Hong Kong Anthem
14 October 2019

Hong Kong now has an unofficial national anthem, which protesters sing at every protest.

The video linked in the article — which you can view and hear without nonfree software by using Icecat, or the Viewtube extension for Firefox — makes me cry because of their heroism against all odds.

Warren and Facebook
14 October 2019

Senator Warren gave Facebook a taste of its own medicine with a political ad that said Zuckerberg supported the bullshitter — then said that wasn't really so and Facebook shouldn't allow ads with lies.

UN secretary general Hammarskjöld death
14 October 2019

MI6 is under pressure to publish its secret files about the plane crash that killed UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961.

This could confirm or refute the theory that the plane was shot down.

Fossil holding
14 October 2019

The companies BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street together own 300 billion dollars of fossil fuel investments.

Turkey in Rojava
14 October 2019

Turkey's Arab proxy army is advancing into Rojava against hard resistance.

Rojava is rather thin, from North to South, so it can easily be cut in two. Turkey may aim to conquer it entirely.

Likenesses
14 October 2019

(satire) … the NCAA announced a new rule Thursday forcing athletes to remove all facial features to prevent them from profiting off their likenesses.

Free Range Kids laws
14 October 2019

Campaigning for Free Range Kids laws in various states.

Fossil fuel firms hypocrisy
14 October 2019

Fossil fuel firms spend millions on social media ads against climate regulations while portraying selves as green heroes.

Crack down on fossil fuel firms
14 October 2019

Corbyn and Sanders vow to crack down on fossil fuel firms.

Google and global-heating denialists
14 October 2019

Google donates to quite a few right-wing think tanks, some of which are global-heating denialists.

Google said a few years ago that it wouldn't do this any more.

Some of those groups do other bad things as well. Early this century, some of them spread FUD about the GNU GPL. I doubt it was Google that funded that campaign.

Urgent: Ban lies in political ads
13 October 2019

Everyone: call on Facebook to ban lies in political ads.

If you sign, please spread the word!

Haitians impoverished by "free trade"
13 October 2019

The US has impoverished most Haitians by applying neoliberal "free trade"; Haitian farmers could not compete with subsidized US megafarms.

The US tendency to impose large aid projects without verifying they will be useful occurs here as it did in Afghanistan.

Project to map Earth's land with lidar
13 October 2019

A project will try to map all the Earth's land area precisely using lidar.

Arrests in Hong Kong
13 October 2019

Hong Kong thugs have arrested around 2400 protesters, of who 750 were minors.

I doubt that any of them were children, though.

Hunter Biden
13 October 2019

Hunter Biden's career, whether or not it involves crimes, is payback for political favors. It reflects systemic corruption.

Kurds' bombardment
13 October 2019

Syrian Kurds retaliated for Turkish bombardment by bombarding a Turkish border town.

I don't think that can be militarily justified — it sounds like a war crime. Meanwhile, arousing resentment among Turks will strengthen Erdoğan.

Al-Soufi remains open
13 October 2019

The Al-Soufi Syrian restaurant in Toronto will remain open, defying right-wing death threats.

I wish I could go to Toronto and give my support by eating there.

Thinktank undermining climate science
13 October 2019

Revealed: Top UK thinktank spent decades undermining climate science.

Global heating wiping birds out
13 October 2019

3C of global heating could wipe out two-thirds of bird species in North America.

Lead pipes
13 October 2019

The sabotage US government updated the regulations for lead in water supplies to _slow down_ the replacement of lead pipes.

Protests in Ecuador
13 October 2019

Protesters in Ecuador have taken over Quito and captured some state thugs.

Some protesters are looking for targets for violence; others try to prevent violence. It is crucial that the movement reject violence (except in defense) in a very clear way.

President Moreno certainly ought to be replaced, but the fact that the opposition to him is based mainly on a demand for cheap fossil fuels is very sad. It is an example of the foolish short-term thinking that impedes defense of Earth's climate. The survival of civilization, and millions of species of life, depends on overcoming that foolish way of thinking.

Paris carbon targets in Australia
13 October 2019

For Australia to meet its weak Paris carbon targets, it needs to apply a carbon tax of more than USD 75 per ton of CO2 or equivalent.

Wildfires in Australia
13 October 2019

How global heating and other factors affect wildfires in Australia.

Nicotine addiction
12 October 2019

Young people often become addicted to nicotine even from smoking once per month.

Don't take the risk of using nicotine even once.

If your friends pressure you to do things that are bad for you, such as smoking tobacco (even if mixed with marijuana) or playing nonfree games together, find some new friends — true friends.

Economic inequality and life expectancy
12 October 2019

The US is following the general pattern: as economic inequality increases, inequality of life expectancy increases too.

Emperor penguins vulnerable to extinction
12 October 2019

Emperor penguins are vulnerable to extinction due to melting of the sea ice they depend on. The only way to protect their habitat is by curbing global heating — exactly what we need to protect everything else.

Extreme weather and extinction
12 October 2019

The extra-powerful hurricanes that result from global heating do lots of short-term damage, which can be repaired if there is enough money. They can also cause extinction of species, especially those that live only in limited areas near the Florida or the Caribbean.

Absurd regulations on abortion clinics
12 October 2019

Pointless and absurd regulations on abortion clinics could make abortion unavailable in some US states.

India plans nationwide face-tracking
12 October 2019

India plans to follow China's example, with a nationwide system of face-tracking surveillance cameras.

Don't be distracted by the discussion of data protection laws. If India had them, they would make little difference to the injustice that such a system would enable.

Urgent: Stop "vulture" hedge funds
12 October 2019

US citizens: call on Democrats in Congress to fight the hedge funds that control Puerto Rico.

Instead of fighting them over and over, why not change the law to chop down the hedge?

If you sign, please spread the word!

UK government investing in gas
11 October 2019

As Climate Rebellion Spreads, UK Govt Risks "Carbon Blowout" By Investing in Gas.

US prosecuting alleged whistleblower
11 October 2019

The US is prosecuting an alleged whistleblower, Henry Kyle Frese. He is accused of spying on behalf of the public.

Leveraged buyouts killing newspapers
11 October 2019

Leveraged buyouts are killing America's remaining newspapers. (As well as many other businesses.)

What I wonder is, if the debt gets dumped on a company that is likely to go bankrupt, does that mean the bank that lent the money never gets repaid? If so, why don't banks refuse to lend for these transactions?

Quit ICE
11 October 2019

If you work for the deportation thugs, you can quit.

Presidential candidates and global heating
11 October 2019

Sanders is the only presidential candidate who proposes a sufficient effort to curb global heating.

Boiling with methane in Arctic Ocean
11 October 2019

A methane seep under the Arctic Ocean is "boiling with methane bubbles".

A nice tree for Kurds
11 October 2019

(satire) Trump assures Kurds there will one day be very nice tree planted in D.C. commemorating their deaths.

Surveillance in Thailand
11 October 2019

Thailand's government demonstrates its repressiveness by requiring cafes to keep records on customer's internet contacts, and to record customers' identification.

It is obvious when Thailand does this that the purpose is repression. In countries that are less overtly repressive, this may not be so obvious, but it serves the goal of repression.

This is why I refuse to identify myself to an organization that will store my name in a database in order to connect to the internet. If I do it at a friend's house or a host's house, I don't mind that person knows who I am, but the ISP must not know.

Anti-abortion laws
11 October 2019

"Anti-abortion laws are an attack on our right to live with dignity and decide what happens to our bodies."

Source

Vaping
11 October 2019

Why quitting vaping is harder than quitting cigarettes.

Sending migrants to Mexico's border towns
11 October 2019

US sends migrants to Mexico's border towns as it warns citizens of violent crimes in region.

Apple censors app used by HK protesters
10 October 2019

Apple has censored an application designed to help Hong Kong protesters communicate.

Apple surely did this because of threats from China. (We are not supposed to suggest that a "good corporate citizen" would uphold freedom at the cost of profits.) But the reason Apple could do this is that it gave itself censorship power over applications for iMonsters, through the proprietary code of the operating system.

Asylum seekers jailed in Papua New Guinea
10 October 2019

Papua New Guinea jailed 50 asylum seekers incommunicado. These are among the refugees that Australia gave Papua New Guinea to hold.

I am sure Australia's minister of cruelty will claim he had nothing to do with jailing them.

PISSI may gain from attack on Kurds
10 October 2019

PISSI "sleeper cells" may take advantage of Turkey's attack on the Kurds to attack the Kurdish guards of the al-Hawl prison camp and release other PISSI supporters.

Dubya's war crimes
10 October 2019

Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs — It’s His War Crimes (and other destructive and deadly deeds).

Candidates reject privatized water systems
10 October 2019

Applauding Sanders and Warren's Rejection of Privatized Water Systems, Group Calls On All 2020 Hopefuls to Follow Suit

China's NBA-to-NHL re-fanification camps
10 October 2019

(satire) “To show that China will not tolerate this flagrant disrespect for our nation amongst the ranks of the NBA, we intend to enlighten our citizens in the ways of the National Hockey League,” said Vice Premier Han Zheng, overseeing the first of many re-fanification ceremonies in a detention center outside of Beijing…

Corinthian College student loans
10 October 2019

DeVos is threatened with sanctions, up to and including jail, for violating a court order prohibiting collection of repayments for student loans for studying at Corinthian College.

Democratic centrists won't win election
10 October 2019

Robert Reich: Please Note: The 2020 Election Won’t Be Won by Democratic Centrists.

Bullshitter to aid more tax dodging
10 October 2019

The bullshitter plans to help multinational corporations dodge more US taxes.

Tax rate of richest American taxpayers
10 October 2019

The 400 richest American taxpayers pay a lower overall tax rate than any other income group.

No cooperation
10 October 2019

The conman blocked cooperation with the impeachment inquiry.

Congress could demand that the Supreme Court decide the conflict, but the cheating party has already rigged it to support their continuation in power at almost any price. However, Congress dare not give up.

Climate goals in Australia
10 October 2019

Revealed: Northern Australia's fossil fuel plans push climate goals beyond reach.

Carbon emissions responsibility
10 October 2019

"Just 20 companies are responsible for 35% of carbon emissions yet they continue to ignore calls for change."

Source

Environmental racism
10 October 2019

Warren debuts ambitious policy plan that addresses environmental racism.

Tax dodging
10 October 2019

The OECD has proposed to reform taxes on multinational businesses so that they can't dodge all taxes by shifting nominal profits between countries.

Turkey attacks
10 October 2019

Turkey has attacked the Syrian Kurds.

Serial betrayer
10 October 2019

(satire) GOP lawmakers watch silently As Trump strangles each of their loved ones in turn.

Walter wedding
10 October 2019

(satire) area man Daniel Walter was wed Saturday to Kelly Kaminski, a woman he hardly even knows after five years of dating.

Rebranding
10 October 2019

How the Right [Wing] has tried to rebrand antisemitism.

In particular, American Jews are called "antisemitic" if they are more loyal to the US and human rights than to Israel and its occupation policies.

Interrogation conditions
10 October 2019

Sleep deprivation and a freezing cell: a Palestinian woman is interrogated by Israel.

It would be no less wrong to treat a man the same way. However, the fact that this prisoner is a journalist does make the wrong worse.

Skin color in drug transportation in LA
10 October 2019

In LA, a white driver is more likely to carry illegal drugs than a black driver, but the black driver is much more likely to be searched arbitrarily than the white driver.

Even if there were not a hint of bias in these searches, they would still be an injustice.

Drought in Australia
10 October 2019

Parts of Australia are facing a deep drought.

Strange that even writers who are preoccupied with ghosts of previous, lesser droughts ignore the ghost of global heating.

Silencing protesters
10 October 2019

Australian Extinction Rebellion protesters are being given bail with a requirement not to associate in any way with other members of the group.

The state wants them to go home and act neutral. Whatever they do, it must not be that. It is better to reject bail and be jailed.

Silencing speakers
10 October 2019

Australia censored speakers in a cybersecurity conference — banning two whistleblowers from speaking there, and trying to stop someone else from showing how Australia's encryption law was similar to China's.

Spying devices
10 October 2019

The only effective power people have against spying by devices such as Alexa and Siri is to refuse to bring them into your home.

Global warming in California
10 October 2019

Substantial parts of rural California are facing a power shutoff to avoid fires started by electric power.

A friend was told the shutoff might last for 36 hours.

This is one of the many forms of harm done by global heating. Not the worst harm, but spread over a wide area.

In 20 years there will be much worse regular problems.

ICE Medical aid
10 October 2019

A Guatemalan refugee was seriously ill due to having been shot in the head. The treatment US border thugs offered him was months of solitary confinement, and ibuprofen.

Business supremacy in Australia
10 October 2019

Australia's two principal parties, both more or less neoliberal in philosophy, are both in favor of two new business-supremacy treaties.

The article does not even touch on how such treaties can undermine democracy; it gives no information on whether the treaty includes an ISDS (I Sue Democratic States) clause that would give foreign businesses the power to (effectively) veto laws.

HKmap
10 October 2019

China has openly demanded that Apple obey orders to ban the protest-supporting HKmap.live app.

I would consider that app a totally good thing, if only it were free software.

Come to think of it, there is probably an Android version. It could be released as free software and included in FDroid — and it should be. Readers, if you know the developers of HKmap.live, would you please suggest this to them? An app to defend freedom ought to respect freedom too.

Christianist extremists in Australia
10 October 2019

Christianist extremists threaten Australia, pushing to allow the businesses they own to fire employees who don't obey an imposed Christianist moral code.

War with law
10 October 2019

"President Trump is at war with the rule of law. This won't end well."

Source

Poverty in Bangladesh
10 October 2019

Economic growth has lifted a large fraction of Bangladesh out of poverty. Slowly, things are getting better.

Alas, this progress cannot continue for very long, because of an overriding factor that the article fails to mention: global heating. Sea-level rise will inundate substantial parts of Bangladesh, and millions will be forced off their land. Indeed, the cloth from which to make the clothing pushes against resource limits.

Most articles about development of poor countries, indeed most articles about possible future economic growth, disregard the limits to growth. These limits used to be projections into the distant future, but we are starting to run into them, and they will press humanity tightly in the next few decades.

More crimes
10 October 2019

White House notes on the conman's phone calls could find more crimes to impeach him for.

Samer Arbid
10 October 2019

Israeli thugs arrested Samer Arbid and tortured him, stopped him from seeing a lawyer, then took him to a hospital in critical condition and didn't tell his family.

Facebook's new Terms Of Service
10 October 2019

(satire) … Facebook unveiled a new Terms Of Service contract Tuesday that included compulsory conscription into Mark Zuckerberg’s upcoming war against the U.S. government.

Ending sectarian hostility
10 October 2019

One way to end sectarian hostility in Northern Ireland is through integrated schools — integrated with Catholics and Protestants.

Netanyahu's sabotage of democracy
10 October 2019

Netanyahu has sabotaged democracy in Israel in order to cling to power.

Turkish invasion of Kurdish region of Syria
10 October 2019

Juan Cole's view of likely consequences of a Turkish invasion of the Kurdish region of Syria.

Another extrapolation on the same subject.

Granting rights to a personified "Nature"
10 October 2019

The Swedish parliament is considering a constitutional amendment that would grant a personified "Nature" the rights to "exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve."

I am in favor of making ecocide a crime, and also other acts that greatly reduce habitats or the world's greenhouse gas capture. I can't agree that "Nature" is capable of having rights.

I am specifically worried by the mention of "evolve" in that list. Evolution has no target; it means that things change however they happen to change. If "Nature" has a right to evolve, that seems to mean a right not to be shaped intentionally by humans. That could possibly lead to prohibiting efforts to eradicate intrusive species, even efforts to keep them out.

In the US, it is humans that want to stop kudzu, zebra mussels, Asian carp, Burmese pythons and many more introduced species from wiping out other species. In evolution, such things happen, and the fact that human activity introduced those species into the US doesn't alter the fact that they are present now.

Would "Nature's" "right to evolve" cover viruses such as smallpox and polio, or the protozoa that cause malaria and sleeping sickness? Let's not risk it.

Urgent: Tax companies for overpaying CEOs
10 October 2019

Support the bill to tax companies extra if the CEO gets much higher pay than the median worker salary.

More information.

If you sign, please spread the word!

Urgent: Oppose giving thugs access to doorbell videos
10 October 2019

US citizens: call on Amazon to stop giving "ring" doorbell videos to thugs.

If you sign, please spread the word!

Urgent: No Amazon influence on laws
10 October 2019

US citizens: call on Congress not to let Amazon influence future laws about face recognition.

If you sign, please spread the word!

Urgent: Cancel student debt
10 October 2019

US citizens: call on Congress to cancel student debt for attending colleges that went broke.

If you sign, please spread the word!