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Wednesday, 15 August


Chevy Blazer vs. Ford Bronco "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Blazer vs the Bronco. Classic vehicles that collectors love. Some years were garbage but if one was going to buy and restore one, which one would you pick? Serious survivalists gravitate towards the older models that are said to be EMP proof. Many here have owned, restored and have knowledge of these vehicles. My son is really thinking about restoring one of these classics. So what years, what vehicle

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Making Charcoal "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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Making Charcoal - A Brief Article On Making Charcoal

A three-page file, offering instruction on making charcoal. A number of photos, although small and fairly poor resolution, are included in this PDF. Still, enough information and instruction to help you create your first batch of charcoal....
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PR: Keynote Launches $6 Million Diversity and Inclusion Fund for the Global Blockchain Industry "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Keynote Launches $6 Million Diversity and Inclusion Fund for the Global Blockchain Industry

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Keynote Launches a new fund to support diversity and inclusion in the development and use of blockchain technology.

Keynote is thrilled to launch a new $6 million Fund to support diversity and inclusion in the blockchain industry. The fund exists to ensure everyone has the opportunity to play an active role in the development and evolution of blockchain and opportunities to work and develop in blockchain are open to all regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic.

This year, Keynote are particularly encouraging applications to speak, volunteer and attend the World Blockchain Forum London from young people, women and people and people with disabilities as these groups are currently under-represented in the blockchain industry. These opportunities are aimed at those who will benefit most from this opportunity and who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop their careers and knowledge within the industry. Applications to speak, volunteer or attend will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close on Friday 17 August 2018.

Keynotes founder and CEO, Moe Levin, commented:
Digital currencies and blockchain, are intended to be democratizing and equalising and its really important the industry is representative of the population across globe. Diversity is the basis for collective achievement, and we therefore need more people to join the blockchain conversation. The range of perspectives and experience diversity brings is an asset to the blockchain industry.

Over the last six years Keynote has invested $3 million into the education of young...


Bitcoin is Stupid Author Gets a Lesson in the Value of Being Your Own Bank "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

As anyone who has ever attempted to explain bitcoin to their parents can understand, one of the most challenging parts of convincing them of the utility of this technology is making the case that a person should be his or her own bank. Occasionally, though, an object lesson bites you in the, err, mustache. The

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SEC Slaps Fraudulent ICO Founder With $30K Fine, Lifetime Ban "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that itd procured new bans against the founder of a business behind an allegedly deceptive preliminary coin offering. The bureau said that it acquired officer and manager and cent stock bar against David Laurance and his company, Tomahawk Exploration LLC. Tomahawk, the SEC alleges, sought to lift capital via a Tomahawkcoin token sale that used misleading advertising materials and false claims about oil drilling permits. Further, the Tomahawkcoin is thought to have been marketed with a false promise that token owners will be capable convert Tomahawkcoins into actions and possibly profit from the expected petroleum production and secondary trading of the tokens, in accordance with the SECs announcement on the topic.

In accordance with the Tuesday statement, Laurance has neither admitted nor denied the SECs allegations, but he and the company have agreed to the bars together with a $30, 000 penalty. The officer and director bar prevents Laurance from serving in any capacity in a public business, although the cent inventory bar prevents him from trading or owning penny stocks. The two prohibitions are permanent, in accordance with the SEC. Investors should pay attention to the chance of old school scams, such as petroleum and gas strategies, masquerading as revolutionary blockchain based ICOs, Robert Cohen, who leads the SECs Cyber Unit, said in a statement. SEC emblem picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Pot Publication High Times Now Says It Wont Accept Bitcoin in IPO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Marijuana advocacy publication High Times is walking back a former announcement suggesting that it might accept a bitcoin when it launches its first public offering. The company said a week ago it might accepts bitcoin and ether the cryptocurrency of the ethereum network as part of its IPO, which seeks to raise just up to $50 million. In the time, based on a news release, Chief executive officer Adam Levin said the company is taking another step to future, and not just as one of the very first cannabis related brands to become public on the Nasdaq, but as well as the first to allow bitcoin and ether as part of our public capital increase. .

But on August 13, it explained in a deposit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this announcement was a mistake, and the company wouldnt really be accepting bitcoin. On August 3, 2018, the business published a news release pertaining to its Regulation A+ offering saying that it might accept bitcoin as a kind of payment for subscription to the Companys shares, the filing said, adding. This media release was distributed in mistake as the corporation wont be accepting bitcoin as payment for shares. As provided for in the Companys Subscription Agreement linked to the offering, the Company will only be accepting check, credit cards, ACH or wire transfers as payment for subscriptions to shares. .

The submitting notably didnt mention ether, the other crypto-currency, specified in the press release. High Times didnt respond to a CoinDesk petition for comment on the omission by press time. The IPO will remain publicly accessible via a Regulation A+ exemption, allowing retail investors to buy High Times common stock. The purchase will close either when the provider raises the target $50 million or on Sept 12, the planned end date. Marijuana farm picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Survival: Map Reading & Land Navigation PDF eBooks (.zip file) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Asia-Off-Grid submitted a new resource:

Survival: Map Reading & Land Navigation PDF eBooks (.zip file) - 4 Map Reading, Signaling, & Land Navigation PDF eBooks (.zip file)

A list of the 4 titles included in the .zip file:
  1. How_To_Find_Your_Way.pdf (2006)
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Those Who Dont Take Heed Die of Ingratitude "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article was originally published by Doug Uncola Lynn at

One evening, while in college, I attended an extracurricular lecture held by my college adviser on nuclear proliferation. It was a concern that was close to his heart and I admired his doing something about it at the time.

During his talk, he shared the parable of the frog in boiling water and it was the first time I had heard it told.

Essentially, it boiled (pun intended) down to this:

If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out to save its life. However, if you place the frog into a pot of room temperature water and slowly heat it to a boil, the frog will gradually boil to death.

The lesson from the story?

For me, it was this:

Inattention and complacency kills; gradually by degree at first, and then all once.

I believe this applies to people on a personal basis as well as on a grander scale. Consider how much we have progressed since Y2K. After 911, I became that frog in the water before I jumped out and went Galt ten years later, in 2011. It was around the time the tsunamis struck Japan and a few months before Ann Barnhardt jumped ship. I couldnt stop the boiling all around me, so I got out.

For the next several years though, a sort of paralysis set in that was brought about by my anger and fear. In a sense, I was boiling still, but in a different way; from the inside out, as it were, as Ive seen others do also. Earlier this year, I wrote about some of that in another essay, regarding the importance of honesty and how I leaped from that latest boiling pot:

I began to recognize the pride behind my fears  a type of pride that led to resentments and anger.  Beneath all mad is sad and underlying both is fear. I began to think about faith; how faith without works is dea...


Pot Publication High Times Now Says It Won't Accept Bitcoin in IPO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

High Times, which announced last week that it would accept bitcoin and ether for its coming IPO, said in an SEC filing Monday that this was an "error."


Venezuela to Have Two Units of Account Petro and Petro-Pegged Bolivar "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Venezuela to Have Two Units of Account Petro and Petro-Pegged Bolivar

President Maduros Venezuela is preparing to effectively adopt next week two official units of account the nations crypto, El Petro, and the new petro-pegged bolivar that will replace the inflated national fiat. New salary and pricing mechanisms will be implemented as well, the countrys leftist leader promised.  

Also read: Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

Venezuela Introduces Crypto-Pegged Bolivar on Monday

Starting from August 20, Venezuela will have two official units of account the state-issued, oil-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, and the new petro-pegged, denominated bolivar, comments from President Nicols Maduro confirmed. In a televised address, published also on Twitter, the Venezuelan head of state said: As of next Monday, Venezuela will have a second unit of account based on the price, the value of the petro. [] it will begin to operate as the mandatory unit of account for our PDVSA oil company.


Witness of London Terror Attack: Thank God I Wasnt Actually Hit "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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A witness recalled the horrifying moment an alleged terrorist crashed into pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Two people were hurt when a man in his 20s drove the silver Ford Fiesta into cyclists and pedestrians during morning rush hour. Police later arrested the man on suspicion of terrorist offenses. None of the victims injuries were life-threatening, reports said. InsideEdition.coms Leigh Scheps ( has more.


Bulk propane "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Finding, buying storing 40lb and smaller tanks is expensive. I check Craigslist and occasionally go to yard sales always looking for propane cylinders. Haven't found any that didn't cost nearly as much as just buying a blue rino tank with out an exchange.
To get a 40lb tank bought and filled is probably around $130 and that's with me pulling a high vacuum to dodge the first time purge fee.
$130 for 40lb of fuel, equal to about 800k BTU is pretty horrible dollar to energy conversion. If you...

Bulk propane


The Politically Correct Western Media Keeps Covering Up Violent Attacks by Extremists "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

by Daisy Luther

All over the world, specifically motivated arson attacks, shootings, knifings, and gang violence eruptions are occurring. But mainstream media outlets in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the US Read the rest

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Despite its 70% Price Drop, Bitcoin Surpassed Gold in Settlement Volume "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Nic Carter, a well respected cryptocurrency researcher, has said that Bitcoin has surpassed the OTC gold market in settlement volumes, even amidst a 70 percent drop in its price. Bitcoin as a Better Medium of Exchange According to the clearing statistics of the London bullion market (LBMA), five major clearing members of the LPMCL including

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Raising Our Kids Near Their Grandparents Is The Greatest Gift We Could Ever Give Them "IndyWatch Feed Health"

If you think about it, human beings are the only species (with the exception of the occasional whale species) that actually have grandmas and grandpas that are invested and involved in childrens lives (1). Additionally, there are researched-backed benefits showing that having grandparents involved not only enriches the lives of the children but the parents... View Article

The post Raising Our Kids Near Their Grandparents Is The Greatest Gift We Could Ever Give Them appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.


SEC Slaps 'Fraudulent' ICO Founder With $30K Fine, Lifetime Ban "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The SEC has issued a cease-and-desist along with a $30,000 penalty to the founder of a token sale it called "fraudulent."


What causes Autism? This explanation might be the best weve heard! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dr. SuzanneHumphries is a good friend of ours and we absolutely love her. Check out the video below where she discusses the potential connection between vaccines and autism. She says there is an undeniable connection between the two, but that it does deeper than that. Find out what else is going on with most kids []

The post What causes Autism? This explanation might be the best weve heard! appeared first on Health Nut News.


24/7 Work Emails Are Making Your Entire Life Worse "IndyWatch Feed Health"

24/7 Work Emails Officially Make Your Entire Life Worse

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Bosses call it work flexibility, but the expectation to be accessible during non-work hours through our smart devices is really a chaotic (and unpaid) lack of boundaries that hurts the other parts of our lives.

You probably arent surprised. Getting work emails 24/7 can suck the life out of life whether you act upon them or not.

Thats not just me saying that. Researchers have definitively proven that the mere presence of work emails in our home-life negatively impacts our health, relationships and non-work life. 

As I said in my article about work productivity hacks, getting hit with work emails on your phone before you even get ready for your job can be a depressing start to your day.

How depressing? Researchers from Lehigh University want you to rethink your relationship with tech because personal relationships and home life suffer for those tied to their work emails round-the-clock.

They write:

The study is the first to test the relationship between organizational expectations to monitor work-related electronic communication during non-work hours and the health and...


Security, Loyalty Programs and the End of Overbooking: How Blockchain Could Help Airlines "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Airlines and airports are functioning on outdated methods of information collection and distribution. Its time to change it


Data Structures 101: Stacks "IndyWatch Feed Education"

Photo by Mathieu Turle on Unsplash

A Stack is the most elemental of the data structures in computer science.

Data structures are a way to organize our information. They provide a means of storing different types of data in unique ways and methods to access either all or distinct parts of it.

Starting with a Stack

Have you ever used a stack? Of course! Your email is a form of a stack, new mail comes in and is placed on top. When you finish reading the latest email, you remove it from the top. In development, whenever you call a function, that is placed on a stack in the engine that processes the code.

How we use stacks is a Last In, First Out processing system.

An analogy would be a recipe. Suppose we want to make a bowl of spaghetti. What are the steps?

  1. Get a pot
  2. Add water
  3. Bring water to a boil
  4. Add salt to the water
  5. Add spaghetti
  6. Cook spaghetti till tender

Now when the spaghetti is done, we have to get back to where we started, a clean kitchen. We need a method to organize our task list and help us get back to where we left off.

JavaScript is a single threaded language. In the simplest terms, it means it can only do one thing at a time, just like us. So how does our language of choice handle this in an organized way, Stacks?

As you can see, the stack is a clean way of handling tasks, removing them, and eventually getting back to the beginning.

Stacks come with a cost: memory. For every item we place on the stack, we allocate a stack frame to it. Think of an array index. Each index is allocated space to hold something. If we keep adding and adding to a stack, we hold the possibility of running out of space, like a parking lot that is full. When that happens, we have an overflow, hence, the term stack overflow. This can lead to crashes and stuck processes.

How do we reclaim memory? When an item is removed from the stack, JavaScript uses garbage collection to free up resources and reclaim the storage space previously used.


First, how do we store the data? What can we use in JavaScript to hold data? We can use native objects like arrays, which we are famili...


Data Structures 101: Queues "IndyWatch Feed Education"

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Starting with a Queue

When you go the Shake Shack, most often there are other people on the line waiting to be served. The customers are arranged in a particular order, First In, First Out. Other real-life scenarios are toll booths or wedding chapels in Vegas. This method of ordering data for service, in our case, people, is what Queues are all about.

Queues are very similar to Stacks regarding interface, with the difference being Stacks process data Last In, First Out.

So we have differences in the order of processingwhy? We need a different method of processing data that preserves the order. For example, suppose we have a stream of data in the node. As it comes in, we need to do something to it and then write it to a file to read later. For simplicity sake, lets say we need to capitalize every letter streamed. What would happen if we used a LIFO, or stack data structure?

The main reason is queues process data fairly and preserve the order of the collection. This also happens when we iterate over items with a for or while loop, forEach(), or map() method. Each item in the array gets processed in the order it was inserted, from index 0 to index.length1.

In Queues, items are processed in the order they are inserted.


A simple implementation using arrays is with the method shift() to remove from the front and unshift() to add the front.

Like my post on Stacks, we will describe the API for a Queue. Then well start with an implementation using the pseudoclassical method and a base object.

When an item is inserted into a queue, its called enqueued. When an item is removed, it is dequeued. Other methods include peek, contains, until, and count.

To track our items, we use the head for the front of the queue and tail for the back. The difference between the two gives the queue size.

Our Storage mechanism is as follows:

// _underscores indicate "private variables" to other engineers
const Queue = function(capacity) { = {};
this.capacity = capacity || Infinity;
this._head = 0;
this._tail = 0
let q = new Queue();
q; // Queue { storage: {}, capacity: Infinity, _head: 0, _tail: 0 }

To Enqueue:



Venezuela disintegrates as a new breed of pirates threaten the caribbean "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Any one who has been fallowing the Venezuela economic collapse is aware of what they have been going through .
After reading the article you see the valued things being stolen are food and medicines .
Ships that must anchor off coast are doing so as far as they can and shutting of the lights and engine to avoid detection ,even the coast guard there is suspect it seems seeing the police are taking money and bribes . There is no rule of law .
Those whom travel mexico and south America...

Venezuela disintegrates as a new breed of pirates threaten the caribbean


Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Invest in Axonis $32 Million Funding Round "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Enterprise focused blockchain startup Axoni has completed a $32 million Series B financing round led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners. In addition participating in the round have been Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group, among others. The round increases Axonis total venture capital financing to over $55 million to date, in accordance with the company. Coffers now full, the NY based Axoni said it is planning to use the funds to continue developing both its data synchronization technology and its ethereum compatible smart contracting terminology, AxLang, as well as to increase the number of goods relating to its auditable dispersed ledger based network, dubbed AxCore.

Greg Schvey, Chief executive officer of Axoni, added in a statement that the company will seek to enlarge the number of businesses which use its dispersed ledger technology. The adoption of dispersed ledger protocols on capital markets looks the first days of adopting TCP/IP for distributed business applications, commented C. Thomas Richardson, head of Market Structure and Electronic Trading Services at Wells Fargo Securities. Axoni raised $18m in a Series A round led by Wells Fargo in late 2016, with investors like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Andreessen Horowitz also taking part in that financing effort. The company demonstrated that Citi had later contributed an undisclosed amount in May 2017.

JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs took part in the litigation of an equity swaps DLT system in overdue 2017 that utilized Axonis AxCore platform. Most lately, Axoni teamed up with Clearmatics to issue a derivative contract on a blockchain and put it on another a milestone in blockchain interoperability. U.S. Dollars picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media store that strives for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Why the Cryptocurrency Bubble is Reminiscent of Hodling Amazon Stock: CoinShares CSO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

What a difference a few weeks can make. Just 21 days ago, the bitcoin price was trading above $8,400, riding what appeared to many to be the first wave of a new bull market. The bottom, the analysts said, was in. Now, midway through August, bitcoin is fighting just to hold above $6,000. The altcoin

The post Why the Cryptocurrency Bubble is Reminiscent of Hodling Amazon Stock: CoinShares CSO appeared first on CCN


Mothers as Makers of Death "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Stages in pregnancy as illustrated in the nineteenth-century medical text Nouvelles dmonstrations daccouchemens.


I wrote the first draft of my novel, Heartbreaker, in a ten-day mania in August of 2015 with a fist-sized bandage over my left ear; beneath it, a track of dark blue stitches. The smallest bone in the human body, my stapes bone, which is charged with conducting sound in the middle ear, had stopped working. I now had a thin hook of titanium fluttering in my head, and, in the on-switch manner of miracles, my hearing returned.

My husband had taken our two young sons on a road trip to a small cabin on the east coast of Canada. I could not lift anything heavy. I had to keep my heart rate low. I could not wash my hair and wore it in a knot shined with grease on top of my head.

I turned off my cell phone, unplugged our landline and disconnected from the internet. This was my plan. To be unreachable. Didnt Jonathan Franzen pour cement into his USB port and work in some kind of carpeted hell-mouth of a rental office to finishwhich one was it now, ah yesFreedom?

My husband could see that I had a novel inside of me, and it was a commotion, and the only way to settle it, was to write it and the only way to write it, was to be alone. I had not been alone in a decade. I had not been alone because I am a mother, and a mother is never alone. When she is washing, sleeping, raging, she is not alone. For a mother, this is the state of things. Children hang from your clothing. They pummel you with questions. Like a gunfight, like the most consuming love, like an apocalypse: they take up all of the available space.

I finally had my hearing checked when, pregnant with my second child, I could no longer hear my first sons dear, earliest words. (I would soon learn that my disease, the same one that befell Beethoven and Howard Hughes, was exacerbated by pregnancy.) I entered the testing booth, a grim room of knobs and wires, closed the heavy door behind me, sat down, and put on the too-tight headset. My audience of one, the audiologist, looked at me through the thick glass, her face evangelist-heavy with makeup. As I had been instructed, I pressed the button on the remote whenever I heard a tone or a word. I...


Gathering Storm off the Coast at Vinga Lighthouse,... "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Gathering Storm off the Coast at Vinga Lighthouse, Gothenburg
Carl Frederik Srensen, 1860


Coders Renew Efforts to Fork Mining Giant Bitmain Off Siacoin Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Coders on a smaller cryptocurrency protocol are showing why expansion might not be so easy for Bitmain, a mining giant that's soon to file for an IPO.


Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Markets Update: Bloody Crypto-Markets Suffer More Losses

Leading up until this Tuesday a great majority of cryptocurrency markets have lost considerable value over the past few days. Since our last markets update this past Saturday, the overall cryptocurrency capitalization as a whole has dropped significantly by losing $20 billion USD. All eyes will surely be fixed on digital asset charts this week as theres been a plague of bearish market sentiment cast over the entire crypto-economy.

Also read: Coingeek Speaks on Consensus Changes and Next-Gen ASIC Chip 

Theres Blood in the Crypto-Streets

When it comes to cryptocurrency markets today on August 14, theres an awful lot of blood in the streets. During yesterdays trading sessions, the entire cryptocurrency economy dropped under the sub-$200B zone and today the valuation is hovering around $195-199B. This is due to the extreme losses many digital currencies have suffered through over the past three days. A great majority of coins are seeing losses between 3-25 percent today as many assets have touched their previous bottoms or lower. Overall trade volume this Tuesday has increased, likely because prices are so low right now, and over the last 24-hours around $15.9B cryptocurrencies have been traded.



ICOs Can Prove Their Legitimacy Under New Crowdfunding Rules, Says EU Lawmaker "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

New draft regulatory framework for crowdfunding represents an opportunity for ICOs that want to prove their legitimacy, says EU lawmaker


Long leaf pine needles for baskets "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I have made a few baskets from pine needles, and have seen many really beautiful ones. The recent talk about plastic straw bans got me thinking about the long leaf pine as basket material again. Straws are the gauge for the rows of needles in basket making.

I found these for sale for around $50 to your door.

I'm not a basket maker, but if somebody wants to come get some for baskets you're welcome to them.

I think I burned a $1000 worth this afternoon....

Long leaf pine needles for baskets


Tell the Organic Trade Association: BASF and Cargill Do Not Belong "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tell the Organic Trade Association: BASF and Cargill Do Not Belong

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Recently, we wrote a report revealing that chemical company BASF was a member of the Organic Trade Association. It turns out, Cargill is, too!

How is this allowed to be?

That would be like a massive animal rights organization allowing trophy hunters and factory farm corporations to have a say in the direction of the organization. It just doesnt make any sense in a non-Twilight Zoney way.

For those who dont know, BASF is one of the largest producers of dicamba-based herbicide formulations, including Engenia recently released for GMO soybean and cotton crops. And YES this is the same concoction that helped destroy 3.6 million acres of crops (organic/conventional veggie gardens, private lawns and even trees) across the U.S.



The Parable of The Accessory Plant "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

Ive recently become obsessed with plants. Thats not to say that I havent always really liked plants, but a conversation this summer changed the way I saw them. A few months ago I had my friend Shane from Moss and Timber (if youre local to So. Utah you MUST check it out!!) come by the Merc and check out the window lighting. I knew I was going to invest pretty heavily in some large plants and wanted to make sure that I was getting the right kind for each place. Ive always heard about how important the right lighting conditions are, but never really cared all that much.

Maybe that is why they always died?


Rubber Plant | Vintage Revivals

Over the last few months Ive collected quite a few. My favorite one being a tall rubber plant that I put right in front of our north facing window. Almost immediately it sprouted new growth, and hasnt slowed (16 new leaves and still going strong!) It makes me feel like a freaking rockstar, even though Ive done nothing differently. I was in Moss and Timber bragging to Shane about it and he said something Ill never forget. Plants can either be an accessory or a friend. If you treat them like an accent piece they probably wont survive, but if you treat them like a friend, chances are youll have a lifelong companion. WUUUUUT. Once that little phrase was shared it was like one of those moments in a movie where all of your past comes rushing back and I could see plant after plant that had mercilessly suffered at my hands because it was more important to have it styled in a place where I wanted, than to give it a home where it needed to be.

Im such a jerk! RIP little buddies!



Breaking Italy Bridge Collapse 22 Dead Cataclysmic Event "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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[promoted] FlipNpiks Social Media Model: Boosting Incentives for Local Promotions "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

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Launched in 2009, the social networking app Foursquare was hailed as providing a cutting-edge approach for users to share their location with friends. Called a check-in, people would reveal their location through their mobile device by selecting the venue they were frequenting at that time.

The app grew immensely popular as users around the world accumulated points for spending time at their favorite retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, libraries or other venues. But the excitement around this movement soon abated as users began to realize that there was no utility around the points they had collected.

Now theres a startup called FlipNpik thats offering a new approach to this idea. This collaborative social media platform, dedicated to local businesses and connected to blockchain technology, allows users to monetize their social media engagement through a decentralized network where value is created and equitably distributed among FlipNpiks community.

Major drivers behind the companys creation were concerns on the part of small- to medium-sized businesses, particularly local ones, regarding the dominance of major advertising players like Facebook offering few promotional options to small enterprises with a limited budget. Predicated on the cultivation of mutually beneficial relationships, FlipNpik provides a robust setting for small businesses and community users to actively engage with one another in productive commerce.

Fostering a Two-Way Partnership

Through the use of FlipNpiks creatively designed platform, businesses are able to obtain visibility and promot...


USDA-backed factory farm takeover of organic milk production crushing family-scale farmers and forcing them out of business "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Newly Released Report, and Associated Organic Dairy Brand Scorecard, Enables Defrauded Consumers and Wholesale Buyers to Vote with Their Pocketbooks When commercialized in the 1980s, the organic dairy movement was viewed by many farmers as opting out of a rapacious agricultural marketing system that had already driven the majority of dairy farm families off the []

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Bitcoin Mining Monopoly Bitmain May Branch Out From Crypto "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrency investors are not getting any respite from the bearish mood of the market as, once again, Bitcoin dipped below $6,000 to reach a near 2018 low on Tuesday. The market has been hit by uncertainty over the upcoming cryptocurrency regulations from various jurisdictions across the world, and in the middle of all of this, arrives the rumours of Bitmains plans of cashing out of Bitcoin.

Bitmain IPO Could Create a New Tech Giant

Bitmain is a seller of ASIC chips and among the biggest cryptocurrency mining pools in the world. It reported a revenue of $2 billion in Q1 2018, and projects to achieve $10 billion in annual revenue, provided the cryptocurrency market does not tumble further. The company is now planning on an IPO for venturing into artificial intelligence, and it expects that it will generate 40% of its revenue in the next 5 years. The company has already closed a $100 million pre-IPO round.

The move is being looked at as the companys cashing out of the Bitcoin craze and venturing into other promising technologies. 2018 has witnessed declining demand for cryptocurrency mining hardware. While 2017 saw exponential growth of mining hashrates, this year has not been so favourable for cryptocurrency mining. Increasing prices of mining hardware, along with the substantial increase in mining difficulty has interrupted mining growth and led to a sharp dip in mining profits.

Some, on the other hand, feel that this might be the companys attempt at managing their investment in Bitcoin Cash (BCH), which is not very liquid at the moment. Blockstreams CSO tweeted on August 11 that massive losses are just around the corner as they have no idea how to maintain BCH, but are all-in.

Bitmain, however, has been taking initiatives to convince the audience of its emphasis on increasing transparency and fostering greater dialogues between the company and cryptocurrency communities. In July, it released a blog on the various measures it was going to implement to promote transparency in its operations. The company wrote that it was going to publish data every 30 days to let community me...


Video: Tetanus Infections "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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VIDEO: TETANUS INFECTIONS Most of us have dutifully gone to get a Tetanus shot when we stepped on a rusty nail, but few have any real concept of what Tetanus is and why it is dangerous.  So What is Tetanus? Tetanus (from the Greek word tetanos, meaning tight)  is an infection caused by the bacteria []


Costco Shopping Secrets That Can Save You Money "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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There are secrets to Costco that could save you real money. Thad Kleszcz, the general manager of the Culver City, California, location is revealing shopping secrets. For instance, the layout of the store is designed like a maze to make you walk the entire length of the store, back and forth. They want you to hunt for your items so you buy more along the way. Employees work tirelessly before the store opens moving merchandise around.


North Carolina State Bar Sues Vaccines Rights Attorney "IndyWatch Feed Food"

The North Carolina State Bar is suing vaccine-rights attorney Alan Phillips, in what Phillips claims is an unlawful proceeding designed to take his license.   And the Bar attorneys investigating Phillips are even suppressing good-faith complaints filed against them by Phillips and several vaccine groups, putting themselves above the law!

Phillips has spent 24 years helping not only his clients, but also other attorneys, legislators, and activists all over the country to defend their rights on all types of vaccine exemptions (birth, daycare, school, work, military, immigration, child custody disputes, international travel, etc.).  He is based in North Carolina, known as Vaccine Central in the pharmaceutical world.  Its critical that we help put a spotlight on the corruption and save this important resource for the alternative vaccine community.

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You can find out more at Phillips nonprofit Bar Watch site, 

The site has information about the case, options for donating to support Phillips defense, and links to online petitions for both attorneys and non-attorneys.  Please help support Phillips in whatever way you can.

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Crypto Market Decline Aggravates as Ripple and Ethereum Hit Yearly Lows "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The market is down $25 billion from yesterdays high of $219 billion, sliding to $193 at the time of writing. Altcoins have been hit hard with Ethereum down almost 18% overnight according to and hitting lows not seen since August 2017, now trading at $264. Ripple is also at a yearly low, down 14.33%

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We Must Teach Our Children In Self Defense | Active Self Protection "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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DW's 2018 Garden "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

2017 kept me much too busy either burying family members or actively plotting their demise to spend any time in the garden. I have vowed to focus my 2018 energies on my garden instead as I'm less likely to kill my plants than my remaining family. Except for my nephews. Coz they're awesome.

Most of my seeds are already started, tho the seed is a bit old and I question what my germination rate will be, particularly on the onions which were dated 2010. I have tons of seed, some still in the...

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Valentines Day Gifts For Her | Self-Defense Weapons For Women "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Looking for Valentine's Day gifts? If her safety and peace of mind matter to you, then show your undying love and affection by giving your lady self-defense weapons that she can carry. Choose the best Valentine's day gifts for her and let it be known that your love will always protect her.

If you're thinking of Valentine's Day gift ideas for your wife, girlfriend, daughter, or even your mom, then a reliable and concealable self-defense weapon is what you need. Weapons they can bring every day without the hassle or inconvenience of carrying it make thoughtful presents, because what you're really gifting them is a sense of security. Scroll down and choose what you think will suit her best.

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Customarily, a pen's sole duty is for writing, but when faced with imminent danger, it can also be a very powerful self-defense weapon. So this coming Valentine's Day, give your lady a tactical pen she can use for writing, but also to defend herself from any perpetrator. With these tactical pens, it clearly shows the pen is mightier than the sword. She'll love this exceptional pen Click HERE!

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Celebrating Roots: A New Orleans Guest House Infused with Cultural Influence "IndyWatch Feed Diy"

When it comes to booking travel accommodations nowadays, the options are endless. From boutique hotels, to budget-friendly hostels, exclusive resorts, and even Airbnb, its become easier to find places to stay that speak to your specific preference and travel needs. Budget is king when it comes to narrowing down where to stay when planning trips and vacations, closely followed by the desire for something clean, comfortable, and convenient. But what about those who want something a bit more unique?

If you are planning a trip to New Orleans, LA and are looking for somewhere to stay with a unique cultural aesthetic, youll want to add Hbitt Blnc to your list. I first discovered the amazing guest house of BOA a high-end furniture designer and owner of Oi Studio on Instagram and immediately wanted to know more about it. Im delighted to have BOA share more about Hbitt Blnc and how she infused her multicultural upbringing into its design.



Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst nights for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

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DMarket Brings Blockchain Innovation to Mass Gaming Audience "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Collaboration between the blockchain-based marketplace and a global entertainment giant benefits the whole gaming community.

DMarket Token (DMT) finished in July as one of the top performing cryptocurrencies anywhere in the world. Up nearly 300% at its peak, the DMT drew increased attention to the project it belongs to. DMarket is a global virtual items marketplace catering to the needs of the rapidly expanding video games virtual items industry. For those unfamiliar with the sector, it has raced past $15bn in annual purchases with double-digit yearly growth.

However, those games are not connected directly to DMarket blockchain. They belong to the Steam gaming ecosystem, and items from them are traded on DMarket through Steam accounts. This is not truly innovative because other platforms, such as Skins.Cash or BitSkins, provide similar functionality. The real breakthrough in digital items trading will happen when developers start to connect their games directly to DMarket blockchain.

Thats what DMarket is aiming for a global blockchain-powered ecosystem for trading virtual assets without any borders between different games and platforms. And thats why the most recent news from DMarket is probably more important than the token price fluctuations or current volume of Steam-dependent trade on the marketplace.

The truly ground-breaking news is DMarkets integration with global gaming giant Unity via an SDK which is already available on the global game development giants asset store. The partnership between Unity and DMarket allows any Unity-based game to easily connect to DMarket blockchain and make in-...


Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Invest in Axoni's $32 Million Funding Round "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Enterprise-focused blockchain startup Axoni has completed a $32 million Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs.


Is Fructose As Addictive and Harmful As Alcohol? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Millions of pounds are consumed annually, yet it may be more like a drug than a food and just as damaging and addictive as alcohol...

Fructose, which literally means "fruit sugar,"* sounds so sweet and innocent. And indeed, when incorporated into the diet in moderate amounts in the form of fruit always organic and raw, when possible it's about as pure and wholesome as any biomolecule inseparably complexed with vitamins, fiber, plant stem cells, antioxidants, etc. i.e. as a whole food, can get.  

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Holistic Dr Bradstreets brother needs help, please share far and wide. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from Erin: The dear holistic doctor, Jeff Bradstreets brother needs our help. Please share this story across your social media feeds.) RELATED STORY: Unintended Holistic Doctor Death Series: Over 90 Dead Thom Bradstreet, the late Dr. Jeff Bradstreets younger brother, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. A particular punch in the gut given the fact []

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Bitcoin Falls Through $6,000 Support as Xapo President Warns of Altcoin Extinction Event "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Bitcoins problems are nothing compared to the altcoin market threat, says Xapos Ted Rogers, with major alts losing 15 to 20 percent on the day


Breaking Man Runs Over 10 People In UK in London "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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Outside of the Parliament a man runs over 10 people with a car in London


WWI Steyr M95 Sniper Carbine "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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During World War One, Austria-Hungary produced about 13,000 sniper rifles and carbines and while the significant majority of these were full length rifles, the Empire was the only major power to produce a scoped sniper carbine during the war. These continued to be produced until about 1920 or 1921, to be used as war reparations to Italy. However, Italy never made use of them, and the vast majority were eventually scrapped. For this reason, they are very scarce rifles today.

Because the M95 loaded using a 5-round Mannlicher type en bloc clip, the scope on the M95 snipers had to be offset to the left of the action. Scopes from 5 different manufacturers were used, including many purchased form Germany in the early stages of the war. This particular one is a Reichert scope, but Kahles, Suss, Fuess, and Oigee were also used. Most, including this one, were of 3x magnification. The reticle is a German post type, with a dial adjustment on the scope for 100 to 600 meters, which moves the reticle vertically in the field of view.

Several numbers are stamped on the various parts of an M95 sniper. There will be an assembly number on the front scope base which should match the number on the right side of the rear scope ring. In addition to matching the scope to its base during assembly, this also indicates production number, as sniper rifles were numbered sequentially by AZF, where they were built. There will be another number on the left side of the rear scope ring, which should match the barrel serial number of the rifle or carbine.

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I want to get a high-quality, preferably a Mil-spec, poncho and liner but there is so much junk out there that I am afraid to order one. For example, on Amazon one guy says it was a 'authentic military liner with a real NSN tag' then the next guy from the same vendor says what he received was a Chinese knock off.

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Arthur Hayes $5,000 Prediction Draws Ever Closer As Market Drops "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

Cryptocurrency price predictions have become as plentiful as trees in a forest, but many never come to fruition. Nonetheless, with the crypto markets move lower, some have begun to believe that Arthur Hayes $5k prediction could be in store for Bitcoin.

From $5k To $50k Arthur Hayes Extreme Bitcoin Prediction

Arthur Hayes, the CEO of BitMEX and a passionate cryptocurrency proponent, has not been one to back down from a tough question. When queried about his prediction for the price of Bitcoin come the end of 2018, Hayes stated, albeit somewhat jokingly, that Bitcoin will reach $50,000. As reported by NewsBTC, he doubled down on this sentiment in late June, drawing attention to the potential for a positive regulatory decision that could bring the price of the foremost digital asset past $50,000. Hayes stated:

Absolutely [I stand by $50,000 prediction by 2018]. I think something [bitcoin] that goes up to $20,000 in one year can have a correction down to $6,000. I think we can find a bottom in the $3,000 to $5,000 range, but we are one positive regulatory decision away, maybe an ETF approved by the SEC, to climbing through $20,000 and even to $50,000 by the end of 2018.

As per a tweet from Frank Chaparro, a fintech-focused Business Insider reporter, Arthur Hayes prediction could still be in store for the cryptocurrency market.

As Bitcoin neared $8,000 in late July, Hayes made an appearance on CNBC to triple down on his ambitious prediction, this time drawing attention to the fact that if Bitcoin falls and holds $5,000, that the $50,000 rally could be possible. He later added that he expects for Q3 and Q4 to be when the party is going to start again, as summer months...


Emergency Radio Choices From Sangean, Midland, & C.Crane "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Do you have an emergency radio? I own radios from all three of the following companies. Each of them has proven to be quality choices. Sangean Midland C.Crane Co. While there are portable emergency radios in various price ranges, you may need to spend around $50 to get one into the realm of quality (generally speaking). While the $100-$200 range buys top-of-the-line, I thought I would look at the $50 range in this article   What Is An Emergency Radio? They are designed to be used during a power outage or any other such time of emergency

Original source: Emergency Radio Choices From Sangean, Midland, & C.Crane


McAfees Unhackable Bitfi Wallet Hacked Again, Security Researchers Await Bounty "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

On the home page of hardware wallet Bitfis website, it is hard to miss these words attributed to the companys chairman, John McAfee: The worlds first un-hackable storage for cryptocurrency & digital assets. But for the umpteenth time, the security of the hardware wallet has been severely compromised. In the most recent incident according to

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Prescripticide: A Proposal for Action and a Request for Your Help "IndyWatch Feed Health"

We here are all aware that the medical model of mental illness, aka biological psychiatry, continues to dominate our system of treatment for individuals in emotional distress and for persons whose behavior is perceived to be annoyingly aberrant by others. Despite massive amounts of evidence which, in a fair world, would and should undermine this status quo, the pharmaceutical/psychiatric complex has worked tenaciously to create, maintain, and extend the dominant system which has led, as a consequence, to support from mainstream media, courts, the entertainment industry, the general public, and, it seems, every elected national official. This is despite the best efforts of many including dissident mental health practitioners, academics, journalists, and individuals who have been consigned to, and have survived, the prevailing mental health system to reform or eliminate the present system and replace it with one placing greater emphasis on ethical values, respectful treatment, and practices more likely to help clients have satisfactory lives and flourish. To date little progress has been made toward that end.

It is clear that the failed system of biological psychiatry and the harm it imposes upon its clientele will not be rectified until 1) It is perceived publicly to be of problematic concern upon the national stage, and 2) The factor, or factors, which have most successfully protected it from influential and persuasive assaults on its power and authority can be identified and neutralized.

Based on writings and talks by UCLA professor David Cohen, it appears that the primary factor which protects psychiatrys unwarranted police power and authority, and trust in its unsupported scientific claims, is that it is perceived as performing the function, not so much of assisting emotionally upset and confused individuals, but of shielding society from folks who appear disturbing, irritating and are, especially, believed to be dangerous. In fact, our social culture appears more than willing to ignore the harm perpetrated by the medical model of emotional distress and behavior, and the damage created by its pharmaceutical cures, so long as it retains a belief in and continues to value the extra-legal power it grants psychiatry to shock, drug, and incarcerate otherwise innocent individuals as necessary activities to protect society.

It would seem, then, that one logical step toward reducing societys trust in biological psychiatrys power to protect the public would be to reveal what appears to be strong evidence of a significant correlation, and in some instances, an actual causal relationship, between the use of prescribed psychoactive drugs and the commission of violent acts against oneself or others. This begs the question of by what means might this relationship of drugs to violence be brought to public attention, given the trust granted biological psyc...


Man Discovers Boa Constrictor in Car Hood: My Heart Stopped "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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When Joe Reed, 27, opened his the hood of his car in Massachusetts, he found a coiled red tail boa constrictor staring back at him. It turns out the reptile escaped his cage at a neighbors house, and it took two cops and Reed to get it out. The owner came forward and claimed him from police. Jim Horton is the owner of QualityPro Pest and Wildlife Services in New York and hes found all sorts of critters inside cars. According to Horton, animals are drawn by the heat that the engines give off.


Major Victory Sweeps the EU This Country, Not so Lucky "IndyWatch Feed Health"

For an entire week each year, I focus on the campaign to end dental amalgam. Those silver fillings are really mercury fillings, and their use in America and around the world needs to stop for health reasons, for environmental reasons, for workplace safety reasons and for social justice reasons. We have a united worldwide []

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Firm Behind Japanese Cryptocurrency Spindle to Relocate to London Amid Investigation "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

The Japanese cryptocurrency Spindle, known for being promoted by the Japanese popular singer, actor and talent Gakuto Oshiro (45), aka GACKT, has announced its withdrawing from Tokyo to relocate its headquarters in London, amidst rumors that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police is investigating unregistered sales of cryptocurrencies made by the company.

Also read: J-Pop Star GACKT Caught Between Crypto Company Spindle and Ministers Gaffe

Japan Unsuitable for Crypto Business

GACKT told in an interview online that there is a considerable disparity in Japan compared to overseas in regard to crypto, explaining, Black Star&Co. decided to move to London, where it originally started, because [in Japan] it takes a tremendous amount of time for various procedures to take place. [They decided] it would not be suitable for a cryptocurrency business, which essentially needs to be speedy, to remain in such an environment.

Japanese Cryptocurrency Spindle to Relocate in London Amid InvestigationGACKT

Black Star&Co, the developer company behind Spindle, said i...


Satirizing Identity Politics: An Interview with Lexi Freiman "IndyWatch Feed Literature"

Lexi Freiman.


I first encountered Lexi Freimans work in a workshop at Columbia University. She had written a short story about a woman in a shifting, phantasmagoric relationship with a man whom the narration treated at some times as a nemesis and at others as a luminous object of desire. One scene from that story, where the female protagonist tends to her lovers clogged pores while cycling through states of adoration and fear, will stick in my mind until the day my mind ends. Though Im not even sure that Lexi remembers that story or my visceral, enthusiastic reaction to it, the piece is a perfect example of what I find most interesting about her work: its creativity, its dextrous and controlled use of surprise, its willingness to peer deeply into the realm of the improper. In her debut novel, Inappropriation, Lexi tells the story of Ziggy, a misfit teen at a swanky Australian private school whose search for identity leads her to New Agey communes and right-wing chat rooms and a series of increasingly problematic decisions. We sat down recentlyat separate computers in separate placesto discuss, over email, cyborgs and teenagers and the risky rewards of satire.



One thing that really stands out about your novel is its sense of humor, its willingness to poke fun. These days, its common to say that our political moment is so outlandish that its impossible to satirizeat times it feels like theres an entirely new genre of think piece focused on the difficulties of comedians and comedy writers trying to take on the Trump administration. And yet your book succeeds at being both tremendously contemporary and savagely funny, a bit of fresh air. What moved you to write a satirical novel? What do we gain when we view our...


10 Numbers That Prove That Americas Current Financial Condition Is A Horror Show "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This report was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

Americas long-term balance sheet numbers just continue to get progressively worse.  Unfortunately, since the stock market has been soaring and the GDP numbers look okay, most Americans assume that the U.S. economy is doing just fine.  But the stock market was soaring and the GDP numbers looked okay just prior to the great financial crisis of 2008 as well, and we saw how that turned out.  The truth is that GDP is not the best measure for the health of the economy.  Judging the U.S. economy by GDP is basically like measuring the financial health of an individual by how much money he or she spends, and I will attempt to illustrate that in this article.

If I went out right now and got a whole bunch of new credit cards and started spending money like there was no tomorrow, would that mean that my financial condition had improved?

No, in fact it would mean that my long-term financial condition just got a whole lot worse.

GDP is a measurement of how much economic activity is happening in our society, and it is basically an indication of how much money is changing hands.

But just because more money is changing hands does not mean that things are going well.  What really matters is what is happening to assets and liabilities.  In other words, is wealth being built or is more debt just being accumulated?

Sadly, there are only a handful of bright spots in our economy.  A couple of very large tech companies such as Apple are accumulating wealth, but just about everywhere else you look debt is growing at an unprecedented pace.  Household debt has never been higher, corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, state and local government debt is at record highs, and the U.S. national debt is wildly out of control.

If I went out tomorrow and spent $20,000 with a bunch of new credit cards, I could claim that my personal GDP was soaring because I was spending a lot more money then before.  But my boasting would be pointless because in reality I would just be putting my family in an extremely precarious financial position.

Economic growth that is produced by continually increasing amounts of debt is not a positive thing.  I wish that more people understood this very basic concept.  The following...


How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

How to Grow Potatoes in a BucketPotatoes are an excellent source of food for a prepper garden. Nutritionally, a large potato has 280 calories and 63 grams of carbohydrate and seven grams of protein. Root vegetables Read More


Fantasy Football League to Raise $100 Million in Crypto ICO "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

A blockchain startup wants to raise nearly $100 million dollars to create a new form of fantasy football aimed to bring fans together.


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