claim no expert witness is required for them.

This is particularly jarring for a number of reasons. First, media interviews with jurors from the first trial made clear that it wasnt a particularly close call. At least one juror indicated that they made their decision during the prosecutions opening argument, when they freely conceded no evidence tied the defendants to property destruction. Second, the prosecution is essentially conceding that it cant win its case as is. They cant find an expert, which is the only way they can claim to win, even though they have actively worked to identify and secure a qualified expert for many months.

23:35

Irreduciblablabla Complexidoozits "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

People still bring up irreducible complexity. Why? WHY? WHY?

16:55

Saudi Arabia used chemical weapons in Yemenwhos going to bomb them? - Veterans Today | News Military Foreign Affairs VA "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

More than 10,000 peoplemainly civilianshave died in the [Syrian] war. Thousandspossibly tens of thousandsmore will die from starvation and disease in the months to come.

16:43

Shadowrun "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Photo: A Shadowrun still life -- character sheet for a dwarf operative with a novacoke addiction and a penchant for brawling, a handful of yellow six-sided dice, and a Motorola X4 smartphone displaying a Shadowrun cheat sheet.

Click the photo to see it at full size.

I havent played Shadowrun in ages! The last time I played, you had to combine magic and technology to get things like wireless networking and many other goodies that we consider typical today.

My character, Miguel Busey, is named after Florida Man Mike Busey, Gary Buseys nephew, and former proprietor of the infamous Sausage Castle.

Bonus video!

For those of you who look down your noses at playing role-playing games, heres the TEDx talk Why Dungeons & Dragons is Good for You (In Real Life):

The post Shadowrun appeared first on The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

09:00

Here Is How You Can Get An Electronic Visa "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We all know that the internet has made a lot of things easier for us. We can find books without going to the library, we can keep in touch with our families from across the world, and we can go shopping without getting out of the house. It is a golden age of technology that []

The post Here Is How You Can Get An Electronic Visa appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

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