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Saturday, 24 September

23:01

Trump Threatens To Bring Gennifer Flowers To Debate… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary will end up cross-eyed. Via The Hill: Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to bring a woman that Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with when he debates Hillary Clinton. “If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers [sic] right alongside of […]

22:52

Massive Donald Trump Rally, Roanoke Virginia – 6:00pm Live Stream… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Candidate Donald Trump is holding a YUGE campaign rally tonight in Roanoke Virginia at the Berglund Center.  The scheduled rally start time is 6:00pm however some pre-rally activities might begin earlier. Live Stream Link – Alternate Live Stream #1 Ppl … Continue reading

22:41

Project Adolf Unveiled: Meet Honest Adolph! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I spoke not long ago about Project Adolph. But what is it?

Well, from Monday 26 September onwards, Neocon Surveillance will be serializing a new anti-war novel. The novel's  name is:

Honest Adolph.

The first volume of the novel will become an ebook in October 2016: more precise release date details to be announced soon! The ebook will also be accompanied by a print version. This first  volume is entitled:

Hunger for Justice.

The novel is set in the near future, leading up to a new Presidential election.

The warmongering Republican and Democratic establishment are expecting to sweep the board, and fortify the current neoconservative/liberal interventionist consensus.

Dissident Republican Senator Saul Friedman is one of the very last of a dying breed of libertarian Republicans.


Expelled from the party, Friedman implores his old friend Adolph Adams to run for the presidency. The plainspeaking and sober Adams is deemed a pitiful joke by the establishment, but he does have some succeed in garnering votes. However, it is simply impermissible that a non-interventionist could ever gain the Democratic ticket. Adams is no more welcome in the Democrats than Friedman was in the Republican Party.

Is there any hope at all that Adams can roll back the tide of interventionist barbarism?

Either way, he faces some truly formidable and cunning foes, who will not relinquish their privilege lightly. Caught between a rabble-rousing firebreather Republican Frontrunner, a hideously callous Democratic leader and various cynical, unprincipled, talented mediocrities, it is not only the career of Adolph Adams that is in peril.

If his enemies can only but have their way, Adolph's defiance of the status quo will eventually cost him his life.

Can this sober and levelheaded man of principle manage to evade the devious plots and schemes of 'the great and the good?'

The only way to find out is to follow this serial.



22:35

AP Claims Officer Who Shot Keith Scott Was White "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This AP article was posted this morning. Howard Kurtz noted how some in media seem to be consciously ignoring or downplaying the fact that the officer was black. This article does that one better, actually claiming Officer Brentley Vinson was white, when, in fact, he was black. AP articles are picked up and run all […]

22:31

Video: Keiser Report: Hippies vs Hipsters (E970) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Max and Stacy warn hipsters, “Don’t let the hippie man keep you down.” As the intergenerational baton is passed to a bigger voting bloc called ‘Millennial’, they … Via Youtube

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Gennifer Flowers will join Donald Trump at Monday’s presidential debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Gennifer Flowers — a woman with whom former Pres. Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair — has announced that she is accepting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s invitation to sit in the front row of Monday night’s presidential debate. BuzzFeed News reported…


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22:26

22:25

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines: Who Is Sung Y. Kim? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sung Y. Kim was nominated on May 19, 2016, to be the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. If he’s confirmed, it will be his second such post and he’ll be the first person of Asian heritage to serve as American ambassador to that country.

 

Kim’s father, Kim Ki-wan (a.k.a. Kim Jae-kwon) was a member of the Korean CIA and was posted as a diplomat to Japan. He was implicated in the 1973 kidnapping of dissident (and future president) Kim Dae-jung. Kim himself had been kidnapped, by North Korea, and held for 20 days in 1958.

 

Born in 1960, Kim was 13 years old when his father, following the kidnapping, moved his family to Los Angeles. Kim received his U.S. citizenship in 1980.

 

He earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and received a J.D. from Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles in 1985 as well as an LL.M. from the London School of Economics.

 

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Kim worked as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

 

Kim’s early assignments included postings to Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. He also took a year off from the State Department to help nurse his father, who died in 1993. In Washington, Kim worked in the Office of Chinese Affairs and served as staff assistant in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

 

From 1999 to 2002, he served as a political officer in Tokyo and was the political-military unit chief at the U.S. embassy in Seoul from 2002 to 2006. He then headed the Office of Korean Affairs in Washington from 2006 to 2008.

 

In July 2008, Kim became the special envoy for North Korean affairs and chief representative to the Six-Party Talks regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. For this position he was accorded the rank of ambassador following confirmation by the Senate.

 

In 2011, Kim became the first American of Korean descent to serve as ambassador to South Korea. He served there until 2014, when he was named special representative for North Korean policy and deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan. Kim has traveled to North Korea at least 10 times and is known for using only English, despite his fluency in Korean, in negotiations with officials of that country.

 

Kim and his wife, Jae, have two daughters, Erin and Erica. His uncle is a former news anchorman in Korea and he has two cousins who are well-known entertainers there.

-Steve Straehley, Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky

 

To Learn More:

Sung Kim to Become First U.S. Ambassador of Korean Descent (by Kwon Tae-ho, The Hankyoreh)

Official Biography

22:15

Why Andrew Stein, a lifelong Democrat & former NY state assemblyman, will vote for Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Andrew Stein (born Andrew J. Finkelstein), 71, is a former New York State Assemblyman, had served on the New York City Council, and was a Manhattan Borough President. Stein’s father, Jerry Finkelstein, was the multi-millionaire publisher of the New York Law Journal, among other publications. Andrew shortened his last name to Stein when he entered politics.

A lifelong Democrat, Stein explains in an op/ed for the Wall Street Journal why he’ll be voting for Donald Trump and not Hillary Clinton because the Democratic Party has become “the party of the elites and moneyed class”.

Andrew Stein

Andrew Stein

Party Loyalty Can’t Make Me Vote for Clinton

By Andrew Stein • Wall St. Journal • Sept. 23, 2016

I have been steeped in the Democratic Party all my life. My father, Jerry, was a New York City Democratic chairman and power broker, and I grew up in and around the Democratic Party. When I was a young man, former senators and Democratic presidential and vice-presidential nominees Hubert Humphrey and Estes Kefauver stayed at my apartment and we would proudly discuss the great traditions of the Democratic Party.

My father was a pallbearer at St. Patrick’s for Bobby Kennedy’s funeral. When I was young, Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy were (and remain) my political heroes. Four years ago, former New York Gov. and liberal lion Mario Cuomo spoke at my father’s funeral. I think his son, current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is a very effective leader.

I was elected five times to the New York state Assembly as a Democrat. In 1977, I beat David Dinkins and Robert Wagner Jr. in the election for borough president of Manhattan, and then was elected twice as City Council president.

With this background it is very hard for me not to support the Democratic nominee for president this year. But I believe my party has become the party of the elites and moneyed class and has deserted its historic mission as the party of the working class and disadvantaged.

Given my level of discomfort with the current leftist orientation of the Democratic Party, I am now supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. I urge my fellow Democrats to vote for Mr. Trump. I have known him since the early 1970s and have seen his deep concern for people, and how effective he has been while working on behalf of the average citizen.

Donald Trump is no racist. On the contrary, he offers the best hope for rebuilding our inner cities and creating better education and jobs for those trapped in poverty and lacking hope. When a hurricane devastated Puerto Rico in 1984, I asked Mr. Trump to provide a 727 airliner to bring critical supplies to the island. He did so and without publicity. I asked him to rebuild the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park because the city couldn’t complete it in 10 years. Mr. Trump did it in under six months and under budget.

While he has made some controversial and provocative statements, I strongly believe he will bring needed change and vitality to our nation and shake up our political system, which is in...

22:10

BREAKING: Police In Standoff With Possible Armed Man At Civic Center In San Francisco "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

#BREAKING Poss. armed man in SF Civic Center. SFPD evacuating people from City Hall to UN Plaza. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/2QLGvsjyms — Cbarnard (@CornellBarnard) September 24, 2016

22:01

No Grease Barbershop Gets Spared From Riots In Uptown Charlotte… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Need to look good for the cameras with a fresh haircut later on. Via WBTV: The owners of No Grease Barbershop are relieved their business remained untouched during a night of violence. Several businesses were damaged near the barbershop as rioters took to the streets of uptown Charlotte Wednesday night. They were responding to the […]

22:01

REVEALED: Russia Contacted US Twice to Stop Coalition’s Massacre of Syrian Army Troops "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

21st Century Wire says…
On Saturday Sept 17, 2016, some of the world witnessed an egregious event which has nudged the world closer to a dangerous World War. That morning, we learned how the US ‘Coalition’ launched brutal air attack which killed at least 70 soldiers and wounded 100 others.
Washington claimed that this airstrike was a “mistake” and that it was somehow meant to target ISIS near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour in Syria. It was a sustained attack that lasted for 1 hour, featuring repeated bombing runs by US, UK, Australian and Danish aircraft.
US airstrike in Syria

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San Francisco’s Civic Center and UN Plaza evacuated due to possible armed gunman "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

San Francisco police have evacuated the Civic Center and the U.N. Plaza as police attempt to talk to a man they say may be armed. According to KGO, police have cleared the area on reports that a man in a green jacket was pointing what appeared to be a weapon. This story will be updated as more…


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US voters should learn from Corbyn's success: Analyst "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jeremy Corbyn has retained the leadership of the British Labour Party in spite of the massive propaganda campaign against him in the mainstream media which shows propaganda against leftist positions is strong, but not indomitable, according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist. Hoenig told Press TV on Saturday “the re-election of Jeremy […]

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21:44

Week of Trump Rallies Draws Over 26,000; Hundreds at 2 Clinton Events "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

@RealDonaldTrump North Carolina
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump saw many thousands of supporters gather at several rallies this week, far outpacing his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who again cancelled one of her few campaign events.

21:32

Charged With Being Alive: Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Protesters in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, demonstrating on September 22, 2016, after the police killings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott. (Photo: Andy McMillan / New York Times) Whenever someone is murdered by the police, the question of why quickly arises. The answer to that question is always intertwined with the race of the […]

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21:30

Genius: Man With Company Name On Truck Steals Trump Lawn Sign, Urinates On Mail Box "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When committing a crime, best not to have the name of the business you work on the side of the truck. The company and police have been notified and the WOW Pool and Lawn Service of Naples, Florida is apparently hearing it today from members of the public.

21:19

FBI Clinton Email Report Review – Six Concerning Revelations… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

REVELATION ONE: One IT Worker Joked That A 60-Day retention Policy For Clinton Would Be A “Coverup Operation.” “But one IT worker took a somewhat cavalier attitude, joking in one interview that a new 60-day retention policy was a ‘Hillary … Continue reading

21:17

Former Psyops Officer: Recent Domestic Terror Events Designed to Distract Attention Away from Syria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Kurt Nimmo Scott Bennett, formerly of the U.S. Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion, told RT the dumpster bombing in New York, a pipe bomb…

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Does marijuana hold the cure for Alzheimer’s "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Does Marijuana Hold the Cure for Alzheimer’s? This article was originally published on the Motley Fool. The statistics associated with Alzheimer’s disease are downright depressing. The disease, which typically affects the elderly and is characterized by a progressive decline in…


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Illinois man arrested after handing 12-year-old a gun and telling him to shoot him in the head "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An Illinois man with a felony conviction on his record has been taken into custody after he was accused of handing a 12-year-old child a gun and requesting he shoot him, reports CBS Chicago. According to the Round Lake Park Police Department, Armond M. Meyers, 43 is being held over the incident in…


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Standing Rock Stakes Claim for Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mainstream media would have most of us believe that the current struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota is all about clean water – that its only focus is stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from running through Indigenous reservation land. And, yes, it is about these things. But while such a narrative may create “hot […]

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21:11

Trump Threatens to Seat Former Bill Clinton Mistress in Front Row at Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

flowers_lawsuit AP
Donald Trump responded to news that Hillary Clinton's campaign was planning to place outspoken Trump critic Mark Cuban -- a Clinton supporter -- in the front row at Monday's debate to troll the Republican nominee.

21:03

Texas Attorney General Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Voter ID Law… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Photo ID required to enter a Federal courthouse. Via Law Newzs: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday filed a petition for writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to reinstate Texas’ voter ID law. “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy,” Attorney General Paxton said in a […]

20:46

New York Times Editorial Board Endorses Hillary Clinton: The Issues Don’t Matter! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Apollo Theatre in New York on March 30, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

20:40

Why Were Clinton Aides Cheryl Mills And Heather Samuelson Given Immunity By FBI? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Interesting questions raised by Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor that need to be asked of the FBI… Via NRO: Well, what would Friday be without the latest document dump from the Clinton email investigation? Yesterday afternoon, with the public in distracted anticipation of the coming weekend and Monday’s Clinton-Trump debate showdown, the FBI released another […]

20:01

British War Veterans Furious After Winston Churchill Birthplace Turned Into Nazi HQ for New ‘Transformers’ Film… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A new low for Hollywood. Via Fox News: Furious war veterans hit back last night after a Nazi invasion was filmed for the upcoming “Transformers” movie at Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace. They attacked film makers for turning historic Blenheim Palace into headquarters for Hitler. Huge swastika flags were draped from the mansion, where Britain’s wartime […]

19:30

Trump Is Headed For A Win, Says Professor Who Predicted 30 Years Of Outcomes Correctly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via WaPo: Nobody knows for certain who will win on Nov. 8 — but one man is pretty sure: Professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted every presidential election since 1984. When we sat down in May, he explained how he comes to a decision. Lichtman’s prediction isn’t based on horse-race polls, shifting demographics or […]

19:27

Gunmen Execute Young Couple, Set Vehicle on Fire near Texas Border "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Coahuila Execution
Authorities continue to investigate why a group of gunmen executed a young couple on the banks of the Rio Grande River and set their vehicle on fire.

19:18

‘UNFAIR ADVANTAGE’: Clinton Campaign Trying to Get Moderators to Fact-Check Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

MAY 23: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton winks at a committee member as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Law of the Sea Convention. (Cliff Owen/Associated Press)

19:06

GRAPHIC: Texas Trucker Found Murdered near Mexican Border City "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Coahuila 2nd Beheading
A commercial truck driver from the border city of Eagle Pass was murdered in this border city setting off an investigation that continues to puzzle local authorities. The truck driver has beed reported missing in Texas days prior to the discovery of his body in Mexico.

19:02

Poor Hillary: No Step Stool Or Bathroom Breaks During Debate With Trump On Monday… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Can Hillary power her way through the debate without having a coughing fit? Via The Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to give the Democratic presidential nominee a step stool on stage Monday so she could avoid looking dramatically shorter than Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a new […]

19:01

House Panel: $1 Trillion Needed to Reboot Military "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The ongoing fight in Congress over an $18-billion hike in military spending for 2017 has stalled the budget, but it might be small potatoes. The price tag to rehabilitate the military after about 15 years of war and relentless overseas operations would be about $1 trillion over a decade, according to the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee.

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Where Hillary Clinton is losing ground "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

For Democrats, a nightmare scenario is looking more and more like a possible reality: Donald Trump is close to even with Hillary Clinton in the presidential polls. Clinton received a significant bump in the polls following a successful Democratic National Convention and a series of self-inflicted…


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The most common punctuation errors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sep. 24 is National Punctuation Day. Period. Jeff Rubin birthed National Punctuation Day — the occasion is not an officially recognized holiday — in 2004 to celebrate the underappreciated art of correct grammar. Rubin’s official website for the day describes the day as “a celebration of…


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Tennessee Town Now Has the Ability to Track Drivers Through Their License Plates "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Mike Maharrey A small-town Tennessee police department recently deployed an automatic license plate reader (ALPR) system that allows officers to collect and store data…

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The Story Of 2 Stories – Old Tricks Are Powerful Indicator Of How Information War Works "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Bernie Suarez Let’s take a look at two distinct stories going on in the news. Oh, sorry, actually one story is being presented by…

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Scared stiff: Deadly erection-causing spiders found lurking in supermarket bananas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A terrified family has fled their home after finding dozens of the world’s deadliest spiders, which can cause a four-hour erection followed by death, in a bunch of bananas from their local Asda supermarket. The Brazilian wandering spiders burst out of a nest that was stuck on to a banana and spilled on the kitchen […]

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Corporate Media Retreats to Hollywood as New “Truth” Media Destroys False Narratives in Real Time "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Jefferey Jaxen Mainstream corporate media outlets in America have been suffering from a slow bleeding loss of viewership for years. A critical mass of…

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Tim Wise: Donald Trump is like a drug dealer who’s ‘high on his own supply’ selling racism to bigots "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The panel on Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s AMJoy came down hard on Donald Trump Saturday morning, using the comments of a racist former campaign volunteer in Ohio as an example of the type of voters the GOP presidential candidate’s rhetoric attracts. After sharing a clip of former…


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US forces use white phosphorus munitions in Iraq: Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pictures and videos posted online by the Pentagon shows US forces in Iraq have used white phosphorus munitions, a chemical weapon that can cause severe burn wounds to civilians. Based on images posted on Pentagon-managed public affairs website, Dvids, The Washington Post reported on Friday that a US Army artillery unit was using the controversial […]

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18:49

Naked Shorts Can’t Stay Naked Forever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A few years into his personal quest to understand how he had lost a million dollars on a penny stock, Chris DiIorio developed a sweeping hypothesis involving Knight Capital, the mammoth brokerage company that frequently traded in them.

Knight earned $333 million in pre-tax profits in 2008, and another $232 million in 2009. But DiIorio didn’t think Knight was making that kind of money simply from executing transactions for clients.

As a market maker, Knight was in the rare position of being able to legally sell a stock it didn’t have (the principle being that it will get that stock soon, so no worries). That’s called naked shorting. It’s illegal when regular people do it.

DiIorio suspected that Knight, either on its own behalf or on behalf of clients, made a practice of artificially increasing the number of shares available in a stock through naked shorting, thereby depressing the price.

His suspicion grew when he noticed that Knight often traded in securities that were red-flagged on the Depository Trust Company’s “chill list.”

The DTC is an obscure financial industry-owned company that manages the custody of more than $1 quadrillion in securities annually, recording the transfers with journal entries and guaranteeing the trade. The company makes it easy for people to buy and sell securities without needing to exchange paper stock.

But when the DTC senses trouble, it will stop clearing trades on a stock temporarily.

A chilled stock can still trade — as long as the market participants handle the physical certificates themselves. But it can be a sign that something is gravely wrong. The DTC states on its website that it chills stocks “when there are questions about an issuer’s compliance with applicable law.”

That doesn’t stop Knight from buying and selling them, though. Its chief legal officer, Thomas Merritt, acknowledged at a 2011 Securities and Exchange Commission roundtable that the company actively traded chilled stocks, saying that as long as the security still trades, “we are going to be involved in that business.” And DiIorio found numerous examples of Knight trading chilled penny stocks.

“I didn’t know they did that,” said Jim Angel, a Georgetown University business school professor. “I’m kind of shocked to think that Knight would be working with paper stock certificates.”

He suggested that Knight might simply want to accommodate customers trying to get out of chilled stocks. “Or maybe they feel there’s enough interest in a security that they can trade profitably, even if they have to shuffle the certificates.”

Because most other market makers flee chilled stocks, however, this means Knight can assume even more control over the stock price.

Naked Manipulation

The thing about naked short sales is they can’t stay naked forever.

Even if you don’t have the stock when you sell it, at some point it is expected that you hand it over.

And even with its market-maker exemption, Knight is required by SEC rules to eventually deliver the shares in a naked short transaction to the buyer and close out the trade.

Not doing so results in a “fail to deliver,” which D...

18:30

FBI Docs: Cheryl Mills Asked Hillary’s IT Guru About ‘Wiping Computer Data’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Intent? Sounds like… Via Daily Caller: Hillary Clinton’s State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, asked Clinton’s email server technician, Bryan Pagliano, about “wiping computer data,” new FBI documents reveal. According to notes released by the FBI on Friday, Pagliano also told investigators during his Dec. 22 interview that Mills, who now serves as Clinton’s […]

18:14

BREAKING: At Least Four Shot In Cascade Mall In WA, Suspect On Loose…UPDATE: 4 Women Dead…UPDATE: Photo Of Suspect Released…UPDATE: Fifth Person Dies, Suspect Still On Run…UPDATE: New Pics Of Suspect, Rifle Left At Scene… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

BURLINGTON, Wash. — At least two people were shot at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washing State Patrol confirms. The shooter is not in custody. Washington State Patrol trooper Sgt. Mark Francis confirmed to Q13 FOX News that an active shooter was in the mall. The suspect was last seen walking down Interstate 5. Sgt. […]

18:02

Politico: GOP Senators ‘Succumb’ to Donald Trump on Trade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Candidates spoke and took questions from Jewish leaders and activists as they continued to seek for Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

18:00

Hillary Delays Trip To Charlotte After Plea From Mayor… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Turning into a get-out-the-vote rally. Via WISTV: Presidential Hillary Clinton will delay her trip to Charlotte after a plea on national television from the city’s mayor Jennifer Roberts on CNN. Roberts said during an interview on CNN Friday night that she would prefer presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delay a trip to Charlotte this weekend that […]

17:40

Messages of Anger and Hope from Charlotte as Protests Continue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Peaceful protests continued for a fourth night in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a video released by the family of Keith Scott revealed new details about the moments leading up to his death and raised a series of questions about police’s account of the incident.

But despite ongoing anger at city officials, who continued to refuse to release their own video of Scott’s shooting, protests on Friday night were mostly somber and reflective, as protesters and residents grappled with the released video’s emotional content, and with the death of Justin Carr, a protester who was shot earlier this week.

 

Hundreds of protesters continued to defy the midnight curfew imposed by Charlotte’s mayor, and after rallying, and even dancing, by the city’s police department and marching through the city for a few hours, they gathered by the spot where Carr was shot in the head, where they paid tribute to his life with a minute of silence and took a knee in a gesture inspired by Colin Kaepernick that is quickly becoming a signature of this latest wave of protests against police violence.

Police have arrested a suspect in Carr’s murder — though several of those who were present have raised doubts about the official account of the shooting. Earlier in the evening, at a nearby church, his family and neighbors came together to try to grapple with the absurdity of his death.

“If Mr. Scott hadn’t been killed, then Justin would be here,” an uncle said speaking from the altar. “He was a humble man.”

But while the service mostly steered clear of the polemics raging on the streets, those who took to the podium were quick to point out that Carr’s and Scott’s deaths were both unnecessary and reflective of a growing fear dominating the lives of black men.

“This feels very different,” said a speaker at the church, who talked about being profiled regularly throughout his life, being pulled over up to 15 times a year — “and once, twice in one day,” — but never fearing for his life as much as in recent years. “I have been pulled over before, and I know to keep my hands visible on the wheel. But today that may not matter,” he said.

“We, as men of color, we don’t even have to commit a crime, and we know what the results can be. Look around you. Who’s next?” he asked, before joining the chorus of voices in Charlotte calling for police transparency. “We’ve gotta let them know they’re not serving the city by not releasing the videos.”

The video that was released on Friday — which was filmed by Scott...

17:31

World Bank Chief: Sweden Should Create Independent Migrant State Where Laws Don’t Apply "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sweden could solve their migrant problem by creating a new state-within-a-state where national laws don’t apply and sending thousands of migrants and so-called refugees there, the incoming chief economist of the influential World Bank has said. Paul Romer, director of New York University’s Stern School of Business Urbanisation Project, made the remarks about his unusual approach to Sweden’s migrant crisis this week in an interview with the national newspaper Dagens Nyhter. Suggesting the zone could model itself on British Hong Kong, the senior economist said it could bring enormous benefit at no cost to the taxpayer.

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17:30

Larry Elder On Interactions With Police: “Comply And You Wouldn’t Die” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

.@larryelder: "If you're pulled over by an officer, be polite. Be respectful. Comply with lawful orders and you will not die." pic.twitter.com/xP4QtIbPJZ — Fox News (@FoxNews) September 24, 2016 It’s a simple concept, broken in virtually every case that hits the news. Yes, not every cop is good or perfect and some may make mistakes […]

17:27

Germany: Alleged ISIS Member Detained at Airport "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

German police officers walk outside the association linked to mosque Ibrahim Alkhalil in Berlin's central Tempelhof-Schoeneberg district, where police conducts a raid targeting individuals suspected of inciting people to go and fight for the Islamic State group in Syria, on September 22, 2015.

17:02

Military Wants 500 More Troops In Iraq To Help Iraqi Military Battle ISIS For Mosul… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Boots on the ground. Via Legal Insurrection: The military has requested approval to send 500 more troops to Iraq to assist in missions to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. The White House needs to approve the request, but officials promise the troops would not see combat. Instead they would help the Iraqi military coordinate […]

16:59

Palmer Luckey’s Girlfriend Harassed Off Twitter After Gizmodo Hit Piece "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus VR Inc., left, plays the new video game 'Eagle Flight VR' during an Ubisoft news conference before the start of the E3 Gaming Conference on June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

16:30

FBI Docs: Hillary Clinton Left A Classified Document Behind In A Russian Hotel Room "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hillary Clinton left a classified document behind in a Russian hotel room in which she had been staying. No problem there, I’m sure… “Why aren’t I fifty points ahead?” – Hillary Clinton. Better question, why are you still in the race and why aren’t you already in jail? HT: Sam Schulman

16:03

Los Angeles Police Union: Police Commission Wants Cops To Run From Armed Suspects… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Stupid is as stupid does. Via The Daily Caller: The Los Angeles Police Commission wants LAPD police officers to run away when a suspect confronts them with a weapon, warns the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the labor union of the city’s police officers. The organization posted a blog post critical of the commission’s recent […]

15:38

Italy: ‘Muslims, Atheists’ Blast Christian TV News Anchor for Wearing Crucifix "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Crucifix
An Italian television news anchor has ignited a firestorm of criticism by wearing a crucifix around her neck while reporting the news, drawing the ire of “Muslims, atheists and many viewers,” according to reports. Marina Nalesso, a well-known news anchor on the State-owned Tg1 television news show, wore a crucifix around her neck several times last week while on the air, a choice that Silvio Viale, a leftist politician and vocal atheist, has described as “arrogance.” “TG is a public, secular news show, not a Vatican news show,” he said. On her FanPage, Nalesso defended her actions saying that she wears the crucifix “out of devotion and to offer witness,” though she can say nothing further because “we RAI journalists are not permitted to grant interviews without the authorization of management.” This is not the 44-year-old TV anchor’s first offense. She has also been criticized for wearing small medals around her neck bearing the face of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. Despite the storm of criticisms, however, Nalesso has also received support from several public figures such as Giorgia Meloni, an Italian politician and leader of the Fratelli d’Italia party. “We have now reached the point of absurdity,” Meloni wrote

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Falsehood in War Time "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Falsehood is a recognized and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately to deceive its own people, to attract neutrals, and to mislead the enemy. Who do you suppose wrote that? Noam Chomsky? Perhaps Gore Vidal in one of his grandiloquent moments? Or William Blum, as a preamble to his […]

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Dramatic CCTV Footage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Last Refuge September 24, 2016 Dramatic home security footage as three armed attackers break down the door to a home. Moments later the armed female resident fights back. One suspect dead, authorities seeking identity on remaining two… GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police are hoping someone can help identify two home invaders. They were caught on camera as […]

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How to Respect Your Elders: Supporting an Aging Migrant Generation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Fidencio Sanchez, 89, pushes his popsicle pushcart through Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. He recently attempted to retire but had to return to work to make ends meet after the death of his daughter. (Photo: Joel Cervantes Macias / GoFundMe) The popsicles that Fidencio the Paleta Man sells on a hot summer day in Chicago go […]

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Doomed robots of ‘Westworld’ make HBO show come alive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In HBO’s Westworld, Evan Rachel Wood plays Dolores Abernathy, a farm girl living on her father’s cattle ranch amid canyons and clifftops on the Western frontier. She lives a simple life, alive to the beauty that surrounds her yet restless for the world beyond her own. A good-looking local…


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Hillary Clinton’s millennial ‘problem’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Why is Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton underperforming among young voters? Since several polls released over the past ten days indicated that the inclusion of third party candidates revealed a precipitous decline in Millennial support for the Democratic nominee, we have gotten no…


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What is 11,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

America is a gas-guzzling, car-obsessed, open-road nation. Few things appeal to Americans more than a (traffic-free, ideally) leisurely drive to a fun, kick-back-your-heels destination, all the while enjoying the passing scenery. Of course, in order to achieve this bucolic vision of paradise, we…


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‘I hate my life now’: Parents reveal why they REGRET having children "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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From Daily Mail: Mothers have been taking to social media to reveal what it really feels like to regret having children. Posting anonymously on sites like Facebook, Reddit and Quora, the disgruntled women have made startling confessions describing parenthood as ‘drudgery and monotony’.

Citing reasons from sleep deprivation to financial security – and ‘not liking kids’ – some go as far as confessing they wish their offspring had never been born.

Many have taken to the Facebook page I Regret Having Children in recent months. The group, started in July 2012 by a mother known only as ‘R’, has some 3,200 members and serves as a platform for parents to let off steam without being identified.

One anonymous member told how she was still feeling ‘intense regret’ three months after giving birth to her first child. ‘We had a great relationship before the baby, and I always felt like we could have continued the way we were,’ she said, adding that she had ‘never wanted’ a child but her husband had persuaded her. ‘A few days after having the baby I felt intense regret, and it hasn’t gone away,’ she explained.

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‘I just hate my life now, the sleep deprivation, the drudgery, the monotony, and I feel so guilty and ashamed for feeling this way. It’s not my baby’s fault, and he deserves a good mother who wants him. I am needing advice on how to deal with these feelings.’

One 30-year-old father-of-two said he felt he was ‘slipping away from everyone and everything I used to love doing’ as none of his friends were parents. ‘I made the children it’s my job to look after them and i will until the day I die,’ he wrote. ‘But I can’t can’t get the feeling out of my head that my life’s missing… Any men feel the same ?’

A heart-wrenching confession came from the mother to a two-year-old whose lack of sleep had forced her mother to miss work – before suffering a panic attack and a ‘meltdown’ where she threatened to leave her husband. ‘I do not know what to do,’ she admitted. Even when she goes back to sleep, my nerves are so shot that I lie awake and anger consumes my soul.’

The woman added: ‘I hit her yesterday and feel so guilty. I wish I never had her, she takes and takes and we are empty. We have tried letting her cry, sleeping next to her, even put a lock on her room so she would not get out. She still wakes us up.’

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One woman told how she had uprooted and moved from Venezuela to the US to be with her now-husband – who was now threatening to divorce her if she didn’t...

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NY Town Mourns 4 Murdered Teens, Some Blame Federal Immigration Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Guess their lives don’t matter… Via Fox News: The village of Brentwood, on New York’s Long Island, is nearly 2,000 miles from the Mexican border, but with four dead teenagers, it has become a flashpoint in the debate over federal immigration policies and their possible links to gang violence. The murder last week of Brentwood […]

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There is a Lack of Christianity in the Church of Sweden "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Church of Sweden
Sweden isn’t famous for being a religious country. In fact, it is considered one of the most secular countries in the world. Despite that, Christianity has been a defining factor in the development of the Western values and lifestyle we have today. In a world where terrorism has become all too commonplace and we are seeing a clash between civilizations and cultures, Sweden desperately needs a Church that stands up for Christianity and for our values. Today, the leader of the Swedish Church has more than just a religious responsibility. They also must stand up against the slaughter of Christians in Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. They have a diplomatic duty to reach out to Muslim religious leaders and to persuade them to speak out against fundamental Islam, which is the root of the terror we see today. And unfortunately, that is exactly what the Swedish Church is sorely lacking. Recently, Swedish Archbishop Antje Jackelén wrote a joint article with the Chairman of the Swedish Council for Imams, Mahmoud Khalfi, and other high-profile figures in the Catholic Church and the Jewish community. Instead of taking a clear stance against radical Islamism, the article argued that the situation should

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Thought "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We come into the world wide-eyed, ready to stare.

–Simon Schama

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Military force alone against ISIS will just push it to Africa or Asia – MPs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The success of airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria may be undermined unless military force is coupled with political progress in the region, a committee of MPs has warned. The Commons Defense Committee said that the government needs a “grand strategy” to defeat the terrorist group. Taking territory by force […]

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His brother was murdered for wearing a turban after 9/11. Last week, he spoke to the killer. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On September 15, at sunset in Arizona, a crowd gathered at the corner of a Chevron gas station called the Mesa Star. Like every year since 2002, Rana Sodhi hosted a memorial here for his brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi. Balbir was shot while planting flowers in front of his store on September 15, 2001…


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Syria: White Helmets Staged ‘Russian Bombing’ Scene Near Aleppo, Lapped-up By Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Image of one of the burned out SARC trucks in Urm-Al-Kubra, West Aleppo. Photo: Reuters
21st Century Wire
When it comes to Syria, the level of disinformation fraud from US Coalition-aligned agencies shows no sign of diminishing. Once more the West is attempting to produce an open and shut case of humanitarian law violation, with which to further demonize Syria and Russia. This, in turn, will enable them to escalate hostilities on the ground in Syria and invoke the much sought after No Fly Zone which will, in effect, facilitate the NATO bombing of Syria into the oblivion of a

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Vin Scully enjoys his thanksgiving in September as Dodgers pay tribute "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Dodgers rolled out the blue carpet for Vin Scully, literally. They rolled out the dignitaries too, and the videos, and even a symphony orchestra. At its heart, however, the Vin Scully tribute Friday was the world’s biggest thank-you card, come to life. The greatest…


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Armed Asian Woman Takes Out One Of Three Home Invaders In Georgia With The Taxpayer Relief Shot… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

She was packing some Glock Fu. Via CBS 46: Gwinnett County Police are looking for two suspects involved in a home invasion that left one man dead after a person inside the house fired on the suspects. The three people were forced out by a woman in the home who had a handgun and opened […]

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Whoops! Hillary Clinton Cancels Planned Trip To Charlotte After Mayor Begs Her To Stay Home "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Demonstrators protest Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Labour Councillor Suspended For Calling Gay People ‘Deviants’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A Labour councillor in Scotland has been suspended after allegedly referring to LGBT people as “deviants”. Tom McAughtrie, who has served as a councillor in the Labour party for more than 30 years in Dumfries and Galloway, has been placed under “administrative suspension” by the party’s Scottish branch after making the comments on social media. An inquiry was launched last month after a complaint was received alleging that McAughtrie had called a prominent gay rights activist in Dumfries and her friend, Anglican priest Andrew Crosbie, “deviants” on Facebook. The offending post on McAughtrie’s Facebook account about Dr Belle Doyle, who chairs the area’s LGBT+ group, and Crosbie read: “Thankfully you two deviants were dealt what you deserved by the people of Dumfries.” A source told The National that while it’s unclear what circumstances the Labour councillor’s comments refer to, Dr Doyle, who is a lesbian, found the reference to “deviants” abusive. Crosbie, a priest at Dumfries’ St Bride’s Anglican Church, allows the religious building to be used by Doyle’s LGBT+ society for their monthly meetings and fundraising events. Police interviewed and detained the 65 year old Labour councillor last month for the comments found to have been posted on social

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Painting the Library of Congress Dome "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Edwin Blashfield painting the lantern of the dome of the Great Reading Room of the Library of Congress in 1898, Washington D.C.

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In Case You were Confused about the Out of Africa News "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Many news outlets are running headlines this week like this one in the Times:

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find
But others are running headlines like this:
Mysterious Branch of Humanity Possibly Discovered
That story goes on to explain that a "new, ancient" branch of humanity was in Australia before fully modern humans.

Both stores are based on the same group of three articles just published in Nature. Those articles describe studies that analyze large samples of human genomes from indigenous people around the world, 787 in all. They use mutation counts to estimate the date of the common ancestry for all those people. For the most part they come up with dates between 50,000 and 75,000 years ago. Also, they find that all the people outside of Africa are more closely related to each other than they are to most people in Africa, hence, they descend from a single African group.

But wait – what about the skeletons found in Israel, apparently fully modern humans, that have been dated to between 90,000 and 120,000 years ago? What about the tools kits from Saudi Arabia that look like those of fully modern humans and date to 100,000 years ago? Modern human teeth from China dated to 80,000 years ago?

Two of these studies found no evidence for any such people; if they existed, these scientists suggest, they simply went extinct without leaving any descendants. But didn't modern humans interbreed with Neanderthals and Denisovans? Um, yes, they did. And why would they breed with semi-humans they encountered in their travels but not other modern humans?

Which brings us to the third study, based on genomes from Australia and New Guinea:
But on that question, Dr. Metspalu and his colleagues ended up with a somewhat different result. In Papua New Guinea, Dr. Metspalu and his colleagues found, 98 percent of each person’s DNA can be traced to that single migration from Africa. But the other 2 percent seemed to be much older. Dr. Metspalu concluded that all people in Papua New Guinea carry a trace of DNA from an earlier wave of Africans who left the continent as long as 140,000 years ago, and then vanished.
I have some personal history on these questions. When the first genetic arguments for the "one wave out of Africa" were made 15 years ago, I accepted them wholeheartedly. Back then the upper bound for this migration was set at 55,000 to 60,000 years ago, and I began to write and talk about how this date would effect studies of things like language and folklore, given that we now had an actual date for when all the non-African culture of the world diverged. And then came the steady drip of counter-evidence: the Israeli skeletons, the Middle Eastern tool kits, interbreeding with Neanderthals, different genetic calculations that made the date more like 120,000, and so on. That moment of certainty and clarity was, for me, gone. I've never been able to get it back, and these studies don't get me there. It seems quite clear now that all sorts of people and semi-people were wandering around Eurasia 80,000 years ago, leaving traces in Israeli caves and DNA from New Zealand. Plus, my confidence in these genetic dates has been drastically undermined by the work done on the population of the Americas, because it turns out that some geneticists have been calibrating their clocks by asking archaeologists what the date should be and then tweaking their models to get the right date.

So while all of this is very interesting, there is a lot of work yet to be done.

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Hard-Left Corbyn Defeats Labour Leadership Coup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The new leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn addresses the Amnesty UK Front 'Solidarity With Refugees' demonstration on September 12, 2015 in London, England.

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Not so fast, Boris! Theresa May says Brexit timetable is her choice, not Foreign Sec’s "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Prime Minister Theresa May has very publicly contradicted her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s statement that the process of Brexit could start as soon as early 2017, insisting the decision to leave the EU is solely her own. In their latest public spat, May’s office was forced to clarify remarks made by Johnson in New York […]

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The Race-Mixing Imperative "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Biologically, the disappearance of a people, an ethnicity, or a race is achieved principally through others intermixing with its women, that is, with their wombs. The union of a woman of race X with a male of race Y is much more dangerous for race X than for race Y. For women are the biological […]

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Video: Man gives free hugs to riot police & protesters in Charlotte (RAW) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Courtesy: Free Hugs Project https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn9bExO23JNSYiQSTIOnGWA Activist from Free Hugs Project takes to Charlotte streets to give … Via Youtube

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Drone Photos Reveal New Archaeological Sites in Italy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Amazingly clear building foundations in this photograph of fields near Le Pianelle in Italy's Apennine Mountains. This effect is created when just the right amount of rain falls to emphasize the difference between the wheat growing over stone walls and the rest.

Overall plan of the area, with all the newly-discovered foundations picked out in red. The buildings are probably all from Roman times

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Video: Toddler trying to revive unconscious mother after drug overdose (Distressing footage) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts have released heartbreaking footage of a toddler trying to awaken her mother after she passed out from an apparent drug … Via Youtube

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10:59

CNN Interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi After Meeting With U.S. Presidential Candidates… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CNN waited four days to put the Erin Burnett interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on video.  The videos were uploaded last evening, and the full interview is in two parts.   The first segment is a discussion of … Continue reading

10:33

Donald Trump Townhall with Sean Hannity in Ohio… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Originally scheduled for airing on Wednesday night September 21st but postponed until last night due to the Charlotte, NC, riots.  Donald Trump speaking mostly to an African American audience in Ohio discussing specific issues which impact the black community:

10:31

The Saga of Sisyphus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Shimon Peres is a genius. A genius of impersonation. All his life he has worked on his public persona. The image replaced the man.
Almost all the articles written about him since he fell ill are about the imagined
person, not the real one. As the Americans like to say: He is so […]

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4 dead, manhunt for mall shooter underway in Burlington, Washington State "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A manhunt is still underway after SWAT teams swept the Cascade Mall and nearby areas in Burlington, Washington State, for an active shooter with a rifle. Police say the gunman, believed to have acted alone, killed four women in the Macy’s make-up store. In their latest briefing, police said that four female victims are confirmed […]

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Child refugees in Calais ‘Jungle’ are ‘giving up’ on reaching Britain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dozens of unaccompanied refugee children stranded in the French port town of Calais are giving up on ever reaching Britain, despite severe shortages of shelter and aid in the makeshift camp. According to the largest charity helping refugee children in the region, France Terre d’Asile, up to 35 unescorted minors have been turned away every […]

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Video: Crucial to avoid collapse of US-Russian agreements on Syria – Lavrov at UNGA (FULL) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russian Foreign Minister speaks at UN General Assembly RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Elon Musk to Make Us a Multiplanetary Species (If He Can) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won’t be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars. Musk’s […]

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This Basic Grammar Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

New puzzle tests your knowledge of the most commonly misused words – and determines if you’re really a ‘Grammar God’ By Sarah Mooney Daily Mail September 24, 2016 The proper use of ‘too, to and two’ and ‘they’re, their and there’ are just some of the grammatical rules drummed into us from a very young […]

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Protests Over Tulsa and Charlotte Police Killings Stem From Economic Policies That Perpetuate Racism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The police killings of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have drawn attention to policies backed by Republicans that have perpetuated racism and voter suppression, says our guest Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and Moral Mondays leader. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy […]

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Video of deadly Charlotte encounter released "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A video has been released showing the moments before and after the fatal shooting of an African American man by police in Charlotte, North Carolina. The footage shows the wife of Keith Lamont Scott repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot her husband as they shout at him […]

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NYT Promotes Protectionism in Guise of ‘Free Trade’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The New York Times‘ depiction of Barack Obama promoting the TPP. (photo: Al Drago/NYT) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has little to do with free trade. The trade barriers between the United States and the other countries are already very low, with few exceptions; in fact, the US already has trade deals with six of the […]

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Video: Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech (Streamed live) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Russian FM Lavrov press conference following UNGA speech RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Charlotte protesters rally for 4th night over police killing of black man "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, for a fourth consecutive night, demanding the release of police footage of the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer. Demonstrators marched in Charlotte on Friday night, chanting, “the people united will never be defeated,” and “we young, we strong, we […]

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Video: RAW: Keith Lamont Scott shooting video released by family "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Keith Scott’s family has released a video of officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department fatally shooting, recorded by Scott’s wife. Video courtesy … Via Youtube

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Department of Homeless Security "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Busy weekend for terrorism. Nine people stabbed in a shopping mall in Minnesota
(meh), and the big one in New Jersey/New York. It was there Afghan American Ahmad Rahami made up a bunch of pipe bombs and
pressure cooker IEDs, distributed them in four separate locations, and set off
two explosions. The […]

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This Basic Grammar Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The proper use of ‘too, to and two’ and ‘they’re, their and there’ are just some of the grammatical rules drummed into us from a very young age.

And yet, in a world where LOL and BRB are as commonplace as full stops, people slip up on an all too frequent basis.

Now, a new Playbuzz quiz is attempting to establish how good you are at identifying the commonly misused words – and determine if you’re really a ‘Grammar God’.

SGI English Grammar, who posted the quiz, say: ‘These 3 are the words that cause most problems in English: your v you’re, its v it’s and there v their v they’re.’

And they’re making sure to test you on all in this puzzle.

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The quiz asks the participants to fill in the blanks in a sentence, asking them to choose from a selection of homonyms with only one being grammatically correct.

Find out how good you are by taking the test below and see if you correctly guess the answers – which are revealed in the captions.

1. 

ANSWER: You're

ANSWER: You’re

2. 

ANSWER: It's

ANSWER: It’s

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Dramatic CCTV Footage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dramatic home security footage as three armed attackers break down the door to a home. Moments later the armed female resident fights back. 

One suspect dead, authorities seeking identity on remaining two…

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police are hoping someone can help identify two home invaders. They were caught on camera as a woman in the house shot at them. “She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,” Cpl. Deon Washington with the Gwinnett County Police Department told Channel 2’s Nicole Carr.

Reprinted from The Last  Refuge.

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07:01

The Lie That Launched Black Lives Matter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Black Lives Matter movement began as a hashtag in July 2013 immediately after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Although the movement would be reinforced along the way by any number of lies — “Hands up don’t shoot” comes quickly to mind — not enough attention has been paid to the original lie, one that may eventually launch a thousand riots before it burns itself out, namely that Trayvon Martin was an innocent little boy.

On the night of February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed the seventeen-year-old Martin. For a week the story went nowhere until the attorneys representing Martin’s family reached out to Ryan Julison, an Orlando-based media strategist and the one white member of what was rapidly becoming Team Trayvon.

Team leader, attorney Benjamin Crump, understood that the national media were suckers for a story with a racial angle, specifically one that featured a black victim of white injustice. If Zimmerman’s parents had named their son Jorge´ Zimmerman — he was named after his Uncle Jorge´– there might not have been a Black Lives Matter movement.

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After meeting with Crump, Julison immediately began pitching the Trayvon saga to the larger world. Reuters bit first. On March 7, just two days after Julison was contacted, Reuters posted an article headlined “Family of Florida boy killed by Neighborhood Watch seeks an arrest.”

The oversized opening sentence establishes a thesis that has proved irresistible to the major media for the last half century: “The family of a 17-year-old African-American boy shot to death last month in his gated Florida community by a white Neighborhood Watch captain wants to see the captain arrested.” Trayvon was a “good kid.” He hoped to be a pilot. He was carrying the soon to be iconic ice tea and Skittles, the latter for the “thirteen-year-old” son of Trayvon’s father’s girlfriend, now elevated to the role of Martin’s “brother.” Said Crump, “Trayvon only has skittles. He has the gun.”

On March 8, Current TV’s “The Young Turks” took up Trayvon’s cause. Co-host Ana Kasparian, an impressively self-righteous twenty-five at the time, made no fewer than a dozen errors in her five-minute presentation, including this whopper, “There was no self-defense in this situation.” As Kasparian envisioned the action, Zimmerman called 911 and said: “there was someone in the gated community who looks very suspicious, i.e. a young black man who makes me uncomfortable.” Apparently to ease his discomfort, “George Zimmerman decides to go ahead and shoot the 17-year-old black boy in the chest which led to his death.”

“Oh, my God,” gasped her co-host, Cenk Uygur. “He just shot him?”

“He just shot him,” affirmed Kasparian, who then pontificated, “I get so angry when people deny there is racism in this country.”

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07:01

There may finally be a cure for hangovers by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The long days of suffering from a hangover may be a thing of the past come 2050, according to David Nutt. The former government drug advisor and neuropsychopharmacology professor at Imperial College in the United Kindom has created a synthetic drug for alcohol called alcosynth that might alleviate…


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Washington state shooting leaves four people dead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

At least four people have lost their lives in a shooting at a mall in the northwestern US state of Washington, with the suspect on the run, police say. Sergeant Mark Francis, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol District 7, said on his Twitter account that the incident took place at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, […]

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Video: Charlotte live coverage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE – FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air … Via Youtube

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07:01

How Trump Wins the Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy.

He was returning to the scene of his ’68 triumph when he had inflicted the first crippling wound on Lyndon Johnson.

“Pat, you don’t have to win up here, you know,” he assured me. “All you have to do is beat the point spread.”

“Beat the point spread” is a good description of what Donald Trump has to do in Monday night’s debate.

With only a year in national politics, he does not have to show a mastery of foreign and domestic policy details. Rather, he has to do what John F. Kennedy did in 1960, and what Ronald Reagan did in 1980. show, she sets no one on fire. Blacks, Hispanics, and millennials who invested high hopes in Barack Obama seem to have no great hopes for her. She has no bold agenda, no New Deal or New Frontier.

“Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?” wailed Hillary Clinton this week.

The answer is simple. America has seen enough of her and has no great desire to see anymore; and she cannot change an impression hardened over 25 years — in 90 minutes.

But the country will accept her if the only alternative is the Trump of the mainstream media’s portrayal. Hence, the strategy of the Democratic Party for the next seven weeks is obvious:

Trash Trump, take him down, make him intolerable, and we win.

No matter how she performs, though, Donald Trump can win the debate, for he is the one over whom the question marks hang. But he is also the one who can dissipate and destroy them with a presidential performance.

In that sense, this debate and this election are Trump’s to win.

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07:01

Neocons Remove the Mask "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Jeff Jacoby describes himself as a conservative columnist. He has written for the Boston Globe as the house broken “conservative” since the early 1990’s. According to his Wikipedia page, he is “the region’s pre-eminent spokesman for The Conservative Nation,” and a columnist who had “quickly established himself as a must-read.” Also according to Wiki, he takes a paycheck from the radical left-wing TV station WBUR, one of the many governments run NPR affiliates in New England. He’s also been on the payroll of the Progressive cable outlet CNN.

It’s fair to say Jacoby is typical of Official Conservatism™ the last two decades, which is to say he is a neocon. There used to be a time when there was a big enough distinction between Official Conservatism™ and the Trotskyites that migrated from the Left in the 70’s, but all of them are neocons now. Jacoby was gonzo for the Bush policy of invading the world – invite the world. He continues to say the Iraq War was a success and he is endlessly going on about the Czar and how Trump is a tool of Russia.

If opposition to the Soviets defined the neocons in the Cold War, opposition to Trump is what defines them now. You see that in this Jeff Jacoby column from the other day. The gist of the piece is to remind the reader of America’s past terribleness and then to tie that history of terribleness to the rise of Trump. You’re supposed to come away with the belief that voting for Trump is the same as forming a lynch mob and hanging some coolies. Just as all good thinkers look back with disgust at America’s past, future good thinkers will be revolted by Trump voters.

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Logically, of course, this is nonsense. It is the fallacy of the undistributed middle. There’s nothing connecting today’s voters with the lynch mobs of 150 years ago. More important, no sane person would define America of the 19th century by these rare outbursts of violence. In every age, there are examples of people acting savagely to one another. That is the human condition. What we have here is a rather sleazy attempt to slime the people of the past, and by extension the heritage of everyone alive today, in order to disparage current Americans.

The implication is that discussing immigration is off-limits because to do so risks being just as bad as those imaginary bigots that haunt our past. We can debate how much we bomb the Muslims, but we cannot have a public debate about how many foreigners we allow to settle in our country. Incinerating half a million Arabs over the last twenty years is perfectly fine, but hurting the feelings of would-be migrants from Mexico would make us worse than Hitler. It’s as if Americans don’t have a right to define what it means to be an American.

At the same time, neocons are forever prattling on about how America is not a blood and soil country. Instead, it is a propositional nation. In other words, all you have to do is sign onto the bargain for what it means to be an American and you are an American. That sounds good until they follow that with the argument that Americans don’t get a say in what it means to be an American. The proposition, according to guys like Jacoby, is that they get to use Americans as cannon fodder for waging pointless wars of choice and they also get to replace those Americans with foreigners of their choice.

You can be forgiven for thinking that guys like Jacoby really doesn’t like Americans very much. When he is not comparing us to bloodthirsty, xenophobic murderers, he’s insisting...

07:01

Evil, Deceitful, Unspeakable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We are all jurors in an ongoing trial to find the truth of John Kennedy’s murder. Most of us have fallen asleep; some left the chamber, and others don’t even care anymore. But a few, a very small few, have been paying attention for the last 45 years as arguments for the prosecution of Lee Harvey Oswald, headed up by government lawyers and their lackeys have been constantly countered by a volunteer and unpaid defense team for the truth made up of laymen, clergymen, historians, teachers, researchers, republicans, democrats, non-affiliates of all ages shapes and sizes.

It has been a bewildering experience to have been patted on the head and told to go to sleep by the Warren Commission only to be rudely awakened by a garrulous DA from Louisiana, followed then by a government report which said, well, there might have been two, but go on back to sleep. Dazed and confused we began to leave the room but were called back in by Oliver Stone who told us to take a look at his evidence of Oswald’s innocence. We were intrigued, but an impish Gerald Posner convinced Dick Cavett and other icons of American mainstream media that Stone’s myth was just that and the case was indeed closed: Oswald did it.

When it was finally opened, the muse of Arlen Spector sauntered forth speaking in only a language that he could understand. Talk shows raved about Vince’s masterpiece; gatekeepers swooned, and the prosecution let out a huge and foul-smelling sigh of relief as they said, There! That ought to put this damn thing to rest finally! Everyone began to pack up and leave, most never having read briefs by Scott, Gerald McKnight, Larry Hancock, etc., defense advocates who had built their arguments on the works of Vince Salandria, Marrs, Howard Roffman, Sheim, Weisberg, etc., and the thousands of pages of released and obscure documents.

But just as the courtroom almost emptied, looking like a Senate Chamber with a wobbling old man named Byrd trying to make a point, in comes a Jesuit priest. I’m no Catholic, I thought, as I was getting up to leave with the two or three other jurors who had sat through the whole case so far, trying to pay attention, but this guy seems to know his stuff. He’s talking about everything we have already heard but putting it all into context. His summation is actually making sense- reason, logic, truth, honesty, footnotes, primary source interviews, follow-up questions, giving the benefit of the doubt to all sides. I sat back down. As James Douglass presented his case, scales fell from my eyes. Oswald was innocent. I look around. Is anybody there?

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07:01

Prepare for Your Winter Power Outage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In honor of National Preparedness Month, here’s a look back at a popular NatGeo special from 2013.

When it first aired in 2013, NatGeo’s survival show, American Blackout, was a hot topic around the country. It definitely caught the attention of non-preppers from coast to coast. More recently, Ted Koppel wrote about the strong possibility of cyber terrorism taking out our power grid in his book, Lights Out. In our current fragile economy with unrest in so many different sectors, the last thing we need is a long-term, widespread blackout.

You may have read One Second After or Light’s Out, the novel by David Crawford, and had more than one or two panic attacks, but what have you done to prepare for this worst case scenario and are your survival priorities in their proper order? How about getting started with these tips for preparing for a winter power outage:

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07:01

Ignore the Flu Vaccine Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last year the flu season was predicted to peak in February.  However, this year the news media, on cue from the Centers for Disease Control, is starting their vaccination campaign early by planting the idea of vaccination in the minds of senior Americans who are most at risk for the flu and suggesting in doubletalk that seniors wait and get their vaccine later rather than sooner (??).

US News & World Report continues with the annual drivel that 36,000 people in the US die from the flu annually.  [US News Sept 21, 2016] The Centers for Disease Control states: “Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from the flu every year.” [CDC.gov Aug 3, 2016]

The Global Vaccine Institute sets the record straight.  For reference, in the era prior to flu data manipulation, there were only 257 deaths attributed to influenza in 2001.  [ThinkTwice.com

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Flu vaccination rates are so low as to be of little significance in heading off a flu epidemic.   Most of the population is unvaccinated for the flu strain in circulation yet the flu is at all time low marks. 

Adults over age 65 have the highest flu vaccination rate, close to 70%, probably because they are most at risk for mortal consequences from the flu.  [FoxNews Sept 21, 2016]  Persons age 85 years and up are 16 times more likely to succumb from a flu-related illness compared to adults aged 65-69 years.  [Journal American Medical Assn. 2003]

But flu vaccination has not been effective in older age groups because the ability to produce antibodies to mutating flu viruses is limited among the aged.   This fact is evidenced by the newly licensed high-dose flu vaccine specifically for adults over age 65.  [Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report Aug 6, 2010] The primary reason why retirees get the flu is because their immune system is in decline, not because they are not vaccinated.  

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Top 18 Secret Mercenary Armies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The United States have a well-known history of providing military support to countries in need. But from time to time, the US Government has provided secret forces. While many are successful, there have also been a number of failures. This is a list of the ten top secret armies of the CIA.

1. Ukrainian Partisans Wikipedia

From 1945 to 1952 the CIA trained and aerially supplied Ukranian partisan units which had originally been organized by the Germans to fight the Soviets during WWII. For seven years, the partisans, operating in the Carpathian Mountains, made sporadic attacks. Finally, in 1952, a massive Soviet military force wiped them out.In an attempt to overthrow Indonesian president Sukarno in 1958, the CIA sent paramilitary experts and radio operators to the island of Sumatra to organize a revolt. With CIA air support, the rebel army attacked but was quickly defeated. The American government denied involvement even after a CIA b-26 was shot down and its CIA pilot, Allen Pope, was captured.

5. Khamba Horsemen Wikipedia

After the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet, the CIA began recruiting Khamba horsemen – fierce warriors who supported Tibet’s religious leader, the Dalai Lama – as they escaped into India in 1959. These Khambas were trained in modern warfare at Camp Hale, high in the rocky mountains near Leadville, Colorado. Transported back to Tibet by the CIA-operated Air American, the Khambas organized an army number at its peak some 14,000. By the mid-1960s the Khambas had been abandoned by the CIA but they fought on alone until 1970.

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07:01

Drink Alcohol? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Dr. Mercola

According to the latest statistics, 57 percent of Americans drink alcohol at least once a month.1 Alcohol consumption is a controversial issue. Some studies suggest “moderate” consumption is harmless; others propose it may even have some health benefits.

For instance, research shows people who have one to two drinks a day may have a significantly reduced risk of death from heart disease and “all causes” compared to those who never drink alcohol.2

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans also notes that “moderate consumption of alcohol [is a component] of a beneficial dietary pattern in most studies.”3 That said, “moderation” can be a moving target, depending on your age, height, weight, gender, health status, emotional state and more.

And, while some studies show benefits, others show alcohol consumption increases your risk of chronic diseases such as cancer — even at moderate intake levels.4 Moreover, when compared to other recreational drugs, such as tobacco and marijuana, alcohol is the deadliest.5

While it’s certainly good to know you can mitigate the effects of alcohol by exercising more, I would be remiss were I not to mention that chronic alcohol consumption tends to impede your fitness goals.

Not only are you less inclined to exercise if you don’t feel well from the night before, but alcohol also contributes to dehydration and weight gain, and in higher doses can affect testosterone production, muscle protein synthesis, and leucine oxidation, thereby reducing your chances of improving your fitness and building muscle mass.

So, as long as you continue drinking, your exercise merely ends up serving as a stop-gap of sorts, to prevent more serious health problems from developing. And, if you’re making all that effort, wouldn’t it make more sense to maximize your payout by cutting out the booze?

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07:01

Barney Fife Runs North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NEW YORK—I’m gonna explain this Pat McCrory thing to you.

As his world crumbles around him, Pat McCrory keeps doubling down on the “Keep Our Public Bathrooms Safe” issue.

Surely the man knows he’s losing.

So you may be wondering: Is he insane?

Doesn’t he have some lobe in the Political Survival region of his brain with a neon sign blinking “Bail Out! Seek Refuge! Career Killer Ahead!”

Doesn’t he know this is one of those public Dogpile Jamborees that stays with you the rest of your life and goes on your tombstone?

And yet he keeps churning away. He keeps saying that the nation’s “liberal agenda” is driving his agony. He believes, apparently, that Fortune 500 companies, professional sports leagues, and coaches who belong to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are all part of the vast “Punish North Carolina” conspiracy, just because we Carolinians are not politically correct.

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He’s become a states’ righter. The federal gummint needs to keep outta our binness.

Meanwhile, the economic damage to the state is approaching a billion dollars and is almost certain to go higher. McCrory can gaze out the window of his office in the state capitol and watch 18-wheelers full of hundred-dollar bills heading for Interstate 40 West. If it were fifty years earlier, I’d expect him to start claiming a Communist conspiracy. As it is, he’s left with the straw men of “political correctness,” the federal courts, and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, all soft targets that don’t really work anymore because Obama-bashing is simply passé in a year when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are occupying all the sniper-rifle target space available.

There’s only one solution to this, and I know what it is because I myself am a Southern white male, therefore fully capable of getting myself into a situation like this.

We need a Southern Female Intervention.

Ideally, this would be his grandma. McCrory is only 60, so there’s a possibility that one of his grandmothers would be alive, but if that’s not an option, it can be his mother, his wife, an older sister, or—if all of those are absolutely unavailable—any pissed-off spinster aunt related by blood.

This designated Southern female will approach McCrory at the breakfast table, withhold the biscuits until she has his attention, and then say, “Pat, you’re either gonna stop this nonsense or I’m gonna slap you nekkid.”

And then she’s gonna serve the biscuits and gravy—and that’s all it will take.

Pat McCrory knows this. He grew up in Jamestown, North Carolina, a town of 3,300 people just 45 minutes down Highway 52 from Pilot Mountain. Pilot Mountain is the town cited by Andy Griffith as the inspiration for Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show. This is one of the most beloved sitcoms ever made, and the reason is that it always drew a contrast between two ways of solving a problem.

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06:52

Four Women and One Man Shot and Killed in Mall Attack North of Seattle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Update 8:54 ET From CNN: A man carrying a rifle entered a Macy’s store at a mall in Washington state, shot dead four women and a man, and vanished into the night, police said. Update 1:42am ET From the Associated Press: A gunman opened fire in a crowded mall north of Seattle, killing three people and critically wounding another before fleeing Friday night, authorities said. Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said police were searching for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5. “We are still actively looking for the shooter. Stay indoors, stay secure,” Francis said at a news conference. *************** Original story starts here: Four people were shot and killed on September 23 at Cascade Mall, which is located about 65 miles north of Seattle. The mall is in Burlington, Washington, and calls about the shooting began coming in before 7:00 p.m. According to ABC News, at 8:03 p.m. Pacific Sgt. Mark Francis of the Washington State Police tweeted there were “four confirmed deceased in the mall, shooter(s) left scene before police arrived, unknown numbers of shooters, possibly just one, police clearing mall now.” 4 confirmed deceased

06:31

JonBenet: The door the cops never opened "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The following is excerpted from the July 13, 1998 edition of Newsweek, by Andrew Murr, Daniel Glick and Sherry Keene-Osborn. This artice is featured in Newsweek’s Special Edition, JonBenet: 20 Years Later, by Issue Editor James Ellis. It was the first mistake in a day of many. In the early…


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'Game changer': Rev. Jesse Jackson talks Museum of African American History to RT (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is gearing up to open in Washington, DC, not a moment too soon, according to civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson who spoke with RT. The Museum of African American History will open on Saturday, following a week of protests over two highly publicized killings […]

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Bleating the odds: British man who lived as goat for 3 days in Alps wins Ig Nobel Prize "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A British man who had special prostheses made so he could walk and live like a goat in the Alps for three days has won this year’s Ig Nobel prize for scientific research. The spoof awards, given out for the most unusual achievements in scientific research, were handed out during their annual ceremony at Harvard […]

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Burn Notice: Milo Yiannopolous "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sep 24, 2016 By Karl North | redice.tv With the recent increase in press coverage of the Alt Right there has been a fear within the movement that we may be co-opted by opportunists that would dilute our fundamentally white nationalist message. One of the prime suspects for co-opting is Breitbart’s openly homosexual, quarter Jewish, […]

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06:20

September 24th – 2016 Presidential Election – Open Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “2016 Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Presidential Race and/or … Continue reading

06:15

Saturday September 24th – Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those … Continue reading

05:53

*Updates* Washington State Mall Shooting – Four Dead, Seattle Area, Gunman on the Loose… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

BREAKING: Washington state authorities update fatality count in mall shooting; 4 females killed — The Associated Press (@AP) September 24, 2016 Sketchy Details – Update 2:30am – A gunman armed with a rifle is on the loose after three [four] … Continue reading

05:30

Overnight Open Thread: Moment Mom Finds Out Dying 4 Yr Old Daughter Will Get New Kidney From Her Teacher… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Mail: A heartwarming video shows a woman learning that her dying daughter’s teacher will donate a kidney in bid to save the four-year-old girl’s life. Dena Carreyn from Wisconsin posted a video on Facebook last week which shows her finding out that Beth Battista will be a donor for her daughter Lyla. Carreyn […]

05:25

FBI Dump Reveals Obama’s Pseudonym Use, Private Email Traffic with Hillary’s Private Email "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation relvealedFriday that President Barack Obama used a private email address and pseudonym to communicate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary R. Clinton and her own private email account as early as June 2012.

05:11

Clinton / Trump Debate – 90 Minutes, No Commercials, No Breaks, No Excuses…. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

• The first general-election debate of the 2016 presidential campaign takes place Monday, Sept. 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. • The debate starts at 9:00pm EST. • The 90-minute debate will be divided into six 15-minute time segments. • … Continue reading

05:05

MILO Protester: ‘Milo Hacked Leslie Jones’ Twitter and Released Her Nudes’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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"I have a general consciousness," declared the pink-haired male protester, who accused Milo of racism and misogyny.

05:03

4th Night–Demonstrators March in Charlotte, Atlanta to Protest Police Shootings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For a fourth night, there are protests in Charlotte over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer.

05:01

Cruz finally endorses Trump for US president "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican Texas Senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has finally endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump for US president, ending a long-running feud with the New York businessman. “After months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald […]

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CNN’s Erin Burnett called out by NC reporters for bungling Charlotte coverage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Charlotte, North Carolina has erupted into protests since Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police. As with many cities that respond to police shootings, national cable news media rushed to the city to report on the shooting and the community’s response to it. However, CNN reporters…


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04:40

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Milo’s Twitter Eulogy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The full text of Milo's Twitter eulogy at Florida State University.

04:31

US-Led Military Intervention Looms in Libya "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another war to involve the US and its allies is looming in the Middle East. Libya appears to be heading toward a military confrontation between forces loyal to the UN-sponsored Government of National Agreement (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by General Khalifa Haftar. On September 12, the US and its major European allies – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom – condemned the LNA offensive against a string of oil ports in eastern Libya, raising fears of a major outbreak of fresh violence in the chaos-ridden country. As a result of the offensive, Haftar has

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Cop caught on video berating black man in wheelchair: ‘I’m going to give you a f*cking ticket’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

One Montreal community member filmed a disturbing incident between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair. The woman was on a coffee break when she pulled out her smartphone to capture a cop berating the young man. The video has now gone viral, with over 500,000 views on Facebook. In it, a…


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Charlotte protesters march on highway on 4th night of demonstrations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Published time: 24 Sep, 2016 01:12Edited time: 24 Sep, 2016 01:56 On their fourth night of protest, Charlotte demonstrators, demanding the release of police tapes of the fatal shooting of Keith Scott, made their way onto Interstate-277, shutting down the highway. After a few minutes on and near the highway, protesters left, chanting, “the people united […]

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Over 1mn Brits in ‘extremely unhappy’ relationships "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

More than a million people in the UK are trapped in miserable relationships with their spouse or long-term partner, new research has found. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate the number of people in an “extremely unhappy” relationship has doubled since 2010, while the proportion of those who described their relationship as […]

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NASA set to reveal ‘surprising’ activity on Jupiter moon Europa "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There’s something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. But what? NASA teased a “surprising” announcement for Monday, based on Hubble Space Telescope images of the celestial body, which many experts believe could contain a subsurface ocean, even possibly…


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04:30

FBI Docs: Clinton Deleted At Least 2,800 Work-Related Emails "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

But…but..yoga routines? Wedding arrangements? Via Washington Examiner: At least 2,800 emails from the records recovered off Hillary Clinton’s server by the FBI were related to her State Department work, government attorneys revealed Friday. However, most of the files will not be made public until after the election, according to a schedule laid out by the […]

04:06

Trump Cuts Hillary’s Lead by More than Half in McClatchy-Marist Poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

04:01

Conservative priest lashes out: Vote ‘the right way’ or ‘you might not have a church to go to’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The chaplain for a Florida-based Catholic law school bashed the idea of separation of church and state in a thinly-veiled call for supporters to vote for Republicans this year, Lifesite News reported. “Somehow, [Christians] have come to buy the story that you cannot be political in…


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Yahoo sued for gross negligence over cyber-attack that exposed 500 million accounts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yahoo Inc was sued on Friday by a user who accused it of gross negligence over a massive 2014 hacking in which information was stolen from at least 500 million accounts. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, one day after Yahoo disclosed the hacking, unprecedented in…


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Clinton postpones meeting with Charlotte religious leaders after Scott shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has postponed a trip planned for Sunday to Charlotte, North Carolina, which has seen sometimes violent protests after a black man was killed by police earlier this week. “Hillary is grateful for, and intends to honor, the invitation from faith…


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04:00

FBI Docs: Clinton IT Aides Sent Emails Talking About “Hillary Cover-Up Operation” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

They even called it a cover-up, but that wasn’t enough for the FBI. Via Washington Examiner: Employees at Platte River Network, the firm tapped to manage Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2013, sent emails describing the ‘Hilary [sic] coverup [sic] operation’ after Clinton’s staff asked them to begin wiping emails in Dec. 2014. The revelation came […]

03:31

Cheryl Mills Immunity Bombshell: She Avoided Signing Mandatory Security Forms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Top Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in the federal FBI investigation into the Clinton email scandal.

03:30

Charlotte Protesters Chalk Names Where Man Was Shot During Riots…Include Name Of Minnesota Stabbing Terrorist Claimed By ISIS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

You see names there, including what looks like Sandra Bland’s name, who committed suicide, she was not killed by the police. Justin Carr’s name is there. He was killed Wednesday night during the riots right at the spot being chalked. He is suspected to have been killed by another ‘protester’, Rayquan Borum, arrested today. But […]

03:24

Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Grandma always said: “If you don’t have anything good to say about house guests, then don’t say anything”.  It becomes difficult to write anything about Ted Cruz. Yesterday Ted Cruz was rebuked by his congressional peers and leadership: WASHINGTON — … Continue reading

03:20

MILO Goes American Psycho: Smashes ‘Twitter Coffin’ With An AXE! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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"Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now, you stupid f*cking b*stard,"

03:00

FBI Docs: Hillary Created A Previously Undisclosed Second Email Address "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Used it overseas and lied that she didn’t have another one. Via Washington Examiner: Hillary Clinton created a previously undisclosed email account to communicate when her private server system was down, documents made public by the FBI Friday show. Monica Hanley, a former Clinton aide, told FBI investigators that Clinton likely created the second private […]

02:51

Milo Launches Website To Help Twitter Users Acquire Their Personal Data "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Speaking at Florida State University, Milo unveiled a new website to help rebellious Twitter users request personal data from the company.

02:50

Fifty-Nine Percent of Voters Oppose Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Increase Syrian Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The Breitbart/Gravis Marketing poll released on Friday shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in the presidential election by a 44 percent to 40 percent margin, but her support for increasing the number of refugees arriving in the United States is opposed by a majority of voters and many of her own supporters as well.

02:47

Wells Fargo CEO Evades Critical Questions During Congressional Grilling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Wells Fargo Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, before the Senate Banking Committee. Stumpf was called before the committee for betraying customers' trust in a scandal over allegations that employees opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet aggressive sales targets. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testified before the Senate Banking Commitee Tuesday and was asked multiple times of his knowledge of the company's recent fraudulent account scam.

02:37

RIP Twitter: Milo Holds ‘Funeral’ For Social Network At Florida State University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Breitbart Senior Editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, held a funeral for Twitter at his event at Florida State University tonight.

02:31

British Typhoon jets intercept Russian Blackjack bombers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The UK has scrambled jet fighters to intercept two Russian bombers that were approaching its borders, the British defense ministry says. The encounter took place on Thursday, when two RAF Typhoon aircraft took off from Scotland to escort the Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers that were flying near a UK “area of interest.” “Quick reaction alert Typhoon […]

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KNOWN WOLF: NYC Bombing Suspect Probed by FBI, Leading to Big Questions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The New York bombing attack has a list of details that don’t add up.
When examining what transpired this past week in New York and New Jersey, we must consider a deeper social engineering agenda that may be at play as a larger geopolitical drama continues unfold in Syria. While August ushered in a hyper-propagandized war image that went viral in the West, an alleged active-shooter ‘false alarm’ played out at both JFK airport and LAX in early September, preceded the apparent bombing in NYC this week.
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Transcripts of Omar Mateen’s 911 call released "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

More of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s negotiations with police have been released. The transcripts shed some light on Mateen’s motivations for the June 12 killing and injuring of more than 100 people at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the months following the mass shooting, speculations over Mateen’s motivation have included everything from […]

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Cameron legacy ‘a bit of a tragedy’: Bernie Sanders’ brother Larry who launched MP bid speaks to RT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Oxfordshire’s Larry Sanders, who launched a bid to take former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s seat in parliament as a Green Party candidate, said in an exclusive interview with RT that Cameron “played politics” instead of living up to his election promises.
The Green Party announced Thursday that 82-year-old Larry Sanders, the brother of US […]

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FBI Docs: Obama Used Pseudonym In Clinton Emails (But Then Claimed He Didn’t Know About Private Email) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Most transparent admin evuh. Remember how he said he didn’t even know about her email? Yet he was using a pseudonym to communicate with her… Via Politico: President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday. The disclosure came as the FBI released […]

02:26

PRESIDENT ASSAD OF SYRIA IS NOT AN EVIL DICTATOR KILLING HIS PEOPLE- THE ESTABLISHMENT HAS LIED! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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What do evil dictators  look like?  What do they talk like?  Just how wicked is an evil dictator’s wife ?  Should she be toppled along with her husband?  Who am I talking about? President Assad of Syria and his wife, Asmas Al Assad.

These are the same ones boy Rubio, McCain, Lyndsay Graham, Ryan, the Bush’s, Obama, Kerry and Hillary all want to topple down to bring peace to Syria. That is THE LIE  they are and have been shouting.  What they really want to do is take over Syria in order to hurry along their New World Order agenda.  The media whores push the establishment narrative that president Assad of Syria is evil and a corrupt dictator. They fear that when you realize who these people really are, you will be sorry you ever believed any lies told about them, let alone what they have conspired to do against them and all the citizens of Syria.

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The real truth is – President  Assad and his wife Asmas Al Assad, care about their people. Syria has been invaded with Islamic radicals that have terrorized their nation. We should be helping Assad, not the radical rebels who have infiltrated in the same manner the US manufactured ISIS has infiltrated throughout the entire region.  President Assad is fighting terrorists.

Meanwhile before Obama’s push to topple Assad and take over Syria, the media wrote wonderful stories about President Assad and his wife Asmas.  Vogue magazine issued a wonderful story calling Asmas the “Rose of The Desert”.  After Obama’s regime targeted Syria, the media buried any good stories and began a cut throat propaganda campaign to match their new narrative of Assad as an evil dictator.  (You know the drill).  They have taken great lengths to rewrite wonderful stories where they once called Asmas Al Assad wonderful things and were amazed at the good will being done by Asmas to people of all faiths. Now they want you to believe that she was faking her lifetime of caring and sided with her so-called evil husband dictator.

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02:20

Breitbart/Gravis Poll Exposes Splits in Hillary Clinton’s Party on Refugees, Iran, Nation’s Direction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The Sept. 20 Breitbart/Gravis poll shows that Hillary Clinton has not yet locked down a high percentage of her likely supporters, Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell told Breitbart News.

02:03

UN Group: Police Killings Of Black People In United States Reminiscent Of Lynchings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sigh, America-hating agenda again. No, they’re really not. Shooting someone who has pulled a gun on you or even who you think is reaching for a gun, is at best a mistake, even if not justified. Saying this actually diminishes true lynchings. GENEVA (Reuters) – Police killings of black people in the United States are […]

02:01

Video: Laura Eisenhower “Non-Human Entities Have Enslaved Us & Made Us Forget Who We Really Are!” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Ted Cruz’s ex-roommate ridicules his ‘calculated’ Trump endorsement: He has ‘defeated himself’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) college roommate explained the Tea Party lawmaker’s decision on Friday to endorse Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Boston Globe reported. While others were surprised that Cruz would back the GOP’s presidential nominee after calling him a…


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North Dakota college ‘appalled’ after second student blackface pic in three days is exposed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier this week, University of North Dakota students stole an African-American student’s phone and posted photos of themselves in blackface with a caption reading “Locked the black b*tch out.” It referred to the fact that the girls locked the fellow student out of a dorm room….


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How US Propaganda Plays in Syrian War "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

U.S. foreign policymakers have experimented at planting propaganda in social media and then citing it as evidence to support their goals, a process now playing out in the Syrian “regime change,” as Rick Sterling explains. By Rick Sterling Manipulation of public perception has risen to a new level with the emergence of powerful social media. Multibillion-dollar […]

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01:47

Friday Night Dump: FBI Notes On Hillary Investigation Released "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FBI behaving like politicians who don’t want you to see what they did, dropping it on Friday. Via Daily Caller: The FBI has released 189 pages of records from its Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Friday document dump comes weeks after the bureau released its report of its findings from the probe and of notes […]

01:34

Check this Pin out on Pinterest! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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01:32

Gay music director says he was fired from Catholic church job after same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Michael Templeton married his husband in July 2015, but now it seems that the marriage cost him his job as the St. Mary’s music director. “Any person who holds a ministerial position in the Church, as an employee or a volunteer, is expected to live in a way that is fully consistent with the…


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Twitter begins negotiating its own sale with other tech companies: report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Twitter Inc has initiated talks with several technology companies to explore selling itself, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, signaling the start of what is likely to be a slow-rolling auction of the high-profile but money-losing social media company. A sale of Twitter has been the…


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01:20

Never Trump Heads Explode as Ted Cruz Backs Donald Trump for President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Senator Ted Cruz revealed Friday that he would "vote his conscience" by endorsing Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. For the small but vocal group remaining in the "Never Trump" crowd, the news was devastating.

01:10

FBI Release 189 Pages of Investigative Notes Into Clinton Email – Platte River Network and “Stonetear”(Full pdf)… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

All of the current headlines pushed by the MSM are shiny thing distractions from this after hours drop of FBI reports on a Friday before the presidential debate. The timing of the release this evening by the FBI is yet … Continue reading

01:03

Black Louisiana Deputy City Marshal Claims Self-Defense In Shooting That Killed 6-Year-Old White Boy… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There were no riots after the shooting. Via WAFB: A deputy city marshal charged with murder after a police body camera recorded him shooting a 6-year-old boy is asking a Louisiana judge to throw out his indictment, saying he acted in self-defense by opening fire on a car driven by the boy’s father. A court […]

00:39

Hillary Clinton Sponsored Secretive Arab Spring Program that Destabilized Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The U.S. State Department under the leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton continued a program to embolden foreign, revolutionary, social media activists to agitate for regime change in various parts of the world. The program arguably had major, detrimental consequences for the trajectory of the Middle East.

00:30

Black Lives Matter Activist Who Seriously Injured Child Sentenced To 5 Years, Gets Out After 8 Days… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

He was also behind the protest which ended when 5 police officers were killed by Micah Johnson. Via Dallas News: A Dallas activist was released from prison Wednesday just eight days after he reported to prison to serve a five-year sentence for seriously injuring a child by shaking him. And it isn’t an error. A […]

00:13

Oh Joy! Hillary To Visit Charlotte On Sunday, Calls For Police To Release Scott Video… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Price of admission is one bottle of hot sauce, Louisiana folks still waiting for her visit… Via WBTV: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she will be traveling to Charlotte this Sunday. No details have been released about when or why Clinton is coming to the Queen City, but earlier in the day she […]

00:09

Obama: Media Coverage of Charlotte Rioting ‘Ignores’ Historical Context "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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President Barack Obama praised the opening of the new museum of African-American history in Washington D.C. on Friday for putting the struggle of black Americans in context.

00:00

Glenn Beck ‘Profoundly Sad’ After Cruz Endorses Trump: ‘Maybe It Is Time to Go to the Mountains for a While’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The Blaze founder Glenn Beck has weighed in on Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump, writing that “[d]isappointment does not begin to describe” his feelings about Cruz’s endorsement of his former primary rival.

Friday, 23 September

23:53

The Dead Are Voting In Colorado… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dead people all miraculously of one nonoperational mind all vote Democratic. DENVER (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has found multiple cases of dead men and women voting in Colorado months and in some cases years after their deaths, a revelation that calls into question safeguards designed to prevent such occurrences. “We do believe there were […]

23:49

Hillary Clinton Scrambles to Beat Trump to Riot-Stricken Charlotte "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will visit Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, after two days of rioting in the city in response to an African-American police officer shooting an armed African-American man who refused to disarm. The news of the visit was revealed by Clinton aide Nick Merrill, a day after Trump signaled that he was also thinking of visiting the riot stricken city. “Trump is considering trip to Charlotte next week after Monday’s debate, I’m told,” wrote CNN’s Jim Acosta on Twitter on Thursday. “Officials now looking at logistics for a visit.” In an interview with Breitbart News Daily on Friday morning, Omarosa Manigault, the director of African-American outreach for Donald Trump’s campaign, signaled he was considering it. “What he wants to do is to be there for Americans who feel like people have turned their backs on them. And so as long as everything logistically works out, certainly, yes, he will go visit those folks,” she said of Trump’s possible Charlotte visit. But it appears that Clinton has jumped ahead of Trump’s plans, interrupting four planned days of rest and debate preparations at home. The first presidential debate is scheduled for Monday. Clinton has not made a public

23:32

Mother Of Keith Lamont Scott: The Book He Was Reading Was The Quran, Which He Used To Read Every Day… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Mystery solved. Except they didn’t find the book. Via WISTV: Keith Lamont Scott’s mother spoke to Live 5 News Thursday night and said she received one last call from her son the day he was shot in Charlotte. According to Vernita Scott Walker, who lives on James Island, she received the call at 2:22 p.m. […]

23:11

Wife of Keith Scott Releases Video Showing Gun on Ground After Charlotte Shooting – DNA and Fingerprints Belong to Scott… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police released information earlier today that Keith Scott’s fingerprints and DNA were on the hand gun, seen in eye witness reports and retrieved from the shooting.  This news apparently spurred the family of Keith Scott to attempt recovery of their … Continue reading

23:10

Gun Group Sues Massachusetts AG Over Unilateral Assault Weapons Ban Expansion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Free Beacon: A leading gun group filed a lawsuit on Thursday in an effort to undue an expansion of Massachusetts’ assault weapons ban enacted unilaterally by the state’s attorney general. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the largest trade association in the firearms industry, in conjunction with four Massachusetts gun dealers filed the suit […]

22:49

BREAKING: Obama Vetoes Bill Allowing 9/11 Families To Sue Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Obama vetoes bill that would allow family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. https://t.co/r5zbzIMuHs — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 23, 2016 Putting families first…

22:36

Texas Man Linked to Attempted Assassination of Judge Evades Police "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A man revealed to be part of a conspiracy to murder a Texas judge and commit banking fraud is now reported to be on the loose in the Houston, Texas region.

22:36

Obama Vetoes 9/11 Bill, Defends Saudi Arabia from Lawsuits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US President Barack Obama smiles alongside King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during meetings in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, June 29, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

22:35

3 Men Indicted for Attempted Assassination of Texas Judge, Says FBI "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A federal indictment has been unsealed in connection with the attempted assassination of Texas District Court Judge Julie Kocurek in November 2015.

22:34

Facebook Launches Nationwide Voter Registration Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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22:33

Keith Lamont Scott’s Wife Releases Cellphone Video of Charlotte Police Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 23 (UPI) — The family of Keith Lamont Scott, the black man shot by Charlotte police this week, released a dramatic video of the incident on Friday that depicts his wife pleading with officers — “Don’t shoot him” — and shouting at her husband before the shooting starts.

22:31

Clinton leads Trump by 4 points heading into first presidential debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democrat Hillary Clinton had a four-percentage point advantage in support over Republican Donald Trump ahead of their first U.S. presidential debate, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll released on Friday. The Sept. 16-22 opinion poll showed that 41 percent of likely voters…


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PM vows to protect UK troops in Iraq from legal abuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to protect British troops in Iraq war from any instances of legal abuse, defending an eight-year occupation of the Arab country. Addressing a meeting with senior British military commanders on Thursday, May said “every effort must be made” to prevent any abuse of the legal system against army […]

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WATCH: Trump’s ‘taco truck on every corner’ guy gets chance at redemption — and utterly fails "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When Marco Gutierrez spoke to Joy Ann Reid on MSNBC about his work as Latino’s for Trump, he made the critical mistake of promising American voters that if Donald Trump was not elected there would be taco trucks on every corner. The internet erupted with glee because people generally love…


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Ted Cruz announces his support for Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After running a highly critical and acrimonious campaign against the Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has come out in support of the nominee, two months after the GOP convention. “After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will […]

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Chilling: Iceland (the country) may sue Iceland (the shop) over name "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Iceland the nation may sue Iceland the frozen goods retailer over the use of the name, despite the supermarket trading under it for 45 years. Amid concerns of a legal challenge the shop has said it has never before encountered any confusion over which one is which. “Iceland Foods has traded under the Iceland name […]

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22:27

Donald Trump: ‘Greatly Honored by the Endorsement of Senator Cruz’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03: Republican presidential candidates (Lto R) Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) greet each following a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State's primary. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donald Trump responded late Friday afternoon to the announcement that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he would be voting for him.

22:26

What The Heck is Candidate Gary Johnson Doing Here?… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Making it weird continues… Who is financing this guy? And are they doing it in a deliberate effort to make Libertarians seem intensely ridiculous. Or something…

22:24

Hillary Clinton Can’t Keep Up With The Kardashians As Kim Moves Toward Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Kim Kardashian West speaks during the #BlogHer16 Experts Among Us conference at JW Marriott Los Angeles at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on August 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

22:11

Suspect Arrested for Shooting of Charlotte Protester Justin Carr "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rayquan Borum was arrested for the murder of 26-year-old Justin Carr, which occurred during riots in Charlotte, NC, following the death of Keith Lamont Scott, shot by a police officer.

22:01

Obama Set to Veto 9/11 Victims’ Bid to Sue Saudis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sure, because if the victims families sue the Saudis, guess who else would have to show up in court?

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Judge approves release of recovered Clinton emails after election: WSJ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Most of the emails the FBI recovered during its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system while secretary of state will not be made available until after the Nov. 8 presidential election under a timetable set by a judge on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported. The…


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Bruce Springsteen hammers Trump: ‘The republic is under siege by a moron’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rocker Bruce Springteen — who turned 67 years old on Friday — had some choice words for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, calling the former reality TV star a “moron” who poses a serious threat to the country. “The republic is under siege by a moron,”…


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NJ lawmakers could subpoena Gov. Chris Christie after new ‘Bridgegate’ revelations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

TRENTON — Dormant for months in deference to the federal investigation into Bridgegate, the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Investigations may be reconvened in order to get answers directly from Gov. Chris Christie about what the governor knew and when he knew it. Assemblyman…


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21:57

BREAKING: Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Facebook: This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election. In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the […]

21:49

Springsteen: ‘Moron’ Trump’s Candidacy a ‘Tragedy for Our Democracy’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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21:48

Bobby Knight: Donald Trump Is ‘Totally in Love with the United States,’ ‘Best-Prepared’ to Serve "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

21:45

Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump for President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) following the CNN Republican Presidential Debate March 10, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump for President four months after dropping out of the race for president, returning to his work in the U.S. Senate, and beginning to campaign for re-election in 2018.

21:34

American Hostage Was Left To Buy His Own Ticket Home After Release From Iran "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The money for his plane ticket went in the millions they gave to the Revolutionary Guard. Via Fox Business: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani spoke before the United Nations General Assembly Thursday despite protests from Iranian-Americans who feel Iran’s human rights situation has worsened after sanctions were modified earlier this year. Pastor Saeed Abedini, one of […]

21:31

‘CastraTED’: Internet greets rumors of Ted Cruz’s Trump endorsement with gleeful mockery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

During the Republican primary, Donald Trump ruthlessly attacked his rival Sen. Ted Cruz in just about every way imaginable. In addition to giving Cruz the nickname “Lyin’ Ted,” Trump also pushed National Enquirer stories claiming Cruz had multiple mistresses, posted a meme on…


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21:30

Exclusive: Breitbart/Gravis Poll: 43% of Voters Cites Islamic Foes as ‘Greatest Threat to Security’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A plurality of registered voters say the Islamic State is the greatest threat America is facing today. Along with those who consider the Islamic Republic of Iran to be America's greatest threat, a total of 42 percent of Americans consider Islamist rivals the greatest challenge to peace and security on U.S. soil.

21:12

BETRAYAL: Republican former Pres. George H.W. Bush will vote for Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend is the former Lt. Governor of Maryland and the daughter of the late Robert “Bobby” Kennedy.

On Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, Townsend posted on her Facebook page a picture of herself shaking the hand of former Republican president George Herbert Walker Bush, with this caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

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Townsend told Politico in a telephone interview that she had met with Bush in Maine earlier that day, where he made his preference known that he was voting for Hillary. Townsend said, “That’s what he said.”

A spokesman for Bush did not deny it. He told ABC News:

“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”

Remember my post 7 months ago on whether Bush had made a throat-slashing gesture at Trump at the GOP debate in Houston, Texas on Feb. 25, 2016?

At the time, I gave Bush the benefit of doubt.

I no longer do.

See also “Barbara Bush says she loves Bill Clinton“.

By the way, there’s a rumor that Barbara Bush is the (unacknowledged) daughter of British occultist satanist Aleister Crowley, which would make George W. Bush Crowley’s grandson.

H/t Constitution.com

~Eowyn


21:09

White House: Transferring Internet Control Is ‘Limited Government’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yeah sure, and air conditioners are a bigger danger than ISIS. They’re trying to slip this one by us. Via Washington Examiner: The White House mocked GOP nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz for trying to prevent the Commerce Department from transferring technical oversight of the Internet to an international body. “It doesn’t withstand […]

21:01

Searching for a Gun in Video Recorded by Keith Scott’s Wife "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A still image taken from video recorded on Tuesday in Charlotte by Keith Scott's wife seconds after his fatal shooting by the police.

21:00

U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Rises, Bucks Trend of Fewer Such Deaths Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

 

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WASHINGTON — One of the biggest worldwide public health triumphs in recent years has been maternal mortality. Global death rates fell by more than a third from 2000 to 2015. The United States, however, is one of the few countries in the world that has gone against the grain, new data show. Its maternal mortality rate has risen despite improvements in health care and an overwhelming global trend in the other direction.

The United States has become an outlier among rich nations in maternal deaths, according to new data released Wednesday by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded by the Gates Foundation and based at the University of Washington.

There were 28 maternal deaths — defined as deaths due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth — per 100,000 births in the United States in 2013, up from 23 in 2005, the institute found. The rate in 2013, the most recent year for which the institute had detailed data for the United States, was more than triple Canada’s. The institute is projecting that the American rate dipped in the last two years to 25 by 2015.

A rise was extremely rare among rich countries. In all, 24 countries had a rise between 2000 and 2015, including South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, though their rates were much higher. America’s rise put it above a number of poorer countries whose rates had declined with the global trend, including Iran, Vietnam, Russia and Romania.

In all, the U.S. rate was up by more than half since 1990, according to the institute, which uses many different data sources — including countries’ vital records systems — to calculate hundreds of health measures.

The findings are part of a gathering body of evidence on the dismal numbers for maternal mortality among American women and how they keep getting worse. This summer, a group of researchers published an analysis that found the maternal mortality rate had increased by 27 percent for 48 states and the District of Columbia from 2000 to 2014. Texas, analyzed separately, had nearly doubled.

Another analysis this month looked at increases by state, and found particularly high rates in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Georgia and Arkansas, especially among black women. (The absolute rate can vary by data set, but the upward trend has been clear.)

How is it that the United States, a country with some of the most cutting-edge medical treatments, has some of the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world?

Most people imagine maternal mortality as 19th-century-style deaths, for example hemorrhage in childbirth or death from eclampsia, a condition involving high blood pressure. Those types of deaths still happen, but their rate has not changed much.

Instead, the rise in recent years has been driven by heart problems and other chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, which has increased sharply in the population. Researchers have theorized that a rise in obesity, particularly acute among poor black women who have much higher rates of maternal mortality than whites, may be contributing to the problem.

“The really scary thing to us is all the deaths from cardiovascular disease and heart failure,” said Dr. William Callaghan, who runs the Maternal and Infant Health Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s a quarter of all deaths. There were almost none in the remote past.”

Maternal deaths are notoriously hard to count. There is of...

20:55

Singer Cancels University of Texas Show Because of Concealed Gun Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Ryan Kocian, Courthouse News Service

AUSTIN, Texas — Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne canceled his Thursday show at the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall over the school’s policy to allow patrons to carry concealed handguns at the venue.

LaMontagne who won a Grammy for his 2010 album “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise,” announced the cancellation in a statement Tuesday.

“This Thursday’s show at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX has been canceled due to concerns over the state of Texas’ recently enacted campus-carry law, which allows licensed holders to bring concealed handguns into many performance venues on public university campuses, including the Performing Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin,” LaMontagne said.

He continued: “I consider myself to be a very open-minded human being, and I always try and see things from another’s point of view. I realize this is a controversial issue and there are strong feelings on both sides of it. But no matter how hard I try to understand the rationale for allowing guns on campus or more broadly, the ‘concealed-carry’ law in general, I just cannot in any way support that ideology.

“There are a lot of things this country needs more of, but guns aren’t one of them. On behalf of myself and the band, and everyone involved in the tour, I want to express our collective disappointment in the decision to allow guns on campus, and within the campus venue. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase,” he said.

A university representative provided Courthouse News with this statement: “The university regrets that Ray LaMontagne made this decision but respects his right to do so. Under Texas state law, licensed permitholders are allowed to bring concealed handguns into many performance venues on public university campuses, including the Performing Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin.”

Senate Bill 11, also called campus carry, was passed in 2015 by the Texas Legislature. It allows concealed carry of handguns by license holders on state college and university campuses, and bars schools from prohibiting them except in certain areas. The law took effect Aug. 1.

In July, the university’s board of regents gave final approval to rules for carrying concealed handguns on campus in order to comply with SB 11.

As to why guns are allowed at Bass Concert Hall but not the Frank Erwin Center, the UT representative said state law allows establishments that sell alcohol to ban license holders from carrying concealed handguns only if the establishment earns 51% or more of its revenue from alcohol sales. He said that while neither the Erwin Center nor the Bass Concert Hall reaches this 51% threshold, the Erwin Center’s events make the difference.

“Concealed handguns are excluded from ticketed events at the Erwin Center because of the unique nature of events held in its arena-style configuration, featuring high levels of excitement, low lighting, loud sounds which may include pyrotechnics, and often the consumption of alcoholic beverages,” he said.

Other barred areas for campus carry include places where formal hearings are being conducted; solo offices for UT faculty and staff; campus residence halls (except for University Apartments); places where a pre-K-12 school-sponsored activity is conducted; at sporting events or interscholastic events; patient-care areas; animal-research facilities; laboratories, where the discharge of a firearm might cause great harm; a polling place during voting; any government court or office used by the court; and the UT Tower observation deck.

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20:50

Government Urges That Bumble Bee Be Placed on Endangered Species List "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90% of its historic range in just the past two decades.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the recommendation after the Portland, Oregon-based Xerces Society petitioned the agency on behalf of the bee in 2013 and presented studies showing it was struggling due to a combination of disease, habitat loss, climate change and overuse of pesticides on commercial crops.

If approved, the species would be the first bee listed as endangered in the continental United States, said Rich Hatfield, senior conservation biologist with the Xerces Society.

The group, which advocates for the preservation of pollinator insects such as butterflies and bees, used “citizen scientists” to take counts of the rusty patched bumble bees.

The bees once ranged over 28 states stretching from Minnesota to Maine and into parts of Canada, but are now limited to small and scattered colonies in about a dozen states, including Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota, and one Canadian province, the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement Thursday.

Even those populations may have disappeared or been reduced because the last counts were done in 2000, the agency said.

“This is a very difficult thing to track. It’s not like honey bees that are out in boxes that people can go out and count so keeping track of them in the wild is very difficult,” Hatfield said of the bumble bee’s numbers.

The rusty patched bumble bee gets its name for a crescent-shaped, reddish patch on its abdomen. It is one of 4,000 native bee species in North America, Hatfield said.

It is an important pollinator for crops such as cranberries, blueberries and tomatoes and has increasingly been used in commercial farming because it is bigger and stronger than the honey bee. Because of its bigger size, it causes a higher vibration in the pollen-laden anthers of the flowers it is visiting, resulting in more and better fruit harvests, Hatfield said.

But the populations of bumble bees being used to pollinate greenhouse tomatoes, cranberry bogs and blueberry fields have become infected by disease and spread a virulent pathogen to their wild cohorts, causing those colonies to collapse, he said. The phenomenon is similar to the colony collapse that has affected honey bees in recent years, he said.

Honey bees create hives of up to 50,000 individuals and make honey to survive through the winter. Bumble bees live in small colonies of 50 to 500 individuals and don’t make honey because they don’t live through the winter, Hatfield said.

They rarely sting because they don’t have large colonies to protect and don’t have a honey stash to defend, he added.

Seven species of yellow faced bee in Hawaii were proposed for listing by the Fish and Wildlife Service last year, but the recommendation has yet to be finalized, Hatfield said.

“I think one of the great things about pollinator conservation in general is that no matter where you live, you can do something about this,” Hatfield said. “All these animals need our flowers from spring through fall and if we can help create or restore some habitat that’s been lost, we can give bees a chance to recover.”

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed listing for the rusty patched bumble bee and the agency will make a final ruling within a year of Thursday’s date, said Georgia Parham, an agency spokeswoman.

 

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20:45

Defense Attorney Backs Down, Removes “Black Lives Matter” Button in Courtroom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Ken Ritter, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A deputy public defender in Las Vegas gave in to a judge’s request on Thursday to remove a “Black Lives Matter” pin in court, after a free-form discussion about the politics of protest and free speech amid a national debate over police brutality and race relations.

In a new show of defiance that wasn’t directly addressed by the judge, Deputy Public Defender Erika Ballou and several attorneys in the audience behind her wore black arm bands.

“I’m taking off the button. I will not wear it in this courtroom in the future,” Ballou told Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon.

“You’ve expressed the fact that you intend to be viewpoint-neutral, and so I will take it off,” she said, “and I believe we can go forward.”

In front of an audience full of supporters, including several who kept wearing their “Black Lives Matter” buttons, Ballou and her boss, Clark County Public Defender Phil Kohn, acknowledged that case law wasn’t on their side.

They agreed with the judge, who said courts have ruled a courtroom is a “non-public forum” where judges can enforce “reasonable and viewpoint-neutral” restrictions on free speech.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with Black Lives Matter,” Herndon said. “It’s about political speech. It’s about remaining neutral and impartial in the court.”

“A black defendant or a white victim ... or a Hispanic witness, or a member of the public,” the judge added. “Nobody should come in and think, ‘Gee, is the judge focusing on that?’“

Outside court, Ballou, who is black, compared the arm band to ribbons that uniformed police and court officers wear on badges to mourn colleagues killed in the line of duty.

She said she believes such displays are also political in nature, and suggested that the issue may end up before state and federal appeals courts.

“It might have to go higher up than this,” she told The Associated Press.

Ballou balked Tuesday at Herndon’s request that she remove the small round “Black Lives Matter” pin from her blouse while representing a white domestic battery defendant at his sentencing hearing.

Herndon sentenced the man on Thursday to five years of probation with strict in-patient substance abuse and domestic violence counseling.

Ballou’s protest came two months after a black defense attorney in Youngstown, Ohio, was arrested on a contempt of court charge for wearing a similar pin in a municipal courtroom.

That attorney, Andrea Burton, said Wednesday she settled her federal civil rights lawsuit with an agreement that allows her to wear the pin in the courthouse — but not in the courtroom.

She said she believed the agreement means uniformed officers also won’t be able to wear black bands on badges in court.

Ballou and Burton said they’ve never met or communicated with each other, and didn’t know of the other’s protest until they were informed by a reporter.

Ballou said she knew wearing her pin this week would be controversial after the Las Vegas police union sent a letter to judges complaining about what the union executive termed “‘Black Lives Matter’ propaganda” in courtrooms.

 

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20:44

Attorney Of Tulsa Cop Who Shot Terance Crutcher Says She Thought He Was Reaching For Gun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Daily Caller: The Tulsa police officer who shot and killed a black man Friday was “never so scared in her life,” according to an account of her side of the story given by her lawyer to ABC News. “I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then,” officer Betty […]

20:44

BREAKING: Video From Keith Scott’s Wife Clearly Shows Gun After The Shooting, Commands By Officers To “Drop The Gun!” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Here’s the video just released. This video, taken by Keith Scott’s wife, actually puts paid to the daughter’s claim that the police were ‘undercover’ and therefore couldn’t be identified as cops. That seemed an odd thing to push, unless the point was to give Scott cover for responding with a gun. You can clearly hear […]

20:40

Scientists Prove Texas Earthquakes Were Caused by Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas.

In 2012 and 2013, earthquakes — five of them considered significant — shook East Texas near Timpson. A team of scientists for the first time were able to track the uplifting ground movements in the earthquake using radar from satellites. A study in the journal Science on Thursday says it confirms that these were not natural, something scientists had previously said was likely using a more traditional analysis.

Study co-author Stanford University William Ellsworth said the technique provides a new way to determine what quakes are man-made.

The team looked at two sets of wells, eastern and western. The eastern wells were shallow and the satellite radar showed that the eastern wells weren’t the culprit, but the high-volume deeper western ones were, Ellsworth said.

Cornell University seismologist Rowena Lohman, who wasn’t part of the study, said it shows that satellite data of ground changes provide good ways to complement what’s measured on the ground.

The quakes have stopped, but Ellsworth said, “the area was shaken pretty thoroughly over a period of about 18 months.”

Ellsworth said the shaking stopped when injection of wastewater dramatically decreased. And that’s a lesson that other areas — such as Kansas and Oklahoma — also have learned.

“Part of the solution is how we manage this problem,” Ellsworth said. “If we get the pressure to go down at depth, the earthquakes stop.”

 

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20:26

House Intelligence Panel Gets Dozens of Whistleblower Complaints Every Year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Critics of leakers have often argued that whistleblowers have legitimate channels through which they can report their grievances, but in the murky world of intelligence, it’s hard to know how many complaints are filed, and what, if anything, happens as a result. Now, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence says it sees “dozens” of such complaints every year.

The committee will not disclose details on individual cases, however.

“We receive whistleblower-type complaints both through the [Intelligence Community inspector general] — which includes complaints filed through the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act — and via individuals who approach the committee directly,” said Jack Langer, communications director for Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Those complaints number in the “dozens” each year, he added.

The legal process for whistleblowing has been at the center of renewed debate following public disclosures made by Edward Snowden in 2013. Snowden, who worked as an NSA contractor, insists he tried to raise complaints internally, but eventually gave up on the system, for fear of reprisal or dismissal.

Government officials have argued that various legal avenues were fully available to Snowden, and would have been a better option.

The House intelligence committee dropped a blistering three-page summary of its investigation into Snowden last week. In the report, the authors suggest the committee “routinely” receive complaints, and that Snowden’s failure to approach them nullifies his status as a legitimate whistleblower.

There isn’t, however, a public record of statistics on how many whistleblower complaints that Congress receives from the intelligence community; the Senate Intelligence Committee did not respond to request for comment.

The law provides for a “secure means” for intelligence community employees to raise an “urgent concern” to Congress, according to the Department of Defense inspector general. Employees can file a complaint through classified servers online or going directly to the committee; contractors can also file complaints, but they must be assigned to projects within the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, or the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Employees and contractors working for the Central Intelligence Agency are also covered by the law, but report to their own inspector general, or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The complaint needs to be about something serious or flagrant — legal abuse, perjury, or an illegal action, and should “not include differences of opinion concerning public policy matters,” the Pentagon inspector general website reads.

“The majority of whistleblower complaints that are brought to the attention of the congressional intelligence committees are heard and addressed in relative obscurity,” Bradley Moss, a national security attorney who has represented whistleblowers, but is a critic of Snowden’s leaks, tells The Intercept. “This is arguably how the system was designed to work, as the complaints generally involve classified information and the process permits the complaint to be heard without exposing the information itself to unauthorized individuals.”

The official whistleblowing system “is by no means a perfect process, as protections against retaliation remain legally flawed,” Moss wrote in an email. “But it should surprise no one that there are numerous people who blow the whistle on things withou...

20:24

Unbelievable: FBI Gave Chief Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills And Two Other Staff Immunity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Usually you only give immunity if you are getting something worthwhile in the deal. But not here. Via Weekly Standard: A congressman says Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a […]

20:21

Mariners Suspend Steve Clevenger for Criticizing Obama, Anthem Protesters, Charlotte Rioters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 25: Catcher Steve Clevenger #32 of the Seattle Mariners fields a bunt against the St. Louis Cardinals at Safeco Field on June 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Steve Clevenger
Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweeted himself into hot water on Thursday by expressing his frustration and outrage at President Obama and the protesters in Charlotte.

20:13

Hillary cackles like a witch about taking a neurological test, then tells another bald-faced lie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Several physicians have spoken out and offered their professional assessment of Hillary’s health. Some say she has Parkinson’s disease — a neurological disease that is progressive, i.e., it’s incurable and only gets worse.

None other than Obama’s former physician, Dr. David Scheiner, has said that Hillary should have neurological testing. Referring to Hillary’s well-known concussion in December 2012, after which a brain scan showed she had a blood clot, for which she continues to be treated with Coumadin, a blood-thinner or anticoagulant, Dr. Scheiner said:

“I think she should have had a neurological examination, a thorough neurological examination in 2016. We know what happens to football players who have had concussions, how they begin to lose some of their cognitive ability….”

On Sept. 21, 2016, while visiting Orlando, Florida, Hillary was interviewed by ABC Action News anchor Sarina Fazan.

At the 3:02 mark in the video below, the reporter brought up Hillary collapsing at the 9/11 memorial ceremony:

“Last week, you were remembering 9/11. I want to talk about your health for a moment. It was startling for many Americans to see you get into that van. I certainly hope you’re feeling better. I wanted to ask you that I know you provided documents from your doctors saying that you are fit to be the president of the United States. Some doctors have said because of your age, as well as your opponent’s age, that you could be at higher risk for dementia or even Alzheimer’s and have suggested that you take some neuro-cognitive test.”

At which, Hillary cackled, like a Hollywood central-casting witch (3:33 mark).

After her mocking cackling subsided, Hillary in effect refused to take a neurological test when she said:

“I am very sorry I got pneumonia; I am very glad that antibiotics took care of it and that’s behind us now. I have met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health.”

Beginning at the 6:44 mark, the reporter asked Hillary about the “scandals” in her past, especially her using an unsecured email server to conduct her work as secretary of state.

Here’s Hillary bald-faced lie (7:19 mark):

“If people are concerned about information, I’ve had some of the most secret information that anybody in government could have. I was involved in the small group advising President Obama about whether or not to go after [Osama] bin Laden. I am very committed to and careful with classified information, and I think that anybody who looks at my whole record knows that.”

What a load of horse manure.

To begin, Hillary had said she didn’t know that ‘C’ stood for ‘classified’ in emails, assuming that we actually believe her ludicrous claim.

The fact is the email that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accessed using her unsecured email server contained not just classified information but some of America’s top top secrets, as well as the nam...

20:10

FBI and DOJ Vow to Continue Using Junk Science Rejected by White House Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Although a report released this week by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concludes that there is scant scientific underpinning to a number of forensic practices that have been used, for years, to convict thousands of individuals in criminal cases, the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that it will ignore the report’s recommendations while the FBI has blasted the report as “erroneous” and “overbroad.”

The report, titled “Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods,” concludes that a number of common, pattern-matching forensic disciplines – bite mark analysis, fingerprint and firearm comparison, shoe tread analysis, and complex DNA mixture analysis – need additional support to be deemed scientifically valid and reliable – a conclusion in line with that reached in the groundbreaking 2009 report on forensics issued by the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council.

In a statement reported by the Wall Street Journal, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the agency remains “confident that, when used properly, forensic science evidence helps juries identify the guilty and clear the innocent, and the department believes that the current legal standards regarding the admissibility of forensic evidence are based on sound science and sound legal reasoning.” As such, she said, while “we appreciate their contribution to the field of scientific inquiry, the department will not be adopting the recommendations related to the admissibility of forensic science evidence.”

The DOJ did not respond to The Intercept’s request for additional information, but based on her statement, it appears Lynch is saying there’s simply nothing to see here and that the criminal justice system is working just fine.

Subjective Eyeballing vs. Scientific Method

The Intercept first reported on the report’s conclusions earlier this month, after obtaining a draft copy. The text of the final report, released Sept. 20, appears to be nearly identical to the leaked draft.

Foundational validity and reliability are essential to shore up forensic practices, the report concludes – attributes that are largely absent in the disciplines it reviewed, which rely heavily on the subjective determinations of practitioners. Pattern-matching forensics involve an examiner determining whether a piece of crime scene evidence can be visually matched to a suspect – whether an alleged bite mark on a victim’s hand matches a suspect’s dentition, for example, or whether a partial, or smudged, fingerprint found at the scene of a crime matches a clean print obtained from a suspect – determinations currently based primarily on a subjective eyeballing of the objects at issue.

“Foundational validity requires that a method has been subjected to empirical testing by multiple groups under conditions appropriate to its intended use,” reads the report. Such studies must demonstrate that a practice is “repeatable and reproducible” and must provide “valid estimates of the method’s accuracy” – in other words, a meaningful error rate. “The frequency with which a particular pattern or set of features will be observed in different samples, which is an essential element in drawing conclusions, is not a matter of ‘judgment.’ It is an empirical matter for which only empirical evidence is relevant,” the report continues. “For forensic feature-comparison methods, establishing foundational validi......

20:04

Seattle Mariners Suspend Catcher For Rest Of Season Without Pay For Criticizing Black Lives Matter, Obama On Twitter… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ridiculous. (CNN) – The Seattle Mariners have suspended Steve Clevenger for the rest of the MLB season after the catcher labeled the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and President Barack Obama “pathetic” on Twitter Thursday. Clevenger also also mocked the protests of sports stars kneeling during the US anthem and seemed to suggest all involved in […]

19:53

Twitter Reportedly in Talks for Sale to Google, Verizon, or Salesforce "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FILE - In this July 27, 2016 file photo, the Twitter symbol appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter’s stock is soaring following a report that it may be moving closer to selling the business, Friday, Sept. 23. Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has struggled to come up with a strategy to attract people to the messaging service, while Facebook and Snapchat race ahead in the battle for people’s attention and allegiance.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

19:45

Students Are Pulling a Kaepernick All Over America — and Being Threatened for It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Students are being threatened with punishment for not participating in rituals surrounding the national anthem or Pledge of Allegiance — and they are fighting back.

Since NFL 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in August to protest oppression of people of color, many Americans, particularly professional athletes and students, have followed suit. But their constitutional right to engage in such gestures of dissent is not always being respected.

Threats from school administrators and teachers have put free speech advocates like the ACLU on high alert. At Lely High School, a public school in Naples, Florida, the principal told students that they would be removed from athletic events if they refused to stand during the national anthem — though he said the quote was misunderstood when the ACLU of Florida reached out.

“You will stand, and you will stay quiet. If you don’t, you are going to be sent home, and you’re not going to have a refund of your ticket price,” Lely High School Principal Ryan Nemeth told students.

“The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that public schools may not constitutionally force students to salute the flag,” Lee Rowland, a First Amendment attorney who works with the ACLU, told The Intercept. “That ruling is crystal clear about a student’s right not to be compelled into patriotism by their government, and it is over 70 years old.”

The ruling that Rowland references came after many Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States began to refuse to salute the flag in solidarity with their brethren in Nazi Germany who were being arrested for refusing to salute that country’s fascist flag.

The action by the American Jehovah’s Witnesses provoked a backlash, and a number of followers of the faith were persecuted for refusing to salute. In West Virginia, a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses brought suit after their children were sanctioned for doing so.

The court ruled in favor of the family. In his opinion, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote, “Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.”

Notwithstanding this history, students exercising their right are now being challenged.

In Worcester, Massachusetts, a high school football player was told that he would be forced to sit out a game for kneeling during the national anthem — since then, his suspension was terminated.

“I’m standing up for the injustice that happens to black people every day, not just cops killing black people. We are disrespected and mistreated everywhere we go on a daily basis because of our skin color and I’m sick of it,” Mike Oppong, a junior at Doherty Memorial High School, told a reporter.

A student at Lower Lake High School in Lower Lake, California, Leilani Thomas, was punished for the first time since she first began sitting out the Pledge of Allegiance...

19:41

Hillary Clinton Shells Out $1.16 Million To Buy House Next To Their NY Mansion For Chelsea To Use When She Visits… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Must be nice. Via Free Beacon: Former president Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have purchased the house next to their million dollar Chappaqua, N.Y., mansion for $1.16 million according to the New York Post. The neighboring ranch-style home is 3,631 square foot three-bedroom home set on 1.51 acres. The house was originally […]

19:35

Chelsea Manning Sentenced to Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sentenced to 14 days in solitary confinement — punishment the U.N. recognizes as torture — for charges related to her suicide attempt in July, and for possession of an unmarked book in her cell.

Half of her 14-day punishment was “suspended,” meaning it can be reinstated later, so Manning now faces seven days in isolation. It is unclear when Manning’s sentence will begin.

According to a dictated statement from Manning, once she receives notification of her punishment in writing, she will have 15 days to appeal it.

At a four-hour disciplinary hearing Thursday, at which Manning was not allowed a lawyer, Manning was found guilty of “conduct that threatens,” broadly defined as “any conduct which interferes with the orderly running, safety, good order and discipline, or security of the facility.”

According to a column she wrote in The Guardian, Manning was not allowed to consult with a lawyer while reviewing nearly 100 pages of evidence against her, which she could only examine for an hour the week before.

She was also found guilty of possessing “prohibited property” in her cell — an unmarked copy of “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy” — a book about the hacker group and activist movement Anonymous. Manning was acquitted of “resisting the force cell move team,” possibly because she was unconscious when the team arrived.

After being informed of the charges in July, Manning learned that she was facing possible indefinite solitary confinement.

Manning is a transgender woman, but the Army has repeatedly forced her to cut her hair and refused to allow her to receive gender-affirming surgery, despite her psychologist formally recommending it in April 2016.

Earlier this month, after Manning mounted a hunger strike to demand the surgery, the Army relented after five days. She will be allowed to consult with a surgeon, but will still be forced to cut her hair.

Since her arrival in prison, Manning has endured one form of mistreatment after another — including denial of recommended medical care, repeated threats of solitary confinement, and punishment for frivolous charges, like having an expired tube of toothpaste in her cell.

In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for sending hundreds of thousands of documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks. The documents revealed a far higher number of civilian casualties than the Department of Defense admitted, and included a video of Apache attack helicopters gunning down two journalists in Baghdad.

Chase Strangio, Manning’s lawyer with the ACLU, told The Intercept by email that he was afraid for his client’s well being.

“I am deeply concerned about Chelsea’s well-being after being sentenced to serve time in solitary confinement,” said Strangio. “In July she reached a breaking point and felt that the only agency she had left was to take her life. Thankfully she survived, but the message is clear with yesterda...

19:32

Mike Pence: Donald Trump ‘Loves His Family and He Loves This Country’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence greets supporters as he arrives at a town hall campaign event at Hillside Community Center, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
"All you need to know about Donald Trump is he loves his family and he loves this country," Mike Pence told the crowd.

19:31

Top Bank Fraud Expert: ALL of the Big Banks’ Profits Come from FRAUD "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The country’s top white collar crime expert, William Black – who put over 1,000 top S&L executives in jail for fraud, and is a professor of law and economics at the University of Missouri – confirmed recently what the alternative media has beensaying for years: the business plan of Wall Street is fraud. That’s their key profit center. Black also says that a British parliamentary investigation Tories found that all of the retail profits of the largest banks in the UK came from fraud.

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New bombshell: Trump committed perjury or lied about trying to bribe Jeb — ‘there’s no third option’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump committed perjury. Or he looked into the faces of the Republican faithful and knowingly lied. There is no third option. It has become an accepted reality of this presidential campaign that Trump spins a near-endless series of falsehoods. For months, the media has struggled with this…


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‘US media coverage of Russia and Syria consists of nothing but lies’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US and Western media coverage of Russia and Syria consists of virtually nothing but lies, an American writer and political analyst says. Daniel Patrick Welch told Press TV on Friday that one cannot even “believe a single word, not a single word” coming from the mainstream Western media. “I was watching Bouthania Shaaban, the media […]

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19:31

Top Bank Fraud Expert: ALL of the Big Banks’ Profits Come from FRAUD "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The country’s top white collar crime expert, William Black – who put over 1,000 top S&L executives in jail for fraud, and is a professor of law and economics at the University of Missouri – confirmed recently what the alternative media has beensaying for years: the business plan of Wall Street is fraud. That’s their key profit center. Black also says that a British parliamentary investigation Tories found that all of the retail profits of the largest banks in the UK came from fraud.

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‘US media coverage of Russia and Syria consists of nothing but lies’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

US and Western media coverage of Russia and Syria consists of virtually nothing but lies, an American writer and political analyst says. Daniel Patrick Welch told Press TV on Friday that one cannot even “believe a single word, not a single word” coming from the mainstream Western media. “I was watching Bouthania Shaaban, the media […]

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19:27

Kristol: Trump Knows Deep in His Heart He Shouldn’t Be President "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Friday on MSNBC, while discussing Monday night’s upcoming presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Trump knows “deep in his heart he shouldn’t be president of the United States.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANIE RUHLE: Joining me now is Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. As I said, the heat is on, but Donald Trump is painting this picture, eating cheese steaks, chilling out, adding another rally on Saturday night. Do you believe it? Do you believe this easy breezy Donald Trump is showing up, or do you think behind the curtain, though there’s been nothing official said, there is a Roger Ailes, you know, scheming, figuring this all out? BILL KRISTOL: There is plenty of scheming, I’m sure Roger actually is one of the people talking to Donald Trump and he will give him good advice. I don’t know—all 100 million people watching, the presidency on the line, Donald Trump knowing deep in his heart he shouldn’t be president of the United States. maybe Donald Trump will just choke. Wouldn’t that be interesting? RUHLE: Hold on. Why on earth, let’s be honest, do you think Donald

19:25

Hillary Plays Woman Card In New Trump Attack Ad… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When Donald Trump speaks about women, our daughters can hear him. pic.twitter.com/0r1N6R8rV6 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 23, 2016 Getting desperate. Via ABC News: The Clinton campaign continues their strategy of attempting to use Donald Trump’s words against him. Today, the campaign begins airing atelevision ad in seven battleground states and on cable. According to […]

19:07

Who is behind the riots? Charlotte police says 70% of arrested protesters had out of state IDs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Confirming what many had suspected when viewing the sudden and intense collapse into anrchy that occurred in Charlotte this week, Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN’s Erin Burnett:

“This is not Charlotte that’s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals.“

“We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I

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The Destruction of Libya and the Lies of Obama and Clinton "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

By Kurt Nimmo The following summary is from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee report, “Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s…

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Family day out: Parents raid candy shop with help of 2 young kids (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Two parents were caught on camera raiding a candy store in Leighton by stuffing their pockets with confectionary with the help of two children, and then leaving without paying. While the couple load themselves up with sweets and seem to make no effort to hide what they are doing, the young children, who appear to […]

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YouTube “Heroes” Program Makes Censorship Into a Role-Playing Game "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

YouTube is shamelessly incentivizing censorship by involving its users in a new program called “YouTube Heroes,” wherein creators and consumers are awarded points and exclusive perks for reporting negative videos and policing negative community content. Critics of YouTube Heroes have compared the policy to Reddit’s moderator program which allows designated users to delete and moderate content for […]

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Nearly half voters think Trump will detonate a nuke: Poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A new poll shows that nearly half of all voters believe that US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, if elected president, would allow use of a nuclear weapon to wage war against terrorist groups. According to a poll conducted and released by SurveyMonkey on Friday, nearly half of voters, making up 46 percent of the people […]

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19:01

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Bout that time. Midday bump: This guy’s a lock for “uncle of the year” award. Via Fox News: A shocking video of a three-year-old boy apparently smoking marijuana led to the arrest of his uncle after it received tens of thousands of views on Facebook, according to Arkansas police. The video shows the child sitting […]

19:00

Exclusive — Breitbart/Gravis Poll: Hillary Clinton Holds National Lead over Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton continues to hold a slight lead over her GOP rival Donald Trump with 44 percent of the electorate compared with his 40 percent, according to the Breitbart News Network/Gravis Marketing poll conducted on Sept. 20 of 1,560 likely voters.

19:00

Tim Kaine Campaigns In Texas: ‘Si Se Puede! A La Victoria!’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) August 1, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.
“A La Victoria! A La Victoria! A La Victoria!” Tim Kaine shouted after finishing a speech, speaking in Spanish to urge supporters to the polls.

18:56

NAACP Leader Speaking Against Cops In Charlotte Financed By George Soros "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP, speaks to protestors as they march around the executive mansion to demonstrate against voting law changes by the state's Republican-led legislature. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

18:44

Muslim Mob Beats Christian Women And Children For Being “Impure” In Pakistan… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via Christian Post: A drunken Muslim mob in Pakistan stormed the homes of Christians and beat men, women and children because they deemed the Christian residents to be “ritually impure.” As the systematic persecution of Christians in Pakistan continues to increase across the country and the situation shows no signs of improvement, the London-based charity […]

18:38

Mike Ditka: ‘I Have No Respect for Colin Kaepernick’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15: Former head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears watches from the sidelines during the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Mike Ditka says Colin Kaepernick should leave the United States if he dislikes it so much.

18:32

Study: Europeans Prefer Skilled, Christian Refugees to Muslim Migrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Migrants board a train at Magyarboly station heading for Austria on September 22, 2015, in Magyarboly, Hungary.

18:31

Tech Establishment Freaks Out over Oculus Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Backing Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus VR Inc., left, plays the new video game 'Eagle Flight VR' during an Ubisoft news conference before the start of the E3 Gaming Conference on June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

18:24

ISIS Video Shows Brainwashed “Cubs Of The Caliphate” Training To “Conquer Jerusalem And Rome”… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No safe spaces in the Islamic State. Via Christian Post: A new video released by an Islamic State-run media outlet provides in depth detail into how the jihadi organization is brainwashing and training young children to become the next wave of jihadis who will help “conquer Damascus, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Mecca, Al-Medina, Dabiq, Rome and Andalusia.” […]

18:19

WaPo: Trump Is Headed for a Win, Says Professor Who Has Predicted 30 Years of Presidential Outcomes Correctly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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American University Professor Allan Lichtman has accurately predicted every presidential election for 30 years. This year he predicts Donald Trump will win.

18:16

Big Players, Little Stocks, and Naked Shorts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Chris DiIorio had lost a million dollars when the penny stock he was betting on shed 98 percent of its value in a matter of weeks. But when he looked deeper, he found this wasn’t a typical penny stock pump-and-dump scheme. He was determined to get to the bottom of it.

For one thing, there were two huge companies involved.

UBS, one of the world’s largest private banks, seemed to have no business trading in penny stocks. “This was a $50 billion-plus bank, it didn’t seem like penny stocks would move the needle,” DiIorio said. But just in December 2011, UBS’s trades in 32 penny stocks represented over half of the firm’s total share volume, according to his calculations.

In a one-line response to a series of detailed questions from The Intercept, UBS media relations director Peter Stack wrote in an email: “UBS applies strict due diligence and anti-money-laundering standards to all its business.”

After some research, DiIorio became even more disturbed by the presence of the other company, Knight Capital, which has traded an average of more than 2 billion shares of penny stocks daily for the past three years.

Based in Jersey City, N.J., Knight is what is called a “market maker,” a dealer that facilitates trading by actually holding shares itself, if ever so briefly, so investors can buy and sell without any delay. “They’re selling the service of convenience to investors, like a car dealer makes it easier to buy or sell a car quickly,” said Jim Angel, an associate professor specializing in market structure at Georgetown University.

Knight Capital is a giant in the field; it alone was responsible for 11 percent of all trading in U.S. stocks by volume as of 2012. It’s known in particular for speed. The ability to jump in and out of stocks quickly through electronic markets is attractive to customers and enables Knight to trade nearly $30 billion every single day. “Market making is a business where the spreads are small but the volumes are large,” Angel said. The spread is the difference between the buy price and the sell price, and it’s how Knight makes money.

DiIorio looked closely at how Knight operated. He determined that between 80 and 90 percent of its share volumes came from penny and fractional penny stocks. According to DiIorio’s calculations, Knight traded over 10 trillion shares of OTC and Pink Sheets securities from 2004 to 2012.

This level of volume persists — the most recent statistics show that 73 percent of the company’s equity share volumes in August 2016 came from penny stocks, and 81 percent as recently as May.

A share in a penny stock is worth magnitudes less than a share in Google or Apple. But the spreads — where the market makers cash in — are proportionately bigger on a penny stock. For example, if the market maker earns a penny per share of a $50 stock, that’s only a spread of .02 percent. But a stock worth 25 cents where a market maker sees even a tenth of a penny in profit represents a spread of 2 percent — a 100-fold increase.

Still, DiIorio wondered how much volume a broker would need to make any money through penny stock trading. “You would have to move hundreds of millions of shares per trade,” he said.

And, because his personal investigation had started after his shares in a company called Best Rate Travel tanked precipitously, he also wondered: Why was Knight so involved with them in particular?

While DiIorio wa...

18:15

Hillary Clinton: We Cannot End Terrorism Without Gun Control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about gun control during her campaign stop at the Broward College Ð Hugh Adams Central Campus on October 2, 2015 in Davie, Florida.

18:14

Grande mídia ignora confissão de Temer, exceto por acusação falsa de colunista do Estadão "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ontem, Inacio Vieira do The Intercept Brasil expôs uma das mais significativas provas das verdadeiras motivações por trás do impeachment da presidente eleita, Dilma Rousseff. Em palestra para um grupo de empresários e dirigentes da política externa americana, o atual presidente, Michel Temer, admitiu que não foram as pedaladas fiscais que deram início ao processo de impeachment, mas a oposição de Dilma à plataforma neoliberal, composta de cortes em programas sociais e privatizações, proposta pelo PMDB.

Mas o que é ainda mais revelador do que o casual reconhecimento das motivações golpistas de Temer é como a grande mídia brasileira — unida em torno do impeachment — ignorou completamente o comentário do presidente. Literalmente, nenhum dos inúmeros veículos do Grupo Globo, nem o maior jornal do país, Folha, e nenhuma das revistas políticas sequer mencionou os comentários surpreendentes e incriminadores de Temer. Foi imposto um verdadeiro apagão. Enquanto diversos jornalistas e sites independentes abordaram a admissão do recém-empossado, nenhum dos grandes veículos de comunicação disse uma só palavra.

A única exceção à cortina de silêncio que se fechou foi a colunista do Estadão, Lúcia Guimarães, que investiu horas no Twitter humilhando-se, num enorme esforço em negar que Temer havia dito o que disse. Começou por insinuar que o The Intercept Brasil teria feito um “corte” suspeito no vídeo que alterava sua genuinidade — basicamente acusando Inacio Vieira de cometer uma fraude — sem apresentar nenhuma prova quanto a isso. Tudo em função de proteger Temer.

Após um colunista da Folha enviar um link para o vídeo completo, Lúcia escreveu que só poderia acreditar que Temer havia feito a afirmação quando visse os drives originais das câmeras exibidos simultaneamente. Ela acrescentou que o que torna suspeita a reportagem é o fato de Temer ser um autor de um best-seller de direito constitucional, que não diria um “despautério” desses. Apenas quando a transcrição oficial completa do Palácio do Planalto foi publicada, a colunista finalmente admitiu que Temer havia dito a tal frase, mas, em vez de retratar as acusações falsas ou se desculpar com Inacio Vieira e com o The Intercept Brasil por ter sugerido que o vídeo teria sido fraudado, ela apenas...

17:59

ICE Agents Bust 36 Fugitive Illegal Immigrants in National Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 36 fugitives as part of a nationwide effort who had previously been ordered deported but remained.

17:57

Watch: Dodgers’ Chase Utley Makes Crazy No-Look Put-Out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley turned an easy play into a highlight reel play Thursday against the Colorado Rockies. Down 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood hit a weak grounder to Utley, who misplayed the ball. The ball bounced off Utley, but he quickly turned, grabbed the ball and tossed it backwards to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez without looking to get Chatwood out. The Dodgers came back to win the game 7-4. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

17:56

***WATCH LIVE*** Milo Holds ‘Twitter Funeral’ At Florida State University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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MILO will speak at Florida State University this evening in Tallahassee, FL, where he will hold a "funeral" for Twitter.

17:53

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on Obama and Hillary’s Refusal to Name Radical Islamic Terrorism: Aiming to ‘Dumb Us Down’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to delegates after President Obama's speech during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
On Friday's edition of Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn discussed the current administration and Hillary Clinton’s refusal to speak frankly about the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

17:43

Mooch Plays The Slave Card” ‘My Great-Great Grandfather Was a Slave and Today I Live in the W.H.’….. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Sadly, the white guilt-ridden Dem base eats this stuff up. OBAMA: “We were so happy were able to bring three generations to our visit. We had my mom with us as well. One of the many things that struck me was that so much of what has happened and is represented in this museum has […]

17:41

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: Trumpocrats Turning Against Clinton Because She ‘Supports Groups That Are Attacking Our Rule of Law’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to voters in South Carolina a day after her debate with rival candidate Bernie Sanders on February 12, 2016 in Denmark, South Carolina.

17:34

Oculus Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Confirms Involvement in Pro-Trump ‘Sh*tposting’ Group "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey holds up the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for photographers following a news conference, in San Francisco. Luckey and other pioneers of modern virtual reality technology from such companies as Google and Sony are gathering for a summit on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, about the immersive medium in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

17:33

Central American Illegal Immigrants Continue to Flood U.S. Border at Record Rate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Undocumented immigrants remove items of clothing while being searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents who caught them on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas.
MCALLEN, Texas -- Despite the many assurances provided by the Obama Administration, the flow of Central American illegal immigrants continues to climb and is expected to surpass previous records.

17:23

BREAKING: Police Apprehend Suspect Rayquan Borum In Murder Of Justin Carr, Man Shot During Riots In Charlotte "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

NEW: Charlotte police chief says they've apprehended suspect in murder of Justin Carr, who was shot during protests. https://t.co/B29wwIb7wa — ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2016 Justin Carr died from his injuries yesterday.

17:22

Who Decides When a Protest Becomes a Facebook “Disaster”? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The police killing of Keith Scott, only the latest in a chain of black Americans gunned down by law enforcement, has prompted two days of furious and at times destructive protests. But even a violent protest is still a protest — so why is Facebook responding to it by activating a feature built for terrorist attacks, gun massacres, and earthquakes?

Facebook’s “Safety Check” option was first offered to the company’s hundreds of millions of users in 2014, an occasional tool deployed in case of a typhoon or other act of God — “disasters and crises” as the company put it at the time. Since then it’s been activated for manmade catastrophes, including this year’s mass shooting in Orlando, and the November 2015 attack on the Bataclan theater in Paris. It’s a quick way for, say, a student studying abroad to calm worried family members, or anyone else who may be affected by a nearby disaster. The word “disaster” here is important, and it’s one Facebook deliberately uses to describe Safety Check, which itself can be found at Facebook.com/disaster

What was originally a feature that had to be manually flipped on by humans at Facebook is now another portion of the service that’s been yielded to the control of an “algorithm.” Facebook hopes to offload all Safety Check disasters onto autonomous software and the crowd, i.e. its more than 1.7 billion monthly active users. This mirrors a similar shift within Facebook’s trending news unit, which went from human to bot control earlier this year. The results have been, you might say, disastrous, with the bots promoting patently false hoax “news” stories. As has been the case with virtually every other decision Facebook has made in recent years, it completely misses that the presentation of information on a mass scale is a deeply political function.

Calling a protest a “disaster” is a case in point: It’s a framing actively exploited by the nation’s increasingly rabidly racist right wing, for whom a Black Lives Matter rally is as much a terrorist gathering as a public ISIS execution in Raqqa. Publications like Breitbart News have been quick to depict this week’s protests as a lawless, orgiastic mob, a non-ideological swell of pure violence tantamount to, well, an earthquake. Converting a protest — even an angry and sometimes violent protest — into a “disaster” strips away the reasons why that protest is happening, distorting the nature of the demonstrations further and further every time a scared white Facebook user assures the world they’re “safe.” This is a move now typical to Facebook: An attempt to wash its hands of editorial and political judgment, to hand off all such responsibility to an opaque “algorithm” we’re supposed to trust as impartial and democratic. How these algorithms actually work is, like all good democratic processes, a trade secret.

The following screenshot was provided to The Intercept by a Facebook user with friends in the Charlotte area, who says she’s seen only white Facebook users nowhere near the vicinity of the actual protests checking in as “safe.”

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17:15

“We Want the Tapes!” Charlotte Protesters Demand Justice on Third Night of Protests "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hundreds of people continued to protest on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, for the third night in a row on Thursday, marching through the city peacefully for more than five hours, calling for justice for Keith Lamar Scott, and pausing by the spot where a protester was shot in the head on Wednesday.

Twenty-six-year-old Justin Carr died yesterday after sustaining a gunshot wound the night before in a chaotic scene. The official police account — that the shot was not fired by a police officer — has been called into question by some eyewitnesses.

“It could only have come from police,” said a young man who said he had witnessed the shooting, who did not give his name. Flowers and candles marked the site.

But the tragic turn of Wednesday’s protest didn’t prevent people from coming out in large numbers Thursday and continuing to demand that officials release dashcam video of the shooting of Scott, the 43-year-old who was killed by police earlier this week.

Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney said yesterday that the department would not release video of the incident. “I never said ‘full transparency.’ I said ‘transparency,’ and transparency’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said in a widely ridiculed statement.

But after viewing the video yesterday, Scott’s family said through their lawyer that the video raises “more questions than answers,” and that it should be released publicly. In the streets of Charlotte last night, that’s all that people were asking for. “Let us see for ourselves,” someone shouted, as throughout the night people chanted “We want the tapes.”

“He had a motherfucking book!” screamed someone else — referring to early accounts that Scott was holding a book when he was killed, not a gun. His family’s attorney said yesterday that “it is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands.”

17:08

Wake up call — Bumble Bee just proposed for U.S. Endangered Species status "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Earlier this month, mosquito eradication efforts in South Carolina, gone horribly wrong, resulted in almost total devastation to the indigenous bee populations. The pesticide used to target the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, which can carry and transmit the Zika virus, killed off millions of bees. This single incident is one of many that have been laying waste to beneficial pollinators which has now led to the bumblebee’s proposed listing as an endangered species.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the

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Body cam shows 15yo girl pepper-sprayed by Maryland police during arrest (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police in Maryland have defended the pepper-spraying arrest of a 15-year-old girl as “justified” after police body-cam footage of the incident sparked protests. The black teenager was arrested last Sunday by Hagerstown Police for “not cooperating” with officers after she allegedly hit a moving car with her bicycle. Police released two officer bodycam videos of […]

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Nigel Farage in running for ‘alternative Nobel prize for European freedom’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is set to speak at an ‘alternative Nobel Prize’ ceremony in Stockholm, organized by the far-right Sweden Democrats, where he is expected to win an award. Read more The nationalist party has hired out Stockholm’s Grand Hotel for the ‘European Freedom Awards’ in November, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reports. Far-right […]

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Video: State of Emergency: Charlotte NAACP & Protesters Demand Police Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

http://democracynow.org – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, where protests continued for a … Via Youtube

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Pro baseball player ‘sickened’ he’s being called racist for mocking Keith Scott’s killing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger said he’s sorry — and not racist — for comparing Black Lives Matter protesters to animals on his Twitter account. The baseball player mocked the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and NFL players who are refusing to participate in…


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UN Human Rights Council: Police killings of black men in US reminiscent of lynching "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Police killings of black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must do far more to protect them, a United Nations working group says in a report that will be debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday. The hard-hitting criticism – drawing a…


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Scientologists are reportedly training attack dogs at mysterious Florida facility — but why? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Is the Church of Scientology training attack dogs to use against protesters? One of Tony Ortega’s readers has passed along a tip claiming that officials have been training guard dogs to attack at one of its facilities in Florida. “Last week they had a guy in the ‘attack’ suit and we…


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16:57

Chuck Todd: Trump Is Picking Up Support of Third-Party Candidates Losing Ground "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” while commenting on several state polls showing a surge for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “Meet The Press,” host Chuck Todd said while the third party candidates are losing ground, “What is mildly surprising is that Trump is benefiting in some of those places more so than Clinton.” Todd said, “One of the reasons why Trump’s numbers have gained a little bit is in some places you do see Republicans coming home. That’s one of the things you noticed there. The other part of is there’s one consistency in all of those new state polls and that’s the two third party candidates are losing ground. What is mildly surprising is that Trump is benefiting in some of those places more so than Clinton. Particularly if you look at the two Colorado polls.” “There’s a second one that shows her with a slightly bigger lead but in each case you see third party candidates sort of fading a little bit,” he continued. “That’s something to watch for after Monday night, without Gary Johnson getting into the debate, I think you probably will see more fading of those third party numbers and then we’ll know for sure

16:57

Brazil’s Big Media Ignores Temer’s Confession — Except Estadão Columnist Who Falsely Claimed Video Was Altered "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The Intercept Brasil’s Inacio Vieira yesterday reported one of the most significant pieces of evidence yet about the real reason for the impeachment of Brazil’s elected president, Dilma Rousseff. Speaking to a group of U.S. business and foreign policy elites, the country’s installed president, Michel Temer, admitted that what triggered the impeachment process was not any supposed “budgetary crimes,” but rather Dilma’s opposition to the neoliberal platform of social program cuts and privatization demanded by Temer’s party and the big-business interests that fund it.

But what’s as revealing as Temer’s casual acknowledgement of coup-type motives is how Brazil’s large media — which is united in favor of impeachment — has completely ignored his comments. Literally not one of Globo’s countless media properties, nor the nation’s largest newspaper, Folha, nor any of the nation’s large political magazines have even mentioned these stunning and incriminating remarks from the country’s president. They’ve imposed a total blackout. While numerous independent journalists and websites have reported Temer’s admission, none of Brazil’s major media outlets have uttered a word about it.

The only exception to this wall of silence was a columnist from the right-wing newspaper Estadão, Lúcia Guimarães, who spent several hours on Twitter yesterday completely humiliating herself in a spirited attempt to deny that Temer actually said this. She began by insinuating that The Intercept Brasil made a suspicious “cut” in the video that altered reality — basically accusing Vieira of committing fraud without the slightest evidence, all to protect Temer.

Then, after a Folha columnist sent her a link to the full video showing that nothing was distorted, she nonetheless announced that she would only believe Temer said this once she saw the drives from each camera simultaneously played, and she added that what made the story so suspicious was that President Temer is a best-selling author of a book on constitutional law who would not say such a thing about impeachment. Only once the full transcript of Temer’s remarks was posted would she finally admit that he really said it, but rather than retract her false accusations or apologize to Vieira and The Intercept Brasil for having implied the video was fraudulently edited, she instead simply posted the relevant part of Temer’s remarks without reference to her prior effo...

16:47

Pope Calls Anti-Mass Immigration Journalism a ‘Form of Terrorism’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

TOPSHOT - Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the flight from Mexico to Italy, on February 18, 2016. Pope Francis left Rome on February 11, 2016 bound for Cuba, where he met Russian Patriarch Kirill before continuing on to Mexico for a five-day visit. AFP PHOTO / ALESSANDRO DI MEO / AFP / POOL / ALESSANDRO DI MEO (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRO DI MEO/AFP/Getty Images)

16:42

Chelsea Clinton Debuts ‘Make Herstory’ T-Shirt At Hillary Campaign Rally "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Chelsea Clinton took the stage to the divisive “Fight Song” campaign anthem by Rachel Patten wearing a “Make Herstory” black t-shirt, black pants, and black boots.

16:36

Donald Trump Expands Supreme Court Justice List, Includes Mike Lee "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Senator Mike Lee speaks during #JusticReformNow Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who currently serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and clerked for Justice Samuel Alito, is one of the newly added names.

16:32

RNC on Debate: Hillary Clinton Must Deliver ‘Near-Flawless Performance’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answers the question by Wolf Blitzer while debating Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14, 2016 in New York City.
Hillary Clinton's health problems, relaxed campaign schedule, and "debate reflexes" as a career politician running for president for a quarter of a century put intense pressure on her to exceed all debate expectations, RNC Chief Strategist and Communications Director Sean Spicer said in a statement.

16:31

Law Professor Wants Trump Impeached Immediately If He Wins Presidency… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Yes, impeached. Via Law Newz: Donald Trump has not even been elected but one law professor is convinced there is already enough evidence to impeach him if does win on November 8.  University of Utah Law Professor Christopher Lewis Peterson penned a 23 page article analyzing why it would be proper for Congress to impeach Trump […]

16:26

Top General Confirms Islamic State Targeted U.S. Troops with ‘Sulfur-Mustard’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. confirmed that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) used a potentially deadly “sulfur-mustard blister agent” to target a base in northern Iraq that houses American troops. This marks the first recorded chemical attack on the United States since the jihadist group conquered swaths of Iraq in 2014.

15:50

Feminist Scholar: Menopause “Depicted” Exclusively As Female Condition… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

These are the same people who claim gender is “fluid.” Via Legal Insurrection: From the “you couldn’t make this stuff up” file, we get the following story. Actually, it comes from the Taylor and Francis Online blog but it is a real academic research article. It’s a few years old but we just discovered it […]

15:50

Hillary Studying Chevy Chase Pratfalls for Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

After angrily yelling at supporters in a labor union, blaming them for her woeful lack drop in the polls and asking why she is not 50 points ahead, Dem strategists hope to redeem themselves by making her look more presidential, competent, mammalian and hopefully, less odious. On a serious note, this does lend credence to reports that after a town hall with Matt Laur, she exploded afterwards and went after her staff, going into a tantrum, blaming them and calling DNC Chair Donna Brazille a "brown" cow" who "stared at the wall like a brain dead buffalo."

15:48

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police Spox: 70% of Arrested Rioters Have Out of State IDs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A man exits a hotel lobby damaged by protestors September 21, 2016 in downtown Charlotte, NC. Protests in Charlotte began on Tuesday in response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Thursday on CNN's "Outfront," Todd Walther, the spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police, told host Erin Burnett the bulk of the protesters being arrested in Charlotte were not from North Carolina, but out of state based on their IDs.

15:46

Top 10 Heisman Candidates: One Player Running Away with Trophy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 in Louisville Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

15:41

Donald Trump Tombstone to Be Displayed in Brooklyn Art Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Artist Brian Andrew Whiteley's "Trump Tomstone," a fake tombstone belonging to the Republican presidential candidate which caused a media frenzy when it appeared in Central Park in March, will go on display Friday at an art gallery in Brooklyn.

15:39

FLASHBACK—Bill Clinton Calls For Creation of ‘Global Community’: ‘America Has Greater Obligations to Open Our Borders’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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In a remarkable 2003 speech delivered to Yale University, former President Bill Clinton called for the establishment of a “global community,” praised the “openness of our borders to immigrants,” and declared that America “has greater obligations to open our borders.”

15:37

Nicolle Wallace: ‘My Family Life Is in Shatters Because My Parents Support Donald Trump’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” while commenting on the changes in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump since his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has been at the helm, former McCain and Bush strategist Nicolle Wallace admitted her family life was “in shatters” because of her parents’ support of Trump. “I’m not defending Donald Trump,” Wallace said. “My family life is in shatters because my parents support Donald Trump. I’m just telling you that out in the country people experience Donald Trump in the Kellyanne Conway era as someone who has been able to go on a stage and say, ‘Sometimes my words hurt some people’. And I’m not giving him points for that. I am not grading him on a curve but voters gave him a second look when he said that. I mean her arrival has changed him.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

15:35

The Left have excuses ready for a Hillary defeat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In another sign that things are not going well for Hillary and the Democrats know it, four days ago on Sept. 19, 2016. the liberal Huffington Post even published what it calls a “premature obituary” on “Why Hillary Lost“.

Written by three HuffPo editors, including its “global editorial director” Howard Fineman, the essay is a preemptive move warning journalists that they will be blamed for a Hillary defeat.

Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber write that if Trump wins:

“no one who lost the battle will want to admit it was Hillary Clinton’s fault. It will have had nothing to do with, say, ‘transparency’ or calling bearded villagers ‘deplorables’ or the Iraq War vote or the simple fact that middle-of-the-road Clintonism ran out of gas as a public philosophy.

No, other individuals, groups and forces will have to be blamed. In fact, they already are, pre-emptively. If Trump wins, we’re all going to be too busy moving to Canada to read the postmortems (or write them), so we offer them to you now:”

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The three HuffPo editors then give a list of 9 scapegoats who will be blamed for why Hillary lost the election, beginning with the MSM as the numero uno:

  1. The Media: “Everyone’s piñata.”
  2. The Russians: “Actually, they arrived long ago and got into her phone.”
  3. Millenials: “Ugh. F**king idealists….”
  4. Bernie Sanders: Hillary should have run unopposed in the primary. “It’s going to be an endless wail about how Sanders should have withdrawn sooner.”
  5. Bill Clinton: ” Best campaigner of all time and he couldn’t close the sale. He lost his mojo.”
  6. Sexists: “F**king glass ceiling.”
  7. Obama people
  8. FBI Director James Comey: “He might as well have indicted her for real, like he did in the court of public opinion. Extremely careless.”
  9. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the DNC: Although Wasserman-Schutz’s “Soviet-style approach to boosting Clinton was something that Hillary’s campaign was happy to countenance,” the former DNC chair “should have left room for dissent rather than let it bottle up.”

Of course, what HuffPo conveniently left out is this reason:

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And this reason:

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And this reason:

15:31

The Meaning of the Trump Surge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock.com The news is full of it – literally and figuratively: Trump is surging in the polls, especially in so-called battleground states. Is it time to worry? Indeed, it is, but not about Trump. The Donald has been headed for defeat from the moment he started trouncing his rivals in the Republican primaries and […]

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New research debunks the conservative myth that immigrants drive down wages "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An influx of immigrants is likely to have little impact on wages and jobs for native-born US workers, unless they have less than a high-school education, according to a study published Wednesday. The report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looks at economic and…


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Ex-cop nails CNN’s police apologist: You don’t get to kill somebody just because you say you’re scared "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Even after Officer Betty Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter, CNN’s chief police apologist still isn’t sure Terence Crutcher’s death was unjustified. Harry Houck, a law enforcement analyst for CNN, said he didn’t know if there was enough evidence to charge the…


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15:30

My vacation is almost over… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I left Oklahoma early last week to go back to Washington state to visit family and friends. Thought I’d share some pictures with you!

A Vote Trump flag in western Washington! (And I saw a lot more Trump signs in eastern Washington.)

My dad’s dog Fluffy ready for fun!

A rainbow over eastern Washington.

Just outside of Creston in eastern Washington.

The view from my friend’s home along the Columbia River.

My friend’s German Shepherds surveying their territory.

One of the doggies checking in on me at 2:38 am in the morning 😀

So far a wonderful trip. I’ll be back to Oklahoma soon!

DCG


15:30

Disney Pulls “Moana” Costume After SJW Call It “Racist”… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Via CNN: Disney has halted sales of a costume inspired by its upcoming “Moana” movie after being accused of racism. The costume is based on Disney’s animated depiction of Maui, a key figure in Polynesian oral tradition. It featured full-length brown trousers and a long-sleeved shirt covered in “tattoos,” as well as a “skirt” made […]

15:23

Obama Administration Shut Down Whistleblower Program Revealing 1,811 Aliens From Terrorist Countries Granted Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

FALFURRIAS, TX - JULY 23: U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S. Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.
ICE didn't consistently log the digital fingerprints of illegal aliens their agents found until 2010—and federal prosecutors have repeatedly declined criminal cases that could end in the aliens being stripped of their citizenship.

15:21

Tense Dallas BLM Protest Yields No Violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A reported 100 demonstrators showed up for a Dallas Black Lives Matter solidarity march Thursday night. Despite a few tense moments, the protest remained tame. Dallas police made no arrests.

15:17

Judge Jeanine: Charlotte Protests About Getting the Vote Out for the Democratic Party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Jeanine Pirro, host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” said she believed the real reason behind the protest in the streets of Charlotte, NC were all about rallying and getting out the vote for the Democratic Party. “You see, they need this narrative for the election,” Pirro said. “This is all about the election. Black Lives Matter and this whole movement – funded by [George] Soros is all about the Democratic election. Giving the Democrats some reason to join together, to come out and vote for the Democratic Party. It’s why these illegals who were supposed to be deported were given citizenship. It’s why there is this movement to get people to vote and sign up to be citizens. That’s what’s going on – it’s all about the election.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

15:16

No Brady? No Problem: Belichick Affirms the Adage ‘In Bill We Trust’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) passes against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

15:15

EXCLUSIVE: Gulf Cartel Commander Arrested and Released Near Texas Border "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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RIO BRAVO, Tamaulipas -- One of the leading commanders within the faction of the Gulf Cartel that controls this border city was apprehended by Mexican federal authorities but was suspiciously released days later.

15:09

Charlotte City Leaders Delayed Declaring Emergency Over Concerns Of How It’d Look… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Didn’t think that one through all the way. Via WBTV: Top leaders in the city of Charlotte delayed accepting additional safety resources prior to Wednesday night’s violent riot in Uptown, multiple sources tell On Your Side Investigates. We first asked about the delay at a press conference with Mayor Jennifer Roberts and other city leaders […]

15:08

Merkel Ally: Migrant Rioters Aren’t Welcome Here "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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A member of Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) has said that rioting migrants from Bautzen aren't welcome after a protest group invited them to Munich.

14:54

Hillary Clinton Wants Higher Estate Taxes, But Not on Her Family "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton December 16, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. Clinton was introduced by Billionaire Businessman Warren Buffett.
The Clinton campaign estimates that the increase would raise an addition $75 billion in revenue over the next decade. The current rate maxes out at 40 percent.

14:48

Hillary Clinton: The World Has “The Right To Immigrate” To America… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No, they don’t. Via Washington Examiner: Do people around the world have a right to move to the United States? It’s a bedrock belief of most conservatives that there is no such right. The U.S. sets its own immigration policy, admits whom it chooses, and foreign nationals in foreign countries have no right — a […]

14:47

NeverTrump’s Ricketts Family Boards the Trump Train "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Joe Ricketts speaks during the premiere of 'The Conspirator' presented by The American Film Company, Ford's Theatre and Roadside Attractions at Ford's Theatre on April 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Roadside Attractions)

14:28

White Teen Sisters Attacked By Black Lives Matter Supporters During Stockton Protest… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Another “mostly peaceful” protest gone bad. Via CBS 13: Stockton police are searching for the suspects in a vicious attack that happened on Friday against two teenaged sisters. Police say a group of protestors wearing Black Lives Matter shirts held a vigil and a protest near the intersection of Pacific and Yokuts avenues. CBS13 has […]

14:22

An Era of Weaponized Sensitivity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Lionel Shriver is not backing down from the controversial speech about Cultural Appropriation she made a few weeks ago at the Brisbane Writers' Festival:
Briefly, my address maintained that fiction writers should be allowed to write fiction — thus should not let concerns about “cultural appropriation” constrain our creation of characters from different backgrounds than our own. I defended fiction as a vital vehicle for empathy. If we have permission to write only about our own personal experience, there is no fiction, but only memoir. Honestly, my thesis seemed so self-evident that I’d worried the speech would be bland.

Nope — not in the topsy-turvy universe of identity politics. The festival immediately disavowed the address, though the organizers had approved the thrust of the talk in advance. A “Right of Reply” session was hastily organized. When, days later, The Guardian ran the speech, social media went ballistic. Mainstream articles followed suit. I plan on printing out The New Republic’s “Lionel Shriver Shouldn’t Write About Minorities” and taping it above my desk as a chiding reminder.

Viewing the world and the self through the prism of advantaged and disadvantaged groups, the identity-politics movement — in which behavior like huffing out of speeches and stirring up online mobs is par for the course — is an assertion of generational power. Among milliennials and those coming of age behind them, the race is on to see who can be more righteous and aggrieved — who can replace the boring old civil rights generation with a spikier brand. . . .

As a lifelong Democratic voter, I’m dismayed by the radical left’s ever-growing list of dos and don’ts — by its impulse to control, to instill self-censorship as well as to promote real censorship, and to deploy sensitivity as an excuse to be brutally insensitive to any perceived enemy. . . .

Ironically, only fellow liberals will be cowed by terror of being branded a racist (a pejorative lobbed at me in recent days — one that, however groundless, tends to stick). But there’s still such a thing as a real bigot, and a real misogynist. In obsessing over micro-aggressions like the sin of uttering the commonplace Americanism “you guys” to mean “you all,” activists persecute fellow travelers who already care about equal rights.

Moreover, people who would hamper free speech always assume that they’re designing a world in which only their enemies will have to shut up. But free speech is fragile. Left-wing activists are just as dependent on permission to speak their minds as their detractors.

In an era of weaponized sensitivity, participation in public discourse is growing so perilous, so fraught with the danger of being caught out for using the wrong word or failing to uphold the latest orthodoxy in relation to disability, sexual orientation, economic class, race or ethnicity, that many are apt to bow out. Perhaps intimidating their elders into silence is the intention of the identity-politics cabal — and maybe my generation should retreat to our living rooms and let the young people tear one another apart over who seemed to imply that Asians are good at math.

14:03

NYPD: Rapper Sought After Opening Fire During Music Video Shoot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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The New York Police Department is seeking a rapper who goes by the name "Whitey GZ," whom they claim opened fire on an individual with whom he was meeting to film a music video.

14:00

Friday Funnies: Map of USA according to Trump & Hillary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

There is a cool website called Judgmental Maps, which publishes made-up maps of cities submitted by ordinary people.

Instead of geographical maps that show a city’s streets and landmarks, judgmental maps are completely subjective, arbitrary, decidedly opinionated and therefore, very funny.

Here’s Judgmental Maps‘ “The United States According to Hillary Clinton“:

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And here’s “The United States According to Donald Trump“:

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~Eowyn


13:58

Suspected Illegal Alien Marijuana Farmers Held Workers Hostage: ICE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A man shows a type of marijuana at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. A bicycle ride against drug trafficking and in favour of the legalization of self-cultivation of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes took place in Medellin on October 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/GettyImages)

13:54

Andrea Frazzetta in Ethiopia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Part of a fine feature at the Times on the work of six travel photographers.


13:52

Charles Murray Worries about the Future of Conservatism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an interview with Spiked, conservative crank Charles Murray worries about what support for Trump means:

Collins: You are a self-described libertarian, and your latest book is robust defence of freedom. Do you believe that Enlightenment values such as liberty are enough to stand up to the strong, often tribal, cultural forces at work today? Can they serve as a counter to those divisive forces?

Murray: A year ago, I would have given you a much more optimistic answer than I’d give you today. The thing about the Trump campaign that has been most disheartening has been the realisation that the electorate on the right, voting for Republicans, has many more people in it than I ever realised who don’t give a damn about freedom. They are motivated by the kinds of tribal instincts that you describe, and they are also populist in an authoritarian sense, in that they don’t want to limit government, they just want to use the powers of government for their own ends. In the short-term, then, I’m very pessimistic. I am very undecided about what will happen, but I suspect the Republican Party is going to go into serious decline. And, insofar as it does not go into decline, it is not going to represent policies that foster limited government and freedom. It will be a party that fosters a different kind of authoritarianism than the left does. The only difference will be in the type, not the authoritarian nature of the policies.

13:52

Brazil’s President Michel Temer Says Rousseff was Impeached for Refusing His Economic Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Brazilian President Michel Temer let an open secret become explicitly clear during a speech to business and foreign policy leaders yesterday in New York. The country’s elected and now-removed President, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached because of her position on economic policy, rather than any alleged wrongdoing on her part, her installed successor admitted. Temer’s stunning, and seemingly unscripted, acknowledgement will surely bolster the view of impeachment opponents that Dilma’s removal was a “parliamentary coup d’etat.”

In his remarks, Temer clearly stated what impeachment opponents have long maintained: that he and his party began to agitate for Rousseff’s impeachment when she refused to implement the pro-business economic plan of Temer’s party. That economic plan which Rousseff refused to implement called for widespread cuts to social programs and privatization, an agenda radically different from the one approved by Brazilians through the ballot box in 2014, when Dilma’s Workers’ Party won its fourth straight presidential election. The comments were delivered on Wednesday to an audience at the New York headquarters of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA).

Watch the video:

“And many months ago, while I was still vice president, we released a document named ‘A Bridge to the Future’ because we knew it would be impossible for the government to continue on that course. We suggested that the government should adopt the theses presented in that document called ‘A Bridge to the Future.’ But, as that did not work out, the plan wasn’t adopted and a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic.”

When impeachment proceedings began, Temer was serving as Rousseff’s Vice president and his party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), were once close partners with Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT). However, they officially broke their alliance in late March, supporting her impeachment and aligning with a right-wing coalition supported by business leaders and conservative ideologues. It is that center-right coalition that now controls the government in post-impeachment Brazil.

The program “Bridge to the Future” – proposed by Temer’s party – prescribes cuts to health and education spending, reduced welfare benefits, a raised retirement age, new private sector partnerships and decreased market regulations. These ideas were the ones Temer advocated in his speech yesterday at AS/COA, which emphasized his government’s push for privatization and foreign investment. The newly installed President listed the multiple benefits and guarantees that his government intends to offer foreign investors. Those benefits including guaranteeing the profit margins of the business leaders who watched him speak while consuming their meals.

The AS/COA groups which Temer addressed is composed of members of multinational corporations and the U.S. foreign policy establishment focused on Latin America. Both were founded by the American industrialist David Rockefeller and have as its President Emeritus John Negroponte: the former Reagan and Bush administration ambassad...

13:33

‘Sex Tourism’: Open Borders Activist ‘Exploiting’ Migrants By ‘Sleeping Around’ In Calais Camp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Activists in the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais have been accused of “sex tourism” and sexually exploiting migrants, including children, with many attempting to justify the relationships as “normal”.

13:31

Why JonBenét matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

This article, written by Jeremy Brown, and other articles about the the murder that still grips the nation are featured in Newsweek’s special edition, JonBenet: 20 Years Later Had she lived, JonBenét Ramsey would be 26 years old today. As shocking as it is to believe, nearly two decades have…


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How Hillary Clinton wound up on ‘Between Two Ferns’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On a funny new episode of Between Two Ferns, Hillary Clinton seems a little exasperated as she endures a tortured line of questioning from Zach Galifianakis. “I really regret doing this,” the Democratic nominee deadpans at one point, and it can be tough to tell whether she is joking….


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Driver who plowed through Michigan students protesting ‘leave n*****s’ graffiti will face no charges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An SUV driver was questioned — but not charged — after plowing into a group of students protesting racist graffiti at Eastern Michigan University. Staff members discovered the messages, scrawled in red, white and blue spray paint, on Tuesday at Julia Anne King Hall and alerted the…


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US Rewards Israel’s Bad Behavior "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Benjamin Netanyahu has been perhaps the most anti-Palestinian Israeli
prime minister in a large rogue’s gallery dedicated to driving the aggrieved
Palestinians out of the land they and their ancestors have lived in
and worked for millennia. This oppression – which has included ethnic cleansing,
savage war on the people of […]

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13:21

Hillary Clinton Ad Features Donald Trump Calling Girls Fat And Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hugs a supporter during a campaign rally with democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are continuing their three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Photo by
Set to a soft piano soundtrack, the video features young girls looking in the mirror while the voice of Donald Trump plays in the background. In contrast, the ad shows Hillary Clinton hugging a girl on stage during a campaign rally.

13:05

Invader: “I Came to F**k the Women” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A rejected “asylum seeker” from Algeria living in Austria, on trial for an attempted rape in Linz, has told the court that he only came to Europe to “f**k the women.” It has not proven possible to deport the criminal because Algeria has no extradition agreement with Austria, and the invader is now being “tested […]

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Video: Rashad Robinson: Let’s Implement Stop-and-Frisk on White Billionaires Like Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

http://democracynow.org – Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, responds to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s support for … Via Youtube

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The Reduction of Muslim Americans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

On August 31, Nazma Khanam, a 60-year-old Muslim woman, was stabbed to death while walking near her home in Queens. The culprit was charged with second degree murder and robbery. But Khanam’s family believes the killing was a hate crime, noting that no personal possessions were stolen. Just a few weeks earlier, also in Queens, […]

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Why Daniel Radcliffe really wants to appear on ‘Game of Thrones’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In news set to cause ripples through geek fandom, could Harry Potter himself be heading to Game of Thrones? While showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven’t cast Daniel Radcliffe—yet, anyway—the actor says he is willing to take on even the smallest of roles on the Emmy Awards record-breaking…


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Bernie Sanders’ brother to contest David Cameron’s seat in UK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Larry Sanders, who serves as health spokesperson for the U.K. Green Party, will stand in the election to replace the former Prime Minister, who stood down after losing the EU Referendum, as MP for the Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, southern England. The Greens are expected to campaign for the…


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Pope Francis: Rumor-based journalism is ‘terrorism’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Pope Francis has warned that journalism based on rumors is a form of terrorism. Speaking to leaders of Italy’s national journalists’ guild, the pontiff urged reporters not to stoke fear, particularly with stories regarding migration forced by war or hunger. “I have often spoken of rumors as…


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13:00

Sweden So Violent, Migrants Consider Moving Back To War-Zone Homelands "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A riot police officer stands guard while colleagues extinguish burning barricades on the main road in the heavily-immigrant populated neighborhood of Rosengaard of the southern Swedish city of Malmoe on December 19, 2008.

11:44

Hungarian PM: Deport Millions of Migrants To Remote Island "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks at the Europaforum gathering of German broadcaster WDR at the Foreign Ministry on May 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

11:38

Page Six: 20 Guards Required to Secure Netanyahu Bathroom Trip at NYC Restaurant "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after a bilateral meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, October 1, 2014. A skeptical Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday directly warned President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a 'threshold nuclear power.' Netanyahu and Obama renewed their often prickly relationship in the Oval Office, meeting for the first time since their governments swapped some of the most harsh rhetoric in years over the Gaza crisis. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
How many special agents does it take to escort Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, to the bathroom? Around 20.

11:14

Video: Treasure hunters fail to find ‘lost Nazi gold train’, decide to make their own "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A year-long drive to discover a Nazi train containing riches in the Polish region of Lower Silesia has resulted in a group of enthusiasts from the city of Wlabrzych … Via Youtube

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11:01

PEGIDA Founder Flees Germany Due To Persecution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Lutz Bachmann, founder of the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement, has confirmed that he has moved to the Canary Islands to escape persecution from the German government.

10:38

Perplexed Liberals Prepare Debate Snark… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Whenever liberals are confronted on the field of ideas you can guarantee to illicit an autonomic tone of snark, condescension and uppity indignation in their ideological retort.  Why? Because at its core tenet, liberalism is dependent on blame-casting. As such, this does not come as a … Continue reading

10:33

Belgian Police ‘Helped Migrants Cross French Border’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

An armed policeman stands guard as other policemn check motorists' identities as part of security measures set following terrorist attacks in Paris on November 17, 2015 at the French-Belgium border in Neuville-en-Ferrain. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

10:32

Where the robot hits the road: ‘Driver-free zones’ proposed for self-driving cars "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The American passion for cars is turning a new corner. Now a ban is being considered on all human drivers for a 150-mile stretch of highway. Meanwhile, solutions for pedestrians crossing in front of driverless vehicles are being developed as well. The car of tomorrow could make drivers yesterday’s news – but only once the […]

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War, Peace, and Absurdity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace roadblocks, at which point she always says… well, […]

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UK troops will be protected from Iraq War ‘vexatious allegations’ – Theresa May "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

False or dubious allegations of abuse against UK troops must be put to an end, Prime Minister Theresa May has said after a week of clashes over the impact of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team’s investigations on service personnel. The PM said that while allegations should be properly investigated, a culture of abusing the system […]

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10:32

Where the robot hits the road: ‘Driver-free zones’ proposed for self-driving cars "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The American passion for cars is turning a new corner. Now a ban is being considered on all human drivers for a 150-mile stretch of highway. Meanwhile, solutions for pedestrians crossing in front of driverless vehicles are being developed as well. The car of tomorrow could make drivers yesterday’s news – but only once the […]

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War, Peace, and Absurdity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace roadblocks, at which point she always says… well, […]

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UK troops will be protected from Iraq War ‘vexatious allegations’ – Theresa May "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

False or dubious allegations of abuse against UK troops must be put to an end, Prime Minister Theresa May has said after a week of clashes over the impact of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team’s investigations on service personnel. The PM said that while allegations should be properly investigated, a culture of abusing the system […]

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10:30

World Bank Chief: Sweden Should Create Independent Migrant State Where Laws Don’t Apply "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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Sweden could solve their migrant problem by creating a new state-within-a-state where national laws don't apply and sending thousands of migrants and so-called refugees there, the incoming chief economist of the influential World Bank has said.

10:01

Video: Ground test of new high-power rocket engine in North Korea (state TV report w/subtitles) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

North Korea has succeeded in testing a state-of-the-art, powerful rocket engine, state media reports. The engine will provide the country with “sufficient carrier … Via Youtube

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09:33

Egyptian Media Breaks Silence: ISIS, 9/11 Created To Justify War On Terror "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

“[Perhaps Western] intelligence elements are behind the attacks and the bombings, and later Muslim citizens are arrested and killed and simply accused of perpetrating [the attacks] in order to justify what is happening in the Arab countries in the name of the war on terror, and in order to justify the plan to persecute the Muslims in the U.S. and Europe and expel them? Have we really been deceived, and continue to be deceived, to such an extent?!”

09:32

Wards of the Nanny State "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ [Hitler] said in a speech on November 6, 1933, “I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else […]

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Protests Call for Arrest of Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Content Warning: Graphic content contained in this video. We go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the community is reeling over video footage showing a white police officer shooting and killing 40-year-old African American Terence Crutcher while his hands were in the air. “They released the footage Monday, and this is day six. We’re at a standstill. […]

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08:45

Dramatic CCTV Footage – Georgia Woman Defending Herself During Home Invasion Shootout… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Dramatic home security footage as three armed attackers break down the door to a home. Moments later the armed female resident fights back.  One suspect dead, authorities seeking identity on remaining two… GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Police are hoping someone can help identify … Continue reading

07:43

Lou Dobbs Interviews Donald Trump (Video)… "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last night Fox Business News anchor Lou Dobbs had an interview and current event discussion with presidential candidate Donald Trump. Here’s the interview:

07:37

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07:34

Trump Vows to Drive Down College Costs: ‘Education Is the Bedrock of Our Society’ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Donald Trump, Bobby Knight, PA AFP
Donald J. Trump, the GOP nominee for president, rallied with supporters in Chester Township, Pennsylvania with his call for a law and order program that protects all citizens and a new plan to drive down the cost of public college tuition.

07:01

Why the Middle Class is Dying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

OUZILLY, France – First, some travel advice…

A niece was visiting from North Carolina. She left this morning for Paris.

We warned her, “Paris is the biggest tourist draw in the world. Naturally, it also has a thriving industry that preys on tourists.

“People will come up to you and say: ‘Do you speak English?’ You’ll be eager to help them. Just say ‘non,’ and keep walking. Or they’ll pretend to find a gold ring on the sidewalk, just behind you. They’ll ask if it is yours. Just keep walking.

“Watch out for gypsies. They work in groups. One will bump into you or distract you, while another picks your pocket.

“Oh… and don’t smile. If you smile, they’ll take you for a tourist, especially an American.

“The French don’t smile at strangers. They think they only have a limited supply of smiles; they’re not going to waste them on people they don’t know.”

Largest Theft in History

Now, back to our beat…

As expected, Ms. Yellen smiled yesterday, announcing no change to the Fed’s extraordinary policies.

For the last eight years, she has been aiding and abetting the largest theft in history.

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Thanks to ZIRP (zero-interest-rate policy) and QE (quantitative easing), every year, about $300 billion is transferred from largely middle-class savers to largely better-off speculators, financial asset owners, and the biggest borrowers during that period – corporations and the government.

The financial press, nevertheless, finds something vaguely heroic about enabling the grandest larceny ever. Bloomberg:

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen braved mounting opposition inside and outside the U.S. central bank and delayed an interest-rate increase again to give the economy more room to run.

The U.S. economy is barely limping along. As we showed last week, when you adjust nominal GDP growth by a more accurate measure of inflation – David Stockman’s “Flyover CPI” – you see that the economy is actually in recession.

Room to run? It is backing up!

Bloomberg continues its brain-dead coverage:

While agreeing that the case for a rate rise had strengthened, Yellen on Wednesday argued that it made sense to put off a move for now amid signs that discouraged Americans who dropped out of the labor market are returning and looking for work.

“The economy has a little more room to run than might have been previously thought,” Yellen told a press conference in Washington after the Fed’s two-day meeting, as she explained the decision to keep rates on hold. “That’s good news.”

Voodoo Trade

We listened to Ms. Yellen’s remarks. She sounded like a well-trained functionary, a technician.

Lots of economic mumbo-jumbo. Academic phrases. Latinate words and passive sentences.

She might have made a good doctor, we thought. Or maybe a decent metallurgist. In an honest métier, she might have been able to hold her head up high.

Instead, the poor woman is condemned to ply her voodoo trade, pretending that it is based on science, and feigning that it improved the economy.

Pity the economist without a sense of humor…

His head must ache when he hears Ms. Yellen talk. His heart must break when he sees his profession brought to ridicule by its most prominent practitioners. His gloom must deepen into a profound darkness, as he watches the world’s No. 1 economy manipulated by nincompoops and scoundrels.

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07:01

One Way To Avoid a Terrorist Attack "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

I’ve predicted this before and was, unfortunately right. I am talking about more terrorist attacks. I hate to say this—again—but I’ve got this weird feeling we’re about to get hit again but bigger than the last two micro-attacks using a knife and a homemade bomb. It isn’t difficult to predict these events, really. One only need to look at the history of al-Qaida to understand that attacks will continue, grow larger and bolder in scale, and will also go on for at least a decade or more. Folks, we ain’t even into half-time with ISIS attacks yet.

I wrestled with what I am about to say. I don’t want to be giving anyone ideas. But at the same time, if I don’t sound the warning on things I think could happen, I fail in my duty as a journalist. I’m not here for ratings or fame. Besides all of this, if one looks at the nature of ISIS attacks in France, and the ones here, one can predict what may happen next without giving anyone ideas they probably aren’t already planning right now.

We’re at a critical time right now as far as the “low-hanging fruit” that will be very tempting to entities such as ISIS and their do-it-yourself crew of ISIS Amateur Night imitators. How and why? We are going into a presidential election year and our elections take place at the beginning of two major holidays seasons, those being Thanksgiving and Christmas. But what’s the most dangerous of all scenarios is the shopping frenzy that begins earlier and earlier each year. My gosh, places already have the Christmas shopping promotions out!

I think if more attacks are going to occur, they’re going to hit the Christmas shoppers at the biggest malls and Christmas sales. I also would think that, based on the attacks in Europe, if they hit an airport, it’ll be for the Thanksgiving rush because that’s the one with the least amount of time to get from place to place. Now, the reason they would do this is because the elections will have already taken place. If the goal is to create some type of political carrot (or stick they can use as a tar baby to get the U.S. stuck in another no-win war), then they’re going to want to hit Thanksgiving travel and Christmas shopping. Because those are two things that will create the most headlines and fear. I doubt they’re going to hit the elections or polling places. But if they do, that’ll be a whole new chapter which will reinforce the “they hate us for our freedom” myth and that’ll sell everyone on another Middle Eastern war. Which, of course, will not be won and will be just a tar baby to suck the United States into willingly.

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If or when these attacks happen, there will be a lot of anger, fear, hatred, sadness, anxiety, and other emotions the government will exploit in one way or another. People will demand the government embroil us even further in this never-ending cycle of violence because they have become attached to this illusion of revenge. The desire for revenge is then fitted to this need to defend the Great American Ego and people then carry this incarnation of delusion around with them and think it to be a “response” to terrorism. But I will show you a more excellent way.

The terrorists operate on large crowds. Now, I’m old enough to remember when you saw no one on the streets during Thanksgiving or the day after. Not because they were cowering in fear in some “safe room” bunker inside their homes. They were embracing one another with love and giving thanks for one another and what they had. Not what they were going to GET, but what they HAD. Understand this: You cannot be kille...

07:01

The Invention of the Wheel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In today’s world, technology is developing at an unprecedented rate. The latest gadget today is tomorrow’s antique. As a result of this rapid development of technology, we often take things for granted. One of these is the wheel. Take a look around, and you will see wheels everywhere, be it as tyres, or in everyday machinery. The wheel has even been imbued with symbolic meanings, most famously, perhaps, as a metaphor for the never-ending cycle of life.

One may be tempted to think that the wheel is just a humble or even primitive invention compared to some of the fancy gadgets that we have today. Nevertheless, the wheel (specifically as a means of transportation) was actually invented at a relatively late point in human history. The oldest known wheel found in an archaeological excavation is from Mesopotamia and dates to around 3500 BC. This period was known as the Bronze Age, which is a relatively late chapter in the story of the development of human civilization. By this time, human beings were already planting crops, herding domesticated animals, and had some form of social hierarchy.

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A Mesopotamian wheel

A Mesopotamian wheel. Photo source.

One of the reasons why the wheel was invented only at this point in history is due to the fact that metal tools were needed to chisel fine-fitted holes and axles. This leads to the next reason – the wheel was not just a cylinder rolling on its edge. It was a cylinder that was connected to a stable, stationary platform. This wheel-axle concept was a stroke of genius, but making it was a challenge. The ends of the axle, as well as the holes in the center of the wheels, had to be nearly perfectly smooth and round. Failing to achieve this would result in too much friction between these components, and the wheel would not turn. Although the axle had to fit snugly in the holes of the wheels, they had to have enough room to allow them to rotate freely. Given the complexity of the wheel-axle combination, it may be unsurprising that the wheel was not initially invented for transportation purposes. Instead, it has been claimed that wheels were first used by potters. Remember the 5,500-year-old wheel for Mesopotamia? It seems that it was a potters’ wheel (the use of wheels for pottery making may date even further back into the Neolithic). It seems that the use of wheels for transportation only happened 300 years later.

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07:01

The Looming Smash-Up of the World’s Economy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has written an article on a United Nations report on debt and default.

He is a Keynesian. He worries about deflation. Deflation is the ultimate negative sanction in his view. Like all Keynesians, he does not understand the healing effects of deflation.

But I read him because he provides data on the fragility of today’s debt-based Keynesian economy. What he fears, I look forward to the day of reckoning on debt, which is the bastard child of central bank inflation and government deficits. Like an unwed couple, Keynesians want to continue the liaison, but without negative consequences. There are always negative consequences.

The third leg of the world’s intractable depression is yet to come. If trade economists at the United Nations are right, the next traumatic episode may entail the greatest debt jubilee in history.

The Jubilee was Mosaic Israel’s mandated year of return to the land distribution of the original generation of the conquest. It applied only to rural land. It did not apply to real estate in walled cities. The heirs of the families of the conquest got back their land. The larger the families, the smaller the parcels. The law also liquidated all debt, including commercial debt. This was supposed to happen every 50th year. There is no evidence that this law was ever honored.

It may also prove to be the definitive crisis of globalized capitalism, the demise of the liberal free-market orthodoxies promoted for almost forty years by the Bretton Woods institutions, the OECD, and the Davos fraternity.

The Bretton Woods institutions are all a bunch of interlopers. Bretton Woods died on August 15, 1971 when Nixon killed it. The Bretton Woods system rested on the gold exchange standard. The dollar was redeemable in gold by central banks at $35/oz. Without this limit, the U.S. central bank could inflate at will. The federal government could run massive deficits financed by monetary inflation. That is why Nixon did it, and the FED responded as planned. The USA got the worst peacetime price inflation in its history.

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The liberals in the IMF and World Bank rejoiced. So did politicians. So did Keynesian economists everywhere. No more pseudo-gold standard. “Free at last! Free at last!” Free to inflate. Free to run massive deficits.

The bills are about to come due. Now we hear a new phrase. “It’s just not fair!” Ambrose Evans-Pritchard shouts this with gusto.

“Alarm bells have been ringing over the explosion of corporate debt levels in emerging economies, which now exceed $25 trillion. Damaging deflationary spirals cannot be ruled out,” said the annual report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Notice the limit: corporate debt. Not government debt. Government debt is always healthy in the view of Keynesians. There can never be enough government debt. They are apologists for the next round of government debt. But corporate debt — that’s dangerous.

We know already that the poisonous side-effect of zero rates and quantitative easing in the US, Europe, and Japan was to flood developing nations with cheap credit, upsetting their internal chemistry and drawing them into a snare. What is less understood is just how destructive this has been.

But how did these rates come into existence? By central banks, that pursued zero rates after 2008 to stimulate the economy. This was done to encourage mor...

07:01

The Defection of David Brock "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

[Classic: March 10, 1998] — David Brock has become the first journalist to confess his participation in the vast right-wing conspiracy to get President Clinton. Actually, he confessed it last year, but nobody was listening.

In an open letter to the president in the April issue of Esquire, Brock apologizes for his epoch-making 1993 article in The American Spectator, the one that gave “Arkansas state troopers” a special meaning, like “grassy knoll” as of 1963.

Or, more to the point, like “bimbo eruptions” as of 1992 and “White House intern” as of 1998. The article also led, inadvertently, to Paula Jones’s lawsuit.

The president has accepted Brock’s mea culpa, but he may feel it’s a little late for apologies. Confessing you started a forest fire doesn’t make the trees grow back. This forest just happened to be unusually combustible. (Georgia state troopers probably don’t have many colorful memories of former governor Jimmy Carter.)

Since 1993, Brock’s career has taken some setbacks. His book on Hillary Clinton, for which he received a huge advance, died on the shelves, and he lost his high-salary job at The American Spectator. Vilified as a “right-wing hit man,” he hasn’t had a right-wing hit lately.

So now he’s making a second career of defecting from the right wing. He’s even trying to discredit the sources who made him famous: those blasted troopers “took me for a ride” and have since “greatly damaged their credibility.”

Say what? As a reporter, Brock was supposed to be able to size up the “credibility” of his sources at the time, precisely so that he and his readers wouldn’t be “taken for a ride.”

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So it was all a pack of lies? Here he hedges. “I’m not saying they made the whole thing up,” he says now. “I do think there was probably room there for them to exaggerate.” He admits that his own “ideological desire to damage Clinton” made him unduly credulous. He admits the same of his own book attacking Anita Hill, in which he says he was guilty of “hypocrisy.”

But don’t worry: “I’ve abandoned that form of journalism.”

Great! But why not just abandon journalism? After all, he has virtually repudiated his whole career, which is not the smartest of career moves. Confessing your crimes is fine, but don’t expect it to win you a job as a cop. And complaining that you were the victim of your sources doesn’t burnish your credentials as a reporter.

Brock is now telling liberals that he has seen the error of his ways. Like many ex-conservative defectors before him, he is bidding for a niche among his former enemies by denouncing his former friends, including the good ole boys who gave him the scoop of his life.

Those troopers don’t seem to have exaggerated much, judging from subsequent developments. Only Brock seems skeptical of them, just when history has vindicated them with a whoop.

Brock probably hopes to peddle one more book, titled something like Nasty Right-Wingers with Whom I Should Never Have Allowed Myself to Have Become Entangled and Whose Money I Should Never Have Accepted but Have Already Spent, Alas.

But the book to read will be the memoirs of Mike McCurry. Right now the president’s press secretary has the safest job in America, including the president’s.

Why? Well, Spin Cycle, a new book by Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, tells a few inside stories about the Clinton White House and the press. One of them concerns a coarse crack McCurry once made to reporters about the Clintons’ sex life, comparing Mrs. Clinton unfavorably to a mummy. Rush Limbaugh has already repeated it about fifty times, and McCurry still has his job.

Under normal circumstances, the p...

Do WhiteLivesMatter? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

We have one simple question – how is beating, dragging, stripping, and laughing at an innocent white man going to help the discourse about police violence against black men?

In Charlotte overnight…

But that was not all… As Mediaite notes, among the many reports of violence from the Charlotte, North Carolina unrest Wednesday night was one particular shocking example: rioters tried to throw a news photographer into a burning fire. Local CW-affiliate WCCB was on the scene and tweeted out images of the fire and their initial report.

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As a reminder…

Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.

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07:01

Car Costs You Can (And Should) Avoid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The best expenses are those you can skip. Here are several ways to save money you don’t have to spend on your car:

*”Premium” gasoline –

I italicize the word for a reason. It’s a marketing trick. “Premium” implies better. But Premium gas is defined by something else – its octane rating. Octane is a measure of a fuel’s burn rate or – put another way – its susceptibility to ignition (combustion) as a consequence of pressure and heat (rather than spark).  High octane gas is more resistant to ignition from pressure and heat; this is important in a high-compression/high-performance engine. You do not want the gas to explode before the spark ignites it. If it does ignite prematurely, the force of the resultant uncontrolled explosion tries to push the piston – which is still traveling upward – back down, placing enormous stress on the piston, the connecting rod and – ultimately – the crankshaft. This is not good for your engine.

And it’s why it’s very important to use high-octane fuel in engines built to burn high-octane fuel.

But if your engine was not built to burn high-octane fuel, you are wasting money by purchasing high-octane gas. There is no advantage and several disadvantages. You don’t risk mechanical damage, but you will see reduced mileage and performance – because the premium (high octane) fuel’s burn rate isn’t in tune with the engine’s design. It will run less efficiently.

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Read your owner’s manual (or the label that’s typically affixed to the inside of the fuel door) and use the grade of gas recommended by the engineers who designed your car’s engine. They made these recommendations for a reason. Don’t waste money on octane you don’t need – and “premium” that isn’t.

*Larger wheels (and tires) – 

One of the most economically and functionally idiotic trends in vehicle design over the past twenty or so years is the mania for big wheels and tires.

Maybe you like the way it looks, but you might want to take into account what it costs.

First, opting for 18 or 19 (or 20) inch wheels usually adds significantly to the car’s purchase price. That’s the obvious one. But adding upsized “rims” also adds rolling resistance. Your car’s mileage goes down.

The cost of tires also goes up. The difference in price between a 16 inch (standard) and an 18-inch tire can be tremendous, especially if the 18-inch tire is a “summer” or “performance” tire. These also tend to wear out faster because the rubber they’re made of is softer. Road noise goes up – and ride quality goes down.

They’re usually terrible in the snow, too.

And, for what?

While it’s true the larger (performance) wheel/tire package can increase the vehicle’s high-speed handling capabilities, you ought to ask yourself whether your abilities as a driver are higher than the baseline tires’ capabilities. Some people like to think they are Bob Bondurant. Few actually drive like Bob Bondurant. And even if you are capable, do you actually drive that way on the street?

Save yourself some money on tires and gas (and brake pads, which wear faster due to the increased rolling resistance of oversize wheels and tires). Enjoy a nicer/quieter ride.

Skip the “rims” – unless looks matter more to you than dollars (and sense).

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07:01

The US Assault on Syria’s Peace Process "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Events in Syria over this last week have thoroughly shattered the Russian-US ceasefire agreement reached in Vienna on September 9th between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Last Saturday the US-led coalition comprised of US, Australian and UK fighter jets (2 F-16’s and 2 A-10’s) delivered four airstrikes on Syrian Arab Army troops near the ISIS besieged Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor, for the first time killing Syrian soldiers (estimates of 62-83 dead and up to 120 injured). Within 7 minutes after the Syrian troops occupying the high ground overlooking the nearby airbase were attacked, Islamic State militants were opportunistically able to launch an assault and successfully seized control of that strategic high ground. Several hours later the Syrian Arab Army eventually was able to push back to retake its lost position.

But Saturday’s rapidly unfolding events of the airstrike followed so closely by the on-the-ground terrorist attack unquestionably points to air to ground coordination between US and ISIS that strongly indicates the US-led airstrike was premeditated and designed to completely undermine the already tenuous ceasefire. This incident alone decisively kills any prospect for peace that would finally end the five and a half year war that’s killed more than 300,000 Syrian people and displaced over 11 million more.

The second critical incident that placed the final nail in the peace prospect coffin was Monday’s attack on a UN and Syrian Red Crescent Society convoy delivering much needed humanitarian aid to residents of Syria’s second largest city Aleppo, still largely occupied by ISIS and al-Nusra Front forces but for months under siege by the advancing Syrian army. The US immediately began blaming both Russia and Syria as an “act of revenge” for Saturday’s airstrike that the US feebly claims was an accident. A closer analysis of these two very much related, highly disturbing acts of violence speaks volumes on just how low the imperialistic US Empire is willing to stoop to sabotage peace in the war-ravaged nation that’s killed or displaced more than half the Syrian population.

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America’s long history of breaking treaties starting with the Native Americans centuries ago that resulted in their subsequent genocide, right up to this week’s turn of events in Syria confirm that the US Empire of Chaos and Destruction can never be trusted. After the September ceasefire went into effect reconfirming February’s cessation of hostilities agreement, in addition, the US finally agreed to enforce calls for its US-backed “moderate” rebel militia groups to separate from both ISIS and al-Nusra Front (recently renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), terrorists. However, with the US airstrike, the Syrian government declared that the truce was over after stating that fro...

07:01

I Learned the Lesson of History "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

The lessons of history are very, very, very clear. Pick any year in history, whatever we think is true, that year, 1900, 15 years later, it’s a whole entirely different world. And we all know in 1900 how the world is, and we should be saying to ourselves, find me a weird guy. Find me a strange guy to tell me how this is going to change. 1950, 15 years later, everything we knew, everything we knew was totally wrong.

So I, at least, have learned that, that lesson of history. And perhaps that’s why I’m more– not interested, more I’m excited when I start looking at the way the world is today and what we all know. Because I know what we all know is not going to be true in 15 years, no matter what it is. And my problem is how do I figure it out. How do I figure it out? Whatever we know today, no matter what it is is not going to be true in 15 years.

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I’ve learned over my career, not just my career, but reading about the world, the stranger it sounds, the more you should say, wait a minute. That sounds really strange. Let me look at it. Let me hear what’s going on. Because I have certainly learned that over my life, not just my life. You read history. You read anything. As I said before, the lesson of history is that most people don’t learn the lesson of history. They ignore the lesson of history. Now, we all know that if we’d invested in China 1981, we’d be the richest people in the room right now. And yet, in 1981, including me, we would have said what’s wrong with you? Don’t you know about Mao Zedong? Doesn’t he know about the Great Leap Forward? Doesn’t he know about all this stuff, what “Chinese” is?

Or Japan: Don’t you know about the disaster of what this country was? If you’d said Japan, don’t you know about Hiroshima? The atomic bomb? You don’t know about the dictator, the emperor? How could you  invest there? They’re little, bitty yellow people who must be dishonest and cruel. But those are the lessons of history.

Reprinted from Jim Rogers Blog.

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07:01

Are You Getting Enough Fiber? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

A healthy lifestyle involves eating lots of fiber, but how do you know if you’re actually getting enough? The daily recommended fiber intake for men and women over the age of 50 is 38 grams and 25 grams, respectively. But those are just numbers. How can you tell how much fiber you’re eating?

Fiber is an integral part of a healthy diet as it plays a role in many bodily functions. If you think you may not be getting the recommended amount, watch out for these five signs indicating that your body needs more fiber.

5 signs you need more fiber

You fail this digestion test: Eat some corn without chewing. When it comes out on the other end can tell you how well your digestive system is performing. If the corn kernels make an appearance within 18 hours, you have a healthy digestion. If it takes longer, you need more fiber.

If any of these five signs of low fiber intake apply to you, do not fret. Adding in more fiber to your diet is fairly easy. Stock up on dark leafy greens and other vegetables. Swap out your refined bread for whole grains. Try a fiber supplement if getting fiber in through dietary means is a challenge.

Reprinted with permission from Bel Marra Health.

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07:01

Bad Timing, Worse PR "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

No matter which side of the fence you are on politically, it was poor timing on the part of Ford to announce it was moving production of the Ford Focus and C-Max to Mexico.  After all, this is an election year and one Presidential candidate or the other is going to take offense to any major announcement.  In this case, Republican candidate Donald Trump has been outspoken on American jobs going outside our borders.

I have tried to look at both sides of this issue, and on the air during the Car Pro Show, I never show any political leanings, it’s just not wise to alienate any part of your audience.  If you must know, or if you wonder, my politics have generally been towards the conservative side, but I waiver, like most.

So the announcement of the new Mexico plant seemed to me like one that could have waited by Ford until after the Presidential election.  I still don’t see the reason why a huge American corporation would put itself in the limelight of either side of this debate.  It doesn’t seem like a subject that would endear the masses to your car company, but I digress.

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The facts are fairly simple…given the labor cost of building a small car in the U.S., for every one you sell, you lose money as an automaker.  That has not always been the case, but more recently with lower gas prices and the shift to SUVs, small cars just aren’t doing very well.  However, all automakers must continue to make them to meet CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) ratings.

For me, the question is more about the big picture.  Is it worth losing some jobs in America in the short term, for a healthier Ford Motor Company?  I have to say yes.  If Ford can make smaller cars in Mexico a lot cheaper, meet its EPA goals that are mandated, and make small cars profitable for the bottom line, if I were the CEO Mark Fields, it would be an easy decision.

If Ford went on the offensive, which it should have, they would note that they actually closed a heavy-duty truck plant in Mexico last year, and moved it to Ohio.  The rumor mill says that the plant it is closing will re-open making the Ford Ranger and Bronco, two vehicles that could preserve jobs overall.

The Ford CEO, not one who has been my favorite over the past 40 years I have been in the industry, still has a responsibility to the shareholders of the motor company.  He must do what is best for the good of all, without regard to being politically correct.  Looking back to around 2008, you know that then-CEO Alan Mulally did that exact thing.

Just about every automaker builds cars away.  The Japanese car companies have opened many plants here, all the automakers ar......

07:01

Left-Wing Cruelty to Black Students "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Last year’s college news was about demands for safe spaces, trigger warnings, and bans on insensitivity. This year’s college news is about black student demands for segregated campus housing and other racially segregated campus spaces and programs. I totally disagree with these calls by black students. It’s a gross dereliction of duty for college administrators to cave to these demands, but I truly sympathize with the problems that many black college students face. For college administrators and leftist faculty, the actual fate of black students is not nearly so important as the good feelings they receive from a black presence on campus. Let’s examine some of the problems.

A very large percentage of all incoming freshmen have no business being admitted to college. According to College Board’s 2015 report, the average combined SAT score for white students was 1576 out of a possible 2400. Black student SAT scores, at 1277, were the lowest of the seven reported racial groups (http://tinyurl.com/ozpkpdk). The College Board considers a SAT score of 1550 as the benchmark that indicates a readiness for college-level work. Only 32 percent of white students scored at or above proficient in math, and just 7 percent ofthemselves ridiculed, isolated and treated differently. As a result, students who might be successes in a less competitive environment are turned into failures. One faculty member at a historically black college put it this way: “The way we see it, the majority schools are wasting large numbers of good students. They have black students with admissions statistics (that are) very high, tops. But these students wind up majoring in sociology or recreation or get wiped out altogether.”

The problem of black education begins long before college. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as The Nation’s Report Card, shows that nationally in 2015, only 7 percent of black 12th-graders scored proficient in math, and only 17 percent did so in reading. This suggests that the average black 12th-grader has the academic proficiency of a white eighth- or ninth-grader. Consider the following question: If one admits 1,000 randomly selected eighth- and ninth-graders to college and admits 1,000 randomly selected 12th-graders, who do you think is going to come out on top? Who would be surprised if the eighth- and ninth-graders felt inferiority, oppression, and insensitivity?

The academic elite feel righteous seeing blacks on campus, even if they are severely mismatched. Black people must ask: Are we going to sacrifice our youngsters so that white liberals can feel good about themselves?

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06:20

September 23rd – 2016 Presidential Election – Open Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “2016 Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Presidential Race and/or … Continue reading

06:15

Friday September 23rd – Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

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