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offsite link Few items, more to come soon Fri Oct 22, 2021 17:07 | The Saker
First, please read this analysis from Andrei Martyanov: https://smoothiex12.blogspo... Second, Putin’s speech: probably the most important in his career!  We will post the full text when the translators in the

offsite link From Russia, With (Taliban) Love Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:05 | amarynth
Asia’s powerbrokers dropped an Afghan bombshell in Moscow today: ‘the country’s reconstruction must be paid for by its military occupiers of 20 years.’ By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/10/21 ? Open Thread Thu Oct 21, 2021 19:00 | herb
2021/10/21 18:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Russian President Vladimir Putin is participating in the plenary session of the 18th Annual Meeting ... Thu Oct 21, 2021 18:46 | amarynth
Russian President Vladimir Putin is participating in the plenary session of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi. Theme:  ?Global Shake-Up in the 21st Century: The

offsite link The Grayzone ? Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire with Michael Hudson ? UPD... Thu Oct 21, 2021 14:29 | amarynth
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with economist Michael Hudson about his book “Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire.” Professor Hudson just published a 3rd edition that updates

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The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Government Officials Continue to Tell Half the Story on Covid Statistics Thu Oct 21, 2021 19:01 | Michael Curzon
The U.K. Statistics Authority says of official misrepresentation of data that "we?ve intervened more during the pandemic and made more comments than in the years before?. So why are the same mistakes made over and over?
The post Government Officials Continue to Tell Half the Story on Covid Statistics appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Psychology Student Looking For Non-Mask Wearers to Interview For Dissertation Thu Oct 21, 2021 16:22 | Toby Young
A student at the University of Highlands and Islands is looking for mask refuseniks to participate in a research survey for his dissertation in psychology. Click here to find the link and complete the survey.
The post Psychology Student Looking For Non-Mask Wearers to Interview For Dissertation appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The Threat of Lockdown ?Hangs Like a Sword of Damocles?, Writes Laura Dodsworth Thu Oct 21, 2021 13:34 | Michael Curzon
Laura Dodsworth has written a good piece in which she argues that the threat of lockdown "hangs like a Sword of Damocles", 'nudging' us into courses of action we wouldn't otherwise take.
The post The Threat of Lockdown ?Hangs Like a Sword of Damocles?, Writes Laura Dodsworth appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link If Another Lockdown is Imposed, or Vaccine Passports are Introduced, the Government Will Use the Alm... Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:13 | Toby Young
We're publishing a guest post today by Daily Sceptic regular Dr. David McGrogan, an Associate Law Professor, about the Government's reliance on the Public Health Act 1984 to railroad through all the Covid restrictions.
The post If Another Lockdown is Imposed, or Vaccine Passports are Introduced, the Government Will Use the Almost Unlimited Powers Granted to it by the Public Health Act appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Rishi Sunak Expected to Extend Covid Recovery Loan Scheme Thu Oct 21, 2021 07:25 | Michael Curzon
The Chancellor is expected to announce an extension to the Government's Covid recovery loan scheme, which was set to end on December 31st, in his budget speech next week.
The post Rishi Sunak Expected to Extend Covid Recovery Loan Scheme appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Rapprochement between USA and Saudi Arabia Fri Oct 22, 2021 18:15 | en

offsite link Bashar al-Assad is no longer objectionable Fri Oct 22, 2021 17:37 | en

offsite link Mali accuses France of training the terrorists it professes to fight Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:19 | en

offsite link The Western economic system is coming to an end, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Oct 19, 2021 08:58 | en

offsite link Apple intends to rummage through your smartphone ... without your knowledge Sun Oct 17, 2021 17:03 | en

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Minutes for Oct 20th 2007

This meeting took place on Saturday, 20th of October 2007. Note: This page has still be to properly formatted.
Agenda was:

1) Recent Resignations
General discussion over problems and perspectives took place

* Proposal regarding blog section put forward. It was agreed in principle to look at setting up a selected feed of blogs with compatible principles. Exactly how this will be incorporated into site will be decided when we have done more work on the idea and have seen if there is any interest amongst bloggers. Chekov will try to come up with a preliminary list of bloggers to invite and will attempt to see if there is any interest.

2) Discussion of "other press" category
* Proposal to loosen restrictions on other press type and not to require summaries defeated
* Counter-proposal to tighten restrictions and ensure that they are properly followed unanimously agreed.

3) Outreach
* Unanimously agreed to carry out outreach project involving the circulation of leaflets with information promoting indymedia prepared by Reddy.
* Project will target NGOs, with particular focus on women's groups.
* Anthony will coordinate writing of the text to fill the leaflet
* Mark volunteered to coordinate distribution list
* It was also noted that we need new editors and writers.
* It was agreed that we should hold an event, hopefully for the release of eamonn crudden's new film, including a feature and article writing workshop. (padraig agreed to contact eamonn, seomra spraoi and william H. regarding this).
* Also agreed to hold a day-long event in and around next february to promote indymedia and to raise money. Chekov will coordinate.

4) IP Moniter
* Use of the IP monitor was discussed and the following protocal was agreed: - any moderator can turn it on when they deem it necessary, but they must indicate a reason for the banning (the reason will appear in the edit log and the editor message page). - Any moderator can ban somebody for any length of time, but they must mail the list to indicate the reason for their action and justify the length of the ban. - A proper, worked out schedule for this stuff can be derived from practice. - terry will implemenet the necessary code-changes

5) Video.indymedia.ie
* Ant proposed running an experimental video-uploading site - agreed by all, but we will need to see how it works before there is any integration with current site
* Terry will investigate safe ways of allowing users to embed youtube videos.

6) Finances
* roughly 2,000 in bank - will see us through till next spring in hosting
* chekov will try to re-invigorate "friends of indymedia" idea for february conference.

7) List Administration
* Terry to take over from ant as main list admin, ant will help out with some moderation
* need more volunteers

8) New style front page
* Reddy's proposal for a new style front page (a la NYC) was agreed in principal, but we need to see mock ups and an actual design before we can decide anything.

9) Items put off until next meeting
* site enhancements

Next Meeting: November 14th, 7.30pm, Grehans.

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