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Thursday, 13 December

01:02

Making War on the Planet:Geoengineering and capitalism's creative destruction of the earth (John Bellamy Foster) "IndyWatch Feed World"

12/12/2018 - A short fuse is burning. At the present rate of global emissions, the world is projected to reach the trillionth metric ton of cumulative carbon emissions, breaking the global carbon budget, in less than ...

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Wednesday, 12 December

23:30

Venezuelas Maduro Accuses John Bolton Of Preparing Plot To Assassinate Him "IndyWatch Feed World"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused US National Security Advisor John Bolton of preparing a plot to overthrow and murder him He also has called out  the Colombian leader Ivan Duque as being Boltons accomplice. [...]

The post Venezuelas Maduro Accuses John Bolton Of Preparing Plot To Assassinate Him appeared first on News Punch.

23:15

Trump spending more taxpayers money on militarism "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 11 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump To Explode Military Budget

Trump is now requesting an enormous increase to the defense budget. John Iadarola discusses how much Trump wants to add to the military budget on The Damage Report.

23:12

FBI Entraps Young Woman Into Terrorism Charges By Becoming Her Entire Social Circle "IndyWatch Feed World"

A young woman with a crush on Dylan Storm Roof was entrapped by the FBI and hit with terrorism charges (archived). As per their usual modus operandi, the USG stooges further isolated and aggravated the socially isolated young woman until their became her entire social circle after which, the stooges arrested her in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this week, also in Toledo, an FBI radicalized ISIS sympathizer was arrested after being similarly prepped for captivity by USG stooges (archived).

23:04

The company that owns your local news might also influence federal politics "IndyWatch Feed World"

WGN local news station in Chicago

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On Dec. 3, it was announced that Tribune Media would be acquired by Nexstar Media Group for over $4 billion. The resulting company will own over 200 television stations, giving it incredible access to American homes across the country through their local news programing.

Although less overtly political than their cousins on cable, local news stations have come under increased scrutiny after the viral controversy aroused in early 2018 by a must-run segment on stations owned by Sinclair Media. In the segment, news anchors read from a script decrying biased and false news on social media and other news outlets. The script was passed down from Sinclairs corporate office in Maryland.

Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think said the script. This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.

Many Americans rely on stations owned by companies like Sinclair, Tribune Media and Nexstar Media Group to stay informed on local politics. But, aside from their reporting, these organizations dabble directly in politics and elections more than one might expect.

Nexstar Media Groups PAC for instance has steadily ramped up its spending on political causes from 2014, with $27,100 spe...

23:04

Placebo In the Cold Light of Morning "IndyWatch Feed World"

Song has a Dorian grey momentwhere his pleasures have made him ugly

22:47

Qanon - Tic Toc "IndyWatch Feed World"


 
The count down is surely underway and we have useful housekeeping here.

Turns out that the Freedom Caucus was formed in 2015 and included Mil Intel plus White Hats, Trump and compatriots worldwide to stop the takeover of all forms of freedom.  This provided the necessary base and consensus allowing Trump to proceed.   We have seen parts of it but by deduction we knew this had to have happened for Trump to run in the first instance.   This was the hostile takeovers of all hostile takeovers.
The first phase is to reboot nationalism in order to stop the globalists cold.   Once stopped we may well see a different outcome.  I certainly perceive such a different outcome as plausible.
Right now though the cabal is about to all be indicted..


Dec 10 2018 2576 Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: a22a92 No.4243831  

Dec 10 2018 15:24:28 (EST) NEW
https://twitter.com/SamanthaJPower/status/1071755419499069441
Those with the most to lose are the loudest.
Those who 'knowingly' broke the law in a coordinated effort [treason] are the most vocal.
Crimes against Humanity. 

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2575 Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: a22a92 No.4243710 
Dec 10 2018 15:20:23 (EST) NEW
The plan to have the FED raise rates [steep inclin...

22:32

Finian Cunningham: Washington abusing legal process to conceal economic banditry "IndyWatch Feed World"

The blatant arrest of a Chinese telecoms executive in Canada on behalf of the US is shrouded in obscure legalistic claims. But the bottom line is clear; the US is abusing the legal process to pursue lawless economic interests. This hegemonic conduct by the US is undermining international law and leading to chaos. The recklessness of American unilateral diktat is unsustainable and is risking inevitable war with someone, sometime, somewhere. China's anger over the latest legal spat resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe, due to Washington's high-handed arbitrariness. The US is behaving like a bandit state, imposing its demands as it alone sees fit for its presumed advantage - under the cover of legalistic probity. The detention of Meng Wanzhou on December 1 while boarding a commercial flight out of Vancouver was carried by Canadian federal police on behalf of US authorities. It was not even clear on what...

22:28

Unprecedented New Map Unveils Illegal Mining Destroying Amazon "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
Waking Times

first-of-its-kind map has unveiled widespread environmental damage and contamination of the Amazon rainforest caused by the rise illegal mining.

The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countriesBolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. It also identified 30 rivers affected by mining and related activities.

The scope of illegal mining in the Amazon, especially in indigenous territories and protected natural areas, has grown exponentially in recent years, with the rise in the price of gold, said Beto Ricardo, head of the RAISG, in an accompanying report about the map.

Survey reveals more than 2,000 points and 200 illegal mining areas in six Amazonian countries.RAISG

The map is a compilation of primary information from RAISG partners, analysis of satellite images and news stories published in the six countr...

22:22

Grouper fish mating sounds, new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 3 September 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Goliath groupers on 85 ft down ship wreck in West Palm Beach, Florida during spawn season.

From Florida Atlantic University in the USA:

Eavesdropping on groupers mating calls key to survival

New technique to identify groupers by their sounds

December 12, 2018

Summary: Many fish produce sounds for courtship and mating, navigation, and defending their territories. Scientists analyze these sounds to study their behavior such as reproduction. Since grouper spawning is brief and it takes them a long time to reach sexual maturity, they are vulnerable to overfishing. Eavesdropping on them is key to their survival. Researchers have developed a novel acoustic monitoring technique to classify grouper species by their sounds or grouper calls, with accuracy of about 90 percent.

Eavesdropping on groupers mating in their natural habitats isnt creepy. In fact, its imperative to ensuring their survival. For years, scientists have used passive acoustic monitoring techniques to study the behavior of fishes. A particular application of this technique is used to observe the reproductive cycle of fishes, including groupers.

In a new study, researchers from Florida Atlantic Universitys College of Engineering and Computer Science and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and collaborators, have taken this technology to the next level using deep neural networks a set of algorithms modeled after the human brain. They have developed an effective method to classify grouper species by their sounds or grouper calls.

Results of the study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, show that with this new approach, the researchers achieved vocalization classification accuracy of about 90 percent for four species of groupers red hind (E. guttatus), Nassau grouper (E. striatus),...

22:02

Goodyear Shutters Venezuela Operations, Blames Sanctions "IndyWatch Feed World"

The tire manufacturer claimed that economic conditions and sanctions have made production impossible.

22:01

Facebook censorship of leftist United States Young Turks site "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 11 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Whistleblower Exposes Facebook Censorship Techniques Mindblowing

21:59

Nikki Haley's swansong at the UN was an embarrassment "IndyWatch Feed World"

The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement was cheered by Israel and its supporters for whom international laws and conventions are at best meaningless and at worst an irritant. Trump suggested that this move would help bring peace to the Holy Land. How wrong he was. Anyone but a diehard Zionist would have told him that he was deluded to think this, but nobody in his administration would have done so, because those tasked with developing a peace deal fall into this category. One of these cheerleaders for Apartheid Israel is Nimrata Randhawa, better known to the world as Nikki Haley, the US Representative to the United Nations. In the UN Security Council, she can wield the US veto to protect Israel but she is unable to do that in the General Assembly, where no state has a veto. Her swansong in the...

21:59

Christopher Steele disclosed made up nonsense from his trash dossier to longtime Clinton crony, court documents reveal "IndyWatch Feed World"

Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier, disclosed information from his Trump-Russia investigation to a longtime Clinton crony because of his position on a State Department advisory board, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. According to the court filing, Steele told a court in the United Kingdom on Aug. 1 that he provided Strobe Talbott, the Clinton insider, with anti-Trump research because of his position on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, an independent advisory board set up in 2011 by then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton appointed Talbott chairman of the advisory board, and he served in that role through John Kerry's tenure.

21:52

A Crisis in the Making: Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them "IndyWatch Feed World"

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford
Waking Times

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.Thomas Jefferson

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose.

The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis.

What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American peopleand those who represent themabout their freedoms, history, and how the government is supposed to operate.

As Morris Berman points out in his book Dark Ages America, 70 percent of American adults cannot name their senators or congressmen; more than half dont know the actual number of senators, and nearly a quarter cannot name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Sixty-three percent cannot name the three branches of government. Other studies reveal that uninformed or undecided voters often vote for the candidate whose name and packaging (e.g., logo) are the most powerful; color is apparently a major factor in their decision.

More than government corruption and ineptitude, police brutality, terrorism, gun violence, drugs, illegal immigration or any other so-called danger that threatens our nation...

21:45

FLASHBACK: Clinton IT aide pleads Fifth, skips hearing "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three IT specialists involved with Hillary Clinton's private email server on Tuesday refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee on deletions of some of Clinton's emails. One of these three, Bryan Pagliano - the former State Department employee who set up the server - defied a subpoena and failed to appear at the hearing altogether. The other two, engineers at the outside firm that managed Clinton's server, appeared under subpoena but invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in response to every question. Outraged Republicans quickly threatened reprisal against Pagliano, who has long been a flashpoint in various investigations into the server.

21:43

France: Strasbourg Bans Public Demos As Massive Manhunt Underway For Christmas Market Shooter "IndyWatch Feed World"

A massive manhunt is underway in France to find the suspect following a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday night which left three people dead. Witnesses claimed that the suspect yelled God is [...]

The post France: Strasbourg Bans Public Demos As Massive Manhunt Underway For Christmas Market Shooter appeared first on News Punch.

21:42

Symbolic: Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin "IndyWatch Feed World"

But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. Comment: Shame. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. Washington's government is struggling to keep pace, with the pest control department fielding a record number of calls. Comment: Mild winters? On one recent day, Pittman and Cornes, both veteran Health Department employees, are working within sight of the Capitol, shoveling dry ice pellets into suspected rat burrow entrances. On another, they're summoned about six blocks north of the White House, at 16th Street and M, where residents have complained of an outbreak. "Rats adapt to everything. They can be like geniuses," Pittman said. Comment: And again with the symbolism. On the grounds of a church, Cornes and Pittman poke around, expertly spotting telltale holes and matted dirt trails that signal rat burrows. Cornes uses an instrument like an...

21:36

Vegan NBA star John Salley invests in plant-based pesticide to rival Monsanto/Bayer "IndyWatch Feed World"

John Salley, the four-time NBA champion, vegan, and wellness entrepreneur has decided to buy a stake in the plant-based pesticide company, PureCrop1. Besides his financial support, he will also act as a spokesperson. Speaking about the partnership, Salley said, I have successfully invested in several early-stage companies and feel PureCrop1 is a game changer, valuable []

The post Vegan NBA star John Salley invests in plant-based pesticide to rival Monsanto/Bayer appeared first on Health Nut News.

21:31

Vatican Finance Chief Cardinal George Pell Convicted Of Sexual Abuse In Australia With Supression Order Barring Australian Reporting On Conviction "IndyWatch Feed World"

A jury in Melbourne, Australia decided to unanimously convict Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse occurring when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne (archived). Cardinal Pell is a strong proponent of Argentine Anti-Pope Francis's Child Molestation and Socialism agenda. The convicting court issued an order supressing reports of the conviction by the compliant Australian media.

21:30

8 Major Warning Signs of Pancreatic Cancer That You Should Never Ignore "IndyWatch Feed World"

There are many forms of cancer but it seems pancreatic cancer often goes without being spoken about. While it is a very real threat not many know the signs and symptoms.

Here in the US, around 48,900 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and roughly 40,000 die from it each year as well. According to Heath Communities by the year 2030 pancreatic cancer is expected to become the second-leading cause of death here in the states. Because it is hard to diagnose and quite aggressive in nature it is quite complicated and hard to overcome.

When it comes to our bodies we need to pay attention to the changes that occur. You never know exactly what something could mean for you, even the smallest issues can turn into serious problems. Cancer is a disease that affects all areas of our lives whether we realize it or not. It takes a serious toll on not just our bodies but also our mental states.

We dont often notice the signs of pancreatic cancer when it is in its earlier stages because they are not very prominent. Most of them are very easy to dismiss and so that is exactly what we tend to do, ignore them. Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas and from there spreads rapidly.

For those who might not be aware, the pancreas is an organ in the abdomen that lies below the lower part of your stomach. This makes it hard to visualize with imaging procedures. The pancreas is important as it releases enzymes that help our bodies to manage our blood sugar and so forth.

Below I am going to go over some of the more common signs that you might be experiencing pancreatic cancer. While some of these issues can end up being other things, it is best to get them checked out. It might not seem like much, but the smallest issues can be the biggest problems in the long-run. These signs are not going to present themselves unless it has progressed in some way so getting things checked out is important. Pancreatic cancer doesnt typically have a good prognosis, so timing is EVERYTHING.

8 Warning Signs Of Pancreatic Cancer That Should Not Be Ignored:

1. Rapid Weight Loss

If you begin rapidly and losing weight without explanation, your pancreas might not be functioning properly. Digestive issues and weight loss are often very much linked. You would in this case potentially be losing weight because the malignant cancer cells within your pancreas are eating up your bodies nutrients.

2. Yellowing Skin/Jaundice

If your skin and the w...

21:18

Ukrainian army mines roads south of Donetsk "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ukrainian army has begun to mine roads in Kiev-controlled Donbass on the eve of a massive offensive, said the head of the DPR People's Militia command press service Daniil Bezsonov. "In light of the offensive on Mariupol direction, Kiev forces have been mining roads in Slavnoye, Berezovoye, Taramchuk (south of Donetsk)." Bezsonov said the mines will probably hit civilian vehicles first and foremost.

21:18

Man Replies to His Own Wanted Add on Facebook, And Its the Funniest Thing Ever "IndyWatch Feed World"

With an average of 2.23 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a central hub for our activity online. While the social media giant provides us with a seemingly unending flow of entertainment but I bet youve never seen anything like this!

In an attempt to modernize their efforts to connect with the public, a number of law enforcement agencies have taken to Facebook in recent years. They use the platform to share important information and breaking news, seek assistance from the general public, and to help make their officers appear more human more than just the badge and uniform. Many have found great success in these efforts. At one point, there was even a police department lip sync challenge that quickly went viral.

The Richland, Washington Police Department is no exception, their Facebook page currently followed by over 30,000 people. Sharing everything from their upcoming Cookies & Cocoa public outreach event to warnings about the winter road conditions following a recent episode of freezing rain, it is clear that they have the best interests of their community in mind.

On November 28th, department officials took to the Facebook page for what they referred to as Wanted Wednesday, sharing the following: Wanted Wednesday! Anthony Akers (38) is wanted by the Department of Corrections for Failure to Comply. If you have any information please call 509-628-0333

While the department was seriously hoping that the post would return some information to assist in locating Akers, they in no way expected what followed. Among the many replies joking about the mans appearance or suggesting that he needs to be locked up for a long time, one comment stood out from the others. Anthony Akers himself took to Facebook, replying with Calm down, Im going to turn myself in.

Keeping their calm and remaining professional, the department account responded by providing Akers with a clear set of instructions, stating: Hey Anthony! We havent seen you yet. Our business hours are 8:00 am 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Of course if you need a ride you can call non-emergency (509-628-0333) and we will pick you up.

...

21:15

Mercury is Now Direct, And This Is What It Means For Your Zodiac Sign "IndyWatch Feed World"

When Mercury moves into retrograde everyone goes to great lengths to prepare themselves and adjust their actions in order to compensate, aware of the incredibly challenging times that it will bring, but have you ever considered just what the Planet of Communication has in store for your life when it maintains its usual, direct movement?

Mercury may be small in relation to the other plants in the solar system, but dont underestimate its power! Ruling over our ability to communicate and reason, this planet has the ability to open doors for our future, or to leave us in complete chaos. Unlike retrograde movement, where this energy is altered and twisted, direct movement is the best time to leverage Mercurys power in our life. It is during this time that its operating smoothly, encouraging us to express our thoughts and feelings, making our opinions known in the world.

This can give us the confidence to accomplish great things, propel ourselves forward to great success. At the same time, it provides us with the tools necessary to overcome obstacles and establish closer connections with the people in your life.

On December 6th, Mercury moved from retrograde movement back to direct, bringing the chaos and confusion to an end. The weeks leading up to this time were anything but easy, testing our patience even at the best of times. It will remain in direct movement until March 5th, 2019. What are you doing to make the most of this time?

Here is everything you need to know about Mercury Direct in 2019, according to your zodiac sign:

Aries (Mar 21 Apr 19)

When faced with the need for change or restructuring in your life, your first instinct is to tackle the big, significant areas that demand your attention. While this may give you the impression that you are making things happen, youll always find yourself falling just short of where you want to be. The truth is that you regularly overlook the small details, the little things you do on a day-to-day basis that are either moving you forward towards your goals and dreams or holding you back from everything you hope to accomplish. You need to take some time to reconsider your daily habits, making changes where necessary. They may seem small, but they will add up to great things.

Taurus (Apr 20 May 20)

Youre determined that you are going to accomplish all that you have set your mind to make happen, a drive that motivates you and keeps you plugging forward. However, despite your best efforts, you find that you are often coming up against great obstacles. The truth is that we each have strengths and weaknesses, and no o...

21:13

The Physics of Karma You Never Learned in School "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rosanne Lindsay, Contributor
Waking Times

They say karma is a bitch. But thats true only when you are.

Karma is the philosophy of What Goes Around Comes Around. And karma is created with each choice we make. An action for an action. In Hinduism and Buddhism, karma is defined as an action, work or deed.  It refers to the principle of causality where the intent and actions of an individual influences the future of that individual.

The idea that past lives dictate current reality is a belief system that ties us to past lives in a negative feedback loop to repay past sins. We have to be leery of any belief system. This belief system also causes us to worry about the future consequences of our current actions. It is a dictate that mirrors the ideology of the Catholic Church that tells us to repent for our sins. It is a mindset that takes us out of our truth as co-creative beings.

Knowing who we really are is powerful. We co-create through our own energy just by being present. Everything is energy and energy flows as a waveform, as color waves, sound waves, thought waves, atomic waves, and love. Love is energy. We originate from love which comes from the Creator.

Everything is vibration. Just as an atom is mostly empty space energy vibration so are we. We may know the physics of energy, that is, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can only change form. But we are here to recognize that we are eternal energy beings here to be of service to others.

Instant Karma

In this life, each of us makes choices that determine our personal reality. Together, with others, we co-create our collective reality. Individual reality ties to the greater reality since we are all connected through consciousness and to the Creator. We are individual sparks of the Creator Source that seeks knowledge to know itself.  No one is above another but we are tested to know what our unique truth is. The more that each of us can align body, mind, soul, and spirit, which comes through the heart, the closer we come to that truth.

Each of...

21:03

Will the Supreme Court Come to Trump and Manaforts Rescue? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This piece originally appeared on The Progressive.

In all likelihood, Terance Martez Gamble never thought hed become a party in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, let alone one on double jeopardythe principle, inscribed in the Fifth Amendment, that prohibits criminal defendants from being tried and convicted twice for the same offense.

Yet thats exactly what has happened to Gamble, a twenty-nine-year-old Alabama man with an eleventh-grade education, who is doing time in federal prison after being separately prosecuted by state and federal authorities for the same 2015 gun-possession crime. He is the petitioner in a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court called, Gamble vs. The United States of America.

Gambles lawyers maintain that his dual prosecutions run afoul of double jeopardy and the Fifth Amendment. The high court on December 6 heard oral argument on his appeal in an eighty-minute session, a sign of the heightened importance of the issues raised. Normally, the court devotes only an hour to oral argument.

The case, which has divided civil rights lawyers and civil liberties groups, could impact Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe and affect President Donald Trumps ability to pardon such targets of the probe as Paul Manafort, who are potentially exposed to both federal and state criminal liability.

Gambles legal troubles date back to 2008, when he was convicted in an Alabama court of second-degree robbery. Seven years later, his difficulties multiplied when was pulled over late at night by a police officer in Mobile, Alabama, for driving his black Dodge Charger with a broken headlight.

Upon approaching the car, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. The officer ordered Gamble out of the vehicle and conducted a search, which disclosed a loaded 9mm handgun, a digital scale, and two baggies of marijuana.

Gamble was prosecuted in an Alabama court for violating state drug laws and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted and sentenced to a year in state prison, which he finished serving in May 2017.

While his state prosecution was pending, Gamble was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing the 9mm pistol under a...

21:03

Vatican's third in line Cardinal George Pell convicted for sexually abusing choir boys "IndyWatch Feed World"

The highest-ranking Catholic Church official to face such criminal charges. The Vatican's third most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late '90s, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. A unanimous jury returned its verdict for Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday (Australian time) after more than three days of deliberations, the sources said, in a trial conducted under a gag order by the judge that prevented any details of the trial being made public. Pell, the Vatican's finance chief and the highest Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse, left Rome in June 2017 to stand trial in Melbourne. As that trial was about to get underway in June, a judge placed a suppression order on all press coverage in Australia, according to the order reviewed by The Daily Beast. Prosecutors applied for the order and it was granted to "prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper...

21:02

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Searching Travelers Devices At An Alarming Rate According To Govt Watchdog "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Aaron Kesel U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has...

21:01

Ukraine sets up for a possible winter offensive in LDNR "IndyWatch Feed World"

Everything is pointing to Ukraine starting a winter offensive in Donbass and the possible use of a chemical weapon false flag event to kick it off. The Ukraine of 2018 is far different than what Europe was expecting. Instead of economic and social reform that was promised at Ukraine's 2014 Euro-maidan coup, the government of Petr Poroshenko is taking a brute force approach to retaining power past the 2019 elections. European and NGO supporters have been worried that the powers given with Poroshenko's martial law declaration may be too spellbinding for Poroshenko. They are worried Kiev will trample on human and civil rights in Ukraine.

21:00

Five Things NOT To Gift To A Loved One This Holiday Season If You Have A Heart Or A Brain (Or A Soul) "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Patricia Burke If you or you loved one have a heart and a brain, including your dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, gecko, or parrot, there...

20:49

The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed World"

So it appears the privatization of France isnt going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-lyses disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

It took a while for the Golden Boy of Europe to fully appreciate what was happening. In the tradition of his predecessor, Louis XVI, Macron initially responded to the gilets jaunes by inviting a delegation of Le Monde reporters to laud his renovation of the Elyse Palace, making the occasional condescending comment, and otherwise completely ignoring them. That was back in late November. Last Saturday, he locked down central Paris, mobilized a literal army of riot cops, preventatively arrested hundreds of citizens, including suspected extremist students, and sent in the armored military vehicles.

The English-language corporate media, after doing their best not to cover these protests (and, instead, to keep the American and British publics focused on imaginary Russians), have been forced to now begin the delicate process of delegitimizing the gilets jaunes without infuriating the the entire population of France and inciting the British and American proletariats to go out and start sett...

20:37

Theresa May tells Tory MPs she will step down before 2022 election ahead of no-confidence vote "IndyWatch Feed World"

Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she knows they will not let her lead them into another general election in 2022, though "in my heart" she would have liked to. The prime minister was addressing a packed meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, shortly before colleagues began voting in a no-confidence ballot that will determine whether she can remain in her post. MPs present said the prime minister made clear she would have liked to fight the next general election - to make up for the Conservatives' poor performance in 2017 - but signalled that she would step down before 2022. However, when pressed by colleagues, MPs said she carefully avoided offering a specific date at which she would resign. "She recognises a lot of people are not comfortable with her leading us into a future general election," said the May loyalist and Conservative party deputy chair James Cleverly, who emerged early from the meeting and spoke to reporters.

20:34

The IRS Has Been Weaponized Against the Working Poor "IndyWatch Feed World"

When Natassia Smick, 28, filed her familys taxes in January, she already had plans for the refund she and her husband expected to receive. Mainly, she wanted to catch up on her credit card debt. And she was pregnant with their second child, so there were plenty of extra expenses ahead.

Since Smick, who is taking classes toward a bachelors degree, and her husband, a chef, together earned around $33,000 in 2017, about $2,000 of that refund would come from the earned income tax credit. Its among the governments largest anti-poverty programs, sending more than $60 billion every year to families like Smicks: people who have jobs but are struggling to get by. Last year, 28 million households claimed the EITC.

Smick, who lives outside Los Angeles, thought shed get her refund in a month or so, as she had the year before. But no refund came. Instead, she got a letter from the IRS saying it was conducting a thorough review of her return. She didnt need to do anything, it said. Smick waited as patiently as she could. She called the IRS and was told to wait some more.

It wasnt until four months later, in July, that she got her next letter. The IRS informed her that she was being audited. She had 30 days to provide supporting documentation for basically everything. As she understood it, she needed to prove that she and her husband had earned what theyd earned and that her child was her child.

By this point, Smick was home with her baby. She set about rounding up W-2s, paycheck stubs, bank statements and birth certificates. Proving that her 4-year-old had lived at the familys address for most of the year, as the EITC requires, was the hardest thing, but she did her best with medical records, some papers from his day care, and whatever else she could think of.

She sent it all off and hoped for a quick resolution, but the next IRS letter quashed that hope. The IRS said it would review her response by Feb. 16, 2019 six months away. Collectors were calling about the credit card bills. She didnt know how shed make it that long.

Smick couldnt understand why this was happening. All she had done was answer the questions on TurboTax. Isnt it rich people who get audited? We have nothing, she said, and its just frustrating knowing that we have nothing.

It seemed there was nothing she could do. And when she called the IRS to ask how it could possibly take so long to review her documents, she remembers being told that there was nothing they could do, either: The IRS was extremely short staffed, the person said.

Budget cuts have crippled the IRS over the past eight years. Enforcement staff has dropped by a third. But while the number of audits has fallen across t...

20:33

Forget cholesterol, this is what will stop your heart "IndyWatch Feed World"

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20:30

SPECIAL: WWIII Starts 14 December 2018 in Ukraine? Russian Military Briefing Video (English Captions), Nuclear Analysis by Eric Zuesse, Comment by Robert Steele "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Executive Summary: Ukraine attacks Russia 14 December after a false flag. US nuclear capabilities not quite ready, US military aviation is at 40%, US naval vessels are totally vulnerable to electromagnetic neutralization, and US ground forces are vulnerable to geospatial neutralization, hence US under Trump may not respond. This is however a wild card event and must be recognized as a potential trigger event. This is a counterintelligence alert.

Below the fold: Zuesse analysis, Steele Comment.

The U.S. Governments Plan Is to Conquer Russia by a Surprise Invasion

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20:28

Police in Russia on manhunt for attackers who threw grenade at cops "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian police are on a manhunt for unknown attackers who reportedly threw a grenade at two police officers near a mall in the southern Republic of Ingushetia. The seriously injured officers have been taken to hospital. The policemen suffered multiple shrapnel wounds to their hands and legs, a source told TASS. "They remain conscious. Their condition is of moderate severity, non-critical," he added. The Ingushetia police have confirmed that two of its servicemen were injured outside a shopping center in the city of Nazran on Wednesday. The officers were trying to detain two men, who resisted arrest and threw a grenade at them. Other reports said the policemen were sitting in a parked car at the time of the attack. The perpetrators were reportedly killed by return fire and are being identified.

20:21

Among leading global trends: Disparity "IndyWatch Feed World"

It's hardly a secret that there was an abrupt increase in income disparity pretty much all across the globe in the period from 1980 to 2017, as it has been recently confirmed by a report released by World Inequality Lab (WIL). Pretty much the same conclusion was voiced by a group of international analysts led by prominent French economist, Thomas Piketty. The report's findings could easily be described as shocking. Upon compiling the World Wealth and Income Database, Thomas Piketty and his colleagues revealed today the global level of income disparity fell to levels seen back in 1913! In November, the Global Wealth Report of Credit Suisse bank revealed that the level of global welfare increased by 6.4% in the period from mid-2016 to mid-2017, while adding that half this increase would benefit the notorious 1% of the world's inhabitants. Last year alone, the number of millionaires across the globe increased by 2.3 million people. A recent study by the University of Michigan revealed...

20:19

Forget Russia: 'Get-Trump' talk suddenly shifts into campaign finance "IndyWatch Feed World"

Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news Friday, but it wasn't about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump directed Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who wanted money to keep quiet about sexual dalliances. While such arrangements are legal, prosecutors argued that since the payoffs occurred during the campaign, they were violations of campaign finance laws. Cohen, who is cooperating because prosecutors nailed him for tax evasion and bank fraud in his private business, pleaded guilty to two felony campaign finance violations. So no one has to talk about an "alleged" campaign finance scheme; there's already a guilty plea. But what was really significant about the sentencing memo was that prosecutors specifically said Trump told Cohen to do it. "With respect to both payments,...

20:19

Michael Cohen sentenced: 3 years prison for tax evasion, violating campaign finance laws, lying to banks, Congress "IndyWatch Feed World"

An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine federal charges stemming from his failure to report millions of dollars in income and making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. One of the charges, lying to Congress about his dealings concerning a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow, stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Standing before Judge William Pauley, Cohen, 52, who came to the Manhattan courtroom with his wife and two children, said blind loyalty to Trump led him to "choose darkness over light." He said that he will work to prove history wrong and that he is not the villain in this investigation. He appeared to tear up as he apologized to his family and to the people of the United States. "I am truly sorry and I promise I will be better," he said....

20:18

Lawmakers ream CEO of Google: Tap 'idiot' and get 'Trump', news is crappy and my phone's a spy! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Angry at Google's perceived liberal bias and furious that the search engine would ever link to negative information about them, US Representatives vented to Google CEO Sundar Pichai about their embarrassing tech problems. Pichai was hauled before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his company's perceived liberal bias, data collection and privacy policies, and its planned expansion into China. The CEO was all smiles, and opened by promising to "build products worthy of the trust users place in us," before the floor was given to lawmakers' questions. From the ideological to the absurd, these questions quickly went off the beaten track.

20:17

Memo states: FBI recommended Flynn not have lawyer present, not advised of consequences as per FBI 302 report "IndyWatch Feed World"

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau's interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 - the interview that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea on one count of making false statements - suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was "relaxed" during the session. The new information, drawn from McCabe's account of events plus the FBI agents' writeup of the interview - the so-called 302 report - is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn's defense team.

20:16

'It's called transparency!' Trump, Schumer, Pelosi, Pence in a heated border wall debate, cameras rolling "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tensions were high at the Oval Office as Donald Trump and top Democratic lawmakers, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, clashed over funding for his border wall and the government shutdown in front of the cameras. The officials raised their voices, pointed fingers and kept interrupting each other during a rare public spat that went on in front of the amazed journalists for more than 16 minutes. Trump repeatedly warned that he was going to shut down the government if his project of a wall on the US-Mexico border doesn't get $5 billion in funding next year. The Democrats have so far been only willing to allocate $1.3 billion so that president could fulfill his campaign promise. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," Trump said, adding that the Americans didn't want criminals and terrorists crossing into the country.

20:16

Alan Dershowitz shoots holes into Mueller's investigation - a dose of reality "IndyWatch Feed World"

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz issued a stark warning about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Friday following several major developments in the controversial investigation centering around Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump. What did Dershowitz say? Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Dershowitz predicted Mueller would ultimately "blur the line between crimes and sins" in an effort to paint Trump in negative light. The reason? According to Dershowitz, it's because Trump has not committed a crime. It's only if Mueller's team "stretch...vague laws" will they potentially secure criminal prosecution, Dershowitz explained. "I don't see any crimes," Dershowitz said. "Collusion itself is not a crime. Using information given by Russia to Wikileaks would not be a crime unless the campaign participated with Wikileaks in the hacking itself. There's no evidence to support that." "So what I'm afraid is going to happen is this special...

20:15

IDF delegation to Moscow to discuss 'right' to oppose Iran in Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

An Israeli military delegation will state at the upcoming consultations in Moscow that the Jewish state has a "right and obligation" to oppose the presence of Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. A meeting of representatives of the Russian and Israeli General Staffs will take place Wednesday in the Russian capital within the framework of Netanyahu's agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As quoted by his press service, Netanyahu said: "This evening an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] delegation will leave for Moscow, according to my agreement with President Putin. It will explain our operation here [in Lebanon] and it will make it unequivocally clear that Israel maintains its right and obligation to act against an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, also a Hezbollah entrenchment in Syria and that of Iran's proxies here, in their attempt to dig tunnels under the border." The prime minister made these remarks during a...

20:14

Erdogan: Turkey to begin military operation east of the Euphrates, target YPG "IndyWatch Feed World"

"We are determined to make that area livable and peaceful," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Turkey intends to launch a military operation in the north-east of Syria in coming days, the Turkish president said, adding that this step will facilitate political solution for the region. "The time has come to carry out our intention to neutralize terrorists in the east of the Euphrates. In the coming days, an operation will be launched there. The United States has been informed. We decisively want to bring peace and tranquility to civilians in the east of the Euphrates, as we have already done in other regions of Syria," the president said. Earlier, the Turkish Security Council stated that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is coming from the Kurdish-held territories in the country's northeast. The Security Council said in a statement: "During the meeting [its participants] pointed out that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is...

20:10

Crackdown in Beijing: Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Oiwan Lam Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users. The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by...

20:07

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture.  Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect that his country might, some day, face its comeuppance from those whose lands had been pinched.

In the garrison state that emerged during the Cold War, the New Left provided antidotes of varying strength to the illusion of a good, faultless America, even if much of this was confined to university campuses.  Mainstream newspaper channels remained sovereign and aloof from such debates, even if the Vietnam War did, eventually, bite.

The late William Blum, former computer programmer in the US State Department and initial enthusiast for US moral crusades, gave us various exemplars of this counter-insurgent scholarship.  His compilation of foreign policy ills in Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower, was written with the US as sole surveyor of the land, all powerful and dangerously uncontained.  To reach that point, it mobilised such familiar instruments of influence as the National Endowment for Democracy and the School of the Americas, a learning ground for the torturers and assassins who would ply their despoiling trade in Latin America.  The imperium developed an unrivalled military, infatuated with armaments, to deal with its enemies.  Forget the canard, insists Blum, of humanitarian intervention, as it was espoused to justify NATOs bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

His Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, remains his best and potently dispiriting affair, one in which Washington and its Christian warriors sought to battle the International Communist Conspiracy with fanatical, God-fearing enthusiasm.  In this quest, foreign and mostly democratically elected governments were given the heave-ho with the blessings of US intervention. Food supplies were poisoned; leaders were subjected to successful and failed assassinations (not so many were as lucky as Cubas Fidel Castro); the peasantry of countries sprayed with napalm and insecticide; fascist forces and those of reaction pressed into the service of Freedoms Land.

The squirreling academic, ever mindful of nuts, has been less willing to embrace Blum. This has, to some extent, been aided by such curious instances as the mention, by one Osama bin Laden, of Rogue State in a recording that emerged in 2006.  If I were president I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently.  Sales surged at this endorsement from t...

20:04

Philadelphias Perverse Civil Asset Forfeiture Machine Has Finally Come to An End "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Brittany Hunter Philadelphia may be the birthplace of our Constitution, but its civil asset forfeiture program is anything but constitutional. The program has become...

20:00

Chuck Schumer Earns Progressive Ire With Joe Manchin Promotion "IndyWatch Feed World"

At a time when people throughout the U.S. and around the world are rallying behind bold solutions to the climate crisis and urgently warning that there is no time to waste, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) decided late Tuesday to betray his constituents and the planet, groups warned, by promoting fossil fuel servant Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to the top Democratic spot on the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Appointing Senator Manchin as ranking member of the Energy Committee is completely at odds with any plan for real climate action, May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, said in a statement. Manchin has taken every opportunity to put Big Oil before the health and safety of communities and our climate.

Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, argued that the appointment of the pro-coal West Virginia senator to a top Energy Committee slot is a stark failure of Chuck Schumers leadership in the midst of dire scientific warnings that the world must cut carbon emissions in half by 2040 to avert planetary catastrophe.

Schumer is out of touch with the progressive voters who will continue to push for a Green New Deal in the next Congress, Pica declared, alluding to the demonstrators who have flooded the halls of Congress and faced mass arrests in recent weeks to pressure lawmakers to support ambitious climate solutions.

The West Virginia senators promotionwhich was ratified Tuesday evening by members of the Senate Democratic caucuscame amid a wave of opposition from environmental groups, who adopted an anyone but Manchin stance in the weeks leading up to Tuesdays announcement.

Not even this foolish decision can stop the groundswell of momentum thats building for a Green New Deal.
May Boeve, 350.org

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-...

20:00

Senate votes to prevent dark money from getting even darker "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jon Tester, Ron Wyden, dark money vote 12-12-18

A dark money measure introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) narrowly passed the Senate Dec. 12. (Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved a resolution to overthrow a new Treasury Department policy that no longer requires some 501(c) tax-exempt nonprofits including politically active 501(c)(4) dark money groups to disclose donor names and addresses in tax returns submitted to the IRS.

Under prior policy, donor names and addresses were only reported to the IRS, which was required to keep that information confidential from the public to protect the identities of donors.

Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the new guidance, enacted by the Treasury in July.

The resolution passed 50-49, with every Democrat and Independent voting in favor, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who ...

19:49

FLASHBACK: El Paso: This town is proof that Trump's wall can work "IndyWatch Feed World"

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. Federal data show a far-less imposing wall than the one Trump envisions - a two-story corrugated metal fence first erected under the Bush administration - already has dramatically curtailed both illegal border crossings and crime in Texas' sixth-largest city, which borders the high-crime Mexican city of Juarez. In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant...

19:47

Israel, the 'only democracy in the Middle East' rejects bill to 'maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: "The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex." This is a direct quote from Israel's Declaration of Independence. Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led by Israel's Trump wannabe, Yair Lapid. Its eleven votes are unlikely to have delivered victory to the opposition, however, as many members of the Zionist Camp fled the hall before the vote.

19:45

Never-before-seen UN report on Kosovo's gruesome organ harvesting campaign "IndyWatch Feed World"

For decades, Serbian investigators and a few Western officials including ex-Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte have accused Kosovar Albanian officials of presiding over a gruesome campaign to harvest the organs of Serbian POWs. Now, for the first time, Sputnik has been shown excerpts from a UN report investigating the matter. Milovan Drecun, chairman of Serbia's parliamentary committee on Kosovo-Metohija, has shown Sputnik Serbia never-before-seen papers from a 2004 UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) report on the so-called 'Yellow house' in northern Albania, a site alleged to have been at the heart of the illegal organ harvesting operation run by Albanian Kosovar mafias between 1998 and 2001. A copy of this report was obtained by a Serbian parliamentary working group collecting evidence of alleged war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army against the Serbian people.

19:38

i l l u s i o n "IndyWatch Feed World"

LyricsI know its hard to tell how mixed up you feel
Hoping what you need is behind every door
Each time you get hurt, I dont want you to change
Because everyone has hopes, youre human after allThe feeling sometimes wishing you were someone else
Feeling as though you never belong
This feeling is not sadness, this feeling is not joy
I truly understand, please dont cry nowPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change youBeing like you are, well, this is something else
Who would comprehend? But some that do lay claim
Divine purpose blesses them, thats not what I believe
And it doesnt matter anywayA part of your soul ties you to the next world
Or maybe to the last but Im still not sure
But what I do know is to us the world is different
As we are to the world, I guess you would know thatPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
The world is just illusion trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, oh please dont leave here
I dont want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, please dont leave here
I dont want you to hate for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion, trying to change youPlease dont go, I want you to stay
Im begging you, please, oh please dont leave here
I dont want you to change for all the hurt that you feel
This world is just illusion always trying to change you

Songwriters: Marcus Harris / Simon Anthony James Finnegan

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19:30

SPECIAL: Deep State Meng Wanzhou CFO of Huawei UPDATE 5: Xi Trump Sending Joint Message to Elites? "IndyWatch Feed World"

DefDog

20181210 updated 20181212

The effort to arrest Meng Wanzhou started last summer apparently, and the warrant was issued on 22 August. Nobody bothered to tell Trump (intentionally perhaps) and he was unaware of it at the time of the G2-Summit in Argentina. The potential fallout can make sure that China becomes a real enemy (watch how retaliation plays out) and the DC crowd will have their perfect storm.

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19:29

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Meadow Clark More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly....

19:29

Syria triumphant: The entire nation mobilized and won "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere. Yes, there are terrorists and 'foreign forces' in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country. Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are either in exile, or internally displaced. But the country of Syria is standing tall. It did not crumble like Libya or Iraq did. It never surrendered. It never even considered surrender as an option. It went through total agony, through fire and unimaginable pain, but in the end, it won. It almost won. And the victory will, most likely, be final in 2019.

19:28

Declassified: The CIA Used Brain Surgery to Make Remote Control Dogs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Newly declassified CIA documents have revealed further details of the horrific experiments that took place during the agencys infamous Project MKUltra.

MKUltra was a CIA operation that involved extreme methods of mind control that were tested on US and Canadian citizens. The projects began in the 1940s and ran until the 1970s when the details of the experiments were exposed because victims began speaking out about the conditions that they were subjected to.

There were 150 sub-projects within the MKU program, many involved advanced brainwashing techniques using mind-altering drugs, sensory deprivation and electroshock therapy.

In the most recent documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by investigative reporter John Greenewald, new details were revealed about some of the animal experimentation that took place during MKU.

Greenewald published a large cache of files from the release on his website, The Black Vault, which has taken a special interest in government mind control operations and other secret programs. In one declassified letter a behavior modification expert describes his work in conducting brain surgery on six different dogs to rewire their brains so they could be controlled remotely.

The author of the letter writes:

As you know, I spent about three years working in the research area of rewarding electrical stimulation of the brain. In the laboratory, we performed a number of experiments with rats; in the open field, we employed dogs of several breeds.

Another report is also in the file, which was titled Remote Control Behavior with Rewarding Electrical Stimulation of the Brain, and published in 1965.

The report stated:

The specific aim of the research program was to examine the possibility of controlling the behavior of a dog, in an open field, by means of remotely triggering electrical stimulation of the brain, the report states. Such a system depends for its effectiveness on two properties of electrical stimulation delivered to certain deep lying structures of the dog brain: the well-known reward effect, and a tendency for such stimulation to initiate and maintain locomotion in a direction which is accompanied by the continued delivery of stimulation.

From the descriptions made in the report, the experiments seemed extremely inhumane, with notes that the surgical procedur...

19:27

Palestinians Offer New Details of Israels Botched Gaza Raid "IndyWatch Feed World"

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate everyone knows everyone else and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious Hamas security men stopped the van and questioned those inside.

The answers didnt add up.

With their covers about to be blown, the Israeli undercover forces inside the vehicle opened fire, setting off a fierce battle that left eight people dead and triggered a brief but intense round of cross-border fighting.

A month after the exchange, the raid remains clouded in mystery. The Israeli army has kept mum, while Hamas officials have declined to comment publicly as they investigate the incident. With each side protective of its secrets, and possibly keen to spread disinformation, the full story may never be known.

But based on interviews with Hamas officials, a picture is emerging of a carefully planned Israeli intelligence operation in which agents posing as Palestinian aid workers may have gone undetected for up to two weeks before it went awry. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing a Hamas gag order.

In the meantime, Hamas has tightened security in Gaza and is questioning foreign visitors such as journalists and aid workers; it has also sentenced six alleged collaborators to death.

We take security measures after any security incident to ensure it doesnt happen again, said Iyad al-Bozum, spokesman for Hamas Interior Ministry, which is leading the investigation.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the rival Palestinian Authority. Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza by air, land and sea since the takeover.

Sending an undercover unit into Gaza would be complicated and risky. With Gaza fenced off, the border area is closely watched by Hamas. Only a handful of crossings operate. Parachuting in or bursting through the border would almost certainly be detected.

Hamas officials believe the Israeli team was disguised as aid workers and entered Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing, a fortress-like facility through which all civilian traffic passes.

On the Gaza side of the crossing, the team passed through two checkpoints one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the second controlled by Hamas using forged IDs with the names of well-known local Palestinian families. Hamas has released a number of images of people it says were squad members. In Israel, the military censor barred publication of the photos, forcing local media to blur the images.

The Associated Press spoke to eight Hamas figures, including some security officials....

19:20

The next Prime Minister? "IndyWatch Feed World"

 Six MPs who could succeed Theresa May

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Boris Johnson 

If Theresa May loses a vote of no confidence on Wednesday evening, the starting gun will be fired on who will be the next Prime Minister.

With no obvious candidate to succeed her, the race to Downing Street is set to be highly unpredictable.

City A.M. looks at six of the most likely candidates:

Boris Johnson CITY TALK 

David Cameron Continues His Cabinet Reshuffle

 
Boris Johnson quit cabinet over Mays Brexit deal and has pilloried it from the sidelines ever since (Source: Getty)

It feels like Boris Johnson has been running a continuous leadership campaign since about 2007, but the former London Mayor famously ducked the challenge in 2016 after being knifed by Michael Gove.

His tenure as foreign secretary did little to cover himself in glory (F*** business was one of his more enduring interventions) but he still has as loyal band of followers who believe he is the man to unite the country.

Johnson, complete with a slimmer waistline and neater haircut, was spotted walking through one of Parliaments cafes with Owen Paterson on Wednesday morning just hours after Paterson had put in a letter calling for Theresa May to go.

Strength: Charismatic

Weakness: Serious times need serious peopleis that really BoJo?

Odds (to be next Prime Minister): 5/1

Dominic Raab

The British Prime Minister Confirms That Her Cabinet Back Brexit Draft Agreement

 
Dominic Raab quit as Brexit secretary last month (Source: Getty)

The second Brexit secretary to quit this year, Dominic Raab was being talked up as a future Conservative party leader long before he was promoted to Cabinet.

A lawyer by trade who worked in the Foreign Office, Raab could present himself as a level-headed operator ready to take over the neg...

19:15

Child Sex Slavery Ring Run by Former Israeli Soldier Dismantled by Colombian Police "IndyWatch Feed World"

MEDELLN, COLOMBIA A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly recruited young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or domestic abuse to work as sex slaves catering to Israeli tourists visiting Colombia.

Colombian authorities first began to investigate the sex slavery network in June 2016 following the murder of Israeli citizen Shay Azran in the Colombian city of Medelln. Soon after, Azrans murderer was found to be another Israeli, Assi Ben Mush, an ex-IDF soldier who was known for his past involvement in both drug and human trafficking in the early 2000s. However, Mush was never arrested for Azrans murder.

As authorities delved deeper into Mushs current activities while investigating the homicide, they determined that he was the owner of a hostel in Cartagena, Colombia and that he was also one of the coordinators of tourism packages sold exclusively to Israeli men visiting Colombia.

According to judicial sources cited by El Colombiano, the tourism packages sold by Mush and his cohorts involved taking Israeli men most of them businessmen or men who recently ended their compulsory military service in the IDF to parties at a variety of locales such as hostels, hotels, farms and yachts, where the main attraction was the sexual exploitation of underage women and the mass consumption of narcotics and alcohol. The sites where the exploitation occurred offered lodging or services exclusively to Israeli tourists, a practice that is surprisingly common in frequented tourist destinations throughout South America.

Mush was expelled from Colombia in November of last year after a massive sex party was broken up by police and illicit drugs were found at the scene. By that time, authorities had already determined the existence of the network and his accomplices.

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19:14

'Force, intimidation & tear gas': Palestinian news editor says IDF raid to seize CCTV footage totally unnecessary, would have been freely given if asked for "IndyWatch Feed World"

There was no need for the IDF to raid the Palestinian news agency office in Ramallah and use force and tear gas to seize CCTV footage, as they could have asked for it and got it, WAFA editor Maher Abukhater has said. Israeli soldiers raided the office of the Palestinian news agency WAFA in the West Bank on Monday. According to the agency, soldiers fired tear gas and seized footage from surveillance cameras while searching the building. Israel gave no reason for the raid, but it is believed the action is connected to the IDF's search for the perpetrator of an attack on Sunday which left seven Israelis wounded. RT spoke to Maher Abukhater, English desk editor at the Palestinian news agency, who was there at the time of the raid and described how events unfolded.

19:13

Campaign to oust May being coordinated from Iain Duncan Smiths office "IndyWatch Feed World"

The campaign to oust Theresa May is being coordinated from the office of former leader Iain Duncan Smith, it can be revealed by City A.M.

A group of Brexiters determined to end Mays leadership gathered in the plush office in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon to discuss tactics ahead of the no confidence vote set to begin just hours later.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker the shop steward of the European Research Group was among those in the meeting, along with Duncan Smiths old Maastricht rebel ally Sir Bernard Jenkin.

Duncan Smith has repeatedly claimed he would not submit a letter of no confidence to trigger a vote as he was subject to such an action when he was leader in 2003 although he has said it is time for a change.


19:08

The EU and the Warning Signs of Fascism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Things are spiraling out of control in Europe, faster than many predicted. Outside of Brexit, there is a strong anti-EU feeling in Hungary, Spain, Italy, Greece and France. The EU is in danger of crumbling, and people afraid of losing power are prone to extreme acts of dictatorial control.

How long before the EU truly becomes the authoritarian force that people from both ends of the political spectrum have always feared?

 

The EU Defence Force

Earlier this year, the EU voted to punish one of its own members, Hungary, for the internal policies of its elected government. To be clear about this whatever you think of Viktor Orban, he was elected by the people of Hungary. He is their legally recognised democratic leader. Hungary voted for him in contrast, Hungary did NOT vote for any of the 448 MEPs who supported the motion, posed by Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini, that:

The Hungarian people deserve betterThey deserve freedom of speech, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice and equality, all of which are enshrined in the European treaties.

Note that democracy is not included on that list. Tolerance, justice and equality, but not democracy. A Freudian slip, perhaps.

The European Parliament vote was, itself, a corrupt nonsense  one in which abstentions were disregarded so the 2/3rds majority could be reached. Forcing through a bill that, essentially, calls for a change of regime in Hungary via:

appropriate measures to restore inclusive democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights in Hungary

One suggested punishment The Nuclear Option is a loss of voting rights. Hungary would still be a member of the EU, would still have to pay into the EU, would still have to obey all EU laws and regulations, but would no longer have a say in what those laws were.

This would, notionally, be in defence of inclusive democracy.

How long before disapproval and punishment of certain leaders turns into outright removal? Can we really say that would never happen?

This month, Paris (and other French cities) have seen the massive Gilets Jaunes protests against the fuel tax, austerity and income inequality. The violent repression of these protests has received no criticism from either individual member states of the EU, or the EU itself. However, an armored vehicle...

19:07

Egypt Bans Yellow Vests Fearing Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed World"

 The Egyptian authorities have quietly clamped down on the sales of reflective yellow vests fearing that they could prompt copycat protests inspired by the Gilets Jaunes demonstrations taking place in France. The measure was taken as a precaution as Egypt approaches the seventh anniversary next month of the revolution that toppled the dictator Hosni Mubarak after a 30-year rule. Any form of public gatherings are banned.

According to testimonies from industrial equipment dealers in Cairo, retailers have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrict business to wholesale deals with verified companies, but only after obtaining permission from the security forces.

They seem not to want anyone to do what they are doing in France, said one retailer. Another added that, The police came here a few days back and told us to stop selling them. When we asked why, they said they were acting on instructions. Both spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisals from the authorities.

Security officials confirmed that the restrictions would remain in place until the end of January, but the Interior Ministry refused to comment on the issue. Over the past two years, hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been deployed across the country to quash any protests or commemorations of the revolution

19:04

Gleichbehandlung ist ein Menschenrecht "IndyWatch Feed World"

Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an Wrde und Rechten geboren. Mit diesem Satz beginnt die Allgemeine Erklrung der Menschrechte: Am 10. Dezember 1948 einigten sich 56 Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen auf einen Katalog unveruerlicher Rechte, die fr alle Menschen gelten egal welcher Hautfarbe, Religion, politischer berzeugung oder welchen Status man in der Gesellschaft inne hat.

Und wie sieht es in der Realitt aus? Fakt ist, dass wir auch nach 70 Jahren Menschrechte jeden Tag erkmpfen mssen.

19:04

Outside Legal Expense Fees, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "IndyWatch Feed World"

Background

In November of 2016, I requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that the FBI send over their expenses for outside legal fees for Fiscal Years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

It was not until November 30, 2018, that responsive documents were finally sent to me.

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18:56

Googles China HQ Burst Into Flames "IndyWatch Feed World"

A roaring fire burst through the roof and caused mass evacuations at Googles office in Beijings Zhongguancun tech district known as Chinas Silicon Valley.

The fire, which broke out at 11am local time, burned through the roof of Googles glass-fronted office building, sending a plume of thick, black smoke into the air.

Employees inside were evacuated from the building, but allowed to return later on, tech journalist Raymond Zhong reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The news came after a bomb threat led police in California to evacuate Facebooks Menlo Park headquarters. No suspicious packages were found, and the all clear was sounded late Tuesday afternoon.

It also came hours after Googles CEO was grilled by the US House Judiciary Committee on a range of topics, including his companys planned expansion into China. The plan, revealed earlier this year, would involve Google building a censored search engine approved by the Chinese government.

At Tuesdays hearing, Pichai said that Google has no plans to build a censored search engine right now, but did not rule out the idea in the future.

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18:51

Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison "IndyWatch Feed World"

NEW YORK Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trumps personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would take a bullet for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.

The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6.

Cohen, standing alone at the defense table, shook his head slightly and closed his eyes briefly as the sentence was announced by the judge.

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved modest credit for his decision over the summer to admit guilt and cooperate in a federal investigation of efforts by Russians to influence the presidential election, but his assistance does not wipe the slate clean.

Somewhere along the way Mr. Cohen appears to have lost his moral compass, the judge said. As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.

Cohen told the judge just before he was sentenced that loyalty to Trump led him astray.

It was my blind loyalty to this man that led me to take a path of darkness instead of light, he said. I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.

Cohens lawyers had argued for leniency, saying he decided to cooperate with investigators rather than hold out for a possible pardon.

He came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country, Cohens lawyer, Guy Petrillo, told the judge during the hearing.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses. In the part of the case with greater political repercussions, he also admitted breaking campaign finance laws in arranging payments in the waning days of the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom said they had sexual encounters with Trump.

Cohen became the first and so far, only member of Trumps circle during two years of investigations to go into open court and implicate the president in a crime, though whether a president can be prosecuted is a matter of legal dispute.

Last month, Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trumps business dealings in Russia. He admitted hiding the fact that he was negotiating a proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow well into the presidential campaign. He said he lie....

18:49

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' | 12 Dec 2018 | A new report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has called on police to investigate seven deputies it claimed did not respond fast enough. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission found that the Broward Sheriff's Office displayed deficiencies in everything from training and command to individual performance in its response to the Parkland shooting. It has recommended that the sheriff's office investigate the performance of seven deputies who failed to engage the gunman despite hearing gunshots at the school...The report comes a week after BSO Capt Jan Jordan resigned and Sgt Brian Miller was placed on paid suspension following their response to the shooting. Jordan oversaw the city of Parkland on February 14 and Miller was the first sergeant to arrive at the scene. Law enforcement officers told investigators Jordan appeared to be in a trancelike state and overwhelmed as she tried to direct the initial response to the attack.

18:49

Erdogan expands gold business partnership with Venezuela despite sanctions "IndyWatch Feed World"

In less than one year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have become two chummy leaders who embrace and watch out for each other in tough times. In reality their political mindsets, worldviews and lifestyles are totally contradictory. Maduros predecessor, Hugo Chavez, who lifted Maduro from the bottom to the zenith, had become friends with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while challenging US hegemony.

What makes Erdogan and Maduro close buddies is their joint perception of being targeted by the US government. When Maduro was coming to Ankara to congratulate Erdogan for winning the June 24 elections, he saluted Erdogan as the global leader of the new multipolar world.

Maduro has other reasons to feel close to Erdogan, primarily their joint economic hardships.

Venezuela, the fifth-biggest oil producer of the world and once the engine of leftist Latin America, became a bankrupt country where many of its people go hungry. The IMF says Venezuelas inflation is 1.37 million percent. His opponents attribute to this disastrous situation to a populist administration that doesnt produce solutions. According to Maduro, however, the real culprit is the US-origin embargo, blackmail, coup conspiracies, black marketers and speculators who have joined the economic war.

Turkey still has the 17th-biggest economy in the world but is going through a dark period of 25% inflation, sinking Turkeys currency and collapsing companies. Both leaders have similar concepts of democracy, which is, I came from the election box, I will go with it. I dont care about the yelling from the streets.

Despite these abnormal, politically contradictory conditions, a new synchronism has emerged: Gold brotherhood.

For about a year, Maduro, wary of EU sanctions, has been sending his gold to Turkey for processing. But when President Donald Trump signed an executive order Nov. 1 imposing sanctions on Venezuela, many wondered what Ankaras reaction would be. The sanctions are likely to have a particular effect on trade with Turkey, with tons of gold sent there annually for refinement and processing, Bloomberg news service said.

Erdogan went to Venezuela after the G-20 summit in Argentina to formalize the Turkish-Venezuelan partnership at the Venezuela-Turkey Business Forum. Two countries signed bilateral cooperation agree...

18:47

"Troubles..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
- Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel

18:46

Russia Slams Illegal US Occupation of Southwest Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Tuesday a top Russian military official slammed the United States for illegally occupying a massive zone in southwest Syria surrounding the American garrison of al-Tanf, effectively protecting some 6,000 armed militants that Russia has designated terrorists.

The Head of Russias National Defense Control Center, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, called the US-occupied area the last stronghold of evil which continues to fester with militants on the territory of the independent state. He identified a 55 km zone surrounding the base in a desert region along the Syrian-Iraq border, which American special forces and US-backed FSA groups have held since 2016 after taking the key crossing from ISIS.

Perhaps, only our American partners do not want to see up to date how much has been done to revive peaceful life in Syria. They are holding with incomprehensible stubbornness the occupied 55 km area around al-Tanf where 6,000 armed militants are on the loose and are preventing the disbanding of the Rukban refugee camp, the general said at a Syrian-Russian inter-departmental coordination headquarters, according to TASS.

The Rukban camp falls within the US-occupied perimeter and is home to between 50,000 and 60,000 refugees stuck near the desolate Jordanian and Iraqi frontier, especially after Jordan closed its side of the border in 2016. Russia has accused US forces of preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the camp, except through the mediation of armed groups operating in the area, with some militants based in the camp itself.

Russias Foreign Ministry asked previously this week:

Why do the US partners insist on joining the militants from illegal armed groups to render humanitarian aid and not give their consent to real assistance to those in need in Rukhan?

Recent reports suggest the camp is on the brink of mass starvation, with the US and Damascus trading blame for holding up U.N. aid convoys into the camp, which is also occupied by armed groups fighting the Syrian government.

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18:44

Were sanctions against North Korea a factor in the death of Otto Warmbier? "IndyWatch Feed World"

On 10 October 2018, several American doctors, who were involved in caring for and treating the fairly well-known Otto Warmbier, confirmed the theory, proposed by the student's parents, that Otto's teeth and gums looked as if they had been cut with a saw, and as a result, the US citizen had died from torture inflicted on him. This "medical conclusion" was sent to a court in Washington. In response, on 27 October, the Head Doctor at a Pyongyang hospital reminded the public that US doctors, who took part in repatriating the student, gave the North Korean side a medical note stating that at the time of transfer he was in normal state of health. The doctor also referred to an article in the American newspaper USA Today from 21 June 2017, which mentioned the fact that a neuropathologist from the US University of Cincinnati carried out a medical examination of Warmbier, and confirmed absence of any signs of starvation or physical abuse, either in the form of fractures or damage to...

18:44

Plant-Rich Diets May Help Prevent Depression New Evidence "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Camille Lassale, UCL

 

Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a persons diet and their risk of depression. And it goes beyond the effect of diet on body size or other aspects of health that can affect mental health.

We took extra care in including only studies that took age, sex, income, body size, general health, smoking and physical activity into account in their analyses. That way we could be sure that the associations between diet and the risk of depression are independent of these factors.

We aggregated the results of several studies and found a clear pattern that following a healthier, plant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet can help prevent depression. Of the 41 studies in our review, four specifically looked at the link between a traditional Mediterranean diet and depression over time on 36,556 adults. We found that people with a more Mediterranean-like diet had a 33% lower risk of developing depression than people whose diet least resembled a Mediterranean diet.

Following a traditional Mediterranean diet, that is avoiding processed foods and foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar (pro-inflammatory foods) and favouring foods rich in o...

18:43

"Trumps Oval Office Showdown: Just More Showbiz" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Trumps Oval Office Showdown: Just More Showbiz"
By Bill Bonner

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND "A fight with the Fed one week. A trade war with China the next. And now, its a war with the Democrats. Donald J. Trump knows how to keep the cameras rolling. From Bloomberg: "President Donald Trump staged a confrontation Tuesday with the two top congressional Democrats before television cameras in the Oval Office as the dispute over funding for his border wall turned publicly acrimonious. The drama may raise the chances of a partial government shutdown when funding for some agencies runs out after Dec. 21. The televised back-and-forth between the leaders will likely figure prominently as politicians seek to assign blame for any disruptions that result."

Just Showbiz: The sturm and drang keeps the groundlings entertained. If you want to draw a crowd, pick a fight. The Donald picks fights and draws crowds. And he plays his role well. He is a big man. Confident beyond reason. A winner. The cock of the walk. But behind the scenes, the situation is more complicated.

Russian leader, Vladimir Putin had it figured out long ago. It works like this, he told reporters (here, we paraphrase and elaborate). A president comes into office. Some guys in suits come to visit. They tell him what he can and cant do. No, he can...

18:36

Migrant groups march to U.S. consulate in Tijuana, demanding reparations of $50,000 each "IndyWatch Feed World"

Migrant groups march to U.S. consulate in Tijuana, demanding reparations of $50,000 each | 12 Dec 2018 | Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home...The first group demanding action, numbering about 100, arrived at the U.S. Consulate at about 11 am Tuesday. The migrants said they were asking that the Trump Administration pay them $50,000 each or allow them into the U.S.

18:35

BEST OF THE WEB: What a Coincidence. Gunman shoots up Strasbourg Christmas, city bans public demos, France on 'highest threat level' (UPDATES) "IndyWatch Feed World"

France has upgraded its security threat level as hundreds of police hunted a gunman who shot three people dead and injured 12 others in a terror attack on Strasbourg's celebrated Christmas market on Tuesday evening. Six hours after the gunman disappeared after firing at passers-by in the busy city centre, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, said the government had raised the risk level to the highest category. The move would strengthen border controls and bolster protection of Christmas markets and other events. In a statement, Castaner said the gunman had opened fire in three different places in the city before engaging in firefights with patrolling soldiers. "He fought twice with our security forces," Castaner said. French media reported the man, who was injured in one of the exchanges, then jumped in a taxi and disappeared. Comment: He fled in a taxi??

18:35

Dr. Wilhelm Reich: Scientific genius - or medical madman? "IndyWatch Feed World"

In my medical research into the infectious cause and origin of cancer, I never imagined I would become enmeshed in the strange world of Wilhelm Reich. For two decades I had studied the work of scientists linking bacteria to cancer, but never once did I come across Reich's important experiments with the deadly "T-bacilli" that he discovered in cancer. I first learned about Reich in 1982 from Lorraine Rosenthal who heads the Cancer Control Society in Los Angeles. Her mother worked in his laboratory in the 1950s, and Lorraine was sure his cancer work was related to my cancer microbe research. She recommended I read Reich's two most revolutionary books: The Bion Experiments on the Origin of Life (1938) and The Cancer Biopathy (1948). These two volumes provide valuable and fascinating insights into the origin of the cancer cell and his discovery of cancer "T" bacteria.

18:31

Former 'Vaccine bully' pediatrician now claims unvaccinated children are healthiest "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dr. Bob Zajac is a board-certified pediatrician with additional expertise in asthma/allergy care, developmental/behavioral pediatric care, and natural/holistic care. He received his degree in Child Development, and pursued an additional four years of training in a PhD program (Early Childhood Special Education), followed by his medical degree (MD - University of Minnesota - 2000) and residency training (pediatrics - 2000-2003). Prior to starting New Kingdom Pediatrics, Dr. Bob completed his masters of business degree (MBA, Crown College, 2011-2013). Dr. Zajac and his wife Julie have been married for over 25 years and have 8 children. In terms of education and experience, no one can criticize Dr. Zajac as being "uniformed" when it comes to children's health. Dr. Zajac starts out in this interview by explaining medical doctors do NOT receive a lot of training in vaccines, so he had to spend years researching vaccines independently. He began his research after seeing some of his...

18:30

A Finnish newspapers ugly Xmas sweaters highlight the true ugliness of our world "IndyWatch Feed World"

Forget Santa, reindeer, and pine trees. Now you can wear war, plastic pollution, fake news, tech manipulation, sexual harassment, and climate change.

What: The ugliest news of the year depicted on holiday sweaters.

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18:30

'I will contest it': UK PM May to face vote of confidence in leadership over Brexit deal "IndyWatch Feed World"

'I will contest it': UK PM May to face vote of confidence in leadership over Brexit deal | 12 Dec 2018 | Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party on Wednesday after the necessary threshold to potentially oust her was reached by party's 1922 Committee. The move follows a week of chaos and speculation after May's proposed Brexit deal was openly derided in the House of Commons. "In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 18:00 and 20:00 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons," Graham Brady, the Chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee said.

18:29

Stanford Garbage Collects Chinese Professor Investor "IndyWatch Feed World"

Physics professor and Danhua Capital founding partner Shoucheng Zhang appears to have been garbage collected by his side gig employer Stanford University (archived). The 55 year old Zhang was found dead December 1st and his death was attributed to suicide without investigation. Statements circulating claiming origin with Zhang's family are supposing Stanford University was central to Zhang's life and won't you pretty please contribute to Stanford in Zhang's memory while declining to investigate Zhang's suiciding?

18:27

Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison "IndyWatch Feed World"

Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison | 12 Dec 2018 | (Updates) Michael Cohen must pay more than $1 million in restitution. In addition to the three-year prison sentence, Judge William Pauley imposed more than $1 million in restitution for Michael Cohen... Cohen's sentencing is over, and he's been ordered to surrender on March 6. The judge agreed to recommend Otisville Federal Correctional Facility, in Upstate New York, as the prison where Cohen will spend his time. It's less than a two hour drive from Manhattan.

18:22

Strasbourg gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar' during attack, has 27 convictions - prosecutor "IndyWatch Feed World"

Strasbourg gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar' during attack, has 27 convictions - prosecutor | 12 Dec 2018 | Strasbourg gunman, identified as a 29-year-old who has a criminal history, shouted "Allahu Akbar," according to public prosecutor. Four people have been detained on suspicion of having links to the suspect, who is on the run. Witnesses said that the suspect, previously identified as Cherif Chekat, was yelling "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) during the shooting rampage, Remy Heitz, the Paris prosecutor, told a press conference on Wednesday. "Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell 'Allahu Akbar', the anti-terrorist police have been called into action," Heitz explained.

18:20

The Curious Case of Russian TV Spies at 77 Brigades Doorstep "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Pantomime season is beginning in London. These particularly British stage shows are all-singing, all-dancing, slapstick comedies, mostly based on old fairy tales and peculiar to the British sense of humor, or what nowadays passes for that pleasant but disappearing national characteristic.

On December 8, Snow White opened at the London Palladium, Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre, and Aladdin in Wimbledon. All of them are loud, extravagant, amusing and far-fetched to the point of being grotesque.

Which brings us to the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday and its report that Russian TV spies are caught at top secret UK army base: How Fake News team tried to infiltrate British psychological warfare unit.

The exclusive report told Britons excitedly that A top-level security alert has been issued at every military base in Britain after a Russian TV crew was caught spying at the UKs secret cyber warfare HQ. Troops have been ordered to urgently contact police if they spot a reporter and cameraman from Russias main state broadcaster loitering near military installations. The dramatic and unprecedented move came after journalist Timur Siraziev was seen secretly filming close to the 25 ft barbed wire perimeter fence of the 77th Brigade a top-secret Army unit that works alongside MI5, MI6 and the SAS in electronic and psychological warfare.

This was the papers front page on December 2:

The Mail on Sunday Russia Fake News

So a Russian TV reporter filmed a British army base and was caught doing it. But it couldnt possibly be described as stealthy clandestine activity because, according to the British Army itself, two people presenting themselves as members of the Russian media (by showing a media identification card) drove up to the main entrance of the unit (what we used to call the guardroom) and attempted to gain entry. In other words, they identified themselves and asked politely if th...

18:18

Supernovae may have killed off large animals at dawn of Pleistocene "IndyWatch Feed World"

Lawrence - About 2.6 million years ago, an oddly bright light arrived in the prehistoric sky and lingered there for weeks or months. It was a supernova some 150 light years away from Earth. Within a few hundred years, long after the strange light in the sky had dwindled, a tsunami of cosmic energy from that same shattering star explosion could have reached our planet and pummeled the atmosphere, touching off climate change and triggering mass extinctions of large ocean animals, including a shark species that was the size of a school bus. The effects of such a supernova - and possibly more than one - on large ocean life are detailed in a paper just published in Astrobiology. "I've been doing research like this for about 15 years, and always in the past it's been based on what we know generally about the universe - that these supernovae should have affected Earth at some time or another," said lead author Adrian Melott, professor emeritus of physics & astronomy at the University...

18:18

Censoring This Documentary Only Plays Into AIPACs Hands "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Wednesday, in keeping with its image as a progressive leader in social policy, the City of West Hollywood, Calif., was scheduled to host a film screening and panel discussion on the painful birth of Israel and the Palestinian refugee crisis. Instead, the city is playing censor, postponing the event until further notice.

The screening of the new documentary, 1948: Creation and Catastrophe, and panel, which I was invited to join, are part of West Hollywoods Human Rights Speaker Series, co-sponsored by PBS SoCal. But after spurious allegations of anti-Semitism by local rabbi Denise Eger, the city pulled the plug. City Council member Lindsey Horvath said she didnt want West Hollywood to become a refuge for hate.

The real issue here, as it is increasingly in public forums and media across America, is who gets to tell the story. West Hollywood is taking the word of a constituent with a keenly vested interestRabbi Eger of West Hollywoods Congregation Kol Ami is, after all, a staunch supporter of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its efforts to lobby Congress and silence critics of Israel, often by accusing them of anti-Semitism. Rabbi Eger appears to have cut and pasted accusations against one of the films producers, Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, communications professor at Cal State-San Bernardino, directly from Canary Mission, a shadowy blacklist that targets critics of Israel. As the Forward reported in August, the anonymously funded Canary...

18:17

MSM Silent As Senior Chinese Military Official Threatens U.S Navy Vessels In China Sea; U.S. Air Force Runs Drills; Trade Talks Continue "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Aaron Kesel A senior Chinese military official, Dai Xu (), has threatened U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea, recommending that China should...

18:16

Im Dreaming Of A Debt-Free Christmas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Im Dreaming Of A Debt-Free Christmas
by Tom Purcell

"Merry debt-fueled Christmas, America! According to a recent NerdWallet study, nearly 40 million Americans are still struggling to pay off credit-card debts from last Christmas. Heres whats worse: NerdWallet finds that this Christmas, American consumers plan to spend more, charge more to credit, and take a longer time to pay it all off. Good grief!

The grand irony is that the gifts we go in hock to give our kids and each other are often forgotten before the debt is paid off. I was a kid in the 70s. But aside from a Huffy Spyder bike I got when I was 10, I cant remember a single gift I received though I vividly remember the extraordinary blessings my parents bestowed on me.

I remember going from lot to lot with my father in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Wed bring it home and set it on a sturdy plywood platform he built. Wed decorate the tree as a family, and my mother would explain the history of antique ornaments handed down by family members no longer with us.

I remember that our next-door neighbors, the Kriegers, would always visit on Christmas Eve. Tremendous festivity would fill the air. Donny Krieger, the big brother I never had, would make me laugh out loud (and would be taken from this Earth far too early).

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18:12

Conservatives Own the Ongoing Disaster That Is Brexit "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ive just returned from a whirlwind visit to the United Kingdom, where the elephant in every room seems to have grown to such proportions that Brits can hardly breathe without mentioning it with a groan. Im talking about Brexit, of course, the U.K.s ill-fated divorce from the European Union, which began over two years ago with a referendum that launched British politics into chaos.

Since that June day in 2016, nothings been quite the same in Britain, and almost nothing else has been more pressing on the minds and mouths of Britons everywhere. Turn on any channel in the U.K., pick up any paper on your way to the tube, step into any pub from Aberdeen to London or visit any British news website, and youll likely see or hear at least one mention of Brexit, if not several.

And yet, nothing has actually happened. Well, a few things have. The gamble-prone David Cameron resigned as prime minister in disgrace; a quick leadership contest in the Tory party led to the rise of former Home Secretary Theresa May over the infamous Leave campaigner Boris Johnson; Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was triggered to begin the divorce negotiations; May called for a snap election that actually led to Tories losing seats in Parliament; and through it all, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has held his own against threats to his leadership within his party, a hostile media and even a possible government-funded conspiracy.

But in terms of Brexit, the U.K. is no closer now than it was in 2016 to even beginning its formal departure from the EU. Mays government has spent the better part of two years negotiating with the European Union, only to come up with a deal that pretty much no one likes, and that Corbyn calls the worst of all worlds. Heres Corbyns take on the deal:

Instead of taking back control, it gives up control. Instead of protecting jobs and living standards, it puts them at risk by failing to put in place the basis for frictionless trade. For two......

18:11

Russia to separate terrorists, extremists from other prison inmates to halt recruitment and spread of radicalism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Terrorists and extremists will be kept separately from other inmates in Russian prisons to avoid recruitment and spread of radical views among the convicts, according to the legislative amendments supported by the State Duma. Previously, those, sentenced for terrorist and extremist crimes, could have been placed in various types of correctional institution, including mild general regime colonies. But the MPs behind the draft law, which was approved in the first reading on Tuesday, believed it to be a dangerous practice. In colony settlements, "the convicts are kept in brigades and are able to communicate with a significant number of people, which still allows the spread of extremist ideology," Pavel Krasheninnikov of the ruling Untied Russia Party said.

18:09

Good luck with that: US lawmakers want strategy developed to have Assad removed from power and Russia to pull out of Syria "IndyWatch Feed World"

The American lawmakers have called on the US Administration to develop a strategy for the conflict-torn Syria aimed at having Syrian President Bashar Assad leave the post as well as having Russian and Iranian forces pull out from the country, the House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a press release. The release was issued following the passage of a resolution by the House of Representatives. "Today, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 1165, which condemns the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria," the release said. The committee's Chairman Ed Royce said before Tuesday's vote that the conflict will not end in Syria until Assad leaves power and both Russia and Iran withdraw from the country.

18:08

Federal Judge Sentences Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen to 36 Months in Prison "IndyWatch Feed World"

Breaking: Federal Judge Sentences Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen to 36 Months in Prison --Cohen is sentenced after pleading guilty to several charges | 12 Dec 2018 | Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia. Before sentencing, Cohen also ripped into his former boss in federal court on Wednesday, telling a judge he felt it was his duty to cover up president's "dirty deeds." Cohen appeared before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III for sentencing after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress... He was seen entering the Manhattan courthouse Wednesday accompanied by members of his family.

18:03

Twitter dons the jackboot of the Israeli military, stamps out visibility of potential war crimes and human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Electronic Intifada was forced by Twitter to delete a tweet linking to a story that has been subject to Israeli military censorship. In recent days, other publications and individuals have faced the same demand, indicating that the social media firm has agreed to become an enforcement arm for Israel's efforts to control information about potential war crimes and abuses of Palestinian rights. While Facebook has become notorious for enforcing censorship on behalf of Israel, this is a new turn by Twitter.

18:03

Google CEO Sundar Pichai incredulously claims company has no bias against conservative media "IndyWatch Feed World"

After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about reports of Google's bias against conservatives during Pichai's hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Pichai denied any bias, dodged questions, and claimed human employees were unable to manipulate algorithms. "Google has revolutionized the world, though not entirely in the way I expected. Americans deserve the facts objectively reported," declared Rep. Smith. "The muting of conservative voices by platforms has intensified, especially during the presidency of Donald Trump. More than 90 percent of all Internet searches take place on Google or its subsidiary YouTube, and they are curating what we see." "Google has long faced criticism for manipulating search results to censor conservatives. Conservative individuals and organizations have had their pro-Trump content tagged as 'hate speech,' or had their content reduced in search results. An enforcement of immigration laws has been tagged as hate...

17:55

Why are late night comedians humorlessly lusting after Mueller and mindlessly going after Trump? "IndyWatch Feed World"

For those desperately awaiting the Trump presidency's spectacular collapse, Robert Mueller has acquired an almost mythic status - forever looming in the background with astonishing 'bombshells' that could drop at any moment. Mueller himself never speaks, except through terse court filings, which lends his aura a mystical quality. His newfound fans have been known to light votive candles in his honor, wear apparel sporting his heroic visage, and spend day after day speculating on the internet about the time, date, and profundity of his next miraculous intervention.

17:52

Market Talk- December 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

The, eventually, positive tone from the US markets were helpful for the Asian opening. However, talk that China and the USA are progressing on the trade talks was really what gave the whole region confidence. All core opened well with little sign of looking back. It was only the Shanghai index that lost momentum towards the close, but a healthy bounce back and it too closed +0.3% higher. The Nikkei was the star of the show gaining over 2%. As an exporting country, confidence that the trade conflicts were easing and a weakening Yen (-0.25%) helped boost domestic buyers chase bargains. Much of the advances were led by the autos sector following President Trump tweet of Tuesday and China coordinated response. The Australian AO and Indian SENSEX saw very similar trading patterns with both markets advancing all day. Closing +1.4% and +1.75 respectively indicates just how closely these markets are connected. More Yen and INR weakness is expected early for 2019.

European bourses traded higher as the day wore on, despite all of the shenanigans and rumours coming from the UK markets. By the time the US opened, all core European markets were trading close to 1% higher, mostly constructive following Asia. Europe spent much of the afternoon watching the shambles materialising from the UK Parliament. The news that Theresa May faced a confidence vote this evening saw Sterling spike. The talk was that she would win the vote and the hope upon that result is she could then be more assertive with the BREXIT package. We also heard that Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank are to work on a possible merger and the talk is will government assist. Both parties shares rallied over 5% having been up over 7% at one stage. Guess its easier to bail out one, rather than two! The late result of the vote of Conservative MPs was in favour of retaining Theresa May as PM (200 against 117). However, this obviously does not resolve the BREXIT debate and just ignites the hard-line Tory BREXITEERS to raise the fight even more.

US futures markets were already strong and were expecting cash to open around 300point higher. News that US and China were starting to make some significant headway, supported all sectors but in particular autos and technology....

17:52

Sad radicals' paradigm of suspicion fosters the conflict they seek to end "IndyWatch Feed World"

When I became an anarchist I was 18, depressed, anxious, and ready to save the world. I moved in with other anarchists and worked at a vegetarian co-op cafe. I protested against student tuition, prison privatization, and pipeline extensions. I had lawyer's numbers sharpied on my ankle and I assisted friends who were pepper-sprayed at demos. I tabled zines, lived with my "chosen family," and performed slam poems about the end of the world. While my radical community was deconstructing gender, monogamy, and mental health, we lived and breathed concepts and tools like call-outs, intersectionality, cultural appropriation, trigger warnings, safe spaces, privilege theory, and rape culture. What is a radical community? For the purposes of this article, I will define it as a community that shares both an ideology of complete dissatisfaction with existing society due to its oppressive nature and a desire to radically alter or destroy that society because it cannot be redeemed by its own...

17:52

A very British coup: The spies who went out to the cold to smear British politicians perceived to be 'Russia-friendly' "IndyWatch Feed World"

It's cold in Auchtermuchty. Few people know it exists except as a Scottish tongue-twister involving Ecclefechan and Milngavie. It's particularly cold in a derelict mill there around Christmas time, but this year it's hotting up. The British spies hiding out there have been brought in from the cold by good old-fashioned journalism. Or rather "ex-spies" if their legend is to be believed. Ex-military intelligence men who now work in the charity sector. Except their declared purposes are not charitable at all, however worthy some might think them to be. The Institute for Statecraft is registered in Gateside, Fife which is a long way from Whitehall and the RAC Club at Pall Mall where most espionage dramas are set. But the work of espionage in Britain must now be of a very significant level if the heads of MI5 and MI6 are prepared to allow millions of pounds worth of work to be subcontracted to amateurs in a mill in Auchtermuchty. But amateurs make mistakes and the illegitimate child of...

17:48

Theresa May No Confidence Vote Coming Tonight "IndyWatch Feed World"

The long awaited end of Theresa May's relucant and ineffective reign in Britain may be finally coming to an end with a no confidence vote this evening (archived).

17:42

Trump said he would intervene in U.S. case against Huawei CFO to help trade deal, Meng Whanzou just granted bail "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene in the Justice Department's case against a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China. Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada Dec. 1 and has been accused by the United States of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. When asked if he would intervene with the Justice Department in her case, Trump said in an interview with Reuters: "Whatever's good for this country, I would do." "If I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made - which is a very important thing - what's good for national security - I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary," Trump said.

17:36

Why Wont the US Supreme Court Do Anything About Racism? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing the African-American teenager Laquan McDonald; 14 of those shots were apparently fired while McDonald lay on the ground. It took four years and the expulsion of the state attorney general before the trial against Van Dyke for first-degree murder resulted in convictions for the lesser crimes of second-degree murder and aggravated battery this October. Before the shooting, Van Dyke ranked among the worst 3 percent of officers in excessive force allegations, making him identifiable as a problem officer even before he killed McDonald. This case is remarkable not for the violence committed by a white police officer against an unarmed African American, but because it involved a rare instance of the United States legal system scrutinizing a police shooting. The courts in the US have done little to intervene more generally in the mass surveillance, mass violence and mass incarceration affecting people of color.

Racial division has always been the transcendent theme of American society. But with the proliferation of recording devices on every phone, there has been an explosion of videos showing police committing various acts of violence against minorities. Now the US is being forced to face the reality of police beatings, shootings, and police officers taunting people of color whom they have stopped on the street with little justification. Yet the US Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on these obvious racial discrepancies in the criminal justice system. Instead, it emphasizes constitutional colorblindness, which allows it to avoid confronting the judiciarys role in perpetuating racial discrimination in the US.

The Supreme Court has historically been viewed as a model for functioning constitutional democracies because of its power of judicial review, which enables it to act as an independent check on government. But even though the Court now expends roughly one-third of its docket on criminal justice cases, it consistently ducks the key challenges of discriminatory police stops and frisks, fatal police shootings, unconscionable plea deals, mass incarceration, racially disproportionate sentencing and disproportionate execution of racial minorities. For these reasons, we argue in a recent article in the UC Davis Law Review that the Supreme Court has made itself supremely irrelevant in several important ways.

The first involves the Courts power to regulate...

17:31

Federal minimum wage vote delayed over witnesss 2002 gay sex tax blog "IndyWatch Feed World"

Joseph Sabia, a professor of economics at San Diego State University, wrote about the dangers of gay sex in a blog post mostly about regulating junk food.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce delayed a hearing on the minimum wage after a Republican witness, Professor Joseph Sabia of San Diego State University, was reported to have penned a 2002 satirical blog post about junk food taxes that included a rant about the supposed dangers of gay sex.

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17:31

The 2018 cycles biggest losers and smallest winners "IndyWatch Feed World"

Heidi Heitkamp among 2018 biggest losers

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sometimes money isnt everything.

In more than a dozen races this cycle, the congressional candidate with twice as much money as their opponent managed to lose, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

In almost all such cases, cash-strapped Republican candidates in red districts defeated their much-wealthier Democratic opponents.

The most vulnerable Democratic Senators raised significantly more than their opponents by the time election day rolled around, but it wasnt enough. The outspent Republican Senate candidates benefitted from outside spending, which somewhat offset the Democratic fundraising boom.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) spent four times as much money as the man who unseated her, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, the largest spending advantage of any losing candidate this cycle.

The one-term Senator received a rush of contributions after her opposition to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh but couldnt spend it fast enough, ending November with nearly $6.8 million cash on hand.

Heitkamp spent nearly $170 for each vote she obtained, by far the highest number of any major Senate candidate.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was also a huge financial favorite, spending three-and-a...

17:29

Inside a Google Summit on 'diversity' and 'inclusion' "IndyWatch Feed World"

How could any reasonable person oppose diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Answer: Because "diversity and inclusion" in the work context is actually a euphemism for something else. During an October 30 summit held by Google, attendees listened to a panel discussion titled, "Beyond Hype, How Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Maximizes Your Bottom Line." The panelists' comments amounted to a very irregular definition of "diversity and inclusion:" A desire for equal outcomes among all identity groups, and disadvantaging individuals in overrepresented demographic categories. Adam Berlew, head of Americas Marketing for Google Cloud, moderated the panel, which featured guests Joanna Dees, VP of educational programs at Women in Cable Telecommunications; Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of the USA Today Network; Tom Kazmierczak Jr., head of diversity and inclusion at T. Rowe Price Associates; and Lori Rosenkopf, vice dean and director of the University of Pennsylvania's...

17:28

NYT: Rockefeller University Hospital knew their doctor was sexually abusing child patients for years "IndyWatch Feed World"

In September, Rockefeller University Hospital, a prominent New York research institution, sent out letters to former patients of Dr. Reginald Archibald, an endocrinologist, asking about their contact with him. You see, for almost 30 years, parents would seek him and his clinic out when their children didnt grow. However, it seems now that besides treating []

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17:27

US calling on EU to ban construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US House of Representatives is once again calling on the European Union to ban the Russia-led construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and has called for sanctions against the project. The resolution was passed by the Republican-led Congress during Monday's session. Echoing US President Donald Trump's rhetoric against the construction of the undersea pipeline, the lawmakers called it "a drastic step backward for European energy security and United States interests." The House now wants the US president to step in and even impose economic penalties under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Moscow has repeatedly stressed that all Washington's attempts to hamper the project are simply driven by economic reasons and are a shining example of unfair competition. Reacting to the latest House motion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there is nothing new in this"unacceptable" position. He added that the project is purely economic and...

17:21

Biology education underestimates insects "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Strangest Insects in the World. New Documentary HD 2017

Insects are a class in the phylum Arthropoda. They are small terrestrial invertebrates which have a hard exoskeleton.

Insects are the largest group of animals on earth by far: about 926,400 different species have been described. They are more than half of all known living species. They may be over 90% of animal species on Earth. New species of insects are continually being found. Estimates of the total number of species range from 2 million to 30 million.

From North Carolina State University in the USA:

College textbooks largely overlook the most common animals

December 12, 2018

A recent study of textbooks aimed at introductory biology courses finds that they devote less than one percent of their text to discussing insects, which make up more than 60 percent of animal species. The study authors argue that this provides a poor foundation for understanding ecosystems, biodiversity, and other core aspects of biological research.

Insects are essential to every terrestrial ecosystem and play important roles in everything from agriculture to human health but our analysis shows that students taking entry-level biology courses are learning virtually nothing about them, says Jennifer Landin, a teaching associate professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University and senior author of a paper on the study.

The researchers wanted to see how introductory biology textbooks have changed over time. Specifically, they looked at how textbooks addressed issues related to biodiversity. To that end, they evaluated 88 textbooks, published between 1906 and 2016.

The shift in coverage of insects is what really jumped out at us, Landin says.

From 1906-1920, introductory biology textbooks included an average of 32.6 pages devoted to...

17:20

The Deep State Wants Your Guns "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Jos Nio James Bovard notes the threat to private gun ownership posed by the deep state, the officials who secretly wield power permanently in...

17:20

Bitter (cold) lesson: Political games force Ukrainian citizens to pay record high prices for 'European' gas "IndyWatch Feed World"

Prices for gas imported by Ukraine from European countries hit a record high in November, according to data published by the country's State Fiscal Service. The gas is most likely Russian in origin resold to Kiev at a premium. The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine calculated an average cost of imported natural gas that formed during its customs clearance when it enters the territory of Ukraine. "The price totaled some 9,472 hryvnia ($339.2) per thousand cubic meters of the fuel," the statement said, as quoted by the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN.

17:17

New Harvard study confirms there is no gender wage gap - men and women make different choices "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Gender pay gap is worse than thought: Study shows women actually earn half the income of men," NBC announced recently in reference to a report titled "Still a Man's Labor Market" by the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research, which found that women's income was 51 percent less than men's earnings. The "Gender Pay Gap" Isn't What You Think It Is What do you think of when you hear the phrase "gender pay gap"? Perhaps you think of a man and woman who work exactly the same job at exactly the same place, but he gets paid more than she does. This sort of discrimination has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. But that is not what is generally meant by the phrase "gender wage gap." Instead, the commonly reported figure - that a woman earns 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man - is derived by taking the total annual earnings of men in the American economy in a given year and dividing that by the number of male workers. This...

17:16

Mysterious loud booms rattle homes and nerves in northeastern Illinois "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mysterious boom sounds in the middle of night have residents in Elgin tired and looking for answers. Some residents say the booms are so loud, they even shake homes in the northwest suburb. "The house shakes, the windows shake," said resident Colleen Roberg. The noises have been heard at various hours of the day, but particularly overnight. "They've become louder," said Sue Webb, president of the Southwest Area Neighbors group. The SWAN group said residents have suspected two bridges as the possible cause of the booms - the Route 31 bridge that runs over Route 20 and the Route 20 bridge the crosses over the Fox River.

Loud mysterious booms rattle homes and nerves in northeastern Illinois "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mysterious boom sounds in the middle of night have residents in Elgin tired and looking for answers. Some residents say the booms are so loud, they even shake homes in the northwest suburb. "The house shakes, the windows shake," said resident Colleen Roberg. The noises have been heard at various hours of the day, but particularly overnight. "They've become louder," said Sue Webb, president of the Southwest Area Neighbors group. The SWAN group said residents have suspected two bridges as the possible cause of the booms - the Route 31 bridge that runs over Route 20 and the Route 20 bridge the crosses over the Fox River.

17:16

Bad News On Booze: Full Measure Reveals Tax-funded Drinking Study Was Pre-planned To Reflect Alcohol As Beneficial "IndyWatch Feed World"

By B.N. Frank On December 10, Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson reported a huge buzz-kill for moderate drinkers, the Alcohol Industry, the National Institutes of...

17:15

A Border Wall Will Worsen the Drug Problem "IndyWatch Feed World"

Op-Ed by Don Lim The US president recently claimed that building a border wall, costing as little as $15 billion, would pay for itself. The...

17:14

Is There a Link Between Tech Addiction Among Teens and Public Policy? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Op-Ed by Chloe Anagnos Technology has made everybodys lives better, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in medicine, manufacturing, and any other field you can imagine. But...

17:13

The Twelve Days of Christmas Hacking "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Patricia Burke On the twelfth day of Christmas my IOT 5G M2M data-mining tech industry gave to me: Twelve Russian Intelligence Officers Charged Over...

17:12

Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Federico Pieraccini The decision by Qatar to abandon OPEC threatens to redefine the global energy market, especially in light of Saudi Arabias growing difficulties...

17:12

Yellow Vest Protests: The Birth Of A Global Uprising? "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Joseph Jankowski The Yellow Vest protesters have been partially successful in having the government bend to their will. Now that theyve shown the world...

17:10

France in a Nutshell: The Government Stopped Listening to the People 20 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Charles Hugh Smith The elites clever exploitation of politically correct cover stories has enthralled the comatose, uncritical Left, but not those who see their...

17:09

Airbnb prevents Palestinian hosts from listing homes in occupied West Bank "IndyWatch Feed World"

Mondoweiss has learned that Airbnb is currently preventing Palestinian hosts from listing their homes in the occupied West Bank. When attempting to list a property for rent in a Palestinian city in the West Bank, users are denied by the website, and given a message saying "country code is invalid." Mondoweiss attempted to post a listing in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and received the same notification. Airbnb and other websites that require addresses and GPS coordinates have historically had issues with users in places like the West Bank, where many Palestinian areas do not have formal residential addresses. But when speaking with an Israeli Airbnb customer representative, the rep told a Mondoweiss reporter that the issue was not with the lack of a formal address for the listing, but that their listing in the city of Bethlehem was not being approved because they were in the West Bank. When asked if it was a possible website glitch, and that Palestinian...

17:08

A Modern Day Marshall Plan: Mexico Offer the US an Easy Out to the Border Crisis "IndyWatch Feed World"

With President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to shut down the government if he doesnt get his wall, its good that someone in a position of authority actually has a workable solution to the migrant crisis festering on the Mexican border with the U.S.

The day after Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador took office as Mexicos president on Dec. 1, his foreign minister flew to Washington to propose a $20 billion development plan to make Central America a place for people to stay rather than flee. Three-quarters of the money would help create jobs and fight poverty. The rest would pay for border control and law enforcement.

The plan would be funded by Mexico, the U.S. and the three Central American that produce the most refugees and migrants, according to the size of their economies. The  U.S. would pay most, which seems just given the decades of supportincluding millions in military assistance and police trainingthat Washington offered corrupt, anti-democratic dictators who oversaw the impoverishment of Central America. In addition, the U.S. backed the 2009 coup in Honduras that has directly led to an influx of refugees streaming towards the U.S. border.

At last, there is a plan that addresses the causes, and not just the symptoms of Central Americas migrant and refugee crisis: poverty, unemployment, drug trafficking, gang violence, police corruption, the worlds highest murder rates.  At last, an implicit assertion that the U.S. bears some responsibilityand arguably the largest sharefor the unlivable conditions of many Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans appears to be at hand.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexicos new foreign minister, met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Dec. 1 as thousands of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were marooned in Tijuana and other locations on the Mexican side of the border. Ebrard compared Mexicos proposal with the Marshall Plan, the 194851 program to rebuild Europe. In this case, however, the U.S. would spend far less.  In todays dollars, adjusted for inflation, the U.S. contributed nearly $100 billion to the Marshall Plan (an investment in both reconstruction and the advancement of U.S. business interests in Europe).

...

17:05

Russia may amend legislation to block Google due to breaking country's laws "IndyWatch Feed World"

Russian legislation may be amended to allow harsher sanctions against foreign IT-companies, including blocking Google, that keep violating the country's laws, Russia's telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor warned. Earlier this week, Google was fined 500,000 rubles ($7,500) for refusing to connect its search engine to the federal database of banned websites. The penalty almost feels like a mockery, considering that Alphabet holding company, which Google is part of, earned almost $110 billion last year. "If fines won't have any effect on the behavior of the foreign company, there's a possibility that the legislation will be changed, which will allow blocking Goggle in Russia," Vadim Subbotin, the deputy head of Roskomnadzor, said.

17:05

Arab League cautions Brazil: Moving embassy to Jerusalem could hurt relations, trade "IndyWatch Feed World"

The ambassadors of the Arab League in Brazil will meet on Tuesday in Braslia to discuss the Bolsonaro government's intention to transfer the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. According to an unidentified Arab diplomat, quoted by the Reuters news agency, the secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, sent a letter to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warning that the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem could damage relations with the Arab countries. "The Arab world has much respect for Brazil and we want not just to maintain relations but improve and diversify them. But the intention of moving the embassy to Jerusalem could harm them," the diplomat said.

17:03

Neil Clark: "Twitter gives green light to death threats against anti-war voices" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Journalist and writer Neil Clark has told RT there's a "political agenda at work" at Twitter, where anti-war voices are "fair game," after having his latest reported death threat dismissed by the social media giant. Clark posted a now deleted tweet in which the perpetrator, @ironstowe, appeared to suggest the RT writer was next in line to receive the same 'fate' as the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. The journalist stated he hoped Twitter would act after receiving such a "clear death threat," - adding "imagine the media coverage if a neocon/'liberal-left' got sent" such a tweet.

17:01

Rare for Alabama: a 22 sun halo at ground level! "IndyWatch Feed World"

You don't see this every day on Sand Mountain! Sure, we get halos, sundogs, and arcs in the sky on a weekly basis, but we rarely see them at ground level here in Alabama. This 22 halo from Peggy Ponds in Albertville on Tuesday, December 11th is quite a find. Why so rare? Halos, sundogs, and arcs form when sunlight is refracted through ice crystals. Those crystals are hexagonal plates that look something like this: As the sunlight bends into the spectrum upon exit from the plate, it shows off the optical phenomenon we see as a ring around the Sun or Moon. On Tuesday, we had freezing fog that was precipitating out small ice crystals that were shaped like this. The closest description I can find to what we observed is from the Arctic and Antarctic: diamond dust.

17:00

US court documents in 'foreign agent' Butina case suggest deal made - UPDATE - Putin says she was jailed for nothing, has no ties to Russian intel "IndyWatch Feed World"

Maria Butina, a Russian national detained in the US and accused of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), appears to have reached a deal with prosecutors. Documents entered on Monday request that a federal judge schedule a hearing this week so Butina can change her not guilty plea which she entered in July. There is still no indication what Butina intends to plead guilty to. Butina's accusations stem from her rubbing shoulders with Republican operatives and gun-rights advocates in the US. Prosecutors initially attempted to paint Butina as a cold-blooded seductress who traded sex for influence in the corridors of power, but later retracted these more salacious allegations. Butina denies the charges, and the Russian government has complained about her detention to the US State Department. Butina's father Valery told RT that he has "no information" about any deal between his daughter and the US prosecutors. Media reports on it are...

16:57

Russian cosmonauts perform space surgery to take samples from mysterious Soyuz hole "IndyWatch Feed World"

During a seven-hour spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts have ripped off sections of the Soyuz spacecraft insulation to locate and take samples from a small hole that caused an air leak from the International Space Station in August. Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Oleg Kononenko performed the one-of-a-kind seven-hour spacewalk to unseal the thermal lining covering the hole that appeared on Soyuz MS-09. It was patched-up by a Russian crew using a sealant repair kit back in August. "Slashing the spacecraft with a knife makes my heart bleed," Kononenko told the Mission Control Center (MCC) as he cut through the insulation layer to find a tiny hole behind the cover. "Yes, we also observe it [the hole]," an MCC officer, responded.

16:52

And now, a message from one of our Neocon crazies "IndyWatch Feed World"

Note: I just saw this in Commentary Magazine online. It is too good to pass. I have to share that with you. And just for funzies, I bolded out the most blatant lies/misrepresentations. Have fun! The Saker Is Russia Ready for Another Land Grab in Ukraine? It's time for a new strategy. by Noah Rothman Two weeks ago, the world reacted with palpable shock to the news that Russia had unilaterally closed naval traffic through the Kerch Strait separating the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov, but it's a mystery as to why. Moscow's brazen violation of Ukraine's maritime navigation rights and its arrest of sailors is only its latest egregious attack on international norms. Such attacks have ranged from the invasion and annexation of sovereign territory in Europe to the active support for the starvation of Syrian civilians. This last offense against responsible statecraft was comparatively modest, but it was no less dangerous. If Russia's provocation was a calculated effort designed to gauge...

16:49

Not so subtle warning: Parisian Yellow Vests erect guillotine bearing name of Macron's political party En Marche! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yellow Vest protesters in Paris erected a guillotine bearing the name of Emmanuel Macron's political party in a direct threat to the under-fire French President. The move came as the country's finance minister warned the violent protests sweeping the country are a 'catastrophe' for the nation's economy. The demonstrators torched cars, vandalised and looted shops and restaurants, and hurled stones in a fourth weekend of protests in Paris. Riot police fought back with tear gas, water cannon and baton charges, leaving 71 people injured in the French capital. The shocking guillotine footage, which was filmed in an unknown location in France, emerged as Macron prepared to meet trade unionists and rival politicians before addressing the country at 8pm tonight. And his finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, yesterday warned that the Yellow Vest protests will have 'a severe impact' on the economy. 'It's a catastrophe for commerce, it's a catastrophe for our economy,' the finance minister said....

16:46

Yellow-vest protests in France- An extraordinary political school "IndyWatch Feed World"

Yellow Vest Protests / ABS-CBN News

Note from LeftEast Editors: We publish this interview conducted by Maria Cernat in collaboration with Baricada.org where it originally appeared.

Hello, Professor Drweski. My name is Maria Cernat. I am a feminist, an academic and a journalist writing for Baricada.org. I am a lecturer at the Communication Sciences and International Relations Department, Titu Maiorescu University. I was very curious, and I am sure our readers are too, about the situation in France. I have a few questions that I hope you could answer for our readers.

How would you describe the current protests taking place in France from an ideological point of view? Are they an expression of a class struggle?

Objectively, it is certainly a class struggle since it is a protest of people from the working class and lower middle classes against inequality and the leading elites. But it started mainly in the peripheral regions of France, which have been marginalized by almost thirty years of neo-liberal and European Union policies. Though according to the polls this protest is supported by 70% to 80% of the French population, its core is concentrated around what we can call the depoliticized petite-bourgeoisie, which makes it sometimes appear classless. Large cities and their suburbs are less active in this movement than peripheral regions, and workers in local industries are more active than the ones from large industries. It is still a quite spontaneous movement, but nevertheless a class movement.

Some political analysts fear that the neoliberal measures taken by Macron will pave the way for Le Pen. Do you agree?

This was for years the strategy of leading classes, to push dissatisfied social groups and classes toward Le Pen, who does not criticize dominant system. But this does not work very well any more, since Le Pen has always been unclear with regard to protests concerning concrete social issues. And the main source of discontent is now obviously linked with very clear social and economic issues. Thats why we could observe, already during the last elections, that France was at the very end of the electoral process split in three more or less equal parts: those who were mostly not convinced by their choice but who voted Macron against Le Pen, thos...

16:40

China's message to the US: Don't 'create new opponents' or try to 'bully' Chinese citizens "IndyWatch Feed World"

Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday called on the United States not to "create new opponents" and warned it against "bullying" Chinese citizens. Wang made the remarks in a speech at the annual Symposium on International Developments and China's Diplomacy, hosted by a government think tank and its foundation in Beijing. It came after the world's two biggest economies agreed to a 90-day truce in their trade war, and following the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada on December 1. The US is seeking Meng's extradition on multiple fraud charges.

16:40

Despots Would Envy the Blanket Media Coverage Trump Gets "IndyWatch Feed World"

Breaking News! as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news thats breaking in the United States on just about any day of the week:

Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.

Or rather (in the presidents style):

Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!!!!!!!!

Or heres another way of thinking about the news unmediated a word thats gained new resonance in the age of The Donald by anyone but him: below youll find a set of run-on tweets from you-know-who to his base and by that I mean not just his American fans but the Fake News Media that treats such messages as the catnip of their twenty-first-century lives. These particular ones are from the afternoon of November 29th and the morning of November 30th @realDonaldTrump (mistakes and all). Consider it a wee sampling of the unmediated DJT (SAD!). However, given the desperately sped up all-Donald-all-the-time universe we live in, these being almost two weeks old are already ancient history, the equivalent of so many messages from Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, scratched in cuneiform on clay tablets:

Just landed in Argentina with @FLOTUS Melania! #G20Summit. This demonstrates the Robert Mueller and his partisans have no evidence, not a whiff of collusion, between Trump and the Russians. Russian project legal. Trump Tower meeting (son Don), perfectly legal. He wasnt involved with hacking. Gregg Jarrett. A total Witch Hunt! Alan Dershowitz: These are not crimes. He (Mueller) has no authority to be a roving Commissioner. I dont see any evidence of crimes. This is an illegal Hoax that should be ended immediately. Mueller refuses to look at the real crimes on the other side. Where is the IG REPORT? Arrived in Argentina with a very busy two days planned. Important meetings scheduled throughout. Our great Country is extremely well represented. Will be very productive! Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to p...

16:35

Amazon draws boos at NYC council meeting over ICE-Rekognition deal "IndyWatch Feed World"

The companys sale of face recognition tech to the government has become increasingly controversial.

In a contentious New York City Council hearing into Amazons plans to build part of its so-called HQ2 in Long Island City, Queens, Amazon VP of Public Policy Brian Huseman drew boos over the companys work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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16:33

French high school students demonstrate against Macron "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 6 December 2018 video says about itself:

French Anti-Riot-Police treats protesting students like criminals.

French Anti-Riot-Police treats protesting students like criminals. This is from the Saint-Exupry high school in Mantes-la-Jolie.

From the World Socialist Web Site in France:

High school students protest in Paris against French governments education reforms

By our reporters

12 December 2018

As yellow vest protests against social inequality and calling for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron continue across France, hundreds of high schools remain shut down by demonstrations, with high school students protesting yesterday in central Paris. They denounced the governments education reforms and Macrons re-imposition of compulsory military service and expressed their solidarity with the yellow vests.

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Gabriel Lacalmette, studying at the Olympe de Gouges high school. Were students in the 93rd district and from the working-class areas, he said. We came to protest the high school and university entrance reforms and the raising of tuition fees, which are increasing inequality and the discrimination that already takes place.

Gabriel explained the impact of the governments reforms by citing the example of Macrons raising of tuition fees for foreign students in France. Today we are at least fortunate to have an education system for everyone that is financially accessible. This raise wi...

16:33

"US Debt Nears $22 Trillion Mark As 'Storm Clouds' Indicate 'Another Financial Crisis' Looms" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"US Debt Nears $22 Trillion Mark As 
'Storm Clouds' Indicate 'Another Financial Crisis' Looms"
by Michael Snyder

"The rapidly exploding U.S. national debt is about to cross another critical threshold. According to the U.S. Treasury, the debt of the federal government is currently sitting at $21,854,296,172,540.94, and at our current pace we will likely hit the $22 trillion mark next month. 

This is a horrifying national crisis, and yet nothing is being done about it. When Barack Obama entered the White House in January 2008, the U.S. was $10.6 trillion in debt, and so that means that we have added 11.2 trillion dollars of new debt to that total in less than 11 years. Needless to say, it doesnt take a math genius to figure out that we have been adding an average of more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt for more than a decade. But instead of getting our insatiable appetite for debt under control, Congress is actually accelerating our spending. At this point, there is no possible scenario in which this story ends well.

Meanwhile, the global financial elite are really starting to talk up the possibility of a new financial crisis.
For example, the deputy head of the IMF just said that he sees storm clouds building: "The storm clouds of the next global financial crisis are gathering despite the world financial system being unprepared for another downturn, the deputy head of the International Monetary Fu...

16:28

Winter storm dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in 48 hours on Busick, North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed World"

A tiny Yancey County community that most North Carolinians have never heard of is the talk of the state, after the National Weather Service revealed nearly 3 feet of snow fell there in 48 hours. "The tiny town of Busick, North Carolina, in Pisgah National Forest,...recorded 34 inches by Monday afternoon," NBC News reported. ABC News also singled out Busick in its storm coverage, calling the snow fall "staggering." Mount Mitchell in Yancey County also got 34 inches of snow, according to the North Carolina State Parks. The park is the highest point east of the Mississippi, at 6,684 feet.

16:25

(Video) Destroying the Illusion -- [12.12] Latest Q | Google | Yellow Vests | Israeli Trafficking Busted | Delonge's "To The Stars" "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Dec 12, 2018


Today's Links:

https://qmap.pub/

France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Protests - https://bit.ly/2zRwVQe

What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency - https://bit.ly/2KZypfy

44 ex-senators warn U.S. is 'entering a dangerous period' - https://politi.co/2C3u0VO

12 Israelis Suspected Of Child Sex Trafficking As Colombia Busts Up Ring - https://bit.ly/2BfVOoi

Tom DeLonge Paranormal Series Strange Times in Development at TBS - https://bit.ly/2BciJRE

16:23

The Israel Lobby Tried to Weaponize Anti-Semitism to Take down Marc Lamont Hill and it Backfired "IndyWatch Feed World"

The pro-Israel lobbys ongoing efforts to weaponize anti-Semitism has been dealt a major blow after a prestigious American university refused to sack one of its professors for showing solidarity with Palestine. Lobbyists inflicted a lot of pressure on the university after Marc Lamont Hill outraged Israels supporters and was accused of anti-Semitism when he talked of a free Palestine from the river to the sea in a robust speech at the United Nations during a session on the organizations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. As a result of lobbyists complaints, he was fired as a commentator on CNN before his detractors moved to exert pressure on Temple University in Philadelphia where Lamont Hill is a professor of media studies.

The academic turned to social media to thank everyone who had given him their support. So many lessons, he wrote on Facebook. So many thoughts. Too much to process right now. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone around the world who has offered support, love, advice, prayer, resources and more. This has been an impossibly difficult time for more reasons than I could possibly explain. Only your generosity has made this load bearable. In return, I offer my sincere gratitude and a commitment to fighting for those who have paid FAR GREATER prices than me.

Led by the Anti-Defamation League, a variety of Zionist groups accused Professor Lamont Hill of calling for the destruction of Israel when he used the popular phrase free Palestine from the river to the sea. This is a reference to historic Palestine mapped between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean prior to the creation of Israel in 1948. Although the UN Partition Plan never accepted by the Palestinians themselves allocated 54 percent of the land to the Zionist state, Israel now occupies and controls, practically and legally, 100 percent of historic Palestine.

Lamont Hill defended his use of the phrase, describing it as an invocation of a long history of political actors liberal and radical, Palestinian and Israeli who have called for their particular vision of justice in the area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. He explained further that, Justice will come through a single bi-national democratic state that encompasses Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. This was seized upon by his critics as proof of what they believe was a call for the destruction of Israel.

Patrick OConnor, the President of Temple Universitys Board of Trustees, said at the time: Im not happy. The boards not happy. The administrations not happy. People wanted to fire him right away Were...

16:23

Record for High-Temperature Superconductivity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Room temperature superconductors belong in the same basket as fusion power plants artificial general intelligence: They were only a couple of decades away when we read about them in Omni magazine in the 1980s. Via: MIT Technology Review: Chemists found a material that can display superconducting behavior at a temperature warmer than it currently is []

16:22

The painful side of tech algorithms in one heartbreaking tweet "IndyWatch Feed World"

A devastating plea to Big Tech goes viral.

A devastating story is making its way around Twitter, telling the tale of an indifferent algorithm that got everything right except the sad finale.

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16:19

The pound rallies ahead of Theresa May's no confidence vote "IndyWatch Feed World"

Update 3: This is big. In what might be the first sign that May is growing weary of the unceasing Brexit chaos that has marred her tenure as prime minister, No. 10 Downing Street just hinted in comments that May might not be the conservative leader during the next election. Update 2: Cable has climbed to session highs, wiping out yesterday's losses, following a BBC report that 158 MPs - enough for May to prevail in the no confidence vote - have publicly promised to back the prime minister.

16:00

This bakery makes a point of hiring workers with a criminal record "IndyWatch Feed World"

Rubicon Bakers is designed to give people a second chance.

Deantee James spent around a year looking for a job before finding his current position as a baker in Richmond, California. I was putting in applications and nothing was coming through, he says. James has a criminal record, which makes it more difficult to find work; one study found that black men with a record only got called back for an interview 5% of the time. But Rubicon Bakers, where James now works, was deliberately designed to give people a second chance.

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15:57

Flash floods hit Vancouver "IndyWatch Feed World"

Flash flooding on 11 December, 2018, caused severe transport problems in parts of Vancouver, Canada. Roads and highways were submerged. Local news reports said that emergency crews responded to at least 30 calls for vehicles in flood-related emergencies. The heavy rainfall also caused issues for transit services on the Expo Line (TransLink) service after tunnels were flooded. Between 30 to 60 mm of rain fell in a few hours in parts of Vancouver. Port Mellon, situated around 35 km North West of Vancouver, recorded 77mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 December. Environment Canada said that the heavy rain was brought by the first in a series of December storms that moved across coastal British Colombia. Weather warnings have been issued for wide areas of British Colombia over the coming days, in particular for heavy snow.

15:51

Ten reasons people stop attending HIV care in Zambia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Poor working conditions in Zambia's health service and rigid application of one-size-fits-all models of care are among reasons why people drop out of HIV treatment in the country.

15:47

On Israel-Palestine, Four Newly Elected Progressives Vary in Willingness to Walk the Walk "IndyWatch Feed World"

WASHINGTON  As a result of the midterm election, four recently elected women affiliated with the democratic-socialist PAC Justice Democrats will soon be striding through Capitol Hill as full-fledged members of Congress. These four women Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley have all been touted as progressive game-changers for having avoided corporate money during their primaries and for supporting policies like Medicare-for-all and abolishing ICE, among others.

Yet, while these soon-to-be congresswomen support many of the same policies, they exhibit considerable differences when it comes to Palestine, ranging from deepening their pro-Palestine stances, to flip-flopping on it, to remaining largely silent on an issue of great importance to many Americans and others the world over.

Before their primary elections, Tlaib, Omar, and Ocasio-Cortez all criticized Israel in some way, with some commentators suggesting that Tlaib who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants went the farthest by promoting a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. However, Tlaib later pulled away from those comments and was accused of flip-flopping after subsequently stating that she would support a two-state solution if it was something of possibility. Pressley, the outlier on this issue among Justice Democrat-supported candidates, stayed largely silent about both Israel and Palestine despite the fact that the Justice Democrats openly promote an arms embargo on Israel.

However, across the board, following their primaries, the rhetoric from these progressives began to soften, sparking concern that statements of pro-Palestinian solidarity were soon to become a thing of the past as these candidates transitioned from progressive primary challengers to candidates for the establishment Democratic Party. Indeed,...

15:46

Heres a look at H&Ms new gender neutral fashion collection "IndyWatch Feed World"

The fashion retailer joins the ranks of Zara, Asos, Moda Operandi, and other big brands that see a market opportunity in unisex clothing.

H&M is getting in on the gender neutral trend with a new collection slated for early next year. On Wednesday, the fast fashion retailer announced it partnered with Swedish label Eytys for a line targeting younger consumers.

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15:43

Rinus Verhagen -- Stop Globalism "IndyWatch Feed World"



Abuse of a mandate received under false pretences.

Every 4 years political parties promise golden mountains that are never kept because they have to exchange to get a coalition.

What remains is political self-interest that is at odds with the interests of the people.

The mandate that has been obtained is reversed, without the consent of the voters.

The interests of Bankers, Multinationals, and foreign interests, weigh more heavily for the political scammers as the interests of their own population.

Politics has made it a perverse sport, how far can they go in plundering their own population. These vipers live outside society in their own dream world, MAKE YOUR WAKKER BY CARE.

Without our consent, the Dutchman has been robbed of his inlaid pension funds thanks to PVDA Communist Jetta Klijnsma an amount of 1,400,000,000,000 in management of an unelected EU transferred.

If we are to believe politics we are EU citizens instead of sovereign people of sovereign states, and must accept their communist superstrate.

The European population is repressed at its own expense to protect the Politically Parasite from the emerging popular anger.

It is time then for the Police and the Army, what is left of it to join the population in chasing this politics away.

This will not be easy as some police officers are so brainwashed that they think they have a privileged position, and think that the monopoly on violence is a merit for their function rather than service to society.

It is the whole population that makes up society, and not just a few thousand corr...

15:41

Ice Age Farmer Report: Mini Ice Age Cancelled! Now back to regularly scheduled geoengineering "IndyWatch Feed World"

Seismic shifts in human consciousness actively happening -- eyes and minds are opening all around, and conversations are happening, where there was before no receptivity! Record colds, record snows, global temps dropping. Yet the media flogs the dead horse of Global Warming and now publicly advances geoengineering . It will get stranger yet. And you must prepare. Sources

15:37

Russia Rejects US Reaction to Military Cooperation with Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed World"

The deployment of the Russian warplanes follows Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduros visit to Russia last week.

15:23

Stadium Goods gets acquired by Farfetch as the sneaker resale market heats up "IndyWatch Feed World"

Luxury resale and streetwear are hot commodities.

There was a time when buying secondhand goods was a slightly shady affair, one that would take you into a dark, ugly consignment shop or deep into the underbelly of eBay. But not anymore. That was made clear today when the luxury retailer Farfetch acquired the sneaker resale brand Stadium Goods for an undisclosed amount that will be paid in the form of cash and Farfetch shares.

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15:15

6 DIY photography gift ideas you cant afford to ignore "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some unconventional last-minute suggestions for the perennially stumped gift-giver.

What: 6 DIY photography gifts to make at home

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15:13

The FCC Plans to End Public Television in the US "IndyWatch Feed World"

https://www.facebook.com/tedmahrotwradio/posts/1805672542894339?__tn__=K-R

THE FCC WANTS TO END PUBLIC TELEVISION IN THE UNITED STATES!

Hello Friends! This Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 2:15 pm to 3 pm Pacific Time, I will be interviewing Deborah Vinson (Director Thurston County Media, Olympia, WA), Jeffrey Hansell (Director, Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA), Mary Cardova (Wisconsin Community Media, Madison, WI see: https://wisconsincommunitymedia.com/advocacy/), Jay April (President and CEO Akaku Maui Community Media https://akaku.org/), and others on FCC plans to cut the funding for Public TV here in the United States.

Under proposed rules by Federal Communication Commissioners (FCC) Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly (both Obama appointees), the FCC will allow corporations like Comcast and Verizon to deduct what is called in kind contributions for Public TV these deductions will dramatically decrease the franchise fees now paid by Comcast, Verizon, and other companies for their access to public airwaves to broadcast their private television shows. The result will be the end of Public TV in the United States.

Comcast, Verizon, and other corporations want to shut down the monies for Public TV for several reasons: (a) they view Public TV as a threat they want everyone to pay for TV, (b) Public TV can't be controlled by the Cabal. If you care about Public TV, and want it to continue, please email or write the FCC at: 455 12th Street, SW, Washington D.C. 20544, or email them at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings (1) Under proceedings, enter 05-311, (2) Under name of filer, enter your name, (3) Under Type of Filing, select Reply Comments, (4) Enter your address, etc. (5) Attach your comments in a scanned pdf file, (6) Check email confirmation, (7) Enter Continue to Review Screen, (8), Enter submit. Ajit Pai at the FCC has only given people until 11:59 pm on Friday, December 14th, 2018 to send in comments by email or by mail. So your comments must be received by midnight this Friday!

Please the FCC that: (a) you support Public TV and want it to continue, (b) you strongly dissaprove of FCC's MB 5-311 recommendations to give companies like Comcast and Verizon a deduction for in-kind contributions. All...

15:09

NASA: Global warming promotes Arctic sea ice growth "IndyWatch Feed World"

According to NASA, the increased rate of thickening of sea ice in the Arctic is due to Global Warming. Wintertime Arctic Sea Ice Growth Slows Long-term Decline: NASA Dec. 7, 2018 New NASA research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover. As temperatures in the Arctic have warmed at double the pace of the rest of the planet, the expanse of frozen seawater that blankets the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas has shrunk and thinned over the past three decades. The end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent has almost halved since the early 1980s. A recent NASA study found that since 1958, the Arctic sea ice cover has lost on average around two-thirds of its thickness and now 70 percent of the sea ice cap is made of seasonal ice, or ice that forms and melts within a single year. But at the same time that sea ice is vanishing quicker than it has ever been observed in the satellite...

15:05

Courage Is Contagious "IndyWatch Feed World"

December 13th, 2018 By Frances Moore Lapp Guest writer for Wake Up World Civil courage is the capacity to do what serves the common good, even if one must stand alone. No matter how many times we hear of one person"s act of conscience igniting sparks that light up the sky, too many of us []

15:00

How the 10 best holiday ads of 2018 worked their merry magic "IndyWatch Feed World"

The creatives behind the seasons most festive ads explain what made them shine.

For the fourth year in a row, Fast Company is highlighting some of the best holiday ads weve seen this season. So far, 2018 is awash with memorable commercials, from the clever to the hilarious to the heartwarming. But as is our tradition, instead of telling you why an ad worked, we spoke to the creatives behind the spots to hear how their ads of this festive season came together.

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15:00

Watch how smoke from the Camp Fire filled the Bay Area "IndyWatch Feed World"

Google Street View cars mounted with air sensors show how the smoke filtered into the cityand how pollution levels can differ drastically over just a few blocks.

The Camp Firethe deadliest, most destructive wildlife in California historystarted around 6:30 a.m. on the morning of November 8. By 8 a.m., it reached Paradise. By the afternoon, as the fire raged, the smoke reached cities like San Leandro, nearly 200 miles away. As the air filled with smoke, two Google Street View cars drove around the East Bay, using air quality sensors to map the pollution.

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14:42

France: 3% deficit to free up 68,000 roundabouts? (Fausto Giudice ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

12/12/2018 - Experts quickly calculated the cost of the piecemeal measures announced by Macron on Monday 10 December: 10 billion, or 0.5% of GDP. These 10 billion will be paid by taxpayers and social security ...

14:30

This gift card offers a charitable fix to holiday gifts no one wants "IndyWatch Feed World"

Instead of a wooden spoon, how about giving your friends some money they can give to charity.

Welcome to the season of buying people junk they probably dont want or need. While the spirit of giving is commendable, it often means people just buy the first thing at hand, giving gifts that are quickly relegated to the back of a closet or the bottom of a trash can.

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14:15

Parents outraged after children hit the stage in KKK costumes for well-known play 'The Foreigner' "IndyWatch Feed World"

A high school play with controversial costumes has some parents outraged. Three students at the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy Phoenix campus dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes for a school play. Parents say the school never notified them or the rest of the student body that was not in the drama class. The popular play, "The Foreigner," was performed at an assembly for all high school students. "Three students dressed as the KKK walked down the middle of the assembly as part of a play," explained one parent, who wanted to remain anonymous at his daughter's request. "They were in hooded robes."

14:15

Robert Steele: TIME Magazine Beneath Contempt a CIA Mossad Asset as a Guardian of Truth? Seriously? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

I dont make this stuff up. TIME Magazine has once again prostituted itself to CIA and the Mossad while failing to tell the truth about global events and domestic traitors.

How unethical do you have to be (TIME Editors are not stupid, far from it) to put a known triple agent (CIA, Mossad, Saudi intelligence) on the cover of TIME as a guardian of truth?  Seriously?

The others are highly questionable as well. Some died to random violence or mind control what they published was not particularly worthwhile and others may be intelligence agents.

...

14:05

Nine-year-old girl takes her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism at school "IndyWatch Feed World"

A black 9-year-old girl in Alabama allegedly took her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism in class, according to reports. McKenzie Adams' relatives said she hanged herself Dec. 3 in her home in Linden, about 100 miles west of Montgomery, and was discovered by her grandmother, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Since the start of the school year, the fourth-grader had been the target of bullying at US Jones Elementary School, where she was teased over her friendship with a white male classmate, according to her family. Her aunt, Eddwina Harris, said the group of students taunted McKenzie by telling her to commit suicide. "She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as 'kill yourself,' 'you think you're white because you ride with that white boy,' 'you ugly,' 'black bitch,' 'just die,'" Harris told the newspaper. Harris said she's speaking out about her niece's death because she wants to promote anti-bullying. "There are so many voiceless kids,"...

13:55

Sick! Video gamer arrested after accidentally livestreaming assault of pregnant partner "IndyWatch Feed World"

A man will face court after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a home in Sydney's south-west while livestreaming to an online gaming site. The 26-year-old was arrested at a home in Oran Park on Sunday night, three hours after he unintentionally streamed the attack and it was reported to police by fellow gamers. His 21-year-old partner was not seriously injured but was distressed and shaken by the alleged assault, police said.

13:55

Michael Cohen gets 3-year jail sentence for veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct "IndyWatch Feed World"

The presidents former lawyer pled guilty to campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and lying to Congress.

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison today after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and lying to Congress.

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13:53

Progressive creationists denying biology: A review of the film 'A Dangerous Idea' "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a recent article for Quillette, Colin Wright argued that left-wing scientific denialism poses a greater threat to academic freedom than right-wing scientific denialism. In the past, evolutionary biologists could dispute the claims of creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design without jeopardizing their careers. But the same cannot be said of scientists who publicly dissent from progressive dogma when it comes to, say, the biology of group differences. The reason, according to Wright, is because the Christian Evangelicals who denied the basic principles of evolutionary biology held no power in academia, while their secular equivalents are often professors, department chairs, deans, administrators, college presidents, journal editors, and so on. Indeed, the new denialist orthodoxy when it comes to biological sex - that it is "assigned" at birth, rather than observed and recorded - is now the official view of the scientific establishment, having been embraced by Scientific...

13:52

Was Putin a Stasi officer? Mystery surrounds 'discovery' of his East German 'intl ID' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Reports have gone viral that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have had a Stasi ID issued to him during his service in East Germany in the 1980s - but is the find legitimate and is it really that big of a deal? Germany's Bild tabloid newspaper published a photo on Tuesday of an East German secret police (Stasi) identity card purportedly issued to Vladimir Putin when he served as a KGB officer in Dresden during the Cold War. The green identity card bears the official name of the Stasi - the Ministry for State Security - along with a photograph of Putin and an ID number printed along the bottom.

13:52

Social Contagion: 'Yellow Vest' protests spread among citizens fed up with corruption "IndyWatch Feed World"

A grassroots movement made up of citizens who have become fed up with the political establishment in France has been growing since early November and it has come to a head this month. The movement, known as "gilets jaunes" or "yellow vests" began as an anti-tax protest but has since merged folks from the left and the right into a much broader anti-government movement. The movement has become so large that political experts are now calling it a "new revolution." French citizens have used the yellow vests that their government requires they carry in their vehicles as a symbol of this protest. As the Guardian points out, unlike previous French protest movements, it sprang up online through petitions and was organised by ordinary working people posting videos on social media, without a set leader, trade union or political party behind it.

13:51

Venezuela's United Socialist Party wins 'landslide victory' in local council elections "IndyWatch Feed World"

Venezuela's governing United Socialist Party (PSUV) won a landslide victory in local council elections held Sunday, claiming 95 percent of the initially declared seats. In its first official bulletin, Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) revealed that after tallying 92.3 percent of all votes the PSUV had won 591 of the 623 municipal council seats where results were deemed irreversible. Further declarations from the CNE indicated a similar trend in the remaining seats, which were announced during the course of Sunday night and Monday. In response to the news, President Nicolas Maduro congratulated his team, urging them to get to work to solve widespread problems in transport and public services.

13:45

Tom Atlee: In a wise democracy, who are stakeholders and what is their role? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tom Atlee

In a wise democracy, who are stakeholders and what is their role?

Stakeholders are citizens involved with a specific issue or domain, whose activities actually constitute that issue or domain. Thus the stakeholders of a domain collectively have the potential IF they collaborate to make whatever difference is most important to be made in the domain they have hitherto been fighting over. Full-spectrum stakeholder collaborations thus offer a powerful complement to citizen engagement on the road to an effective wise democracy.

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13:44

Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner, takes homeopathy seriously "IndyWatch Feed World"

(Photo Credit: Your Health Your Choice) Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering the AIDS virus, has come out in support- strong support- for homeopathy. And this has surprised the scientific community. RELATED STORY: Ghost in the Machine, Part 4 The war on supplements, essential oils, []

The post Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner, takes homeopathy seriously appeared first on Health Nut News.

13:36

European apes, why extinct? "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 11 December 2018 video says about itself:

Today, our closest evolutionary relatives, the apes, live only in small pockets of Africa and Asia. But back in the Miocene epoch, apes occupied all of Europe. Why arent there wild apes in Europe today?

Special thanks to https://AfricanFossils.org for allowing us to use their images of Proconsul and Ekembo fossils.

13:30

Stephen E. Arnold: French Replace Google with Qwant #GoogleGestapo Crumbling? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Stephen E. Arnold

French Wash Out Google. Recruit Qwant

Last year, we took note when the privacy-centric search engine Qwant, a French and German company, declared its intention to take on Google for internet search dominance. Now, The Sun reports, France Declares War on Google as Military Replaces Search Engine with Untrackable Qwant. Apparently, officials feel their nations very (digital) independence is at risk. Reporter Felix Allen writes:

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13:19

Arctic mega bridge opens to traffic in Norway... with thanks to China "IndyWatch Feed World"

Norway has officially opened the longest suspension bridge above the Arctic Circle. The 1.5 kilometer span was built in cooperation with a Chinese company. Chinese workers, locals and officials took part in the opening ceremony of the new Norwegian super bridge, dubbed Halogaland, near the northern port city of Narvik. With pylons soaring 180 feet into the clouds, the bridge crosses the Rombaken fjord and boasts a free span of 1,145 meters. With a length of 1,533 meters, it is the longest suspension bridge ever built above the Arctic Circle. Built with assistance of China's Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG), it provides a significant shortcut on the European route E6 highway - the main north-south road through Norway and the west coast of Sweden. The Chinese firm delivered the steel constructions and was responsible for the mounting of the bridge, which took more than five years to build.

13:11

"We don't want to have events that resemble those in Paris", Putin promises to investigate arrest of activist Ponomarev "IndyWatch Feed World"

No one in Russia wants to see violent riots like the ones recently crippling Paris, Vladimir Putin said, commenting on the arrest of human rights activist Lev Ponomarev for his social media calls to stage unsanctioned protests. The President said that it was hard for him to question the decisions of the trial and appeal courts, which found 77-year-old Ponomarev guilty of the violation and put him under administrative arrest. "We don't want to have events that resemble those in Paris when cobblestone pavements are torn up and everything is set on fire, and the country descends into a state of emergency," he said. However, Putin promised that he'll ask Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to "look more closely" at the events surrounding Ponomarev's detention.

13:11

Why George Bush Sr. Should Have Been Indicted Before He Died (Child Sex & Drug Trafficking) "IndyWatch Feed World"

...I cannot fully escape the regret I feel that another bloodline family member who has perpetrated great and horrific crimes against humanity has moved on without having to make himself accountable to the world, and in the process reveal the means and motives of the bloodline family rule of the planet to enable humanity to fully liberate itself from it.

...The incongruity between the lavish honor and praise ubiquitously delivered through mainstream media and the harrowing accounts Ive heard and read about George H. W. Bushs cruel Satanic practices drew me to this video interview clip with David Icke, where he explains that there are a number of reasons why we need to look at and expose the practices of the man he calls Father Bush.

Father Bush High Up The Ladder

David Icke puts George H. W. Bush, who died at age 94, in a category with others high up in the ranks of the ruling bloodline families , aligned with their darkest practices, such as drinking the adrenalized blood of tortured children to lengthen their own lives:

George H. W. Bush Another "elite" that got away with it

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13:00

Puma is reissuing the dorkiest shoe ever made "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new generation of nerds will finally be able to get their hands on the legendary Puma RS-Computer.

Pumas RS-Computer shoes, originally released in 1986, were way ahead of their time. For the first time, a pair of running shoes could track your steps, distance, calories burned, and running time electronically, just like your phone or smart watch does today. Now, the German sports company is re-releasing the rare sneakers for the dorks of today. I say dorks becausewell, just take a look at this news report from CES 1986.

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13:00

Coincidence? Strasbourg Christmas market shooter on run, city bans public demos, France on highest threat level (UPDATE) "IndyWatch Feed World"

France has upgraded its security threat level as hundreds of police hunted a gunman who shot three people dead and injured 12 others in a terror attack on Strasbourg's celebrated Christmas market on Tuesday evening. Six hours after the gunman disappeared after firing at passers-by in the busy city centre, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, said the government had raised the risk level to the highest category. The move would strengthen border controls and bolster protection of Christmas markets and other events. In a statement, Castaner said the gunman had opened fire in three different places in the city before engaging in firefights with patrolling soldiers. "He fought twice with our security forces," Castaner said. French media reported the man, who was injured in one of the exchanges, then jumped in a taxi and disappeared. Comment: He fled in a taxi??

13:00

How I took control of my to-do list by using this simple (but effective) productivity hack "IndyWatch Feed World"

The idea is to handle things once, and no more.

I really, really, really want to live in OHIO.

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12:54

BBC deliberately broadcasts 'coded negative imagery' of Corbyn, top British lawyer claims "IndyWatch Feed World"

One of Britain's leading barristers has claimed that a senior BBC journalist has told him that the public broadcaster has indulged in showing "coded negative imagery" of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn since his election in 2015. Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, a group which recently helped win the case in the EU courts for the UK to unilaterally stop Brexit if they wish to do so, took to social media to post the alleged evidence of bias against Corbyn. Maugham, who originally made the claims in March this year, said that he was making messages between himself and a senior BBC journalist public after being 'trolled' by Rob Burley, editor of the BBC's live political programmes, about the issue.

12:52

Our brains hurt trying to figure out Deltas new eight-group boarding system "IndyWatch Feed World"

In the words of the best movie from 2009: Its complicated!

Delta Air Lines has a brand new simple way for passengers to board its planes and it will finally give travelers a chance to use the algebra they learned in middle school. Starting January 23, 2019, passengers on Delta will be divided into eight distinct boarding groups, requiring passengers to remember their aisle, seat, priority, cabin, and color scheme, the airline announced today.

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12:28

Doctor/researcher spoke out and was jailed for it. Please listen to her. "IndyWatch Feed World"

Please cut out eleven minutes in your day to listen to the interview below with Judy Mikovits, Ph.D. Yes, it will blow your mind but at the same time, it is truth that we all need to know and share with our friends. This information must reach the masses. RELATED STORY: Harvard Medical School Doctor: []

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12:24

Armoured Vehicles Bearing EU Flag Deployed in Paris Clear Sign That the European Army ALREADY Created "IndyWatch Feed World"

ARMORED vehicles bearing the European Union flag have stormed into Paris as protesters bring the city to a standstill.

Riots have been raging across the city for the last few weeks as anger about the high cost of living and increased fuel taxes threaten to topple Emmanuel Macrons Government.

Shocking scenes today saw riot cops confronting the so-called Gilet Jaunes after the high-vis yellow vests they have worn.

But one particular video has caused a stir after it was posted on social media.


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12:17

MP demands public inquiry into Tory funding of Integrity Initiative, the 'so-called-think-tank dealing in disinformation' "IndyWatch Feed World"

On December 4, Chris Williamson MP tabled a parliamentary question, asking whether Integrity Initiative - a "so-called think-tank dealing in disinformation" - had received UK government funding. The response was affirmative, and the outspoken Labour representative is calling for a full public inquiry into the organization's activities as a result. Williamson's query revealed Integrity Initiative had received in excess of US$2.76 million (2.2 million) in Whitehall funding since the start of 2017, an exposure he labelled "stunning" in a widely-shared Twitter video. "Staffed by former security and military personnel, its agenda seems to include the denigration of the Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn. Their approach is to connect media with academia and politicians, to influence policy in certain countries. Leaked documents reveal numerous examples, such as Pedro Banos, an army reservist and author, who the Spanish socialist party wanted to make the country's Director of National...

12:13

Egyptian firms to build Tanzania's 'controversial' $3bn dam "IndyWatch Feed World"

Arab contractors will be involved in a $3 billion hydroelectric plant in Tanzania that aims to double national power generation capacity but is located in a World Heritage site.

12:09

EU renews sanctions against top officials in Congo-Kinshasa "IndyWatch Feed World"

Despite intense lobbying, the European Union has renewed sanctions against top D R Congo officials.

12:05

What the designer of I love NY thinks of the I Amazon NY logo "IndyWatch Feed World"

Milton Glaser was not asked to participate in the Amazon remix, which was part of the citys bid for the retail giants new HQ.

New York bent over backwards to score one of the two next locations of Amazon HQ, offering $3 billion in subsidies to make the deal happen. Yet nothing encapsulates just how much the state gave away than what it did to its own logo. Because in the first pages of its submission to Amazon, the city replaced the famous I love NY logo with I Amazon NY.

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12:05

Ebola count in DRC hits 500 in growing outbreak "IndyWatch Feed World"

The world's second-largest ebola outbreak as hit another milestone, as the D R Congo recorded two new cases, raising outbreak totals to 500, including 289 deaths.

12:00

Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship "IndyWatch Feed World"

After the October 11th, 2018 Facebook and Twitter purge of over 800 activist sites and pages many of which were partner sites with MintPress we believe our days as an independent journalism organization on authoritarian social media platforms are numbered.

Since 2012, MintPress News has been at the forefront of exposing the dangers of the national security state, the military-industrial complex, and the corporations that have hijacked our democracy and are destroying the planet.

We have stood up strong against a media Goliath the corporate media that controls over 90% of what we see, hear and read in equipping the American public with pertinent information that holds the establishment accountable.

Our independent watchdog journalism is creating a shift in consciousness among the millions of readers weve been able to reach in the last 6 years, and the powers that be are taking notice. They realize the impact MintPress is making and are trying to silence us where we reach most of you and where the majority of people are getting their news from: on social media.

The very establishment the media should be holding accountable are working hand-in-hand with corporate media giants, including The Washington Post and Buzzfeed, to play Thought Police and fake news spotters who have targeted MintPress on Facebook. To make matters worse, NATO-funded think tanks like the Atlantic Council have also partnered up with Facebook to suppress our content, flag our posts as inappropriate or spam, and in many cases censor us under the guise of fighting fake news.

Facebook has been flagging several of our articles and our readers political comments as spam. Its only a matter of time before our page and some of our readers end up in ......

11:51

U.K.s May to Face No-Confidence Vote by Lawmakers "IndyWatch Feed World"

LONDON British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses.

May vowed to fight the challenge with everything Ive got, after Graham Brady, who heads a committee overseeing Conservative leadership contests, said he had received letters from at least 48 lawmakers asking for a vote.

As a result, he said, the threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.

Brady said the vote would be held in Parliament between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (1800GMT and 2000GMT) on Wednesday evening, with the results announced soon after.

The announcement throws Britains already rocky path out of the European Union, which it is due to leave in March, into further chaos.

Many Tory lawmakers have been growing angry with May over her handling of Brexit, and the challenge comes days after she postponed a vote to approve a divorce deal with the EU to avoid all-but-certain defeat.

If she loses the confidence vote, May must step down and there will be a contest to choose a new leader. She will remain leader, and prime minister, until the successor is picked. If she wins, she cant be challenged again for a year.

In a defiant statement outside 10 Downing St., May said a change of leadership in the Conservative Party now will put our countrys future at risk. She said ousting her and holding a leadership vote a process that could take weeks could result in Brexit being delayed or even stopped.

May canceled a trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, to stay in London and battle for lawmakers support.

Many supporters of Brexit say Mays deal fails to deliver on the clean break with the bloc that they want.

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson accused May of acting like a supplicant in dealings with the EU.

Shes not the person to see Brexit through, he said.

Leading pro-Brexit legislators Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker said in a joint statement that in the national interest, she must go.

But Cabinet colleagues rallied to Mays support. Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted that a leadership contest, with Brexit little more than three months away, will be seen as self-indulgent and wrong. PM has my full support and is best person to ensure we leave EU on 29 March.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said: I think its vital for the country that she wins tonight.

He said that if May lost, I dont think we will be leaving the European Union on...

11:48

10 worst password offenders of 2018: Do better, Kanye West and Nutella "IndyWatch Feed World"

2018 had some memorable lapses in cybersecurity

Normally, Kanye West swinging by the Oval Office to pay a visit to Donald Trump would be headline news (and sure it was), but their meeting was completely upstaged by Kanyes remarkably poor choice in passwords. Thats why he made the list of password manager Dashlanes third annual Worst Password Offenders. 

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11:44

English fracking pause after earthquake "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fracking protesters outside energy firm Cuadrilla's site in Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, England in October 2018

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cuadrilla halts fracking in Blackpool after another series of tremors

Friends Of The Earth criticised the firm for urging for a relaxation of the regulations instead of acknowledging that fracking needs to end

ENERGY firm Cuadrilla has paused fracking in Lancashire again after more underground tremors were detected.

A series of micro-seismic events in Blackpool were recorded on the British Geological Survey website following hydraulic fracturing at the site at Preston New Road, Cuadrilla said.

The biggest of the tremors, which was felt in Blackpool, was 1.5 local magnitude, and is the largest recorded since drilling for shale gas began in Lancashire on October 15.

It occurred at about 11.20am, after fracking had finished for the day, according to Cuadrilla, which said in a statement that fracking will not continue for 18 hours as a result.

This is a red event under the traffic light system in place for monitoring seismic events during...

11:32

Bomb threat at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus, police sound 'all clear' "IndyWatch Feed World"

A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc (FB.O), police said, but gave the "all clear" after an hours-long search turned up no sign of a device. The New York Police Department had received an anonymous tip about a bomb threat regarding Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, and alerted local authorities at about 4:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police said. Late on Tuesday, police said the building was secure, however.

11:30

Companies are vastly underestimating how badly theyll be hurt by climate change "IndyWatch Feed World"

Corporate projections of the changes to the bottom line focus mostly on their own services, but dont wrestle with the fact that whole supply chains and economies could be disrupted.

The new normal of climate changefrom increases in flooding and hurricanes to intense wildfiresis already costing companies money. But a new study suggests that theyre underestimating future climate risk to their businesses, and vastly underreporting the financial implications to investors.

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11:23

The EU & The Warning Signs Of Fascism "IndyWatch Feed World"

Things are spiraling out of control in Europe, faster than many predicted. Outside of Brexit, there is a strong anti-EU feeling in Hungary, Spain, Italy, Greece, and France. The EU is in danger of crumbling, and people afraid of losing power are prone to extreme acts of dictatorial control.
  
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11:21

Save all bee species from pesticide death "IndyWatch Feed World"

This October 2018 video says about itself:

Welcome to Different Types Of Honey Bees Species and Characteristics video. In this video we explain the different types of honey bees, their characteristics, interesting information about honey bees, facts about honey bees and much information about bees.

The content of this video is 1. Dark Dwarf Honey bee 2. Asian honey bee 3. Species of extinct honey bees 4. Giant honey bee 5. Honey bee from the Philippines 6. Koschevnikovs Bee 7. European bee or Western honey bee 8. Dwarf honey bee

From the University of Guelph in Canada:

Stronger pesticide regulations likely needed to protect all bee species, say studies

December 11, 2018

Summary: Regulators worldwide currently use honeybees as the sole model species failing to account for potential threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of bee species from bumblebees to solitary bees, which are probably more important for pollination of food crops than managed honeybees. They are potentially more vulnerable to pesticides given they nest in the ground and bumblebee queens have different life cycles that could increase exposure.

Pesticide regulations designed to protect honeybees fail to account for potential health threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of bee species that are even more important pollinators of food crops and other plants, say three new international papers co-authored by University of Guelph biologists.

As the global human population grows, and as pollinators continue to suffer declines caused by everything from habitat loss to pathogens, regulators need to widen pesticide risk assessments to protect not just honeybees but other species from bumblebees to...

11:14

Impact, Photography, Understanding "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Grand-Prize Winner: Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of Californias Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet. # Jassen Todorov / National Geographic Photo Contest

I never tire of reminders of how greed is never good. It is unbecoming. But visual reminders of this are especially welcome. When the story broke about this audacious scam that showed how profit can motivate evil, it gave me pause, if momentarily, because our...

11:10

Amazon NYC warehouse workers push for union as stories of poor working conditions spread "IndyWatch Feed World"

Safety concerns and inadequate pay are two of the top issues cited. Amazon says it prefers its open-door policy.

A while ago it may have seemed like a small whisper, but now it has coalesced into a multi-diaphragm-projected yell: Amazon workers want a union. In Europe, workers have been pushing for unionization for over year, and the tension has resulted in numerous protests and strikes. And in the United States, there have been isolated instances, including a recent unionization effort by Whole Foods workers. But now a new Amazon warehouse has announced plans to form a union, and its in an especially contentious location for Amazon.

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11:06

Trudeau government signs UN Global Compact On Migration, dealing a devastating blow to Canadian sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed World"

By signing the UN Global Compact, Trudeau is setting up a steady erosion of Canada's independence, taking power away from the Canadian People. The Trudeau government has betrayed the Canadian People by signing the UN Global Compact on Migration, dealing a severe blow to Canada's sovereignty. The Compact will be used by the Trudeau government to crackdown on the press (at least the ones he isn't bailing out), by trying to silence any speech that is critical of 'migration.' Additionally, the Compact begins a transfer of authority from national governments, to the centralized authority of the United Nations, turning migration (AKA control of national borders), into something dominated by supranational institutions.

11:00

This is what kind of music you should listen to at work to be more productive "IndyWatch Feed World"

What kind of music helps you get things done, why we gravitate to certain songs, how to match your music to your task, and why silence is still golden.

Numerous studies have confirmed that listening to music can improve productivity, but new research suggests that some genres are more motivating than others.

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11:00

THE SEMI-LATEST FROM RUSSIA ON TUNGUSKA, FROM 2004 "IndyWatch Feed World"

If you're one of those fascinated by the Tunguska event like I am, then this story will definitely arch your eyebrows. And even if []

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11:00

The long history of people worrying about techs ill effects "IndyWatch Feed World"

Books will blind you!

From concerns over blue light to digital strain and dryness, headlines today often worry how smartphones and computer screens might be affecting the health of our eyes. But while the technology may be new, this concern certainly isnt. Since Victorian times people have been concerned about how new innovations might damage eyesight.

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11:00

TIDBIT: AND SPEAKING OF OUMUAMUA "IndyWatch Feed World"

...Mr. T.M. found this one: Radio Search for Artificial Emissions from 'Oumuamua

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10:42

Theresa May on brink of no confidence vote amid reports of 48 letters from Conservative MPs "IndyWatch Feed World"

Theresa May is on the brink of a leadership challenge with multiple sources suggesting over 48 Conservative MPs have now submitted letters of no confidence in her leadership - enough to trigger a formal no-confidence vote. A government minister as well as a number of Conservative MPs in the pro-Brexit European Research Group, told Business Insider that they believed Sir Graham Brady, chair of the party's 1922 Committee, had received over 48 letters of no confidence. One senior MP in the group told BI that Brady had received 53 letters, five more than the 48 threshold.

10:40

FBI Files: Celebrities "IndyWatch Feed World"

The following is a list of FBI files on different celebrities.

 Declassified Celebrity FBI Files

Bud Abbott Abbott, Bud Bud Abbott was a part of the Abbott and Costello comedy team. They made movies and performed on television. This release is references on Abbott only. It contains correspondence between Abbott and Director Hoover, Espionage and Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material matters.
Gracie Allen Allen, GracieFile #1 ] | FILE #2 ] Gracie Allen, her husband, George Burns, Mary Livingston (wife of Jack Benny) and Jack Benny were investigated in 1939 for bringing jewelry and clothing into the country from Europe and not paying the duty tax on it. The investigation by the New York City authorities resulted in Jack Benny and George Burns paying fines. It is alleged that the real smugglers were Gracie Allen and Mary Livingston.
Steve Allen Allen, SteveFile #1FILE #2FILE #3FILE #4 ] St...

10:20

The frantic, unprecedented race to save 700,000 NSFW Tumblrs for posterity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Volunteers are scrambling to download up to 800 terabytes of content from Tumblrs adult-themed community before it disappears from view on December 17.

GeoCities, Vine, Friendstercommunities live, thrive, and often die on the net. But the two-week timeframe in which content will disappear from Tumblr is unprecedented, says Jason Scott. He cofounded Archive Team, a volunteer project running software that scarfs copies of endangered websites for posterity.

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10:19

Back-to-back meteor fireballs fly through Washington's sky "IndyWatch Feed World"

If you looked up at the right times Monday evening, you may have seen something out of this world. Not one, but two, bright fireballs lit up the skies Monday evening, widely visible from D.C. to New York. The first occurred about 4:56 p.m., 10 minutes after sunset in Washington. It illuminated the twilight eastern horizon, burning vibrant shades of green, blue and white as it exploded in our atmosphere. It lasted about five to seven seconds as it fell, fragmenting into a number of smaller shards like a doomed firework. The fireball "looked like an airplane going super fast but then disappeared about as quickly as I saw it," commented Samantha Tungul, a Capital Weather Gang Facebook follower who witnessed the event in Prince William County. Other eyewitnesses described it as "like a stray firework," "green and slow moving," and "an incredibly bright blue white streaking ball."

10:00

Flying sucks. The best travel gear of 2018 can help "IndyWatch Feed World"

Traveling for the holidays? This is a must-read.

Those of you who travel frequently face a conundrum: The joy of exploring new cities and enjoying local culture must coexist with the stress and discomfort of modern travel. No matter how often you travel, you never quite get over the sheer ugliness of airports, the uncomfortable seating arrangements on planes, and the suspicion that you are being treated like cargo.

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10:00

How I got a promotion, ran a marathon, and saved 20% of my income this year "IndyWatch Feed World"

Focusing on the systems, and not the outcome, allowed me to make more progress than I otherwise would have.

I love New Years resolutions, and at the end of every year I love looking at my goals, seeing if Ive met them (my personal record is accomplishing 6 goals out of 10), and writing new ones for the year ahead. And Im not alone in my love of them, or in my inability to deliver. As Stephanie Vozza wrote in a previous Fast Company article, just 8% of goal-setters are successful.

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10:00

Tristan Walker announces acquisition by Procter & Gamble, will remain as CEO and move company to Atlanta "IndyWatch Feed World"

Once a beacon for more minorities to join him in Silicon Valley, the former tech and media darling enters a deal that will help to secure his legacyand P&Gs.

Procter & Gamble, the consumer packaged goods conglomerate known for such household staples as Tide and Old Spice, will acquire Walker & Company Brands, the health and beauty startup launched by entrepreneur Tristan Walker just five years ago.

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09:58

Greg Hunter, "Trend is Clear Rapid Decline of World Economy" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Trend is Clear Rapid Decline of World Economy"
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com 

"Financial and precious metals expert Egon von Greyerz (EvG) says dont expect the global financial situation to get better anytime soon. EvG says, You know what the politicians are doing now? Theresa May is my best example. These politicians are just running around posing and acting, but they are not achieving anything, and they are not achieving anything because the world is in a mess. What we are seeing the beginning of is the decline of the western world economy, which means the whole world economy. There is no use in putting a time period on it, that its going to happen this year or next year. The trend is clear. We know that the world economy is in a mess. Its going to decline, and in my view, its going to be a rapid decline. Gold will reflect all of this, and currencies will be totally debased. You dont need a lot, you might only need another few snowflakes to trigger this avalanche. It could come in a month or in three months time because the system is a fake system. I count $2 quadrillion in money. If you add debt, unfunded liabilities and the risk of derivatives, you come up to $2 quadrillion of debt and liabilities. The global GDP is $70 trillion. So, you are talking about 30 times global GDP.

What could go wrong? EvG says, You dont need much to go wrong. It will happen. They have no remedy anymore. 2007 to 2009, I have said many times that was a rehearsal. The real thing is coming now or in the next few years, and no money printing will ever stop it. They will try, but they will fail. This is why you will get the depressionary hyperinflation, and when that fails you get the implosion of the system. All values will shrink to very low numbers, all assets and debts will shrink together. That is the longer term play. Its not going to be nice for the world. Its going to be horrible for the world....

09:32

Can We Unlearn The Fear That Creates Our Reality? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Imagination is a wonderful thing. Emotions are often a result of the mind telling us stories without our direction over the outcome. When we imagine any fear repeatedly in a safe environment, soon our phobia, and our brain's response to it, begins to subside.


That's the takeaway of a new brain imaging study led by CU Boulder and Icahn School of Medicine researchers, suggesting that imagination can be a powerful tool in helping people with fear and anxiety-related disorders overcome them.
"This research confirms that imagination is a neurological reality that can impact our brains and bodies in ways that matter for our wellbeing," said Tor Wager, director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at CU Boulder and co-senior author of the paper, published in the journal Neuron.

Being afraid of the unknown is not a new concept. From birth to death we've been trained to fear everything for a very long time. The dangers of modern life have a stranglehold on peoples imaginations. Sociologists call the phenomenon a risk society, describing cultures increasingly preoccupied with threats to safety, both real and perceived, but most definitely imagined.

Our ability to judge risk is sophisticated, and instinctual decisions often serve us well. But when something doesnt quite seem to sync up, gut to head, then its time to pause and at least question whats causing the discrepan...

09:15

Half of Googles workforce is reportedly treated like second-class citizens "IndyWatch Feed World"

The company has a handbook for how to treat contractors, and its not pretty.

Working at Google comes with a lot of perks. But it turns out those are only available to some of the companys workforce. A new Guardian article describes the tens of thousands of workers considered temps, vendors, and contractors (TVCs), and the unequal treatment they receive from the company. According to an anonymous employee who spoke with the news outlet, 49.95% of Googles 170,000 workers around the globe are considered TVCs. And theres a whole handbook the company gives to managers explaining how to deal with this second class of laborers.

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09:00

Need to remember something? Draw it "IndyWatch Feed World"

New research finds that the simple act of drawing boosts memory better than words do.

As we get older, our memory really does get worse. It can be hard in our private lives and professional ones. But new research from the University of Waterloo has discovered a compelling fix: By drawing something, rather than taking written notes, our memory performs as well as that of someone decades younger.

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09:00

How to talk to anyone from the CEO to the interns at your company holiday party "IndyWatch Feed World"

Avoid putting your foot in your mouth when chatting with your boss or coworkers at your holiday party, and maybe even help advance your career in the process.

Its that time of year when parties fill your calendar. Mingling with both people you know very well and those you never speak to, you might be a little nervous. But little nervousness goes a long way to helping you get ready. Saying the wrong things can be career limiting, just as saying the right things to the right people can be career enhancing.

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09:00

Who Lost the World Bush 41 Left Behind? "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

What happened was a complete loss of imagination and a DEEP STATE conspiracy ultimately run by stupid people. Let us leave it at that.

Bush 41 was their choice as well, but it can be said that he chose them as well.  The CIA provided the internal glue that preserved the Status quo that then ran its course through 2016.

The talent to create a great country is rare and its is even more rare for the talent to be inherited or chosen by a committee.   Thus we had good leadership in Ike, JFK, LBJ ( sorry folks) Nixon, and Reagan and got spoiled. Since then we have had a leadership gap and that includes both Bushes.  That Gap allowed the opportunity provided by Russia to be thrown away and for CHINA to remain unchecked as well as allowing smaller shows to simply fester.

Now we can expect a return to competent leadership for several terms as the path has been established to make this true.  . 
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Who Lost the World Bush 41 Left Behind?

Friday - December 7, 2018 at 12:45 am

By Patrick J. Buchanan

https://buchanan.org/blog/who-lost-the-world-bush-41-left-behind-130749


George H.W. Bush was Americas closer.

Called in to pitch the final innings of the Cold War, Bush 41 presided masterfully over the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, the liberation of 100 million Eastern Europeans and the dissolution of the Soviet Union into 15 independent nations.

Historys assignment complete, Bush 41 was retired.

And what happened to the world he left behind?

What became of that world where America was the lone superpower, which 41 believed should lead in creation of the New World Order?

The Russia that back then was led by Boris Yeltsin, a man desperate to be our friend and ally, is now ruled by an autocratic nationalist.

Was not Vladimir Putin an inevitable reaction to our treating Russia like an untrustworthy and dangerous recidivist, by our expansion of NATO into the Balkans, the eastern Baltic and the Black Sea the entire front porch of Mother Russia?
...

09:00

Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body "IndyWatch Feed World"






An extraordinary discovery which can be made simple and universal.  Best yet it separates those with a current problem.  No effort need be spent on false leads.   

With that the patient can start anti tumor protocols and also track the bodies response until it all goes away.  with CBD coming into its own this may well be as simple as having a course of CBD oil..

In fact this makes it possible to imagine it been part of an annual checkup and possibly the whole industry literally going away.  Nothing has ever promised this.



Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/researchers-develop-10-minute-test-that-detects-cancer-anywhere-in-the-body/

Australian scientists are being hailed for possibly developing a quick and easy test that can detect any kind of cancer in a matter of minutes.

Cancer is an extremely complicated and variable disease and different types of cancer have different signatures. Up until now, the scientists have had trouble finding a simple signature that was distinct from healthy cells and common to all cancers but the team was finally able to identify a unique biomarker that was common...

09:00

Robot Janitors Are Coming to Mop Floors at a Walmart Near You "IndyWatch Feed World"

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's location in Burbank, California, U.S.

This should be a good start, though all cleaning tasks do demand fine detail work as well that actually takes up a huge amount of time when compared to the basic action.  We already have vacuums and even those must fail when the geometry does not cooperate. 

Fine detail is the important problem.  We need machines able to identify a raspberry and to reach out and pick it.  This same ability is needed to identify untouched that needs cleaning or even additional reps.  After all a clean tile in your bathroom needs to be individually scrubbed to achieve perfection.

And what happens when you drop a quarter on the floor?
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Robot Janitors Are Coming to Mop Floors at a Walmart Near You

Pavel Alpeyev

Bloomberg Wal-Mart Stores Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's location in Burbank, California, U.S.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/robot-janitors-are-coming-to-mop-floors-at-a-walmart-near-you/ar-BBQpDb3

Robots are coming to a Walmart Inc. near you, and not just as a gimmick.

The worlds largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement...

Medical Cannabis Superior To Opioids for Chronic Pain, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed World"

 
It is interesting that when used in conjunction with morphine, the morphine dosage is cut by 75%.   This strongly suggests that it will be much easier to avoid addiction and resolve it as well with low maintenance dosages.

All this can stop progressive deterioration in hte addiction profile.

It is certain that CBD is on the way to be the key bridge drug needed for the majority of chronic pain if not all such cases with opiates reserved for surgery and severe short term pain which was the way it was...
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Medical Cannabis Superior To Opioids for Chronic Pain, Study Finds

08:47

Jack Dorsey tries to clear up his obliviousness about Myanmar atrocities "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thousands of Rohingya have been slaughtered, and Twitter helped fuel the hate.

On Sunday the Twitter CEO posted a few tweets about what a fantastic time he had while on a meditation retreat in Myanmar. It was a country, he tweeted, that was absolutely beautiful and whose people are full of joy. Oh, also the food is amazing.

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08:00

How to hire for potential: Why transferable skills outrank experience "IndyWatch Feed World"

LinkedIns top recruiter says that the talent you need for your hardest-to-fill jobs might be sitting right beside you.

Can a security officer become an HR leader overnight? Its not as crazy as it sounds. Just ask Sean Kirlin, who parlayed his security job at The Hershey Company into a senior manager role in HR operations.

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08:00

What tech companies get wrong when recruiting women "IndyWatch Feed World"

From talking too much about Star Trek to overt gender stereotyping, the teams doing techs hiring keep finding ways to alienate qualified women.

Much of the debate about the paucity of women in technology focuses on the pipeline problem: how to get young schoolgirls interested in science and math. But what happens when girls do elect to study STEM fields? Why arent many women with technical qualifications moving into STEM-related careers?

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SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan runs on emoji pancakes and Amazon Prime "IndyWatch Feed World"

Emoji pancakes just may be the secret to this CEOs success.

SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan has been pushing the fitness brand forward since she took the helm in 2012, after stints in corporate development for Virgin America and Starwood, and as vice president of business development for Equinox Fitness. Under her guidance, SoulCycle has grown from exercise classes with a cult following to a global brand with a media division, a talent agencylive music, and HIIT and exercise classes that dont require a bike at all.

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08:00

The hot new conference swag favored by Lyft, WordPress, and Twitter "IndyWatch Feed World"

Branded garlic is now a thing.

At a recent Lyft event, the brand decided not to hand out the usual swag. You know, the frisbees or stress balls or notebooks or pens that pile up in your closets and drawers. Instead, in a large bowl, there was a pile of ripe green avocados, each printed with the Lyft logo. They were a hit. Attendees flocked around the fruit, Instagramming the heck out of them. Then, they put the avocados in their bags for a tasty afternoon snack.

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07:58

China was reportedly behind the Marriott hack, as well as other hacks, too "IndyWatch Feed World"

It turns out China has hundreds of millions of Americans private records.

The Marriott breach, which involved the personal data of around 500 million customers being hacked, was reportedly part of a larger effort led by China, according to the New York Times. If half a billion personal records breached didnt sound big enough, the hackers also allegedly got access to health insurers data and security clearance files.

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07:49

Dog Sniffs Out Her Owners Cancer Three Times After Doctors Dismissed Her Pain "IndyWatch Feed World"

A Siberian Husky in Wisconsin takes the term mans best friend to a whole new level. A 52-year-old womans dog detected her ovarian cancer not once, but three separate times, ultimately saving her life.

I owe my life to that dog. Shes really been a godsend to me. She has never been wrong, Stephanie Herfel said.

Sierra the Husky was placed in Herfels care at 9 months old in 2011 when her son went overseas. Herfel, explained what happened two years later:

She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes. She did it a second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid. I mean hid!

Despite pain in her abdomen, an emergency room physician told Herfel it was an ovarian cyst and sent her home with a script for narcotic pain medication to ease the discomfort. Sierra, however, reacted quite differently to whatever it was that was causing the pain in Herfels abdomen: she hid herself in the very back of a closet, rolled up in a ball.

Herfel called Sierras reaction spooky and proceeded to make an appointment with a gynecologist in a matter of weeks. After bloodwork and an ultrasound, Herfel was told on 11-11-2013 that she had stage 3C ovarian cancer.

In stage 3, ovarian cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and large deposits of cancer cells are likely found outside of the spleen and the liver, in addition to being found in one or both of the ovaries and the lining of the abdomen.

Herfel underwent a full hysterectomy and lost her spleen as well. She received chemotherapy until April of 2014.

In 2015, and then again in 2016, Sierra hid. Both times Herfel discovered that her cancer had returned.

David Kushner, Herfels oncologist, stressed that Sierras ability to sense the cancer was not a fluke. Dogs with the ability to sense cancer have an accuracy rate of around 98%.

Its almost like the dog knows something is going on and is scared. The dog didnt want to be near her, said Ashley Wagner, executive director of the Wisconsin Ovarian...

07:44

Parents are losing their rights: Who owns your children? You or the state? "IndyWatch Feed World"

READ MORE AT THE CALDRON POOL 

Dr Douglas Farrow said when Canada passed same-sex marriage legislation, consequential amendments to existing law followed. Read More

07:33

Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $293,000 for Lawyer Fees "IndyWatch Feed World"

LOS ANGELES Porn star Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday.

Trumps attorney, Charles Harder, had requested nearly $390,000 in fees and equal amount in sanctions as a deterrent against a repeat filer of frivolous defamation cases.

Judge S. James Otero cut the requested legal fees by 25 percent and awarded just $1,000 in sanctions.

Otero previously noted that fees by Harders firm as high as $840 an hour were reasonable but the 580 hours spent on the case appeared excessive.

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement days before the 2016 presidential election. She sued him for defamation after he dismissed her claims of being threatened to keep quiet about the tryst as a total con job. The judge threw out the case in October.

Daniels attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Tuesdays order will never hold up on appeal.

In a statement he predicted Daniels will never have to pay a dime because she will receive far more $1 million from Trump for attorneys fees and other costs related to a separate lawsuit Daniels brought in Los Angeles over the non-disclosure agreement.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is challenging the agreement she signed with Trumps then-lawyer Michael Cohen to prevent her from discussing the alleged affair. The agreement was signed days before the 2016 election as part of a $130,000 hush-money settlement.

Daniels also has alleged that her former lawyer, Keith Davidson, colluded with Cohen to have her publicly deny the affair with Trump.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to several felonies and admitted funneling money to Daniels to keep her quiet about the affair. Trump has denied the affair, but essentially acknowledged the payment to Daniels.

Despite the deal to stay quiet, Daniels spoke out publicly and alleged that five years after the affair she was threatened to keep quiet by a man she did not recognize in a Las Vegas parking lot. She also released a composite sketch of the mystery man.

She sued Trump for defamation after he responded to her allegation by tweeting: A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!

Otero ruled in October that Trumps statement was rhetorical hyperbole against a political adversary and was protected speech under the First Amendment.

Trumps lead attorney previously said the fees and unspecified monetary sanctions were earned because of the extraor...

07:26

Googles Year In Search 2018 zeitgeist video focuses on the goodwatch it here "IndyWatch Feed World"

One noticeable exception from the video? Donald Trump.

The search giant has released its annual Year In Search charts highlighting what topics people searched for the world over this year. 2018 was a rough year all around on the global level, so naturally in its accompanying Year In Search 2018 video, Google decided to mostly focus on the good and the heartwarming.

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07:13

NBA Star Buys Stake in Plant-Based Pesticide to Challenge Monsanto "IndyWatch Feed World"

NBA star John Salley recently bought a significant stake in PureCrop1, a plant-based pesticide company that is providing an alternative to the carcinogenic chemical pesticides sold by Monsanto.

I have successfully invested in several early-stage companies and feel PureCrop1 is a game changer, valuable to all sizes of Agriculture and can also be utilized by many companies I work with, Salley said in a statement to LiveKindly.

Its all about clean Agriculture, and elimination of toxic products sprayed on our fruits, vegetables, plants and of course the exploding cannabis industry. From my vantage point, PureCrop1 is an elite natural product, and is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in all forms of Agriculture, Salley added.

According to the PureCrop1, the organic pesticide is made with plant-based materials from grains, and seed crops. Their products do not contain petroleum distillates or synthetics including artificial foaming and thickening agents, builders, reagents, dyes or fragrances.

PureCrop1 claims that their products are not just safer than traditional pesticides, but they are more effective too.

An explanation on the website gives a breakdown of the science behind the pesticide:

PureCrop1 is produced by advanced developments in colloidal chemistry, which make it possible to produce a microscopic particle called a micelle. The micelle is comprised of a collection of linear molecules or fatty esters and fatty acids clumped together in the shape of a sphere that is about the size of 20 hydrogen atoms, or about one to four nanometers. The chemistry is in essence a form of natural quantum physics.

PureCrop1 superior quality micelles are created as a result of a process in which natural ingredients, including corn oil, fatty acids, organic ingredients and amino acids, all extracts of natural plants, are blended at specific time intervals, temperatures and sequences, which causes the compositions to be transformed into new particles, which are colloidal micelles.

PureCrop1 nano-sized emulsions offer many inherent advantages over conventional problematic toxic chemicals in safety, sustainable results, more rapid and reliable activation and extended long-term affect. The PureCrop1 chemistry is also superior, safer and offers many advantages as compared to microbial bacteria or enzymes products on the market today.

Sallys involvement in PureCrop one compliments his other maj...

07:05

Court in Ecuador to Consider Appeal of Wikileaks Founder Assange on Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed World"

Court in Ecuador to Consider Appeal of Wikileaks Founder Assange on Wednesday | 12 Dec 2018 | An Ecuadorian court will consider on Wednesday the appeal submitted by the defence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against the demand of the country's government to comply with a protocol containing rules specially developed for him, Assange's lawyer in Ecuador, Carlos Poveda, told Sputnik. The whistleblower has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012. Assange has repeatedly suggested he might be apprehended outside the embassy and extradited to the United States.

07:03

Google just gave DuckDuckGo a huge boostgiving it duck.com "IndyWatch Feed World"

Duck.com now takes you directly to DuckDuckGos search engine instead of Googles.

While not Googles biggest search competitor by far, many who are leery about Google scooping up so much information about our web activity have transitioned to using the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo. But until this week, DuckDuckGo users could only access the search engine by via the URL duckduckgo.com. Thats because previous to this week, the simpler domain duck.com was owned by Google and routed to Googles home page.

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07:00

The case for Googles Pixel 3, despite everything "IndyWatch Feed World"

You shouldnt deepen your ties to Google without considering the implications. But its gotten really good at melding hardware, software, and services.

Googles Pixel 3 is the best Android phone on the market right now. It might even be a better choice than Apples latest iPhones. But if youre attuned to the ongoing backlash over tech companies and consumer privacy, you might feel a bit guilty about using it.

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07:00

Can new home building tech help solve the affordability crisis? "IndyWatch Feed World"

As construction costs soar in cities, more and more companies and governments are imagining a different model: building off-site and then trucking fully constructed apartments in from the suburbs.

Inside a sprawling former submarine factory in Vallejo, California, workers are building individual apartments that will soon be delivered to a building site in West Oakland and stacked, Lego-like, into a new 110-unit complex next to a BART station.

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06:51

Michael Flynn's lawyers ask judge for no jail time "IndyWatch Feed World"

Michael Flynn's lawyers ask judge for no jail time --Special counsel Robert Mueller's office similarly recommended little to no jail time last week, citing Flynn's cooperation with the Russia investigation. | 11 Dec 2018 | Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's attorneys asked a federal judge on Tuesday night to spare Flynn a jail sentence, asking for probation and community service. Flynn pleaded guilty this month to making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia. He was the first senior White House official to be charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's [alleged] interference in the 2016 presidential election, and he was the first to officially agree to cooperate with investigators.

06:29

Restored Republic via a GCR as of Dec. 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Dec. 12, 2018

Compiled 12 Dec. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, Twenty Two Faces. Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world. 

I would like to extend a special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth. 


Judy Note - The Plan: Where we think we are as of early morning Mon. Dec. 12:

A. RV/GCR: 

*China and Iraq have been exchanging for over two weeks, while private bank exchanges in the US have been going on since Mon. Dec. 3.

*All paymasters have been paid and have paid out, or were ready to pay out their groups. The 127 Humanitarian sources were paid out last Wed-Sat and were finished. Tiers 1, 2, 3 have been paid. Tier 4 Group A were either paid or lining up to be paid.

* Tony said his Iraq intel sources indicated that there was a 100% chance that the RV/GCR would happen this week. The dates of Dec. 12 to 15 have been put out there. Bruce said that Tier 4 Group B (us) would be paid by the end of this week. Everything initiated last night Dec. 10 in Hong Kong and Redemption staff were on 24 hour call right now.

*At any time this week we could expect announcement of a Declassification Event that would trigger unsealing 63,233 indictments and cause the Stock Market to crash, forcing the Global Currency Reset. It was believed that Tier 4 Group B (us, the Internet Group) would begin exchanges......

06:06

Custodial Risk "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: I have been a reader for 10+ year, Socrates subs and reg for Orlando WEC. Thank you and as a Veteran, I admire your courage and service.

Ques: Under Dodd-Franks & Bail-In & Bankruptcy Priority; and, due to the Global Debt Crisis, is there a Custodial Risk for Investors a) who are beneficial owners (paid for the securities but holding securities in street name) but b) who are not the Nominee Owner (since normally the trade Clearing House or Custodian has the direct accounts at the Depository Trust Company).
Is the risk due to the Global Debt Crisis affected by custody by the biggest banks, namely JPMorgan, Citibank, Goldman Sachs & Bank of America in view of the FDIC record of these four biggest Wall Street Banks holding at 6/30/2018 $ 188.58 TRILLION of nominal derivatives of which $ 142.23 TRILLION are interest rate contracts? FDIC reports two, JPM and Citibank, have $ 36.8 TRILLION of custodial assets. Further, OCC.GOV reports 99.4% of the nominal derivative obligations of these four banks are held for trading, not for hedging. Worldwide, Deutsche Bank, for example, is notorious for their derivative obligations, while non-bank dealers like oil companies and others also write derivatives.
In view of the M F Global seizure by JPM-Britain of USA sourced billions under City-of-London laws, is there a concern if the Custodial Companies have unsupervised authority to transfer title to securities to numerous other nations/laws?
Finally, for Securities Lending, since the near-cash securities collateral is also in nominee ownership (custodian) at the Depository Trust Company and similar depositories around the world, in a Global Debt Crisis is there a risk to the (paid up) beneficial owner of the collateral?
ANSWER: There is certainly a Custodial Risk going forward and many people are unaware of the broker/clearer risk. The derivative obligations are always thrown around in gross. The real risk is hard to quantify because you have to really net out all these positions. The Leham and Bears collapses were overnight because of posting these mortgage-backed securities ratings by S&P at AAA & others (see the Big Short) which enabled them to enter the REPO market. The derivative obligations are e...

06:03

The First BREXIT 260AD "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, thank you for your excellent commentary. Could you comment on the monetary system in Britain during the period following Romes waterfall event? I would be especially interested in the period following the capture of Valerian I through the 9th century.

MG

Postumus AU Aureus as Hercules - R

ANSWER: I suspect that the purpose of your inquiry is the loose history taught in Britain that there was a usurper in Britain by the name of Carausius (287-293AD). Effectively, there was a previous usurpation which was really a separatist movement you can call ancient BREXIT. That...

06:01

Michael Avenatti is Ordered to Pay almost $300,000 in Fees to Trump as Case is Dismissed "IndyWatch Feed World"

 

A California federal judge has awarded attorneys for President Donald Trump nearly $300,000 in fees for Michael Avenatti and his failed defamation claim brought by porn star Stormy Daniels for which he raised $600,000. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero held that when Stormy Daniels said in a TV interview that a man had confronted her in 2011 after alleging an affair with Trump in an attempt to silence her, Trump tweeted that the person who made the threats was a non-existent man and that her allegation was a total con job.

Otero had earlier indicated that the tweet was protected as free speech since it related to a matter of public concern and involved public figures. Daniels was in the process of making her story known to the world, Otero said. He said the presidents tweets appeared should be protected under the First Amendment. Such speech lies at the heart of the First Amendment and to try to restrict it would have a chilling effect on candidates running for office.

It looks like Michael Avenattis bid to become president in 2020 has gone down in flames. His claims that Trump is a Liar have not found any legal foundation. It seems to be allegedly just a ploy to make him famous.

06:00

Thermal Imaging Surveillance Cameras Allow Police to Identify People by Gender, Body Size and Skin Color "IndyWatch Feed World"

The types of sophisticated, intrusive spy gear available to law enforcement agencies continue to proliferate at a rapid rate. Heres yet another example.BriefCams Transforming Video into Actionable Intelligence allows law enforcement and retailers to secretly identify people by their gender, body size, color, direction, speed and more.

UK Spies Say They're Dropping Bulk Data Collection For Bulk Equipment Interference "IndyWatch Feed World"

UK spies are changing their minds. Rapidly. Sure, bulk data collection is cool. But you know what's really cool? Mass interference with electronic devices.

Full Extent of Russian Meddling on Google in 2016? $4,700 Spent on Ads "IndyWatch Feed World"

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the full extent of so-called Russian meddling activity that took place on the platform during all of 2016 was $4,700 spent on some digital advertisements.

Hertz is Now Using Facial Recognition to Check Out Cars "IndyWatch Feed World"

Want to rent a car on your next trip? You may be getting your face scanned in order to do so. 

Is Strasbourg Attack a False Flag to Thwart Yellow Vests? "IndyWatch Feed World"

On Tuesday evening, a brazen terror attack occurred in the French city of Strasbourg, claiming three lives and injuring a dozen, six of whom are said to be in critical condition. The suspect was known to police as an Islamic extremist and has been identified as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt.

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has called on police to investigate seven deputies it claimed did not respond fast enough.    

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Searching Travelers' Devices At An Alarming Rate According To Gov't Watchdog "IndyWatch Feed World"

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has found, Associated Press reported.The government watchdog the Office of the Inspector General for Homeland Security found there were 29,000 devices searched at a port of entry out of 397 million travelers to the U.S. in the year 2017, up from 18,400 the year before from 390 million travelers.

Child Sex Slave Ring Run by Former Israeli Soldier Dismantled in Colombia "IndyWatch Feed World"

A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly recruited young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or domestic abuse to work as sex slaves catering to Israeli tourists visiting Colombia.

HAMAS Court Sentences 6 Gazans To Death For "Collaborating" With Israel "IndyWatch Feed World"

This week, thirteen Palestinians were sentenced after they were convicted of collaborating with Israel through a communications and eavesdropping device planted by the Israelis. Five of the thirteen convicted have been sentenced to death by hanging and one by firing squad.

Stoneman Douglas report asks sheriff's office to investigate deputies "IndyWatch Feed World"

A new report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has called on police to investigate seven deputies it claimed did not respond fast enough.    

Malware Purveyors Targeting Pirate Sites With Bogus DMCA Takedown Notices "IndyWatch Feed World"

DMCA takedown abuse is nothing new. But it normally involves bogus takedown requests claiming copyright violations. TorrentFreak has uncovered a new form of abuse that involves the DMCA, but unlike normal copyright claims, doesn't allow the target to contest the claims.

Gunman goes on rampage during mass in cathedral, kills 4 & takes own life in Brazil "IndyWatch Feed World"

Five people were killed and several others injured as a gunman opened fire during a mass at a Catholic cathedral in Campinas outside of Brazils most populated city, Sao Paulo. The perpetrator then turned the gun on himself.

Bad News On Booze: "Full Measure" Reveals Tax-funded Drinking Study Was Pre-planned To Reflect Alcohol As Beneficial "IndyWatch Feed World"

On December 10, Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson reported a huge buzz-kill for moderate drinkers, the Alcohol Industry, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and certain scientists from Harvard and Yale, and of course U.S. taxpayers:Its a sad comment on the quality of science being conducted by supposedly reputable scientists.

Iran Confirms Pompeo's Charge Of Testing New Ballistic Missile "Capable Of Hitting Europe" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Iranian media has quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander on Tuesday as confirming Iran had recently carried out a ballistic missile test, which is the first time the country has owned up to allegations made by US officials previously this month.

Virus That Haunted Aramco In 2012 Is Back "IndyWatch Feed World"

A variant of the Shamoon malware that hit Saudi Aramcos servers six years ago is back, Axios reports, citing a release from the cybersecurity unit of Alphabet, Chronicle. According to the Chronicle release, the company had detected a file infected with Shamoon in its database VirusTotal.

Giant blaze rips through Googles office in Chinas Silicon Valley (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed World"

A roaring fire burst through the roof and caused mass evacuations at Googles office in Beijings Zhongguancun tech district known as Chinas Silicon Valley.The fire, which broke out at 11am local time, burned through the roof of Googles glass-fronted office building, sending a plume of thick, black smoke into the air.

'Still At Large' - Strasbourg Shooting Suspect Convicted 27 Times Before, Yelled "Allahu Akbar" "IndyWatch Feed World"

French police have detained five people in connection with Tuesday's deadly attack on a popular Christmas Market in the French city of Strasbourg - which unfolded only a few blocks away from the European Parliament. However, the shooter, who was reportedly wounded in the attack before commandeering a taxi to make his escape, remains at large, and French authorities worry that he may have fled to neighboring Germany, according to the Financial Times.

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine "IndyWatch Feed World"

More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly.  

US Debt Nears $22 Trillion Mark As "Storm Clouds" Indicate "Another Financial Crisis" Looms "IndyWatch Feed World"

The rapidly exploding U.S. national debt is about to cross another critical threshold. According to the U.S. Treasury, the debt of the federal government is currently sitting at $21,854,296,172,540.94, and at our current pace we will likely hit the $22 trillion mark next month.

Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $293G in legal fees "IndyWatch Feed World"

Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday."The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement.

Criminally Insane in Oregon Attack Twice as Many People Than Previously Known, New Data Shows "IndyWatch Feed World"

People freed by Oregon officials after being found criminally insane are charged with new felonies more often than convicted criminals released from state prison, with family members and first responders often the targets of violence, a new analysis by the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica shows.

4 Dead, 12 Wounded In Strasbourg "Terrorist Attack"; Shooter Reportedly Fled Scene In Taxi "IndyWatch Feed World"

Things are only getting stranger as the suspect in Tuesday's shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg remains at large.FranceInfo is reporting that the injured suspect made his getaway in a taxi that he robbed, which could explain why police have had such a hard time finding him. The death toll currently stands at three according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, however two police union officials reported four victims earlier. Officials did not explain the conflicting figures.

05:51

Trump, Pelosi and Schumer argue over border wall as cameras roll inside Oval Office "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump, Pelosi and Schumer argue over border wall as cameras roll inside Oval Office | 11 Dec 2018 | President Trump on Tuesday angrily threatened a government shutdown if Congress doesn't fund his long-promised border wall during a heated White House sit-down with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. The people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems pouring into our country," the president told the Senate minority leader during a remarkable, tense exchange as the cameras rolled. "I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you. I'm going to shut it down for border security," Trump said.

05:47

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1738: Economic Structure Change | Military Tribunals "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Dec 11, 2018

Europe insists that the BREXIT deal will not be renegotiated, it is either the people take the EU deal or else. Australia is warning of a housing crisis. World's largest cleaning service ISS is now laying off 100,000 employees, they number of employees has been declining for years. Trump reports very productive talks with China, big new coming soon. The central bank is trying to control the narrative, you can see via the MSM. The entire economic structure is about to change, prepared and ready for the transition.



Published on Dec 11, 2018

Broward commissioner on elections will do an audit. Nadler pushes the campaign violation, it was not a violation. Obama was fined for a violation in 2013, Trump's occurred before he was running. Trump tweets out that Comey knew the dossier was paid for by the D's.Jim Jordan grills Google. Yellow vests reject Macrons concessions. Q drops more bread, the wall will be build using military funding. The raid on the CF whistleblower was needed, name leaked to unseal docs. Can civilians be on military tribunals, history says yes. The DS is panicking, they cannot impeach the President because the senate will try the impeachment, the target was the Senate.

05:29

12 Things All Self-Actualized People Have In Common "IndyWatch Feed World"

Self-actualized people are people who are maximizing their potential. They are doing the best that they are capable of and are always seeking self-fulfillment.

The term itself was made popular by Abraham Maslow in his A Theory Of Human Motivation. It represents the growth of a person towards fulfilling their highest needs or finding meaning in life. This concept is something that reflects growth and marks several key characteristics.

While you might not have ever heard of the term before you could very well be self-actualized. Take a look below at some of the things those who are self-actualized have in common. Do any of these things apply to you?

12 Things Self-Actualized People Have In Common With One Another:

1. They are guided by their goals.

Self-actualized people allow their goals to guide them. They see things from a broader perspective and are able to appreciate even the smallest steps they take. Most people get discouraged in the middle but these people do not.

2. They do not pretend to be someone they are not.

Self-actualized people dont pretend to be people that they are not. They know who they are and are on the right path. They will not be the kind to carry a mask around and refuse to show their true emotions.

3. They can and do express their emotions freely.

Self-actualized people do not bottle their emotions. They allow others to see them in their rawest form when needed. They are not going to pretend to be happy when theyre sad or vice versa.

If they feel something they acknowledge those feelings. They are not going to hide their feelings away and ignore them. They say what needs to be said.

4. They are quite creative in general.

Self-actualized people are usually quite creative. They tend to think outside of the box and come up with some pretty interesting means of getting things done. While you might not understand how they come up with these things, for them it is quite simple.

5. They form strong connections with the people around them.

Self-actualized people are deeply connected with the people around them. They like to get to know others and form bonds.

6. They accept themselves and others.

Self-actualized people accept themselves and others. They do not push people to be who they are not and do not...

05:26

Trump administration files Supreme Court appeal after Ninth Circuit ruling halting new asylum policy "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump administration files Supreme Court appeal after Ninth Circuit ruling halting new asylum policy | 11 Dec 2018 | The Trump administration on Tuesday formally asked the Supreme Court in an emergency appeal to block a nationwide ban on the administration's new asylum policy that was unilaterally instituted by a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge last month. In a November news conference days before the midterm elections, Trump had vowed to turn away all asylum seekers who attempt to cross the border illegally instead of properly presenting themselves at ports of entry. The president, who has long said the asylum process is rife with fraud, said the emergency policy was necessary as the leading Central American migrant caravan approached the U.S. border with Mexico...

05:21

Study Finds Memories of Music Cant Be Lost Due to Alzheimers or Dementia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Just about everyone loves music, and recently, scientists discovered that music is especially important for Alzheimers patients.  During a study they discovered the part of our brain that reacts to music is one of the few parts that we do not lose to the devastating brain disease.

When we listen to music or something that we like, our brain has an autonomous sensory meridian response or ASMR. This is that interesting tingly sensation that makes you aware that youre really enjoying something. Researchers have noted that our response in this way remains present even with Alzheimers disease suggesting that music is able to lift people out of their confusion from time to time.

These findings were published in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimers Disease. While the effects music has on people with Alzheimers does not last forever, it can bring them back to a somewhat normal state for a short period of time.

These researchers were from the University of Utah and are now looking to this region of the brain in the hopes of developing more in-depth music-based treatments to help at least ease up the anxiety those with Alzheimers face. In the past, music therapy has proven to make a very big difference and now we know why. The more personal the better.

Associate professor in Radiology at the University of Utah said as follows in a statement:

People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety.

We believe music will tap into the salience network of the brain that is still relatively functioning.

In our society, the diagnoses of dementia are snowballing and are taxing resources to the max.

No one says playing music will be a cure for Alzheimers disease, but it might make the symptoms more manageable, decrease the cost of care and improve a patients quality of life.

For this study, researchers helped participants select meaningful songs and trained the patient and caregiver on how to use a portable device to play the music selected. Music for these people is an anchor that brings them back to reality. It allows them to be here in the moment for a little while. These researchers then used an MRI machine to scan the patients and see which regions of the brain lit up when listening to this music.

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05:17

Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $292G in legal fees "IndyWatch Feed World"

Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $292G in legal fees | 11 Dec 2018 | Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday. "The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys' fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement...Daniels's lawsuit against Trump was tossed out of court in October, with U.S. District Judge S. James Otero citing free-speech grounds.

05:00

High-Ranking Air Force Commander Busted in FBI Child Sex Trafficking Sting "IndyWatch Feed World"

A High-Ranking Air Force official was arrested this week and charged on multiple counts for attempting to have sex with a child.

by Matt Agorist

Earlier this week, the FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force held a sting to catch alleged sex traffickers and made multiple arrests in the process. During the sting, a high-ranking Air Force Colonel was ensnared by federal agents.

The undercover sex bust unfolded Tuesday night at a Cobb County hotel at which Lt. Col. Willie Newson, 47, was arrested. According to authorities, Newson thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl at the hotel. He was actually meeting undercover agents pretending to be a child.


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04:51

Attacks Across Afghanistan Leave at Least 30 Dead "IndyWatch Feed World"

Attacks Across Afghanistan Leave at Least 30 Dead | 11 Dec 2018 | At least 12 people were killed on the outskirts of Kabul on Tuesday when explosives in a vehicle detonated near a convoy of security forces, Afghan officials said, and at least 12 others were wounded. It was the deadliest of several violent attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday that left a total of more than 30 dead, most of them members of security forces. Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said four of those killed in the attack on the convoy were security officers and eight were civilians.

04:46

France opens terror probe in Strasbourg shooting "IndyWatch Feed World"

France opens terror probe in Strasbourg shooting | 11 Dec 2018 | French prosecutors say a terror investigation has been opened into the shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg that has left two dead and up to eight wounded, including several in critical condition. The Paris prosecutor, who is in charge of anti-terror probes in France, is heading to Strasbourg, according to a statement from his office. The prosecutor's office says the investigation is for murder and attempted murder in relation with a terrorist enterprise.

04:40

France 'terror' shooting leaves 3 dead, multiple injured with gunman on the run - officials "IndyWatch Feed World"

France 'terror' shooting leaves 3 dead, multiple injured with gunman on the run - officials | 11 Dec 2018 | A shooting in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday killed three people, wounded several others and is being treated as an act of "terror," police and government officials said, adding that the gunman is on the run. The suspect opened fire in downtown Strasbourg on Orfevre Street around 8 p.m. local time, government authorities Prfet de la rgion Grand-Est et du Bas-Rhin revealed on Twitter. The gunman is known to police and has a criminal record, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters.

04:28

Google Approves App For Muslims To Report People Who Criticize Islam "IndyWatch Feed World"

Google has approved a new Android app that is designed to allow Muslims to report people who commit blasphemy, insult Muslims, or criticize Islam. The app, Smart Pakem, which is backed by the Indonesian government, [...]

The post Google Approves App For Muslims To Report People Who Criticize Islam appeared first on News Punch.

04:27

Dicks Sporting Goods Facing Store Closures Anti-Gun Stance Backfires "IndyWatch Feed World"

The CEO of Dicks Sporting Goods has admitted that the companys anti-gun stance has negatively impacted business to the point where they are considering closing their Field & Stream stores in order to reduce overheads [...]

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04:25

The Largest Conspiracy Theory Peddlers Are MSM and The US State Department "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US State Department has issued a statement accusing the Syrian government of having carried out a false flag chemical weapons attack in northwestern Aleppo with the intent to blame it on the jihadist factions in the region, citing credible info that the public has not been permitted to see. Never mind the known fact that there []

04:24

Italy Boycotts Migration Summit: The UN Has No Right To Open Borders "IndyWatch Feed World"

Italy has walked out of the controversial UN Global Migration Compact for Migration meeting that is set to make criticizing migration a criminal offense, stating that the United Nations has no right to interfere with [...]

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04:23

After Surviving CA Wildfire, Dog Waits Month Near Ruined Home For His Owner to Return "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dogs are regarded as mans best friend for several reasons. Not only are they loyal to a T, but they are also willing to brave horrific ordeals in order to reunite with their human companion(s). This was recently made evident in California, where a courageous dog named Madison waited an entire month to reunite with his human, Andrea Gaylord.

On November 8th, residents in Paradise, California, were forced to evacuate their homes. Because of the short notice, many personal belongings and loved ones, including pets, were left behind. The town of 27,000 people was absolutely decimated by the wildfire. Fortunately, there were survivors, including Madison, a male Anatolian shepherd mix.

Credit: Inside Edition

Several days after Gaylord fled, she asked an animal rescuer to check on her dog. The rescuer, Shayla Sullivan, said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. But, he was alive. So, she left food and water for him regularly until Gaylord returned on December 7th. Said Sullivan, If [the evacuees] cant be there, Im going to be and Im not going to give up on their animal until they can get back in.

Sullivan also helped locate Madisons brother, Miguel. The Anatolian shepherd mix was taken to a shelter 85 miles away in the aftermath of the fire. When the happy pet owner returned to her property, she reunited with both dogs. She also made sure to bring Madisons favorite treat: Wheat Thin crackers.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 that she could...

04:22

Trump Achieves Total Energy Independence For First Time In U.S. History "IndyWatch Feed World"

For the first time in 75 years, America has managed to export more oil than it imported, under Donald Trumps leadership. Fulfilling his pledge that America would achieve energy independence under his leadership, during the [...]

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04:14

Twitter Now Reports Westerners Who Violate Sharia Law "IndyWatch Feed World"

Twitter is now issuing warnings to users in Western countries who violate Sharia Law despite the fact that Sharia Law is not the law of the land. In a disturbing act of censorship, two [...]

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04:10

The Simpsons Predicted California Wildfires In 2016 "IndyWatch Feed World"

An old episode from The Simpsons has surfaced in which the California wildfires are shown to occur as a result of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW). The episode, titled Monty Burns Fleeing Circus, originally aired on September [...]

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04:01

Pope Francis Invites Muslim To Perform At Vatican Christmas Concert "IndyWatch Feed World"

Pope Francis has become the first Pope to invite a Muslim to the Vatican to perform at the Catholic Churchs annual Christmas concert.  Hussain Al Jassmi is the UN Goodwill Ambassador and the Ambassador of [...]

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04:00

Police Chief Confirms Fmr UK Prime Minister Raped Dozens of Children and Govt Covered it Up "IndyWatch Feed World"

In what will likely turn into the largest pedophile bombshell in recent history, Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has reportedly been accused by the police chief as being a pedophile. His vile crimes against children were allegedly covered up by the establishment.

More than 30 people have now come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the former leader of the Conservative Party and PM. Police investigators told the Daily Mail that the victims all gave strikingly similar accounts of the sexual abuse and none of the individuals were known to each other.

On Sunday, the Daily Mail revealed that the police chief investigating the Heath case said the allegations against him are 120 per cent genuine.

The original investigation began last year as Heaths alleged victims began coming forward. Disgraced DJ Jimmy Saviles nephew alleges his friend was sexually abused by former Prime Minister at parties in the 1970s.


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03:55

FISA Ruling Shows Obama Illegally Snooped On Ivanka Trump "IndyWatch Feed World"

An unsealed FISA Court Ruling reveals that Barack Obama, along with the FBI, NSA and DOJ, illegally snooped on Ivanka Trumps phone calls.  The document, which received very little media attention when it was released [...]

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03:37

Three dead and 12 injured in shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market - as anti-terror police hunt gunman "IndyWatch Feed World"

Three dead and 12 injured in shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market - as anti-terror police hunt gunman who fled in a hijacked taxi after being injured in shootout --Police have said the gunman was known to the authorities [as usual], has a criminal record, and was on a security watchlist which identified him as a threat to the state --The Strasbourg-based European Parliament was put on lockdown following the shooting | 11 Dec 2018 | Three people have died and 12 have been injured after a gunman opened fire with an automatic handgun close to a Christmas market in Strasbourg, French authorities have said. Six of the 12 people were seriously wounded in the attack, 'three of four' of whom may have life-threatening injuries, according to town mayor Roland Ries. The shooting took place close to the historic Christmas market in Strasbourg's central square Place Kleber. Police have announced they know the identity of the gunman, who has a criminal record and was a designated 'threat to the state' on a security services watchlist. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has now said that security would be stepped up at Christmas markets across France and that more than 600 police were involved in the manhunt along with soldiers from the Sentinel anti-terrorist initiative.

03:35

James Gilliland -- Planetary Liberation: Off World Solutions to a Failed Experiment "IndyWatch Feed World"



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Planetary Liberation

Off World Solutions to a Failed Experiment


By James Gilliland

A misdirected Global Elite is the core issue on planet Earth. Their entire lives are based on lies, misperceptions and ignorance. Love, joy and power are what they seek yet they have none of the above. Most have no love in their lives, they are seen as an asset by others, a means to an end. They be lie ve joy comes from acquiring more yet material objects possess no emotions. They may have a mansion, have all the toys yet they have very little love within themselves nor are they loved by others who again only love what they can do for them. Their joy is dependent on their transitory material objects. A mans/womans self-worth is not determined by how much gold they own, their mansions, what kind of car they drive if so what happens when they lose the mansion, the gold and the car is wrecked or stolen? The rich often resort to buying the love and respect of others yet what do others really think of them? Real power comes from ones position on the vibrational continuum. Love, joy, and bliss is the highest level. Power over others is not power. It is a path of devolution as most Satanic and self-aggrandizement cults end up finding out. Worshipping others, external deities and not making ones own personal connection with Creator is like a battery that is leaking. Service to others moves you up the spiritual ladder where the true power exists. Overpowering others, harming others or disrespecting life in general creates devolution. This does not mean you live in denial, it is said evil persists when good men do nothing. We have to make sure we do not become what we are fighting. Many tyrants end up being replaced with another tyrant.

Who are the most loved and remembered people on the planet? What were they remembered by? Their p...

03:31

No evidence of labour exploitation in Top Glove, says Malaysian ministry "IndyWatch Feed World"

Malaysia's Human Resources Ministry has shot down claims that foreign workers of a world-renowned glove-making company are being exploited.

03:29

Is social media having a positive or negative impact on public health? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Social media is probably having more of a negative than positive impact on public health: big social media users tend to be more depressed, anxious and socially isolated.

03:05

FLASHBACK: Bombshell: FEC records indicate Hillary campaign illegally laundered $84 million "IndyWatch Feed World"

The mainstream media took no notice of a federal court filing that exposes a $84 million money-laundering conspiracy Democrats executed during the 2016 presidential election.By APRIL 24, 2018 The press continues to feed the dying Russia collusion conspiracy theory, spending Friday's news cycle regurgitating Democrat talking points from the just-filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia. Yet the mainstream media took no notice of last week's federal court filing that exposes an $84 million money-laundering conspiracy the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign executed during the 2016 presidential election in violation of federal campaign-finance law. That lawsuit, filed last week in a DC district court, summarizes the DNC-Clinton conspiracy and provides detailed evidence from Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings confirming the complaint's allegations that Democrats undertook an...

03:02

White collar criminologist: Deutsche Bank is largest criminal enterprise in Germany "IndyWatch Feed World"

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has deemed Deutsche Bank as the most systemically dangerous bank in the world. Professor of Economics and Law, William Black, knows why and contends, "Deutsche Bank (DB) poses as what is called a 'National Champion' bank and the largest bank by far in Germany, but it's actually the largest criminal enterprise in Germany. This is quite a statement because VW is such a massive fraud. . . .It is insane that we allow Deutsche Bank to go from fraud to fraud to fraud. . . .They cheat on everything else you can possibly imagine and, typically, they are getting caught, which is also not a very good sign in terms of their competence even as thieves. Even in the United States, there has been reluctance to crack down on Deutsche Bank. . . . When the New York Commissioner tried to crack down, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the premier banking regulator, actually sought to impede that. He disparaged the New York folks and said there really...

03:02

Iraqi people mark one year anniversary of victory over Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed World"

Iraq on Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks. The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Entire towns and neighborhoods were reduced to rubble in the fighting. The government declared Monday a national holiday, and a moment of silence is planned for later in the day. Checkpoints in the capital were decorated with Iraqi flags and balloons, as security forces patrolled the streets playing patriotic music. As part of the celebrations, authorities plan to reopen parts of Baghdad's fortified Green Zone - home to key government offices and embassies - to the public. The move is billed as an act of transparency following protests against corruption and poor public services.

03:02

How US-style democracy is losing the world "IndyWatch Feed World"

If Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels about a one-night stand a decade ago, that, says Jerome Nadler, incoming chair of House Judiciary, would be an "impeachable offense." This tells you what social media, cable TV and the great herd of talking heads will be consumed with for the next two years - the peccadillos and misdeeds of Trump, almost all of which occurred before being chosen as president of the United States. "Everywhere President Trump looks," writes The Washington Times' Rowan Scarborough, "there are Democrats targeting him from New York to Washington to Maryland... lawmakers, state attorneys general, opposition researchers, bureaucrats and activist defense lawyers. "They are aiming at Russia collusion, the Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, a Trump hotel, Trump tax returns, Trump campaign finances and supposed money laundering." The full-court press is on. Day and night we will be hearing debate on the great question: Will the...

03:02

New poll indicates rampant racism in Israel "IndyWatch Feed World"

Meanwhile, bill calls for increasing size of villages that can implement 'admission committees' to keep out non-Jewish residents New poll shows racism rife amongst Israelis A new poll by Israeli Channel 10 TV revealed that deep prejudice against Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of Israel, is still the norm amongst Israeli Jews. Over three-quarters of respondents said they would object to their child forming friendships with Palestinian youth of the opposite sex, and more than half of Israeli Jews in the study said they would be disturbed if their child formed friendships with Palestinian youth of the same sex. Forty-three percent of respondents said that they were disturbed or very disturbed to hear people conversing in Arabic in a public space, and 42 percent said they believe that Jews should be hired for work over Arabs.

03:01

Elites of United Kingdom 'horrified' that their "Russian aggression" fairytale is beginning to crumble "IndyWatch Feed World"

UK media and parliamentarians have voiced concern over the fact that the UK's largest online pharmacy, which has links to the NHS, has been 'caught' advertising with Russia's RT television network. Sputnik has discussed another anti-Russia campaign spread in the UK media with political commentator and journalist Ollie Richardson. Sputnik: The Telegraph article's headline says that the company was 'found' advertising on a Russian channel. Is this a crime? What is essentially wrong with the company's business cooperation with RT? Ollie Richardson: According to the logic of Westminster, spending UK taxes on financing jihadists in Libya - one of which came to Manchester and committed an act of terrorism in 2017 - is not a crime. So in this respect, the pro-Tory Telegraph is simply fulfilling its regular role of a propagandist outlet. The truth is that even if all UK-registered companies were banned from doing business with Russian state media, Downing Street would find some other nit...

03:01

Alan Dershowitz defends Dan Gertler, an Israeli criminal billionaire who's stolen the wealth and well-being of DR Congo "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dan Gertler, the criminal Israeli billionaire who is responsible for untold misery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest nations on earth, has an influential new supporter: Alan Dershowitz. In a front page report on today's New York Times, Dershowitz speaks up for Gertler, who was sanctioned last year by the U.S. government, as "a very good person." In fact, Dan Gertler is too corrupt for even the Trump administration to accept. Here's what the Treasury Department said a year ago about why the U.S. was punishing him under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Gertler is an international businessman and billionaire who has amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gertler has used his close friendship with DRC President Joseph Kabila to act as a middleman for mining asset sales in the DRC, requiring some multinational companies to...

03:00

The Phantom Killer Destroying Your Body "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ongoing research has revealed that an average person is exposed to over 80,000 known toxins and heavy metals every day. They are commonly found in drinking water, chemtrails, furniture, pharmaceutical drugs, and even the air we breathe.

With constant exposure, heavy metals can quickly build up in the bodys tissues without our knowledge and become phantom killers.

Even at lower levels, heavy metal exposure can create serious health issues that can impact the bodys ability to function properly.


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02:52

Randy Cramer -- Super Soldier Talk: Mars Defense Force "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Nov 12, 2018

Captain Randy Cramer talks about his 20 years and back with Project Moonshadow in the Mars Defense Force. Learn about Martian Lifeforms, civilian Life, Reptilian and Insectoids Lifeforms, medical technology, Intergalactic Space Station, SSP Disclosure, terraforming Mars, and more.

02:17

SOTT FOCUS: Macron's European army has arrived: It goes by the name Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anyone who's ever tasted teargas will attest how unpleasant it is. I tasted it in Paris on Saturday 8 December as the city turned into a war zone. I am writing these words in a hotel room in central Paris in the aftermath of a day of rage, unleashed by the self-styled gilets jaunes (yellow vests) mass movement of latter-day 'enrages' (angry ones) of French revolutionary repute. And it was indeed a day that bore the hallmarks of a revolution underway. Even now, just after 8pm, the unrest continues, with the sound of wailing police sirens and helicopters hovering overhead the unceasing mood music to my thoughts. This chaos is taking place not in Syria, Venezuela or Ukraine but in Paris, the city most synonymous with the affluence, culture and liberalism of a European continent that increasingly finds itself beset by social unrest and political disruption. The French capital is now, for all intents, the frontline in a growing struggle against neoliberalism and its bastard child,...

SOTT FOCUS: Macron's European Army Has Arrived: It Goes by The Name Gilets Jaunes "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anyone who's ever tasted teargas will attest how unpleasant it is. I tasted it in Paris on Saturday 8 December as the city turned into a war zone. I am writing these words in a hotel room in central Paris in the aftermath of a day of rage, unleashed by the self-styled gilets jaunes (yellow vests) mass movement of latter-day 'enrages' (angry ones) of French revolutionary repute. And it was indeed a day that bore the hallmarks of a revolution underway. Even now, just after 8pm, the unrest continues, with the sound of wailing police sirens and helicopters hovering overhead the unceasing mood music to my thoughts. This chaos is taking place not in Syria, Venezuela or Ukraine but in Paris, the city most synonymous with the affluence, culture and liberalism of a European continent that increasingly finds itself beset by social unrest and political disruption. The French capital is now, for all intents, the frontline in a growing struggle against neoliberalism and its bastard child,...

02:13

Times Propaganda I Mean Person Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed World"

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02:07

Experts Are Warning Us to Look Out For 7 Artificial Intelligence Trends for 2019 "IndyWatch Feed World"

There is no denying the fact that we live in a technology-driven society, with computers, smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices becoming a staple rather than a luxury in order to carry out our day to day functions.

As 2018 starts to wind down, we can look back over the year and reflect upon the many great technological advancements and discoveries that have allowed us to reach great heights today. Imagine what our life would look like without the benefits that this advanced tech brings us on an ongoing basis! It stands to reason, as we move into 2019, that we will continue to advance at a great rate. What does this mean?

Watch out for these 7 artificial intelligence trends as we move into 2019:

#1 Automated Machine Learning

Machine learning has come to be an important part of todays technology, allowing us to train devices on how to handle more difficult or complex situations that generally require the human gift of rational thought and problem-solving. However, the prospect if incorporating AI and ML technology would allow these machines to actually learn and evolve first hand as these situations arise, learning from the way that they have responded in the past. This will take computers past the point of simply carrying our repetitive tasks allowing them to find solutions to complex problems.

#2 AI-Enabled Chips

A technological development that we are going to see impact a wide range of different products ranging from smartphones and speakers to security cameras and even our vehicles, processors with artificial intelligence capacity are certainly the way of the future. Many of the higher-level phones currently on the market including the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Apple iPhone X already include these advanced AI chips, but they are sure to become more common. Meanwhile, other tech-driven companies like Intel with the Movidius Myriad X VPU and Amazon with Project Nitro are also announcing their plans for AI chip technology in the near future.

#3 Cyber Defense Efforts

With an increased reliance on cyber technology and computers in our lives will also come an increased rate of cybercrimes and cybercriminals. For this reason, technological advances are needed not only in the available AI applications for sales, customer service, etc. but also in the efforts that we make to keep ourselves and our data safe. By using AI technology in the effort to identify, track and stop cybercrime, even the most subtle of indicators can...

02:04

The Brightest Comet of the Year Will Meet Up With the Geminid Meteor Shower This Week "IndyWatch Feed World"

While the Geminid meteor shower will be peaking on the 13th and 14th of this month, all week shooting stars will be present. However, this shower wont be the only thing lighting up the night sky.

There will be a comet quite visible that will be passing very close to this planet we call home. That comet is named 46P/Wirtanen and many are dubbing it the Christmas Comet. The brightness of this comet will be so intense that people should be able to see it with their naked eyes.

This comet will only be about 7 million miles away which sounds far but in reality is not. According to the Associated Press, this will be the tenth closest comet to pass in modern times. Astronomers are currently alert and waiting for its presence. It should be most visible near the Pleiades and will take away some of the spotlight being shined on the Geminid shower.

Associated Press reported as follows on this comets passing:

What makes it special this year is simply that its orbit is bringing it closer to Earth than it usually does. As it gets closer to the sun, it should brighten enough to see easily with binoculars or a telescope.

Brighten some more, and it becomes a naked-eye object a fuzzy cotton ball of light amid the stars sharper points.

Talcott, of Astronomy Magazine, said what also makes Comet Wirtanen good for ordinary skywatchers is that it will be accessible. People can view it around 9:30 to 10 p.m. rather than at 3 a.m. Rather than hanging low near the horizon, it will be high in the sky.

What astronomers dont know is whether Wirtanen will show off or be a no-show.

Its anybodys guess, said Geoff Chester, spokesman for the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

This comet, partnered with the Geminid shower is something you should definitely be taking the time to look for. The Geminid shower is active all December but right now we are almost at its most active point and for many that means shootings stars galore. This kind of light show doesnt occur often and should be appreciated.

NASA wrote as follows in regards to the passing of this comet and shared the image you will see below:

Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be making a close pass of Earth Dece...

02:03

(Video) David Wilcock Exclusive Interview -- The Whole Truth "IndyWatch Feed World"



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Conspiracy no longer, here's the final video you have to watch to put your mind to rest on this subject. When did the #Alliance form? Why did the deep state need to bring down the towers? We sit down with David Wilcock who has done his research and corroborated testimonies across many insiders.

02:02

Huawei CFO Gets Bail; China Detains Canadian Ex-Diplomat "IndyWatch Feed World"

VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaA Canadian court granted bail on Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks.

Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver, China detained a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in apparent retaliation for the Dec. 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and daughter of the companys founder.

After three days of hearings, a British Columbia justice granted bail of $10 million Canadian (US$7.5 million) to Meng, but required her to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passports, stay in Vancouver and its suburbs and confine herself to one of her two Vancouver homes from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The decision was met with applause in the packed courtroom, where members of Vancouvers Chinese community had turned out to show support for Meng.

Amid rising tension between China and Canada, Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed Tuesday that a former Canadian diplomat had been detained in Beijing. The detention came after China warned Canada of consequences for Mengs arrest.

Were deeply concerned, Goodale said. A Canadian is obviously in difficulty in China. We are sparing no effort to do everything we possibly can to look after his safety.

Michael Kovrig, who previously worked as a diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and the United Nations, was taken into custody Monday night during one of his regular visits to Beijing, according to a spokesman for International Crisis Group, where Kovrig now works as North East Asia adviser based in Hong Kong.

Canada had been bracing for retaliation for Mengs arrest. The Canadian province of British Columbia canceled a trade mission to China amid fears China could detain Canadians to put pressure on Ottawa over Mengs detention.

In China there is no coincidence, Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said of Kovrigs detention. Unfortunately Canada is caught in the middle of this dispute between the U.S and China. Because China cannot kick the U.S. they turn to the next target.

Earlier in the day, China vowed to spare no effort to protect against any bullying that infringes the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi didnt mention Meng by name. But ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wang was referring to cases of all Chinese abroad, including Mengs.

Washington accuses Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It says Meng and Huawei misled banks about the companys business dealings in Iran....

02:01

12 Psychological Discoveries That Reveal the Dark Side of Human Nature "IndyWatch Feed World"

We would all love to think that we live in a happy, fair and just world, one where the villain always fails, and the hero always wins. However, it likely comes as no surprise that this falls short of the truth. In a world full of violence and negativity, we are left to wonder, just what are we personally capable of?

Human nature is a complex topic, one that can easily dominate a psychologists entire career only to retire feeling as though they have more questions than answers. How is this possible? We are an interesting and yet confusing balance of both good and bad, light and dark. Even the most generous and compassionate among us possesses a darker, twisted side of their personality.

Here are 12 science-backed examples of the darker side of human nature:

#1 Incredibly Resistant to Change

These things may not seem horrible, merely annoying personality traits that lead to feelings of frustration and annoyance, right? The problem isnt necessarily the fact that we are resistant to change, but just how far we will go to uphold this. Studies have long revealed that we will go to great lengths to fight for what we believe even when the facts all point in a different direction. Why? We align ourselves with our beliefs in a way that, within our minds, they fuse with our identity. Therefore, to give up our stance on the subject and concede defeat would actually lead us to question the person that we believe ourselves to be. This is far from comfortable, a situation that none of us want to endure, and so we avoid it at all costs, standing firm in that which we hold to be true. Unfortunately, this can leave us blind to important facts that would allow us to identify and right the worlds wrongs.

#2 Society Favors Psychopathic Leaders

This point may ruffle some feathers as it strikes a chord with our society today. While there are always going to be exceptions to every rule, studies have found that the possession of psychopathic traits actually helps a leader to gain the support of the general public. This helps to explain how some of the most twisted leaders in our past have risen to their positions of power. However, dont allow yourself to be tricked into believing that this is a thing of the past. Love him or hate him, popular psychologists (including Dan McAdams) have assessed and outlined numerous examples of Trumps actions that point to his own psychopathic tendencies. The more aggressive in nature his behavior becomes,...

02:00

Why the Yellow Vests Movement Could Erupt Into A Modern-Day French Revolution "IndyWatch Feed World"

History tells us that the people of France have a tipping point beyond which they are no longer willing to put up with the oppression and enslavement of the ruling class. Such was famously the case a little over two centuries ago.

As the 18th century drew to a close, not only were the royal coffers of King Louis XVI depleted, but two decades of poor harvests, drought, cattle disease and skyrocketing bread prices had kindled unrest among peasants and the urban poor.

Many expressed their desperation and resentment toward a regime that imposed heavy taxes yet failed to provide any relief by rioting, looting and striking.

During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their countrys political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system.

The French Revolution played a critical role in shaping nations by showing the world the power inherent in the will of the people. And there are signs that the current uprising in France may be set to have a similar impact, albeit in a modern context.


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01:52

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its elongated appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula.
Click image for larger size.
 The Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away, but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years in diameter, the expanding debris cloud of a star that was seen to explode about 11,000 years ago. Initially, the shock wave was moving at millions of kilometers per hour but has slowed considerably, sweeping up surrounding interstellar material. In the narrowband, wide field image, red and blue-green colors track the characteristic glow of ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

01:51

"Don't Worry..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Don't worry; you'll understand eventually. Well, actually, 
no you won't, but in time you'll learn to fake it better."
- Lester the Dragon Lizard, on life in general.

01:49

Free Download: Viktor Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Man's Search For Meaning"
 by Viktor Frankl

In attempting this psychological presentation and a psychopathological explanation of the typical characteristics of a concentration camp inmate, I may give the impression that the human being is completely and unavoidably influenced by his surroundings. (In this case the surroundings being the unique structure of camp life, which forced the prisoner to conform his conduct to a certain set pattern.) But what about human liberty? Is there no spiritual freedom in regard to behavior and reaction to any given surroundings? Is that theory true which would have us believe that man is no more than a product of many conditional and environmental factors - be they of a biological, psychological or sociological nature? Is man but an accidental product of these? Most important, do the prisoners' reactions to the singular world of the concentration camp prove that man cannot escape the influences of his surroundings? Does man have no choice of action in the face of such circumstances?

We can answer these questions from experience as well as on principle. The experiences of camp life show that man does have a choice of action. There were enough examples, often of a heroic nature, which proved that apathy could be overcome, irritability suppressed. Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of independence of mind, even in such terrible conditions of psychic and physical stress.

We who lived, in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient p...

01:40

Jon Rappoport -- Who's Destroying England and Western Europe? "IndyWatch Feed World"

Who's destroying England and Western Europe?

In the run-up to the Brexit vote in 2016, immigration came to the fore as the key issue. But of course, the European Union has a policy of opening borders of all member countries.

The EU wants one continent, no separate countries---and the way to achieve that is by creating a massive flood of migrants. Destroy traditions and cultures that define countries. In the process, accept terrorism as "inevitable." Don't talk or write about the actual effects of immigration. That would be "hate speech." Keep eyes and mouth shut, and march straight ahead into a future of one European continent ruled from above by the EU.

Ever since the UK vote to leave the unelected, terminally corrupt, and rotting edifice known as the European Union, stall tactics and threats have been launched at Brits.

First it was, "It's going to take a long time to untangle the UK from the EU, it's very complicated." Actually, that tactic was predated by Prince Obama traveling to England to warn the population they'd stand at the back of the line in forming separate trade deals with the US, if they left the EU. It's called interfering in the political affairs of another nation. Now it's the EU and Queen Merkel beating the UK to the punch by plotting trade deals with India and China, in order to leave the British out in the cold.

But the basic question is, Is Britain a nation? Does it exist? It's a question citizens are supposed to answer. Not Merkel, Obama, or the EU.

This issue, in case it's unclear, is all about Globalism. According to that totalitarian political philosophy, of which the EU is a standard bearer, there are no nations. There are only mega-corporations and banks.

As the departed guru of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzezinski, wrote in 1969, "[The] nation state as a fundamental unit of man's organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state."

This is not only a political and economic statement, it's a prescriptive piece of psychological advice: Stop thinking of yourself as a...

01:37

EU Parliament's rapporteur on UE-Morocco trade deal including Western Sahara resigns and Trade Committee approves deal despite Saharawi condemnation (Western Sahara Resource Watch) "IndyWatch Feed World"

11/12/2018 - EU Parliament's rapporteur on Western Sahara trade deal resigns 10.12 - 2018 Amid investigations into potential breach of code of conduct due to her membership on the Board of pro-Morocco lobby ...

Cops in France brutalize high school students who join Yellow Vest protests (Rmy Herrera) "IndyWatch Feed World"

11/12/2018 - A scene of ordinary life in France, in these times of conflict: On Thursday, Dec. 6, late morning, in front of the gates of a secondary school in a very peaceful town in the Paris suburbs, about 100 ...

01:37

(Video) Dave Janda -- Trump's Week of Winning vs. the Deep State "IndyWatch Feed World"



Published on Dec 11, 2018

The spotlight of this Briefing focuses on President Trump's BIG Wins this week over the Deep State.

01:34

Chet Raymo, "Probing The Soul "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Probing The Soul
by Chet Raymo

More than three centuries ago, Pascal said: "Man considering himself is the great prodigy of nature. For he cannot conceive what his body is, even less what his spirit is, and least of all how body can be united with spirit." Pascal lived at the dawn of the scientific era, but his words still ring true. We have sent spacecraft to the planets. We have listened to signals from the dawn of time. We have unraveled the mystery of starlight. We can even conceive what the body is. But the deeper human mystery remains: What is the spirit, and how is it united with body?

There is a sense among neuroscientists, psychologists and artificial intelligence researchers that the riddle is ripe for solution. Powerful new imaging technologies make it possible to probe the living brain- watch the orchestra play, as it were, even as we listen to the music of thought. More powerful generations of computers provide analytical tools to model the complexity of neural circuits. Subtle refinements of molecular biology and chemistry let us fiddle with the machinery of the soul.

A philosopher colleague of mine worries about the experimental manipulation of consciousness. As we learn more about the brain's chemistry, he foresees increasing reliance upon drugs to control our mental lives- a pill for this, a pill for that. "Increasingly, there's no room for us to talk to one another about our lives," he says. "No room for our histories, our stories, our art; no room for ourselves."

The self has become another object to be investigated, analyzed and manipulated, he says, nothing more than a flickering image on a brain scan monitor as electrochemical activity flares up, dies down, perhaps under chemical control. "Science is squeezing us to spiritual death," he groans, with the deflated spirit of an unreconstructed romantic.

Of course, a...

01:33

Anna Von Reitz -- Name One: Day Eleven "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Name One -- Day Eleven



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

This morning I realized that the light fixture above my bed is still hanging at a crazy angle as a result of the earthquake and that two shelves of books are still laying down sideways.

That's the way it is in a disaster. It's too much to take in all at once. It was the same way with the Miller's Reach Fire back in 1996. You keep on reaching for things that are no longer there, or trying to find things that were thrown out by someone else. It's crazy.

And the "recovery" goes on and on and on, as you discover new things broken, or go into the garden shed for the first time in two weeks and realize, OMG! Another mess from the earthquake!

Sigh. It gets tiring. So does the stress from the after-shocks. [Either they ran out of ammo at Fort Rich or someone got to the Commander and told him to stop all artillery barrages in the wake of an earthquake.]

The dogs have gotten sensitized to the rumbling and jerking and now bark in advance, which could be good--- but isn't, because we Dumb Humans don't know if they are barking to warn us of an impending earthquake after-shock or just objecting to a cat crossing the yard or the UPS man making a delivery next door.

We'd all love to take a nice, long, hot bath or shower, but really can't, because the after-shocks keep us ready to bolt out the door, so we dance through the shower in record time and get dressed like we are late for a fire alarm. Really, truly, this isn't fun.

But we are mucking it, as my Mother used to say at moments like this, and stumbling our way forward. I was able to get a few gifts off to friends and family in time for Christmas-- just enough to say, "I'm still here! I still care!" So I won...

01:32

France Shooting: 4 Dead, Several Wounded in Strasbourg "IndyWatch Feed World"

PARISA shooting in the French city of Strasbourg killed four people and wounded 11 others near a world-famous Christmas market Tuesday, sparking a broad lockdown and a search for the suspected gunman, who remained at large.

French prosecutors said a terrorism investigation was opened, though authorities did not announce a motive for the bloodshed. The city is home to the European Parliament, which was locked down after the shooting.

It was unclear if the market which was the nucleus of an al-Qaida-linked plot in 2000 was targeted. The prefect of the Strasbourg region said the suspect was previously flagged as a possible extremist.

The gunman has been identified and has a criminal record, according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

The death toll, first reported as one, rose to four by late Tuesday, according to two police union officials. One official, Stephane Morisse of union FGP, told The Associated Press the alleged shooter was wounded by soldiers guarding the market.

Gendarmes went to the suspects home to arrest him earlier Tuesday, before the attack, but he wasnt there, Morisse said. They found explosive materials, he said.

French military spokesman Col. Patrik Steiger said the shooter did not aim for the soldiers patrolling in and around the Christmas market, but targeted civilians instead.

Several of the people wounded were in critical condition, the interior minister said.

Witnesses described to the AP hearing gunshots, screams and the shouts of police officers ordering people to stay indoors before the area fell silent and the officers fanned out.

I heard two or three shots at around 7:55 p.m. (1855 GMT), then I heard screams. I got close to the window. I saw people running. After that I closed the shutters. Then I heard more shots, closer this time, Yoann Bazard, 27, who lives in central Strasbourg.

I thought maybe its firecrackers, he said, speaking by phone. And then, as it got close, it was really shocking. There were a lot of screams. There were police or soldiers shouting Get inside! and Put your hands on your head.'

Freelance journalist Camille Belsoeur was at a friends apartment when they heard the gunfire, at first mistaking it for firecrackers.

We opened the window. I saw a soldier firing shots, about 12 to 15 shots, Belsoeur said,

Other soldiers yelled for people to stay indoors and shouted Go home! Go home!' to those outside, he said.

Another witness, Peter Fritz, told the BBC one of the four people killed was a Thai tourist who was shot in the head and didnt respond to lengthy attempts to revive him.

We tried our best to resuscitate him. We a...

01:29

Anna Von Reitz -- Quote for the Day "IndyWatch Feed World"

Monday, December 10, 2018

Anna Quote for the Day



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

Remember the old adage, "If you lay down with dogs, you rise up with fleas"?

Well....

If you lay down with Democrats, you rise up with Communists; but if you lay down with Republicans, you get an additional free lecture series about the evils of the John Birch Society.

People are confused by the existence of these two lobbyist groups. They naturally assume that they must be different and opposed to each other, but no, both are lobbying organizations and both are bent on exactly the same thing: plundering America for special interests.

The only difference is the constituent group in receipt of the plunder.

The Republicans give the spoils to the already grossly Fat Cats and receive kickbacks in return, while the Democrats use the proceeds to more directly line their own pockets and to buy votes from the poor.

So, in any Federal or Federal "State of State" election the only choice is in fact a non-choice.

Do you want to be raped by Max or Steve?

Will it be Raspberry Frozen Feces today or would you prefer Strawberry, Ma'am?

Anyone who thinks about their own experience for more than five seconds knows that this is true.

So why are we...

01:26

Turkish, Kuwaiti businesspeople invest $100M in greenhouses in southeast city "IndyWatch Feed World"

11 Dec 2018 | Daily SabahTurkish investors have been cooperating with Kuwaiti businesspeople to invest some $100 million in greenhouses on a 100 hectare area in the Karaali region to export agricultural products to Gulf countries.

01:26

Failed bioethanol project in Romania leaves unanswered questions for Hungarian legislator "IndyWatch Feed World"

11 Dec 2018 | OCCRPHungarian legislator Erik Bnki claims his farmland purchases in Romania were financed from loans from foreign and Hungarian companies but he does not remember the names of these companies.

01:13

Marc Lamont Hill Has Secured His Place in the Proud Black Anti-Colonial Tradition "IndyWatch Feed World"

When Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill hit the United Nations in late November to uplift the struggle for Palestinian human rights, he did so with an urgency Black radicals have brought for decades. Addressing the global body on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Hill rebuked the Israeli government's brutal treatment of Palestinians, who live under an internationally recognized illegal occupation that fits the legal definition of apartheid. Up to [...]

01:11

About those end-of-life-as-we-know-it' studies "IndyWatch Feed World"

The consequences of our decisions -- and everything we do in the next 10 years, especially -- could linger for millions of years.

01:05

COP24 Overnight Briefing: Sports industry joins race against climate change "IndyWatch Feed World"

Ready, steady go! All the news from Katowice, including a new framework for greener sports

01:03

Green Belt farming supported by The London Assembly "IndyWatch Feed World"

The London Assembly have released a report on the importance of farming in Londons Green Belt, and what the Mayor and councils can

01:01

Monkeys chill out just from seeing their friends being groomed "IndyWatch Feed World"

Barbary macaques became more relaxed and friendlier after seeing another macaque being groomed a finding that may help explain head orgasm' videos

Coral likes to make its ocean home in places with noisy neighbours "IndyWatch Feed World"

As larvae, corals drift around the ocean searching for somewhere to live and they seem to appreciate a spot in an area full of loud fish

When humans are wiped from Earth, the chicken bones will remain "IndyWatch Feed World"

When humans have vanished from Earth, one of the most enduring marks of our impact will be the sudden appearance of copious chicken bones in the fossil record

00:55

Sierra (NZ) -- Trump Posted on 8Chan BEFORE he Became President! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Jordan Sather's latest video includes an amazing meme. It proves that Donald Trump was posting on 8 Chan BEFORE he became President. Watch the video from 2' 50" - 4' 38"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFuaMj35qAo



Jordan says: ' I wasn't even aware of it (the meme). It blew my mind. Wow! Amazing...'

Like Jordan, I wasn't aware of the meme either. I am very pleased that he featured it in his latest video. As Donald Trump says in the 8Chan post, 'It will be the only post I ever make...' He means, of course, as himself, Donald Trump. He later provided countless examples of proof that he posts as President Trump/Q+.

This is ultimate proof of the connection between President Trump and the Q movement - and it happened BEFORE Q even started posting!

What does it mean for us, Q Digital Army warriors and lightworkers? It means that the Alliance has been in this long game of destroying the Deep State for a VERY long time. It means that we can totally - 100% - TRUST THE PLAN.

Recent Q posts have featured photos of Q emblems throughout Europe and at the South Pole. These photos prove without a doubt that the Q movement is now GLOBAL. The massive reach of Q has become unstoppable. The D5 avalanche is roaring down the mountain with ferocious speed and power.

HOOAH!

Where We Go One We Go All,

Love and Light
Sierra (NZ)

00:43

4 Journalists and a Newspaper Are Times Person of the Year "IndyWatch Feed World"

NEW YORKTime magazine on Tuesday recognized journalists, including the slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as its 2018 Person of the Year in what it said was an effort to emphasize the importance of reporters work in an increasingly hostile world.

The designation wasnt intended as a specific message to the magazines runner-up choice, President Donald Trump, who has denounced fake news and called some reporters enemies of the people, said Ben Goldberger, executive editor.

Time cited four figures it called the guardians. Besides Khashoggi, they are the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot to death in June; Philippine journalist Maria Ressa; and Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who have been jailed in Myanmar for a year.

Its the first time since the magazine began the end-of-year tradition in 1927 that Time has featured a journalist or recognized someone posthumously.

Time said that 2018 has been marked by manipulation and abuse of information, along with efforts by governments to foment mistrust of the facts.

Goldberger said the magazine hopes the choice reminds people outside of journalism about the importance of the work.

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said he sees this message already starting to get through sadly, in part because of the attention paid to Khashoggis killing. Khashoggi is one of at least 52 journalists murdered so far this year, the committee said.

In some ways, I feel were at a turning point, Simon said.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago when The Washington Post columnist, who had lived in the U.S., visited Saudi Arabias consulate in Turkey for paperwork so he could get married. He had been critical of the Saudi regime.

The Washington Post applauded Time for its message of support for journalists.

We hope this recognition will prompt our nations leaders to stand up for Americas values and hold accountable those who attempt to silence journalists who cover our communities or in Jamals case, an oppressive authoritarian government, said Fred Ryan, the Posts publisher and CEO.

Reesa co-founded the online site the Rappler, which has aggressively covered the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. She was recently charged with tax fraud, with many in the Philippines seeing that as a reaction to the Rapplers reporting.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were imprisoned after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed by a gunman at the Capital Gazette newspaper last spring.

Time is producing four different covers featuring the guardi...

00:12

SOTT FOCUS: Will Macron's Yellow Vest Implosion Spread to Other EU Countries? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Yellow Vest Movement - weekend 8 and 9 December - Round 4. Some say, they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets, middle class people, from students to workers to outright employees and housewives. The police force increases by every new Round - and so do the demonstrators. Today - more than 8,000 police, a considerable increase from last weekend's 5,000-plus. Tens of thousands Yellow Vests demonstrated; police reported more than 1,600 arrests. There are tanks in the streets - not seen for at least ten years - burning cars and shop fronts, vandalized buildings. The police are fighting them with teargas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Police brutality seems to be unavoidable, However, apparently more moderate than on other occasions. Nevertheless, a youtube is circulating, where a group of riot gear protected police beat up a helpless Yellow Vest, already on the...

Tuesday, 11 December

23:55

Verizon says its media brand Oath is almost worthless "IndyWatch Feed World"

Oaths brand value is now worth just $200 million. Verizon paid a combined $8.9 billion for Yahoo and AOL (the main parts of Oath).

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday, Verizon Communications said its media brand, Oath, is worth almost nothing. Oath is the name that Verizon gave to various media properties it acquired, including Yahoo in 2017 for $4.5 billion and AOL in 2015 for $4.4 billion. AOL itself owned a number of media brands, including the Huffington Post, now HuffPost.

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23:47

Next blow in the trade war? Chinese courts ban Apple iPhone sales over 'patent violations' "IndyWatch Feed World"

Chinese courts have granted a preliminary injunction to US chip-maker Qualcomm which would effectively ban the majority of older iPhone models from sale in China, in a possible trade war counter attack. On the surface, the battle is between two major name tech companies, Apple and Qualcomm, who have been engaged in high-stakes legal battles over intellectual property for years. Qualcomm's injunction claimed that Apple is violating two of its patents in technology used in the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The granted injunction, if enforced, would essentially ban these models from being sold in China where Apple captured nearly 25% of the market share at the end of last year. "Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us," said Don Rosenberg, the general counsel of Qualcomm. An opinion the Chinese courts surprisingly agreed with. Such injunctions are very rarely granted, which...

23:47

How cities can lead on climate change solutions "IndyWatch Feed World"

The latest United Nations climate change report paints a dire picture, but IPCC co-chair Debra Roberts says urban residents have a critical role to play in addressing the crisis.

23:25

Egyptian government prohibits yellow vest sales amid fears of French style uprising "IndyWatch Feed World"

The step was taken amid fears expressed by Egyptian authorities that opponents might use the yellow vests to copy French protests, as the state is reportedly facing the prospect of an uprising similar to the one which erupted back in 2011. The sale of yellow reflective vests is now partially banned in Egypt after state officials instructed retailers not to sell the vests to non-commercial buyers. Furthermore, consumers now require police permission to purchase the vests from retailers throughout the country. The yellow vests have emerged as a symbol of resistance in France in recent weeks, and are now heavily associated with the wave of protests that have been shaking the country since November.

23:24

Demonstration mot Migrationsavtalet i Stockholm "IndyWatch Feed World"

Not quite the passion of the gilets but its a well meant show of solidarity, activists of the world unite!

23:18

Graham Hancock Recently Drank Ayahuasca and Returned with this Important Message for Humanity "IndyWatch Feed World"

Vic Bishop, Staff Writer
Waking Times

the time has come to awaken from this nightmare of our own making and remember the truth about ourselves. ~Graham Hancock

Such chaotic and divisive times these are. Corruption, stress and strife are chipping away at our happiness, clouding our purpose, and keeping us from re-connecting to what it means to be part of the human family.

But there is a messenger of truth in this world, found in the Amazonian shamanic plant medicine ayahuasca. It has a unique way of challenging those who have the courage to look deep within and attempt reconcile the real you with the person whom you pretend to be. In this is the power to transform into your greatest self, and when the individual awakens and transforms, then we can have hope for the world.

Author and researcher Graham Hancock has been a leader in the global movement to expand consciousness, and after taking a three year break from drinking ayahuasca due to unrelated health concerns, he recently returned to ceremony, leaving us with a hopeful note about the condition of the human race on planet earth.

Here he reflects on the incredible transformative power of ayahuasca, pointing out that it has the profound capacity to remind us of who we really are.

A Message to Humanity

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23:09

Can the Yellow Vests Protests Go Global? "IndyWatch Feed World"

When it comes to the relationship of U.S. citizens to the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C., theres no indication that anything remotely resembling self-government is happening. Rather, the relationship is far more like that of a servant to a master.

From the October post: Americans are Stuck in Abusive Relationships with Power

The gilets jaunes, or "yellow vests" protests, emerged seemingly out of nowhere about a month ago and have in a few short weeks shaken the French political power structure to its core. Just yesterday, the exceedingly unpopular President Macron cried uncle and offered a series of concessions to the protesters. Many commentators have come to the simplistic and erroneous conclusion that violence works, but it wasn't the burning cars or streets filled with tear gas that really scared Macron and the people around him. It was something much deeper than that.

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23:01

Review: Season 2 of Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed World"

The scriptwriters planted all sorts of potential plot lines in Season 1, and they just didn't go anywhere. Where's the Wall? Where's the deal with North Korea? Where's that Rust Belt revival?

23:00

Its All Bullshit But Knowing it Sets You Free "IndyWatch Feed World"

Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

We should go and proclaim without cease and remind people at every step of what we are: that our capacity for self-delusion has no limits and that anybody who believes anything is mistaken. ~Czesla Milosz

Authentic growth requires conflict. Your precious beliefs must come up against a question mark as sharp as Occams Razor, or you will inadvertently fall into a prison of intellectual and spiritual stagnation.

Allow the razor-sharp question-mark to slice and dice its way through the beliefs you cling to for dear life. Allow it to shed the superfluous-certainty away from the juicy-uncertainty of what you believe to be true. The alternative is remaining stuck in fixed and rigid thinking. The alternative is being buried in all the bullshit.

Why is it all bullshit? Simply because we live in a meaningless universe. Now, that doesnt mean that we shouldnt create our own meaning despite this fact, it just means that despite whatever meaning we manage to create, we will still always be living in a meaningless universe. No matter the created meaning, that meaning will always be bullshit (some things less bullshit than other things, of course) in the grand scheme of things. And thats okay. It must be okay if we are to get out of our own way as a species and progressively evolve in a healthy way. We just have to keep it in perspective that its all bullshit to some degree or other.

But dont take my word for it. Do your own research. Be imaginative. Do your own deep questioning. Find your own epistemological crisis. Discover your own reason to use Occams Razor.

Id lend you McGees Guillotine but Im using it to write Self-inflicted Philosophy. So far, Im only certain about the last sentence of the thousand-page treatise on the human condition. And its this: Then again,...

22:58

SOTT FOCUS: Holiday Greetings to Our Readers! Get Your 2019 Sott.net Calendar Here! "IndyWatch Feed World"

Dear readers, We would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and our very best to you for 2019. Wait... did we say holiday?! Yes, we know, world events - like SOTT editors - don't do 'holidays'. Just as there's 'no rest for the wicked', those paying attention to an increasingly crazy world don't catch much of a 'break'. The global descent into chaos, division and polarization taxes us all with feelings of doom and gloom and a sense that there's nothing to be grateful for. But if we reflect honestly, and refocus our priorities for a moment, we realize that there is always something to be grateful for. Be it close family and friends with whom we can enjoy respite from the lies and corruption, or just the knowledge that, no matter how hard the destructive forces try, they will never erase truth and love from this world as long as we keep it alive in our own hearts. We at SOTT are proud of what we've been able to accomplish this year, not just on the English-language website...

22:57

Gregory Mannarino, Post Market Wrap Up 12/11/18: An Environment Of LIES "IndyWatch Feed World"

Gregory Mannarino, 
Post Market Wrap Up 12/11/18: An Environment Of LIES

22:57

French Yellow Vests, an American view "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 10 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

The popular depictions of Frances Yellow Vest Movement try to depict the grassroots populist mobilization as a European Tea Party fighting against big government and high taxes.

Journalist Cole Stangler joins to tell the Thom Hartmann program the much more interesting truth on the Yellow Vest movement. Do you think well see similar mobilizations in the U.S.?

Another view from the USA on the Yellow Vests, by Daniela Cobet.

Macrons very limited concesions to the yellow vests: here.

Dutch victims of Shell/Exxon gas extraction earthquakes don yellow vests: here.

22:52

Eleven injured as migrant row erupts into violence at Bamberg, Germany's troubled reception center "IndyWatch Feed World"

German police had to call in reinforcement, deploying scores of officers to quell mayhem in a reception center in country's south, where a group of migrants faced off with security personnel. A row between migrants in one of the reception centers escalated into open violence early Tuesday as people living in the shelter attacked local security staff that tried to intervene, police announced. A group of rioters then barricaded themselves in the building, forcing the security workers to call the police. However, several local police squads that initially arrived at the scene located in the Bavarian town of Bamberg also failed to handle the situation. The officers were pelted with paving stones and had to call for backup. As "numerous police detachments" from neighboring departments came to rescue, the police force at the scene amassed to some 100 officers. Law enforcement besieged the housing facility, which meanwhile caught fire.

22:50

Massive Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Hits Close to Antarctica Britains Bristol Island "IndyWatch Feed World"

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that a powerful earthquake struck yesterday just north of Antarctica, close to the South Sandwich Islands at approximately 9:25 PM ET. The massive quake is the first reported in the area since 2016.

Originally recorded at a magnitude of 7.5, it has since been downgraded slightly to a 7.1 on the Richter scale. Classified as a major earthquake with the potential to cause serious damage, it is estimated that only 20 earthquakes with that degree of force will strike in any given year. An earthquake of this magnitude has the power to cause significant damage to a populated area, with the potential to trigger either a partial or complete building collapse in its close vicinity.

Luckily, this specific quake was recorded in an incredibly remote area minimizing the risk of damage. Estimated to have originated at a depth of approximately 102 miles (165 km), just 30 miles north of Bristol Island, it had the potential to be felt across the Argentine territory of Tierra del Fuego as well as mainland Chile. However, early reports reveal that there is no significant damage to report.

The depth of the earthquake is said to have played an important role in the minimal damage and impact that was felt by those in the area. Earthquakes such as this event, with focal depths between 70 and 300 km, are commonly termed intermediate-depth earthquakes, the USGS explains on their website. They typically cause less damage on the ground surface above than is the case with similar magnitude shallow-focus earthquakes, but large intermediate-depth earthquakes may be felt at great distance from their epicenters, Last nights earthquake is said to have been felt within a 155-mile (250 km) radius of its origin.

Bristol Island itself is considered to be a highly volcanic area, meaning that it is no stranger to the power of natural disasters. The best-known volcano on the island, Havfruen Peak, reaches an incredible 1198 feet (365 m) in height, while further west Turmoil Point stands 1312 feet (400 m) tall. At this time there are no reports that any volcanic activity has been triggered or influenced by the impact of the quake. Furthermore, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has confirmed that there is no expected tsunami threat from the event.

This is the second major earthquake to have hit recently, with a magnitude 7.5 earthquake recorded on December 5th at 4:18 AM UTC in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia...

22:49

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: A Trigger for Depression and Anxiety? "IndyWatch Feed World"

December 12th, 2018 By Kelly Brogan, M.D. Guest writer for Wake Up World One of the most remarkable papers I have read in the psychiatric literature was about a 57 year old woman who was treated with months of both antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and given two rounds of electroconvulsive treatment before anyone bothered to check her vitamin []

22:41

Common primrose, from Darwin to new research "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2009 video from Britain says about itself:

The Roots of a Theory: How Plant Specimens Led a Young Darwin to Discovery

Plant specimens may seem an unlikely starting point for Darwins theory of evolution by natural selection but, as Professor John Parker investigates in this podcast, the Cambridge botanist John Stevens Henslow proved a crucial mentor for the young naturalist. Find out how Darwin shipped his collections from the Beagle voyage back to Cambridge, and how these almost 200 year-old specimens can today give us a snapshot of long-extinct botanical life.

From the John Innes Centre in Britain:

Transformed: The plant whose sex life fascinated Charles Darwin

December 11, 2018

Researchers have genetically transformed the Common Primrose (Primula vulgaris) for the first time in a development that could shed light on one of the plant worlds most renowned reproductive systems.

The complicated sex life of Primula was a subject that fascinated Charles Darwin and generations of geneticists that followed because its one of the best examples of heteromorphic flower development.

Heteromorphy (or heterostyly) is a phenomenon in which plants exhibit two or three distinct forms of flowers based on the position of the male and female sex organs. Now, some of the secrets that eluded Darwin could be revealed following the biotechnological success announced by researchers from the John Innes Centre, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Earlham Institute.

The technology known as Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation involves using soil bacteria to insert or modify genes in a plant genome. Genetic transformation is a valuable tool that allows researchers to study gene funct...

22:33

The Arctic Just Had Its Hottest Five Years on Record, and Its Only Getting Worse: Report "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their Arctic Report Card this week, with the equivalent of failing grades for a critical marker of environmental health.

The oldest and thickest ice in the region has declined by 95 percent, meaning, as The Washington Post reported Monday, that the sea at the top of the world has already morphed into a new and very different state, with major implications not only for creatures such as walruses and polar bears but, in the long term, perhaps for the pace of global warming itself.

The age of the ice is directly related to its ability to protect the earth. The younger the ice, the thinner the ice, the easier it is to go away, Don Perovich, a scientist at Dartmouth who coordinated the sea ice section of the yearly report, told the Post. The thinner, younger ice may be able to regrow more easily, but as the Post notes, thats not helpful for climate change: It may not add much stability or permanence to the Arctic sea ice system if it just melts out again the next summer.

In addition, according to the latest report card, the Arctic has experienced its hottest consecutive five years on record (2018 alone is the second hottest, with 1990 in the top spot overall), thinning the usually protective ice, and leaving not just the Arctic, but the world, more vulnerable to climate change.

According to The Daily Beast, the warming Arctic climate may be exacerbating extreme weather events around the world, including extreme cold events, such as the winter storms felt in the northeastern United States last year.

Rafe Pomerance, chairman of Arctic 21, a network of organizations focused on educating policymakers and others on Arctic climate change, told The Daily Beast, The signals of decline are so powerful and the consequences so great that they demand far more urgency from all governments to reduce emissions.

The 2018 edition of the report card is also the first time that NOAA includes warnings about red tide and algal blooms. In practical terms, PBS NewsHour points out, this means toxins from these microorganisms are threatening marine wildlife and coastal fisheries, imperiling communities that depend on these species.

Among the species in decline due to the ice shrinking are reindee...

22:32

Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatens to execute Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh "IndyWatch Feed World"

Beirut, December 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about the fate of Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh. According to news reports, Syrian militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatened to execute al-Maleh, a Syrian freelance journalist and media activist from the southwestern Syrian city of Madaya whom...

22:19

Europe's authoritarian colors coming through: Thousands put into custody since start of Yellow Vest protests in France "IndyWatch Feed World"

The number of people arrested since the beginning of the massive popular protests that have gripped France for weeks has surpassed a staggering 4,500, with critics calling the actions of the authorities crackdown on democracy. The French police have detained a total of 4,523 people in connection to the so-called Yellow Vests protests that united tens of thousands of people across the country discontent with taxes polices and fuel prices hikes. Of those almost 4,100 still remain in police custody, the French BFM TV broadcaster reported, citing police sources. Earlier, the French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner confirmed that more than 1,900 people were arrested in connection to the protests in just one day - on Saturday, December 8. More than 1,700 of them were taken into custody. However, the French media later reported that the number of those arrested on that day might in fact have reached 2,000 people.

22:19

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Anadarko, Oklahoma, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

22:17

'Cancer is infectious': Uninformed neighbors want cancer suffering kids kicked out of rented flat in Moscow "IndyWatch Feed World"

Some dwellers of an apartment block in Moscow want cancer-stricken kids and their parents kicked out. The reason? Because "cancer is an infectious disease spread through [the] air," they say. "Cancer is an infectious disease, 200 types of it have been discovered," a notice at an apartment block in the Konkovo District in south-western Moscow read. On the weekend, it was reported that local activists have started gathering signatures in order to prevent the building "from becoming a cancer clinic." They were in a panic because one of the flats in the tenement, located near the Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Centre, was often rented by families of sick children, who underwent cancer treatment at the facility.

22:17

"Three Things..." "IndyWatch Feed World"

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, thats a full day. Thats a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, youre going to have something special. I just got one last thing... I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have.
- Jim Valvano

22:16

Screentime Is Making Children Stressed, Depressed, and Lazy "IndyWatch Feed World"

There is no debating the fact that we have come to rely heavily on electronics in todays society. Nearly everyone is carrying a smartphone, and experts estimate there are as many televisions as humans currently in the United States! But what impact does this have on our children?

Children today are spending more time today on their tablets and video games than ever before, immersing themselves in a digital world. This has some great benefits, with the internet putting a whole world of knowledge at their fingertips at any time. However, these great benefits also come at a cost. Experts warn that the increased amount of time that children are spending staring at their electronics can have an incredibly negative impact on their health, development, and well-being.

Here are 8 ways why too much screentime has a negative impact on your childs health:

#1 Encourages Sedentary Time

One of the big concerns regarding the lifestyle and habits of children today is the incredible increase in sedentary time in their daily routines. Looking back throughout history, children would entertain themselves through physical activity, running around outdoors and playing with friends. Studies show, however, that todays children spend approximately 40-60% of their waking hours engaged in sedentary activities. This includes those that fall under the umbrella of screen time including watching television, playing video games and spending time surfing the internet. Too much sedentary time has been associated with an increase in obesity and risk of cardiometabolic diseases.

#2 Artificial High Desensitizes Reward Center of the Brain

When we experience something in life that feels good or triggers excitement, our brain releases hormones like dopamine which trigger the reward and pleasure centers of the brain. This includes when we are around someone we love, when we accomplish something big or if were enjoying our favorite snack food. When children spend too much time playing games on these devices, they cause the release of the same hormones, triggering feelings of pleasure. However, over time this will actually desensitize the enjoyment, making it harder and harder to find pleasure in life. This can cause serious problems with their moon down the road, as a life without pleasure welcomes negativity.

#3 Heightened Stress Levels

The hormone changes discussed in point #2 will work to do more than just desensitize the pleasure response in the b...

22:11

1 Out of 6 People Believe Santa Should Be Gender Neutral "IndyWatch Feed World"

While traditionally Santa is a male, it seems in this day and age many would prefer it if he were not a he or a she. Have you ever considered what it would be like if Santa were gender-neutral?

A survey carried out by GraphicSprings actually found that 17.15 percent of people would prefer a gender-neutral Santa and 10.6 percent would opt for a female Santa over a male one. Basically,  about 28 percent of those surveyed would not want Santa to be a male if they could have a say in things.

Those who took part in this survey ranged in age from 18 to over 65. They were for based in both the UK and the US and over 4000 people ended up participating in whole. It is also interesting to note that 14.74 percent of those who took part in this survey also noted that Santa should travel in a flying car rather than his traditional sleigh with reindeer.

When you think of Santa chances are you picture an elderly white man with a long white beard and maybe even glasses, right? What would a female Santa look like? Would a gender-neutral Santa look similar to the one were used to or how different would they end up being?

(Image via: Pixabay)

Claudia Carvell from the LGBT Foundation told UNILAD the following and noted that whether Santa ends up being gender-fluid or not gender-neutrality/fluidity needs to be represented more properly:

Gender fluidity is an important issue for everyone, regardless of their gender identity.

We have a restrictive idea of what a man or woman is and it assumes women have to be feminine and men masculine and theres no room for people who feel theyre both or neither.

Everyone experiences these gender pressures, whether theyre LGBT or not, so gender fluidity is something we all need to be discussing as part of our everyday lives whether its rejecting a damaging stereotype, using they pronouns as well as he and she, or simply not assuming someones gender identity based on their appearance.

The conversation just starts with gender-neutral clothing lines or gender-fluid imagery we need to be hearing more of the voices and experiences of gender-fluid...

21:58

Senator demands proof that 5G is safe. So does the National Institute For Science, Law & Public Policy (BN Frank) "IndyWatch Feed World"

11/12/2018 - No matter how much you love technology, youd probably want to know that insurance companiesstopped covering wireless radiation exposure because its too risky, right? Published yesterday ...

Labour is showing European socialists the road to their renewal (The Morning Star) "IndyWatch Feed World"

10/12/2018 - ITS my deal or no deal is the unwelcome message that Ms Mays little helpers have been carrying to the far corners of Torydom over this weekend. Gin and tonic-fuelled discussions in the ...

A practical approach to Meng Wanzhou's case (Kong Qingjiang ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

10/12/2018 - The unusual arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese national, by the Canadian authorities at the request of the United States, triggered worries and even anger among the Chinese people. Meng, chief financial ...

Yellow vests, December 8, 2018: the film of the day (localteam) "IndyWatch Feed World"

09/12/2018 - le-de-France, December 9, 2018: The minute-by-minute account of Act IV of the Yellow Vest Movement, which saw a deployment breaking all records of repressive forces (89,000 men and women) and, ...

Macrons politics look to Blair and Clinton. The backlash was inevitable (Larry Elliott ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

09/12/2018 - The French president has cut taxes for the rich but maintained austerity. Its a failed formula Rioting in the streets. Filling stations running out of fuel. Panic buying in the supermarkets. A ...

Israeli occupation's brutal routine: nightly raids, boys cuffed for hours and seized jewelry (Gideon Levy ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

09/12/2018 - There's never a dull night in the village of Beit Ummar, where the Israeli army is a regular visitor IDF troops seen patrolling the streets of the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar near the West ...

Yellow Vests: when the Arab world ironizes the social movement in France (Syrine Attia ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

09/12/2018 - The social protest movement that has been stirring in France for the past month has caused a lot of reactions from the Maghreb and Middle East countries. Between satire and parallel with the Arab spring, ...

Frances Yellow Vests: Its just one protestwhich has lasted 8 years (Ramin Mazaheri ) "IndyWatch Feed World"

09/12/2018 - The most important thing to understand about Frances Yellow Vest movement is that the Mainstream Media wants you to view it as an isolated incident which exists in a vacuum, when we are much ...

France: Why the elephant in the room is wearing a yellow vestOpen letter to whom it may concern (Dominique Macabies) "IndyWatch Feed World"

08/12/2018 - Mr. President, Distinguished Ministers and members of Parliament, trade union leaders, Yellow Vests "do not know what they want" because such a high degree of gross injustice has been reached ...

Les Gilets Jaunes A bright yellow sign of distress (Diana Johnstone) "IndyWatch Feed World"

06/12/2018 - Every automobile in France is supposed to be equipped with a yellow vest. This is so that in case of accident or breakdown on a highway, the driver can put it on to ensure visibility and avoid getting ...

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