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Everyone: tell Cambodia's ambassador that Cambodia should drop charges against housing rights defender Tap Vanny.
With JS disabled, the web site won't show you that you succeeded in submitting your message to the ambassador, but you should get an email confirming this.
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US citizens: call on car companies to commit to meeting fuel efficiency standards even if the bullshitter's men officially cancel them.
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In Turkey, men can get away with murdering trans women and gay men by saying the victim "insulted his manhood."
A Dutch court ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion.
I agree with the court's decision. If your religion does not require you to wear some headgear essentially all the time, if you don't have to wear it while driving, then you don't have to wear it for your driver's license.
Telling the Truth About Defects in Technology Should Never, Ever, Ever Be Illegal. EVER.
The pro-fracking UK government wants the public not to know how much the public opposes fracking.
500 wildfires are burning in British Columbia.
There are so many fires because of global heating. It is getting worse over time. The Canadian government is trying to push through a pipeline that will accelerate that process.
This process will eventually become self-limiting as fires destroy the pipeline and shut it down.
Uber and Lyft are lobbying California's Democratic legislators to oppose a plan to give their "independent contractors" the rights of employees.
When companies are powerful enough to block justice for their employees, we cannot allow them to remain so powerful. But Uber and Lyft do wrong to their clients customers as well as to their workers, through surveillance systems. Let's get rid of them entirely!
Most US Democrats think favorably of socialism, but not capitalism.
Capitalism and socialism are not mutually exclusive; they exist in a mix. What the US has today is a plutocratic form of capitalism which gives the rich the power to extinguish all the socialism, and that makes it unjust.
Under the anglo form of capitalism, which controls the US, Canada, Australia and UK, companies dominate the state so much that it lacks the power to stop companies from dragging civilization into the grave. China is more capable of this than the US is.
How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science and Silences Dissent to Sell a Cancer-Linked Chemical.
Israel destroyed a large theater in Gaza. Israel's strategy in Gaza is to make people suffer, no matter how.
The Theater of Security Agency says that of the 5000 people it tailed through airports for no real reason, zero did anything potentially criminal. Sounds like the TSA has too much time and money on its hands.
Now that they have verified there is no real danger, how about ceasing this dangerous injustice?
Crackers found a way to break the security of an Amazon device and turn it into a listening device for them.
It was very difficult for them to do this. The job would be much easier for Amazon. And if some government such as China or the US told Amazon to do this, or cease to sell the product in that country, do you think Amazon would have the moral fiber to say no?
These crackers are probably hackers too, but please don't use "hacking" to mean "breaking security."
Everyone: call on California to tighten limits on thugs' use of deadly force.
"If the warming trend caused by greenhouse gas emissions continues, years like 2018 will be the norm in the 2040s, and would be classed as cold by the end of the century."
Medical specialists question the claim that US diplomats in Cuba were attacked with a "sonic weapon".
The five countries that surround the Caspian Sea made an agreement to manage it together.
It also includes an economic alliance among countries that feel threatened by US sanctions, whether for good reasons or bad reasons.
The EU's economics chief said, "Without European aid (sic), Greece would have collapsed and been in deep political and economic chaos for decades."
Instead, Greece has effectively collapsed and will be in economic chaos for decades.
Civilization faces many parallel crises of waste and overuse of the world's resources. The economic system based on wealth tends to produce crises.
A novelist begs for forgiveness for transgressing racial censorship while endorsing it as valid.
The core of the article is a thoughtful presentation of how writing about people different from yourself is difficult but necessary. You can easily mess up and make an ass of yourself, so doing it right requires great care. But this is no reason to forbid it.
The sad aspect is that the author ends up endorsing a system of racist censorship that would cement every writer, every person, into an ethnic pigeonhole of thought.
Our existing culture developed by appropriation. That's what culture is meant for. To allow any group to "own" stories, or roles, would subjugate the human spirit. You deserve the right to imitate any culture you can see. Please do not yield if anyone tries to take that away from you.
The real threat to culture today is not "cultural appropriation" by other people. It is the giant corporations that control so much of our culture now.
People in Niger protested the presence of Western armies and their drones. The government of Niger has all the leaders.
The US is always much better.
Matt Taibbi: Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship.
I think the problem we must correct is the tendency for people to get their news via Facebook and Google.
ALEC has not gone away: it is pushing state laws to attack unions, and to promote gerrymandering, fossil fuels, and school privatization.
An immigration lawyer reports on how US immigration agents interrogated him repeatedly, simply to harass him. This is what they do to many others, but he knew for certain just what was illegal.
Bigot Stephen Miller condemns the US welcome to refugees that enabled his grandfather to move to the US and survive.
Be careful not to rush to attribute human emotions to animals.
The US economy is making so many Americans suffer that there is an opening for big improvements that would have been impossible before.
Heat now kills more Americans than floods, hurricanes or other natural disasters — but they are all part of the climate mayhem that global heating increases.
Hong Kong's puppet officials openly assert that no one should be allowed to speak in favor of independence from China, and tried to pressure the Foreign Correspondents’ Club to cancel a presentation.
This is China's repressive idea of "freedom of speech".
People are rebuking a parent for allowing a 10-year-old child to walk almost 3 blocks to school without direct parental supervision. Such infantilization is typical of the US today.
In many cultures, in the past, parents left children entirely to their own devices until puberty, except when giving them chores to do.
US citizens: call on your congresscritter to stop funding the Department of Hostility and Sadism.
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US citizens: support Barbara Lee for House Democratic Caucus Chair.
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The EU plans to try to restrain planned obsolescence.
Ocean acidification appears to be harming oysters in Australia already.
Agricultural runoff has an effect locally, and we could reduce it by changing agricultural practices, However, CO2 in the air also contributes, and it will continue making worse acidification as long as we increase the CO2 in the air.
In a few more decades, there may not be any oysters, clams, mussels, snails, or coral, or the species whose larvae or juveniles depend on coral reefs.
Brazil's Lula Launches Presidential Bid from Jail as Thousands March in Support.
Senator Warren has proposed to reform the structure of large corporations in the US, giving representation to workers, customers and cities, and requiring them to consider other goals besides profit.
The average temperature of the ocean is rising, but not uniformly. Heat waves in the water are increasing, too.
This means that the danger to marine life is worse than would appear from the averages alone.
"Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry. Why not yours?"
The bridge that collapsed fatally in Genoa had been privatized. This may not be a coincidence.
Some techniques for keeping cities cool function by reflecting more light back into space, thus counteracting a little global heating.
In Sydney, you can tell the end of winter is only 5 weeks away because wildfires are burning.
(satire) Saudi Arabia Condemns Canada's Appalling Human Rights Record of Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia.
California faces an invasion of nutria that destroy wetlands.
I wonder whether neutered nutria (neutria?) could be useful in some areas for keeping down water hyacinth, kudzu, and other invasive plants.
"Adapting" to global heating is a red herring. "You don’t 'adapt' to a raging fire, do you? You have to stop it. And the first thing you need to do is stop pouring fuel on it."
With a wildfire, the first step is to contain it. That's where we are today in dealing with global heating. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The EU's carbon emissions trading price has risen to 18 euros per ton, which is enough to do a little good. It would need to reach 30 euros per ton to start doing the job it was intended for.
This illustrates the point that a carbon tax is more reliably effective than emissions trading.
In towns too small for a Walmart, Dollar General gets a tax break to come in and wipe out any local grocery stores. The result is a food desert.
To subsidize a profit-making business to operate in your town, whether it's a factory or a store or a sports team, converts businesses into parasites. In the long term, only dooH niboR benefits.
Publication control based on opinions and views affects many others aside from Alex Jones.
Please don't call publications "content", because that deprecates all publications. A clear term for what the article criticizes is "views-based censorship".
The Georgia special congressional election in 2017 might have been rigged digitally. There is no way to find out. That state's voting system is insecure and impossible to audit.
Orbán has shut down or taken over the Hungarian media that opposed him.
We tend to assume that ankle monitors for people on parole or bail work as they ought to, but that is far from true. Their failures can get people jailed for no fault of their own. The person who has to wear one has to pay a lot and many people can't afford it.
Some people are allergic to them and get sick.
Many Dalits are compelled to clean out latrines by hand, because no other work is open to them.
An immigration prison chained teenage refugees to chairs and put bags over their heads. Some say they were also handcuffed and beaten.
Markeis McGlockton's killer has been charged with manslaughter after prosecutors concluded that Florida's "stand your ground" law did not cover him.
An AI system now excels at diagnosing many eye diseases.
I think this sort of AI system can do a lot of good, but hospitals have a duty to run local copies so as to avoid sending a copy of the data to any specific database.
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Everyone: Demand the release of journalist Manuel Duran Ortega.
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Tax Havens Shielding Companies Responsible for Deforestation And Overfishing.
The UK is driving local governments into bankruptcy, the result being disastrous cuts in all their services, down to the legal minimum. On top of that comes privatization, which has the result of introducing uncontrollable corruption, so that real services don't reach the legal minimum.
Be careful not to set up a self-fulfilling prophecy of militarizing space in the short term.
Perhaps it is impossible to rule out that, in a future with space settlements, they would sometimes fight wars, with weapons we cannot anticipate. That does not imply space combat is inevitable in this century.
If the UK becomes desperate for a trade treaty with the US, what would he demand then? His demands will not have to be limited to trade. He could demand 10,000 troops, or 50,000.
Want to Create More Jobs [and well-paid, too]? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use.
Even if not for this side effect, we would still need to do this to avoid global disaster.
What temperatures of 50C (122F) will do to urban life.
If you don't like it, fight to curb global heating!
The peace talks between the US and the Taliban offer some hope.
Chicago's murder rate rose from 2013 to 2016, but since then it has fallen substantially. Surely more could be done in ethical ways to reduce it, but Chicagoans should not do anything rash or dangerous for that sake.
Puerto Rico's imposed nondemocratic government has imposed charter schools.
The Bizarre Spat with Canada Shows Mohammed bin Salman's True Colours.
The UK finally offered Palestinian author Nayrouz Qarmout a visa, at the last minute. But it is already too late: since she lives in Gaza, she cannot possibly get to Edinburgh in time for her speech.
Over 100 large wildfires are burning now in the US.
Large wildfires do substantial harm afterward, too.
Conversations with residents of the ghettos of Denmark, who face systematic official discrimination for living in areas where most people are poor.
This is a slightly indirect way of punishing people for being poor, and a little more indirectly, punishing them for being immigrants.
GEO Group, a private prison company, sent a lawsuit threat to try to intimidate a child that explained, on video, what the company is doing.
Aside from the specific injustices that the company carries out, the basic idea of privatizing prisons is systematic injustice.
As for whether these injustices are also illegal, that is a minor side issue. If they are not illegal, that's proof of the lobbying power of these companies.
Community schools are run by the local school board, but get an extra subsidy and make broad efforts to help students overcome their handicaps.
Community schools may be a real improvement over ordinary public schools even when the latter are well funded, but only time will tell. Any experimental change in education — supposing the students don't hate it — has a tendency to work better, for a while, simply because it is an experiment.
Kosovo now offers a pension to women who were raped as an act of war by Serb soldiers.
What made rape such an effective weapon in that war is the patriarchal attitude of Kosovan society, which regards women as (in effect) property and considers them worthless if they are not "chaste". Serbs raped them so that their own families would betray them.
If these women want to make themselves so strong that such betrayal can no longer weigh down their spirits, they could consider going to Rojava (in Syria) and joining the Kurdish Women's Protection Units. Their help may be needed there.
New York City has required "gig" platforms to pay workers a decent wage for the time they are on call.
The concentration of many industries goes hand in hand with the concentration of wealth and the loss of democracy.
Nonviolent activists kayaking to protest oil pipeline construction in Louisiana were kidnaped by private security guards, then charged with felonies under a recently adopted law designed to give the planet-roasters total power.
A Tory proposal would try to end homelessness in England by spending roughly 13 million dollars a year over 10 years.
This is good in principle (though I wonder why the rest of the UK is not included), but it can't possibly do the job as long as the Tories continue pushing most people into poverty. That will generate new homeless people faster than they can get anyone out of homelessness.
Unless perhaps the "accommodation" intended for these people is a small cell.
Note that I am using the word "homeless" in the American sense. In UK terminology means something else.
The Department of Education, lead by DeVos, is systematically finding ways to increase discrimination and impoverish the poor.
A deranged man who is susceptible to any conspiracy theories has been charged with starting a large wildfire in California.
Qanon is not so much a conspiracy theory as an infection. It mutates faster than HIV, which makes the question of the validity of any of these almost irrelevant for susceptible hosts. Disprove one strain and they will fall prey to another, and another.
A campaign to privatize public schools named itself "Democrats for Education Reform", apparently to misrepresent the Democratic Party and turn people against it.
The Christian Taliban in the US impose biased restrictions on women wherever they get enough power to try it.
In Australia as in the US, semiprivate campaign messages targeted at specific groups have eliminated the "national conversation" about what is best for the country.
Perhaps we should tamp down the semiprivate campaign messages.
Dewayne Johnson has won his lawsuit against Bayer (formerly Monsanto), holding the company and specifically Roundup responsible for his cancer.
The evidence presented included Monsanto's secret attempts to corrupt science. That is an attack on truth, narrower in scope than what the bullshitter does, but no less evil.
If our government were not corrupted by large companies (of which Bayer is one), then Americans wouldn't need to sue anyone to get funds for their medical care because everyone would be covered. We wouldn't depend on lawsuits for harm to individuals to get pesticides properly regulated.
The next day the people held an even bigger protest.
Some engineers are refusing work for certain employers because of unethical activities of those employers.
Developing nonfree software is mistreating the users, too. That's something to boycott.
The ACM has a new ethics code, which on some issues seems good.
I note that the issue of developing weapons or military systems is not raised. Neither is the injustice of nonfree software.
What it says about privacy is comparable in its philosophy to the EU's GDPR. That is a step forward but won't prevent oppressive mass surveillance.
What it says about patents is absurd — to "respect" patents in general would mean screwing yourself; your lawyers would tell you it is foolish.
What it says about copyrights is vicious — sharing is part of being a good member of society, so if a legal requirement forbids sharing of copies of published works, that requirement is devoid of moral authority.
Socialist Bookshop Welcomes 'Uplifting' Response After Attack by Far Right.
Israeli Arabs and Jews rallied against Israel's apartheid law.
No other country is supporting Canada's rebuke to Salafi Arabia. They have all been corrupted by its money.
Organized international condemnation of tyranny has been broken.
We wish that the hate-monger's use on tape of the word "nigger" would make his supporters ashamed. However, his strategy is to lead his supporters into gradually increasing levels of hatred. He might use the proof of his explicit racism against blacks as an opportunity to lead his supporters into equally explicit racism.
Is it possible that the he and Manigault planned it that way?
There is no biological obstacle to women's equality.
There have been clear empirical demonstrations that women face considerable direct gender bias, as well as considerable unequal obstacles to their careers. Given these known explanations, we have no reason to presume they are any less capable than men.
Some Canadians demand stricter gun regulations following an increase in shootings. The rate is small compared with the US.
Dubai dropped charges against Ellie Holman, and allowed her to leave.
Aside from great stress, the experience cost her tens of thousands of dollars. Why take a crazy risk? Stay away!
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook — Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones, and Wasted Burning Profits.
He doesn't mention subjugating the users with nonfree software, which is even worse.
Regulating Bots on Social Media Is Easier Said Than Done. For One Thing, Defining "Bot" Is Tricky.
Many US cities punish people for being frequent victims of crime. In general, this potentiates other forms of inequality, so the punishment typically affects poor people and members of suffering ethnic groups.
Business interests argue against a regulation requiring restaurants to list the allergens in each food product.
Usually the problems they cite are real, but exaggerated.
Every regulation that is implemented locally carries a risk of inducing businesses to move elsewhere. However, this is often much smaller than businesses claim. In some cases, we can and should avoid that problem by adopting the regulation for a broader region. But if the only possibility is to apply it locally, that may still be better than nothing.
Small exceptions can make a regulation much easier to obey. It would make sense to exempt specials that are offered for less than a week. I hope the regulation permits a restaurant to address the cross-contamination issue by saying, "this dish contains shrimp and may have traces of fish".
People dispute how best to protect a beach in Belgium from the early stages of global heating, but it only postpones the problem.
It also distracts people from the much bigger dangers that we will encounter if we don't curb global heating.
U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen.
A Year After Charlottesville, White Nationalist Views Creep into Politics.
When activists on the left exult about electing members of discriminated-against groups (typically women, Muslims, Latins, blacks, indigenous Americans), or call on the public to support a candidate for that reason, I am concerned lest this encourage whites to campaign to elect people because they are white. The more we legitimize that sort of reason, the more we clear the pathway of white nationalism. To defeat that, we must reject the idea of choosing candidates based on race.
I choose candidates to support because of what they stand for, not their origins.
As for the candidate's religion, I consider that as such unimportant except to the extent it is reflected in the candidate's position.
The more a candidate makes a fuss about religion, the more I worry that per views come from a church. Most churches hold some right-wing views that I would not want in a public official.
A French park has trained crows to collect litter. They are rewarded with food.
Crows are fairly clever. I wonder how soon one of them will find that the most convenient and reliable source of litter is a trash can.
Several Republican congresscritters are inculpated in apparently corrupt stock transactions in one Australian corporation.
In a sign of how strong the campaign for single-payer medical care has become, some giant companies are organizing to defeat the campaign.
They have moved from "then they laugh at you" to "then they fight you", which is an unavoidable step on the path to victory.
Plutocratist "centrist" Democrats are crying victory because some of the strong progressive candidates lost primaries this week. But even when they lost, their victorious opponents were usually somewhat progressive.
An Asian tick is now established in the US, which reproduces so vigorously that a mass of ticks can kill a sheep by draining all its blood.
Freezing weather kills most of them, but we are busy shredding that protection by heating up the Earth's atmosphere.
The US government is at last making a real effort to find the refugees whose children it took away. It has not succeeded with all of them, but only 26 of these children remain whose parents or relatives the US has no contact with.
This figure appears to pertain to the children alone, not including the teenagers.
Researchers Suggest We Could Tip into a Hothouse Earth.
When Temperatures Rise, So Do Crime Rates: evidence from South Africa.
Senator Nelson of Florida says that Russian crackers have got into the election systems of some Florida counties.
Rep. Nunes, a total lackey of the cheater, told his sponsors the plan to protect the cheater from prosecution: put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, then impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to replace him with someone else that will fire Mueller.
Kris Kobach refused to recuse himself from the counting of an election in which he was one of the candidates.
There is no kind of corruption of which today's Republicans have any shame.
Captive Audience: How Florida's Prisons and DRM Made $11.3M Worth of Prisoners' Music Disappear.
This is a bigger crime than most of the prisoners are accused of.
But the new Jpay system is far worse than that. It is total greed. The Florida Department of Corrections and Jpay plan to squeeze money out of the prisoners, and divide it up.
We need to restore the formerly public schools to public control.
As workers of digital companies start to impose ethical demands, they are discovering their power. But how far will they demand ethical behavior?
They recognize the injustice of some unusual activities that serve tyranny, but can they recognize the injustice of their businesses' normal practice, such as proprietary software and collecting personal data?
A Danish woman accepted a complimentary glass of wine on an Emirates flight to Dubai. On account of this, she has been jailed there for a year awaiting trial.
"The federal government pays millions of contractors less than $15 an hour, and the Trump administration has further cut wages."
Indian prostitutes denounce a law that will punish them if they work in brothels. The law would presume they were trafficked (even if they were not), and sentence them to prison-like "rehabilitation".
The enforcement of the Endangered Species Act has been on slowdown for decades, with the result that many species that need protection don't get any.
Norway will prescribe heroin for addicts.
The wall of the "war on drugs" is cracking. May we soon get rid of it entirely, and treat drug addicts simply as patients.
Bangladesh is arresting students who participated in protests.
Governments can set policies that prevent non-rich people from being priced out of a place to live.
Over the long term, this requires arranging to build housing for the non-rich. Governments can do that, too, as long as they don't give priority to the wishes of the rich. In the US, we have been propagandized to forget that we used to do this.
US citizens: call on the Democratic National Committee to reinstate in full the policy of rejecting fossil fuel contributions, which it just weakened.
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Gina Haspel's personal reports to CIA headquarters show her commitment to torture.
Such things happen, but the deportation thugs didn't want to be embarrassed by it, so they lied to cover it up.
Several women were injured, but they decided not to go to the hospital for fear of not seeing their children again. There was no rational reason it would have had this effect, but you can't count on thugs to be rational.
Betsy DeVos is dodging taxes on her yachts by registering them outside the US.
That shows whose side she's on — not her country's side. But she's adding injury to insult: trying to enable sleazy for-profit colleges keep the money that they took from Americans who thought they were paying for a real education.
The authors of the US Constitution made it clear that "emoluments" to officials included anything of value, and that the purpose of prohibiting officials including the president from receiving emoluments was to prevent them from being influenced or corrupted.
The number of Americans that live in cars or RVs is rapidly increasing. Even people with jobs can't afford any other place to live.
Why do cities pass laws against this? Because the city government works is controlled by the haves, and they don't want their pretty lives inconvenienced by have-nots.
This is why I oppose local political movements to keep density down. Keeping density down means kicking out the have-nots.
If we end plutocracy, the non-rich will get a bigger share of the nation's income. However, in cities that are too expensive, that may not be sufficient. We need to weaken zoning laws so as to build a lot more housing that is near public transportation, and we must not let the local haves stop it.
Americans overall are increasingly in debt. This is likely to exacerbate the next recession.
The figures may not count all the the really large debts of rich(?) Americans, such as the cheater. We don't know whether his net assets are in the positive millions or the negative millions.
Why is debt increasing while "the US economy is prospering"? Because that claim is based on measuring by totals (or per-capita figures, which over periods of a few years are equivalent to totals). The rich are gaining more millions than the non-rich are losing, so the totals increase.
The ethical measure of an economy is based on how well the not-rich and especially the poor are doing.
World-wide, extreme poverty has been reduced, but inequality has risen.
The UN is considering a measure to help poor countries make generic medicines to treat tuberculosis. The US is pressuring various countries so as to defeat the measure.
The fact that a former Obama advisor is helping that effort demonstrates what we could see at the time: Obama was more a supporter of plutocracy than an opponent of it.
A Russian exporter of asbestos thanked the poisoner for keeping asbestos legal in the US.
We can ban asbestos some day, if we fight asbestos we can.
Facebook bought a company apparently for the sake of learning its tricks to rope in high-school students as useds.
The right-wing candidate for president of Brazil showed himself to be an enemy of democracy by choosing as running mate a general that spoke in favor of a military coup.
There is a real danger that this candidate will win.
Younger MDs have won a victory for single-payer medical coverage by convincing the AMA to consider the idea.
Georgia's election systems are grossly insecure, both for the voter list and for the supposed list.
DEFCON will hold a contest for young crackers to break the security of imitations of real US state voting systems.
The Creeping Privatization of [US] Public Libraries.
The article calls the Koch brothers "libertarians", but their support for some kinds of human rights is a beard for their real cause: a laissez-faire, laissez-dévorer economy. They hate public libraries because they are public, and any public activity that helps people is what they call "socialism".
Please don't support their pretense: join me in calling them "antisocialists".
Communications satellites could be used to do various kinds of harm, if crackers break their security.
I hope higher courts sustain this attempt to rein in the lawless bullying carried out by US thugs. One can't count on the right-wing justices to defend the legal rights of people (as opposed to businesses).
Some exiled members of the Venezuelan opposition endorse the recent assassination attempt. Others reject the accusation that they were involved.
Collecting your medical data (and other data about your life) and combining that into a "wellness score" would give companies an excuse to screw you.
The Democrats Must Do More Than Simply Oppose Donald Trump.
Puerto Rico has acknowledged that Hurricane Maria killed 1427 people there — not all immediately.
Shortly before elections, Mauritania has jailed an anti-slavery campaigner.
Hamas and Israel are back to fighting again.
Israel demonstrated conclusively that it will respond to nonviolent protest by shooting thousands of people. I find it hard to blame Palestinians for responding to arms with arms.
An opposition leader from Zimbabwe fled to Zambia for asylum. Zambia handed him back to Zimbabwe, defying an order from the Supreme Court.
The tyrant of Zimbabwe, after apparently stealing the election, is now sending soldiers to destroy the homes of opposition supporters.
The governor of Louisiana is formally a Democrat, but he is so right-wing that he works with ALEC.
Argentina's senate rejected legalization of abortion.
Argentines will campaign to reverse this defeat in the next election.
The US-backed intervention in Yemen by Salafi Arabia bombed a bus in Yemen whose passengers were children, killing over 40 of them.
Solar power with storage batteries is becoming cheap enough to replace natural gas — but planet roasters won't let that happen without a fight.
Let's fight! Let's destroy the planet-roaster companies — before they destroy us!
US citizens: call on Congress to block attempts to authorize discrimination against queer people.
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US citizens: Support AT&T workers if they strike.
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Cutting off Infowars without presenting a clear reason may fuel all its conspiracy theories.
Extreme weather has damaged the potato harvest in Belgium, making frites (known in the US as "French fried" potatoes) scarce.
However, it is not too late to avert the worst of the disaster. If we put more effort into it, we can overcome the murderous billionaires. In the mean time, having no children will incrementally reduce the extent of the disaster. If we avoid enough births, the resulting smaller future population might have survivable troubles instead of a disaster.
The actions of the planet roasters amount to mass murder that is already starting. As a last resort, the victims-to-be could use bombs to destroy the murderous billionaires' prepared refuges. If those realize that they cannot expect to survive dooming the bulk of humanity to death, some might change sides and direct their power to averting global disaster.
Russian banks offered special deals to the main donor to the UK's election campaign to leave the EU.
Whether this legally counts as corruption on his part may depend on legal questions I don't understand. However, what he did qualifies in spirit as selling out his country.
(satire): Yemen has developed a drone-zapper tower to protect people from its infestation of drones.
(Serious) Drone Strikes on Yemen Don’t Make My Country Safer — Or Yours.
Ryanair is trying to bust unions in Europe, punishing workers in various ways.
I urge people to refuse to do business with that airline, which I like to call Cryin'air.
The UK's "hostile environment" for foreigners loused up the Edinburgh international book festival. Scotland's devolved government is complaining.
The crony-in-chief is still trying to keep money-losing coal power plants. He has another avenue to do it.
Plutocratists condemn government help to people in general, citing the "free market" as justifying suffering for the weak. But that's only because the victims are weak.
Fight for the Future has collected funds to post critical billboards in the districts of any California state legislators that try to undermine the state's planned network neutrality law.
A US court ordered the EPA to proceed with banning the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which it had determined to cause birth defects in children's brains.
Calling on President Moreno to protect the lives of indigenous people that oppose oil extraction in their land.
The US government in 1945 knew that Japan would soon surrender and therefore there was no military need to use nuclear weapons.
With such controversial a claims, it is always possible that it was fabricated. I don't think that is the case here. That article is followed by several others about issues including the damage done by Dirty Uranium in Iraq and felony charges against nonviolent protesters at a base storing uranium for nuclear weapons.
Some of these points I already know are valid.
(satire) Shy Rep. Harold Olsen confided to reporters Wednesday that he often feels left out of all the illegal activities going on in Congress…
Immigrants in the US do not drain funds for medical care. On the contrary, they subsidize the rest of us.
Overcoming 'Decades of Corruption and Systemic Racism,' Reformer Wesley Bell Ousts Prosecutor Who Let Michael Brown's Killer Off the Hook.
Using buses and trains can be very difficult for a person with vision or mobility difficulties.
I speculate that the reason the staff are so unhelpful is cuts in staff due to either government "austerity" or privatized greed. When the staff are overloaded, they are also under pressure, and rush rather than paying attention with kindness.
Thus, this is one more of the many problems we can fix by taxing the rich fairly.
The scapegoater ordered denial of asylum to people fleeing gang violence and domestic violence. The ACLU is suing to block the order.
2/3 of the voters in Missouri voted to repeal the recently-inflicted Republican "right to work" law.
Americans over age 65 are filing for bankruptcy much more than they used to — three times the rate (per population) than in 1991.
I've read elsewhere that some are crushed by the loans for their children's college education, which they had to guarantee. The children couldn't pay these loans back, and in some cases the parents can't either.
13 congresscritters and 2 senators have been labeled as "worst for women" for opposing a broad range of women's rights.
Almost half of US Republicans want to give the president the power to shut down any publisher of news. Like Erdoğan.
The bullshitter would shut down any publisher that doesn't fake the news his way.
"At local level Conservatives can see the harm wrought by austerity, but that insight has not reached the party’s upper echelons."
None so blind has he who will not see — because his power is based on plutocrats that don't want him to see.
Use Our Loos Campaign Urges UK Firms to Open Toilets to Non-Customers.
I'd make it a law.
Even when interpreted carefully, Florida's "stand your ground" law encourages people to start a violent confrontation when they could have avoided it.