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Thursday, 22 February



Altcoin Analysis: NEO, EOS, LTC, IOT and Lumens "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

There is a broad base correction back as we are seeing in pairs as NEO, EOS, LTC and even Lumens.

DASH remains resilient but there is room for downside especially if we see any depreciation below $620.

Selling looks like a very short term bet as we anticipate correction back towards break out levels. By doing so, prices would be completing the retest phase which is so common after any form of break outs.

Lets have a look at these charts:


XLM/USD Technical AnalysisXLM/USD Daily Chart for February 22, 2018

There are two important price developments that should influence price movements in the next sessions. One has to do with that breach and close below the middle BB and $0.40 in the daily chart.

The other is that bear candlestick banding along the lower BB in the 4HR chart. If we extrapolate our view and consider our previous analysis, then we realize that prices might actually fall back and retest $0.30 before we see some trend reversal bars printing in the 4HR or there about.

After all, as we have say time and time again, the trend in higher time frames take precedence. Confirmation of last weeks bull pressure is important and that is why any form of Lumens higher highs between $0.30 and $0.34 shall be a basis of long entries for aggressive buyers.


DASH/USD Technical AnalysisDASH/USD...


Kp Message 1-21-18 Hold on for this Ride Its about to get Fun!! "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Theres a reason I sometimes use the violet ray image here, which was taken at Kilauea on 7-7-17, at the beginning of the Kp Cintamani mission. It connects with the energy of Kwanyin, and feels appropriate at this time. The tomorrow date is 2-22-2018, which adds up to 17, which then adds to 8. So lots of 2s, lots of 8s. Something big about that.

Ive noticed many on the tubes (internet tubes, like YouTube, etc.) have reported a lot of lockouts, social media censorship, new rules being implemented. Theres a lot of desperation feelings going on out there. This to me indicates that we are very close to a huge breakthrough in the wall of the deep state. It is big. It is coming. And it will be great!

The Earth Planet 3D Surface Ride is about to go over the top of that first BIG hill and the drop will be fast, and steep, and (if one is internally prepared) loads of fun!! I love roller coasters, and this one should be a blast!

Just dont try to hold on to anything...


UK MPs to Study Bitcoin Benefits Despite Carneys Dismissal "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

British MPs will participate in a committee to study the risks and benefits of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency despite Bank of England Governor Mark Carney writing it all off as a failure.

UK Makes First Moves Toward Regulation

A cross-party Treasury select committee of members of parliament announced on Thursday that they would launch an inquiry into digital currency as well as examine the underlying blockchain distributed ledger technology that powers it.

This seemingly late move is prompted by last years investing craze that drove the value of Bitcoin and some other digital currencies to all-time highs and the subsequent market correction that saw the prices plummet over a few days time.

Chair of the committee Nicky Morgan said the committee will study the impact of cryptocurrency on personal investors as well as financial institutions in the UK. The goal is to find the right balance between regulation to ensure investor protection without stifling business that may grow from both cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology.

The committee of lawmakers will take evidence from a range of experts in the field to inform their recommendations which it will then submit to the government.

People are becoming increasingly aware of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, but they may not be aware that they are currently unregulated in the UK, and that there is no protection for individual investors, Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury Committee, said.

Bank of England at Cross Purposes on Blockchain

Meanwhile, the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney continues his firm anti-crypto stance saying on Monday that Bitcoin has pretty much failed as a currency.

It has pretty much failed thus far on the traditional aspects of money. It is not a store of value because it is all over the map. Nobody uses it as a medium of exchange,

Carney said, according to Reuters.

That despite the fact that the BoE is one of many central banking institutions in Europe currently examining blockchain technology as a way to distribute and track money in the public sector.

The treasury committee has created this set of key questions in order to form their recommendation.

  • Are digital currencies ultimately capable of replacing traditional means of payment?
  • ...


Ethereum Price Technical Analysis Can ETH/USD Recover Further? "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Highlights

  • ETH price declined further and traded as low as $806 against the US Dollar before starting a recovery.
  • There is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance at $850 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via SimpleFX).
  • The pair is currently correcting higher, but it is facing many resistances such as $850 and $875.

Ethereum price fell sharply against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD is currently recovering, but it wont be easy for the pair to gain upside momentum.

Ethereum Price Recovery

There was a minor recovery initiated yesterday from the $850 swing low in ETH price against the US Dollar. The price traded higher, but it could recover above the $880-900 resistance zone. It resulted in a downside move and the price traded below $850. It declined by more than $40 and traded close to $800. A low was formed at $806 from where the price started an upside correction.

It has moved above the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $895 high to $806 low. However, there are many resistances on the upside near $850. The stated $850 level was a support earlier and now it could prevent further gains. Moreover, there is a major bearish trend line forming with resistance at $850 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The 50% Fib retracement level of the last drop from the $895 high to $806 low is also around the same $850 level. Therefore, a break above the $850 level may ignite further recoveries in the near term.

Ethereum Price Technical Analysis ETH USD

The next major resistance on the upside is at $875 followed by $880. On the downside, an initial support is at $828. Below the mentioned $828, the price may retest the $806 swing low.

Hourly MACD The MACD is slowly reducing its bearish slope.

Hourly RSI The RSI has recovered nicely recently, but it is still well below the 50 level.

Major Support Level $806

Major Resistance Level $850


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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00007 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.40 AUD

Bitcoin and United States Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

0.00010 BTC = 1.09 USD
1.00 USD = 0.00009 BTC


Bitcoin Lightning Fraud? Laolu Is Building a 'Watchtower' to Fight It "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

With all eyes on the Lightning Network, bitcoin developer Laolu is working on a technology which takes fraud watching off the hands of users.


Any love for the SKS? "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

While reading the AR threads it got me wondering if you guys have anything else. I've got 2 Chinese type 56 SKS's. Would love to have an AK some day. But I won't trade my SKS's because they are so reliable. And SKS love here?


Viral Video Brings Up Interesting Questions In Regards to Possible Crisis Actor Who Survived Florida Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Whether or not this kind of thing is true or not is something we will probably never know, but numerous people seem to be getting behind the idea that David Hogg and several others who are speaking out about gun violence and the need for more control and accusing them of being crisis actors. Crisis actors are people who basically get paid to say the things they are told to during times of crisis.

Crisis actors are people who are thought to be hired performers that serve a very dark purpose and have become a quite popular topic over the past few years. That being said, a Florida Republicans aide has actually been fired just days ago after sending out an email saying that he believed the survivors of our most recent school shooting in Florida were merely crisis actors. See below what he said. He sent this to Alex Leary and of course, Leary took this and ran with it.

Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.


Benjamin A. Kelly

District Secretary for
Representative Shawl Harrison
District 63

David Hogg, one of the students in question, has been targeted because he was in the news just months before the incident. The news clip of him shows him in California with some friends dealing with a very threatening lifeguard. While he claims to have been on vacation at the time, some believe that sounds a bit too fishy for their liking. It is also important to note that Hoggs father is also an ex-FBI agent.

I am not a crisis actor. Im somebody who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to have to do this.

The fact that some of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School are showing more maturity and political action than many of our elected officials is a testament to how disgusting and broken our political system is right now in America, but were trying to fix that.



Survival chain saw "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

After a quick search I didn't see any posts on the subject.
If you don't have any trees or wood power line poles around you may not need a chain saw.

The first thing you need to know about chain saws is they are dangerous. Way more dangerous than a gun and will kill you the first chance they get.

Chainsawing through minor disasters up and down the east coast from 2006 to 2014 from thunderstorms and hurricanes when I was at Langley to ice storms in Maine I have discovered a few things about...

Survival chain saw


Asian Altcoin Trading Roundup: Top Cryptocurrency is Nano "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

FOMO Moments

The markets have continued correcting during the Asian trading session this morning. Bitcoin continues with its slow sell off but the some of the altcoins seem to be accelerating downwards at a faster rate. BTC seems to have found support at $10,500 and has headed upwards slightly however it is still down around 2% on the day. Most altcoins are also down except one which is pretty rampant right now, and that is Nano.

Nano has a market capacity of $1.2 billion with Binance taking over 90% of the trade volume. In the past 24 hours $82 million has been traded and there are 133 million tokens in total with all of them in circulation. Nano is currently ranked at number 24 in the market cap charts.

Other altcoins showing positive price action this morning in Asia are Monero, up 8%, and Zcash. Outside of the top 25 Populous, Dent and Polymath are also doing well when most others are falling.

The post Asian Altcoin Trading Roundup: Top Cryptocurrency is Nano appeared first on NewsBTC.


Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH/USD Correcting Higher "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price declined further and traded towards the $1,250 support against the US Dollar.
  • There is a new bearish trend line forming with resistance at $1,320 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD (data feed from SimpleFX).
  • The pair is currently correcting higher, but it could face sellers near the $1,320 and $1,350 levels.

Bitcoin cash price faced an increased selling pressure against the US Dollar. BCH/USD declined towards $1,250 and it is currently correcting higher.

Bitcoin Cash Price Downtrend

Yesterday, there was no major correction in bitcoin cash price above the $1,400 level against the US Dollar. The price declined further and broke yesterdays low of $1,312. It even traded below the $1,300 level and moved towards the $1,250 support. A new low was formed at $1,251 from where the price started a short-term upside correction.

An initial resistance is around the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $1,508 high to $1,251 low. There are many resistances on the upside and any major correction could face sellers near $1,350. To the topside, there is also a new bearish trend line forming with resistance at $1,320 on the hourly chart of BCH/USD. The trend line resistance is close to the 38.2% Fib retracement level of the last decline from the $1,508 high to $1,251 low. Therefore, if the price corrects higher further, it is likely to face sellers near the $1,300 and $1,320 level. Above $1,320, the next major upside hurdle is at $1,350.

Bitcoin Cash Price Technical Analysis BCH USD

On the downside, the recent low of $1,251 is a major support. It wont be easy for sellers to break the $1,250 support zone. Below $1,250, the next support sits at $1,200.

Looking at the technical indicators:

Hourly MACD The MACD for BCH/USD is strongly placed in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) The RSI for BCH/USD is currently correcting higher towards the 35 level.

Major Support Lev...


As The Old Economic System Breaks Down, A New One Is Born From The Ashes (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

As The Old Economic System Breaks Down, A New One Is Born From The Ashes Video X22 Report We are now seeing another glitch or something completely different in regards to the exchanges for cryptocurrency. This latest alleged glitch...

The post As The Old Economic System Breaks Down, A New One Is Born From The Ashes (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Spilling the Truth About the Perfect Zero Waste Image "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Ill admit it. I do like a stylish, carefully curated zero waste image. Im prone to double-tapping like when a snap of a beautiful pantry with whole foods stacked neatly in glass jars appears on my social media feed. I think that pictures of products made of stainless steel and glass are much more visually []


Bombed cities "IndyWatch Feed Comics"

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Catch That Catch Can (Hilton) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Catch That Catch Can: or, A Choice Collection of Catches, Rounds and Canons for 3 or 4 Voyces Collected and Published by John Hilton (London : Printed for J. Benson and J. Playford, 1652), ed. by John Hilton and John Playford (HTML at EEBO TCP)

Broadway Magazine "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Broadway Magazine (partial serial archives)

Hampton's Magazine "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Hampton's Magazine (partial serial archives)

Journal of American Folklore "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Journal of American Folklore (partial serial archives)

Phthisiologia "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Phthisiologia: A Poem Miscellaneously-Descriptive and Didactical, in Four Parts; To Which are Prefixed Certain Preliminary, and Phisio-Medical Observations, and Admonitions (London: Printed for the author and sold by T. Boozey, 1798) (page images at NIH)

A Plain and Practical Discovery of the Nature and Cause of the Secret Disease; To Which Is Appended, The Grand Impostor Discover'd (S. T.) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

A Plain and Practical Discovery of the Nature and Cause of the Secret Disease; To Which Is Appended, The Grand Impostor Discover'd (ca. 1718), by S. T. (page images at NIH)

A Plain and Short Treatise of an Apoplexy, Convulsions, Colick, Twisting of the Guts, Poisons, Bleeding at Nose, Vomiting of Blood, Stone in the Kidneys, Quinsey, Mother-Fits, Miscarriage, Hard Labour, Acute Diseases of Women In Childbed, and Several Other Dangerous and Violent Diseases That Come of a Sudden, and Require Present Help (Pechey) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

A Plain and Short Treatise of an Apoplexy, Convulsions, Colick, Twisting of the Guts, Poisons, Bleeding at Nose, Vomiting of Blood, Stone in the Kidneys, Quinsey, Mother-Fits, Miscarriage, Hard Labour, Acute Diseases of Women In Childbed, and Several Other Dangerous and Violent Diseases That Come of a Sudden, and Require Present Help (second edition; London: The author, 1708), by John Pechey (page images at NIH)

Travels in the Air (Glaisher) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Travels in the Air (London: R. Bentley, 1871), by James Glaisher, Camille Flammarion, W. de Fonvielle, and Gaston Tissandier (multiple formats at

Volcanoes and Earthquakes (Zurcher) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Volcanoes and Earthquakes (London: R. Bentley, 1868), by Zurcher and Margoll, trans. by Winifred James Lockyer (multiple formats at

Harmonies of Tones and Colours Developed by Evolution (Hughes) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Harmonies of Tones and Colours Developed by Evolution (with supplement; London and New York: Marcus Ward and Co., 1883-1885), by F. J. Hughes (stable link)

Edgar Allan Poe in Hispanic Literature (Englekirk) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Edgar Allan Poe in Hispanic Literature (New York: Instituto de las Espaas en los Estados Unidos, 1934), by John Eugene Englekirk (page images at HathiTrust)

Frost-Bite and Frost-Bark (Warner) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Frost-Bite and Frost-Bark: Robert Frost at Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, c1999), by Robert M. Warner (page images at HathiTrust)

Historical Sketches of the Bynum Family (Bynum) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Historical Sketches of the Bynum Family (second edition; Oneonta, AL: Southern Democrat, 1958), by J. E. Bynum (page images at HathiTrust)

Vier Vorlesungen uber Relativittstheorie Gehalten im Mai 1921 an der Universitt Princeton (Einstein) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Vier Vorlesungen uber Relativittstheorie Gehalten im Mai 1921 an der Universitt Princeton (in German; Braunschweig: Friedr. Vieweg & Son, 1922), by Albert Einstein (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

Vital Subjects (Welch) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Vital Subjects: Race and Biopolitics in Italy, 1860-1920 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016), by Rhiannon Noel Welch (page images at HathiTrust)

Flint Working by Ishi (Nelson) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Flint Working by Ishi (extract from the Holmes Anniversary Volume, 1916), by N. C. Nelson (page images at HathiTrust)


Three Major Prophecies About Billy Grahams Death "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Tune in as we discuss the three riveting prophecies concerning Billy Grahams death. A must hear!
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Major Banks Partner With R3 Blockchain Alliance To Launch Pilot Trade Platfor "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

When Blockchain meets finance: major banks partner with R3 Blockchain alliance and TradeIX to launch trade finance platform. #NEWS



Classic Arms AR Barrels "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Last week , Sea Cowboy posted a link in the shout box to a business called Classic Arms. His link went to a page advertising these for sale for $39.99, AR-15 16" Heavy Barrel, 5.56 NATO, 1:9, Parkerized. Well, I ordered two of them last Friday and were at my front door when I got home from my main client this evening.

I was a bit skeptical about them, but hey, take a chance every now and then, this is what...

Classic Arms AR Barrels


66% of Funding to Stop the AI Apocalypse Comes from Crypto Donors "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

66% of Funding to Stop the AI Apocalypse Comes From Crypto Donors

Have you ever suffered from existential dread about what will happen when the smart contracts will be smarter than you? Or that a blockchain can become self aware and force humans to bend to its will? Or maybe that a super AI will simply repurpose all the molecules on earth to produce paper clips? Well, worry no more because the crypto community is on the case.

Also Read: Tesla Hit by Hackers Who Used its Systems to Mine Cryptocurrency

Machine Intelligence Research Institute

66% of Funding to Stop the AI Apocalypse Comes From Crypto DonorsThe Machine Intelligence Research Institute, a non-profit organization investigating safety issues related to the development of above-human-level artificial intelligence (Strong A...


The Archons: The Divine Creators Of The Cosmos And Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Ancient Code

Archon or Archons were referred to in antiquity as the servants of the Demiurge, the creator god Standing between the human race and a transcendent God that could only be reached through knowledge of humanitys real nature as divine, leading to the deliverance of the divine spark within humanity from the constraints of earthly existence.

Archon is also Greek word meaning ruler, which was also often used in ancient times as the title of a certain public office in a government.

If we take a look at Archons from a Gnostic point of view, we will understand that in this context, they were considered the angels and demons of the old testament.

Hypostasis of the Archonsthe divine creators of the universe and humanity

The rulers laid plans and said, Come, let us create a man that will be soil from the earth. They modeled their creature as one wholly of the earth. Now the rulers [] body [] they have [] female [] is [] with the face of a beast. They had taken some soil from the earth and modeled their man after their body and after the image of God that had appeared to them in the waters.

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The Legal Risk to ICOs That No One's Talking About "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Even if the SEC doesn't pursue an enforcement action against a token seller, buyers can sue privately under U.S. securities laws to unwind the sale.


You are Being Programmed: Five Ways Your Thoughts are Being Driven Against Your Own Self-Interest "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Isabelle Z.; Natural News

There are plenty of examples in history of mind control being used to influence masses of people to bend to the will of those in control. These days, as the Activist Post points out, mind control has expanded beyond the purely psychological to incorporate a technological aspect as well. The good news is that by being aware of these methods, you can avoid or at least reduce their effects to some degree.

Propaganda and advertising

As media continues to consolidate, the lines are blurring between government and corporate structure. News, television, movies and print can work together to deliver a message that seems to be true simply because so many sources report the same thing.

With increasingly busy lives, people dont have time to make the effort to delve further into what is true and what isnt among all the information we are constantly bombarded with, and it can be easier to just accept what were told about topics like vaccines, the flu, and pesticides. Many times, these messages are even taken one step further and also sent subliminally.

Water, air and food

Another modern method of mental programming is the use of poisonous additives in our foods that change peoples brain chemistry to make them more docile. For example, MSG and aspartame essentially kill off brain cells by overstimulating them, and they are so widely distributed that were seeing the population become increasingly unmotivated and distracted. The fluoride that is regularly put in peoples drinking water, meanwhile, has been found to lower IQ. Even those who are more conscious about avoiding processed foods are still vulnerable from the pesticides sprayed on produce.


How I Got My Spark for Life Back: 5 Practices for Healing and Happiness "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Bethany Fullerton; tiny buddha

Sometimes what youre most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free. ~Robert Tew

In 2014, I was drowning in unhappiness. I had moved to Palestine five years earlier, later met my husband, and decided to remain in one of the most conflicted countries in the world.

There I was, living in a different country far from the comforts of home that I had always known. My marriage was rife with conflict and pain, and I had nobody to turn to.

I had no family nearby, and with the high turnover of internationals in the country, many of the friends Id made had left to go back to their home countries, leaving me behind.

My fear and shame around the difficulties in my marriage kept me from sharing my struggles with the few friends that remained. My friendships felt shallow, and I felt more and more isolated and alone.

In that time, I looked back at myself in college and wondered where that carefree girl who was so sure of herself had gone. Not only did I feel like I had lost everything I held dear, but somewhere along the way, Id lost myself.

I pretended everything was okay, not only to others, but also to myself.
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BREAKING: Dad Looks Like Hes Been Listening To Springsteen Again "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Though his coal mining days have long passed and his life is now full of one mild regret after another, Peter Grinces children tell The Advocate that he often finds solace in the music of Bruce Springsteen. After hes done listening to the Immortal Bard, the 67-year-old often looks disconnected from his surroundings. []

The post BREAKING: Dad Looks Like Hes Been Listening To Springsteen Again appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.


Human Beings Are On The Brink Of IMMORTALITY, Says One Doctor "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Mac Slavo;

According to a top futurologist, humans are on the brink of immortality. Dr, Ian Pearson said human beings will achieve this remarkable milestone, but not until the year 2050.

By 2050, it will only really be for the rich and famous, said Pearson. Most people on middle-class incomes and reasonable working-class incomes can probably afford this in the 2060s. So anyone 90 or under by 2060. If you were born sometime in 1970 onwards, that would make you 48 this year. So anybody under 50 has got a good chance of it, and anyone under 40 almost definitely will have access to this.

One of the things you have to understand at the same time is the advancement of technology a la AI, and the fact that, theres not going to be any middle-income families and reasonable working class in 2060 because by then, AI [artificial intelligence] and cyborgs, androids, roboticswhatever you wanna call it, is going to be doing all of that; assuming human beings still have control, says Joseph.

According to the Express UK, scientists around the world are currently working on creating human organs using 3D printers loaded with living cells which could make organ transplants a thing of the past. Apparently, there are several ways in which people can live forever, such as renewing body parts. This could be done in several ways, including genetic engineering that prevents or reverses the aging of cells.
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Gun control you should prepare for right now "IndyWatch Feed Survival"


Following the tragic and bizarre shooting that occurred in Las Vegas last weekend, theres no doubt that stricter gun control measures are coming. Even President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are expressing a willingness to go along with new firearm laws. Just how far will the freedom robbing attack on American 2nd Amendment rights go?

In the immediate aftermath of the Vegas bloodshed, Democrats wasted no time calling for a bevy of new gun laws. And...

Gun control you should prepare for right now


Secret to Great Pyramid's Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Owen Jarus; Live Science

Though it's slightly lopsided, the towering Great Pyramid of Giza is an ancient feat of engineering, and now an archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west they may have used the fall equinox.

The fall equinox occurs halfway between the summer and winter solstices, when Earth's tilt is such that the length of the day and night are almost the same.

About 4,500 years ago, Egyptian pharaoh Khufu had the Great Pyramid of Giza constructed; it is the largest of the three pyramids now standing about 455 feet (138 meters) tall on the Giza Plateau and was considered a "wonder of the world" by ancient writers.

Turns out, the pyramid builders somehow designed this ancient wonder with extreme precision.

"The builders of the Great Pyramid of Khufu aligned the great monument to the cardinal points with an accuracy of better than four minutes of arc, or one-fifteenth of one degree," Glen Dash, an engineer who studies the Giza pyramids, wrote in a paper published recently in The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture.
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piperlongumine induces apoptosis and autophagy in leukemic cells "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Lett. 2018 Feb ;15(2):1423-1428. Epub 2017 Nov 29. PMID: 29434833 Abstract Title:  Piperlongumine induces apoptosis and autophagy in leukemic cells through targeting the PI3K/Akt/mTOR and p38 signaling pathways. Abstract:  Piperlongumine is an alkaloid compound extracted fromL. It is a chemical substance with various pharmacological effects and medicinal value, including anti-tumor, lipid metabolism regulatory, antiplatelet aggregation and analgesic properties. The present study aimed to understand whether piperlongumine induces the apoptosis and autophagy of leukemic cells, and to identify the mechanism involved. Cell viability and autophagy were detected using MTT, phenazine methyl sulfate and trypan blue exclusion assays. The apoptosis rate was calculated using flow cytometry. The protein expression levels of microtubule-associated protein 1A/1B-light chain 3, Akt and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) were measured using western blotting. The cell growth of leukemic cells was completely inhibited following treatment with piperlongumine, and marked apoptosis was also induced. Dead cells as a result of autophagy were stained using immunofluorescence and observed under a light microscope. Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt/mTOR signaling was suppressed by treatment with piperlongumine, while p38 signaling and caspase-3 activity were induced by treatment with piperlongumine. It was concluded that piperlongumine induces apoptosis and autophagy in leukemic cells through targeting the PI3K/Akt/mTOR and p38 signaling pathways.

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Are Women Getting The Birth They Want? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Are Women Getting The Birth They Want?

If youre pregnant, youre probably thinking ahead to the birth of your baby. You might be doing antenatal classes. Or talking to other experienced mamas. You might be thinking of hiring a doula. And creating a birth plan. Most women wonder, think and dream about the process of giving birth.

Are Women Getting The Birth They Want?

Some women immerse themselves in every detail of labour, embracing all the knowledge they can, in the hope of being prepared for everything. Other women prefer to avoid thinking about labour. Instead they focus on the moment they will meet their baby. But one thing is a given: every woman expects the birth of her baby to be empowering and amazing. Sadly, a new study shows almost 30% of Australian women arent getting the birth they want.

What Did The Study Show?

The research was undertaken by Safe Motherhood for All Inc. part of the grassroots global movement, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. The research undertaken by Safe Motherhood for All Inc. surveyed almost 1,750 women who gave birth during a two-year period. The results of the survey showed only 58% of women who gave birth in a hospital or a birth centre had the birth they wanted. Almost 30% of women said they didnt have the birth they wanted. The researchers asked women whether they felt in control of their births. Overall, nearly 63% of women said they felt in control, but first time mothers were less likely to feel they were in control (58%). Women who gave birth in birth centres had a far higher rate of feeling in control (94%) compared with those in hospital (57%). A shocking 22% of women felt they werent in control of their births. Significantly, 76% of the women surveyed felt their babys birth had affected how they felt about themselves. Of these women, just over 25% felt the impact of their birth was negative. This rose to almost 45% of women who had instrumental births, 55% who had a c-section, and 36% for first time mothers. Birth can also have an effect on t...


Mathias Cormanns First Act as Acting PM Was To Appoint Jean-Claude Van Damme His Deputy "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Belgian-born acting Prime Minister Mathais Cormann has taken advantage of his newfound powers by appointing Belgian-born action star Jean-Claude Van Damme as his deputy. The West Australian also threw the gauntlet down to Malcolm Turnbull, saying that he could have his old job back he just has to get []

The post Mathias Cormanns First Act as Acting PM Was To Appoint Jean-Claude Van Damme His Deputy appeared first on The Betoota Advocate.


The Last Riveting Words Billy Graham wrote & Major Prophecy concerning Billy Grahams Death "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Tune in as we discuss the home going of world renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, His last riveting words left for this last generation and the prophecy that will make the hairs stand up in the back of your next concerning his death. A must hear!
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Piperine may be used as a bioenhancer to improve pharmacological effect of ginsenoside Rh2 when given orally. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Chin J Nat Med. 2018 Feb ;16(2):143-149. PMID: 29455730 Abstract Title:  Enhancement of oral bioavailability and immune response of Ginsenoside Rh2 by co-administration with piperine. Abstract:  Ginsenoside Rh2 (Rh2) is one of the major bioactive ginsenosides in Panax ginseng. However, the oral bioavailability of Rh2 is low, with P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and CYP3A4 being reported to be the main factors. The purpose of the present study was to determine the enhancing effect of piperine on the oral bioavailability as well as bioactivity of Rh2. The inhibitory effect of piperine on P-gp and CYP3A4 was determined using a Caco-2 monolayer model and a recombinant CYP3A4 metabolic system, respectively. The pharmacokinetics of oral Rh2 (10 mgkg) administered alone or in combination with piperine (10 and 20 mgkg) was performed in rats. The immune boosting effect of Rh2 was assessed in rats by measuring IL-12 level after treated by Rh2 alone or co-administered with piperine. The results indicated that piperine significantly increased the permeability of Rh2 and inhibited the metabolism of Rh2. The pharmacokinetic study results showed that the AUC of Rh2 was significantly increased in combination with piperine at high dose (20 mgkg) when compared to the control group, with relative bioavailability of 196.8%. The increase of Rh2 exposure led to increased serum levels of IL-12. In conclusion, piperine may be used as a bioenhancer to improve pharmacological effect of Rh2 when given orally.

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Haha Is This Shit Still On? "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT Recent reports by people changing channels aimlessly before dinnertime has found that the Winter Olympics is still, what the fuck? A whole week after all the punchlines and snowboarding has wrapped up, apparently there are still heats for like cross country skiing and weird ass events involving guns. Haha. A heap of []

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The present review gives an overview on the possible mechanisms of BPA towards bone loss. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Life Sci. 2018 Feb 9. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PMID: 29432759 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A exposure disturbs the bone metabolism: An evolving interest towards an old culprit. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA) (2,2,-bis (hydroxyphenyl) propane), a well-known endocrine disruptor (ED), is the exogenous chemical that mimic the natural endogenous hormone like oestrogen. Due to its extensive exposure to humans, BPA is considered to be a major toxicological agent for general population. Environmental exposure of BPA results in adverse health outcomes including bone loss. BPA disturbs the bone health by decreasing the plasma calcium level and inhibiting the calcitonin secretion. BPA also stimulated differentiation and induced apoptosis in human osteoblasts and osteoclasts. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms of the untoward effect of BPA against bone metabolism. The present review gives an overview on the possible mechanisms of BPA towards bone loss. The previous literature shows that BPA exerts its toxic effect on bone cells by binding to the oestrogen related receptor-gamma (ER), reducing the bone morphogenic protein-2 (BMP-2) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities. BPA interrupts the bone metabolism via RANKL, apoptosis and Wnt/-catenin signaling pathways. It is, however, still debated on the exact underlying mechanism of BPA against bone health. We summarised themolecular evidences with possible mechanisms of BPA, an old environmental culprit, in bone loss and enlightened the underlying understanding of adverse action of BPA in the society.

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Whats Killing Americas New Mothers? 4 Things You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Whats Killing Americas New Mothers? 4 Things You Need To Know

BellyBelly understands this content might trigger strong emotions. Were passionate about peoples personal birth experiences and research because we can learn from them. In this article, you will find important information about how to reduce your risks of pregnancy and birth related complications. Knowledge really is power, and we want the best possible outcomes for everyone. Theres a common misconception giving birth in America comes with little or no risk. After all, the US is a high income, developed country that has top medical care and research. How could any healthy woman die in childbirth? It might come as a surprise to many, but the US actually ranks pretty low among developed countries in terms of good outcomes for mother and baby. And one of the most frustrating, and surprising facts: more than 30% of maternal deaths in the US are potentially preventable.

Whats Killing Americas New Mothers? 4 Things You Need To Know

Its important to note, although the US has poorer outcomes than many other countries, the risk of women dying during childbirth isnt extremely high. Neither is it something new parents should be stressed about. When we are aware of risks, however, it helps us to make informed decisions about our care. Awareness lets us know when to insist on the medical care we need. For example, after giving birth recently, tennis star Serena Williams suffered from a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. However, her knowledge of the symptoms and her persistence saved her life. So, what exactly do pregnant parents need to know?

#1: Being Pregnant And Giving Birth In The US Carries Risks

If youre pregnant, the last thing you want to hear is giving birth is risky. After all, how can added stress at such a time possibly be helpful? Statistics arent meant to scare new parents or to increase stress, but rather to help them make inf...


Urinary bisphenol A concentrations in relation to asthma in a sample of Egyptian children. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Hum Exp Toxicol. 2018 Jan 1:960327118758150. Epub 2018 Jan 1. PMID: 29441827 Abstract Title:  Urinary bisphenol A concentrations in relation to asthma in a sample of Egyptian children. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Bronchial asthma is one of the top disabling diseases in pediatrics. Limited research has been studied the association of the widely used plastic monomer bisphenol A (BPA) with childhood asthma.OBJECTIVE: To compare the levels of urinary BPA in asthmatic and control children and to investigate the implication of BPA among other risk factors for the development of asthma.SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This case-control study included 97 children (45 asthmatic and 52 healthy controls) aged 3-8 years. Asthmatic children were diagnosed according to Global initiative for asthma (GINA) guidelines. Sociodemographic factors were assessed and urinary levels of BPA were determined in spot urine samples using high-performance liquid chromatography. The contribution of BPA among predictors for developing asthma was studied in asthmatic children.RESULTS: Median total urinary BPA levels were significantly higher in asthmatic children than in control group (1.56 ng/mL in asthmatic children compared to 0.790 ng/mL in control group, p = 0.001). Children who had total urinary BPA levels>1.3 ng/mL were more likely to be asthmatic (odds ratio: 2.84, 95% confidence interval 1.22-6.59, p = 0.015). Multiple logistic regression analysis for predictors of asthma showed the importance of higher levels of BPA (>1.3 ng/mL) as a more significant predictor than passive smoking ( p = 0.006 for BPA categories vs. p = 0.049 for passive smoking).CONCLUSION: Association of higher levels of urinary BPA with the diagnosis of asthma in children may indicate the potential risk of BPA exposure in the precipitation of bronchial asthma. Further clinical and biochemical research are needed to clarify the proper mechanism explaining this association.

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American Teacher Cant Wait To Show Off Her Anti-Terror Muscle Memory On School Shooter "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT A lovely natured American woman who decided her one true calling was moulding the minds of innocent children through maths and literacy says shes quite excited about the new changes in her job description meaning that she is required to carry a machine gun. Im excited about the new challenges that present themselves []

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Decrease in the generation of Amyloid- due to Salvianolic acid B by modulating BACE1 activity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Curr Alzheimer Res. 2017 ;14(11):1229-1237. PMID: 28413985 Abstract Title:  Decrease in the Generation of Amyloid- Due to Salvianolic Acid B by Modulating BACE1 Activity. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Generation and accumulation of the amyloid- (A) peptide after proteolytic processing of the full length amyloid precursor protein (FL-APP) by -secretase (-site APP cleaving enzyme or BACE1) and -secretase are the main causal factors of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, inhibition of BACE1, a rate-limiting enzyme in the production ofA, is an attractive therapeutic approach for the treatment of AD. Recent studies suggest that salvianolic acid B (Sal B) is isolated from the radix of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, a Chinese herbal medicine commonly used for the treatment of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and liver diseases in China.METHOD: In this study, we discovered that Sal B acted as a BACE1 modulator and reduced the level of secreted A in two different Swedish APP (SwedAPP) mutant cell lines. Using N2a-mouse and H4- human neuroglioma cell lines expressing SwedAPP, it was demonstrated that Sal B significantly and dose-dependently decreased the generation of extracellular A, soluble APP (by-product of APP cleaved by BACE1), and intracellular C-terminal fragment from APP without influencing -secretase and -secretase activity and the levels of FL-APP. In addition, using protein-docking, we determined the potential conformation of Sal B on BACE1 docking and revealed the interactions of Sal B with the BACE1 catalyticcenter.RESULTS: The docking provides a feasible explanation for the experimental results, especially in terms of the molecular basis of Sal B's action. Our results indicate that Sal B is a BACE1 inhibitor and, as such, is a promising candidate for the treatment of AD.

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Activation of cardiac progenitor cells reverses the failing heart senescent phenotype and prolongs lifespan. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Circ Res. 2008 Mar 14 ;102(5):597-606. Epub 2008 Jan 17. PMID: 18202313 Abstract Title:  Activation of cardiac progenitor cells reverses the failing heart senescent phenotype and prolongs lifespan. Abstract:  Heart failure is the leading cause of death in the elderly, but whether this is the result of a primary aging myopathy dictated by depletion of the cardiac progenitor cell (CPC) pool is unknown. Similarly, whether current lifespan reflects the ineluctable genetic clock or heart failure interferes with the genetically determined fate of the organ and organism is an important question. We have identified that chronological age leads to telomeric shortening in CPCs, which by necessity generate a differentiated progeny that rapidly acquires the senescent phenotype conditioning organ aging. CPC aging is mediated by attenuation of the insulin-like growth factor-1/insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor and hepatocyte growth factor/c-Met systems, which do not counteract any longer the CPC renin-angiotensin system, resulting in cellular senescence, growth arrest, and apoptosis. However, pulse-chase 5-bromodeoxyuridine-labeling assay revealed that the senescent heart contains functionally competent CPCs that have the properties of stem cells. This subset of telomerase-competent CPCs have long telomeres and, following activation, migrate to the regions of damage, where they generate a population of young cardiomyocytes, reversing partly the aging myopathy. The senescent heart phenotype and heart failure are corrected to some extent, leading to prolongation of maximum lifespan.

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7 Bad Habits that Are Draining Your Vital Energy "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Whether you realize it or not many of us do things that drain our personal energy. These things leave us feeling exhausted and we often struggle to point out what and why.

Bad habits come in many shapes and sizes. Some things affect some people more than others but overall if you are doing the following you are most likely draining yourself. While this may come off as a surprise it is a very real problem in more recent times. If you feel like you are always running on fumes there is probably a reason for it. Take a look below at the most common bad habits people tend to have that may be setting you up to fail.

7 Bad Habits that Are Draining Your Vital Energies:

1. Not getting enough sleep.

Sure, sometimes when we get the right amount of sleep we still feel tires but usually, when we get the sleep we need we feel a lot better. Figure out how much sleep you need and be sure to get it. We all need to maintain this balance in our lives. If you keep forcing yourself to operate without the sleep your mind and body needs you will feel like complete shit inside and out.

2. Letting things in your life become too cluttered.

We often get too caught up in life to really notice things like this. Really sit back and think about whether or not your life/home and things of the sort are cluttered. Is this clutter hindering you when it comes to moving around freely? If you keep living your life surrounded by clutter you will not be able to get very far. Your energy needs room to breathe with you.

3. Being too invested in social media.

We, in general, tend to spend a lot of time on our cell phones. Most of what we do on them revolves around social media and for some, this is to an extreme extent. These social medias all keep your attention occupied and it distracts us from living our lives. When we become obsessed with social media we are distracted and unable to see the real world. If you find yourself checking your social media accounts every chance you get, a break might be in order.

4. Not drinking enough water.

We are made up of a good portion of water, ans it is essential for our survival. Most people do not drink near enough and it is causing them problems both of the spirit and of the body. If you havent been drinking much water you should definitely start, I know soda and other things of the sort may taste better, but they dont do the same thing for you.

5. Eating super unhealthy foods all the time.

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Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 02/22/2018 Potential Bounce Targets "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Price Key Highlights

  • Bitcoin price is still in correction mode but appears to be bouncing off the trend line support.
  • Applying the Fibonacci extension tool shows how high price could go if the trend line holds.
  • Technical indicators are signaling that the uptrend is about to resume.

Bitcoin price is finding support at the area of interest on the trend line, 200 SMA, and $10,000 mark so the rally might resume from here.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is above the longer-term 200 SMA on this time frame so the path of least resistance is to the upside. This means that the rally is more likely to resume than to reverse. Also, the 200 SMA lines up with the rising trend line connecting the latest lows.

Stochastic is pulling up from oversold levels to signal that bullish pressure is returning. Similarly, RSI is also turning higher to show that buyers are ready to jump back in.

A bit of bullish divergence can be seen on stochastic as the oscillator formed higher lows while price had lower lows. A bounce could take bitcoin price up to the 38.2% extension around $11,000 or the 50% extension at the swing highs.

The 61.8% extension is located at $12,000 or another long-term area of interest. The 76.4% extension is at $12,788 then the full extension is at $13,590.

Market Factors

The US dollar enjoyed another wave higher on hawkish FOMC minutes and risk aversion. Policymakers agreed that stronger growth momentum could warrant further tightening in the months ahead.

This led to higher bond yields and another weak close for US equities as business and consumer activity could be dampened by higher interest rates. Note that bitcoin price has been trading alongside stocks and commodities, so the dip also affected the cryptocurrency.

Nonetheless, its still worth noting that bitcoin sentiment has improved after a few nations have expressed the need to keep the door open for industry developments. Then again, some top financial officials have made negative remarks on bitcoin, particularly on its ability to be a store of value.

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German Regulator Clarifies Obligations For ICO Operators Following Increased Interest "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Germanys financial regulator reminds ICO operators that they are responsible for complying with the countrys existing regulations without any gaps. #NEWS


Salvianolic acid B protects against doxorubicin induced cardiac apoptosis and endoplasmic reticulum stress. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Toxicol Lett. 2017 Jul 5 ;276:21-30. Epub 2017 May 8. PMID: 28495616 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B attenuates doxorubicin-induced ER stress by inhibiting TRPC3 and TRPC6 mediated Caoverload in rat cardiomyocytes. Abstract:  Doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cardiotoxicity is a clinically complex syndrome that leads to significant pain to cancer survivors. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been suggested to be an important contributor to myocardium dysfunction during this phenomenon. Our previous study proved that Salvianolic acid B (Sal B) protected against doxorubicin induced cardiac dysfunction by inhibiting ER stress and cardiomyocyte apoptosis. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is not yet clearly. In this study, we investigated the protective effect and mechanisms of Sal B againest DOX-induced cardiac injury and ER stress in vivo and in vitro. After pretreatment with Sal B (0.25, 0.5, 1mg/kg i.v.) for 7 days, male SD rats were intraperitoneally injected with a single dose of DOX (3mg/kg) every 2 days for three injections. The cardioprotective effect of Sal B was observed 2 weeks after the first administration. Adult rat ventricular myocytes were isolated and treated with Sal B (20g/ml) for 6h and then exposed in DOX (1m) for 4h. The cardiomyocyte contractility and the level of intracellular Cawere determined. Sal B ameliorated DOX-induced apoptosis damage in heart tissues. In vitro studies showed that DOX induced adult rat ventricular myocytes contractile dysfunction and intracellular Cahandling derangement, disrupted mitochondrial membrane potential, raised the level of ER stress related proteins. However, Sal B pretreatment suppressed all of these adverse effects of DOX. The effects of Sal B were closely related to the inhibition of transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels, as characterized by inhibiting the expression of TRPC 3 and TRPC6. These results indicate that Sal B protects against DOX-induced cardiac apoptosis and ER stress via TRPC3 and TRPC6 inhibition.

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Thousands Of Americans Are In Jail Over Debts "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Thousands of Americans have ended up in jail over debts as small as $28 according to a new report published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The practice is in violation of many US state and federal laws, which prohibits the jailing of debtors.

Around 77 million people have debts that have been transferred to and chased up by private collection agencies.

RT reports: In one case cited in the report, a disabled woman who wears a prosthetic leg was shackled by her waist and feet by two armed US marshals before being put in jail overnight.

They had a warrant for my arrest and I asked them for what, he didnt say what it was for. He said, Hell tell you later, said Tracie Mozie of Dickinson, Texas.

Law enforcement officials had entered Mozies bedroom to arrest her over a $1,500 federal student loan she took out in 1986 to pay for truck-driving school. The loan had mushroomed to $13,000 with interest and fees. Monzie was unable to pay because she is unemployed and lives on disability benefits.

The ACLU examined more than 1,000 cases in which civil court judges issued arrest warrants for debtors. In some instances the amounts were as small as $28. Letters were sent over bounced checks as low as $2, the ACLU found.

The report is the first ever to analyze the cooperation between courts and the private debt collection industry across the US, according to the ACLU. Private debt collectors use the criminal justice system to try to compel repayments, even when the debts are disputed or when the debtor cannot repay. More than 6,000 debt collection firms operate in the United States, collecting billions of dollars each year.

Following their arrest, debtors may remain in jail for several days until they can pay the bail. In some cases, the ACLU found some people were locked up for as long as two weeks.

This practice violates the many state and federal laws as well as international human rights...



Loyal QANTAS Customer Proud Of The Fact That He Pays More Tax Than The Entire Airline "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

WENDELL HUSSEY | Cadet | Contact Despite claiming the odd few things he shouldnt, and lying here and there when he lodges some of his returns, Sam Nicholson still pays a pretty reasonable amount of tax. As a secondary teacher in Betoota he gets some tax incentives as an employee in the public sphere, but overall he pays roughly 15-20 grand a []

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US Govt Indicts Founder Of Long Defunct Crypto Exchange BitFunder "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

US SEC and DOJ move against founder of former crypto exchange BitFunder for fraud, obstruction, and perjury. #NEWS


Canadian Researchers to Team Up With Indian Tech Industry to Explore Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Government-backed researchers in Canada are planning to unite with Indias technology industry association NASSCOM to research blockchain. Together, the two hope to create an global epicentre for studying the implications and applications of the innovative tech leading to increased high-end technology capabilities.

Blockchain: Beyond Cryptocurrency

The teaming up of Canadas Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) and NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) aims to explore the use of blockchain technology in both government and academia. There are several areas in which India perceive blockchain to be disruptive to current industries, both financial and otherwise. These include land registry, healthcare, and banking.

The announcement of the union between BRI and NASSCOM, combined with the recent news that India are forming a Future Skills initiative aimed at educating their youth in cutting edge technology, clearly evidence a nation positioning itself as a hub for innovation in the blockchain industry. The educational platform was announced just days ago by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Congress on Information Technology 2018.

Meanwhile, the BRIs stated goal is to build blockchain-based economies around the world. With their assistance, plus an increasingly blockchain-literate young workforce, India could well rise to the top in the field of research and application of the exciting and potentially disruptive technology. Narendra Modis government have even earmarked around US$500 million for developing the digital economy. This represents a doubling of public spending on the sector.

According to CNN, Don Tapscott, the founder and executive chairman of the Canadian institute, stated:

We see our coalition with NASSCOM as a delightful opportunity to nurture the blockchain community in India We strongly believe that India has the potential to lead the blockchain revolution.

Whilst the Indian government are evidently receptive to the innovative potential of the blockchain, they seem somewhat more hesitant when it comes to the first real application of the technology crytocurrency. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently stated in his 2018/19 Budget Speech:

The government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate the use of these cryptoassets in financing illegitimate activities or as part of the payment system...


Bitcoin Skeptic Dennis Gartman Duped by Dubious Blockchain Investment "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Skeptic Dennis Gartman Duped by Dubious Blockchain Investment

Commodities King Dennis Gartman has been left with a red face and diminished pension fund after investing in a dubious blockchain company. Shares in Riot Blockchain Inc plunged by 30% following a CNBC investigation, leaving Gartmans fund in a negative balance for the year to date. The trader has previously described bitcoin as being nothing more than a scam of the first order.

Also read: 30 People Who Were Really Wrong About Bitcoin

Gartman Gets Rekt by the Blockchain Meme

There was more than a touch of schadenfreude in the crypto community when news of Bitcoin Skeptic Dennis Gartman Duped by Dubious Blockchain InvestmentDennis Gartmans poor investment emerged this week. Every trader is bound to get things wrong on occasions, but in going long on Riot Blockchain Inc, Gartman appears to have gone against his own advice. By his own admission, the author of the eponymous The Gartman Letter doesnt fully understand bitcoin. His decision to invest heavily in a company purporting to make use of bitcoins underlying ledger technology is thus a strange one....


The best free online courses of 2017 according to the data "IndyWatch Feed Education"

The results are in! In 2015, Class Central first published a ranking of the best online courses of the year based on reviews from our users. I did it again in 2016. Now Im back with a list of the best online courses of 2017. Like last year and the year before, this years list is based on thousands of reviews written by our users.

The methodology is simple. I made a list of all the courses that were offered for the first time in 2017 (which comes out to be over 2,000 courses), ranked the courses by the Bayesian average of their ratings, and filtered out the ones with less than ten reviews.

As you will see below, some of the highlights of this years ranking include: a new course by the team that created Learning How To Learn, one of the most popular MOOCs of all time; a new course from Andrew Ng, one of the founders of the modern MOOC movement; and, for you Italian speakers, three new courses from Italys University of Naples Federico, which started offering its MOOCs on the edX platform in 2017.

So without further ado, here are 2017s best free online courses:

Python for Data Science
University of California, San Diego via edX

In the information age, data is all around us. Within this data are answers to compelling questions across many societal domains (politics, business, science, etc.). But if you had access to a large dataset, would you be able to find the answers you seek?
(37 ratings)

Neural Networks and Deep Learning via Coursera
If you want to break into cutting-edge AI, this course will help you do so. Deep learning engineers are highly sought after,...


Thousands of Americans Are Being Jailed for Debt, Chased by Private Collectors "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

While debtors prisons were outlawed by Congress almost two hundred years ago, in reality the practice seems to live on.

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The renoprotective effect exerted by Salvianolic acid B can be attributed to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Braz J Med Biol Res. 2017 May 15 ;50(6):e5954. Epub 2017 May 15. PMID: 28513773 Abstract Title:  Attenuation of renal ischemic reperfusion injury by salvianolic acid B via suppressing oxidative stress and inflammation through PI3K/Akt signaling pathway. Abstract:  Salvianolic acid B (SAB) is one the major phytocomponents of Radix Salvia miltiorrhiza and exhibit numerous health promoting properties. The objective of the current study was to examine whether SAB exerts a renoprotective effect by attenuating oxidative stress and inflammatory response through activating phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/serine-threonine kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway in a renal ischemic reperfusion rat model. Forty Sprague-Dawley male rats (250-300 g) were obtained and split into four groups with ten rats in each group. The right kidney of all rats was removed (nephrectomy). The rats of the Control group received only saline (occlusion) and served as a sham control group, whereas rats subjected to ischemic reperfusion (IR) insult by clamping the left renal artery served as a postitive control group. The other 2 groups of rats were pretreated with SAB (20 and 40 mgkg-1day-1) for 7 days prior IR induction and served as treatment groups (SAB 20+IR; SAB 40+IR). Renal markers creatinine (Cr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) were significantly lower in the groups that received SAB. Pretreatment with SAB appears to attenuate oxidative stress by suppressing the production of lipid peroxidation products like malondialdehyde as well as elevating antioxidant activity. The concentration of inflammatory markers and neutrophil infiltration (myeloperoxidase) were significantly decreased. Meanwhile, PI3K protein expression and pAkt/Akt ratio were significantly upregulated upon supplementation with SAB, indicating its renoprotective activity. Taken together, these results indicate that SAB can therapeutically alleviate oxidative stress and inflammatory process via modulating PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and probably ameliorate renal function and thus act as a renoprotective agent.

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Sergey Brin, my Father, and our obsession with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Sergey Brin [or Insert your Tech Idol name here]

For most of the world, Sergey Brins story was elevated to myth after Googles 2004 IPO. By 2008, the Economist had proclaimed Brin to be the Enlightenment Man of our era. His ascent after that was the stuff of classic Silicon Valley legend. A visionary drops out of school, spends time in a garage, and emerges enlightened.

Investors throughout the Valley lined up at his feet to offer patronage. As another Soviet migr named Sergey at birth, I found myself awestruck when I passed by Brin as he hot-tubbed between diving sessions at Stanfords swimming pool in 2002. So when I too dropped out of college in 2005 as Brin had done before, I imagined myself launching the next big thing.

But the burden of achieving early success in the model of Brin led to impulsive decisions and unrealistic expectations. At first, I had spent much of my waking life plotting out and developing an online textbook exchange service (source code), a secondary marketplace that never seemed to crest 10,000 users. Compared to Google, my textbook exchange was a failure.

I began launching other products left and right, believing that with the right concept, I would break the million-user ceiling. Two years later, another company, Chegg, launched and eventually scaled the same textbook idea I had attempted in my dorm room to a 1,000+ employee company.

At the time, I was so busy working on two new social networks (#1, #2), I barely noticed Chegg taking off. Nurturing a product beyond two years required too much patience for a 19-year-old carrying such ambitions.

Restless within the Valley culture, I flew to Beijing to find inspiration (and somewhere in the process, adopted my childhood nickname Segah). I learned that flying halfway around the world on a whim was not a great path to insight. The answers I sought were in fact closer to home.

Rediscovering my fathers lessons on doing great work

True introspection came from my father, a security network architect with 25 years of experience consulting for such vendors as Checkpoint and Cisco. Returning home from a brief stint in Beijing reminded me of my early teenage years and the experiences that first drew me to tech.

It was not the cult of idol worship and stardom.

It was my f...


Salvianolic acid B protects against acute lung injury in a model of sepsis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Cell Biochem. 2018 Jan ;119(1):701-711. Epub 2017 Aug 2. PMID: 28636082 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B protects against acute lung injury by decreasing TRPM6 and TRPM7 expressions in a rat model of sepsis. Abstract:  This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of salvianolic acid B (SA-B) on acute lung injury (ALI) through decreasing the expressions of channel kinase's TRPM6 and TRPM7. Wistar Septic rat models were established by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which were separated into the control, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), SA-B, SA-B+si-TRPM6, SA-B+si-TRPM7, si-TRPM6, and si-TRPM7 groups. Arterial blood gas, protein content, total white blood cell (WBC) count and the percentage of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN%) were measured. Levels of TNF- and IL-6 levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were monitored. Lung coefficient, myeloperoxidase (MPO) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity were conducted by MPO and SOD kit. The mRNA expressions of TRPM6 and TRPM7 were detected by qRT-PCR. Compared with the control group, the PaOand PaO/FiOvalues exhibited decreases in other group, while the PaCOvalueprotein content, total WBC, PMN%, TNF-, IL-6 levels and lung coefficient values all increased. MPO activity in lung tissue increased, while SOD activity decreased. TRPM6 and TRPM7 expressions increased significantly. Compared with the LPS group, the SA-B, SA-B+si-TRPM6, SA-B+si-TRPM7, si-TRPM6, and si-TRPM7 groups had increased PaOand the PaO/FiO, while decreased PaCOprotein content, total WBC, PMN%, TNF-, IL-6 levels, and lung coefficient. MPO activity in lung tissue decreased while SOD activity increased. Decreased mRNA expressions of TRPM6 and TRPM7 in the SA-B, SA-B+si-TRPM6, and SA-B+si-TRPM6 groups were observed. Through decreasing the expressions of the channel kinase TRPM6 andTRPM7, SA-B protects against ALI in septic rats.

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Viral Video Brings Up Interesting Questions In Regards to Possible Crisis Actor Who Survived Florida Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Whether or not this kind of thing is true or not is something we will probably never know, but numerous people seem to be getting behind the idea that David Hogg and several others who are speaking out about gun violence and the need for more control and accusing them of being crisis actors. Crisis actors are people who basically get paid to say the things they are told to during times of crisis.

Crisis actors are people who are thought to be hired performers that serve a very dark purpose and have become a quite popular topic over the past few years. That being said, a Florida Republicans aide has actually been fired just days ago after sending out an email saying that he believed the survivors of our most recent school shooting in Florida were merely crisis actors. See below what he said. He sent this to Alex Leary and of course, Leary took this and ran with it.

The email basically read as follows:

Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.


Benjamin A. Kelly

District Secretary for
Representative Shawl Harrison
District 63

David Hogg, one of the students in question, has been targeted because he was in the news just months before the incident. The news clip of him shows him in California with some friends dealing with a very threatening lifeguard. While he claims to have been on vacation at the time, some believe that sounds a bit too fishy for their liking. It is also important to note that Hoggs father is also an ex-FBI agent.

Hogg has fired back recently acknowledging and speaking out about these allegations, below is what he has said thus far in regards:

I am not a crisis actor. Im somebody who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to...


The Outrageous Art of Transgender Punk Rock Star Jayne County "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Jayne County, Jayne County, Mer Creatures (2017), acrylic and marker on canvas (all images courtesy Participant Inc.)

It is almost impossible to encapsulate the brilliant career of rock star Jayne County. As punk rocks first openly transgender performer, she was an inspiration for everyone from Andy Warhol to David Bowie, but never quite got credit for her widespread influence. Donning lipstick decades before gender fluid became a trend, County participated in the Stonewall uprising, DJed at Maxs Kansas City, performed as lead singer in Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, among other bands, and set the world on fire at SqueezeBox!, the seven-year-long party at Tribeca bar Don Hills, which was an incubator for New Yorks 1990s drag scene. Her journey is best summed up in her own words in the 1995 autobiography, Man Enough To Be Woman, though County may be best understood watching her live performances (readily available on YouTube).



Salvianolic acid B attenuates lipopolysaccharide induced acute lung injury. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Exp Ther Med. 2017 Jul ;14(1):759-764. Epub 2017 Jun 1. PMID: 28672996 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury in rats through inhibition of apoptosis, oxidative stress and inflammation. Abstract:  The present study was performed to assess the protective effect of salvianolic acid B on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI). Sprague Dawley rats were injected with 100g/kg LPS through a 24-gauge catheter. One group of rats was pre-treated with salvianolic acid B (1 mg/ml; 20 ml/kg body weight) 1 h prior to LPS challenge, then 20 ml/kg salvianolic acid B every 2 days for 4 weeks thereafter. Salvianolic acid B attenuated LPS-induced increases in the lung wet/dryweight rate and lung tissue injury in ALI model rats. LPS-induced changes in the content of caspase-3, malondialdehyde, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, tumor necrosis factor- and interleukin-6 in ALI model rats were attenuated by treatment with salvianolic acid B. Furthermore, treatment with salvianolic acid B inhibited the protein expression of type I collagen I, endogenous transforming growth factor-1 production and -smooth muscle actin in ALI model rats. These findings indicated that salvianolic acid B attenuates LPS-induced ALI through inhibition of apoptosis,oxidative stress and inflammation in rats and therefore exertsa protective effect against ALI.

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School Shootings: Psychotropic Drug Use by School Shooters Merits Federal Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Health"


As a forensic psychologist, I have tested/evaluated 30 teenage and young adult murderers, and almost all of them had been in some kind of treatment, usually short term and psychoactive drug-oriented, before they killed. David Kirschner, Ph.D., New York

Group Warns Against Increasing Mental Health Funding in Response to Parkland Florida Shooting

by CCHR International
The Mental Health Watchdog
February 20, 2018

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog that has investigated school and other mass shootings since the Columbine High School Shooting in 1999, warns about pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into more mental health services in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentines Day.

While the nation is reeling from this senseless tragedy, CCHR cautions against acting on mental health experts advice to increase mental health funding or to enact stronger involuntary commitment laws as violence prevention measures. The group says an investigation into the shooting must include what psychotropic drugs the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has been prescribed and the fact that he had apparently undergone behavioral health treatment which did nothing to prevent the murderous outcome.

A 2016 Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) report indicated that he was regularly taking medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).[1]

CCHR Internationals investigation into school violence reveals that at least...


CDC Alleges Kratom is Contaminated With Salmonella, MSM Blows it Up "IndyWatch Feed Health"

kratom salmonella

By Markab AlgediNatural Blaze

Yesterday, the CDC announced that they believe an outbreak of at least 28 cases of salmnella infection in 20 US states has been linked to kratom products.


Immediately, astonishingly fast in fact every mainstream outlet you could think of from CNN to Time picked up the story.

It went so big, you could look up salmonella and find nothing but articles bashing kratom.



Elegant patterns in modern JavaScript: RORO "IndyWatch Feed Education"

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I wrote my first few lines of JavaScript not long after the language was invented. If you told me at the time that I would one day be writing a series of articles about elegant patterns in JavaScript, I would have laughed you out of the room. I thought of JavaScript as a strange little language that barely even qualified as real programming.

Well, a lot has changed in the 20 years since then. I now see in JavaScript what Douglas Crockford saw when he wrote JavaScript: The Good Parts: An outstanding, dynamic programming language  with enormous, expressive power.

So, without further ado, here is a wonderful little pattern Ive been using in my code lately. I hope you come to enjoy it as much as I have.

Please note: Im pretty sure I did not invent any of this. Chances are I came across it in other peoples code and eventually adopted it myself.

Receive an object, return an object (RORO).

Most of my functions now accept a single parameter of type object and many of them return or resolve to a value of type object as well.

Thanks in part to the destructuring feature introduced in ES2015, Ive found this to be a powerful pattern. Ive even given it the silly name, RORO because branding? \_()_/

Note: Destructuring is one of my favorite features of modern JavaScript. Were going to be taking advantage of it quite a bit throughout this article, so if youre not familiar with it, heres a quick video to get you up to speed.

Here are some reasons why youll love this pattern:

  • Named parameters
  • Cleaner default parameters
  • Richer return values
  • Easy function composition

Lets look at each one.

Named Parameters

Suppose we have a function that returns a list of Users in a given Role and suppose we...


Bitcoin and Blockchain Could Save the World From the Failing Financial System "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin and Blockchain Could Save the World From the Failing Financial System by Shaun Bradley  The Anti-Media Investors in both traditional assets and cryptocurrencies have been rocked by huge amounts of volatility so far in 2018. The stock market experienced the largest single-day...

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Is Prepping Selfish? "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I was reading an article about the objections to Prepping-

Objection: Preparedness and self reliance are selfish.

Answer: Self-reliance and preparedness are not anti-social or selfish.
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Answering Objections to Preparedness | Tim Gamble
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I get Nervous when you hold My Gaze during Sex. {Poem} "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Stop seeing me, when you never see me like this, with those eyes, outside of these sheets. 


Andy Warhols Love Affair with Television "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

41715UO3RyLOn the 22nd of February 1987,  Pop artist Andy Warhol suddenly died in his sleep at the age of 59 in NYC the cause was an undiagnosed arrhythmia following a routine gallbladder operation. In addition to his iconic multimedia work which generally gets all the exposure, Warhol was a highly prolific filmmaker. Between 1963 and 1968, he made over 60 films, as well as around 500 short black-and-white screen test portraits of the visitors to his Factory, the name under which his workshops were known. Amongst his famous experimental artistic films were Sleep, which monitored poet John Giorno sleeping for six hours. The 35-minute film Blow Job showed a continuous close-up of the face of DeVeren Bo...


Landscape with a Shepherdess and Ruins, Anton Goubau (1616-1698) "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Landscape with a Shepherdess and Ruins, Anton Goubau (1616-1698)


Paper cups and plastic floor coverings Chequers prepares for Brexit Awayday "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

It could be spilt wine, it could be spilt blood, it could be much worse, explains Patricia Smythe who runs household affairs at Chequers, the PMs official residence in the country. Whatever the damage after todays make or break Brexit meeting, its my job to secure the fabric of this government building for future Conservative governments, if there are any. But we have to face the prospect of a huge and messy split tomorrow, with disastrous effects on the carpet in the Long Room, which has only just survived the cleaning process after David Camerons little accident in 2011.

Its understood that preparations include safe storage of any breakable crockery, the provision of flimsy wooden knives and forks, thick plastic floor coverings throughout and strict security that includes new mental detectors.  This equipment has already detected signs in David Davis, who, we understand is coming dressed as Mad Max Mosely. At least I think thats what he said.

St Johns Ambulance Brigade is also standing by, with special political paramedics poised to deal with a wide diversity of challenging incidents. These can range from underwear soiled in frustration or political anger, right through to fatal gunshot wounds said the Brigades local organizer Mike Smethurst.

Mr Smethurst would also neither confirm or deny that paramedics would be prepared to treat the results of alleged sexual harassment, or related conditions brought about by male after-dinner preening. One insider paramedic said his ambulance was fitted with appropriate supplies, including man sized tissues, NHS contraception supplied free by Sir Richard Branson, the morning after pill, and the morning after that pill for serious cardiac conditions brought about by alcohol, political exertion and even Anna Soubry or Nicky Morgan.

Our nightmare scenario is the patient whos suffering from Traumatic Stress brought on by the sheer animosities involved, plus alcohol poisoning, plus a physical trauma after being savagely bitten by Liam Fox. Add an act of spontaneous sexual intercourse with Gavin Williamson on the famous musicians gallery, about which both participants feel thoroughly ashamed in the next days Daily Mail, and you have a perfect storm, said the paramedic.

Theresa May told reporters, after todays awayday, our Government will be truly united and ready to deliver an effective Brexit without anyones hands tied behind their backs.


Salvianolic acid B inhibits high-fat diet-induced inflammation by activating the Nrf2 pathway. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Food Sci. 2017 Aug ;82(8):1953-1960. Epub 2017 Jul 28. PMID: 28753232 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic Acid B Inhibits High-Fat Diet-Induced Inflammation by Activating the Nrf2 Pathway. Abstract:  Salvianolic acid B (Sal B) is a major water-soluble bioactive component of Salvia miltiorrhiza, which is a traditional Chinese medicine. We investigated the ways in which Sal B affects high-fat diet (HFD)-induced immunological function disorder remission using a C57BL/6 mouse model. We gave groups of C57BL/6 mice a normal diet (Control), a normal diet supplemented with Sal B (Control + Sal B), a high-fat diet (HF), and a high-fat diet supplemented with Sal B (HF + Sal B) for 10 wk. Sal B supplementation decreased the body weight and plasma lipids, increased the fecal excretion of lipids, prevented the accumulation of chronic oxidative stress, and reversed the disproportionality of CD3CD4and CD3CD8T lymphocytes compared to HFD. We found an increase in IL-6 and TNF-, while IL-10 decreased in plasma after the HFD and Sal B reversed the deregulation of the Thl/Th2 ratio. In addition, HFD-induced inflammation was stopped by Sal B through the downregulation of nuclear factor-B (NF-B), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and inducible NO synthesis (iNOS), and the upregulation of nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-regulated genes. These findings demonstrated that Sal B could effectively attenuate inflammation by activating the Nrf2-mediated antioxidant defense system.

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Silly Seasons Final Casualty Revealed To Be Local Mans Belt "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact Last November, Artie Pert was a svelt 81 kilograms ringing wet. Now, the 26-year-old is getting called big fella by strangers. Im not that big, he said to our reporter out the front of Blowes Menswear North Betoota. These straight leg boot cut Levis are basically Ksubis now. Any []

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Onions on Feet or In Sock for Flu, Colds, Detox, and Infections Does It Work? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Many people put a raw onion in their sock or on their feet to help get rid of a cold or the flu. It is claimed that onions on your feet help to draw out infections and toxins from the body. Onions have many health benefits, but, is there scientific evidence to back up claims that raw onions inside a sock can cure a cold or the flu?

Coming down with a cold or having the flu can make you feel awful. You might feel so bad that you are ready to try almost anything to alleviate your coughing, blocked sinuses, fever, and get rid of the infection. There are certainly many effective home remedies to treat infections including colds and flu. Should you be putting raw onions on the bottom of your feet or in your sock as a natural remedy for infections?

In this article, I will look at the origins of why people put an onion poultice on their feet. I will also look at what research says about putting onion on your feet. You will also find some helpful recipes if you want to try this remedy and sleep with onions in your socks to draw infections.

Onions on Feet and In Sock: Whats the Origin of the Home Remedy?

Over the centuries, it has been claimed that onions can help treat and prevent diseases like smallpox, influenza, bubonic plague, and other infectious diseases. There are also people who like to use onions to clean the air, remove toxins, and destroy air-borne toxins and germs. in this way, healers believed that onions could be useful for treating all manner of ailments.

However, I was unable to find any research to support the claims that onions can detox the air and kill airborne bacteria. Although onions may not help to clean the air and destroy air-borne toxins and germs, they still have tremendous health benefits when used as food.1

Health benefits of consuming onions

Here is what science says about many of the health benefits of incorporating more onions in your diet.

Onions have anti-bacterial activity. A study from 2017 found that onion extracts have antibacterial activity against many strains of bacteria. Onions that were stored for at least 3 months showed the strongest antimicrobial activity.2

Eliminate toxins. Onions also contain phenols which are natural antioxidants. The journal Food Chemistry reported that many varieties of onion, including red onion, kill off free radicals and protect against DNA damage.3

Strengthen immune system. Onions...



What's your favorite wild edibles (gathered, not hunted) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Participation time...

Guess I'll start. First, some that I do not have current photos of. Mango, lychee, longan, sea asparagus, bananas and coconuts. There's so many that I like!

Here's a few that I do have current pictures of.


Strawberry guava (in season now). I just ate some fresh off the trail. So sweet! That's what prompted this.

What's your favorite wild edibles (gathered, not hunted)


My Cheap $250 Apartment in Chiang Mai Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

These Dcondos are not only cheap to rent but come fully furnished and move in ready. Includes, pool, gym, washing machine inside the unithow can you beat that. Its a great place to live or stay short term. If you are coming to visit, you can also look up the very similar Dcondo nim which is next door to this complex.

If this seems pricey to you, check out the fully furnished $140 apartment around the corner.




Billy Graham, The Original Cracker, Dead At 99 "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

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Salvianolic acid B exerted beneficially cardioprotective effects on myocardial ischemia injury rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2016 ;13(4):157-161. Epub 2016 Jul 3. PMID: 28852731 Abstract Title:  SALVIANOLIC ACID B ALLEVIATING MYOCARDIUM INJURY IN ISCHEMIA REPERFUSION RATS. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Salvia miltiorrhiza (SM) Bunge is one of the widely-used Chinese medicinal herbs. Salvianolic acid B (Sal B), a bioactive compound isolated from the Chinese herb Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, has been reported to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidantive effects.MATERIAL AND METHOD: To study the cardioprotective effects of salvianolic acid B (Sal B) on acute myocardial ischemia reperfusion (MIR) injury rats, on the basis of this investigation, the possible mechanism of salvianolic acid B was elucidated. Male Sprague- Dawley rats (200-220 g) were randomly divided into five groups: sham-operated, MIR, MIR + Sal B (10 mg/kg/day, orally), MIR + Sal B (20 mg/kg/ day, orally) and MIR + Sal B (30 mg/kg/ day, orally). Before operation, the foregoing groups were pretreated with homologous drug once a day for 7 days, respectively. After twelve hours in MIR, the cardioprotective effects of SPJ were evaluated by infarct size, biochemical values, and the antioxidative and antiapoptotic relative gene expressions.RESULTS: Sal B significantly improved heart function and decreased infarct size; remarkably decreased levels of serum TNF- and IL- levels, increased contents of myocardium antioxidant enzymes activities; western blot results showed that Sal B ameliorate the increased Bax and caspase-3 protins expressions and decreased Bcl-2 proteins expression and ratios of Bcl-2 to Bax.CONCLUSION: In ischemic myocardium, oxidative stress caused the overgeneration and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which was central of cardiac ischemic injury. Sal B exerted beneficially cardioprotective effects on myocardial ischemia injury rats, mainly scavenging oxidative stress-triggered overgeneration and accumulation of ROS, alleviating myocardial ischemia injury and cardiac cell death. List of abbreviations: salvianolic acid B (Sal B); myocardial ischemia reperfusion (MIR); reactive oxygen species (ROS); Left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP); left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV); Malondialdehyde (MDA); superoxide dismutase (SOD); catalase (CAT); Glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px); glutathione reductase (GR).

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I Dont Want Sympathy Joyce Says In Interview Designed Solely To Generate Sympathy "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

barnaby in kitchen

In a lengthy interview set up by his media team in order to change public perceptions and show a more human side to the story, Barnaby Joyce says he is certainly not looking for sympathy.

I havent set up an interview in my home with my new partner, with a photo shoot of me holding a tea-towel just to win some kind of cheap sympathy, Mr Joyce said.

I just want people to look at the facts. And also the photos of a regular guy just trying to do his best, in a run-of-the-mill home, like any other ordinary Aussie bloke.

Were just looking for a bit of privacy. To be off the front pages of the newspapers, he told the national media organisation.

He said this wasnt about trying to win fans or gain compassion. All I want is for people to hear my story and think, that could be me. But no, Im not after any sympathy.



Trouble In Paradise: Maldives Crises Lock China & India In Tog-Of-War "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

The Maldives is a tiny paradise nation, with a population of 400,000 and 10 times more sea than land. Its also a focus in the rivalry between China and India, whose total populations comprise a third of all people in the world.
The Maldives has been divided by a political crisis, with each of the two sides calling on one of their big neighbors for help. Both India and China have a vested strategic interest in the archipelago

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BitFunder Founder Charged by SEC for Stealing $61 Million Worth of Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought charges against Jon E. Montroll and his exchange BitFunder for operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users. On top of that, the agency also charged the operator Montroll with making false and misleading statements in connection with an unregistered offering of securities. BitFunder was a platform that permitted users to buy and sell virtual shares of various digital currency-related enterprises in exchange for Bitcoin.

We allege that BitFunder operated unlawfully as an unregistered securities exchange.  Platforms that engage in the activity of a national securities exchange, regardless of whether that activity involves digital assets, tokens, or coins, must register with the SEC or operate pursuant to an exemption.  We will continue to focus on these types of platforms to protect investors and ensure compliance with the securities laws, said Marc Berger, Director of the SECs New York Regional Office.

The SECs complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, charges Montroll and BitFunder with violations of the anti-fraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws. The complaint seeks permanent injunctions and disgorgement plus interest and penalties. 

The agency alleges Montroll operated BitFunder as an unregistered online securities exchange and defrauded exchange users by misappropriating their Bitcoin, and also for failing to disclose a cyberattack on BitFunders system that resulted in the theft of more than 6,000 Bitcoin. Going off the price of Bitcoin today, thats about $61,800,000.

As alleged in the complaint, Montroll defrauded exchange users by misappropriating their bitcoins and failing to disclose a cyberattack on the exchanges system and the resulting bitcoin theft.  We will continue to vigorously police conduct involving distributed ledger technology and ensure that bad actors who commit fraud in this space are held accountable, said Lara S. Mehraban, Associate Regional Director of the SECs New York Regional Office.

Unfortunately for Montroll, his legal troubles dont stop with the SEC: Also today, in a parallel criminal case, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York filed a complaint against him for perjury and obstruction of justice during the SECs investigation. This implies that Montroll, in some way, must have not fully cooperated with the SEC during the agencys investigation....


Toy makers decide that kids should be playing with human excrement - Star Wars brand politicized, dies, toys rot on shelves. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Toy makers have decided that what kids should be playing with is poop

Published: Feb 21, 2018 2:46 p.m. ET

At this years International Toy Fair, many companies had a toy or game that takes potty humor to the next level





Flushin Frenzy was one of many scatological toys on display at this years International Toy Fair

Toymakers have found inspiration on the toilet.

A wide array of poop-themed toys popped up in various booths at this years International Toy Fair, from large toymakers like Mattel Inc. to smaller ones like Poopeez.

Hasbro Inc. HAS, +0.01%   lets players step on a molded compound in the shape of a poop emoji with its game Dont Step In It.

Mattel Inc. MAT, +0.06%  had Flushin Frenzy, which c...


A Play About Jackson Pollocks Life Obscures Lee Krasners Importance "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Jim Fletcher as Jackson Pollock fights with Birgit Huppuch (Lee Krasner) in Fabrice Melquiots Pollock (photo by Laurent Schneegans)

Pollock, a play by Fabrice Melquiot at the Abrons Arts Center, renders this quintessentially American, hyper-masculine, doomed painter through the foil of his wife, the artist Lee Krasner. But, as in life, Pollock obscures Krasners own story.

The Jackson Pollock legend is well known: a wild art star who died in a drunken car wreck in 1956, Christ- and James Dean-like at the age 44. Suffering from alcoholism and other mental illness, he had the necessary pathologies for the tragic Romantic genius in modern times. On page two of the Pollock script, Krasner says of him, You owe your genius to a childhood illness/Incurable. He needed to die, for story purposes.

Jim Fletcher as Jackson Pollock (photo by Laurent Schneegans)

The play, translated from the French by Miriam Heard and Kenneth Casler for this co-presentation by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and Abrons Arts Center, dwells in a post-mortem dream space inhabited by Pollock and Krasner who speak directly to the audience, often on mikes, and only occasionally to each other. The facts of their lives are disclosed in no particular ord...


Bump Stock Prices Spike After Trumps Ban Plan "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Simply put, Trump directed Sessions to clarify if bump stocks are illegal, and to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns, effectively ending the loophole for bump stocks.

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A fun tent photo I worked on during a backpacking photo trip in the Wallowa mountains. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A fun tent photo I worked on during a backpacking photo trip in the Wallowa mountains.


Florida Responds To Shooting By Forcing Schools To Post In God We Trust Signs "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

In response to the recent school shooting every Florida school will now be forced to post In God We Trust signs. The Associated Press reports: Every Florida school and school administrative building will have to prominently display In God we trust under a bill passed by the Florida House. The House on Wednesday approved the []



Venezuela's Cryptocurrency Is Here, But Who's Involved Isn't Clear "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Several companies have been so far linked to Venezuela's petro cryptocurrency initiative in the wake of this week's launch.


The Story Behind This Years Winter Olympics Medal Design "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sukwoo Lees design for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic medals (photo courtesy Sukwoo Lee)

Whats the most important part of the Olympics? Although the spectacles of athleticism and patriotism are up there, everyone knows its all about the medals. But instead of dwelling on how many medals Norway has gotten so far at Pyeongchang (and how few the US has received), were taking this opportunity to talk about the design of the physical objects themselves.

Every two years, the International Olympic Committee either holds a competition or chooses an individual or team from the host country to come up with a unique design for that specific Olympics. The design of the Summer Olympics medals is fairly strict they must always include an image of Nike, the goddess of Victory but the Winter Olympic medals start from a blank slate, although the designer is usually expected to incorporate the spirit of both the Olympics and the host culture into the medals themselves. This has resulted in a wide variety of designs, forms, and materials.

For this years events at Pyeongchang, the Olympics authorities approached Sukwoo Lee, an industrial designer based in Seoul. Lees company, SWNA, designs everything from robots to umbrellas and lamps. In an email to Hyperallergic, Lee said he presented five different concepts in the lead-up to the Olympics, all of them inspired by the landscape and culture of Korea. He said the four rejected proposals were designed using the mountains of Pyeongchang as a motif, or using wind, trees, and Korean traditional ornaments as materials. The inside of the present [design] is the most modern, but it seems that the DNA of Korea is well expressed.

Sukwoo Lees design for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic medals (photo courtesy Sukwoo Lee)

The medals hanging around winning athletes necks this year take their inspiration from the Korean alphabet, as well as from traditional clothing and architecture. In a poetic illustration Lee provided Hyperallergic, the designer presents the alphabet, Hangul, as the seed of our culture. We sow the seeds of culture. The seeds grow into a culture. Once the see...



Korean Regulator Tips Cryptocurrency Prospects Back Toward Normalization "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Korean Regulator Tips Cryptocurrency Prospects Back Toward Normalization

On February 20, 2018, investors saw signs of yet another directional shift in South Koreas regulatory stance on cryptocurrencies. According to Reuters, Choe Heung-sik, the governor of South Koreas Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), told reporters, The whole world is now framing the outline (for cryptocurrency) and therefore (the government) should rather work more on normalization than increasing regulation.

The head of the FSS has wrestled with cryptocurrency regulation and the lack of legislation on the industry for some time. He stated in November 2017 that supervision [of cryptocurrency exchanges] will come only after the legal recognition of digital tokens as legitimate currency.

Choe also warned of a bitcoin bubble in December 2017 that paired with another warning that month, when he stated, All we can do is to warn people as we dont see virtual currencies as actual types of currency, meaning that we cannot step up regulation for now.

The FSS, which has been spearheading the governments regulation of cryptocurrency trading as part of a larger task force, has had an uphill battle in the face of Korean officials variable attitudes to the burgeoning industry. While the FSS-led taskforce set the nations first official rules around cryptocurrency trading on December 13, 2017, uncertainty around issues of taxation and regulation of the exchanges remained.

January brought even less certainty to the peninsula as South Koreas largest cryptocurr...


Salvianolic acid B ameliorates cognitive deficits in a vascular dementia model. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cell Physiol Biochem. 2017 ;43(4):1381-1391. Epub 2017 Oct 9. PMID: 28992623 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic Acid B Ameliorates Cognitive Deficits Through IGF-1/Akt Pathway in Rats with Vascular Dementia. Abstract:  : BackgroundAims: Salvianolic acid B (SalB) is a natural polyphenolic compound enriched in Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge. Our study was designed to explore the role of Sal B on cognitive impairment in vascular dementia (VD) model rats, as well as its possible molecular mechanisms.METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into four groups (n = 15 for each group): Control group, Sal B group (normal Sprague Dawley rats treated with Sal B), VD group and VD + Sal B group. The VD group rats were established by permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO). Animals in the Control and Sal B group received the same operation without bilateral common carotid arteries occlusion. The animals in Sal B group and VD + Sal B group received Sal B (20 mg/kg) orally once a day for consecutive 6 weeks. We investigated the effects of SalB on BCCAO-induced cognitive deficits rats models via the Morris water maze experiment. To explore the mechanisms of Sal B on cognitive function, we detected the expression of IGF-1, Akt and p-Akt, and the rate of cell apoptosis in CA1 region.RESULTS: Our results observed that hippocampal IGF-1 was decreased in VD model rats, while SalB reversed the alteration of IGF-1 levels. The expression of hippocampal Akt showed no significant difference between control and VD group, however, p-Akt level was significantly decreased in VD group. After 6 weeks of SalB treatment, p-Akt level was significantly increased. A large number of apoptotic neurons were found in VD model rats, while SalB prevented apoptosis of hippocampal neurons in CA1 region in VD model rats.CONCLUSION: SalB significantly ameliorated cognitive deficits in BCCAO-induced VD model rats. The potential mechanism underlying the protective effects may be mediated through IGF-1/Akt pathway.

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Spotsylvanias debate over fluoridated water may not be dead after all "IndyWatch Feed Health"

At least one Spotsylvania County leader wants to keep the debate over fluoridated water alive, even though the Board of Supervisors voted to continue the long-standing practice earlier this month.

In a recent email to county officials, Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Benton said hes still interested in surveying residents about fluoridated water and putting what he described as an informational statement and/or warning on water bills.

I do not believe the vote precludes either of these for discussion or for being done and I would like to do this in the very near future so we can put this to rest for good, Benton wrote in an email Feb. 15, two days after the Board of Supervisors voted 43 to continue what is known as community water fluoridation. In an interview, however, Benton said he was in no rush to do anything right now.

The county has added a small amount of fluoride to its public water supply since 1981, a common practice that most dentists consider a safe way to help prevent cavities. A decision to cut off fluoride would also impact the city of Fredericksburg, which gets its water from the Motts Run Water Treatment Plant in Spotsylvania.

Bentonwhose home receives well watersaid hes not sure how the survey would be conducted, though he said it could be mailed with water bills and ask residents if they oppose, support or do not care about fluoridated water. A noticeable majority of respondents would have to oppose the practice for the county to base its decision on the polls findings, he said, adding that supervisors would need to discuss that process.

We cant send out 1,500 bills and get 10 back saying they dont want it and go with that, Benton said.

Supervisors started debating the topic last year in response to resident Larry Platings three-year campaign against fluoridated water, which critics assert causes health problems and amounts to forced medication. Health care professionals got wind of the discussion and turned out at a January meeting to urge supervisors to continue the practice.

About 96 percent of Virginians and 74 percent of the U.S. population get their water from public systems that add fluoride.



Buttfunder Founder Montroll Arrested "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.S. Department of [in]Justice has arrested the founder of BitFunder, Jon Montroll (WOT:nonperson) better known as Ukyo in response to an investigation by The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission. BitFunder was an early Bitcoin "securities exchange" that saw around 6000 BTC liberated from it's coffers due to a bug that allowed attackers to credit themselves funds among other lulz. The announcement on the Department of [in]Justice website alleges that Montroll lied to SEC investigators in 2013 when questioned in regards to company finances after the hack, while depositing some of his own coins to BitFund in an effort to conceal the SFYL. Mr. Montroll has been charged with two counts of perjury and a single count of obstruction of justice.



Boot lace weapons vol.1 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Boot lace and PVC pipe nunchucks.

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Mechanism of salvianolic acid B neuroprotection against ischemia/reperfusion induced cerebral injury. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Brain Res. 2018 01 15 ;1679:125-133. Epub 2017 Nov 24. PMID: 29180227 Abstract Title:  Mechanism of salvianolic acid B neuroprotection against ischemia/reperfusion induced cerebral injury. Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cerebral protection of salvianolic acid B (Sal B) against cerebral I/R injury and investigate the underlying mechanism. As shown by 2,3,5-Triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analyses, Sal B significantly reduced cerebral infarct size, and accompanied with improved neurobehavioral functions as indicated by the modified Bederson score and Longa five-point scale. Sal B decreased the production of reactive oxygen species (p

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Update from Bill in Alaska! Two more musher dogs die of cancer from DIRTY ELECTRIC! EMF: Electrosmog the disease of our 21st century civilisation "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Right, Bill Laughing Bear enjoying his beloved Alaska.

Last night I got a call from a musher I know who had 2 more dogs die. One, for sure, had cancer according to the veterinarian. The same kennel has 3 other dogs that are suffering health problems. One is getting lumps underneath his gums, and two others are having small tumors/growths on other areas of their bodies.

This dog yard feeds top quality kibble, quality water, minerals and supplements are used when needed and they receive regular vet visits. This is the same kennel I mentioned that had lost 13 dogs due to cancer, after the smart meter was installed.

I lay in bed pondering this kennel and its health problems and was struck with a thought. This kennel, like mine, does not chain up their dogs. They free run behind high wire fences. As I have stated earlier, metals are known to transfer Electrosmog. Not only are the dogs close to the smart meter that puts out high frequency radiation, but also the kennel is wired for lights, which are a conduit for dirty electricity, and gauss, which is a magnetic field. It dawned on me that with all of this metal, not only were the dogs being bombarded by the radiation from the smart meter, they were living behind fences in an antenna cage.

So I thought I would do some testing of my own. When I built my cabin years ago I built the walls one foot thick. To protect from forest fires, I covered the roof and sides in metal. Though I choose to live off-grid, quite a distance from my cabin is a small post with a smart meter and a breaker. I can turn on electrical services to the cabin if I so choose, which I do NOT choose. Even with the power off, according to my professional meters, my smart meter sends out a pulse every twelve (12) seconds of radiation that I can read from inside my cabin.

Dirty electricity broadcasts a minimum of five (5) feet out from the walls. Knowing this, I put a tape measure on the floor five feet from the wall. Mind you, there is very little wiring in this cabin and it was originally added so that in case it was ever sold, it would be easier to sell. I hooked up a body voltage meter and at the five-foot mark, while standing on a grounding mat, measured my bodys voltage at .004 volts. I then took a reading, still grounded, as close to the wall as I c...


Bitcoin Usage Falls to Its Lowest in Months "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoin Usage Falls to Its Lowest in Months

Theres never a bad time to be sending and receiving bitcoin, but right now is especially good. Fees are at the lowest in 18 months, with the average transaction value now under a dollar. This contrasts starkly with the latter quarter of last year, when rising fees peaked at $34. Theres a primary reason why fees have been dropping since then: with bitcoin too expensive to send, people simply stopped using it as currency.

Also read: How to Calculate Bitcoin Transaction Fees When Youre in a Hurry

Bitcoin Fees Take a Tumble

Its not just the USD/BTC market that oscillates: bitcoins fee market follows suit. Due to various factors ranging from network usage to Segwit adoption and hashrate, fees can rise and fall significantly. Throughout 2017, that trajectory was largely an upward one, culminating, in December, with fees becoming infeasible. Transaction fees have been mercifully declining since then, hitting an 18-month low as of February 21, but given that daily transaction volume has halved in the same period, thats not surprising. A standard six-block transaction can now be pushed through for as little as 15 cents. ...


Spains Leading Art Fair Removes Santiago Sierra Work Featuring Political Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Santiago Sierra, Santiago Sierra, Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain (2018) on view at the Helga de Alvear booth during the installation of Madrids ARCO art fair (courtesy the artist and Helga de Alvear)

A provocative installation by the Spanish conceptual artist Santiago Sierra has been removed from ARCO, Spains foremost contemporary art fair, before the fair even opened to the public.

The work, Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain (2018), consists of 24 pixelated photographic portraits of various political figures currently imprisoned in Spain, including deposed Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras and two puppeteers Raul Garcia and Alfonso Lazaro who, according to  The Local, were arrested in 2016 for referencing the Basque separatist organization ETA in a performance. During todays press preview of the fair, its organizers asked Sierras dealer, Madrid gallerist Helga de Alvear, to remove the work.

Beyond the relative surprise and disappointment with which we have received the news, we consider that this decision seriously damages the image of this international fair and the Spanish state itself, Sierras studio said in a statement s...


The Problem with Millennials is that we Run Away from Truth. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

What does it mean for something to be right? I believe it means we are lessening suffering to the greatest degree that we can. And if we don't believe in being "right," then we are basically saying


Switzerland embraces bitcoin & cryptocurrencies amid global crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

While financial regulators across the world are cracking down on bitcoin, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has decided to encourage digital currencies by issuing guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs).

According to the regulator, Switzerland has recently seen a sharp growth in the number of upcoming ICOs planned to be launched in the country, as well as numerous enquiries about cryptocurrency regulation. In an attempt to encourage the ICO market and blockchain technology, FINMA has clarified how standards around anti-money laundering and securities regulations could be applied to virtual currencies.

The application of blockchain technology has innovative potential within and far beyond the financial markets. However, blockchain-based projects conducted analogously to reg...


Beverages Gone Blockchain Announce New CEO And Spinoff After Second Nasdaq Delist Notice "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Beverage turned Blockchain company announces new CEO and drinks brand spinoff following Nasdaq delisting notice. #NEWS


No Aliens at Roswell, Part-1 Mysterious Universe "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

As many readers of Mysterious Universe will know, I firmly conclude that there is a real UFO phenomenon of unknown origins, but probably not extraterrestrial. I am far from convinced that alien creatures crashed and died outside of Roswell, New Mexico in the early part of July 1947. Ive written two books on my findings on Roswell as they relate to a dark and disturbing answer to the riddle. They are Body Snatchers in the Desert (2005) and The Roswell UFO Conspiracy (2017). All of the data I have uncovered points in the direction of top secret, controversial experiments involving high-altitude balloons and human guinea-pigs. In this 2-part article, Im going to share with you my views as to why I think the Roswell affair has nothing to do with alien visitations to our planet.

Despite what has been said about the UFO crash on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County, New Mexico in the first week of July 1947, there is actually very little data available to suggest that an alien craft came down. Practically every eye-witness described seeing a huge field of debris: lightweight foil-like material strewn across one specific part of the ranch. And, for the most part, thats all. As for what that strange foil may have been, the U.S. Air Force states:

As early as May 1948, polythene balloons coated or laminated with aluminum [italics mine] were flown from Holloman AFB and the surrounding area. Beginning in August 1955, large numbers of these balloons were flown as targets in the development of radar guided air-to-air missiles. Various accounts of the Roswell Incident often described thin, metal-like materials that when wadded into a ball, returned to their original shape. These accounts are consistent with the properties of polythene balloons laminated with aluminum. These balloons were typically launched from points west of the White Sands Proving Ground, floated over the range as targets, and descended in the areas northeast of White Sands Proving Ground where the strange materials were allegedly found.

There are indications that such balloons were used as far back as 1947, but in operations far more controversial and disturbing than those which took place from 1948 onward. Australian UFO researcher Keith Basterfield has looked into all of this. He says of data provided to him before my Body Snatchers in the Desert book was publish...


Pentax K-1 Mark II Offers ISO 819200 and Handheld Pixel Shift "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Ricoh has just announced the Pentax K-1 Mark II, a successor to the original K-1 that was unveiled in February 2016. The latest camera promises better image quality and enhanced performance for shooting in difficult environments.

The K-1 Mark II shares many of its core features and specs with the original K-1. Youll still find the exact same 36.4-megapixel CMOS that eschews an anti-aliasing filter for maximum sharpness.

But Ricoh has added a new accelerator unit that helps shooting high-res photos with minimal noise in low-light situations. While the original K-1 had a maximum ISO of 204800, the K-1 II can go up to 819200. For video, the camera can shoot at ISO 25600.

This makes the new camera ideal for low-light photography where higher shutter speeds are required, Ricoh says.

The camera features a 5-axis image stabilization system, and the image sensor is able to tilt in all directions, which opens the door to additional features. These include auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and Astro Tracer (for capturing sharp photos of the night sky).

Pixel Shift Resolution System II also has a Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode that lets you capture Pixel Shift ultra-high-res photos while shooting handheld. It works together with the cameras shake-reduction mechanism, by synthesizing the composite images while detecting the slight fluctuations of the subjects position during the capture process, Ricoh says.




Sunsetting: the Antidote to Ghosting. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Modern dating is full of gray zones. Between casual and serious, situationships sit in the middle. These are the most ambiguous to endif


Time travel man from 2030 claims state TORTURED him for recently EXPOSING future secrets "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Noah, who has not disclosed his last name in the hope of keeping his identity secret, admitted that his life was at risk during a two and a half hour live question and answers session with members of the public.

During the live stream, one concerned listener asked the time traveller: Are you in any danger right now?

Noah has taken part in a live interview on Youtube once before and claimed that he was later tortured by an unknown man for giving away information about the future.

Responding to the question the time hopper said: Yeah, Im in danger.

Basically they threatened me, the people who interrogated me.

Im not sure if they were from the Government but Im hiding from the Government and so they probably are part of the Government and thats how theyve been able to find me.

What they told me was dont talk anymore.

It sounded like he was threatening me.

In a previous video on Youtube Noah claimed Donald Trump would be re-elected in 2020, and artificial intelligence would take over the world.

He argued Google robotics will spread across the world and will be developed to the point they can independently run a home like humans.

He also acknowledged Bitcoin will continue to be popular although old-fashioned cash currencies will still be in use.

In the shock video Apex TV also claim Noah passes a lie detector, implying everything the man said is true.

After the time traveller admitted in his most recent live stream that he was in danger the man from the future received a sympathetic ear from the host of the video, fielding questions for Noah.

The presenter said: Its really brave of you to talk to us after that.

Clearly concerned about his safety after he was interrogated, Noah responded: Its really stressful but Im just trying to ignore it.

Im just trying to pretend that it never happened.

Since his last interview, Noah has moved house to try and protect his identity.

While the time traveller has previously appeared on Apex TV in person, for his most recent interview he spoke over the phone in order to protect his location.

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Artist Fills Every Inch of His Sketchbooks to Keep Visual Diary of Life Abroad in Berlin "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sketchbook Journals Berlin by Keir Edmonds

Berlin-based English urban sketching artist Keir Edmonds keeps a visual diary that illustrates his life as an expat in Germanys capital. Believing that you have to put in 10,000 hours to get really good at something, the self-confessed Englishman lost in Berlin carries a sketchbook and pen everywhere he goes. From local architecture to summertime canals and graffiti-covered streets, his growing portfolio captures the undeniable charm of the city.

Edmonds started keeping sketchbook journals in 2015 with the goal to improve his skills in observational drawing. Today, having filled over 8 sketchbooks, the talented urban sketcher reveals that the process has not only improved his drawing skills, but has also been a journey to discovering more about his own character. With every drawing, Edmonds posts anecdotes on Instagram, describing his day, and the characters he meets while sketching. The caliber of people you meet when urban sketching in Berlin is often superior to that of any other place I've experienced, he confesses.

Most recently, the artist has produced a series of painted canvases, illustrating the diverse community and architecture of his crazy hood, Kreuzberg. For Edmonds, every sketch can be its own adventure. When you sit with a sketchbook for long enough on the streets of Berlin, a whole new layer of the city introduces itself to you.

Find more of Edmonds urban sketches on Instagram.

Berlin-based English artist Keir Edmonds keeps sketchbook journals that illustrate his life as an expat in Germanys capital.

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Black Knight Satellite FILMED by International Space Station, UFO watchers say "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

The Black Knight Satellite is the name given to an object captured on camera by NASA astronauts during a 1998 space shuttle mission.

Conspiracy theorists claim the satellite is of extraterrestrial origin and possibly up to 13,000 years old and orbiting Earth in near-polar orbit.

The legend has been circulating since the Sixties and now footage uploaded to YouTube channel Section 51 claims to be evidence of the alleged craft.

A caption beneath the video reads: Leaked pictures from ISS show the 13,000 year old Black Knight Satellite UFO very close to Soyuz Spacecraft during approach to the Station.

In the video, a mysterious and long looking black object can be seen floating near the Soyuz spacecraft, which is set to dock with the ISS.

As astronauts are heard mumbling in the background, the black knight seems to stay in the distance as if it were keeping an eye on what is happening.

Some of the comments show viewers were convinced by the authenticity.

AkumaGaming wrote: I have a funny feeling that isnt piloted by someone, sent here to observe us on a daily activity.

The Black Knight Satellite theory developed in 1963 when NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper was reported as saying he had seen the satellite while in space, but there was a media blackout upon his return and the US space agency allegedly put it down to cosmic hallucinations.

A decade later in 1973, Duncan Lunan, a researcher from Scotland, looked back at the Norwegian scientist data from 1928, before claiming the messages suggested the Black Knight was sent by aliens from Epsilon Botis, as a welcome message to Earth 12,600 years ago.

In 1998, the first alleged photographs of the satellite emerged and were taken by astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavour, as it made its first flight to the ISS.

NASA however has looked to debunk the claims by saying that the Black Knight Satellite was actually a thermal blanket accidentally dropped from a space shuttle.

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Watch: Fluoride can impair intelligence says professor but former Health Minister says water fluoridation is safe, beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Anti-fluoride activist Professor Paul Connett has shared his views during an interview with TVNZ 1s Breakfast programme this morning, with a counter argument given by former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

[Watch it here]

Both gave firm arguments this morning on Breakfast around the controversial practice of fluoridating drinking water supplies.

Professor Connett, who has a PhD in chemistry, made numerous points, but one of the main ones was that he believes research suggests fluoride can impair intelligence.

For counter balance, Breakfast invited former government Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman on the show, who said he still believes fluoridation of drinking water is completely safe and beneficial.

Water supplies in many New Zealand regions has been fluoridated for more than 60 years due to its beneficial effects on oral health, according to the Ministry of Health.

Fluoridation in New Zealand typically adjusts the amount of fluoride present in water to between 0.7 and 1 parts per million.

A 2007 Ministry for the Environment report showed that 95 per cent of the 279 groundwater sites it tested had naturally occurring fluoride concentrations of 0.56 parts per million, or less.

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Note: The TV interview was live at 7:20 am, on Feb 22, in NZ   or 1:20 pm in New York on February 21.


Salvianolic acid B protects against lipopolysaccharide-induced behavioral deficits and neuroinflammatory response. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Neuroinflammation. 2017 Dec 6 ;14(1):239. Epub 2017 Dec 6. PMID: 29212498 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B protects against lipopolysaccharide-induced behavioral deficits and neuroinflammatory response: involvement of autophagy and NLRP3 inflammasome. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The NLRP3 inflammasome activation and neuroinflammation are known to be involved in the pathology of depression, whereas autophagy has multiple effects on immunity, which is partly mediated by the regulation of inflammasome and clearance of proinflammatory cytokines. Given the emerging evidence that autophagy dysfunction plays an essential role in depression, it is very likely that autophagy may interact with the inflammatory process in the development and treatment of depression. Salvianolic acid B (SalB), a naturally occurring compound extracted from Salvia miltiorrhiza, contains anti-inflammatory and antidepression properties and has recently been proven to modulate autophagy. In this study, we sought to investigate whether autophagy is involved in the inflammation-induced depression and the antidepressant effects of SalB.METHODS: The effects of prolonged lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment and SalB administration on behavioral changes, neuroinflammation, autophagic markers and NLRP3 activation in rat hippocampus were determined by using behavioral tests, real-time PCR analysis, western blot, and immunostaining.RESULTS: Our data showed that periphery immune challenge by LPS for 2 weeks successfully induced the rats to a depression-like state, accompanied with enhanced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines and NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Interestingly, autophagic markers, including Beclin-1, and the ratio of LC3II to LC3I were suppressed following prolonged LPS exposure. Meanwhile, co-treatment with SalB showed robust antidepressant effects and ameliorated the LPS-induced neuroinflammation. Additionally, SalB restored the compromised autophagy and overactivated NLRP3 inflammasome in LPS-treated rats.CONCLUSIONS: Collectively, these data suggest that autophagy may interact with NLRP3 activation to contribute to the development of depression, whereas SalB can promote autophagy and induce the clearance of NLRP3, thereby resulting in neuroprotective and antidepressant actions.

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After 300: The Posthumous Vengeance of King Leonidas of Sparta "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Mythologically descended from the hero Herakles, the Agiad dynasty of ancient Sparta reigned alongside the Eurypontids almost since the beginning of the city-state. When war was on the borders of their land, and that of their neighboring city-states, it was to the current Heraklean descendent that those city-states turned. Even the Athenians, who were long-time rivals of the Spartan warriors looked to the current Agiad king for guidance in the darkest time of the war. That king, unsurprisingly, was King Leonidas I.

A King Amongst Kings

The better remembered of the two warrior-kings of the ancient Greek city-state Sparta, King Leonidas I lived and ruled between the 6 th and 5 th centuries BC. His time on the throne was short-lived, but his legacy has lasted lifetimes. Leonidas is the king who many other kings aspire to emulate; King Leonidas gave everything to defend and protect his homeland. Called upon to lead the allied forces of the Greek city-states based on his military record alone, it is said that King Leonidas tried to protect his soldiers, ordering them to leave the battlefield to fight another day. They did not, as one might guess, as they were Spartans; one way or another, Spartans return from battleeither with their swords, or on them, as the saying goes. Leonidas words of protection at the battle of Thermopylae fell on deaf ears, and the Greeks were slaughtered that fateful day in 480 BC.

Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques-Louis David ( Public Domain )

What happened after the massacre, however? What happened after the death of the one of the greatest military leaders? Without Leonidas, Sparta was down one king; it had been tradition for two kings to rule the city-state, one from each of the two primary families, the Agiads and the Eurypontids. With his death at the hands of the army of Xerxes, king of Persia, and his head paraded around on a spike, Sparta was left short-handed. What was the next step?


Leonidas I of Sparta

Leonidas I of Sparta ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )

Wrath of the Gods

If one believes in the ancient Greek godsas the city-states clearly didit is impossible not to see the vengeance those gods encouraged through their mortal soldiers following the death of Herakles descendent. W...


Elaborate Paper Origami Tessellations and Kusudamas by Ekaterina Lukasheva "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Moscow-based paper artist Ekaterina Lukasheva first tried folding paper at the age of 14 when a mathematics professor brought in a book on kusudamas. The traditional paper sphere technique requires an understanding of geometry to ensure the individual units fit together perfectly with the help of glue or string. A few years later she began to explore much more complicated designs like tessellations, aided by a university degree in mathematics and programming. Through her experimentation and commitment Lukasheva has become so proficient with paper that shes authored several DIY books featuring some of her original designs. You can follow more of her work on Flickr and Instagram. (via Twisted Sifter)



Prepare Yourselves, As Mercury Is About to Go Into Retrograde "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Mercury Retrograde refers to the point in time when it appears that the planet Mercury is actually changing the direction that it is moving through the sky. For those tracking its movement, it gives off the impression that it is actually moving backward, however, experts note that this is an optical illusion based on the position f the planet to Earth, and their movement around the sun. While the perceived backward motion may be nothing more than an illusion, astrologists note that the same cant be said for the shift in energy that this phenomenon brings us.

The energy that will be brought by the retrograde itself is associated with the areas of technology and communication, whereas the planet Mercury is said to govern travel, learning, and communication. During the Mercury Retrograde, which occurs approximately 3-4 times each year, these two energies combine, influencing life as we know it. How will they impact our lives? There are a number of factors to consider, as the energy that surrounds us is influenced by many different factors including the energy of the year that we are in, the position of the other planets at the time Mercury goes into retrograde, etc. For this reason, every Mercury Retrograde is slightly different.

Source: Astrology Zone


Throughout the course of 2018, we will see Mercury go into retrograde on 3 separate occasions, one in the spring, in the summer and then again in the winter. Each of these experiences provides us with the opportunity either to improve and move ahead or will cause us great struggle. The difference will lie in our ability to manage the situation and take advantage of all that this time has to offer us.

It is important to note that the energy during Mercury Retrograde often presents itself by turning everything on its head. It will bring confusion, disarray, and chaos, all of which can easily take over our lives if we allow it to. In order to master Mercury Retrograde and come out ahead, experts recommend tha...


Alternative heat source thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

So this winter we were hit with a storm and it knocked out the electricity, no surprise. Where the house is in the south it doesn't get that bad most years and so I never thought much about it. It is a typical urban setting in a quiet neighborhood all using heat pumps. Although it is unlikely to go without electricity for more than a day, what if? I started thinking what would I do? It has a fire place and I have 3 ideas for backup heat. I could buy firewood, it is expensive because it's...

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A New York Walking Tour Uncovers Hidden Histories of Slavery and Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Kamau Ware (center, in white) leads a Black Gotham walking tour in June 2017 (all photos courtesy Black Gotham Experience)

Just a block from the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, youll find an unassuming storefront surrounded by a sea of high-end restaurants and retail. The Black Gotham Experiences home base may look out-of-place, but its actually exactly where it belongs. This neighborhood was once called The Land of the Blacks, where free and enslaved blacks owned by companies rather than individual slaveholders walked the streets of 17th- and 18th-century New York. Black Gotham aims to bring that forgotten history back into the mainstream of New Yorkers consciousness.

Local photographer and Black Gotham founder Kamau Ware first decided to highlight New Yorks black history while working as an educator at the Tenement Museum. After leading a school tour one day, a student asked where black people were at the time. Although Ware had a partial answer to her question, he realized that there was a big hole in the history he knew. Since 2010, Black Gotham has attempted to fill the gap with exhibitions, events, historical walking tours led by a range of guides, and even a recent graphic novel a collaboration with designer and illustrator William Ellis, that uses photographs of modern-day New Yorkers portraying historical figures, in an effort to generate new imagery of black history in Lower Manhattan.

Ware embraces his own nerdiness Black Gotham hosts book events and guest speakers at events called Nerdy Thursdays and you can tell hes genuinely excited about the history hes recounting. His speech is peppered with pop-culture references, and he uses visual projections and hands out character cards to encourage tour participants to think about the individuals who experienced history. The tour I attended last fall, Caesars Rebellion Part I, was one of five tours covering the period between 1609 and 1883, and it focused on the New York Slave Revolt of 1712. (Caesars Rebellion Part 2 covers the...


Marijuana Vs. Alcohol: Science Finally Explains Which Substance Is Worse For Your Brain "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Unless you were born yesterday, its likely that you have witnessed a debate regarding the severity of brain damage caused by marijuana or booze. Those that prefer to indulge in spirits typically claim marijuana is the worst, while stoners are quick to point to alcohol.

However, which is the truth?

Recently, researchers endeavored to find out exactly that. According to them, chronic alcohol use can be linked to decreases in the brains gray matter in both teens and adults. In turn, long-term changes are made to parts of the brain. In contrast, no long-term changes were created in relation to marijuana. Because of this, their research leaned towards marijuana being the safer substance.

The difference between the alcohol and the cannabis is pretty dramatic, lead author, Kent Hutchison, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder explained.

Their study was published in the December issue of the journal Addiction.

However, the researchers also indicated that the situation is also a complex one. Furthermore, they seem to think that further work would be necessary to understand exactly what drugs are doing to the connections inside of our neural networks.

With alcohol, weve known its bad for the brain for decades, Kent also stated. Continuing, he explains, But for cannabis, we know so little.

Their study looked at brain scans that had been collected from numerous studies, which covered 853 people aged between 18-55, and 439 young adults between the ages of 14-18.

While alcohol was found to significantly change the brains gray/white matter, no negative links were found between marijuana and the brain.

Another researcher, Rachel Thayer said, Particularly with marijuana use, there is still so much that we dont know about how it impacts the brain.

Research is still very limited in terms of whether marijuana use is harmful, or beneficial to the brain.

Of course, in order to gain a truly clear picture, we would need to take other studies into consideration. For now, the debate will have to continue, but marijuana users can perceive this situation as somewhat of a win.


Montague Folding Bike Sale,10% off every bike plus free carry bag $20% OFF on Yoders, Bega, feather "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

In 1997, Montague won a two-year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who recognized the importance of the folding technology, to work with the United...

Montague Folding Bike Sale,10% off every bike plus free carry bag $20% OFF on Yoders, Bega, feather


Iran: Central Bank Doesnt Recognize Cryptocurrencies but Plans to Create Its Own "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Late last year, it was reported that the Iranian government was interested in utilizing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a way of bypassing economic sanctions levied against the country. But the government has apparently changed its mind: Today, the Central Bank of Iran announced that it has never recognized Bitcoin as an official currency and conducts no transactions in it or other cryptocurrencies.

According to Iran Front Page, the countrys central bank has denied ever recognizing Bitcoin as an official currency, along with the idea that it was actively facilitating Bitcoin transactions. The bank also warned Iranian citizens about the high risks of making investments in the potentially volatile market, saying that theres a chance they may lose their financial assets. Moving ahead, the organization is cooperating with other institutions to develop mechanisms to control and prevent the use of digital currencies in the country. The bank put it as follows:

The wild fluctuations of the digital currencies along with competitive business activities underway via network marketing and pyramid scheme have made the market of these currencies highly unreliable and risky,

Countries Creating Their Own Coins

Despite all the FUD that accompanies announcements such as these, there are some positive developments. Irans Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi also declared today that Irans Post Bank is working on a locally developed cryptocurrency, which will need to be tested by the ICT. Its unclear exactly how far into research or development the bank is in creating this new coin.

Iran would not be the first country to develop its own digital currency as a way of bypassing financial blockades. Just yesterday Venezuela launched its new coin, the Petro, which is backed by the South American countrys oil reserves.

Late last week, Europes newest digital currency, the Korona which runs on the Lightning Network and is being touted as more stable, safer, and cheaper to use than its competitors was launched in Budapest, Hungary. Jean-Marc Stiegemeier, Koronas CEO, is optimistic about the future of the crypto-industry:...


OUTED: DuPont covered up the health risks of Teflon "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

Few things are as ubiquitous in modern kitchens as nonstick cookware; from frying pans to baking dishes and a host of other accouterments, youd be hard-pressed to find a kitchen without somethingbrandishing a nonstick coating. While it may seem innocuous, thats probably because corporations like DuPont have the money, influence and power to keep the health risks of their toxic products under wraps at least, until the cancers and other illnesses become too common to ignore. Indeed, their flagship product, teflon, may provide ease and convenience for household chefs, but such convenience rarely comes without a price.

And when it comes to teflon, the price tag is sure to send you looking for grandmas cast iron skillet. DuPonts toxic legacy has left a trail around the United States with some of the most visible harm taking place in the Midwest and along the Mississippi River. The after-effects of teflon production are so profound that a whole region of the country is dubbed Cancer Alley.

One chemical used to produce teflon, known as C8, has been linked to six different diseases, including kidney cancer and testicular cancer. C8 is so prevalent that nearly every American citizen has traces of it in their blood, and maybe even the entire world. C8 first made its debut in teflon manufacturing back in 1951 and because of its remarkable resistance to biodegradation and its tendency to easily escape into the air, its been accumulating in the environment ever since. While C8 was eventually phased out, many people are still reeling from its deleterious effects.

Earth Island reports that DuPont had dispersed almost 2.5 million pounds of C8 from its Washington Works plant into the mid-Ohio River Valley area by the year 2003.  And before environmental laws were put in place during the 1970s, DuPonts practices were even worse.

Another report by the federal government found that one of DuPonts plants had violated the Clean Air Act at least 50 times.

Cancer lawsuits strike DuPont



Saving the Soiland Their Ranchesby Raising 100% Grass-Fed Beef "IndyWatch Feed Food"

February 21, 2018
Organic Consumers Association
In 1999, Jon Taggart converted the 900 acres of crops on his recently purchased 1,400-acre ranch in Grandview, Texas, into 900 acres of native grasses. Then he launched his 100% grass-fed beef business.
Everyone, including the people in the cow business and people in the meat business said he was crazy. 
But in 2011, when Texas was hit with a drought that dragged on for nearly 18 months, Taggart was one of the few ranchers who was able to keep on doing business as usual, while other ranchers had to move their cattle out to more fertile ground.
While acres of GMO corn and soy on many of the states ranches shriveled up and died, the deep-rooted, warm season grasses, cool-season grasses, grasses that germinate early and grasses that germinate later on Taggarts ranch survived.
Taggart, recently featured in an ABC News "Food Forecast" segment, calls himself a pioneer in the grass-fed, grass-finishedalso known as...


Wendy Griffin retires as academic dean of Cherry Hill Seminary "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

COLUMBIA, S.C. After serving as academic dean at Cherry Hill Seminary since 2011, Wendy Griffin retired from that position on Jan. 31 and has been proclaimed academic dean emerita by that institutions board members. During her tenure at the seminary, a number of new programs introduced and behind-the-scenes infrastructure changes were made, and important steps taken on the difficult path to accreditation.

Cherry Hill board member Jeffrey Albaugh presents Wendy Griffin with proclamation that she is now academic dean emerita [courtesy]/

When she was readying to retire from the University of California after more than 30 years in higher education, Griffin did not intend on taking a new position. However, she experienced one of those coincidences that make some elders nod sagely. It was a chance encounter in an airport bathroom set her on the path to becoming the academic dean for a Pagan seminary.

That isnt to say Griffin wasnt qualified for the position with three decades of working in higher education were under her belt. She has injected her Paganism into academia and academic standards into Paganism throughout much of that time. Griffin is founding co-chair of the contemporary Pagan studies group for the American Academy of Religion, co-editor of the first academic series in Pagan studies, and serves on the editorial board of the Pomegranate, an academic journal focused on Paganism.

It was heading to an AAR conference that Griffin ran into Aline Macha OBrien in an airport bathroom. OBrien has become something of a force for recruitment for the seminary, and during that meal she broached the topic of Griffin filling the open position of academic dean. When she expressed interest, executive director Holli Emore drove to Atlanta to meet Griffin and discuss the job that within a few months she took as her own.

One thread that seems to run throughout the history of Cherry Hill Seminary is the close working relationship characteristic of a bootstrapped startup. While Griffin is more than happy to list accomplishments that occurred during her time as dean, she takes credit for none in particular.

We tend to work as a team, she explained. I would never claim any one thing.

Among those things that Griffin declined to claim as her own but to w...


Japanese Crypto Exchange Accidentally Gives Bitcoins Away for Free "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Bitcoin skeptics such as JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon have often claimed that Bitcoin is worth nothing. For approximately 18 minutes at one cryptocurrency exchange in Japan, these skeptics were right. On Tuesday, Zaif a cryptocurrency exchange operated by Osaka-based Tech Bureau Corp. revealed in a statement that a technical error had allowed several

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Barnaby Joyces Unborn Son Already Working In Canavans Office "IndyWatch Feed Satire"

Barnaby Joyce has told the electorate to get over it with regards to his unborn Son being employed by his colleague Matt Canavan in an advisory role.

Matt needed someone who knew what it was like to be an unborn child and who is better qualified that my unborn Son, said Barnaby Joyce. I have done nothing wrong in this situation. I didnt hire the kid Myself I simply put in a good word for him to my colleague. What parent wouldnt do that for their child.

Besides he is only being paid a pittance. Two hundred grand isnt a lot of money you know.

When reached for comment Senator Canavan said: With regards to hiring employees youd need to speak to my Mother she handles all of those decisions. Do you speak Italian?

Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann when asked whether Barnaby Joyces actions were effecting the Government like some sort of tumour replied: Its not a tumour.

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The Brave Gift we can give to our Daughters. "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

As moms, we've all had moments when we'd like to be a "fly on the wall" and listen in on the secret conversations of our teenage daughters to find out what is actually going on inside their heads.


Born in the Late 70s or Early 80s? Now Theres Finally a Name for Your Generation "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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The American public loves a good label, especially when it comes to classifying generations of its population. We've all heard of baby boomers, which covers the Post-War period, and the cynicism of Generation X was immortalized in films like Singles and Reality Bites. Traditionally, Gen X carries us up to 1979 and then we move into the buzzword of the momentMillennials. But, there's a whole mini-generation born on the cusps of Generation X and the Millennials that doesn't feel completely part of either one. Don't worry, if you were born between 1977 and 1985, there's a special word just for youXennial.

What are Xennials? They're people born in the late-70s and early-80s, who lived an analog childhood and digital adulthood. Xennials came of age at a pivotal point that makes them the lynchpin between Gen X and Millennials. Generation X moved into adulthood without many of the digital conveniences we now have, while Millennials can't imagine a world without them. Xennials act as a memory bank, recalling what it was like before smartphones ruled the world, but comfortably Snapchatting and adapting to new methods of communications.

My old cell phone - pink Sanyo Sprint phone from 2006

Who originated the concept of Xennials?

Sarah Stankorb coined the term in a 2014 article in Good Magazine, also calling it the Oregon Trail Generation, after the beloved late-70s computer game. Stankorb recognized Xennials as a lucky generation, missing out on some of the misfortunes that have heavily impacted the generations on both sides of it. We landed in a fleeting sweet spot before the Recession that plagued Millennials launch. Yet we were still young enough that when the market crashed, we hadnt yet invested much and didnt lose as many homes or as much in retirement savings, unlike many Gen Xers, she writes. And, in a country currently plagued by violent episodes, Xennials grew up in a fairly peaceful pre-Columbine and 9/11 America.

To be a Xennial is to have the best of both worlds, not...


Salvianolic acid B can decrease oxidative stress reaction and play a therapeutic role in the treatment of NASH. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Arch Med Res. 2017 Dec 7. Epub 2017 Dec 7. PMID: 29224910 Abstract Title:  Regulation of SIRT3/FOXO1 Signaling Pathway in Rats with Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis by Salvianolic Acid B. Abstract:  AIMS: To explore the effect of salvianolic acid B (Sal B) on regulation of SIRT3/FOXO1 signaling pathway in rats with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).METHODS: Sixty Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into control, model and treatment groups. After 12 weeks of successful model establishment with high fat diet, treatment group was given Sal B by intragastric administration. After 12 weeks of treatment, rats were sacrificed and livers were taken to test indicators such as liver index, TG, TC, ALT, AST, reactive oxygen species (ROS) by DCFH-DA probe, SOD2 activity by WST-8 test. mRNA and protein expression of SIRT3, SOD2, catalase were detected by real time PCR and western blot, respectively. The acetylation level of FOXO1 and SOD2 was detected by immuno-precipitation (IP).RESULT: Liver index, ALT, AST, TG, TC, and ROS of model group were higher than those of control and treatment groups, which the difference was statistically significant (p 

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Pat Perrys Intricate Portraits of People Intertwined with the Natural World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Detroit-based artist Pat Perry (previously) renders intricate, fantastical portraits of humans and our relationship to the natural worlda dynamic that is sometimes harmonious, sometimes adversarial.  His multi-media drawings and paintings range from monochrome sketches handheld notebooks to multicolored murals on building walls. In all of his artwork, Perry balances finely worked details with sweeping gestural lines. The artist described his art in an interview with Communication Arts: I want to make paintings that just softly whisper to you the thing that you forgot. You can explore more of Perrys illustrations, including a body of work based on a residency in Katmai National Park, on his website as well as on Instagram and Facebook.



Heres What You Can Do with Basic and Cheap Off-Camera Flash Gear "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to get started with lighting your portraits with an off-camera flash but dont want to break the bank in the process? Photographer Francisco Hernandez made this 10-minute video that shows what you can do with a basic cheap lighting setup.

To get started, in addition to your camera kit, youll need a few basic components: a light stand, a light, a bracket to hold your light, a modifier, and a transmitter. Adding a second light and modifier can open the door to a world of new lighting possibilities, and you may be able to get what you need for around $200 to $300.

For a beginner (and cheapest) light and transmitter pair, Hernandez recommends the $65 Godox TT600 and the $40 Godox X1 for their solid features in addition to their affordability.

To diffuse your light, Hernandez recommends getting a 3131-inch foldable softbox, which is both portable (it folds down easily) and its cheap (you can find it for about $20).

After discussing the gear youll need to pick up to get started, Hernandez shares behind the scenes videos of a portrait shoot done with a beginner lighting setup.



This Upstart Cryptocurrency Exchange Is Making Inroads in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"


Cryptocurrency and precious metals exchange Coinsquare is taking steps toward its goal of leading the cryptocurrency exchange market in Canada. On February 20, 2018, it announced a new partnership with, after wrapping up a recent investment of $30 million, for a total $47 million raised in the last four months.

The partnership with will allow Coinsquare to facilitate instant fiat currency payments of digital currencies for the general public through debit and credit card transactions.

In a release, Processing.coms James Bergman said:

We are very excited to partner with such a respected and fast-growing trading platform as Coinsquare. As digital currencies increasingly make their way into the mainstream conscious, service providers have a responsibility to ensure the broader public can access the rapidly growing blockchain ecosystem.

Marketing Strategy

Besides increasing its Canadian market share, Coinsquare also has plans to move on to establishing new exchanges internationally, initially in the U.S. and the U.K.

Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond acknowledges that he is continuing original owner Virgile Rostands marketing strategy of emphasizing Coinsquares Canadian foundations, with its economic and political stability and relatively light regulatory environment.

Diamond said: Virgile Rostand, Coinsquare's founder, was an early industry pioneer and b...



Fake News CNN Pushes False Story About AR-15 Purchase "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Its becoming clear that most mainstream media news is nothing more than globalist propaganda.  CNNs Chris Cuomo proved that when he pushed a story about a lying kid who said he purchased an AR-15 without an ID.  But Cuomo was busted, then continued to deflect from the fact that he pushed a fake story.

CNNs Chris Cuomo retweeted the account of one @usaphotodude quoting a reporter named Cody Davis on Tuesday. The tweet read, I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. Im 20 and my ID is expired. Theres only one problem: that never happened. The article itself states, After [the sales representative] walked me through the paperwork, all five pages of it, I told him I changed my mind and wanted to think more before I bought an AR-15. He told me it wasnt a problem and listed the store hours if I wanted to come back. I then said thank you and walked back to my car.

The tweet actually says that the gut never filled out paperwork, a necessary step to purchasing a gun, which would then be run through the background check system.  But Cuomo obviously didnt read that part or didnt care. And then deflected the conversation and lied further.

According to the Daily Wire, when called on it, Cuomo tweeted, Isnt the point that the kids age and lack of ID wasnt a deterrent? and this isnt all gun shops. Place I bought my shotgun basically goes farther than the law requires and makes judgments about whom to sell to. Point...

Fake News CNN Pushes False Story About AR-15 Purchase "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Its becoming clear that most mainstream media news is nothing more than globalist propaganda.  CNNs Chris Cuomo proved that when he pushed a story about a lying kid who said he purchased an AR-15 without an ID.  But Cuomo was busted, then continued to deflect from the fact that he pushed a fake story.

CNNs Chris Cuomo retweeted the account of one @usaphotodude quoting a reporter named Cody Davis on Tuesday. The tweet read, I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes. Im 20 and my ID is expired. Theres only one problem: that never happened. The article itself states, After [the sales representative] walked me through the paperwork, all five pages of it, I told him I changed my mind and wanted to think more before I bought an AR-15. He told me it wasnt a problem and listed the store hours if I wanted to come back. I then said thank you and walked back to my car.

The tweet actually says that the gut never filled out paperwork, a necessary step to purchasing a gun, which would then be run through the background check system.  But Cuomo obviously didnt read that part or didnt care. And then deflected the conversation and lied further.

According to the Daily Wire, when called on it, Cuomo tweeted, Isnt the point that the kids age and lack of ID wasnt a deterrent? and this isnt all gun shops. Place I bought my shotgun basically goes farther than the law requires and makes judgments about whom to sell to. Point is the system should be better...


Inspirational: Desires Are A Path to Self-Mastery, If we Dare to Explore Them "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

by Justin Deschamps,

The following quoted text came to me during the Conscious Life Expo event in 2018. I received it while contemplating the nature of desire and how we tend to avoid thoughts and things we think of as personally or socially reprehensible.
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Salvianolic acid B improves airway hyperresponsiveness. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2018 Jan 31 ;824:30-39. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29382534 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B improves airway hyperresponsiveness by inhibiting MUC5AC overproduction associated with Erk1/2/P38 signaling. Abstract:  Salvianolic acid B (SalB) is one of the main water-soluble composites from Chinese medicine Dansen (Radix miltiorrhiza). It is used for clinical treatment of various diseases including cardiovascular, lung, Liver, renal and cancers. However, the effects of SalB to allergy induced airway mucin hypersecretion, inflammation and hyperresponsiveness (AHR) remains not clear. Overproduction of airway MUC5AC is a central effector of inflammation that is strongly associated with AHR in asthmatic attack. In this study, we investigated the anti-asthmatic activity and mechanism of SalB in a murine model and human epithelial cells by monitoring changes in mucin expression and secretion, airway inflammation, AHR, and signaling pathways. SalB was administered by intragastric administration (i.g) daily for a week, starting at 21 days after sensitization of ovalbumin (OVA). All examinations were performed 24h after the last antigen challenge. We found that treatments with SalB significantly inhibited increase in the tracheobronchial secretion, glycosaminoglycan levels, interleukin (IL)-13, IL-4, and IL-5 cytokines mRNA and protein expression, and decrease in mucociliary clearance in lung tissues. Histological results demonstrated that SalB attenuated OVA-induced eosinophil infiltration, airway goblet cell hyperplasia, and MUC5AC and MUC5B mRNA and protein expression in lung tissues. SalB exhibited protective effects against AHR in OVA-challenged animals. In vitro, SalB significantly inhibited IL-13-induced MUC5AC and MUC5B mRNA and protein expression in human epithelial cells. These effects were blocked by SalB by downregulating the Erk1/2 and P38 signaling pathways. Taken together, these data indicate that treatment with SalB may improve AHR by inhibiting MUC5AC overproduction.

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Typical government gun control FAILURE! Typical crime control FAILURE!!! Tougher sentences required! "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Our government is quick to punish law abiding citizens if they use a gun for self defence, & they continue to hassle us with further useless & pointless gun control legislation. They say they want to stop crime & make Australia a safer place, but the proof of their lies is in the sentencing of real criminals.


Work Shop Tour "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

We get so many requests to show our work shops! Today we are taking you on a work shop tour of Ashleys shop. We are going over everything from what you need to start your own shop, how we keep our cleaned and organized and our favorite additions! Grab a cup of coffee and come

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David Hogg graduated high school in 2015, never attended school in Parkland, says fellow classmate "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

David Hogg graduated high school in 2015, never attended school in Parkland, says fellow classmate

The new face of gun control and the son of a former FBI agent, David Hogg, told CNNs Anderson Cooper that hes not a crisis actor, despite the fact that he graduated high school in the State of California in 2015 and likely never attended Stoneman Douglas Hogh School in Parkland, Florida, as he claims.

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Market Talk- February 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

On the whole a positive session for Asia with the Hang Seng probably the stand-out performer on the day. Closing up almost 2% gains were led by financials, bouncing after yesterdays nerves, but also a strong performer were energy/chemicals and property sectors with Country Garden (+5.6%) and China Petro-Chem (+3.7%). Shanghai market remains closed for holidays. The Yen was very quiet overnight and even now still plays mid 107s, so did not have too much direct impact or influence on the Nikkei. having spent all morning trending higher we saw a reverse into negative territory after lunch on more BOJ talk. However, by close of business we settled just a smidgen better up +0.2% with utilities lending a hand. SENSEX traded relatively well with tech and consumers lifting gains. Talk is the RBI is showing concerns around companies overseas borrowing and its relationship with the Rupees increased volatility! Maybe they will also look at BITCOIN activity too.

Interesting that the UKs FTSE bounced back (+0.6% ok, only a little) but at the detriment of the currency (GBP -0.5%). The big topic is always going to be BREXIT and that is obviously here for another year yet! Headlines will continue to drive prices but looks as though the negative appears news appears to be creeping in. Other core Europe hit their lows mid morning and benefitted off the back of the positive US opening. IBEX however, did not join the rally and closed down almost 1%, Iberdrola and Acciona both trading over 2% lower. DAX and CAC almost off-set each other with FTSE MIB also closing small down. At the close much of the talk surrounds the FED minutes due after European trading hours and so will be reflected in closing US and Asias overnight trading.

Early futures losses were quickly reeled back-in once the cash market opened and the DOW raced up around 150 points before levelling back around +75. As we await the FED minutes, the USD continues to climb with DXY now pushing higher towards with the 90 handle for a couple of days now. FED Minutes release saw a whip-saw reaction with the DOW rallying over 300 points. However, that was to be short lived and soon the DOW was back in negative territory and the close (-160 points) does not look co...


Salvianolic acid B suppresses cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in osteosarcoma. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Lett. 2018 Feb ;15(2):2679-2685. Epub 2017 Dec 13. PMID: 29434992 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B suppresses cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in osteosarcoma through p38-mediated reactive oxygen species generation. Abstract:  The present study aimed to investigate the potential anticancer effect and mechanisms of salvianolic acid B on osteosarcoma. Salvianolic acid B suppressed osteosarcoma cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in the osteosarcoma MG63 cell line, and activated the expressions of cleaved caspase-3, phosphorylated-tumor protein (p)38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p-p38 MAPK) and phosphorylated-p53 (p-p53) proteins in the MG63 cells. Additionally, Salvianolic acid B also increased the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in the MG63 cells. The silencing of p38 expression inhibited the anticancer effect of salvianolic acid B on the levels of cell proliferation, p-p53 protein expression and ROS generation level in the MG63 cells. All these data supported the hypothesis that the anticancer effect of salvianolic acid B includes the suppression of cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in MG63 cells, and that p38 is important in the anticancer effect of salvianolic acid B on osteosarcoma cells due to the direct regulation of ROS generation. These data suggest that salvianolic acid B is important in the proliferation of osteosarcoma cells due to the direct regulation of p38-mediated ROS signaling.

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US Government Arrests Bitcoin Stock Exchange Founder "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The owner of BitFunder, a long-defunct bitcoin investment platform, has been hit with two lawsuits filed by the U.S. government.




Very Hard to Regulate Cryptocurrency, Says US Lawmaker "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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US lawmakers may be eager to regulate cryptocurrency, but theyre quickly finding that its easier said than done. In an interview with Fox Business, House Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) said that regulators must focus their efforts on application-level oversight of the cryptocurrency markets, as the underlying technology is very hard to regulate. Its actually very

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Should Unhappy Couples Stay Together For The Kids? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

When people get married, the idea is usually to stay together until that whole death do us part thing. But sometimes life just doesnt work out that way and couples can find themselves drifting apart. So, when couples decide that life together isnt what they thought it would be, divorce is usually what follows. But... View Article

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The Cause Of Autoimmune Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis Could Be In Your Fridge "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. Want healthy joints? Maybe put down that glass of milk. A study from the University of Central Florida suggests that a bacterium easily acquired by consuming dairy products, beef, or produce grown in cow manure may trigger development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in... View Article

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Young Student Nicknamed Trash Girl Defies Bullies And Continues to Pick Up Litter "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Team Trash Girl Anti Bullying Recycling

Like most high school students, Nadia Sparkes dedicates much of her time to extracurricular activities. While her peers prefer clubs and sports, however, the 12-year-old has adopted a unique hobby: picking up litter. And, though this unconventional interest has resulted in an unfavorable nicknameTrash GirlSparkes is committed to fix[ing] the planet's problems before it becomes unfixable.

Every day, Nadia collects plastic refuse on her commute to-and-from school. Stashing the bottles, cans, and other waste in her bicycle basket, she transports the trash to recycling bins at her home. So far, she has collected enough litter to fill 2 binsbut not without a price.

When students at her school caught wind of her habit, they began bullying her with the taunting nickname, Trash Girl. While many young people would give up such an interest in the face of adversity, Nadia has instead embraced the title. Through her Facebook page, Team Trash Girl, she has both reclaimed the slur and rallied others to aid her cause.

Since starting the public group, Nadia has received an overwhelming amount of support from likeminded individuals and organizations all over the world. Empowered by this encouragement, she is more committed than ever to both saving the environment and, as her mom puts it, owning Trash Girl.

With a passion for recycling, 12-year-old Nadia Sparkes picks up litter during her daily commute.

Team Trash Girl Anti Bullying Recycling

While this unconventional interest has resulted in an unfortunate nicknameTrash Girlthe preteen is determined to save the planet.



DIY Castle Centerpiece Recycling Craft "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

A fun DIY castle centerpiece made from recyclables is truly up my alley, and so this project from the past is still one of my very favorites. Come to think of it, this castle centerpiece is really a quick project,...


Plural Play: the CounterPulse Festival and SFMOMA present Upstanding Others "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Olga Tsvetkova (photo by Alissa naider)

Russian artist Olga Tsvetkova believes that art is a surprise, it cannot be calculated; it is prey, a catch. Olga feels connected with the things that collide and contradict each other, the colliding gives different segments of space, it creates volume.

What happens when artists from different ideological bases and backgrounds collide?

Tsvetkova is one of the participants in Upstanding Others, an international exchange lab as part of the inaugural CounterPulse Festival, a five-day celebration of mind-bending performance.

Upstanding Others is a performance workshop residency of artists from the Bay Area, US red/swing states, and Russia, including Jose Abad, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Tara Pandeya, Megan Young, Saulaman Schlegel, and Nina Gasteva.

Through the lab CounterPulse posits art as a means of decentralizing dominant polemics in our conversations around difference in search of cultural pluralism. How do ideological differences color our lenses on one another? How do we define cultural production?

The cohort will present their findings in a free showcase on Saturday, March 17 of the CounterPulse Festival.

As part of SFMOMA Open Spaces Limited Edition platform which positions history and legacy as the accomplices and informants of the contemporary the CounterPulse Festival propels a forward looking lineage where contemporality is the intersection of futurity and recollection.

Other events at the CounterPulse Festival evoke artificial intelligence explorations, forgotten languages, and nighttime rituals interfacing primal sounds and future visions.

To learn more, visit

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Why I Stopped Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

2018 will go down as the year I stopped drinking water. And before you scoff, let me explain how I came to this decision and why its been one of the greatest decisions Ive made for my health.

Prior to my decision to stop drinking water, I was your typical H2O poster boy. Lured in by the romantic idea of keeping my skin and cells hydrated, I made sure to drink at least 3-4 litres of filtered water every day. I carried with me a litre of water in a mason jar at all times. I educated others on the importance of drinking water and believed that I was helping them stay healthy and hydrated.

Whenever I saw my pee come out clear I saw it as an indication that my kidneys were doing their job of filtering and flushing out metabolic waste. But in reality I was completely misguided. And knowing what I know now, I would go as far to say that I was doing more damage than good.

It wasnt until I came across the work of Dr. Robert Morse that my concept of drinking water shifted drastically. In his book, The Detox Miracle Sourcebook, Dr. Morse explains how proper kidney function, lymphatic filtration and cellular hydration are all connected. I learned that the water I was forcing down wasnt actually getting absorbed by my cells, but instead the excess water was taxing my kidneys and keeping them from their main purposelymphatic filtration.

The kidneys and the lymphatic system

The kidneys are a major eliminative organ. They filter and eliminate excess H2O, nutrients and metabolic wastes, as well as regulate the sodium-potassium and acid-alkaline balance in the body.

The kidneys, when in optimal function, work closely with the lymphatic system, which is our internal sewer system. The lymphatic system carries away cellular wastes through a system of tubes that run parallel to our blood vessels. Once the blood has delivered nutrients to the tissues, the waste that is expelled by the cells is then dumped into into the lymphatic fluids and carried to their appropriate elimination points. The kidneys are one of these elimination points.

When we drink excessive amounts of water and we have more than our tissues and cells can absorb, the kidneys must remove this excess water. This halts their job of filtering lymphatic waste and shifts their job to removing excess water.

Without our lymphatic waste being properly eliminated, these acidic wastes back up into our tissues causing acidosis of our fluids and cells, and this becomes the foundation of nearly every ...


Present data demonstrated that treatment with Salvia miltiorrhiza ligustrazine was able to reverse the DOX resistance of SHG44/DOX cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Lett. 2017 Oct ;14(4):4708-4714. Epub 2017 Aug 18. PMID: 29085470 Abstract Title:  Reversal of doxorubicin-resistance byligustrazine in the SHG44/doxorubicin glioma drug-resistant cell line. Abstract:  The multidrug resistance of glioma impedes chemo-radiotherapy and leads to adverse outcomes. In the present study, the doxorubicin (DOX)-resistant glioma SHG44/DOX cell line was established to investigate the effects and mechanisms ofligustrazine (SML), a traditional Chinese medicine, on the reversal of DOX-resistance. The SHG44/DOX cells grew continually in 0.1g/ml DOX and expressed increased levels of mRNA of multidrug resistance genes [multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1), multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1) and lung resistance protein (LRP)] compared with the parental SHG44 cells. Treatment with DOX plus SML suppressed proliferation and promoted early apoptotic rates in SHG44/DOX cells, although treatment with DOX alone failed to inhibit SHG44/DOX cells. In addition, the levels of MDR1, MRP1 and LRP were downregulated by this traditional Chinese medicine, coupled with increased intracellular DOX concentrations. Tumor-bearing nude mouse models were also established using SHG44/DOX cells, and it was demonstrated that the tumor volumes and proliferation indexes were lower in the DOX plus SML group compared with the DOX alone group. The present data demonstrated that treatment with SML was able to reverse the DOX resistance of SHG44/DOXcells, which suggests that SML may be a potential adjuvant agent for glioma chemo-radiotherapy.

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We studied how students performed in technical interviews. Where they went to school didnt matter. "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Photo by Faustin Tuyambaze on Unsplash is a platform where engineers practice technical interviewing anonymously. If things go well, they can unlock the ability to participate in real, but still anonymous, interviews with top companies like Twitch, Lyft and more.

Earlier this year, we launched an offering specifically for university students. It was intended to help level the playing field right at the start of peoples careers.

The problem

Heres the sad truth: given the state of college recruiting today, if you havent attend one of a very few top schools, your chances of interacting with companies on campus are slim. Its not fair, and it sucks, but university recruiting is still dominated by career fairs. Companies pragmatically choose to visit the same few schools every year. Despite the fact that the career fair is one of the most antiquated, biased forms of recruiting that there is, the format persists. This is likely because there doesnt seem to be a better way to quickly connect with students at scale.

So, despite the increasingly loud conversation about diversity, campus recruiting marches on, and companies keep doing the same thing expecting different results.

In a previous blog post, we explained why companies should stop courting students from the same five schools.

Regardless of how important you think this idea is (for altruistic reasons, perhaps), you may still be skeptical about the value and practicality of broadening the college recruiting effort. You probably concede that its rational to visit top schools, given limited resources. Society is often willing to agree that there are perfectly qualified students coming out of non-top colleges, but they maintain that theyre relatively rare.

Were here to show you, with some nifty data from our university platform, that this is simply not true.

To be fair, this isnt the first time weve looked at whether where you went to school matters. In a previous post, we found that taking Udacity and Coursera programming classes mattered way more than where you went to school. And way back in the day, one of our founders figured out that where you went to school didnt matter at allbut that...


Panasonic Unveils First Global Shutter CMOS Sensor with 8K, 60FPS, HDR "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

It seems that February 2018 is the month of global shutter CMOS sensor breakthroughs. A day after Sony announced the first 1MP+ backlit global shutter CMOS sensor, Panasonic announced its own groundbreaking development: a global shutter CMOS sensor thats capable of 8K, 60FPS, and HDR.

Panasonics new CMOS sensor uses an organic photoconductive film (OPF) and features 8K video at 60fps and 450K high-saturation electrons.

With the technology, it is possible to capture images at 8K resolution, even in high contrast scenes, such as a field under strong sunlight and shaded spectator seats under a stadium roof, Panasonic says.

In the OPF CMOS image sensor, by incorporating a large capacitor in the circuit part with a large available area, it is possible to realize both high sensitivity mode and high saturation mode with the same pixel structure merely by switching modes from the camera system. In the high sensitivity mode, it is possible to capture data up to a light intensity of 4.5k electrons with high sensitivity. Furthermore, by switching to the high saturation mode, it is possible to capture data up to a light intensity of 450k electrons.

Moreover, by utilizing the global shutter function that enables simultaneous image capture by all pixels, it is expected to be able to capture moving objects instantaneously without distortion []

The sensor can be switched between rolling and global shutter modes by controlling the voltage to the OPF. The global shutter mode allows all the pixels in a photo to be captured simultaneously, elimination the distortion that rolling shutters capture when the scene and subjects are in motion.



Walking on the beach between the rocks with @marinarosealice "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Walking on the beach between the rocks with @marinarosealice


Florida Dad Wrongfully Convicted for Shaking Baby and Served 20+ Years of a 70 Year Sentence Featured on CNN "IndyWatch Feed Health"

James Duncan before and after

James Duncan pictured on the left with his two sons before being incarcerated, and pictured on the right in a CNN interview more than 20 years later while serving a 70 year sentence. His case will be retried, since there was no medical evidence provided at his original trial showing other potential medical causes of broken bones besides shaking. Photos courtesy of

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

On February 17, 2018, CNN aired a Special Report titled Broken Bones, Shattered Lives which featured the story of James Duncan, who was convicted of child abuse for shaking his son who was an infant at the time. He has served over 20 years of a 70 year conviction for a crime he claims never happened.

A Florida appeals court has agreed to re-try the case.

CNNs Jean Casarez interviewed James ex-wife and two sons (now adults) for the report, and they all maintain that James is innocent.

From CNN:

Jim Duncan has always insisted he never broke the bones of his infant son, and now a Florida appeals court has agreed that Duncan deserves a hearing for a new trial.

The central Florida man is more than two decades into a 70-year sentence for aggravated child abuse. He was convicted of the crime after he and his wife brought their infant son Kody to the emergency room in 1993 when they noticed he was in pain and not using the left side of his body.

The doctor found 13 broken bones and a skull fracture in his X-rays but no bruises. The hospital called police.

I am innocent, Duncan, now 51, told CNN. I did not harm my son.

Prosecutors are standing by the conviction, but Duncan said he hopes a new lawyer, and new medical science, will end his nightm...


Florida House Refuses To Debate Guns But Declares Porn A Health Risk "IndyWatch Feed Spiritual"

After refusing to even consider a ban on assault rifles the Florida House declares pornography to be a public health risk. Only days after 17 students and teachers were gunned down at a Florida high school, the state legislature voted 71-36 against a measure to consider a ban on semi-automatic weapons. Yet only an hour []


Flooding in Brazil Turns Nature Trail Into Surreal Underwater Fantasy World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Recent flooding at the Rio de Prata Ecological Preserve in Brazil has turned their nature trails into a surreal, underwater fantasy world. What makes it so startling is that the water is so clear and calm.




The Continuous Thread of Revelation: Eudora Welty on Writing, Time, and Embracing the Nonlinearity of How We Become Who We Are "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Greater than scene is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.

The Continuous Thread of Revelation: Eudora Welty on Writing, Time, and Embracing the Nonlinearity of How We Become Who We Are

To be human is to unfold in time but remain discontinuous. We are living non sequiturs seeking artificial cohesion through the revisions our memory, that capricious seamstress, performs in threading the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It is, after all, nothing but a supreme feat of storytelling to draw a continuous thread between ones childhood self and ones present-day self, since hardly anything makes these two entities the same person not their height, not their social stature, not their beliefs, not their circle of friends, not even the very cells in their bodies. Somewhere in the lacuna between the experiencing self and the remembering self, we create ourselves in what is literally a matter of making sense of craftsmanship for, as Oliver Sacks so poignantly observed, it is narrative that holds our identity together.

But while this self-composition is native to the human experience, there is a subset of humans who have elected the transmutation of discontinuity into cohesion as their lifes work and have made temporality the raw material of their craft: writers. The essence of that craftsmanship is what Pulitzer-winning author Eudora Welty (April 13, 1909July 23, 2001) explores in a passage from One Writers Beginnings (...


Massive Archive of 78RPM Records Now Digitized & Put Online: Stream 78,000 Early 20th Century Records from Around the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Last summer we checked in with the Internet Archives Great 78 Project, a volunteer effort to digitize thousands of 78rpm recordsthe oldest mass-produced recording medium. Drawing on the expertise and vast holdings of preservation company George Blood, L.P., the ARChive of Contemporary Music, and over 20 more institutions from around the world, the project aims to save the recorded sounds of the past, and not only those that have come down to us through the efforts of highly selective curators. What we think of as the sound of the early 20th centurythe blues, jazz, country, classical, ragtime, gospel, bluegrass, etc.only represents a popular sample.

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle wants to widen our sonic appreciation of the period, and include everything, Midwest, different countries, different social classes, different immigrant communities and their loves and fears.

This massive archive will eventually number in the millions, up to 3 million recordings, to be exact, and continues apace at the rate of about 5,000 new uploads per month.

Last August, the recordings in the archive numbered over 25,000. Now, the Great 78 Project contains more than 78,000 and counting digital transfers of fragile 78rpm recordseverything from Prokofiev to the Carter Family (further up) to Mississippi John Hurt from 1928 (above) to international folk dances to field recordings of animal sounds.

The collected works of Al Jolson, spanning...


Fragment of Greek Geometric pottery, showing a female figure... "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Fragment of Greek Geometric pottery, showing a female figure (perhaps a priestess or deity) holding twin tridents and standing between horses, which may be destined for ritual sacrifice.  Artist unknown; 8th cent. BCE.  Now in the Archaeological Museum of Argos.  Photo credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons.


New Jersey High School Offering Lessons In Cryptocurrency and Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey is teaching its students about cryptocurrencies. Mr. Tim Brezas Business and Personal Finance Class is the focus of a CNBC documentary that is showcasing how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and associated blockchain technologies are being introduced and taught in high school and college classrooms.

Mr. Breza, a 28-year-old history and financial literacy teacher, first considered adding cryptocurrencies to his Business and Personal Finance class at the beginning of this school year after a few students approached him in September and October. The students were interested in learning more about the industry and began asking him what he knew about Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

If one students talking about it, many of them are talking about it, Breza said. So I figured we needed to include it.

Juniors and seniors are eligible to take his elective course, in which students learn about budgeting, credit cards, taxes, investing, entrepreneurship, and how to create business plans. After receiving approval, Breza has added a section on cryptocurrencies focusing on the history of cryptography and the applications of blockchain technology.

Ive very excited that the students and Union Catholic is being exposed to this and that the UC administration supported teaching this to our students, said Breza. Not too many schools are even thinking about teaching about cryptocurrency. Were not teaching it in the sense that you have to invest it, we are just giving the facts of it. Blockchain is the key to all of this. Thats the revolutionary piece to it.

What do the students think?

Despite Brezas assertion that the class is not teaching about cryptocurrencies from an investing standpoint, some students have chosen to do their own research. Junior Max Berg, for example, chose to buy Bitcoin last year. When the digital currency hit $19,000 in December, he cashed out, using his profits as seed money to start a retail business buying Supreme clothes and accessories and selling them on to his peers.

UC is always on the edge of new technology with our laptops and other things, so this is just that next step of teaching what the future of investments are going to be, said Berg. Its been a hobby of mine for years now, and its cool to see...


Salvianolic acid B inhibits myofibroblast transdifferentiation in experimental pulmonary fibrosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 01 1 ;495(1):325-331. Epub 2017 Nov 4. PMID: 29108993 Abstract Title:  Salvianolic acid B inhibits myofibroblast transdifferentiation in experimental pulmonary fibrosis via the up-regulation of Nrf2. Abstract:  Salvianolic acid B (SalB) is one of the most bioactive components extracted from Salvia miltiorrhiza, and its antioxidant capacity corresponds with its protective effects against cell injury from oxidative stress. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of SalB on experimental pulmonary fibrosis and its ability to ameliorate the oxidative/antioxidative imbalance during fibrosis pathogenesis. The anti-fibrotic activity of SalB was first confirmed in Transforming growth factor1(TGF-1)-stimulated MRC-5 cells. The protection of SalB against oxidative stress during fibrogenesis in vitro was verified by detecting ROS production, the levels of glutathione (GSH) and malondialdehyde (MDA). The Western blot and PCR results indicated that SalB could up-regulate nuclear factor erythroid-derived 2-like 2 (Nrf2) at both the protein and mRNA levels and induce Nrf2 nuclear translocation in vitro, which may be the mechanism underlying the anti-fibrotic capacity of SalB. Furthermore, the anti-fibrotic and antioxidant capacities of SalB in vivo were confirmed in rats with BLM-induced pulmonary fibrosis. The immunohistochemistry results showed that Nrf2 was absent in fibroblastic foci (FF) areas, while the SalB treatment could increase the expression of Nrf2 in lung tissues, especially in FF areas.

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You Can Now Tokenize Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

You Can Now Tokenize Yourself

The future was meant to involve flying cars and jetpacks. Instead, it involves tokenizing yourself on the blockchain. It was Andy Warhol who famously observed that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. That fame, it now appears, may come in the form of the ultimate crypto vanity project: tokenizing yourself and selling your time. One audacious entrepreneur, Boris Akimov, is seeking to do precisely that.

Also read: Regain Control From Nanny Zuck How To Make Facebook Show You The News Again

Putting the I in ICO

It turns out that peak blockchain didnt occur when an iced tea company appended the word to its name for no reason. Instead it arrived on February 21, 2018 when Boris Akimov announced that he would be the first entrepreneur to tokenize himself on the Waves platform. It might not be this weeks most ridiculous story (Steven Seagal and Bitcoiin is also a contender), but its right up there. Explaining his decision to let the market dictate his value, Akimov said:

I have certain skills, knowledge and experience, as well as my time in which I apply them, which is what will be tokenised. Token owners can receive the benefits of this experience for a...



Beaver "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This past week, I finished up a few more Menagerie critters. 

This one is a Beaver.

It's a classic Menagerie critter in that I was able to use the base templates in their usual layout: body, head, belly, ears, arms, tail, lower limbs. 


Operation Disclosure GCR/RV Intel Alert for February 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - February 21, 2018

All HAARP repeaters located in Wyoming were successfully destroyed.

The Cabal's attempt to set off Yellowstone Caldera was thwarted.

Several dark energy field emitters were also destroyed in the process near and around Yellowstone National Park.

Alliance Ghost Teams obtained further documents from one of the hidden underground Cabal outposts before they were all destroyed.

These documents revealed the location of another outpost under Torc Mountain, Ireland.

The documents also included construction plans of another portal gate at this outpost.

The Alliance have dispatched Ghost Teams to the location in Ireland.

The wild goose chase continues.

The collapse of the financial system remains imminent.

Whether the Cabal have been totally neutralized or not, the Alliance will release the RV if the financial system is about to collapse.

The finger is on the trigger for the RV release. Ready to replace the old financial system with the new quantum financial system at a moments notice.


Florida Dad Wrongfully Convicted for Shaking Baby and Served 20+ Years of a 70 Year Sentence Featured on CNN "IndyWatch Feed Health"

James Duncan before and after

James Duncan pictured on the left with his two sons before being incarcerated, and pictured on the right in a CNN interview more than 20 years later while serving a 70 year sentence. His case will be retried, since there was no medical evidence provided at his original trial showing other potential medical causes of broken bones besides shaking. Photos courtesy of

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

On February 17, 2018, CNN aired a Special Report titled Broken Bones, Shattered Lives which featured the story of James Duncan, who was convicted of child abuse for shaking his son who was an infant at the time. He has served over 20 years of a 70 year conviction for a crime he claims never happened.

A Florida appeals court has agreed to re-try the case.

CNNs Jean Casarez interviewed James ex-wife and two sons (now adults) for the report, and they all maintain that James is innocent.

From CNN:

Jim Duncan has always insisted he never broke the bones of his infant son, and now a Florida appeals court has agreed that Duncan deserves a hearing for a new trial.

The central Florida man is more than two decades into a 70-year sentence for aggravated child abuse. He was convicted of the crime after he and his wife brought their infant son Kody to the emergency room in 1993 when they noticed he was in pain and not using the left side of his body.

The doctor found 13 broken bones and a skull fracture in his X-rays but no bruises. The hospital called police.

I am innocent, Duncan, now 51, told CNN. I did not harm my son.

Prosecutors are standing by the conviction, but Duncan said he hopes a new lawyer, and new medical science, will end his nightmare...


Bega Valley Shire Council votes for fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

A ten-month debate at Bega Valley Shire Council came to an end this afternoon with councilors voting to add fluoride to the shires remaining water supplies.

Council has been adding fluoride to the Bega-Tathra system since 1963, todays six two result in the chamber will see it added to two of Councils remaining water supplies.

The long process has been characterised by conflicting science and at times hostile debate, which was on show again at todays council meeting.

Before a public gallery of around 30 people, five community members addressed councilors urging them to reject the idea, most suggesting that Council would face legal action if they proceeded.

I do not give council permission to introduce this toxic substance as mass medication without choice into my water supply, Merriwinga resident, Sean Burke said.

Negative health impacts have been a real fear of those opposing the introduction. Reduced IQ, thyroid complaints, cancer, fertility problems, arthritis, and kidney disease have all been raised during the course of the debate.

Imagine the outcry if you were to add some other medicine to the water? Bermaguis Anthony Hereford argued.

Pambulas Fraser Buchanan, speaking for the Bega Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association suggested the recent NSW Health phone survey on the issue was biased in favour of fluoride.

Five hundred residents were quizzed over the summer holidays and asked, Do you agree with adding fluoride to the public drinking supply to try to prevent tooth decay?

Step up and show you are unwilling to be part of a contrived process, Mr Buchanan urged Councilors.

The validity of the survey was a theme that run through the discussion, however some councilors were clearly swayed by the results  66.2% responded yes, 28.4% responded no, 5.2% were unsure and only 0.2% preferred not to respond to the survey.

Todays decision for Bega Valley Shire Council was prompted by NSW Health asking regional water utilities who dont already incorporate fluoride into their water treatment processes to do so as a prevention of tooth decay.

With 96% of the state fluoridated, NSW Health is moving on the remaining 4% and is providing all the funds needed for the Bega Valley to come on board.

Councilors Cathy Griff and Jo Dodds argued strongly for those in the room campaigning against the idea.

Cr Griff moved a motion to defer the decision pending legal advice but that was defeated.



Hospital Birth Classes Are Sabotaging Womens Birth Plans, Say Midwives "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Hospital Birth Classes Are Sabotaging Women's Birth Plans, Say Midwives

If youve ever seen, or been involved in, a discussion about birth plans, youll know theres always someone who says theres no point having a birth plan, because you cant plan a birth. Its true that birth can be unpredictable. However, many aspects of maternity care are not currently working in our favour. Some, in particular, actually sabotage womens potential to birth normally, with minimal intervention. For as long as I've been working in the birth industry, Australia's birth outcomes have shocked me. Two outcomes are of particular concern. C-section rates are around 33% and are creeping higher. This means 1 in 3 babies are now born via major surgery. More recently, an obstetrician shared another statistic: in a large public hospital about 50% of first time mothers have inductions, and many of them go on to have c-sections. Even medical professionals are beginning to take a serious look at what's going wrong. As you might guess, the root cause of these rates involves any number of issues. Its a combination of quite a few things that we havent yet got right. One of the most unsuspected, yet significant, reasons why birth is going off the rails in Australia is hospital-based birth education.

Hospital-Based Birth Education - A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing?

There is no requirement for hospital-based birth classes to adhere to any set standards. Neither is the content required to be evidence-based, or monitored by any organisation. Therefore, hospitals can do whatever they like in their own birth classes. Although there are some great hospital-based birth classes available, a number of midwives I spoke to have described some hospital-based classes as shocking, inadequate and horrifying. I spoke to some experienced, practising midwives who had experiences in different hospitals. I asked them what they thought...


Oxazole-containing diterpenoids from cell cultures of Salvia miltiorrhiza and their anti-HIV-1 activities. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Nat Prod. 2017 Dec 22 ;80(12):3241-3246. Epub 2017 Nov 29. PMID: 29185738 Abstract Title:  Oxazole-Containing Diterpenoids from Cell Cultures of Salvia miltiorrhiza and Their Anti-HIV-1 Activities. Abstract:  Four new oxazole-containing diterpenoids, salvianans A-D (1-4), along with three known diterpenoids (5-7), were isolated from Salvia miltiorrhiza cell cultures. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated using spectroscopic methods and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The evaluation for their anti-HIV-1 activities revealed that 2 and 3 displayed inhibitory activities with ICvalues of 0.03 and 1.2M, respectively. The time of addition (TOA) assay and long terminal repeat (LTR) luciferase reporter assay results indicated that compound 2 was an HIV-1 transcription inhibitor and might be a lead compound of antiviral agents acting on HIV-1 transcription.

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Canon 6D vs 6D Mark II: A Real-Life Noise Comparison "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Canon released its 6D Mark II in 2017, and the Internet has been abuzz ever since then discussing its high ISO performance. There have been reports that the Mark II creates more noise at high ISOs than the original 6D.

But the thing about these comparisons is that number one, its hard to two compare cameras precisely. Also, while it probably is possible to craft a perfectly controlled, laboratory-quality comparison to measure noise, it wouldnt reflect real-life shooting conditions.

My step-dad, Jimmy, recently purchased a Mark II. Since I have the original 6D, we were curious to see whether the rumors were true. We set up two separate experiments to test our cameras in various shooting situations. While our experiment wasnt laboratory quality, we planned it carefully and the results are surprising.

Background: What is Noise in Digital Photography?

My favorite definition of noise comes from Photography, by London, Stone, and Upton:

Noise is the presence of pixels whose color and brightness is unrelated to the subject. In other words, they are pixels that dont belong in your shot your cameras sensor creates them, much like a weak signal creates static when you listen to the radio.

You can see how these unrelated pixels affect a photo by measuring them with a histogram. Below is a photo of a color checker with a histogram to its right I used the histogram to measure the row of neutral gray that you can see outlined. Each square on the color checker has one and only one brightness and color value.

The photo above was taken at ISO 100. Because the pixels contain minimal data that is unrelated to the scene, you can see how each column on the histogram relates to a square on the color checker...


These findings for the first time reveal the potential anti-tumor mechanism of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge polysaccharides. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Biol Macromol. 2018 Mar ;108:625-634. Epub 2017 Dec 9. PMID: 29233711 Abstract Title:  Antitumor effect and molecular mechanism of antioxidant polysaccharides from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge in human colorectal carcinoma LoVo cells. Abstract:  Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge polysaccharides (SMP) was comprehensively investigated in this study. The polysaccharides were extracted by the method of water boiling and ethanol precipitation with high purity. The monosaccharide composition of SMP was characterized using the established HPLC-UV protocol with PMP precolumn derivatization, and the results indicate that the polysaccharides are mainly composed of d-galactose (Gal), d-glucose (Glc) and d-galacturonic acid (GalUA), and their mole percentages are 64.5%, 31.1% and 4.4%, respectively. In addition, the antioxidant potential of SMP was evaluated in terms of reducing power, scavenging ability against DPPH, superoxide and hydroxyl free radicals. The results indicate that polysaccharides from S. miltiorrhiza Bunge possess versatile antioxidant activities in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, SMP is observed with high inhibition ratio against LoVo cells (typical tumor cells) in both dose- and time-dependent manners. FCM analysis demonstrates that SMP is able to induce apoptosis of LoVo cells, arrest the cell cycle at S phase, as well as elevate the intracellular reactive oxygen pressure. These findings for the first time reveal the potential anti-tumor mechanism of SMP, suggesting that SMP may serve a natural anticancer agent with lower cost and cytotoxicity, as well as a bioactive factor for functional food development.

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40 Eye-Opening Quotes from Socrates, One of the Smartest Men Who Ever Lived "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Well-known Greek philosopher Socrates lived from 469 399 B.C. Believed by many to be one of the great pioneers of modern philosophy, his influence would span long past his physical life here on Earth. Pioneering new studies of philosophy, shaking up that which had been accepted as the norm and inspiring others in his field to step outside their comfort zone, his incredible mind continues to be celebrated today.

In 399 B.C. Socrates was tried for corrupting the morals of Athenian youth and religious heresies, with those in positions of power questioning the influence that his thoughts, teachings, and beliefs would have on the world as a whole. He was convicted and, choosing to accept his fate, he willingly drank the cup of poison hemlock that would end his life. Bucking against the mainstream, his beliefs were controversial, however, so many of these teachings and quotes continue to apply to the world today.

While much is attributed to Socrates, he did not leave any writings when he passed. Instead, the knowledge that we associate with this incredible mind has been passed on through his most famous pupil Plato, sharing his memories of their many teachings and discussions. While there is no solid, tangible evidence that these incredible words of knowledge came from Socrates himself, there is also no proof that Platos claims are inaccurate. As such, we continue to credit the philosopher to this day.

Source: University of West Florida


#1 Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

#2 When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

#3 The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

#4 Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

#5 Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

#6 Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

#7 Im not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

#8 By all means marry; if you get a good wife, youll become happy; if you get a bad one, youll become a philosopher.

#9 Do not do to others what angers you if dont to you by others.

#10 Prefer knowledge to wealth, for one is transitory, the other perpetual.

#11 I can...


Shamanic Journeying: Discovering Your Totem Animal Through Basic Shamanic Trance "IndyWatch Feed Uncanny"

Shamanism is an ancient, traditional healing path that has been used by various cultures for years to bring harmony between nature and humankind. A major aspect of these traditions was the connection created between Shamans and their totem animals.

A relationship which brings enlightenment to the Shaman, it is a major misconception that the Shaman chooses their power animal. On the contrary, the totem animal, or power animal chooses the Shaman. Once a Shaman has found their power animal, they can more easily be guided through their true life journey.

And while it may sound like a difficult endeavor, it is actually quite simple.

Many believe that it is as simple as observing your day-to-day life, and your subconscious mind. For some, this may seem easy, and for others, further explanation is called for. Shamans oftentimes would go on journeys to find theirs, and this is actually much easier than you would believe.

According to Shamans, the natural world is composed of two aspects: our everyday awareness of the world and then a second awareness that occurs during altered states. For them, this world, the second world, could be accessed by entering a state of ecstatic trance. This was how they communicated with their own inner world to better understand their own needs. And while it is a wonderful way to discover ones totem animal, it can be used for divination, personal healing, and for a number of other reasons.

Without going too deeply into detail, this can be better understood by thinking back to the drum, or the Shamans horse. By use of this tool, Shamans could easily induce states of trance depending on the beats of the drum. For more information on that, you can follow this link.

Of course, without a drum and without prior knowledge of how to do this, it can be quite difficult. Thankfully, however, the internet is a wonderful place filled with knowledge. After digging around, I found the perfect guided meditation/trance that can assist you in finding your power animal. Simply find a quiet space, focus on the recording and let your subconscious mind take over. What you discover may surprise you! Please be sure to follow the beginning instructions in their entirety, as trance requires your full attention!


What Venezuelans Are Saying About the Petro "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The South American country's plan to launch its own cryptocurrency has sparked global headlines and a range of commentary on social media.

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