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21:32

XANEMR - KELHA BAZD "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:32

XANEMR - GULANA MI "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:32

XANEMR - AZADBE ROK and Band Introduction "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:32

XANEMIR - GIDEN KUSLAR "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - XOZAN DAX "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - SEYRAN MANG "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - ALAGYAS "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - NAZL "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - AGIR "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - HEKIMO "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:31

XANEMR - MEVANIM "GroovUs Feed Anews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

21:28

Clinton, Trump Elections Sent Chilling Message to Sexually Abused Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Harvey Weinsteins alleged sexual harassment and assault, as well as a tape in which he admits to groping a model, seem to have triggered something new in US society an awareness of the magnitude of what women face every day.

Why did it take so long?

One reason is partisan politics. Think about it: Two of the four men who have occupied the Oval Office in the last quarter century were allegedly serial sexual harassers/assaulters.

Bill Clinton was accused of rape by one woman, of exposing himself to another and of groping a third.

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. In addition, he has confessed on tape to having groped and kissed multiple women without their consent. Thats more than Weinstein has admitted to doing.

So what happened to Clinton and Trump after they were accused, by multiple women, of sexual abuse? They got elected to the most powerful office in the world and each of them had legions of supporters who made excuses for their behavior, dismissed the allegations and disparaged the women making them:

Its all just a witch hunt/right-wing conspiracy.

They were powerful men surrounded by beautiful women, why would they need to grope them?

These women are just trying to get famous or make money.

It was a different time when Bill Clinton was accused of these things.

Bragging of sexual assault is locker room talk.

In light of these widespread sentiments, and the fact that sexual assault and harassment are often incredibly difficult to prove, its no surprise that so many victims dont speak up.

What lessons did young women growing up in the 1990s learn from watching the news? What about girls whose parents made excuses for Trump last year?

Yes, there is a presumption of innocence that Trump and Clinton are entitled to, and neither has been convicted of anything related to these allegations. But lets be honest, who in their heart of hearts thinks that all of the accusations made against these two are made up?

And then there is this: One supporter of Trump was asked whether grabbing women by their pussy or kissing them against their will constitutes sexual assault. The answer: I dont characterize that as sexual assault. I think thats a stretch.

That person was Jeff Sessions, who now serve...

21:13

Indonesia to demand answers after military chief denied U.S. entry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washingtons deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, an Indonesian official said on Sunday.

Indonesias Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that U.S. authorities had denied him entry, according to Indonesian media reports.

Nurmantyo was going to the United States at the invitation of General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a former head of the U.S. Marine Corps, according to the reports. He was also due to take part in a forum organized by the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington on Monday.

Arrmanatha Nasir, a spokesman for Indonesias fo...

20:30

PR: Quicker, Safer, Cheaper: What Exactly Does Universa Blockchain Present? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sergey Chernov on Universa Blockchain

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

Universa Blockchain introduces an innovative technology, the technical details of which need to be explained, like mostly when it comes to brilliant ideas. Sergey Chernov, the technical director of Universa, answers the questions about Universa Blockchain.

Q-Sergey, how is the high speed of Universa Blockchain possible?
A-First of all, it is possible because the architecture of Universa is special, it has nothing in common with Bitcoin or Ethereum, for example. It was created for saving computing resources of the network and the storage for the ledger. There is no mining in Blockchain, the processes of keeping and performing contracts are taken from the nodes to clients.

Q-In what case can the network overload and slowing of the transactions be expected? Do you have a plan of action if that happens?
A-The network overload is possible primarily because of network channels overload and also if the nods platform equipment is not powerful enough. Three stages of upgrading the nodes in the network are provided, while the last stage assumes almost unlimited scaling on capacity. The network is scaled not by increasing the number of nodes but by enhancing each of the nodes, which can have a an arbitrary number of servers for the parallel processing of transactions.

Q-Lets suppose Blockchain was hacked, access to what information may be gained by a hacker?
A-In this case the hacker will only get information on signatures and their expiration dates for the last blocks in every certified chain and also to the last blocks of chains which have been processed recently or in the last few hours. Chains are not kept on nodes.
If the hacker has broken into the...

19:58

Secret Service Guy Now Skeptical, 1851 "IndyWatch Feed National"

SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, https://www.seashelldiamondgallary@gmail.com https://www.seashelldiamondgallary.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Secret Service Guy Now Skeptical, 1851 Synopsis: Tucker Carlson had Dan Bongino, former NYPD and Secret Service agent on last night to discuss the latest with the Oct. 1 incident. A Clarke County, Nevada judge has ordered MGM International to preserve all evidence surrounding the shooting from the Mandalay Bay hotel for fear that MGM is now orchestrating everything about post-shooting events to its benefit and things we normally see after crimes like this is all the security camera footage, of which there is no doubt was plentiful, and since we havent seen it, it cant support this ludicrous timeline they keep adjusting to best suit their needs. [insert] Once again, focusing on the motives of Steven Paddock tends to ignore blaring evidence of at least two shooters, and possibly two more on the ground, and that apparently there was another person in Paddocks room that evening as evidenced by two dinner plates on the service cart on the hallway next to his room. This may have been the person dressed as a security person later spotted being chased by other security personnel through the adjoining casino after the crime. But you have to give Tucker credit, hes the only TV news personality still covering this event and its strange timeline and dozens of questions that dont add up. In my opinion, both Tucker and his guest are playing this waaayy on the conservative side lest the story gets spiked all together and disappears from TV land all together. [insert] Unfortunately, its obviously not nonsense, because it is the only answer that even comes close to making sense. Bongino has come a long way in how he views this crime. A week ago, he was totally buying the LVPD/FBI version. Now, his detectives deductive training has shown him that you cant paste these pieces together and get a sensible picture no matter how hard you try. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, https://www.seashelldiamondgallary@gmail.com https://www.seashelldiamondgallary.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.b..........

17:23

Populist billionaire Babis wins landslide in Czech Republics general election "GroovUs Feed Anews"

AFP

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Michal Cizek, AFP | Czech billionaire Andrej Babis (L), chairman of the ANO movement (YES) and his wife Monika smile at ANO headquarter after Czech elections on October 21, 2017 in Prague.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-10-22

The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis won the Czech Republics parliamentary election Saturday. The vote shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister.

With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said ANO won in a landslide, capturing 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament.

Its a huge success, the 63-year-old Babis told supporters and journalists at his headquarters in Prague.

Babis is the countrys second-richest man, with a media empire including two major newspapers and a popular radio station.

Although he was a finance minister in the outgoing government until May, many Czechs see him as a maverick outsider with the business acumen to shake up the system. With slogans claiming he can easily fix the countrys problems, he is, for some, the Czech answer to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Since the leader of the strongest party usually gets to form a new government, Babis could be the countrys next leader despite being linked to several scandals, including being charged by police with fraud linked to European Union subsidies.

The charges will likely make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs to build a parliamentary majority. He didnt immediately say which parties he preferred but has invited all parties that won seats in parliament for talks.

In a blow to the countrys political elite, four of the top five vote-getting parties Saturday had challenged the traditional political mainstream. Some have exploited fears of immigration and Islam and have been attacking the countrys memberships in the EU and...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz October 21-22, 2017 answers and discussion "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Here are the answers with discussion for yesterdays quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

A hallmark of the neo-liberal period has been the declining share of wages in national income which in part meant that economic growth became more dependent on credit to maintain growth in consumption spending. Increasing the wage share requires a faster rate of growth in real wages in the coming years.

The answer is False.

A faster rate of real wages growth is not even a necessary condition much less a sufficient condition for a rising wage share.

Abstracting from the share of national income going to government, we can divide national income into the proportion going to workers (the wage share) and the proportion going to capital (the profits share). For the profit share to fall, the wage share has to rise (given the proportion going to government is relatively constant over time).

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:

LP = GDP/L

so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We....

16:08

TATTOO Festival Arts Monday "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Rites Of Passage Festival is an event that showcases tattoos as a form of art and self-expression. This years line-up features over 250 of the best tattoo artists from Australia and the world in an action-packed weekend of live tattoos, body art, food trucks and entertainment. Visitors can catch up with the latest trends, get inked on the spot, and shop for everything from tattoo supplies to the latest in street wear and alternative fashions. Tattoo competitions will see artists battling it out for points in the different categories, as well as the Miss Rites of Passage competition in which women of NSW compete for the Miss Rites of Passage title.

Kevin Mack, Director of Australian Tattoo Events, is my guest today.

The Rites of Passage Festival: Friday 27th Sunday 29th October 2017

Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

More Info: www.ritesofpassagefestival.com

Soleil-Megan Allard

Soleil-Megan Allard

Megan Allard is a Canadian custom tattoo artist who specialises in black-and-grey, realism, and watercolour. Megan incorporates her formal training and skills in painting and fine arts into her tattoo designs. Megan Allard is currently working at The Tattoo Movement in Sydney and is a celebrated artist. Megan is commissioned by individuals and institutions across the world and her artworks and fine art prints are held in Australian and International collections.

Megan Allard, custom tattoo artist, is my guest today.

16:00

A Body in Motion Stays Healthier Longer "GroovUs Feed Anews"

By Dr. Mercola

Getting consistent movement into your daily life is a profoundly powerful intervention for health and longevity. Five years ago, I interviewed Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., on this topic. She's a true pioneer in this field and was one of the first professionals to understand the value and importance of regular movement, not exercise, for the preservation of health and prevention of disease.

Vernikos was hired by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1964, five years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. She served as director of the Space Life Sciences at NASA from 1993 until 2000, and has written over 200 scientific papers. Her new book, "Designed to Move: The Science-Backed Program to Fight Sitting Disease and Enjoy Lifelong Health," is the sequel to her previous book, "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals."

Health and Fitness Supersedes Age

Her latest book is dedicated to John Glenn, the first American astronaut to do an orbital flight and a U.S. Senator. He died last year at the age of 95, but made headlines when he flew back into space at the age of 77. Vernikos was instrumental in helping him get back into space.

"When he first came up with this suggestion, everyone thought, 'You can't send an old man up in space. What if something happens to him, then how do we explain it?'" Vernikos says. "The oldest person at that point was Musgrave at 52 Glenn wanted to fly again because John F. Kennedy had prevented him from going to the moon.

He was a national hero and it wouldn't be politically pleasant if something happened to him, so he was forbidden from flying again ... Then one day, as senator, he arrived at NASA. My administrator said, 'What do you think? Should we let John fly again?' I said, 'Arbitrarily, why not? But let's do some homework with the National Institute on Aging.' We started asking questions of] experts. The answer came back. 'Well, there is no reason to exclude him, as long as he is healthy and fit'

[Glenn] was extraordinary. My concern was not that anything would happen to him during the flight, but how would he recover or would he recover? He came back, of course We had a session at the National Institutes of Health on the results, which...

15:00

Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. (TFTP) Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking []

The post Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

11:01

This Japanese Cube Test Will Reveal Things About Your Subconscious You Would Never Have Guessed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cube test is a personality test like nothing else. It gives you a much more realistic look at who you really are.

This test is more-so a mental exercise than a test, but still is puzzling all the same. You can use this to find out just about anything in regards to your personality. If your imagination works properly then this test should be fairly easy for you.

It was first developed by Japanese psychologists in the year 2000, and was published in the book Kokology. This book was written by Tadahiko Nagao. In case you were not already aware, it is filled with psychological games and tests designed to help people learn more about themselves. This test is actually one of the most popular exercises from the book.

I came across this test not too long ago, and I actually was able to learn quite a bit about myself. If you think you may be ready to give it a go check out the video below. Sure, to begin with these questions will seem odd, but in the end everything will make a lot of sense. Remember your answers as you go along and pay attention to what they reveal about you in the end. Enjoy!

10:30

The Difference Between Empaths and Lightworkers "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Lightworkers and empaths are very similar, and yet also very different. While empaths and lightworkers work well together they are not the same thing.

Empaths are people who can absorb and truly feel the emotions of others. While they do enjoy healing/helping others, this does not make them a lightworker. However, I am sure there are some people who can be both just that not all are both.

A lightworker is someone who is working to save the planet. Someone who was sent here for that purpose. Lightworkers are extra sensitive and often can be quite receptive to any energies they come in contact with.

See? Not the same thing, but they are still quite similar. The empath will become overwhelmed in crowds, and can tell when someone is being dishonest whereas the lightworker likes to be out and about for the most part and is not quite intuitive. Below you will find lists of the characteristics of each of these two things.

Regardless of which of these two you are, you are wonderful. If you are an empath or a lightworker you need to work to control your gift. There is nothing worse than an uneducated individual with a skill like this.

Empath Characteristics:

  • Always standing up for the underdog
  • Absorbs other peoples emotions
  • Loves nature
  • Gets bored easily
  • Drawn to healing
  • People come to them with problems
  • They are usually exhausted
  • They love adventure and freedom
  • Great listeners
  • Can seem shifty at times
  • Will not tolerate narcissists
  • Is always looking for answers

Lightworker Characteristics:

  • Sensitive to energies
  • Feels the need to heal those in need
  • Feels compelled to teach
  • Has been through a lot in life
  • Wants to save the world
  • Has experienced a strong awakening
  • Loves animals

Take a look at the video below for more information. While you may have thought you were one thing before this article, chances are you are in a very different mindset now. You are in control of your own mind. Be true to yourself.

08:43

Man in Hospital After Early Uber Arrival Forces Him to Skol 400 Beers "GroovUs Feed Anews"

UberDrunk

A Sydney man is in hospital with chronic drunkenness pains after the Uber he ordered to take him to the pub arrived four minutes early, forcing him to drink 400 of his 680 pre-drinks beers in under 30 seconds.

A government health spokesperson has slammed Uber, calling for an urgent review of the ride-sharing service.

What a horror story. My thoughts and prayers are with this man who was trying to do the right thing by not driving after 680 beers and avoiding arriving at the pub feeling a bit awkward because he hadnt consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol, he said. Its irresponsible of the Uber to put people in this position and its happening far too often. Punctuality can be deadly.

The victims friends, who are also in hospital recovering from the evening, said they werent concerned when the man failed to turn up at the pub.

Hes a light drinker anyway so we thought he simply skipped the pre pre pre pre drinks. Who would have thought the poor bloke had to drink 400 beers in under 30 seconds? one friend said. I know that doesnt sound like much, but 400 beers has a lot of sugar and that cant be good for you.

A NSW taxi spokesperson said this was just another example of the way Ubers consistent over performance was dangerous.

If you book with a taxi, you can be confident well be late or not come at all, so youll always have plenty of time to finish your pre-drinks drinks, he said. Were proud of our motto, Better late or never.


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07:56

Report Proves "No Bad Whore, Just Bad Laws" Sex Workers Outreach Project

 

Report released today by Curtin University

proves what the sign says

"No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws"

 

read more

06:46

Gizza job! "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

How low can you go?

The New South Wales economy has added a stunning +123,800 full-time jobs over the past year.

And how low is the New South Wales unemployment rate now?

The answer is: very low at 4.6 per cent.

That's now equal to the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in 9 years for the Premier State.

And the way things have been tracking, it may not be all that long before the unemployment rate across across the state approaches the lowest level on record, across decades of data.


In February 2008 the state's unemployment rate fleetingly plummeted to just 4.2 per cent, if only for a month.

Casting one's mind back, that was an extraordinary time in Sydney's labour market.

With the mining boom in full swing, there was such a shortage of skilled labour that it felt at times you could get paid a bonus just for turning up to work, so fearful were employers of losing qualified staff.

Certainly pay rises were expected for tenure, while employees could easily leave a job in the full expectation of sourcing another position comparatively easily.

We're not seeing conditions anything like that just yet.

However, the Jobs Vacancies figures for New South Wales recently soared to the...

06:44

"Source" tells NBC Niger ambush was result of "massive intel failure" "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A senior congressional aide who has been briefed on the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger says the ambush by militants stemmed in part from a "massive intelligence failure." The Pentagon has said that 40 to 50 militants ambushed a 12-man U.S. force in Niger on Oct. 4, killing four and wounding two. The U.S. patrol was seen as routine and had been carried out nearly 30 times in the six months before the attack, the Pentagon has reported. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly, said the House and Senate armed services committees have questions about the scope of the U.S. mission in Niger, and whether the Pentagon is properly supporting the troops on the ground there. There was no U.S. overhead surveillance of the mission, he said, and no American quick-reaction force available to rescue the troops if things went wrong. If it weren't for the arrival of French fighter jets, he said, things could have been much worse for the Americans. Congress also has many unanswered questions about what happened, he said, including about the specifics of the mission that day and the accounts lawmakers have been given about the timeline of the attack and rescue.

06:13

Whistleblower calls OSCE "most dysfunctional entity" he's worked with, exposes deceit, corruption, use of brothels in occupied Lugansk "IndyWatch Feed National"

On October 19th, 2017, the OSCE reported that its mandate at two Russian Checkpoints had been extended to the end of January, 2018. The Mission's mandate in Ukraine itself on March 16th was extended by one year - to 31st March 2018. This, of course, is normal considering the fact that the deployment of the OSCE in order to monitor the ceasefire is one of the points of the Minsk Agreements signed by OSCE representative Heidi Tagliavini, Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma, Russian representative Mikhail Zurabov, and the leaders of the DPR and LPR leaders Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky back in 2015. Over the course of the mandate of the OSCE its work has been both critically and positively evaluated, some saying that the Mission's aim is to simply obfuscate the source of shelling, others saying that the employees of the Mission deeply care about the situation and try their best to separate fact from fiction. Looking at the situation objectively and within the framework of proportionate perspective, it does seem that there are more questions than answers concerning the Mission's work in Donbass. The blowing up of a OSCE vehicle earlier in 2017 certainly sent shockwaves around the organisation, putting into question the safety of its monitors in the Republics. Since then the OSCE has refused in many cases to document the results of shelling, citing their willingness to drive along roads that have not been previously declared as safe for travel. This, of course, is a convenient excuse when the culprit of the shelling of civilian areas is the Ukrainian Armed Forces. But excuses such as the example stated above are only necessary when information about events, such as shelling on residential areas (also known as war crimes), becomes known to the public. But what about events that are not reported by any media or press office? At the disposal of Stalker Zone is information about such an unreported event: the existence of a brothel in the settlement Severodonetsk on the territory of the Lugansk People's Public occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

05:57

Questions Out Of A Hat "IndyWatch Feed National"

WhiteCrow will be answering questions that he has been asked by many listeners and friends. He has gotten lots of emails with similar questions so he will be answering some of them on the show. They will all be taken out of his hat at random so who knows what will pop up. Maybe a

04:38

Tajikistan: Business Rival of Presidents Son-in-Law Neutralized "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The owner of a leading chain of gas filling stations in Tajikistan is reportedly facing criminal prosecution, thereby clearing the path for a commercial rival who happens to be the son-in-law of President Emomali Rahmon.

Things started looking grim for Radjabali Odinayev, founder of gas retailer Umed-88, on October 14, when Rahmon singled him out for criticism during a meeting with local businessman.

Rahmon grumbled that Umed-88 had some years ago been been granted a 170 million somoni loan ($19.3 million at the current rate) at 18 percent interest with facilitation from the Finance Ministry, but that the company had failed to pay the money back. That interest rate is considered relatively preferential compared to what is offered by Tajik banks.

Sixty million somoni of this money [Odinayev] owes have gone to paying off debts to Tojiksodirotbank, and 25 million has gone to Amonatbank. The rest he just spent for his own needs. He should answer before the law. Government money is the money of the people, Rahmon said.

After the president made his remarks, workers started to take down Umed-88 signs across the country. All the companys 70 or so filling stations have been formally liquidated.

Odinayevs whereabouts were not entirely certain as of October 21. Asia-Plus cited people close to the businessman as saying that he had fled the country with his family and was now in Dubai. But Prague-based news website Akhbor has reported, again citing unnamed sources, that he has been placed under arrest. 

Akhnor had previously reported that anti-corruption officials intended to charge Odinayev on four counts tax evasion, smuggling, forging documents and fraud.

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04:14

Trump-dossier firm Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the same day, Oct. 4, that the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed three employees of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to testify in the Trump dossier investigation, the committee also subpoenaed TD Bank for Fusion's bank records. Now, according to a source familiar with the situation, Fusion has asked a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., judge to prevent the bank from complying with the subpoena. The move comes just days after two of those three Fusion employees asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than answer questions about the dossier. A third subpoenaed Fusion employee, founder Glenn Simpson, has not yet appeared before the House. The committee's intention in sending the subpoena to TD Bank is to see if Fusion's bank records shed light on who financed the Trump dossier. That is one of the two most important questions in the dossier investigation -- the other being whether any U.S. intelligence or law enforcement agencies used the unverified dossier as a basis for surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

02:00

Satoshi Revolution- Chapter 2: Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression (Part 4) "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Currency Creates Freedom and Civilization...Or Oppression

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 1: The Trusted Third Party Problem
Chapter 2: Monetary Theory
by Wendy McElroy

Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression (part 4)

Historically, money was one of the first things controlled by government, and the free-market revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made very little dent in the monetary sphere. So it is high time that we turn fundamental attention to the life-blood of our economymoney.
Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?

Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression

I was seven years old when I realized my parents did not understand some of the most important dynamics of life. I was riding in the back seat of the car with a bag of candy purchased from a roadside store which was supposed to keep me quiet. It didnt work. A thought tumbled out of my mouth. Why do we pay for anything? I asked. Why dont people just go into stores and take what they need?

My mother replied, It is wrong to steal.

I explained, I dont mean stealing. I mean why do we give people money instead of sharing everything? My parents fell silent.

When I asked again, my mother shot back over her shoulder, Dont ask stupid questions!

They didnt know the answer; I recognized this immediately. And their inability to explain why we needed money disturbed me because they discussed money constantly. How to make more, was there enough to repair the car, could they afford to replace the roof, someone needed dental work, what was the spending cap on Christmas? Concern about mone...

00:43

Im Just a Scientist Maybe I See Things Different to You "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 

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Im just a scientist maybe I see things different to you. So Im going to tell what I see.

When I walk into a forest I dont just see trees. I see individual living creatures different from us but living none the less.

I see them constructed of leaves that harvest the sunlight, turning it into sugars that they use to grow and form their structure which is their flesh. I understand that they dont need to move as everything they need it supplied free where they live.

When I see a leaf I think of the complexity of the chemical factories in it producing the sugars. I can take a leaf and break it and smell the aroma that it gives and immediately have an idea of the chemicals it has produced. I think of how the chemicals change between night and day and between seasons and whether it is sunny or wet or cold and whether there are more or less of some important trace mineral in the soil.

If it was a gum leaf I can smell the eucalyptus and it reminds of camping when I was a child.  I remember the characteristic smell of the smoke of burning eucalyptus leaves. It also remind me of bush fires and how the burn very hot with the eucalyptus oils.  I remember that the blue haze we see when we look at the Blue Mountains near my home in Sydney is from the eucalyptus oil vapour above the trees.

I look at the leaf and see it has a circular piece cut out. I imagine what sort of insect had eaten that piece of leaf. I wonder why it didnt eat all the leaf. Was it a bird that came along and ate the insect or was it that the eucalyptus oil was toxic to the insect and it fell off to die and be eaten by another creature or did it just lie there dead until a fungus grew over it and it was absorbed into the earth.

I think about all the hundreds of insects that live in and on the trees bark. Families of them live their whole lives on the tree. I think of the lizards and spiders that prey on the insects and the birds that prey on the lizards,  spiders and insects.

I think of the trees flowers that produce the nectar to attract the birds and insects that help the plant spread its seeds so that other trees may have life and those trees will give life to other insects, and spiders and birds and lizards.

I think of the tree breathing in carbon dioxide, using the carbon to construct its body and breathing out oxygen that all animals need for life. I see an intricate we...

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22:17

Want clean teeth? Eat butter and salami! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has claimed that brushing and flossing is not enough to stave off cavities. He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth (file photo)Dentist claims brushing and flossing are not enough to prevent tooth decay - you need vitamins from these unexpected foods
Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin is warning that brushing and flossing are not enough to keep your teeth healthy In addition to following your dentist's recommendations, you have to make sure you are getting enough of four essential vitamins
Dr Lin says this explains why people who practice good oral hygiene still get cavities
By Maggie O'Neill For Dailymail.com

No matter how thoroughly you clean your teeth, you are probably still exposing yourself to tooth decay, according to one dentist speaking out about oral care. Dr Steven Lin from Australia claims that meticulously brushing and flossing the way your childhood dentist taught you to is not enough to prevent cavities and harmful levels of tooth enamel.

The answer? Your diet, according to Dr Lin. He claims that maintaining good eating habits is the only way to stave off weak, unhealthy teeth. Dr Lin says that incorporating four crucial vitamins into your diet will do worlds of good for your oral health, and he cautions the hygiene habits you have learned to develop since birth are not sufficient when it comes to caring for your teeth.

 He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth
Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has claimed that brushing and flossing is not enough to stave off cavities. He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth (file photo)

Dr Lin is the author of The Dental Diet, which is expected in 2018, and he also blogs about common misconceptions concerning oral health. 'I'm about to say something that might surprise you. Your toothpaste isn't that important. In fact, compared to proper dental nutrition, even brushing and flossing arent as important,' Dr Lin says.

He writes that this explains why some people still experience tooth decay even if they follow their dentist's recommendations. 'Then theres people who brush and floss religiously who are confused as to how they keep getting cavities no matter how many toothpaste brands and techniques they try.'

The problem comes down to the nutrients these people are consuming, he says.

Dr Lin boils it down to four v...

20:15

As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed National"

As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? by Ken Schortgen The Daily Economist Over the past 10 days, two of the largest financial and industrial economies in the...

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz October 21-22, 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. A hallmark of the neo-liberal period has been the declining share of wages in national income which in part meant that economic growth became more dependent on credit to maintain growth in consumption spending. Increasing the wage share requires a faster rate of growth in real wages in the coming years.



2. In a stock-flow consistent macroeconomics, the sectoral balance stocks all sum to zero.



3. Public spending can "crowd out" private spending.





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15:42

Pavan Varma: EC Hasnt Given Credible Answer on Gujarat; BJP Wrong to Use Religion to Polarise "GroovUs Feed Anews"

In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Janata Dal (United) spokesman-turned-dissident takes on the Election Commission, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.

Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Varma has broken ranks with his party to publicly question Narendra Modis handling of the economy, Yogi Adityanaths politics of religious polarisation and the Election Commissions decision to delay the announcement of Gujarats elections.

In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, the former JD(U) spokesman insists he reflects the real ideology of the party but says his political fate lies in the hands of his leader, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Excerpts.

Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to this special interview with author Pavan Varma for The Wire. In recent days, Pavan Varma has tweeted, written articles and commented, raising some worrying and serious questions on the handling of the economy by the Modi government as well as policies followed in Uttar Pradesh by Yogi Adityanath. He has also talked about what he called the damaging and deteriorating social mood of the country. These questions have raised two very critical questions in return Is he about to reestablish his political credentials, perhaps change their complexion? More importantly, is he about to break relations with his party, the JD(U), and leave the side of his mentor? We will talk about these questions as well as his statement and the future of Pavan Varma himself.

Pavan Varma, in recent days, as I have already mentioned, you have publicly questioned Narendra Modis handling of the economy and you have publicly questioned the policies followed by Yogi Adityanath in UP; more importantly you have talked about the deteriorating and dangerous mood of the country. And in a very interesting article published in the Times of India you have talked about, and I am quoting you the cumulative impact of demonetisation, the consequences of the less than adequately planned GST, the youth have been looking for jobs they cant find and farmers have been living under unrelenting agrarian distress. There are a lot of areas of disagreement you have with the BJP government  and yet they are your allies, your party is part of the NDA. So whats the message you are sending out?

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12:29

Why is The Conversation still pursuing the Adani Carmichael Mine? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?

Michael West, University of Sydney

Why, if Adanis gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it?

Once again the absurdity of building the worlds biggest new thermal coal mine was put in stark relief on Monday evening via an ABC Four Corners investigation, Digging into Adani.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


Where the ABC broke new ground was in exposing the sheer breadth of corruption by this Indian energy conglomerate. And its power too. The TV crew was detained and questioned in an Indian hotel for five hours by police.

It has long been the subject of high controversy that the Australian government, via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)that is still contemplating a A$1 billion subsidy for Adanis rail line, a proposal to freight the coal from the Galilee Basin to Adanis....

07:48

Astragaloside IV inhibits breast cancer cell invasion. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

PMID:  Int Immunopharmacol. 2017 Jan ;42:195-202. Epub 2016 Dec 5. PMID: 27930970 Abstract Title:  Astragaloside IV inhibits breast cancer cell invasion by suppressing Vav3 mediated Rac1/MAPK signaling. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Astragaloside IV (AS-IV), the major active triterpenoid in Radix Astragali, has shown anti-tumorigenic properties in certain cancers; however, its role in breast cancer remains unclear. The present study investigated the effects of AS-IV on breast cancer in vitro and in vivo and examined the underlying mechanisms.METHODS: The effects of AS-IV on MDA-MB-231 cell proliferation, migration, invasion and metastasis were investigated by MTT and Transwell assays, and western blotting. In addition, an orthotopic mouse tumor model was established for in vivo experiments.RESULTS: AS-IV inhibited the viability and invasive potential of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, suppressed the activation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) family members ERK1/2 and JNK, and downregulated matrix metalloproteases (MMP)-2 and -9. The effects of AS-IV were mediated by the downregulation of Vav3, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor, leading to decreased levels of activated Rac1, a Rho family GTPase. Vav3 overexpression promoted cell proliferation and invasion in vitro, whereas Vav3 silencing had the opposite effects. AS-IV suppressed orthotopic breast tumor growth and metastasis to the lungs, whereas ectopic expression of Vav3 reversed the inhibitory effect of AS-IV on cell viability, invasiveness, MAPK signaling and MMP expression.CONCLUSION: The present results provide a mechanistic explanation for the antitumor effects of AS-IV and suggest its potential in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

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07:45

Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2017 Blockchain VR/AR monetization platform Gaze Coin today announced its launch of the worlds first blockchain token for VR/AR based on gaze control/eye tracking and plans for a public Initial Coin Offering November 28. Gaze Coin is a breakthrough monetization, adtech and DRM solution for VR/AR, measuring and employing user gaze Continue reading Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO

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07:06

Cosmic Queries - Climate Change "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Bill Nye is back to lead the fight against climate change and answer questions about the future of climate science. Hes joined by Columbia University climate scientist Dr. Radley Horton, and comic co-host Chuck Nice. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/cosmic-queries-climate-change/

05:59

Atheist Cake! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sorry, no cake at all. (Hey, you should know the cake is a lie!) If you can help out the Atheist Research Collaborative with a survey on how you arrived at atheism, youd certainly be deserving of cake. Or pie. Or anything nice. I took it, doesnt take long at all.

The Atheist Research Collaborative is conducting a new survey study on how and why people become atheists. Freethought Blogs has been asked to publicize the survey to our readers, so we are posting about it in case participating in this research project might be of interest to you. From the researchers:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

05:55

Astragaloside IV inhibits metastasis in hepatoma cells through the suppression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

PMID:  Oncol Rep. 2017 Mar ;37(3):1725-1735. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28112375 Abstract Title:  Astragaloside IV inhibits metastasis in hepatoma cells through the suppression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition via the Akt/GSK-3/-catenin pathway. Abstract:  Our previous studies demonstrated that traditional Chinese herbal medicine 'Songyou Yin' inhibited the growth and invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, and altered epithelialmesenchymal transition (EMT) markers in oxaliplatintreated HCC tissues and cell lines. In the present study, we aimed to explore whether astragaloside IV (AS-IV), a component of 'Songyou Yin', can affect the growth and invasion of HCC cells and the underlying mechanism involved. Human HCC celllines Huh7 and MHCC97-H, with low and high metastatic potential, respectively, were treated with increasing doses of AS-IV. The Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8), plate clone formation, Transwell, wound healing and immunofluorescence assays were used to investigate the effects of AS-IV on HCC cell proliferation, migration and invasion. The protein expression levels were analyzed by western blotting and immunofluorescence assay. The CCK-8 and plate clone formation assays showed that AS-IV had little effect on the proliferation of HCC cells in vitro. However, the Transwell and wound healing assays demonstrated that AS-IV inhibited the migration and invasion of HCC cells in a dose-dependent manner and the morphology of HCC cells was altered from spindle into oval shaped in the AS-IV pretreated groups. The upregulation of E-cadherin and downregulation of N-cadherin, vimentin, -SMA and Slug were also observed in the AS-IV pretreated groups. Additionally, AS-IV treatment resulted in a profound decrease in the phosphorylated forms of Akt and GSK-3, which in turn inhibited the expression of -catenin. Thus, we conclude that AS-IV attenuates the invasive and migratory abilities of HCC cells through the inhibition of EMT by targeting the Akt/GSK-3/-catenin pathway.

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05:16

McCain threatens to subpoena White House for info on Niger attacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) says that he will subpoena the White House for information regarding the recent attacks in Niger, which killed four US servicemen. The issue could become a new bone of contention in McCain's ongoing feud with President Trump. McCain told reporters Thursday that the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, has been told "very little"about the operations in Niger that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded. He added that the committee may have to take legal action to get answers from the White House. "There's a mindset over there that they're a unicameral government," McCain said, according to the Washington Post. He added that "it was easier under Obama" to get information about military operations.

03:54

Senate Investigates Russia, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Uranium And Bribes And Its About Time "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Obama Scandals: We now know, thanks to an investigation by The Hill, that the Russian scandals roots go far deeper than first thought, extending all the way to the start of the Obama administration. Many people seemed to know about it: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder and, even, President Obama himself. Now, a Senate committee wants to know how much they knew, and why no one stopped the criminal behavior.

The scandal over Russia has suddenly, weirdly morphed from being about Russian meddling in the 2016 election to actual criminal behavior by Russian nuclear industry officials who were involved in bribes, extortion, kickbacks and money laundering here  in the U.S.  all part of Russian leader Vladimir Putins efforts to elbow his way into the U.S. uranium market.

Its finally dawning on people: The Russian nuclear racketeering was an Obama administration scandal, which Congress ignored and the Justice Department investigated but did nothing to stop. Justice looked into the Russian crimes in 2009 and 2010, but waited until 2014 to do anything about it. And even then, it didnt answer any of the larger questions. It cant be ignored any longer.

According to government documents and recent news reports, the Justice Department had an ongoing criminal investigation for bribery, extortion, money laundering, into officials for a Russian company making purchase of Uranium One, said Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. That purchase was approved during previous administration and resulted in Russians owning 20% of Americas uranium mining capacity.

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As Grassley noted, the Russian takeover of a significant portion of our uranium assets took place despite what appears to be Russias blatant criminal conduct conduct more befitting of an organized crime syndicate than representatives of a responsible national government.

For the record, as has been extensively documented, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems...

03:45

Mandalay Bay's owner insisted security guard Jesus Campos appear ONLY on Ellen Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feared grilling by TV hardhitters fearing his answers to timeline questions could result in massive lawsuits from victims of the massacre Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively. MGM is worried that families of the 58 people murdered as well as many of the 546 injured in the Mandalay Bay massacre will launch lawsuits potentially worth billions of dollars against the company, sources tell DailyMail.com. And they thought Campos might not keep his story straight under the pressure of the TV lights and tough questioning. That is why Campos, 25, appeared on a daytime chat show hosted by a fast-talking, dancing comedienne, rather than take questions from TV hardhitters such as Fox News' Sean Hannity, NBC News or ABC News.

03:40

Coverup Questions Emerge Over Vegas Security Guards Ellen Appearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Following his sudden re-appearance on The Ellen Show after vanishing for 6 days, numerous questions remain unanswered about Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos timeline and perhaps more concerning still is that The Daily Mail reports that he was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas []

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03:07

Reveal Someones True Personality With These 6 Psychology-Backed Questions "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is. Mae West

 Everywhere that you go in life you are presented with the opportunity to meet new people. Whether you are out shopping at the mall, waiting in line for your morning coffee, or taking a walk through the local park you are surrounded by new, interesting people at every turn.

Consider this almost every person who holds meaning in your life today was, at one time, a stranger. Thats right! Your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors There was a time when you knew nothing about each of these people. You stepped out of your comfort zone, taking the opportunity to get to know them, and in doing so they became a part of your life as you know it.

Its not always meeting and getting to know people, even for those who arent shy. When you do manage to convince yourself to make the effort you may find that the person you meet isnt someone that you connect with at all. Personalities can click, but they can also clash!

Source: Scanty Gela

 

Wouldnt it be great if there was some trick to truly knowing someones personality prior to putting the effort forward? Imagine walking into your next business networking event or party and having the power to pick out who in the room you would get along with best.

Good news With these questions, you can! Each of these questions is designed to reveal important aspects of ones personality, giving you a sneak preview of who the person genuinely is. Starting your next meeting with these questions is like running a preliminary interview, separating those with a potential to truly fit into your life from those that just wont work out.

Use these 6 questions to reveal the personality of someone you first meet:

1. Who is your personal hero?

There are a lot of hidden revelations in the answer that someone provides to this question. First, it will share a lot about their values as they are likely selecting their hero due to the fact that they aspire to have some...

02:53

Bill Clinton sought permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during infamous uranium deal decision "GroovUs Feed Anews"

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom - which at the time needed the Obama administration's approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show. Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom's board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show. "In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks," Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former president's initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team. The email went to two of Hillary Clinton's most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills. The approval question, however, sat inside State for nearly two weeks without an answer, prompting Desai to make multiple pleas for a decision. "Dear Jake, we urgently need feedback on this. Thanks, Ami," the former president's aide wrote in early June. Sullivan finally responded on June 7, 2010, asking a fellow State official "What's the deal w this?"

00:53

Behold my magnificent and selfless sacrifice FOR SCIENCE: posting a survey link on my blog. "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Full disclosure: I dont have anything close to a scientific background. I majored in Theatre ferchrissakes, and graduated with my B.A. a few credits shy of a minor in Philosophy. Unfortunately I had crappy science teachers in high school, and as an undergrad I managed to dodge rigorous science classes by meeting my degree requirements with shit like Meteorology 101 and whatnot.

Years later however, I fell deeply and madly in love with the sciences in general, and with evolutionary biology in particular. (In the credit-where-credit-is-due department, that doucheweasel Dawkins books contributed in no small part to my intoxicating enlightenment; also, Neil Shubins Your Inner Fish remains one of my favorites reads of all time. Mind: blown.) So although I can spot a cumulonimbus cloud along with the best of em, during my formal education I missed out on so much cool science stuff (OMG astronomy! Geology! Marine biology!!!).

My worst regret about all of this is that I have contributed nothing of any significance to the truly amazing troves of knowledge humans have acquired via the scientific method.

Until now.

I am thrilled to announce that the Atheist Research Collaborative is conducting a survey study on how and why people become atheists. FreethoughtBlogs has been encouraged to publicize the survey to our readers, so I am posting about it in case participating in this research might be of interest to you godless heathens out there. From the researchers:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

Phew! Wow. Doing this science stuff sure is exhilarating and exhausting! I had no idea.

Well Im sure we can all agree that Ive stepped up in a REALLY BIG WAY and done my part for SCIENCE. And that obviously I deserve at least a co-author credit on any published research that comes from this survey data. And of course the best part is this:.....

00:47

Is California a liberal lunatic wasteland beyond saving? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The short answer is yes

(INTELLIHUB) Youtuber Mark Dice explains the latest liberal lunacy in California.

You cant make this stuff up folks.

#LiberalLunacy 

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00:30

Fact Check: Is Indias Declining Cash to GDP Ratio an Indicator of Progress? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The governments attempts to reduce the CIC-GDP ratio by merely reducing currency in circulation without the necessary structural reforms are likely to have deleterious consequences.

The latest claim made by the government, in a series of alleged benefits from the demonetisation of November 2016, is the drastic reduction of cash to GDP ratio from 12% to 9%. Our prime minister had made this claim while addressing a gathering of company secretaries at a programme to mark the golden jubilee year of Institute of Company Secretaries of India in Delhi on October 4, 2017.

It is a moot question whether a lower currency in circulation-GDP (CIC-GDP) ratio is a sign of a more developed economy or not. Before venturing to find its answer, let us examine certain facts.

Let us compare our CIC-GDP ratio from FY 2009-10. The CIC-GDP ratio of 12.3% in 2009-10 saw a gradual reduction to 11.6% in 2013-14, when Manmohan Singh relinquished his office. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi, by 2015-16, it had shot up to 12.2%, and then witnessed a drastic, if disruptive, reduction to 8.8% in 2016-17.

Our prime minister conveniently overlooked or glossed over the fact that this apparently lower ratio was arrived at based on Rs 13.353 lakh cror...

00:17

National Cancer Institute Quietly Confirms Cannabis Can Cure Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul Fassa, Real Farmacy
Waking Times Media

Apparently the left hand of this government doesnt know what the right hand is doing, or more likely doesnt want to know. With the easy prey of grabbing marijuana users in most states and locking them up in prisons for cheap labor while destroying families, theres little motivation to curb that racket by dropping marijuana out of its DEA Schedule 1 Controlled Substance rating.

Schedule 1 includes drugs that are dangerous, addictive, and without any medical merit. The DEA needs to justify its budgetary funding and the FDA prefers rubber stamp approving pharmaceutical drugs that are far more dangerous than marijuana and far less effective. The FDA has to oblige their corporate clients to keep their licensure payments from Big Pharma rolling in.

The unpublicized studies that prove cannabiss medical merits are referenced within the NCI (National Cancer Institute). Though they are pre-utical drugs to enhance chemo or suppress some of chemotherapys terrible side effects, there are many, many actual case histories of curing cancers with cannabis.

Of course those are dismissed as anecdotal and not paid any attention by government agencies and the mainstream media. People who are cured by cannabis doesnt satisfy medical science. It has to have a chance to disprove it and carry on with business as usual.

Nevertheless, the following list is excerpted directly from one of the NCI Question and Answer pages about cannabis:

[Health professional version]

Their Report on Cannabis Antitumor Activity

Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon a...

00:16

Coverup Questions Emerge Over Vegas Security Guards Ellen Appearance "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Jesus Campos

Following his sudden re-appearance on The Ellen Show after vanishing for 6 days, numerous questions remain unanswered about Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos timeline and perhaps more concerning still is that The Daily Mail reports that he was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists.

As we detailed previously, Campos had originally agreed to do five interviews, all on Thursday last week, but suddenly went missing, his union boss, who was helping set up the deal, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, would not confirm that MGM was behind the decision, but said the company certainly influenced Campos.

I was in a meeting with MGMs upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions, Hickey said.

He said all sides had agreed parameters for the interviews. Everyone knew he wasnt to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees.

But he said the company that, like most of Vegass casino industry, obsessively controls what employees are allowed to say to the media was pressuring Campos not to give too much away.

I thought they were being negative, telling him that someone was going to be tough and how they were worried about his health it wasnt the thing he needed to hear four hours before the interviews were going to begin.

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00:07

McCain denies he was BuzzFeeds Trump dossier source "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The number of people who could have provided BuzzFeed News with a copy of the infamous Trump dossier is vanishingly small. Only a few people had access to the full document, which consists of 17 memos dated between June 20, 2016 and Dec. 13.

I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I dont know why youre digging this up now, McCain said during a testy exchange with The Daily Caller on Wednesday.

McCain was asked whether he was BuzzFeeds source after the Republicans office declined to answer direct questions on the matter.

Via Daily Caller


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23:52

Inner West Tool Library "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SydneyLETS <3 Inner West Tool Library

Were pretty excited to hear about the Inner West Tool Library! Most of the tools we only get used a couple of times a year (or ever!). We waste money buying them, then they sit around taking up space. Why not take out a membership with your local tool library to get access to more tools for WAY less money.

The Tool Library is currently in the process of looking at potential sites, but also looking for general interest from the community.

If anyone is keen to find out more, becoming a part of the founding team, donating skills/tools/time/space, being a member or a supporter please contact iwtoollibrary@gmail.com 

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23:50

Cover-up questions emerge over Vegas security guards Ellen appearance "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Following his sudden re-appearance on The Ellen Show after vanishing for 6 days, numerous questions remain unanswered about Mandalay Bay shooting hero Jesus Campos timeline and perhaps more concerning still is that The Daily Mail reports that he was pressured into giving his only interview to Ellen DeGeneres because the giant company that owns the Las Vegas casino feared he would spill the beans about the shooting timeline if he was grilled by real journalists.

As we detailed previously, Campos had originally agreed to do five interviews, all on Thursday last week, but suddenly went missing, his union boss, who was helping set up the deal, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. David Hickey, president of the Michigan-based International Union, Security Police and Fire Professionals of America, would not confirm that MGM was behind the decision, but said the company certainly influenced Campos.

I was in a meeting with MGMs upper management and they were definitely concerned about how tough someone like Hannity would be on him and they voiced their opinions, Hickey said.

He said all sides had agreed parameters for the interviews. Everyone knew he wasnt to talk about security protocols, staffing or training or give out names of employees.

But he said the company that, like most of Vegass casino industry, obsessively controls what employees are allowed to say to the media was pressuring Campos not to give too much away.

I thought they were being negative, telling him that someone was going to be tough and how they were worried about his health it wasnt the thing he needed to hear four hours before the interviews were going to begin.

Hickey said he met with the MGM executives at a location in Las Vegas where Campos was staying. They met in the living room but he wanted a word with some of the management team in private so they went into the bedroom.

When they returned, Campos had gone, and Hickey said he hasnt seen or heard from him since. The next thing he knew the security official had bailed on....

23:42

New initiative brings Australia a step closer to zero food waste "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A team of sustainability advocates and a Sydney-based caterer that wants to be Australia's first "zero waste" food business have launched a start-up with a mission: To help the catering and hospitality industries end food waste.

23:33

Episode-51- TSP Rewind All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components "GroovUs Feed Anews"

TweetToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes. Todays episode was originally, Episode-382- All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components and was originally published on February 19, 2010. I get a very large number of questions about ballistics terminology, cartridge specific questions and a lot of questions from very new or even aspiring first time gun owners. Well today I am going to help you with the ballistics code so to speak. Often you can hear a conversation between two experienced rifleman and it sounds almost like a foreign language. So today I will tell not just what many of these terms mean but why they matter and even why some dont matter that much at all. Tune in Today as we Discuss What is bullet vs. what is a cartridge vs. what is a case What is trajectory What is ballistic coefficient Why more velocity or a lighter bullet is often not the answer What is sectional density What is expansion, why does it matter What is a magnum round vs. a non magnum round What do all the numbers mean Why is a 38 Special a special How can a 38 Special be the same caliber as a .357 magnum What is necking up or necking down How are most new rifle rounds created How can a short 308 be almost as powerful as a 30-06 Additional Resources for Todays Show Members Support Brigade TSP Gear Shop Join Our Forum My Favorite Ballistics, Ammo and Reloading Resources (forum post) Ron Hoods Survival.com Magazine Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

22:52

Malaysia gives Pyongyang a pass on Kim Jong-nam murder "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Ongoing trial of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother will ultimately not convict the assassination's true plotters


The trial of two women charged with assassinating the North Korean leaders estranged half-brother Kim Jong-nam has raised as many questions as proceedings have so far answered about a bizarre crime few independent observers doubt Pyongyang ordered and executed.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 28, are charged with murdering Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur International airport in February by smearing his face with a highly toxic VX nerve agent. Four suspects on the lam mentioned in the prosecutions charge sheet are presumed to be North Koreans who have fled the country.

Raja Subramaniam, a Malaysian government chemist, has testified he found around 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on the victims body and detected the substance on the clothes both women wore on the day of the attack. Experts have been confounded at how the women managed to handle the chemical without causing harm to themselves.

Four North Koreans are widely believed to have arranged and coordinated the hit, including the recruitment, handling and providing the chemical components of nerve agent to the two accused women. VX is a controlled substance banned by international treaties and classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Read the full story at the 
Asia Times.

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22:34

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Gerrymandering "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case about gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The topic of gerrymandering has been around for as long as there have been legislatures, and not just in the United States. Good government crusaders have always lamented that politics gets so political (which usually means that they dislike the results,) and this is especially true these days in gerrymandering.

What has changed lately is that, instead of trying to win over the voters, the losers of political fights now declare the game is rigged and plead for courts to grant them the victory they could not achieve on Election Day. Suits like this one have attempted to entangle the federal courts in redistricting decisions and, in Gill, Wisconsin Democrats hope they will at last get their way.

What courts should remember is that the gerrymandering fight is not new, nor are the circumstances now so different from those that have existed since the republics early days. The answer then, as now, was that gerrymandering cannot defeat a public sufficiently aroused against it.

Moreover, the more extreme the gerrymander, the more likely it is to crumble and even to benefit the other party. The courts need never get involved in a political gerrymandering fight because gerrymanders are inherently self-defeating.

Stretched to the Breaking Point

For an example of how this works, lets look back to last decades congressional districts in a state that is widely reviled by reformers obsessed with gerrymandering: Pennsylvania. In 1994, Republicans won complete control of the Pennsylvania state government and maintained that hold, if narrowly, through the 2000 elections. This let the GOP guide the redistricting process that followed the 2000 census, when Pennsylvania lost two seats in the federal House, dropping from 21 to 19.

At the time the lines were drawn, Republicans held 11 of the states 21 House seats. They sought to increase that advantage through the arcane arts of redistricting. While maintaining the two majority-minority seats demanded by the Voting Rights Act, the legislature worked to squeeze Democrats every other way they could.

In two instances, two Democratic found their homes redrawn into the same districts. In another part of the state, a new district was designed so that it would be easy for a Republican state legislator to win.

These were age-old tactics, helped by advances in computer-aided map-making. They came up with this map:

This was done, as in all such cases, through packing and cracking. Packing ent...

22:34

We Asked Every Democratic Senator If Menendez Should Resign. Not A Single One Said Yes "GroovUs Feed Anews"

An overwhelming majority of Sen. Bob Menendezs constituents (84 percent) want the Democratic senator to resign from office if hes convicted of the federal bribery and corruption charges hes currently facing in court alongside his deep-pocketed benefactor. Democratic senators, however, arent willing to say whether their colleague should go if convicted.

Menendez faces a whopping 14 counts of corruption charges. He allegedly traded luxury vacations, campaign donations, and trips on a cushy private jet from co-defendent Dr. Salomon Melgen for personal favors like securing visas for Melgens foreign girlfriends.

Menendez claims he is innocent, and apparently has no plans to resign. He even seems to be contemplating re-election. New Jersey voters are obviously concerned about these corruption charges, but his fellow Democrat senators are refusing to say if Menendez should go.

A couple of weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a non-answer to this question when he said, Sen. Menendez is issuing a spirited defense, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) refused to answer when a reporter asked if a convicted felon should stay in the Senate.

This week, we called every Democratic senators office to ask whether Menendez, if convicted, should resign. Not a single one said yes. All but one refused to comment. From Sen. Ben Cardins (D-MD) office, we learned that the senator is not going to speculate on anything as the trial is still in progress. Helpful.

It seems the senators would rather keep a card-carrying Democrat, even a corrupt one, over the alternatives. If Menendez is convicted, there will likely be major public pressure to expulse him, which would need the support of two-thirds of the Senate.

But if Menendez resigns, New Jerseys Republican Gov. Chris Christie would likely chose a Republican to replace him. This would affect political makeup of the Senate, which is currently comprised of 46 Democrats, two Independent senators who caucus with the Democratic Party, and 52 Republicans. If the trial drags on and Menendez does not budge, Democrat Phil Murphy may be elected as governor when Christie leaves office. A Democrat successor would likely give Menendezs sea...

22:33

7 Years Ago, Doctors Gave Mom Days To Live. Assisted Suicide Would Have Made That True "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I will never forget it. I answered the phone one June morning in 2009. The voice on the phone said, If you want to see your mother alive, you will come see her in the next few days.

A doctor was calling from Washington state and explained that my mother, who was in her 60s, was in the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He gave her literally days to live.

Two days later, I was on a plane from New York to Tacoma. I went to see my mom, who was still in her apartment, since she said she wanted to die at home. She rallied while I was there, and was almost her normal self. A few days later, I went home, but asked her doctor and home health agency to keep in close contact with me.

About a month later, her health took a downward spiral. Her doctor was convinced she was definitely in the process of dying, so we agreed to put her in a hospice facility, since she could not receive hospice care in her own place. Mom was put on painkillers to make her comfortable. I expected that she would be there for a short time, then die peacefully.

That did not happen. Each time her grandchildren came to see her or I called and talked with her, she rallied again. Staff were amazed. Still, after six months, moms health did indeed take a turn for the worse and the doctor again said her body had begun the process of dying. My mother decided to go back home to Colorado to die. With agency help, we found her a place and she took the train, which is amazing given how ill she was.

Back in Denver, mom settled in and waited to die. But an odd and wonderful thing happened she did not die. She eventually found a doctor who adjusted her medications and oxygen and took her off of all of the heavy pain meds. She got a new wheelchair and began to venture out into the community. Before long, she was back doing what she lovedvolunteering to advocate for people with disabilities. Weeks after her return home, she traveled to Washington DC to help fight for disability rights.

Terminal Illness Diagnoses Are Sometimes a Mistake

My mothers story illustrates how doctors can and do make mistakes when they determine that someone is terminally ill. More than seven years have passed since that morning in June when I was first told my mom was dying. Happily, she is still alive. Her health isnt the best, but she is still in her own place and still reasonably active in the community.

What happened to my mom happens far more often then we realize. Its one reason assisted-suicide laws are so dangerous. Eligibility for assisted suicide typically depends on a doctors prediction of death within six months. Distress over receiving that kind of bad news could lead someone to make a hasty exit and, potentially, miss good years of life.

Fortunately, my mother, who o...

21:59

Introducing Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

James joins Ernest Hancock on Declare Your Independence to discuss "Why Big Oil Conquered The World." When the topic of solutions comes up, they discuss Ernest's PiratesWithoutBorders.com and the above-the-grid answers to the oiligarchs' plans.

21:00

Trumps Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Bitcoin is a big problem "GroovUs Feed Anews"

President Donald Trumps Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The committee is given rather broad powers concerning federal criminal law and internet privacy. During a quick exchange, hours into the hearing, Mr. Sessions was asked about the dark web. His answers might foreshadow whats ahead for digital privacy and bitcoin users.

Also read: Two U.S. Senators Submit a Bill to Investigate Digital Currencies

Jeff Sessions and Dianne Feinstein

Find Consensus

Upon returning from morning recess, a skeletal assembly remained in the Senate hearing chamber. Even a sizeable number of the committees own members bailed.

At three hours, forty three minutes and thirty seconds into his testimony, ranking member Mrs. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California, announced her line of questioning would focus on the dark web.

Citing a New York Times article, Opioid...

20:00

Bill Clinton sought States permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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BY JOHN SOLOMON AND ALISON SPANN  

The Hill

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom which at the time needed the Obama administrations approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatoms board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show.

Image result for Putin , Russian leaders private homestead, photos

In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks, Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former presidents initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons team.

The email went to two of Hillary Clintons most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills.

The approval question, however, sat inside State for nearly two weeks without an answer, prompting Desai to make multiple pleas for a decision.

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Dear Jake, we urgently need feedback on this. Thanks, Ami, the former presidents aide wrote in early June.

Sullivan finally responded on June 7, 2010, asking a fellow State official Whats the deal w this?

The documents dont indicate what decision the State Department finally made. But current and former aides to both Clintons told The Hill on Thursday the request to meet the various Russians came from other people, and the ex-presidents aides and State decided in the end not to hold any of the meetings with the Russians on the list.

Bill Clinton instead got together with Vladi...

18:25

Australian Government criticised on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights at UN "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva took aim at the Australian Governments treatment of sexual minorities.

The comments came in the same week Australia was elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia should be concerned about its international legitimacy so soon after its appointment to the UN Human Rights Council.

"The UN rightly recognised Australias considerable progress for equality and removing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in recent years, but questions remain unanswered on Australias commitment to human rights for all when it comes to marriage equality, transgender people accessing birth certificates and protecting intersex people from harmful medical procedures," said Ms Brown.

Sterilisation of intersex children in Australia

Following concern from Australian NGOs about the human rights impact of forced medical interventions on young children justified by gender stereotypes, the Committee raised the recent Family Court decision of Re Carla which found that surgeries performed on a young child needn't be approved by the Court.

"This is the first time the UN Human Rights Committee has highlighted the human rights abuses intersex people face in Australia. We call on the Australian Government to urgently address medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children to safeguard their human rights into the future," said Ms Brown.

Non-compliance with international human rights recommendations

Australia has received two adverse decisions from the UN Human Rights Committee in the last six months and has not yet responded to recommendations to address these issues at home.

In one case, the UN Human Rights Committee found the Australian Government violated a married transgender womans right to privacy and family and her right to be free from discrimination in not allowing her to obtain a birth certificate consistent with her gender identity unless she divorced her spouse. In another case the Committee found that a law in NSW violated a married womans right to be free from discrimination by not providing a mechanism for same-sex couples who marry overseas to obtain a divorce in Australia.

UN Human Rights Council Vice Chair Yuval Shany said it was "unacceptable" for Australia to "pick and choose" which human rights to respect and to "routinely reject" the UN Human Rights Committees views. Australias lack of implementation of the Committees recommendations was "completely off the charts" and incredible for a c...

18:00

Morris Davis: Here's why I resigned as the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo "GroovUs Feed Anews"




 I do not understand torture outside the tactical emergency where it can justifiably be applied.  Any information then is immediately testable and actually valuable.

That time window is extremely small with rare exceptions such as a known intelligence gold mine whose cooperation must be coerced and worked by a skilled interrogator.  So far we have justified the process for a couple of captures.

Otherwise it makes zero sense as a policy. It has been well shown that a skilled interrogator can do wonders mostly because neither the victim or the interrogator actually know the right answers or the right questions as often as not.  Discoveries are made with brush strokes.  It should be applied only by presidential approval outside a real tactical situation.

That Obama failed to address this is idiotic.

Trump loves to tell his audience what they want to hear because it was never a real promise.  Good policy may ensue.  After all who is there to negotiate with?

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Morris Davis: Here's why I resigned as the chief prosecutor at Guantanamo

Ten years ago today, I informed Gordon England, then the Deputy Secretary of Defense, that I could no longer serve as chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. I requested immediate reassignment to another post and, within an hour, my request was approved. Soon after, I received an order not to speak to anyone about why I quit.


Heres why I quit. Earlier that day, I had been handed an order, signed by England, that reorganized the chain of command, effective immediately. The order had placed Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann above me, and it had placed William J. Haynes II, the general counsel of the Department of Defense, above Hartmann.

 

Haynes, you might recall, signed the infamous torture memo the one authorizing enhanced interrogation at Guantanamo that was approved by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. It was in the margin of Haynes memo that Rumsfeld scribbl...
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16:00

Bitcoin Surging Means New Storage Fears as Users Take Extreme Measures "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Bitcoin Surging Means New Storage Fears as Users Take Extreme Measures

Bitcoin millionaires are now a thing, and so are thousandaires. Its been a good, good year for users of the worlds most popular cryptocurrency. With sums exceeding expectations by a lot, problems arise. Keeping it all on a smartphone no longer seems reasonable. Exchanges prove insolvent. And so storage has become an obsession, leading to interesting extremes and hardware innovations. 

Also read: Preparing for the Bitcoin Hard Forks: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough

Swiss Mountain Storage

This is not a race. It is a chess game, Xapos head of security, Carlos Rienzi, warns. You have to think about the opponents next movement. You can never relax.

Xapo was born ultimately from its founders trials in his native Argentina. Known as its Great Depression, it lasted half a decade, decimating peso holders, wiping out savings. CEO Wences Casares home country contracted nearly thirty percent; poverty and indigence rates combined to include seventyfive percent of its population.

He would later explain finding bitcoin to be something of a revelation, and a potential answer to persistent emerging economic regions plights.

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