Student poverty in France
15 November 2019

A student in France set himself on fire to protest against poverty, and this led to wider protests about poverty.

Assyrian empire fall
15 November 2019

The Assyrian empire seems to have fallen after a decades-long regional drought.

That drought wasn't the result of humans' greenhouse gas emissions. But that is what causes today's increasing droughts.

Flood in Venice
15 November 2019

Venice had another flood, the highest since the 1960s. Predictably, there was a lot of damage — but didn't people expect this? They ought to expect it to get worse.

Unless we curb and then undo global heating, the occasional flooding of Venice will become more frequent and higher. Protective barriers will work only temporarily until the sea surmounts them. Eventually only dams will do the job.

Damming off the lagoon will change its water and life; I wonder if it would be adequate to let water flow into the lagoon some of the time, while pumping water out at other times.

Russian funding of Tory campaigns
15 November 2019

Tory election campaigns have been funded for years by Russians, which is why the Tories are blocking an investigation.

Urgent: Support impeaching the bullshitter
15 November 2019

US citizens: phone your congresscritter to support impeaching the bullshitter.

It wouldn't hurt to ask for the investigation to cover other crimes as well as the Ukraine shakedown.

The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.

Deaths caused by US wars since 2000
15 November 2019

US wars since 2000 are estimated to have caused three million deaths.

There is no way to get anything more accurate than an estimate. For Iraq, the organization Iraq Body Count counted only specific casualties which could be verified — and that was clearly a small fraction.

Thugs illegally keep juveniles' fingerprints
15 November 2019

The New York City thug department keeps fingerprints of juvenile delinquents, in direct contempt of the state law prohibiting this.

I gather that they are all teenagers rather than "children", but that is no excuse. The law applies to teenagers, too.

Journalist Ahmet Altan arrested again
15 November 2019

Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan has been arrested again, for bogus political reasons.

Erdoğan has thousands of people jailed or fired from their jobs using the failed coup as an excuse.

Human rights responsibilities evaded
15 November 2019

Can the government evade its human rights responsibilities in regard to a certain service by outsourcing it? A court in Scotland ruled yes.

Faster Amazon shipping speeds
15 November 2019

(satire) Amazon officials announced Wednesday that they’ll be encouraging faster shipping speeds by strapping a cinder block to the accelerator of their drivers’ delivery trucks.

Increasing inequality in the UK
15 November 2019

Increasing inequality in the UK has shrunk the tax base. The top 1% now pay 1/3 of the income tax.

It is good to tax the rich, but getting a lot of income from a few gives them power they should not have.

The situation calls for spreading the income more widely.

Improper advantage at the ballot box
15 November 2019

"When a rotten administration repeatedly seeks to gain an improper advantage at the ballot box, it no longer makes sense to regard the ballot box as the only means of removing the president from office."

Call-out culture
15 November 2019

"I’m a Black Feminist. I Think Call-Out Culture Is Toxic."

Rich deposit of natural resources
15 November 2019

(satire) Cursing their luck after scientists confirmed their nation’s worst fears had been realized, officials in Paraguay were reportedly panicking Wednesday after discovering a rich deposit of natural resources.

EPA wants less science and fewer rules
15 November 2019

"The EPA wants to ban [regulatory consideration of] research that doesn’t violate the privacy of its subjects. That means less science—and fewer rules for polluters."

Israeli forces violated the rights of Palestinian journalists
15 November 2019

Palestinians report that Israeli forces violated the rights of Palestinian journalists 600 times this year. That includes 80 instances of shooting journalists.

Sewage on Palestinians land
15 November 2019

Israeli soldiers blocked Palestinians from harvesting their olives. That was after they discovered that someone had dumped sewage and pig parts on their land — most likely the Israelis from the nearby colony.

A war to keep Netanyahu on his throne
15 November 2019

Raluca Ganea: A war to keep Netanyahu on his throne.
(Translated and published by Gush Shalom.)

Bolivia's lithium reserves
15 November 2019

Morales wanted to develop Bolivia's lithium reserves in a way that would benefit Bolivians, not mainly multinational corporations. Western companies refused, and recently Chinese companies accepted.

Border thugs need suspicion to search
15 November 2019

The EFF won a court judgment that US border thugs need a specific suspicion to authorize searching travelers' computers (including phones).

Lawful ways to subvert US politics
15 November 2019

Foreign governments have lawful ways to subvert US politics, with their money.

General lack of trust
15 November 2019

Of Americans under 30, over 70% distrust other people in general. Could this be a consequence of their controlling upbringing, which teaches that every stranger is a "danger"?

The lack of trust interferes with the cooperation that makes society function. It can cripple the functioning of society.

Foreign students leaving Hong Kong
15 November 2019

After thugs attacked some Hong Kong universities, foreign students felt threatened and began leaving.

Increased sales of SUVs
15 November 2019

The IEA warns that increased sales of SUVs could wipe out the greenhouse gas reductions achieved by electric cars.

That the IEA pays attention to global heating is a change for the better.

Nobel Prize conspiracy
15 November 2019

A 1990s conspiracy theory was believed by Nobel Prize jurors and that is why they gave the Nobel Prize for Literature to Peter Handke.

International Energy Agency is worried
14 November 2019

The International Energy Agency has become seriously concerned about global heating. It has warned governments that their current plans are not enough to avoid disaster.

Deforesters responsibilities
14 November 2019

Scientist Bambang Hero Saharjo is an expert on demonstrating in court how deforesters are responsible for specific wildfires and thus for the destruction they caused.

Kashmir
14 November 2019

Britons of Indian descent have pressured Labour into treating the issue of Kashmir as a dispute between India and Pakistan.

The article takes no notice of the fact that Kashmir is now under Indian military occupation.

Morales election
14 November 2019

There was no anomaly in the Bolivian vote count. The quick partial count, which covered 87% of the votes, found that Morales was not leading by 10% and a second round would be needed. The full count found a margin of over 10%, meaning no second round.

Morales had heavy support in rural areas whose votes were not reported in until the quick count had got enough votes to issue its report.

Morales says that he fled Bolivia because someone offered a $50,000 reward for murdering him.

It looks like this was not a military coup such as we are accustomed to seeing. Rather, the OAS fabricated the suspicion to create an excuse to overthrow the government, and the wealthy right-wing minority seized the opportunity.

This is what Republicans threaten to do in the US next year if they lose. We must not let this daunt us. If we don't dare try to vote them out of power, we have already lost.

Violent Hate Crimes in US
14 November 2019

Violent Hate Crimes in US Reach Highest Levels in 16 Years, FBI Reports.

This seems to happen generally in countries where right-wing extremists get into power, and they provoke it as a strategy to gain more power.

Vote to arrest global heating
14 November 2019

Greta Thunberg's parting call to Americans: vote (to arrest global heating).

Global heating discussion in Australia
14 November 2019

New South Wales (a state in Australia) held an event to discuss how it can adapt to global heating effects. Some of its officials were told not to say anything there about the global heating effect that is causing destruction just now — ,greater fire danger than ever before recorded there.

The choice of "adaptation to" as the topic, rather than "prevention of", reflects Australia's political decision to prioritize continuing fossil fuel profits over everyone's survival a few decades from now.

Insect Apocalypse
14 November 2019

"Insect Apocalypse" Poses Risk to All Life on Earth, Conservationists Warn.

400,000 known insect species could be wiped out by pesticides.

"It really worries me to hear people say we need more long-term studies to be sure. [More certitude] would be great, but we can't wait another 25 years before we do anything because it will be too late.”

Automatic fail asylum interview
14 November 2019

The bully has made the first asylum interview much more strict, in some secret way, such that almost everyone is rejected at that point.

Thug violence increase in Hong-Kong
14 November 2019

Hong Kong protests continue, increasingly chaotic, as thugs gradually increase their level of violence against protesters and the protesters retaliate.

Suicides in Turkey
14 November 2019

Poverty and hopelessness in Turkey are leading to a steadily increasing suicide rate.

Erdoğan's tyranny surely contributes to this, but I suspect that population growth plays a role too. The best possible government policies could not compensate for the effects of overpopulation, but could perhaps avoid it.

Chile's constitution
14 November 2019

Chile developed so much inequality by following the advice of right-wing economists in the US.

Thousands of Chileans are participating in local meetings to discuss how to move Chile out of crisis.

What most everyone wants is a new constitution to replace the one imposed by the dictator Pinochet, who seized power in a bloody coup on Sep 11, 1973 with US support.

Protests in Lebanon
14 November 2019

Analyzing the protests in Lebanon: demanding an end to the sect-based corruption in which the leaders of the various religious groups split up the country's wealth, and dribble out some in their groups to maintain support.

OK boomer
14 November 2019

Chlöe Swarbrick spoke in the NZ Parliament and said something ageist: "OK boomer", which expresses bigotry against old people.

What she says in the article seems valid to me. Also, if I lived in her district I would probably vote for her, since she is in the Green Party. Nonetheless, using the ageist rebuke is not right, and I hope she will avoid it in the future. If an old white man does something unfair to her, he deserves criticism for his conduct (and perhaps his political stand), not for his age.

Intolerance in Salafi Arabia
14 November 2019

Categorizing Feminism, Atheism, Homosexuality as Crimes Exposes [Salafi] Arabia's Dangerous Intolerance.

Snooping on students' communications
14 November 2019

When schools monitor students' communications, that can put them in danger.

Labeling products from Israel's colonies
14 November 2019

The European Court of Justice ruled that products from Israel's colonies in Palestine must be labeled as such.

This will make it easier for people in Europe to practice the boycott originally proposed by Gush Shalom in support of peace between Israel and Palestine.

Slave labor in Myanmar
14 November 2019

Europe is importing shrimp from Myanmar and disregarding the use of slave labor to cultivate them.

Refusal to have a mobile phone
14 November 2019

Some celebrities refuse to have a mobile phone. For some, one of the objections is tracking.

US military's view of global heating
14 November 2019

The US military regards global heating as a dangerous and deadly enemy to the United States — not solely to the military.

Analysis of the situation in Brazil
14 November 2019

An analysis of the situation in Brazil — what Lula faces as he starts to reawaken the Brazilian left.

I don't know that what the article says is true. I don't have confirmation of most of it. But it could be true.

The ouster of Morales
14 November 2019

Was the ouster of Morales a protest or a coup? I don't have enough information to draw a conclusion. Did the army actually do something? I don't know. Did the OAS find real evidence of an invalid election? I hope to see the CEPR report soon. What I do know is that the "opposition" to leftist governments in Latin America is often made up of the prosperous fraction of society that finds it profitable to manage their country on behalf of foreign companies.

Bullshitter's faithful servants argue
14 November 2019

Two faithful servants of the bullshitter argue about who was dishonest.

Antisemitic hatred
13 November 2019

Sanders: antisemitic hatred leads the way for other hatreds; all progressives should oppose it. Opposing antisemitism means defending Israel's existence, and by extension ending Israel's military occupation of Palestine.

New coal mine in Australia
13 November 2019

Australia is on the verge of approving a new coal mine that could cause in the short term the extinction of an endangered native bird.

The CO2 from burning the coal would help wipe out hundreds of thousands of species, and kill hundreds of millions of human beings.

Authorized torture
13 November 2019

An Israeli court authorized torturing Samer ‘Arbid and not allowing him to talk with his lawyer.

Charging refugees
13 November 2019

The bully wants to charge refugees for asylum. 500 dollars for a work permit would condemn many refugees to live on charity.

Biggest billionaire fear
13 November 2019

"The biggest fear among the billionaire class is not that a progressive Democratic nominee will lose against Trump. The biggest fear is that such a nominee will win."

Police in UK
13 November 2019

The UK seems to treat the violence of thugs as a serious problem. Perhaps the state is serious about employing police officers rather than thugs. The US should have such an enlightened policy.

Urgent: end opportunity zones
13 November 2019

US citizens: call for an end to "opportunity zones", which are excuses to reduce taxes for investors (principally rich people).

If you call, please spread the word!

Private firefighting
13 November 2019

More inequality leads to underfunded public services. In California today, even firefighting is underfunded. Rich people hire private firefighters to protect only their own houses, and don't mind if the town's fire department is inadequate.

Teaching about wars
13 November 2019

Some US military veterans visit schools to teach the students how bad war is.

Kshama Sawant won
13 November 2019

Kshama Sawant won reelection to the Seattle city council despite the 1.5 million dollars Amazon spent to defeat her.

Bullshitter's rhetoric
13 November 2019

How the bullshitter uses rhetoric to get others to frame the issues as he wishes — including "quid pro quo" as the criterion for impeachment.

Google and Ascension
13 November 2019

The US "health care provider" Ascension is giving Google the medical records of 50 million patients.

Merely notifying the patients and the doctors would not make this legitimate, or safe. That calls for an approach in which nobody at Google has access to any patient's data. More information.

Contracts between Google and Ascension may put limits on what Google is ostensibly allowed to do with the data, but Google is very clever about finding loopholes in such rules. As for anonymization, that is easy to defeat.

Serving the country
13 November 2019

Cutting the US military budget could easily pay for the domestic programs we need. Ingrained militaristic thinking works to prevent this.

Thus, we are pressured to endorse the idea that US soldiers are "serving their country" when they spread destruction in other countries, regardless of the circumstances, and that we should thank them.

This is why starting in 2003 I said that Dubya had hijacked the US military and converted it into the Bush Forces. They may have joined with the idea of serving their country, but in fact they were serving Dubya and his oil cronies.

1811 Louisiana slave revolt
13 November 2019

Re-enacting the 1811 Louisiana slave revolt.

Protests in Bolivia
13 November 2019

Bolivia's mass protests have ended, but Morales's supporters are protesting. There are reports of arson attacks against his family.

Sanders: antisemitic hatred leads the way for other hatreds; all progressives should oppose it. Opposing antisemitism means defending Israel's existence, and by extension ending Israel's military occupation of Palestine.

New coal mine in Australia
13 November 2019

Australia is on the verge of approving a new coal mine that could cause in the short term the extinction of an endangered native bird.

The CO2 from burning the coal would help wipe out hundreds of thousands of species, and kill hundreds of millions of human beings.

Authorized torture
13 November 2019

An Israeli court authorized torturing Samer ‘Arbid and not allowing him to talk with his lawyer.

Charging refugees
13 November 2019

The bully wants to charge refugees for asylum. 500 dollars for a work permit would condemn many refugees to live on charity.

Biggest billionaire fear
13 November 2019

"The biggest fear among the billionaire class is not that a progressive Democratic nominee will lose against Trump. The biggest fear is that such a nominee will win."

Police in UK
13 November 2019

The UK seems to treat the violence of thugs as a serious problem. Perhaps the state is serious about employing police officers rather than thugs. The US should have such an enlightened policy.

Urgent: end opportunity zones
13 November 2019

US citizens: call for an end to "opportunity zones", which are excuses to reduce taxes for investors (principally rich people).

If you call, please spread the word!

Private firefighting
13 November 2019

More inequality leads to underfunded public services. In California today, even firefighting is underfunded. Rich people hire private firefighters to protect only their own houses, and don't mind if the town's fire department is inadequate.

Teaching about wars
13 November 2019

Some US military veterans visit schools to teach the students how bad war is.

Kshama Sawant won
13 November 2019

Kshama Sawant won reelection to the Seattle city council despite the 1.5 million dollars Amazon spent to defeat her.

Bullshitter's rhetoric
13 November 2019

How the bullshitter uses rhetoric to get others to frame the issues as he wishes — including "quid pro quo" as the criterion for impeachment.

Google and Ascension
13 November 2019

The US "health care provider" Ascension is giving Google the medical records of 50 million patients.

Merely notifying the patients and the doctors would not make this legitimate, or safe. That calls for an approach in which nobody at Google has access to any patient's data. More information.

Contracts between Google and Ascension may put limits on what Google is ostensibly allowed to do with the data, but Google is very clever about finding loopholes in such rules. As for anonymization, that is easy to defeat.

Serving the country
13 November 2019

Cutting the US military budget could easily pay for the domestic programs we need. Ingrained militaristic thinking works to prevent this.

Thus, we are pressured to endorse the idea that US soldiers are "serving their country" when they spread destruction in other countries, regardless of the circumstances, and that we should thank them.

This is why starting in 2003 I said that Dubya had hijacked the US military and converted it into the Bush Forces. They may have joined with the idea of serving their country, but in fact they were serving Dubya and his oil cronies.

1811 Louisiana slave revolt
13 November 2019

Re-enacting the 1811 Louisiana slave revolt.

Protests in Bolivia
13 November 2019

Bolivia's mass protests have ended, but Morales's supporters are protesting. There are reports of arson attacks against his family.

Newspaper editor forced out of Vanuato
12 November 2019

Vanuatu has forced a newspaper editor to leave the country by cancelling his work permit.

DWIM in a car
12 November 2019

DWIM in a software tool can be a pain in the neck. DWIM in a car can kill you or give you a terrible scare.

Global heating and wildfires
12 November 2019

How global heating makes wildfires bigger and more dangerous.

Good Economics for Hard Times
12 November 2019

Varoufakis reviews the book, Good Economics for Hard Times, whose authors just received the Nobel Prize for studying how various measures affect poverty.

In regard to AOC's proposed 70% tax bracket, we do mot have to permit companies to pass money to executives untaxed through trust funds.

Economic freedom
12 November 2019

Chile and Hong Kong are considered model societies by right-wing think tanks for "economic freedom", code words for allowing the rich to do whatever they like. It is no coincidence that they are also models of inequality, and models of popular protest.

The proponents of "economic freedom" have come to recognize that it is incompatible with democracy, and some have concluded they don't want democracy.

Urgent: Popeyes should pay a living wage
12 November 2019

US citizens: call on Popeyes to pay staff more money.

To me, it doesn't matter whether the staff are black, white, purple or paisley. Companies should pay them a living wage.

PISSI foreign fighters
12 November 2019

Turkey has captured many of PISSI's foreign fighters, and is sending those prisoners to the countries they came from.

I think this is legitimate, but it runs into difficulties when those countries have terminated their citizenship as a punishment. I think it is wrong to punish people with denial of citizenship.

Vanishing jaguars
12 November 2019

Ecuador's Vanishing Jaguars: the big cat vital to rainforest survival.

Threat of peaceful protesters
12 November 2019

The US government has done a "threat assessment" on a group of peaceful protesters the way the government treats minors that cross the border.

It also calls protesters against the border wall "anti-border wall extremists".

Morales resignation
12 November 2019

OAS observers reported manipulation in Bolivia's election. Morales agreed to replace the electoral agency and hold a new election.

It appears that the protesters' accusations were valid. Then he resigned as president, apparently pressured by the military.

All his constitutional successors resigned too, until the first one who was from a right-wing opposition party, who will now become president.

I don't know enough to reach conclusions now.

Not-exactly-mistakes from UK's immigration agency
12 November 2019

The UK's immigration agency regularly stretches its rules so as to deny visas. The only way to get it to correct these not-exactly-mistakes is to create a media scandal.

It won't be easy to teach them better habits. I fear that the staff of that agency have been rendered unfit to work in any job where their decisions would affect people's lives.

Turkey allies attacking ambulances
12 November 2019

Turkey's proxy forces in Syria attacked an ambulance carrying Kurdish medics.

Bloomberg and fossil fuels
12 November 2019

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg Backs Fracking and Invests in Fossil Fuels.

He is not the worst of the worst, but he is also not a good choice for president, or any political office that influences energy policy.

Boat people in Papua New Guinea
12 November 2019

Papua New Guinea is imprisoning boat people on Australia's behalf in such horrible conditions that one of them has decided to face prison in Iran instead.

He reports being kept incommunicado, on starvation rations, in horrible heat, and not allowed anything to read or to write on. The guards tantalized him with use of a shower so hot he could not actually wash.

Use of Holocaust to divert attention
12 November 2019

"The Holocaust has functioned on multiple planes, and primarily as an example of pure evil that, by consequence, allows other societies to divert attention from their own misdeeds."

Head of EPA sabotaging investigation
12 November 2019

The head of the Environmental Pollution Agency is sabotaging an investigation by the agency's inspector general. The investigation is about an attempt to pressure a scientist to change per views.

Frequent floods in UK
12 November 2019

The UK hasn't set up a way to deal with the areas which will be flooded so often that they are effectively uninhabitable. For instance, no way to save the people who live in those places from destitution.

Pelosi's opposition to Green New Deal
12 November 2019

Pelosi's opposition to the Green New Deal puts her out of touch with the voters.

Defining fetuses as "persons"
12 November 2019

The natural consequence of defining fetuses as "persons" is to charge pregnant drug addicts with murder.

Such charges will not protect anyone from being harmed. Quite the contrary: they drive pregnant drug addicts away from medical treatment because they fear it will lead to prosecution.

A potential person that never begins to exist cannot suffer any wrong or harm. Thus, the idea of "murdering" a fetus is an absurdity; that is simply a form of abortion. Even if the abortion doesn't follow the usual rules, it isn't murder.

Impeachment trial
12 November 2019

Four Basic Principles for a Full, Transparent, and Fair Impeachment Trial.

GDPR fails to give people privacy
12 November 2019

The GDPR are failing to give people privacy, as I predicted. Their real, practical result is more manufacture of consent.

Reducing plastic waste in labs
12 November 2019

Working to reduce plastic waste and energy use in biological and chemical labs.

Allowing businesses to spy on workers
12 November 2019

Republicans on the National Labor Relations Board want to allow businesses to spy on workers so as to detect and attack any attempts to organize a union.

FBI suggests crime to white supremacist
12 November 2019

The white supremacist recently arrested by the FBI in Colorado was a real would-be terrorist. He was looking for ways to commit an act of anti-semitic violence before the FBI contacted him.

Still, suggesting a crime he couldn't have tried to commit on his own is a dangerous practice for the state to engage in.

Onion Cover-Up Desk
11 November 2019

(satire) ‘The Onion’ Launches New Cover-Up Desk To Suppress Today’s Most Damning Stories.

As corrupt as it gets
11 November 2019

'As Corrupt as It Gets': Oil Lobbyist Turned Interior Chief Proposes Giving 'Coveted' Contract to Ex-Client.

Republicans practice corruption so blatantly that it seems like "dog bites man." But if we want an honest government we need to punish each one.

Too dumb to mean it
11 November 2019

The Republicans' two defense arguments for the conman are "He didn't mean to do anything wrong" and "He was too dumb to have done what is accused."

Urgent: millionaire surtax
11 November 2019

US citizens: call on Congress to pass the millionaire surtax.

If you call, please spread the word!

Palm oil killing
11 November 2019

Murder of Two Journalists Leads to Arrest of Indonesian Palm Oil Boss.

Whoever killed them did so directly. Palm oil's deforestation will cause millions of additional deaths, perhaps hundreds of millions, but it won't be possible to tie a particular death to a particular company.

Artificial meat
11 November 2019

Realistic 3d-printed artificial meat, made mostly from vegetable material, is likely to be available soon.

Reportedly it tastes and feels like real meat. It will require far less greenhouse gas emissions, and it might be much better for people's health.

If it catches on, there will be lots of unemployed soy bean farmers. The world needs to provide for them somehow — perhaps paying them to replant local forest trees on the disused farmland. We will need libre 3d-printers to make our own artificial meat and not be subject to DRM. People should start developing these now.

The real danger of robots
11 November 2019

The true danger of physically powerful robots is not that they might rebel against all humans, but that they might obey some humans just as they are designed to do.

Trade war for pesticides
11 November 2019

The US threatens Thailand with a trade war if it goes ahead with plans to ban three toxic pesticides.

Billionaires should fear us all
11 November 2019

Billionaires Fear Warren And Sanders — But They Should Fear Us All.

Bigotry against old people
11 November 2019

Bigotry against old people is deeply embedded in American society, and is generally accepted even as other forms of bigotry are criticized.

On a few specific issues, there is a reason to distinguish. For old people to have children is unwise because the old parents are very likely to die before those children grow up. That would put the children in difficulty as well as pain.

Of course, it is unwise for younger people to have children, too, in today's society and circumstances.

One very common form of bigotry against the old is to snear at them for romantic or sexual involvements with people who are not old. Many people think they are entitled to demand that old people confine themselves to relationships with old people.

It's comparable to telling blacks that they should only have relationships with blacks, or telling men that they should only have relationships with women.

Learning from Germany's example
11 November 2019

What can the US learn from Germany's example in atoning for past oppression?

Remaining tigers
11 November 2019

There are more tigers in houses and backyards in the US than remain in the wild.

Globalization and poverty
11 November 2019

In Italy as in the US, globalization is concentrating prosperity in a few cities, driving most of the country to poverty, despair, and sometimes right-wing extremism.

Firefighting hazards
11 November 2019

Firefighters Are Exposed to Smoke And Chemical Vapors That Can Cause Long-Term Health Damage. Scientists are studying the problem.

Trial and errors in manipulation
11 November 2019

Facebook's targeted ads enable manipulative right-wing parties to try many bogus attacks and see which ones catch on.

Urgent: Vote for Labour
11 November 2019

UK citizens: vote for Labour, or Green if it has the better chance of winning your district.

It is a mistake to vote an MP based on whether to exit the EU. There are many other important issues now. US-style unaffordable prescriptions are just one of the nasty things Tories would do.

Therefore, put Labour in power. Labour will do the right thing about most issues, and hold another referendum on whether to leave the EU.

Denying solutions to global heating
11 November 2019

Nowadays global heating denialism often takes the form of denying the real solutions, which operate at the level of society and systems rather than through individual sacrifice.

Nature of support for the bully
11 November 2019

Illustrating the nature of support for the bully, a man slashed a protest balloon with a knife.

Journalist exiled for criticizing Modi
11 November 2019

India has exiled journalist Aatish Taseer for criticizing Modi, citing an excuse that was never held against him before.

Lula freed from prison
11 November 2019

Lula has been freed from prison, on the grounds that the appeals against his conviction have not been completed.

This is a good thing, as far as it goes, but it doesn't undo the injustice of the corrupt legal process nor does it undo the danger of having coup-threatening Bolsonaro as president.

Death threats against Fiona Hill
11 November 2019

Fiona Hill, Russia expert formerly in the National Security Council, reports getting a wave of death threats trying to deter her from testifying in the impeachment hearings.

Other officials that got in the way of the conman's corruption have also been targeted. They were accused of conspiring with George Soros, which makes no sense in reality, but fits with the antisemitism of right-wing extremists that support the bully.

The idea that virginity is desirable
11 November 2019

"We need to teach girls that sex is something to be enjoyed — not feared."

That means dropping the idea that there is something admirable or desirable about "virginity". It is simply a lack of experience.

I recall seeing the slogan, "Virginity can be cured."

Court-ordered searches of DNA data bases
11 November 2019

DNA data bases in the US can be searched by court order. With a government hot on persecuting immigrants and whistleblowers, we must consider it dangerous to let anyone sequence our DNA.

Heat putting British train lines at risk
11 November 2019

Global heating is causing heatwaves in Britain that put train lines at risk. Trains have to run slowly to avoid damage or derailment.