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A Brazilian court ordered Apple, Google and Microsoft to delete the Secret app (and a similar one) from their app stores.
The Apple and Microsoft operating systems are proprietary and full of malware, too, as is Google Play which is part of Android.
Notwithstanding that, this court decision is oppression, pure and simple. But what makes the decision so damaging is that Apple and Microsoft have built censorship of apps into their operating systems. Now Brazil is using their censorship systems for its own purposes.
In 1950, the UK establishment confronted democracy to maintain its power. Nowadays, it has achieved such superiority over democracy that there is nothing to restrain its power.
In the US, the confrontation dated from 1932 to 1980, and some details of the establishment are different, but the result is the same.
Fighting ISIS in a way that is effective in the long term is not such a simple thing. Previous interventions backfired, and ISIS is the result.
Although fighting ISIS can hurt it tactically, in the long term military opposition that enrages foreign Sunnis is what ISIS thrives on.
The leaders of ISIS seem to want to encourage a big US intervention, and that is why they publish provocative videos of real or pretended beheadings.
They also want to encourage Shi'ite hatred that will frighten Iraqi Sunnis.
Hillary Clinton went to a GMO convention and gave GMOs her full support, repeating the false talking points of the GMO companies.
In the US: petition major organic dairies to drop out of the organization that is supporting the lawsuit to overturn Vermont's GMO labeling law.
Women report that men's verbal confrontation is occasionally followed by their physical aggression, often enough that the verbal confrontation makes them scared physical aggression will follow.
I don't understand those men's attitude towards women. It seems to be a mixture of desire, hatred and contempt. I have never felt that way towards anyone, but I am compelled by women's testimony to believe that some men do.
Nonetheless, expressions of emotion are not physical attacks. The two are not morally equivalent. If some insults lead to an assault, that doesn't mean an insult is as bad as an assault.
Uri Avnery: The War for Nothing.
It is interesting that the rockets fired from Hamas, although they rarely injure a person, made life so unpleasant in the farms near the border of Gaza that people began to move away.
Israel has no right to order Gazans to stay away from the border on pain of being shot without warning. Israel does have the right to evacuate the land on its own side of the border. If Israel wants a buffer zone, that is the legitimate way to make one.
A UK man was sentenced to about 3 years in prison for redistributing copies of a movie.
Someone pointed out that this is as much as the usual penalty for convicted rapists.
This redistribution was done commercially. I don't advocate legalization of commercial redistribution of copyrighted works without authorization. Works made to be used in a practical way should all be free but this was a work of fiction, not a functional work. So I don't think what Danks did has to be legalized.
However, the companies that the UK government caters to would have told it to jail him just the same if he had not tried to make one penny.
Please don't refer to unauthorized copying with the smear term, "piracy". Movie piracy is what you see in Captain Blood.
Most Americans want it to be illegal to allow children to play outside alone.
This shows how far the American insanity about children has gone.
Another foolish overreaction: a foreign tourist who climbed a tower on the Brooklyn Bridge faces criminal charges. He is likely to be jailed for years before trial.
Canadian scientists are required to get 9 levels of approval before they can tell the public how much Arctic ice has melted.
Anyone can make a mistake, but there should be zero tolerance for insisting on mistreating someone based on a mistake that has been recognized. All the people who did so should be fired.
States which had legalized medical marijuana, in 2010, had significantly fewer deaths from opioid pain-killers.
A US hedge fund appears to have given Mugabe the money for his terror campaign that undid the opposition's electoral victory.
A thug in Texas killed a teenager who reasonably thought the thug was an armed thief and tried to drive away. The thug faces no charges.
An executive order made by President Reagan, which ostensibly allows spying on foreigners, is used today mainly to collect data about Americans.
The article repeats the absurd nostrum that terrorists such as al Qa'ida threatened the existence of the US. This is a ridiculous exaggeration — what they could directly do was too small to eliminate the US, and the only way they could do great harm was if the US reacted self-destructively (which it did). Since this ridiculous exaggeration was the excuse for Dubya's attacks on US human rights, and on Iraq, we must not let it pass as true. We must refute it even when someone else mentions it only in passing.
President Reagan other horrible things. He betrayed his country by supplying weapons to terrorists as ransom for the hostages they had taken. He attacked the non-rich, setting the US on the path towards today's plutocracy and expanding poverty.
Republican candidates for the senate met with rich donors and confessed their undying gratitude and loyalty to the money.
US citizens: call for an end to tax write-offs on penalties to corporations.
We certainly can't trust thugs to follow rules, or laws.
Some major social networks tend to silence a dissenting few, on any issue.
This is why it helps us greatly if you insist on calling the GNU/Linux system "GNU/Linux" and refuse to be intimidated by those who erroneously call it "Linux".
Intimidation by Imran Khan's opposition party is driving a Pakistani TV station mostly off the air.
The ICC says that it can investigate war crimes in Gaza if it gets a request from the government of Palestine.
I don't know whether it really needs that request or is passing the buck. I am sure the US is putting pressure on Palestine not to give the ICC jurisdiction.
ISIS uses waterboarding on prisoners, following the US example.
Intelligence agencies have every reason to overestimate the danger of terrorism.
Not to mention that it provides an excuse to do to us what they want to do anyway: spy on everyone's communications and movements.
I hope they win, but if they do, they will only get compensation from the city. The guilty won't be punished.
US citizens: call on state officials to ditch ALEC.
On US TV, the political "debate" shows don't invite, or even mention, union leaders.
The libertarian ideology stubbornly opposes all solutions to problems such as public health and global heating.
US sanctions against Iran continue to make necessary medicines unavailable there.
The UK says that Russia has sent 80 tanks and lots of soldiers into Ukraine.
Hong Kong has launched accusations of bribery against a media mogul that campaigns for democracy.
Plutocrats want the benefits of socialism for them, plus "small government" to strand the rest of us.
The number of manatees in Florida has increased greatly since they were protected, so the question is whether to designate them as "threatened" rather than "endangered".
A species can't survive if its habitat is wiped out. The US often protects one endearing endangered species as a way of protecting the whole ecosystem, including many other species, that it lives in. It seems that manatees are an example of this. The existing restrictions enable manatees to coexist with human water activities, but this redesignation would permit land development that could wipe out all of them.
E-Cigarettes Should Be Called 'Nicotine Sticks' to Curb Appeal, Experts Say.
I suggest calling them "nicotine inhalers" and designing them to look like the inhalers for other drugs — totally un-cool.
US citizens: tell Hillary Clinton to stop supporting Monsanto and GMOs.
Syrian rebels have taken UN peacekeepers hostage.
The GMO industry is trying to get Reuters journalist Carey Gillam fired or transferred, part of a general pattern of trying to silence criticism.
Getting just one in your nose can be fatal.
Victims of US-managed kidnaping and torture call on Obama to release the Senate's torture investigation report.
ISIS killed 200 Syrian soldiers that it had captured, according to its supporters.
Even supposing the report is inaccurate, it shows what ISIS would like to do.
A prohibition on cohabitation, effectively Mormon polygamous marriages though not saying so, has been overturned in a court.
There is a secular polyamory community, which I support. We believe that polyamorous relationships are legitimate; we know they can be happy, and don't lead particularly to problems. I see no valid grounds for the prohibition that was just overturned.
However, the critics of Mormon polygamy say it is a system of oppression of women and children. Are they right? If so, how can those facts be reconciled with secular polyamorous experience? Are these relationships bad in a hidden way? Is there a crucial difference, that causes secular polyamory to have better results than Mormon ones? Is it a matter of different ways of judging whether a relationship is good or bad?
Elizabeth Warren is right wing in regard to Israel's occupation of Palestine.
Muslim and Jewish leaders in Britain say, let's export peace to Gaza.
Australia's next offensive for the fossil fuel companies is to eliminate new spending on conversion to renewable energy.
Market Basket's old CEO, that customers and workers supported, has returned.
How the US government's basic error leads to underestimating the CO2 emissions from Keystone XL.
Renewable energy now generates 22% of electricity, but politicians are working hard to slow the growth rate.
When you compare the cost of renewable energy subsidies with the damage global heating will do, the former is clearly less. It's also much less than the fossil fuel subsidies, which the same politicians don't complain about. Clearly that cost is not the real reason.
I think the reason for this is fossil fuel company money.
The Australian government's next excuse to step on the downtrodden: punishing those who miss a job interview.
The Ukrainian army says that the Russian army has invaded and is attacking the city of Mariupol, after weeks of bombardment from Russian territory.
It appears that Putin has decided on a real covert war of conquest, not the provocation/distraction from Crimea that I thought this was.
Not all safety advice constitutes victim-blaming.
The question of whether to intervene in Iraq includes questions about what sort of intervention it would be, and with what goal.
The Obama regime, obedient to the banksters as usual, fined Goldman Sachs for fraud, but will allow Goldman Sachs to deduct the fine from its taxes and recover 1/3 of it.
Shaker Aamer, held without charges in Guantanamo, is now being beaten daily by the guards as punishment for protesting his imprisonment.
When Assad faced a campaign of peaceful protests for human rights, that campaign merited support on ethical grounds. Today's situation is totally different.
When a violent uprising started in parallel with that campaign, Assad said it was started by Islamists, and that may have been true. Once the fighting started, various Sunni groups, reportedly less fanatical, joined in; but they have been eclipsed by the jihadi groups funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
That the US does not have to fight all these dictators does not mean it must or should give them strong support, as it does now.
The reasons the US government has stated for supporting so many Arab dictators and monarchs are: to oppose the Soviet Union (obsolete), and to promote stability. Ironically, this practice has had the effect, across decades, of enabling Islamist fanatics to win the support of those who oppose the dictators and monarchs for other reasons.
The indefinite cease-fire in Gaza includes some relaxation of the siege, but not entirely.
The UK thugs didn't bother investigating the murder of Ricky Reel, apparently for racist motives, because they were too busy investigating his family as they campaigned for a proper investigation of the murder.
Universities were once considered a way to benefit society by spreading learning and giving the non-rich a path to advance; now they mainly maintain the elite status quo.
In an Australian state, one party proposes to escalate the war on drugs.
I think it is a bad idea to use methamphetamine, but the war on drugs does worse harm than the drugs.
New coal-fired electric plants in Europe threatens to wipe out all its savings in CO2 emissions.
If solar power and more advanced batteries catch on, these plants will be lost investments. I suspect that the owners are getting a subsidy to build them, or a loan from the state that will never be repaid if the plants become unnecessary.
Everyone: call on Burger King to drop its tax dodging plan.
US citizens: call for protection of monarch butterflies, whose numbers have fallen by 90%.
Please don't distort the formerly useful word "decimate". It means killing ten percent of something. (The Romans used this as a punishment for military units that mutinied and then surrendered.) What we have done to the monarch butterflies is far worse than decimation.
The ban on GMOs in Kaua'i was overturned in court.
A Koch brothers front group claims that net neutrality is "marxist".
The Koch brothers figure that any absurd claim will pass for true if they get enough organizations to say it often enough.
Three Vietnamese activists who protested for democracy were jailed for "obstructing traffic".
The UN reports on the atrocities in Syria, committed by Assad's army and by ISIS.
The City of London has a police force that fights the War on Sharing, illegally.
The City of London is a small part of London that acts as a political arm of the banksters. It is the enemy of democracy.
The UK has very little no social mobility. Here are some of the causes.
The situation in the US is similar overall. Social mobility has gone way down since 50 years ago.
A security guard in Australia was declared a "security risk" for having a sign on her car that criticized the danger of coal dust.
The greatest irony is that these ports endanger the security of Australians far more than any individual could.
New pun in spanish.
US citizens: call on the Department of Transportation to recognize that Americans drive a little less every year, and stop wasting money on unnecessary roads.
Detroit has resumed disconnecting poor people from water supply.
Some people have restored their own connections. Bravo!
Greg Palast: oil companies destroyed the swamp that protected New Orleans from hurricanes, and an oil company shut down the research center that tried to warn people of the danger.
A woman in Indiana faces many years' imprisonment for taking drugs to cause an abortion.
Young people who were in Fukushima at the time of the meltdown show a high rate of thyroid cancer.
Bus deregulation in the UK (outside London) resulted in high fares and bad service.
This suggests to me that buses need a subsidy, and that deregulation meant elimination of the subsidy. Does anyone know?
Countries and criminals around the world are tracking people's movements through portable phones.
This is why I don't have one.
The NSA can figure out that two people know each other by seeing that their cell phones are in close proximity.
Pipeline protesters in Michigan locked themselves to trucks to block construction of an oil pipeline.
But I think it is the extreme manifestation of an attitude that many thugs have in a less egregious form.
How AT&T buys the support of grass-roots organizations for its campaign against net neutrality.
Wisconsin Governor Walker actively raised funds for supposedly independent groups that were going to use the funds to promote voting for him.
Russia admitted its soldiers were in Ukraine, and reporters trying to investigate reported secret graves in Russia of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were attacked.
Hypersonic weapons now being developed by the US, China and Russia would put the world on a hair trigger and could even be mistaken for a nuclear attack.
It would be smarter to sign a treaty to ban them, but the US government generally refuses, assuming it will have the advantage.
Everyone: phone Lisa Kershner, General Area Manager of Oakland Marriott City Center and Oakland Convention Center, at 1-510-466-6410, and say you object to their support for the "Urban Shield" event which promotes military weapons for use on US streets and in US homes.
The mayor's statement combines two points which don't really fit together. The suggestion to be careful where you go at 06:00 is wise, not just for women, and not just in regard to rape. There are places in Cambridge where I hesitate to walk when it is dark or deserted, because I don't want to be robbed.
To give this advice for avoiding rape does not excuse rape, any more than giving this advice for avoiding robbery excuses robbery. Safety advice does not inherently involve blaming the victim.
But sometimes it does. In the case of that mayor, for instance. When the mayor combines safety advice with claims about unlikely false accusations of rape, it is clear that he intends to attack women and is looking for pretexts.
Palestine calls on various countries to investigate the participation of their citizens (who are soldiers in the Israeli army) in Israel war crimes.
Dalit women who refuse to collect toilet waste face threats of attack from higher-caste people who demand this service.
WHO calls for regulation of e-cigarettes.
Ukraine says its army has captured Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine alongside rebels.
Israel's total destruction of tall buildings in Gaza is an intentional collective punishment of civilians. This is proved by the fact that Israel can, and in the past did, attack particular apartments without destroying the whole building.
If Argentina surrenders to the vultures, it may be forced to surrender a lot of land to foreign powers.
The UK government is fabricating absurd excuses to evade responsibility for undercover thug infiltrators that formed sexual relationships with activists, much as it is fabricating absurd excuses to evade responsibility for aiding US torture.
A prominent Tory wants to apply "guilty unless proven innocent" to anyone that goes to Syria or Iraq.
The NSA maintains a huge database of who talks with whom, including Americans as well as foreigners, and makes it available to several government agencies for all sorts of investigations.
Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian human rights defender and feminist and member of the Palestinian parliament, has been arbitrarily exiled by Israel's army from Ramallah to a distant part of the West Bank.
ISIS massacred Shi'ite prisoners in Mosul after telling them they were about to be released. This lie reminds me of the lies Nazis told to Jews to get them to cooperate with being killed.
I suspect the purpose of this massacre was to provoke Shi'ite militias to massacre Sunnis and thus force Sunnis to support ISIS.
Germany may be forced to allow euro-austerity to stop.
A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector says that the NRC is ignoring its safety guidelines regarding the safety of the Diablo Canyon reactor in case of earthquake.
In Macao, an unofficial poll of citizens satisfaction with the chief official was shut down forcibly, based on an absurd pretext as usual.
Strong and harsh reactions to the spreading of Islamist ideology can backfire (not to mention that they can violate human rights).
Short-term events and cycles explain the short-term discrepancy in heating of the Earth's surface since 2000, showing that the climate models were correct overall for the long term.
Cameron wants to grab at the ISIS provocation to start another open-ended "war on terror".
As the article says, this is strategically foolish; but it's a great excuse to smash what remains of civil liberties with "anti-terrorist" laws which can then be turned against dissidents, journalists, and journalists' spouses.
The University of Illinois confirmed that it cancelled its faculty offer to Steven Salaita because he had criticized on Twitter the Israeli occupation pf Palestine.
I asked someone to find me a sample of his tweets; these are what I received.
I try my best to remember that we don't just stumble into political consciousness; it's better to teach than to berate or shame.I don't see anything here that legitimately justifies taking away a teacher's job.
"Hamas" is the biggest red herring in American political discourse since Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction."
When will the attack on #Gazaend? What is left for #Israelto prove? Who is left for Israel to kill? This is the logic of genocide.
Members of the Knesset routinely call for the elimination of Palestinians, so #Israel can spare us the bullshit about restraint in #Gaza.
#Israelgets billions in aid, arms, and financial subsidies from the US, yet most Americans condemn imaginary Black women for welfare.
Rednecks need a new slogan. Instead of "kick their ass and take their gas," how about "#Gazais a disaster, but Netanyahu is my master"?
Republicans are such tough guys, eager to kill 4 God and country. #Israel slaps around the US of A, though, and all they do is ask for more.
The dude who wrote the genocide is permissible article has an egg avatar. Total hasbara troll.
I just got an email condemning my "slander of holy Israel." I reckon I can accept "slander," but "holy" seems a bit out of place.
As Scotland votes about independence, one Englishman is envious, wishing England had the chance to escape from its sham democracy.
What this says to me is that independence for Scotland is a side issue. All of the UK needs to real democracy.
Entrenched systematic bigotry means that
systematically happen to the group on the receiving end.
Harbors around the world have
fibers in the water, which can harm fish.
It will take a lot of work to find out how these fibers affect various
species of fish.
David Barron, now Federal Judge Barron, was in an awful rush to
a US citizen with no criminal charges based on nothing but
We know how a president can
intelligence reports around whatever result he seeks, so this is
of young Britons would be happy to show their social media
profiles to employers if pressured to do so.
The report says "in exchange for job security", which sounds like a
benefit; but since employers can reduce job security to zero if they
wish, in practice it means, "If you don't show us, you'll be fired (or
It should be illegal for employers to even ask.
The outcome of trials in Florida is affected by the race of the people
in the jury pool,
a strange way.
If all the jury pool is white, black defendants are more likely to get
convicted than white defendants. But if at least one black person shows
up for the jury pool, the disparity disappears — even a jury is
made up only of whites.
I think it would be legitimate to arrange for partial racial balance
in jury pools if that eliminates demonstrated unfairness in trial
The study that found damage in animals that were exposed to Roundup,
or that ate Roundup-ready GMO corn, has been
The journal that published it first later
it in suspicious circumstances.
Thugs killed another black man in St Louis, not far from Ferguson.
Video shows that there was no reason to shoot him, let alone shoot him
times rapidly without waiting as much as 15 seconds.
It could well be that those thugs really believed he was threatening
them. Part of the effect of racism is that it leads people to
perceive a black male as potentially violent. If the thugs are
allowed to cite this as an excuse for killing someone, their murder
spree will go unchecked.
Racist thinking is associated with the bad logic of "essentialist"
thinking, but specific
kinds of experiences can lead people out of such thinking.
Learning to control so much justified rage is not easy. It would help
if they could get justice.
The Shi'ite militias that resist ISIS, where the Iraqi army is
incompetent to do so, hate Sunnis
to expel them from any areas they capture from ISIS.
This is likely to force Sunnis to support ISIS even if they detest
ISIS's oppression and cruelty. Unless they have somewhere else to
turn, and at present they don't.
US Republicans want the US
against ISIS in Syria.
I don't think the killing of one US journalist, on top of so many
others murdered by ISIS, is particularly important. I don't think
ISIS is close to attacking the US itself. Whether this sort of
intervention is right depends mainly on its effects on the region
itself. I can see the reasons in favor, but I also worry that things
can go wrong in ways we are not likely to anticipate.
US military support for Kurdistan makes sense because Kurdistan is a
nation fighting a conventional war. It has an army that is loyal to
something more than its pay. In addition, Kurdistan is not likely to
fall into brutality comparable to that of ISIS or the Shi'ite
The use of drones to attack ISIS poses no special ethical issue
because the targets are military units, typically equipped with
unmistakable military vehicles or heavy weapons — not cars,
houses and groups of people standing around, that might well have
civilians in them.
Can/will Kurdistan protect Sunni Arabs that wish to join it? Can it
offer them a way out of support for ISIS?
Tony B'liar's business accepted a lot of money to advise the dictator
of Kazakhstan on how
down the bad publicity he got from shooting a bunch of protesters and
crushing the opposition.
Google seems to be aiming slowly
the World Wide Web effectively its proprietary product.
Israel's shift to right-wing racism means
Zionism among Jews elsewhere has hit a dead end.
Liberal Zionism means support for a Liberal Israel which no longer
exists; Israelis who would support it
are met with intimidation, even repression. No wonder 40% of Israelis
are thinking of emigrating.
UK cuts in support for local government
on the poorest areas.
When thugs do something violent, and get fired,
move on to some other town that doesn't care.
Campaigning against the practice
sugar in lots of foods where you would not expect it.
The Ferguson thugs confirm
thug shot at Michael Brown as he was running away.
Apparently that shot did not hit Brown, but that miss is no excuse for
shooting at someone who was no threat.
After they shot Brown,
did not allow a nurse to perform CPR.
That amounts to deliberate murder.
The head of the Missouri Republican Party thinks it
that voter registration booths have been set up in Ferguson.
Republicans can't count
laws to prevent black citizens from voting; some of them will
succeed in voting if they try.
The government of India
the entry of GMOs, disregarding its own laws over and over.
Various states and parties in the Muslim world are
their opposition to ISIS.
Economic growth used to require more energy use, but now it is
possible to invest in energy efficiency leading to
with less energy use. Many governments don't do that, because
they have surrendered to the fossil fuel companies, which won't permit
The black citizens of Ferguson
not expect justice for Michael Brown.
destroyed two large buildings in Gaza, saying that Hamas was using
space in them.
One of them had 44 apartments. Hamas should not have used one of them
for warlike activities — if indeed it did so; I would not take
Israel's word for that. But if Hamas did so, that doesn't excuse
destroying the building.
Islamists took control of Tripoli, bringing about the
fracture of Libya.
The US has seen cycles of racial segregation and desegregation in
different areas. Segregated areas for blacks tend to be ruled by
whites, with thugs that
the black inhabitants on various pretexts.
Ferguson became poor, where people can barely get by from week to week
and people can't afford education, as a
of companies' moving manufacturing out of the US.
Being poor, they are continually harassed by the US legal system,
which in 2013 delivered
warrants per household in the town.
Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees won't directly hurt people,
but they have the potential to do
ecological harm and encourage land grabs.
The ACLU says that
First Amendment was "suspended" in Ferguson; the right to protest,
or report on protest, was loaded with impossible requirements.
It points out that journalism in the US is
The reason it is so unpleasant to deal with Comcast is that
center staff are under pressure to sell something, regardless of
the purpose of the call.
The Obama regime
in court that the Nuremberg trials are legally irrelevant to the
culpability of Bush and his officials for the crime of aggressive war.
It is easy for US law to define US officials as legally immune
from prosecution for whatever crime it may be. The moral argument
is harder for them to win.
A lousy US university has imposed
on network access for students and others on campus.
Satellite observations show that the melting of Greenland and
Antarctic ice sheets has
Don't buy land within a few meters of sea level!
The thug has not been fired.
Despite Abbott's mystification,
policies clearly reflect the intention to push global heating to
The Center for Media and Democracy, which often reports on ALEC's
right-wing operative is trying to do a hatchet job. He's the one
who destroyed ACORN by publishing a misleading video.
Everyone: tell Starbucks
employees a fair and predictable work week.
The Lac Mégantic oil train explosion
disaster waiting to happen, due to weak safety rules granted to
railroad magnates by an evidently corrupted government.
A Hamas representative living in Turkey said that Hamas was
for kidnaping and killing three Israeli teenagers.
However, there are doubts about whether the Hamas leadership really
ordered the kidnaping is not clear.
Australia's proposal for increased surveillance is written so broadly
that the spy agency would
to access any computer on the internet.
The government says wiping out privacy is supposed to be legitimate
because "we're protecting you". The usual stupid excuse of tyrants.
The US may be funding compensation for civilians killed in Yemen
to admit killing them.
What Britain would
it had avoided Tony B'liar.
It also relates to censorship by Facebook
Two different ocean cycles coincided
Earth's acquired heat for the past decade, so that the atmosphere
didn't warm all that much.
US citizens: call on the Fish and Wildlife Service
the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species.
US citizens: Americans, comment to the EPA
regulation of pollution from oil refineries.
the trains; privatizing them was wrong.
Privatization of a government service is generally harmful unless it
allows the public to buy from a free competitive market. Otherwise,
the private owners increase their profits by shafting the public, the
workers, or both.
tell Google to stop supporting
ALEC lobbies for damaging laws in US states and cities, but you don't
need to be a US citizen to put pressure on Google.
petition to stop providing heavy weapons to thugs.
Uri Avnery on
Israel wants to keep fighting in Gaza.
Avnery suspects that the three rockets supposedly launched from
Gaza weren't really launched from Gaza.
Shi'ite fanatics attacked a Sunni mosque in Iraq,
almost 100 people.
Aside from being an atrocity, this will help ISIS gain support and
Hollywood treats abortions as shocking and shameful — in
contrast to the 1980s, when it treated them as no big deal.
The US is
giving much information about its fighting in Iraq.
Drone weapons turn out to be convenient for suppressing journalism.
In Dubya's invasion of Iraq, the Bush forces pressured nearly all
journalists to "embed", which both limited their movements and
pressured them to bias their coverage. But there's not even room for
an embedded reporter in a drone.
Privatization in Britain has followed the path of privatization in
Russia, leading to an
transfer of wealth to the new owners.
Most of the Russian "humanitarian aid" trucks entered Ukraine
Putin would never go to such trouble for humanitarian purposes. This
must have some harmful motive.
US right-wing racists are
funds to support the thug that killed Michael Brown, cheering on
the killing of more blacks.
A teacher in the US was
for allowing students to reenact two controversial killings, which
the students themselves selected as important current events.
I don't see why students should not learn about these events in that
A Palestinian mortar rocket
an Israeli child.
Firing mortars at towns is a war crime, just like the Israeli
bombardment of Gaza.
Pranksters accused of painting the side of a building in Moscow
with 7 years in prison.
They say they did not do the painting, but the more important point is
that whoever did the painting should not be imprisoned.
The school-to-prison pipeline at work: a student in South Carolina was
suspended from school, then arrested, for writing a
about shooting a pet dinosaur.
The thugs say he was arrested for his reaction when the thugs threatened him.
Of course, being threatened by armed thugs who
put you in prison by lying about you is enough to rattle most
anyone. It takes training and experience to avoid giving them
something they can twist into an excuse to put you in the wrong.
a film about the assassination of Indira Gandhi because of the
political slant of certain scenes.
A censorship board that does its job "honestly" is a bigger threat to
human rights than one that can be bribed not to censor.
The UN human rights chief says the Security Council's ineffectiveness
on Syria caused
of thousands of deaths.
However, there is was
proper action the Security Council could have taken in regard to
Syria, even if it had not been paralyzed between the US and
The US and UK are now being drawn by necessity into
with Assad in Syria against ISIS.
The only chance for supporting opposition to Assad with good results
was when the opposition was not jihadi. I think Saudi Arabia and
Qatar are to blame for the
The public school reality that white Americans won't see: cuts in
spending, especially on schools in poor neighborhoods,
the children (mostly minority groups) into bad lives (or
The various "education reform" programs that the US has seen since 2000
in effect pretend to compensate for these cuts with burdensome handwaving.
The result is that poor American children have been forced into what
we might call
US citizens: call on the FCC
to reject the
Everyone: call on McDonalds
to reject palm oil made from deforestation.
I have never eaten at McDonalds, because I don't need to repeat
someone else's mistake in order to learn from it. McDonalds makes
fast food — food for not eating.
The UK government is planning
giveaway of public land, a requirement to extract all fossil
fuels, and abolition of local planning.
Thailand has made its military coup effectively permanent
the head general to be "prime minister".
US citizens: tell the
import apples from China.
Palestine's joining the International Criminal Court. This would
expose Hamas and its agents to war crimes prosecutions, as well as
Israel and its agents.
UK immigration prisons
prisoners a pittance to cook and clean. Ironically, those
prisoners are not allowed to work in the UK outside prison.
This practice hurts not only the prisoners but all workers in the UK.
Whoever does this work should be paid a decent wage.
many systematic injustices in the policing of the US.
on Nonprofits (that criticize them) with Impunity (in the US).
Up Mirrors to Police Officers in Ferguson Solidarity March.
in New York City.
Bank of America agreed to pay a fine for mortgage fraud,
much smaller than it appears to be.
Congress should insist that
Congress before military interventions such as the bombing campaign in
Obama has taken steps
insurance coverage of contraception from the Hobby Lobby decision.
a comment to the FCC opposing the merger between Comcast and Time
That two companies with such large share of any market should not be
allowed to merge ought to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, the US
goverment has been turned into a zombie by businesses, and has trouble
on DA McCulloch to appoint a special prosecutor for the killing of
Sweden sentenced an artist to prison for
I share their disapproval of racism, but censorship threatens
The World Bank and friends say that they are eliminating poverty,
but it's more like
Canadian professor John Smol
government for trying to gag him from talking about his
measurements of pollution from oil sand strip mining.
The US "war on terror" has not only failed, it has
The US "economic recovery" is lopsided,
low-paid workers poorer than before.
Earnings for Britons under 30 have
around 10% in 4 years.
UK censorship expands to politics with a vengeance; the government
anyone redistributing or even watching an ISIS propaganda video.
The National Guard is
withdrawn from Ferguson.
I hope that the protests do not peter out soon. Nothing fundamental
has been corrected.
The trial of Sharif Mobley is blocked because the Yemeni government is
him in a secret prison and won't allow him to see the court or his
Protests have occurred in NYC, Los Angeles, Oakland and elsewhere
the killing of local people by thugs and in solidarity with
The Russian humanitarian aid convoy is
to enter Ukraine after Red Cross inspection.
Putin could have got all these trucks inspected by the Red Cross
days before, and into Ukraine without conflict, if he had wanted to.
to use a biometric card to ration subsidized products so they
won't be smuggled into Colombia and resold.
Switching to a system like food stamps would solve this problem pretty
Twitter undermines its history of respect for freedom of speech by
a bloody ISIS propaganda video.
Operators of Diaspora hosts are reportedly
with punishment if people post the ISIS propaganda on their hosts.
I think this is censorship as dangerous as ISIS. Your opinions are
next on the list.
Tests prove that many kinds of
and explosives can be smuggled through the X-ray scanners that
were formerly used, untested, for "security" in airports.
Even worse, if one of these machines were to break, it could give a person
radiation burn. Once I learned that, I opted out every time. I
said, "Please feel me up."
explain why they shut down an Israeli weapons factory in the UK.
The crime of "aggravated trespass" is a synonym for "annoying
protest". To accuse anyone of that crime is a sign of an
A neighborhood in Liberia has been
to block spread of Ebola.
I don't know whether this sort of measure is effective enough to
justify the loss of liberty it involves.
Repression of the homeless in Australia: in Melbourne,
is a crime.
As the Australian government proposes to cut the support for the
unemployed, especially those under 30, it will make more homeless
people that will be forced into "crime".
Richard Dawkins says that
have a moral duty to abort a fetus that has Down's syndrome.
I completely concur. Having a baby with Down's syndrome does harm to
someone (that baby). An abortion does no harm to anyone.
The US military says that
employees will be
punished if they read The Intercept.
This prohibition would be ludicrous if it were not so dangerous. It
covers millions of people, soldiers and civilians, many of whom will
obey the prohibition. Then they will base their thoughts on, and
spread, a warped world view which they have taken for truth.
Ferguson protests respond to
repression and disenfranchisement.
Thugs in Ferguson raided a church that was providing
care to protesters who were suffering from tear gas.
Mobilizing Canadians against the
substitute for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Help End Domestic Slavery.
even though it appears to have failed.
the staff of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from
going to Gaza to investigate war crimes.
A town in the Solomon Islands
to move to higher ground as sea level rises.
The US must start planning to move parts of Boston, parts of New York
City, parts of Washington DC, and all of Florida. This move won't be
needed for some decades, but it will take decades to do.
costs of fracking are tremendous.
I hope he wins and starts jailing thugs for such conduct.
Activist Hedy Epstein, age 90, was
for protesting in Ferguson.
Her supposed "crime" was simply continuing to protest.
Considering that the only danger to them is from the thugs, this is
really half of a threat.
A new Australian coal mine was
to dicker down the compensation it would have to pay for predicted
damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
reasons, this mine should not be allowed at all.
The Real Looting of Ferguson:
Black Citizens Never Had a Chance to Get By.
Here are the
secrets for which Obama plans to imprison James Risen.
A former Israeli gun crew chief says he
not believe Israel's claim to have tried to minimize civilian
casualties in Gaza.
that corporation taxes are too high, but really they believe that
since they got one tax amnesty they are entitled to tax amnesties ad
A study found that people who read novels on the Amazon Swindle
less of the events.
I think issues like this are less important than the
injustice of the
I think there are multiple motives for it. Repressing racial
minorities and the poor is one reason.
the manufacturers is another.
In the US, or where US TV networks are available: Call on TV networks
to stop choosing McCain as
US cities, and senators, are asking the FCC
state laws purchased by ISPs that ban municipal broadband
Arabia's role in creating ISIS, the monster that it can no longer
rockets at Israel, breaking the cease fire. Israel responded by
killing the family of a Hamas leader, and another family.
White Supremacy Is
Culprit in Ferguson. The Excuses Just Prove It.
Dennis Kucinich explains what is needed
militarization of US thugs.
Gazans all the time, not just when there is a war.
to undermine international humanitarian law — the treaties
about war crimes which Israel has been condemned for violating.
Israeli soldiers arrested
64 Palestinians from the West Bank, clearly for political reasons.
a Palestinian home in Jerusalem without warning, and did not allow
the inhabitants to take out any of their property.
An Israeli sociologist tries to explain the psychology of fear that
themselves as humane while dehumanizing Palestinians.
The article also offers explanations for how Israel became almost
entirely hawkish, racist and right-wing.
If 40% of Israelis wish to emigrate, I suspect that it's because those
who are more or less secular expect the religious fanatics to take
over and oppress them.
territory in Syria using weapons captured from the Iraqi army.
It seems the West must attack ISIS in Syria to protect Assad.
Murderous as he is, letting ISIS defeat him would be even worse.
US citizens: call for the US
rules on ivory, to protect elephants.
Two artist/hackers who put white flags on the Brooklyn
they will be permanently excluded from the US.
It sure looks like the US has no sense of humor.
in an attempt to retake Tikrit; Isis soldiers gave hard
US air strikes are easy and effective in open country, but not in
If Tikrit is indeed controlled by Baathists and Sunni militants, as
the article says, it should be possible to make a peace with them.
They can't be very happy with Isis; they must regard it as a last
resort to get out from under the Maliki's sectarian rule. The
challenge will be to convince them that a new Iraqi government won't
be equally bad.
US citizens: call on the DOT
Americans from oil trains.
Australia is going to "unthinkable" lengths
Syrian refugees back to Syria, where they face torture or death.
The Australian state of Victoria proposes
of possessions on a system of guilty-until-proven-innocent.
ICANN is considering giving governments
power over its decisions.
on his arrest in Ferguson. Thugs shot him first. They did not
really care why he was there; they were arresting anyone who could be
Note the sleazy excuse for denying the journalist the right to phone
his lawyer. Just the sort of behavior I'd expect from a thug.
Then a press photographer was arrested,
standing where the thugs wanted photographers to stand. These
thugs think they are entitled to control protests and control the
I am glad that some of the protesters tried to control random violence
by other protesters. That sort of indiscipline leads to defeat.
While it is less serious, intrinsically, than the thugs' violence, it
gives the thugs an excuse to pretend that they are protecting the town
rather than occupying it.
Some suspect that
violent protesters are outsiders.
The next night,
78 people, protesters and bystanders and journalists I suppose.
Other countries that trample human rights more than the
in Ferguson an opportunity to retort.
I wish the US would clean up its act so it could criticize oppression
without making people laugh.
The Committee to Protect
Ongoing Harassment, Arrests of Reporters in Ferguson.
The Man Who Ran Contra Propaganda for Reagan
New DC Lobbyist.
the bill to make firing union organizers a matter of
It's already forbidden, but this would make it easier and faster to
enforce the ban.
The UK's environmental department is
the EU to keep a very dirty coal power plant running.
One of the thugs who
Henry Davis of "destruction of property" for bleeding on their
uniforms is now a city councilor in Ferguson.
The wealth of the 1% is
beyond measure, because they hide so much of it. What they
sequester has prevented economic recovery for the rest.
The UK ambassador to the US has been
the US Senate since 2012 to conceal the UK's complicity in CIA
be whipped for criticizing a book published by a local official on
M. L. King:
riot is the language of the unheard.
and rebels accuse each other of firing rockets at a convoy that
was evacuating civilians.
I expect that neither side attacked them intentionally, but this is
the sort of thing that happens in war, and even more so when care is
However, firing the inaccurate Grad rockets into urban areas is a war
crime, and I have seen accusations that Ukraine regularly does that.
and resource scarcity problems that humanity is creating can be
seen as a failure in coexistence with the natural world.
Civil liberties organizations in Australia warn
rights are threatened by the new "counter-terrorism" proposals.
There is very little danger of terrorism in Australia. It's just an
excuse to attack human rights.
Extreme capitalism is the idea
aspect of society has to be run as a business. This is a major
cause of what's wrong in US education and health care.
US citizens: support Amnesty International's call for the Ferguson
thug chief to respect
the rights of peaceful protesters.
federal funds for processing the backlog of "rape kits" containing
evidence from complaints of rape.
Those right-wingers don't care much about any sort of rights if they
are for women.
Richard Nixon faced impeachment
the Constitution with illegal spying and dirty tricks. Under
Bushbama it's even worse.
Overshoot Day", the day when we've used, since the beginning of
the year, as much resources as the Earth can sustain for the whole
Just 14 years ago, that point was reached in October.
Irom Sharmila has been in prison and on hunger strike for 14 years
after witnessing a massacre by the Indian Army.
I think she was never given a trial, but
now ordered her release.
Bringing home the fact that you don't control your mobile phone,
there's an app
someone else remote control over it.
Obama is stretching the facts
asking Congress for authorization to use military force in Iraq.
Congress should not accept this stretching. What's at stake is the US
Everyone: call for your country
the rights of the Tibetan people under repression.
Harbors around the world have plastic fibers in the water, which can harm fish.
It will take a lot of work to find out how these fibers affect various species of fish.
David Barron, now Federal Judge Barron, was in an awful rush to approve killing a US citizen with no criminal charges based on nothing but intelligence reports.
We know how a president can shape intelligence reports around whatever result he seeks, so this is little limitation.
35% of young Britons would be happy to show their social media profiles to employers if pressured to do so.
The report says "in exchange for job security", which sounds like a benefit; but since employers can reduce job security to zero if they wish, in practice it means, "If you don't show us, you'll be fired (or never hired)."
It should be illegal for employers to even ask.
The outcome of trials in Florida is affected by the race of the people in the jury pool, in a strange way.
If all the jury pool is white, black defendants are more likely to get convicted than white defendants. But if at least one black person shows up for the jury pool, the disparity disappears — even a jury is made up only of whites.
I think it would be legitimate to arrange for partial racial balance in jury pools if that eliminates demonstrated unfairness in trial outcomes.
The study that found damage in animals that were exposed to Roundup, or that ate Roundup-ready GMO corn, has been published again.
The journal that published it first later retracted it in suspicious circumstances.
Thugs killed another black man in St Louis, not far from Ferguson. Video shows that there was no reason to shoot him, let alone shoot him 12 times rapidly without waiting as much as 15 seconds.
It could well be that those thugs really believed he was threatening them. Part of the effect of racism is that it leads people to perceive a black male as potentially violent. If the thugs are allowed to cite this as an excuse for killing someone, their murder spree will go unchecked.
Racist thinking is associated with the bad logic of "essentialist" thinking, but specific kinds of experiences can lead people out of such thinking.
Learning to control so much justified rage is not easy. It would help if they could get justice.
The Shi'ite militias that resist ISIS, where the Iraqi army is incompetent to do so, hate Sunnis and intend to expel them from any areas they capture from ISIS.
This is likely to force Sunnis to support ISIS even if they detest ISIS's oppression and cruelty. Unless they have somewhere else to turn, and at present they don't.
US Republicans want the US to intervene against ISIS in Syria.
I don't think the killing of one US journalist, on top of so many others murdered by ISIS, is particularly important. I don't think ISIS is close to attacking the US itself. Whether this sort of intervention is right depends mainly on its effects on the region itself. I can see the reasons in favor, but I also worry that things can go wrong in ways we are not likely to anticipate.
US military support for Kurdistan makes sense because Kurdistan is a nation fighting a conventional war. It has an army that is loyal to something more than its pay. In addition, Kurdistan is not likely to fall into brutality comparable to that of ISIS or the Shi'ite militias.
The use of drones to attack ISIS poses no special ethical issue because the targets are military units, typically equipped with unmistakable military vehicles or heavy weapons — not cars, houses and groups of people standing around, that might well have civilians in them.
Can/will Kurdistan protect Sunni Arabs that wish to join it? Can it offer them a way out of support for ISIS?
Tony B'liar's business accepted a lot of money to advise the dictator of Kazakhstan on how to damp down the bad publicity he got from shooting a bunch of protesters and crushing the opposition.
Google seems to be aiming slowly to make the World Wide Web effectively its proprietary product.
Israel's shift to right-wing racism means that Liberal Zionism among Jews elsewhere has hit a dead end.
Liberal Zionism means support for a Liberal Israel which no longer exists; Israelis who would support it are met with intimidation, even repression. No wonder 40% of Israelis are thinking of emigrating.
UK cuts in support for local government are focused on the poorest areas.
When thugs do something violent, and get fired, they frequently move on to some other town that doesn't care.
Campaigning against the practice of putting sugar in lots of foods where you would not expect it.
The Ferguson thugs confirm that a thug shot at Michael Brown as he was running away.
Apparently that shot did not hit Brown, but that miss is no excuse for shooting at someone who was no threat.
After they shot Brown, the thugs did not allow a nurse to perform CPR.
That amounts to deliberate murder.
The head of the Missouri Republican Party thinks it is shameful that voter registration booths have been set up in Ferguson.
Republicans can't count on voter-suppression laws to prevent black citizens from voting; some of them will succeed in voting if they try.
The government of India has permitted the entry of GMOs, disregarding its own laws over and over.
Various states and parties in the Muslim world are declaring their opposition to ISIS.
Economic growth used to require more energy use, but now it is possible to invest in energy efficiency leading to growth with less energy use. Many governments don't do that, because they have surrendered to the fossil fuel companies, which won't permit it.
The black citizens of Ferguson do not expect justice for Michael Brown.
Israel completely destroyed two large buildings in Gaza, saying that Hamas was using space in them.
One of them had 44 apartments. Hamas should not have used one of them for warlike activities — if indeed it did so; I would not take Israel's word for that. But if Hamas did so, that doesn't excuse destroying the building.
Islamists took control of Tripoli, bringing about the semipermanent fracture of Libya.
The US has seen cycles of racial segregation and desegregation in different areas. Segregated areas for blacks tend to be ruled by whites, with thugs that repress the black inhabitants on various pretexts.
Ferguson became poor, where people can barely get by from week to week and people can't afford education, as a result of companies' moving manufacturing out of the US.
Being poor, they are continually harassed by the US legal system, which in 2013 delivered three warrants per household in the town.
Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees won't directly hurt people, but they have the potential to do great ecological harm and encourage land grabs.
The ACLU says that the First Amendment was "suspended" in Ferguson; the right to protest, or report on protest, was loaded with impossible requirements.
It points out that journalism in the US is under general attack.
The reason it is so unpleasant to deal with Comcast is that call center staff are under pressure to sell something, regardless of the purpose of the call.
The Obama regime argues in court that the Nuremberg trials are legally irrelevant to the culpability of Bush and his officials for the crime of aggressive war.
It is easy for US law to define US officials as legally immune from prosecution for whatever crime it may be. The moral argument is harder for them to win.
A lousy US university has imposed censorship on network access for students and others on campus.
Satellite observations show that the melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets has doubled since 2009.
Don't buy land within a few meters of sea level!
The thug has not been fired.
Despite Abbott's mystification, his policies clearly reflect the intention to push global heating to the max.
The Center for Media and Democracy, which often reports on ALEC's lobbying, believes that a right-wing operative is trying to do a hatchet job. He's the one who destroyed ACORN by publishing a misleading video.
Everyone: tell Starbucks to offer employees a fair and predictable work week.
The Lac Mégantic oil train explosion was a disaster waiting to happen, due to weak safety rules granted to railroad magnates by an evidently corrupted government.
A Hamas representative living in Turkey said that Hamas was responsible for kidnaping and killing three Israeli teenagers.
However, there are doubts about whether the Hamas leadership really ordered the kidnaping is not clear.
Australia's proposal for increased surveillance is written so broadly that the spy agency would be allowed to access any computer on the internet.
The government says wiping out privacy is supposed to be legitimate because "we're protecting you". The usual stupid excuse of tyrants.
The US may be funding compensation for civilians killed in Yemen while refusing to admit killing them.
What Britain would have if it had avoided Tony B'liar.
It also relates to censorship by Facebook and now Twitter too.
Two different ocean cycles coincided in sinking Earth's acquired heat for the past decade, so that the atmosphere didn't warm all that much.
US citizens: call on the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species.
US citizens: Americans, comment to the EPA to support regulation of pollution from oil refineries.
The UK must nationalize the trains; privatizing them was wrong.
Privatization of a government service is generally harmful unless it allows the public to buy from a free competitive market. Otherwise, the private owners increase their profits by shafting the public, the workers, or both.
Everyone: tell Google to stop supporting ALEC.
ALEC lobbies for damaging laws in US states and cities, but you don't need to be a US citizen to put pressure on Google.
US citizens: Sign this petition to stop providing heavy weapons to thugs.
Uri Avnery on why Israel wants to keep fighting in Gaza.
Avnery suspects that the three rockets supposedly launched from Gaza weren't really launched from Gaza.
Shi'ite fanatics attacked a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing almost 100 people.
Aside from being an atrocity, this will help ISIS gain support and commit atrocities.
Why Hollywood treats abortions as shocking and shameful — in contrast to the 1980s, when it treated them as no big deal.
The US is not giving much information about its fighting in Iraq.
Drone weapons turn out to be convenient for suppressing journalism. In Dubya's invasion of Iraq, the Bush forces pressured nearly all journalists to "embed", which both limited their movements and pressured them to bias their coverage. But there's not even room for an embedded reporter in a drone.
Privatization in Britain has followed the path of privatization in Russia, leading to an immense transfer of wealth to the new owners.
Most of the Russian "humanitarian aid" trucks entered Ukraine without inspection.
Putin would never go to such trouble for humanitarian purposes. This must have some harmful motive.
US right-wing racists are raising funds to support the thug that killed Michael Brown, cheering on the killing of more blacks.
A teacher in the US was punished for allowing students to reenact two controversial killings, which the students themselves selected as important current events.
I don't see why students should not learn about these events in that way.
A Palestinian mortar rocket killed an Israeli child.
Firing mortars at towns is a war crime, just like the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
Pranksters accused of painting the side of a building in Moscow are threatened with 7 years in prison.
They say they did not do the painting, but the more important point is that whoever did the painting should not be imprisoned.
The school-to-prison pipeline at work: a student in South Carolina was suspended from school, then arrested, for writing a story about shooting a pet dinosaur.
The thugs say he was arrested for his reaction when the thugs threatened him. Of course, being threatened by armed thugs who can put you in prison by lying about you is enough to rattle most anyone. It takes training and experience to avoid giving them something they can twist into an excuse to put you in the wrong.
India has censored a film about the assassination of Indira Gandhi because of the political slant of certain scenes.
A censorship board that does its job "honestly" is a bigger threat to human rights than one that can be bribed not to censor.
The UN human rights chief says the Security Council's ineffectiveness on Syria caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.
However, there is was no proper action the Security Council could have taken in regard to Syria, even if it had not been paralyzed between the US and Russia.
The US and UK are now being drawn by necessity into allying with Assad in Syria against ISIS.
The only chance for supporting opposition to Assad with good results was when the opposition was not jihadi. I think Saudi Arabia and Qatar are to blame for the jihadists in Syria.
The public school reality that white Americans won't see: cuts in spending, especially on schools in poor neighborhoods, track the children (mostly minority groups) into bad lives (or prison).
The various "education reform" programs that the US has seen since 2000 in effect pretend to compensate for these cuts with burdensome handwaving. The result is that poor American children have been forced into what we might call "reform school".
US citizens: call on the FCC to reject the Comcast-TWC merger.
Everyone: call on McDonalds to pledge to reject palm oil made from deforestation.
I have never eaten at McDonalds, because I don't need to repeat someone else's mistake in order to learn from it. McDonalds makes fast food — food for not eating.
The UK government is planning a massive giveaway of public land, a requirement to extract all fossil fuels, and abolition of local planning.
Thailand has made its military coup effectively permanent by declaring the head general to be "prime minister".
US citizens: tell the USDA, don't import apples from China.
Hamas supports Palestine's joining the International Criminal Court. This would expose Hamas and its agents to war crimes prosecutions, as well as Israel and its agents.
UK immigration prisons are paying prisoners a pittance to cook and clean. Ironically, those prisoners are not allowed to work in the UK outside prison.
This practice hurts not only the prisoners but all workers in the UK. Whoever does this work should be paid a decent wage.
The Green Party condemns many systematic injustices in the policing of the US.
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits (that criticize them) with Impunity (in the US).
Oakland Protesters Hold Up Mirrors to Police Officers in Ferguson Solidarity March.
Thousands rallied in New York City.
Bank of America agreed to pay a fine for mortgage fraud, but it's much smaller than it appears to be.
Congress should insist that Obama consult Congress before military interventions such as the bombing campaign in Iraq.
Obama has taken steps to protect insurance coverage of contraception from the Hobby Lobby decision.
US citizens: submit a comment to the FCC opposing the merger between Comcast and Time Warner.
That two companies with such large share of any market should not be allowed to merge ought to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, the US goverment has been turned into a zombie by businesses, and has trouble with no-brainers.
Everyone: call on DA McCulloch to appoint a special prosecutor for the killing of Michael Brown.
Sweden sentenced an artist to prison for "racist" art.
I share their disapproval of racism, but censorship threatens everyone.
The World Bank and friends say that they are eliminating poverty, but it's more like redefining poverty.
Canadian professor John Smol rebuked the government for trying to gag him from talking about his measurements of pollution from oil sand strip mining.
The US "war on terror" has not only failed, it has backfired.
The US "economic recovery" is lopsided, leaving low-paid workers poorer than before.
Earnings for Britons under 30 have fallen around 10% in 4 years.
UK censorship expands to politics with a vengeance; the government threatens anyone redistributing or even watching an ISIS propaganda video.
The National Guard is being withdrawn from Ferguson.
I hope that the protests do not peter out soon. Nothing fundamental has been corrected.
The trial of Sharif Mobley is blocked because the Yemeni government is holding him in a secret prison and won't allow him to see the court or his lawyers.
Protests have occurred in NYC, Los Angeles, Oakland and elsewhere against the killing of local people by thugs and in solidarity with Ferguson.
The Russian humanitarian aid convoy is starting to enter Ukraine after Red Cross inspection.
Putin could have got all these trucks inspected by the Red Cross days before, and into Ukraine without conflict, if he had wanted to.
Venezuela plans to use a biometric card to ration subsidized products so they won't be smuggled into Colombia and resold.
Switching to a system like food stamps would solve this problem pretty well.
Twitter undermines its history of respect for freedom of speech by censoring a bloody ISIS propaganda video.
Operators of Diaspora hosts are reportedly threatened with punishment if people post the ISIS propaganda on their hosts.
I think this is censorship as dangerous as ISIS. Your opinions are next on the list.
Tests prove that many kinds of weapons and explosives can be smuggled through the X-ray scanners that were formerly used, untested, for "security" in airports.
Even worse, if one of these machines were to break, it could give a person a dangerous radiation burn. Once I learned that, I opted out every time. I said, "Please feel me up."
Protesters explain why they shut down an Israeli weapons factory in the UK.
The crime of "aggravated trespass" is a synonym for "annoying protest". To accuse anyone of that crime is a sign of an antidemocratic government.
A neighborhood in Liberia has been quarantined to block spread of Ebola.
I don't know whether this sort of measure is effective enough to justify the loss of liberty it involves.
Repression of the homeless in Australia: in Melbourne, begging is a crime.
As the Australian government proposes to cut the support for the unemployed, especially those under 30, it will make more homeless people that will be forced into "crime".
Richard Dawkins says that women have a moral duty to abort a fetus that has Down's syndrome.
I completely concur. Having a baby with Down's syndrome does harm to someone (that baby). An abortion does no harm to anyone.
The US military says that employees will be punished if they read The Intercept.
This prohibition would be ludicrous if it were not so dangerous. It covers millions of people, soldiers and civilians, many of whom will obey the prohibition. Then they will base their thoughts on, and spread, a warped world view which they have taken for truth.
Ferguson protests respond to systematic repression and disenfranchisement.
Thugs in Ferguson raided a church that was providing medical care to protesters who were suffering from tear gas.
Mobilizing Canadians against the Atlantic substitute for the Keystone XL pipeline.
US citizens: Help End Domestic Slavery.
Israel is blocking the staff of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from going to Gaza to investigate war crimes.
A town in the Solomon Islands has to move to higher ground as sea level rises.
The US must start planning to move parts of Boston, parts of New York City, parts of Washington DC, and all of Florida. This move won't be needed for some decades, but it will take decades to do.
The hidden costs of fracking are tremendous.
I hope he wins and starts jailing thugs for such conduct.
Activist Hedy Epstein, age 90, was arrested for protesting in Ferguson.
Her supposed "crime" was simply continuing to protest.
Considering that the only danger to them is from the thugs, this is really half of a threat.
A new Australian coal mine was allowed to dicker down the compensation it would have to pay for predicted damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
For several reasons, this mine should not be allowed at all.
The Real Looting of Ferguson: Its Black Citizens Never Had a Chance to Get By.
Here are the embarrassing secrets for which Obama plans to imprison James Risen.
A former Israeli gun crew chief says he does not believe Israel's claim to have tried to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza.
US corporations claim that corporation taxes are too high, but really they believe that since they got one tax amnesty they are entitled to tax amnesties ad infinitem.
A study found that people who read novels on the Amazon Swindle remember less of the events.
I think issues like this are less important than the injustice of the Swindle.
I think there are multiple motives for it. Repressing racial minorities and the poor is one reason. Feeding the manufacturers is another.
In the US, or where US TV networks are available: Call on TV networks to stop choosing McCain as a pundit.
US cities, and senators, are asking the FCC to override state laws purchased by ISPs that ban municipal broadband networks.
Saudi Arabia's role in creating ISIS, the monster that it can no longer control.
Someone in Gaza fired rockets at Israel, breaking the cease fire. Israel responded by killing the family of a Hamas leader, and another family.
White Supremacy Is the Real Culprit in Ferguson. The Excuses Just Prove It.
Dennis Kucinich explains what is needed to undo militarization of US thugs.
Israel kills Gazans all the time, not just when there is a war.
Israel is systematically campaigning to undermine international humanitarian law — the treaties about war crimes which Israel has been condemned for violating.
Israeli soldiers arrested 64 Palestinians from the West Bank, clearly for political reasons.
Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian home in Jerusalem without warning, and did not allow the inhabitants to take out any of their property.
An Israeli sociologist tries to explain the psychology of fear that enables Israelis to see themselves as humane while dehumanizing Palestinians.
The article also offers explanations for how Israel became almost entirely hawkish, racist and right-wing.
If 40% of Israelis wish to emigrate, I suspect that it's because those who are more or less secular expect the religious fanatics to take over and oppress them.
ISIS is advancing territory in Syria using weapons captured from the Iraqi army.
It seems the West must attack ISIS in Syria to protect Assad. Murderous as he is, letting ISIS defeat him would be even worse.
US citizens: call for the US to tighten rules on ivory, to protect elephants.
Two artist/hackers who put white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge fear they will be permanently excluded from the US.
It sure looks like the US has no sense of humor.
The Iraqi government failed in an attempt to retake Tikrit; Isis soldiers gave hard resistance.
US air strikes are easy and effective in open country, but not in cities.
If Tikrit is indeed controlled by Baathists and Sunni militants, as the article says, it should be possible to make a peace with them. They can't be very happy with Isis; they must regard it as a last resort to get out from under the Maliki's sectarian rule. The challenge will be to convince them that a new Iraqi government won't be equally bad.
US citizens: call on the DOT to protect Americans from oil trains.
Australia is going to "unthinkable" lengths to force Syrian refugees back to Syria, where they face torture or death.
The Australian state of Victoria proposes US-style seizure of possessions on a system of guilty-until-proven-innocent.
ICANN is considering giving governments almost total power over its decisions.
A journalist reports on his arrest in Ferguson. Thugs shot him first. They did not really care why he was there; they were arresting anyone who could be found.
Note the sleazy excuse for denying the journalist the right to phone his lawyer. Just the sort of behavior I'd expect from a thug.
Then a press photographer was arrested, for not standing where the thugs wanted photographers to stand. These thugs think they are entitled to control protests and control the press.
I am glad that some of the protesters tried to control random violence by other protesters. That sort of indiscipline leads to defeat. While it is less serious, intrinsically, than the thugs' violence, it gives the thugs an excuse to pretend that they are protecting the town rather than occupying it.
Some suspect that the few violent protesters are outsiders.
The next night, they arrested 78 people, protesters and bystanders and journalists I suppose.
Other countries that trample human rights more than the US find in Ferguson an opportunity to retort.
I wish the US would clean up its act so it could criticize oppression without making people laugh.
The Committee to Protect Journalists Condemns Ongoing Harassment, Arrests of Reporters in Ferguson.
The Man Who Ran Contra Propaganda for Reagan Is Guatemala's New DC Lobbyist.
US citizens: support the bill to make firing union organizers a matter of discrimination.
It's already forbidden, but this would make it easier and faster to enforce the ban.
The UK's environmental department is lobbying the EU to keep a very dirty coal power plant running.
One of the thugs who accused Henry Davis of "destruction of property" for bleeding on their uniforms is now a city councilor in Ferguson.
The wealth of the 1% is literally beyond measure, because they hide so much of it. What they sequester has prevented economic recovery for the rest.
The UK ambassador to the US has been lobbying the US Senate since 2012 to conceal the UK's complicity in CIA torture.
Two Iranians will be whipped for criticizing a book published by a local official on artistic grounds.
M. L. King: A riot is the language of the unheard.
Ukraine and rebels accuse each other of firing rockets at a convoy that was evacuating civilians.
I expect that neither side attacked them intentionally, but this is the sort of thing that happens in war, and even more so when care is not taken.
However, firing the inaccurate Grad rockets into urban areas is a war crime, and I have seen accusations that Ukraine regularly does that.
The pollution and resource scarcity problems that humanity is creating can be seen as a failure in coexistence with the natural world.
Civil liberties organizations in Australia warn that human rights are threatened by the new "counter-terrorism" proposals.
There is very little danger of terrorism in Australia. It's just an excuse to attack human rights.
Extreme capitalism is the idea that every aspect of society has to be run as a business. This is a major cause of what's wrong in US education and health care.
US citizens: support Amnesty International's call for the Ferguson thug chief to respect the rights of peaceful protesters.
Republicans are blocking federal funds for processing the backlog of "rape kits" containing evidence from complaints of rape.
Those right-wingers don't care much about any sort of rights if they are for women.
Richard Nixon faced impeachment for undermining the Constitution with illegal spying and dirty tricks. Under Bushbama it's even worse.
Aug 19 is "Earth Overshoot Day", the day when we've used, since the beginning of the year, as much resources as the Earth can sustain for the whole year.
Just 14 years ago, that point was reached in October.
Irom Sharmila has been in prison and on hunger strike for 14 years after witnessing a massacre by the Indian Army.
I think she was never given a trial, but a court now ordered her release.
Bringing home the fact that you don't control your mobile phone, there's an app to give someone else remote control over it.
Obama is stretching the facts to avoid asking Congress for authorization to use military force in Iraq.
Congress should not accept this stretching. What's at stake is the US Constitution.
Everyone: call for your country to defend the rights of the Tibetan people under repression.
Amory Lovins claims we can switch entirely to renewable energy without on-grid storage by using time-shifting to make demand fit the momentary supply.
We need to be careful to set up these systems so that they don't collect information about what systems we are using.
For instance, if the goal is to tell 1/4 of the air conditioning systems in a substantial area to shut off, it isn't necessary to find out which ones happen to be on at the moment. Statistically, the result would be roughly the same if you make the decision based on which houses have such air conditioning.
Update to On Hacking to recognize that "hacking" is not supposed to cover wit and art.
A desperate woman in Ireland was forced to have a cesarean section, when she threatened to starve herself after being denied an abortion.
She was pregnant because of a rape committed before she reached Ireland.
Abortion is a basic right.
The Iraqi Kurds recaptured the Mosul dam, with US air support.
Michael Brown's autopsy report says he was shot 6 times, all from the front.
Even if the thug's actions after stopping Brown were not wrong, it seems clear he would not have stopped a white man.
In other words, "open carry" laws potentiate the effect of racist attitudes.
Now that the UK charges workers almost $2000 for filing a discrimination case, complaints have gone down by 80%. Only well-paid workers can afford to complain.
The EPA has failed for 30 years to issue legally required rules to make polluters pay to clean up their pollution.
Just living near a place where coal ash is handled or dumped can give people asthma.
The US is pressuring the ICC and Mahmoud Abbas not to request an investigation into Israeli and Palestinian war crimes.
Australia's government said it would maintain the renewable energy target but is clearly making plans to create an excuse to eliminate it.
Explaining the background of ISIS in radicalization of Sunnis.
10,000 Israelis demonstrated for peace with Gaza.
It was a good try, but I think it will take more than 10,000 to influence the government, and the Arab-hating people.
Western news media have a superficial view of many countries, because reporters nowadays don't stay in a place long enough to know what's what.
The curfew in Ferguson was obeyed by recognized leaders and organizers, but hundreds of people stayed past midnight in pouring rain rather than let thugs chase them out of their town.
This article says the thugs did use tear gas.
Over 100 SWAT raids occur each day in the US, and most of them are for nothing more serious than searching a house for drugs.
This is accompanied by training thugs to act like an occupying army. If they expect to shoot people down, they will find opportunities to do it.
Here is data about the military equipment that the US has given to thugs.
Facebook is ordering users to switch to a different Messenger app which demands access to lots of personal information.
It's proprietary software, thus inherently untrustworthy, so using it is an act of folly. The same is true of Facebook's main app, and the nonfree program (in either iThings or Android) for accessing the app store where it is released.
In Android, that program is called Google Play, and it has a back door that is more or less universal.
Of course, you shouldn't be used by Facebook at all, because it extracts personal data that nobody ought to know.
A mob attacked a clinic in Liberia and drove out 29 people infected with Ebola.
Now they are likely to infect other people. Way to go, idiots!
The patients have been found and brought to another clinic.
Australian PM Abbott's plan to stop promoting renewable energy would amount to a 10 billion dollar gift to the fossil fuel companies he serves. And without even achieving the promised insignificant side benefit of a reduction in electricity prices.
A Jewish Israeli woman converted to Islam and is marrying an Arab. This has brought out various sorts of racists.
I find it hard to imagine a greater folly than for a woman to convert to Islam. But she has a right to do it, and a right to get married.
A US woman accused in Indonesia of murdering her mother says that thugs are beating her and threatening to deny her water unless she confesses.
I have no opinion about whether she is guilty of those charges. There may be valid reasons to prosecute her, but suspects should not be tortured.
The slogan "We don't talk with terrorists" is often an excuse to continue war.
Negotiating ransom with terrorists is what one should never do. Negotiating peace, that's different.
US citizens: call on the EPA to protect farm workers from dangerous pesticides.
On Race, America Has Far to Go. Ferguson Won't Be The Last Flash Point.
Union activists blocked an Israeli ship from docking in Oakland as a protest against the bombardment of Gaza.
Australian thugs are trying to arbitrarily ban a protest against an Israeli film festival in Australia.
French MPs propose to require supermarkets to donate unsold but still edible food to charities.
In principle, the idea seems good.
Poisonous algae in Lake Erie seem to result from a change in the form of phosphorus used in fertilizer.
Ecuador's foreign minister asks why the Swedish government fails to use the opportunity to question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, and thus denies justice both to Assange and to the women who made a complaint against him.
Of course, we can infer the answer easily.
California "Kill Switch" Bill Could Be Used to Disrupt Protests.
Advocates of greater regional autonomy in Russia have been arrested and their demonstrations banned.
I think it is proper for wealthier regions to support the development of poorer regions; thus, I disagree with demands for independence from the wealthier regions based on objection to this; for example, in Catalunya because its taxes help poorer parts of Spain.
If Siberia is proportionally richer than other parts of Russia, I would object likewise in Siberia's case. But I don't know whether that is so, and I don't know what Putin is doing with the tax money.
James Risen Calls Obama 'Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom in a Generation'.
US citizens: thank Obama for rethinking weapons deliveries to Israel.
US citizens: call on Obama to eliminate the tax incentives for companies to move their headquarters outside the US.
UK thugs want to be allowed to look at people's confidential medical records without getting a warrant (let alone permission). They cite "vulnerable" people as an excuse, but the loss of rights would apply to everyone.
Perhaps it is, in a sense, about vulnerable people. When undercover thugs infiltrate a dissident group, if they could check the medical records of everyone in the group, they could quickly find which ones are vulnerable to being pressured into a sexual relationship.
How US media spin the civilian casualties in Gaza — including claiming that civilians working for Hamas in non-military roles count as combatants.
Apple is storing the data of iThing users in China on servers in China.
Since Apple can extract lots of personal data from an iThing remotely, I think Apple will have great difficulty refusing when China demands that it do so.
China released human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng from prison, starved and with smashed teeth.
His teeth fell out because he was given limited food. He was tortured both physically and mentally. Now he can hardly speak.
Al Sharpton exhorted Ferguson protesters to avoid weakening their case by engaging in crimes such as looting.
This is wise advice: blacks of the 60s won advances in civil rights through discipline, and protesters today need discipline too.
Since then, a curfew has been imposed. I don't expect the protesters to disperse quietly just because someone told them to.
A Ukrainian rebel leader claims to have 1200 soldiers who were trained in Russia, as well as 30 tanks.
They could not have captured 30 tanks from the Ukrainian army in that area. If the claim is true, most of those tanks must have come from Russia. Perhaps Russia captured Ukrainian tanks in the Crimea and sent them to Ukraine.
This fight would not be nearly so long if not for the rich that defend poverty for everyone else.
US citizens: Call for approval of the constitutional amendment to reverse the Corporations United decision (to call them what they are, not what they pretended to be).
Michael Brown has been accused of stealing cigars from a store shortly before he was killed. The thugs have given conflicting stories about whether his killer knew about that.
The news of this ended the temporary peace between the thugs and the people of Ferguson, as the people took this as an attempt to smear the victim.
Ferguson's Days of Unrest Expose Stark Reality of a Segregated Society.
One white resident says about black drivers who get stopped: "Tires gone, lights out, no insurance, pieces of junk, that's why."
Perhaps it is true that black residents of Ferguson tend to have cars that are nearly junk, and leave things unrepaired. I wonder why. Perhaps because they don't get enough work, or their unemployment benefits were cut off, or they get paid minimum wage which is worth less and less, or they were victims of fraudulent foreclosure. Or their relatives have these problems, and they have to help their relatives rather than get a nice new car.
The main group of Yazidis, on Mt Sinjar, escaped the siege of genocidal ISIS, but smaller groups caught in villages are being massacred.
Fracking under the sea threatens coastal ecosystems.
Malaysia demonstrated contempt for human rights by threatening to jail a citizen for three years for "liking" a Facebook post that praises Israel.
Being a used of Facebook is foolish, but expressing opinions there should not be a crime.
The UK government has blocked publication of the report into the cause of horsemeat in the "beef", because it will point the finger at the government's cuts in inspecting food.
The deeper cause, which the report may not mention, is the EU's deregulation that makes it easy to ship meat from one company to another, in different countries, in a long sequence. Make the supply chain long enough, and there is sure to be a cheater in it at some point.
Fraud is profitable, so when business determines the laws, it often legislates for fraud.
Ferguson thugs' previous caper: they arrested the wrong man, jailed him even after they became aware of this, kicked him in the head, then charged him with the crime of damaging thug department property (bleeding on their uniforms).
Maybe he didn't bleed on their uniforms at all — the thugs later said they had made it up.
These thugs committed perjury. Why are they not in prison for that?
Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza.
A big spill of mine waste in Canada has led to repercussions against the mine.
Australia plans to tell asylum seekers they should go to Cambodia instead.
It might be a valid response, except that Cambodia treats asylum seekers almost as badly as Australia does.
The widely acknowledged (though not officially) "Hannibal Directive", by which the Israeli army risks killing its own soldiers to make sure they are not taken prisoner, means that the Israeli government will kill Israelis to avoid annoying negotiations.
When you get accustomed to dehumanizing the enemy, you tend to dehumanize your friends too by force of habit.
US frackers continue injecting diesel fuel even though it is illegal.
This is an extreme case of a standard practice of gouging people who don't have an insurance company to push for a lower price.
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, which monitors violations of Palestinians' human rights and called for peace in Gaza, has been singled out for punishment by the state because of its peace advocacy.
This fits into the general pattern in Israel of repression of those that oppose the occupation. Israel boasted of being the only free society in the Middle East, but it isn't much of a free society any more.
However, while racial profiling is unfair, that's not the central issue here. It's a fact that the people killed by thugs for no reason tend to belong to certain minority groups, but that's not what makes these killings wrong. The killing of Michael Brown would have been equally wrong if he were of some other ethnic group.
The unjustified violence of thugs, exacerbated by their militarization, is the central issue.
The Australian government hopes a meaningless apology will mollify those it intends to push into poverty on the street.
Making thugs wear cameras is just part of what is needed to curb their violence.
These cameras won't stop other abuses, such as searching people without grounds.
A leak shows that the secret proposed Canada-EU free exploitation treaty, CETA, has investor-state injustice comparable to TPP and TTIP.
For instance, if a city privatizes its water, it would be unable to make the water public again.
We should not be distracted by precisely where lines are drawn. All such treaties are fundamentally inimical to democracy, and we must abolish them, not sign more.
New York City is directing some of its spending towards worker-owned co-ops instead of businesses that profit mainly the boss.
Even if the page you visit isn't malware, various governments can replace it with malware.
Iraq has a new prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, but is there any chance he can win support from all sectors of the country?
The US proved it is possible to buy the support Sunni clan leaders, but it's not enough to pay them for a couple of years; one needs to keep paying them permanently. That may be worth the price.
We must somehow end the impunity of thugs that attack citizens.
Verizon is harassing phone customers to make them switch from copper lines to fiber cables that will be useless in a protracted emergency.
Modi focused a speech on condemnation of rape in India and calling for better treatment of girls.
US citizens: call on the EPA to require disclosure of the chemicals used in each frack well.
Everyone: call on Detroit to implement the 2005 water affordability plan and switch on everyone's water.
Creeping privatization of Britain's National Health Service is resulting in corruption, waste, and injuries to patients.
Busted: the myth that winning the soccer world cup leads to some economic benefit for a country.
Even if that were true, this would be a lousy way to make most people better off, since only one country can win. There are lots of better ways to use that same amount of money for the general good.
The main cause of glacial shrinkage nowadays is human activity.
Way to go, homo sap! This will lead to growing scarcity of fresh water in the areas that get their water from glacial runoff, such as California and northern India.
The UK government talks up community wind energy co-ops but has tightened the rules, blocking new ones.
Public pressure, criticizing cruelty to whales, has made SeaWorld agree to change some practices. Will it do enough?
Azerbaijan's tyrant has arrested human rights activists.
The excuse about NGO funding has been used to suppress civil society in several other countries, most recently Russia.
"Stand your ground" laws have lead to an increase in number of killings, and in a racially biased way.
Customers of Market Basket: demand restoration of the CEO that treated workers and customers decently.
The US continues to oppose the proposed treaty against weapons in space.
The black residents of Ferguson report that the city government is controlled by whites that persistently oppress them.
Abbott's business adviser prominently called climate science a hoax and warns of an imaginary threat of global cooling.
I suspect he is being paid somehow to do this by the coal industry. I wonder if he has ties to those suppositories of all climate folly, the Koch brothers.
The thugs fired rubber-coated steel bullets at a protester with his arms in the air, and at journalists. They arrested journalists too.
Firing tear gas canisters at people's bodies is a tactic well known from Palestine, where soldiers sometimes succeed in killing people with these "nonlethal" weapons that way. That's not how tear gas canisters are supposed to be used, but try telling thugs that.
The repression in Ferguson highlights the effect of the general militarization of US thugs since 2001.
Thugs with military weapons now create a war-zone atmosphere at protests they wish to repress.
The thug in Ferguson who arrested a reporter, and bashed his head against a car window, was wearing armor that prevented identifying him. Handy, if you want to hurt and injure people and get away with it.
These thugs are the nascent occupying army of the plutocratic state. As the state imposes more "free trade" treaties to cement the power of big business and serve the interests of the 1%, it needs to repress the people somehow. Just stopping poor and minorities from voting may not be enough.
Why research ethics are necessary even in the midst of an epidemic.
"Social media" seem to make many people more narcissistic.
Comcast seems to have a systematic practice of telling customers that some repair will be gratis, then charging for it anyway — unless the customer has a recording to prove it.
Interviews with the enslaved foreign workers building Abu Dhabi's branches of the Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum and New York University.
In Many US Communities, Cops are the 'Terrorists'.
The US wants school children to eat vegetables, but won't make the effort needed to prepare them to be edible.
Shipping lots of oil by train is dangerous even at low speed, but US railroads want the trains to travel at 60mph.
Poor people have cultural patterns, but the "culture of poverty" is a fabrication designed to prove that poverty is caused by bad habits.
Exposing Walmart spin about its economic power.
The only way you should ever accept copy of that recording is by file-sharing, so that you do not agree to their unjust contract.
The NSA's automatic counterattack device presumes that the NSA is intercepting all internet traffic into the US.
Comcast and Time Warner are putting lots of money into "honoring" the FCC commissioner in charge of reviewing their merger.
To such large companies in the same field should never be allowed to merge. That ought to be a no-brainer.
Child Asylum Seekers' Rights on Nauru 'Systematically Violated'.
We may be able to stop the TPP, but we must reject Democratic pressure to "give Obama a victory" which would be a defeat for the American people.
Russian military vehicles were seen crossing the border into Ukraine.
Appeals for "calm" are not enough; the occupation of Ferguson and other parts of the US by armed thugs must be ended.
Police Brutality Must Be Punished If We Want Real Justice for Michael Brown.
We need to unmilitarize the thugs, too.
Everyone: call on the Justice Department to investigate the thugs of Ferguson.
Everyone: call on Bumble Bee to take positive action to avoid killing sharks when it catches tuna.
US citizens: call on Congress to ban fracking.
Nitrous oxide, as sold on the street, is hardly dangerous at all, so why so much effort to get rid of it?
Perhaps it is unsightly, like a hungry homeless person. Cities try to ban them, too.
Snowden says that Syria's disconnection from the internet was due to a mistake that the NSA made while trying to install spy software.
Guatemala's president, formerly a general who implemented US-backed repression has hired a US lobbyist to get more military "aid" from the US.
The current outbreak of Ebola virus continues spreading because of fundamental problems in the medical system in Sierra Leone which result in lots of avoidable deaths from less exotic diseases.
Satellite observations find that the amount of water vapor in the upper troposphere has increased over 30 years, as climate models predict global heating to cause.
US citizens: Tell Congress you object to letting company reps choose their staff.
It occurs to me that Putin may have provoked the rebellion in eastern Ukraine with the goal of firing up Russians to support him while he imposes Chinese-style censorship on the internet in Russia.
Professor Schabas, appointed to lead a UN investigation of war crimes in Gaza, has said that Netanyahu deserves to face the International Court.
The information given does not justify the conclusion that Schabas is anti-Israel, but does suggest he has a preconceived view of the issue to be investigated. I agree with view, but his having it in advance may mean the investigation is biased.
Confirmation: Nixon and Kissenger sabotaged a cease-fire in Vietnam in order for Nixon to win the presidential election of 1968.
Whether this literally constitutes treason, or just a betrayal, I am not sure.
I've seen accusations that Reagan's men sabotaged an agreement with Iran to free the US hostages in 1980 so that he would win the presidential election that year. I don't know whether this is true, but he certainly betrayed his country later by ransoming hostages Iran-supported Lebanese kidnapers by selling arms to Iran.
More than ever before, Israel represses both Jews and Arabs that oppose the war.
Hamas has always used its tunnels against Israeli soldiers, not against civilians.
The article also mentions several Israeli claims about the tunnels that were erroneous or fabricated.
Right wing demonstrators in Israel boast of killing all the children in Gaza. (That is not in fact the case, but apparently they wish it were.)
A peace demonstration was banned, but hundreds came anyway.
The DEA bribed an Amtrak secretary for 20 years to get passenger name records rather than try to subpoena them.
I refuse to take Amtrak because it demands passengers show ID. Please join me in taking buses that don't demand ID instead of Amtrak for the distances for which ground transport is possible.
Israel agreed to allow Gaza a seaport, but has violated the agreement thus far.
Maybe EU control of shipping offers a compromise to open commerce and travel by sea.
Chinese research seeks to develop a computer system to detect people who are feeling stress, so as to arrest them.
Knowing about this system of surveillance will make some people feel stressed.
US citizens: call on the EPA to make power plant CO2 rules tighter.
US citizens: call on the SEC to adopt the rule to make publicly traded corporations declare political spending.
US citizens: call on state governors to stop transferring prisoners to private prisons out of state.
The UK government quashed torture lawsuits by saying that admitting the facts would embarrass the US. Then it began lobbying the CIA to stop the US Senate from acknowledging the torture, because if it did, that would pull the rug out from under the UK's self-serving argument.
Human Rights Watch accuses the Egyptian army of intentionally massacring protesting Morsi supporters.
Some Australian cities allow businesses to vote in local elections.
This is the logical progression from the Corporations United decision*. In fact, why allow mere humans to vote at all? Allowing businesses to appoint officials directly is the logical end of plutocracy.
* The organization is officially called "Citizens United", but I prefer to call it what it is rather than repeat its falsehood.
The Obama regime is citing the supposed "threat of terrorism" as a reason to keep undocumented migrants in prison rather than release them while their cases are heard.
Because I believe in equal rights, I don't think that this is even worse for being applied to women and children. It is equally bad to do this to men.
Uri Avnery: the war between Israel and Hamas has come out a draw, and now Israel has to negotiate with Hamas.
Ukraine says that Russia's "humanitarian aid" convoy will be allowed into Ukraine if the Red Cross inspects and approves its contents.
Authoritarian Erdogan won the election for president of Turkey, by less than was expected.
The seed library in Pennsylvania may in fact be legal, but these laws need to be changed to protect sharing of nonpatented seeds.
In the US today, if you're black or Latino, having a thug assume you're committing a crime is a rite of passage.
A CIA and NSA-funded company made a report claiming that al Qa'ida learned about resisting tracking from the Snowden revelations, though in fact it was developing countermeasures years before.
A curfew in Baltimore seems to presume that anyone under 16 who is out at night is being neglected by her parents.
The UK government is firmly determined to "reform" welfare to the point where the poor will starve, and claims that they are great for the poor.
1.3 Americans have died per day from fighting wars, since 2001. 120 die per day from lack of medical care. Why don't the latter get as much concern?
Police officers are simply not credible witnesses about such events, because they are accustomed to lying in court.
The UK says it will suspend some arms exports to Israel if Israel resumes fighting in Gaza.
At the Goldcorp (Canadian) mine in Guatemala, a local man who tried to complain was burnt alive by the company thugs.
The smallest porpoise species, found in the Sea of California, is facing extinction due to gill netting.
US citizens: Tell the USDA not to allow 2,4-D resistant corn.
Spells of heat or rain that lasts for weeks have become twice as common since 2000, due to measurable changes in the behavior of the jet streams.
All this is due to global heating.
Ukrainian Neo-Nazis, organized as militia units, are leading the attack against pro-Russian rebels.
Bullying is bullying, on the internet or off it.
Perhaps teenagers would self-harm less if our society did not make life so precarious.
Who does the US save, and who does the US allow to be oppressed?
More than 65,000 people in Gaza are homeless because their homes were destroyed.
Iran has banned sterilization in a campaign to pressure people to have more children. It will fall most heavily on those who can't afford to travel abroad for an operation.
I can understand that people would not want to have children in Iran. What if they are daughters?
Israel's identification of criticism of the occupation of Palestine with antisemitism was meant to suppress the former using the odium of the latter. It worked for a while, but now it has backfired: the odium of the occupation is boosting antisemitism.
A new analysis estimates that the Keystone XL planet-roaster pipeline will result in 120 million tons of extra annual CO2 emissions, not merely 30 million.
This is because it would result in a lower price for oil, which would encourage users to burn oil rather than invest in alternatives.
Although this is a small fraction of what the human world emits, it is an investment in increasing the emissions, when what we need to do is invest in decreasing them. We must also end the subsidies for oil. Better an increase in price now, than a big jump in price in 5 years.
Amnesty International criticizes the US for whitewashing killings of Afghan civilians.
That the Taliban are even worse is no excuse, because they are no standard of comparison.
A large part of US bottle water is shipped from California, which has a severe drought.
I just about never buy a bottle of water in the US or other countries where tap water is potable. Why pollute the environment by being a sucker?
The tiny fraction of climate scientists who deny that human activities cause global heating report much more media coverage than the ones who agree with the consensus.
Obama tried persistently to unite Iraq under Maliki's government, but he has recognized that this won't work.
Kurdistan makes a much better ally, since it is a nation and has an army that will fight for something other than pay or hatred.
The Bangladeshi workers on hunger strike received their back pay.
The article does not mention one of the reasons these workers are mistreated so much: the "flexible" system of subcontracting that makes it easy to move production from one subcontractor to another. We must make the shell companies that put their names on these goods responsible for the actions of their supply chain.
The Australian Liberal Party registered domain names that use "Abbott lies", acting like the "pregnancy counselors" that try to distract women away from abortion clinics.
Indigenous women organize to fight extractive industries promoted by governments that have sold out.
Don't lump boycotting Israel together with antisemitism.
Pakistan's government has banned an opposition protest march.
The UK censored a report on house prices, apparently to cover up the effect of fracking.
Racism still exists the US, but people grasp at straws to argue it isn't really racism.
Facebook tracks everyone's browsing through "Like" buttons. A scandal has erupted because Facebook says it will use that data to choose what ads to show people.
How Facebook uses that data is a distracting side issue. The real injustice is that Facebook (and other companies) collect this data at all. That practice should be prohibited by law.
You can protect yourself from this particular surveillance mechanism by using a browser such as IceCat that blocks the things that do the surveillance.
10 years later, the New York Times recognizes that torture is really torture even if committed by the US government.
Russia has joined China in requiring all users of internet cafes to show their identity. This policy is part of repressing dissent.
If you are in Russia, you can help resist Putin's repression by leaving your own wifi network unencrypted.
The EFF is developing a system that allows you to have your private encrypted wifi network plus a secondary unencrypted one for anyone passing by.
I am somewhat unhappy that they call it "open", but it's a good project despite the name.
Hamas threatened to increase its ineffective rocket attacks on Israel unless the siege is ended.
It suits both Hamas and Israel to treat these rocket attacks as a big danger.
Naomi Klein: 'Our Economic Model Is at War with Life on Earth'.
20,000 or more besieged Yazidis escaped from Isis encirclement.
It is not clear whether US attacks helped make this possible.
What the world needs now is secularism, and urgently.
When Obama talks about "banning" torture, which is illegal, and fails to prosecute torturers, the effect is to undermine the law against torture and make torture a mere matter of policy.
China has excluded some Apple computers from the list approved for government purchases, on grounds of insecurity.
This is very wise. Apple computers have no security against Apple itself.
Some US Christians are as vicious as ISIS.
US casinos get most of their money from slot machines made so addictive and "smooth" that people can get lost in them for hours or days.
I have sometimes wanted to get lost in playing a machine. Rather than going to a casino, I played a game on a computer — that cost me nothing. Free software games are available for this.
The idea of raising money for a state by legalizing casinos and taxing them made some rational sense for the first few states to do it. People from other states came there and spent money. Now that most US states have legalized casinos, this effect has disappeared; the result is that people spend money on casinos instead of some other business that also pays taxes.
It's amazing how shortsighted politicians can be when that enables a business to make money.
Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the rate of car accidents has continued its general downward trend.
ISIS gets its funding from US "allies": Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
This seems to have been going on for longer than the article says: it seems that some of them were behind the start of the armed uprising in Syria, back when Syrians where still holding nonviolent protests for democracy.
Amnesty International says there is mounting evidence of intentional Israeli attacks on medical facilities and workers in Gaza.
The US has repeatedly squandered opportunities to make the world less vulnerable to nuclear destruction.
The article has a certain one-sidedness, as is often found in articles whose main point is to criticize the US. For instance, it tries to suggest that the US was in the wrong in planning for war with Japan in 1941 (though nothing forced Japan to start that war). Japan in 1941 was in the process of conquering China by means of a stream of atrocities; that's why the US stopped selling Japan the materials Japan needed in order to continue that conquest.
Chinese companies now offer censored computing services to people outside China.
I would hardly agree with that party on anything, but banning a party is an act of tyranny.
US citizens: call on Obama to block corporate tax-deserters.
In the US: join or support the People's Climate March.
Mexico has made the disastrous decision to privatize oil extraction.
If this needs "investment", I am sure the Mexican state would come out better by doing the investment itself. This sort of claim is the basis for most privatizations, and nearly all of them do harm to all but their investors.
Decommissioning reactor 3 at Fukushima will be more difficult than supposed, because it appears that nearly all the fuel rods melted down.
The four main US ISPs are accused of violating the one network neutrality rule that remains in effect.
Ukraine fired inaccurate missiles at a rebel missile launcher operating near civilians, and this killed civilians.
Drugs that many humans take, and excrete, wind up in waterways and harm wildlife. Perhaps we should choose drugs with a view towards reducing these effects.
Airline prices are falling and this will cause an increase in CO2 emissions caused by flights.
Hamas refused to extend the temporary cease fire, demanding an end to the siege of Gaza.
A siege is an act of war, just as much as firing a rocket or dropping a bomb. Declaring a free-fire zone inside Gaza and shooting at anyone who goes there is also an act of war. If Israel wants a buffer zone, it should create that buffer zone inside Israel's borders.
The tunnels built by Hamas could be used to attack civilians or soldiers, but Hamas uses them to attack soldiers. And taking soldiers prisoner is not "kidnapping". However, the rockets launched by Hamas against civilians are war crimes.
More about the dishonest terminology used by Israel and Hamas.
1600 Bangladeshi clothing workers occupied their factories because they have not been paid for months.
This generally results in lower prices paid to farmers and other producers because they have to accept what Walmart is willing to pay them.
The verbal tactics right-wing politicians use when an aggressive falsehood is caught out.
Many Europeans are responding to Israel's repeated aggressions by hating all Jews.
Antisemitism was suppressed for decades because it was condemned by a large part of society, in response to Nazi genocide. My mother told me about the regular antisemitism she experienced in New York in the 1930s, but I have almost never encountered it. (I am Jewish by ethnicity, and the fact that I am an Atheist would not make antisemites forgive me for that.) Now it seems that suppression has ended, antisemitism has come back. Israel's actions are to blame.
It is not rational to condemn all Jews for Israeli aggression. When people with a valid cause attack an illegitimate target, it makes the situation worse. Israel's killing of Arab civilians did that, and antisemitism will do it again.
Max Schrems' persistent fight against Facebook's monstrous surveillance engine.
Temple University distanced itself from the bogus study that found false "savings" from private prisons. That's not enough — universities must not allow their professors to do false research for pay.
Even opponents of abortion rights don't really believe that abortion is murder.
They use the slogan to talk themselves into a frenzy so they can aggress against women's rights.
Americans should stop freaking out when they see children in parked cars.
The US has a general pattern of smothering overprotection of children.
It is normal for children to leave the house and play together without adults. It used to be normal in the US for children to walk some miles to school by themselves.
Reports of evidence that Malaysia flight 17 was attacked by cannon fire from fighter planes.
I have not seen these claims anywhere else. If they are confirmed, it would change everything about the issue.
Wisconsin's supreme court is not conservative, it's right-wing radical.
Isis is conquering parts of Kurdistan with the help of heavy US weapons captured from the disintegrating Iraqi army.
Obama announced he will launch air strikes to prevent genocide.
That is a valid reason for war, and supporting Iraq in defense makes it legal as far as I know.
I worry, however, that this US intervention will backfire just like the last one. In the long term, it would make more sense to give heavy weapons to the Kurds. They probably can be relied on not to lose those weapons to Isis.
Ireland formally accepted that an abortion is better than a woman's suicide, but seems to be trying to take it back.
Making palpable the hopelessness of survival after a nuclear war.
What could possibly have excused dropping a nuclear weapon on Nagasaki?
Israeli troops left shit and words of hatred in Ahmed Owedat's home after destroying the appliances and stealing his life savings.
They did similar things in a girl's school while occupying it as a base to destroy houses all around.
These acts fit the general hatred of Arabs expressed by Israelis today.
Demand in China for shark's fin has crashed, as many Chinese refuse to eat it out of concern for the danger of driving sharks to extinction.
Maybe similar education campaigns could end the demand for tiger bone and rhino horn.
Obama could save Argentina from the vultures with a simple order, but he has already capitulated to them.
Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia three more years.
I am sure he would rather be in Bolivia, but the US wants him to be in Russia.
A giant coal mine in China is illegally eating up a nature reserve.
To make sure Chinese people can't complain about this, China is imposing tight control on all Internet communications.
The UK government edited Wikipedia to downplay cases where UK thugs shot people dead.
Walgreens gave way to the pressure campaign and decided to keep its headquarters in Chicago.
One factor that may tend to encourage US companies to move their headquarters elsewhere is to take advantage of "investor-state" lawsuit provisions in existing and proposed free exploitation treaties.
Almost half the people in the US list of terrorist suspects have no connection to any known terrorist group.
Since that the US designates groups as "terrorist" arbitrarily, without a trial, some "known terrorist" groups may not really be terrorist groups.
Dozens of major US corporations are planning to move overseas to dodge taxes.
Any politician who refuses to change laws to undo the effects of this is working for those corporations — which is treason.
The Obama regime crossed out so much text in the Senate's CIA torture report that it becomes unreadable.
Senator Feinstein threatens to punish the CIA by not publishing the report?!?
Isn't that exactly what the CIA would prefer?
If the senate is serious, it should stick an amendment into some must-pass legislation giving the senate full control over what it publishes in this report.
Mothers of murdered Argentine dissidents are finding some of their kidnaped grandchildren.
Israeli dissident Gideon Levy, who criticized the Israeli air force for callously bombing civilians, is receiving death threats from powerful right-wing politicians.
Mercury pollution from industry and burning coal accumulates in the oceans near the surface and gradually poisons marine life.
Workers and customers have joined to fight against the change in management of Market Basket supermarkets.
Even Wall Street Thinks Income Inequality Could "Capsize" the Economy.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to obey pollution laws with its dams.
US citizens: tell the Fish and Wildlife service not to reduce protection of manatees.
40,000 Iraqis of a minority sect are stranded without water, but face mass murder by Isis if they leave their mountain.
Mohammed said it is legitimate to lie if someone forces you to convert to some other religion. I agree: lying is less bad than killing, so when killing in self defense is justified, as in a case like this, so is lying. By this standard, the trapped Yazidis could agree to "convert", flee the area, then say they lied under coersion.
They would have to stay out of Isis's hands, however. Muslim fanatics do not apply the Golden Rule to their own fanaticism.
Australia orders dismissal of Save the Children staff teaching children Australia for expressing sympathy with protesters.
The US owes reparations to Guatemala's poor for the repression that it financed for decades.
I don't think that these reparations must obligatorily take the form of allowing Guatemalans to move to the US in large quantities. It would be fine to give them the means for a decent life at home.
Everyone: call on Coca Cola Company to stop opposing laws to label GMOs.
US citizens: call on the US to stop giving out coal leases that are effectively give-aways to mining companies.
Illustrating the evil of making it a crime to possess pornography, a man in the UK was convicted of the crime of not knowing how to delete all copies of a disgusting video sent to him by a stranger.
I don't understand the pretext for banning pornography involving animals. If extreme animal rights activists demanded that, at least there would be some sense in it.
I wonder how long it will take for thugs to start carrying around kids they can fondle as they arrest people and beat them up. Then any photos of the brutality would be "child pornography", and the photographer would be sent to prison.
US citizens: tell the EPA you support its decision to block Pebble Mine.
US citizens: call for continued protection of wild bighorn sheep from the danger of disease transmitted by domestic sheep.
US citizens: tell the EPA that Americans are ready for strong action to reduce CO2 emissions.
Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a prisoner in Guantanamo, has been approved for release to Uruguay, but since that might not happen for years, he is hunger striking basically to death and suing to end force-feeding.
If you are sick of a market-driven world, maybe you still have some values that aren't aligned with plutocracy.
Right-wing militias now helping Ukraine's army fight rebels might become dangerous once that is over.
Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson call for the UN to order an end to the siege of Gaza.
There is a 72-hour cease fire at present, but converting that into peace will be difficult.
5 infectious diseases that are more dangerous in the US than Ebola, in terms of how likely it is that you will get one and die of it.
India blocked a proposed trade treaty because it threatens food security for poor countries.
The argument that a "free trade" treaty would good because it "adds to the world's wealth" is fallacious even if it really does add to total wealth: these treaties, in today's plutocratic system, assure that all the increment goes to the plutocrats. It's another form of the "trickle-down" swindle.
Democracy is at stake in Obama's threat to imprison reporter James Risen.
You can still sign the petition.
Why was a SWAT team sent to disarm a Texas grandmother with a shotgun?
A news site indirectly owned by Comcast deleted an article about Comcast-funded astroturf organizing against network neutrality.
Russia threatens to block the BBC web site for an interview with Siberians who wanted to march for Siberian independence.
I can understand why they don't want to be ruled by Putin, but why leave the rest of Russia behind?
Unemployed Britons describe the impossible hoops of the "jobcenters" that were set up to create excuses to punish them.
I think they would advance their rights more if they got together and held a sit-in in front of a jobcenter, demanding to be put in prison. Civil rights protesters showed their contempt for unjust law by filling the jails; why not the unemployed?
But they have to refuse to do any work while in prison that the state would profit from.
Abbott proposes a broad attack on human rights in Australia in the name of "fighting terrorism".
Most of the chicken sold in the UK is contaminated with campylobacter, which causes stomach illness that is sometimes fatal. Hygiene standards are evidently not good enough.
Either it is the same in the US, or it would be the same if standards are lowered. This is part of the reason why the US proposal to reduce inspection standards is so bad. Only under plutocracy are such crazy "economies" proposed.
A class-action lawsuit against Facebook for violating privacy adds up to 8 million euros.
I agree with the plaintiffs in spirit, but the victory they aim for would take the form of limiting the use of giant data bases. That isn't enough to give us privacy where we really need it. We need to prevent the accumulation of giant data bases about people.
In particular, don't be a used of Facebook at all.
Fertilizer runoff has led to a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie.
The waste of fertilizer will haunt us too, as supplies of some chemical fertilizers are running out.
Libraries around the US are starting to lend traditional seeds as well as books, but Pennsylvania says it presents a danger of "terrorism".
In the US, for-profit home health care agencies working for Medicare cost more and provide worse care.
This is natural. Their profit has to come out of the patients and the public. Privatizing a public service is nearly always harmful unless it enables the public to buy directly from a competitive market.
New figures from the Commerce Department show that US inequality growth is even more than was believed.
ALEC is recruiting states to try to block the EPA from regulating CO2 emissions from electric plants.
ALEC is funded by fossil fuel companies and the Koch brothers, and their agenda is to make us burn as much fossil fuel as possible and run at high speed into climate disaster.
US citizens: support the Marshall Islands in demanding an end to nuclear weapons.
The Satanic Temple demands a religious exception to laws restricting abortion.
The US is developing a palm-sized surveillance drone.
Chris Hedges describes systematic Israeli lies about types of violent events he witnessed.
US citizens: Support protecting Puget Sound from oil tanker traffic.
A cunning loanshark sells furniture to US soldiers at elevated prices, lending them money, then sues them in a state where they can't go, so that they always lose.
UK activists report that undercover thugs harassed them to become informers. One says thugs threatened to prosecute her if she told about this.
Alan Gross, sent by the US to try to give Cuban Jews internet access and imprisoned for it, aims to die within a year if not released.
I have little general sympathy for US meddling, which is often done with an evil intent, but Cuba's interference with people's right to communicate is wrong in any case.
The only reliable way to get a good grade on US standardized tests is to get the latest textbooks from the three publishers that make the tests.
Wealthy areas can afford to provide these books. Poor areas can't. So the tests are an excuse to call poor children stupid, and a scam to benefit those publishers.
US citizens: Support extending the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument.
Thousands of criminal convictions were based on bogus hair comparison "forensic analysis" by done the FBI.
Reportedly other kind of forensic analysis also turned out to be bogus.
Perspectives on media bias over Ukraine and Russia.
The UK government is determined to re-privatize a railroad line that made a lot of money for the treasury.
The income undermines the government's ability to claim it can't afford programs to help the poor.
The US imprisoned Yunus Rahmatullah in Afghanistan for a decade without allowing lawyers to talk to him.
Australia's chief immigration psychiatrist says the treatment of asylum seekers is designed to make them suffer, as a form of mental torture.
The intelligence services, effectively a fourth branch of government, continue to enjoy effective impunity while spying on all of us.
New York's jail for minors is a hell of violence.
Australia's proposed austerity budget would hurt the poor most.
That's what it was intended to do. Tony Grabbit is evil, but not incompetent.
The UK will reexamine each planned weapons sale to Israel to ensure they don't support attacking Gaza.
Whether this is serious, we will see by the results.
Getting to grips with the danger of manipulation of the public through digital media.
Using mass media to manipulate public opinion and launch wars started before the 19th century. Remember the Maine, which sunk in Havana harbor due to an internal explosion, then provided the excuse for a media frenzy that pushed the US into war with Spain.
Many Americans don't have the choice to boycott Walgreens, because medical plans require shopping there.
Some Facts that Poverty-Deniers Don't Want to Hear.
Alabama's latest attempt to close abortion clinics has been overturned by a court.
US citizens: call on Obama to fire CIA director Brennan and CIA agents that spied on Congress, and launch an investigation to prosecute them.
US citizens: call for a suspension of executions in the US.
This should be a first step towards ending the death penalty.
Republican-controlled states that rejected Obama's health care plan have a lot more uninsured people, and it costs them a lot of money.
A US court overturned Obama's decision to offer tax credits for signing up in these states. This is going to cause suffering for a lot of people.
Republican legislators want to make life precarious at any cost, because the plutocrats profit from the desperation of potential workers. If this causes a state deficit, they will use that as an excuse to cut some other program that helps the non-rich.
A resource for Canadians: hundreds of nasty things that the Harper government has done.
In the UK, only the Green Party is prepared to reject the idea that billionaires' wealth is good for everyone.
How Israel engineered and provoked the war in Gaza.
Americans can use jury nullification to protect future Aaron Swartzes and Edward Snowdens.
It's worth a try, if you find yourself on jury duty. But we need to push for more reliable solutions too.
Foreigners are being evacuated from Libya, which is collapsing into chaotic war.
The USDA has modified a little its plan to let poultry companies inspect their own products.
It is a step in the wrong direction, and making it smaller won't make it ok.
The UK government is trying to censor the US Senate torture report when it talks about the UK's participation.
Russia wants Apple to provide secret source code.
This would show Russia how to extract data from an iThing just as Apple does.
The UK government is stretching and even breaking its own immigration laws to deport exactly the people it should be most willing to allow to stay, for no reason except trying to prove how harsh it is to migrants.
An organization that pretends to represent US small business owners does right-wing lobbying for the Koch brothers and big insurance companies without telling its members.
The AARP acts similarly — it lobbies for right-wing causes that its members, who are Americans old enough to retire, might not approve of. This is why I refuse to join the AARP.
The Keystone XL pipeline is facing increasing opposition and increasing legal defeats.
I am not convinced that Obama really has decided to block it. If he had, why hasn't he done so? I think he is waiting for 2015 to approve it.
Regenerative organic farming can cut a large fraction of humanity's greenhouse has emissions.
We would have to eat much less beef. I think we would all accept that inconvenience if we understood what the alternative is.
Dissidents opposed to the war in Israel are facing persecution at every level: mob attacks on the street, threats of punishment at school, exclusion from employment, and threats of state punishment.
It reminds me of what I've read about McCarthyism in the US.
The New York Times accepts Israeli censorship of reporting about Gaza.
Reporters in Gaza, reporting by channels that bypass Israel, can report freely as far as I know.
The New York Times says that anyone who couldn't distinguish a passenger plane from a military plane was "irresponsible and stupid" and "a war criminal". Except when the person is an officer in the US Navy.
100 economists called on the US government to take action to thwart vultures from attacking Argentina or any other country.
US citizens: support the Stop Corporate Inversions Act.
US citizens: call on Kerry and Obama to impose an end to the siege of Gaza.
Australian officials told the boat people, imprisoned at sea, that they would be forcibly put into lifeboats which they would then have to navigate to India.
While imprisoned on the ship, they did not get enough food.
Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko writes to Obama asking for support. Maseko is in prison for criticizing the government and the courts of Swaziland.
Israel spied on Kerry's communications while he was making his futile efforts to broker a cease-fire in Gaza.
Netanyahu is treating the US with overt contempt, believing he has the US government on a leash. A couple of days ago he essentially told the US, "Shut up, you have no right to question Israel's decisions." The US government does not seem to have listened.
US citizens: support the Schedules That Work Act
California has declared a fire emergency, with fires now at the level usually seen only in September.
In 30 years, that will usually arrive in June, due to global heating.
The ignorance of right-wingers knows no bounds. A language teacher in Utah was fired for writing an article about homophones.
How the US empire weakens the US and harms Americans.
Uri Avnery: Israel keeps changing the "aim" of the attack on Gaza, so there is always a reason to keep attacking.
To keep it going, the US has just sold Israel more ammunition.
The latest "war aim" is to destroy Hamas tunnels, which Israel claims are meant to attack Israeli civilians. Never mind the fact that they have only been used to attack soldiers.
It's not clear the Iron Dome rockets are effective at destroying Hamas missiles (which seem to pose little danger in any case), but they are great for making loud explosions that get Israelis scared.
Israeli civilians have talked themselves into a frenzy of fear based on a danger that is tiny. That frenzy is, in objective terms, no justification for them to inflict great harm on civilians in Gaza.
The casualties (killed and wounded) in Gaza, around 10,000 people, amount to half a percent of the population of Gaza (1.8 million). If 30,000 Israelis were casualties of Hamas attacks, Israelis would face the same level of danger as Gazans, and I'd agree they had a valid reason to be frightened.
Vandana Shiva explains Monsanto's world-wide attack on food safety laws.
In the US: call on Walgreens to remain a US company.
The UK Labour Party is terrified that people might think it is planning to tax inherited fortunes.
That would be a tax on wealth. Taxing wealth is just what Thomas Piketty says we need to do.
With the Earth's surface heating, and ice melting everywhere, it was a mystery why sea ice around Antarctica was increasing. Part of the explanation is that the increase is less than was thought.
In order for fracking to have a chance of leading a transition to cleaner energy, it would need a coherent plan to end use of coal and oil.
There is no such plan, because the backers of fracking don't really want to reduce fossil fuel use. They only want to extract more and faster.
This is aside from the point that fracked gas releases a lot of methane which makes its greenhouse contributions much higher.
A Hindu-nationalist politician claims that rape accusations in India are a "fashion", in effect asserting it is unthinkable that rape could really occur in India.
Australia forced the Tamil boat people onto a plane to Nauru with no warning and without informing their lawyers.
People who committed crimes while drunk show a pretty good rate of staying sober under the monitoring of a sobriety bracelet.
This use of surveillance is legitimate because it is specifically targeted and because it is imposed after due process.
25,000 people in Detroit are cut off from water supplies, and it is not clear that the mayor is going to treat the poor any better than the bankruptcy manager.
US citizens: oppose mergers of big companies such as Comcast.
Hungary's government is slowly extending censorship, much as Putin did until a couple of years ago.
Wall Street Has Raked In Almost A Billion Dollars Helping Companies Move Overseas To Dodge Taxes.
72 companies have stopped funding ALEC, but ALEC still gets plenty from the Koch brothers, tobacco companies and Big Pharma.
A US court continues to demand that Microsoft hand over a client's emails stored in Ireland, without consulting Ireland.
Ireland could stop Microsoft from complying, if it had the guts.
The Great Barrier Reef is already sick, and the new coal mine that Australia plans to create will attack it in several ways, probably killing it.
The GAO says big US banks are still "too big to fail".
Uganda's latest anti-gay law was struck down as unconstitutional, but only on a technicality, and the old one that was imposed by British colonialists remains.
The unknown spider species we are driving to extinction today might save your life if it survives. And wiping them out could make us starve.
The Palestinian Authority should call on the International Criminal Court to prosecute the war crimes in Gaza.
Although Israel claims that Hamas uses UN schools for military activities, so far there is no evidence that it did so in the schools where civilians are sheltering. The UN reported finding rockets stored in UN schools that were closed and not in use.
The "social" aspect of multiplayer video games is an unhealthy society, totally structured to get people to play and pay.
While we have seen such things before, such as shopping malls as places to hang out, and the increasing number of holidays structured around socially-pressured gift-giving, they do involve a lot of social interaction on which no structure is imposed. This is a change for the worse; it could be producing millions of people who don't interact with their "friends" outside of the imposed structure.
The UK government, which does not want climate negotiations to succeed, has cut the budget for its climate diplomacy by 1/3 in recent years.
The UK government is working for fossil fuel companies and intends to prevent an agreement. That does not require much staff work.
The inhabitants of Mosul are resisting ISIS.
Israeli artillery practices are a recipe for hitting civilians.
Are the gunners sloppy and incompetent, or do they just not care about killing Arabs?
The Obama regime and CIA torturers are censoring the Senate investigation into CIA torture.
Some prisoners in Guantanamo said they would accept force-feeding done in a way that doesn't amount to torture. Obama would rather torture them.
Japan's Yushukan war museum says that Japan was never an aggressor, and that Japanese troops never committed atrocities. It was always all the other side's fault.
Japan is not the only country to whitewash aggression and massacres in this way. Today Israel and the US do it. It is noteworthy how the Japanese army defined all Chinese men of military age in Nanjing as soldiers in civilian disguise; thus it can claim their execution was not a massacre. Did Bush and Obama get the idea from there?
US citizens: call on Congress to end bulk use of antibiotics in factory farms, before the resistant bacteria kill us.
Russia has prohibited anonymous comments on web sites.
It has also imposed many other limits on Internet use, including arbitrary blocking of inconvenient web sites.
Of course, Russia is ruled by a tyrant, and this is what tyrants do. (I pity the poor fools in the Crimea that wanted to be under Putin's power — if indeed they were more than a bunch of armed gangs he had set up.)
What is more dangerous is that governments of "free" countries such as the US, France, Italy, and Finland also block web sites, and have laws such as the DMCA that lend themselves to political censorship.
A UK committee wants to ban anonymity on the internet.
Extreme weather in Siberia has impacted salmon, causing bears to attack humans.
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court struck down the law criminalizing defamation.
Scientists have found more coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico that have been badly damaged by the Big Spill.
They say that not all reefs in the area were harmed. It makes sense that the oil was carried by currents in certain directions and others were spared. It makes for a good comparison.
40 million US workers don't get paid sick days, and ALEC is fighting to keep it that way.
CIA Admits to Spying on Senate Staffers. And breaking the security on Senate computers, too.
But worst of all is that they lied about it.
The CIA needs to be investigated by another Church Committee.
India has suspended trials of genetically modified foods for the sake of protecting its food security.
US electric companies are paying ALEC to push laws to obstruct installation of solar generation in homes and businesses.
Massachusetts has replaced its "buffer zone" law with a different way of preventing harassment of patients and doctors at abortion clinics.
Australia's prison for boat people is intended to make future boat people stay away, so it is intentionally cruel. About 1/3 of the prisoners have mental health problems.
One epileptic had seizures because the government took away her anti-seizure medicine and did not supply more. Some children are described as having given up eating because it was not worth living.
The prisons are cruel to people with non-mental illnesses, too. This article (mostly overlapping) informs us that the thugs confiscated eyeglasses and hearing aids too.
The Australian government representative was shocked people could doubt the benign intentions and good judgment of the government, which are of course beyond question.
The "public inquiry" into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko will not really be a public inquiry. Even its conclusion will not be entirely published.
Some of the Greeks who shot the immigrant workers whose pay they were stealing were acquitted of human trafficking.
Uganda's repressive anti-gay law is being challenged as unconstitutional.
Israel intends to increase its attacks on Gaza, and is buying more ammunition from the US to kill more Palestinians.
Politicians want NATO to "respond" to non-armed "attacks" which might be nothing but propaganda.
If the response to a non-armed "attack" is made in kind, without arms, it does not require the formality of NATO, or any treaty. It would be nonmilitary cooperation between governments, which they can do without NATO.
It follows that this proposal is really about permitting NATO to launch a war in response to non-military action. That seems very dangerous to me.
It will grasp any excuse to claim it has no money for the poor, the NHS, and so on.
Colombia's army and the government-supported paramilitares continue their terrorism and repression, with US support.
Genetically engineered corn that makes Bt toxin has ceased to repel insect pests, in Brazil and in the US. Brazilian farmers demand compensation for the extra pesticides they had to use.
Yonas Fikre says the US had him arrested and tortured in the United Arab Emirates and apparently collaborated with his torturers.
It is not clear that Fikre can't return to the US. The article does not say he faced arrest (let alone torture) in the US. Perhaps therefore Sweden's decision not to grant him asylum was correct, since he can safely return to his home country.
But that doesn't excuse the US for collaborating in torture.
Former US intelligence officials call on the US to show its evidence about Malaysian Airlines flight 17, or else stop claiming to be certain about what happened.
Above all they criticize the tendency to condemn Russia as if the rebels had intentionally shot down the plane (which it is clear they did not do).
Israel bombarded a UN school again in Gaza, and has tried to pretend that Hamas attacked the school.
It is standard practice for the Israeli government to deny the facts to duck the blame for killing innocent Palestinians — one may as well assume such claims are false.
Australia will punish the unemployed if they don't apply for enough jobs or if they send "unsatisfactory" applications.
If there are no jobs available in your field, you will inevitably be punished.
New Zealand's mountains have lost 1/3 of their snow and ice since 1978.
Wikileaks reveals that the Australian government is covering up a bribery scandal by banning all public discussion of it.
It's true, but the fact that one must cite economic losses as a reason to prevent worldwide disaster is a testament to plutocracy.
More explanation of the report.
What is "terrorism"? Hamas uses tunnels into Israel to attack soldiers — which is war, not terrorism.
Israel bombards civilians, homes of the families of Hamas members, hospitals, and power plants — which is terrorism, not war.
The unregulated "shadow banking system" vitiates the regulations that were intended to make banks more stable.
Pervasive surveillance in the US forces journalists and lawyers to use spy techniques to communicate with their source and clients.
Although the Senate is now considering a bill that would make it harder for the NSA to collect records in bulk, that would not prevent targeted investigations aimed at a journalist to find the journalist's sources. The approach of limiting access to giant digital dossiers is simply not capable of solving the problem. We must stop the creation of these dossiers.
Comparing the Senate bill with the toothless House bill.
In the US: tell Southwest Airlines not to gag passengers.
Several European countries now ask stores to label products from Israeli colonies in Palestine.
They ought to go further and ban commercial importation of all such products.
Buy Low, Sell High: How Big Coal And The BLM Treat Taxpayers Like Chumps.
How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans. (And young Europeans too.)
Israel has arrested 400 Israeli Arabs for protesting, or planning to protest, or relaying postings about a protest, or just being near a protest. Some get beaten bloody, some get interrogated without lawyers.
People who support peace are called traitors by the right-wing majority.
David Grossman (mentioned in the above article) still has hope that Israel will "grow up" as a result of this war.
Stranger things have happened, but having "the left" understand the majority right-wingers better is not the sort of progress that will help.
If TaskRabbit Is the Future of Employment, the Employed Are Fucked.
The US is providing the Afghan government with more weapons than it can use, and many could fall into the hands of the Taliban.
Republicans passed a bill to let taxes for poor families increase but reduce them for fairly wealthy families.
A court settlement requires the US government to investigate how dangerous 5 pesticides are to endangered wildlife.
General Mills has given Oxfam firm commitments to cut deforestation.
I'm generally skeptical that commitments by businesses are lip service, but if Oxfam thinks this will really solve the problem, maybe it will.
In the US mainstream media, you can get in trouble by showing too much concern for the killing of 1000 Palestinians, but it's fine to say that Hamas is "forcing" Israel to kill Palestinian children.
This is, of course, totally false. Israel could easily protect itself from the tunnels, and the rockets rarely hurt anyone.
US citizens: call on the Department of the Interior to stop issuing licenses for offshore oil drilling.
Mississippi's attempt to close the state's only abortion clinic has been declared unconstitutional.
However, there may be more appeals.
Israel destroyed Gaza's electric plant. This will make Gaza totally dependent on whatever electricity Israel chooses to supply.
Florida bans doctors from discussing the danger of guns with their patients.
OkCupid did an experiment telling users they were compatible when its scores said they were not.
These pairs carried on with conversations, apparently not noticing their supposed incompatibility. I wonder how many of them formed relationships and how those worked out.
It's possible that this experiment constituted lying to the users, but I don't know whether that is true. It depends on what promises the site makes to users about how it judges compatibility, which are facts I don't know. If "flip a coin" is as good a method as its usual one, perhaps it satisfies the promises.
However, if a dating site's claim to being useful is its method for estimating people's compatibility, and that method turns out to be little better than chance, it seems to imply that the site is pointless.
More information about the experiment.
US citizens: Don't send back child refugees without hearing their cases.
After an oil train derailed in Washington state, activists blocked the tracks so no more could follow.
A former Israeli air force officer says that Israel's moral standards have collapsed. Actions that led to soul-searching 12 years ago are now done without a second thought.
Verizon offers customers "rewards" in exchange for more tracking.
This is why I think it won't achieve much to adopt a law that people "own" their personal data as property — it is too easy to convince them to sell it.
US citizens: tell the EPA you support limiting CO2 emissions from coal power plants.
ALEC is promoting state laws to remove all regulation from private "charter" schools and ban enrollment in Medicaid.
Solitary confinement often causes mental illness.
In addition, it must make dementia more likely, since it has been established that exercising the mind tends to delay dementia.
A diary from Gaza under bombardment.
A Spanish union plans a protest in Gibraltar against its use as a tax-dodge haven.
I support their campaign against tax havens, but under the circumstances it can't help being confused with mere nationalism. If they could join with UK Uncut, they could separate it clearly from nationalism.
Despite a year of pressure, Qatar has made little change in its laws that more or less enslave migrant workers.
Domestic violence is a system of permanent enslavement, and the victims need special support in order to leave.
US citizens: Call on the FCC to hold public hearings around US about net neutrality.
US citizens: call on Obama and Holder not to imprison reporter James Risen.
Risen is ready to go to prison to avoid putting a whistleblower in danger. The US government is wrong to try to make this necessary.
Qatar World Cup: Migrants Wait a Year to Be Paid for Building Offices (for the event). The contractor went bankrupt and never paid them, so they are trapped in Qatar because they have no money to leave, and could be imprisoned because they no longer have the right to be in Qatar.
This is part of a general system that treats migrant workers so badly that some of them die from it.
You can punish the Qatari state personally by not taking flights on Qatar Airways, which is owned by the government of Qatar.
Human Rights Watch and the ACLU say that lawyers' and journalists' work is threatened by US massive surveillance.
For the lawyers, encryption of the contents of email could be enough of a solution. However, journalists also need to protect their sources' identity, and surveillance of their communication metadata is enough to ruin that. I've stated the solution.
The UK government admits, under pressure, that fracking causes environmental damage, but is mad to go ahead with it anyway.
Isn't it strange that people say we need robots to care for the old and sick because there aren't enough people to do it, when so many people are unemployed?
This is prejudice and plutocracy at work, a desire to replace people with machines and leave more people destitute.
We should ban automation of many jobs, thus preserving work for people, until we institute an automatic personal income so that people don't need jobs.
Everyone: tell the US NFL to treat domestic violence as a serious offence.
These losses were due to incompetent generals who lacked the moral courage to a plan when it had clearly gone wrong. With honest reporting, perhaps they would have been sacked.
The decline of wildlife is now causing a food scarcity which increases to war, crime and child labor.
There isn't enough Earth for so many humans and the wild world too. While we can do various things to assuage the conflict, we humans must reproduce less so that we stop overburdening our planet.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are prevalent in waterways in the US midwest and sometimes reach toxic levels. They also persist from previous years.
Obama's proposed regulations for shipping crude oil by train are too little and too slow.
An additional reason to distrust the report of the official investigation of the September 2001 terrorist attacks is that they were based on evidence obtained by the CIA using torture.
This is in addition to the fact that the investigation was corrupted.
A Colorado judge ruled that promotion of mining takes precedence over human health in Colorado law.
Destroying Hamas would make room for a more extreme replacement.
A mob of fanatical Muslims in Pakistan lynched a "heretical" grandmother and two of her grandchildren.
The thugs say they could not stop the mob. Will they arrest any of the murderers?
The government of Pakistan encourages this violence with its law against blasphemy, which violates basic human rights.
This stems, in turn, from the general arrogance of Islam, which we see also in the actions of ISIS.
Even businesses object to plans to make unemployed people waste their time filing hopeless job applications.
Research on bees is tainted by involvement of pesticide companies.
The non-plutocratic way to fund this research is to tax the companies more, just as we must tax the pharma companies more and not let them fund tests of the effects of drugs.
Australia approved a new coal mine which will be the world's biggest. Thus we speed towards global disaster.
Tamil boat people who were imprisoned at sea have been brought to Australia, but it is not clear how their asylum cases will be held.
In particular, it is not clear why Australia wants Indian officials to interview them.
Arizona is hitting record temperatures, even at night.
One of the effects of greenhouse gases is to prevent the ground from cooling off at night by radiating infrared into space.
Given the danger posed by human population increase, governments should provide abortion gratis and conveniently.
The Everglades are now threatened by invasive plants and pests.
Has anyone noticed that global heating will drown the Everglades, over time?
The World Bank proposes to shred its environmental protections by allowing governments to opt out from them.
ISIS has imposed Saudi-style oppression of women, ordering them to cover their faces and hands and not to travel without a man.
Women in the area oppressed by ISIS should carry guns under their mandatory loose clothing, and shoot ISIS supporters opportunistically.
The UN reports that life is getting more precarious around the world.
The US is conspiring with Yemen to keep Sharif Mobley disappeared in a secret location and refuse to tell his lawyers where to find him.
I expect they are torturing him too.
The FBI conducted a mandatory study of how drones threaten civil liberties and privacy, and now refuses to tell the public its conclusions.
This is one more element in the US government's systematic contempt for the Constitution and human rights.
Israeli bombardment has leveled entire neighborhoods in Gaza.
Central American leaders implore Obama to spend billions to help them end gang violence, rather than on repelling the children fleeing from it.
One thing they need is to tear up the plutocratic treaty CAFTA.
The US closed its embassy in Libya due to the fighting between militias.
The practice of evidence-laundering allows the US government to use NSA surveillance information secretly and secretly deny Americans fair trials.
Was Kenneth Trentadue suspected of being the second bomber in Oklahoma City?
It may be true that someone said "suspects", plural, from confusion and that there was never video evidence of two people. People often make mistakes.
Whether or not there was a second participant in the bombing, it seems that Kenneth Trentadue was murdered in prison.
The US published satellite photos with evidence that Russia is firing rockets to attack Ukraine.
The Energy-Efficient Way to Punish Putin — And Protect the Planet.
The Israeli peace movement is a small remnant of what it used to be, as overt racism and right-wing hatred takes over the country.
The Ukraine crises convinced the UK government to stop blocking the public inquiry into Russia's assassination of Alexander Litvinenko.
However, the UK still needs a government that won't pander to anyone with money.
Piketty's proposal for global tax on wealth is his idea for saving the world from growing concentration of wealth that will lead either to a bloody revolution or the world of the Hunger Games.
Pakistan's biometric ID system oppresses most people but has not prevented false IDs.
This campaign is capable of killing millions of people.
The article alas spreads confusion when it uses the term "intellectual property". That term is pure confusion and should never be used. The tobacco companies use it as propaganda, and to repeat it is to support their propaganda.
How Paul Ryan's poverty plan would be effective at increasing poverty.
Even if a university is unable to resist the pressure to bully its students this way, that does not excuse the university for failing to apologize and condemn the pressure.
The article repeats the enemy's propaganda term "piracy". Please don't refer to sharing by a term that means attacking ships.
Australia's wrecker government now proposes in addition to escalate the War on Sharing.
Mandatory internet filters were rejected when proposed for obscenity, but now they get another try.
US citizens: tell Congress to stop listening to the Chamber of Commerce and broaden, not reduce, incentives for business whistleblowers.
Israel did not need to invade Gaza and destroy the tunnels. It had many humane alternatives.
Even at its worst, an attack through the tunnels would have been tiny compared with the devastation of the bombardment of Gaza.
A student in Colombia is being prosecuted for sharing an academic article, under a law imposed on Colombia by the US.
Colombia should tear up that treaty.
A leak shows that TTIP will work against food safety and animal welfare by subordinating them to the convenience of companies.
TTIP stands for "This Treaty is Plutocratic". Corporations have too much power already, so any new "free trade" treaty is going in the wrong direction. We should instead cancel the existing ones.
The funded campaign to keep use of fossil fuels as high as possible is evidently quite successful.
US citizens: call for more Social Security offices, not fewer.
Uri Avnery explains what is needed to end the Gaza war once and for all.
He also points out how Arab dictators' support for Israel is likely to create pressures for more extreme Islamism, a la ISIS.
ISIS blew up an old mosque that is a major pilgrimage site. It is intolerant of all variations from its own form of Islam.
Saudi Arabia has been doing the same sort of thing.
In the US: ask Trader Joe's to commit not to sell meat made from animals raised using antibiotics.
US citizens: ask Congress to protect intelligence whistleblowers.
Republicans in the US Congress distrust climate models, and to make sure they can continue to do so, they voted to eliminate funding for validating climate models.
Sooner or later, China's puppet substitute for the Panchen Lama will try to appoint a new Dalai Lama.
US citizens: Tell the RESTORE Council to get moving on restoring the damage from the Big Spill.
Describing the NSA's cooperation with Saudi Arabia's oppression.
Seven-Year Jail Term for Saudi Photographer. And many other journalists and dissidents.
In a 14 year dry spell, the US west has been losing ground water fast.
The More Male-Dominated a Field, the Less It Cares about Domestic Violence.
People with Ebola infections have appeared in African cities.
Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans, for no obvious reason.
A solar storm in 2012 could have destroyed most electrical equipment on Earth, except it wasn't pointed at Earth.
We need to develop precautions, because sooner or later one will head towards us, and it could happen at any time.
Israel set the stage for wars in Gaza by pulling out settlers and ground troops while maintaining the occupation in every other way.
US citizens: call on the US government to investigate Amazon for possible violations of competition law.
In the US: sign up to boycott Walgreens if it moves its HQ outside the US.
US citizens: support Amnesty International in calling for an arms embargo on Israel, Palestine and Hamas; ask US govt to stop arming Israel.
Reforming law for snooping on our internet traffic is only a part of what we need to do to prevent a society of total surveillance.
The UK has adopted a formal policy of moving files to ODF format.
The NFL punishes players more severely for smoking pot than for domestic violence.
I don't see why the NFL has any business punishing a player for using pot. Using a performance-enhancing drug might be considered cheating, but that doesn't apply to pot.
Privatizations of poultry inspections in the UK led to widespread unsanitary conditions, so that most chicken is contaminated by bacteria that can make people sick if the chicken is not properly cooked.
So why does the US government want to follow the same path?
US states trying to execute prisoners using medical drugs find it often does not work as intended.
I oppose the death penalty in general for other reasons.
Israeli soldiers shot 100 protesters in Nablus, killing several.
The US terrorist watch list now has over a million names, and the White House can add people to it wholesale.
The definition of "terrorism" is so broad and weak that the list could be full of people who were never even suspected of terrorism, only of "terrorism".
These different watchlists and their different uses raise different issues. The no-fly list is punishment without trial, and could only be sustained in the US by tying the Constitution into a pretzel. (Sad to say, the Supreme Court is full of judges willing to do that.)
Asking a foreign country to torture someone is a grave crime, which by the way Obama pretends the US has stopped doing.
Making a note to scrutinize a particular person more in ways that don't require probable cause may be legitimate.
Israel now admits it shelled another school (in use as a refugee shelter) in Gaza.
As usual, Israel says it was because some Palestinians were firing from the school. I am skeptical; I don't think they could have done that without being noticed by the UN staff.
Supposing there are Hamas fighters shooting from a school, which is a war crime, that would not mean Israel is entitled to target the school with any and all weapons. Israel would have to use methods, such as direct fire, that are not likely to stray off target to hit civilians elsewhere on the grounds.
Israel justifies attacks on hospitals and schools by claiming that Hamas has facilities near them, but Israeli army headquarters is also near a hospital.
Russian opposition leaders have been sentenced to prison for the minor rioting that resulted when thugs attacked their protest.
There was a rumor that ISIS ordered genital mutilation for all females, but ISIS says it never did this.
I doubted the rumor, as I knew that Islam does not require FGM.
An interview with Naomi Oreskes about the methods used by organized and funded global heating denialism.
A gate agent for Southwest Airlines forced a passenger to delete a tweet that called the agent "rude", on pain of missing the flight.
Airline employees have the power to kick any passenger off a flight arbitrarily — all they have to do is claim they feel threatened. This power goes to the heads of some of them.
It's the same sort of impunity that thugs enjoy.
George Monbiot: Putting a price on natural ecosystems is nonsense because the prices are fictitious, but it serves as an excuse to destroy these systems in favor of a business "worth" more.
More deeply, valuing everything in terms of money promotes the destructive values of plutocracy.
The UK government is cutting subsidies for renewable energy so can give more to nuclear power and fossil fuels.
France has proposed a law to attack many human rights at once in the name of "fighting terrorism".
Reporters without Borders condemns it.
Glyn Moody: ISPs that want to sort traffic into fast and slow lanes might join with Big Brother to ban encryption.
The American Council on Science and Health is a corporate front group that spreads spin about scientific issues that affect business interests.
UK thugs systematically spied on families campaigning for justice after relatives were killed or maimed — in many cases, by thugs.
It has a certain logic. People whose relatives you've shot might be plausible nuclei for opposition and you might want to sabotage their campaigns.
A Yale professor reports that the dynamic of elite US universities, and the competition to gain admission to them, produces students who don't dare risk failure or stray from a narrow path. He describes this as a bad education.
Wild monkeys 40 miles from Fukushima have blood disorders and some radioactive cesium.
The level of cesium they have might not be enough explain their blood disorders.
Texas has started asking for fingerprints from everyone that renews a driver's license.
People are not required to give all the fingerprints, but the state tricks them into thinking so.
Demanding even one fingerprint is an injustice.
One of Israel's motives for war in Gaza is so it can advertise weapons exports as "field-tested".
Texas invested $200 million in businesses to "create" 1600 jobs in Texas. It turns out that some of the companies don't really exist, aren't in Texas, don't pay their taxes, etc.
As a way to boost employment, this is ineffective. As investment, it wasn't very good either; it made only a little money for the state.
Raising the minimum wage would create a lot more jobs, but that would not please the employers that want workers to be desperate.
Paul Ryan says the US government should eliminate welfare requirements and give money to states to use to help the poor. Texas will give this money to companies to "create jobs", thus ensuring that the poor gain nothing from it.
When ISIS forced Christians to leave Mosul, it stole their houses and even their portable property.
The European Court of Human Rights convicted Poland of aiding CIA torture kidnapping flights, and ordered payment of compensation to the victims. The court ruled that US "rendition" (kidnaping for torture) is fundamentally illegal.
Unfortunately, this won't get them out of Guantanamo prison.
These men are accused of serious crimes which merit prosecution, but they deserve a fair trial, not a Guantanamo kangaroo court.
Obama offered to help negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas.
Either this is a sick joke on Hamas, or Obama intends to pressure Israel to let the fighting stop.
Citizens of Massachusetts: contact specific state legislators in favor of three privacy bills. If they don't pass by July 31 they will be dead for this year.
San Diego has set up a network of state and private cameras that any thug can watch at any time.
File sharing sites that governments blocked the name of the world cup have remained blocked and will probably be blocked permanently.
This is another incidental form of oppression dealt out by the world cup.
When legitimate work is hard to get and pays too little to live on, poor people are compelled to break laws to survive. Plutocratic government uses that as an excuse to oppress them.
The only way to reduce annoying crime and black-marketeering is to stop running the economy for the rich. Everyone who can't work should get enough aid for a decent life, and jobs should pay a living wage.
Anti-abortion activists use bogus science to claim that medical abortions are dangerous, while pushing women into amateur abortions that really are dangerous.
I don't use the term "pro-choice" because it fails to defend abortion rights firmly. I also refuse to accept the term "pro-life" that opponents of abortion chose as a way to insult us.
Moroccan women protested the prime minister who told them to stay home and not work.
Jonathan Schell: how the US chose war, and declared its readiness to overthrow any government to impose plutocratic rule.
B'tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, explains why the homes of the families of Hamas members are not military targets, so bombing them is a war crime.
The UN also criticizes Israel's war crimes in Gaza.
Note the Israeli representative's bogus claim that those families are "human shields". That would only be true if the homes were legitimate military targets.
In addition to bombing hospitals, Israel has systematically destroyed Gaza's civil infrastructure such as water and sewage facilities.
In the village of Zanna, every house was damaged by Israeli attack.
Shooting the water tanks had no possible motive except to make civilians' lives miserable. People in Gaza can't afford to replace the water tanks; replacements may be impossible to obtain.
Perhaps Israel destroyed Zanna as preparation for declaring it a free-fire "buffer zone".
A government whistleblower warns that the NSA grabs massive amounts of Americans' data, including email contents, by breaking into servers and communication links outside the US.
Citizens of Illinois, Maryland and New York: oppose state bills that would attack the right to boycott Israeli institutions.
More about why HIV researchers call for decriminalization of sex work.
Israel, backed by the West, responded to the Palestinian unity government with repression, which helped get the current war started.
Everyone: call on Obama to pressure Israel to end the siege of Gaza as part of a permanent nonaggression agreement.
It is widely noted that the rockets launched from Gaza are an act of war and a war crime. The siege is also an act of war and a war crime. Let's end them both.
An ID card to identify you as a human being.
Turkish thugs have been accused of illegally spying on Prime Minister Erdo an and others, using falsified papers.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to oppose the resolution that would endorse the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
Anglophone countries are the world center of global heating denialism, perhaps due to the effect of the Murdoch media.
Hamas rockets rarely seriously injure a person, but they have acquired economic clout by causing cancellation of many international flights to Tel Aviv.
Maybe now Netanyahu will agree to end the war that he started.
The whole of the Great Barrier Reef is contaminated by toxic coal dust from Australian coal export.
A Hindu-nationalist MP in India tried to force food down a fasting Muslim's throat.
Even if you believe the MP's claim that this was only a complaint about the bad quality of the food served, shoving it into someone's mouth is hardly justifiable.
At least he did not try to do it via a tube through the man's nose, as the US military does.
Japanese officials ordered removal of a memorial to Korean forced laborers.
India wants to interview the Tamil boat people who are imprisoned on an Australian ship.
Australia's government is cutting funds for public transit to build more roads instead.
It's a natural choice, for a government that intends to boost fossil fuel use.
The US military is responsible for around 5% of world greenhouse gas emissions.
The idea of a "type A personality", with health problems due to stress, was constructed by the tobacco industry.
How opponents of same-sex marriage distort the history of marriage.
Protesters blockaded a tar sands mine in Utah.
Iran has finished the promised dilution of its most enriched uranium.
The Koch brothers spend hundreds of millions to influence politics, through a maze of twisty channels all different.
The US is stranding Yemeni-Americans in Yemen by confiscating their passports while they are visiting there.
Then they have to wait as much as a year before they are allowed to return to the US.
The UK government demonstrated its contempt for the environment yet again by appointing a fracking flunky to head the Environmental Agency.
US citizens: tell Subway to stop making staff work while sick and stop firing them for going to the hospital.
US citizens: Tell Secretary Vilsack to publish the proposed rule for poultry inspection, and hold hearings on it.
The very idea of a secret rule proposal is offensive.
Al Jazeera says Israeli troops fired at its building in Gaza.
Two UK MPs will ask a court to reject the UK's "emergency" surveillance law.
Time Magazine says the US economy is doing great, judging based on the rich and the fossil fuel companies.
China is using fake Twitter accounts, masquerading as famous people, to promote its occupation of Tibet.
Violent pogroms against Arabs are spreading in Israel as many say they want to exterminate the inhabitants of Gaza.
Gush Shalom calls for an end to the bombardment of Gaza.
It turns out that climate models accurately model the rate of Earth's surface heating, when not fooled by El Niño/La Niña.
If you stand for freedom or resist the rich, you have something to fear from an omniscient state that supports the rich.
Some right-wing global heating deniers are driven to their delusion by an ideological opposition to using collective action to solve any problem.
Collective action through the state is also the way to stop plutocrats from pushing most people into poverty, which is another reason those plutocratist politicians hate collective action.
The UK plans another attack on the natural world, both wildlife and the Earth's climate, proposing a legal requirement to extract the maximum amount of fossil fuel.
Human Rights Watch finds that most of the high-profile terrorist plots that the US prosecutes were stimulated by the US government, and the "perpetrators" were often reluctant.
The effect is systematic injustice, but it suits those that hate our freedoms and are in a position to take them away by changing our laws.
US citizens: call on the Senate to reject Republican plans to block new US National Monuments.
How the Internet makes it easy to create antedated "predictions" for fraud.
US citizens: support the Paycheck Fairness Act.
More information about it.
Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef has fallen by half since the 1980s.
Israeli attacks killed 100 Palestinians in one day, many of them civilians.
This included shelling a hospital.
Israel's tactics guarantee lots of civilian casualties. One must question whether defense against attacks that might kill a few civilians justifies a response that kills hundreds of civilians.
Ukrainian rebels have not protected the jetliner's crash site from looting or disturbance of evidence.
I regard this as proof of guilt.
Demonstrating the effectiveness of state manipulation of the media, most Russians believe the downing of the Malaysian jet was a plot against Russia.
This is comparable to the global heating denial campaign which has convinced so many Americans to support political fantasy.
India's censorship law is being used to persecute a critic of Modi.
Google has abolished the "real name" requirement for Google account.
This might mean that Google+ is acceptable to use. But I am not certain, because I don't know the answer to two follow-on questions:
Actually, some of them are reasons why we should kill it, which do not necessarily imply it is doomed on its own.
A "smart house" project Japan is a scheme to impose total surveillance and tracking.
This demonstrates the danger inherent in such schemes.
RJ Reynolds has been hit with 23 billion dollars in punitive damages for advertising designed to make minors smoke.
The article says "children", but adolescents are not children, so I won't use that word. Advertising tobacco to adolescents is arguably even worse than advertising it to children, since children are not likely to start smoking whereas adolescents may well do so.
The US keeps lots of information about everyone's airline ticket purchases and appears to keep it for at least 10 years.
US citizens: Support postal banking.
Syria says it is stupid to support the rebels and calls for the UK to support Assad.
The sad thing is, that is true. When the main Syrian rebel groups joined with the Islamists, they became enemies of human rights just as much as Assad is. Here's an article that argues that Israel and Saudi Arabia have promoted the violent rebellion in Syria, even as far as directly supporting jihadis.
I wonder if Israel supports ISIS too.
State legislators that support voter-ID laws show a strong statistical tendency to discriminate against Latinos.
All The Big Broadband Players Support FCC's Proposed Rules... Which Says All You Need To Know.
US citizens: phone your senators and urge them not to block diplomacy with Iran.
US citizens: tell Congress to support the Hide No Harm Act.
Some Israelis go to hills near Gaza to cheer at the deadly bombardment. A journalist suspected of not sympathizing with them was threatened with violence.
US journalist Cokie Roberts bemoans the fact that everyone around the world does not obey the US government.
I think most governments fear the US too much; they let the US pressure them into unjust plutocratic treaties.
In the 90s, when I used to listen to National Public Radio, I loathed Roberts' right-wing criticisms of right-wing "Democrat" Bill Clinton. They showed me that NPR is actually rather right-wing, contrary to the reputation it gets by contrast with the extremely right-wing commercial US media such as Faux News.
Journalist Andy Hall faces the threat of imprisonment for revealing slavery in Thailand.
Making it a crime to publish an accusation of abuses is prima facie injustice and inexcusable.
The UK is saving emails of lots of people, without warrants, in case it might be interested in them in the future.
The R.I.P. act (for Rip Internet Privacy) was an injustice even with its previous interpretation. The UK must repeal it.
An arrogant plutocrat threatens San Francisco workers with being replaced by an oppressive computer if they demand decent wages.
In the short term, the workers should simply repeat the demand, to show they are not scared.
In the medium term, they face the threat of being replaced by computers in any case, so they should organize to prohibit that. Why should stores be allowed to replace human sales clerks with computers? It should be banned by law. Until then, I make a point of refusing to use those machines, to push back against them.
In the long term, everyone should get a guaranteed income, obtained by taxing the owners of the robots. This should perhaps be conditioned on not having children; however, anyone who adopts a child should get a big subsidy.
A wildfire in the state of Washington has burned 340 square miles.
Israeli soldiers are in streets fighting in Gaza.
Thousands of civilians are trying to flee, but no place is safe.
WHO calls for an end to treating drug users as criminals.
A Russian radio station reports that rebels sent the Malaysian plane's black box to Russia.
The "investigation" by Russia cant be trusted, but this meddling confirms it was the rebels or Russia that shot down the plane.
The article also provides evidence that Russia is firing lots of short-range missiles at Ukraine. Unlike the ineffective missiles that Hamas fires at Israeli civilians, these are a real threat to Ukrainian troops.
Everyone: Call on NBC News to let Ayman Mohyeldin go back to Gaza.
Russia has a paid internet propaganda and troll army.
The US is funding research on how to manipulate people through social networks.
Uri Avnery comments on the fighting in Gaza.
Why so many children flee from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador can be traced to what the US did to those countries.
"Counter-terrorist" tactics can be effective against a small underground group, but not against an insurgency with popular support.
Israeli tanks are firing flechette shells that hit everyone in a large area 300 meters by 90 meters, and using them in towns where civilians are likely to be hit.
Gazans say Israel is using some sort of poison gas.
Doctors in Gaza suspect Israel is using experimental weapons that rip human bodies to shreds.
US citizens: call for protection of habitat for ocelot and jaguar.
Even northern Canada is suffering from a rash of wildfires due to unusual heat.
These fires are due to global heating, and they fuel more global heating. This is positive feedback at work.
US citizens: oppose oil drilling in Arctic waters.
NOAA summarizes the continuing slide into global heating.
A study forecasts that 100 small nuclear weapons would cause drastic global cooling and reduce rainfall for more than a decade, as well as damaging the ozone layer.
US citizens: Call on the Senate not to interfere with diplomacy with Iran.
Citizens of Massachusetts: Call on the state to check for methane leaks from pipelines.
US citizens: Tell Congress to cut the F-35 fighter plane.
ISIS declared Christians must be second-class citizens, expressing the tyrannical nature of Islam in pure form.
Why employers prefer that workers have no safety net.
The EPA blocked the Pebble Mine to protect salmon.
The number of leading AIDS researchers killed on the downed flight was much less than previously believed.
Independent ebooks without DRM seem to sell more copies.
That's helpful for the cause of getting rid of DRM, but since DRM is an offence against readers' freedom, if it did increase sales that would not be an excuse for it.
Israel plans to turn a third of the area of Gaza into a free-fire zone.
This plan represents a compromise with world opinion. Left to itself, Israel's government might prefer to declare the entirety of Gaza a free-fire "buffer zone". Or you might say that it has unofficially done so.
Florida Governor Scott is raising lots of money from a private prison owner.
A passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing everyone aboard. Around 100 leading AIDS researchers were on the plane.
A leaked tape reportedly shows pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine shot down the jetliner, thinking they had attacked a military transport plane.
This sort of thing is what happens in war. US drone attacks are called "surgical strikes", but they often do the military equivalent of amputating the wrong leg. A US ship shot down an Iranian jetliner, also by mistake. Israeli bombs in Gaza are supposedly aimed at "terrorists" but many hit schools, hospitals, wells and homes.
However, when Russia handed high altitude SAMs to rebels without rigid checklists, it made this sort of accident rather likely.
A reporter resigned from Russia Today to protest its absurd claims that Ukraine fired the missile.
Ethiopia plans to imprison some dissidents on bogus charges of "terrorism".
What the US and UK do, other countries imitate.
Niger activists opposed to a secret uranium mining deal with France face charges for holding a press conference.
The Open Rights Group will challenge the new DRIP surveillance law in court.
What convinced the Guantanamo nurse that force feeding is wrong.
Blanket digital surveillance is a start. But how about a camera in every bathroom?
This includes data retention such as the UK is in the process of reimposing.
US citizens: Tell Obama to make Detroit turn the water back on.
US citizens: call for a requirement for fracking companies to publish the composition of the fracking fluid.
Israel's army has attacked Gaza. This included bombardment of a hospital.
Israeli accusations that Hamas stores arms in civilian buildings were proved partly valid: the UNRWA found missiles in a disused school building.
Whether they store arms in civilian buildings that are actually in use is not proven.
In the secret US prison at Bagram, the prisoners frequently have to go on hunger strike to get clean water to drink or to see the ICRC.
Your portable tracking and surveillance device can now also inform about changes in your behavior pattern.
Everyone: call on Obama not to let Israel bomb the Wafa rehabilitation hospital.
Since Reagan, the US has allowed monopolies or oligopolies to spread across the range of businesses, subjecting Americans to unchecked power of businesses.
This was done in the name of "free markets", but really it was "laissez faire". Due to the inherent instability of the free market, removal of the regulations that protected it allowed it to be converted into something more like feudalism.
Campaigning against TTIP, This Treaty Is Plutocratic, another instance of the oppression of the TPP.
Efficiencies in agriculture could in principle feed billions more people. But the total meat production would have to go down pretty far.
Introducing efficiency into agriculture is much more easily said than done, and global heating will interfere greatly as it means that weather changes from year to year and the proper agricultural methods for a given area cannot be predicted.
NBC yanked correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza because he did a good job of covering the main effect of Israeli bombing.
Brazil allows people to censor all publication about them, and many biographies have been banned. A bill proposes to correct this.
The House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop the FCC from making municipal broadband legal.
Syrian mothers force their daughters to marry, as young as 13, fearing that they will otherwise be raped. One said she expected her male relatives to murder the daughter if she is raped.
Rape is common in war, but Arab culture converts rape into a sentence of death. What barbarism! Having daughters in such a society should be considered committing a crime against them.
The RIAA shut down a radio archive that has operated almost 20 years.
I hope people set it up again in some other country.
Censorship in France: a blogger has been fined for publishing a negative opinion of a restaurant.
Reportedly Hamas and Islamic Jihad have offered a 10-year truce in exchange for Israel's ending the siege of Gaza and ending its isolation.
These terms seem reasonable to me. Most of the issues in dispute between Israel and Palestine are left out, which is appropriate since this proposes a truce rather than a full settlement.
A military nurse at Guantanamo has refused to participate in force-feeding on the grounds that it is inhumane.
I expect the Obama regime to repress this nurse.
Republicans blocked the bill to correct the Hobby Lobby decision.
Israel is attacking wells and sewage systems in Gaza.
Netanyahu stated publicly that he will never permit a Palestinian state to function.
An Obama representative rebuked Israel for maintaining the occupation of Palestine and rejecting peace.
It's a small sign of the courage that could have a chance of making Israel agree to peace.
Hamas says that Egypt and Israel did not discuss the supposed cease-fire with Hamas before announcing it.
One of the few left-wing terrorists in Greece was captured, but the right-wing terrorists of Golden Dawn are still rampant, and the boot of the banks is still on Greece's neck.
A prisoner in New Mexico is threatened with 90 days in solitary confinement for having a Facebook page.
I think being a used of Facebook is punishment enough.
Australia has repealed its carbon tax, cementing a plan that will kill tens or hundreds of millions of people.
Australia's right-wing government plans to imprison journalists for publishing what whistleblowers report about spying on the public.
These journalists are, of course, the ones who have the "sense of responsibility" that Abbott says journalists should have.
The prohibition is so sweeping that almost any reporting about a secret government action could be covered. For instance, when dissidents identify their lovers as undercover thugs, they could be imprisoned.
Peace demonstrators in Tel Aviv were attacked by right-wing hate protesters.
US border patrol thugs brutalize people at will for grudges, and they are spreading their power to a ever further from the borders.
Don't forget how they beat up Peter Watts, then prosecuted him for not obeying fast enough.
That thug should be in prison.
Immigrant activist journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested when he tried to fly out of a US city near the border with Mexico,
Vargas came to the US from the Philippines as a child, and found out many years later that he did not have permission to reside in the US. I don't believe that countries are obliged to admit everyone that wants to move to them, but people who came as children — before they were responsible — and remained for many years should be allowed to stay.
The west's foreign aid to Africa is less than what the west takes out of Africa.
Overprotectiveness is stunting the mental growth of a generation children — in particular, denying them contact with nature.
The article refers to the UK but I have seen similar attitudes in the US.
Too-big-to-fail banks exist because of Bill Clinton's deregulation of banks, and their incomprehensible maneuvers are also permitted due to his deregulation of banks.
Hillary Clinton is in the same camp; she works for the plutocrats.
Contrast with Elizabeth Warren helps Democrats see Obama's right-wing nature.
Joseph Stiglitz explains how the World Bank, IMF and WTO combined in the 90s to wreck countries' economies, impoverish most people, and transfer their wealth to the international elite.
Clearly this continues in recent times, as can be seen in austerity in Europe.
RT has an obvious slant which comes from Putin, but Michael Hudson is a western economist who accepted this opportunity to communicate to the public.
The US government aims to be omniscient and omnipotent.
This makes its unquestioning supporters comparable to theocrats.
US citizens: phone your congresscitter to support HCR 105 to remove all US troops from Iraq by the end of the year.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
The US government has too few meat inspectors, as part of the cockeyed plan to let companies inspect themselves.
Israel accepted a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, but Hamas rejected it.
Both Hamas and Israel had reasons to want some inconclusive fighting in Gaza Apparently Israel has had enough fighting to achieve its aims, while Hamas has not.
The Obama regime argues in court that US companies must hand over foreign data to US courts regardless of foreign laws.
The UK's NHS is grudgingly rationing out hip replacement operations. I suppose this is because of the shortage of funds, by which the right wing want to make it so bad people will accept privatization.
Citigroup will have to pay 7 billion dollars for misleading investors, but it's not enough to discourage a repeat, and the executives responsible won't be punished.
Non-star writers are paid very little by the existing copyright-based publishing system. In the UK, the median income for working authors is a pitiful 17,000 or 18,000 dollars a year.
The existing copyright-based system mainly supports the publishing companies as well as the stars that have clout with them.
Abstinence-based sex-non-education is telling lies to keep virgins ill-informed; it puts them in danger.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses described the results of this in 1782, so there is no excuse for ignorance.
Florida's Republicans drew congressional districts illegally to favor Republican candidates, but they hope it is too late to fix the problem for this year.
Washington DC has banned styrofoam containers for food and drinks.
As usual, plastic companies lobbied against this step forward. You would think that some stockholders would be wise enough to say, "People will always want plastic, and we can go along with selling it over a longer period of time to keep our rivers and seas clean." I suspect that the corporation structure systematically leads executives to be extremists: to demand to maximize their profits no matter what the cost to society.
Perhaps some reorganization of the structure of a corporation could alter that tendency. That would a great thing.
The Citibank payment is peanuts compared to what it received in bailout funds.
Australia is holding a boatful of asylum seekers in prison on a ship.
A Japanese artist has been arrested for distributing art: a 3D printer model for a boat designed from her vagina. She has campaigned for years to end the taboo on the image and even the word for "vagina". I think sexual taboos, which censorship preserves, are the cause of many sexual obsessions and hatreds.
The UK government still officially has carbon emission reduction targets, but has ensured it will not meet them.
Wild cheetahs are being wiped out by taking the cubs for pets.
An interview with an Armenian former soldier who volunteered in Moscow to go to fight for the pro-Russian side in Ukraine.
How Bill Gates's money was used to fund and organize "grass roots" support for the Common Core.
This makes me think of how Tea Party "grass roots" groups got funding from rich sponsors.
Two westerners face a secret trial in China.
Think of this when the UK talks about secret trials.
Around half the children in India are stunted, as if they did not get enough food, because of exposure to germs from human excrement.
Nuclear weapons relate to global heating in a number of ways.
South Africa is on the verge of adopting a state secrecy bill that would force journalists to name their sources, and imprison whistleblowers. Following the unjust lead of the US.
The soccer world cup will leave Brazil saddled with a debt of perhaps 14 billion dollars.
The world cup of soccer should no longer be given a tax exemption.
I am not sure that change is sufficient to make the world cup cease to damage the host country. If you live in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the US or Morocco, I urge you to campaign against your country's bid to hold the 2026 world cup.
Israeli bombing in Gaza has destroyed or damaged almost 1000 houses.
UK spy agencies have repeatedly bugged elected officials.
They also have a big catalog of tools for distorting and sabotaging public activity on the internet.
Three Israelis have been charged with kidnaping and killing an Arab teenager.
This is as it should be, but it is the exception. Israelis kill many Palestinians every year, and almost always have some sort of official cover that gives them impunity.
In advanced countries, with the exception of the US, strong unions correlate with high productivity.
So don't believe the executives when they claim that unions destroy productivity.
Missouri plans to execute a man convicted of murder disregarding evidence that he was probably innocent.
Hillary's Candid Motto for Democratic Party: "Represent Banks".
US citizens: tell the US Trade Representative to reject "investor-state" provisions in treaties.
The UK accesses records of medical visits to find illegal immigrants.
Drones are in use for private spying on behalf of idiotically jealous spouses.
On occasion, these uses achieve a positive result, but I don't think they should be permitted loosely.
Protesters from a march in Paris, condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza, tried to attack a synagogue.
The people in the synagogue are not the ones launching the attack. They may not even support it. The standard Israeli way of dismissing all criticism of its occupation policies is to call it "antisemitism". Apparently these protesters really are antisemitic, but their bad example will help Israel label all of us as "antisemitic".
There is a substantial amount of antisemitism in France among the right wing.
"Natural" disasters happen 5 times as often as they did in the 1970s, because now they are mainly artificial.
Obama is trying to use the "state secrets" privilege to quash the case of a man who is suing to get off the "no fly" list.
The "no fly" list is punishment without trial, obviously unconstitutional, but we can't count on the pro-authoritarian US Supreme Court to care about this.
Jo Beecham is dying of cancer, but has gone to great lengths to prepare to commit suicide without help rather than be helplessly subject to a medical system that will refuse to let her escape short of death.
British American Tobacco has tried to use its giant market power to blackmail a Ugandan MP who has sponsored a European-style bill to discourage smoking.
This sort of blackmail is common, and it is one reason we need to break up large companies. If BAT were replaced by 50 companies, and the biggest of them were 5% the size of BAT, they would not have this power.
US citizens: Support the bill to authorize Clean Energy Victory Bonds.
Raising taxes on the rich would be better than borrowing money, but either one is a lot better than failing to promote clean energy.
US citizens: call on the US government to firmly oppose whaling.
WikiLeaks has shown us that western democracies are now ruled by market forces that debase the very notion of freedom.
Do e-cigarettes lead people away from smoking, or are they a new way to get teenagers hooked?
Perhaps they should be available only by prescription, to smokers who want to quit.
The UK's surveillance bill threatens to punish companies world-wide if they do not obey UK surveillance orders. And it requires some web sites to track their users.
Haiti's cardinal condemned Voodoo, saying that that religion distracts believers from real solutions to their problems.
Religion generally tends to do that, but I am skeptical of the claim that belief in Voodoo is what typically leads poor Haitians not to use the services of doctors or lawyers. I suspect that poverty is responsible for that, and they turn to Voodoo as an affordable substitute.
Islamists in Libya have gone on the offensive.
An analysis of the development of the world's global problems since 1945.
The software patent war has extended to data centers.
Israel killed 50 more Palestinians in Gaza, including 22 from one family.
Both Israel and Hamas desire fighting in Gaza for political reasons, expecting the situation to be unchanged when the fighting stops (except for the casualties).
Hachette put itself at Amazon's mercy by insisting on Amazon DRM for ebooks.
The right-wing undermining of Britain's NHS is increasing the time it takes for ambulances to reach people.
The UK needs to increase taxes on the rich and on businesses so it can spend enough on the NHS.
Ted Postol says that the Iron Dome missile interceptor nearly always fails to destroy the missile's warhead.
Republicans finally allowed an actual poor person to speak about poverty but could not accept what she said.
US citizens: remind Obama that children that arrive in the US alone are often valid refugees.
Mary Anne Grady Flores has been sentenced to a year in prison for photographing a protest against drones at Hancock Air Base.
The US government concocts all sorts of excuses to quash dissent.
Reagan's destruction of US antitrust law paved the way for consolidation in every industry, which transfers wealth to the new monopolies from everyone else.
In a dangerous decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the state can order a suspect to decrypt files on his computer.
A California highway thug beat up a homeless woman who was walking by the side of a highway, but was recorded on video by a passing citizen.
It is true we don't know what they said to each other. So ask yourself, can you imagine anything she might possibly have said that would give a thug a valid reason to beat her up? The thug may be asking himself the same question.
If you want to view the video, you can access it without free software by running the youtube-dl script with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-J-yVKxXrY as argument.
Tepco continues building the "ice wall" to keep ground water away from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plants, despite various problems.
What I don't understand is why they want to use this untried method, rather than building a pair of solid concrete walls with a replaceable plastic filler between them.
China is concerned about spying via an iThing feature that finds locations that a person often goes to.
The UK government is looking closely at some documents about its participation in US torture flights.
Russia has adopted a law requiring web sites that Russians use to keep data about Russians in Russia.
This will make their data safe from spying by the US, but easily available for spying by Russia.
If this law applied only to only to stores and such, it might be a net improvement for Russians. However, blocking Russians from communicating through a foreign web site is oppressive.
An ethical communications system does not insist that people give their real names or their real locations. Such a system may not know if you're in Russia.
Desmond Tutu spoke up for the right to assistance in dying.
The bill being discussed is a step forward, but inadequate, because it is limited to people who probably will suffer for no more than 6 more months even without help. People condemned to decades of boring helplessness should also have this right.
From the Marshall Islands: Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive.
A future contraceptive implant could last for 16 years.
I don't see a tremendous benefit in being able to turn it on and off without removing it — how often would you want to do that? I expect most women will want to use contraception until they decide to have children, have some, then use contraception for the rest of their fertility (or get sterilized). The easy way to space their children would be with shorter-term contraception, perhaps one-year implants. This way, the long-term implant would only have to be removed once, which it requires anyway.
What worries me is that they might design it to require nonfree software to communicate with it.
Luxembourg is Europe's biggest tax-dodger enabler, and Juncker, the new head of the European Commission, worked hard to make it so.
As president, he will have the power to sabotage the commission's investigation into what he set up.
Americans are using less gasoline, so the US government wants to fund highways from sources other than the gasoline tax.
It is good that we are driving less, and good that cars are more efficient. We should raise the gasoline tax rate to give Americans even more incentive to drive less and use more efficient cars. And we can mostly stop building new highways (though the old ones need proper maintenance).
US citizens: Tell Obama, respect freedom of the press: don't jail James Risen.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to oppose CISA, the new and nastier version of CISPA.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
The US Supreme Court has made and approved a long string of decisions allowing thugs to do almost anything with impunity.
This includes the ruling that the president can have anyone imprisoned without trial by calling that person a "terrorist suspect".
The recent decision that they can't search arrested people's phones and computers without a warrant is an exception, but one exception isn't enough.
Since "drug-sniffing" dogs are mentioned, I should point out that a dog can easily learn to react the same way to a cue from its handler as it does to the smell of drugs. Then it can give the handler an excuse to search whoever the handler wants to search.
The biggest origin of minors trying to enter the US without visas is Honduras; they are driven by the effects of the US-supported coup.
An Israeli drone attack targeted a building which was a residence for disabled people. Some were killed.
The family home of an enemy fighter is not a valid military target either. A large fraction of Israelis are military reservists; does that make their family homes legitimate targets for missiles?
William Binney says the NSA records at least 80% of all phone calls, and lies about it.
One weakness in most geoengineering schemes intended to counter greenhouse heating is that their effect is temporary so it is necessary to keep doing them forever. If any other catastrophe occurs, making society unable to continue the geoengineering, catastrophic heating (much faster than today) would start within a few years.
Most of these geoengineering schemes fail to do anything to stop ocean acidification, so there would still be a catastrophe anyway.
The US continues billions of dollars of subsidies to fossil fuels.
A large meta-study found that organic fruit and vegetables tend to have more antioxidants and less pesticides and cadmium.
Metastudies are tricky, and if this tendency is real, it is not certain whether it translates into a health benefit. But it plausibly could.
In the UK, tax dodging has been simplified so that even working class heroes that get famous can do it.
The Obama regime stated that it had not known that the UK was going to make The Guardian destroy the computer that a copy of the Snowden leaks, but in fact the highest US spymasters were informed.
Uri Avnery: Israelis for the most part hate Arabs so much that they hardly feel any disgust towards the people among them who kidnaped and burned an Arab teenager.
I suspect that a secondary purpose of the bombing of Gaza is to distract attention from that crime with a bigger crime.
Here's a report from Gaza.
If Palestinians are situating military activities in homes with civilians, that is just as reprehensible as Israel's attacks on those homes. But they can't be launching missiles from homes, and Israel doesn't really need to attack anything except missile launchers.
Indeed, Israel hardly even needs to attack missile launchers. It could slap the missiles away, as it does, and not bother to retaliate, saying, "Are you tired of acting out? Done with your tantrum?" Israel's forbearance would make Hamas look like fools.
But that would not satisfy crowds that shout, "Death to Arabs." And it might create a situation where peace seems reasonable, which is the last thing Netanyahu wants.
The idea of stripping people's names from their data from their histories and passing that around turns out not to work: it is too easy to figure out who they were.
All the more reason why digital systems must not collect people's histories.
A Republican candidate that advocates "abstinence only" as a substitute for sex education ended up with a pregnant teenage daughter.
What do you call people who teach their children "abstinence
Deforestation by humans may be responsible for Ebola outbreaks in humans.
US television showed a bombed-out Gaza family and said they were Israeli.
It is part of a standard pattern of greatly exaggerating Palestinian violence and excusing the much larger Israeli violence.
I hope the next protest will involve thousands of Detroiters.
An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This.
Chris Christie gave a state subsidy to a company run by a Democrat as part of an agreement not to oppose each other.
A proposed New Jersey law to ban political donations from companies that get state subsidies is just a part of what is needed to end political cronyism, a.k.a. plutocracy.
Clinton and Kerry want Snowden to submit to a trial that imitates the mockery of justice in Alice in Wonderland.
Senators that say freedom of speech covers billionaires' money also want to amend the Constitution to ban flag-burning.
The World Council of Churches calls for divesting from fossil fuel.
The Caliph of ISIS may have been radicalized in a US prison in Iraq.
One can say this serves the US right, but Iraqis do not deserve the oppression of ISIS.
Due to global heating, parts of Miami Beach are regularly inundated.
The Turkey Point nuclear plant will become an island, and will be vulnerable to a Fukushima-type disaster.
As the sea advances, millions of people will have to leave Florida, perhaps in a few decades. The Florida Keys may be submerged during this century.
I suspect that Florida land interests are behind Florida politicians' denial. Fools continue to buy buildings that are likely to be drowned, while somebody else extracts profits to move out of Florida before everyone else wakes up to it.
In 50 years, when the price collapses, will those fools' heirs sue Senator Rubio's heirs?
The US government refuses to repudiate torture, and continues to practice it, and US mass media treat it as admirable.
Nanomaterials: a new range of substances that might be put in food, and some of them might have toxic effects.
A given chemical in the form of nanoparticles might have different effects from the same chemical in a different form. It could even depend on the size of the nanoparticles being used. I suppose most chemicals that are ordinarily nontoxic will not be toxic in nano form either, but there will be exceptions to stumble upon.
It's a delaying campaign to keep the money flowing unabated to fossil fuel companies as long as possible.
Where censorship of sex is permitted, gay-friendly materials are likely to be censored — not just in Singapore, but in Canada too.
A Greenpeace parody attacking the Shell/LEGO marketing partnership was taken down from YouTube by a vague copyright claim.
The Kurds have dropped out of the Iraqi government.
This seems to be a push to make Maliki quit. However, since the Kurdish region aims for independence, perhaps Iraq could kick its representatives out of Parliament; then maybe it could form a government.
How the UK is involved in US kidnapping for torture, and how it blocks public inquiry into this complicity.
US citizens: call on the FDA to stop the ruining of antibiotics by feeding them to farm animals en masse.
New pun judge in space
US citizens: Support the Senate bill to fix the Hobby Lobby decision.
The complicated tax-dodging scheme of Nando's Chicken.
The US is spending a trillion dollars on the F-35 fighter whether it works or not.
Karzai approved a UN plan to check the ballots of the Afghan presidential election.
I hope that this makes it possible to find the real winner before the candidates start trying to defeat each other militarily.
An Australian judge faces irrational attacks after saying that sex between siblings might not be inherently bad.
He seems to be talking about sex done willingly. Why should willing sibling sex be associated with "abuse"?
Alas, Judge Neilson is partly mistaken: some apparently still have a taboo about this, and they attack him for questioning the taboo. The attacks are blatant non sequiturs, claiming that sibling sex is bad because it's "disgusting" and because it's illegal.
Environmental defender Jonathan Moylan faces sentencing for posting a Yes Men-style hoax announcement that a bank had pulled out of a coal mine project.
If you are in Australia, you might want to move your money out of ANZ bank permanently as a protest against its destructive investments.
"Sports drinks" have a considerable amount of sugar, and unless you're doing hard exercise for a long time, you're better off drinking water.
Some studies suggest certain farm pesticides increase the chance of autism; a pregnant woman who lives near a fields where they are used has a higher chance of an autistic child.
Congress is about to vote on a terrible new cybersecurity bill which gives the NSA more spying authority.
Here's more detail.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are rising as the Taliban increasingly fight in towns.
Afghans don't get as angry when the Taliban kill civilians as they do when US soldiers or drones kill civilians.
Children facing deportation need lawyers.
The fine for poisoning water supplies for 300,000 people: just 11,000 dollars.
Obama's lawyers argue that prisoners in Guantanamo don't deserve the same religious freedom as a corporation.
A one-day general strike of public workers shut down a lot of the UK, in response to a proposed law intended to make it hard for unions to strike.
Part of the motive for privatization of government services is to weaken unions, which helps drive workers' pay down and facilitates cheating them.
The Virginia thugs have given up on making child pornography of a teenager threatened with imprisonment for sending a picture of his penis to his lover.
The laws against "child pornography" are unjust, and this is one of many reasons.
Half the people killed by bombing Gaza are women and children. A good fraction of the men killed are probably noncombatants too.
The EU has deplored the bombing, while the US tries to shield Israel.
Big signs in Washington DC encourage whistleblowers to talk to exposefacts.org.
I asked an expert, who says that the site is good to use but reminds people to use https to communicate with it.
The FBI treated Nelson Mandela as some sort of Communist threat after he was released from prison.
Helsinki plans an integrated system of public transit that would make it obsolete to have a car.
This would be a tremendous advance, except that they plan to build in total surveillance as part of the fine print. Every portable phone is a tracking device, and if you have to pay through one, that means identifying yourself to the system. That would be a big step backwards for privacy.
If we don't want to live in a world of total surveillance, we must reject and oppose every new system that collects data about all users. We must insist on designing systems so that they do not track or identify people. Helsinki's transit system should provides ways to call for a ride by calling a number, and allow paying cash.
See http://gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html for more explanation, and practical recommendations.
I did not sign a petition to make the FISA court stop profiling based on religion and a couple of other personal classifications because I think the real problem is that the FISA court is a rubber stamp for spying on people.
A Thai editor was jailed for a Facebook posting.
The UK plans to rush new surveillance requirements into effect without debate.
The UK plans to build a new nuclear plant at the cost of a tremendous subsidy, including buying the power for decades at an artificially high price.
I think the "compelling power" that won parties' support for this deal probably emanates from someone's money, but that gives me no clue about how.
The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay compensation to two journalists that were imprisoned for a year with no grounds. However, they are on trial for publishing information about a supposed coup plot.
"Don't be shocked that the US spied on American Muslims. Get angry that it justifies spying on whomever it wants."
UK documents about its cooperation with CIA kidnapings were destroyed by "water damage".
They could be telling the truth. Maybe they flushed these papers down the toilet — that would certainly lead to "water damage".
US citizens: Call on Congress to penalize US contractors with a history of cheating workers out of their pay.
Of course, there should not be so many contractors' employees — their numbers have been swollen due to privatization. Most of that privatization was perverse. We should reverse perverse privatization, moving the work back to civil service workers.
A jury put blame on the thugs for shooting an innocent woman in London who then died of her injuries, 29 years ago.
The real question is, what will be done to keep the thugs accountable today so that they do not continue such practices?
Hong Kong's press freedom has got worse over the past year.
Citizens of Massachusetts: sign this petition to boost the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15.
Everyone: Call on Uganda not to punish Rev. Senyonjo for refusing to preach hatred of gays.
China has given a big tax exemption to electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars.
Israel's bombardment of Gaza has killed over 70 people. Targets included family homes (8 dead) and a cafe where people were watching soccer on TV (6 dead).
Israel has a recipe for killing Palestinian civilians with a built-in excuse: claiming it was aiming at military targets, and that it was "retaliating" for rockets.
The rockets, when aimed at civilian towns such as Sderot, are a war crime too, or more often an attempted war crime, since these rockets almost never hit anyone. But Israel intentionally started this battle, so it cannot plead "retaliation" now.
Hamas may have cynical motives for giving in to the provocation.
Natural gas under the sea is part of what the fight is about.
I don't think any amount of Israeli attack will make the people of Gaza reject Hamas. Its effect will be to make them cling to it more tightly.
Iraqi women organize secretly to protect women from oppression from religious bullies, including ISIS.
The US stopped operating a plane that beamed radio transmissions to Cuba, which were nearly always jammed.
The programs contain a mixture of US government propaganda plus facts correcting Cuban government propaganda. That the Cuban government jams these transmissions indicates its own injustice.
Arsonists Posing as Firemen: How GOP Sabotages Government for Fun and Profit. This article explains how Republicans' sabotage brought about several problems which they now attack Democrats for.
How oil companies try to steamroll local governments that oppose their projects.
Germany has caught another spy that first worked for the CIA, then tried to contact Russia.
A study links neonicotinoids to falling populations of birds.
The US government and states gave fossil fuels 37 billion dollars of subsidy last year, and this has increased 45% since 2009.
Without this, renewable power would grow more.
The OECD predicts economic growth will almost cease by 2060, but inequality will keep increasing.
That's before counting the losses that global heating will cause; the report treats that as uncertain.
The report presumes that we will keep increasing productivity by automating more work. But I don't think this increased productivity is good at the cost of more unemployed poor people — not if the benefits go to the rich. It would be better to limit the automation and keep more people employed.
We do not have to allow inequality to increase. The growing inequality is due to policies that can be changed.
The Earth Institute shows how we can still keep global heating down to a painful 2 degrees C, if we act firmly now.
The report offers specific targets and plans for the 15 most-emitting countries.
The report assumes substantial use of nuclear power, but I am sure the target can be met without that at the cost of some extra money.
Obama's administration seems to be the most secretive ever.
The NSA does this without breaking the law, because the law is putty in its hands.
Feinstein's senate committee adopted a "cybersecurity" bill that allows increased state surveillance.
The cease-fire in South Sudan is allowing the beginning of recovery but there is a shortage of food, medicine and doctors.
The Israeli government had information showing that the three kidnaped teenagers were dead, but used censorship and lies to make the public believe they were being held as hostages by Hamas, and manipulate public feeling so as to attack Hamas.
Citizens of the UK: phone your MPs to oppose surveillance legislation being rushed through Parliament so fast there will be no time for it to be thought about.
One of the Koch brothers was a Bircher in the 60s and put money into fighting against civil rights.
US citizens: call on Hillary Clinton to stop supporting Monsanto.
US citizens: Tell the EPA to suspend use of neonicotinoid pesticides. There's plenty of evidence tying them to colony collapse of bees, and since they accumulate, it will take time for them to decrease in the environment.
Israeli troops confiscated the computers of Palestinian cultural magazines.
On the social demand for collective mourning for people one did not know.
I rejected the collective mourning for those who died in the September 2001 attacks; while Americans were supposed to feel angry and afraid, I focused instead on resisting the coming attack on our freedom.
The former speaker of the Israeli Parliament asks for a nonviolent Palestinian movement to pressure Israel into accepting peace.
[Australia's] Asylum Secrecy on the High Seas Is Designed to Foil the Enemy Within — The Law.
A minister sees no sign of torture in Sri Lanka. In effect, he says he saw many Tamils who are not in prison or being tortured.
Some imprisoned asylum seekers have attempted suicide hoping to improve their children's chances of receiving asylum.
This suggests that those are economic migrants, aiming to get their children into Australia rather than fleeing persecution.
State legislators acting as tools for ALEC copied the error from ALEC's model bill.
The bill would be just as bad if they had been more careful, but this shows they are tools of ALEC, and not even very competent ones.
The Arab Peace Initiative proposed a peace plan which still offers a direction for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Palestinians are still organizing nonviolent resistance, but they need the rest of the world to notice it.
Those who refuse to recognize Snowden as a hero, and attack him for showing secrets to the press, are now compelled to admit that the NSA can't be trusted to keep its data about you and me private.
Of course, Snowden did not give this data to just any reporters. He chose reporters who would take care against harming the people mentioned in those data.
The Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies parts of 8 US states, is being depleted rapidlyThe spreading drought (which will get worse due to global heating) is speeding this up.
Congresscritters are resisting an investigation by the SEC of accusations of insider stock trading.
TPP stands for Treaty for Plutocratic Power.
The extent of Israel's collective punishment response to three murdered civilians amounts to a far bigger wrong to Palestinian civilians.
The Afghan presidential election preliminary results declared Ashraf Ghani the winner, but Abdullah Abdullah accuses Ghani's campaign of ballot-stuffing and says he will set up a parallel cabinet.
I have no way to judge what the truth is, but running an election properly includes preventing opportunities for ballot stuffing.
Israel has created an opportunity to invade Gaza again. This gives it a chance to kill or wound hundreds of Palestinians, with an excuse to shield the killers from prosecution.
This is retaliation for rockets launched from Gaza, generally not by Hamas. These rockets are quite warlike but almost never hurt anyone. Effectively they are like a raised fist, which Israel generally responds to with attacks that kill plenty of civilians.
This cycle of violence started with the murder of three Israeli teenagers, to which Israel responded by arresting hundreds of Palestinians unrelated to the murder (generally without charges), and sending troops into Arab areas to harass large numbers of people. This predictably inspires young Palestinians to throw stones, which is an opportunity to shoot tear gas, which often injures people, and also an opportunity to shoot bystanders dead. It's even possible for a soldier to kill Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets or tear-gas canisters.
Israeli civilians living in colonies ("settlements") in Palestine are launching attacks against nearby Palestinian villages.
Here's Juan Cole's analysis.
US citizens: Call on the FCC to choose complete network neutrality.
US citizens: call on the EPA to regulate pollution from recycling plants.
US agents seized Roman Seleznev, son of a Russian MP, in the Maldives.
Either the US agents kidnaped him without informing the government of the Maldives, or the government of the Maldives handed someone over to the US illegally without an extradition hearing.
Whether Seleznev is guilty of breaking computer security (please don't call it hacking!) is a different question. I know nothing about it; maybe he is, or maybe he isn't. But that seems like a secondary issue compared to the way he was grabbed.
Arctic heating: a study of several bird species found they are breeding 4 to 7 days earlier than a decade ago.
An ex-TSA agent ridicules the rule requiring powering up every computer. He says it is not likely to stop terrorists, but is sure to cause many people great upset. I suspect that one passenger a week will explode in violent rage at the confiscation of a computer that happened to be empty of power. The sadists will have a great excuse to imprison these people and really ruin their lives, and say they are doing it to protect us.
Cruelty to the weak is what it stands for.
It seems Obama is reaching for the bottom of the barrel to propose corrupt schnook Ahmad Chalabi to govern Iraq, or at least pretend to.
A former chief British spy says that ISIS is not interested in attacking the West, and that publicly calling it a threat is self-defeating.
ISIS is a threat to human rights in the Middle East, and that makes it very bad. But we should not let governments make this an excuse for universal surveillance.
Everyone: boycott Eden Foods for attacking access to birth control.
Millions of US veterans suffer from physical and psychological problems, and many commit suicide.
Being in a war that you can't justify to yourself requires a special sort of nihilism.
China cancelled American Tibetologist Elliot Sperling's visa, apparently because he spoke up for the imprisoned Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti.
Mapping US states on a spectrum from "tight" (repressive) to "loose" (tolerant).
63 of the women kidnaped by Boko Haram escaped and walked to freedom.
The article explains how politics has hampered the fight against Boko Haram.
Médecins Sans Frontières reports that most humanitarian aid agencies have adopted bad priorities and do little to help real refugees.
Canada is holding negotiations about the TPP in a secret location. The government is evidently scared of the people's disapproval of its plan to betray democracy.
Legalizing marijuana has reduced violent crime in Colorado as well as creating jobs and increasing tax revenue.
Most importantly, it means an end to a system of prohibition that ruins many lives and spreads corruption.
Alas, we still have the "war" on other drugs. Some of those drugs are really addictive and/or harmful, but prohibition does even more harm.
CIA employee Jeffrey Scudder tried to go through channels to have old articles published — which was in fact his job. His reward was to be framed and then forced to resign.
Here's more information.
This is the route various authoritarian politicians (including Hillary Clinton) think Snowden should have taken.
A former general associated with a massacre in East Timor, who has stated his opposition to democracy, may be elected president of Indonesia.
A study finds that the UK's policies intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have not decreased the total economy.
It could be that this is because the policies are not strong enough to avert disaster. However, disaster is not in any country's real economic interest.
Governments must act to assure development of new antibiotics.
Of course, they must also act to end the wasteful ruination of antibiotics once discovered, but they have not had the courage to tell meat producers to jump in the lake.
US citizens: call on the EPA to regulate pollution from refineries.
The global heating denial industry grasps at thin straws of sea ice to hide the overwhelming fact of heating.
Comparing the ending of fossil fuel use with freeing the slaves in the US.
The similarity is not complete. Enslaving one person is an injustice, whereas burning one gallon of gasoline would hurt nobody if that were the only gallon burnt. But there are similarities.
US States That Raised Their Minimum Wages Are Experiencing Faster Job Growth.
The privatization of soldiers and intelligence agents creates armies of lobbies to increase the spending on them.
Tony Nuttall describes how UK thugs violently attacked aged and/or disabled people who rode a train without paying to protest the plans to end the travel discount for old people and disabled people.
If the UK government were not so stingy with its support for old people and the disabled perhaps it would not be important to give them a discount on trains. Anyway, the conduct of the thugs is disgusting regardless of whether one agrees with the protesters.
Australia has admitted handing over boat people from Sri Lanka to the Sri Lankan navy.
Sri Lanka will hand them over to the thugs, and they may be prosecuted for departing Sri Lanka without permission.
Australia's high court ordered the state not to hand over another boatload.
The World Bank is considering relaxing standards for loans to large projects that can involve fossil fuels or other dangers to the public.
Ralph Nader asks Americans to support two progressive candidates for US Congress, one independent and one Green.
Capitalism is having a recovery for the rich, but making this benefit the non-rich requires changing the system.
Some US hospitals are buying personal data to warn people they might get sick.
I see no harm in this particular practice. If it seems creepy, that's because it is the consequence of something that really is creepy: the collection of all that data about people. That's what's really wrong.
I would not mind if my own computer kept a log of my purchases. I might find it useful to run a free program to look through them for things to warn me about. I don't want a data broker to have that data, which is why I always buy anonymously, paying cash.
Leaks show that NSA calls all Tor users "extremists" and makes them targets for spying.
Reading some Boing Boing articles is also enough to make a person a target.
I don't know whether reading THAT Boing Boing article would make you a target. Just to be careful, you should access it through Tor.
If it is true that a second NSA whistleblower has followed Snowden's path, I wonder if he was inspired by reading my emails. My emails say,
[[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider ]]] [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies, ]]] [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
There is a t-shirt you can use to declare yourself a TORrorist.
Nobody should have expected Facebook's conduct to be ethical.
Exxon bullied the major US TV networks into refusing to present a paid political advertisement that criticizes Exxon.
All I can say is, Yexx!
If you want to watch the PSA, which is hosted on YouTube, please do not access the site directly! Use youtube-dl.
The owners of Hobby Lobby provided medical care including contraception coverage, voluntarily, until a group of right-wing Christians suggested this was a way to the secularity of the law.
Now Hobby Lobby demands to ban insurance from paying for doctor visits in which patients even discuss contraception. And the Supreme Court may have given it to them.
The battle over contraception is the central battle of the war for women's equality and emancipation.
US TV lionizes the CEO of Hewlett Packard for continuing to cut jobs despite the "economic recovery" in the US (thus helping insure it's not a real recovery for the American people).
One incidental detail, irrelevant to the issue, is that this CEO is a woman. It's irrelevant to the issue because a male CEO could have done the same, and it would be equally wrong. The wrong here has nothing to do with her gender. It was right of FAIR not to mention that.
I mention it, though it is irrelevant to this issue, because there are feminists who campaign to have more female CEOs. I think they are being distracted by an irrelevancy.
With regard to CEOs, what matters most for working women isn't whether their chance of becoming one of those CEOs is one in a million or one in ten million. It is curbing the CEOs' power to harm them. Never mind how women CEOs get paid; focus on how women workers get paid.
The UK government has come up with two new excuses to maintain surveillance of everyone.
What they amount to is, "If we can't watch everyone all the time, somewhat more crimes will happen." That's true. But if we allow the state to prevent crimes at any cost, it will oppress us. A state that the people do not control is a bigger danger than the crimes it fails to prevent.
The state itself commits frequent violence when it shows contempt for the people.
Sea-level rise is hitting Virginia so hard that even Republicans can't deny it.
It's not wholly due to global heating. The US east coast is slowly sinking, and this adds locally to the worldwide rise of the ocean caused by global heating.
Hillary Clinton praised Angela Merkel, Germany's right-wing leader who refused to relax the austerity that has crushed Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy. This shows where Clinton's sympathies lie.
An Ethiopian farmer says UK aid to Ethiopia funds the land grab campaign that chases thousands off their land and forces them into artificial villages where they can't get food.
This land grab is probably for the benefit of some global company.
Snowden gave journalists a sample of intercepts. The Washington Post says that 1/9 of them were from real targets and 8/9 were from bystanders.
They show that the NSA lied again.
WildEarth Guardians are suing the US for approving coal mines without taking account of the pollution the mines and the coal will cause. The US government says the US can't afford to interfere with all that coal mining.
In the long term the US can't afford to let the mining continue, but the US government is more concerned with the short term interests of mining companies than the long term interests of the whole country.
Freedom of religion is mostly obsolete, because most of it is included in freedom of speech and thought.
I am not convinced it is 100% obsolete, because religion includes some practices of worship that people should also have the right to do, within reason (as long as they don't violate others' rights). For instance, the Religious Freedom Restauration Act was adopted so that people wouldn't get fired for their (lawful) religious practices. That's not included in freedom of speech and thought.
However, if the US banned firing people over things irrelevant to their jobs, this aspect of religious freedom would also be superseded.
Everyone: join the People's Climate Mobilization
Australians protested the dooH niboR budget proposed by the Australian Cruelty Party.
In Cambodia, patriarchy and poverty push mothers to make their daughters prostitutes.
The way income, when it arrives, melts away on various necessities of relatives (on whom one depends for aid in turn) is typical of life for poor people in the US, too. This makes getting out of poverty much harder that the non-poor suppose it is.
Israeli thugs arrested then beat up a Palestinian teenager, who is a US citizen and a cousin of the teenager who was burnt to death.
The US government has criticized Israel for this.
Meanwhile, Israel has arrested suspects in the murder of his cousin.
It is unusual for Israeli civilians to kill a Palestinian, just as it is unusual for Palestinians to kill Israelis. In fact, lots of Palestinians are killed by Israelis, but usually the killers have impunity because they are soldiers or thugs.
US citizens: call on Obama to make an executive order to override the effects of the Hobby Lobby decision.
80% of California is now in "extreme" drought, but Californians should get used to this as global heating will lead to more and worse droughts.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting some businesses whistleblowers from retaliation, but not completely.
Germany has arrested someone who was spying for the US.
Ikea supported dictatorships in the Soviet Empire in the 80s.
I think that this is comparable to buying cotton from Uzbekistan today.
Clinton continues calling for Snowden to submit to a US trial while evading the issue that he won't be allowed to argue that his actions served his country.
A new ethical issue about Facebook's experiment: Facebook gave researchers data about its useds without getting the useds' consent.
The growing movement to reverse privatization of public services.
Public pressure forced Syngenta to retract its request for "emergency" permission for massive use of neonicotinoids in the UK despite the EU's moratorium on their use.
If the EPA approves toxic 2,4-D as a herbicide for new GMOs, over 5000 schools in the US will be rather close to the spraying.
Orwell's Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald.
Romania is rushing a massive surveillance law to require all communications to be registered.
Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.
The Arab teenager kidnaped in Jerusalem was apparently burnt alive.
Arabs on buses and streets are facing harassment that gets to the point of violence, though other Israelis sometimes try to protect them.
Dark dust, from fires, deserts and machines, is melting ice around the world, even in the Himalayas.
America's national parks are already being changed by global heating.
In a century, they may still be parks (if there is still a state that can maintain them as parks), but aside from bare rock they will change beyond recognition.
Chris Christie vetoed a New Jersey bill to limit magazines to just 10 bullets.
One of the researchers in the Facebook emotion experiment has been funded by the US government to study the spread of dissident ideas.
Denmark plans to impose a nationwide system to track cars.
Such systems should only see cars that are being specifically sought, or are not properly licenses.
The FDA has proposed to require food labels to state the amount of added sugar. The food companies are lobbying against.
Obama's head of the SEC has turned out rather susceptible to the wishes of the companies it is supposed to regulate.
Hong Kong arrested the leaders of the large democracy protest.
A way to find out whether a web site is blocked by ISP censorship imposed by the UK government.
Although some nuclear power advocates claim that the Chernobyl meltdowns did not directly hurt the public, some groups that were nearby show high levels of certain diseases.
An Ethiopian "terrorist" (i.e., opposition party leader) faces execution after being extradited by Yemen.
The UK does not want to protest about such threats to air travellers making connections because it intends to endanger them similarly on similar excuses.
Everyone: call on Temple University to tighten its standards for disclosure of researchers' conflicts of interest.
Two professors there did a study which purported to find that private prisons are great improvements in efficiency; it turns out they were funded by private prison companies, and the study is biased.
In India today there are thousands of temple prostitutes, given to the temple as children by their families. For the most part, they are treated with the same contempt that other prostitutes receive. (I don't understand why many men feel that sort of contempt for prostitutes.)
US corporations are using nondisclosure agreements to gag whistleblowers.
US Confirms Years-Long "Secret" Military Presence in Somalia.
The UK government's policies are curbing the installation of better heat insulation in homes.
This will help the government's patrons meet their targets for sales of fossil fuels.
More evidence that you shouldn't rely on "cloud"y thinking about where to store or transmit data: SoundCloud says it will profile users, and has given the music factories direct censorship control.
Don't use big web sites to distribute files — to the public or to specific people.
US citizens: tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate oil and gas drilling on US public land.
Everyone: Call on CNBC to apologize for seeking to publish a denial of global heating.
The Heatless Party's government in Australia has stopped refugee boats from arriving, at the cost of contempt for refugees, the UN, the press, the Supreme Court, the Australian public and the truth.
Supreme Court Rules JCPenney Allowed to Sacrifice Employees to Appease Cthulhu. (I think this is a satire.)
New pun in french.
US citizens: call on Obama to drop the Trade in Services Agreement and other treaties that put businesses ahead of people.
A crazy proposal to transfer massive quantities of coal from ship to ship in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.
Pollution is certain to spread, but hey, if you're going to burn that coal the reef is doomed anyway.
Calling for speed limits for ships near the Great Barrier Reef to protect whales from being killed by collisions.
In Australia, only right-wingers are allowed to suggest using physical violence on those they disagree with.
Abbott surely deserves to spend many years in prison for his treatment of Australian poor, foreign refugees, and all future life on Earth. But not death, because the death penalty is never justified.
An argument for eliminating private business from the development and manufacture of medicines.
I am not sure we need to go that far. I advocate eliminating private business from the testing and approval of medicines.
The One-Sided Culture War against Children. Whether US parents are too lax, or too controlling, the "solution" is always "impose standardized tests to fire teachers."
I find that US parents tend to be too lax on some issues (they can't say "Don't be used by Facebook!" or "Don't sign an EULA that says you are not allowed to give that to someone else!"), and twistedly strict on others (kids never get to be home alone; parents think that would kill them). But the "solution" of "impose standardized tests to fire teachers" is never going to help.
One of the Peruvian soldiers convicted of killing journalist Hugo Bustios says that Peru's current interior minister Urresti ordered the killing.
Australia gives some asylum seekers a cursory screening and sends them back.
It does not matter a priori whether this is done on land or on a ship, but doing so on ship facilitates "accidental" errors which, at a systematic level, are not accidents.
While the government refuses to admit this, it effectively admits it by trying to pretend that Sri Lanka does not torture dissidents.
Australia's plans show that its goal is to keep refugees out no matter what the situation.
Pennsylvania told state health officials not to return phone calls from people who had health problems due to fracking.
Attacking the Pakistani Taliban provides an opportunity to attack the disease they protect: polio.
Carbon offsets are fueling land grabs in Africa.
Indian soldiers and thugs in Kashmir have been officially given impunity for torture, rape and murder. The mothers of the disappeared have organized in response.
Nigerian Atheist Bala has been released from the mental hospital thanks to a strike by doctors, but now receives death threats from fanatical Muslims.
Islamic law is incompatible with human rights. I've posted examples from Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, Saudi Arabiaand Sudan. I am sure there are more. Most "Muslim" countries forbid religious freedom to anyone who was once considered a Muslim.
Nigeria must insist that human rights apply to the whole of the country and that no local system is allowed to pre-empt them.
Improvised explosive devices killed 53,000 people in 2011-2013, most of them civilians.
I don't see much hope of stopping this practice as long as the groups that set these bombs are tolerated by their communities.
Everyone: pledge to boycott Hobby Lobby.
US citizens: call for continuation of the "temporary" ban on drones in national parks.
Ahmed Abu Khatallah's lawyers say the US government has given them no information about the evidence against their client.
A little information about the 7 Palestinians killed recently by Israelis. 4 of them teenagers.
Killing people who are not hurting anyone is wrong no matter who they are. However, Western politicians seem to care only when Israelis are the victims.
The "Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board" turns out to be the Privacy and Civil Liberties Overboard.
Spain is punishing striking workers.
A new FCC rule will require US TV stations to show who pays for political advertisements.
It is a good rule, but we still need this default rule: Vote for whoever is criticized by the expensive attack ads! (Unless you have time for careful study of the accusations against ALL the candidates.)
A debate about whether Capitalism inevitably produces great inequality or merely tends to do so.
I think that the great inequality is not inevitable, but avoiding it takes firmness that requires true democracy (government policies chosen by the people in general to keep the rich in check). Once the rich replace democracy with plutocracy, it is a sure thing that the policies necessary to prevent tremendous inequality won't be practiced.
Ecuador drew up a plan in 2010 to build a power plant in Yasuni to support oil drilling there.
It is not certain that the plan to leave Yasuni oil untouched was dishonest. This could have been a contingency plan for what to do if the world failed (as indeed it did) to contribute the money Ecuador requested for leaving that oil untouched.
In any case, Correa deserves credit for trying something that no other world leader has even tried. If other countries had provided the reasonable sum he requested, he would surely have gone ahead with the deal.
Dwindling water supplies are crucial to the military outcome in Iraq and Syria. Control of a dam means use of the water in its lake, use of the electricity it generates, and the chance to use the water to drown people downstream.
A multi-year drought caused the protests against Assad.
Global heating will eventually make it impossible for the current population of Iraq to survive there.
Our actions that cause global heating are a wrong that we must stop. Iraq contributes to these actions by extracting oil for us to burn. Iraqis also contribute to the problem by having more children than the region can support. One way of reducing population growth is to give women more control over their reproduction. ISIS will clearly do the opposite of that, but so do the religious Shi'ite groups.
Perhaps the world will need to adopt the principle that climate refugees must get sterilized as a condition for asylum. Not as a punishment (they are not personally to blame), but as a sustainability measure.
ISPs from various countries have sued GCHQ for attacking their computers.
Since Egyptians won't be allowed to think about politics or freedom, or enjoy satire on TV, I guess business is all they will be left with.
A Palestinian teenager was, it appears, kidnapped and killed as an act of explicit revenge for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.
The killers of those three teenagers probably thought that was revenge, too. Israelis kill lots of Palestinians each year, including teenagers and protesters. They also torture Palestinian teenagers.
These killings are wrong on both sides, and I insist on condemning them the same.
The permanent stress caused by poverty causes children's brains to develop improperly. With almost 1/4 of US children living in poverty, this creates a permanent handicap for the US, as well as an irremediable injustice to those children.
Chomsky: America's Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force.
We are sucking the oceans dry of small fish to feed fish farms, but farmed fish can grow on vegetable food too.
It will take laws to stop the overexploitation of the oceans. We will have to defeat the business forces that want to wipe them out. Perhaps we should ban the sale of farmed fish that are fed animal products.
Caribbean coral reefs will be lost within 20 years. Pollution and overfishing will get them before the CO2 does it.
Two Chilean officials have charged with murdering two Americans in Chile, with the help of the then head of the US military mission.
This was done shortly after the US-organized September 11 attacks.
Poor families in the UK can't afford to rent more than a shed to live in.
It could be worse: they could be homeless as in the US.
The UK has enough rooms of housing, but policies encourage the rich to use up a lot of space, pushing purchase and rental prices up and leaving the poor with too little.
Increasing CO2 levels make damselfish unable to recognize other fish that they know.
Iraq's parliament has given up on forming a government, without even trying.
Partition of Iraq may be the way to avoid unending civil war. (I advocated this a decade ago.) However, avoiding unending war also requires that the Sunni regions be ruled by people that are not fanatics.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of the French law that bans wearing masks.
This law is typically thought of in connection with a tiny minority of Muslim women, but that is a side issue. Wearing a mask is the only way to protect yourself from being tracked by face recognition cameras. If such cameras are not banned, masks must be allowed as a defense.
Hundreds of thousands of citizens of Hong Kong marched for democracy despite rain and heat.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistan for years of sheltering the Afghan Taliban. Now that Pakistan is attacking the Pakistani Taliban, it accuses Afghanistan of allowing them bases there.
No US soldier starts out wanting to shoot children, not even once, but the dynamics of occupation lead to making that standard practice.
Protests stimulated by the World Cup show that Brazil's democracy is under long-term threat.
In the US: call on Kroger Supermarket to stop selling unsustainable fish.
The FDA is looking for nanomaterials to make animals grow faster.
In principle, this is a great idea. In practice, things may go wrong.
Animals will eat these materials in large quantities, then excrete them; what will happen then? Sewage treatment and water treatment plants were not designed with them in mind, so whether they get into our water will be a matter of luck. If they do, will they increase human obesity?
Egypt's most popular satirist said he will terminate his TV show, implying that the regime will not allow him to continue it.
The US Supreme Court found an excuse to deny some American women access to contraception.
This decision makes no sense in its own terms, because the whole point of a corporation is that it is a separate entity from its owners. They can have religious beliefs, but the corporation cannot. These particular owners, in aiming to impose their views over employees' rights, want to have it both ways. "When the corporation pays for medical coverage, it's really us. If the corporation loses money, it's not us."
This case is part of a general campaign to eliminate access to birth control on the part of Christian fanatics that resemble the Taliban in their misogyny and intolerance.
This question has a real effect because the most reliable forms of birth control involve a big expense once in a while. Getting insurance coverage for them makes a real difference for many US women, especially now that the same right-wingers have made more of them poor.
Congress could amend the Religious Freedom Restauration Act to fix this decision, but it would be better to amend the Constitution to state that human rights in general do not apply to corporations.
However, the clean solution to this problem (and many others) is to disconnect medical care totally from employment. Making employers pay for medical care for employees has the side effect of encouraging companies to eliminate full-time US jobs in favor of foreign operations, part-time subcontractors, or robots.
Instead we should make wealthy people and businesses pay for health care for everyone, employed or not, through a progressive income tax.
Some US states are still trying to teach bogus "science" instead of evolution.
Former NASA Chief Scientist: "We're Effectively Taking a Sledgehammer to the Climate System".
Car exhaust makes it hard for certain moths to find flowers.
It's not clear why jellyfish are becoming more prevalent in the ocean, but they are. Sometimes catastrophically so.
I'm sure some aspect of human activities is responsible. We are changing ocean ecosystems in so many ways that it would be a bizarre coincidence if none of them contributed.
Blackwater quashed a US investigation by threatening to kill the investigator.
The US created this situation by sending mercenaries to Iraq and failing to impose accountability on them. For instance, they got away with rape.
The US ought to extend to mercenaries the full spectrum of laws that apply to soldiers. Better yet, it should stop using mercenaries at all.
Mysteriously, US CEOs are paid much more than CEOs in other countries.
It would be interesting to find out what difference enables CEO pay to balloon more in the US than in Japan and Switzerland. I suppose that CEOs play one company off against another, but they would do that everywhere if they can. Why is it they can do so more in the US?
A plutocrat writes: The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats.
Plutocracy kills poor people by the thousands, maybe even by the hundreds of thousands. Through global heating, that will become millions, then tens of millions. They are justified in fighting for their lives. The longer this battle is delayed, the more destructive it will be.
On the other hand, if we build up the anger and the movement fast enough, maybe we can restore democracy without violence, and end the killing.
Pakistan seems to be serious about fighting the Islamists of North Waziristan.
The US has pressured the Japanese government into "reinterpreting" its constitution to permit fighting war on behalf of allies.
The Australian government rewrote advice about fires and heat waves to cover up their relationship to global heating.
Many Americans despise poor people, not realizing that they too are very likely to be poor some day.
Poor people don't deserve contempt for asking for help. We must give poor people what they need in order to have a decent life. All children deserve good food, a good education, and everything else children should have.
However, poor people have a responsibility, too, as well as rights: they must not act so as to increase their needs. Specifically, they should not have children. Reproduction is a desire, not a necessity. For most people, of all the things they do, reproduction is what puts the biggest ecological burden on the world.
36,000 Egyptians have been arrested for protests since the coup against Morsi.
Deforestation in Indonesia is booming, even faster than in Brazil.
Atlantic City casinos are closing as the region hits "casino saturation".
Gambling does not increase wealth, it only redistributes wealth. Atlantic City casinos were touted as a way to redistribute wealth from other states to New Jersey. However, that's not the sort of redistribution than the US needs.
The US needs to redistribute wealth from the rich to the rest. Unfortunately, casinos redistribute wealth from the middle class and the not-totally-broke working class, and a substantial fraction goes to the casino owners. It's a false solution, offered to reduce demand for a real solution.
Australia's government wants to eliminate tax exemptions for environmental protection organizations and forbid them to carry out boycotts.
It is understandable that the Australian government is concerned about donations to charities that help the poor and the sick, since it proposes a budget that would make poor and sick Australians dependent on those charities.
However, in the long term, protecting the environment is crucial for everyone's well-being.
US citizens: call on the WHO to help tackle the ebola virus outbreak without delay.
The three missing Israeli teenagers were killed and buried.
There is no indication of who killed them, but Netanyahu is using their deaths as an excuse to attack people all over the West Bank and Gaza.
Israel's reprisals have killed 6 Palestinians so far, and imprisoned 400 people. Israel has not bothered to charge them with any crime, and clearly has no evidence to relate them to the three murders. Clearly most of them were not involved.
Is Israel no better than Egypt? Al-Sisi at least has courts "convict" those he wishes to kill or imprison. The "trials" are not serious, but that provides an opportunity to pressure Egypt to do better. Israel does not even bother with trials.
While directly this means nothing, it may convince lots of young foolish Muslims to support ISIS.
The biggest advantage of ISIS thus far seems to be that it is more cruel, bloody and unscrupulous than its rivals. I fear that this monstrous ideology will kill millions before it is stamped out. If you are a Muslim and you don't want your community destroyed by violent fanatics, you had better organize now to keep them out.
The Chinese government has been compelled by events to recognize that industry without pollution control has poisoned lakes and soils with heavy metals that cause cancer.
Nonetheless, people who campaigned to stop this are still treated as enemies of the state.
Facebook experimented with putting happier or sadder material into its useds' feeds, and found that had a tiny but measurable effect on their emotions.
I don't see an ethical problem in the experiment as such. It seems to me little different from trying different text on your web site's front page, except that they wrote a scientific paper about it.
However, Facebook's power to influence people does seem dangerous.
Emperor penguins are threatened with eventual extinction due to global heating.
US citizens: call on the Surgeon General to report on the health effects of sugar consumption.
Americans: see how your senators and representatives voted on holding corporations responsible for their actions.
California's teachers' unions are failing to fight back against pension cuts imposed by Democrats, but Chicago's teachers organized public support, struck, and won.
The FISA court's standards for NSA surveillance are extremely permissive.
We also know that the NSA has deceived the FISA court.
Dredging a coal port near the Great Barrier Reef could cause even more damage than previously thought, because currents can cause the millions of tons of debris to spread.
Australia has secretly handed over a boat full of Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka's navy, which is sure to torture them.
The Australian government cannot shield itself from condemnation by refusing to admit its actions. That can prevent us from getting proof, but we don't need that standard of proof to condemn a state for evildoing. The state's refusal to say what happened is enough basis to declare it guilty.
It is different when a human being is prosecuted. For instance, when the minister is put on trial for his role in this, he will be entitled to be considered innocent unless proved guilty. However, at that time it will also be possible to subpoena the evidence to see if it proves his guilt.
None of that applies now, because a state is not entitled to human rights.
Russia has found an excuse to ban most foreign and non-conservative literature: a prohibition on certain dirty words.
Obama's military kangaroo courts for Guantanamo prisoners are getting stuck on the issue of how the CIA tortured the defendants.
Some of those people may be guilty of real crimes, but if the US can't give them a fair trial because the US tortured them, it has to let them go. Let that be a lesson to us: no torture!
Some fraction of those released may fight the US, but we should not overestimate the importance of that. Violent Islamist groups have thousands of members; a few more won't make much difference. What mainly affects their strength is their ability to recruit.
Guantanamo serves them very well as a recruiting tool, and so does the US refusal to face justice for its torture. Try as they might, a few ex-prisoners won't be able to do the US the sort of harm that the US does to itself.
The US must stop betraying what it stands for, so that it can inspire honest friendship and support around the world, instead of inspiring people to join Islamist fanatic groups.
Kiribati has purchased high ground in Fiji as a place to move once the islands of Kiribati are swamped by rising seas.
Does the US government have plans to move the graves of the US Marine cemeteries on Tarawa Atoll?
I don't think there is any intrinsic importance in how corpses are treated (including my own, after my death), but soldiers tend to consider this very important. Many US veterans are right-wing and some are global-heating denialists. This question might offer a way to make them face the facts.
Greenpeace urges Lego to drop a marketing arrangement with Shell.
A clever unknown protester added labels to dresses in a store, saying "'Degrading' sweatshop conditions" and "Forced to work exhausting hours".
The law proposed in this article would be a good step forward, but really we should make the marketing companies that subcontract manufacturing responsible for the working conditions of their whole supply chain.
They should also have to register their subcontractors to all levels, which will have the salutary effect of impeding them from changing their supply chains so often.
Starbucks announced a "scholarship program" for its employees, but it turns out that Starbucks is contributing no money to this, just extracting publicity from it.
The case for paying reparations to US blacks for slavery and oppressive racist laws.
The book Inequality by Design, by Claude Fischer, explains how forcing a group into second-class citizenship affects their descendants too. Thus, I believe the US owes reparations to the descendants of people who suffered a racist denial of equal rights. My ancestors did not participate in doing this, but the reparations must be paid by Americans of today. That includes me.
Of course, the reparations should come mostly from the rich.
The drone assassination memo that the Obama regime released, redacted and incomplete, depends on a body of secret law.
Insane overprotection of children in the US has gone beyond social pressure and reached the point of physical threats. A father was arrested in Ohio for not stopping his son from walking to a store.
The store was half a mile away from his home. When I was 8 I walked around that far to school and back every day, in Manhattan.
Texas women must now get their abortion medicine on the black market.
Rich people in the US get a far greater return on their stocks than middle-class people.
Guantanamo propaganda teams describe hunger strikes as a tactic to discredit the prison authorities and the US government.
This is the twisted logic of someone who adopts the moral premise that "No matter what we have done, it can't ever be wrong."
The prison propagandists also habitually accuse the prisoners of being terrorists, even though none has been convicted of this, and the government says half of them should be released.
Republicans in Congress have spent 20 years sabotaging Congress's ability to study issues.
It makes sense. Right-wingers don't want careful study of their proposals; such study might find flaws in them before they are adopted.
Foreign construction workers in Qatar, who have to work 14 hours a day, rioted when security guards attacked them for trying to go to the toilet and get water.
The UK has come up with a definition of "domestic extremist", which when combined with the misleading definition of "serious criminality" allows them to label anyone who might plan a large sit-in as a "domestic extremist".
A new scheme for voting on levels resource usage encourages people to vote what they think is good for society.
A Green Party candidate and community organizer in the US is facing felony charges that seem to be fabricated by political opponents.
US combat veterans received horrible treatment while dishing out horrible treatment to the inhabitants of some other country. Some of them are psychologically wounded, but only a handful have expressed this in the sort of violence that the thugs imagine an excuse. The US could handle that problem with perhaps 6 regional SWAT teams, all of which would spend most of their time waiting for a call.
Biometrics Nightmare: Coming to a Street Corner Near You.
A study shows in detail that investments are in great danger due to global heating.
Of course, this had to be true; as global heating degrades ecosystems, it will undermine many industries.
The Australian government refuses to say what it is doing to the people on two boats of refugees that were trying to reach Australia.
The Australian government is trying to hurry complex changes in support for poor and disabled people.
I suppose that the real aim of these changes is dooH niboR, the complexity is meant to disguise and distract, and the haste is so people can't get to the bottom of things in time to demonstrate this clearly.
A radio show host was fired for mentioning that Mohammed had sex with his 9-year-old wife (Aisha), which by today's usual standards would be called pedophilia.
As far as I know, 9-year-olds don't generally want sex with anyone. Mohammed's marriage to a child reflected the general practice of treating girls and women as property. Western countries have mostly rejected this, but many parts of the world still practice it.
By today's prudish standards, having sex with a 17-year-old would be called pedophilia too. These standards go too far in the other direction.
While around 16% of Americans were poor when surveyed in 2012, most of them are poor for periods of months, not for years.
Almost 1/3 of Americans were poor for a period of months in the last few years.
We ought to provide the help needed by those who are temporarily poor, and also help for those who are poor for years.
It is superfluous for right-wing politicians to tell the unemployed to feel ashamed of being unemployed, because they do so anyway.
I can't understand why anyone is ashamed to be poor or unemployed, unless it is that person's own fault. For instance, if it is the fault of a system that inflicts poverty on many, why be ashamed of that? It's the culprits who ought to feel shame. Don't feel ashamed, organize!
Fortunately for me, I have never felt the slightest need to base my self-esteem on being seen to spend money. I don't care if I can treat people to drinks, return a financial favor, or give a "suitable gift" to meet a silly social obligation. I reject the holidays that businesses have converted into occasions when one is supposed to give gifts. When I have a birthday party, I ask people to bring food and desserts for all to enjoy, not gifts for me.
I suggest that poor people feel equally unashamed, so they can organize instead.
Everyone: Call on Egypt to stop sentencing dissidents to death.
PRISM, Local Edition: NY DA Employs 381 Secret Orders to Gather Complete Digital Dossiers from Facebook.
YouTube has made private deals with the copyright industry to censor works that are fair use.
If Google intends not to "be evil", it must stop this.
The US and the EU will fight to the end against a treaty to restrict human rights abuses by corporations.
Facebook, as an "experiment", collected the text its useds started to enter as status updates and ultimately did not send.
Facebook also announced it planned to track mouse movement even in the absence of a click.
Central banks, and especially China's, are creating money simply so they can buy up world assets.
5 absurd arguments US ISPs are making for ending net neutrality.
The Eastern Caribbean faces long-term drought.
In Mexico, women who fight back when raped are often put on trial.
Rising seas have left thousands of poor people in Liberia homeless.
This is no accident: over coming decades it will become millions.
Russia imprisons drug users without medical care.
The US has repressed drug users, but it is starting to soften a little.
US citizens: call on your senators to oppose the bill to stop the EPA from extending the Clean Water Act to more waterways.
US citizens: call on Obama to end Navy sonar training exercises in areas where they kill whales.
Obama's lawyers cited the global-war law (the Authorization for Use of Military Force) as an excuse for killing al-Awlaki.
The NSA makes up its own meanings for everyday words, so we can't assume this statement means what it seems to mean. If we knew all the facts, the number of people in the US that we would say they looked at the phone records of could be up to 248 million, for all we know.
Most Americans falsely believe that racial prejudice has ceased to make the lives of American blacks difficult.
My views were not influenced by reports of atrocities against babies in a hospital, because I did not see those reports. I don't watch TV. I was surprised later to read about this.
I think my views were influenced by the reported threat to attack Saudi Arabia, which according to this article was a fabrication.
I have to raise the question of whether the Kuwaiti government's request for military support against an invader ceased to be valid once its territory is totally conquered.
Chris Christie has given over a billion dollars to companies that support Republicans.
The UK proposes a law to treat its undersea fossil fuel reserves solely in business terms; it would require maximizing income from them.
Egypt has held Khaled Al-Qazzaz in prison without charges for a year based apparently on his having a government job under Morsi.
Libyan human rights advocate Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated.
Poachers in Africa are using poison that kills vultures. It is so effective that the vultures could be wiped out.
Urging people to "cheer up" when they are miserable makes them feel worse.
I have always found it frustrating to be subject to that sort of "help". I understand it as a demand, "Stop being a downer!"
Pro-Russian subversives in Georgia tried to fund a "Gay pride" rally to provoke attacks from bigots, which (they hoped) would create friction between Georgia and the west.
Georgia can make itself invulnerable from this direction by teaching Georgians that bigotry against gays is bad for the nation.
Detroit's water shut-offs are being aimed at poor blacks, while rich companies get away with not paying their bills.
Water shut-off workers attack those who cite laws against them, while the city thugs act like Israeli troops watching settlers attack Palestinians.
Soon they can change the city's name to Detriot.
Assad And Maliki Unite against Common Enemy, ISIS.
Meriam Ibrahim has been banned from leaving Sudan, but has been received at the US embassy in Khartoum.
Now the question is whether she will be trapped there like Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Someone is paying Russians to fight in Eastern Ukraine. If they get killed, their bodies get spirited away to Russia and disappeared, as a cover up.
Human Rights Watch presents satellite images that show where ISIS murdered 160 or more prisoners.
Ashraf Ghani claimed victory in the Afghan presidential election despite charges of rigging the election.
Land Taken Over by Foreign Investors Could Feed 550m People, Study Finds.
The American Red Cross, asked how it spent the money raised for aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, said this was a trade secret.
UN rapporteurs condemn Detroit's disconnection of poor people's water.
This must be preparation for a bigger nefarious scheme; if they just wanted to collect water bill debt, they would go after the businesses that owe large arrears.
The availability of killer drones encourages the US to enter wars which it would otherwise have stayed out of.
In "post-Constitutional America", the constitutional limits on government searches have mostly been negated through a web of excuses.
We must prosecute marketing companies if they fail to control the working conditions of their production.
Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center.
Chinese forged official seals to block evictions in their town.
They have been imprisoned for it, but they did some good.
Republicans are campaigning to allow school staff to grab, hold down, tie up and choke students.
Some US cities want to deal with annoying unsightly homeless people by giving them one-way bus tickets to someplace else.
Many pollinators are in danger, not just honeybees.
Boner says he will sue Obama for making executive orders that exceed his authority. Boner did not mind when Bush did that.
The Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law that bans protest within 35 feet of an abortion clinic.
35 feet is not very far. Anti-abortionists have a right to present their views, but they can make themselves heard at the clinic door even from 35 feet away.
Republicans are holding highway repair hostage to attack the environment, workers' pay, efficient cars, disabled workers, children, and safety on roads.
They set out to sabotage America by hook or by crook.
A private campaign aims to use drones to expose inhumane and dangerous practices of factory farms.
Pakistan's attack on the Pakistani Taliban has led half a million people to flee the area.
Mayor Bloomberg's ban on large sugary drinks was overturned by a court, leaving the question of how to protect millions of people from obesity and consequent sickness.
US TV network news shows say more about billionaires than about poverty.
Accusing Assad of helping ISIS build up as a rival for his other enemies.
Obama wants to train "moderate" Syrian rebels in Jordan.
It sounds like a good idea in theory, but I suspect that in practice the alliances are fluid and it won't be easy to find the right people to train.
US citizens: call on the SEC to require public companies to disclose all political spending.
US citizens: ask the FTC to make CarMax stop claiming its cars are safe without carrying out manufacturer recalls.
Evidence proves that the National Research Council of Spain blacklists anyone that complains of unfair treatment.
I know someone who was employed as a teacher by a different part of the Spanish and was cheated of pay, but did not dare complain for fear of being blacklisted.
GMO companies are spending heavily in Hawai'i to override popular pressure to regulate or ban GMOs there.
Pesticide experiments in part of Kaua'i threaten endangered wildlife species that live only on that island.
US citizens: tell the Dept of Education to stop dealing with Sallie Mae.
US citizens: call on the FDA to require food labels to mention GMO content.
US citizens: call on Obama not to appoint right-winger Ward Armstrong as a federal judge.
According to Daily Kos, Ward Armstrong voted to abolish Obama's health care law, supported allowing handguns in bars, voted to close Virginia's abortion clinics and supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
A peculiar Chinese tactic against non-famous dissidents: forcing them to take an all-expenses-paid vacation.
Mubarak Bala was put in a mental hospital in Nigeria for saying he is an Atheist.
The Supreme Court's decision on searching arrested people's cell phones applies to computers and any other digital devices.
Some wars are worse than a mistake, of course.
About half the "bee-friendly" plants on sale in the US and Canada contain neonicotinoid pesticides which kill bees.
A coal baron got himself elected to the Australian Senate, and now blocks Abbott's plan to crush renewable energy in Australia.
Greenpeace is embarrassed because its director was commuting by airplane. However, questions of which technologies to eschew personally for the sake of the environment are not so easy to answer.
Burning fuel is not an act of oppression; it only becomes harmful because of the amount we burn. This makes the right decision about Greenpeace's own fuel use less clear. In the end, I think it is important for the director to take trains, not because it will save significant energy, but so he can set a better example.
In the free software movement, campaigning for users' right to control their computing, we face questions that at first sight look similar to those Greenpeace faces, but there is a crucial difference. Nonfree program is not a form of pollution, it is an injustice. If you run a nonfree program, the injustice towards you is independent of who else runs it. Thus we say nobody should run a nonfree program and nobody should develop one. For us to legitimize nonfree software would be self-contradictory.
Human destruction of habitats threatens the survival of apes in the wild. (Along with thousands of other species that are less fascinating to us.)
The road that passes the front of the Chinese embassy to the US may be renamed after Liu Xiaobo.
I am in favor of this. If China does not like to be embarrassed by its own conduct, it can retaliate by renaming the street where the US embassy to China stands. How about "Guantanamo Road"? "Edward Snowden Avenue"? "Dubya's War Crimes Boulevard"?
Many US writers have authorized censored editions for China.
While a large fraction of black US men are in prison, a similar fraction of black US women face eviction.
1/5 of Hong Kong's voting population held an unofficial referendum to call for democratic elections in Hong Kong.
If it were a real referendum, you couldn't trust the outcome, because it is being done over the internet.
Now that the UK has partially banned neonicotinoids, one manufacturer has asked the UK for a giant "emergency" exception.
The malware that the US and many other governments inject into computers to spy on them.
US citizens: call on the EPA to go ahead and limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Warning: the FBI's new biometric database threatens Americans with total tracking on the street.
How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras.
Meriam Ibrahim got a passport from South Sudan because her husband is from there. So Sudan has charged her with "forging a passport".
This charge is absurd even denying the passport's validity. It represents malice, nothing more.
Genetically modified corn and soy have created a web of harmful consequences not anticipated when they were first used.
Obama is moving towards imprisoning children and teenagers that cross the US border without papers.
The crucial point is that it is feasible to expel these people without keeping them in prison while their cases are decided.
If the US wants fewer minors from Central America to cross the border, it might be more effective to run a campaign to inform the public in Central America that getting over the US border does not, as they have been told, give you permission to stay in the US.
Striking platinum miners in South Africa have won a raise.
Most US Republicans still believe Dubya's lies that were excuses for attacking Iraq, and reading corrections of these lies only reinforces their beliefs.
They are, in effect, insane.
Many countries systematically persecute Christians.
The ACLU reports that SWAT teams are used nowadays mainly for minor matters when the targets are nonwhite.
Towns acquire military weapons for thugs in the name of "protecting" people from danger scenarios that are theoretically possible but hardly ever happen. The consequence is to expose us to real danger.
The Obama regime's memo on drone assassination shows the flaws in its legal reasoning.
The US government never tested MCHM for toxicity, but a city in West Virginia became the guinea pigs for an unplanned experiment.
The Thai military regime used a malicious Facebook app to trick people into giving their email addresses and passwords when they try to visit banned sites.
Massachusetts thugs lured school children into giving iris scans.
The US Supreme Court ruled that thugs need a warrant to search the phones of people who are arrested.
Showing how the sugar companies have intimidated medical criticism of the effects of eating so much sugar.
Toxic neonicotinoids spread through dust and water to affect wildlife off the farm.
A US judge ruled that the "no fly list" is unconstitutional punishment without due process.
This will surely be appealed, and I have no faith in our current Supreme Court to defend human rights in a meaningful way except for corporations.
Calling on UK employers to pay everyone a living wage, and on the UK government to require this.
In addition, a lot of this work generates more employment than other ways of using the money.
The bank's report also endorses a carbon tax.
The UK minister of repression says that what the UK does isn't mass surveillance, and asks for laws to increase it.
It is wrong to outsource any government service unless people are better off getting the service directly from companies in a competitive market.
Iraq is still about oil. Maliki increased the oil income and directed it to weapons purchase and serving Shi'ites only.
NJ Governor Christie seems to have imposed a deceptive and illegal funding scheme for some bridge improvements.
Julian Assange's lawyers have two new grounds to challenge the warrant that orders him sent to Sweden for questioning.
We know the warrant is a phony pretext because the Swedish prosecutors are welcome to question Assange at any time; they need only visit him in the Ecuadorian embassy.
A more fundamental flaw is the idea that "endangering national security" by journalism is a crime.
Reportedly the Shabaab, Islamist terrorists in Somalia, get most of their funds from illegal timber made into charcoal.
This makes me wonder what part of the trade flow the Shabaab control. Is it the transport of charcoal into Somalia for sale there? Or some other part?
If it is the former, it would be easy for the US to wipe out their funding by selling cheap charcoal in Mogadishu.
Everyone: call on Wisconsin Governor Walker to resign immediately.
These laws expose us to the greater danger of government repression, so a large part of them must be repealed.
Hundreds of FARC soldiers have deserted; the Colombian government has programs to encourage this.
The FARC started as a rebellion against tyranny after a leftist presidential candidate was assassinated, but it subsequently degenerated into a sort of crime syndicate. Its disappearance is to be wished for, all things being equal; but what will Colombia do to eliminate Colombia biggest and most harmful terrorist group — the paramilitares?
The paramilitares have been closely linked to the government.
They work for companies such as the Coca Cola concession, killing union organizers, which is why there is a world-wide boycott of all Coca Cola Company products. I therefore reject Minute Maid juice, and their various brands of bottle water.
The right-wing approach to parents in poor, bad neighborhoods is to offer them lectures in doing the impossible, or punish them.
Some of them could be validly criticized for having children without being in a position to raise them properly. But not all: some of them may have had good jobs back then, and reasonably expected they could afford to raise children. Anyway, society failed to teach them this precept; society therefore shares the responsibility for the current problem.
Whoever's at fault, it's not the children. Society should provide the real help that their parents need.
The UK continues forcing ISPs to keep data about their users' contacts in defiance of the European Court of Justice.
The scientists who reported that Roundup causes cancer in mice stand by their results.
Obama asked al-Sisi to free political prisoners, but al-Sisi sees no need to heed this request.
Al-Sisi knows that Obama's request was for public image only, since the US supports other repressive regimes, notably that of Bahrain.
Belarus has released human rights defender Ales Bialiatski from prison.
Separatists in Ukraine agreed to a cease-fire, encouraged by Putin.
About General Haftar whose army or militia may take over Libya.
Environmental protesters against a mine in Malaysia could be imprisoned for two years.
May 2014 was the hottest May for as long as sufficient records are available (since 1880).
People living in southern Arizona regard the US Border Patrol as an occupying army because it oppresses them constantly.
The Border Patrol can search and molest people in a wide strip of territory extending 100 miles from each border and each coast. 2/3 of the US population lives in this strip, which the ACLU refers to as the "Constitution-free zone".
Strictly speaking, it is not supposed to do this on a whim, but in practice it can act arbitrarily.
The University of Dayton has divested from fossil fuels.
The lunatic theocrats of ISIS are, figuratively, the ghosts of the Iraqis that Bush and B'liar tortured and killed.
But when she tried to leave Sudan, she was arrested again.
Ms Ibrahim was sentened to death for calling herself a Christian despite having been considered Muslim at age 5.
Neonicotinoids put the world food supply at risk by poisoning ecosystems.
Not only bees are being harmed, but other insects too, and worms, and birds.
By imprisoning journalists, al-Sisi also showed contempt for the US, which he expects will support him fully no matter how arbitrary he is.
The UK has banned schools from teaching creationism as science.
A study finds that high pay for a CEO correlates with low profits for the company.
This means the FSF should be in great shape since its president gets no pay at all.
A bill being considered in California would require all portable phones to have a "kill switch". The EFF opposes this because it is tantamount to requiring a back door with which someone could remotely sabotage the phone.
I am concerned also that it would require phones to be designed such that it is impossible to replace the operating system with a free system such as Replicant.
Now that videos of force-feeding prisoners in Guantanamo threaten to embarrass the US government, it has stopped making videos of this.
What grounds can the US government offer for declaring these recordings a state secret? Obviously the only reason is that they are proof of the state's wrongdoing. For a state to keep secrets for that reason is prima-facie wrong.
Medicins Sans Frontieres says that the outbreak of ebola virus is spreading and that it has run out of resources to send teams to new sites that have sick people.
UNESCO rejected the Australian government's plea to remove 270 square miles from the Tasmanian world heritage forest in order to chop it down.
Australia plans to require phone companies to engage in massive data collection about the public.
The UK government stops unemployment benefits for people who can't prove they are spending 35 hours a week looking for nonexistent jobs.
What is the sense in requiring the unemployed to spend 35 hours a week this way? It's not going to find them jobs. It seems to be designed specifically to make sure they have no more free time than if they were employed.
Wouldn't it serve that purpose just as well to let them volunteer for a nonprofit organization? Then their 35 hours would at least serve some constructive purpose.
Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt have been convicted of "aiding terrorists" and "endangering national security" based on TV broadcasts as evidence. Some of the broadcasts were not even about Egypt.
The court's reasoning must be similar to the reasoning by which a UK court endorsed the interrogation of David Miranda as a "terrorist suspect" in order to attack journalism.
The US has resumed military support to Egypt.
The unpopular right-wing Australian government is trying to privatize state assets as fast as possible, and the Labor party is not resisting very hard.
There is no need to let someone strip the treasury to get money to spend on public works. Making businesses and the rich pay their fair share of taxes will do the job.
Reducing poverty in the US can't be separated from ending plutocracy.
There is evidence of big fraud in the Afghan presidential runoff.
Labeling dissidents as "terrorists" is a pervasive characteristic of oppressive governments world-wide.
Total surveillance at work can lead to more efficient systems.
However, in other cases, privacy for workers can improve productivity.
It would be a mistake to make productivity the main criterion in judging the monitoring.
Monitoring can be a tool to make workers work harder for the same pay (because the high-unemployment plutocracy of the US does not do raises). As for the benefits of higher productivity as such, those will go mainly to the rich.
The people of Albuquerque held a 'People's Trial' of the city thug chief.
US citizens: support reform of the 19th-century US mining law that gives away public resources to private companies.
Bigger floods will transport toxins in piles of waste — from fracking, for instance — into water supplies.
The rebellion against the Common Core has made the Gates Foundation hesitate in pushing it.
Blair should be lecturing on Iraq from the dock at the International Criminal Court.
The NSA surely knows about all the financial conspiracies that have wreaked tremendous harm on the US. Strange that it doesn't try to stop them or punish them.
About NSA facilities in Germany that snoop on the communications of Europeans.
If there were no monopolies on ideas, lands, or natural resources, advances in technology that improve efficiency would automatically benefit everyone.
The article is somewhat misled by the overgeneralization symbolized by "intellectual property". It stands for various things that are not similar and should not be grouped together.
Patents and copyrights are artificial systems and could be abolished just by deciding to do so. Abolishing trade secrets is not so simple, though abolishing punishment for leaking one would reduce the prevalence of them. As for trademarks, they don't prevent people from making comparable goods without the same markup; only people in thrall
Putting the term in scare quotes is not enough to avoid the confusion it causes. See http://gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html.
Meanwhile, natural resources including arable land and fresh water are in short supply. We can't make more of them by abolishing property rights on them.
We may need to compensate for this tendency of physical property rights rather than abolish them.
Peace Now: Israel must look at its own wrongs, not just Palestinians' wrongs.
70% of Australians now recognize that global heating is occurring, and they think their government is doing a lousy job of dealing with the problem.
Everyone: Tell Indian PM Modi to condemn the politicians that defend rape.
US citizens: protest July 5-12 against "human rights" for corporations.
Egypt has its own Guantanamo/Bagram prison.
As with Guantanamo and Bagram, they are controlled by the military and the state denies them the rights of suspects. As in Guantanamo and Bagram, they are tortured. As in Guantanamo and Bagram, some were arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The torturers come from al-Sisi's part of the Egyptian army.
The Supreme Court doesn't understand that every algorithm is simply mathematics.
Low-wage janitors working at (but not for) the University of London went on strike and got a small raise, but now their jobs will be eliminated and they will all be fired.
Contracting out work instead of hiring people to do it must be regulated such that it does not provide a means to make the work precarious or undermine workers' rights.
50,000 protested in London against austerity.
They need to launch a party to replace Labour, which has turned into a center-right party.
Obama has recognized that US intervention in Iraq can't solve Iraq's problem.
Ukraine's president declared a unilateral cease fire. Rebels have continued to attack with heavy weapons.
Right-wingers pretend that Bush's "surge" won the war in Iraq.
Measles does no lasting harm to most people, but it can occasionally maim and even kill. Spread the word that it is important to vaccinate children.
The Presbyterian Church voted to divest from three US companies directly connected with the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The Obama regime is dumping surplus military supplies on thug departments across the US.
The thugs say they are buying equipment which they hope will never be used. But once they have a SWAT team, they make rules to use it frequently, and it creates an opening for fatal mistakes.
Larry Lessig argues that only public funding of election campaigns can cut the influence of the rich over US elections.
I am in favor of public funding of election campaigns, but reversing the Corporations United decision and abolishing "human rights" for corporations are necessary too. I think he is mistaken in claiming that the Senate vote on the proposed amendment is useless if it won't pass; it can help replace senators who want to keep the Corporations United decision with senators that will vote to overturn it.
Meanwhile, the text of the amendment has problems too.
These will need to be fixed before there is a vote where it may pass.
Governor Walker has been tied directly into a criminal conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws.
Right-wingers got a judge to try to shut down the investigation.
A giant right-wing foundation supports political efforts to stop the investigation.
Turkish Censorship: Swedish Built, by Royal Appointment.
(Right-wing UK ministers) Blame the Feckless Parents — As Long As They're Poor.
Comparing Obama's dilemma in Iraq with Kennedy's dilemma in Vietnam.
Increased CO2 in the ocean makes phytoplankton sick. They become less nutritious and more toxic for all the higher levels of the marine food chain.
Their numbers might be affected, and they provide half our oxygen supply.
The House of Representatives voted to stop two NSA surveillance activities by restricting its funding.
A court in Canada ordered Google to remove a particular site from its search results world-wide.
The plan to end Australian federal environmental management and let states decide is a plan to let companies trash and plunder the national heritage.
The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and almost 200 supporters have been sentenced to death.
Neutrality Begins At Home: What U.S. Mayors Can Do Right Now to Support a Neutral Internet.
Obama said he would fix the harmful parts of NAFTA, but instead he is trying to spread them around the world.
The FISA court renewed the NSA's permission to collect records about nearly all phone calls in the US.
US citizens: Tell Congress to provide abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers who are raped or face death from pregnancy.
Most internet users value privacy; why don't they act rationally to protect it?
My conclusion: society as a whole must make the internet respect everyone's privacy.
Everyone: call on the Chicago City Council to make reparations to the people who were imprisoned after thugs tortured them into false confessions.
I think those thugs should be prosecuted, too.
It seems like an excuse to delay taking the necessary action
How to find out if your US congresscritter is a capitalist crony (i.e., for sale).
I am not sure this criterion will catch every capitalist crony in Congress. It is a sufficient condition but not a necessary one.
The EFF asks you to run a WiFI net with no password. It also provides free software to put in the router so others can connect through it without slowing or seeing your own traffic.
The copyright industry doesn't want you to do this, and that's exactly why you should: to avoid being conscripted as an enforcer in the War on Sharing.
GM Wants You to Creepily Text Drivers by Scanning Their Plates.
Thugs have been finding women from their license plates for decades. This is not quite as effective since it doesn't show her address.
A drone has been designed to spray protesters with pepper spray. It is being offered to help oppressive South African mining companies crush strikes.
How Politicians Are Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Their Campaign To Sell Off America's Public Lands.
Interviews with Iraqi Sunnis, some of whom want a sectarian war while others fear it.
The number of refugees world-wide has exceeded 50 million for the first time since World War II.
I fear it will grow greatly in the future due to the effects of global heating. Many areas will become too hot, too dry, or too wet to live in.
Large numbers of people from Central America are arriving at the US-Mexico border and asking for asylum in the US.
It's the US "war on drugs" that creates the violence that they are fleeing.
Israel has killed two Palestinians while searching for three missing teenagers.
The UK is waking up to the fact that its censorship jails people for stating views that are considered offensive.
Azhar Ahmed was convicted of the crime of expressing rage against British soldiers for killing civilians. Here is what he wrote.
He said "all soldiers", which literally means all the soldiers in the world, but it seems likely he meant a smaller set of soldiers. It surely includes the British soldiers in Afghanistan, at least.
His words did not threaten violence or call on anyone else to commit violence. This was nothing but a moral opinion, but the UK is a tyranny that makes moral opinion a crime.
Los Angeles's law against living in a vehicle was struck down as vague because it was written to be very broad.
While this is a victory, society must help homeless people, not harry them.
US citizens: call on the senate to reject a plan to undermine the Clean Water Act.
A committee of the UK parliament wants to require explicit UK approval for US activities such as rendition of prisoners.
I think this wouldn't go far enough, because B'liar would have given approval for whatever the US wanted to do. The UK government already uses strange shenanigans to conceal its decisionmaking about Iraq.
Decades of Thatcherite propaganda have convinced most Britons that jobless youth who get welfare are exploiting the system. Even the Labour Party proposes to cut aid for them.
What a convenient way to distract people from those who are truly getting more out of the system than they put in: the rich. The number of millionaires in the world is growing fast, proof of how effectively today's policies concentrate wealth.
The rate of poverty in the UK has doubled since 30 years ago, even though the size of the economy has doubled and the population has not.
That's right-wing economic policy for you.
So many minors are crossing the US-Mexico border that the US border patrol has trouble coping with the ones it catches.
The article says "children", but it is clear the article means "minors". Only some of them are children. But how do 6-year-olds cross the border illegally? Not alone, surely.
Another interesting question is what has caused so many minors to cross Mexico to get to the US.
Conservatives try to blame bad US education on incompetent teachers to distract from more important influences such as poverty.
A World-War-II Japanese torturer became a monk to express his remorse. His British victim was able to forgive him, but did not entirely heal.
So far, there are no reports that Dubya feels remorse over torture.
A study estimates the value of ecosystem services at around 140 trillion dollars a year.
It would have been around 165 trillion if not for the degradation of various systems since 1997.
These figures shouldn't be pressed too far. We can't afford to dispense with a trillion dollars in ecosystem services even if it would gain 2 trillion in production of something. If we lost all the world's ecosystem services, we could not replace them, we would just die.
India has closed a Coca Cola plant for extracting too much water.
King George's abuses inspired the Bill of Rights as a response. Bush and Obama have set it at nought by committing similar abuses.
The US and EU (and various other countries) are negotiating a treaty to deregulate banks. As if they weren't too deregulated already!
That is because these countries' governments are subservient to banks.
The treaty draft was published by Wikileaks. Hurray for Wikileaks!
US citizens: phone your senators to support the amendment to end US attacks on state-legalized medical marijuana.
A measure like this has passed in the House of Representatives so there is a good chance of success.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
10 years after invading Iraq, the US released information about the whereabouts of some 3% of all the dirty uranium (DU) shells that were fired.
The data shows that ttroops often fired them in civilian areas and at non-armored targets, although they were ordered to avoid this so as to minimize the harm that the DU would do.
This might be because they were careless, or because they were short of other ammunition at the time.
Hungary's method of fighting homelessness: jail the homeless.
A NATO official says Russia is supporting the campaign against fracking to keep Europe dependent on Russian gas. In response, Friends of the Earth suggested Russia may have infiltrated the UK government to cancel renewable energy plans, to keep Europe dependent on Russian gas.
Neither one is impossible, but they wouldn't make fracking any less dangerous or renewable energy any less necessary.
Tesla cars allow the company to extract data remotely and determine the car's location at any time. (See Section 2, paragraphs b and c.)
The company says it doesn't store this information, but if the state orders it to get the data and hand it over, the state can store it. Your car should not allow anyone to remotely determine where it is!
Wisconsin Governor Walker is connected to violations of campaign laws.
Blocking people with a history of violent mental illness from buying guns substantially reduces their likelihood of shooting anyone — but those people are so few in number that it makes a tiny difference in the total number of shootings.
The article suggests other approaches that could have more effect.
According to Bowling for Columbine, Canada makes it easy to own a gun but puts lots of safety restrictions on how to store them and how to take them out of the house — and has a much lower rate of gun crime. Perhaps this is a good approach to follow.
Banning large magazines seems to have common sense, too.
Governments imperil people's access to water by allowing companies such as Nestle more influence than people in their water policy decisions.
Providing fresh water to every human being is squeezed between resource grabs by the rich on one side, and population growth on the other. We need to end both of them.
Other governments including Germany and Denmark let the NSA run taps on cables.
It seems corrupt officials in China are too big to embarrass, much as corrupt banks in the US are too big to jail.
The US hounds Wikileaks and Assange because they punctured the pretense that the US respects human rights.
The rebellion in the Ukraine is not over, although Iraq has displaced it from the immediate news.
The US Congress's misguided Authorization for Use of Military Force against al Qa'ida does not apply to ISIS, because those two groups are enemies.
Uganda's president/monarch, who plans for his son to succeed him, excluded a TV station from his events because it showed him asleep during an event.
In the US, presidents exclude reporters from White House events if they ask probing questions.
Iran's women rebel little by little against the regime's clothing monitors, who have given up on harassing men.
US citizens: Call on Congress to reopen the Social Security offices that it has shut down.
More US Bombs And Drones Will Only Escalate Iraq's Horror.
A Murdoch newspaper in Australia published a report claiming that plain packaging for cigarettes has increased sales. It seems to be a false report.
The fact that the report is backed by the tobacco companies shows it can't be true. If this policy really did increase cigarette sales, they would favor the policy.
One of the distortions from the Australian has infiltrated the Guardian article: the term "intellectual property rights". That term is a misleading generalization about unrelated laws, and it's used to suggest these laws represent a bogus "principle" that never existed in the first place.
Every statement formulated using "intellectual property rights" should be distrusted. I take care not to use the term. I won't even cite it without denouncing it as bogus.
"Extremism" means "failure to uphold the ruling extractivist regime".
A US drone attack in Pakistan seems to have targeted enemies of the Pakistani government, rather than terrorists that might attack the US.
That does not necessarily make it worse, because I think that's the wrong question to ask.
If the government of Pakistan is fighting rebels on the battlefield and asks the US for military help in the form of drone bombers, providing that help would not be an outrage. It would be no more horrible to do this with drones than with crewed aircraft or an armored division. (Other questions would remain, such as whether such help in a given situation is necessary, justified, and wise policy.)
What makes the drones particularly threatening is that they are used for assassination away from battlefields.
According to this article, the UK court decision allowing blanket surveillance of social media includes even private messages and data, if they are mediated by a server outside the UK.
I am not impressed by the supposed "earnestness" of the snoopers to protect Britons from "terrorism", because in the UK that term has been stretched to include whatever the government wants it to mean. Sometimes it means possessing a book the state considers suspect. Sometimes it means a journalist's lover making a connection in an airport.
If the Magna Carta originally protected mainly barons, that does not lessen its importance: it was the origin of our ideas of the rights of those accused of crimes.
The UK government's two-decade attack on those rights endangers everyone in Britain, and elsewhere too as the UK's rejection of the "rights of Englishmen" may influence other states.
Since there is no evidence about what happened to three Israeli teenagers, Israel is using their disappearance as an excuse to imprison lots of members of Hamas.
Israel is also wreaking vengeance on prisoners who are members of Hamas, who are the most unlikely suspects in the whole territory of Israel and Palestine.
Meanwhile, Israel kidnaps hundreds of Palestinian teenagers every year.
Nominally these teenagers are "arrested"; but since most of them are beaten and not told charges against them, it is more of a kidnaping than a proper arrest of a suspect.
Iraqis suspect their army was told to surrender territory to ISIS and to the Kurds.
The UK experiences the humiliation of being ruled by politicians that think their job is to attract foreign investment.
Parts of the US need to start recycling water or they won't have enough.
One issue not mentioned is that waste water has lots of medicines and endocrine disruptors. Ordinary sewage treatment does not do anything about them.
US mainstream media are presenting advice about Iraq from the same neocons whose advice 12 years ago was a disaster.
UK legislators invited nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu to a meeting in parliament on protection of whistleblowers. Israel did not allow him to travel.
Solitary confinement is a form of brainwashing. Vanunu has demonstrated his strength of mind by standing up to it. And what kind of state stops citizens from traveling to foreign meetings? Remember when the USSR did that?
There might be hope for peace in Iraq if the government allows Sunnis to be equal citizens.
Researchers retracted their paper about medical harm due to eating cassava because a company objected to the conclusions.
Groups demand respect for Julian Assange's human rights.
The US spent 40 billion dollars on a ballistic missile defense system that does not work.
Superstitious resistance to whooping cough vaccination has left many children in California vulnerable to the disease, which can be fatal for children.
Claims that the US encouraged Kuwait to carry out economic warfare against Iraq around 1990.
This would have stimulated Saddam Hussein to attack Kuwait. In addition, the US ambassador appears to have encouraged this by telling Hussein the US would not object.
Perhaps Bush planned to create an excuse for war with Iraq.
I am not convinced that all the claims in that article are correct.
The US Supreme Court supported the vulture capitalists that are hounding Argentina to pay debts that they bought for pennies on the dollar.
The vulture capitalists seek to profit from suffering. They deserve to lose everything they own and find themselves homeless.
Perhaps Argentina can arrange this by borrowing a technique from the US handbook. Argentina can to pass a law making it a crime to receive interest from debt which has been handled in this way. Then it can send agents to capture the vultures and render them to Argentina for trial.
In the UK: join the march against austerity in London on June 21.
The world's policy focus on economic growth is a relic of the pre-Reagan period when growth reduced inequality (because the rich hadn't reduced the rest to trickle-down).
Today what we need is to spread the wealth, and that fits the need to reduce humanity's ecological footprint.
US officers are reluctant to bomb ISIS forces, saying they don't have the intelligence to identify them.
On the battlefield, friendly troops tell you where the enemy is. Their supply columns are easy to recognize. This leads me to think that the US is considering assassinations rather than a military operation.
If you need intelligence to recognize the enemy, an air strike is the wrong approach.
An Iranian journalist has been imprisoned for working with the BBC, although she never did.
An Afghan presidential candidate alleges election fraud.
Argentina has a scheme for paying all its creditors except the vultures.
Reagan made US health care costs shoot up by opening the door to for-profit hospitals and for-profit medical insurance.
What he did can be undone. We don't have to allow for-profit health care.
Obama says he will greatly extend no-fishing marine zones.
The Pakistani Taliban run unofficial courts that many people prefer because they are less corrupt than the state's courts.
US companies are using a tax loophole to duck US taxes by locating their headquarters outside the US.
Clearly the US tax law needs to be changed so this does not work.
Iraqi Sunnis and Shi'ites got along ok for hundreds of years until the disagreement was politicized by Saddam Hussein.
This reminds me of the situation between Serbs and Croats, who got along well enough until politicians used the split to build their careers.
In both cases there was a violent dispute in the past, which people had stopped making a fuss about, but the politicians were able to take advantage of it.
Obama sent some US troops to Iraq, supposedly not for fighting.
The "ice wall" barrier to keep ground water away from the ruined Fukushima reactors is not working: they can't keep the ground cold enough.
Why not make a concrete wall, or a plastic wall? Digging into the ground is not that hard.
A UK court ruled that the state is allowed to read what people publish in social media.
If you publish something, you must expect anyone and everyone to read it. Thus, society should reject the practice of publishing the intimate details of people's lives, and especially details of other people's lives.
If you post on social media, don't talk about your friends; whether to say what they do or think is up to them.
Charities that help the poor in the UK are being threatened with closure if they talk about the political cause of poverty.
San Francisco is on track to recycle or compost all waste by 2020.
In addition, sale of water in plastic bottles will be banned on public property. I think this is a good idea, but there should be a hefty tax on small bottles of water no matter where sold. I carry a water bottle with me, and refill it when I find potable water available.
24 US states have denied poor people US-funded medical care based on ideological opposition to allowing poor people to get help from the state.
Helping the poor is one of the purposes of having a state.
The Texas agency that regulates fracking has gagged its staff, perhaps to support an apparent coverup of the danger of methane leaks from frack wells.
These companies are taking the world to frack and fruin.
But it will go far beyond that. Some are predicting sea-level rise of 3 meters (10 feet) by 2100.
Shall we start designing the Golden Gate dam?
How the "internet of things" could become a nightmare just by carrying out its stated purpose.
However, in order to become widely used, this technology would need a "social" element: social pressure to use it because otherwise nobody will like you, or nobody will hire you. The designers will surely come up with a way to put pressure on people to suffer the various nastinesses of "smart homes" (including spying and reporting to companies and the state).
You will be well advised to start practicing now to reject addictive technology.
Microsoft is a patent aggressor against free software (in Android).
Economist Friedrich von Hayek accused democracies of doing the nasty things that fascist plutocracies really do. His contrary-to-fact theories have been repeated by generations of Libertarians.
On the other hand, there's a little truth in what he says about how the masses can be led by propaganda — when those who issue the propaganda own most of the media and corrupt the elected officials, which is what those who make use of Hayek do today.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in squid for sale.
This bacterium is not dangerous to healthy people, but bacteria exchange genes even with different species.
We need to stop feeding antibiotics massively to farm animals, since that is a major cause of resistance.
A publisher of academic journals ordered the editors of a journal not to publish a paper about the high cost of journal subscriptions. The editors unblocked it by going on strike.
This debate addresses a significant problem, but takes a shallow view of it. It focuses on price rather than freedom, and discusses "open access" which is too weak a goal.
Most Americans still distrust Atheists on principle and would refuse to vote for one.
What fools — it's the religious people that are dangerous.
Published opinions of the US Supreme Court are being surreptitiously changed.
Detecting this is useful, but the real question, I think, is why it happens and why it isn't stopped.
The US military has adopted a policy of covering up war crimes by declaring photos of them "secret".
Urinating on a corpse does no real harm to anyone — it is an insult, not an injury. (If someone pisses on my dead body after I'm dead, I won't even notice it.) I don't see why that should be considered a war crime. However, the same policy would apply to covering up real crimes, including killing and torture.
Broadband for America, an astroturf group funded by the big ISPs and set up to oppose network neutrality, created a false image of broad community support by listing many organizations as supporters without asking them.
Private Wealth, Public Squalor: America's Dilemma.
The Tea Party challenger that defeated Rep. Cantor campaigned condemning plutocracy too.
So the plutocrats have a new lie: claiming that social programs to redistribute wealth to the many paradoxically cause poverty. It's nothing but Reagan's "trickle down" stated in a different way.
Rebels in eastern Ukraine seized a gallery / cultural organization, apparently to shut it down.
A school in Texas has banned sunscreen, causing students to get sunburnt. They say sunscreen is a drug.
This would be merely ludicrous if it were not the natural result of the "zero tolerance" idea that makes strictness (no matter how unreasonable) a goal in itself.
Meanwhile, sunscreen is not enough to avoid skin cancer, over the long term. People with a special susceptibility to melanoma really need to avoid activity in the sun.
The National Academy of Sciences found that many methods of identifying people from traces at a crime scene are bogus science, but juries think crime labs can do no wrong.
As a result, they are an excuse to imprison the "usual suspects" (for instance, blacks).
A medium-size quake near Fukushima reminds us that a bigger quake could release all the radioactive material in the ruined nuclear plants.
US citizens: tell your state governor you want to know when fossil fuels are shipped by rail.
US citizens: Call on the EPA not to approve using Roundup together with 2,4-D.
The Guantanamo kangaroo courts may have been undermined because the FBI infiltrated the defense team.
Nearly all the countries with nuclear weapons are developing new launch vehicles. There is little interest in disarmament.
So we will all run hard just to stay more or less in the same place. However, it may not be exactly the same place. New weapons systems may be more destabilizing. In principle, they could also be less destabilizing, but that isn't likely to happen.
It appears that China has secretly tried and sentenced an Uighur academic for criticizing the government.
The kidnaping of three Israeli settler teenagers has provided an excuse to arrest lots of Palestinians, even members of parliament.
Genetically modified bananas are designed to provide poor people in Africa with enough vitamin A.
This might be a good thing, if there isn't a catch. Any possible health problems will probably be less than the health problems these will prevent. Is there a legal catch, a patented gene?
This can postpone the need to curb human population growth, but not eliminate it.
Chelsea Manning explains how the US military uses embedding to procure favorable press treatment, covering up "bad news" such as Maliki's repression of the authors of articles that criticized him.
The fraction of energy made from coal has risen to the same level as in 1970.
However, the absolute level must be much higher now than in 1970.
We need a carbon tax to put an end to this.
Pakistan's army has attacked the Pakistani Taliban.
I don't think this is meant to wipe them out, rather to teach them to lower their profile.
The US and Iran are effectively acting as allies.
The revolutionaries of Iran, in the 1980s, hated the US. They had grounds, however, so I can't blame them for that. However, I condemned and still condemn the Iranian regime for its repression of non-Muslims, women, and to a lesser extent men. The details are different, but Iran and ISIS represent the same theocracy.
A Republican senator calls for allying with Iran as the "lesser evil".
Maybe he's right, but there was a more effective lesser evil in Iraq, who was Iraqi in addition: Saddam Hussein. Like Iran's regime and ISIS, he was a murderous dictator, but at least he wasn't a theocratic murderous dictator.
Due to drought and heat (both caused by human activity), California is delivering juvenile salmon straight to the sea.
Office workers and professionals are losing their jobs to automation.
We must establish a basic income based on taxing the companies that own the automation.
The Obama regime threatens to prosecute border patrol agents that talk to journalists about how immigrant children are treated.
The UK's plans for a mostly-secret trial use the competition between news outlets to manipulate them to go along with it.
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors can and should represent all Americans, not just banksters.
Bush And Blair Said Iraq Was a War on Islamic Fascism. They Lost.
Making the case to Europe not to allow fracking.
ISIS seems to be murdering captured Iraqi soldiers en masse.
Transport workers in Philadelphia say they are happy with the arbitration process that Obama started as part of ending their brief strike.
UK Uncut is protesting Vodaphone for its tax dodging.
Will Brazil use its new "organized crime" law against these plantations, or only against protesters?
Three Israeli teenagers disappeared on the way home from school to Israeli colonies in Palestine. The government assumes they were kidnaped by Palestinians.
With neocons pushing for the US to enter the war in Iraq, remember how mistaken their advice was in 2002.
Some neocons aimed to split up Iraq to weaken it. The current civil war is almost what they wanted.
Iranian troops are going to the aid of the Iraqi government, since its own troops hardly fight.
The UK Conservatives have another method of sabotaging the UK's National Health Service: by cutting doctors' pay so that they can't maintain staffing levels.
Ibiza is united to fight against oil drilling in the waters near Ibiza.
If you ignore the coming global heating disaster, it would be a matter of weighing the sea life that could be destroyed by a possible disaster against the value of the oil. But given that we must leave 80% of known reserves unextracted it is totally useless exploring for more.
A US judge demanded that the Obama regime hand over secret FISA court opinions.
Protests in Washington read the stories of the long-term unemployed.
Obama, why aren't you participating?
The US says that Russia is letting Ukrainian separatists collect obsolete tanks and surplus multiple rocket launchers, which they take into Ukraine.
Egyptian President al-Sisi is leading a campaign against sexual violence.
Although there are reasons to doubt whether he can or will make progress on this, I think we should give him a chance to succeed. However, we must not let this distract us from his repression. Jailing rapists it is no excuse for jailing journalists and dissidents.
US citizens: tell Obama, don't bomb Iraq.
A future historian writes about how 21st century civilization allowed itself to be destroyed unresisting by global heating.
It is an understatement to say that "Western" civilization faces destruction. Civilization will be hit globally. China will not escape; Shanghai and Suzhou face inundation.
I say "global heating", not "climate change", because the latter term was coined by the denial lobby as a way to downplay the threat, then adopted by environmentalists as a fundamentally misguided attempt to "compromise" with denialists.
Today's Republicans feel no shame about being factually wrong.
Sand for fracking is obtained by eliminating farms in Illinois.
Perhaps it does not matter — global heating will make those farms nonproductive anyway.
The unceasing rise in sea level shows there has been no pause in global heating.
Condom Companies: Twitter Is Censoring Us.
Uri Avnery: Israel, like Prussia, is an army that has a state.
Why you should not use Uber.
Obama says he might conduct air war against ISIS, but only if there is a workable plan for reconciliation between the various ethnic groups in Iraq.
This may serve as a reason for the US not to intervene. But even if a plan looks workable on paper, it may be pure fantasy.
Coca Cola Company (perhaps its subsidiary Minute Maid) is passing off Apple and Grape juice as "blueberry pomegranate", while POM makes dubious health claims about real pomegranate juice.
US mainstream (i.e., right-wing) media are blaming the disintegration of Iraq on Obama for pulling out the Bush forces, rather than on Bush for sending them in.
Obama sets himself up for such criticism by failing to condemn Bush for sending them in.
As Obama considers some sort of military intervention in Iraq, McCain has the gall to claim the Bush forces won the war there.
They didn't win in any military sense. They made Iraq calmer by paying support to the non-jihadi Sunni leaders thus separating them from al-Qa'ida, after which the Iraqi government refused to give US troops immunity from prosecution for war crimes and the US removed them rather than allow them to be prosecuted when they commit war crimes.
US citizens: call on Obama to authorize federal contract workers to unionize.
The EU will limit production of biofuels from food crops.
Unfortunately, the limit is too high, and would allow the amount of food diverted for fuel to increase.
Tesla Motors has followed Twitter in adopting a policy of nonaggression with patents.
Who they are is a secret, where they were sent is a secret, and whether they are now being tortured is a secret.
Nuclear power in Europe will be more expensive than solar and wind power in just a few years.
The expense of nuclear power comes partly from the expensive procedures needed to make disasters less likely, but even with them it is more dangerous than solar and wind power.
Estimating that the financial crisis and austerity have caused 10,000 suicides.
There will also be people who died from consequences of poverty, such as homelessness, stress, and lack of medical care.
US citizens: call for no US intervention in Iraq.
LinkedIn is being sued for miss-using people's entire list of email contacts.
Pu Zhiqiang, who defended Ai Weiwei, was arrested on absurd charges of "creating disturbances" and "illegally obtaining personal information".
The joke is in China, since arresting someone for "creating disturbances" is as tyrannical as arresting someone for "being a human rights lawyer" or "criticizing government policy".
Don't expect Clinton to do anything to reduce massive US surveillance of everyone.
The Thai military rulers are quietly carrying out the agenda of the red shirt protesters that represented an elite minority that lost every election.
Everyone: encourage the Presbyterian Church to divest from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
US citizens: Call on the US to allow inspection of the prisons for immigrants facing deportation, and respect human rights of children in these prisons.
US citizens: phone FCC Commissioner Wheeler to support net neutrality.
The Iraqi army has proved to be a paper tiger as soldiers deserted en masse.
Ironically, it's not the first time. It happened in 2003 when the Iraqi army had been built by Saddam Hussein.
Oxfam takes action against poverty and hunger, but many Britons think that it should not campaign against poverty and hunger created in the UK.
Their rebukes often start from the ridiculous right-wing claim that there the UK has no money to help the poor. The UK has plenty of money, but lets the rich have it.
Australian PM Abbott called himself a conservationist.
I guess this means he hasn't finished destroying the ecosphere quite yet.
How many levels of falsehood are there in that claim?
Stores ask for customers' email addresses for surveillance purposes: to unify their purchase record with their browsing record.
I don't identify myself to stores. I pay cash anonymously.
Obama is considering a bombing campaign against ISIS.
I shed no tears for ISIS, but bad things could result. For instance, civilian casualties could help ISIS win support among Iraqi Sunnis. This isn't a conventional war against an army: ISIS defeated the far larger and better equipped Iraqi army because the latter had no will to fight.
Dividing Iraq into a federation of regions might enable it to have peace.
A petition to grant Snowden asylum in France has got 150,000 signatures.
I would have urged French citizens to sign it, except that it is on a site (change.org) which requires use of nonfree software to sign. Since I learned about that problem, I never recommend petitions there.
Rescuing Iraqi feminists and vulnerable women from the advance of ISIS.
Militarized funding perverts the social sciences in the UK.
A Palestinian professor who brought Palestinian students to Auschwitz to help them empathize with Jews was hounded into resigning.
US Jews that condemn Israel's occupation practices often get hounded similarly.
Maliki pushed Iraq's Sunnis into the hands of ISIS by rejecting them as politicians and as protesters.
For instance, the Sunni vice president was prosecuted and forced into exile.
The Vietnam War still casts its shadow over the US, in the form of readiness to go to war.
Indian students have been arrested for comparing Prime Minister Modi with Hitler and bin Laden.
Whether that comparison is valid is beside the point: to punish them for stating their views is tyranny.
The EU says it plans to reduce CO2 and methane emissions but it will give a subsidy of around $150 million to fracking.
This is excused by the fallacious claim that fracking reduces greenhouse emissions, but that conclusion was drawn by ignoring the methane leaks from wells.
Australia sent boat people to a prison in Manus Island (part of Papua New Guinea) so that they would not be "in Australia", then claimed that Papua New Guinea was responsible for their imprisonment although in fact Australia had control.
The first part resembles the US excuse for the Guantanamo no-human-rights zone.
Wildlife reserves in Africa face the death of a thousand cuts.
Tar sands mining threatens migratory birds including the whooping crane.
Extracting oil from tar sands is a sort of strip-mining which involves deforestation of large tracts of land.
Some Iraqis are happy with the takeover by ISIS.
I get the feeling that no feminists were asked.
Interviews with three inhabitants of Mosul.
Anne-Marie Cockburn's daughter died from a freak consequence of taking MDMA that was twice as strong as usual. She calls for drugs to be legalized and regulated in potency, to prevent such accidents.
UK PM Cameron objects to any organized pushback against Charoen Pokphand prawns; is it a coincidence that he hobnobbed with its CEO and tried to hush it up?
Since the 1970s, US politicians have created a cult of the US soldier, calling them "warriors" and "heroes" in a way that wasn't done before. This goes along with the increasing general authoritarianism of the US.
The rate of violence in US schools has been declining for 20 years, following the decrease in lead in gasoline.
The multiple killings every week or two are shocking, but don't amount to a lot of victims compared with the other sorts of violence among teenagers, and that has been going down in the US.
Even small amounts of lead make children less intelligent. That leads them to be violent, because sometimes they can't see a better response. But lead-induced stupidity would affect all sorts of decisions, including voting. I wonder if the effects of lead poisoning lead people to believe right-wing "solutions", such as Reagan's "trickle-down", and the idea that cities ought to lure businesses away from other cities by offering them subsidies.
US citizens: Call on the US government to convert its own buildings to solar power.
The Mormon church is moving to excommunicate dissidents.
I cannot criticize a group which stands for a position on some question for expelling members that disagree with that position. That's a separate question from whether I criticize the position itself.
The Canadian government has banned government-funded weather forecasters from discussing global heating.
Squatters have received hospitality in a church where the Pope regularly visits, after they were chased out of a disused office building.
Los Angeles is trying to divert education funds into expanding its school thug force.
Wang Yam was convicted of murder in the UK, after the state imposed secrecy on his defense. He wants to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, but he is forbidden to present his case to the court.
The secrecy is a real factor because, as stated, pertinent witnesses who might exonerate him are unable to know that they are pertinent witnesses.
Poor parents are not more likely to hurt or neglect their kids. They're just more likely to be punished for failings both real and imagined.
The exception is what the complexities of coping with poverty don't allow parents to give their children care by the ideal standard. This provides an excuse to punish them.
More analysis of the basis of this decision.
It's a step forward but it isn't enough. I expect the NSA will still get all of this data about you if you carry a portable tracking device. (I won't!)
What we need is for the system not to start recording your location data without a warrant.
The International Commission of Jurists says that Venezuela's system of justice is weak because judges lack independence from the executive.
The ICJ has also criticized the judicial system of the coup-installed government of Honduras.
The condemnation of the post-coup regime is stronger in the full report in Spanish.
Big US companies are starting to run schools (combined high school and community college), steering people to work for those companies.
This is part of propagating the myth that plenty of job openings exist in the US but people are not trained for them.
The one that's run by Microsoft surely teaches people proprietary software, which is wrong for a school to do.
The coal industry has successfully misled people in a coal region of Australia about how many jobs it supports.
ISIS aims to take Baghdad, and it is not clear the Iraqi army can prevent this.
The Iraqi Shi'ites will fight back with their own militias, though.
A study on mice finds that even the strongest sunscreen does not prevent melanoma, it only slows the development of melanoma.
A tan is a signal meaning, "Don't mate with me, I subordinate important things to superficial things."
Canadians are protesting the plan to export tar sands oil through Quebec.
India's Intelligence Bureau accused Greenpeace of undermining the economy.
This is the standard right-wing argument against environmental protection of any kind: that it gets in the way of the easy profits available by tearing up the ground and by poisoning air and water.
Children as young as 5 cross into the US from Mexico alone, and are treated horribly by the US border patrol.
Governor Walker's program to increase jobs by handouts to businesses claims to have created 5000 jobs at the cost of 200 million dollars.
State handouts to business, supposedly to keep or create jobs, enter a Red Queen cycle where ever more handouts are required just to stay in the same place. We should cut all of them out.
"Reformist conservatives" are another variation of the same old right-wing falsehood.
Fracking poisons water pollutes air: more evidence that this can't be prevented.
The NSA told a US court it is unable to preserve evidence about its operations.
Paid spies infiltrated the protesters opposing the proposed Maules Creek coal mine in Australia, and told thugs how to sabotage every protest plan.
90% of lemur species are threatened with extinction, mostly because humans have cut down most of the forests where they live.
The Australian "social services minister", whose aim is to abolish social services as far as possible, says that welfare support for the poor denies people the opportunity to learn to be "virtuous".
However, it's the opposite. Contemptuous policies like his tend, in the long term, to teach values of contempt for others.
For the short term, many Australians remain virtuous, and demonstrate this by protesting in their thousands against these plans.
Aside from the question of whether those two men are guilty as charged, there is the even more important question of what the supposed crime consists of, and whether than ought to be a crime at all.
Indian thugs raped a woman who would not pay a bribe.
The bribe was supposed to be to get her husband, also a thug, out of jail. The article doesn't say why he was in jail, or whether they wanted the bribe to follow the law or to break it.
Most governments have done nothing in response to Snowden's revelations of how they are spying on us and other governments are spying on them.
A Japanese antinuclear activist faces prosecution for a tweet that criticized a nuclear industry lobbyist.
Another example of repression of antinuclear protesters in Japan.
When Boris Johnson gets himself "hit" with the water cannon he wants to aim at protesters, will he keep to a very safe distance and choose safe surroundings? The protesters won't have that choice.
It was easy enough to see that the invasion was an evil scheme and that the arguments for it were bogus. Millions of people saw that at the time. Has Clinton learned to reject the sort of thinking that enabled those bogus reasons to determine US actions? Surely not, so she should not be president.
The victims of sexual violence in war should get reparations.
First of all, they are entitled to abortions, without charge or fuss, so they are not compelled to bear the child of a rapist who may also have murdered their relatives or friends.
A legal requirement on manufacturers to register their mineral supply chains has prized 2/3 of the mines in the Congo away from warlords.
This suggests that registration of the supply chain could also put an end to other forms of gross industrial wrong, such as deforestation and exploitative factory conditions.
San Francisco will vote on raising the minimum wage.
The Iraqi army is collapsing before attacks by Isis.
There is a dispute about whether the troops ran away or corrupt officers pulled them out.
US corn production is in danger from global heating.
Egyptian freedom Alaa Abd El Fattah has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for leading a protest.
Many governments imprison people for protesting. In the US, the thugs attack protesters and then accuse them. Egypt openly admits that the crime is protesting, thus declares its opposition to human rights.
How Ukraine's Tax Cheats Stole Billions from the Country's Coffers.
London plans to equip its thugs with water cannon as a symbolic statement of readiness to repress possible resistance to plutocratic rule.
Chris Christie's policy, offering a tax subsidy to every company that threatens to move jobs out of New Jersey, has done a lot of harm to state income and hardly any good for the state's economy.
In general, when governments compete to make handouts to businesses, the businesses gain and the people lose. When a politician says he thinks his job includes handouts to companies if they put their jobs in a certain district, state, or company, that means he has the wrong political outlook.
US citizens: call on Kerry to support the UN plan for ocean sanctuaries.
Correction: the Islamist fanatics that have conquered Mosul are not al Qa'ida. Their group, Isis, is even more cruel and vicious than al Qa'ida.
The UK threatens to deport a Tamil refugee back to Sri Lanka for the second time. The thugs raped and tortured him after his first deportation.
He says he will die rather than be sent back there again.
It is not an accident that the UK does this. The legal system has been designed to create excuses to reject refugees, and that systematically leads to results like these. If he comes to the point of killing himself, I hope he does it in a spectacular way that will shame the officials (both the British and the Sri Lankan) who will have driven him to it.
Public pressure has made an oil company drop plans to drill in Virunga national park (where half the world's mountain gorillas live).
Congresscritter Cantor was defeated in the Republican primary by a tea party extremist.
This could cause Republicans to become even more bent on sabotaging the US government than they were last year.
Haitian quake survivors used as 'slaves' in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil.
Haitian migrant workers are being worked into the ground building stadiums for the World Cup in Brazil, and the subcontractors that hired them don't pay them.
Everyone: call on Nike to stop union-busting in Indonesia.
Garment workers in Eastern Europe are forced to work overtime just to make a minimum wage.
They work for subcontractors of big name brands. This problem is the result of the deregulation that made it possible for a famous company to become a shell that outsources its production to contractors that outsource to subcontractors, etc.
The solution is to make the shell companies legally responsible for the wrongdoing of the subsubsubcontractors.
US citizens: call on Senator McConnell to allow a vote on more funding for the Veterans' Administration.
The inhabitants of Camden, New Jersey, have no access to supermarket, but they grow produce and even chickens.
It seems to me that every city ought to arrange a place where people can buy produce and a wide variety of groceries. If private business fails to do the job, why should the city leave people to cope on their own?
Many US government agencies now have their own police, even their own SWAT teams.
iiNET, an Australian ISP, calls on the public to fight back against the War on Sharing.
The US Veterans' Administration is trying to subpoena the complaints about the Veterans' Administration received by the Project on Government Oversight through its anonymous tip line.
POGO argues that the subpoena is invalid and says it will not hand over the information, but will tell the VA about the problems reported.
Here is POGO's response.
New York City will pay half a million dollars to some Occupy protesters that were arrested for no valid reason.
Iraq has fallen into all-out civil war.
A proposal to require US states to select legislative districts through a nonpolitical system.
Gerrymandering undermines democracy, and these committees might be a good idea. I am not sure the federal government has the power to impose this on states.
However, it is a mistake to say that gerrymandering allows "politicians to draw their own districts". Rather, state legislatures draw the districts for the House of Representatives. They sometimes do this so as to kick a real hero such as Dennis Kucinich out of Congress.
The US imprisons a large fraction of teenagers for minor "crimes" such as not going to school.
The US would rather imprison teenagers than educate them; the school-to-prison pipeline feeds this prison-to-crime pipeline.
Perhaps it makes inhumane plutocratic rational sense. The plutocratic state sees the non-rich as nothing but instruments for the rich to use. A large fraction of the population is no longer useful to them as free workers, but it still finds them useful if forced into slave labor. The system has evolved to convert many youths into criminals so it can imprison them again as adults and make them work for a pittance.
Tibetan film-maker Dhondup Wangchen was freed after 6 years in prison for making a movie of interviews with Tibetans.
In the US, the states that lean right-wing are also most dependent on federal government spending.
It is not obvious what this implies. My theory is that the governments of those states have imposed laws that impoverish people, causing them to get more federal aid per capita.
Serbia is threatened by censorship — and not just on the internet; people who criticize state actions face threats for "ruining the reputation" of the government.
Big Data has inherent biases from the system that collects it.
Everyone: tell Walmart to stop paying wages so low that employees depend on public assistance.
US citizens: call on the EPA to ban neonicotinoids, which have now been tied very clearly to colony collapse disorder of bees.
Human Rights Watch says the killing of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli troops was a war crime.
US citizens: call on Congress to preserve requirements for vegetables and fruits in school lunches.
I just have one small point to criticize: it says "breaching US intellectual property law", but I think this really refers to copyright law only. By using "intellectual property", the article spuriously drags in patent law, trade secret law, trademark law, publicity rights, and others.
If it had said "breaching US copyright law", it would be shorter and clearer &mdash and correct, too!
Resistance to standardized testing in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Legalization of marijuana makes it possible to require products to provide the dose they say they provide.
A plan to protect New York City from rising sea levels uses enlightened methods rather than levees that are dead space.
Any protection that we build will work only up to a certain amount of sea level rise. What amount of rise is this project intended to cope with, and roughly when will it cease to be enough?
Genetic Testing of Citizens Is a Backdoor Into Total Population Surveillance by Governments and Companies.
Right-wing policies of cruelty spread selfish right-wing values, which ultimately make the people in a country more unhappy, even those who aren't poor.
The boats that catch feed for Thai prawn farms are crewed by slaves, who are beaten and even killed at the whim of the owners.
Islamist rebels in Iraq, affiliated with al Qa'ida, have conquered Mosul.
At one point, the Bush forces managed to separate the traditional Sunni leaders from al Qa'ida by paying them. Maliki dropped the practice, and now the fanatics seem to rule the Sunni areas uncontested.
Why you should root for the World Cup protesters.
I won't pay attention to the games themselves — I don't care who wins them.
Australian medical cuts will force old, sick and poor people to do without medicine.
How ironic is the Russian admiration of Stalin as a sort of great fascist.
A Belarusian politician, from Belarus's short period of democracy, says that Soviet-style government is making a comeback.
Democracy still exists in parts of the old Soviet Union, such as the Baltic states, Georgia, Armenia, and in Ukraine more or less. In addition, Kyrgyzstan has a fragile democracy.
Extraction of oil is becoming too expensive for oil companies, so the rate of extraction will have to decrease.
Some companies are writing off substantial amounts of supposed reserves, but this is not yet proceeding at the rate needed to eliminate the carbon bubble.
The Koch brothers will try to force the US to move towards toxic coal rather than towards renewable energy and efficiency improvements.
The US government puts non-citizens into special privatized prisons where they are treated horribly.
Americans, how would you feel if some other country gave special bad treatment to prisoners who are US citizens, because they are foreigners? This is the same.
Australia and Canada have made a boil-the-Earth global heating axis.
The intervention in Libya has had a lot of bad consequences. I say this as one who supported the intervention.
Would it have been less bad to do nothing and let Gaddafi crush the rebels? Was there some other way to prevent this that would have led to a better outcome? I don't know.
A fatal collision between a Walmart truck and a bus was caused by a truck driver that had not slept in 24 hours.
I wonder why the driver had not slept for 24 hours. Was it perhaps that his employer puts drivers under pressure that in practice requires them to do this to get by?
Where Is the Signboard to Warn of a Climate Catastrophe?
In addition to attacking our rights and undermining regulation of business, TAFTA aka TTIP would lead to only a tiny amount of economic growth.
That growth would not go to workers, because treaties like this give business more power to drive down wages and hurt working conditions. The plutocrats would grab all the benefits, and more, leaving workers worse off than without the treaty.
TTIP stands for "This Treaty Is Plutocratic".
TAFTA (its other name) stands for "Turn All Freedom To Ashes".
Mental health care in the US is totally inadequate.
The cause, of course, is insufficient funds, which in turn is caused by plutocracy.
Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department has become an auxiliary of US military action.
Japan intends to resume killing whales despite the court order.
I can't understand why Japan's government insists on continuing an activity whose economic importance is so small, that is unpopular even in Japan, and inspires ill will around the world (as if it were Japan's Guantanamo).
A study by economists concludes that 60% of French public debt is illegitimate — imposed on the country by looters.
The percentage will be much bigger in poor countries that were easier for the looters to push around.
So the next step is to cancel the illegitimate debt. Is it possible to distinguish legitimate bonds from illegitimate ones so as to cancel only the latter?
Jack DeCoster owned 10% of US egg production, and repeatedly committed fraud as well as mistreatment of employees. His company's illegal practices were responsible for making at least 2000 people sick with salmonella.
The fact that the company was able to continue operating for 14 years after it was first caught demonstrates that inspection needs to be stronger. We must treat companies with the suspicion we would give to gang members and juvenile delinquents.
Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates' Role in Common Core.
It is interesting that Republicans have said little to oppose the effective cancellation of states' rights in the area of education.
With Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike to protest imprisonment without trial, Israel plans to force-feed them, and cites Guantanamo as an example.
When the US practices torture, it spreads torture around the world.
Modern urban design and architecture is systematically designed to deny homeless people a place to lie down, so that the callous and successful will be spared the ugly sight of them.
The article also explains how aid-cutting right wing governments develop bureaucratic excuses that systematically refuse homeless people any help in finding a place to sleep. This goes hand in hand with the policies that make so many people homeless.
Pakistan's Taliban attacked Karachi airport with suicide bombers and accused the government of using peace negotiations as a sham.
The basis for that accusation seems to be that the government did not cease fire during the talks. But if no cease-fire was agreed on, continuing to fight while negotiating was not dishonest.
Air conditioning is making US cities substantially hotter, leading to more use of air conditioning.
I guess losing Shanghai and Suzhou is not that important to the rulers of China after all.
US citizens: support the EPA in reducing CO2 emissions from power plants.
US citizens: call for ending the overuse of antibiotics on farm animals.
The UK government will fall far short in its supposed effort to reduce child poverty.
That's because its important policies are designed for dooH niboR and increase child poverty.
The corrupt association of Western governments and Western companies supported the monarch of Qatar in luring hundreds of thousands of migrant workers into semi-slavery.
This has proved fatal to hundreds of them, and left a far larger number trapped or maimed, but it is an injustice to each and every one.
I suspect that the government of Nepal declines to act because it wants the foreign exchange that the migrants send home.
The high expense of college in the US relates to a change in attitude: treating college as a ticket to the middle class rather than as a way to give society educated citizens.
US citizens: call on Congress to authorize postal banking.
Send comments in favor of network neutrality to the FCC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Give the Proceeding Number, which is 14-28.
US citizens: Urge Obama to fire DEA administrator Leonhart.
The Texas Republican Party has endorsed conversion therapy which is supposed to convert gays to straights.
Their position is not real family values, it is correct-family-only values.
After Australia leaked the names of 10,000 asylum seekers, it has given them just 14 days to explain why that leak might put them in danger if sent back.
Former Israeli soldiers describe the repetitive cruelty, humiliation and even murder of the occupation of Palestine.
Uri Avnery: Netanyahu says the Palestinian unity government, made of of ministers not aligned with Hamas or Fatah, is unacceptable because it makes Hamas responsible for Palestine's conduct towards Israel.
As Avnery points out, this precise point means that Hamas now upholds peace with Israel day by day.
Vermont senators have proposed a bill to facilitate worker-owned cooperative businesses in the US.
The US continues to allow meat imports from certain countries even though they have privatized their meat inspection systems.
This harm is quite likely to include an early death.
The economic loss caused by destruction of coral reefs has been estimated at around 12 trillion dollars.
And that's just one of the big damages that our CO2 emissions will cause.
Matching chemical signatures show that the contamination in Steve Lipsky's well is coming straight from Barnett Shale's frack well.
I haven't had a TV set since 1970, and I've almost never watched Meet the Press or the other mainstream TV shows that claim to present political debate. It would be a hassle for me to see them. But it appears that they are propaganda outlets for the plutocratic state in all but name.
The New York Times thinks there is a mystery about why US economic growth since the 1970s has not reduced poverty.
The overall answer is, right-wing dooH niboR policies, but the Times is not supposed to acknowledge that.
Right-wing distortions claim that 1/3 of the freed Guantanamo prisoners have "returned to the battlefield" although only 4% of them were reported ever to have been on a battlefield before.
Even if this claim were true, it would not justify imprisonment without trial. Captured enemy combatants should be treated with the respect due to prisoners of war.
The Golden Dawn party has become openly Nazi and a force for anti-semitic violence.
Why do they blame powerless poor foreigners rather than the powerful businesses that have Greece in a stranglehold?
Tutsi women who were raped by those who murdered their families sometimes hated their children.
Abortions should have been part of the aid that the world gave to Rwanda after the genocide.
Everyone: call on India to protect forests from mining companies.
The Geo News TV channel in Pakistan has been shut off as punishment for criticizing the country's spy agency, the ISI.
The ISI has reportedly sponsored the Taliban in Afghanistan.
More about how governments spy directly on Vodaphone customers.
India is working on that sort of spying directly on all communications systems.
It appears civilization will fail to stop global heating and global disaster.
But we should not give up fighting, because we can still reduce the scope of the disaster.
Edward Snowden comments on the first anniversary of the surveillance debate that his heroism made possible.
US citizens: pressure Republicans to raise the minimum wage.
US citizens: tell the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to maintain the fishing regulations that protect right whales.
In the US: call on PBS to make WGBH remove a Koch brother from its board of trustees.
US citizens: call on the USDA not to allow a massive cut of old-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest.
Thailand's military rulers are cracking down on online dissent.
Senator Warner gets the government to admit that the USA Freedumber Act would expand the NSA's access to data about American's phone calls.
Nonviolent opposition to Assad's rule continues alongside the armed rebellion.
They were accused of dissent.
Nigeria's "war on terror" has involved killing over a thousand prisoners. Several journalists have been arrested and tortured.
When the CIA jokes that it "can't confirm or deny", it's a sick joke.
Use of diclofenac in animals can wipe out vultures in Europe as it did in India.
The new president of Ukraine says he will not accept Russia's conquest of the Crimea and will not agree to a federal structure for Ukraine.
I can't see any sense in being stubbornly opposed to a federal structure. As for Crimea, it would be proper to have an honest election in which those who don't want Russian rule can safely vote.
A study finds that GMO corn in the US is the main cause of the decline of the monarch butterfly.
As Brazilians protest the Brazil's support for the soccer world cup for spending money on businesses instead of people, the government's response is to compound the wrong by spending more on security against the people.
New York Governor Cuomo's inadequate and unambitious energy plan.
Everyone: call on Florida to stop sending youth offenders to privatized prisons.
Cable Companies Are Astroturfing Fake Consumer Support to End Net Neutrality.
Privatizing government services hurts the whole community as well as the workers. The supposed "cost savings" don't include the costs of the government assistance that the employees of these contractors will need because of their low pay.
Legalization of marijuana in Colorado seems to have led to a substantial decrease in crime, and no increase in use by teenagers.
We need to end the cruel War on Drugs.
The Vostok Battalion of pro-Russian rebels seems to get money from Russia but maybe not arms.
Defamation Suits Used to Bludgeon Southeast Asian Bloggers and Independent Press.
Most of the Fortune 500 companies are using tax-avoidance schemes.
US citizens: call on your senators to cosponsor Merkley's bill to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan now.
Everyone: call on Obama not to jail James Risen.
He is threatened with imprisonment if he does not identify a whistleblower who would himself probably be sent to prison for many years.
US citizens: support the Students Emergency Refinancing Act.
Chris Christie has rewarded campaign supporters with 200 million dollars in state money for their a new shopping mall.
The mall is apparently directed at the wealthiest customers. In the new US of increased inequality, they can buy more, while others struggle.
China will deport Guo Jian to Australia.
Guo Jian was jailed for an art work that criticized the massacre of hundreds or thousands of students at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Elephant poaching in Kenya is run by organized crime gangs under the control of local elites that are "too big to prosecute".
A forecast says that US oil extraction will start falling in about 10 years.
In London, many poor people can't see a way to get by except by stealing. When caught, their are fined, and the fines are deducted from the already-inadequate welfare payments.
Christian and Jewish religious extremism can be seen in works of art that continue to be admired as classics.
At present, these works do not seem to inspire suicide bombers, but I won't take for granted that can't ever happen.
The technological "advances" that make the difference between J Edgar Hoover's FBI and today's total surveillance state.
Vodaphone says that several governments tap into its phone calls directly.
Europe's top court ruled against the publishers' "irrational" claims that looking at web pages is copyright infringement.
George Monbiot: The Farming Lobby Has Wrecked Efforts to Defend Our [UK] Soil.
Jamestown, the first known English settlement in the US, is being inundated by rising sea level.
Part of the rise is due to global heating.
Geithner's autobiography is full of gaps, inconsistencies and falsehoods, all contrived to present the arsonist as a fireman.
The debt deal that Argentina got is not really such a good deal for Argentina.
The elected leader of Tibetans in exile calls on China to relax the repression of Tibetans so they will stop burning themselves to death.
Counterfeit medicine has helped malaria evolve resistance to the drug used to cure it.
A US report says that BP's system to protect against a blowout was not suitable for the purpose, and the same inadequate system is in use today.
The US has not adopted rules to prevent a repetition of the Big Spill. This reflects the political power of the oil companies: these dangerous beasts are too big to cage.
The UK government not only proposes to have a secret trial of anonymous suspects, it also wanted to forbid the press to report on the fact that this was going on.
Once a state accepts the principle of trampling human rights in the name of "security", its natural tendency is to keep going further until people have no rights that it can't deny them. We have seen the same in the US, where the president can imprison anyone forever without a trial.
A state that escapes from the people's control is more dangerous than any underground group. If we are not willing to risk our lives for democracy and human rights, we won't have them for long.
US citizens: ask your Senators to support the Sunshine in Litigation Act, requiring courts to publish information that is crucial to public safety.
Daniel Ellsberg: Both Manning & Snowden Exposed Government Secrecy to Proper Debate.
The predicted El Niño event will damage coral world-wide, and due to the higher "normal" temperature, they will be less able to recover.
Coral is also endangered by ocean acidification, and if it is extinct by 2050, many other marine species will also be extinct, and a large fraction of sea food we eat will disappear.
Falkvinge: activism alone won't suffice; we must compete in elections.
Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world — and why the fight's not over.
The "authorities" want to shoot the messenger and bury his message.
The ACLU sued Florida to get records of surveillance through phony
cell phone towers, so US
seized the records to make the Florida court impotent.
Now Sprint and T-mobile, two large US phone competitors,
Such large companies should never be allowed to merge. Instead, we
should break up their larger competitors, in this case Verizon and
phone your senators to oppose the USE Freedumb Act, the
house-passed caricature of the USA Freedom Act.
Everyone: tell Canada
plans to attack Canadians' rights with the TPP.
carried a fake cell phone tower from door to door to find a
suspect's portable phone.
We want criminals like that one to be caught. I think it would be
reasonable for a court to give permission to use a similar device,
which would be programmed with one phone number, to locate that
particular phone in this way.
Readers of the Boston
the Globe to stop printing letters that deny global heating.
The Koch brothers have asked the Supreme Court
against "union shop" requirements for public sector workers; this
would lead to low wages and bad working conditions.
write lobbying materials for businesses that wanted reduced
regulation in planning buildings.
Israel has announced
to build 900 more housing units in occupied Palestinian territory.
Wait a moment, does Netanyahu think the "peace talks" are still going
Facebook could control an
by selectively deciding who to urge to vote.
The article repeats a common historical myth, the idea that Dubya won
the 2000 election in Florida. In fact, his campaign stole the
election. Katherine Harris falsely disenfranchised around 50,000
black voters based on the similarity of their names to names on a list
of felons. The voters disenfranchised were not felons, but Harris
vetoed checking who was really a felon.
Now Sprint and T-mobile, two large US phone competitors, want to merge.
Such large companies should never be allowed to merge. Instead, we should break up their larger competitors, in this case Verizon and AT&T.
US citizens: phone your senators to oppose the USE Freedumb Act, the house-passed caricature of the USA Freedom Act.
Everyone: tell Canada to stop plans to attack Canadians' rights with the TPP.
Thugs carried a fake cell phone tower from door to door to find a suspect's portable phone.
We want criminals like that one to be caught. I think it would be reasonable for a court to give permission to use a similar device, which would be programmed with one phone number, to locate that particular phone in this way.
Readers of the Boston Globe: ask the Globe to stop printing letters that deny global heating.
The Koch brothers have asked the Supreme Court to rule against "union shop" requirements for public sector workers; this would lead to low wages and bad working conditions.
Australian politicians helped write lobbying materials for businesses that wanted reduced regulation in planning buildings.
Israel has announced a plan to build 900 more housing units in occupied Palestinian territory.
Wait a moment, does Netanyahu think the "peace talks" are still going on?
Facebook could control an election just by selectively deciding who to urge to vote.
The article repeats a common historical myth, the idea that Dubya won the 2000 election in Florida. In fact, his campaign stole the election. Katherine Harris falsely disenfranchised around 50,000 black voters based on the similarity of their names to names on a list of felons. The voters disenfranchised were not felons, but Harris vetoed checking who was really a felon.
There is an increase in the rate of thyroid gland symptoms in children living in the area around Fukushima.
It might be a real problem caused by fallout, or it might just indicate more thorough examination.
China has pledged to limit CO2 emissions.
Perhaps the government has concluded that drowning Shanghai, Suzhou, and the whole surrounding region would be a big loss.
US citizens: Ask senators to change the proposed constitutional amendment, SJR 19, to do the whole job — to reject the idea that human rights apply to corporations.
Everyone: support Divest Harvard, the campaign for Harvard to divest from fossil fuel.
Today's Big Brother seduces fools into encouraging everyone to watch them.
Families of Americans killed in US drone attacks in Yemen have given up on suing for damages. US courts have stonewalled them for years.
However, a class action by prisoners in solitary confinement will proceed.
Before you tell the unemployed to "get a job", you had better find some jobs they could get.
How did Kerry manage not to understand that Israel had no interest in making his peace talks a success?
Israel sent bulldozers to destroy half the Palestinian village of Id'eis, which is located in the region near the Jordan that Israel wants to ethnically cleanse.
Meanwhile, fanatic settlers are building another "illegal" colony — that is, one that supposedly has no government approval — with support from the army.
Israel has put 60 hunger-striking prisoners in solitary confinement.
China plans to level over 700 mountains.
Humanity is on track to exhaust crucial resources during this century, as predicted in 1972 by the Club of Rome.
LinkedIn has imposed Chinese censorship on users world-wide.
Perhaps the US should not allow US internet companies to do business in a way that would subject them to foreign censorship laws.
The UK government plans to try people whose identity is secret, in a secret trial. They are accused of possessing books, and unspecified other things.
Could Stalin have done worse?
Discredited claims that the NSA keeps making.
Arabs like the US better as a result of Obama's reduction in the visible US military profile in the Middle East. Hardly anyone wants the US to attack Syria or Iran.
Yemen, where the US is carrying out drone bombings, was not one of the countries surveyed.
The people who raped a Dalit girl (who then killed herself) have threatened violence against her father for rebuking them.
A 30-year study of 800 poor children who started school in Baltimore in 1982 has found very little social mobility: if your parents were poor, you almost certainly end up poor.
Noam Chomsky: the US surveillance state provides the secrecy to shield abuses of US power.
Some crackers' latest prank is to generate a false report of an incident and get a SWAT team sent to an innocent person's address.
These people are crackers because they break computer security. They are hackers because they are practicing playful cleverness. Unfortunately, being playful and clever does not ensure that an activity is ethical. This prank is not innocent: SWAT raids kill innocent people.
However, the prank is merely the trigger for the danger; the root cause of the danger is the policies that use SWAT teams too often.
Koalas have adapted to increased temperature in Australia by cooling their bellies against trees.
This will get them only so far; eventually the heat will kill them.
Biodiversity offsetting is the risky practice of compensating for destruction of some wildlife habitat by constructing replacement habitat.
The main flaw is that the habitat we destroy is sure to be destroyed, but it will take years to see whether the replacement habitat really functions. And what do you do if it doesn't?
This system of offsetting provides the opportunity for developers (and their state backers) to propose replacements without even trying to scrutinize the plans carefully. By the time it becomes apparent that the replacement habitat was never really used by the ecosystem it was meant for, nobody will be accountable.
Activists in Albuquerque held a sit-in in the mayor's office to protest the many killings committed by thugs.
One thug pushed a protester to the wall and charged the protester with attacking him. Typical thug behavior. What's unusual is that the thug said in advance he would do that. This proves it is an intentional act to lie and frame someone. Will this thug be prosecuted for perjury?
Obama is going to revive the "domestic terror task force".
I suppose this will be another scheme for investigating dissidents and journalists, as well as once in a while one of the real right-wing extremists. Thugs generally feel sympathy towards right-wing extremists as long as those have not reached the point of actual killing.
Everyone: call on Monsanto not to sue Vermont for its GMO labeling law.
Everyone: support Premier Clark of British Columbia in rejecting a tar sands oil export pipeline.
The USA Freedumber Act actually expands massive surveillance in several ways. It has been converted into a blow against freedom.
Is Absolute Computrace a trojan horse in the BIOSes of millions of computers? We can't tell, because it is proprietary software.
The point is, precisely because we can't tell, we should never trust proprietary software. It is software for suckers.
Here's the bombshell for which the Obama regime is going to put James Risen in prison.
Do you think Americans should find out when the US government does such stupid things and the result is harmful? The US government thinks it should be able to cover them up so it appears perfect.
Now that Obama has claimed the right to release prisoners from Guantanamo with no notice, nothing is stopping him from trying or releasing every one of the prisoners.
He must shoulder all the guilt for imprisonment without trial in the US.
Disappointingly, Pope Francis urges people to have children. Just what the world doesn't need.
Although the Church opposes artificial birth control, that does not require urging people to have children. He ought to urge people to have humanitarian projects. That way, you won't feel alone when you are old.
The US will work with the Palestinian unity government.
Netanyahu is finding himself a little less able to extract support from the US government.
Obama has proposed limits to require reduced CO2 emissions from existing power plants.
Carbon offsetting is an unreliable method of reducing emissions.
We could easily to a lot more.
Gush Shalom welcomes the Palestinian unity government.
Thousands of illegal migrants are trying to get from Africa into Europe by any means possible.
More and more people flee Africa, due to population growth, the corporate land grab, wars over conflict minerals, and global heating. Population growth is mostly the fault of poor Africans; the other causes are not.
Australia's maverick party leader threatens to reverse Queensland's privatizations.
Hooray! Privatization is an assault on the public's assets, carried out by the state as a surrender to the new owners. Those owners must get punished.
The fighting in Ukraine — and the aggressiveness of gas supplier Russia — should make Europe wake up and move faster to renewable energy.
Governor Chris Christy got New Jersey law changed, which permitted a big state payoff to a friend who donated to his campaign.
Even if these changes were not made specifically for the purpose of giving a payoff to his friend, they still help rich people at the expense of the state.
Seattle has approved the increase of minimum wage to $15 an hour, disregarding the usual claims by businesses that the sky will fall.
Sargent Bergdahl, freed by the Taliban in an exchange, apparently had left his post because he was disgusted with the dishonesty of the war.
The constitutional amendment that the Senate will vote on would reverse the Corporations United (*) decision but would not reject the idea that corporations are people. They are proposing only a half solution.
* Officially called "Citizens United", but I'd rather call them what they are than what they claim to be.
Don't Copy Our Welfare Cuts, New Zealand Experts Warn Australia.
Indonesia refuses to resume diplomatic ties with Australia without a commitment not to spy on Indonesian leaders.
What about the other Indonesians? Spying on other countries' leaders can be justified; spying on everyone is when it becomes Orwellian.
Karzai is angry that the US made a deal to exchange prisoners but has not made a peace deal with the Taliban.
I don't know whose fault it is that the peace talks have failed.
The US Supreme Court sided with the government against James Risen.
He will now go to prison to defend the confidentiality of his source.
In the UAE, people are tortured into confessions and imprisoned for possessing tiny quantities of drugs.
Ahmad Zeidan was imprisoned for possessing 1/20 of a gram of cocaine. It was in a car glove compartment; there must be a doubt about whether he knew it was there.
There's also the man who was imprisoned for a flake of marijuana on the sole of his shoe.
I do not make flight connections through Dubai or Qatar. The risk may be small, but there is no need to run that risk.
Proposing taxes to restrain the housing price in London and make space available cheaply for rent.
In the UK, people will be punished for providing services to people when they had some "reason to suspect" they were helping a criminal group.
I'm afraid this means that lots of people won't be able to hire a lawyer or rent space, even though they are not criminals, because people will be scared to deal with them.
How right-wingers in the National Rifle Association foisted a reinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment on the US.
A SWAT team threw a flash grenade into Bou Bou Phonesavanh's crib, causing terrible injuries.
The US government has paid lots of towns to set up SWAT teams even though they have no real need for one. Rather than leave the teams unused, they make rules saying that on conditions XYZ the SWAT team must be sent "just in case". That creates lots of opportunities for the team to injure or kill people, in situations where nothing bad would have happened without the SWAT team.
I hope that Bou Bou dies from these injuries, because living with them would be horrible.
Poor Americans lose their jobs because they are jailed, then are ordered to pay for jailing them.
I hope Mr Papa and thousands like him tell the state they will never pay a cent, and dare the state to jail them until it chokes on them.
US citizens: call on the Senate to pass the medical marijuana amendment adopted by the House of Representatives.
Everyone: call on T-mobile to respect workers' rights in the US.
The NSA collects millions of face pictures from internet communication.
They could get your face from Skype, if you use that.
An interview with Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
She was freed before the end of her sentence thanks to international pressure, but is still banned from practising law.
The Australian government's class war can be understood in terms of the very wealthy constituencies where its leaders are elected.
Fossil fuel companies are trying to use the new right-wing anti-EU MEPs to destroy green energy targets.
The effects of growing US plutocracy and inequality harm society as a whole.
A Chinese democracy protester, who got asylum in Australia after the Tiananmen massacre, returned to Beijing to make an art work referring to the massacre. He was imprisoned for that.
The concept of "sexual entitlement" explains part of misogyny.
Boat people seeking refuge in Australia, and sent to Christmas Island, have underlined their hunger strike by sewing their mouths shut.
FCC Commissioner Wheeler repeatedly says he supports network neutrality, yet he repeatedly acts against it.
Palestine's unity government has been sworn in, despite Israeli interference.
The Oslo Agreement called for many things that Israel has not done. I recall there was supposed to be a corridor for communication between Gaza and the West Bank. Perhaps both sides should finish implementing that agreement.
Russia's new method of pressuring Ukraine: requiring prepayment for natural gas.
Australia's right-wing government plans to increase college tuition fees and the interest for college loans. However, graduates whose income is low will not have to pay back the loans. So it will still be a lot better than the system in the US.
Australia has suffered the hottest two-year period since records started.
Sri Lankan refugees in Australia would rather die than be sent back there, and one set himself on fire because he couldn't stand the uncertainty about being sent back.
Everyone: Thank Pope Francis for recognizing the cruelty of the occupation of Palestine.
US citizens: Call on Congress to oppose HR 4752, which would ban the simple right way to restore network neutrality.
The Desert of Maine shows what's in store for us if we don't stop farming practices that cause erosion of topsoil.
The US government plans to make a database with lots of intrusive information about everyone in the US that has a mortgage.
It is possible private data brokers already have all the same information about them. Does anyone know?
Religious repression in Israel and Arab countries requires couples to go to Cyprus to marry.
On two occasions there are connection between Islamists fighting in Syria and murder of Jews.
This is still a fringe phenomenon, but all Islamists advocate repression that violates freedom of speech and freedom of religion. In particular, the religious freedom of anyone they decide is supposed to be a Muslim.
Ma Jian, who was a protester at Tiananmen Square 25 years ago, describes what happened there and the Chinese repression of all reference to it.
The Egyptian trial of three reporters for "endangering national security" shows that the prosecution is a sick joke.
The UK government ha given around 4 billion dollars in tax subsidies to fossil fuel extraction in the North Sea in the past few years. This while cutting the subsidies for renewable energy.
The current right-wing government has shown all along, by its policy changes, that it was working for the fossil fuel companies.
Protect your ears from loud music!
A Somali refugee who became a British citizen is harassed and threatened every time he reenters the UK by agents that want him to become a spy.
Lavabit's fate, and the privacy of all its users, was decided in a secret hearing in which founder Ladar Levison was not allowed a lawyer.
The despicable juridical shenanigans of putting him in contempt of court without giving him a chance to object are redolent of a banana republic.
The Internet With A Human Face (an interesting speech).
Due to insufficient funding, the UK's National Health Service consigns mentally handicapped people to prisons, and the prisons treat them inhumanely.
One committed suicide because he was bullied.
Looting ancient sites in Egypt has shot up since the revolution against Mubarak.
A bankrupt data broker that collected data about students may sell the data as an "asset".
A missive from an anti-drone protester about the multiple levels of lies and secrecy that surround US drone assassinations.
Investigating the effect of antibiotic usage on people's bacterial biomes, which might be part of the cause of increasing rates of various chronic medical problems.
US citizens: call on Congress to reject the Tyson Foods Anti-Farmer Act.
US citizens: call on Congress to reject bills that endanger the Endangered Species Act.
The idea of "digital natives" is a confusion when applied to children or teenagers. They have learned to use digital technology but that mean they understand what's good or bad.
The thugs of Brazil's military dictatorship went to England to learn torture/brainwashing techniques that did not leave physical marks.
Iranians set up a phony news site to attack computers of US officials and journalists.
Attacking computers does not mean these people are "hackers". That's an insulting usage of the word.
It sounds like some of their methods were playfully clever, so maybe they really are hackers, but not because they were attacking computers.
Don't believe the claim that Meriam Ibrahim will be freed, say her lawyers.
Erdogan sent thugs to pre-empt the expected protests on the anniversary of the start of protests last year.
I am glad the US soldier is free, but having five fewer instances of national shame is a bigger step forward. The US must either try or free every one of the prisoners in Guantanamo.
A Congressman funded by the major ISPs has filed a bill to effectively ban the FCC from establishing network neutrality.
Not Forgotten: Street Art to Remember the Victims of the School of the Americas.
Getting the Innocent out of the NSA's Shadow Database.
The rich, by not paying taxes, are dragging the whole US economy down.
Laying out the danger of transporting lots of oil by train.
We require every car driver to have insurance. Why not require every tank car to have insurance too, to cover the small but significant chance of a fatal explosion? This way, tiny shipping companies won't be able to go bankrupt and avoid liability, as happened after the Lac Megantic fire.
US citizens: call on Obama to remove US from Afghanistan now, not years from now.
The NSA released one email from Snowden, which raises subjects relevant to NSA lawbreaking but doesn't allege wrongdoing. Snowden says that this is only part of what he said to the NSA headquarters.
The forces of total surveillance and intimidation will tell one lie after another. Three cheers for Edward Snowden!
The UK Chilcot inquiry into why Bush and B'liar invaded Iraq will release passages and summaries of their conversations, rather than the real text.
El-Sisi threatened to fine Egyptians that did not vote, but they still stayed away in large numbers.
Keeping US troops in Afghanistan through 2016 means keeping secret prisoners disappeared in Bagram through 2016.
Prisoners in Berlin have set up a union to demand payment at the minimum wage for their work.
This cause is important for everyone. Do you want slave labor undermining your job?
The government of Niger is taking action against traditional hereditary slavery.
On the problems in the Veterans Administration.
Indeed, veterans would not need so much care if Dubya hadn't fabricated an excuse to conquer and occupy Iraq, but that's a separate issue. The veterans exist, their wounds and illnesses exist, and the VA owes them treatment.
While dishonesty about waiting lists is inexcusable, the root cause of the long waiting lists is failure to spend enough money to provide all veterans with proper care. That is the fault of plutocratist politicians, mostly Republican but some Democrats as well.
Various illnesses in children seem to be associated with exposure to glyphosate; for some children, removing glyphosate from their food and water leads to a remission of the illness.
To get clear proof that glyphosate causes these symptoms requires a more systematic experiment, but this is enough reason to treat it with great suspicion.
Gun-rights extremists in Texas harass anyone that opposes them.
This is all the more reason to demand that your city get rid of its SWAT team. It's unlikely to do anything good for the city's residents, and ha