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Thursday, 18 October


Gabby Giffords Shooting HOAX "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's been many years since I released all the Giffords information proving the event was a staged drill.


You Want to Make America Great Again? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching outside the halls of government, wearing clothing with provocative statements, or simply holding up a sign. That's what the First Amendment is supposed to be about.


Democratic Operative Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Female GOP Campaign Manager "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Democratic operative was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night after he allegedly grabbed a woman managing a Republican campaign.


The peculiar role of spectators in baseball "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I have expressed before my dislike of the fact that cheating in baseball by tricking the umpires is not only not punished, but the players and media gloat over their success in duping on on-field officials. That strikes me as disgraceful. Another thing I dislike is not cheating but involves the fact that spectators can, in some instances, interfere with the action. This can happen because spectators can sit right behind the wall that designates the boundary. So if a ball is hit over the wall, you can have a situation where the fielder leaps to catch it before, or even after, it reaches the wall, while spectators, rather than moving away and giving the fielder room to make the play, also try to catch the ball and interfere.

Here is one such incident that happened in a high-stakes playoff game yesterday and may have cost one team the win.

The astounding this is that this kind of thing is considered perfectly acceptable. If I were running the game, I would put a gap between the wall and the first row of spectators.

I am trying to think of other games where spectators can and do interfere with the play. In cricket, there is a huge distance between the boundary line and the spectators. So too in football and tennis and rugby. The only sport where spectators are so close to the playing area is basketball but I am not aware of fans trying to interfere with the game, though they could easily do so if they wanted. I suspect that they would be ejected from the arena pronto.

Adding to this problem is that in baseball, there is a peculiar mystique attached to catching a ball that goes into the crowd, and people who catch one seem inexplicably proud of having done so, even though what they caught can be bought cheaply in any sports store. They dont do this just for (say) some record-breaking event but even for run-of-the-mill games. This has even resulted in ugly fights among fans over ownership of a ball that falls among them. Adults will even snatch a ball away from small children and then gloat over doing so, as this video clip compiled by an Australian shows. (Language advisory)



Another Front In Saudi War: Kingdom Deports Yemeni Workers To Face Starvation At Home "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Eight out of the 10 Yemenis expelled from Saudi Arabia who were interviewed for this story told MintPress that they were beaten, deprived of food, had their personal property stolen, or faced sexual and physical abuse. SANAA, YEMEN  Fifty-year-old Ali al-Za`ali grew up in Yemens Hajjah province. Around 30 years ago at the tender age []

The post Another Front In Saudi War: Kingdom Deports Yemeni Workers To Face Starvation At Home appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


New Joe Donnelly Senate Ad Is A Veep Rip-Off "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ultimately, 'Axe' is a testament to the quality of 'Veeps' satire, which is rooted in so accurate an understanding of Washington that it mocked Joe Donnellys ad years before someone ever conceived of it.


David Suzuki endorses Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, while Hollywood composer David Foster endorses lobbyist Mike Geoghagen Victoria Times Colonist article by Bill Cleverley, page A6 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An endorsement from notorious climate alarmist exaggerator Dr. David Suzuki at this critically important time for our planet, is not going to help cornered Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps now.

Shell have a difficult time navigating and pivoting as needed out of her lies, as chronicled by Adam Sterling at CFAX News 1070 AM Radio.

Nor will David Fosters Hollywood lustre help Mike the self-described  lobbyist.


Angel Mom Slams Pelosi For Making Trumps Border Wall About Manhood "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Angel Mom Slams Pelosi For Making Trumps Border Wall About Manhood

Every time Nancy Pelosi opens her mouth its just a laugh, because shes so out of touch with reality

The post Angel Mom Slams Pelosi For Making Trumps Border Wall About Manhood appeared first on...


The Horrifying Story Of Americas Opioid Crisis And The Cartels Behind It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On the Federalist Radio Hour, Investigative Reporter Sara Carter discusses how the trafficking of narcotics has become a national security threat.


The latest Vitamin C scam "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

True facts about Vitamin C:

  • It is an effective antioxidant, and can donate electrons to free radicals to neutralize them.
  • Topical Vitamin C is helpful in providing photoprotection.
  • Its also a depigmenting agent it can decrease melanin formation in the skin.
  • Vitamin C can neutralize the chlorine in chlorinated water.
  • Its hydrophilic and readily soluble. It can also be absorbed through the skin.

  • Vitamin C inhibits pro-inflammatory cytokines, so you will sometimes see it in creams and patches to treat conditions like acne.

  • It is unstable and degrades rapidly on exposure to light.

  • Vitamin C has some downsides in topical application: it can discolor the skin (the effective molecule (LAA)is transparent, but it breaks down rapidly to DHAA, which is ineffective and yellowish, and it can cause skin dryness.

  • The dose makes the poison: taking over 100 times the recommended daily dose causes cellular apoptosis and is toxic. Its really, really hard to take that much Vitamin C.

That mostly sounds great, doesnt it? It is an essential vitamin, its good for you, and it has a really good safety profile. Its easy to get the required dosage from a healthy balanced diet, so, honestly, taking megadoses does nothing, no harm and no advantage, and only, as they say, helps you make more expensive pee.

But you know whats totally pointless? This new product of selling people Vitamin shower filters. You attach it to your shower head, and then get an extremely dilute solution of Vitamin C topically applied, most of which then runs off into your sewer. If the dose makes the poison, its also the case that you need a minimally effective dose to get the benefit, and this mainly looks like a new way to get money to bleed out of your wallet. Have an orange, eat some strawberries or broccoli, all far more effective at getting the vitamins you need.

If you want to remove chlorine, these filters simply cant do the job youd have to reduce the flow rate to a trickle, optimistically. Theyre a scam. They take a little bit of truth and amplify it non-quantitatively and with no empirical analysis, and try to sell it to you with phony promises. Dont fall for it...


Calling Cops For Black People -- Including Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Then there is the pervasive myth and delusion of the "big, scary Black man," now extended to include little Black children.


Breaking: Intel Drop, Trump Ordered Khashoggi Mutilation Murder "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Gordon Duff with Sources in Washington and the Middle East This week, we learned that a recording, believed to have come from an Apple Watch worn by Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, a play by play of his vivisection by a CIA/Gina Haspel trained torture pathologist named Salah Muhammad al Tubaigy, was delivered to []


Tomgram: Belle Chesler, The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I'm still struggling to move on. As talk turns toward the impending midterms, I find myself mentally pushing back against the relentlessness of the news cycle as it plows on, casting a spell of cultural amnesia in its wake.


Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

__________ Mint Press Meet Ten Corporate Giants Helping Israel Massacre Gaza Protesters As Israeli soldiers gun down unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the Great March of Return, their lethal operations depend on an array of contractors and suppliers, many of them companies based outside Israel. The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying []


Beautiful weather produces noisy mornings! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterday morning I received an email from blog reader Emily Vilbrant wondering about an increase of train noise during the morning hours.  Distant trains sounded unusually loud and clear.  Emily asked if I might have an explanation.

And I have been noticing something similar.  While walking my dog around 6:45 AM yesterday, the sound of distant traffic was unusually loud.  Even my little dog noticed.

Interestingly, it all makes perfect sense, and believe it or not, it has to do with the clear skies and beautiful weather we have been having.   Let me explain.

The sun was about to rise at 7:20 AM this morning.  Beautiful weather led to noise start of he day.  SpaceNeedle PanoCam

The last few days we have had a ridge of high pressure over our region (see upper level map at 5 AM Wednesday morning), which resulted in mainly clear skies, sinking air aloft, and weak offshore flow at low levels.

Clear skies allowed the surface to radiant infrared radiation to space, resulting in the surface cooling rapidly.  Our nights are getting much longer now, so there is plenty of time for the earth to cool.  The atmosphere above does not radiate as well, so it stayed relatively warm.  High pressure is associated with light winds, so there was little atmospheric turbulence mixing the warm air aloft down to the surface.

I can prove this to you by showing you a temperature profile with height in north Seattle from a fancy piece of equipment located on the NOAA campus near Magnuson Park:  the radar-wind profiler.  Th...


Tyler Ford Picks Up BCA Award "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Young champion and super kid, Tyler Ford, seen above with Ashley Banjo from Diversity of Westminster where he is picking up his BCA medal today. GLV wrote about Tyler Ford teaming up with Phoebe Austin several weeks ago. These two super kids are about to take the world of entertainment and sports by storm. GLV []


Covert Facial Recognition Street Lights Coming to a Neighborhood Near You "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By MassPrivateI A recent Reuters article reveals that ST Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million to install facial recognition street lights in Singapore. STs smart...


Kentucky AARP and Attorney General Say Utility Smart Meters Are Too Expensive And Unnecessary. Kentuckians Dont Want Them Because Of That And More. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Citizens, elected officials, consumer rights and environmental organizations, and people all over the world dont want utility Smart Meters installed on their...


Temporary Protected Status and the Politics of Lowered Expectations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An El Salvadoran man currently residing in Baltimore, Concepcion Morales, worries that he wont be able to continue to pay for his sons tuition at Johns Hopkins.  

A Haitian woman living in Miami, Umaine Louis Jean, who has been in the US for 20 years, worries she will be separated from her American husband and two children.

A man from Honduras, Donald Posadas, a father of three, worries about losing everything he has worked for over the last 22 years while living in the US.

What do these three people have in common? They are all living in the US under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). And if the Trump administrations decisions not to renew TPS extensions and designations for several countries are upheld in court, their lives will change dramatically.

Breaking With Precedent


Ten countries currently have TPS designations. Six of these designations will end by 2020. The Trump administration has terminated the TPS designations of Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nepal, and Honduras since January 2017. These terminations have 12- to 18-month wind-down periods.

Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and South Sudan have had TPS extended for 18 months, but were not redesignated, meaning that foreign nationals arriving in the US after the designation date are not eligible for this special status.

The bottom line is that the current administrations ending or not redesignating TPS for the latter countries could impact as many as 300,000 TPS holders living in America.

TPS supporters assert that, up until now, the program has historically been extended and redesignated in accordance with the law under both Republican and Democratic administrations. They view the recent actions by Tru...


PTSD: Success stories from recovering veterans Overcoming against all odds "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Woefully, thousands of veterans battle overwhelming anxiety when performing the simplest of tasks on a daily basis, living a life of fear caused by PTSD. Once diagnosed with PTSD, you might think theres no way out, but as success stories from recovering veterans will show, its all about patience, perseverance, support, and ambition.


What if Lexington Got Serious About Student Drunk Driving? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Regular contributor Nolan Gray is originally from Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky. A recent tragedy in Lexington highlights aspects of college culture that are worth some tough scrutiny. But, says Gray, we should also examine how car-centric design make such tragic events statistically inevitable, given enough time and enough people making choicesnot all of them good ones.

Gray highlights the ways in which the City has failed to allow alternatives to driving to develop, even as the University itself takes steps to encourage students to leave their cars in their hometowns.

Last month, a University of Kentucky freshman allegedly struck and killed a four-year old child while driving under the influence along Cooper Drive. Thus far, the university has already suspended the accused student and the fraternity that organized the tailgating party he was attending. More conversations about how to manage tailgating culture, responsible drinking habits, and the role of fraternities on campus are sure to be on the way. But we would be remiss if we didnt talk about an unfortunate fact about student life at UK: its almost completely car-dependent.

Each year, thousands of students show up in the fall with their cars, and continue to depend on them for virtually every trip outside their homes. Coming as most of them do from suburbs and small towns, they dont know how to live without a car, they arent taught, and they dont exactly get a lot of encouragement from the way Lexington has been built out. All of this driving leads to unbearable downtown traffic congestion, a constant struggle for parking, and dangerous conditions for those students and residents who do walk or bicycle. That some students occasionally do it drunk is sad but inevitable.

The university, to its credit, does a fair amount to try and mitigate this. Right now, its a mix of carrots and sticks. On the carrot side, the university offers holiday shuttles to and from small towns across Kentucky, students have access to a first-class bicycle library, and anyone with a Wildcat Student ID can ride city buses for free.

On the stick side, they also price parking for students and employees, properly passing the high cost of parking maintenance along to those who use it. For most students living in the dorms, they put parking far away on surface lots out near Kroger Stadium, and those student cars need to be moved on game days. All of this should send a clear message t...


With USB-C, Even Plugging In Can Set You Up To Be Hacked "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

File 20180907 90574 1q2dpbl.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Could this plug bring both power and peril?
Alexander Evgenyevich/


Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University

Plugging in the power or at least what you think is power to a USB-C powered laptop can connect your computer, and the valuable personal data on it, directly to hackers. Your personal financial information, passwords and documents stored on the laptop could help a cybercriminal steal your identity. The laptop may even be used to attack your employers computers and network.

The European Union is already moving to require all smartphones be compatible with USB-C power adapters itself a move that endangers users privacy. If the EU made a similar standard for laptop computers, it would threaten to make the problem worse, by increasing the number of people vulnerable to what is basically the digital equivalent of pick-pocketing.

From mobile phones to laptops

Public phone chargers and USB ports can be a threat to mobile phones, if they are modified to attack them....


Stealing the Vote "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Millions of our citizens will not be allowed to vote. That's because a consortium of national, state, and local officials of Republican persuasion -- along with their corporate ringleaders -- have mounted a tawdry campaign over the past decade to slam the ballot box shut on entire segments of America's electorate.


I think we can definitively argue that Elon Musk has a cult "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Popular Mechanics has published a defense of Elon Musk, and its disturbingly creepy. Theyve got multiple contributors, and the first compares him to Mark Twain.

Not everybody liked Twain. They still dont. He could be scandalous and self-indulgent. He smoked too much. Judgmental. And Twain, a one-time riverboat pilot, made nothing substantial, produced no commodities or goods, except his tales and observations. He took you somewhere. Mark Twain didnt think for you, you barrel-hoop baron you. But he was out there. Thinking. He spoke past his newspaper editor, directly to the people, to his readers, whether they agreed with him or not. And while he certainly produced outsize, often painful, observations about what we had become as a people, he also offered glaring, satiric propositions concerning what we might want to try to be henceforth. And why. In person, he could be wily, cold, and unpleasant, but Twain stood out as a man who reliably saw the truth of human purpose beneath the weighty mess of human foibles. He had ambitions for humanity. At the very least, he believed that humanity ought to have ambitions for itself.

And now, Elon Musk walks the earth. The pleasure of his presence on this mantle is similar to Twains. You might live in Tacoma and make a living working in a consulting firm that helps affordable hotel chains rebrand themselves using urban graphic-design strategies and overlapping pricing platforms. But admit it, among your everyday pleasures is the possibility that you might pick up an item in the news feed on your smartphone concerning Elon Musks next great idea. Electric cars. The colonization of Mars. Tunnels beneath Los Angeles. Brains linked to computers.

I mainly pick up on news about Musk because hes obnoxiously weird. Accusing divers of being pedophiles. Abusing his employees (look up Mary Beth Brown). An ugly divorce. Unable to profit despite receiving millions of dollars from his fellow capitalists. Smoking a joint on a YouTube video.

Electric cars are a great idea it wasnt his. He wants to colonize Mars to save humanity it wont. His tunnels are bizarre and impractical. He doesnt know how to link brains and computers.

Hes no Mark Twain.

Another guy has a different comparison.

Bruce Wayne. Elon Musk. Tony Stark. Three men worth billions of dollars who care more about solving important problems than living comfortably, but only one of them is real.

SpaceX and Tesla cars are great. I dont know that they make up for the fact that hes an obnoxious asshole with a cult of personality....


Security Robots Invade NYC, and An Education Droid Speaks At UK Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel Security robots have invaded NYC and are now patrolling the streets, while diplomatic robots are roaming around UK parliament floors. Robots are...


Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies In Suspicious Car Accident "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media.  Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the team quickly []

The post Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies In Suspicious Car Accident appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


Saudi Arabia Transfers $100,000,000 To The US As Khashoggi Crisis Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh to discuss the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia transferred $100m to the State Department for US efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. While the funding was approved earlier in the summer, critics []

The post Saudi Arabia Transfers $100,000,000 To The US As Khashoggi Crisis Deepens appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


It's Not Just Trump -- Saudi Arabia Has Been Bribing the US with Arms Sales for Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Saudi Arabia is in the midst of an internal review of the death of Khashoggi. Whispers from inside the kingdom suggest that the final report will say that this was a "rogue" operation, a word introduced into this incident by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump, who has bet a great deal on Saudi Arabia, has been caught flatfooted.


WATCH: Cop Fired for Saying He Gets Paid a Ton of Money to Shoot People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


A cop has been fired after he claimed he was "trigger happy" and admitted that if he shoots someone he "makes a ton in overtime."

The post WATCH: Cop Fired for Saying He Gets Paid a Ton of Money to Shoot People appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Germany Training Migrants to Drive Public Buses "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Germany Training Migrants to Drive Public Buses

Germany Training Migrants to Drive Public Buses

Migrants are being trained to drive public buses in Germany in a new initiative launched through the Berlin Transport Company.

A project by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Berlins public transport operator, will soon see 16 refugees employed as bus drivers in the German capital,...


Glorious Shoes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Opus has sent us another colourful treat. This time its shoes and they are wonderful. Its no secret that I love shoes , but I could never hope to have shoes quite this wonderful. Theyre bright, bold and such interesting designs. Opus says,

More pictures, this time from Reykjavik.  Shooting through glass is tough, but I think they worked out well.  More of the sights that one sees when traveling with fabric artists.  I might never have noticed if not for them.

Well, Opus, I think traveling with fabric artists is definitely a good thing, but your camera skills are what makes it all come alive in photos. Thanks so much for sharing.

Opus, all rights reserved

Opus, all rights reserved

Opus, all rights reserved

Opus, all rights reserved

Opus, all rights reserved


69 Of The Richest 100 Entities On The Planet Are Corporations, Not Governments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Top corporations continue to accrue revenues far in excess of most governments, figures compiled by Global Justice Now show. Comparing 2017 revenues, 69 of the top 100 economic entities are corporations rather than governments. The top 10 corporations a list which includes Walmart, Toyota and Shell as well as several Chinese corporations raked in over $3 trillion last year. When it comes to the top 200 entities, the gap between corporations and governments gets even more pronounced: 157 are corporations. Walmart, Apple and Shell all accrued more wealth than even fairly rich countries like Russia, Belgium, Sweden.


Proud to Be a Real American "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The current brouhaha over Elizabeth Warren's recent DNA test seems to represent yet another case of illiteracy so prevalent in Washington D.C...


Facebook is Not Your Friend "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Facebook has become The Great Censor, ready to pull the pages of dissenters that seek to "stir up political debate" in ways that threaten the legitimacy of corporate rule. "Facebook is indispensable to maintaining the global corporate monopoly on truth -- as is Google."


Occupy The SEC Submits Letter To Financial Regulators On The Proposed Weakening Of Volcker Rule Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Volcker Rule was passed as part of the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 in order to help avert another financial crisis similar to the Great Recession of 2008. That crisis was caused in large part by excessive bank speculation in trading markets, and the Volcker Rule seeks to reduce the risk associated with these activities by prohibiting proprietary trading by government-backstopped banks. In October 2011, the Agencies proposed regulations implementing the Volcker Rule. In February 2012, OSEC issued a 325 page comment letter to the banking regulators urging vigorous and robust implementation of the Volcker Rule. OSEC also issued letters to members of Congress in the summer of 2012 during the governments investigation into JP Morgans London Whale $6 billion trading loss...


Can Oligarchy Prevail? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Whether oligarchy is competent to exterminate millions is an even more important question than whether such a goal is moral


A Judge Is Considering Letting Monsanto Off The Hook In Historic Roundup Case "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A judge in San Francisco last week announced that she is considering overturning the historic verdict that would lead to Monsanto being held accountable for manufacturing dangerous cancer-causing weedkillers. Although San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos hasnt formally ruled on a decision, she did conduct a two-hour hearing to consider the BigAg companys demand to toss out the entire jury verdict, which called for Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages. The hearing was scheduled after Bolanos wrote a tentative ruling stating her intention to strike down the punitive damages and schedule a new trial. In August a jury found that Monsanto knew, or should have known, its best-selling weedkiller, Roundup...


The Dangers Coming From Our Household Items That The Government Has Ignored "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mayuk Saha

Perfluoroalkyl substances once felt like magic. Liquids and stains didnt stick to them and so companies were able to use these chemicals to make Teflon and cleaning materials. Slowly their use spread to many household items like furniture, utensils and rugs. Their use even extends to the foam found in fire extinguishers.

However, it was soon discovered that when concentrated, these substances had the potential to be toxic if they were consumed. Studies proved that they entered the circulatory system of labourers in factories and the people residing in the surround areas. The chemicals were also found to be connected to certain kinds of cancer and congenital disabilities as NCBI reports.

Recently, drinking water was tested and analyzed and the results proved that agencies like the EPA and the Defence Department have hidden information about the true dangers that PFAs can cause. A lot of people are probably already suffering from exposure to toxic concentrations than have come to light. The government has downplayed the problem and intentionally so by manipulating test results to reveal only a handful of chemicals and to hide higher concentrations of chemicals that are poisonous. Tests that could detect other harmful substances were not conducted at all (source).

A presentation by one of EPAs contractors shows that there the amount of PFAs in drinking water is twenty times more than what was published by the EPA. Using these figures, the Environmental Working Group has calculated that more than a hundred million Americans are risking exposure to these chemicals.
Earlier testing, though not as advanced, did point out that drinking water in over thirty states was contaminated. The Department of Defence believed that drinking water used in many military areas had su...


Freedom Rider: Jamal Khashoggi And U.S. Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi puts the corrupt relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in high relief. The two countries have been partners in crime over many years. Together they used jihadist proxies to make wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that furthered U.S. interests. The brutal Saudi attack on neighboring Yemen could not happen without U.S. diplomatic and logistical support. The Donald Trump presidency has brought the two even closer. The relationship is now a true love affair complete with personal dealings between Saudi royals and the Trumps. Khashoggi was a member of a prominent Saudi family with strong ties to the royal house. His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals.


The Fascists Are Coming for Your Social Security and Medicare "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ever since the election of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been working overtime to kneecap institutions that support the American middle class. And, as any working-class family can tell you, the GOP has had some substantial successes, particularly in shifting both income and political power away from voters and toward billionaires and transnational corporations.


In 1971 the Western Growers Association wanted Chavez in Federal Prison. They failed. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Brock d'Avignon was 17 when he met with the Western Growers Association and then placed a call to Cesar Chavez. His next project was designing the first van transport for those confined at home by age and disability.


New York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality Comments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New York Attorney Generals office has subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether they were behind the flood of fake public comments submitted before the Federal Communication Commissions decision to revoke net neutrality rules last year. Barbara Underwood, who became the states attorney general earlier this year after predecessor Eric Schneiderman resigned in disgrace, wants to see whether industry groups were behind a huge effort to pollute the 22 million letters filed to the FCCs electronic comment filing system with fraudulent submissions.


All Laws That Make It A Crime To Be Homeless Should Be Repealed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When San Diego resident Gerald Starks rent increased and he couldnt afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into his RV. But because he lacked an address, San Diego law made it almost impossible for him to park his RV legally. Soon the city confiscated it, leaving him out on the streets. There, he was ticketed for violating another law prohibiting sleeping in public. Faced with thousands of dollars in fines and fees he was unable to pay, Stark lived every day in fear of being arrested for simply trying to survive. Hes not alone. There isnt a single county in the United States where you can rent a two-bedroom, market-rate apartment working a full-time, minimum-wage job.


Khashoggi murder suspect dies in suspicious car accident "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media.

Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the team quickly left the country, according to daily Yeni afak.

Albostani entered Turkey at 1:45 a.m. local time (2245GMT). He stayed at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and left the country at 9:46 p.m. local time (1846GMT) on a private jet which belonged to the Sky Prime Aviation company. Yeni afak

Bostanis alleged role in the murder of the Saudi journalist are unclear, as are details of the traffic accident in Riyadh prompting accusations of a cover up by those who orchestrated the Khashoggi hit. Meanwhile, a columnist for Turkeys Daily Hrriyet wrote on Thursday that Mohammad al Otaibi, Saudi Arabias Istanbul consul-general, would be the next execution.

Turkish daily Yeni afak reported Oct. 17 that Al-Otaibis voice could be heard in one of the recordings, which Turkish authorities are believed to have, of Khashoggis interrogation at the consulate.

According to the report, after Al-Otaibi told the interrogators to do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble, he was told to shut up if you want to live when you are back in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Otaibi returned to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 16 before his residence in Istanbul was searched by police for more than eight hours on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. Daily Hrriyet


Phillip Cross: The Mystery Wikipedia Editor Targeting Anti-War Sites "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Apart from Cross, in the 17 years we have been working on Media Lens, only one other person has subjected us to a relentlessly negative campaign that is in any way comparable. Almost ten years ago, we documented how Oliver Kamm had been pursuing us relentlessly across the internet writing blogs about us, posting grisly comments about our genocide denial under online interviews with us, and often warning journalists who mentioned our work or who, god forbid, praised our work or who interacted with us in any way, that we were blood-drenched genocide deniers and/or seedy misogynists.


Technology Can Be Helpful When Timely In-Person Medical Analysis Isnt Available, Affordable, or Possible "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Warren In a perfect world, everyone would be able to quickly and successfully treat their own health issues.  The great thing about technology...


Brick wall? What brick wall? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An Air India pilot displays an incredible level of insouciance.

Boeing 737 flies into brick wall and just keeps going

An Air India pilot flew a Boeing 737 through a brick wall Friday. Incredibly, that marked the beginning of its journey and not the end.

The jet not only clobbered the top of a five-foot perimeter wall but also destroyed a small landing guide tower as it climbed out of Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu, India, shortly after midnight, the Times of India reported.

With 130 passengers on board, it was bound from the southern tip of India to Dubai across the ocean. And despite the audible and obvious collision, the pilot apparently saw no reason not to continue on.

We informed the pilot about the hit, the airport director told the IANS news service. The pilot said nothing was wrong with the plane as the systems were functioning normally. But we found some parts of the plane, like an antenna, on the ground.

Air India Express flight 611 continued to climb above the cloud line. It crossed the subcontinent and headed out over the Indian Ocean, the pilot apparently unaware that the plane had a gash along its belly and mesh fencing wrapped around the landing gear.

It flew for about two hours before someone in ground control second-guessed the pilots confidence.

Too bad Leslie Nielsen is dead. He would be just the actor to play the pilot in a film about this. Creating destruction and reacting to it in a nonchalant deadpan manner was kind of his thing.


Home DNA Kits Pave Way for the Ultimate in Racial Profiling "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump Inflates Saudi Arms Deal But Stays Silent On Saudi Cash in His Own Pocket (Russ)

The author writes, As President Donald Trump defends maintaining close ties to Saudi Arabia, he has repeatedly exaggerated by 700 percent the value of US weapon sales to Riyadh, yet he has not mentioned the amount of money Saudis have put into his own pocket.

Prominent Evangelical Leader on Khashoggi Crisis: Lets Not Risk $100 Billion Worth of Arms Sales (Jimmy)

The author writes, A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate, saying that America has more important things like arms deals to focus on.

As FBI Whistleblower Terry Albury Faces Sentencing, His Lawyers Say He Was Motivated by Racism and Abuses at the Bureau (Reader Luke)

The author writes, Albury, his attorneys say, was driven to his actions by the racism he witnessed throughout his career at the FBI, both within the agency and in the ways in which the bureau interacted with the communities it policed particularly the Somali-American community Albury was tasked with surveilling in Minneapolis.

Nevadas Famous Pimp Expected to Win Election Despite Death (Reader Steve)

The author writes, Nevadas most famous pimp tried to bring the states legal brothel industry into the mainstream by mingling with celebrities, showcasing his business on HBO, and staging outlandish publicity stunts. Dennis Hofs fame made him an attention-grabbing figure in an otherwise quiet industry. And, despite being found dead on Tuesday, hes poised to win an election to the state Legislature in less than three weeks.



Disney Princess Movies Are Destroying Your Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

'Frozen' star Kristen Bell recently told an interviewer she's not '100 percent comfortable' with the Disney princess tales.


Why We Need 5Gs Self-Driving Cars and Virtual Reality Like a Hole in the Head "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Patricia Burke The 1960s television series Lost in Space featured a Class M-3, Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Robot (G.U.N.T.E.R.), which had no...


The New Womens Health: Shut Up & Breed + A Rally To Jump Start Anti-War Work "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state. Next up, women's health and rights are under attack. A backwards, theocratic reworking of Title X threatens women's already dwindling rights over our bodies and our life choices. Finally, the Women's March on the Pentagon challenging militarization at home and abroad.


Khashoggi Sawn Apart While Alive, Saudi Killer Murdered in Coverup, and Kushner Gave the OK "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  Our sources in the Saudi security services tell us that Jared Kushner personally authorized this, saying the US does this kind of thing all the time and noting that my father-in-law is a bumbling idiot and will forget the whole thing so long as the prince keeps putting cash into the family coffers. []


Glyphosate Found In Human Hair As Unique Testing Project Releases First Results "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Kudzu Science mass spectrometry gold standard method used for testing glyphosate, AMPA and glufosinate is fully validated, which gives these results even more significance. The Detox Project Director, Henry Rowlands, stated Wednesday; Even at this early stage of testing we believe it is vital to warn the public and regulators that glyphosate is being found in human hair. The levels found are surprising to everyone involved, as we have been working on urine testing with university and commercial laboratories over the past four years and we have never seen such results. One of the main questions now for the public, scientists, regulators and the pesticide industry, is how are such levels of the worlds most used herbicide first entering the blood stream and then ending up in our hair?


Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies(ZHE)  A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media. Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabias Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggis visit, before the []


Exclusive: SDF Fighters Fell Victim to U.S. Air Force Incompetence "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

  By Bassim Alkhalili for Veterans Today  Currently, the Kurdish militias backed by the U.S.-led international coalition continue its unsuccessful offensive on ISIS positions and fortifications in the area of Hajin. Washington has been imitating the fight against ISIS for more than six months to justify its illegal presence in Syria. Taking advantage of the []


Venezuela Ditches Dollar After US Sanctions Hit Private Sector "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Venezuela is replacing the dollar with the euro or yuan in its international business endeavors, Bolivarian Minister of Industries and National Production, Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday. The newest round of sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuela is making international financial interactions impossible, Aissami said during a press conference with Calixto Ortega, the president of the Central Bank of Venezuela. International financial transactions using foreign currency were reportedly blocked, agroindustrial and pharmaceutical sectors said, showing that the U.S. financial sanctions have now extended to affect both the private and public sectors. From his personal Twitter account, Aissami said, We have to generate new conditions to overcome these aggressions on the part of the governments of the USA...


Cleaning Up Loose Ends? Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

__________ The Free Thought Project Cleaning Up Loose Ends? Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a suspicious car accident in Riyadh, according to Turkish media. Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly []


The Housing Revolution We Need "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are we on the brink of a revolution in housing policy? In the three-quarters of a century since Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised Americans the right to a decent home, the housing market has remained both a cause of Americas racial and economic inequality and a woefully inadequate solution to it. Today, a decade after the financial crash of 2008, even in a period of rapid economic growth, the home-finance and rental markets are failing millions of Americans. But, as in the Depression, a new generation of politicians are putting housing inequality at the center of the national agenda. Congressional candidates ranging from Minnesotas Ilhan Omar to Hawaiis Kaniela Ing have called for Housing for All, including rent-stabilization programs and a new infusion of federal subsidies for the construction of affordable housing.


Industrial-strength scare-propaganda: mind control "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

by Jon Rappoport

October 18, 2018

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From time to time, I reprint my interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield. Each time I try to write a new introduction.

In this case, Ill highlight the arbitrary nature of scare-propaganda. And by arbitrary, I mean has a covert agenda.

For instance, suppose you learned that a single source in the US, every year, like clockwork, kills 225,000 people. That would be 2.25 million killings per decade.

Wouldnt you think wed hear about it? Wouldnt public health agencies make a big deal about it? Wouldnt they call it an epidemic?

After all, we supposedly have a handful of Ebola cases in the US, and the media are hyping this fact to the skies.

Suppose they had far, far bigger numbers to work with? Suppose they had 225,000 deaths, not just once, but every year, as the raw material for their stories?

Suppose they could say, We now have 225,000 deaths in the US as a result of Ebola, and the authorities are quite sure that next year, and the year after that, and every year were going to have 225,000 more.

Can you imagine the reaction at every level of society? The insane panic? The madness in the streets? The attacks against institutions tasked with preventing such a cataclysm? The collapse of the stock market and the healthcare system? The predictions of the end of the world? The churches on roaring business highs?

On July 26, 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association published Dr. Barbara Starfields review, Is US health really the best in the world?

The Starfield paper can be downloaded freely (as a .pdf) from here (via The paper is fully cited as Starfield B. Is US health really the best in the world?. JAMA. 2000; 284(4):483-4.

In it, Starfield, who was a respected public health expert working at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, stated that:



Cleaning Up Loose Ends? Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


A member of the 15-man team suspected in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died in a mysterious accident, according to Turkish media.

The post Cleaning Up Loose Ends? Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in Suspicious Car Accident appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Subprime Loans Are Back, Proving We Have Learned Nothing from 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brittany Hunter For as often as the phrase history repeats itself is used, its shocking how rare it is for mankind to actually learn...


Mortgage Applications Tank As Interest Rates Soar "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mac Slavo Weekly mortgage applications fell a whopping 7.1% as the cost of borrowing money surged.  Interest rates are climbing higher making debts more...


Why Is The CBC Lying About Venezuela? Anna Maria Tremonti Manufactures Dissent "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

While in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly during the last week of September the Prime Minister of Canada spoke about Venezuela. As he defended the government of Canadas outrageous decision to lead the right-wing attempt to bring the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro to the International Criminal Court Trudeau said, "The message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic. There is a humanitarian crisis going on in a country that used to be one of the most successful and prosperous countries in South America." Interestingly, with this one rhetorical and inflated lie, meant to justify Canadas intervention in the internal affairs of the sovereign and independent country of Venezuela, Trudeau has nicely summed up a recent report on Venezuela on the CBC Radios The Current.


Minneapolis Gathers to Honor Missing & Murdered Indigenous People "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot covered a gathering and march to an interactive mural commemorating missing and murdered indigenous people on Saturday, October 14, 2018. We joined around a hundred people in East Phillips Park where we were welcomed by Sage Trudell, who helped organized

The post Minneapolis Gathers to Honor Missing & Murdered Indigenous People appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.


Distant full-auto gunfire recorded on 1 October Las Vegas shooting video "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Several distant bursts of fully-automatic gunfire captured on a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers body-worn camera the night of the 1 October shooting sound as if they were emitting from another location other than Mandalay Bay.

Astonishingly, as officers took positions at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Mandalay Bay Rd two short bursts can be heard being discharged at a distance between 0:52 and 0:54 seconds in the video. Listen closely.

Either a gunman inside Mandalay Bay fired away from the venue, possibly down the interior hallway of the building at 10:10 p.m. local time, or the shots were being fired from another distant location entirely.

You decide.

Please comment below and share this crucial information.

Were multiple shooters involved in the 1 October Las Vegas shooting?

The post Distant full-auto gunfire recorded on 1 October Las Vegas shooting video appeared first on Intellihub.


Youtube Video: Viking Era Swords How Polished Were They? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Matt Easton speculates a bit about the final polish that early medieval swords might have.


'You are beautiful. You are strong': Elders and youth wrap up conference "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elders and youth focused on ways to ease divisions among men, women and two-spirit people as the First Alaskans Institute wrapped up its annual conference.


Israel's "Psychological Obstacles to Peace" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israeli leaders have produced an artificial political and psychological environment that identifies national security with the avoidance of peace. All Israeli governments have played this propaganda game because all of them have been and still are more interested in land than peace.


Daydream Nation 30 Years Later My Latest for Splice Today "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I first listened to Sonic Youths Daydream Nation twenty years ago when I was 15, and my first reaction was, What the fuck is? I knew that Sonic Youth was supposed to be these incredible alternative rock pioneers that toured with Nirvana shortly before Nevermind came out, and Kim Gordon had a brief cameo in an episode of The Simpsons, but didnt know anything else about them.

The hip alternative DC radio station at the time, WHFS, wasnt hip enough to play Sonic Youth, and Spotify didnt exist, so I had to go to Sam Goody and buy Daydream Nation to see what the big deal was. I hated it. It was noisy, it was repetitive, and the lyrics didnt make a bit of sense.

As time passed, the album grew on me. I now get why Daydream Nationwhich is 30 years old todaymatters so much. Its a work of modern art that should featured at the Hirshorn Museum, and a bridge between the underground 1980s alternative music scene and the early90s alternative rock explosion.

Read the rest here.


Bi Any Means Podcast #170: Atheism and Social Justice with PZ Myers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My guest for today is PZ Myers. Hes a biologist and blogger who writes about atheism, science, and social justice on Freethought Blogs. Today I have him on the show to get to know him more, plus have a conversation about the current state of movement atheism.

Listen to Bi Any Means Podcast #170: Atheism and Social Justice with PZ Myers on Spreaker.


The Guardians Alarming Recent Record Of Propaganda, Misinformation, And Slander "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

George Monbiot. 

Rainer Shea

As has often happened to progressive-minded people whove reached a more radical point in their political evolutions, Ive become disillusioned with many organizations, leaders and media sources that I used to rely on. One of these dubious sources is The Guardian.

At first, it seemed to me like The Guardian is a good alternative to the American mainstream media outlets. Its often featured quality articles about subjects like climate change, and its columnist George Monbiot is the one who first taught me what the term neoliberal means. But this good material is what gives a feel of reliability to the misleading claims that The Guardian very often puts out.

And Monbiot himself has been one of The Guardians main sources of these claims. In a 2014 essay, the journalist Jonathan Cook called Monbiot the lefts McCarthy, and wrote that Monbiot is not a guardian of our moral consciences, as he likes to think, but a guardian of the outer limits of a corporate-sanctioned consensus. Cook provided good reasons for these characterizations; when the scholars Ed Herman and David Peterson argued that recent conflicts in Rwanda and the Balkans have been falsely characterized as genocides to benefit Western na...



30 Years Later, The Traveling Wilburys Debut Record Holds Up As Extraordinary "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Wilburys were the ultimate rock supergroup: Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. What a stunning collection of talent.


Facebook Shareholders Push to Remove CEO Zuckerberg "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Joe Jankowski As Facebook grapples with a multitude of privacy scandals, the mass exodus of young people away from their mobile application, and new accusations...


What would Jesus say, Pat? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Pat Robertson has some opinions on the idea of butchering a journalist while hes alive with a bone saw. Theyre not what I would have thought a Christian would openly admit.

He argues that we should basically overlook a little thing like a torture-murder because Saudi Arabia are key allies, our main enemy in the Middle East is Iran, and theres also that little $190 billion arms deal which means a lot of jobs and a lot of money coming into our coffers. You know, 2000 years ago the most powerful empire of the time also endorsed a torture-murder of someone in the interests of maintaining the balance of power in the Middle East and pacifying a troublesome population; I guess that would have been OK if Jesus had also been interfering with a profitable trade in spears and swords.

I like ol Pat. He keeps opening his mouth and contributing to the corruption of religious faith. Hes probably done far more for atheism than Richard Dawkins. Televangelists in general have been awesome forces for discrediting organized religion for years.


WATCH: Cop Shoots Innocent Autistic Teen From his Vehicle in a Drive-By Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Deeply disturbing video has just been released showing a Chicago cop conduct a drive-by shooting on an innocent autistic teen who was lost.

The post WATCH: Cop Shoots Innocent Autistic Teen From his Vehicle in a Drive-By Shooting appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Syrian War Report October 18, 2018: Israel Is Preparing To Challenge S-300 In Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront Two F-15 warplanes of the US-led coalition accidentally struck a unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was involved in the SDF advance on ISIS in the Euphrates Valley, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported on October 17. The strike reportedly killed 6 SDF members and inured 15 others. ISIS terrorists also []


Cry Baby CNNers Whine About Being Bullied By Cruel Trump Supporters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cry Baby CNNers Whine About Being Bullied By Cruel Trump Supporters

I think that anybody who has ever been the new kid at a school knows how this works.

The post Cry Baby CNNers Whine About Being Bullied By Cruel Trump Supporters appeared first on...


Tragedy Awaited Me After My International Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The description of a slaying committed on my property during my absence, and how I am attempting to cope and move forward from tragedy


What Trump Should Be Doing Before the Midterms-The CSS-Robert David Steele "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


Earth-shattering interview with for CIA officer, Robert David Steele. The topic centered around what President Trump should be doing before the midterm elections to prevent a liberal, anti-American coup against the American people and government.

The post What Trump Should Be Doing Before the Midterms-The CSS-Robert David Steele appeared first on Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show.


Trump vs. The Fed: When Markets Crash, Who Is To Blame? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The following article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at

After a certain length of time examining history in-depth, anyone who is honest and relatively objective comes to understand that most of what we are told about our past in the mainstream is completely fabricated. We learn that much of history is not about posterity or heritage and more about a continuous set of false narratives peppered with half-truths. That is to say, what we thought we knew is actually lies.

Unfortunately, these lies can be complex, to the point that even many alternative researchers get caught up in their own biases to the point that they lose track of reality. Of course, this is what propaganda and 4th generation warfare is meant to accomplish; it creates a series of filters that thin out the crowd of truth seekers a little at a time. Those few who make it through to the other side might discover the bigger picture, but when they turn around to explain what they have seen theres hardly anyone left to listen.

Intricate propaganda narratives are actually rooted in simple archetypal memes that resonate with the average persons sense of story. Think of mainstream historical events as more of a screenplay with a well-practiced set of beats, and the people who draft this screenplay intend we the public to act as an audience with limited participation. Our jobs are merely to continue providing fuel for the machine with our labor until the machine no longer needs us, and to continue perpetuating the fantasies that the machine conjures up as news feed fodder.

There are many actors that read lines from the historic screenplay and act out elaborate scenes meant to emotionally manipulate the masses. These actors play the roles of politicians and leaders of state. They are banking moguls and corporate heads. They are media gatekeepers and manufactured celebrities. If a person sits in what appears to be a position of power, they are seldom what they seem on the surface.

Im explaining this conundrum because a lot of people out there claim such things are obvious, yet they continue to fall for the same Kabuki theater over and over again. I am also explaining it because the subject matter of this article is a perfect example of the 4th generation warfare n...


In Indiana, U.S. Senate Candidates Compete To Out-Trump Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and GOP challenger Mike Braun are both trying to use Trumps abiding popularity in the Hoosier State to their advantage.


Court: Obama Admin Dodged State Laws To Get Illegal Minors Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration will not whisk the girls off to obtain out-of-state clandestine abortions, thwarting both parental involvement and state laws.


Lavrov: Expect larger-scale provocations by the West "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

At what point do the people of US, UK and EU, start to reign-in their governments aggressive war machines?

Remember back in 2016 when German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that, anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken. He was referring to NATOs overt policy of provoking Russia something which US neocons and war hawks have been actively fomenting now since 2013.

Der Spiegel reported how Breedlove shocked German leaders by claiming that pro-Russian separatists had upped the ante in eastern Ukraine with well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of the most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery sent to Donbass in Eastern Ukraine. As it turned out, Breedlove was lying no such Russian deployment  took place, but the job was done. The fear was injected into the EU political system, and amplified by a corrupt mainstream media.

At what point does this situation become critical?

RT International reports

Western provocation, the prospect of WWIII, and Chinas closer stance with Russia are just some of the topics that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken about with RT France.

We will be ready for larger-scale provocations too. But our answer is very simple if they talk to us through the media, we will respond through the media too, but specifically and in a correct manner, Lavrov said, answering questions from RT France, Paris Match and Le Figaro.

Going further, he said a third world war is an unimaginable scenario, noting that everybody would be sane enough not to let it happen. However, an aggravating factor is the absence of any dialogue between the Russian military and NATO.

Tensions are still high between the two, Lavrov said, citing the recent mid-air incident in which a Spanish fighter jet accidentally released an air-to-air missile during a training mission in Estonian skies. Thank God, there were no casualties, but what if it would have landed...


No, The World Wouldnt Be Better Off With Fewer African Children "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A Gates Foundation report warning that Africans are having too many kids prefaced more pointed anti-fertility remarks this week from France's president, Emmanuel Macron.


Why The Media Will Never Tell You 85 Percent Of Americans Oppose Race-Based College Admissions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mainstream media conveniently downplay or even ignore this fact in story after story on the ins and outs of race-based admission processes in colleges.


Hungary Cuts Taxpayer Funding To Inane Gender Studies Departments "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is an intra-academic war to control the academy, and the reason is simple: control of institutions like media and academia is essential for a social revolution.


Why Piers Morgan Is Completely Off-Base To Criticize Daniel Craig For Wearing His Newborn "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Piers Morgan accused Craig of being 'emasculated' because he was photographed carrying his baby girl around New York City. That's absurd.


Former Atlanta Fire Chief Awarded $1.2 Million For Being Fired After Expressing Christian Views Of Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The City of Atlanta will pay its former fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million for firing him after he wrote a Bible study that expressed the Christian view of marriage as between a man and woman.


Why Youth Synods Drive Young People Away From The Catholic Church "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Instead of composing a useless document filled with reheated progressive clichs about the need to reach the youth and stay relevant, bishops should consider why traditional parishes seem to do so well.


Despite Me Too Witch Hunts, The Pence Rule Still Doesnt Make Sense "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cant men be trusted to have some basic amount of self-control? And will implementing the Pence Rule even stave off allegations?


5 Top Fashion Trends To Try Out This Fall "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Fall is when silhouettes get more structured, beautiful colors like burgundy, eggplant, and forest green reemerge, and that huge stash of turtlenecks I have in my closet goes on rotation.


Healthy Conversation? Twitter Takes No Action as Louis Farrakhan Calls Jews Termites "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Healthy Conversation? Twitter Takes No Action as Louis Farrakhan Calls Jews Termites

To the members of the Jewish community that dont like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet Im not...


The Past of Trumpism is the Past of America: With Tom Nomad "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post The Past of Trumpism is the Past of America: With Tom Nomad appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the Its Going Down podcast, we talked with long time anarchis writter and strategist Tom Nomad, who is the author of The Masters Tool and Towards and Army of Ghosts. For almost a decade, Tom has written about insurgency, the police, and anarchist strategy, and in this episode we touch on those subjects as well as discuss how they have changed in the Trump area, and what new challenges autonomous and anarchist movements face.

Starting off, Tom argues that one of the successes of Bannon and Trump, is that they have locked many on the Left into a constant cycle of shock and awe, often that keeps us in a constant social media feed back loop, at times venturing out to march in circles or take photos of our witty sign, but never developing a strategy, and often burning out very quickly. We then spend some time talking about what it would mean to develop a non-activist approach to confronting the major tensions we find today, and building a material force.

Another key theme we discuss is over coming the generational divide between the newly radicalized post-Trump, and those that came, sometimes, long before him. Tom discusses the baggage brought by both generations, and discusses possibly solutions in both regards.

We end by looking at the approaching political terrain, both in terms of the midterms, but also the future of Trumpism and the coming onslaught of global warming. Far from a fluke, Nomad argues that Trumpism in many ways is America, and to confront Trumpism were going to have to confront a past based on genocide and slavery in order to move behind it.

More Info: Tom Nomads books, on The Final Straw, and an interview on Its Going Down.


US Intelligence Increasingly Convinced Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggis Killing "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US Intelligence Increasingly Convinced Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggis Killing

Which country has the most to gain from a collapse in US-Saudi relations?



ESPNs Anti-American Views Exposed by Diamond and Silk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Diamond and Silk exposed the duplicity of ESPN. At the beginning of their movie, Dummycrats, they made it a point to play the national anthem while they pointed out that ESPN would not show the playing of the National Anthem. Here is the entire story.


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Antifa Protester to 9/11 Widow: Your Husband Should F***ing Rot In The Grave "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Antifa Protester to 9/11 Widow: Your Husband Should F***ing Rot In The Grave

Viral video reportedly out of Portland, Oregon shows an antifa protester viciously berating a conservative woman after she told him her husband died on September 11th.



Good Night White Pride: Outing Neo-Nazis in Hamilton "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Good Night White Pride: Outing Neo-Nazis in Hamilton appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following communique from so-called Hamilton was sent to Its Going Down by person(s) unknown.

Communique reads:

Here in Hamilton, anti-fascists have been debating the merit of going after Paul Fromm a well-known white supremacist with ties to the KKK and Stormfront as a mayoral candidate.

On one hand, you have a proudly racist shithead running for mayor.

On the other hand, Fromm has been invisible as a candidate thus far. Attacking him directly would give him a media platform to spew his vile minimally-covert racist bullshit, potentially win over more ignorant supporters, and continue flagging other neo-Nazis of his presence. Its also pretty hard to call out an obvious racist without insinuating that white supremacy doesnt exist within the other mayoral and ward candidates: we didnt want our disavowal of Fromm to look like throwing support behind or belief in any other candidate, the election, or even Canadian democracy at large.

So we did the next best thing; we went after those just as ignorant and racist as Fromm himself those who nominated him.


Elections documents are quasi transparent and public. You can view (free) and obtain copies (not free) of them at your local city hall. As it turns out, one of the documents made available is the original nomination form for mayor the ones where each person running n...


Getting Past "We Can't": Amanda Popken and John Simmerman on Tactical Urbanism "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Earlier this month, Strong Towns hosted its first ever regional gathering, an event designed to start local conversations and help strong citizens connect and inspire each other to action. The North Texas Gathering combined speakers, panelists, and workshops to drive civic engagement on a variety of topics that have both regional and national relevance. Couldnt make it? Theres no need to feel FOMO. As a follow up, we want to share some of that discussion with you.

Amanda Popken and John Simmerman presented on making places better for walking and biking through tactical urbanism. Amanda Popken is owner of Amanda Popken Development and John Simmerman is Co-Founder of Active Towns. We sat down to talk about their role in the Texas Gathering. Amanda joined later on in the conversation. (This interview has been edited and condensed.)

Aubrey Byron of Strong Towns (AB): Thanks for joining me! Can you tell me how you started with Active Towns, and what you were speaking about at StrongTownsNTX?

John Simmerman (JS): Sure. My background is as Co-Founder of the Active Towns Initiative which is a 501(c)3. What we really do is try to get out there to profile and promote the people, programs, and places that are doing a good job of creating an environment that is conducive to a healthy culture of activity. We look at celebrating those places that are doing a good job of becoming more walkable, bikeable, and livable. The ongoing joke I have with Chuck is that a Strong Town is inherently an Active Town because youre able to get around by other means than a single occupancy motor vehicle.

 Pop Up Parklet in Plano (Courtesty of John Simmerman)

Pop Up Parklet in Plano (Courtesty of John Simmerman)

What Amanda and I talked about at the regional gathering is some of the lighter, quicker, cheaper things cities and communities can do to promote more livable places. We had a pop-up park demonstration. It is sort of a la the celebration of Parking Day, where you take an on-street parking space and convert it to a small park. In our case we also had a bike parking facili...


Provocation: US, Israel Send Secret Cohort to Ukraine to Train on S-300 Systems "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia would be delivering its s30o anti-missile and antiaircraft defense system to Syria it effectively altered the military and geostrategic landscape of the Middle East, and specifically in the Syrian theatre.

According to a recent Syria News report, Mr. Shoigu stated that primary defensive advantages are as follows:

  • Equipping Syrian air defense command and control centers with Russian automated control systems, these equipment are only available to the Russian armed forces so far.
  • The Russian forces positioned in Western Syria will now electronically jam all satellite navigations, airborne radars, and communication systems of combat aircrafts attacking targets in Syria.

Shoigu also added:

This should cool down some hot-heads keeping them from reckless behavior that poses threat to our servicemen, otherwise we will have to respond based on the current situation. Mr. Shoigu concluded referring to the Israeli officials who vowed to continue illegally attacking Syria.

All of this leaves little room for doubt that Israel will now be maneuvering for an angle to marginalize this new capability which threatens its regional hegemony and general criminal policies with respect to international law. But partnering with the US-backed putsch regime in Kiev might be a bridge too far for Russia.

By choosing to engage with Kiev in this manner, Moscow is right to view this as a type of provocation by US and its surrogate Israel. Hence, it is much more likely that this latest antagonistic move by Tel Aviv will weaken, not enhance any future negotiations with Russia regarding Syrias security a fissure which Washington will most certainly try to exploit in this very dangerous three-way script.

Based on this and so many other behavioral indicators, the most likely gateway to WWIII is still via the rogue state of Israel. If their brutish and colonial nature cannot be tamed, and so long as the US-UK-FR continue using them as an extension of imperium, then they will remain as the most clear and present threat to both regional and world peace going forward reports

The US and Israeli militaries recently...


Clintons Turn? Luongo: Containment Around Hillarys Crimes Has Been Breached "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Informative summary of where some of the political land lies ahead of Novembers much-anticipated U.S. midterm elections.

If this authors analysis is correct, then there are a number of surprises in store for U.S. politics after the midterms

By Tom Luongo

In case you havent been paying attention, the Republicans are going to remain in control of both the House and the Senate in a couple of weeks.  Since their flawless victory over the Democrats in the fight to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Republican base is more energized now than at any point since November 2016.

They say pictures are worth a thousand words so, heres one.

And if you dont think the person that is most worried about this picture is Hillary Clinton, then you havent been paying attention.

But, to get to Hillary, Ill have to connect a few dots.

It is pretty obvious that Trump has begun winning over important parts of the GOP leadership, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who shared a stage with Trump in Kentucky recently.

While on the other hand, those most in opposition to Trump like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (D-Wisconsin) and Jeff Flake (D-McCainville) are retiring because they know they cant win.

Trump and McConnells win, as I said previously, gave spine to the spineless. Like Trump or hate him, for the most part, the guy is a change agent.

So, McConnell rammed another 15 judges down the Democrats throats to allow them time to do a little chair rearrangement on the deck of their partys Titanic before November 6th.

The early signs have come from the foreign policy front, namely Trumps cabinet.

The great Justin Raimondo at...


Modern Life "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We're all Indians Now

Some of you will recall that I had a family legend that circulated my entire life, suggesting that I had relatives who were part Creek. In fact, if you believed the legend, I was 1/8 Creek. I swallowed the lie because it was convincingly delivered. 

I found genetic comfort in the fact that I like both knives AND tomahawks.

With modern family search/ancestry/DNA resources available, I found that the story was a complete fabrication. Those ancestors who were said to be Indian were white as were their ancestors and there were documents (original images on-line) to prove it, going back to the 1600's. In those days, a declaration of race accompanied birth and christening documents because right-to-inherit, own land, vote, etc. was tied to that issue in whole or in part. 

My mother had framed photos of my Indian ancestors on her walls. Total bilge water. Her brother, my uncle, had his whole self image wrapped around his ancestry, and now, into his early 80's, it's been stripped away by modern technology.

BUT WAIT, there's hope. Senator Elizabeth Warren is claiming that .9% Native American DNA makes her an Indian. It could have been Aztec or some sort of South American rather than Cherokee, but she proclaimed herself a squaw. Maybe my mother and uncle are Indians when you apply that standard!

The next question is where I need to go to get a piece of the profit from the casinos and oil wells. And don't I qualify for some sort of allotment due to my minority status? The government owes me hundreds of pounds of free cheese that I never claimed.

Hungary Takes a Stand



In Illinois Governors Race, Rauner and Pritzker See a Clear Need to Promise Transparency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since he first entered politics as a candidate five years ago, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has pledged his commitment to open government.

As he put it during a debate last week with challenger J.B. Pritzker before the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board: Transparency is great.

As he fights for re-election, making the declaration is a great move on Rauners part and an easy one. Voters are demanding more and more information about what their governments are doing with their tax money, and every candidate at every level is wise to speak in favor of sharing it with them.

But what Rauner means when he vows to be transparent isnt so clear, given his administrations habit of fighting against the release of information. The governors office wont even disclose how often it blocks the release of records sought by the public.

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From January 2017 through this June, the governors office received more than 500 requests for records under the state Freedom of Information Act, according to a log released to me in response to a FOIA request. The log shows the office received requests from journalists, unions, businesses and independent citizens who wanted copies of the everything from Rauners schedule to emails from first lady Diana Rauner.

Yet the governors office wouldnt provide me records showing whether it granted or denied the requests, arguing it wasnt oblig...

Even in Philadelphia, One of the Most Determined Sanctuary Cities, Refuge Is Elusive "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A small, impish grin spread across Jeff Sessions face. It was a sun-drenched June afternoon in Scranton, a northeastern Pennsylvania town a few generations removed from its coal-mining heyday, and the U.S. attorney general was ensconced in a window-lined university hall, preaching to cops, prosecutors and police cadets about the importance of President Donald Trumps war on illegal immigration. Outside, protesters jeered.

Sanctuary cities, Sessions said, reject the law, reward criminals and put U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in peril. Then he smiled and began attacking Jim Kenney, Philadelphias Democratic mayor.

Philadelphia had emerged as one of the largest thorns in the Trump administrations side. It wore its sanctuary reputation like a badge of honor, and its leaders, including Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner, continued to find creative ways to outmaneuver ICEs enforcement efforts. Just a week earlier, Philadelphia won a federal lawsuit that Kenney filed against the Department of Justice. At risk had been a $1.6 million law enforcement grant, and the critical question of whether Philadelphia and, by implication, cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco could limit cooperation with ICE without being penalized by the federal government.

As mayor, Kenney has doubled down on limiting the city's cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "All of us have ancestors who were once immigrants," he has said. (Heather Khalifa/Philadelphia Inquirer)

The attorney general told his audience that hed seen a video of Kenney dancing giddily in the wake of the court victory. He is celebrating keeping criminals in Philadelphia that by law should be deported, Sessions said. But it was worse than that; cities like Philadelphia, he said, send a message to criminals: Stay here, and we will protect you. That directly attracts more criminals.

Kenney saw his ad...


Eating late at night linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart conditions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Eating late at night linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart conditions

(Natural News) First experimental evidence now shows that late-night snacking can cause more than just weight gain. Eating meals late at night can increase the risk of developin...


Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump, and Assassination "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Jamal Khashoggi debacle exposes the covert and diabolical activities of the United States and Saudi Arabia. What we are seeing here is that Trump is once again part of the Deep State, the very diabolical entity he presumably or superficially sought to destroy.


Irish Myth Gave Birth to the Scary Jack-O-Lantern "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Growing up in an Irish family one hears their fair share of myths, and the jack-o-lantern is one of the scarier stories. The centuries-old practice of carefully carving pumpkins into scary decorations is common in October. Immigrants brought the tradition with them when they came to America. Originally, large turnips and potatoes were used to create the []


In Case You Were Wondering "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Those hypotheticals about voting machines being insecure? Hand me that tinfoil

Apparently 35 million+ voters registration information is for sale on the dark web. [anomali] That includes party affiliation, home address, etc.

In one forum post a known illicit vendor on October 5, 2018 advertised for sale previously undisclosed tens of millions of 2018 voter registration records for at least 19 US states on a popular English-language speaking hacking forum. The voter records affect citizens of:

(notice the color of the predominantly leaked states?)

  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

I no longer believe that voters in the US can have any confidence that their votes are being counted accurately. Furthermore, I dont think thats an accident its a set-up for stuffing ballot-boxes and the follow-up is that they can decertify the results if the wrong person wins. This is a win/win situation for the states with vulnerable voting systems (which, coincidentally, are mostly Republican or which are closely contested) we cant even say something must be done because the Republican incumbents can say well, we better not hold that election, then.

Purportedly, these records contain voter data including full name, phone numbers, physical addresses, voting history, and other unspecified voting data. The sales price for each voter list ranges from $150 USD to $12,500 USD depending on the state. This pricing model could be related to the number of voter records per database listing and/or, to a lesser degree of confidence, to offset the original cost to the illicit vendor.

Several crowdfunded efforts are underway to buy the databases. So...


Saudi Arabia Transfers $100,000,000 to the US as Khashoggi Crisis Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Saudi Arabia $100 Million(MEE)  When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh to discuss the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia transferred $100m to the State Department for US efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group, the New York Times reported late Tuesday. While the funding was approved earlier in the summer, critics []


Leaked Documents Reveal Julian Assange Planned an Escape to Moscow in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Julian Assange(ZHE)  A month after the Associated Press published internal WikiLeaks files which suggested the transparency organizations founder Julian Assange had since 2010 contemplated moving to Russia  outside the reach of US and UK authorities  newly released Ecuadorean government documents have revealed a more elaborate plan to escape to Moscow by using Ecuadorean diplomatic cover. The documents show that the plan was being pursued as []


Why I chose to WalkAway from the Democratic Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Why I chose to WalkAway from the Democratic Party

(Natural News) I was raised as a young woman to believe that the Democratic Party was the party that cared for...


VT Sources: Trump, Pompeo Have Had Murder Audio for 4 Days and Lied and Lied and Lied "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors note:  VT has known about these recordings all along as has President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo.  While defending Saudi Arabia and, in Trumps case, lying about how much business the US does with the Saudis, which isnt all that much, Trump had long ago listened to Khashoggi being tortured and hacked to []


The Austerity Hawks Are Coming for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mitch McConnell just revealed the scheme: cut taxes for the billionaires class, create deficits, and then shred the social safety net.


In-Person, Early Voting Surges Amid Concerns Over Absentee Ballots in Tight Governors Race "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Georgias race for governor is the closest and most closely watched in the country. Many of the nations starkest partisan lines are drawn across the face of this election.

Some of the longest lines, too as citizens, some alarmed by WhoWhatWhys reports on rejection of absentee ballots, decided to go to the polls during the states first week of early, in-person voting.

We didnt anticipate a three-hour wait, said Janine Eveler, director of Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration.  

But thats exactly what hundreds of voters in Cobb County, Georgias third largest, have faced at various times this week. The main reason: theres only one polling site open, with more to follow starting Saturday.

When you have extremely high partisanship, people vote early, Eveler said. And this is early.

The numbers at the site in suburban Marietta are mirroring the rest of Georgia. More than twice as many ballots have been cast so far than at this point in 2014, showing a strong surge of voter participation while also straining Georgias already weak voting infrastructure.

Cobb County, former stronghold of Newt Gingrich, is home to a half-million registered voters, who for years had voted Republican, but went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Eveler said the county is putting up resources nearly matching a presidential election, including opening polls for two Saturdays starting this weekend.

Protecting Our Vote

Despite the long waits on Wednesday, the voting process went smoothly. The typical voter in Cobb County finished submitting his or her electronic ballot in five minutes. Cobb has not had problems with its machines or voter files.

The problem of lines is not new to the state. Georgia had the third-longest wait times in the country...


Why does the West care so much about the Saudi-Kashoggi case? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jim W. Dean - The report claims that Kashoggi synced his Apple watch microphone with the iPhone outside with his fiancee, which recorded him being tortured and killed. If this is true, this is going to turn into one hell of a story.


First Nationally Designated Veterans Museum to Open in Columbus, Ohio "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Veterans Day is quickly approaching.  The National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), will open to the public on October 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Simultaneously serving as a new, iconic national monument to those who have served and also a dynamic, interactive museum, the NVMM was founded with a mission to honor, inspire and reflect upon the concept []


Live: Literal Midterm Madness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Live: Literal Midterm Madness

Tune into Infowars Banned Midterm Election Coverage 8-10 PM CST to learn more!

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Tune In 8pm CST: Shock Vids, Breaking Midterm 2018 Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune In 8pm CST: Shock Vids, Breaking Midterm 2018 Coverage

Tune in weeknights from 8-10 PM CST to get the latest breaking midterm developments!

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Rose City Antifa Statement Against the Proposed City Ordinance "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Rose City Antifa Statement Against the Proposed City Ordinance appeared first on It's Going Down.

A statement from Rose City Antifa rejecting the recent proposal by the city government to force protesters into free speech zones controlled by the State.

Ted Wheelers proposed city ordinance comes after more than a year of far-right street violence enabled and enacted by Patriot Prayer; it has little to do with keeping our community safe, and much more to do with cracking down on community defense against dangerous far-right groups. The idea of free speech zones, segregating protesters according to the whims of politically compromised police leadership, has been tried on multiple occasions, and with clearly disturbing results. This city must not, and our community will not, be duped by false neutrality.

On June 4, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau confined anti-fascist activists to Chapman Square under threat of arrest. After corralling them, the police attacked these demonstrators using chemical weapons and explosives, driving them into the streets of downtown Portland. The police then formed a kettle around the remaining anti-fascists and numerous members of the media who had also fled, illegally detaining and subsequently searching hundreds of people, photographing their IDs before allowing them to leave. In the year following this clear violation of protesters rights, a class action suit was filed against the Portland Police, and yet they still have not publicly established that they have properly disposed of the photos they took of protesters identification.

The powers that be in this city may wish to rule over a community living in fear of attack by racist gangs, but our community will never allow that sort of political terror to reign, whether it is at the hands of cops or nationalist militias.

On August 4, 2018, the Portland Police Bureau again trapped anti-fascist community defense groups on numerous downtown streets and sidewalks, under threat of arrest, while giving white nationalist demonstrators free reign on the waterfront and in the streets. Then, after confining the anti-fascist counter-protest on SW Columbia, the police attacked the crowd of over one thousand people with explosives, seriously injuring several. Universally, the media recorded that the police lied about the pretext for their attack. The police then allowed the white nationalists to advance through the streets of downtown and pick off remainin...


Paris Auto Show "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Paris Motor Show 2018 held in Paris was an enjoyable eperience.


Livestream: Literal Midterm Madness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Livestream: Literal Midterm Madness

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Asbestos Exposure During Military Service "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors Note: Asbestos minerals contain atoms of silicon and oxygen and are so tiny that when inhaled can reach the pulmonary alveoli sacs (where oxygen and carbon dioxide  are exchanged in the blood) of your lungs.  Asbestos can be found, occurring naturally, in the environment (erionite).  Asbestos is the name given to six minerals []


China Plans To Launch Its Own Artificial Moon By 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The silhouette of a couple against a giant, illuminated model of the Moon. Photo: China News Services

City of Chengdu unveils plans to replace streetlights with a satellite that boosts glow of real moon

Move over sun simulator, China is launching an artificial moon into space  way what??

The official story is that if theres an approval for the artificial moon, called an illumination satellite, theyre hoping to launch it into space in order to save money on street lighting and also increase tourism by illuminating the streets.

According to Asia Times,

The satellite would be able to light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers, while the precise illumination range can be controlled within a few dozen meters, according to the Peoples Daily, which quoted a developer with the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute as saying.

The paper added that testing the illumination satellite started years ago and all the technology and design had been finalized.

The man-made moon has a highly reflective coating to reflect light from the sun with solar panel-like wings whose angles can be adjusted to realize precise lighting. The 14,300-square-meter city of Chengdu would be the primal focus of the light from the man-made moon, and astronomers throughout China and overseas should be able to spot the glowing star at night.

But no further specifications of the spacecraft, or its launch date, were available.

Chengdu officials expect the city to reel in more tourists when the artificial moon is up and shining.


A giant model of the moon on display during Chinas Mi...


Tune In 8pm CST: Literal Midterm Madness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune In 8pm CST: Literal Midterm Madness

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The Caterpillar and Butterfly of Enlightenment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Life constantly presents us with a wide variety of opportunities to spiritually awaken and integrate into our individual and collective life purpose, that of Being fully loving and enlightened.  Discover how. As you read ahead and potentially find value in this article, please consider supporting my work and that of Project Peace On Earth by:  []


The Power Of Loretta Lynns New Album Echoes That Of Her Career "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If ever there were a time to elevate Loretta Lynn, it's now. And CMT crowns Loretta Lynn 'Artist of a Lifetime' at its annual Artists of the Year broadcast tonight.


WikiLeaks: U.S. Lawmakers Pressuring Ecuador to Hand Over Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

WikiLeaks: U.S. Lawmakers Pressuring Ecuador to Hand Over Assange

It is clear that Mr. Assange remains a dangerous criminal and a threat to global security

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More EU Nations Flock to Gold "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

More EU Nations Flock to Gold

Hungary makes first significant gold purchase in 30 years

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Facebook Censorship And The Atlantic Council "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yesterday we witnessed one of the greatest Facebook account and page purges since its formation over a decade ago. In total, 559 pages and 251 personal accounts were instantly removed from the platform, for having consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior according to Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebooks Head of Cybersecurity and former White House []

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U.S. Planning To Impose Sanctions On Iranian, Russian Companies Involved In Reconstruction Of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Trump administration is developing a new strategy to deal with the growing Iranian and Russian influence in Syria, NBC News reported on October 16 citing defense officials. According to the report, the new plan will include a further increase of political, economic and diplomatic efforts to force Iran out of Syria and to punish []

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Israeli Ambassador to France Attempted to Censor Crippling of Gaza Youth Report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israeli Ambassador to France, Aliza bin Noun, attempted to suppress a report that aired on the France 2 TV channel last week. The investigative report delves into the crippling of young Gazans at the hands of Israeli sniper fire.

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Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The report aired on France 2, despite her demands that it never be aired.

The report, titled Gazas disabled teens, was an investigative story on Palestinian teens who had been crippled by Israeli sniper fire into the Gaza Strip. This included a number of teens who lost legs, and their difficulty in getting by on a single leg in the strip.

Bin Noun argued that the report on Israeli snipers shooting and crippling teenage civilians vilifies Israel and subsequently posed a threat to the French Jewish community. French newspaper Le Monde noted that no one at the Israeli Embassy had even seen the report before protesting that it would be aired, and that bin Noun complained Israel wasnt allowed to respond even though the Israeli military spokesman was interviewed in the report.

Israeli Embassy officials defend attacking the report without seeing it, saying it was obvious it would be one-sided. French media outlets, however, are attacking this as a cynical attempt by Israel to dictate the content of news media and undermining freedom of speech in France.




The Man The CIA Wants You To Forget "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Michael C. Ruppert was an ex-LAPD Narcotics Detective and whistleblower who came out against the CIA in the late 70s. He claimed they tried to enlist him in protecting and helping to facilitate their drug running practices. When Ruppert declined involvement and came forward he said he was threatened, wrongly discredited, and even shot at, but []

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Maryland Is the Cutting Edge in Running Trustworthy Elections "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Right now, Maryland is the only state using Clear Ballot's digital image audit software for all of its jurisdictions in November. (Vermont also uses the software, but it verifies results in a half-dozen towns after each election -- a fraction of its municipalities.)


In Memory of Our Comrade, Florent Sadiku "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post In Memory of Our Comrade, Florent Sadiku appeared first on It's Going Down.

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) remembers the life of revolutionary Florent Sadiku.

We want to memorialize a great comrade in the struggle and a great friend to us all: Florent Sadiku.

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Flo will attest to his kindness and bravery, but his passion and the size of his heart is what stood out more than anything. His actions were driven by a genuine respect for those around him and a desire to see everyone treated well. He would drop everything to help a friend or comrade. At the same time, he had the sharpest wit in NY: he could hold a room in the palm of his hand with his humor, and his composure and seriousness left a deep, and meaningful impression on those who met him.

We crossed paths doing Rojava solidarity work and he quickly became one of our closest, dearest comrades. As a co-founder of the North American Kurdish Alliance (NAKA), he worked hard to ensure an alliance developed. He sincerely believed in building bridges between the Kurdish Freedom Movement and revolutionaries in the US. In addition to his years of experience with the Kurdish revolutionary movement he embraced the RAM project with open arms, helped our group grow, and respected our anarchist politics, believing that we are all together in this quest for human dignity.

As a testament to his character, he took great care in commemorating fallen martyrs. The energy he put into organizing the beautiful memorial service for New York City anarchist Shehid Robert Grodt, is just one of many examples.

It is impossible to separate his life and the way he treated people from his politics. He couldnt help but approach people with kindness and solidarity with those who deeply need it. This meant that no matter where he was in the world, he participated in liberatory struggle. While we salute the revolutionary in him, and mourn the loss of our comrade, we will always remember him for his humor, wittiness, heartfelt emotions, sincerity, firm principles yet understanding towards individuals, and powerful commitment to friendship.

From now on we will walk with Florent forever in our hearts. Though the world lost an irreplaceable person, we will carry the wonderful qualities he embodied into the struggle so that the example he was for us will help make the world he wanted to see a reality.



Israeli Ambassador To France Slammed For Attempt To Censor News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The report aired on France 2, despite her demands that it never be aired. The report, titled Gazas disabled teens, was an investigative story on Palestinian teens who had been crippled []

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Notorious Canadian MP And Defender Of Israels Human Rights Abuses Ratchets Up Campaign Against Venezuela In The Name Of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Canadian MP Irwin Cotler claims to be committed to ending the humanitarian crises in Venezuela, yet Cotler has devoted much of his life to defending Israeli human rights violations, including its recent killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza. Requesting the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuelas government is a significant escalation in Ottawas campaign of interference in []

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Medical Drugs: Too Big To Fail "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A message to WikiLeaks, Cryptome, Public Intelligence, and other sites that expose secrets. As my readers know, Ive reported on a number of scandals concerning the toxicity of medical drugs and vaccines, including shocking death numbers in the US. These scandals are leaks from inside the National Security State. If you visit WikiLeaks, Cryptome, Public Intelligence, []

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Stephen Colbert figures out the one restaurant that Tucker Carlson goes to "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

(For those who do not live in the US, there is a chain of restaurants called Fuddruckers.)

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Tune In 8pm CST: Trump Warns Republicans to Seal Border "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune In 8pm CST: Trump Warns Republicans to Seal Border

Tune in weeknights from 8-10 PM CST to get the latest breaking midterm developments!

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Autonomous Antifascism, State Repression & Arrests "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Autonomous Antifascism, State Repression & Arrests appeared first on It's Going Down.

Northern California Anti-Racist Action brings us the following analysis and critique on the recent arrests of neo-Nazis from the group, the Rise Above Movement (RAM).

On October 2nd, as has been widely reported in the media, four members of the violent neo-Nazi gang known as Rise Above Movement (earlier known as DIY Division) were arrested and are now facing federal rioting charges that could land them behind bars for years if convicted. The criminal complaint brought against members of RAM by the FBI references and quotes the work of Northern California Anti-Racist Action (NoCARA) on RAM which was published in July 2017. In light of this development, we believe its important to examine and clarify a number of important points relating to RAM, the FBI, state repression, and anti-fascist research and organizing.

RAM, until now, had enjoyed an uninterrupted trail of violence across the country. This culminating in their attacks on anti-fascist protesters in the bloody battles that played out in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th, 2017 which resulted in the injury of dozens and the murder of Heather Heyer by a fellow Unite the Right marcher of RAM, James Alex Fields Jr.

Cole White in Berkeley

Perhaps nothing captures the spirit of RAMs participation in the violence of Charlottesville more clearly than two widely circulated images of Benjamin Daley. In the first, he is making the throat slashing gesture commonly known to signify a death threat to a crowd of anti-fascist protesters, and in the other, he is viciously strangulating a non-combative woman significantly smaller than him while she is surrounded and being attacked by other members of RAM.



You Got Spirit, Kid. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How I feel about people* who have Opinions. And who feel the need to talk these Opinions at me at length and with gusto.

  • Not directed at commenters on this blog, obviously. This place is an oasis.


Here Are the Trump Projects Where Ivanka and Her Dad Misled Buyers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A pattern of deception ran through the Trumps real estate deals since the mid-2000s. Not only were the Trumps more than the mere licensors they claimed to be, extracting millions in fees from nearly every facet of these projects, but they often misled buyers and investors on key information such as the level of sales and the Trumps role and investment in the deals. (Read our full investigation.) The Trump Organization did not respond to our questions, and the White House didnt have a comment.

Projects Where a Trump Family Member Overstated Sales Numbers


Claim: Donald Trump claimed $365 million in sales in a 2007 letter to The Wall Street Journal.

Reality: Trump reported $290 million in a 2009 project audit.

Result: Never built.


Claim: Trump announced the hotel/condo was pretty much sold out in April 2006, according to a broker who attended the presentation.

Reality: 62 percent of units were sold as of July 2006, according to bank records that emerged in a court case.

Result: Entered foreclosure. Trumps name removed before construction completed.


Claim: Condos sold out, Trump told The Associated Press in 2005

Reality: About 25 percent of units were sold by 2011, according to press accounts.

Result: Built.


Claim: Its a 1,000-unit building, weve sold over 90 percent of it, Ivanka told Portfolio in 2008.

Reality: As of three months later, 79 percent of the units were pre-sold, according to Moodys.

Result: Built, but went bankrupt...


Catastrophic Hurricanes Should Force US to Reassess Climate Policy "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Major news outlets are unlikely to run major columns demanding action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions when the front page has pictures of flooded streets and grieving family members. Politicians raising such demands are likely to be treated with derision.


Trump Is Right To Be Cautious With The Saudis On Kashoggi "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump is facing an international crisis with no obvious good fix. So his slow, measured approach is the right one.


Hotwire #41: Proud Boy Assaults, Hurricane Michael, Squats and Rent Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Hotwire #41: Proud Boy Assaults, Hurricane Michael, Squats and Rent Strikes appeared first on It's Going Down.

CrimethInc. presents its weekly news program, covering both national and international resistance and repression news.
Our features for this Hotwire are interviews about the Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon, and we have an interview about autonomous relief after Hurricane Michael, which is also seeing organizing from neo-confederate fascists. We have a whirlwind of headlines from around the world, with breast-baring feminists burning barricades in Argentina, squatters from Ireland to Germany, and indigenous resistance in Canada. Connor Stevens of the Cleveland 4 is getting out soon, Jalil Muntaqim could use letters of support for his parole hearing, and we have calls to action from the Leau Est La Vie anti-pipeline camp, plus much more! Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at

Notes and Links...


IPCC Releases Climate Report -- First Thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The next few years are critical for the world to embark on a transformational path to reduce its carbon emissions and increase its forests to bring emissions to net zero by mid century the latest. With countries' current climate targets for 2030, we would have no chance. So they must be improved.


A Blue Wave? Not if the Repubs. Can Help It "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is a largely expected "Blue Wave" coming for the 2018 mid-terms, especially in the House. This column discusses a Repub. strategy to prevent that from happening that goes back to the late 1980s.


The Nature Of The Beast "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is an effort to describe how the powerful influence our institutions, our lives.


System Change or Climate Change and No Third Possibility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article shows that the fundamental principles of global capitalism interfaced with the system of sovereign nation-states directly contradict the principles of ecology required for planetary sustainability. It also describes the principles of sustainability and shows the many ways in which the Constitution for the Federation of Earth embodies and actualizes these principles.


Pay Up or the Earth Gets It! #PropagandaWatch "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By corbettreport As predicted, the IPCC has released their hot air report on 1.5C of global warming and the lamestream fake news lying establishment lapdog...


Right Wing Projection Wave "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Content Warning: Wearying Endless Hope-Destroying Fascist Evil, Apocalyptic Crapola. wontbehere4long dont read this. Youre too high strung, kid.

Projection is a phenomenon in psychology whereby a person protects themselves from awareness of their own flaws by accusing someone else of having said flaws. Im not the racist, that guy is! Sadly, this is so widespread among right wingers that one could make a serious case that its a defining feature of the motherfuckers.

Dave Futrelle at We Hunted The Mammoth has been facing a fucknado of fascist irony victims, defending their most transparent act of projection to date: the spreading of the NPC meme. Let me see if I can break down the background of this situation to a simple timeline:

In video games, non-player characters are the guys you interact with that have just a few pre-programmed things to say and never meaningfully change.

Random fucklord says he sees people he doesnt like as NPCs, thoughtless and soulless.

Projecting fucklords who speak in kek and cuck notice that social justice advocates use some jargon and assume its the same sort of group-affirming dog barks that they use.

Projecting fucklords adopt random fucklords meme and promote it.

As they always fucking do, they form a massive wall of hive-minded tools bargling at decent people about how were mindles soulless conformists.

They do this kind of shit all the time. Any given anti-feminist argument, for one small example, is repeated VERBATIM by forty thousand fucklords who somehow feel like they came up with the idea.

The reason that its ironic this time? The projection is an accusation of conformity and mindlessness.

Now, despite this being a fresh incident with that minty taste of a new twist, why does this feel instantly wearying and soul crushing? I didnt get it, but then I reflected. Right wingers always do this shit. Fucking always. You want to take away our religious freedom! You want to control our lives! Atheism is the real dogma! You want to censor us! You hate freedom!

This last couple of weeks has been hard as fuck. For me, the worse part of it was the newest report on climate c...


Religious News: Splits in the Russian Orthodox Church "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which gathered for a meeting in Minsk, decided to break the Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. A statement published on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church says: Assigning to oneself the authority to withdraw []


N.Y. Gov. Cuomo under fire over sex abuse scandal at mental health facilities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire as problems surface involving the state's mental health facilities and group homes. One America News Network's Christopher Carter has more from New York.


How to Get Funding (and an Engaged Crowd) for Your Big Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Want to better your community but dont know where to start? Enter Its the Little Things: a weekly Strong Towns podcast that gives you the wisdom and encouragement you need to take the small yet powerful actions that can make your city or town stronger.

Its the Little Things features Strong Towns Community Builder Jacob Moses in conversation with various guests who have taken action in their own places and in their own ways.

Jacob Moses
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The Rats Revolt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup d'e'tat that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one. There is little he has not tried in that effort.


Daily Inspiration --- Eulogy for a Gorilla "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Koko the signing gorilla died last spring at the age of 46. She had a rough childhood, and was fostered by Francine Patterson, who taught her sign language. Scientists who are skeptical about animal communications say we are over-interpreting his language, but to those who knew Koko best (including Robin Williams), Koko offered a window into the life experience and even the metaphysics of another kind of creature.


Trump Says He is Too Busy to Visit Troops "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Health Editors Note: Trump cannot find the time to visit the troops that he has deployed to combat zones while he was on the golf course. He sends soldiers into combat and then forgets them.  Currently ISIS is holding two U.S. special forces along with five French and 200 SDF/YPG fighters who surrendered to ISIS []


Phillip Cross: The Mystery Wikipedia Editor Targeting Anti-War Sites "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

133,612 edits to Wikipedia have been made in the name of "Philip Cross" over 14 years, most of them targeting left-leaning anti-war websites and activists.


The complicated Turkey-Saudi Arabia relationship "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I mentioned in an earlier post my puzzlement as to why Turkey and its president were taking such an aggressive role in revealing information about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. There has been a steady release of information from Turkish authorities saying that they had information that Khashoggi was murdered and his body dismembered by a hit squad that came from Saudi Arabia, and this had led to worldwide outrage.

It would have been quite possible for the Turkish authorities to wash their hands of the whole affair by saying that since Khashoggi was a Saudi national with permanent residence status in the US, and since the disappearance took place within the confines of a consulate that holds diplomatic status, this was something to be settled by the US and Saudi Arabia. The fact that Khashoggis fianc was Turkish could be dismissed as irrelevant.

In trying to understand Turkeys actions, Nader Habibi, a professor of Practice in Economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University, traces the ebbs and flows of Turkey-Saudi relations over time and arrives at the following conclusion.

Western media have mostly portrayed Turkeys handling of the latest incident involving Khashoggis disappearance as an indication of deteriorating Saudi-Turkey relations.

That might not, however, be the case. The Turkish government is trying to balance multiple conflicting goals in the way it handles this crisis.

On the one hand, it is trying to show a full commitment to discovering what happened and has put enormous pressure on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by leaking details of his governments involvement. But I believe it is also mindful of preventing a further escalation of tensions with Saudi Arabia, which remains a major investor in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Turkey is struggling with a severe financial and external debt crisis at the moment and is desperately trying to attract foreign capital. A withdrawal of Saudi investment or tourists could worsen the crisis.

Erdogans initial hesitation in pointing the finger leaving it to anonymous officials and his call for a joint investigation gave Saudi leadership time to come up with a response strategy, which appears to be blaming rogue killers.

In this he seems to share President Donald Trumps interest in giving Saudi Arabia a face-saving way out of the crisis. The U.S. and the Trump administration also have a lot on the line in their relationship with the Saudi government.

Interestingly, on...


How to unlock the healing potential of turmeric "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

How to unlock the healing potential of turmeric

(Natural News) Turmeric is quickly becoming one of the most popular healing superfoods on the market and its easy to see why. The golden spice h...


Take control of your anxiety with these proven natural remedies "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Take control of your anxiety with these proven natural remedies

(Natural News) Many people experience anxiety when faced with stressful things, like a new job or a different environment. However, some people might have anxiety thats too severe that it interrupts their daily lives. To relieve anxiety, there are many safe and effective natural remedies that can be used. Anxiety is normal but when the



Observing Earth from the Moon "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Observing Earth from the Moon

How bright is the Earth? How does it move in the lunar sky?

The post Observing Earth from the Moon appeared first on Alternative News Network.


Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed

Find out who the Democrats new favorite candidate really is.

The post Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed appeared first on Alternative News Network.


Americans Surrender: ISIS Holds Two US Special Forces, 700 Other Hostages in Hajin "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The ISIS terrorists detaining 700 Arabic hostages in the settlement of Hajin continue to execute them. Currently, they have already killed ten people. On October 14, 2018 ISIS fighters have kidnapped 130 families in the Eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The inactivity of the U.S.-backed Kurdish militias controlling the areas east of the Euphrates []


Facebook Censors Viral Video Detailing the True Legacy of Christopher Columbus "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Christopher ColumbusThis piece of journalism was about the airbrushing of history. Therefore, there is a great irony in the fact it has now been airbrushed from Facebooks platform. (CD)  With nothing but a vague violation of community standards note and offering no ability to appeal the decision, Facebook has once again blocked a piece of critical journalismthis []


#PrisonStrike: Extent of Repression and Next Steps "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post #PrisonStrike: Extent of Repression and Next Steps appeared first on It's Going Down.

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee offers up a roundup and analysis of repression following the National Prison Strike and announces some next steps going forward.

The extent of repression and retaliation by prison authorities against suspected participants in this years nationwide prison strike continues to emerge slowly. The National Lawyers Guild  Prisoners Legal Advocacy Network (NLG-PLAN) has received additional details from 12 states, including:

  • widespread staff-perpetrated physical abuse, destruction of prisoners personal property, theft/destruction of prisoners legal property, and obstruction of prisoners access .. e.g. .. to process grievance forms
  • scatter-shot retaliation against jailhouse lawyers, including prevent[ing] them from jailhouse lawyering by placing them into solitary confinement under false pretenses
  • preemptive lock-down and segregation of thousands of prisoners, in the absence in many cases of any apparent indication that the prisoners were involved in [the nationwide strike]
  • remarkable nationwide consistency in .. correctional systems talking points as cited in the media prison officials in areas where intense repression was reported  have staunchly refused to acknowledge prison strike activities in their facilities, following a plan distributed by the American Correctional Association after the 2016 strike.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, testimony in a habeas corpus application has confirmed that 40 people held in a close supervision unit have been confined to their cells 23 hours a day, on one occasion for a continuous 36-hour period, for several weeks. This action comes after 10 members of prison staff refused to work in the unit, and commenced during the non-violent strike previously reported.

The Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida reported that two letters from its journalists asking about the strike were rejected by officers at Okeechobee Correctional Institution on the grounds that they were a threat to the security, order, or rehabilitative objectives of the correctional system, or the safety of any person.

Meanwhile, severe restrictions have been imposed on correspondence and read...


Wednesday Wings "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A wee birdie.

At Amnville they built a Medieval Arena to show their birds of prey, which has the advantage of high ramparts that allow them to fly even larger birds.

Theres going to be more pics, but the first bord was my absolute favourite because how can you top a South American Condor?

Condoer sitting on ramparts

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Condor flying

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Condor landing

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Condor landing

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Condor landing

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Condor landing

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Supporting Palestine Can Now Get You Denied Entry to the US "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Supporting PalestineI have been a severe critic of the current US administrations policy towards the Palestinians. But does this make me a possible security threat to the US? Of course not. (MEE)  In April 2017, while travelling for a routine family holiday to Jerusalem, I was denied entry upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport. Israeli authorities official and bizarre []


U.S. Inactivity. ISIS To Execute Hundreds Of Civilians In Hajin "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The ISIS terrorists detaining 700 Arabic hostages in the settlement of Hajin continue to execute them. Currently, they have already killed ten people. On October 14, 2018 ISIS fighters have kidnapped 130 families in the Eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The inactivity of the U.S.-backed Kurdish militias controlling the areas east of the Euphrates []

The post U.S. Inactivity. ISIS To Execute Hundreds Of Civilians In Hajin appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


Fort Smith college students Fix the Debt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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

At the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Friday, more than 220 college students, including sophomore Garrett Spain from Greenwood, tried to do what Congress is unwilling to do get the governments debt under control. Read the rest

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Can President-elect Lopez Obrador pull Mexico out of Slumber? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From the revolution days. (Photo: Andre Vltchek)

Andre Vltchek

After decades of stagnation, corruption and deadly dependency on the United States, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is considered by many ordinary people, as well as by intellectuals, to be the last chance for Mexico.

Two important news developments are circulating all over North America: US President Donald Trump will not attend the inauguration of the Mexican left-wing President elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). And yes, despite all tensions and disagreements, the new deal to replace NAFTA has been reached. It is called the USMCA  the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Paradoxically, if Obrador is to fulfill at least half of his electoral promises, it would inevitably lead to a clash between Mexico and both the United States and Canada. The US absorbs around 80 percent of Mexican exports. Various Mexican intellectuals believe that their country was, until now, nothing more than a colony of their big brother in the north. Canadian mining companies are brutally exploiting Mexicos natural resources, and united with local politicians and paramilitaries, are tormenting almost defenseless native people.

After decades of inertia and decay, Mexico is ready for dramatic, essential change which, many argue, will this time not arrive directly under red banners and through revolutionary songs, but with the carefully calculated, precise moves of a chess player.

Only a genius can break, without terrible casualties, the deadly embrace of the United States. And many believe that President-elect Obrador is precisely such leader.

Not a poker player, but a chess player

Mexico is in a bad mood, despite the victory of a left-wing leader. Hope is in the air, but it is fragile hope, some even say angry hope. Decades of stagnation, corruption and deadly dependency on the US, have had an extremely negative impact on the nation.

John Ackerman, US-born, Mexican naturalized legendary academic at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) explained during our encounter in Coyoacan: 

This has been a long time coming. Throughout Latin America there has been great transformation, except in Me...


What does it take? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Soa Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was brutally murdered by a Saudi pathologist in the Saudi embassy with the full knowledge of the Saudi consul, apparently at the request of the Saudi government, who didnt like the reporters coverage of the repressive Saudi regime. Audio of his death was recorded.

It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalists last moments told Middle East Eye.

Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-generals office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said.

Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said.

The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him, the source told MEE.

The screaming stopped when Khashoggi who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October was injected with an as yet unknown substance.

We even know who did it.

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet.

Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggis body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source said.

The killing took seven minutes, the source said.

As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.

When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too, Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the source told MEE.

When he does this job? This is something hes done before?

This is a horrific and unforgivable act. So what does the leader of the free world have to say about it?

Im not giving cover at all, Trump said. I just want to find out whats happening.

With that being said, Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East, he added, pointing to a US-Saudi arms deal that he valued at $110 billion, even though just $14.5 billion of that figure has actually begun to materialize.

Speaking in Washingon, Trump said he...


White House Correspondent Major Garrett Documents Wild First Year Of Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Major Garrett joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss journalism, DC media, and his new book on the Trump White House, "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride."


When Captain America comes to the aid of James Bond "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The day before yesterday (or yonderday as Id like to call it because why, English, why), British supervillain extraordinaire Piers Morgan, armed with supreme stupidity, verbose bigotry and lots of poop to fling tweeted a pic of Daniel Craig doing one of those normal thing people do like taking the baby for a walk to play Pokmon Go. OK, I made up the Pokmon part, but apparently, an image of a dad doing dad things was really too much for poor Piers.

Oh 007.. (sic) not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond

The tweet got picked up by Chris Captain America Evans who rightfully called out Morgan for his attempt to literally shame a man into not caring for his child.

You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child. Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.

And for once, go read the replies which are full of dads posting pics of them carrying their kids.


Jacks Walk "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Most of the cornfields around us have been cut down and readied for spring, but there are always a few farms that leave the stalks insitu over winter. Im not a farmer and have no idea why, but today I was grateful to find something/anything that wasnt a dirt bare, wet brown field.


How the FBI Silences Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

FBI WhistleblowersSpeaking truth to power has ruined Darin Jones, a former FBI contract specialist who reported evidence of serious procurement improprieties. He should be the last federal whistleblower victimized. (CN)  The idea of whistleblowing has been in the news a great deal. Is the anonymous author of a recent New York Times op-ed eviscerating the president a whistleblower? Is the victim []


Elon Musk Has Reached A Settlement, But Teslas Troubles Are Far From Over "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tesla has been plagued with production and delivery delays. Sticker prices are slated to go up when government subsidies dry out. It's no wonder the company has never turned an annual profit.


These International Borders Have Become No Rights Zones "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man On June 15, 1215, King John sat in a field in Runnymede, England, surrounded by angry nobles. His Baronsthe big...


The Normalisation of Madness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Julian Rose Im sitting in the departure lounge at Krakow airport, waiting for the flight to Edinburgh. Sitting opposite is a young woman with...


Trump: Saudis Unfairly Deemed Guilty Until Proven Innocent Like Kavanaugh "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Trump Saudi Arabia(CD)  As a new flurry of evidence from the Turkish government established direct ties between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and those who allegedly carried out the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. President Donald Trump continued groveling at the feet of the murderous kingdom Tuesday night by claiming that the Saudis have been deemed guilty []


Announcing a Special Celebrity Edition of "Ask Strong Towns" with Jeff Speck "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jeff Speck is a nationally-recognized expert on building walk-friendly, people-oriented places. His book, Walkable City, is beloved by planners, leaders and residents of cities big and small; and his planning firm, Speck & Associates, works in communities across the country.

Jeff is back in the limelight this month with a new book, this time entitled Walkable City Rules. So weve invited him onto a webcast with Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn to talk about it.

Why the Rules part? Well let him tell you in his own words:

Walkable City was written to inspire; Walkable City Rules was written to enable. The 101 rules are practical yet engagingworded for arguments at the planning commission, illustrated for clarity, and packed with specifications as well as data.

Join Jeff Speck and Strong Towns President, Chuck Marohn, on Friday, November 9 at 12:00pm CT for a "celebrity edition" of our monthly Ask Strong Towns webcast.

Chuck will lead a conversation with Jeff about the state of walkability planning nationwide, and how the practical wisdom packed into Jeffs new book can helpand then Jeff will take your questions, live.

To join this member-exclusive webcast, become a member of the Strong Towns movementMembers, please check your email for your exclusive invitation, or email member support. Please note that questions will not be accepted in advance for this webcast.


Yeah, But Does it Help Against Global Warming? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This probably isnt a very effective survival system for a nuclear attack.

If you bury a shipping container, and get in it during a nuclear attack, itll save anyone having to bury you?


Twitter Publishes Tweet Trove From Russia, Iran Campaigns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

_________ Haaretz Twitter Publishes Tweet Trove From Russia, Iran Campaigns Twitter published a trove of some 10 million tweets that it said were linked to state-backed operations by Russia and Iran, shedding new light on the scale of misinformation campaigns mounted by the two nations, apparently designed to influence voters and sow dissension in the []


Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe finds itself without leaders "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has often made history, but this week, we find ourselves in a new jam.


WATCH: Mom Walks Into Kitchen and Finds Two Cops Who Then Demand Her Son Stop Filming "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


While cleaning up after a party, a woman walked into her kitchen where she was startled by two cops who then demanded her son stop filming them.

The post WATCH: Mom Walks Into Kitchen and Finds Two Cops Who Then Demand Her Son Stop Filming appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Self-Censorship: Where The Real Damage Is Being Done "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Self-Censorship(CJ Opinion)  I was going to write another article today about a different topic, but I backed down because I didnt think I could deliver the kind of fiery, forceful, unmitigated argument it would need to be without risking getting banned from social media and blogging platforms. The article I was planning on writing, which youll []


Mary Annette Pember: Opioid crisis affects mothers and newborns in Indian Country "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Inadequate funding for the Indian Health Service hinders treatment and addiction programs for expecting mothers in tribal communities.


How Hard is Hard Enough? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is about steel and blades OK? Just to be clear upfront.

In my article Knifesharpenophobia I have mused a bit about how being all anal retentive about the hardness of a blade is not all that necessary. Now I wish to revisit that heme a bit, after my hardening attempt of a blade did not go as well as I would wish to.

If you remember when I was trying to harden the rondel dagger I was also hardening a kitchen knife blade and I was pretty sure that this particular blade is properly hardened. So I took it to work and measured the hardness on the tang (the knife is not finished yet), where it is hardened, but probably not as well as the blade. And the gage showed HRC 54. From technical standpoint, difference between 50 HRC and 54 HRC is not trivial (HRC is not a linear scale) and that knife is thus indeed properly hardened. What was the difference in the work process? For that knife then I have used the gas forge only for heat-soak, the final heating to 1050C  before quench was made with charcoal, which allows for more even heating. HRC 54 is still not full potential of this steel, but if the tang has it, the blade has probably more.

But this whole thing got me thinking again is that even relevant? Do I really need to be afraid to give that knife to a fried as a gift because the hardness of the blade is just HRC 50? Am I being unnecessarily obsessive about an inconsequential detail (again)?

So I tried to look at what is the actual hardness of historical blades. I did not spend too much time with it, but the article Sword Blade Hardness: A look at the current research is an eye opener and a good read. To be clear, it is about swords, not kitchen knives, but it still clearly shows one thing the crappiest knife that I have ever made is vastly superior to most knives that were used throughout history before the invention of blast furnace. Not because of my superior skill, but because I have access to superior steel. Furthermore, HRC 50 is not actually bad at all and someone who takes a good care of the knife would probably not even notice any downside when cutting. And it has an upside too a blade in this hardness range needs to be sharpened more often, but stropping and sharpening should be reasonably easy and quick and the knife will not break easily when you drop it on the floor by accident.

It is not the best that could be, but it is good enough.


The Son of Blob is Back! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yes, its back.

The Blob.   Or at least one of its offspring.

Remember, the BLOB is an area of anomalously warm water in the north Pacific.

If you dare to look, let me illustrate our scary situation.

Here is the sea surface temperature anomaly from normal for today.    A pool of warm water is found over the north Pacific and Gulf of Alaska, with some of it over 2C warmer than normal.  This is the signature of the "son of blob" (or "daughter of blob if you prefer")

Why such warm water?  Because there has been an amazingly persistent area of high pressure over the Gulf of Alaska.   To illustrate, let me show you a map of the average anomaly from normal conditions of the heights of the 500 hPa pressure surface (around 18, 000 feet) for the past 30 days.(see below).  Wow.

A very highly amplitude pattern.  You see the bright reds over the Gulf of Alaska?....that means high heights (equivalent to high pressure) over that area.  There is also a deep trough over the Rockies...that is why they have been getting unusually cold temperatures to the east of us. And another ridge over the eastern U.S--explains the persistent warmth there.

The sea level pressure difference from normal shows anomalously high sea level pressure ov...


Book Review: The End of Alzheimer's "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It's not a cure, in the sense of a pill that someone with AD can take and get his brain working again. But Dr Bredesen's Protocol has had some spectacular successes with people who are pretty far along the path to oblivion, restoring their ability to function, returning them to their homes and their jobs. Bredesen says "the end" because there is no longer any need for anyone to suffer symptoms of AD. If started early, his prog


Has experimentado algn problema al votar? Queremos escuchar tu historia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Las elecciones estn a la vuelta de la esquina. Si ests planeando votar, ya sea el 6 de noviembre o durante el perodo de votacin anticipada en tu estado, queremos que nos ayudes a encontrar problemas en el proceso de votacin.

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GOP Senator Pushed VA to Use Unproven Brainwave Frequency Treatment "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, pushed doctors at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Reno to adopt an experimental mental health treatment marketed by a company with ties to his office.

On a Friday night last December in his Reno office, Heller, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced VA officials to representatives from a health care startup called CereCare. The company markets an off-label method of treating addiction and post-traumatic stress, using electromagnetic brain stimulation.

The meeting came about because two of CereCares partners had a business connection to Hellers senior aide in Reno. Weve known her for years, one of the partners, Nino Pedrini, said of the aide, Glenna Smith. Pedrini and his partner have a separate joint venture with Smiths former employer. This was Glenna reaching out to us, knowing what we were doing, saying we think theres a fit here where you folks can help our veterans, Pedrini said.

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Smith declined to answer questions about her role in arranging the meeting; she said she has never had a financial interest in Pedrinis companies.

The Trump administration is encouraging the VA to use more alternative treatments, even though doctors and mental health experts caution against steering patients to procedures that havent been scientifically demonstrated to be safe and effective. The administrations enthusiasm for such experimental treatments has opened the door to a...


Trump Is America's Most Dangerous Export "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As in the 1930s, economic strains are fueling the rise of demagogues who direct anger and resentment toward scapegoats such as immigrants and minorities - lying about them with impunity.


Peace Congress To End US Wars At Home And Abroad "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On November 10 in Washington, DC, there will be an historic gathering of groups and people to launch the Peace Congress to End US Wars at Home and Abroad. The Peace Congress will bring together advocates for peace and economic, racial, environmental and climate justice to develop a strategy, goals and actions based on the principles of unity. The Peace Congress arose from the successful effort to stop President Trump's military parade scheduled for November 10. The Peace Congress is open to all who want to participate.


Bodies lying everywhere: Shooting at Crimea college has echoes of Columbine massacre "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It started like any normal day on campus at the polytechnic college in the Crimean city of Kerch but it quickly turned into a horror story, drawing somber comparisons to the fateful 1999 Columbine Massacre in Colorado. Before the day would end, at least 19 lives would be taken and dozens of students would []


One Libertarian's Free (Well, Nearly Free) College Plan "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With college as we know it becoming less valuable and online/distance learning becoming more viable, change is coming whether we like it or not. Why not seize an opportunity for "free college" as we wind down the existing system?


Classified: Warning to UN on Upcoming Terrorism Against France "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dear UN anti-terrorism committee, We have issued a EU/US, North Africa and Pakistan alerts due to intelligence confirming that rogue states such France, UK, Israel and the US are planning conjointly a series of attacks during the midterms elections. The arrest and raid against Jean-luc Melenchon, real winner of the presidential elections in May 2017.  []


Can we end tobacco pandemic without holding industry liable? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article is based on key interviews with experts on recent decisions adopted by 181 governments last week in global tobacco treaty meeting. Major decisions were adopted to stop Big Tobacco's interference in health policy including progress on liability (financial and legal)


Fact checking the Texas Senate debate by Texas Tribune and by Associated Press "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

NBC did a great job fact checking both candidates in the first Texas Senate Debate. Both Texas Tribune and the Associated Press did a superlative and thorough job examining claims in this second debate conducted Tuesday evening in San Antonio. The larger question of who tells the truth to be trusted to do the right thing~ in my view Beto wins again, so that fence sitters get off the fence and give Texas the Senator it deserves


Abandoned Representation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My city councilman is leaving for a cushy new job and all I will get is a lousy bill for a special election.


Death penalty declines around the world "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

October 10th was the World Day Against the Death Penalty. One of the most encouraging signs is how the use of the death penalty is declining around the world. According to Amnesty International, 142 countries have either abolished the death penalty in law or in practice and that in the past five years 33 countries have carried out at least one execution. In 2017, just 23 countries out of the 193 member states of the UN executed someone.

The number of countries which have formally abolished the death penalty has been steadily increasing, from 48 in 1991 to 106 in 2017. In recent years the number of countries which carry out executions has also gradually declined.

  • 106 countries where use of the death penalty is not allowed by law
  • 7 countries which permit the death penalty only for serious crimes in exceptional circumstances, such as those committed during times of war
  • 29 countries which have death penalty laws but havent executed anyone for at least 10 years, and a policy or more formal commitment not to execute
  • 56 countries which retain death penalty laws and either carry out executions or the authorities have not made an official declaration not to execute

Of the countries that execute people, China is by far the worst. Its actual numbers are a state secret and can only be estimated.

This map of countries that have carried out executions in the last five years is interesting.

Belarus is the only country is Europe to still have the death penalty. The record of Africa is one of slow improvement with 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa having abolished capital punishment.

Asia has a dismal showing. My country of origin Sri Lanka still has the death penalty on the books but has not executed anyone since 1978 though people have been sentenced to it. But the current president seeks to execute 1...


5 Myths Youve Been Taught About Forgiveness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aletheia Luna via Loner Wolf

I grew up believing that showing forgiveness was the ultimate sign of sainthood. Forgiveness for a long time to me was the crme de la crme of piety; the absolute epitome of everything that defines a holy person.

For most of my life, Ive believed that forgiveness is about forgetting, its about wiping the slate clean and starting over again, its about miraculously blotting out any deed that has ever harmed us from memory.

Once upon a time, I understood forgiveness as being selfless; a quality that belonged to only the most enlightened people (a.k.a. Jesus), largely due to my heavily religious upbringing.

But I was wrong.

Forgiveness doesnt equal sainthood, and it sure as hell doesnt make you a godly person.

Heres why.

Overcoming the Good Person Complex

Everyone wants to be a good person and this vague life aspiration is almost always accompanied by the desire to be a forgiving person. Forgiving, to us, has become a prerequisite to becoming worthy and valuable human beings.

After all, only bad people refuse to forgive others, right? And we dont want to be bad people. No

Putting aside this 5-year-old logic was difficult for me to do growing up. As the first born child of my family, I was always trying to be the good and responsible person who obeyed what was right both in the eyes of my religious parents and God. Inevitably, a large part of being a good person was about forgiveness; was trying to forget the manip...


Native lieutenant governor resigns for 'inappropriate comments' "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Alaska's political world was rocked with the sudden resignation of Byron Mallott, the state's Native lieutenant governor.


Different strokes: US 'Outrage' over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

US government and media 'outrage' over the killing of US residents or citizens depends upon what nation is responsible for the murder, writes ThisCantBeHappening! journalist Dave Lindorff.


Fake Facebook Accounts Responsible for Stoking Rohingya Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Was Gary Hart Set Up? (Gerry)

From the Atlantic: What are we to make of the deathbed confession of the political operative Lee Atwater, newly revealed, that he staged the events that brought down the Democratic candidate in 1987?

Trump Seems Eager to Contain, Not Confront, Fallout From Journalists Disappearance (Jimmy)

The author writes, While Trump had earlier promised to leave nothing uncovered in the case of Khashoggis disappearance, he and his administration now appear more eager to contain any damage the incident could cause to US relations with the oil-rich nation than it is to confront Saudi leaders over the possible murder of a journalist and US resident who wrote critically of the kingdoms rulers.

More Than a Thousand Remain Missing a Week After Hurricane Michael (Reader Luke)

The author writes, More than a thousand people were still missing on Wednesday a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities across the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 27.

New Britain Couple Facing Deportation Will Leave Sanctuary While ICE Considers Request to Stay in US (Reader Steve)

The author writes, After living in the basement of an Old Lyme church for nearly seven months, a New Britain couple facing deportation to Pakistan has decided to leave their sanctuary.

Canada to Pardon Pot Possession as It Legalizes Marijuana (Jimmy)

The author...


California Senate Race Exposes Rifts in Democratic Party "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the Democrats concentrate on resisting Trump, deep divisions threaten their chances for winning the presidency in 2020.


WikiLeaks Releases A Detailed List Of All Amazon Web Services Data Centers Ahead Of DoD Decision "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Aaron Kesel WikiLeaks has published an alleged highly confidential document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers called...


Diplomatic Deadlock: Can U.S.-North Korea Diplomacy Survive Maximum Pressure? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

South Korean President Moon Jae-ins meeting with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un on September 18-20 culminated in the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration, which marked a significant advance towards peace and heralded a welcome warming in relations. Since that time, however, contradictions within the Trump administrations North Korea policy threaten to forestall further progress and test the patience of its South Korean ally. Among the measures outlined in the Pyongyang Declaration, the two sides agreed to expand the cessation of military hostility in regions of confrontation such as the DMZ, with the goal of removing the danger of war across the entire Korean Peninsula.


UNC Student Who Poured Blood And Ink On Silent Sam Confederate Statue Found Guilty "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

HILLSBOROUGH - UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Maya Little has said all along that she smeared her blood and ink on the Silent Sam Confederate statue on April 30. So the question Littles attorney posed during a daylong trial Monday wasnt whether she defaced the controversial monument, but whether her actions were justified by serving a greater good. Ultimately, Orange County District Court Judge Samantha Cabe found Little guilty of a misdemeanor charge, but the judge did not hand down a sentence or punishment.


The False Doctrine Of Humanitarian Intervention Comes To Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am really angry that passage of the NICA Act in its even worse form, the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (S. 3233), appears to be a fait accompli and by unanimous consent at that! If this Act has not passed by the time you receive these NicaNotes, please call your Senators using these talking points. If you are leaving a message, don't forget to include your name and zip code.


In Last Nights Debate, Cruz Crushed ORourke, But Will Texas Voters See It That Way? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the final Texas Senate debate, Beto ORourke came off as likable and charismatic. But his charm is no match for Ted Cruzs obvious competence and experience.


#NetNeutrality: Turns Out 99.7 Percent Of Unique FCC Comments Wanted To Keep The Internet Open "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the Federal Communications Commission prepared to repeal the laws of net neutrality last year, 22 million comments were left on its website expressing arguments either for or against keeping the open internet protected and in place. A new report says that 99.7 percent of the unique comments left on the agencys site were pro-net neutrality. Filtering Out the Bots: What Americans Actually Told the FCC about Net Neutrality Repeal is a study completed by Ryan Singela Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law Schools Center for Internet and Societyin which he took a state-by-state, district-by-district look at linguistically unique comments fled to the FCC in the 2017 repeal proceedings.


'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

From preserving their languages to learning about tattooing, Native youth are keeping their heritage alive.


Mueller ready to deliver core findings on Trump probe after midterms: report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Mueller ready to deliver core findings on Trump probe after midterms: report

Its possible that Muellers finding wont be made public if he doesnt secure unsealed indictments.

The post...


New Supreme Court Ruling Could Make It Easier To Hold Corporations Liable For Things Like Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A new ruling from the Supreme Court in two cases, ConAgra Grocery Products v. California and Sherwin-Williams v. California has the potential to open the door for the public to hold corporations accountable for knowingly endangering public health or the planet. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from paint manufacturers, Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra, and NL Industries, on a ruling that requires them to pay over $400 million for lead paint inspections and removals in California homes and for their role in promoting lead paint over several decades. The cases were brought against paint manufacturers by ten California governments, including Los Angeles County, in the form of a product-liability suit back in 2000.


Coverup Deal Will Blame Khashoggi Death On Extreme Torture "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One might expand on that fairytale: "The Saudi general who allegedly botched the interrogation of Jamal Khashoggi mysteriously died in a Saudi air force plane crash on the same day the coverup story was floated." But that would probably take it too far. The floated story will of course not be believed. A deadly interrogation - extreme torture - in the Saudi consulate is not plausible. One does not need to fly in 15 operators, including a specialist for autopsies, to twist someone's arms and ask a few questions. The intent was either to kidnap the guy or to outright kill him. The trial ballon seems to come from U.S. sources, not from the Saudis. Trump yesterday spoke of "rogue killers" who may have caused the incident. No one near Mohammad bin Salman dares to go rogue.


Khashoggi Is Not The Only One Reason The US Should Cut Its Saudi Ties "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Saudi Arabia has made headlines recently for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to Khashoggi is certainly tragic, but its far from the only crime committed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Despite its history of thuggery, the US has been cozy with the kingdom for decades. Heres 10 reasons to sever this nefarious alliance with the Saudi kingdom.


No Chance Congress Will Vote On USMCA This Year "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The free trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico that leaders from all three countries agreed to in principle recently is a long way away from becoming law, as the man in charge of the U.S. Senate says there's no chance lawmakers will vote on the pact before next year. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg in an interview Tuesday that there's no chance the logistics can be worked out to ensure that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement or USMCA  will make it to the floor of either the Senate or House of Representatives before the end of the year, so it can be ratified by lawmakers. The statements come against the backdrop of U.S. midterms next month, elections that could see the Democrats take back one or both arms of the federal government.


I agree with this review of the Ark Park "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article on the Ark Park is exactly right, and hits on all the same impressions I had when I visited it.

  • Its grossly overpriced.
  • Its just a large building in a shape you dont typically see large buildings in.
  • The extremely optimistic queueing area you wend your way through a maze of fences intended to restrain a moband youre one of the few people there.
  • The first proper exhibit on the Ark is a room containing lots of wooden cages with model animals in them. Its another pointless waiting area. A lot of the cages dont bother to have fake animals in them they just play animal noises.
  • But, unfortunately, with the exception of three dioramas, all of that is depicted using a bunch of pictures and text on boards stuck to the wall. There are virtually no real exhibits inside.

  • Once youre done reading the signs on the wall of the pre-flood world section, you head on to the next attraction: a bunch of signs on walls.

  • The Ark has two screening areas that, during my visit, played two movies on loop. I skipped the movies. From the description, I didnt miss anything.

  • Did I mention the signs on the walls? Room after room after room of signs. More signs than have ever been gathered in one place before.

  • They have a new addition! One of the newer additions to the Ark is an exhibit made to look like a graphic novel that tells the story of some college kids questioning their faith (spoiler alert: God turns out to be cool, actually). Unfortunately, its just another variation on a theme. Ken Ham described the exhibit as like walking through the pages of a book. An alternative description would be like reading a bunch of signs stuck to a wall.

Aside from the incompetent, boring collection of didactic exhibits, they note another feature of the content: its all written by regressive, homophobic Christian fundamentalists.

Anti-LGBTQ bigotry is a big attraction at the theme park, and is smattered generously throughout.

All pe...


Doctor Sentenced to Die in Prison for Healing People with Weed as Child Predator Congressman Let Out Early "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


A caring father and doctor, who healed people will die in prison because he used a plant. In the mean time, child sexting Anthony Weiner gets out early.

The post Doctor Sentenced to Die in Prison for Healing People with Weed as Child Predator Congressman Let Out Early appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


Glasgow: Thousands Of Women To Strike Over Pay Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Thousands of women council workers across Glasgow plan to bring the city to a standstill this week in what is believed to be the biggest equal pay strike seen in the UK. More than 8,000 workers, mostly women who have never been on a picket line, will take part in the two-day action that starts next Tuesday and will affect homecare, schools and nurseries, cleaning and catering services across the city. While Glasgow city council insists there is no justification for the planned disruption, which it says will jeopardise the care of its most vulnerable residents, unions say that a failure of negotiations has left the women with no choice but to strike and make visible the decades-long pay discrimination that has affected this largely unseen workforce.


Syrian War Report October 17, 2018: Terrorists Move From Syria And Iraq To EU Via Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

from SouthFront The Turkish military has sent a new convoy of troops and military equipment in order to strengthen its forces deployed in the Syrian province of Idlib. Some sources link this move with recent reports that terrorist groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Houras al-Din and other al-Qaeda-like organizations are not going to withdraw from []


Saudi journalist Khashoggi decapitated after fingers cut off (updated) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sputnik/Moscow: Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks on the alleged murder of a Saudi journalist inside the Saudi diplomatic facility in Turkey. Commenting on the case, Pompeo noted that Washington takes the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi seriously, also stressing that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had []


He sure dines out a lot on his uncle "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Donald Trump only listens to one scientist, apparently his oft-mentioned Uncle John Trump of MIT.

I finally had to look him up. He was an electrical engineer, with no qualifications at all to speak on climate science, and as the President* even admits, they did not discuss climatology. But even worse, hes been dead for 33 years.

Im going to guess that they never discussed science while he was alive at all he was just the one member of the family they could point to and say, See? Not all Trumps are venal morons. He was the family token, and now hes nothing but a useful prop from the grave.


Explosion At Crimean College Kills 18 Students "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

________ TASS What is known about the tragedy at the Kerch Polytechnic College At the Polytechnic College in Kerch, an explosion occurred. The victims were 18 people. According to the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov, the suspect in the explosion was a college student, he committed suicide . What happened On October 17, in []


Chemical Weapons in Syria: BBC Panorama Relies on Questionable Research Global Network for Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Peter Ford
21st Century Wire

A joint investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic claimed to show how chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian Government as part of a deliberate military strategy. Yet there are serious concerns over the investigations reliance on broadly impartial sources who are not named and consequently the reliability of the reports findings. 

The Panorama programme is called Syrias Chemical War and was first broadcast on Monday 15 October on BBC One at 20:30.

Members of the Global Network for Syria have issued the following response:

Yesterdays BBC Panorama programme was notable for its omissions. It was not clear, for example, whether evidence backing the claims of 106 uses of chemical weapons came from Syrian rebel sources. Given that sources are not named, the BBC may be relying on evidence from groups that are widely regarded as favourable to the opposition, such as the White Helmets, the Syrian American Medical Society, or the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations. 

The investigation ignored the interim findings of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the Douma incident, which contradict the BBCs conclusions.  The OPCW found no evidence of the use of prohibited weapons in Douma and did not rule out that chlorine cylinders found at the site may have been planted. 

The programme showed former OPCW staff saying that not all of Asads stocks destroyed under OPCW supervision were necessarily accounted for. It neglected to point out, however, that the OPCW reported in 2014 that it had been unable to visit two sites where chemical weapons were stored and that both these sites were in rebel-held territory deemed unsafe for inspectors to visit. 

The programme also claimed to detect a pattern of Asad using chemical weapons in the final stages of sieges. But the report did not address questions raised by numerous military experts who ask why Syrian Government Forces, which were already winning the war, would deploy chemical weapons of limited usefulness, risking severe reprisals by the US-led Coalition.

There are further...


Facial Recognition Scanning in Schools Has Arrived, Fueling Privacy Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Chloe Anagnos RealNetworks, a leader in digital media software known for introducing streaming technology about two decades ago, is in the news for offering free...


Video: Brzezinski Calls For Trump To Be Overthrown By Own Cabinet "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Video: Brzezinski Calls For Trump To Be Overthrown By Own Cabinet

What more do you need to hear from him to start thinking 25th amendment or something else.

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Expert Testimony on 5G and Radiation Health Effects to the Michigan State House Energy Policy Committee "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Insurance companies dont seem to be interested in covering wireless radiation exposure risks anymore.  Despite this U.S. elected officials and government...


SYRIA EXCLUSIVE: Vanessa Beeley Meets the White Helmets and Armed Group Leader in Daraa Al Balad "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Leader of the White Helmet center in Daraa Al Balad, Abu Mohanad Al Mahamid talks to Vanessa Beeley on 20th September 2018. (Photo: Screenshot from video of interview)

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire 

If you shout at us we will cry, we are so sensitive Abu Mohanad Al Mahamid told me on the 20th September 2018.  Al Mahamid is the leader of the still-functioning White Helmet center in Daraa Al Balad to the south of Damascus in Syria. Al Mahamid had donned his white helmet for the camera before he spoke to us about the role of these White Helmets who had remained in Daraa Al Balad, when other White Helmet members had boarded the buses for Idlib with Nusra Front or for Israel and Jordan as part of the special evacuation organised by the members of the US Coalition. 

The journey to this White Helmet center had been a circuitous one. I traveled with my translator and a Syrian journalist working independently on this trip. Since July 2018 a tenuous ceasefire had been negotiated between the armed groups and members of the Russian Reconciliation team. Conditions included the surrendering of heavy and medium weapons. (De-escalation zones had previously been established in mid 2017). Russia secured the right of admission to liberated areas for the Syrian Arab Army and the withdrawl of extremist groups from areas close to the Jordanian borders. The Al Nassib border crossing, for example, would come back under the management of the SAA. While some groups occupying areas in the countryside and city of Daraa accepted the Russian conditions, Daraa Al Balad was one of the areas that chose to continue with a policy of confrontation.

..military factions have refused the offer entirely and choose confrontations, especially in Daraa al-Balad and the towns of Saida, elmiathin, Nasib, el-Emtaih, al-Naimah, el-Taebah, arriving at the western countryside of Tafas, Nawa and its surrounding. The concerned faction...


Saudi Officer With Close Ties to Crown Prince Reportedly in Charge of Deadly Khashoggi Operation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

_________ Haaretz Saudi Officer With Close Ties to Crown Prince Reportedly in Charge of Deadly Khashoggi Operation Turkey hopes to enter the Saudi consuls residence in Istanbul on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkeys foreign minister said after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Turkish officials have said []


Facebook Deletes Disabled Veterans Page Without Warning After Taking $300,000 for Ads "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Facebook Deletes Disabled Veterans Page Without Warning After Taking $300,000 for Ads

Im not a conservative. Im not a liberal. Im an American, with deep beliefs in what our country stands for.



Rand Paul: Saudis Are Not Our Friends; Stop Arming Them "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Rand Paul: Saudis Are Not Our Friends; Stop Arming Them

For over a year now, I have been trying to get Congress to stop sending more arms to Saudi Arabia, Paul told Fox Newss Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

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The post Rand Paul: Saudis Are Not Our Friends; Stop Arming Them appeared...


Did You Know Russians Can Help Run US Elections Legally? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A months-long WhoWhatWhy investigation into Russian ties to Marylands election administration seems to have raised alarm bells in Congress. Maryland Democratic Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin have joined Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins in sponsoring a bill to ban foreign control of election vendors.

The legislation would address gaps in federal law that made it possible for Russians to hold major investments in companies which service elections in the US. If passed, the Protect Our Elections Act would require states to ensure that election-service providers are owned and controlled domestically.

We cannot allow Russia or any other foreign adversaries to own our election systems, Van Hollen said of the proposed bill. This isnt just a hypothetical issue.

How is it that a foreign adversary like Russia could get this close to a US election system?

Van Hollen should know. His action was triggered in part by a troubling story from his own state that has also been the subject of an ongoing WhoWhatWhy investigation.

In July, the FBI notified Marylands State Board of Elections (SBE) that a vendor supplying services to the SBE through a contract with the states Department of Technology had been acquired three years ago by a company whose primary investor has Russian ties.

SBE deputy election administrator Nikki Charleson told WhoWhatWhy that the agency was aware of the 2015 acquisition. However, until July, no one not even SBE knew that the investor was foreign, let alone Russian.   

The new legislation proposed in the Senate would impose fines up to $10,000 on domestic companies that serve US election systems and fail to disclose connections to foreign nationals that involve control or ownership.

WhoWhatWhy has been asking state a...


Insomniac Challenge: Removing Digital, Electronic, and Wireless Devices From Bedroom May Improve Sleep "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By B.N. Frank Anyone who has ever experienced insomnia understands that it is an absolutely miserable condition to have.  Because of our increasingly high-tech world,...


The Five Most Important Guns In American History "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The most consequential guns in U.S. history. Adapted from David Harsanyis book, First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun."


Is Elizabeth Warren Guilty Of Cultural Appropriation? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

If wearing a headdress for Halloween is cultural appropriation, then isn't claiming to be Indian for professional advantage appropriation, as well?


Why Brett Kavanaugh Should Sue Christine Blasey Ford For Defamation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Senate hearing involving Christine Blasey Fords accusations against Brett Kavanaugh ended in a he-said/she-said impasse. A defamation lawsuit might remedy that.


Elizabeth Warren May Be Making U.S. History As The First Trans-Racial Senator "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sen. Elizabeth Warrens absurd DNA testing debacle should make us all wonder why we are glued to putting people into racial categories.


LGBT Media Runs With Unsubstantiated Hate Crime Stories Despite Red Flags "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Its easy to believe hate crimes are everywhere if they suit a convenient political narrative and are touted by reporters who cant be bothered to dig deeper.


How Overturning Roe v. Wade Might Strengthen Abortion In America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Just as bitterness over the end of slavery sparked horrendous backlash over the coming decades, the end of Roe v. Wade could quickly turn into a Pyrrhic victory.


Should Florida Restore Voting Rights For Former Felons? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As proponents of Amendment 4 attempt to rally support, voters will make the ultimate call on whether ex-felons should regain their voting rights.


Why Maggie Rogers Sings Straight To Her Fans "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Maggie Rogers is pulling back the curtain on her viral rise to success in her single 'Lights On' and her Instagram feed reposts of fan covers.


No, Stormy Daniels, You Dont Represent All Women "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Woman arent part of some mindless collective that can be defined by any individual who claims to have magical moral authority simply because shes a female.


Beto ORourke Is A Perfect Picture Of Democrats Misalignment With Voters "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The Democratic Party and the overwhelming majority of reporters and pundits in Big Media reflect the interests of progressive activists at the expense of their coalitions, both nationally and locally.


Are the multicellular volvocine algae monophyletic? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

One of the strengths of the volvocine algae as a model system is that they span a range of sizes and degrees of complexity. Sizes range from tens of microns to a couple of millimeters, cell numbers range from one to 50,000 or so, some species do and some dont have cellular differentiation, and some do and some dont undergo inversion during development. This variation makes the volvocine algae ripe for comparative analyses, which I and many others have done. It also allows many of the intermediate steps between unicellular and complex multicellular life to be identified, as David Kirk did in his twelve-step paper.

The volvocine algae have clearly taken some of those steps more than once. Cellular differentiation, for example, has evolved at least three times, in the genus Astrephomene, in the so-called Volvox section Volvox (a.k.a. Euvolvox), and in the lineage that includes Pleodorina and the other Volvox species. One thing they seem to have only done once, though, is to evolve multicellularity itself.

There have been dozens of studies addressing the evolutionary relationships among various species of volvocine algae. Most have been from Hisayoshi Nozakis lab, though I and many others have weighed in as well. Nearly all of them, at least those that address the topic, agree that the three families that make up the multicellular volvocine algaethe Tetrabaenaceae, Goniaceae, and Volvocaceaeuniquely descend from a common ancestor. In other words, the multicellular volvocine algae are monophyletic.

Three important cladistic terms are used to summarize the evolutionary relationships among a group of species. If all of the members of the group descend from a common ancestor, and nothing else descends from that ancestor, the group is called monophyletic. Mammals, for example, are monophyletic. A monophyletic group is also called a clade. If all group members are descended from a common ancestor, but so are some non-group members, the group is called paraphyletic. Reptiles, for example, are paraphyletic, because there is no clade that includes all reptiles that doesnt also include birds. The word paraphyletic should nearly always be followed by with respect to: reptiles are paraphyletic with respect to birds.

The bottom of the barrel, in terms of evolutionary relationships, is polyphyly. A group is considered polyphyletic if its members dont share a recent common ancestor at all, in other words, if they have multiple evolutionary origins. Flying animals are polyphyletic. Algae are polyphyletic. The genus Volvox is polyphyletic. Polyphyletic taxa are the scum of the phylogenetic Earth. Telling a taxonomist that a group she has named is polyphyle......


Trump vs. The Fed: When Markets Crash, Who Is To Blame? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brandon Smith After a certain length of time examining history in-depth, anyone who is honest and relatively objective comes to understand that most of...


Economic Woes: Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About To Get Worse "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mac Slavo As politicians continue to point to a booming economy with a low unemployment rate, the real evidence that those surface numbers arent...


The Difference Between Mobility and Accessibility "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When I'm introducing people to the Strong Towns movement, one of the surest ways I've found to elicit a "Wait, what?!" is to start talking about slowing down traffic. #SlowTheCars is one of our rallying cries, not only for public safety reasons (starting with the tens of thousands of Americans killed by drivers every year), but because slow streets are more financially productive streets. They're places where we, as a community, can linger and interact with each other, and theyre platforms for creating real value.

Our take on traffic defies mainstream assumptions, to say the least. Everyone thinks they have a traffic problem, a belief fed by endless recycled headlines and pseudo-academic findings about the hours of productive time we supposedly lose to congestion. Yet numerous writers have argued in this spaceconvincingly, I hopethat congestion is, a) not something we can or should solve by building wider, faster roads through cities, and b) often not a problem at all. In fact it might even be a good thing.

I was informed recently by a local activist in the city I live in now that I espouse a "dangerous ideology of overcrowding our roads to force people to walk." This is not true. I'm not interested in being in the business of forcing anyone to do anything. But it is true that if we implemented the policies I want, many of us would get around our cities more slowly than we do now.

Here's why I'm not convinced that's a bad thingor even an inconvenience.

Speed is the Wrong Metric

In the ways we talk about traffic congestion, we're too often obsessed with speed. Traffic analytics firm Inrix publishes its annual Congestion Index, the premises of which our friends at City Observatory and others have debunked repeatedly (and sometimes humorously). The annual Inrix report is full of alarmist data points devoid of any useful context. Its list of the worst cities for traffic reads like a Whos Who of prosperous, economically dynamic places. But did you know that in Manhattan, you can travel only a measly 8.23 miles per hour on average?

Even mass transit projects are often assailed for thei...


Israeli Ambassador to France Slammed for Attempt to Censor News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza...


Kanye West Plays Russian Roulette With His Health "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In 2017, Kanye West was clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This condition is characterized by significant changes in mood and energy, from emotional highs to devastating lows. After learning of the rappers diagnosis, many fans received some sort of clarity for his behavior variations. Without question, YE, as he now calls himself, is a talented []


Doug George-Kanentiio: Elizabeth Warren deserves our praise "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elizabeth Warren is welcome anytime on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne.


'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A campaign ad featuring the names of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on the defensive.


As Gruesome New Details of Khashoggi Murder Emerge, Trump Obediently Bows to Saudi Crown Prince "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

__________ Common Dreams As Gruesome New Details of Khashoggi Murder Emerge, Trump Obediently Bows to Saudi Crown Prince As shocking and gruesome new details surrounding Saudi Arabias alleged torture and assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi continued to trickle out on Tuesdaywith anonymous Turkish officials telling the press that the prominent dissident was beaten, []


A Firestorm of Truth? Pt 1: Flippers, Leakers, Journalists: Opportunists, Patriots, Survivors or ... Demonspawn? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Flippers, Leakers, Journalists: opportunists or heroes? You decide in this three-part series


Pump and Trump "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since Donald Trumps fortunes came surging back with the success of The Apprentice 14 years ago, his deals have often been scrutinized for the large number of his partners who have ventured to the very edges of the law, and sometimes beyond. Those associates have included accused money launderers, alleged funders of Irans Revolutionary Guard and a felon who slashed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass.

Trump and his company have typically countered by saying they were merely licensing his name on these real estate projects in exchange for a fee. They werent the developers or in any way responsible.

But an eight-month investigation by ProPublica and WNYC reveals that the post-millennium Trump business model is different from what has been previously reported. The Trumps were typically way more than mere licensors or bystanders in their often-troubled deals. They were deeply involved in these projects. They helped mislead investors and buyers and they profited handsomely from it.

Patterns of deceptive practices occurred in a dozen deals across the globe, as the business expanded into international projects, and the Trumps often participated. One common pattern, visible in more than half of those transactions, was a tendency to misstate key sales numbers.

In interviews and press conferences, Ivanka Trump gave false sales figures for projects in Mexicos Baja California; Panama City, Panama; Toronto and New Yorks SoHo neighborhood. These statements werent just the legendary Trump hype; they misled potential buyers about the viability of the developments.

Another pattern: Donald Trump repeatedly misled buyers about the amount (or existence) of his ownership in projects in Tampa, Florida; Panama; Baja and elsewhere. For a tower planned in Tampa, for example, Trump told a local paper in 2005 that his ownership would be less than 50 percent: But its a substantial stake. I recently said Id like to increase my stake but when theyre selling that well they dont let you do that. In reality, Trump had no ownership stake in the project.

The Trumps often made money even when projects failed. And when they tanked, the Trumps simply ignored their prior claims of close involvement, denied any responsibility and walked away.

The cycle is exemplified in Panama City, where the Trumps were involved in a project to build a massive tower and complex known as the Trump Ocean Club. The projects unfortunate...


Intrigue in Belgrade, Yemen, etc. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The nature of warfare is changing, and some of this has to do with a lot of highly trained US Servicemen who are selling their skills to unscrupulous potentates. The scenario isn't new. During the middle ages, English longbowmen, Genoese crossbowmen, Swiss pikemen, etc. did much the same thing - and the nature of warfare changed then too. 

A number of middle aged men with skills have approached me over time, asking whether or not they should get into the trade, and my advice is always, "no".  So this cautionary note is sort of a letter in a bottle to all of those people as well as something to blog about.

Daniel Corbett, second from right, with Abraham
Golan, second from left, and Isaac Gilmore, far right.

Buzzfeed News
A friend of mine (L. C.) shared the story of a US Navy SEAL reservist Daniel Corbett, who has been held in prison in Serbia for eight months while under investigation for possession of an illegal handgun. The story made news from the outset because local outlets and various boutique US News sources found it to be 'sexy and salacious'. (The corrupt, elite, mainstream media would have reported it if Stormy Daniels had been involved, but she wasn't.)

In July, his criminal lawyer was gunned down in Belgrade in a gangland-style hit that remains unsolved. It is not known if the lawyers killing is related to Corbetts case.

Corbett, who goes by the nickname Dirty, had combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,...


Massive Cyber Attacks On The US Infrastructure Reported "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

With the video platform YouTube taking a dive for some time today, the public is being worked up by more reports of cyber attacks.


Certain Sudanese medicinal plants can remove heavy metals from water "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Certain Sudanese medicinal plants can remove heavy metals from water

(Natural News) Toxic heavy metals are growing more common in bodies of water, including those that serve as important sources of drinking water. To remedy this problem, Sudanese researchers investigated a trio of local medicinal plants used as water puri...


New guide kick-starts reconciliation in the justice system "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Concrete actions are needed to address the harmful effects of the residential school era.


Tim Giago: What would Pocahontas say about Donald Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We cannot afford to lose the voice of Elizabeth Warren, but we also cannot allow a foul-mouthed bigot to continue to hurl childish insults at her with name-calling.


Another Indian Country organization undergoes change "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers is searching for a new leader following the departure of its long-serving president.


Israeli Ambassador to France Slammed for Attempt to Censor News "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Aliza Bin Noun(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza bin Noun is under fire for attempts to censor a news report on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The report aired on France 2, despite her demands that it never be aired. The report, titled Gazas disabled teens, was an investigative story on Palestinian teens who had been crippled by []


Khashoggis Killing Took 7 Minutes, Chopped Into Pieces While Alive: Turkish Source "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Jamal Khashoggi(MEE)  It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalists last moments told Middle East Eye. Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul Generals office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, []


Can rapes in churches be prevented if priests are allowed to break the vow of celibacy? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A nun of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Kottayam in Kerala has filed a rape case against none other than the bishop, alleging that numerous times over the past four years the man lured her to his quarters over various flimsy pretexts and raped her. The first incident occurred on May 2014 in a guest house in Kuravilangad. She had reported the incident to the church authorities back then but they chose not to take any action on the matter. Subsequently she was harassed by the bishop on a number of occasions, adding up to about thirteen different counts of rape and sexual assault. Having failed to get any justice from the church the nun was finally forced to seek the help of the police. A bishop is no ordinary individual; he is usually a man of immense influence among Christians and is chosen by priests as their guide and leader. Expectedly the people of the church are unwilling to accept such unsavoury allegations against such a holy person; consequently, their entire ire has been deflected towards the nun. She is being pressurised to drop the case and it has created a furore across the country.
Perhaps the worst rule in the Catholic church is that all priests, nuns and bishops have to take a vow of celibacy. They are not allowed to marry or have sex. Not just Christians, such vows of chastity or brahmacharya are common among Hindus, Jains and Buddhists too. That is not to say everyone unanimously adheres to oaths taken; some observed their vows piously, some stray from their path. The Buddhist monks of Japan used to flout their declarations of celibacy so much that they had to be eventually allowed to get married. I strongly believe that the laws making celibacy necessary for priests ought to be done away with. I am not claiming even once that such a move will ensure that women and children will no longer be sexually violated. But I do believe that it will at least give priests a choice as to whether they wish to remain celibate or not; if they wish to they can and no one will be able to force them otherwise. If celibacy no longer remains obligatory t will only result in an increase in the number of people who wish to join churches to serve God. It is a complete misconception that it is not possible to give oneself up to the service of the Lord while simultaneously performing ones domestic duties. Rather, it is nearly impossible to put ones mind to something while trying to repress physical unease or dissatisfaction. Sexual desire is as natural a phenomenon as thirst, it is not contrary to the divine. If God has created this universe then sexuality too is divine creation.
Despite sexual harassment being a systematic and rampant problem in the Indian subcontinent, a counter-movement akin to Me Too of the west has yet to emerge here. Here, if an influential person is accused of rape it does not create any inconvenience for them; instead people slut-shame the accuser or the survivor. In Kerala too the priests have...


Like a cinder block 7 times your weight on your chest survivor describes Soyuz crash "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Experiencing a Soyuz abort procedures felt like a holding a cinder block seven times his weight on his chest, but didnt make Aleksey Ovchinins desire to go into space any weaker, the cosmonaut told RT. Ovchinin and NASAs Nick Hague were on-board the Soyuz-MS-10 spacecraft when its launch vehicle, the Soyuz-FG rocket failed mid-flight. The []


American serviceman killed in Ukrainian Su-27 crash during war games with NATO "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

An American serviceman has been killed in a Su-27 fighter jet crash in Ukraine, Kievs military prosecutor has confirmed. The jet was taking part in a military exercise with NATO. The Su-27 crashed during a simulated combat flight. The Ukrainian General Staff initially issued a statement on Facebook that mentioned the citizenships of the two []


China Inches Closer to Launching Gravitational Wave-Detecting Satellite "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

China is preparing to launch the first of three satellites that will help researchers in their mission to detect gravitational waves. The new spacecraft, which is expected to be blasted into space by the end of 2019, is part of Chinas Tianqin program that focuses its efforts on detecting gravitational waves, otherwise known as ripples in the structure of space-time, the Asia Times reported. []


UN Approves Resolution Granting Palestine More Rights as G77 Chair "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The UN General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly approved a resolution to give the state of Palestine more rights as the new chair of the Group of 77 (G77) developing nations, the UN press office said in a statement. The General Assembly decided today to provide additional rights and privileges of participation to the State of Palestine when []


Tony Thompson could use our help (Non-fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tony Thompson runs The Progressive Pub over at The Orbit.  He lives about 24 miles from Mexico Beach, FL which is where the eye of Hurricane Michael made landfall.  He posted this update on his Facebook page:

Our home lost power, but no substantial damage (other than tiles from the roof and panels from the side). We also have no running water. Electricity may be up and running around the 20th. Hopefully.

We do have a generator with a supply of canned food and other dry goods.

We are not in dire need of anything at the moment. Money will be an issue when this is more or less done, but thats a later concern.

If you want to help him out, you can send your donations to his PayPal account.  You can also donate to one of these charities to help out in general.  Hopefully, he, along with the other residents of the Florida Panhandle will recover quickly from this disaster.


US Army Retreats towards Deir Ezzur Energy-Rich Fields after ISIL Kidnaps American Soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US military forces have retreated towards two energy-rich fields in Eastern Deir Ezzur after a number of American soldiers and the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants were kidnapped by ISIL, a Russian media outlet reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as reporting that the US army []


YouTube Down Site Wide, A Blessing In Plain View List Of Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As YouTube is currently down site-wide (doing God knows what), yet will no doubt be up and running again in no time, it is a perfect opportunity for everyone to take a moment and consider what social media would be like without such an all-consuming government-infiltrated monopolistic platform overshadowing all others, and dictating who and []

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The Video Doesnt Lie Even If the Officer Did "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A retired police officer reflects on the Jason Van Dyke verdict.


Video: Top Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Video: Top Big Lies of Beto ORourke Exposed

Leftist Senate candidate wants to ban AR-15s, raise taxes, and open US border.

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Why liberal Jews in Israel and the US have made Lara Alqasem a cause celebre "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Israeli officials control entry not only to Israel but also to the occupied Palestinian territories. For decades, foreigners with Arab-sounding names -- like Ms Alqasem -- have been routinely harassed or turned back at the borders, with barely a peep from most on the Israeli left.


LIVE FEED: Beto vs Cruz Final Senate Debate Banned 2018 Midterm Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

LIVE FEED: Beto vs Cruz Final Senate Debate Banned 2018 Midterm Coverage

Watch the broadcast weeknights 8-10 PM CST for the latest developments leading up to midterms.

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Tune In 8pm CST: Trump Warns Caravan As Jobs Boom Eclipses America "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Tune In 8pm CST: Trump Warns Caravan As Jobs Boom Eclipses America

Tune in weeknights from 8-10 PM CST to get the latest breaking midterm developments!

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1776 Iran: Trump Signals Support For Iranian Populist Movement RESTART "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

1776 Iran: Trump Signals Support For Iranian Populist Movement RESTART

As the Islamic republic weakens, the people of Iran stand to claim their birthright.

The post 1776 Iran: Trump Signals Support For Iranian Populist Movement RESTART appeared first on...


Elizabeth Warren Gets A Great Idea "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Elizabeth Warren Gets A Great Idea

See how Pocahontas found out about her ancestry.

The post Elizabeth Warren Gets A Great Idea appeared first on Alternative News Network.


Im Convinced: Pineapple Does Not Belong On Pizza. Also? Feminism is better than its defenders argue. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Although what led me to that first conclusion wasnt Hitlers anti-Pineapple Pizza rant.

HJ over at Reprobate Spreadsheet has been discussing in quite helpful details a number of aspects of the recent Boghossian, Linday & Pluckrose*1 hoax.

But Ive read a bit about this hoax at quite a number of outlets not just here at FtB and one of the things Ive found to be glaringly omission amongst the accounts of this hoax is the possibility that the hoax does more to disprove the claims of BLP than it does to support them.

The central claim of B, L & P is that feminists will accept any assertion that claims to be feminist and pays a certain lip service to feminist dogmas (real or imagined). To prove this, BLP borrowed some words, phrases & structures from a certain segment of Mein Kampf and used them to dress up some vague bullshit about how solidarity and single-mindedness win political victories generally, so solidarity and single-mindedness would probably have defeated sexism by now had feminists embraced those to qualities earlier and more universally.

But heres the thing: I fucking am a feminist, and as a trans* woman who tries very hard to balance harm reduction with eradication, Im constantly finding feminist opposition to my identity, my views, or both. Seriously, at the extreme margins feminists have disagreed whether it is even possible to do more to dismantle sexism during a lifetime than participating in heterosexual marriages promotes it, and thus whether or not its possible for any woman to have a net-positive effect on the feminist cause if ever once that woman gets married to a man. There is dogma in feminism, but really only by definition: if you love sexism and want to support it, by definition you cant be a feminist. Also by definition, to be actually feminist one must believe that sexism deserves opposition. This inevitably leads to certain broad sharing of opinions, but this is a consequence of defining a group of people in ways that they must oppose sexism to be included in the group.

So what about this conclusion: feminists are willing to entertain a wide variety of ideas, even vague, daffy or ill-conceived ones, for long enough to be sure that theyre being rejected for their vagueness, daffiness, or poor conception*2.

Lets consider for a moment what it would mean if the BLP paper had actually been published but feminists reading the paper wrote new papers opposing the ideas presented, showing (or attempting to show) that reflexive solidarity and true single-mindedness do not lead toward the feminist society most feminists want. In that case, the BLP paper would have played a role in the debate by sparking thought and making a new articulation against a rigid feminist movement o......


Update On Anarchist Prisoner Eric King In the SHU "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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Update on anarchist prisoner Eric King, recently moved to the SHU.

A quick update since Eric is still in the Specialized Housing Unit (SHU, segregation) and it is unknown how long he will be there. He still hasnt received a write-up nor has he been brought up on charges, but is facing a precarious situation. Eric also has some new rules regarding mail.  All paper has to be plain white or regular lined notebook paper. Envelopes have to be straight white or manila if sending something larger. Eric is also unable to receive cards.

As folx know Eric has been through a lot of trauma recently and really could use support through mail and always always books. He was pretty badly hurt, he misses his family and really needs the community right now. Eric is so grateful for all the support, letters, and books he has received so far. We in the support crew are so appreciative of people showing our friend the love!

Please keep Eric in your mind and heart, these are hard times and our friend will need a ton of solidarity and help in the coming months.

You can find his Amazon wish-list here:

Eric King # 27090045
P.O. BOX 1000

As always, until all are free

EK Support Crew


Global Warming: Does the New IPCC 1.5C Climate Report Offer Hope? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The IPCC issued its report on what would happen to our earth if the Paris agreement target of 2 degrees C was followed. Not good it turns out. The new target is 1.5C. Even this affects coastal regions and coral reefs. The article discusses the state of the earth and the basics of the report.


US Exploits Khashoggi For Saudi Arms Sale, TSA Biometric Control & Another Journalist Shot By Israel "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 (10/16/18). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth []

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Beto O'Rourke vs.Ted Cruz, Second Debate ~ What this Race Symbolizes ~Trump Tweets "Beto is a Flake" "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Without exaggeration, and with no hyperbole intended, I believe this campaign is truly a contest between Good and Evil, between "We, the People" vs. the corporations, between the humble working and thinking classes, and the billionaire plutocrats. Want to learn about cheating at the polls, how it is done, when it started in the 21st Century? Watch this 80 minute film on YouTube: Uncounted: the New Math of American Elections.


Organizing Tech: Insights into the Tech Worlds Sudden Rebellion "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Organizing Tech: Insights into the Tech Worlds Sudden Rebellion appeared first on It's Going Down.

A look into the emergence of labor struggles coming from within the tech sector.

by X389552

In early April of this year, Google workers went public with a petition against an artificial intelligence project theyd learned was slated to be used in military drones. Over 4,000 workers had already signed onto the letter that begins, We believe that Google should not be in the business of war, and ends with the demand that the company cancel the contract with the Pentagon.

Worker organizers reported to the media that at least 13 of their fellow employees had quit their jobs in protest. Google placated, justified, minimized and eventually gave in, announcing two months later that they wouldnt renew the contract.

Soon after, as ICEs policy of family separations became big news, workers at Microsoft published their own letter demanding that the company cancel its $19 million contract with the agency:

As the people who build the technologies that Microsoft profits from, we refuse to be complicit. We are part of a growing movement, comprised of many across the industry who recognize the grave responsibility that those creating powerful technology have to ensure what they build is used for good, and not for harm.

Just days later, Amazon workers followed suit with their own petition against Palantir, a surveillance contractor that hosts ICEs database of immigrants on Amazons servers, and Amazons recently exposed practice of marketing and selling their facial recognition tool to police departments:

Technology like ours is playing an increasingly critical role across many sectors of society. What is clear to us is that our development and sales practices have yet to acknowledge the obligation that comes with this. Focusing solely on shareholder value is a race to the bottom, and one that we will not participate in.

We refuse to build the platform that powers ICE, and we refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights.

This movement has been reported by the mainstream media and tech press...


London, ON: Antifascist Mobilization Opposes Pegida, Soldiers of Odin, and Wolves of Odin "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post London, ON: Antifascist Mobilization Opposes Pegida, Soldiers of Odin, and Wolves of Odin appeared first on It's Going Down.

Jeff Shantz from Anti-Fascist News reports on a recent mobilization in London, Ontario against a collection of far-Right and Islamophobic groups.

Pegida, an anti-Islam group active in Canada and with connections to white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Europe (particularly Germany), has been holding regular rallies in London, Ontario. While Pegida have made few inroad on their own in London, they have made growing links with neo-fascist groups like Soldiers of Odin (SOO) and Proud Boys.

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, a rally of several Pegida members along with a dozen or so SOO and a few Wolves of Odin and other neo-fascist supporters was confronted by a much larger counter-mobilization of antifascists. With cops present the fascists held their ground outside the City Hall building.

London is the sort of city one might expect fascists to receive some reception in. It is a mid-size city in Canada known to be generally politically conservative with a sizeable white collar professional workforce with many company headquarters located there. It could well be a foundation for fascism as a conservative white collar middle strata feels squeezed by economic pressures from above (capital, ownership) and social demands from below. And clearly Pegida and SOO and others see it that way given their persistence in holding events there. On multiple occasions they have held events outside City Hall.

Of note, a SOO member gave a positive shout out to local city councillor Phil Squire. That the mainstream politicians are open in working with fascists is something that bears attention and response in Canada as elsewhere. It appears to be a more common phenomena in Canada as witness in Edmonton where three United Conservative Party candidates openly partied with SOO, including taking photos with them at a campaign event. Perhaps more infamously, Rob Ford, Premier of the countrys largest province Ontario has taken photos with fascist Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy and her entourage. When called out, Ford, un...


Energy Transfer Partners Security Sinks Two Boats Full of Water Protectors, Threatening Lives "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Energy Transfer Partners Security Sinks Two Boats Full of Water Protectors, Threatening Lives appeared first on It's Going Down.

Water protectors with Leau Est La Vie Camp fighting the Bayou Bridge pipeline report on yet another attack by Energy Transfer Partners.

St. Martin Parish, LA Early [Monday, October 15th] morning, two boats carrying approximately 15 water protectors and media officials were legally observing a Bayou Bridge pipeline construction site, when an Energy Transfer Partners security boat passed by at an aggressive speed, intentionally causing a large wake that swamped and eventually sunk the boats.

All passengers, including a documentary film crew, narrowly made it to shore before the boats completely sunk.

All passengers are accounted for and safe thanks to the help of a local Cajun fisherman who provided support when he found the stranded Leau Est La Vie crew.

The water protectors and attending media were there to legally observe an illegal Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction site preparing to conduct horizontal drilling beneath a waterway for project installation.


ALERT! (10/15):Early this morning, while two boats carrying water protectors and media were legally observing a bayou bridge pipeline construction site, an Energy Transfer Partners security boat rapidly passing by intentionally caused a large wake that swamped and eventually sunk our boats! All passengers, including a documentary film crew, narrowly made it to shore before the boats completely sunk. All are safe, but some are stranded in the swamp. A local Cajun fisherman has offered to help and is preparing to take one of our boat pilots out to do a rescue extraction.There is an urgent need to repair or replace our boats! Please share and support our fightdonate if you can! #Sto...


The Feminist Mein Kampf "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Check your local laws, before going much further. If youre in Russia, for instance, Mein Kampf is banned on the grounds that it is extremist propaganda. Most other countries are more liberal, even Germany; new copies couldnt be printed, you couldnt buy an old copy, and libraries couldnt stock any copy until 2016, but owning or reading that book has always been legal. In Canada, Mein Kampf was even a bestseller in online bookstores, which made electronic copies available for one dollar.

Still, fair warning that Im about to print a little bit of Mein Kampf. Brace yourself, and stay safe.

Fifth, though change may come in stages, feminism cannot limit itself to half-measures in solidarity or be selfish. These manifest under choice feminism (Ferguson, 2010), for example, by placing emphasis upon a so-called objective standpoint (cf. hooks, 2000, p. 8) or through pursuit of aims that appear feminist but actually support neoliberalism (Rottenberg, 2014, 2017). Though what constitutes justice is itself multifarious and pluralistic, only a single-minded alignment with solidarity for effecting the goal of justice will suffice (cf. Hirschmann, 2010; hooks, 2000; Patel, 2011; Russell & Bohan, 2016). That is to say, under neoliberal approaches, society will not be made feminist in the true sense (Rottenberg, 2014; pace Snyder-Hall, 2010) but only feministic with many limitations. This is the state in which we now find ourselves. Neoliberal oppression can only be countered by an effective antidote to neoliberalism which Rottenberg demonstrated that neoliberal feminism cannot provide. Only the blinkering of privilege (cf. DiAngelo, 2011; Dotson, 2014) could underestimate the need for solidarity and regard choice feminism as a workable solution (Rottenberg, 2014, p. 428). Most people are neither scholars nor activists indeed, few even consider themselves feminists (Houvouras & Carter, 2008). As such, they possess little understanding of abstract theoretical knowledge, and this directs their opinions toward the affective, which is where their compassion and frustration lies. In this sense, individuals are receptive to appeals in one direction or the other but never to a nuanced halfway point between the two.

Now, I know what most of you are thinking: Hitler must have been a literary genius, if he could cite books and papers printed over seventy years after he wrote Mein Kampf! That is incorrect, as in reality Hitler owned a time machine. See...


Kingston: The Really Really Free Market as an Intervention Against Gentrification "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Kingston: The Really Really Free Market as an Intervention Against Gentrification appeared first on It's Going Down.

Report from anarchists in so-called Kingston, Ontario, who analyze an attempt to use the Really Really Free Market model as an intervention against gentrification.

On September 30th, 2018, members of AKA Autonomous Social Centre in Kingston hosted another Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) in our neighbourhood. Over the course of 3 hours, approximately 150 to 200 folks came by to share and take free things! For those who are not aware of RRFMs, they are events where folks give and take things with no money exchanged. They emerged as public events in direct opposition to so-called free trade negotiations. (check out more details on Wikipedia or here).

At AKA, we have been hosting these markets with the intention of offering an accessible introduction to anarchist approaches to community, with mixed success. We have hosted RRFMs in different locations in our neighbourhood for several years. Over the past while, we have given some thought into how we can get more political traction out of these events. For this one, we decided to intervene in the conversations around gentrification happening in our already-very-gentrified neighbourhood. We have frequently hosted the RRFMs in a park that has been long-slated for a new road, which has been significantly opposed by many local groups, including us. This time, we hosted it in Skeleton Park, which is formally called McBurney Park, a downtown park with amazing big trees. McBurney Park is also the namesake of the neighbourhoods facebook forum that had hosted some classist posts and comments.

The Skeleton Park neighbourhood is historically working-class and over the past 20 years there has seen a significant influx of middle-class folks and soaring rental rates and house prices. The dominant tension in the neighbourhood is generated by primarily liberal middle-class folks who are trying to remake the neighbourhood in their own image. This includes: policing the neighbourhood and posting images of suspicious people, putting up surveillance cameras, generally lacking empathy for people who have different lived experiences than them, wanting public spaces to change towards their preferences (...


Dont ever play the racist game "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A simple question: did Elizabeth Warren have an Indian ancestor? Yes. Definitely. As Carl Zimmer explains, the science is good and robust on this one. Anyone who is arguing that this is fake science ought to be immediately fired from any job that involves setting science policy. Bye, Donald!

More complex question: does Elizabeth Warren have any legitimate claim to any kind of Indian affiliation? Nope, not that she claimed she did. And she played right into Trumps racist hand.

Warren ended up providing one of the clearest examples yet of how Trumpian rhetoric shifts the political conversation. The woman who is hoping to become the most progressive Democratic nominee in generations is not merely letting herself get jerked around by a Trumpian taunt. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood. Genetic-test evidence is circular: if everyone who claims to be X has a particular genetic marker, then everyone with the marker is likely to be X. This would be flawed reasoning in any area, but what makes it bad science is that it reinforces the belief in the existence of Xin this case, race as a biological category. Warrens video will hardly convince a Trump voter, who will see only a woman who feels that she has to prove something. Trump himself has already walked back his promise of a million-dollar charity donation. Warren, meanwhile, has allowed herself to be dragged into a conversation based on an outdated, harmful concept of racial bloodone that promotes the pernicious idea of biological differences among peopleand she has pulled her supporters right along with her.

See? You can understand that it is good science while also recognizing that shes promoting odious ideological implications that are contrary to her political position.


A Republican, pro-Trump pimp has died "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Are we expected to mourn?

I saw a few episodes of that godawful HBO reality show, Cathouse, which featured smug thug Dennis Hof as a brothel owner. It is no surprise that he ran for political office as a Republican, and actually won the primary Republican voters may be moralizers, but theyre also the biggest hypocrites on the planet. He has now died, ending his political aspirations.

I will say hes one of the reasons I dont subscribe to HBO. When Id travel and stay in a hotel somewhere, Id flip on HBO in the evenings to see what was on, and would routinely see only a few things. One was those dreadful sports documentaries where some lugubrious narrator would drone on about the Cosmic Significance of a boxing match or some sportsball event; the other thing that was always on was that terrible Cathouse show with the women simpering over that bald pompous bouncer guy. Hated em both.

I guess his show has been off the air for a while now, and recently every time Im in a hotel room in the evening its nothing but Bill Maher, who always seems like another Dennis Hof, only with hair.

Jeeezus. The details are trickling out, and he died after a wild birthday party with Grover Norquist, Joe Arpaio, and Ron Jeremy. If only he could have taken them all with him.

Fortunately, there were no women at this party. Have you noticed how these kinds of events always feature great gross corpulent men of greed and villainy, and yet no women ever get mentioned? That sounds like a hellishly bad party to me.


Film review: The Seagull (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am not by any means an expert on Russian theater and so seized the chance to see a film adaptation of Anton Chekovs acclaimed play The Seagull starring Annette Bening. It was an enjoyable film, but as I watched it I could not help noticing that it conformed to the popular view of Russian plays where no one is happy and everyone complains to one another about their unhappiness.

In this story, unrequited love is all over the place. The schoolteacher Medvedenko is in love with Masha (the daughter of the estate manager) who is in love with Konstantin (the son of the famous actress Irina who is the owner of the estate) who is in love with Nina (who lives on a neighboring estate) who is in love with the famous writer Boris who is Irinas lover. Meanwhile Ilya (the manager of the estate) is in love with his wife Polina who is in love with Dom (the local doctor) who is in love with Irina who is in love with Boris. Boris vacillates between Irina and Nina.

The only character not suffering from unrequited love is Sorin (Irinas brother) but he is miserable for other reasons.

Heres the trailer.

Watching the film, I was reminded of this scene from the Woody Allen parody of Russian literature Love and Death (1975) that may well have been inspired by this particular play.

Tuesday, 16 October



Voter Data From 19 States Sold On Internet, Online Security Firms Say "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Voter Data From 19 States Sold On Internet, Online Security Firms Say

Data contained information such as full name, physical addresses, phone numbers and voting history

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Daily Inspiration --- The best we can say is that it beats not learning "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No, that is not hyperbole. Learning is that demanding, and its calamity visits in direct proportion to the body of knowledge that holds sway."The programs of certainty are an assault on mystery, bringing mystery to heel, training it to pee in the box in the corner. Learning is something like a counterintuitive willingness to be mystified, to be on the receiving end of a world that, in its dignified manner, does not give itself


Serious Polio-Like Illness on Rise as Officials Ignore Possible Vaccine Trigger "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Serious Polio-Like Illness on Rise as Officials Ignore Possible Vaccine Trigger

Experts ask if vaccines cause enteroviruses to enter brain, trigger paralysis



American Justice: Get debt for being human, go to prison for being in debt "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The American economy has been structured to force anyone whos not wealthy into debt. All humans will require healthcare at some point in our lives, and politicians from both major parties have played a huge role in ensuring that when you get sick, you cant afford treatment.

Faced with the choice between debt and death, most people choose debt, in the hopes that they can find a way out of it. Now that debt is being used as an excuse to ensla- imprison people.

This is not an accident. This is not the free market this is people billionaires funding judicial campaigns so that they can indulge their megalomania and push us closer to fascism and slavery. Lets not forget that many modern companies made large fortunes off of the American slave trade, as well as from the policies of Jim Crow and Segregation. These people never wanted slavery to end. They never wanted Segregation to end. They never wanted labor laws.

Their only allegiance is to money and power, idolized in themselves. Given the opportunity, they will enslave you, and theyll use your government to do it, just as they always have.

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DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...


Voter Registration Around Austin Smashed Records. That May Be a Problem. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Travis County, Texas the home of Austin has experienced a massive spike in voter registrations this cycle, which officials there attribute to the heightened interest in the states competitive Senate race. The county received around 35,000 registrations on the final day to submit them thats 10,000 more than on the same day in 2016.

While the increase in voter participation is good news, the recent surge is complicated by the fact that the registrations were submitted on paper. Texas is one of only 13 states not to have online voter registration. About a dozen county employees are now sifting through thousands of applications, verifying them and entering them into the states voter rolls by hand.

Of the 35,000 registrations received on Oct. 9, 25,000 have yet to be processed. Early voting starts Monday. County officials recognize that the haste required to process that many applications is likely to lead at least some voters to experience problems at the polls.

Were humans entering information that was filled out by humans, said Bruce Elfant, Travis Countys tax assessor and voter registrant, the official responsible for overseeing the county's voter registration systems. County employees are now working overtime to process the registrations before early voting starts. Its a herculean task these employees must correctly read names off of often inscrutable, handwritten cards, performing necessary checks for eligibility along the way.

Weve got to get it done by Sunday. If for some reason we dont, everyone who is not in yet can cast a provisional ballot and that will give us some time, he said.

Elfant said some voters are likely to experience problems, many of which will be mitigated if voters bring with them the receipt that they received if they registered in person with a deputy registrar. If voters arrive at their polling location and are not on the rolls, this receipt can be used to assist in verifying eligibility. If a person registered by mail, they would not have such a receipt and would be asked to cast a provisional ballot. County officials would then have six days to cure the ballot and prove that the person had registered and was eligible.

Elfant lays the blame for the chaos squarely at the feet of the Texas Legislature, which has refused to consider legislation that would authorize online voter registration. Travis County has been advocating online registration for more than a decade, even putting out an explainer video last year to explain its benefits.



Help Needed for Arrested Black Mesa Supporter "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Help Needed for Arrested Black Mesa Supporter appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Sunday, October 7th, a supporter heading back to Black Mesa was arrested in Utah and is being held at an immigration detention center in Logan, Utah pending a hearing from a judge to grant his release. Abraham is in need of support in many forms, including money and solidarity. Please, take a look at the fundraiser page for a deeper understanding of the situation.

See the fundraiser here:

On Sunday the 7th of October our brother Abraham Hernandez was detained and arrested in Millard County, Utah where he was kept on an Immigration hold. From there he was transferred to a detention center in Logan, Utah where he waits to see a judge that may grant him release.

From the fundraiser:

Abraham is not only our loving brother but also a compassionate, valued and vital part of our community. As a water protector and land defender, he is constantly looking for ways to lend his many skills to the local community to help build the autonomous world we all want to see. His dedication to environmental justice and indigenous sovereignty has also made him a crucial asset to the support and resistance in the Black Mesa/Big Mountain community. From sheep herding, hauling water/wood, to fire keeping and fixing hogans, Abraham is known by fellow organizers to always be there and always be ready to support.

Abraham was arrested while on his way back to camp where he frequentl...


Trump vows to go after horseface Stormy Daniels and Avenatti "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

President Trump on Tuesday vowed to go after Horseface Stormy Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti, after a federal judge dismissed her lawsuit against Trump on Monday, ordering her to pay his legal fees.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning: Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees. @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!

Following the dismissal of Daniels case (real name Stephanie Clifford), Trumps legal team issued the following statement:

United States District Judge S. James Otero issued an order and ruling today dismissing Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against President Trump. The ruling also states that the President is entitled to an award of his attorneys fees against Stormy Daniels. A copy of the ruling is attached. No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize todays ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels. The amount of the award for President Trumps attorneys fees will be determined at a later date.

Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti responded to Trump, tweeting: You are a disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States. Bring everything you have, because we are going to demonstrate to the world what a complete shyster and liar you are. How many other women did you cheat on your wife with while you had a baby at home?


People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World Differently "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

File 20170508 14398 ap0nxo.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1How do you see the world?


Luke Smillie, University of Melbourne and Anna Antinori, University of Melbourne

What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something new, something different, something the artist saw that we did not?

As Pablo Picasso put it:

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

The idea that some people see more possibilities than others is central to the concept of creativity.

Psychologists often measure creativity using divergent thinking tasks. These require you to generate as many uses as possible for mundane objects, such as a brick. People who can see numerous and diverse uses for a brick (say, a coffin for a Barbie doll funeral diorama) are rated as more creative than people who can only think of a few common uses (say, for building a wall).

The aspect of our personality that appears to drive our creativity is called openness to experience, or openness. Among the five major personality traits, it is openness that best predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks. Openness also predicts...


MINDS.COM A Decentralized Answer To The FaceBook PURGE "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

There is no mistaking it the major tech conglomerates are currently coordinating an attack on the free flow of information online and on anyone who directly challenges the government and/or the status quo by memory holing our content. That is why it is extremely important now more than ever to join and support alternative platforms that DO support free speech and WONT censor content no matter what side of the political spectrum your views fall on. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth interviews Bill Ottman creator of a revolutionary social media network that should have Zuckerberg shaking in his boots as decentralized blockchain based platforms are now THE go to places for those voices that are currently being silenced like Press For Truth on websites such as FaceBook.


Shock Video: Google CEO Publicly Defends Helping China Censor & Suppress Their Population "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Shock Video: Google CEO Publicly Defends Helping China Censor & Suppress Their Population

After telling Congress in Sept. there was no censorship, Google suddenly says w...


Voter Purges: What Georgians Heading to the Polls Need to Know "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Charges of voter suppression have been levied in the governors race in Georgia in recent weeks, pitting the secretary of state and GOP candidate Brian Kemp against critics, including his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, who say that hes using his perch as the chief election official to benefit his own candidacy.

The race, which the Cook Political Report currently lists as a toss-up, has received national attention. The controversy has raised questions about whether some Georgians will be turned away at the polls.

Heres whats happened so far, and what voters need to know.

In 2017, Georgia passed a new exact match law, supported by Kemp, which requires that voter registration applications precisely match information on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration.

In part because of the new law, 53,000 voter registration applications are now on hold. Some of the holds were caused by a misplaced hyphen or other minor entry error. The Associated Press reported last week that voter registrations by black people represent a disproportionate number of the on-hold applications, and a subsequent federal lawsuit filed by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law claimed that about 80 percent of the pending applications were submitted by members of minority groups.

The Lawyers Committee provides raw call center data about voting problems to ProPublica, but plays no role in our editorial process.

Georgians whose applications have been placed on hold can still cast a ballot in Novembers election if they bring one of six acceptable government photo IDs that substantially match the registration application....

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