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US citizens: oppose the plan to make the Export-Import Bank support building more Israeli colonies in Palestine.
Massachusetts citizens: rebuke Governor Baker for saying he wants to exclude Syrian refugees from Massachusetts.
US citizens: phone congressional leaders to preserve network neutrality.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
Everyone: call on Saudi Arabia not to behead a poet for unauthorized poetry.
Two Brazilian bloggers have been shot dead, apparently for criticizing local politicians.
Ebola Overwhelmed the World Health Organisation: It Must Never Happen Again.
Trump's latest bullying: mocking a reporter for a visible disability.
However, Trump's bullying goes far beyond mockery. He incited his supprters to physically attack a Black Lives Matter protester who came to his campaign rally.
He should be arrested and charged for this, and I hope soon to post a link to a petition to that effect. If he loses the Republican nomination, and chooses to run independently, he shouls start the Childish Bullies Party.
Measuring impunity for thugs in Chicago: only 4% of complaints made against them are upheld by the thug department.
60% of the complaints were made by blacks, but only 25% of the complaints upheld were made by blacks.
Australia's government proposes to apply Reaganomics by reducing tax rates — for businesses only. Benefits of this are supposes to trickle down to the people.
Call on officials that tried to minimize the murder of Laquan McDonald to resign, and call for a special prosecutor.
Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It.
Interviews with people in Ukraine, near the Crimean border, where they have blocked the roads leading into Crimea, which puts pressure on Putin.
Caterpillar vehicles have remote shut-off back doors.
The only reason the Chicago thug that killed Laquan McDonald is getting prosecuted is that a court ordered release of the video showing the killing. The prosecutor delayed the release, and the prosecution, for 400 days.
I don't think we can trust that prosecutor to make a sincere attempt to win a conviction.
A textual study found evidence that global heating denialist organizations were working together.
The push for "criminal justice reform" ran into trouble because liberals want to reduce prosecution of individuals, while the Koch brothers only want to reduce prosecution of corporations.
Pervasive anxiety about security helps right-wing politicians make budget cuts that make everyone's lives insecure.
These budget cuts are likely to kill a lot more people than terrorists, even if you consider only the suicides.
Salafi Arabia fired a UK-made cruise missile at a ceramics factory, for no apparent military reason.
The US Army says that the crew of the plane shelling the MSF hospital in Kunduz thought they were in a different place attacking a different building. Their inability to recognize the error was due to several systems that were nonfunctional or even missing.
Do the rules say that the crew was supposed to continue the mission despite such problems? If so, the US is asking for such mistakes, and must be considered responsible due to negligence.
Americans will protest next to the Guantanamo prison, across the border in Cuba.
Cuba does not respect human rights either, but as a patriotic American I am most pained by these crimes when they are committed by my own country.
The thug that killed Laquan McDonald could easily have remained at a greater distance where McDonald could not possibly have hurt him. If he felt "threatened", his own incompetence was to blame.
Will the thugs who erased the video be prosecuted for obstruction of justice? That is called for.
France is trying to kill ideas by punishing people who express them.
Here in the US, it is possible to speak honestly about the holocaust. There is plenty of evidence proving that it occurred. See, for instance, the book Hitler's Willing Executioners, by Daniel Goldhagen, and Story of a Secret State, by Jan Karski.
However, no honest statements about that question are possible in a country such as France, that imposes censorship on the subject.
France also bans free discussion of the question of the genocide of the Armenians.
Racist terrorists fired shots at Black Lives Matter protesters. The protesters were in a camp, doing nothing noteworthy to anyone, but most of them were engaged in protesting while black.
Thugs were present and did nothing to catch the shooters. Because the shooters were whites?
(I will post about Trump later.)
A particularly vicious thug refused to call an ambulance for the wounded protesters, then claimed that being shot by white supremacists was what the protesters wanted.
Perhaps the thug was projecting — he was the one who wanted the protesters to be shot.
Then other thugs came and sprayed the wounded protesters (and those trying to care for them) with mace.
In Somaliland, global heating has brought a persistent drought. The people cannot survive there.
They deserve help, but if Somaliland can no longer sustain its population, the requisite help includes contraception. Under such circumstances, each birth causes a death.
Uzbekistan's tyrant seems to seek to kill a dissident living in Sweden. Not having killer drones to send there, he sends human assassins.
A university banned sales of bottled water, and found that consumption of bottles increased — people bought soda and juice instead.
A hefty deposit on each plastic bottle might be effective for reducing bottles while not making an incentive to choose something other than water.
Two-faced Exxon: the Misinformation Campaign Against Its Own Scientists.
Brazil's standards for mine waste dams are inadequate; several such dams have burst, and the mine waste is a lot more harmful than water from a reservoir.
Wales will assume by default that any dead body's organs are available for use to save living people.
Christian fanatics in New York beat a teenager to death because he wanted to leave their church.
Saudi Arabia says it will do the same thing to a poet who said he wanted to leave their church.
Saudi Arabia's form of Islam, Salafism, is poison. PISSI is its most extreme form, but it's a threat to human rights in any form.
I will try out referring to that countri as Salafi Arabia.
Israel plans to build towns for Jews where Bedouin now live.
These Bedouin are Israeli citizens but they don't have equal rights.
Major sponsors of the coming Paris climate conference have big investments in fossil fuel, even in coal.
If this conference does not reach an adequate agreement, some countries that will be devastated by climate mayhem might launch last-ditch military attacks at the fossil fuel facilities that are trying to kill them.
A merger between Pfizer and Allergan would reduce competition, increase drug prices especially in the US, and help Pfizer taxes.
The US should make it quite difficult for major companies to merge, and it should tax both domestic and foreign companies (when operating in the US) more.
The UK government has investigated how cuts in welfare will hurt poor families, and is keeping the conclusions secret.
Eating Less Meat Isn't Just Good for You, It Could Save the Planet.
The UK says it will start applying human rights concerns in its foreign policy — but not to Salafi Arabia of course.
Tor gives people in Bangladesh a way to bypass tight censorship.
Many supposedly "free" countries censor the internet, including France and the UK.
The Clean Energy Future: a roadmap for moving the US to renewable energy and expanding jobs.
US citizens: phone Senator Stabenow's office to oppose the plan to put GMO labels into non-human-readable QR codes.
Surveillance of voters enables campaigns to say different things to different groups of people, and effectively cover up the difference.
A powerful solar storm, like one that happened in 1859, could destroy electrical grids world-wide. It could take ten years to rebuild.
Preparing to reduce the damage is part of the government's job. To do its job, it needs to collect more taxes — from those that are paying too little.
The Sorry Tale of the PECB, Pakistan's Terrible Electronic Crime Bill.
The US may require quiet electric cars to make sounds to warn pedestrians and cyclists.
Fossil Fuel Companies Risk Wasting $2tn of Investors' Money, Study Says.
Developing Countries Will Need $270bn More to Adapt to [2C of] Climate Change.
A Chicago thug has been charged for murdering Laquan McDonald.
McDonald was perhaps carrying a knife when the thugs confronted him, but he never tried to attack them. A group of 8 thugs with guns should not have had to kill him preemptively in case he might, just might, try to attack them with a knife. They could have waited for such an attack to start before they shot.
Prosecution of killer thugs in the US is on the rise, but what we really need, to change the situation, is to change the way thugs are trained to kill at the first suspicion (especially if the person has a skin color that tends to inspire suspicion).
The UK's "fit for work" tests have normalised the suffering of sick and disabled people.
I think this is a goal of the Tories, not merely a byproduct of spending cuts. Tories believe poor people are morally inferior and suffering is what they deserve.
More Than Half of the World's Primates on Endangered Species List.
Polluters are using the bill to exclude Syrian refugees as an opportunity to attack US water supply.
Sweden has taken all the refugees it can cope with, and now refuses to accept more.
EU countries are diverting foreign aid to pay for the refugees they have admitted.
Economists have claimed that advancing technology enables more production with less in the way of material inputs. But this was just a mirage produced by mistaken accounting.
Alberta's green economy plan sounds great, but it protects tar sands extraction for too long.
Our Culture And Laws Enabled the Colorado Shooter, Whatever His Motive.
US citizens: Condemn Trump's proposed repression of US Muslims.
US citizens: Thank or criticize your senators for their votes on the Congressional Review Act.
Rejecting Campus Consensus, MIT Cozies Up to Fossil Fuels.
The denialists who claimed they had found a "hiatus" in global heating applied criteria that were rather loose.
Turkish planes shot down a Russian fighter plane near the Turkey-Syria border.
Turkey and Russia have been enemies for centuries. They are also at odds in regard to Syria. Erdoğan quietly supports and protects PISSI, while Putin supports Assad and may now actually want to fight PISSI due to the bombed airliner. To have Russian planes operating near the Turkish border is going to be a danger spot.
Russian troops are fighting a Turkic minority in Northern Syria.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are associated with decline of butterfly numbers.
Trump wants to torture suspected terrorists for sheer sadism.
Texas thugs have been arrested and charged with negligent homicide for squeezing a prisoner by the neck and then pepper-spraying him. He died shortly thereafter.
The proposed US regulations for drones are a disaster.
Various cities are pledging to stop municipal use of fossil fuel energy by 2050.
These pledges may stimulate the climate defense movement, but in practice the time scale is too long for them to make much difference. What matters is to get rid of most fossil fuel use sooner rather than later.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says the Vatican should drop charges against two journalists who investigated Vatican corruption.
The Vatican should focus on eradicating the corruption, and thank those who helped shed light on it.
To stop terrorist attacks, the state doesn't need to snoop on everyone. It's enough to watch those that are already known and suspected.
Many tech companies are allying to oppose state demands for back doors.
Most of these companies don't deserve your trust, for other reasons. You must not rely, for your privacy, on proprietary software.
Welcome to Austeria — a Nation Robbing Its Poor to Pay for the Next Big Crash.
Why responding to "black lives matter" with "all lives matter" is a statement of racism.
Responding with "all lives matter" misrepresents the position of the anti-racists, pretending that their slogan "black lives matter" means "only black lives matter". But they don't say, or mean, "only".
Properly understood, "black lives matter" is not racist at all. It is a compact way of saying that "black lives matter just as much". It is a rebuke to the covert, racist "black lives don't matter" movement, which few overtly endorse but many act to support.
The lockdown of Brussels is starting to chafe.
It's an overreaction which serves PISSI's purposes.
Poland's new right-wing government is starting to censor the theater.
In Somaliland, [climate mayhem] Is Now a Life-Or-Death Challenge.
If it is just to imprison a woman for having sex pretending to be a man, why not imprison an undercover thug that has sex pretending not to be a thug?
Alberta will impose a tax on carbon emissions. The article does not make it clear whether this covers fuel burned in Alberta or fuel extracted in Alberta.
Everyone: celebrate Buy Nothing Day today.
Everyone: call on Goldman Sachs to close the "revolving door" that carries its employees into US government service.
US citizens: call for tightening laws for buying guns so that terrorist suspects can't buy them.
Everyone: call on China to stop torture in Tibet.
US citizens: call on Obama: no more mass surveillance.
Using technicalities, Australia will claim it has met its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; never mind that they are actually increasing.
The View from Hell: Fungibility and the Loss of Demandingness.
I don't know how to summarize this one, so I could only quote its title. It is a fascinating idea.
The American Medical Association has called for a ban on direct advertising of pharmaceuticals.
Let's Not Get It Wrong This Time: The Terrorists Won After 9/11 Because We Chose to Invade Iraq, Shred Our Constitution.
Bahrain makes a practice of torturing prisoners. The UK looks the other way. So does the US.
Human Ponzi Scheme of Population Growth Can't Go On For Ever.
Trump and Carson explicitly advocate torture.
They are appealing to the worst side of Americans by saying that since PISSI is evil, we should be evil too.
Obama opened the path to this by failing to prosecute Dubya and his henchmen for their torture. As a result, Trump and Carson expect they can get away with this crime.
Analyzing the situational factors that led to a form of Islamism that incorporates barbaric cruelty.
There seems to be an aspect of human nature that includes dehumanizing enemies. What is unusual about PISSI is that it dehumanizes nearly everyone.
The home robot that listens to you, and sends everything you say to an Amazon server.
Don't fool yourself by calling it "the cloud".
The NSA "shut down" its bulk collection of emails, but only because it had found another way to get them.
Arab "allies" against PISSI are not doing much to fight PISSI.
The easiest method of economic sabotage is to phone and say you put a bomb on an airplane.
There have been real bombs on airplanes, but was there ever been a case where a bomb threat call was made for a flight that had a real bomb?
A fast weeding robot could reduce farm work and herbicide usage.
I think this sort of efficiency improvement is a good thing provided that those who become unemployed can share in the resulting bounty.
In the past, automation handled only a limited range of work, so many new jobs were created and unemployment did not result. But now we are likely to automate away all the jobs most people can get.
Speed cameras systematically issue speeding tickets illegally.
In 2014, US thugs took more money and property from the public than burglars took.
Factory workers in Juarez, Mexico, are trying to start unions.
The aim of "free trade" treaties is to enable manufactures to create the lousy working conditions of Juarez. They do this by threatening to move production elsewhere unless workers lie down and take it.
This is why we must abolish the "free trade" treaties. We must pin down production to some country (whichever one it may be), so that workers in each country have the chance to campaign for better wages and working conditions.
US citizens: call for pressure on Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to start really fighting PISSI.
In the case of Turkey, this is really pressure to stop supporting PISSI.
Ralph Nader: Candidates for public office, especially at the state and national levels, are never asked this central question of politics: "Since the people are sovereign under our Constitution, how do you specifically propose to restore power to the people in their various roles as voters, taxpayers, workers and consumers?"
Sanders spontaneously presents his answer to at least part of this question.
"Biodegradable" plastics may not biodegrade in the ocean — and the label might encourage littering.
Clinton's foreign policy experience provides plenty of reasons not to vote for her.
Clinton's vote for attacking Iraq was a bad decision, but it was not a "mistake". It reflects her bad general positions. I won't vote for Clinton, any more than I would vote for the Republican candidates.
While Sanders is not my ideal candidate in regard to foreign policy, he is superior to everyone else in the race.
The WTO decided that protecting dolphins by allowing tuna cans to carry a "dolphin-safe" label is a forbidden "obstacle to trade".
This stems from the wrong fundamental values of the WTO, which place business profit above everything important.
The TPP would further strengthen the power of businesses to attack measures to protect the environment. We need to abolish all the existing business-supremacy treaties, but we are still on the defensive. First we need to block the TPP, the TTIP, and the TISA.
If you have not done so, I urge you to contact your elected officials to call for rejection of the TPP. We must not put democracy in a trance.
The UK's housing problem comes from allowing the rich to make homes into investments. Even some conservatives see this.
The conservatives' proposed solution is unnecessarily nationalist. Increasing taxes on large houses and apartments, especially those that are no one's primary residence, would do the same job without discriminating against anyone. That would also encourage foreigners to sell the real estate investments they have already bought.
In the UK, talking to your bank over the internet is unsafe, because if someone steals your password and uses it to take your money, the bank holds you responsible.
Does anyone know whether the situation is the same in the US?
Confronting PISSI does not call for revenge, or destructive gestures, or cruelty. It calls for a strategy.
Acceptance of other ethnic groups and their religions must never include acceptance of their traditions of oppression.
I agree with the author about this issue, but I think he is making a mistake by claiming that "progressive liberals" take the other side. Some do, but I call myself "progressive" and "liberal", and I don't.
The UK thugs (except the department in London) refuse to commit to stop infiltrating dissident groups and pretending to love female members.
Since PISSI's strategic goal is to make Muslims and non-Muslims hate each other, we must refuse to be manipulated into doing so.
Around the world, the effects of global heating are hurting people.
Paris Attacks: Security and Surveillance Cast a Dark Shadow over France's Love of "Liberté" and "Fraternité".
I've been using those two words in France to rebuke the state for decades now.
The US is the only country that has not ratified the UN Convention on Children's Rights.
The US medical records privacy law doesn't apply to many kinds of medical data including the data collected by exercise trackers.
This is a problem because of exercise trackers that contain proprietary software and are designed to send the user's personal data to a company site. Such products are essentially unethical, and people should not be surprised when the proprietary software turns out to be malware.
The US medical records privacy law (HIPAA) is totally inadequate when it comes to government access to your records.
Christian fanatics in Mississippi fired a teacher for allowing a student to demonstrate, with a cucumber, the correct way to put on a condom.
The Christian fanatics want to keep teenagers ignorant of this so that they will get pregnant, and then the fanatics can claim that proves they should not have had sex.
Do you think I am exaggerating? All that is literally true.
Pfizer misleads about the tax rate it pays by not mentioning most of its income.
Texas officials refused to allow academics to check state textbooks for falsehoods. Miseducating children is their goal.
US citizens: ask your congresscritter to support the Sentencing Reform Act.
This is just what PISSI hoped to achieve.
The EU is considering a directive to extend the current "right to be forgotten", which is currently a right for person P to demand that some pages be removed from searches for the name P, so that it would cover comments that others post which say things about P.
This would turn it it into a system of censorship.
Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern.
A law has been proposed to require a local back door in all mobile devices.
Once the back door was leaked, anyone who stole your device would be able to decrypt its disk.
When citizens can't keep secrets from the state, democracy is in danger.
The UN Security Council called for all countries to fight PISSI.
I am in favor of fighting PISSI, but not in stupid ways.
Saudi Court Sentences Poet to Death for Renouncing Islam.
CNN "suspended" a correspondent for expressing the wrong opinion off the air.
Congress is considering a law to make it a serious crime to send a SWAT team to someone's house by making a false report.
I don't think this will put an end to the practice of "swatting". It is too easy to make these false reports. Meanwhile, the practice is made easier by thug departments that use SWAT teams too readily. The lower the bar for sending the SWAT team to raid your house, the less someone needs to do to get them to send it.
A US court has imposed strict limits on surveillance using stingrays (cell tower simulators).
I expect that the Supreme Court will eventually decide the question.
Even if stingrays were banned, or did not exist, the government could get their location records from the phone company. For me, that is too intrusive already.
The "gray zone" of mutual tolerance that PISSI wants to eliminate is what we should defend.
The Pentagon admitted, in very bureaucratic language, that perhaps some civilians were killed in one of its air attacks against PISSI.
It is impossible to fight a war and totally avoid civilian casualties. This attack was aimed at soldiers and hit some civilians that were near them. I don't think it was a war crime.
But I can't believe that only two attacks in Syria have killed civilians. No army can be that close to perfect. Thus, I suspect the US is still covering up civilian casualties. In addition, the standoffish and bureaucratic language of the Pentagon's statement is likely to offend the very people it is trying to mollify.
PISSI kills civilians brutally and shamelessly. In regard to violence in Syria and Iraq, the US is ethically far above PISSI. That's not sufficient. The US should be frank about civilian casualties. The US must properly respect civilians' lives.
However, the comparison between the US and PISSI is pertinent in a different way. Civilians under PISSI's rule will make that comparison when choosing sides. If we want them to regard PISSI as occupiers, we need to think about how they will judge us and PISSI.
US citizens: Call on Congress to defeat anti-environment riders in spending bills.
US citizens: demand no more Goldman Sachs insiders in the Federal Reserve management.
Islamist fanatics attack a hotel in Mali and took hostages, killing some.
Over 700 human rights activists have been murdered in Colombia in the past 20 years.
Deforestation in the Amazon threatens extinction for thousands of tree species that live only there.
Global heating is likely to wipe out large parts of the Amazon rainforest, through drought and fire.
Rumors say that imprisoned Syrian free software leader Bassel Khartabil is going to be executed by Assad's men.
Unfortunately there is no better source of information about whether this is true. Syrian thugs are even more secretive about their killings than US thugs.
US thugs only occasionally hit, kick or kill people, but they are very frequently stealing under the cover of law.
TV commercials now include ultrasonic surveillance audio, meant to be detected by malware in any nearby mobile device.
The main wrong here is in the malware, which should be prohibited. However, television regulators should prohibit the inclusion of these sounds in broadcasts.
The hypothetical example in China is silly, because it is easy for Big Brother to determine that several cell phones are in the same place, just through the normal tracking that is done. This tracking, and the remotely-enabled capability to listen on all conversations in the room, are why I call those phones "Stalin's dream", and the main reason why I refuse to carry one.
The low taxes on businesses and rich people are the cause of all the US's fiscal problems.
La Quadrature du Net describes the French government's blitzkrieg against human rights.
Amnesty International criticizes it too.
Certain Republican candidates distribute apps that collect lots of personal data, even the user's contact list.
These apps are proprietary software, so they are software for suckers. They run on proprietary platforms that are also software for suckers. For that reason alone, it's foolish to run them, and wrong to develop them. I won't reject a candidate for having such apps, because I know they are following the usual standards of Americans. But I hope you will learn to reject nonfree apps and nonfree platforms.
Methane-charged undersea permafrost is becoming active in the Arctic Ocean.
This suggests we are approaching the point where lots of methane will be released, causing global heating positive feedback.
A UK thug department has apologized for the undercover thugs that infiltrated various dissident groups by forming long-term relationships with women in the groups.
The thug department has not admitted encouraging the thugs to form such relationships, but that could hardly be false when so many did it.
Protests against racism have spread to many US universities.
There are many things that universities can do to reduce racism, but one demand they should reject is to punish the expression of racist views.
When students demand the university "suspend" Professor Swain, they advocate conduct comparable to that which Professor Salaita received.
I agree more or less with Professor Salaita's controversial statements. I mostly disagree with Professor Swain's controversial statements (*). But whether you or I agree with someone's views is beside the point. We must respect people's rights to express views whether we agree or disagree, and that includes professors.
* I think that Islam is dangerous in some situations, and the same applies to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and even occasionally Buddhism. Or rather, the bad aspects of human nature can find in religion a field to express themselves.
What we must do to confront antibiotic resistance.
Adapting the Marseillaise to the greatest threat to civilization.
Join a climate defense rally near you, or start one.
on world leaders to take strong action to curb global heating.
will offer asylum to cultural treasures threatened by fanatics.
Bahrain Refuses to Prosecute
Who Tortured Journalist.
being developed today might be able to pull large amounts of
CO2 out of the atmosphere.
stress could be responsible for the death of many farm workers in
Global heating is going to
people less productive in most of the world.
Our 1C of global heating has
weather damage to historic properties in the UK.
Massive incarceration in the US goes
the war on drugs.
The topic is too big, and I know too little about it, for me to have
an overall opinion. All I can say is that we need to eliminate
private prisons, and that we should release most convicts that have
become so old that they are not likely to commit crimes again.
Linwood Lambert by tasing him 20 times, then lied about the
They could have just left him alone, since they did not think he had
done anything wrong.
Suggestive evidence that unions and NGOs, such as the League of
Conservation Voters, have endorsed Clinton
though Clinton doesn't support their cause as well as Sanders.
Maybe they have been corrupted.
And Content-Mining Licensed Copies Of Research Papers 'Could Be
This isn't the last straw. Elsevier's last straw was years ago.
I urge academics to refuse to review papers for any Elsevier journal
except when there is a specific overriding moral imperative to do so.
US ISPs are undermining network neutrality by
special deals to certain sites and then charging more for access to
A Detroit thug has been convicted of attacking Floyd Dent. The thug
Dent 16 times in the head, for no evident reason.
Thugs in Minneapolis
up two women who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark.
US attack drone controllers have developed a
towards killing civilians, even children.
Trump wants to require Muslims to carry
It is unamerican to require people to carry ID cards.
Why not make them wear armbands with a star and crescent?
several of the Paris attackers. If the goal was to prevent these
attacks, total surveillance of everyone was irrelevant.
unjust pretexts to repress journalists and human rights defenders.
The FBI entrapped Eric McDavid into a fantastic bombing scheme, then
to convict him and concealed evidence to support the lie.
When he asked for an explanation for the illegal concealment of
evidence, the US responded by threatening to jail him again.
This is what the FBI means when it says it "protects" us.
The FDA has
sale of genetically modified salmon.
I expect that these salmon are safe to eat, because there is nothing
that would tend to make them dangerous. However, the defenses against
wild salmon genetically are not enough. The company wants to get
to market now, not in several years after developing more levels of
defense. Thus, the company will always tend to take insufficient
The livestock population is
faster than the human population and is a big environmental
The statements in the article about limiting human population growth
are self-contradictory. It says, "When there is almost nothing to be
done, there is no requirement to act," but then shows that the world
could reduce human population growth quite a bit. I am glad I have
contributed to this goal by
children myself, and I recommend you think about it too.
France passed an "emergency" law
the state to impose house arrest on anyone with no judicial review,
and examine any computer without a warrant.
Poor France, attacking itself at a level that mere terrorists cannot
The UK government is
all-out to keep global heating advancing.
Rallies for climate protection are planned
the world instead of the banned march in Paris.
the ban and march in Paris anyway. There are too many lives at
stake here to let the government's minor short-term concerns get in
on the EPA to regulate methane emissions from old and new oil
Doctors in the UK's National Health Service have
to strike, as the government's program of spreading poverty and
stress targets them.
The Dominican Republic arbitrarily deprived of citizenship
generations of people born in that country if they are of Haitian
ancestry. Many of them are not Haitian citizens, and if they can
get into Haiti it is only because that failed state can't control its
Crave Revenge After Attacks like Those in Paris. I Didn't After
What I crave is to
against the follow-on attack which targets our freedom.
Many tropical countries are
heavily in renewable energy.
to struggle to be allowed to speak in a UK university. She says
that a male-female sex-change operation doesn't produce a real woman,
and many condemn her views.
I think Greer is right in a narrow sense, but perhaps wrong at a
What is the difference between a typical man and a typical woman?
It's actually many miscellaneous differences. Changing one of them in
a man won't produce a woman. Changing several of them might result in
a close-enough woman.
Not all men are alike, and not all women either. Perhaps the man that
wants to be a transsexual starts out woman-like on some of those
Various countries are
down city streets and parks at night. This narrows the life of
the city and narrows human rights.
Other cities are
walking on the streets.
Europe is suffering from a lasting
This is part of the reason I have not encouraged European countries to
take in lots of refugees. They have not got enough housing or enough
jobs for their current population. If they don't adopt policies to
create a lot more housing and jobs, the refugees will have to compete
with the poor for too little.
The Paris attackers did
not use encryption, it seems.
Meanwhile, a district attorney
to require back door in all operating systems for mobile devices.
Doesn't he know that
mobile phones already have them?
Just as in 2001, the next target is our freedom!
CMU says that the FBI didn't pay for its Tor-cracking investigation,
to answer any more questions.
Maybe it was paid for by some other US agency rather than the FBI.
Our culture is
a myth of genetic determinism.
Note that it is clearer to make a clear distinction between a cell's
genetic sequence and its epigenetic tagging. They are both found in
DNA, but they are quite different.
If you allow emails to embed URLs, you're asking to be
I normally look at an email via the ASCII text in it. On the
occasions that I look at HTML, I render it with lynx, which ignores
anything embedded. None of these tracking methods work on me, and if
you use this method, they won't work on you either.
Conservative westerners are attracted by
subjection of women.
call on the
SEC to investigate Exxon's climate fraud.
Many bacteria are
resistance to the last line of antibiotics we have left.
This was caused by feeding the antibiotics to pigs.
All sorts of surgery will become quite dangerous if we don't develop
new antibiotics — and stop farms from ruining them!
Walmart workers protested Clinton's
to endorse a raise in the minimum wage.
Shoot-to-kill Won't Make Us Safe from Terror —
French Pirate Party:
want peace, prepare for peace.
The US will sell repressive, Islamist Saudi Arabia
a billion dollars more in weapons.
Human Rights Watch calls on the US to stop selling bombs to Saudi
Arabia because it is
them on Yemen and killing lots of civilians.
Meanwhile, Saudi money has been
the spread of Wahhabism, the extremist and oppressive form of
Islam that has been pushing out the more humane forms of Islam.
Iran Starts Dismantling Nuclear Programme,
Neonicotinoids found to
pollination by bumblebees.
Former US drone operators warn that
drone attacks are important recruiting forces for PISSI and
Is UK Climate And Energy Policy
or Just Incompetent?
It's a mistake to say that the US (or France) is at war with "radical
Islam". Even most radicals
want to attack western countries.
Islamists are not necessarily violent enemies of anyone, but their
views make them political enemies of human rights.
Extremist parties that call for demolishing the al-Aqsa mosque are now
included in Israel's government. It is
wild imagination to suppose they might actually do it.
Building the "third temple" is part of
US Christian nuts think is necessary to bring about their prophesied
apocalypse. I suspect that some of them are spending millions to
help those parties.
Israel jails Palestinian minors
young as 8 in painful conditions and arbitrarily hampers them from
talking with their families.
I expect that most of these minors are teenagers, but some really are
Palestinians living in part of Hebron face
harassment designed to drive them to abandon their homes.
international human rights activists out of the apartment they had
rented in Hebron.
These activists serve as witnesses to how Israelis officially and
unofficially treat Palestinians, which makes their presence
inconvenient. In practice, the state supports the
pogroms carried out by Israeli fanatics.
a family home because one person in it committed (or is accused
of) a crime is an unjust collective punishment.
Israel says it will carry out unjust collective punishment on any
family, but in practice it's
done to Palestinians. And it already has inspired relatives to
respond with violence.
the release of the videos showing the killing of Jamar Clark.
Kerry's efforts for diplomacy to end the Syrian civil war and
your senators against riders in a spending bill to eliminate
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641
A US appeals court
the approval of neonicotinoid pesticide sulfoxaflor, saying that
the EPA must first properly test its effects on bees.
Spain wants to arrest
Israeli officials and ex-officials responsible for the deadly
attack on the Mavi Marmara.
The Norwegian oil company Statoil has
up on drilling in the Chukchi Sea.
The US government
a sale of oil leases in US public land.
These are victories, but we will need lots more of them. We must
reduce our combustion of oil, reduce it to zero in not too much time,
to avoid climate mayhem.
PISSI wants a war between all Muslims and all non-Muslims. How we can
falling into PISSI's trap.
The US has made substantial progress towards the goal of equal pay for
equal work, because of the
in the income of men.
cut off PISSI's supply lines, but Erdoğan threatened war against
the Kurds just to keep those lines open.
Several African countries have
borqas to prevent hiding bombs under them.
The OECD countries
to reduce funding for coal power in other countries, but Japan
blocked eliminating this funding.
This may do some good, but it is not the sort of vigorous action that
could save civilization from global disaster. To risk civilization's
survival for a comparatively small short-term goal, such as improving
access to electricity in some poor countries, is foolhardy. It won't
help the people of those countries to get electricity in the next
decade, then wiped out in 70 years.
Besides, solar power is much better for providing electricity to
dispersed rural populations.
I have to suspect that Japan's representatives were working for the
coal interests and what they said was just an excuse.
of global heating is probably too much, except under unlikely
What it is like to be a
drone pilot and kill hundreds of people by remote control.
rallies during the climate conference.
This decision is short-termist folly. Rallies for climate defense are
necessary for public safety. Terrorists could at worst kill a few
hundred people in a rally. Global heating is likely to kill
of millions of people, though over a longer time.
I urge activists to march anyway and dare the state to stop them.
It appears the Paris attackers were
European citizens — most have been identified, and they
included no refugees or visitors.
In France, the victims of PISSI's attack
In Syria and Iraq, most of PISSI's victims are Muslims. Ordinary
Muslims and PISSI are natural enemies.
Will France now commit the same errors and wrongs that the US did
after the September 2011 attacks?
has already started to.
An Australian court found a Japanese whaling company guilty of
whales in an Australian marine sanctuary.
It may not be easy to make the company pay the fine.
A secret interpretation may make CISA even
than its wording appears. The ACLU is suing to find out.
Boko Haram is still setting off bombs in cities and
hundreds of casualties.
High levels of CO2 in the air
Global heating is not likely to raise the general world CO2
level enough for this to happen. But it can already happen inside a
building in a city, and with global heating, the problem inside
buildings in cities will get worse.
Protests in Washington are
at the US Trade Representative, the office that promotes
antidemocratic treaties such as the TPP.
unreasonable academic demands on their children tend to harm their
Another reason to vote for Bernie Sanders for president:
wants more war.
Haven't we learned
stupid this is?
Whereas Sanders recognizes that
mayhem is a bigger danger than today's terrorists.
Several important science museums have
accepting funds from planet roasters.
The CIA and NSA
not found anyone trying to start a terrorist attack in the US.
But they pretend they have, in order to smear Snowden.
Countries are joining the bombing campaign against PISSI, not because
more planes would achieve a military objective, but
I am not a pacifist. Effective military action may be justified even
despite blowback. But effective military action tends to be
concentrated on enemies, so it causes less blowback. Reflexive,
ill-calculated military action "because we must bomb something" will
tend to be self-defeating.
PISSI hopes to provoke Western reactions that would create a war
between the West and all Muslims.
Some politicians are eager to fall into this trap.
developments in employment.
When a company tried to reduce the greenhouse gas footprints of its
products, that turned out to be a
We need a carbon emissions tax so that the market will factor in your
greenhouse gas footprint.
The assassinations at Charlie Hebdo have
hostility towards Muslims in France — just what terrorists
hoped to achieve.
block a large climate defense march in the name of safety.
Global heating is a far bigger danger than PISSI.
If we can't overcome the plutocrats and make states take adequate
action to curb global heating, we might as well be dead.
It is now ascertained that a
bomb destroyed a Russian airliner over the Sinai, killing 224
Stanford Students Begin 'Indefinite'
over Fossil Fuel Divestment.
The dictator of Angola has charged activists with "rebellion"
a book reading event. The book was about nonviolent resistance.
call on the postmaster
of the USPS to implement postal banking.
Total surveillance is giving France so much data that the
terrorists can hide in the plain sight of the national panopticon.
The ecological damage from the mine waste in Brazil could last
decades and when it reaches the ocean, it will
ecologically vital areas.
clear that tasers reduce either killings or injuries from the
actions of thugs.
an aircraft carrier to increase the number of planes it can use to
There are some fishy things here. Why use an aircraft carrier
rather than sending additional planes to the land base in Jordan?
Operating planes from a carrier must be more expensive than operating
them from the ground.
And what's the use of more planes if it is hard to find good targets
On the other hand, the US seems to have found an important vulnerable
trucks PISSI uses for smuggling oil.
If PISSI is indeed a gang that raid and loots to propagate itself to
loot again, then it can be forced into collapse if it can't get loot
and can't sell oil.
Capturing PISSI's territory near the Turkish border is strategically
crucial. However, trying to do this with Western troops would
Citizens of Massachusetts:
a bill to ramp up the war on drugs.
Protesters blocked a highway after thugs in Minneapolis
a black man dead. Witnesses say he was in handcuffs, but the thugs
say he wasn't. Who do you believe?
Accusing Saudi Arabia of poisoning the Muslim world with repressive
of the desert.
Cole's point that it is impossible to "contain" PISSI can be literally
correct, but not in the way he asserts. It may be that a stable
situation in which PISSI exists for a long time under containment is
impossible; if so, that suggests that containing PISSI would lead to
its collapse, as it could no longer do profitable raids.
The UK faces
derangement all over, as a result of the 1C of global heating we
have already caused.
an effective way to extend access to energy, even ignoring that it
could cause ecological disaster.
Just eliminating coal combustion isn't enough to avoid the disaster;
it's just the first step.
The Tor Project says that the FBI-CMU "research" to identify Tor users
expedition, aimed at finding anyone they could accuse of anything.
Chinese companies are hurrying to
water from Himalayan glaciers before global heating melts them.
Ok, that is a slight exaggeration.
Israeli troops carried out a collective punishment,
a house in a refugee camp; local Palestinians threw stones at
them, so the Israeli troops shot and killed some of them.
Collective punishment is always an injustice. In my estimation, the
culpability in this incident falls entirely on the Israeli troops.
They cannot claim the justification of self-defense for shooting if
they were on a mission of wrong.
Lauren's Blog Redux: "Governments of the World Agree:
UK anti-privacy activists
to use the Paris attacks as an excuse to skip debate about new
mass surveillance powers.
Each terrorist attack, anywhere in the world, provides an excuse for
Big Brother to say we should surrender more freedom so he can
"protect" us. Aside from the danger of tyranny, which exceeds that of
even clear that increased surveillance would achieve its goal.
There is no limit to how many people a tyrannical state can kill,
torture, or imprison. We need a state, for the
essential things that states can do, but we must make sure it
remains under our control, and we
do that if it knows everywhere we go and everyone we talk with.
Prohibiting expression of opinions, "advocating" this or that, is a
form of tyranny. When "extremism" is prohibited, will plutocrats
declare rejection of plutocracy "extreme"? We be prosecuted for
advocating a return to democracy?
The US and Russia have
to ask the UN to broker a cease-fire between Assad and his
Britain's previous Tory prime minister
the current Tory government for the inequality it has created.
More about the Haitian election and how it relates to the
history of keeping Haiti down.
France will offer asylum to cultural treasures threatened by fanatics.
Bahrain Refuses to Prosecute Police Who Tortured Journalist.
Technologies being developed today might be able to pull large amounts of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
Heat stress could be responsible for the death of many farm workers in Central America.
Global heating is going to make people less productive in most of the world.
Our 1C of global heating has quadrupled weather damage to historic properties in the UK.
Massive incarceration in the US goes beyond the war on drugs.
The topic is too big, and I know too little about it, for me to have an overall opinion. All I can say is that we need to eliminate private prisons, and that we should release most convicts that have become so old that they are not likely to commit crimes again.
Thugs killed Linwood Lambert by tasing him 20 times, then lied about the circumstances.
They could have just left him alone, since they did not think he had done anything wrong.
Suggestive evidence that unions and NGOs, such as the League of Conservation Voters, have endorsed Clinton even though Clinton doesn't support their cause as well as Sanders. Maybe they have been corrupted.
Elsevier Says Downloading And Content-Mining Licensed Copies Of Research Papers 'Could Be Considered' Stealing.
This isn't the last straw. Elsevier's last straw was years ago. I urge academics to refuse to review papers for any Elsevier journal except when there is a specific overriding moral imperative to do so.
US ISPs are undermining network neutrality by giving special deals to certain sites and then charging more for access to everywhere else.
A Detroit thug has been convicted of attacking Floyd Dent. The thug punched Dent 16 times in the head, for no evident reason.
Thugs in Minneapolis beat up two women who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark.
US attack drone controllers have developed a callousness towards killing civilians, even children.
Trump wants to require Muslims to carry special ID cards.
It is unamerican to require people to carry ID cards. Why not make them wear armbands with a star and crescent?
French intelligence knew several of the Paris attackers. If the goal was to prevent these attacks, total surveillance of everyone was irrelevant.
Morocco uses unjust pretexts to repress journalists and human rights defenders.
The FBI entrapped Eric McDavid into a fantastic bombing scheme, then lied to convict him and concealed evidence to support the lie.
When he asked for an explanation for the illegal concealment of evidence, the US responded by threatening to jail him again.
This is what the FBI means when it says it "protects" us.
The FDA has approved sale of genetically modified salmon.
I expect that these salmon are safe to eat, because there is nothing that would tend to make them dangerous. However, the defenses against contaminating wild salmon genetically are not enough. The company wants to get to market now, not in several years after developing more levels of defense. Thus, the company will always tend to take insufficient precautions.
The livestock population is increasing faster than the human population and is a big environmental threat.
The statements in the article about limiting human population growth are self-contradictory. It says, "When there is almost nothing to be done, there is no requirement to act," but then shows that the world could reduce human population growth quite a bit. I am glad I have contributed to this goal by having no children myself, and I recommend you think about it too.
France passed an "emergency" law permitting the state to impose house arrest on anyone with no judicial review, and examine any computer without a warrant.
Poor France, attacking itself at a level that mere terrorists cannot reach.
The UK government is going all-out to keep global heating advancing.
Rallies for climate protection are planned around the world instead of the banned march in Paris.
Activists should defy the ban and march in Paris anyway. There are too many lives at stake here to let the government's minor short-term concerns get in the way.
US citizens: call on the EPA to regulate methane emissions from old and new oil wells.
Doctors in the UK's National Health Service have voted to strike, as the government's program of spreading poverty and stress targets them.
The Dominican Republic arbitrarily deprived of citizenship four generations of people born in that country if they are of Haitian ancestry. Many of them are not Haitian citizens, and if they can get into Haiti it is only because that failed state can't control its borders.
You Needn't Crave Revenge After Attacks like Those in Paris. I Didn't After 9/11.
What I crave is to defend against the follow-on attack which targets our freedom.
Many tropical countries are investing heavily in renewable energy.
Germaine Greer had to struggle to be allowed to speak in a UK university. She says that a male-female sex-change operation doesn't produce a real woman, and many condemn her views.
I think Greer is right in a narrow sense, but perhaps wrong at a deeper level.
What is the difference between a typical man and a typical woman? It's actually many miscellaneous differences. Changing one of them in a man won't produce a woman. Changing several of them might result in a close-enough woman.
Not all men are alike, and not all women either. Perhaps the man that wants to be a transsexual starts out woman-like on some of those points.
Various countries are shutting down city streets and parks at night. This narrows the life of the city and narrows human rights.
Other cities are promoting walking on the streets.
Europe is suffering from a lasting housing crisis.
This is part of the reason I have not encouraged European countries to take in lots of refugees. They have not got enough housing or enough jobs for their current population. If they don't adopt policies to create a lot more housing and jobs, the refugees will have to compete with the poor for too little.
The Paris attackers did not use encryption, it seems.
Meanwhile, a district attorney wants to require back door in all operating systems for mobile devices.
Doesn't he know that all mobile phones already have them?
Just as in 2001, the next target is our freedom!
CMU says that the FBI didn't pay for its Tor-cracking investigation, but refuses to answer any more questions.
Maybe it was paid for by some other US agency rather than the FBI.
Our culture is erecting a myth of genetic determinism.
Note that it is clearer to make a clear distinction between a cell's genetic sequence and its epigenetic tagging. They are both found in DNA, but they are quite different.
If you allow emails to embed URLs, you're asking to be mistreated.
I normally look at an email via the ASCII text in it. On the occasions that I look at HTML, I render it with lynx, which ignores anything embedded. None of these tracking methods work on me, and if you use this method, they won't work on you either.
Conservative westerners are attracted by Islamists' subjection of women.
US citizens: call on the SEC to investigate Exxon's climate fraud.
Many bacteria are developing resistance to the last line of antibiotics we have left.
This was caused by feeding the antibiotics to pigs.
All sorts of surgery will become quite dangerous if we don't develop new antibiotics — and stop farms from ruining them!
Walmart workers protested Clinton's failure to endorse a raise in the minimum wage.
Shoot-to-kill Won't Make Us Safe from Terror — Just Sorry.
French Pirate Party: If you want peace, prepare for peace.
The US will sell repressive, Islamist Saudi Arabia over a billion dollars more in weapons.
Human Rights Watch calls on the US to stop selling bombs to Saudi Arabia because it is dropping them on Yemen and killing lots of civilians.
Meanwhile, Saudi money has been behind the spread of Wahhabism, the extremist and oppressive form of Islam that has been pushing out the more humane forms of Islam.
Iran Starts Dismantling Nuclear Programme, Says UN Watchdog.
Neonicotinoids found to impede pollination by bumblebees.
Former US drone operators warn that US drone attacks are important recruiting forces for PISSI and terrorists.
Is UK Climate And Energy Policy Hypocritical or Just Incompetent?
It's a mistake to say that the US (or France) is at war with "radical Islam". Even most radicals don't want to attack western countries.
Islamists are not necessarily violent enemies of anyone, but their views make them political enemies of human rights.
Extremist parties that call for demolishing the al-Aqsa mosque are now included in Israel's government. It is not wild imagination to suppose they might actually do it.
Building the "third temple" is part of what US Christian nuts think is necessary to bring about their prophesied apocalypse. I suspect that some of them are spending millions to help those parties.
Israel jails Palestinian minors as young as 8 in painful conditions and arbitrarily hampers them from talking with their families.
I expect that most of these minors are teenagers, but some really are children.
Palestinians living in part of Hebron face additional harassment designed to drive them to abandon their homes.
Israeli troops forced international human rights activists out of the apartment they had rented in Hebron.
These activists serve as witnesses to how Israelis officially and unofficially treat Palestinians, which makes their presence inconvenient. In practice, the state supports the repeated pogroms carried out by Israeli fanatics.
Demolishing a family home because one person in it committed (or is accused of) a crime is an unjust collective punishment.
Israel says it will carry out unjust collective punishment on any family, but in practice it's only done to Palestinians. And it already has inspired relatives to respond with violence.
Everyone: demand the release of the videos showing the killing of Jamar Clark.
US citizens: support Kerry's efforts for diplomacy to end the Syrian civil war and target PISSI.
US citizens: phone your senators against riders in a spending bill to eliminate network neutrality.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
A US appeals court cancelled the approval of neonicotinoid pesticide sulfoxaflor, saying that the EPA must first properly test its effects on bees.
Spain wants to arrest 9 Israeli officials and ex-officials responsible for the deadly attack on the Mavi Marmara.
The Norwegian oil company Statoil has given up on drilling in the Chukchi Sea.
The US government postponed a sale of oil leases in US public land.
These are victories, but we will need lots more of them. We must reduce our combustion of oil, reduce it to zero in not too much time, to avoid climate mayhem.
PISSI wants a war between all Muslims and all non-Muslims. How we can avoid falling into PISSI's trap.
The US has made substantial progress towards the goal of equal pay for equal work, because of the fall in the income of men.
Turkey could cut off PISSI's supply lines, but Erdoğan threatened war against the Kurds just to keep those lines open.
Several African countries have banned borqas to prevent hiding bombs under them.
The OECD countries agreed to reduce funding for coal power in other countries, but Japan blocked eliminating this funding.
This may do some good, but it is not the sort of vigorous action that could save civilization from global disaster. To risk civilization's survival for a comparatively small short-term goal, such as improving access to electricity in some poor countries, is foolhardy. It won't help the people of those countries to get electricity in the next decade, then wiped out in 70 years.
Besides, solar power is much better for providing electricity to dispersed rural populations.
I have to suspect that Japan's representatives were working for the coal interests and what they said was just an excuse.
2C of global heating is probably too much, except under unlikely assumptions.
What it is like to be a US drone pilot and kill hundreds of people by remote control.
France has banned rallies during the climate conference.
This decision is short-termist folly. Rallies for climate defense are necessary for public safety. Terrorists could at worst kill a few hundred people in a rally. Global heating is likely to kill hundreds of millions of people, though over a longer time.
I urge activists to march anyway and dare the state to stop them.
It appears the Paris attackers were all European citizens — most have been identified, and they included no refugees or visitors.
In France, the victims of PISSI's attack include Muslims.
In Syria and Iraq, most of PISSI's victims are Muslims. Ordinary Muslims and PISSI are natural enemies.
Will France now commit the same errors and wrongs that the US did after the September 2011 attacks? It has already started to.
An Australian court found a Japanese whaling company guilty of killing whales in an Australian marine sanctuary.
It may not be easy to make the company pay the fine.
A secret interpretation may make CISA even worse than its wording appears. The ACLU is suing to find out.
Boko Haram is still setting off bombs in cities and causing hundreds of casualties.
High levels of CO2 in the air impede good thinking.
Global heating is not likely to raise the general world CO2 level enough for this to happen. But it can already happen inside a building in a city, and with global heating, the problem inside buildings in cities will get worse.
Protests in Washington are aimed at the US Trade Representative, the office that promotes antidemocratic treaties such as the TPP.
Parents that make unreasonable academic demands on their children tend to harm their academic success.
Another reason to vote for Bernie Sanders for president: Clinton wants more war.
Haven't we learned how stupid this is?
Whereas Sanders recognizes that climate mayhem is a bigger danger than today's terrorists.
Several important science museums have stopped accepting funds from planet roasters.
The CIA and NSA have not found anyone trying to start a terrorist attack in the US.
But they pretend they have, in order to smear Snowden.
Countries are joining the bombing campaign against PISSI, not because more planes would achieve a military objective, but as a symbol.
I am not a pacifist. Effective military action may be justified even despite blowback. But effective military action tends to be concentrated on enemies, so it causes less blowback. Reflexive, ill-calculated military action "because we must bomb something" will tend to be self-defeating.
PISSI hopes to provoke Western reactions that would create a war between the West and all Muslims. Some politicians are eager to fall into this trap.
Global developments in employment.
When a company tried to reduce the greenhouse gas footprints of its products, that turned out to be a big challenge.
We need a carbon emissions tax so that the market will factor in your greenhouse gas footprint.
The assassinations at Charlie Hebdo have elevated hostility towards Muslims in France — just what terrorists hoped to achieve.
France may block a large climate defense march in the name of safety.
Global heating is a far bigger danger than PISSI. If we can't overcome the plutocrats and make states take adequate action to curb global heating, we might as well be dead.
It is now ascertained that a terrorist bomb destroyed a Russian airliner over the Sinai, killing 224 people.
Stanford Students Begin 'Indefinite' Sit-in over Fossil Fuel Divestment.
The dictator of Angola has charged activists with "rebellion" for a book reading event. The book was about nonviolent resistance.
US citizens: call on the postmaster of the USPS to implement postal banking.
Total surveillance is giving France so much data that the real terrorists can hide in the plain sight of the national panopticon.
The ecological damage from the mine waste in Brazil could last decades and when it reaches the ocean, it will threaten ecologically vital areas.
It is not clear that tasers reduce either killings or injuries from the actions of thugs.
France is sending an aircraft carrier to increase the number of planes it can use to bomb PISSI.
There are some fishy things here. Why use an aircraft carrier rather than sending additional planes to the land base in Jordan? Operating planes from a carrier must be more expensive than operating them from the ground.
And what's the use of more planes if it is hard to find good targets to attack?
On the other hand, the US seems to have found an important vulnerable point: the trucks PISSI uses for smuggling oil.
If PISSI is indeed a gang that raid and loots to propagate itself to loot again, then it can be forced into collapse if it can't get loot and can't sell oil.
Capturing PISSI's territory near the Turkish border is strategically crucial. However, trying to do this with Western troops would backfire terribly.
Citizens of Massachusetts: Oppose a bill to ramp up the war on drugs.
Protesters blocked a highway after thugs in Minneapolis shot a black man dead. Witnesses say he was in handcuffs, but the thugs say he wasn't. Who do you believe?
Accusing Saudi Arabia of poisoning the Muslim world with repressive Wahhabism.
PISSI, the pirates of the desert.
Cole's point that it is impossible to "contain" PISSI can be literally correct, but not in the way he asserts. It may be that a stable situation in which PISSI exists for a long time under containment is impossible; if so, that suggests that containing PISSI would lead to its collapse, as it could no longer do profitable raids.
The UK faces ecological derangement all over, as a result of the 1C of global heating we have already caused.
Coal is not an effective way to extend access to energy, even ignoring that it could cause ecological disaster.
Just eliminating coal combustion isn't enough to avoid the disaster; it's just the first step.
The Tor Project says that the FBI-CMU "research" to identify Tor users was a fishing expedition, aimed at finding anyone they could accuse of anything.
Chinese companies are hurrying to bottle water from Himalayan glaciers before global heating melts them.
Ok, that is a slight exaggeration.
Israeli troops carried out a collective punishment, demolishing a house in a refugee camp; local Palestinians threw stones at them, so the Israeli troops shot and killed some of them.
Collective punishment is always an injustice. In my estimation, the culpability in this incident falls entirely on the Israeli troops. They cannot claim the justification of self-defense for shooting if they were on a mission of wrong.
Lauren's Blog Redux: "Governments of the World Agree: Encryption Must Die!"
UK anti-privacy activists seek to use the Paris attacks as an excuse to skip debate about new mass surveillance powers.
Each terrorist attack, anywhere in the world, provides an excuse for Big Brother to say we should surrender more freedom so he can "protect" us. Aside from the danger of tyranny, which exceeds that of terrorists, it's not even clear that increased surveillance would achieve its goal.
There is no limit to how many people a tyrannical state can kill, torture, or imprison. We need a state, for the many essential things that states can do, but we must make sure it remains under our control, and we can't do that if it knows everywhere we go and everyone we talk with.
Prohibiting expression of opinions, "advocating" this or that, is a form of tyranny. When "extremism" is prohibited, will plutocrats declare rejection of plutocracy "extreme"? We be prosecuted for advocating a return to democracy?
The US and Russia have agreed to ask the UN to broker a cease-fire between Assad and his enemies.
Britain's previous Tory prime minister rebukes the current Tory government for the inequality it has created.
More about the Haitian election and how it relates to the US history of keeping Haiti down.
Raising consciousness about massive surveillance: do you dare call a number that's possibly on an NSA suspicion list?
Reading stallman.org might do the same thing.
Businesses pretend to have human feelings … to exploit grief.
The Facebook feature praised in the article is also a way of manipulating users: after any sort of disaster, they are under pressure to be used by Facebook because not doing so would suggest they were among the casualties.
A former hostage of PISSI warns against the mistake of playing into its hands with ill-calculated violence.
Kenya has succeeded in driving elephant poaching way down.
The Saudi-US coalition is bombing the cultural history of Yemen to bits.
Republicans are trying to block students from doing research on the effect of Republican abortion-harassment laws.
Why it is important not to call PISSI by the names it gives itself.
It's the same reason we shouldn't call sharing "piracy", or call the prohibition of sharing "protection".
Software has been developed to recognize human microexpressions. Most people (maybe all) will be unable to hide their feelings from these.
This may be good in some circumstances, and bad in others. Even if everyone has access to this, it will tend to reinforce the power of those with more power already.
New Mexico has sentenced a man to 18 years in prison for spraying children with a watergun containing water mixed with his semen.
People should not do this, mainly because if they have some disease, there is a small chance they could transmit it this way. But if he didn't have a disease, I can't see that it did them any harm, or why they should be called "victims". This was not really "sexual contact".
Kurdish journalist Behrouz Bouchani fled Iran because he was going to be imprisoned for his work. Now he is imprisoned by Australia for being a refugee.
Many Americans' medical coverage has such a high deductible that they still can't afford medical care.
These insurance plans may be worth their price, because in the event of hospitalization or a major illness they might save the people far more than $3000. But these people are in such a desperate situation that they can't afford to make rational investments.
Haitians are protesting massively against the rigged presidential election.
Global heating is making winter snowpacks shrink; declining water supply will affect two billion people.
The ICC seems to be investigating NATO's responsibility for torture in Afghanistan.
Portland, Oregon, has banned all new fossil fuel infrastructure.
The whole world ought to do this.
As toxic mine waste slowly flows downstream in the Rio Doce, it poisons water and kills fish.
Some towns are emptying as people in them have no water. What I wonder is, how long will it take before the river water is safe again? Will it be weeks, or decades?
Talking of "slow-motion environmental catastrophe", the whole world is facing an even slower one.
Comp sci "research" aimed at sabotaging Tor reflects an ethical blind spot.
When black Americans deal with a thug, their chance of experiencing abuse from the thug is twice that of white Americans.
ACLU: Thanks to Snowden, we are making slow progress against massive state surveillance.
The Afghan army and Iraqi army and Syrian rebel army that the US spent millions to build turned out to be as corrupt and phony as the construction projects it paid for.
The US government is considering a ban on smoking in public housing.
Tobacco is death, and I implore tobacco smokers to quit; but it is wrong to ban people from smoking in their homes.
Gayle Newland has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for having sex with a woman while pretending to be male.
This verdict seems totally absurd to me. What next? Will people be sentenced to prison for having sex while pretending to be rich? While pretending to be blonde?
Most British Jews strongly support Israel, and condemn Israel's occupation policies and refusal to make peace.
Accusations of vote-rigging in Haiti with UN complicity.
Professor Salaita, fired by the University of Illinois for his political views, sued; the university has now paid him a large amount of money, but he still does not have a job there. He comments that the injustices that motivated his controversial tweets have not been corrected.
A Texan family won $5 million in damages for the fraudulent foreclosure of their home — one home among 6 million that US banksters stole.
Too bad the Obama regime was on the side of the fraudsters.
The State of Oregon systematically investigated everyone that tweeted in support of Black Lives Matter.
A fungus spreading steadily across the US is wiping out bats.
The absence of bats will have grave ecological consequences. If some bats survive, it it will take a century for the bat populations to recover.
Ali al-Nimr, sentenced to death for a peaceful protest, is being denied medical care in prison.
Please sign the petition for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Saudi Arabia.
Walmart workers are fasting as a protest against wages that don't pay them enough to afford lunch.
The US government admits that TSA agents actively look for drugs in luggage.
They are supposed to search a bag if an x-ray scan shows something that looks like drugs.
US citizens: Thank Obama for standing up for the EU's requirement not to label products of Israeli colonies as "Made in Israel" and for recognizing that these colonies are not part of Israel.
I urge everyone to shun television news for the next few days. There were terrorist attacks yesterday in Paris, and footage is likely to be shown.
Repeatedly watching footage of terrorist attacks can traumatize. I know someone in California who became afraid to go outdoors in 2001, after repeatedly watching pictures of the September 2001 attacks.
Whatever you want to know about the attacks, you can find in text.
US citizens: tell the Department of Agriculture to stop suppressing scientific research.
Everyone: call on the government of Burma to free imprisoned protesters.
Anti-racist activists and free speech defenders must reconcile to support a free society.
Mormons plan a "mass resignation" to protest the Mormon Church's policy demanding children renounce their same-sex parents.
The LA thugs' union has condemned an award for avoiding lethal force.
This award is meant for police officers whose job is to "serve and protect". Thugs think they should get awards for killing citizens.
The FSF's LibrePlanet event, which will be held in March, is looking for people to propose sessions.
Jeremy Corbin: it would have been far better for us all if Jihadi John had been held to account in a court of law.
I agree. Killing someone proves he was vulnerable. Convicting him in a fair trial proves he did wrong.
I do not think killing him was wrong under the circumstances; there was no feasible way to arrest him. Corbyn did not say it was wrong to kill Jihadi John, but his political enemies are pretending that he did.
By contrast, the US could have arrested and tried Osama bin Laden, so it should have done so rather than kill him.
Some web advertisements play inaudible sounds to be picked up by proprietary malware running on other nearby computers so as to determine that they are nearby.
It is unlikely free software will do this, but malware introduced by an attack could do it.
I conclude that access to a microphone needs to be controlled like access to a camera. Applications should need special authorization to use the microphone.
Piketty calls for divestment from fossil fuels before the Paris climate conference.
We must follow the laws of war even against enemies that reject them completely.
Global heating means mosquitoes in November in New York City.
A prisoner facing execution in Egypt reports on torture by crucifixion.
He was convicted along with around 500 other people, clearly a joke of a trial.
Some parts of the US have set up funds to provide various small assistance to the homeless.
The trust funds established by the New Jersey law are good, but the stamp tax (as the colonists called it) is a regressive way to fund it. It would be better to tax the rich for this.
Some places go further and provide housing to all homeless people.
Giving Money to Eritrea and Sudan to Stop Refugees is Almost Satire. The corrupt repression of those countries is what drives the people to flee.
Businesses that destroy the natural environment often use slaves to do it.
Some of the inhabitants of Sinjar are returning to the city, from which PISSI has been expelled.
The National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi's party, has won a majority in Burma even counting the seats that the military gets.
The Catholic Church in Australia made a statement opposing same-sex marriage, and faces a criminal investigation, because "offensive" statements are a crime in Australia.
I probably disagree with a lot of things the Church said, but I support its right to say them.
France reproached Kerry for trying to abandon the goal of a binding climate agreement before the Paris conference even starts.
If the US doesn't want one, it can surely make sure there isn't one, or that it doesn't count for anything.
Students in the US protested in many cities demanding an end to student debt.
States with more background checks for gun buying have fewer mass shootings.
Greenland's Zachariae Isstrom megaglacier has started breaking up, a process likely to raise sea level half a meter over just three decades. Nothing we can do (short of engineering considerable global cooling) can stop this.
Another neighboring megaglacier could do likewise as global heating continues, which would cause another half meter of sea level rise.
Every glacier that feeds into an ocean is likely to have similar points of no return, that we will reach at some point.
Anish Kapoor: India Is Being Ruled by a Hindu Taliban.
Society must not learn to trust bankers!
The UK's Environment Agency has become feckless and fails to enforce pollution laws.
I suppose this is Tory policy.
Austerity seems to have caused around 1000 suicides in the UK.
Many had despaired from being forced to apply uselessly for jobs they correctly thought they could not get.
More corrupt dealings of Scott Walker come out.
The World Health Organization has criticized the TPP.
Médicins sans Frontières' report on the attack on its hospital shows that the US air attack concentrated on the main building where operations were then being done.
There could hardly be any armed Taliban lurking in the building unseen. Anyway, unarmed MSF guards maintained full control of the grounds. The US excuse — which would be insufficient if it were true — cannot be true.
The UK wants to curb "extremism" by censoring it.
All the UK government has is a censor, so all publications look like…
After White House Rejects Keystone XL, Battle Against Larger Texas Pipeline Intensifies.
Although Erdoğan says PISSI is an enemy, PISSI's violence in Turkey seems directed to help him. And PISSI seems to be able to attack its enemies in Turkey.
A court decision is a symbolic condemnation of NSA massive data collection.
It might help against other NSA data collection in the future.
US citizens: write to your senators to urge them to leave the EPA's CO2 emission limit plan alone.
A dam burst in Brazil, releasing mine waste that washed away houses and killed people.
The toxic wastes might kill people in the long term, but I have no idea how many.
Many large US companies now impose confidentiality agreements to bar employees from revealing wrongdoing to the US government.
The SEC is taking action against this.
Monsanto Accused of Knowingly Polluting SF Bay with Toxic PCBs.
Amnesty International says that China still regularly tortures prisoners: especially human rights activists and Falun Gong believers, as well as officials accused of corruption.
The Chinese government resists efforts to try to stop torture, and so does the US government.
We Americans can't do much to stop torture in China, but we ought to be able to stop it in the US.
German intelligence spied on the FBI, the French foreign minister, and UNICEF.
India's planned fossil fuel increase will break the world's carbon budget.
This suggests the world should make a deal in which India reduces fossil fuel use, and other countries pay for renewable energy development in India.
For social media stars, paid by companies that want to connect with their fans, not only their clothing but even their relationships may be designed to get more fans to sell.
Experience cleaning up a juvenile prison, in which the prisoners and the guards faced sexual harassment and the prisoners were treated horribly.
Mistreatment was not rare, it was the usual case.
Microsoft offers European users services that keep their data in a European computer run by a European trustee company, so that the US government has no jurisdiction over them.
This is a sensible solution for that one specific problem. It does not alter the point that it's unwise to entrust your personal data to any remote storage.
It also does not make Microsoft's proprietary software acceptable, or excuse its malicious functionalities.
Global heating is hitting Tibet: glaciers and permafrost are melting visibly.
Albert Woodfox has spent 43 years in solitary, and will be kept there further until his surrealistic retrial, to stop him from organizing other prisoners.
The National League for Democracy has done very well in Burma's election, and looks set to win a majority in parliament even despite the 25% of seats set aside for the military.
"Public-private partnerships" are touted as an easy way to get infrastructure built, but they are a form of privatization which drains the treasury later.
We simply must tax the rich more.
Comcast admitted internally that its data caps have nothing to do with network congestion.
They are not traffic-shaping, but market-shaping. Comcast is taking advantage of the lack of competition in the US network market.
Wireless networks are too close to a monopoly to be allowed to set their own rules. They should be regulated as utilities.
The UK's snooping bill is "the last policy discussion about surveillance before the mass gagging."
If this bill passes, no debate will be allowed; the entire subject will be secret.
Major US airlines have offshored heavy maintenance to facilities that the FAA can't properly inspect, and in practice does not try. Maintenance workers in the US report serious flaws.
There is no reason to allow US-flag airlines to do maintenance outside the US except in emergencies.
The Senate is considering a bill to ban companies from using contracts to prohibit customers from saying anything bad about the company.
That would be good. Will the bill ban attempts to use copyright to do this?
Will it ban imposing arbitration on customers?
SCROTUS are trying to legalize a kind of racial discrimination in car loans.
Large outsourcing companies have figured out how to use the US H-1B visa program to bring foreign teams to the US, so there are no visas available for other businesses.
An undercover video shows that the USDA's new, "more efficient" meat inspection is almost no inspection at all.
Australia's exile bill would still permit cancellation of citizenship without a trial.
A general strike against austerity is planned in Greece.
Australia plans to deport Ian Whiteman, who has lived in Australia since he was one year old, to a country he hardly knows.
This because of a crime that caused no damage but is considered "serious".
Deportation of criminals is justified, sometimes, but not in a cruel and mindless fashion. A person whose only family ties are in Australia, and who could easily have become a citizen, should not be deported if not likely to be a repeat criminal or if some other country is not "home".
Stopping his parents from visiting him is cruel also.
Several people will be deported to New Zealand because of membership in an arbitrarily banned motorcycle club.
Walmart tried using face recognition to compare everyone in the store to a list of faces of known shoplifters.
If this works, and it is extended a few small steps, I see a danger that anyone who has ever shoplifted will never be able to buy groceries again — in any store. This could be a choice between a death sentence and life imprisonment.
For the most part I don't see a problem in having Walmart (or some other store — I refuse to buy from Walmart, after all) scan my face and not keep records of it. What I object to is if someone scans my face on the street and keeps track of where I go. Especially if this is done by the state.
The Paris climate conference has been set up to fail, just as Copenhagen was, with governments making efforts to spin failure as success.
PEN calls on the US government to stop prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act.
Campaigns against racism are spreading to other US universities.
"Mizzou" seems to be an affectionate nickname referring to the University of Missouri, used by people who work or study there. Since I have no relationship with that school, for me to use that nickname would mean pretending to an intimacy I don't have. Thus, I call the school by its official name.
There are no legal obstacles stopping Obama from ending the indefinite imprisonment of Guantanamo, if he wanted to.
Raising the minimum wage is often accompanied by decreased unemployment.
Two 14-year-olds in New York State face felony charges for making a video in which one of them has sex with someone else. Other students they sent the video to are being punished as well.
Provided the other star was involved voluntarily (information not available), then I think it is wrong to punish any of them.
It is even more clearly wrong to punish students for receiving a message containing the video. And parents that examine their children's phones to see if they have been sent sexts are held by this twisted law to have committed the same "felony".
Any law making it a crime to possess a copy of some text, photo or video is injustice, pure and simple.
The UK is giving increased subsidies to fossil fuels.
So this is why they have to make so many families homeless and hungry.
US citizens: call for making election day a national holiday.
US citizens: call on presidential candidates to support the goal of global zero nuclear weapons.
The Snooper's Charter would endanger computer security researchers in the UK.
There might be one way around this. If you publish info about the back door you found, encrypted, on a foreign site, and send the key to another foreign site that will publish the information in several months no matter what you subsequently say or do, you might then be safe discussing the matter with some foreign colleagues with a view to publishing it in a better way with better checking.
Of course, it's nuts to make security researchers go through these steps to protect themselves from state repression.
Modern slavery can be found in any industry.
Employers want immigrants to undercut wages for everyone else. Sometimes the immigrants are entirely willing. Sometimes they are threatened, exploited, or imprisoned. Either way, the overall result is that business owners around the world get more money, and workers get less.
Two British journalists imprisoned in Indonesia say that naval officers paid close attention to their case, while the UK's supposed help was incompetent.
Even though they had money to pay for some privileges in prison, they could not avoid the dirty food, and they could not get medicine when they got sick.
Timothy Johnson was convicted of murder based on a false confession, then exonerated as there was no real evidence against him. He says that the thugs dangled him off the side of a bridge to get him to confess.
They also laid false charges against his parents to put pressure on him.
Someone, presumably supporters of PISSI, murdered some Afghan Shi'ites by beheading them.
In response, crowds tried to storm the presidential palace, crying "Death to [President] Ghani, death to the Taliban."
I don't see why they want the former; but if Afghans remain fired up to fight the Taliban, they may have what it takes to defeat the Taliban.
A company that handles prisoners' phone calls, including with their lawyers, records them all. Even when prisoners talk with their lawyers. Someone just got these recordings and leaked them.
Leaking them en mass was wrong, but not as wrong about what this company (Insecurus?) did.
Colorado is considering a ballot initiative for single-payer health care.
I am concerned that this is not a large enough step to work. Many low-paid workers have been forced to be "independent contractors", and I think many of them can't afford to contribute 10% of their pay for medical care.
I don't see how health care for the unemployed would be covered, and I don't see anything to push gouging prices down. Perhaps the scheme has measures for this which are not mentioned in the article. If not, I think it won't work.
In the UK, ever more families are becoming homeless (even though the adults are working), and put into cramped shelters.
In the US, homeless families don't get shelters.
Republican candidates debated why and how to stop American workers from getting a wage.
Trump effectively admitted that globalization driven by business interests imposes poverty on most people. This globalization is not a natural phenomenon; it was imposed by those business interests through bad laws and worse "free trade" treaties. So let's get rid of those laws and treaty.
It is true that wages, and benefits, encourage employers to replace workers with machines. We can reduce this problem by funding Social Security and unemployment benefits from taxes that are independent of employment — taxes that businesses will have to pay even if they replace all workers with machines.
However, we must also block the forms of automation that would put many people out of work, until we establish a universal basic income so that people don't need employment.
Saudi Arabia compassionately released 74-year-old Karl Andree, who had been sentenced to 350 lashes for possession of drugs (specifically, wine).
The US has stopped repressing people for carrying wine, but you can get imprisoned for having other drugs.
New York City's replacement for solitary confinement turns out to be more or less solitary confinement with pepper spray.
Kyle Lydell Canty has applied for asylum in Canada because of racism in the US.
Modi's Hindu-nationalist government presides over repeated lynchings and attacks the pluralist basis of the Indian state.
Legal Battles to Protect The Environment 'Easier to Fight in China Than the UK'.
The EU has adopted requirements that products made in Israel's colonies in Palestine must be labeled specially, not as "Made in Israel".
Of course, the purpose of this labelling is discrimination — like all such required labelling. The discrimination in this case is not against Israel, but against its violations of international law by setting up colonies in Palestine and settling Israelis in them. This labelling will help people practice a narrow boycott against those colonies, much narrower than the boycott of nearly all Israeli institutions that Palestinians have called for.
I support the boycott of products of those colonies ("settlements").
The independent Angolan dictatorship has picked up the practices of the former Portuguese dictatorship that ruled Angola as a colony.
A writer describes how seeing a captive orca made him ashamed.
This article is packed with idiocy, such as the misused cliche "playing god", which is irrational even in its usual meaning.
However, I agree with its basic point that it is cruel to cage orcas.
The US government has ordered executive branch agencies not to read the copies of the CIA torture report that the Senate sent them.
This is based on a bizarre and twisted legal excuse, so it's clear that the goal is to stand up for torturers and torture.
The Tories choose not to see or believe the effects of their spending cuts.
The sale of exotic, endangered lizards as expensive pets could wipe out those species.
Survivors of the 1965-66 massacre in Indonesia continue trying to open investigation into those events, and continue to face censorship.
Australia may block an OECD deal to stop funding coal.
The US is upgrading some nuclear bombs to make them more "usable".
That is going in the wrong direction.
The University of Missouri had started attacking women's rights and was mistreating all its students. Resistance was widespread, and the black football players were joined in resistance by a large fraction of the campus.
Amnesty: Israeli Forces in Occupied Palestinian Territories Must End Pattern of Unlawful Killings.
Some of these Palestinians had attacked Israelis. Others hadn't done anything wrong.
Amnesty's point is that even when they had attacked someone with a knife, that doesn't call for shooting them when it was possible to arrest them, let alone for killing them by denying them medical care.
In Honduras, drug traffickers and palm-oil planters are working together to take land from indigenous people and deforest it.
Congress blocked Obama's plan to "close" the Guantanamo prison by moving imprisonment without trial to the US itself.
Obama's plan might perhaps be a scheme to end imprisonment without trial by supposing that the Supreme Court would grant them habias corpus. If so, it would be great provided it works — but with our current authoritarian Supreme Court, I would not count on that.
The Maldive "president" has cancelled the state of emergency.
Australia imprisoned Iranian refugee Fazel Chegeni in the privatized Christmas Island prison, apparently forever. He died trying to escape, and the other prisoners responded by rioting and destroying parts of their prison.
Thugs moved in and regained control, but it's not clear that's a good thing.
The UK's Snooper's Charter imposes a gagging requirement on everyone ordered to snoop on people. This is "the last policy discussion about surveillance before the mass gagging."
"Note that this section is absolute: it does not have exceptions, for example in relation to the public interest: such as the ability to discuss the benefit or downsides of part interception activities; no exception for talking about this to MPs, or other democratic representatives; or even to exculpate anyone who otherwise would be wrongfully found guilty."
US thug departments train thugs in how to shoot, but not in how to resolve a crisis without shooting. And the training says to shoot fast, without taking time to think. No wonder that's what they do.
Then the Supreme Court upholds an extreme level of immunity for them, so they are almost certain to get away with killings.
Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar played a sex worker in a film which Morocco banned. Then she was attacked by a mob on the street, and hospitals would not admit her. She fled the country.
I blame these events on the prejudice against sex workers. The film made prejudiced Moroccans uncomfortable by showing that sex workers exist there, so they took it out on her.
Many other laws reflect this prejudice, which I have never understood.
Portuguese celebrate because an anti-austerity coalition is going to take power.
The ICRC accused Saudi Arabia (backed by the US) of intentionally targeting hospitals in Yemen.
US citizens: ask congresscritters to sign the Ellison-Yarmuth-Dingell letter calling for a political resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
US citizens: phone your senators to oppose Obama's nomination of Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration.
He is too much in bed with the pharma companies to regulate them properly, and we must suspect he wouldn't want to try.
US citizens: Phone your congresscritter and say, don't move Guantanamo prison to the US. Each prisoner should be tried in a civilian US court, or freed.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
US citizens: call on members of Congress to support the SAVE Benefits Act.
US citizens: call on the EPA to take strong action against methane pollution.
US citizens: call on Congress to reject the TPP.
A mental health bill now in the US Congress would lead to forced medication.
When thugs say they are deterred from doing their job by the danger citizens' videos will reveal their unjust violence, it amounts to threatening an unofficial slowdown strike to demand restored impunity.
Where the UK Snooper's Charter is leading.
Facebook's app has started scanning photos people take with their phones.
The article says "camera", but that word is misleading; cameras do not have a Facebook app installed in them. This applies only to phones and tablets.
I suspect the face recognition is done by sending the photos to a Facebook server. If so, the server could do other things with those photos. It could save them and send them to Big Brother. From now on, when people want to snap me with a mobile, I will verify it does not have a Facebook app installed before I say yes.
House Anti-Science Committee Attempts to Suppress Climate Change Studies.
One way to fight back is by replacing the weak term that the denialists chose, "climate change", with something stronger such as "global heating" or "climate mayhem".
The EU is considering a law to declare linking to a page a violation of copyright.
It is too bad that the article uses the enemy's propaganda word, "protection", to refer to copyright.
The UK's attack on end-to-end encryption is serious, and its denials are clearly lies. It wants to force computer manufacturers and sellers to sabotage users' computers on demand to make their data decryptable.
However, encryption done in proprietary software can't be trusted anyway. Whether or not a state can force the company to sabotage it, the company might do so on its own initiative at any time. You can't rationally trust nonfree programs: they do computing for suckers.
When the author says "the services you and I use", apparently assuming that you and he use software you and he can't rationally trust, he says he's a sucker and he assumes you are too.
Nigeria Must Own Up to the Blood Shed for Oil.
The officials responsible for the murder of Ogoni environmental activists 20 years ago have not been punished or even censured, and some remain in positions of power today.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled against freedom of speech by endorsing censorship of opinions and even views about history. Evidently it doesn't fully support human rights. Respecting freedom of speech means respecting the right to state views we oppose.
Antisemitism is prejudice against a group of people which (in the usual interpretation) includes me. I disapprove of it, but I respect people's right to state that opinion or any other.
When a state mandates a specific position on a factual question, that makes it impossible to discuss that question frankly in that country.
Egyptian journalist Hossam Bahgat has been freed.
The article does not indicate whether the charges, publishing something that displeased the state, have been dropped.
Teenagers are threatened by laws that could jail them for sexting or inviting others to sext them.
I think it is unkind to pressure someone to sext, and I would not do that, even though pressuring is not equivalent to forcing. However, it is simply wrong to punish adolescents for sexting, or anything else sexual that they willingly do. Sex is the normal preoccupation of adolescents.
Although leprosy is curable, people in India whose bodies show harm done by the disease face various sorts of discrimination and cruelty.
I am shocked by the point about "grounds for divorce". Does India still require people present "grounds" if they want a divorce? If so, the change that's needed here is to eliminate that requirement.
Australia will take citizenship away from dual citizens convicted of terrorism crimes.
At least it is limited to those actually convicted. The previous proposal would have allowed officials to do this without a trial.
A US appeals court overturned Obama's executive order against deporting certain unauthorized immigrant children.
I don't want a large amount of immigration to the US, but people who were brought as children and have spend many years in the US should be allowed to become citizens.
The right-wing concern about "anchor babies" is due to a fear that is not based on facts.
Rightwingers Push 'Moral' Coal Only After They Doomed a Truly Moral Alternative.
The fossil fuel magnates pay lots smart but selfish people to say all sorts of bogus things in favor of using fossil fuels. We will see through them all, but will we do it soon enough to prevent disaster?
The thug whose gratuitous violence seems to have caused the death of Matthew Ajibade has received a light sentence including 15 weekends in jail.
Still, if every violent thug were sentenced this way, it might be enough to deter their violence.
A Belgian court will fine Facebook 250,000 euros per day unless it stops tracking people that don't have Facebook accounts.
The issue is that Facebook sends some visitors cookies. It is not clear that the court realizes that Facebook also tracks people who merely see a "Like" button.
Indian fishermen and farmers are suing the World Bank for investing in a giant coal-fired power plant where they live. The World Bank says it can't be sued in US courts.
Investing in burning coal is planet-roasting behavior. Young people, who may well be killed by climate mayhem, have grounds to use force to block the activities that threaten their lives.
The UK has killed an EU directive to limit trade in wildlife and toxic waste.
Netanyahu Has Never Actually Supported a Palestinian State, Despite What He Told Obama.
Saudi Arabia emptied its aquifer for agriculture; now all its wells are dry and it has no more agriculture. California is following the same path.
UVA Fraternity Sues Rolling Stone for $25m over Retracted Rape Article.
Europe's banksters demand Greece speed eviction of families that can't pay their mortgages, or its creditors won't get the next next batch aid.
It's a mistake to call these payments "aid", if that means aid for Greece.
Sex crimes are common among thugs in the US.
A Russian performance artist set fire to the door of the building used by what was formerly called the KGB, to point out that it's still there and still dangerous.
The author understates the danger from UK spy organizations. What they threaten to do, when they violate privacy, is imprison journalists' sources and thus endanger democracy. Even if they don't torture people like Russian and US spy organizations, that is still a terrible threat. Besides, the UK spy organizations did hand over people to Qadhafi for torture.
Narendra Modi: the Divisive Manipulator Who Charmed the World.
Four employees of a Hong Kong publisher have disappeared, separately. This is apparently the work of Chinese agents, perhaps with the help of Thailand.
The UK's surveillance bill would give the state the power to order companies to sabotage end-to-end encryption facilities that they provide to users.
This is one more reason why you shouldn't trust a nonfree program for encryption, on top of many other reasons. Basically, nonfree programs cannot deserve your trust; they do computing for suckers.
Development aid money is mostly wasted since only a tiny fraction goes to the local organizations that actually do work.
Blaming inequality and massive surveillance on digital technology is a handy excuse for politicians that want to increase inequality and surveillance.
Pollution in Ogoniland is just as bad now as it was 20 years ago when Nigeria executed protest leaders.
The National League for Democracy won the election for parliament in Burma, but the constitution has been rigged so as to limit its political power.
Suggesting a way to protect US teens from radicalization that won't backfire.
Global heating has reached 1C, and is still accelerating.
For plutocratist politicians, poor people's children are disposable: just blame all the consequences of poverty on their parents.
US citizens: call on Obama to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Netanyahu will continue the occupation until he faces enough pressure to make him change. If I were president of the US, I would tell Netanyahu that Israel will get US aid for one purpose only: building replacements in Israel for the colonies in Palestine, and demolishing those colonies.
"Palm oil: why do we care more about orangutans than migrant workers?"
It's simple. An individual migrant worker has more rights than an individual orangutan; but orangutans are an endangered species while humans are reproducing like weeds.
However, that question is purely theoretical; there is no practical reason to compare the two, because it's easiest to protect them both. Anything we do to prevent the enslavement of migrant workers on palm oil plantations will protect the orangutans, by discouraging the spread of palm oil plantations.
Two Thais accused of criticizing the royal family have died in prison.
Merely accusing them of this "crime" is an injustice.
Corruption is common in US state legislators.
Storm And Drought: What Europe Has to Fear from [global heating].
The NSA reports most of the bugs it finds in operating systems, but only after a delay while it uses them to attack computers.
Hossam Bahgat, Egyptian journalist and human rights activist, has been charged with "publishing false news".
"False news", in Egypt, means anything that doesn't come from the state.
Yemen: 'The children have a game called airstrike in which they fall to the ground'.
How long before they start playing "suicide bomber"?
Obama reportedly decided 2 years ago to reject Keystone XL, but waited for a "politically opportune time" to announce it.
Curbing global heating is a battle against time. If he had rejected Keystone XL earlier, the rejection would have boosted our side sooner.
US citizens: oppose building oil terminals in Washington State.
I used this as my text.
The Keystone XL pipeline has been cancelled. Please don't allow it to be replaced with oil trains to Washington State. We need to keep the tar sands oil in the ground, to avoid toxic spills and disastrous global heating. Oil trains will also cause fires repeatedly.
US citizens: protect marine mammals.
US citizens: call on Congress to defeat the TPP.
In the text of the letter, I replaced "Trans-Pacific Partnership" with "TPP", and added "This is a partnership of corporations to attack democracy, with some secondary and unimportant effects on trade."
SCROTUS are delaying the appointment of 32 US ambassadors, as a harassment technique.
Mexican real-life "superhero" Peatónito campaigns for safety for pedestrians.
A deceptive campaign in Florida to check the spread of home solar power just got a boost from a secret donor.
Since we don't know who the donor is, we can make up a fictional name for him without lying. We could call him "John Doe", or "The Crotch Brother".
Black football players at the University of Missouri have gone on strike demanding the resignation of the university president, who has not done much against racism on campus.
They are powerful because they bring in a lot of money to the school, and they are trying to use this to do some good. Bravo for them, but I think it is a shame that many Americans are obsessed with the artificial struggle of football and thus distracted from the real struggle against the plutocrats.
One of Haiti's presidential candidates, who came in second in the first round of voting, says the election was rigged by Martelly.
The UK's surveillance bill threatens investigative journalism by putting sources in danger.
Here's a case in point.
Another bill would attack journalism on another front, by hampering freedom of information access.
Donald Trump dares to point out that Dubya left the US wide open to the September 2001 terrorist attacks, even cancelling precautions that Clinton had set up.
I support the demand for a new investigation.
US citizens: call on Obama to use executive orders to close some gun sale loopholes.
Everyone: demonstrate on Nov 14 to end subsidies for fossil fuels.
US citizens: call on officials not to include fracking in any climate "solution".
US citizens: stand for ending gerrymandering.
The UK's housing crisis could be solved if the disused buildings were made available to live in. Instead, Tory policy is to put squatters in jail.
The UK's plans to chase "extremists" out of positions of influence remind me of McCarthyism.
Journalists in Zimbabwe were arrested for accusing officials of corruption (participating in hunting of elephants).
When globalization destroys local social relationships, it sparks local rivalries; these can attract to previously unimportant religious or ethnic differences and turn into hatred and violence.
A project sets out to summarize how various web services deny users' rights through their terms and conditions.
I doubt that competition will be effective for eliminating nasty conditions. The overall level of competition in this field is too low.
I think we need laws to limit what conditions essential digital services can impose. And rather than judging violations themselves, they should have to go to court in order to cut off service to anyone.
The writers festival in Bali was forced to cancel sessions about the 1965 massacre, but people discussed it anyway, and condemned the censorship.
Australia's secrecy about "special" violent intelligence operations extends to the point of refusing to say whether there have been any.
If an Australian agent on one of these operations kills your child, you will need to escape from Australia before you can safely say so.
The EU's proposed trade secrets directive bows down to business at the expense of journalism, workers, and public safety.
Trade secrecy is harmful to the public interest, and one of the supposed purposes of the patent system is to discourage trade secrecy.
How about discouraging it by not adopting laws to facilitate it?
The UK's threat to the privacy of reading on the internet is extremely dangerous.
So is the surveillance exercised by snooping web sites. We must put an end to all of it.
The thugs that killed 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis face charges of second-degree murder.
They should be prosecuted also for their false accusations.
Denmark's government wanted to sell out to fracking, but the people organized and blocked it.
Many famous Americans do or did support Democratic Socialism.
Unions are very effective at reducing inequality and preventing dooH niboR laws, according to an IMF study.
The summary of public comments about the proposed oil export terminals in Washington State mysteriously omits some comments that indicated dangers.
Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Mohtasib was shot dead by an Israeli soldier as he lay on the ground, already shot and wounded.
Israeli bulldozers have knocked down the Bedouin village of al-Araqib 90 times in just 5 years.
Each time, the villagers return and rebuild.
The 'Ferguson Effect' Is Just a Ploy to Reduce Scrutiny of the Police.
Six myths about the "free market".
The market system is a useful tool, but if all you have is a market system, everything starts to look like it's for sale.
Amnesty accuses Assad's regime of secretly imprisoning 60,000 people. Some were tortured.
Their relatives can't get any information about them, except underground.
You can't trust judges to effectively restrain spies equipped with total access.
The experience with the FISA court shows this is true in the US as well.
As states bind themselves by treaty not to regulate businesses, they are left with no tools except to ask them to "voluntarily self-regulate". And this method usually fails, because businesses don't really carry out the self-regulation.
"Governments are liberating global corporations from the rule of law and leaving them to rip the world apart."
US snooping agencies were ordered to set up contacts for complaints, but they have ignored the order for 17 years.
Canadians are already campaigning to press the new prime minister to take real action to curb global heating.
I wish they would replace the term "climate change", imposed by Dubya's officials because it downplays the danger, with one that does justice to the importance of the issue.
The impunity of thugs in the US goes to absurd lengths: a thug who shot a tased man who was lying on the ground face down was acquitted because she said she was afraid of him.
Even if he had had pulled a gun, and shot, he was not likely to hit her under those circumstances.
Next time, a thug will say, "Yes, he was sitting on the ground with his hands in the air, but I was afraid he would think deadly thoughts and kill me with telepathy." And get acquitted.
US thugs kill so many people because they have been taught to kill whenever they see even a shadow of a shade of a threat. We have to change that training and that attitude. There are other countries that teach a different approach.
Several EU countries want to keep their sleazy low-tax deals with multinational companies secret from investigating MEPs.
Nine Out of Ten of the Internet's Top Websites Are Leaking Your Data . To data brokers, that is.
I follow the recommendations at the end of the article.
Obama wants to "close Guantanamo prison" by transferring imprisonment without trial to Colorado.
This would normalize imprisonment without trial, which is bad; however, it might also make it easier for these prisoners to get the benefit of the US constitution in the courts.
The US must try or release each of these prisoners.
The whole staff of the Elsevier's paywalled journal Lingua have quit to start a new libre journal .
Facebook found another social network to be a source of spam links, so it banned all mention of that site's name anywhere.
A perverse law requires the US government to keep at least 34,000 possibly-unauthorized immigrants in prison at any time, regardless of whether there is any good reason to do so.
The motive for this law seems to be to assure the profits of private prisons.
Hundreds of prisoners in one of these private prisons are on hunger strike. The prison company says there is no hunger strike, but the leaders of the supposedly nonexistent strike are being punished with solitary confinement, persistent cold, isolation from their families, etc.
These prisoners have not been convicted of a crime, and some will win appeals and be granted US residency. Although the prison executives' motive for punishing them for not eating is obvious, they have no grounds to do so.
Who Will the U.S. Declare President of Haiti This Time?
A teacher in Kansas showed a film in class to open students' eyes to what it feels like to be bullied for homosexuality has faced bullying from right-wing parents , but has decided not to resign.
Bravo! Resigning would endorse the bullies' position.
The UK government plans to prohibit renting out a bedroom smaller than 6.5 square meters.
This will make the housing shortage a little worse, though not as much as the other bad things that it is doing. Rather than subdivide a bedroom, several people will sleep in the same bed, medieval style.
The government's responsibility is to make enough space for people to live in available at a decent price. As long as it fails to do this, people will suffer one way or another.
For 15 years, death rates among middle-aged white men in the US have increased : this now adds up to half a million additional deaths.
The natural explanation is that dooH niboR policies made their lives collapse.
It should be noted that blacks still have it even worse.
US retailers recognize that most Americans can't afford to buy much.
The US economy is rigged in many ways to redistribute wealth to the rich .
Let's pass laws to take it back from them.
One day before the US bombed the MSF hospital in Kunduz, a US official asked if any Taliban were "holed up" there. The MSF said that the only Taliban there were disarmed patients being treated.
The MSF in Kunduz called their US army contact about the attack, but the attack continued for 45 more minutes.
MSF reminds the US that wounded patients in a hospital are not legitimate military targets.
US officials continue trying to shut down or pressure organizations by intimidating credit card companies.
The article makes a mistake when it refers to "johns who engage in trafficking". When prostitutes are trafficked, pimps are typically involved in the crime, but johns probably not.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed an old Palestinian woman who was driving a car in Hebron. This seems to have provoked retaliation on various occasions.
Seymour Hersh reported in 2014 that the sarin attack in Syria, attributed to Assad's army, was actually a false-flag attack carried out by Turkey in connection with al-Nusra (al-Qa'ida).
He also said that the US had armed Syrian rebels in cooperation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar since 2012, exporting arms from Libya by way of the Benghazi consulate. The US stopped this after the Benghazi consulate was attacked, but the other three countries continued.
An interview with Noam Chomsky.
The FBI says it has given up on demanding back doors in encryption software.
That doesn't mean it won't try again next year.
Increasing rubber production could lead to massive deforestation and extinction of many species.
Ben Carson's religion is more crazy than fundamentalist.
Arundhati Roy says she was not shocked by murder of secularists in India, because that's what she expected of this government.
Opponents of Nepal's new constitution are trying to force it to change the constitution by blockading imports from India.
Could Assad become Schrödinger's dictator, politically alive and politically dead at the same time?
Israelis revel in videos in which real soldiers or thugs, egged on by rabid mobs, really shoot harmless Palestinians.
Arabs in Israel know that anyone can murder them with impunity. All of Israel is Ferguson for them.
The TPP will allow banks to sue for "compensation" for any regulations they don't like, including possible reinstatement of the Glass Seagall Act.
Cruel US policies are driving many middle-aged white males to commit suicide.
Sad to say, the relatives of these men probably won't associate the effect with the right-wing cause.
The article speculates that blacks are better able to cope with poverty; they may be psychologically or socially ready for it.
Ben Carson admitted lying in his autobiography about being offered a scholarship to West Point.
Such lies have ruined many a career, but right-wing crazies are often immune.
Senators Sanders and Warren proposed a bill that would close a tax loophole for hedge funds and give the money to retired people, disabled people, and veterans.
Some of the added tax money would go into the Social Security trust fund.
One page summarizes many specific injustices and damage of the TPP.
This is in addition to the general injustice of allowing companies to sue governments for reducing their profits.
A psychological experiment found that children from secular families are more altruistic and more harsh in judging other people than children from Christian and Muslim families.
Since many psychological studies turn out to be irreproducible results, I would not treat this as thoroughly established based on one study.
Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.
Although he ultimately made the right decision, the fact that he took years to make it means that this is not greatly to his credit.
Obama now has a bigger climate decision to make, in the Paris climate summit, and so far he is not pushing very hard to avoid disaster.
The UN predicts millions of climate refugees.
The UK took action against the Muslim Brotherhood under pressure from a threat by the UAE to cut arms purchases.
US citizens: call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Saudi Arabia.
Palm oil palms have already been illegally planted on recently burned Indonesian forest areas.
If complicated supply chains make it hard to stop this, then the supply chains must be simplified, whether the companies want this or not. Since the CO2 emissions from these fires threaten all civilization, force is certainly justified.
Now that Google has made location tracking a feature, the state can subpoena a person's location history going back years.
Communicating with a service from your own computer using a mobile device, and not going through Tor, is for suckers.
Injustices in the EU's proposal for snooping borders.
India has ordered Greenpeace India to shut down.
The carbon pledges of the world's countries are only half what's probably needed to remain under 2C of heating.
Obama has acknowledged that there is no prospect of a peace deal between Israel and Palestine while Obama remains in office.
The reason for this is that Obama has no intention of doing what is required for a peace deal: putting pressure on the Israeli government. Netanyahu is against peace, and will reject it as long as the US lets him get away with that.
Lower Austria, one of the states in Austria, now uses only renewable electricity.
This does not mean it has eliminated greenhouse gas emissions. It still burns fossil fuel for other purposes, and that must be reduced next.
Netanyahu's new spokesman called the Iran nuclear deal "antisemitism."
This is part of Israel's persistent dishonest campaign of labeling anything but blanket support for Israeli policy as "antisemitism".
Nuclear energy is too slow to develop to play a substantial role in avoiding global heating disaster. It is so expensive that it sucks money away from the efficient renewable energy that we should be building as fast as possible.
New York State is investigating Exxon's climate lies.
Volkswagen admits understating the fuel consumption of some car models.
Another US thug shot himself (not fatally) and then claimed someone else had shot him.
Perhaps this is the true "Ferguson effect": encouraging thugs to lie even more than before.
The Theater of Security Agency is pitifully incompetent at finding weapons and explosives.
Analyzing the consequences of Bush's conquest of Iraq.
Two Turkish editors published an edgy headline and are charged with starting a rebellion.
This insane exaggeration reminds me of how Aaron Swartz was treated in the US.
Bogus charges resulting from exaggeration are wrong in any country.
US citizens: oppose the plan to build a big shopping mall next to the Grand Canyon.
Seattle's innovative public campaign funding system lets each voter dispose of $100 to municipal campaigns.
Also in Seattle, children are suing the state for not limiting CO2 emissions.
There's a significant chance that global heating, by 2070, will cause catastrophe, and kill them.
Obama has slightly softened the policies that usually keep ex cons out of public housing.
A century ago, ex cons could get most kinds of work, and were not excluded from most places to live. This helped them go straight.
Vacationing parents face charges for leaving their children on the beach, from which they would walk back to the campground along a footpath.
The Pentagon pays professional sports to promote a militarist version of "patriotism".
If patriotism is love of one's country, then the core of patriotism is campaigning to make that country deserve to be loved.
US citizens: call on congress to support peace negotiations for Syria and support compromise rather than continued war.
US citizens: call for an investigation with a view to prosecuting Exxon for lying about the danger of global heating.
President Bush 1 felt bored with his job once he didn't have a war to make it exciting.
Nick Clegg, former UK deputy prime minister, says that very few ministers were informed about massive digital snooping.
The US government funded the Iraqi National Congress which generated false "intelligence" that reported Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
This gave the Bush regime raw material for its distorted intelligence reports, which we now know were used to provide "reasons" for a war that Bush had already decided to launch (but pretended he had not).
The Afghan government made a business deal with a banker that is in prison for corruption.
The UK's planet-roasting government plans to kill off community-scale renewable energy products.
Obama has published the text of the TPP, and it would give foreign companies the power to demand relaxation of food inspection, even to demand approval of GMOs and demand that they not be labeled.
It's literally a treaty to allow Treacherous Plutocratic Poison.
It provides handouts to fossil fuel companies. For instance, they could sue states and cities that ban fracking.
It criminalizes whistleblowers that reveal a company's criminal "trade secrets", such as for instance that cigarette companies knew that their products caused cancer and that Exxon knew its products caused global heating.
This in addition to prohibiting breaking digital handcuffs
Sanders points out that companies could demand "compensation" for increases in the minimum wage.
Here are many other bad things that have just been discovered in the text.
This should be no surprise. The TPP was designed to be a corporate supremacy treaty, mislabeled as a "trade agreement", and that's what was designed.
A SCROTUS has sabotaged a congressional investigation into drug companies that greatly increase prices.
Cheney wanted to use nuclear weapons against Iraq and Iran.
US thugs have organized pressure campaigns against prominent people that criticize them even a little.
They are arrogant as well as dishonest.
Another variation on restoring the Voting Rights Act has been proposed.
Most Republican officials are in favor of voter suppression. They want power, and regard democracy as an obstacle. They appointed people to the Supreme Court that would overturn crucial parts of the Voting Rights Act, and having won that victory over poor and minority US citizens, they are not going to give it up.
"It Will Become a Prison": Palestinians of Hebron Required to "Register" in Preparation for Severe New Restrictions.
This is in the name of "protecting" a group of Israeli fanatics that insisted on living in the middle of an Arab town, and got the government's support to keep them there at any cost (to Palestinians).
Meanwhile, Israel closed a Palestinian radio station in Hebron, accusing it of "incitement" to violence.
The Israeli actions that support keeping those fanatics in Hebron do more to incite Palestinian violence than any radio station could.
A former Israeli soldier, who was stationed in Hebron, says more or less the same thing.
The Israeli's use of a colony in Hebron as the base for continued ethnic cleansing of the surrounding neighborhood of Hebron is a microcosm of the policy of the occupation as a whole.
Israel continues authorizing additional extensions of its colonies in Palestine.
A supporter of Deepak Chopra criticizes Wikipedia's practice in editing the page about him.
Chopra's metaphysical statements are unsupported by what is actually known in quantum physics. They are extraordinary claims, and would require extraordinary proofs. Proofs would entail a systematic series of experiments that Chopra hasn't reported doing. This is pseudoscience, and it is good that Wikipedia makes this clear.
It is also true that patients may die from using "alternative medicine" instead of scientific medicine — Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous example of this, though we are arguably better off without him — and it is Wikipedia's responsibility to point this out.
However, some of the practices described in the article do seem wrong to me. Two clear examples are those about the Yoga section and the bibliography. That's why I am posting this note.
Real scientists sometimes propose strange metaphysical hypotheses, but they recognize that these are speculative and don't present them as certain truths.
I am disappointed that the article refers to Wikipedia as "open source", thus misrepresenting the meaning of "free" in "free encyclopedia".
Everyone: call on NBC not to have Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live.
Science of the Seance : Why Speaking to Spirits is Talking to Yourself.
It seems unjust to convict Anna Stubblefield of sexual assault, since she believed she had been given positive consent.
Australia's face database lends itself to creeping tyranny , and there is nothing to block the creep.
A Guantanamo prisoner, Ravil Mingazov, wants to join his family in England. A US court found there was no evidence to justify holding him in prison.
Many US thug departments are sloppy about using tasers , and every so often this kills someone — usually someone who was unarmed and no danger to anyone.
US prosecutors systematically exclude blacks from juries using various forms of deceit.
Censorship of criticism of religion afflicts Lebanon too.
A US special forces team in Afghanistan seems to have tortured dozens of prisoners and killed 17 of them.
The UK's snooping bill offers "protections" with loopholes so big that they are hardly meaningful.
The bill is deceptive, presenting so-called safeguards that are not what they appear to be.
A tax on flying could raise a lot of money for dealing with global heating.
But we would be fools to spend it on "adapting" when we could instead spend it on curbing the problem itself.
Curbing global heating is a very profitable investment. The US should go in a lot more.
Scientists warned President Johnson about global heating in 1965.
A research project is trying to breed corals that can cope with heat and acidity.
If the project is successful, it might preserve a few of the hundreds of species of corals. It's better than nothing, but it would be far better to curb our CO2 emissions.
A sculpture in honor of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed by a military dictatorship 20 years ago, was seized by the Nigerian government on account of its political message.
San Francisco voters rejected an initiative to limit how many days per month a room can be rented out.
I am not sure this would have helped the problem of high rents at all, but at best it would have done a tiny bit.
What San Francisco needs is lots and lots of housing construction. But the home owners don't want that.
Bank of America says that half the jobs in the US might be automated in the next 20 years.
Plutocratist rulers will use this as an opportunity to cut wages for the remaining jobs, and will shuffle the surplus humans around until they die.
Louisiana thugs shot at driver Chris Few, and killed him and his son.
The are obfuscating the situation by saying that maybe Few had a gun and shot his own son, but this seems to be pure fabrication.
The thugs have admitted that Few was not shooting at them (he didn't have a gun). They claimed Few was backing up his car towards them, but the evidence shows that was false too.
The EU is proposing to take the fingerprints of visitors to the EU.
I think that would mean a lot of countries I would never visit again.
Sanders has introduced legislation to end the federal war on marijuana, leaving the decision about its legality clearly to the states.
The thug who attacked and paralyzed Sureshbhai Patel, an old man who was simply walking next to his son's house, has had a deadlocked jury for the second time.
This indicates that some aspect of the system needs to be changed.
The EU must stop member states from competing to offer businesses the biggest opportunities for tax dodging.
Murdoch has fired hundreds of employees of the "National Geographic" magazine, which he bought from the National Geographic Society. This suggests that all the worst fears about what he would do it are true.
VW says that some of its cars emit more CO2 in real use than in tests.
The Rohingya minority in Burma have been blocked from voting and from running for office.
The US rejected TransCanada's request to delay consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline. This means that Obama can make the decision, if he does not delay it instead.
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that growing and smoking marijuana are legal.
PISSI may have brought down a Russian airliner with a bomb smuggled on board.
It may have been difficult, but if they did it, it was not impossible.
Clinton distorts Sanders' words as an excuse to call him racist and sexist.
To prevent an opposition rally, the Maldives government has declared a "state of emergency".
The leader of the opposition is the legitimately elected president, who was removed in a coup.
Egyptians protested al-Sisi in London, since he has crushed all dissent in Egypt.
A US thug committed suicide, making it look like murder, because he was about to be caught stealing from charity.
Other thugs tried to use this to condemn Black Lives Matter.
Sanders has proposed a bill to close off fossil fuel extraction from US public lands.
The UK has cancelled its push to impose fracking in "Sites of Special Scientific Interest".
That's good, but fracking elsewhere can poison the water for people and farms.
Corruption and peculation are rife in the Vatican.
A Koch brother admits that he expects something in return for his campaign contributions. In fact, he gets plenty for them.
Iran admits sentencing two poets to around 10 years in prison for "insulting religion".
If you want to see a worse insult against Iran's religion, their sentence is one.
If their appeals are not successful, it may be time for an international poetry campaign to insult Iran's religion for its censorship.
British journalists were sentenced to short prison terms for making a documentary in Indonesia that the Indonesian government didn't like. Their local employees might be jailed for years.
In the name of avoiding inconveniences, public protests in Jakarta have been limited to unusual "free speech zones" and required to keep quiet.
Shame on Indonesia for this censorship.
Renewable energy not only helps avoid disaster, it also helps spread the wealth.
Australia says it is unhappy about the multiple human rights violations of Nauru.
If Australia were serious about this, it could easily make Nauru change its policies. I suspect that Australia has encouraged these policies so as to cover up the treatment meted out to the refugees Australia sends to Nauru.
Ohio voters defeated a corrupt proposal to legalize marijuana, perhaps because they didn't like the corrupt aspect.
Traditional beer brewing has ceased to function in Belgium because of global heating.
The prime minister of Romania has resigned because of protests against corruption.
China appears to be underreporting coal consumption by as much as 17%.
Australia's right-wing government is no longer led by a suppository, but it still plans increased dooH niboR. Now it plans a big increase in VAT (a kind of sales tax) , which will put the burden mainly on the poor.
What's really called for is an increase in income tax for high earners, or the progressive income tax on businesses that I've proposed .
Students protested today in London demanding a return to gratis university education.
The Taliban have an assassination program for journalists.
The UK plans to ban companies from offering encryption they can't break.
If big companies surrender to this, other countries will make the same demand.
The UK's new attack on privacy , spelled out.
Conservative food use-by dates tend to generate food waste.
I would not blame the supermarkets so much. They will face public criticism when goods don't last to their "use by" dates.
It is no use urging people to learn and remember rules about how long food lasts. The fraction of people who regularly cook is much less nowadays, and those who don't do this won't be motivated to learn them. We will inevitably depend on what the supermarket says.
When US thugs rape, the victims hardly ever report it . They believe, and I suspect they are right, that the other thugs will defend the rapists.
The EPA concluded that glyphosate is not an endocrine disruptor, but the evidence was provided by Monsanto, which means we can't rely on it.
People who do Google searches for "need money fast" see ads for companies called "lead generators" that put them on a list of potential suckers.
If you do a Google search in a way that doesn't hide who and where you are, including use of Tor, not specifying any account, and blocking cookies, you do seem to be a sucker.
A fanatical Israeli "settler" set fire to Palestinians' olive trees while a team from Rabbis for Human Rights was trying to protect them by serving as witnesses. Official firefighters did not arrive soon, so the president of Rabbis for Human Rights tried to put the fire out himself. The fanatic did not like this and tried to stab him.
The thugs took their time arriving, making sure the fanatic could get away, and then called the Rabbis presence a "provocation" against the fanatics.
I have to wonder if the firemen stayed away because coming to put out this fire would have been considered a "provocation".
Israel has been slowly cutting off the non-central parts of Jerusalem where Arabs live, and those Arabs themselves. Recently it became clear that this is aimed at the goal of cutting them all off.
East Jerusalem has one hospital, so wounded Palestinian protesters all go there. Israel has recently been raiding the hospital and harassing the doctors, even shooting tear gas inside the hospital.
They could kill patients that way.
Qadhafi's forces did not massacre civilians in the Libyan rebel cities they recaptured.
When Clinton warned there would be a massacre in Benghazi, this claim had no support from intelligence.
The intervention was, it seems, intended simply to remove Qadhafi from power . Although for a time it appeared to lead towards democracy, it led to chaotic violence that spread beyond Libya.
I've decided to spell the name "Qadhafi" because that follows the standard transliteration of Arabic. "Gaddafi" is more common, but not correct.
Right-wing US politicians invented the "liberal media" claim in the 1950s. In fact, the US mass media were predominantly right-wing then, before, and since.
Ayatollah Khamenei says that the slogan "Death to America" refers to US policies and arrogance, not the the American nation.
This makes a big difference. If Iran declares a wish for genocide against Americans, we would have to consider Iran an enemy. But when it condemns only how the US government treats and has treated Iran (and possibly some other countries), Americans can easily recognize valid points in that criticism. This provides a basis for patriotic Americans to push for the changes in the US needed for reconciliation with Iran.
The remaining cause of friction between the US and Iran has to do with the Iranian regime's oppression of Iranians. Progressive Americans really care about these injustices. US plutocrats probably don't. If the US were to support Iran totally, that would be wrong, just as it is wrong for the US to support Saudi Arabia and Egypt today.
When Khamanei dies, there may be an opportunity for diplomats to lead both countries to correct their wrongs.
Christiana Figueres, the UN's head climate official, says that China is trying very hard to move to clean energy, while the US is dragging its feet.
In China, the state is a plutocrat. In the US, private plutocrats control the state. As a result, China is capable of making an investment for long-term good, while the US is blocked by the plutocrats.
The UK government is treating help for women facing domestic violence as it is treating renewable energy.
Calling for a Jewish-Arab peace and justice party in Israel.
Non-extremist imams in Afghanistan teach the use of birth control.
Russia says it arrested the director of the Ukrainian library because it had a banned book. The deputy director says that the banned book in question was not theirs; that Russian thugs planted it to frame them.
We don't need to ask which one is telling the truth, because the Russian state is wrong either way. It is wrong to ban books.
Companies that try to sell "smart guns" (with access control) in the US have faced violent threats.
The access control in these guns is not DRM, because it is under the control of the gun owner.
Chelsea Manning calls for replacing the FISA court with courts that will make it their mission to resist unreasonable searches.
Limiting access to digital dossiers is not sufficient to protect whistleblowers from being identified. We need to redesign digital systems so that they don't collect digital dossiers, except about court-designated targets.
A thug from near Detroit shows how much violence a thug can get away with in the US. Finally he is being prosecuted.
As UK transfers its spending from poor people to nuclear power plants, more people are homeless. In once city, volunteers have organized to give them breakfast.
That will work for a while, but as the Tories continue cutting further, many of those now giving will join the hungry or the homeless.
As Aneurin Bevan said, the Tories are lower than vermin.
Apple censored an app to display videos presented at the Chaos Communications Congress because it did not censor presenters as Apple demands.
Apple's censorship is wrong, now as always, and designing computers as platforms for censorship should be illegal.
However, it is also wrong to make proprietary apps for the iThing. The Chaos Computer Club should do its streaming on the World Wide Web using a freedom-respecting video format.
TransCanada has tried to delay its application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, hoping to defer the decision to the next president.
Perhaps it is betting the next president will be bought. Or perhaps it's no longer profitable. Obama may still be able to veto it if he wishes.
I often referred to Keystone XL as the "planet-roaster pipeline", because it would enable the export of a decisively dangerous amount of tar sends oil.
This does not mean that avoiding the Keystone XL will make us safe. We need to leave 80% of the world's known fossil fuels in the ground, just to keep global heating to under 2C. There are many fossil fuel projects that could roast our planet, many chances to fail.
In the real World Series, humanity vs plutocrats, humanity is losing. We need to win nearly every game from here on.
Australia's latest horrible idea: passports that are only data in a server.
They call them "cloud passports", using the standard buzzword. There is no "cloud" — only other people's computers.
The passport data would be stored in some computer, but whose? And how will that computer be run?
Storing passports as data in some server will eliminate the problem that tens of thousand of passports are lost or stolen (mostly lost) individually, and introduce the problem that millions could be stolen at once digitally.
I suspect this will also involve a lot more biometric data than now.
An Indian singer faces possible life imprisonment for criticizing the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state.
The chief minister, in India, is the equivalent of a governor in the US.
I don't agree with the singer's position in favor of banning alcohol. I have no idea whether the chief minister profits from sales of alcohol. It is not clear whether the singer accused the chief minister personally, or the state government, of getting profits from alcohol.
What is important is that saying such things must not be a crime.
Soda companies fund "health" organizations to corrupt them so that they won't take action to lead people to drink less soda. They also promote campaigns for people to exercise more, so as to deny space to campaigns to drink less soda.
Soda with sugar leads to obesity, but soda with sugar substitutes is not innocuous; they tend to confuse the brain.
US citizens: call for closing the carried interest loophole.
Researchers say that ice in Western Antarctica is irreversibly retreating — there is no way to prevent it from raising sea level by 3 meters, though that will take centuries.
In many countries, the US practices a foreign policy that is wicked (and absurd too).
US citizens: call for prosecution of Exxon for fraudulently denying global heating.
US citizens: call on Pelosi to file a discharge petition for a gun-control bill.
This discharge petition is a step towards reducing the number of discharges of guns.
An LA thug has been sentenced to prison because he let his deputies beat up a man who came to visit his brother in jail.
The rule that visitors can't bring portable phones may be legitimate, but there is no reason to beat them up if they have one. Anyway, doesn't each prisoner have a cell phone?
Pentagon Spent $43m on 'World's Most Expensive Gas Station' in Afghanistan.
There's No Perfect Answer to the Migrant Crisis. We need to change foreign policies that have destabilized so many countries and driven millions to flee.
The replacements for ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons turn out to be powerful greenhouse gases; we need to switch again.
Wang Yam was convicted of murder in the UK by a secret court. Why is the evidence secret? That's a secret too.
Wang Yam is now trying to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, but the government has arbitrarily vetoed this.
A discussion of sex-work trafficking in Wisconsin has been totally confused, because it is based on blindly labeling work by teenagers as "trafficking", and equating their customers to pimps.
Thus, when the article talks of "rescuing" minors from sex work, we can't tell how many have indeed been rescued from pimps, and how many saw their customers arrested and felt compelled to pretend to be grateful.
No good can come from willful blindness about this difference.
Minors that do sex work are called "trafficked" even if they do it by choice and have the option to stop at any time. No wonder that, according to the article, many of the minors that are "rescued" from "trafficking" choose freely to go back to it. Maybe they chose it freely the first time, too.
The article acknowledges that they do this because their other options are very bad. That's where they could use some help. But the state of Wisconsin won't give them that.
His policies are just the thing to force poor people into some sort of underground economy.
The Antarctic ice sheet is gaining thickness inland due to increased precipitation there.
This doesn't alter the observed rise in sea level, so it means the increase is coming from some other unknown source.
SCROTUS and Obama imposed the "sequester" as a "compromise" to cut the US budget in all areas. Now they have a new "compromise" that expands the war budget, while threatening Social Security and Medicare.
Selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, when the low price suggests buying it instead, is sabotage of the treasury. "Buy high, sell low" is stupid, except when (as here) it is worse than stupid. Ultimately, plutocratist politicians betray the country to their paymasters.
SCROTUS stands for Sleazy Congressional Republicans Of The United States.
In Burma, Buddhist extremists attack women's rights, sex education, and any discussion about sex.
The Buddha would advise those monks to question their attachment to those prejudices.
I expect there is a word in Burmese for "vagina", but it was omitted from the dictionary because it is considered too rude.
Mandatory, organized fun as part of a job is a form of manipulation.
Japanese companies pushed this to extreme lengths. Someone I know, who had no tolerance for alcohol and had to avoid it, had no choice but to work for a government lab, because all companies would require him to get drunk as part of "leisure" activities.
The suppository of all carbon emissions, Tony Abbott, succeeded in cutting renewable energy investment in Australia by almost 1/3.
Even 2C of global heating will do great harm. Drastic action is needed to avoid climate mayhem, and it doesn't look like leaders are prepared to do it.
It isn't certain that 2C of heating is possible. It might be that once warming goes beyond 1.5C (or 1.75, or 1.25, or some such amount), a positive feedback will kick in and push the heating up to 2.5C (or 3C, or 4C, or 5C, or some such amount). We are playing with fire, and the only certainty is that we must stop.
Ukraine's Russia-supported rebels are unhappy now that Putin is dialing down that war.
Haitian President Martelli is using government vehicles painted with Red Cross markings to carry false ballots to rig the election.
Pacific Islands Make Last-Ditch Plea to World Before Paris Climate Change Talks.
They will be inundated, and their people have no recognized right to go anywhere else.
Monitors say that Turkey's election was unfair.
Haiti's US-imposed president Martelli unilaterally gave each minister a golden parachute of $46,000, although the treasury is supposed to be empty.
The whole dirty story about the school thug's violent attack on the orphaned teenager because she would not give her phone to the teacher.
The teacher, the principal, and then the thug, were all defending the principle of total obedience.
The clash of two world-views about wolf-whistles and compliments.
In the posted highlights of the hours of video made by a woman walking in New York City, some men were very pushy and wouldn't take no for an answer. That's clearly harassment. Even some brief remarks were harsh in their attitude. It is unkind to treat someone that way.
However, there is no need to consider kind complements as harassment. This is not a subjective question. You can get offended when someone says "hello", but that doesn't mean we consider your offense justified.
Billionaires including the Koch brothers suppress criticism by donating money to universities, museums, public TV, etc.
The Gates Foundation has done something similar in the field of US education.
For a university to do what Florida State University did, and let donors choose their professors, is a despicable surrender. It would be well for students there to picket the economics department ever year for this.
Ohio proposes to legalize selling marijuana, only for certain specific companies that have invested in advance.
The 'anti-Knowledge' of the elites in Washington goes unchallenged by the established press.
Standardized tests can have the effect of racial profiling.
The English Regent's Exam tests for a real skill, and the people who fail that test really lack that skill. Is that important? That depends on what they are going to do.
I speak French well enough to give speeches, have useful meetings with public officials, and write articles for publication (though they require editing by others). But I could not pass the French equivalent of the English Regent's Exam, because there are many French words and idiomatic expressions I don't know, and many references I would not catch.
Would my failure on that hypothetical test be significant? Is my command of French adequate or not? That depends on what activity I am going to do. For understanding le Canard enchainé, I am hopelessly incompetent; for championing free software in French, I seem reasonably capable.
Likewise, whether someone's failure on the English Regent's Exam is a real shortcoming depends on what you want that person to do. If it is to have sophisticated conversations in English the way an educated native speaker can, it is a real shortcoming and you should look for someone else. For college study in a field other than English, the failure at that exam may not matter.
SXSW cancelled panels about online harassment, giving way to online harassment. In response to criticism, it has brought them back, and added more.
Gamergate Didn't Fade Into Obscurity. We Just Stopped Noticing Its Existence.
It is cowardly to cancel an event because of threats — especially online threats, which are generally nothing but bombast.
A fungus is going to kill 90% of the UK's ash trees. Should genetic modification be used to make ash trees that can survive the fungus?
It seems plausible to me. These trees won't be fed to people, and pesticide won't be used on them; that eliminates two of the main issues. Furthermore, since the wild type is being wiped out anyway, there is no need to be concerned that it will be contaminated by the inserted gene.
Hurrah for Female Bosses, But Let's Not Forget Their Cleaners.
I would go further. What matters about the people corporate boardrooms is not their gender, but that they have too much power and get too much money. The poorly-paid female employees, and male employees too, deserve a higher wage.
The state can learn a lot about you from your phone call metadata.
6 Spooky Ways Local Law Enforcement Is Watching You.
I think we must prohibit several of these systems.
Upcoming UN Climate Summit Can't Overlook China's Support of Global Coal Power.
When US officials prosecute thugs, thugs organize retaliation , in the form of private and even official noncooperation, as well as frame-ups.
This is why they all deserve the name of "thugs". Anyone in Albuquerque who claims the honorable title of "police officer" should validate that claim by publicly denouncing these retaliation campaigns and affirming that thugs shouldn't get away with murder.
Moving your money out of the big Wall Street banks can be 20 times as effective as it appears .
The Library of Congress approved several specific three-year exemptions to the DMCA's prohibition on breaking DRM (digital restrictions management).
However, since the exemptions do not allow distributing the means to actually do so, they may in some cases be impossible to take advantage of.
The campaigns for these exemptions are a harmful distraction which saps energy from what we really need: to repeal what the DMCA says about DRM. It should be a crime to make systems with DRM.
The article uses the ill-advised term "digital locks" to refer to digital restrictions mechanisms. See the explanation of why that term is a bad analogy, and please join me in not using it.
The Corporations United (*) decision allows companies to tell their employees how to vote , and one big investor is trying to do this through all the companies he invests in.
This shows why we need a constitutional amendment that denies across the board that corporations are entitled to human rights — not just in regard to campaign spending.
* The front group used the misleading term "Citizens United"; there is no reason for us to join it in misleading people about what it represented.
Republicans in several state legislatures have passed laws to pre-empt cities from regulating areas such as minimum wage and fracking; and they remove local voter initiatives from the ballot, so that the city cannot challenge the validity of the state's pre-emption.
A German investigation has determined that the NSA spied pervasively on the German government.
Intellectual freedom in in the UK is threatened by the right-wing state and by left-wing students.
Now that the Somali pirates have been suppressed, illegal foreign fishing boats have returned to the area.
Shaker Aamer suffers from PTSD and will need years of treatment.
US citizens: insist that BP get no tax break from its damage payments.
US citizens: call on Obama to adopt the People's Climate Test.
US citizens: call on the Senate to maintain the rules for labeling meat by country of origin.
Indonesia's forest fires, a scheme for deforestation, have made half a million people sick in the region.
Four more secularist publishers and writers have been attacked in Bangladesh.
Obama said he has become disenchanted with standardized tests, and proposes a limit on them — but not a real reduction.
The issue is not how many hours students spend taking the tests, but how much their studies are shaped around the tests, and how the tests are used. Bigger policy changes are needed.
The FBI director admits he has no objective basis for claiming that Black Lives Matter protests caused a recent increase in crime. But he will blame them anyway.
He also blames the fact that people can use videos to demonstrate the crimes that thugs commit. His argument is that anything that makes thugs hesitate to beat people up and lie about it constitutes an impediment to their work.
Indonesia's Forest Fires Threaten a Third of World's Wild Orangutans.
The UK refused to investigate whether "sanctions" against the unemployed are achieving any of their supposed purposes.
Israeli troops told Palestinians: "Throw stones and we will hit you with gas until you all die — the youth, the children, the old people…You will all die. We will not leave any of you alive."
Palestinians are already being killed regularly by tear gas.
Money Flooding State Court Elections Threatens the Promise of Equal Justice.
How presidential candidates stand on the US options in Syria, which all have major drawbacks.
The article has one section entitled "'Safe zones' and special forces", but the section discusses only the safe zones, not special forces.
Women in Ireland and Northern Ireland have to borrow money so they can travel to England to get an abortion.
The way to end the stigma placed in Ireland on abortion is for women to talk about their abortions unapologetically. It is imperative for women in Ireland to stop acting ashamed.
Al-Sisi offers Britain the sort of tyrant that Britain is accustomed to doing business with.
"I got 643 days of torture [in Egypt]. My tormentor gets Cameron's red carpet."
Parts of the US no longer have tap water that is safe to drink.
Lesbians occasionally bear, like blacks, the brunt of thugs' persecution.
Transparency for the State, Privacy for the Rest of Us.
Diets generally do not achieve much weight loss.
Low-fat diets are the least effective, but perhaps that is because low-fat food products have added sugar.
Sanders calls for ending the death penalty, legalizing marijuana, reducing incarceration, and helping ex-cons get back into society.
The thug's vicious attack on a sitting high school girl is the extreme example of a systematic repression imposed in US public schools generally. Any student can be punished or suspended for minor or even fantasy "wrongs", but black students generally face worse treatment.
Suspension from school is extremely frequent: high schools suspend, each year, almost as many students as they graduate. Smaller punishments are probably far more frequent.
This system resembles a training program for living in an occupied country, and students could understand it as such. The thugs in the schools are soldiers in the occupying army, and the school officials are the local collaborators, quislings (that's why they order quizzes).
The teachers are mostly sincere, trying to provide what education they can under the occupation which they cannot defy, but that is easier said than done.
The goal is to make trouble for the occupation without letting the soldiers figure out who did it or how.
Obama is sending a contingent of US special forces to assist the Syrian Kurds.
This seems like a good idea to me. A limited amount of help for the Kurds could make a big difference for them in fighting PISSI, while avoiding the harm that a large US intervention force would do.
If the Kurds can cut off PISSI from the Turkish border, it would crimp PISSI's funds (obtained by selling oil) and recruitment (foreign recruits come through Turkey).
Obama should ask Congress for approval of the US intervention against PISSI. I expect he would easily get approval. The point is to maintain the system of checks and balances.
A black man is suspected of setting fire to churches near Ferguson.
Uri Avnery says: in blaming the holocaust on a factional Palestinian leader, Netanyahu went beyond the realm of dishonesty and manipulation, into the realm of lunacy.
Australia will give pregnant refugee Abyan another chance to get an abortion.
Even Sanders goes along with official US foreign policy lies some of the time.
Chavez won elections honestly, but his successor, Maduro, represses the opposition increasingly as it grows in strength.
Sanders doesn't do everything right, but he's a lot better even on foreign policy issues than the other candidates.
Sara Khan tries to convince British Muslim girls to reject extremism because it is a form of patriarchy.
I strongly dislike religious extremism, in any religion, even in the Church of Emacs. However, people have a right to profess those views, and it is wrong to prohibit them. The UK government has trashed so many human rights already that I expect the worst.
A scientific review finds that experiments demonstrate that neonicotinoids harm bees, but it is not yet proved that they are responsible for colony collapse.
Since bees are crucial to agriculture, and to the survival of many species of plants, we can't afford to risk it.
The UK government is about to demand ISPs record everyone's browsing history.
An NFL team wants to drain St Louis of millions for a new stadium; a movement of citizens opposes the fans.
NFL teams are businesses. It's too bad so many Americans direct their loyalty at businesses.
Major Indian historians have condemned the "climate of intolerance" that encourages violence and censorship of dissent from Hindu nationalist ideology and myths.
UK students will protest to oppose the adoption of a US-style market-dominated university system.
Shaker Aamer has been released from Guantanamo and has returned to Britain.
Rebellious officials in the Pentagon delayed his release for 5 years by refusing to let him go back to the UK.
He is going to sue the British government for complicity in his imprisonment and torture.
He certainly deserves compensation, but if the UK government settles the case to avoid exposure of its wrongs, that will not do justice.
"Unarmed civilian protection" persuades armed groups in South Sudan to refrain from violence, at least some of the time.
Assad's forces fired missiles at a market and killed at least 40 people. I would expect most of them were civilians.
Indonesia Is Burning. So Why Is the World Looking Away?
Everyone: call on CNN to replace commentator Harry Houck, who never saw a violent thug he didn't like.
Criminalizing criticism of officials threatens democracy in Malaysia.
Democracy in Malaysia was never very strong, which makes it even more vulnerable now.
A large forest fire is burning in the Amazon "rainforest", and has been burning for two months. This suggests o me that there is not as much rain as there normally used to be.
Large parts of Brazil have suffered from an unprecedented drought.
Global heating could play some role in this, but the cutting down of much of the forests are responsible for both.
The UN says that current carbon pledges will probably keep global heating to under 3C.
That is still taking too big a risk. Even the 2C target is somewhat arbitrary, since we don't know it will avoid disaster (or positive-feedback tipping points that would push warming further).
In addition, without an enforcement mechanism, we can't be confident all the countries will carry out their unilateral pledges.
Various organizations demand internet censorship in US universities to eliminate racist statements and insults.
I find some of those statements disgusting — others are merely foolish — but censorship is far more disgusting.
The scariest thing is that this sort of censorship has already become deeply implanted in many otherwise free countries. And in some of them, such as France and the UK, it is spreading to other kinds of censorship.
Pennsylvania has jailed a man for telling children on the street that he was on the way to a cabin in the woods.
A paranoid US parent, who has probably heard exaggerated stories about the nearly nonexistent "stranger danger", reported this as suspicious.
Perhaps thugs regarded the man as dangerous because he is autistic and could not rebut the suspicion.
Haiti's "president" Martelly is trying to impose a successor by rigging the election.
The US imposed Martelly through blatant contempt for the Haitian electoral system.
Following Guber, a new service matches up PR companies with piecework "journalists" that will take pay to write their press releases into "news articles".
I call it "Guber" because it pays drivers peanuts, but there are many reasons why we should refuse ever to use Guber.
The Gulf of Maine is now too warm for cod to live there.
This area of the sea used to be a major cod fishery, though they were mostly wiped out by overfishing a few decades ago. Massachusetts must now replace the Sacred Cod with Sacred Car.
Challenging the NSA to say how many Americans it snoops on as collateral damage.
The European Parliament voted symbolically in favor of offering asylum to Edward Snowden. It has no power to actually do this, but it is good to endorse his cause so visibly.
I think the US should welcome Snowden home with a medal.
Deforestation "May Have Started West Africa's Ebola Outbreak".
In Russia, everything about the Soviet Union is being sentimentalized, even prison camps and executions.
California has limited solitary confinement in prisons, but it is still done in jails, where many of the inmates have not been convicted of a crime. Sometimes it is done "for their protection".
China has relaxed the one-child policy, allowing all families to have two children.
This policy has done tremendous good for the Chinese people, and for the world as a whole. Perhaps China has gone through the demographic transition and the policy is not needed any more. If so, that's nice, and partly the consequence of having that policy.
The "demographic catastrophe" is an exaggeration. If there is a shortage of labor in China, factories can move to India, which has plenty of poor people who could use jobs.
With modern medical care, old people who are still well can delay their retirement. If there is truly a shortage of labor in China, those older workers can fill the gap. That won't cause harm.
The situation where delaying people's retirement is unjustified is when there are too few jobs, as in the US. In these circumstances, requiring old people to keep working forces younger people into unemployment.
As for men that can't find female mates, they should learn to share.
Laying out the evidence proving that Tony B'liar lied about Iraq's weapons programs to create an excuse for the war he and Dubya had already decided to launch.
If the US reduces its military spending, what other related policy changes should it make?
Alfred-Maurice de Zayas says that corporate-supremacy treaties such as the TPP contradict the UN charter. This could be used to argue that parts of them are void.
The Tories express open contempt for Britons that go hungry, and the food banks that help them when the state will not.
Aneurin Bevan had it right: the Tories are lower than vermin.
I hope they are sentenced to experience the same hunger, some day. But not their children.
The Koch brothers are running a campaign in Wisconsin for laws to permit more corruption.
Everyone: call on the Richland schools to change the practices hat put students in danger from thugs in their schools.
Here's the historical background of these practices, which created today's school-to-prison pipeline.
Everyone: call for prosecution of the thug that grabbed and attacked the sitting high school student.
US citizens: call on Obama to require government contractors to disclose their political spending.
Everyone: call on the European Commission to cancel its approval of a new neonicotinoid pesticide, sulfoxaflor.
Thousands of Afghans flee each day, trying to get to Europe. They fear the Taliban will win.
If all of them joined militias to fight the Taliban, they would defeat it. But the government does not inspire that kind of loyalty.
Reportedly North Korea has sent 50,000 people as forced laborers to foreign countries, including well-known tyrannies, but also Poland.
How could this be occurring in Poland, a part of the EU?
The director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature, in Moscow, has been arrested because the library has banned books.
Poachers that kill mammals in Africa kill vultures too. The lack of vultures can cause disaster.
Indonesia is temporarily the biggest CO2 emitter due to large forest fires that were intentionally set for the purpose of deforestation.
The motive for the deforestation is to produce palm oil.
The deepest lesson here is that if we don't take strong measures, there will be less and less room for anything but human activities to survive, until eventually global heating destroys civilization. Then a large fraction of the human population will die, and the rest will swelter in poverty.
The history of Selahattin Demirtas and the HD Party.
Erdogan's men blame the two most notorious bombings of Kurds on PISSI, and this could be true, but it doesn't mean Erdogan's men were not involved. Turkey under Erdogan has given PISSI considerable support, including allowing free passage to jihadi recruits.
Erdogan's censorship has convinced most of the public that the Kurds carried out the bombing.
This reminds me of how Dubya's support from right-wing US mass media convinced many Americans that Saddam Hussein collaborated with al-Qa'ida.
A refugee in Australia hanged himself because he feared being deported.
UK thugs seized the laptop of a BBC journalist who was interviewing people in PISSI.
The US could deal with its national debt by making a few trillion-dollar platinum coins.
If the US expanded its money supply too far, whether this way or via debt as it currently does, eventually that would cause high inflation. But there is a substantial way to go before that happens.
In 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, a US nuclear missile team received erroneous orders to launch. The commander of that team saw something fishy and verified they were sent by mistake, thus averting a nuclear war.
There have been many other near escapes, including that of the bombs that could easily have detonated when they fell over the US.
We can't rely on lucking out every time, so we can't regard the current nuclear deterrent situation as safe.
London protester Shao Jiang will face no charges.
The minister in charge of thugs refused to comment on the arrest of Shao Jiang, saying that to do so would interfere with the "investigation". This is obvious bullshit for two reasons; but now that there is no more "investigation", what excuse will he give?
The lengthening fire season in the US west, caused by global heating, is replacing forests with shrubs.
Bernie Sanders proposes to remove marijuana from Schedule I, so that states could legalize it and it could easily be prescribed.
Clinton remains a militarist, and wants more US intervention in Syria now.
Now the UK is destroying public libraries.
Survivors report two massacres committed by Mexican thugs.
"When Isis blew up three captives tied to the Temple of Baalshamin's columns, it proved the inseparability of violence against art and violence against humans."
When victims of domestic violence or rape call thugs for help, they often receive contempt or even legal trouble.
For one thing, activists wouldn't be using the term "climate change", which was imposed by political supporters of Big Oil precisely because it is vague and doesn't clearly present the danger.
The UK will require large companies to publish the policies they use to avoid buying from firms that use slave labor.
This will not automatically end the problem, since these policies may have clever loopholes and may not really be carried out. Or they may be null. Nonetheless, this may help.
It would be more effective to prohibit the importation of goods made with slave labor.
David Nutt: Why are drugs illegal?
David Nutt was a scientist advisor to the UK government about drug policy.
The Turkish government's thugs attacked the offices of an opposition media group with TV channels.
It is talking about prosecuting more newspapers after the election.
Large animals' dung fertilizes plants; by killing them off, humans have damaged ecosystems.
Arguing that it is a mistake to try to help Eritreans to remain in Eritria, because the state is too oppressive.
What should we do in such situations? There is the obvious option of invading, but how can we tell if that would make things worse?
Southeast Asia could lose 16% of its labour productivity in 30 years due to the effects of global heating.
I am not sure if this really applies to Singapore, because people live and work in air conditioned areas there.
Curbing global heating provides a way to make lots of jobs — economic growth focused on the non-rich.
US citizens: call for a terrorism investigation into the series of attacks against Planned Parenthood facilities.
A dozen US thugs have been prosecuted this year, yet the proportion of deaths leading to charges remains small.
Few of the thugs that are prosecuted are convicted.
The UK seems to make a much firmer line towards thugs that commit crimes.
Netanyahu says he intends to continue Israel's occupation of Palestine indefinitely.
By rejecting both an independent state of Palestine and equal rights in Israel for Palestinians, he chooses permanent oppression, and no longer even hides it.
Palestinians have no partner for peace, so they are turning towards the idea of a competition of birthrates.
The ultra-orthodox Israelis and the right-wing fanatics are competing back, bringing the prospect of an overpopulated country which can't survive at all, especially if global heating goes to work.
Chevron's US case against Ecuador (to avoid paying the damages Chevron owes for pollution from oil wells) was based on one corrupt witness, a former judge in Ecuador, who has now testified that Chevron paid him to lie.
It appears that the US judge that presided over the trial split hairs so as to find in Chevron's favor despite the untrustworthiness of this witness.
I wonder what convinced him to do that.
The Pentagon is very concerned that global heating could start more wars in the near future.
The US must give all ex-cons legal aid in getting over the barrier separating them from a life of non-crime.
While I agree, I think we need to do much more. Mere legal aid won't enable ex-cons to have an option other than stealing food.
London thugs have not told protester Shao Jiang and his wife what "conspiracy" they suspect him of.
Ben Carson wants to abolish Medicare and Medicaid. He would replace these with "health savings accounts", which only America's shrinking middle class could afford to put money in.
He also compares women that want abortions to slave owners.
France has made it a crime to advocate boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. France has adopted the bogus position that this constitutes anti-semitism. (In fact, the campaign explicitly rejects the idea of boycotting Israeli individuals, let alone Jews in general.)
You can't find a clearer form of political repression than that.
As it happens, France still permits advocating sanctions against any other country, but that does not alter the principle at stake here.
Director Quentin Tarantino joined a protest against thug murders, saying "I'm on the side of the murdered." New York thugs respond by calling for a boycott of his films.
What is notable here is the way thugs organize to attack anyone that doesn't bend over backwards to overlook their violence.
I recommend staying away from Tarantino's films, because I find the (fortunately fictional) violence in them hard to bear.
Meta-analyses of tests of antidepressants have been pervasively corrupted by influence of big pharma companies, and that affects their results.
Senate Rejects All CISA Amendments Designed To Protect Privacy, Reiterating That It's A Surveillance Bill.
A Venezuelan prosecutor says that the government planned to prosecute Leopoldo Lopez before his supposed crime was supposedly committed.
The thug that shot Zachary Hammond will not face charges even though video contradicted his statements about the reason.
It appears Hammond was really committing a crime, and had driven his car at the thug (which was a real threat to him), but the threat had already ceased when the thug killed him.
I Get Why Women Are Angry — But I Still Want to Listen to Germaine Greer.
A conclusive experiment shows that sugar is much worse for children's health than the equal number of calories from other sources.
This argues for imposing a tax on sugary drinks.
Note that sugar substitutes are also bad for people.
US courts used flimsy excuses to deny justice in cases about torture and massive surveillance.
The Paris conference has given up on establishing a global carbon price. It seems they are not even thinking about the carbon tax that we really need.
The European Parliament adopted a "network neutrality" directive that is too weak and vague to do much good.
Obama is planning to increase US ground combat against PISSI.
US troops cannot defeat PISSI on the ground, just as they could not defeat the Sunni resistance in Iraq in the last decade. They can only suppress it locally temporarily.
However, he is also willing to include Iran in negotiations about the future of Syria.
This might unblock some log jam.
Texas raids on Planned Parenthood are collecting patients' health records.
Americans worry about nearly all sorts of problems more than about climate mayhem.
I suppose that's because they have short time horizons. The danger of global heating will grow across decades, but unless you're living in certain drought areas, the chances it will hurt you in the US in the next few years are small.
A student who threw a baby carrot at a teacher faces criminal charges.
This is the school-to-prison pipeline at work.
US Admiral Losey punished subordinates for no reason, but his punishment is a promotion.
CEOs get too much credit (and blame) for a company's success (or failure). In 70% of the cases, the results were due to chance.
The Obama regime campaigns against debt relief for US students.
Modern bankster crime is often impossible to prosecute because it is so complex that juries can't understand it.
Such complexity provides many places for fraud to hide, so I suggest regulating banks by limiting them to the simpler practices of the past.
The UK's extremist government plans to take children away from their parents, if the parents are suspected of possibly radicalizing them in the future. This will be done based on secret evidence that the parents cannot challenge.
US companies have found a way to write their own rules for workers' compensation, which enables them to pay less or even nothing to workers that are injured.
A Saudi prince, accused of rape by his domestic servants, has inexplicably not been charged with rape.
One must suspect political influence was brought to bear.
Arsonists have burned five black people's churches in the St Louis area.
Companies always argue that they will make less money if we don't give them more and more and more leeway.
He sees the same factors that have made many Americans cynical, but instead of responding with defeatism, he calls on Americans to do what is required to overcome them. Americans, do it!
Society has done little to adapt to the global heating of the past 50 years or reduce the harm it has done to productivity.
Saudi bombs destroyed an MSF hospital in Yemen. The article does not tell us whether the attack was an accident.
Over 90% of the people killed by this bombing campaign — and by the other explosive weapons of both sides — are civilians.
Since this bombing campaign is endorsed and supported by the US, the US is indirectly responsible. If the US and Saudi Arabia had not launched this campaign, the Houthis would have won the war in Yemen and there would be less fighting there now — perhaps none.
Local and foreign activists have blocked construction of a dam in Cambodia that would have harmed endangered species.
UK opposition leaders call for cancellation of the invitation for al-Sisi to visit the UK.
Indonesia is returning to the censorship of the Suharto era, under the influence of the military and Islamists.
An Indonesian exile was deported to Sweden for trying to visit the mass grave of his family, slaughtered in the massacre of 50 years ago. Assuming he was an Indonesian citizen who fled, I wonder on what excuse they could deport him from Indonesia. Did Indonesia revoke his citizenship when it was unable to murder him?
When Is Saving a Life 'Too Much Medicine'? This Is a Lifelong Test for Doctors.
It seems to me that Davey died as a person long before he arrived in the hospital. His wife must have spent some time taking care of a zombie (though not dangerous like fictional ones) because she couldn't bear to recognize that that's what he had become.
I saw my father once after he had got Alzheimer's, and he could barely recognize me. I concluded that he was dead. It was painful to see him that way, but since he was not going to remember it, it wasn't doing him any good; and didn't mean anything to me except to show me that he was dead. I missed him but there was no point visiting his occasionally walking corpse.
Although the anti-austerity parties have a majority in Parliament, Portugal's president asked the right wing party to form a government (which it can't possibly succeed at).
A thug, apparently with a chip on his shoulder, grabbed a high school student and manhandled her when she did not obey his demand for her to leave her desk.
This is the school-to-prison pipeline at work.
What was the thug doing in the school? Was there any legitimate reason for him to be present there?
Sanders explains the need for postal banking in the US.
Egypt Arrests Three Journalists in Five Days, Whereabouts of Two Unknown.
A heating-denialist congressman wants to investigate NOAA's emails about calibrating older and newer temperature measurements.
Top German Official (or rather his computer) Infected by Highly Advanced Spy Trojan with NSA Ties.
It is too late for "building bridges" between Israel and Palestine to do any good. Substituting that for pressure is misguided.
I used to try to invite Israelis and Palestinians to work together on free software, hoping this would aid the cause of peace. But Israel since 2000 has become too right-wing for anything like this to help.
The biggest hurricane ever seen in the western hemisphere was the result of El Nino piled on global heating.
El Ninos come and go, but we are driving the base temperature they rest on steadily upward. In a few decades, the current record sea temperature will be incredibly low for this time of the year.
More evidence suggests that the US military knew the target was an active MSF hospital.
Anti-austerity parties have won a majority in Portugal's parliament.
Netanyahu's bizarre gaffe — scanning the horizon with binoculars without removing the lens caps — shows the dishonesty of his character.
By 2070, global heating could expose the land around the Persian Gulf to heat waves that are fatal to humans.
Journalists are being repressed heavily in Yemen.
US citizens: call for a Democratic presidential debate about Black Lives Matter.
US citizens: call for a special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture.
Everyone (but particularly Jews and those of Jewish descent): reject the Jewish National Fund, which funds land-grabbing and practices housing discrimination.
US citizens: call on Democratic senators to stand firm against the DARK Act.
Facebook Quietly Lobbying for CISA While Being Shielded by Trade Associations.
The Tories plan to permit fracking in areas important to water supply and biodiversity.
Calling for a world-wide ban on expansion of coal mining.
Higher Education [in the US]: Capitalism At Its Most Despicable.
The World Health Organization warns that bacon, sausages and ham are carcinogenic.
Although there is strong evidence that they sometimes cause cancer, the magnitude of the risk is much less than the danger of smoking.
The US says that Russian submarines are patrolling intensely around undersea communication cables.
This may be true, but I doubt that Russia is interested in cutting these cables. What would be the point of doing so? That would alienate the whole world, not just the US.
Standard intelligence strategy is, "Don't block the enemy's communication, listen to them." We already know that the NSA taps cables; I suppose Russia is looking for ways to do likewise.
With the high rents in London, people can't even afford private beds.
Protesters have blocked a large UK coal mine owned by a global heating denialist.
Morocco is building large solar-thermal electric plants that can keep producing electricity for hours after sundown.
The idea of exporting solar electricity from Morocco to Saudi Arabia seems silly to me, simply because it would be more efficient to site the solar generators in Saudi Arabia than to transmit the electricity there from afar. Can the electricity be used to condense water out of the air and grow plants?
South Park explains gentrification.
Once in India I stayed in a hotel called South Park. Apparently the TV show was not known there. There is also a chain of fine Bengali restaurants in India called "Oh! Calcutta!". The people who work there do not know about either the theater piece or the painting that made the name notorious. It was a lot of fun giving them copies of the painting and the publicity photo of the theater piece.
This is among the most extreme of the many injustices of Islamic law, which generally displays contempt for human rights, especially those of women.
The background of Sunday's election in Haiti.
The US government argues, in court, that Apple is obliged to make iThings decrypt users' data because Apple claims it owns the software running in them.
In Wisconsin, many government searches were carried out ordering the targets not to tell anyone, not even their lawyers.
Some of these searches appear to have been part of the investigation of Governor Walker for campaign finance violation. It was correct to investigate them, but people should not have been told not to tell their lawyers about it.
The US government hinted that Israel was using excessive force against Palestinian protesters, but timidly pulled back after a reprimand from Netanyahu.
Alarm Grows over Summary Executions of Palestinians.
Sometimes it is necessary to shoot a person who is trying to kill others. The problem is that Israeli troops do this whether or not it is necessary, even to innocent victims.
Netanyahu is trying to push Palestinians to use violence because that makes it easy to put them in the wrong. Israelis can get away with violence against Palestinians, by the state and by groups of fanatics, but the world condemns all Palestinians when some of them are violent.
Poverty today is not a natural problem — it results from plutocratic policies that concentrate wealth.
Europe Is Becoming an Undemocratic Continent Where Force Matters More Than Law.
As cruel policies make more Britons homeless, US-style prohibitions on sleeping are following.
The article says that this ban would only apply to people who are offered a place to sleep and refuse it. Not many homeless people would refuse a decent place to sleep, so why bother to prohibit this? There has got to be some sort of catch in it.
Putin directly controls nearly all Russian media, the few exceptions being foreign-owned, and Putin is now getting rid of those.
New Pun: "The dependable friend"
US citizens: tell Obama to stop farting around and cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.
Everyone: call on McDonald's to stop the McTeachers Nights where school teachers teach bad eating habits to their students.
US citizens: call on Obama not to allow more undersea oil drilling in US waters.
Everyone: call on Standard Chartered not to lend money to Felda, which uses slave labor.
The president of the National Black Police Association has direct experience with how UK thugs assume blacks are criminals.
As thugs beat up helpless Donovan Gardner, TV commentators disagreed about whether this abuse was justified.
An old radioactive waste dump in Nevada caught fire.
The UK Gets Set to Welcome Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy.
Why Syrian refugees increasingly try to get to Europe.
B'liar admits that without the conquest of Iraq, which he and Dubya engineered, PISSI would not exist.
Congress threatens to prohibit security research into flaws in car software.
The article fails to mention the car owner, but that person should also be allowed to study and change the software in the car.
Here are recommendations for changing the bill.
It is not easy to design car-to-car communication systems that don't allow tracking all the cars.
Some US thug officials want to send fewer criminals (and non-criminals) to prison.
Iraqi PISSI fighters that have been captured usually don't understand Islam very well, and most of them are motivated by resentment for the US conquest of Iraq.
The US-backed destruction of Yemen could motivate lots more bitter young men to fight for PISSI in the same way.
Arguing that the disintegration of Libya was inevitable once Ghadhafi was overthrown.
This may have been true — but the article overlooks the point that the west did not start the civil war in Libya. Libyans did that. The western intervention initially prevented Ghadhafi from massacring the rebels of Benghazi, then was redirected toward defeating him.
You can argue that Libya would be better off today if Ghadhafi had reimposed his power and killed the rebels. The author of the article would probably assert that. I can't say it wasn't true. However, we must be skeptical of the hindsight that claims something was predictable.
The Liberal Party in Canada probably has no intention of giving Canada the progressive vision it appeared to promise, but perhaps Canadians can pressure it to do so.
There is nothing to lose by trying.
The FCC has slashed the cost of interstate phone calls for prisoners by a factor of as much as 100. They remain shockingly expensive by modern standards.
Meanwhile, gouging is still allowed on phone calls within a state.
What Putin says appears much nastier when mistranslated.
US troops joined with Kurds to rescue Kurdish fighters captured by PISSI.
The rescue is a good outcome, and I hope the US will cooperate increasingly with the peshmerga. However, I hope this does not mean the start of a continuing US ground intervention.
If Jesus lived in the UK today, he's be punished for "extremism".
Christians have committed plenty of extremist oppression, when they have political power, but I am not sure that can be blamed on Jesus, given that we know little about what he actually said and did. The earliest documents were written many decades after he died.
Palau is creating a giant protected marine area.
Russia has bombed three hospitals in Syria, so far.
The EU's program to stop import of timber from illegal logging is not working.
Why genetic engineering is not much like software development.
Fight Climate Change for Global Stability, Say US Defence And Diplomacy Leaders.
The EPA disregarded medical advice and proposed limits for ozone that are too high to avoid causing health problems.
US citizens: Tell the Securities and Exchange Commission: Don't help Wall Street hide the truth from investors.
US citizens: phone your senators to oppose CISA.
Everyone: call on the New York Times to stop dehumanizing Palestinians and cease covering the Israeli-Palestinian violence in a one-sided way.
US citizens: phone your senators to oppose the DARK Act.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
Indonesia's repression of West Papua includes frequent rapes of the indigenous women.
As a practical matter, journalists are still effectively excluded.
The US Border Patrol operates checkpoints inside US territory as an arbitrary and irresponsible "stop and frisk" scheme, which appears to be intended to catch drugs rather than unauthorized aliens. And it does not keep proper records of what it does.
If they want to search your car, all they need to do is tell the "drug-sniffing dog" to act as if it had sniffed some drugs.
The International Energy Agency is about to publish a report lauding falsified "benefits of coal", as a "disinformation tool".
To save money, companies propose to "care for" old people with robots and no human contact — while spying on and managing their every move.
Google can easily manipulate election outcomes through search results.
It might be doing so without anyone's intentionally trying.
The UK systematically sabotages protests by arresting protesters and giving them bail conditions barring them from future protests.
South African students protested massively and won roll-back of a tuition fees increase.
Under US government pressure, professors are being fired for academic discussion of issues relating to sex.
The Democratic National Committee is now giving lobbyists privileged participation in next year's convention.
Paul Ryan, hypocrite and bullshit artist, often gets the press to repeat his claims uncritically.
Oil companies in Colombia work with the paramilitares to kidnap and torture union organizers.
Leaked Map Reveals Big Gas Eyeing Most Biodiverse Place on Earth.
Domestic workers in Saudi Arabia take a risk they will be worked to death.
Lego refused to sell in bulk to Ai Weiwei for an art project.
Fortunately, others have offered to give him the Lego pieces he needs for that art work.
Shame on Lego for censorship.
Our Chance to Defeat Polio Once And for All.
Iranian exile Shappi Khorsandi talks about growing up in London and worrying that her father would be assassinated.
Shao Jiang protested at Tiananmen Square, then fled to Britain. UK thugs raided his house, apparently because he protested the visit of Chinese strongman Xi Jinping.
He was arrested too, just for holding a sign. Protesters who held Tibetan flags to protest Xi Jinping's visit to London were also violently arrested.
Looks like Britain has a new "special relationship". Will Cameron become Xi's poodle?
UK thugs arrested housing activist Lisa McKenzie for allegedly helping someone else put a sticker on a building.
McKenzie says they picked her out because of her organizing role in the campaign.
TTIP: EU Negotiators Appear to Break Environmental Pledge in Leaked Draft.
The New York Times and Washington Post are Ignoring Civilians Killed by US Drone Strikes.
A drug company will require patients, unless they pay the exorbitant full price, to give up confidentiality for their medical data.
This is an illustration of why "you must get the subject's permission" is not good enough to protect privacy.
Large fires in Indonesia are deliberately started in order to eliminate rainforests to make room for palm oil plantations.
This not only causes respiratory illness, even in Singapore and Malaysia; it also emits so much CO2 that it is globally significant.
A large Indonesian palm oil producer has adopted a policy to protect forests.
This is just a first step, since we can't take for granted that companies will keep their promises.
Pro-Israeli fanatics attacked a journalist in Paris.
Iceland has convicted the executives of failed banks for their frauds, and sentenced them to prison.
Uri Avnery reports on how Israel provoked Palestinians to the string of knife attacks, and how Israelis lynched an innocent man in response to one of them.
The Best Lesson China Could Teach Europe: How to Play the Long Game.
Although democracy is pretty sick in Europe and the US, there remains much more than in China.
A US court quashed the ACLU's lawsuit against NSA's massive surveillance on the grounds that the NSA doesn't admit it does the massive surveillance.
US government money is handed to charter schools (privatized "public schools") with weak supervision. Millions have gone to schools that never even opened.
US government restrictions are blocking research into the effects of marijuana.
Paul Ryan wants to abolish large parts of the US government — the parts that help people rather than killing people.
Second-hand smoke seems to encourage tooth decay in babies.
A giant Chinese arse visits London.
In most US states, having any sort of connection with a crime, in the course of which someone else kills someone, can get you convicted of murder.
This seems thoroughly unjust in most cases.
Twitter is going to help companies track the movements, actions and views of people talking about their products.
Perhaps this is part of why Twitter has been making trouble for users that try to connect through Tor so as not to reveal where they are.
Twitter will not show those companies the movements of individuals, but it will have to show those to the US government.
The parents of Furkan Dogan, who was killed when Israeli troops attacked a Gaza aid boat, have sued then-minister-in-charge Ehud Barak.
The best temperature for economic productivity is 13C. As the average temperature rises above that, productivity goes down.
The US and China are at that peak now, so global heating will harm productivity in both. However, places that are already hotter will suffer a bigger decline.
UN help has enabled Guatemala to make its formerly corrupt and useless judicial system work honestly.
When spring is warm, oak trees produce fewer acorns.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board members used private email accounts (which was lawful) while trying to investigate Governor Walker, because they couldn't trust their state email accounts not to be monitored by his men.
Having arbitrarily quashed the investigation (apparently because Walker was guilty), Walker's Republican allies in the legislature are citing this as an excuse to eliminate the Government Accountability Board.
No constitutional arrangements are strong enough to prevent shameless scoundrels from destroying them.
US citizens: call on the USDA to reject GMO wheat.
Everyone: call on Justin Trudeau to cancel Canada's purchase of the overpriced and troublesome F-35 fighter.
Everyone: call for a special prosecutor for the killing of Tamir Rice.
Germany has instituted phone and internet data retention again. The new retention is shorter and has safeguards that might protect against the danger. However, it may also criminalize receiving leaked information from whistleblowers.
There is no need to point to Scandinavia as a model for democratic socialism.
The ideas have been advocated in the US for centuries.
Fanatical Muslims in Aceh, Indonesia, attacked a Protestant church, as part of a campaign to dismantle them.
Shari'a law tramples human rights. It hits women especially hard, but it hits men also. It is an inexcusable injustice.
Global heating endangers snow leopards: the snow they blend in with is melting.
A Tory voter suppression scheme may be thwarted.
Ben Carson wants the US government to censor universities to resist social pressure for political correct speech.
Stephan Templ reminded Austria about properties confiscated from Austrian Jews by Nazis; the state seems to have punished him by convicting him of a theoretical crime that didn't really occur.
Proposing an international force to protect Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
The UK says it will give unemployed people 14 days to argue against a fine before imposing the fine.
This change may make the system less cruel, but it may still run people ragged.
The Houthis are filtering the internet in Yemen.
I suppose that their main enemy, Saudi Arabia, filters the internet too.
A company has found a way to sell a generic replacement for Daraprim and undercut Shkreli's gouging price.
The Tories promised extra money to the UK's NHS, taking it from public health services. Cutting them will put extra burden on the NHS and cancel out the benefit.
The International Energy Agency projects future demand for fossil fuels which are systematically exaggerated. Fossil fuel companies use these figures to influence government policies.
The Tories are killing off the UK's booming renewable energy sector.
Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act because of provisions that would interfere with closing Guantanamo prison.
We often use "Guantanamo prison" as a stand-in for the unjust and un-American practice of imprisonment without trial. It is not clear whether, when Obama talks about "closing Guantanamo prison", he means ending imprisonment without trial, or just moving it elsewhere.
As the UK fawns on China's repressive rulers, one British lawyer confronted participants in the expensive support rally that Chinese officials organized in London.
If you want to see the video, please don't let it lead you to run nonfree software (Flash or JS code) or be used by Facebook.
A UN special rapporteur takes governments including the US to task for demonizing whistleblowers they ought to protect.
Just after University of Washington Center for Human Rights sued the CIA about a possibly US-supported massacre in El Salvador, someone stole its computer which held testimony from survivors of the massacre.
The article does not say whether they had a backup copy elsewhere. They are afraid that the stolen data could be used for reprisals. It is too bad they did not encrypt the data with GPG.
They did have backups, but apparently did not keep the files encrypted.
Australia's "moral case for coal" was developed by a PR flack for the Koch brothers as a last-ditch attempt to keep humanity headed towards maximal climate mayhem.
Prison for Exxon Execs? Lawmakers Seek Probe of Oil Giant for Hiding Knowledge of Climate Change.
Government pressure forced a writers' festival in Bali to cancel events concerning the massacre of a million Indonesians in 1965.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors should check their child patients for signs of hunger.
This is the result of the plutocratist policies that have spread poverty in the US.
In Papua New Guinea, women accused of being witches are tortured, sometimes to death.
As food banks step in to fill increasing gaps in the UK's welfare system, the state dumps more of the poor onto them.
The ACLU is suing Biloxi, Mississippi, for running a debtor's prison.
Children of non-Catholics face exclusion from school in Ireland because around 95% of schools are run by the churches.
A crowdfunding project raises funds for court costs for poor people in the UK to sue.
Abortion clinics publicize the good that abortions do.
A US court ordered an end to federal raids against state-licensed California medical marijuana dispensaries.
Laws against "hate speech" are dangerous, in various countries including the US.
A thug, not in uniform, shot Corey Jones dead as Jones was waiting for help beside his disabled vehicle.
The story told by the thug is not credible, and information is not being released.
Thugs are to murder of blacks
as priests are to sexual abuse.
The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) shut off the internet to sabotage protests.
"Self-encrypting" disk drives do the encryption with proprietary firmware so you can't trust it. Western Digital's "My Passport" drives have a back door.
Obama has nominated an SEC commissioner recommended by Senator Warren.
Killer robots may be just a few years in the future, if we don't set up a treaty to stop their development.
The US and Russia have set up a system to avoid fighting each other in the air over Syria.
To provide housing to the poor and homeless, the UK needs to increase the tax on expensive houses and thus encourage the wealthy to release space to others.
A Fukushima reactor cleanup worker has developed cancer attributed to the radioactivity.
Hawaii Follows Los Angeles in Declaring State of Emergency Over Homelessness.
US citizens: Obama, stop abusive boyfriends from buying guns.
US citizens: support an investigation of the lack of proper legal representation for poor people charged with crimes in the US.
US citizens: Call on your state to ban fracking.
US citizens: call on Congress to defend bottled-water bans in national parks.
The very rich are very lonely, being disliked by the many people they impoverish.
Many of them have a callous attitude towards the non-rich, which will inspire even more dislike.
Armed fanatical "settlers" launched a pogrom against Palestinians trying to harvest their olives, wounding some of them, then started a fire.
Israeli troops watched this and told the Palestinians they need a permit to pick their olives, then kept Palestinian firefighters away.
The proposed Paris pledges would stop the growth in CO2 emissions, but would fail to reduce them.
That is still the road to disaster.
Netanyahu tries to falsely blame the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem for Hitler's decision to exterminate Jews. Historians pound him for this.
Australia is planning to collect photos from Facebook for a national data base.
Subcontracted janitors that clean the UK's foreign office have responded to a series of cruel laws by organizing a union and planning to strike.
Sunscreen is killing young coral organisms in reefs near tourist areas.
Sunscreen in sewage released into the ocean also contributes to the problem.
But this doesn't matter much if we're going to wipe out the reefs entirely.
Carbon Pollution: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, And the Denial.
Harper's attack on science in Canada went so far that government scientists' union is campaigning for a contract that respects scientific integrity.
The Liberal Party says it will reverse these changes.
Russia is giving military support to the Afghan government and that of Tajikistan.
Russia, unlike the US, has a real interest in propping up the Afghan government indefinitely.
How many ironies there are here. If the US had not attacked Iraq, PISSI would not exist and fanaticism in Afghanistan would not go beyond the Taliban's level.
Diesel cars emit more NOx pollution than a bus or a large truck.
Even some executives and lobbyists now advocate publicly funded elections for the US.
The UK has made a crazy deal to build nuclear power plants to be owned by China.
Uzbekistan is arresting and beating up human rights investigators.
Israel's unending war against occupied Palestine is not for its security but for territorial expansion.
In East Jerusalem, Israel's policy amounts to gradual, slow ethnic cleansing.
The EU has ruled that a common multinational tax-dodge set up through Luxembourg or the Netherlands is illegal. Many large companies will have to pay lots of tax.
The UK plans to drive out unauthorized immigrants by making it impossible for them to rent housing.
Clever hackers discovered they can give voice commands silently to other people's phones by radio.
According to conservative models, sea level could rise over a meter by 2100. This would be disastrous for many islands, whose people could be forced to stay there and die, and for big cities such as Miami, New York, Houston, New Orleans, and Guangzhou (Canton).
However, these models may be underestimates. Others say 6 meters of rise is possible in this century.
This is uncertain; we might get lucky and have just one meter of rise. Should we bet on that, or should we take precautions?
Everyone: call on Pop Secret and Pop Weaver to use corn made without neonicotinoid pesticides.
US citizens: call on California to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen.
US citizens: object to appointing pharma insider Robert Califf as head of the FDA.
The leader of the French extremist party Front National is being prosecuted for "hate speech".
This prosecution is an injustice. What Le Pen said is a ludicrous exaggeration, but she has a right to say it.
Many American men consider wasteful practices to be "masculine" and therefore refuse to give them up.
Russia has hounded an anti-nuclear activist into exile.
Proposed UK laws to discourage "extremism" attack human rights.
Israel continues collective punishment, demolishing the homes of families of killers.
The Conservatives in Canada were defeated by the Liberals.
In regard to global heating, it is not clear this is much of an improvement.
It is dangerous to punish web sites or journalists for failing to censor "terrorism".
Finally Nauru allowed a foreign reporter in. Apparently he was chosen for his political views.
Japan is going to disregard the World Court and continue killing whales for bogus "scientific research".
The Libyan unity government plan has failed — one government is Islamist and the other isn't.
Some of the victims of Chicago's Homan Square torture station are suing the city.
It's not enough to make the city government pay for this. The thugs who tortured people, who denied them access to lawyers, must be prosecuted for this.
US drone registration may exempt short-range toys.
Italian writer Erri De Luca was charged with "incitement" after he stated the opinion that sabotaging a new train tunnel would be legitimate.
I have nothing against building a fast train line from Turin to Lyon; indeed, I wish it were operating now. But it is tremendously important that people be free to say they think that violating some law is legitimate.
After Assange invited Swedish prosecutors to question him in the Ecuadorian embassy, the UK urged Swedish prosecutors not to do this. "Please do not think that the case is being dealt with as just another extradition request."
More confirmation that this case — regardless of its actual merits — is being used as an excuse to harm Assange.
Defying censorship in Belarus, where publishers must get state permission for each new book.
A similar system in England in the 16th century was the origin of today's copyright.
The UK is cutting subsidies for solar power but pushes ahead with subsidies for nuclear power.
Even in 2002, as Dubya and B'liar pretended they had not already agreed to invade Iraq, there was evidence of the truth that they had done so.
The latest bogus argument for burning more coal — for rural poor who are not on the electric grid and thus can't make use of coal anyway.
Solar power is what those people could really use.
Former CIA agent Sabrina De Sousa, accused by Italy of participating in a CIA kidnaping there, has been arrested in Portugal and may be sent to Italy.
She was convicted in absentia, and I think she will get a new trial if she is delivered to Italy.
This is so juicy!
The EFF summarizes several systems of governmental massive non-internet surveillance in the US.
https://www.eff.org/files/2015/10/06/eff_police_tech_primer_-_nacole_2015_v.3.pdf - eff-police-primer.pdf
It doesn't mention remote-viewing cameras mounted at fixed sites, but these do massive surveillance in places such as New York City.
Merely putting limits on the use of the massive dossiers that these systems collect about each person is not sufficient to reduce our level of surveillance to below that of the Soviet Union. We need to eliminate these systems or redesign them so that they can only "see" court-designated targets.
The US Justice Department prosecutes fewer corporations nowadays, though the number of potential cases has risen.
Putting body cameras on thugs won't help without good policies for their use.
I've proposed an automatic system to stop thugs from turning them off before attacking people.
Campaigning to legalize abortion in Ireland, where women have been killed by the ban.
An interesting set of political proposals, which I agree with nearly all of.
SCROTUS have directed the Congressional Budget Office to publish alarmist figures about imaginary future US debt.
SCROTUS: Sleazy Congressional Republicans Of The United States.
The UK government wants to require unions to get advance permission from the state before posting on the internet.
The UK's relentless attack on public sector salary and working conditions is driving doctors, teachers, and even thugs to quit.
Sherry Turkle: "I am not anti-technology, I am pro-conversation".
The US and Russia are both fighting in Syria, and could get into war by accident.
I find it peculiar that people in the West defend Putin's intervention on behalf of Assad. Assad is a mass murderer and doesn't deserve support. Alas, his main enemies (al-Qa'ida and PISSI) are just as bad.
CISA, supposedly a bill to improve companies' cybersecurity, would actually encourage weak security.
The US government plans to require registration of all drone aircraft.
Does this include even toys?
Bernie Sanders' position on the various US wars.
A US document (written by Colin Powell) shows that Dubya and B'liar agreed to invade Iraq a year before the actual attack — so their claims this was not true were lies.
The Australian government is aware that it puts refugees into prisons where their treatment ranges from cruelty to rape, so its priority is to prevent any information about this mistreatment from leaking out. Lawyers and journalists are kept out by the puppet regime of Nauru. Workers who observe crimes are threatened with imprisonment if they report these crimes.
Nauru confiscated the employees' phones and computers so that they could not talk to journalists.
I suggest that ex-employees seek asylum in another country and then report the crimes they have seen.
The TTIP (This Treaty Is Plutocratic) is likely to require Europe to drop its food safety standards.
The law against taking things from garbage bins does wrong to others, too, including freegans, and would tend to cause more waste of food and other useful trash.
Missouri Republicans want to require women to get permission from the father of the fetus before they can get an abortion. If they were raped, they would have to prove it.
How about requiring women to get permission from the father of the fetus in order to not get an abortion?
The Koch brothers own the largest tar sands lease in Alberta. They must be paying politicians to support Keystone XL.
US citizens: call on Obama to remove US troops from Afghanistan.
We achieve no good by propping up a government that can't inspire enough loyalty to defeat the Taliban.
The TPP calls for destroying your computer, if you break DRM. This would even apply to security researchers who study devices with DRM or that have locked-down software.
A study finds that half of economists' papers' results can't be replicated even with cooperation from the authors.
Professor Sussman taught me in the 1970s that publishing the data that the paper is based on is part of proper science.
A thug tased store clerk Damian Words for no reason, then lied about it.
Words is suing the city, but that will not punish the thug. If Words wins the suit, the city's taxpayers will pay, not the culprit. Thugs that lie must be prosecuted for it, and jailed.
More about the Google Books fair use victory.
A Faux News "terrorism expert" who claimed to have worked for the CIA was arrested for telling the same lie to the US government.
Budget cuts in the UK have one great benefit: fewer people are being arrested for possession of marijuana.
The UK goes to great lengths to welcome the ruler who is crushing freedom in China. "This fawning insults the people of both countries."
Egypt's parliamentary election has no real opposition candidates.
A Palestinian appeals to Israelis and Palestinians to choose peace instead of military occupation.
Indigenous peoples in Canada are blocking a tar sands export pipeline to the Pacific Ocean.
Refugee Mohammad Albederee, dumped by Australia in Papua New Guinea, has been on hunger strike for six months because he could not get medical care.
Australia deported a paralyzed New Zealander away from his family which lives entirely in Australia, because he committed the crime of taking painkillers without prescription.
The general policy of deporting non-citizen residents that have committed serious crimes that harmed others seems valid to me, but it shouldn't be done rigidly. Taking pain killers doesn't harm others, anyway.
Apparently ordinary Palestinians are suddenly flipping and attacking Israelis suicidally with knives.
It seems that they can't bear the occupation any more, and see no effective way of campaigning to end it, so they do this.
By contrast, when Israeli "settlers" attack Palestinians, they do it in organized groups.
The Conservatives in Canada were defeated by the Liberals.
In regard to global heating, it is not clear this is much of an improvement.
Kruger Park rangers have killed hundreds of rhino poachers, but more keep coming.
An analysis of Turkey and Erdoğan's oppressive strategy.
Many old Serbian churches and historic sites in Kosovo are being desecrated or destroyed.
Since the Albanian Kosovars won control of Kosovo, they should now put their anger at Serbs to rest.
The pope sent a letter of support to an squatters' group in Rome that occupies buildings to help the poor.
Hawaii kicked 300 homeless people out of a tent city, and plans to compensate this by building housing for a fraction of them.
It would be kinder to build housing first and invite some of the homeless people to move to it.
UK residents from other EU countries face deportation from the UK for participating in nonviolent protests.
There is a perverse movement among women to think that they should carry fetuses with Downs' syndrome to term, rather than abort them and try again.
The overall effect is to increase the number of people that have Downs' syndrome. I see nothing virtuous in that. The current fetus is no more worthy than one without Downs' syndrome that they might conceive later.
Next, people will take thalidomide to demonstrate how they can love babies born without limbs.
Remember, a fetus is not a baby.
Why scientists need to collect examples of newly discovered species of birds (and other animals).
Obama has effectively banned oil drilling in American Arctic waters.
We pushed and pushed for this, and he eventually did it.
Google's book scanning has been ruled fair use.
I was one of many who objected to the proposed settlement between the Authors' Guild and Google, which would have given Google alone the right to do such scanning.
Ankara Bombing And the End of the Turkish Republic.
Pictures and videos of food can make people overeat.
Did corruption play a role in getting UK thugs to try to frame someone for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, or was it solely racism?
About once a week, a small child in the US shoots people with a gun.
Kenya has made it a crime to "defame" members of parliament, for instance accusing them of corruption.
How slot machines are designed to be addictive for a certain segment of the population.
Snowden refutes Clinton's false claims about what he could have done.
The new wave of corporate supremacy treaties, which allow foreign companies to sue governments in secret, "is tantamount to a revolution against law, it is retrogression in terms of legality and predictability, a no-man's land of arbitrary arbitrations."
EU citizens: phone your MEPs to defend net neutrality. A recommendation from the Pirate Party says to tell your MEPs, "Please in any case make a stand FOR net neutrality on 27th of October; this means: If Martin Schulz allows amendments to the telcom-package, which regulates net neutrality & roaming, then vote for the amendment of Julia Reda, and if Martin Schulz doesn't allow amendments to the telecom-package, then vote against the telecom-package."
It came with this link for making a call gratis:
Canadians: dozens of reasons to defeat the Conservatives, and a suggestion for how.
Many large internet companies have come out against CISA, the "cybersecurity" bill that would encourage those companies to "voluntarily" hand over people's data to Big Brother.
Clinton says she "supports" social security, but there is something fishy in the details.
Polls suggest that Sanders won the debate, but pundits say it was Clinton.
The leaks about Obama's drone-based assassination program show that the "precise" system for finding targets is actually quite unreliable, and the "limited" criteria are actually sloppy.
Drones, used on the battlefield, are not morally different from airplanes or artillery. Drones used for assassination are a completely different issue.
What sort of investigation is needed?
The FBI is persecuting sex workers and disguises it as freeing victims of trafficking.
Occasionally the campaign does free victims of trafficking, which is a good thing, but they could do that without persecuting other sex workers.
Everyone: Call on Alabama to cancel its efforts to stop blacks from voting.
India has legalized adoptions by unmarried people. In response, Mother Teresa's orphanage has shut down all adoption of it inmates, in effect using them as hostages.
Selfish scientists use copyright to prevent replication of an experiment.
Connie Bryson describes the abortion that she had, illegally — a horrible experience that no women should have to have recourse to.
Users report Microsoft is forcing them to replace Windows 7 and 8 with all-spying Windows 10.
This seems to involve use of a back door in Windows 7 and 8.
Australia dumped Somalian refugee Abyan in Nauru, where she was raped, and brought her back to Australia for an abortion — then sent her back to Nauru before a court could rule on whether she could stay there.
Egypt's government will require women to uncover their heads in certain special circumstances.
I think limited measures of this sort are a legitimate way to discourage oppressive practices imposed by social pressure.
The article is wrong about the goddess Isis — far from being crushed by worship of Ra and turned into a demon, her cult spread along with that of her brother/husband Osiris, and then under Roman rule spread around the empire (without Osiris). It was intolerant Christianity that put an end to worship of Isis.
Babies in homeless families are dying in the UK.
As the government tightens the vice on the non-rich in general, some people inevitably get squeezed out the sides of the vice. It's part and parcel of what the Tories want to achieve.
If Chinese become restive, future Chinese rulers decide to attack someplace to win domestic support.
US citizens: call on the EPA to regulate methane strictly.
US citizens: call for an end to predatory prison phone charges.
Web advertising that tracks users also exposes them to attacks.
The long duration of copyright hampers creative production of the great plays of the 20th century.
Obama says that "we" are writing the rules of the TPP. But this "we" does not include you or me.
The TPP is not really about trade anyway. It's really an antidemocratic corporate supremacy treaty with a little about trade on the side.
A study found that pregnant women in Pennsylvania were 40% more likely to give birth prematurely if they live near a very active frack well.
Uri Avnery: the real battle for Israel is to stop the fanatical "settlers" from taking over.
Ethiopian bloggers were acquitted of charges.
Deforestation makes El Nino more severe; planting large forests can make it milder.
US Border Patrol agents can search anyone's car; they just have to say the dog told them to do it.
An anonymous whistleblower reveals that the US is systematically lying about casualties from drone attacks.
In particular, US authorities knowingly label unidentified civilian dead as "enemy combattants", thus inflating the "body count" while disguising the numerous civilian casualties.
Amnesty International says this calls for a specific investigation.
Texas is using alternatives to imprisonment, as a way to save money.
It could save additional money by investing in education, in prenatal care, in abortion, in contraception, and in a welfare system that saves families from stress.
The CIA used a form of water torture on additional prisoners.
An Angolan dissident rapper, imprisoned for "planning to overthrow the government", has been on hunger strike so long that his health is affected.
The UK increasingly uses secret courts and develops a body of secret laws.
Obama pledged to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, but he can't find a way to do it without letting the Taliban win, so he is opting for a war without end.
The prime minister of Australia in 1974 ordered Australian intelligence to cut its ties with the CIA. Australian intelligence disobeyed the order.
A hospital sequences sick newborns' DNA to diagnose them in 26 hours.
The article suggests that in the future hospitals should sequence every baby's DNA. This could be a bad idea. There's a chance that the data will be medically helpful to them, a chance it will hurt their prospects for insurance, and a chance of exposing them to state injustice.
A microwave camera being developed at MIT can see people through walls.
What do we need to put in our walls to block this camera? I think screens on a window will probably block microwaves except perhaps for the lowest wavelengths.
A presidential candidate in Uganda has been placed under house arrest to stop him from holding public campaign rallies.
Obama will direct the EPA to reduce use of hydrofluorocarbons, which are immensely powerful greenhouse gases.
Many common surgical operations, and chemotherapy for cancer, will become dangerous if we don't stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
If we end the tightly-packed factory farms for meat, and eat less meat, we will need fewer operations, and we will be less likely to die of an infection when we do need one.
Some notable New York restaurants will abolish tipping and pay higher wages to waiters.
I am totally in favor of this.
A Saudi siege has deprived Yemen of drinking water, which risks making many people sick.
This could kill more people than the bombs.
Planned Parenthood decided to stop accepting reimbursements for collecting fetal tissue for research — for no reason except that right-wing lies have made it appear dirty.
I hope this will not crimp the supply of fetal tissue for research to develop cures for diseases.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Switzerland could not make it a crime to deny the genocide of the Armenians.
This may overturn the French law that prohibits denying the genocide of the Armenians. Alas, the court found an excuse not to apply this principle universally to all questions about history.
Here in the US, we can speak freely on the issue. From what I have read, I do believe there was a genocide of the Armenians. However, freedom of speech includes the right to say otherwise. I greatly admire Hrant Dink, who was assassinated for affirming the genocide of the Armenians, and condemned the French law because he respected the freedom to state the opposite opinion.
Many nations have committed great crimes — Turkey is far from unique. Every nation should admit its crimes, so it can pay its debt to humanity and move on.
Hong Kong thugs have been charged with beating up a protester.
Hong Kong is not really a democracy, but here it is putting the US to shame.
"Sex work criminalization means potential employers and landlords treat me as a person who was arrested for prostitution, not a survivor."
A Catholic hospital put a woman's life in danger by refusing her a tubal ligation because "that's sterilization". Catholic doctrine says that women should get pregnant even if it is likely to kill them.
We should give Catholic hospitals three choices: disconnect from religious rules, sell to secular owners, or shut down.
Erdoğan's men are trying to associate Kurds with PISSI in the public mind by talking about them together.
Never mind that the Kurds are secularist rather than Jihadi, and that the Kurds and PISSI are at war in Iraq and in Syria.
As pharma companies merge, they neglect diseases that kill lots of poor people in favor of trying to make the next viagra.
We should tax the companies more so we can fund the research that is really important.
Human beings that care only about their own gain are antisocial. We rebuke them, even shun them. It is a mistake to acquiesce to totally selfish behavior from a company. Indeed, the idea that a company's only duty was to its shareholders is a recent change imposed by right-wing domination; in the 1970s, companies were supposed to value others, such as employees, customers, and the public.
An Israeli wanted to carry out random violence against Arabs, so he stabbed a stranger who turned out to be an Israeli.
This is an unusual example, but killing of Arabs goes on all the time.
Lack of birth control kills thousands of women and children; religious organizations must act on compassion and offer birth control.
In Indonesia, people are tortured into signing confessions, convicted in careless trials, then executed.
A graffiti drone in Mexico campaigns against the president.
It is a fun hack, but I think automating graffiti in unfair. If we stand for it, businesses will do it.
The "independent" consultants that said it was "reasonable" to shoot Tamir Rice dead are not really independent, and they closed their eyes to important questions.
Parents are organizing to protect the climate for their children.
Brazil is considering tracking all internet users and blanket deletion of criticism of any person or organization.
The barbarism that threatens Canada comes from the Conservative Party.
Canadians, look at the US, see how bad right-wing policies are, and save your country from them.
State Farm Insurance envisions tracking drivers' emotions as well as their driving.
Getting a patent on this noxious idea does not mean implementing it. Patents on business methods should not be allowed, not even on business methods that should not be used.
New York City is building more flood defenses, but refuses to confront the certainty that they won't be enough a few decades from now.
If it did, it might lend more impetus to the vital efforts to reduce sea-level rise.
Morocco systematically represses journalists and human rights defenders.
Ecuador Asks Britain to Allow Julian Assange 'Safe Passage' for MRI Scan.
Playboy's suppression of nude women is a step back towards medieval repression. Fortunately it won't change much.
The 1% of wealthiest people now own 50% of the world's wealth.
An injured US woman sued her nephew — perhaps to get her medical bills covered by his family's homeowner's insurance.
Checkpoints have been set up in Jerusalem to keep Palestinians out of Jewish neighborhoods.
This is likely to make daily life difficult for thousands of Palestinians; they may be unable to get to work.
There will be no checkpoints to protect Palestinians in Palestine from fanatical Israeli "settlers" and their "price tag" attacks.
Risk Is Essential to Childhood — As Are Scrapes, Grazes, Falls And Panic.
Which means that the state had better stop forbidding parents to let children play on their own.
Australia has imposed total tracking of internet contacts and phone locations, pretending as is customary that this is to "fight terrorism".
The US has a similar system of massive surveillance of internet contacts and phone locations. Wherever it is done, it is the same injustice.
The Web is becoming dangerously ephemeral and may be unsuited to the purpose of keeping humanity's knowledge.
Clinton, in the debate, spread subtle lies about Snowden.
India's Hindu-sectarian government is encouraging violence against secularists and non-Hindus. Leading Indian artists are calling attention to this.
Turkey, Russia, PISSI and the Kurds — and the US.
When a thug shoots an innocent person, the legal standard assumes that the thug's life is the only one that matters.
Ancestry.com is collecting DNA from the public and sequencing it.
If your relatives do this, it could be dangerous for you.
DC thugs grabbed Jason Goolsby violently after someone thought it was suspicious that two black youths would be seen near a bank.
Aren't blacks supposed to use ATMs to withdraw money?
Pacific Nations Beg for Help for Islanders When 'Calamity' of [climate mayhem] Hits.
Exxon's global heating lie was an unparalleled act of evil.
GCHQ has been given official permission to spy on members of parliament.
This will be a big help to them in constructing false accusations to sabotage the parties they don't like.
The Taliban openly say they will make war on journalists.
Bad as the US has been in Afghanistan, the Taliban is much worse; it kills a lot more civilians, too, and rejects on principle the idea that it shouldn't do so.
US citizens: support the Voting Rights Amendment Act.
Right wing government in Bologna is evicting anarchist squats to make room for emptiness.
People generally underestimate the goodness and unselfishness of most other people.
Biological spring will happen 3 weeks earlier (in most of the US) by 2100.
Facebook has started paying income tax in the UK. About $6,000 worth.
Election fraud in Canada, tied to Conservative Party.
One of the thugs that killed Matthew Ajibade was already acquitted of manslaughter.
The history of Obama's war tactics, now adopted by Putin in Syria.
The US-trained Afghan army, like the US-trained Iraqi army, shows a tendency to panic and run when attacked by numerically inferior forces.
I predicted years ago that this would follow the path of Vietnamization.
Years of Republican misrule set up South Carolina to make the hurricane do a lot more damage.
Thugs in Savannah tortured Matthew Ajibade to death, The torture included tasing his genitals while he was strapped down.
Saudi Arabia has destroyed a UNESCO-listed medieval town in Yemen.
This town was not as precious as the 1800-year-old city of Palmyra, which in turn was not precious as the 4000-year-old sites in Iraq that were looted after the Bush forces conquered Iraq. But that does not excuse the Saudi actions.
It's not too late to stop Antarctica from melting … if we try really hard.
It is too late to save Miami and New Orleans from eventual inundation. But many other cities can still be saved, if we act strongly enough.
Stephen Hawking agrees: if the robots make our goods without need for our work, the goods must be provided to all.
Chinese schools force their students to work in factories without pay.
Israel has arrested and imprisoned 650 Palestinians in October and the month is less than half over. The arrested people have been denied basic human rights.
Since Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians who are doing nothing wrong is well reported, it should be noted that Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians who are doing nothing wrong has been going on for a few years now, and continues.
There's No DRM in JPEG — Let's Keep It That Way.
Obama is trying to "close the Guantanamo prison" by shifting imprisonment without trial to the US.
That would make things even worse, in principle. However, it's possible that the prisoners' presence on US territory would lead the Supreme Court to rule that they must be charged or freed. On the other hand, the Supreme Court might essentially abolish the rule of Habias Corpus.
Wisconsin Republicans want to permit unlimited secret money in political campaigns, cripple ethics and election law enforcement and make it harder for many people to vote.
In the Republican Party's ideal world, only millionaires could vote.
US citizens: call on the Democratic Party to hold more debates for the candidates.
US citizens: support the Prescription Drug Affordability Act.
Now the Tories Are Allowing Big Business to Design Their Own Tax Loopholes.
Marine Food Chains At Risk of Collapse.
Amnesty International condemns the Syrian Kurds of driving Arabs to flee their villages.
The Kurds say this is because there were PISSI supporters in those villages.
Erdoğan's censorship and "anti-terror" tyranny makes it hard for Turks to voice their opposition, and their distrust for the state.
Turkish opposition says the government left the peace rally without protection.
Japan condemns UNESCO for recognizing the Japanese massacre in Nanjing.
Whether the victims numbered 300,000 or merely 100,000 is a detail there is no need to argue about. Japan should stop denying its war crimes, just as the US and other countries should.
How the sugar/food lobby campaigns against efforts to discourage excess sugar consumption, which is very harmful to health.
Giving voice commands to a computer means that a server records them all.
In this case, I won't accuse Google of snooping, since users know that they are talking to a Google server. But I do think it is foolish to use such a thing.
A new Yes Men hoax: presenting Edward Snowden, live in the US, saying he had been pardoned.
Women directly confront the taboo and stigma attached to many aspects of their bodies and sexuality.
Not everyone wants to live the male or female gender roles.
In Cambodia, parents regularly rent their 13-year-old daughters for 2 months of "domestic work", then everyone is disgusted when the girls return from 2 months of prostitution.
Note how irrational condemnation of non-virgin girls plays a crucial role in this system.
A group of 300 Afghan women campaigns against the Taliban ideology of misogyny.
The UK has cancelled its offer to operate prisons for Saudi Arabia, rejecting the way Saudi Arabia treats prisoners.
The official investigation concludes that flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile. It did not address the question of who fired it.
I think it is pretty clear that the Russian proxy rebels fired it, thinking they were firing at a Ukrainian fighter plane. The rebels did not have fighter planes, so Ukraine's army would have had no occasion to make that sort of mistake.
In an apparent coverup, someone operated on the flight captain's corpse, removing some of the foreign objects that killed him. The only ones in a position to do that were the rebels.
Torture victims and relatives of a dead victim have sued the psychologists who designed the CIA's torture.
IPCC climate models do not take account of the effects of methane release from melting permafrost.
What that means is, avoiding 2C of heating requires even more emissions reductions than previously supposed.
The reductions plans now on the table were already insufficient.
Students in Texas, where it is a crime to carry a dildo but legal to carry a gun, will protest carrying dildos.
"[Dildos are] just about as effective as [guns in] protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play."
Antarctic Ice is Melting So Fast the Whole Continent May Be at Risk by 2100.
Reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted of espionage in Iran, after a bizarre and unfair trial.
If the US gets its hands on Edward Snowden, it will convict him of espionage after a bizarre and unfair trial.
Monsanto claims its critics are opposing science. But Monsanto seems to have bent scientists to make that appear to be the case.
Five ironic contradictions of US policies.
The HD party has refused to respond with violence to Erdoğan's violence.
Even if the AK party didn't arrange the Ankara bombing and the one in Suruç, plenty of other violence against the opposition is clearly its responsibility.
A journalist faces prison in Thailand for having a flak jacket and helmet, which are sensible tools for covering violence committed by others.
Oxfam and 23 other charities support MSF's demand for an investigation of the US's hospital bombardment by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.
American college students nowadays have trouble coping. Perhaps it is due to helicopter parents, but it might also be because they are rationally anxious about the harsh and hopeless plutocratist society they will graduate into.
Terrorists kidnap children to brainwash them into suicidal fanatics.
PISSI's hatred of ancient buildings comes from Saudi Arabia.
US citizens: call on Obama to insist on no "golden parachutes" for anyone he appoints to federal office.
A woman has been jailed in Florida for not showing up to testify to the trial of the man she lived with, who she accused of attacking her.
What I think about is, why is she unwilling to testify? Is it due to financial dependence on him? Is she terrified he will take revenge? What is needed to really help her?
An Irish bankster who helped cause the financial crisis faces prosecution.
Turkey censored the internet very hard to block discussion of the bombing of a peace march.
The European Union has an explicit policy of giving businesses special influence in how to regulate them. Turns out the tobacco companies lobbied hard for that.
UK schools are running short of teachers.
This article does not say why, but I suspect it's due to the harsh policies that the state has imposed on schools and teachers.
How bottled water companies are trying to stop US national parks from putting an end to bottled water sales.
In the US and other countries with safe water supplies, bottle water is a foolish waste. Please stop buying bottled water!
What I said before about the TPP and secrecy was an understatement. It appears the TPP really says that country A can order country B to quash a lawsuit, to cover up the secrets of country A.
This would be another nail in democracy's coffin.
The TPP imposes unjust US-style copyright rules, so in the US it would be an obstacle to repeal of the DMCA. In addition, it attacks journalism.
The leak also shows that the TPP would give pharma companies additional power (though not as much as they demand). This would kill people.
Some of these articles make the mistake of adopting the pharma companies' and copyright industry's propaganda term, "intellectual property". That term spreads confusion every time it is used. If others use it, we should not help our enemies by repeating it.
US citizens: call on Congress to support the Ellison-McGovern-Lee-Grijalva letter for an independent investigation of the bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz.
We are very far from being able to capture all the crucial information in a brain, which would be needed to upload it.
The article speaks only of neurons, but the astrocytes also engage in communication in ways that we don't understand very well. They too may be part of what makes you you.
Despite having an ersatz "Nobel" prize, economics is not a science.
Some US states and cities celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as well as, or instead of, Columbus Day.
It is true that there was discrimination against Italian-Americans, but that is fortunately a thing of the past, and no reason to cling to Columbus Day now.
The US shouldn't try to do more to overthrow Assad. It is paying too much attention to that goal already.
In the US: participate in a global heating action protest on Oct 14 if you can find one near you.
Everyone: call on Pepsico to stop deforesting Indonesia.
US citizens: call on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate Alabama's latest voter-suppression move.
Canadians: call on your political parties to oppose the TPP.
Israel's Domination of Palestinians Makes Violence Inevitable.
Don't forget that Israeli "settlers" have been carrying out violence against Palestinians regularly for some years — so-called "price tag" attacks.
That's not to mention the seizure of Palestinians' land and water.
Dalits in Berdo Ka Baas are afraid to go to school, after the teacher beat up one of them for touching a plate of food belonging to a non-Dalit.
California has restricted administration of antibiotics to farm animals.
This will now require a prescription.
Thus, they can be used to cure specific animals but could not be given by default to all animals.
If only we had adopted this law 30 years ago, we might still have some antibiotics that no diseases are resistant to.
Bradley Podliska, former investigator for the Congressional probe into what went wrong when Benghazi was attacked, says that SCROTUS told him to look for dirt on Clinton rather than to do an unbiased investigation.
There are signs that Clinton did bad things, such as supporting the coup in Honduras, but SCROTUS is not interested in investigating those.
Coral Reefs Are Not Just Pretty — They Are Vital to Life.
Experts warn: the greenhouse gas pledges offered so far for the Paris conference are insufficient to keep heating within 2C.
We don't know that keeping heating under 2C will avoid disaster. If we are wise, we will do even more to reduce the heating as much as we can.
Research suggests that global heating might lead to big sudden climate changes when certain tipping points are reached.
A forged "letter from Moscow", which helped defeat Labour in the 1920s, was written by someone who later worked for MI6.
This gives rise to suspicions that MI6 helped arrange for the forgery, helping the Tories against Labour.
Israelis strategists have proposed since the 1980s the goal of making Iraq and Syria split along sectarian and ethnic lines. Perhaps the US intended to do this.
Other countries such as Saudi Arabia might have wanted it too, and influenced Dubya to invade Iraq.
California has required pension funds to divest from coal.
New York thugs broke Thabo Sefolosha's leg for the hell of it, then prosecuted him on false charges. This time, they lost.
A lawsuit against the city will not punish the individual thugs that attacked Sefolosha. Didn't they commit gross bodily harm? Jail them for it!
Imagine a world in which thugs can't get away with breaking anybody's leg.
Reducetarianism is a movement to eat less meat.
The US has returned to its old policy of supporting dictators in the Middle East in the name of "stability".
With secular opposition crushed, people may turn to jihadis as the only plausible way to oppose the dictators.
Wikileaks has published the final TPP "intellectual property" chapter, and it is even worse than we knew. It says that countries can suppress lawsuits in order to keep companies' embarrassing information secret.
The term "intellectual property" represents fundamental confusion, so any agreement, law or plan formulated based on that term is sure to be a bad one.
Four men convicted of murder in Chicago were probably innocent, according to a city investigation, but the prosecutor insists on keeping them in prison anyway.
The Cleveland thugs that killed an unarmed couple in their car will not be punished, but they may be fired. Or maybe not.
250,000 people protested in Berlin against the proposed corporate supremacy, TTIP (This Treaty Is Plutocratic).
A bomb in a peace march in Turkey killed dozens of people.
The regime could have set this bomb; it has engaged in lots of other violence, including (it appears) the attack that was its excuse for resuming war with the PKK.
Turks are protesting, blaming the state for this attack and condemning Erdogan's suppression of media criticism.
Sanders rejects Obama's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, who has ties to big Pharma.
Extracting natural gas in the Netherlands sets off earthquakes, and these have made many houses uninhabitable.
Parents in Swainsboro, Georgia, are suing because their child was punished for not joining in prayers.
Vyara Glaser is being prosecuted in London for "damaging" a military vehicle. She wrote on it with washable ink, as a protest.
California has a new law requiring that the state get search warrants before accessing people's digital data, in their own devices and in online services.
This is good, but it is not enough to excuse avoidable collection of data about people. I will continue to pay cash so as not to be tracked.
Libya's two rival governments have agreed to unite.
I hope that this works.
It's been ten years since Sony Music infected the world with its rootkit.
A US appeals court ruled that a sequence of yoga poses (such as Bikram yoga) cannot be copyrighted.
Copyright law explicitly covers only creative details of expression, not anything with practical significance.
Purdue University destroyed the video of a public talk, on US government orders, because the talk's slides showed material from Snowden revelations.
This is part of the US government's policy of refusing to recognize that formerly secret information has been published. It sounds like sheer insanity, but it has real repressive consequences.
Universities must reject secret government research entirely if it comes with conditions that apply to the rest of the university.
The US Supreme Court has given companies more power by allowing them to impose their choice of arbitration systems on employees and even customers.
The reasons Amerindians have high rates of alcoholism are high rates of stress, trauma, and poverty.
Conjecture: conservative Catholic officials tricked the pope into meeting with Kim Davis.
Wyoming has adopted a law specifically prohibiting collecting data (such as water quality) to report to government agencies.
The bar codes on airplane boarding passes have lots of personal information. Don't just throw them away.
Prisoners in Pennsylvania that file legal complaints about abusive treatment are punished with violence, torture, and self-contradictory criminal charges.
NYC thugs put Kamilah Brock in a mental hospital because she claimed to work in banks and own the BMW she was driving — while black.
Collections of personal data compared with nuclear waste: potentially dangerous for a long time.
US students and professors that criticize Israel's occupation of Palestine face pressure from an organized network that uses gifts, threats, and bogus legal complaints to promote censorship in schools.
The TPP has labor and environmental standards, but without enforcement, so countries could ignore them. Meanwhile, the power it gives to foreign companies has a strict enforcement mechanism attached.
A French prisoner won damages because he had to share a poorly ventilated cell with smokers.
The biggest crime gang in Japan has split, and if it develops into a gang war, they might use drones or 3d-printed guns to fight it.
It seems plausible that sophisticated gangs will make and use 3d-printed guns, but I have a feeling (though I can't prove it) that most crazy mass shooters will be deterred by the difficulty.
I am almost certain that few depressed people will 3d-print guns in order to shoot themselves. If you're depressed, you're not going to go to such effort.
Thus, I don't believe that 3d printing makes gun control obsolete.
One effect of prohibiting drugs is that you can't be sure the drug is pure. This has killed at least a thousand Americans, perhaps far more.
12 congresscritters got "donations" from payday lending companies just before or after they sponsored bills to restrain the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from curbing the companies' abuses.
US religious nuts (who are numerous) want to ban research using fetal tissue because the tissue comes from abortions. Since this research is necessary for progress in some areas of medicine, their fanaticism could kill your children or even you.
Ben Carson claims that Jews could have prevented the Holocaust, if only they had had guns.
This is an absurd fantasy. The Jewish minority in Germany could not have defeated the state and the majority of Germans with personal guns. Nor could Jews have defeated the occupying German army in other countries. It took a stronger army to do that.
Some Jews who were young and fit joined resistance groups, but those groups could not defeat the German army on their own. They could only weaken it with guerrilla tactics. They could not have protected the rest of the Jews.
In the Warsaw ghetto, the Jews did have guns, and they fought tenaciously for their lives. They threw back a German division … but ultimately they lost. The Germans had reinforcements and resupply, while the Jews did not. I think those Jews realized that the best they could hope for was to go down fighting.
Burma has accused China of asking rebel groups to reject a peace deal.
Eight women talk about their abortions, to reject the stigma on abortion.
Belarus continues to repress the media.
Malaysia arrested a lawyer who criticized the prime minister's corruption.
The OECD's proposals for reform of how businesses are taxed are small changes and would not solve the problem.
I have a solution for this.
The US has given up on training non-jihadi Syrian rebels, since that didn't work. But it does not have a better plan.
The only useful plan that I can envision is to reinforce the Kurds, but it is clear that the US is unwilling to do that.
The Obama regime has backed off on the idea of requiring back-doors in products that do encryption.
They may try again at any time.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to support the Dingell-Ellison letter, calling on Obama to restrain Saudi the attack on Yemen and pursue diplomacy.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
US citizens: support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
US citizens: call on representatives to vote against the TPP.
US citizens: support regulation of guns.
It falls to a book fair to rebuke Saudi Arabia for its plan to execute a protester.
The American Bar Association's president explains many ways that the US legal system is biased against blacks.
Julie Bindel condemns the student unions' "no platform" practice that has banned her from debates at UK universities.
I disagree with Bindel about sex work and some other issues. As for whether posing nude is a way to liberate women, that's complicated because patriarchy is complicated. It includes pressure for women to be ashamed of their bodies, and a tendency to judge women solely in terms of sex and attractiveness. Posing nude resists the former but may promote the latter.
Regardless of whether I agree with her, I think it is wrong to exclude her from speaking at UK universities.
Wisconsin Republicans are embarrassed that Scott Walker apparently violated campaign finance laws, so they are going to repeal the laws.
Why do companies repeat the same wrongdoing after being caught?
I'd say it's because the punishments are insufficient to dissuade them.
Individual Jews and Arabs continue violent attacks.
I wonder why Israeli soldiers shoot to kill when Palestinians throw stones or roll burning tires at a fence. Wouldn't tear gas suffice?
Many Ebola survivors have long-term damage, and they may transmit the virus sexually.
The Tories want Britons to work harder and die younger, like Americans.
California has banned use of microbeads in some products, because they get into waterways and harm wildlife.
California's snowpack is at a record low level; apparently it has never been so low in 500 years.
Global heating appears to be involved.
Shkreli said he would reduce the price of Daraprim, but then he didn't.
This seems to have been a PR manipulation false promise, like when Amazon promised to stop remotely erasing books in Swindles.
Svetlana Alexievich: The Gulag can be restarted at a moment's notice.
Chilean dictator Pinochet directly ordered the assassination of exile Orlando Letelier, who was in exile in the US.
The US backed Pinochet before and during his coup, and afterwards too I suppose.
Everyone: Call on the World Bank to suspend loans to Uzbek government because of its use of conscript labor.
Salman Rushdie warns that western intellectuals cater too much to Muslims that demand others not insult them or their religion.
I see plenty to disapprove of in lots of religions, though some of them are quaint.
US citizens: call on Obama to allow an independent investigation of the attack on Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz.
US citizens: call for banning fracking on public lands.
The current mass coral bleaching event could result in the biggest coral die-off humans have recorded.
But it will only get worse in subsequent decades. By 2030, such events could occur annually.
In addition to thousands of species that live in them, coral reefs provide a value to the human economy estimated at 6 trillion dollars per year. Around a billion human beings live on sea food, and a lot of that food comes from coral reefs.
US citizens: demand strict environmental standards for mountaintop removal coal mining.
Ben Carson is being condemned for recommending that people mob a shooter to stop the shooting.
Carson could be right on that point: fighting back, the crowd could limit the number of people that the shooter can kill. When the shooter's magazine is empty, the crowd will stop him from reloading.
It is a mistake to claim that that statement blames the victims. It isn't about blame at all — it is practical advice. As for the blame, that falls on the killer in any case.
I think this advice applies to many situations where people are subject unjustly to violence. Think of the Stonewall riot. Think of evictions.
The rest of what Carson said is mistaken.
Canadians, vote for the New Democrat Party — it is the most likely to reject the TPP.
I wish it took a firm stand, but even partial opposition is better than none.
"An unfair global tax deal backed by the world's richest countries will do little to curb tax dodging by multinational firms in developing nations."
Saudi planes attacked a Yemeni wedding party and killed three men who were going to get married.
Amnesty International has condemned this intervention and called on the US to stop supporting it .
The IMF suggests that another financial crisis is coming because bubbles will have to pop. Furthermore, governments have failed to fix the broken banking system. Banksters have resisted fixing it.
The UK government is triumphing over the UK solar power industry.
Violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories: "Can leaders on both sides contain the violence?"
Containing the violence cannot be the sole goal: justice is required too, and that means ending Israel's occupation of Palestine.
We don't think of England as arid, but in parts of England rivers sometimes dry up . Where they do flow, they're poisoned.
Massive civil disobedience is planned for the Paris climate conference, to demand that they really solve the problem.
Russia has forced the Committee Against Torture to close, through unjust fines.
Now Putin's men can torture just like CIA agents.
Investments in equipment and infrastructure for using fossil fuels risks being a total loss.
China's Nightmarish Citizen Scores Are a Warning For Americans. A warning of what Facebook could be turned into.
The ACLU is helping homeless people sue Sarasota, Florida, to overturn the law prohibiting sleeping in public.
Police Sweep Dozens Of Homeless Out Of Former Seattle Times HQ Where Developer Plans High-Rises.
Patriot Coal's bankruptcy will deprive some coal workers of their health care.
This "coal company" was split off specifically so as to go bankrupt so that Peabody Energy would escape paying their pensions.
Cameron's " assault on poverty" will help poverty in the UK by making 200,000 additional working families poor.
Clinton has started expressing doubts about the TPP, though not on fundamental grounds.
I am glad about this change, because it will help defeat the TPP, but I think she is making a political calculation, unlike Sanders' sincere stand.
US citizens: tell Obama not to allow more oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico.
Global heating is gradually harming the production of canned pumpkin. This year, due to bad luck, there won't be enough.
Everyone: tell Chicken of the Sea to clean up its treatment of fish and fishermen.
US citizens: tell Congress that your "thoughts and prayers" are not enough — we want real action to control guns.
US citizens: phone your senators to oppose the DARK Act. It would abolish state and local regulations on GMOs, including requirements to label them in food.
US citizens: oppose the Republican-Clinton proposals for a bigger military intervention in Syria.
Everyone: call for rejection of the TPP.
The UN works with the government of Guatemala to prosecute corrupt and repressive politicians.
Although apartheid has ended, inequality in South Africa keeps increasing.
Indigenous people in Bolivia are campaigning to stop oil extraction from their land, and meeting with repression from the thugs.
Israel is punishing the families of Palestinians that killed Jews, by demolishing their family houses.
Collective punishment is repression, not justice.
The US and UK are trying to block or delay a UN treaty to limit autonomous killer robots.
Prematurely ruling some killings as "suicide by cop" prejudges the question of whether the thugs were justified or not in killing those people.
US nurses denounce the TPP.
Howard Zinn on the US empire.
Billionaire Polluters has to pay 20 billion dollars for the Big Spill, but it will get 5 billion back as a tax deduction.
Thugs in Manchester, UK, were posted to "observe" protesters through the telescopes of sniper rifles.
The thugs' spokesman said, "Don't worry, they aren't there to shoot."
But why is it necessary to observe protesters through powerful telescopes?
Thugs got some backlash from Black Lives Matter in donut stores. Donut unto others…
To refuse to serve thugs is going too far, but reminding them of their responsibilities is legitimate.
It is hard to use your own gun to stop a massacre. It takes special training to stay calm and not be confused by the stress and fear people feel in such situations. In practice, you usually shouldn't even try.
Imagine treating men that want to get a gun like women that want to get an abortion.
Right-wing US Christians worship the "supply-side Jesus".
Computer companies that explicitly endorse the TPP: Apple, Facebook, HP, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, Xerox.
Supporters also include Disney, Time Warner, Wal-Mart, Target, Gap, Exxon, Chevron, Mars, Kraft, Coca Cola, Monsanto, Procter & Gamble.
People with religious convictions in favor of abortion rights might be able to use the Hobby Lobby decision to justify ignoring the Republican laws that make it hard to operate an abortion clinic.
Why is Donald Trump's tax plan ridiculed but the TPP deal gets a pass?
The US has now changed its story 4 times about bombing Médecins Sans Frontières.
It is difficult to hit a moving target.
This attack was probably a war crime.
The European Court of Justice ruled that Facebook (and other companies) cannot send Europeans' personal data to the US.
Fiorina's "abortion" video actually shows a miscarriage, not an abortion.
Netanyahu's government has retroactively authorized large "outposts" built by Israelis in Palestine, without Israeli authorization. Thus he demonstrates that Palestinian President Abbas's statements are correct.
Supporters of the Palestinian boycott-divestment-sanctions movement face systematic harassment from an organized group which says it aims to intimidate people. The harassment is often followed by threats of violence.
The University of California is being pressured to impose unconstitutional censorship.
A textbook that presented Israeli and Arab descriptions of the history if Israel/Palestine, side by side, was rejected in both Israel and Palestine.
Australia has killed a UN plan to help people move to escape destruction by climate mayhem of the land where they live.
The Australian government, while cutting back on efforts to curb global heating, thus endeavors to make people drown on the islands and shores that will be flooded.
I suspect the specific reasoning behind this is that supporting this plan would mean admitting that global heating will cause a problem.
Israeli troops in disguise raided a hospital in Palestine and carried off a patient. The troops tried to disable the security cameras but did not get them all.
Medecins Sans Frontieres demands an independent investigation of whether the US violated the Geneva conventions by bombarding the MSF hospital in Kunduz.
Why is U.S. refusing an independent investigation if it's so clear its hospital airstrike was an "accident"?
Other US attacks on civilian facilities.
In Vietnam, the US sought out hospitals as targets for bombing.
In the UK, all the services that helped mentally ill people cope with life mean that requiring them to work is in some cases killing them.
Britons, the banksters will kill you, one way or another, if you don't defeat them.
Amanda Kimbrough was sentenced to ten years in prison for "endangering" the fetus she was carrying. This is the latest right-wing excuse for punishing women by pretending that a fetus is a human being.
Ms Kimbrough did something very bad: she chose not to abort a fetus known to be badly deformed. However, she wasn't prosecuted for that (and it doesn't serve the right-wing agenda to prohibit that).
If Apple Didn't Hold $181B Overseas, It Would Owe $59B in US Taxes. And many other big companies likewise.
Indonesian Forest Fires on Track to Emit More CO2 Than UK.
Women in El Salvador have been sentenced to as much as 40 years in prison for having miscarriages, which were presumed by the state to be abortions.
Senator Graham wants federal aid for South Carolina, which has been hit hard by a hurricane, and can't recall why he voted against giving aid to New Jersey when it was in a similar situation.
Cindy Hahn made a video of thugs and suffered violent retaliation, followed by false accusations.
Bills in various US states would impose restrictions on obtaining viagra or vasectomies. The idea is to illustrate the wrong of laws that impede access to abortion.
I think these bills are good as argument, but it would be wrong to adopt them, just as it is wrong to adopt laws to impede abortion.
A futurologist unwittingly shows how bad the current changes in the structure of the economy could be, if we don't use democracy to stop them.
Verizon, sued for inserting tracking headers into users' web browsing, is about to track them even harder.
A major UK bookstore chain will stop the self-defeating sales of the Amazon Swindle.
The Amazon Swindle swindles users out of the traditional freedoms of readers of books.
US citizens: call on California to require search warrants for phone location data.
US citizens: Phone your senators to oppose a bigger intervention in Syria.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
I am not opposed to all kinds of intervention in principle. I'm opposed to useless bloodshed, and Syria is not worth fighting Russia over.
US citizens: phone Senator McConnell's office at 202-224-2541 and say, start confirming federal judges.
Nauru Refugee 'Release' Shows Neither Detention (of refugees) Nor Drawn-Out Processing Were Ever Necessary.
Users Have Been Betrayed in the Final TPP Deal — Help Us Tell Washington How You Feel.
A campaign to pressure Facebook to stop requiring its users to give their "authentic names".
California has legalized assisted suicide, but only for the terminally ill. People who are bedridden and condemned to years of useless suffering are excluded.
The Pentagon is having trouble spinning its bombing of the MSF hospital so as to deny its responsibility for the act.
Afghan Doctor Slaughter Pulls Back Curtain (on the casualties US interventions keep on causing).
Occasionally war is an intelligent and necessary policy, but most US wars don't make anything better.
Drone Flies Over NSA Complex in Germany, Dropping Leaflets.
Syria's "Moderates" Have Disappeared … and There Are No Good Guys.
Actually, there are some (mostly) good guys: the revolutionary Kurds.
Earth's Rising Population Spells Trouble Ahead.
Palestinians are so desperate and hopeless that some of them are engaging in random acts of violence against Israelis.
Negotiations are hopeless as long as Israel is dead set against peace, but the US could change that.
"Arm the opposition" has become a standard simplistic US method of intervention. But it usually does not work.
Global heating made the record-breaking rain and floods in South Carolina worse.
New tax rules to stop offshoring of profits were weakened by UK lobbying.
US officials won't turn their attention to the suffering the US is helping Saudi Arabia to cause in Yemen.
This could be related to Saudi Arabia's paid PR in the US.
The residual radiation around Chernobyl is not as bad for wild animals as the presence of humans would be.
It is good news that the radiation doesn't do worse harm, but this doesn't imply that we should consider the area safe to live in or farm.
Britain's Role in Shaker Aamer's Torture Demands an Inquiry — Now.
1/3 of the world's cactus species are endangered by human demand for exotic houseplants.
We're All Racist. But Racism by White People Matters More.
Organized American Atheists are starting to campaign for abortion rights.
The US and Russia both twist the definition of "terrorist".
Terrorists are people that try to gain their ends by threatening or committing violence against civilians. Maybe all the armed groups in Syria are terrorists, except perhaps the Kurds.
The Committee for Public Safety (officially "Department of Homeland Security" confiscated the computer of the Mayor of Stockton, then kept him prisoner until he handed over the passwords).
I don't think they have a legal right to demand passwords.
Dairy farming, when carried to excess, causes major environmental degradation.
The CIA continues to shield the Salvadorean officer whose troops committed a US-backed massacre in 1981, now that he faces a criminal investigation for it at home.
The US has published a series of false excuses for bombing the MSF hospital in Kunduz, suggesting that they are inventions rather than facts.
The Lords Resistance Army has been weakened, but remains dangerous. We should finish it off.
Making a giant no-fish zone around Easter Island.
US citizens: call for a careful investigation of Monsanto's new pesticide-resistant GMO corn.
US citizens: call on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban toxic fire-retardants.
China uses universal total surveillance to punish people who communicate with dissidents or other undesirables.
Banksters have been found colluding to manipulate a market — again.
Computers can now imitate a chosen person's voice well enough to fool software and other persons.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Wants to Make the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Even Easier to Abuse.
The water in Flint, Michigan, has so much lead that it poisons children who drink it.
A massive protest against cruel policies greeted the Conservative Party meeting in the UK.
The US claims that Taliban were firing from the MSF hospital. MSF says this is false.
Afghan officials say the Taliban were in the hospital's "extensive" garden; if so, why did the US keep bombarding the hospital instead?
Four ways people can help Planned Parenthood.
Akros Middle School suspended student Iverson Sibley for having a bag of sugar and flavoring. The staff had thought at first that the bag contained cocaine. When they found out what it really was, they felt that a punishment already decided on had to be carried out.
Some courts and officials take the same attitude towards the death penalty. "The system, by definition, can't be wrong."
The disputes among the governments in the TPP negotiations are about how to manage and control trade — for the benefit of which companies?
State laws that require colleges to allow guns on campus did not prevent the Oregon school shooting.
Ai Weiwei found suspected listening devices in his studio, and posted photos of them.
Guns give people an illusion of strength and security.
The UK and Saudi Arabia made a deal to get themselves voted onto the UN Human Rights Council.
"In the United States, you're more likely to be crushed by falling furniture than killed by a terrorist—but try telling that to Washington."
It might appear that Americans are safe and secure, if you ignore the big danger we face: poverty spread by plutocracy.
The complicated relationship between GMO cotton and farmers' suicides in India.
Based on the information in the article, it appears that Bt cotton was among the last steps in the process that led farmers to ruin in some regions.
Although millions have tuberculosis, drug companies are not interested in developing new drugs to cure it. They want to develop drugs people will have to take over and over.
The UK has made innocent people plead guilty by means of US-style plea bargaining and heavy fines for those who don't plead guilty.
In the US, Is It Time for a New New Deal?
Increasing the birth rate would be bad, but proper gratis provision of birth control and abortion would be able to prevent that byproduct.
The US bombed Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz for over 30 minutes as the charity's staff called for a halt.
It is impossible to completely avoid such errors in war, but the US may not have done enough to avoid the attack or to halt it.
Berkeley report on US legal threats to the right to do computer security research.
Argentina has proposed a horribly long extension of copyright for photos. Via Libre, a good free software organization, is organizing against this.
The Bern Convention is bad, and rather than scurrying to obey it, countries should tear it up.
EFF: Breaking Section 230's Intermediary Liability Protections Won't Fix Harassment.
How Opponents of Raising Minimum Wage Pit Workers Against Each Another.
Eight Ways to Stop Gun Massacres in the US.
The Diderot effect: buying one "cool" product can manipulate you into feeling you need a bunch of other "cool" products to add up to a new "cool" lifestyle.
I think it's silly to buy anything with the idea it will change something else.
Miami prison thugs made a habit of bribing teenage prisoners to beat up other teenage prisoners. Then one was beaten to death.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to support gun control laws.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
US citizens: call on the Senate to support diplomacy in Syria.
The Federal Trade Commission is starting to act against companies that make customers sign promises not to criticize the company.
This practice is part of a larger range of unjust practices, which also includes imposing arbitration agreements on customers or on employees.
Wisconsin is hell for black children. Madison, the capital, is egregious: around 3200 black children age 10-17 live there, and thugs arrested such black children 1000 times last year. They are arrested for protesting, for running, for picnicking.
The US issues special visas for temporary immigrant workers that are tied to a single employer, which makes them vulnerable to enslavement.
Congress is trying to make it essentially impossible to release anyone from Guantanamo prison, even prisoners who have been officially cleared of all suspicion.
The US must release or try each and every one of the prisoners in Guantanamo, because imprisonment without trial is tyranny.
The EPA has tightened standards for ozone pollution a little, but it's far less than doctors say is needed to protect human health.
There is a proposal to exclude tobacco from TPP rules — the ones that would allow companies to sue governments over any laws that interfere with their profits. But tobacco companies are pressing hard to be included, so they can block measures to restrain the promotion of their deadly product.
This is just a sample of the evil spirit of Treacherous Plutocratic Poison.
Billionaire "philanthrocapitalism" is so powerful that it buys the support of entire fields of endeavor; hardly anyone dares question its decisions.
When Gates referred to opponents of computational idea patents as "communists", I think he meant me.
This was my response.
Unfortunately the article falls into repeating the confusion term "intellectual property" that Gates himself uses. Please don't ever use that term.
The Nation's views on resolving the Syrian civil war through negotiation.
I mostly agree, but I think we should support the revolutionary Kurds more. They are the only side in Syria that isn't made of monsters.
Ferguson's thug department made itself more repressive by overpromoting thugs with SWAT training.
In other words, the psychological side effect of militarization was what counted.
Why Science Can't Say When a Baby's Life Begins.
I think it is better not to try to save a premature baby if it will probably have major defects. If it makes sense to prohibit harming a fetus, that should apply to this.
The "internet of things" could mean being snooped on by roommates or family. It could promote even more intrusive and pressuring control of children by their parents, with never a moment on their own.
Canadian artists say they will vote for whoever will repeal the recent massive surveillance law.
World's Energy Systems At Risk From Global [heating], Say Leading Firms.
Today's UK workers will face poverty when they retire.
An enormous dispute has arisen about how to get drugs for executions in the US.
I can't see why people object to the specific method, rather than objecting to the death penalty.
We are shocked at reports of how "child protection" agencies harass and threaten white parents, but they do it a lot more often to black parents.
They need to relearn that their job is to deal with abuse of children, and failure to overprotect is not abuse.
How gentrification is making New York and other great cities boring, except for the very rich.
A dumb system is an unbiased system. If they make it "smart", we can't trust it to be fair.
However, the recommendation for "transparent" code in cars is insufficient — what we need is free software, software that the users control.
When a man loves a bonobo.
Saudi Arabia benefits from Western support so it can carry out its barbaric religious extremism.
14 European countries have decided to ban genetically modified food crops.
Genetically modified food crops are not inherently and inevitably bad. In practice, they tend to do harm because they (1) use lots of pesticide and (2) spread patent pollution. With companies pushing for them, their effects on consumers, farm workers and wildlife are not tested properly.
Liberal Mormons can switch to an alternative church.
In Kenya, the thugs do not regard rape as a crime.
A bipartisan senate bill proposes to cut back on mandatory minimum sentences.
Planned Parenthood provides medical services for men, too.
People outside France rushed to criticize the satire in Charlie Hebdo without understanding its anti-fascist basic idea.
I don't personally know Charlie Hebdo very much; I never read it myself.
Burundi Is Burning — Help Us Put Out the Fire Before It's Too Late.
I don't know enough about Burundi to have any idea what sort of help might make things better rather than worse.
The need for humanitarian assistance is ballooning, and the organizations that provided it are stretched to the limit.
This is not surprising: too much human footprint is pushing everything to the limit.
The Vatican says that Pope Francis did not give support personally to Kim Davis.
A vigilante virus tightens the security of systems it enters, and appears to do nothing nasty.
To be truly ethical, it should make all its source code available (under a free license, of course), and should ask before it changes things.
Ebola is still infecting people in Sierra Leone.
Is the vaccine ready?
The US smears its name by supporting the Saudi regime, whose cruelty resembles PISSI.
The Saudi regime even destroys ancient relics too — mainly those from early Islam.
The European Court of Justice ruled that an internet-based company which specifically markets to any particular country and has operates in that country must follow that country's data protection rules for citizens of that country.
This decision looks correct to me. The multinational Companies should not be able to shop around between countries for the weakest data protection and apply that to everyone. Meanwhile, smaller companies that operate in one country will still be covered only by that country's law, even though they sell to people in other countries.
Amazon will try to kill Google and Apple video streaming products by not listing them for sale.
Those products are just as proprietary, and probably just as nasty, as what Amazon offers. People shouldn't buy or use any of them. However, that doesn't detract from the main point of the article: that Amazon's market power is dangerous.
I urge people not to buy anything from Amazon under any circumstances. I have never done so.
An NHS physician describes the corrupting influence of private medicine.
The Obama regime is going to the mat to avoid apologizing to Faisal bin Ali Jaber, whose family was killed in a drone attack in Yemen.
Robert Reich: the Washington Post attacked Sanders' plans for health care and education, with bogus arguments based on misrepresentation of the facts.
Many cars advertise high miles per gallon and don't seem to deliver.
Is this another case of lieware, or do they use only physical hacks?
DRM and the DMCA are additional barriers to investigating lieware.
A collection of emails revealed by a freedom-of-information request seems to show Monsanto organizing many professors to publish and speak in favor of GMOs, often claiming dubious benefits.
Richard Parry says that Israel is secretly helping al-Nusra (a part of al-Qa'ida) in Syria.
It doesn't state evidence; I would not put this past Israel but I don't consider the claim proven.
The larger question is, what should the US do in Syria? The article does not even consider the possibility of aiding the one side that isn't monstrous — the revolutionary Kurds.
'We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices'. Bad policies, which cater to Big Pharma, make drugs too expensive.
Toys 'R Us used special visas to bring in temporary workers to study American workers' jobs. Then it fired those workers.
Workers need to have the guts to say "I will quit now rather than later." And the fortitude to organize unions. And to vote against any anti-union politicians.
Wyoming has made it a crime to collect data (for instance, pollution measurements) from open land and report the data to government agencies.
The law's motivation was undisguised corruption by businesses that want to pollute.
Organizations campaign to repeal the law banning federal funding for abortions.
It is vital to demand more than mere preservation of the status quo. To defend the status quo is to set up a discussion in which every possible compromise is a change for the worse.
The "fertilizer lobby" campaigns against plans to reduce global heating due to agriculture.
UK thugs tracked MPs including Jeremy Corbin.
Snooping on Labour politicians has a long history in the UK.
Israel's most senior diplomat has recently rejected outright the idea of a Palestinian state.
Netanyahu did this around the time of the election. The US can no longer go along with Israel's pretend peace negotiations. It looks like Obama has decided to completely drop the question.
I think this calls for an increased level of private pressure on Israel to make peace.
Meanwhile, students that criticize Israeli policy face organized censorship and intimidation on campus, including false accusations of "antisemitism".
The New York Times understates the success of their movement.
Killer robots are already being built.
Canadian scientist Tony Turner was fired for criticizing right-wing science saboteur Harper outside work, so he will spend full time campaigning against the Conservatives.
Americans are becoming more concerned about how digital technology harms their privacy.
If we want to get privacy back, we need to stop giving companies the choice about how much privacy we can have.
Mass shootings (four or more people shot) are happening over once a day in the US.
The overall US murder rate is still much lower than it was in the 90s. But the rise in mass shootings indicates a systemic problem.
India offers a pledge to get 40% of electricity from renewables by 2030.
This is comparable to many other inadequate pledges. Electricity is a small fraction of energy use in India.
The legal framework for eliminating the NHS in the UK has already been put in place, with no public debate.
Actual privatization and elimination is proceeding rapidly.
A court says Birmingham thugs violated students constitutional rights when pepper-spraying them for arguing.
The vicious cruel intentions of the thugs are proved by the way they acted afterward to maximize the students' suffering.
Self-driving cars offer tremendous advantages. We must fight to prevent them from imposing dangers, such as total surveillance of the passengers, and proprietary software for the driver or the passengers.
We must prevent them from being operated as a Guber-style taxi system if, as Guber does, it requires users to run nonfree software to call a car and to pay for the ride.
We must insist that, if you buy a car, you can change the software in it.
Sanders is raising a lot of campaign funds in small donations, not from billionaires — but we need campaign finance reform anyway.
Alabama passed a law requiring voters to have state ID, then closed the offices where most blacks live.
An artificial media hype bubble about refugees collecting in Calais to push their way into the UK has vanished, illustrating how the media can focus attention on distractions by making them look big.
50 years ago, the Indonesian army stirred up a massacre that killed up to a million people, with implicit US support.
The numbers killed are uncertain because Indonesia has discouraged investigation of the massacre.
Turkish journalist Ahmet Hakan, who has criticized the regime, was attacked by a gang outside his home. This was clearly a targeted political move, presumably arranged by Erdoğan's thugs.
Samsung TVs seem to burn more energy in real use than in official tests. Is it because of lieware?
There are gray areas at the edges of lieware, which mislead in the same way but perhaps were not designed specifically to do so.
Compare with the issue of how banks could generate illegal practices, such as refusing home loans to blacks or in certain neighborhoods, through algorithms without explicitly programming them to exclude specific groups or neighborhoods.
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics warns that we are filling the environment with chemicals that can have harmful effects at very low levels.
I presume this refers to endocrine disruptors, among others.
These chemicals are not poison in the usual sense; there is no danger you will ingest enough today to make you immediately sick. Rather, they cause birth defects, cancer, and various impairments, over the long term.
Several cities face slow annihilation, many of them due to global heating effects or local ecosystem degradation.
It appears Miami's politicians represent the fools that hope to sell their assets to a bigger fool who won't realize it's a rip-off.
The Afghan army says it has recaptured most of Kunduz after heavy fighting.
Smuggled official photos show that Assad's men tortured lots of prisoners to death.
Various plutocratist governments are trying to finish the TPP, but there is a disagreement about whether it should allow tobacco companies to sue governments about laws to reduce smoking.
This is not a quirk. It reflects the basic spirit of the treaty, which is why it is a mistake to think that fixing a few details might make it better than nothing. It is Treacherous Plutocratic Poison, and its purpose is to give companies more power against democracy.
We must kill it!
Moscow is winding down the war in Ukraine, and might be considering peace.
It seems that Putin started it for political purposes, and is willing to throttle it up and down as suits him politically. The economic sanctions could even be working (which they wouldn't if Putin considered the war inherently important).
Mexico has extradited some gangsters to the US, since even Mexico's highest-security prison is too corrupt to hold them.
Thugs in Rio de Janeiro have been arrested for killing a teenager and putting a gun in his hand. They were so careful as to shoot the gun after that, to create false evidence supporting their claim that he had fired it.
Britons demand that the state issue a compulsory license for a very expensive cancer drug, that the NHS can't afford.
Microsoft accidentally posted a "test" upgrade for Windows 7 which seems to have a lot more malware in it than ordinary Windows. There is no way to tell just what it does.
Everyone makes mistakes, and I don't think this mistake constitutes a reason to condemn Microsoft in particular. (There are plenty of such reasons in things that Microsoft intentionally does, from making nonfree software to many malware functionalities.)
However, this does show that forced automatic unblockable updates, such as imposed in Windows 10, is not the security solution that people take it for.
The War on Sex Trafficking threatens to enmesh large numbers of Americans who are not traffickers. This article compares it to the War on Drugs.
The two cases are not identical. People who are forced into prostitution suffer a real wrong, whereas drugs are not human and can't suffer. However, in both cases a conservative drive to punish whenever they can find an excuse comes into play, and provokes a response that can do great injustice.
Many Americans with mental illness are jailed for a long time over minor crimelets. Jamycheal Mitchell was jailed for 5 months for stealing a few snacks, waiting for transfer to a mental hospital, and died of neglect.
Teaching the idea of "yes means yes" in high school respects human rights, unlike imposing that as a standard for punishment in college, and will reach far more people.
It could also provoke less hostility and be received better.
Mining and fossil fuel extraction threaten nearly 1/3 of the natural UNESCO world heritage sites.
Rio de Janeiro has banned Guber.
I call it Guber because it pays drivers peanuts, but it does many other things that are likewise unjust, including surveillance of its users.
The sheriff of Tulsa County has been indicted for trying to protect a killer thug from prosecution.
It is extremely important to show thugs that there are consequences for this sort of thing, since this is the most widespread thuggish practice found among thugs. Most thugs are not disposed to commit violence themselves, but nearly all will support the lies that violent thugs tell to gain impunity for their violence.
The pope's meeting with Kim Davis has fired up the antiabortionist campaign to fight against LGBT rights through refusing to do their jobs. based on misguidedly applying the notion of "conscientious objection" to a situation it does not fit.
As we fight back against this, we may be able to target other forms of religious tyranny in the US, such as the Catholic hospitals that endanger patients' lives in the name of fetus adoration.
The banking system almost crashed in 2007 because it had become corrupt in its structure: every bank trader has an incentive to cheat clients and take mad risks with its investors' money, and they are so powerful that they defy governments.
I am confident we can defeat the banksters, if we have sufficient political will to cancel any treaties that they try to hide behind.
Manchester, England, is putting homeless people on trial, saying that their tents are an illegal protest. The homeless people say they are just trying to shelter from rain, after they were stopped from sleeping under a bridge. They face two years in jail.
If they were not protesting, they should have been, and it is wrong to punish homeless people for protesting a state that makes them homeless.
If you find the presence of homeless people on the street inconvenient or annoying, remember that being homeless is a lot worse.
Flagrant liar Carly Fiorina should not be elected president.
We've had plenty of those as president and they have done lots of harm.
Why Obama and Putin are Both Wrong on Syria.
The US Border Patrol destroyed videos, which a judge had ordered handed over, to cover up its cruel treatment of prisoners.
Despite decriminalization of marijuana in several states, and legalization in a few, over 700,000 Americans were arrested in 2014 for possession of marijuana.
The new elected leader of Alberta talks about winding down fossil fuel extraction — in a century!
Doesn't she understand?
Russia is bombing one of the Syrian rebel groups that the US supports.
A plan to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the ocean.
Report: Matching [government] Funds [for election campaigns] Would Give Huge Boost to Sanders, Cruz and Carson.
Obama keeps claiming to have "ended" the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As late as July, he made this claim.
A thug, off duty and not in uniform, was relaxing with his son when He saw a driver flee from the scene of a car crash (which is a illegal, for good reason).
Instead of shooting the driver, he tackled the driver. Several more thugs showed up, so they beat up and arrested the first thug, perhaps because he is black. Not yet satisfied, they beat up and arrested his son, who is probably also black.
I wonder what happened to the driver.
In the US, if you have any relationship to a crime, before telling thugs anything at all, always consult a lawyer.
A British judge was put under investigation (and then quit) because he paid, himself, a destitute refugee's fine for not paying a previous fine. The refugee would have been jailed, then charged more fines for being jailed, unless he managed to steal enough money to pay all the fines.
This is similar to the situation that residents of Ferguson, and millions of Americans, find themselves in, as cities, starved of money because rich people and businesses no longer pay taxes, find ways to gouge the poor. But this judge, unlike those in Ferguson, recognized it was wrong. He followed the law but shielded the refugee himself, and for this was dismissed. Shame, England!
Nidal Abu Aker, imprisoned by Israel without trial in solitary confinement, has stepped up his hunger strike by refusing to drink water.
A human cannot live long without drinking. Perhaps he is willing to die rather than spend years in solitary confinement under an occupying regime.
A poll finds that Palestinians have mostly given up hope on negotiating an independent Palestinian state, and are ready for an armed uprising.
Armed rebellion against a military occupation is not in itself terrorism, but they will face the temptation to engage in terrorism as well.
Right-wing domination of US media is crucial to their imposition of a long series of unjust policies.
Will the world react more swiftly to the next epidemic than it did to Ebola?
It is a mistake for the government to support uterus transplants with public funds.
Likewise it is counterproductive for the government to support in-vitro fertilization, or anything else to help people make babies. The world does not have a shortage of young humans.
Having children is not a necessity of life. It is a desire that some people have. We should not treat a lack of children as tragic, any more than we treat the lack of some cheaper luxury, such as a Humv or a yacht, as tragic.
Prohibition of synthetic substitutes for marijuana, together with continued prohibition of marijuana in most of the US, may be partly responsible for the recent increase in murder rate.
Has the murder rate increased in Colorado?
FAQ about the UK and reparations for slavery.
The UK does deserve credit for banning slavery, a traditional practice which had existed since long before England came be.
Indonesia's president Widodo, who promised to confront Indonesia's human rights violations, has not kept his promise.
The article accepts without comment the idea that there is something bad about being an Atheist. One of Indonesia's human rights violations is that being an Atheist is not recognized; citizens must claim adherence to one of the six officially approved religions.
Mayor de Blasio called on the city's pension funds to divest from coal.
5 million Americans' fingerprints were taken by crackers out of the US government's records.
Thus, as the FBI collects and holds ever more Americans' fingerprints, even from Americans not accused of any crime, it exposes Americans to danger from criminals as well as from the state.
The UK's sanctions against Britons that went to fight for PISSI are ludicrous — locking the barn door after the jihadis have got out.
PISSI deserves all the hate it gets (though it makes no sense to exempt Saudi Arabia), but purely symbolic public expressions of hate won't defeat it.
The US wants to expand its search powers so that it can subpoena a part of the data on a hard drive, then fish through all the rest of the data for something to prosecute.
A campaign supported by whistleblower Thomas Drake offers to help surveillance agents quit the NSA and GCHQ.
US citizens: call on Obama to prosecute Exxon for lying about the danger of global heating.
Right-wing strategy, after reducing what is available to the non-rich, is to make them fight among themselves for a share of the reduced pie. To win, the non-rich must refuse to be divided.
Would it be legal for a bank to deny a loan based on Facebook data about you?
The article suffers from the common confusion between inventions and patents. The method of judging loans based on a person's Facebook data is an invention. The patent is a government-created monopoly that might stop or hinder some companies from using the invention. Patents on business practices are really a form of computational idea patent, so they should not be allowed.
But that is a separate issue from the issue raised by the proposed method. Innovations can be good or bad.
What worries me most about this proposed method is that it might pressure people to be used by Facebook.
US court denied the possibility of suing Saudi Arabia for involvement in the September 2001 attacks.
Defending the records of Syria's past from PISSI, and from others that just want to steal it.
Indonesia threatens to imprison British journalists for five years for having entered on tourist visas to make a documentary.
It is wrong to require special visas for journalists. One must suspect that this is a scheme to conceal dirty deeds. (In the case of the other journalists trying to cover West Papua, we can be sure of that.) All the governments, including the US, that have such a policy, deserve a rebuke.
The Afghan army has sent reinforcements to the outskirts of Kunduz but the soldiers lack the morale and fighting spirit to fight to retake the city.
As for the death of an important Taliban leader, that sort of thing causes only a small setback to an army with strong morale.
The Afghan government has the same weakness that the South Vietnamese government had: everyone knew its main purpose was corruption, so it could not inspire the sort of loyalty that motivates soldiers to risk their lives.
The thug that shot Zachary Hammond first told him, "I'll blow your...head off," as Hammond was looking away.
Corbyn calls on the UK government to stop providing advice to Saudi prisons.
Evidently the advice is not doing much, if any, good.
Trump proposed a big tax cut for the rich. To poor working Americans, he offers to cut their tax rate from 0% to 0%.
3 million EU citizens have signed a petition to kill the TTIP, and it may get killed.
The EPA has improved regulations for protecting farm workers from pesticides.
Current pledges for the Paris climate conference would still lead to 3.5 C of global heating.
Rich people have reshaped US laws and business practices, across the board, to benefit the rich and push the rest else down.
It is unfortunate that the article uses the confusing term "intellectual property", lumping together laws whose requirements and operation are totally different.
Big companies have managed to avoid 2/3 of the taxes they ought to pay to US states. This starves the state governments of funds.
When DEA agents were found with prostitutes in Colombia, the head of the DEA had to resign, but few agents have been punished.
I don't think it matters in the slightest if US agents have fun with prostitutes. However, if the prostitutes are paid by organized criminals, that's bribery. Why haven't those agents been prosecuted for taking bribes?
Republicans have found another way to demonize the poor: prohibit buying meat and fish with food stamps.
The UK's "work program" bullies unemployed young adults to submit useless job applications and be exploited for no pay.
If you give a store your email address, it can now use that to give Google information about your interests.
Don't be tracked — pay cash, and don't tell the store who you are.
Now that it is established that Exxon's scientists recognized the likelihood and danger of global heating back in the 70s, it is time for a RICO investigation of these companies for carrying on while concealing the harm they knew they were doing.
Courts everywhere seek excuses to ignore newly presented reasons why someone should not be punished. A court in Afghanistan ordered a murderer to be hanged, although the law said he should not be executed since he was a minor when he committed the crime. The court said his birth certificate was presented too late.
In other words, the court found an excuse to disregard an undisputed fact.
I think it is a distraction to focus on details of the criminal, such as age or sanity. The death penalty is wrong in all cases.
The Taliban captured a provincial capital, Kunduz.
This is starting to look like Viet Nam.
Jamaica Calls for Britain to Pay Billions of Pounds in Reparations for Slavery.
France should repay to Haiti the ransom it demanded to allow Haiti to escape from slavery.
Humans have nearly eliminated sharks; this can have a surprising byproduct: lots of carbon emissions.
Humans have nearly eliminated sea turtles, too. Does that reduce carbon emissions?
The US and Switzerland are investigating large banks for manipulating the price of metals.
Too bad the US has a policy of not putting banksters in jail.
In America, the Poorer You Are, the Poorer Your Children Will Be. The rich have nearly eliminated social mobility.
UN Women, a UN agency for empowerment of women, has called for a world-wide system of censorship to be applied to the internet so that people can be stopped from threatening or insulting women.
It does this by conflating insults with "violence".
US citizens: tell Congress not to give Wall Street any gifts.
"Carbon lock-in": investment in oil, gas or coal extraction tends to create economic forces that demand we extract it.
Carly Fiorina has endorsed torture, specifically waterboarding, and further makes the claim that it gets true information rather than falsehoods.
Shame on the Guardian for suggesting that there is any doubt that it is torture.
She also brags about providing servers for the NSA's massive general surveillance.
No one would be safe if she is president.
In a video game, the male players that harassed female players tended to be those who played badly.
New Zealand will create a vast marine protected area.
In the UK, cuts to doctors' salaries are driving many doctors to quit the NHS. But first they are going to try going on strike.
Expect US officials to start insulting Shaker Aamer in the media, to discredit what he says about how he and other prisoners in Guantanamo were tortured.
You may find my song parody, Guantanamero, pertinent in this context.
The UK government plans to make lawsuits over environmental damage so financially dangerous that people won't dare sue.
The US government, when it can justify a warrant, has many ways to get the data from someone's computer. Even if we assume it only does good, and ignore its potential for bad, it can't possibly justify banning encryption.
Please don't call security-breaking "hacking". The right name for that is "cracking."
A wedding in Yemen has been bombed. The article does not say which country's planes did it, but it was some US ally.
In Iraq, the wedding was bombed by US planes.
Shell gave up on drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea, saying test wells did not find enough oil. Perhaps this is an excuse, a deniable way to yield to public pressure.
Brazil has pledged a big reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
It is still not enough to save our ecosphere, but at least it is getting serious.
The illogically defended Kim Davis's refusal to sign same-sex marriage licenses, incorrectly calling this "conscientious objection".
The concept of "conscientious objection" applies to jobs people are compelled to do, such as when they are conscripted into the army. Conscripts that object to killing cannot avoid it by resigning from the army, so they have campaigned for and won the right to do some other duty, such as being a medic.
This is not pertinent to Kim Davis because nobody is conscripted to work as a county clerk. If Davis doesn't want to do that job, she can simply resign.
Although the pope continues the opposition to birth control and abortion, he is putting the main emphasis elsewhere.
Erdoğan's repression has pervasively undermined the Turkish state and courts.
The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development calls for state licensing of social media platforms, which would be required to censor every post before it goes up.
That goes beyond even the actual Chinese censorship.
The UK will send troops to Somalia, ostensibly for training the Somali army, and calls this "keeping the peace".
It is dishonest to speak of "keeping the peace" during a civil war.
Cameron says he never screwed a dead pig. He was saving himself for when he would screw millions of living, human non-rich Britons.
Some industries convert CO2 to useful products. This is a fine thing to do, but we would have to do it on a tremendous scale for it to slow global heating.
The UK's right-wing government is cynically exploiting Syrian refugees as an excuse to get more involved in war.
Lessons from the Spanish political party, Podemos.
The pope spoke in a US prison and called on the US to care about what happens to prisoners.
I hope we can make US politicians start funding rehabilitation programs again. Putting an end to private prisons, as Sanders proposes, is a necessary step but would not, alone, offer prisoners help in rehabilitation.
However, we need to further than this. In order for ex-cons to go straight, we need to stop excluding them from nearly all opportunity other than crime.
The proposed EU-US agreement on cooperation in regard to subpoena'd data lacks basic protections.
The massive democracy protests in Hong Kong a year ago did not achieve their goals; people disagree about whether they have achieved anything.
Dropping a few bombs on PISSI is now de rigueur for some countries.
It is dishonest for these countries to claim that they are "defending themselves" with this. With the US already bombing PISSI, the extra bombs those countries can drop will not change anything; it is only symbolic. Defeating PISSI can't be done by dropping a few more bombs.
US citizens: oppose a new anti-net-neutrality rider by Sep 30.
The UN is considering investigating Saudi war crimes in Yemen. The Saudi king is using its money to try to prevent this.
The US will keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for another year. Perhaps for another decade or two.
Pope Francis, addressing the UN, rebuked austerity and oppressive lending.
Many countries are subjugated by repayment of loans that were unjustly made in the first place.
He also asserted that the environment should have rights. Humanity and the environment are interconnected, so damaging one damages the other.
In South Korea, old women become prostitutes for old men, because they have no other income.
From time to time, Americans are hassled by thugs for wearing a shirt with some Arabic writing on it.
Ironically, the shirt in question was made by an anti-war group.
A student union in the UK has blocked Maryam Namazie from speaking at a university. Namazie defends the human rights of non-Muslims and ex-Muslims against repressive Muslim rule.
Subsequently the student union changed its decision and will permit Namazie to speak.
Mother Teresa told a woman, "Suffering, pain, sorrow, humiliation, feelings of loneliness, are nothing but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close that he can kiss you." Her response: "Tell Jesus to stop."
Catholic hospitals in the US have a similar attitude towards suffering patients.
The UN Special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants cancelled a visit to Australia, because the government would not promise not to prosecute people for speaking to him.
Compare this with Israel, that blocked a UN mission to investigate war crimes in Gaza.
Islamist rebels, allied with al-Qa'ida, have made a tentative peace deal with Assad.
A clear example of how systematic right-wing irrationality and obtuseness wins battles by repeating false insults.
If Republicans care about human life, why don't they celebrate avoiding war with Iran?
US citizens: say no once again to the TPP.
We have not won yet!
US citizens: call on Congress to ban privatized prisons.
Everyone: Urge the Philippines Congress to kick the tobacco industry representative off the state's tobacco control committee.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission cancelled a study meant to check for high levels of cancer within a few km of nuclear power plants. The author of this article says that this was done to avoid embarrassing the nuclear industry with a positive result.
I don't know whether the result is likely to be positive, but the cancellation stinks.
US mothers of newborns face imprisonment for long periods of time if they take drugs, even prescription drugs, that are judged harmful to fetuses.
There are many practices that pregnant women would do best to avoid, but imprisoning women for not avoiding them only makes things worse.
The EU must stop letting European companies entrust their data to US servers, but that's only the first step. The EU needs to establish sufficient privacy protection for users when the data is in Europe.
In my opinion, countries should not allow services to be designed as excuses to collect data about people.
The new prime minister of Australia has committed to defend a bogus plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ignoring the objections that he himself pointed out before.
GCHQ profiles the internet usage of nearly every internet user. This includes browsing, searching, emails, internet radio listening, and more.
The Supreme Court's right-wing majority bent over backwards to come up with the Corporations United decision. (The plaintiffs' organization was officially known as "Citizens United", a demonstration of the dishonesty at the root of their cause.)
Men Stab, Rape and Kill Women Because They Can. It's Time to Say They Can't.
People who claim that those who are raped are responsible for it are probably failing to distinguish between moral responsibility and practical responsibility.
Volkswagen says that only a small team of engineers was responsible for the lieware. Some are skeptical of this claim.
Uri Avnery: Netanyahu the fear monger can't use the hypothetical Iranian nuke any more, but he will find someone else.
How the NSA's Mass Internet Spying Poisons Society.
The German government plans to spend lots of money to increase surveillance of everyone.
Germany is considering requiring every "thing" connected to the internet to have a unique ID.
That is a horrible idea, since it would tent to cement total surveillance.
More than 100,000 people a year are killed by poisonous snakes, and no one keeps track of how many. And the company that makes antivenin has stopped.
Planned Parenthood supporters threw condoms at Carly Fiorina, who made false accusations against Planned Parenthood.
An unprecedented large mass of cold water in the North Atlantic threatens to shut down the currents, including the Gulf Stream.
US citizens: call on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop selling mortgages to gougers.
US citizens: call on the Department of Education to declare a moratorium on garnishing Social Security payments for student debt.
The UK government has secretly lobbied against an EU proposal to require realistic tests of car emissions.
A Barbie doll connected to a company's server can converse with a child and get lots of personal data about that child.
Harlem residents are pushing homeless people out, while they have nowhere to go.
The UK government has no compassion for people brought or sent to the UK as children, without permission, who have no other home to go to. They are run through an expensive wringer, paying lots of money to file requests that get turned down.
The US is similar, which is one of the issues proposed for immigration reform in the US. This stalled a few years ago when Republicans turned against it.
Chile shows how planning, and enforcing strict building codes, can prevent an earthquake from becoming a disaster.
An excerpt from the book "Adventures in the Anthropocene" displays the twisted pride I warned that the term might inspire.
It is not too late to change to a name that won't inspire pride, such as "Thermocene", "Pyrocene" or "Obscene". All that is required is for a few prominent scientists to stop believing the self-fulfilling prophesy that "it is too late".
A court in Malaysia asserted independence from the authoritarian prime minister by ordering that some magazines can resume publication.
The latest clever idea for gouging the poor in the US: make them pay to "rent" a radio tracking ankle bracelet from a company, when on bail.
Antonio Green decided to go back to jail as the cost of this destroyed his life.
You might wonder why they make someone wear a radio tracking device when on bail for unpaid traffic tickets. Perhaps the motive for this practice is to enrich the company. When officials sign a deal like this with a company, one must suspect that they have an interest in it.
Cruel fallout from the right-wing War on Women's rights: women who take any sort of drug while pregnant are imprisoned for many years.
Ohio's governor offers food stamps to poor rural whites that vote for him, but not to poor urban blacks that vote Democrat.
David Stojcevski was jailed for not paying a parking ticket, then killed by inhumane treatment by thugs that paid no attention as he died.
School privatizers consider municipal bankruptcy an opportunity to seize and chew up public school systems.
Hillary Clinton secretly supported the coup in Honduras, while publicly claiming to oppose the coup.
This continues all the worst foreign policy practices of the US. I do not want someone like this as president.
Without Clinton's subtle support, the coup might have been reversed as recently occurred in Burkina Faso.
The Australian government is trying to make schools harass potential nonviolent environmental "terrorists" who might do things such as spiking trees to prevent logging.
This is no surprise. The Australian government works for the companies that do things such as mining and logging.
Thailand is planning a new central filtering system for the internet.
The right-wing Supreme Court has undermined the main restraint on thugs' illegal investigations — the exclusionary rule.
US-trained Syrian rebels traded some of their US-provided supplies to al-Qa'ida, in exchange for not having to fight al-Qa'ida.
The US training activity for Syrian rebels is not a serious effort, only a pretense. An "army" so small, and so little pugnacious, that it faces this sort of extortion would make little difference against Assad's forces which they are supposedly intended to defeat.
US citizens: call on Obama and Congressional Democrats not to yield to Republican hostage-taking.
The OECD countries have had 16% economic growth with a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 6%, over 10 years.
Keep in mind that economic growth, as such, does not necessarily make the economy better for people in general. That result occurs only when the growth is distributed so as to reduce poverty and suffering, which may or may not be the case. Since 2008, that has generally not been the case. This is a separate issue, and doesn't invalidate the article's point, but we should not say "Growth, hooray!"
A year later, the disappearance of 43 Mexican students is still a mystery, lost among hundreds of such mysteries in a state pervaded by gang corruption.
US citizens: support the Prescription Drug Affordability Act.
US citizens: tell the EPA that the proposed new regulations for toxic pesticides are not strong enough.
Everyone: call for a strong climate agreement in Paris.
US citizens: Call for amending the constitution to reverse the "Citizens United" decision.
I think "corporations united" is a more fitting name for it.
The US and China agreed on new rules for ivory, to try to discourage the killing of elephants.
Aging is the great holocaust.
A religious fanatic will be tried in the Hague for destroying a historic Muslim monument in Timbuktu.
The major pharma companies are gouging in the US, and their gouging appears small only when compared with the super-gouging of Daraprim.
Even worse, US drug companies are arguing in court that their "freedom of speech" entitles them to make unproved claims about what their drugs will do.
This is an additional reason why we need a constitutional amendment that says that human rights do not apply to fictitious "persons" such as corporations.
Everyone: call on Iran to free imprisoned cartoonist Atena Farghadani.
The Internet of Things would mean that any "thing" might be acting maliciously. The VW lieware is the first example.
Citizens of Ireland: sign the petition for a referendum to legalize abortion.
Protection measures have helped cod start to recover in the North Sea.
Keith McLeod was shot dead by a Baltimore thug who claims he had to protect his life from McLeod's pointed finger.
My first response is to wonder what really happened. Thugs sometimes tell the truth, but in situations like this we must not presume they did.
Supposing things happened as reported, McLeod was asking for some kind of confrontation, but that is no reason for his summary execution. A finger doesn't shoot bullets, and saying "I'm going to kill you" does not put someone's life in immediate danger. If the thug reacted as if they did, he must have been predisposed to kill.
The University of California may adopt a rule to expel students for "antisemitism", interpreted as criticizing Israel in certain ways.
It is wrong to expel students even for statements of real antisemitism, or any other form of bigotry, or any other position that some disagree with. The very idea of trying to stop "hate speech" is inimical to human rights.
Israeli soldiers attacked journalists and destroyed their equipment.
Due to the geography, Russian ground troops in Syria will mostly fight groups opposed to PISSI, rather than PISSI.
California has limited the use of solitary confinement, but screws continue to drive prisoners crazy by waking them every half hour.
School officials are "investigating" a teacher who explained the controversy over the name "Washington Redskins" by comparing "redskins" with "niggers".
Teachers should not use insulting racial terms, but it is ridiculous to order them not to explain to their students what racism is.
Shaker Aamer will probably be released from Guantanamo in a month.
The US's treatment of him has been abominable.
The Obama regime continues to conceal what prisoners say about how they are treated.
Colombia's second-worst terrorist group, the FARC, has agreed to peace with the state.
The worst terrorist group, the paramilitares that are linked to the military and to former president Uribe, has only pretended to demobilize.
El Nino's strong rains may not relieve California's drought, as the water may not soak into the dried earth.
Why the UK Must Fight Tooth And Claw Against Social Housing Sell-Off.
Greenpeace proposes a plan for the world to move to 100% renewable energy by 2050. This means ending use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
AVG says that its anti-virus program will collect data about users for AVG to use.
Simply removing the user's name from a data record does not prevent others from reassociating it with the user, and in practice it is common to do that.
The principal advisor of the European Court of Justice said that the "safe harbor" fiction, which allows European organizations to entrust personal data to US companies, should be declared invalid.
Drug-Price Hikes Don't Lead to Better Cures. We Must Find Another Way Forward.
Pope's Call to Congress to Abolish Death Penalty Comes at a Critical Moment.
China will start a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.
This could be a big help in curbing global heating, or it might do nothing at all. A cap-and-trade system tends to be ineffective when the economy shrinks, and corruption can make it a no-op as happened in Europe.
By contrast, a tax on substances and activities that emit greenhouse gases is easier to enforce, and has its effect even if the economy shrinks.
Here's a proposal for a different way to do cap-and-trade, using a fixed total carbon emissions budget. Would that avoid the flaws? I don't know. But I think it is important to design the system so that the budget can be reduced.
US medical insurance deductable amounts (what you have to pay in bills before you start to be covered) are rising 7 times as fast as wages.
If Volkswagen used "defeat devices" in all countries, its cars' disguised pollution is likely to kill between 74 to 400 people per year.
A far larger number become ill, miss days of work, etc.
100 million people live on seafood from the world's major coral area, the Coral Triangle. Global heating puts the reefs, and their usable animal life, in danger.
Perhaps the US should donate money to employ people in Tunisia, partly to defeat PISSI and partly to give young Tunisians an alternative to jihad.
US citizens: Call on SEC Chair Mary Jo White to recuse herself from choosing an important subordinate, because of her personal conflict of interest.
The Supreme Court under its right-wing majority has nearly eliminated the possibility of taking action for school desegregation.
Meanwhile, US schools are becoming increasingly segregated again.
Women are publishing, through a web site, descriptions of how to give them sexual pleasure. It appears that a certain kind of rough and unrealistic porn has given boys and even men the wrong idea about the question. (I think it is a mistake to narrow the word "porn" to this particular kind of porn. Any work designed to arouse sexually is porn.)
Some teenagers have the good fortune to learn how to please a lover, and they move on to a life of sexual success. Others have worse fortune and have to wait years, even decades, to learn this. It is so sad, and so unnecessary. This is why I think every high school (and perhaps middle school too) should offer practical hands-on lessons in how to please a lover. Every graduate should have a basis to be confident that, "Anyone that I make love with will be glad we did."
Younous Chekkouri was sent from Guantanamo to Morocco, where he faces a likely unfair trial.
I don't object in principle to handing over prisoners of the US for trial in other countries. But we should make sure that the trial is a fair one.
Biden opposes abortion, and only reluctantly advocates allowing abortion rights.
We cannot trust a person like that to defend abortion rights.
Carly Fiorina's supporters have produced a phony video to support her false claims about Planned Parenthood.
In the right-wing echo chamber, lies are as effective as truth.
Homeless people must now sleep on the street in London, as the government's pressure on the poor builds up on all sides. Some lucky ones get a bus ticket from a charity so they can sleep on a night bus.
A student in the UK was questioned as a suspect for reading a textbook about terrorism in the university library.
He's lucky to have been reading it in the library, because if he had a copy in his possession, he could have been prosecuted for it.
A US border thug has been indicted for shooting and killing a Mexican standing on the other side of the border fence.
The pope rebuked Congress for the military-industrial complex and the wars that it fuels.
Many car companies cheat on emissions tests and mileage tests, and European governments are often complicit in the cheating.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter at 888-907-6639 and call for action to curb global heating. We can build on the momentum created by pope's speech.
You can cite the pope if you wish, but I don't think that is crucial. His support is a big help, but the world's climate scientists are pertinent authorities.
US citizens: call on the hedge fund manager that increased the price of Daraprim by 50 times to put the price back where it was.
A vague statement that he will lower the price somewhat should not suffice to take the heat off him.
Ten Reasons to Oppose the Saudi Monarchy.
A gang of billionaires are conspiring to convert half the schools in LA to nonaccountable privatized "charter schools".
A New York thug is expected to plead guilty after walking up to a car and shooting someone in it, for no rational reason. But will his punishment be anything more than a paid vacation?
Emilio Mayfield, who was attacked by a thug on his way to the bus who then accused him of jaywalking, did not in fact jaywalk.
Not that jaywalking would excuse the attack.
Explaining how Copwatch activities work and what they achieve.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to oppose CISA.
We have to fight hard now, because Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec just endorsed the bill.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
US citizens: call on your congresscritter to sign Rep Himes's letter calling for negotiations about Syria.
Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan was apparently tortured to death in Assad's prison.
The TTIP (This Treaty Is Plutocratic) would strip local government of the power to regulate toxic chemicals, including fracking fluids and pesticides.
Responding to criticism of the TTIP, which would offer foreign companies the opportunity to sue when European laws get in their way, the European Commission has proposed to change a few details of the plan, such as its name.
Offering foreign companies this power would be damaging and wrong. Offering domestic companies this power would be damaging and wrong. It's good that the TTIP won't offer domestic companies this power. Even better, it should not offer this power to foreign companies either.
Then they might as well cancel the whole thing.
Paul Erlich notes that ending global heating won't be enough unless we also end human population growth.
Humanity has postponed the disaster that Erlich predicted, by lowering its birth rate, but population continues to grow and the danger is not gone. To lift all humans out of poverty, we need to redirect some of wealthier humans' income to the poor; but this won't work if the poor humans keep making more poor humans.
A journalist in Ghana made videos of 34 judges accepting bribes.
UK, France and Germany Lobbied for Flawed Car Emissions Tests.
Clinton made a proposal for greenhouse gas reduction, which is not very strong.
Clinton says she wants to limit gross increases in drug prices, but her plan appears to be weak. Sanders has a real plan.
Jimmy Carter acknowledges that the US has lost its democracy.
The US government is once again trying to bully US states into cooperating with "Real ID", which turns drivers' licenses into more rigid mechanisms of control.
The US will surely back down on this threat if any state refuses to comply with the demand. We should make sure states do not. Indeed, we should urge other states to stop complying with Real ID.
Crackers obtained fingerprint records for 5.6 million Americans when they broke the security of government computers.
Another Turkish journalist has been arrested and charged with "subversion".
Over 10 years, the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court has persistently served the powerful at the expense of other Americans.
Arguments that bullet-list presentations undermine careful thought and make it hard to notice errors.
Shortly after the US sent 70 trained Syrian rebels into Syria, one is reported to have defected to al Qa'ida.
The idea of training "moderate" Syrian rebels is just a fig leaf. What the US needs to do is stop shielding Saudi Arabia, which spews an extremist form of Islam around the world; but Obama is extending US support for Saudi Arabia.
The Ferguson commission did a serious job and recommended almost 200 changes in laws to eliminate the pervasive injustices observed in Ferguson and many other places in the US.
The Case Against Richard Glossip Is Crumbling, But He Is Still Scheduled to Die in a Week.
US construction of nuclear bombs and missiles is hidden in the "Department of Energy", but it's actually done by companies. These companies spend millions on lobbying to spend too much money on nuclear bombs and missiles.
After New Jersey thugs shot 14-year-old Radazz Hearns, they needed an excuse, so they claimed he had a gun. After days of searching they found a gun, 150 feet away, and claimed Radazz had thrown it there.
I hope Radazz's injuries do not foreclose his brilliant career in shot put.
Coca Cola has been caught funding distraction campaigns so people will think about exercise rather than what they eat.
One advantage of a national health service is that it can push down the price of medicines. But this is not working as well as it used to in the UK.
After each random blip in killings of US thugs, they claim it is a "war on cops".
James Roux went to a "remembrance ceremony" for the Sep 2001 attacks because his father was killed in them. When he found a "program of military force", he protested. Thugs arrested him and framed him (as usual for thugs), and right-wing media lied about him.
Canada's prime minister admitted that, in the TPP, he's working for auto parts companies. He also implied he would accept a bad deal for Canada in order to serve them.
The criticism of Harper concedes too much to the TPP. It endorses the mistaken idea that the TPP is a trade deal, and that Canada ought to try to negotiate a "good deal". The TPP is a corporate supremacy treaty, and its whole purpose is to benefit companies at the expense of democracy. Instead of getting distracted with details, Canada should pull out.
The US "Department of Justice" is shirking its duties by not prosecuting CIA torturers.
Dozens of thugs invaded a housing project in London to evict the hundreds of residents, making most of them homeless.
People are personally responsible for the actions they agree to be paid to do. The thugs who did this cannot excuse it by saying that it was their job.
Can anyone find out, and publish, the identity of these thugs? They should be shunned and despised by all good people, until they apologize and resign from their jobs.
Travesty: Saudi Arabia as head of a UN human rights panel. Even worse travesty: the US "welcomes" that.
Cory Doctorow suggests a way to protect on-line advertising: a special privileged tracking snoop that we would all decide to trust to track us.
If I can't visit a site without being tracked, I won't visit it. If I won't visit it, I don't mind if it disappears.
My solution is to pay sites anonymously to visit them.
Egypt has pardoned the two imprisoned al-Jazeera journalists.
That's only a small step towards reestablishment of a free press.
Clinton now opposes the Keystone XL pipeline.
While this is obviously the right position on that issue, her slowness to adopt it means she hesitates to support proper action against global heating.
Other pipelines for shipment of tar sands oil also need to be blocked.
LA plans to spend $100 million on the homeless, but since that's nowhere near enough to house them, people worry it could just mean shoving them out of the way.
Pope Francis is rushing the process of canonizing Junipero Serra, and could just as easily slow it down for reconsideration.
Víctor Hugo Saldaño is surely a murderer, but he was sentenced to death because of his race. The pope has taken up the cause of commuting his sentence, condemning the death penalty as unjust.
Apple systematically bans apps that endorse abortion rights or would help women find abortions.
This particular political slant affects other Apple services.
A US court ruled that Warner/Chappel does not have a copyright on the words of "Happy birthday to you".
It is conceivable that someone else has one, but it is unlikely that this could ever be established.
The clear need to resist this demand from China should show why we need to resist the same demand when it comes from the US.
US colleges and universities keep increasing the number of administrative staff. This is part of why they are now so expensive.
High salaries for executives and managers also contribute.
The UK government plans to take 12 billion pounds in government support from the working poor, and give them 4 billion pounds of increased wages with a raise in the minimum wage.
It adds up for a big heap of dooH niboR.
New Russian planes are helping Assad's army fight PISSI.
I suppose they will be used against the other forces in Syria, such as al Qa'ida and any remaining non-jihadi Arab rebel groups, and maybe even Kurds, though I think they are not close to Assad's slice of Syria.
The ShoutYourAbortion campaign puts an end to the compulsory expression of regret about abortions.
When defenders of abortion rights treat abortion as a drastic step, when they dwell on sadness that a woman needed the drastic step rather than rejoicing that she wasn't forced to have a baby, they hand the anti-abortion movement a victory. It is a mistake to use the slogan "pro-choice", because that implies reluctance to defend the abortion itself.
US citizens: call on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to deny funding to the two Democrats that voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
US citizens: call on the US government to tax hedge funds properly so as to provide support for Syrian refugees in countries near Syria.
US citizens: call on the Senate to preserve the requirement for country-of-origin meat labeling.
A model suggests melting Arctic permafrost will release hundreds of billions of tons of CO2 and methane during this century.
US intelligence analysts say they were specifically "bullied" to distort their reports to exaggerate success against PISSI.
In addition to outright falsification, the US government is repeating the Vietnam-War distraction of citing enemy body counts as if they counted for something. PISSI can easily recruit replacements; attrition simply is not effective against PISSI.
The entire Bastrop County sheriff's office colluded in lying to excuse the murder of Yvette Smith.
Witnesses in Boston convinced a couple of thugs to put away their guns when they were dealing with a small crazed unarmed woman who was resisting arrest.
Both of the thugs were too quick to go for their guns. Apparently that is a habit; I think that is the culture of thugs nowadays, and maybe reflects how they are trained. If your first response to any shadow or shade of a threat is to grab your gun, one day you're going to shoot someone for no good reason.
Most teachers in US universities are poorly-paid part-timers. Some are trying to unionize.
The growing expense of college in the US is going to the administrators whose numbers keep increasing.
It would be interesting to ask colleges to list the ratio of total pay and benefits for teachers to total pay and benefits for non-teachers.
The fighting between Egypt and Islamist rebels in the Sinai has become an overt civil war. Civilians are accused by each side of supporting the other side.
Because Egypt has criminalized independent reporting of news about the fighting, the state's reports of success do not tell us who is really winning this war.
Human Rights Watch says, "Destroying homes, neighbourhoods and livelihoods is a textbook example of how to lose a counterinsurgency campaign."
Volkswagen has admitted programming its car engine computers to detect the EPA's emission tests, and run dirty the rest of the time.
It wasn't just a little. Cars exceeded emissions standards by up to 35 times, in real driving.
High Brazilian officials were sentenced to long prison terms for corruption.
The UK is trying very hard to protect girls (typically of Pakistani descent) from being forced into marriage by families.
The gouger who increased the cost of the drug Daraprim 50 times says, in effect, "If something is going to save your life, it should cost you $50,000."
Most Americans can't raise $50,000 to save their lives. Others can do it once, but then they will be broke and perhaps homeless.
People are impressed with what Clinton said, but Sanders advocates the larger reform that would take care of this problem and many more.
The Mulanje cedars of Malawi are nearly wiped out. Humans cut them down at a high rate, and they grow back very very slowly.
Scott Walker is out of the Republican race, despite lots of money from a few rich people.
Rich people's money for a certain candidate doesn't guarantee victory, but if it is hard to win without rich people's money, all the major candidates will tend to be plutocratists. No matter which plutocratist wins, we lose.
Thus, I support Sanders.
Seabird populations have fallen 70% in the past 60 years, due to various human activities that tend to kill them.
Side effects of global heating could wipe out many species of seabirds.
Women are speaking up about their abortions, to reject the stigma that right-wingers want to put on it.
The idiotic things anti-abortionists say to women who talk about having abortions, and people who advocate abortion rights.
El niño might end California's drought, and cause natural disasters in other countries in the Pacific.
Sumatran rhinos will go extinct if we don't save them soon.
Human rights organizations address how far a person's religious freedom should apply when carrying out functions to serve the public.
When the US released Younous Chekkouri from imprisonment in Guantanamo, the soldiers blindfolded and chained him for 10 hours of transport.
That is a strange way to treat someone after concluding there was no reason to imprison him in the first place.
Now Mr Chekkouri is imprisoned in Morocco.
US border thugs regularly turn back refugees from Central America, illegally denying them a chance to ask for asylum.
When they come from Honduras, the US is partly responsible for the conditions that drove them to flee.
US citizens: support the EACH Woman Act, to provide abortion coverage to all US women.
Michael O'Sullivan committed suicide after the UK government (or its private hatchet-company) ruled he was "fit to work". He apparently could not bear to face the rat-race of futile job applications and punishments that the UK calls "support to return to work".
No system can perfectly avoid mistakes. The UK's austerity government applies great pressure to rule people "fit to work", even applying quotas, which makes this kind of mistake very likely.
Americans may be disappointed if they hope Pope Francis will make substantial changes in religious doctrines.
Yanis Varoufakis: "The lenders are the real winners in Greece — Alexis Tsipras has been set up to fail."
Fossil fuel subsidies amount to $200 billion a year.
Fear of the no-fly list is a powerful factor for intimidating people in the US.
In Europe, BP is the worst of all the saboteurs opposing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
BP could stand for "Boost Petroleum".
Now that western "leaders" are more interested in China's business than China's freedom, it falls to writers to call on Xi Jinping to free the imprisoned writers of China.
Indonesia offers to cut emissions by 40% by 2030 if it is given financial aid.
That is starting to reach the level of cut that might really make a difference. The wealthier countries must fulfill their responsibility and must tax global business to do it.
Correcting a naive attempt to claim that money doesn't buy US elections.
Pharma companies are making some old, proven drugs so expensive that the prices will kill people.
These drugs are no longer patented, but the makers control the distribution of the drug so that would-be competitors can't get samples. We should make such anticompetitive behavior a felony. (I wonder if it already is.)
Freedom of speech in British universities is under attack from the right-wing government and from leftist students.
The National Union of Students' "no platform" policy started out as a campaign to refuse to legitimize talks by fascists and racists, and officially that's still how it operates. However, nowadays its real activity is to prevent or shut down talks by adherents of a range of views that certain leftist groups disagree with.
When a speaker proposes to do great harm to people it is understandable that they protest the speaker forcefully. Once in a while, the community's opposition may interfere with a speech, but they did not stop the guest from speaking. A systematic effort to prevent someone from giving speeches is going too far.
Suggestion: protect and aid defectors from PISSI.
Freedom of speech is threatened in the UK by the state and by private intimidation.
Sometimes private intimidation takes advantage of state laws that impose censorship. The UK libel reform campaign (successful except in Northern Ireland) was needed because UK libel law lent itself to censorship.
Laws against "hate speech" are also wrong in themselves, because they punish expression of some opinions. They must be repealed.
The UK has many other unjust censorship laws, such as the one against "extreme pornography" for which no justification other than prudery has been offered, and the one against possessing documents considered suspicious. They must all go.
US citizens: support the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act.
Everyone: call on Canada not to let Shell drill in the Atlantic near Nova Scotia.
Shell wants to be allowed 21 days to even start to cap the well, if there is a blowout.
US citizens: call on your senators not to sponsor Cardin's bill which is designed to kill the nuclear deal with Iran.
US citizens: call on your senators to oppose the anti-abortion bill HR 36.
Syriza won the Greek election, with about the same not-quite-majority as before.
Greeks may have decided not to blame Syriza for surrendering to the banksters' economic war. I think, however, that Greece will suffer more from this capitulation, over a longer period.
The FBI plans to keep fingerprints from everyone that gets a background check, and put them in a searchable database along with criminals' fingerprints.
The FBI also wants to build up a searchable face recognition data base from photos taken on the street.
This looks like the first step in a plan to track all Americans. We must campaign to stop it.
Australia plans to check people's faces against national ID data bases to identify them.
This is dangerous because it is unreliable, but it would be even more dangerous if it were reliable. You can hardly trust the Australian government, with its harsh laws against whistleblowers, not to use this power for evil. What that government calls "national security" is just as likely to mean "national repression".
James Hansen says that we face a "climate emergency" because positive feedback loops can cause global heating to speed up.
The Canadian government has stealthily and systematically destroyed, corrupted or stopped collecting data necessary to manage Canada's economy or protect Canada's environment.
Deletion of historic data sabotages future historical research.
Nicholas Merrill won a case to cancel of the gag order which said he could not talk about the FBI's arbitrary demand for data from his business. But it's not final — the government will appeal this decision.
Around two million Americans live in extreme poverty, with an income of 2 dollars a day or less.
They are essentially compelled to commit crimes to survive, though they may not like that.
Welfare benefits are no longer available to people in that situation. When President Clinton proposed his "welfare reform", it was clear that it would lead to this. That is why I did not vote for Clinton in 1996.
As right-wing Democrats see Sanders advance, their last argument is the attempted self-fulfilling prophesy, "Sanders can't win".
They also claim that the US has "moved to the right", but really it is only the government and the media that have moved to the right. Most Americans continue to support the policies Sanders champions.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, to his son : 'In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body'.
Protests in Burkina Faso convinced the military coup leaders to step down.
The UK's previous health minister says the NHS is about to collapse, due to the Tories' disguised attempts to destroy it.
Our Seas Are Being Degraded, Fish Are Dying. If we keep this up, it will hurt us too.
The school officials and the thugs never really thought Ahmed Mohamed had a bomb. They wanted to pretend they thought he had a bomb.
Treating US schools as preparation for prison reflects the attitude that children are a threat, not our future.
Missouri has authorized companies to run thug departments. Their staff would have the same legal powers to arrest people and take their property, and I suppose the same extralegal powers to beat and kill people and get away with it.
The Disabled and Jobless Need Help, Not Harassment.
New Orleans has been sued for systematically jailing the poor to make them pay fine after fine.
Security cameras to watch your children won't make them safe, they just promote and exploit distrust for everyone.
The pope is about to canonize Junipero Serra, who established Spanish missions in California that operated on a system of slave labor.
Serra generally has a very positive image; the missions he established have been made into big tourist attractions.
A school in Virginia kicked out a student for a year because he brought a leaf to school from a Japanese maple tree. A school official thought it was marijuana.
The crucial point here is not that the official made a mistake, but that once he knew it was a mistake, he still insisted on punishing the child. This attitude towards mistakes characterizes the most cruel and self-righteous officialdoms. We see it when people are convicted of crimes and then proved innocent: the legal system resists exonerating them. And now, under the guise of "zero tolerance", we see it in schools.
Even if it had been fairly harmless marijuana — or even some dangerous poison — that would be no reason to punish the child for it in such a harsh way. A reprimand ought to be enough.
Sanders' bill to eliminate privatized prisons would also forbid gouging on prisoners' phone calls.
Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans want to make the Government Accountability Board partisan, so that they can stop it from investigating any crimes they may commit.
Government Argues: If Your Mobile Phone Provider Knows Where You Are, Why Shouldn't We?
My conclusion is, the cell phone company should not be allowed to record where you have been, absent a court order to keep track.
Indonesia has arrested executives, including one from Asian Pulp and Paper, for setting forest fires.
The new Greek "government" will have no autonomy; its actions will be directed in great detail by the banksters. It will be a puppet government of occupation.
Anyone that wants to run to be the puppet does not deserve a vote. But not every party has agreed to this. The part of Syriza that voted against the capitulation has not agreed.
Patriotic Greeks resisted German occupation in the 1940s; maybe there are ways to resist the banksters' occupation with underground activity.
Greece needs to increase its domestic production of food so that it can survive a siege after cutting ties with the EU. Perhaps Greeks can organize underground ways to interfere with food imports, so as to increase the market for local farmers. Is it possible to steal durable food and stockpile it?
An audit of a sample of mortgage assignments in Seattle found that all of them were done illegally, thus void. If that sample is representative, nearly all foreclosures there are invalid, and that has perhaps been the case for years.
Several rhinoceros species are on the verge of extinction. What can be done to save them?
I think that synthetic rhino horn could work if it is much cheaper than natural rhino horn — and similar enough to fool purchasers. Anyone who claimed to sell "natural rhino horn" would probably cheat.
In the long term, even if we eliminate the threat of poaching, not much wildlife will remain if humans convert all wild areas into farms and cities. We must curb human population growth to enable most wild species to survive.
US thugs pick on protesters as well as blacks; the repression against Occupy Wall Street protesters has not ended.
The head of the New York thugs' union says that Amy Goodman is unamerican for saying that. He also claims that we don't understand the dangers that thugs face.
However, everyone who is black, or tries to exercise the right to protest, is fully aware of the danger from thugs.
GM sold cars with a defect that killed 124 people in accidents. GM knew about the defect and covered it up rather than fixing it. The US settled the dispute for a fine that GM can easily afford, and did not prosecute anyone.
The ACLU is suing Honolulu for systematically throwing away homeless people's belongings.
No one wants to be homeless. They are being stepped on by life. A city should prioritize kindness to the homeless.
A court in British Columbia says it is illegal to leave a child under 10 alone for any period of time. Overprotectiveness is now mandatory.
When I was 8, the occasional hours alone after I returned from school (on foot in Manhattan) were times I could study or play in peace.
When Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for his clock, prejudice may have played a role, but "zero tolerance" played a role too.
If someone brings a real bomb into a school, that is a real threat and calls for a real response. But there was never any serious reason to believe Ahmed's clock was a bomb, and the thugs must have seen quickly that it lacked the crucial ingredient of any bomb: explosive. So why arrest him then? "Zero tolerance", the idea that being mistaken for a threat makes you guilty.
Twitter has rejected anonymous communication, saying that it gives priority to tracking trolls rather than protecting dissidents.
For instance, Twitter blocked Magnus Hedemark's account because he used it through Tor.
The article suggests that this includes blocking access to his old tweets.
This is one reason why you should never cite a tweet by means of a link to twitter.com. Proper practice is to copy it directly into your article, like any other quotation.
An additional reason for this is so that Twitter does not get information about who reads these quotes and the article where you cite them.
Twitter says it blocks the accounts because their postings look like spam. But if you're willing to consider blocking an account, surely you could first try some less abrupt response that would teach the user about the perceived problem.
To make life impossible for unauthorized migrants, the UK plans to make it impossible for them to rent housing or drive a car.
The new Australian prime minister, who 5 years ago called for moving to renewable energy sources, has changed sides.
A California thug went wild against a teenager who was walking in a bus lane towards his bus.
The thugs will try to excuse this by applying a perversely strict standard to the teenager's conduct and a perversely loose standard to their own.
US citizens: call on Obama to let Arctic oil leases expire and not issue new ones.
US citizens: support the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.
Donald Trump is trying to exploit groundless fears about vaccines. This will do harm even if he loses.
He is also giving support to lies about Obama's birth and religion.
Congress is in a tizzy because US air marshals made porn videos with prostitutes using government-issued phones.
As far as I can see, they didn't cheat the taxpayers, or do wrong to anyone. It should not be a scandal. It would be wrong to punish anyone for shocking some prudes.
The article mentions a disability claim that is being investigated. That is a different issue.
US citizens: call for kicking fossil fuel interests out of the Paris climate negotiations.
US citizens: ask your congresscritter to oppose H.R. 1737, which would top the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from blocking racist practices in car loans.
Mexican tourists say their Egyptian tour was bombed five times across three hours. Apparently the ground forces that identified them as tourists was not in communication with the air force.
Mistakes like this tend to happen in war. A poorly trained force makes more of them, but there is no way to avoid them. Basically, tourists and war zones shouldn't mix.
Hungarian thugs beat up seven journalists covering the movement of refugees.
Facebook will start making real use of surveillance data gained via Like buttons, even about people who are not useds of Facebook.
The EFF campaign proposes a partial solution. In this case, a full solution is available: use a browser such as IceCat which blocks Like buttons and the other similar third-party tracking schemes.
China is demanding foreign companies build back doors into digital products. That injustice in China offers a lesson to Americans about why it would be an injustice in the US.
The article uses the vague confused term "intellectual property", which can mean so many unrelated things that in this context it has no clear meaning at all.
US wages are still not increasing, belying claims of a "recovery".
The cost to society of mass incarceration is much larger than the cost of running prisons.
Over half of former prisoners remain unemployed five years later. They'd need a conscience of iron to resist crime when it's the only opportunity they will ever get.
The library of Lebanon, New Hampshire, will resume running its Tor node, standing up to the US government campaign to eliminate privacy.
The IMF has imposed more suffering on Honduras. The likely result is for thousands of Hondurans to sneak into the US.
Instead of militarizing the US border, the US could tell the IMF to lay off Honduras.
Sanders and other senators have proposed a bill to ban private prisons.
Nixon arranged to sabotage Vietnam peace talks in order to get elected president in 1968. The evidence comes from an official whose secret report is still secret.
LBJ privately called it "treason". Whether it is literally treason, I don't know, but it is clear Nixon betrayed his country to gain control of it. And the following elected Republican president did likewise.
The arrest of Ahmed Mohamed illustrates one reason why people with nothing to hide do have something to fear.
Here are some more reasons.
Every month this year has set a heat record, so 2015 will almost surely be the hottest year ever measured by humans.
I don't think the record will stand for many years.
The Theater of Security Agency does not care that it foolishly showed how to unlock all the TSA-permitted baggage locks. The TSA's comment is that this doesn't endanger airline security, which misses the point that they've wiped out passenger's baggage security.
Cameron confirmed that he's fossil-all-the-way by appointing an oil consultant as his "energy and environment" advisor.
The consultant will advise on how to convert the environment into exhaust.
The cost of degradation of farmland is 1/6 of the human world's production.
We can't keep degrading a vital resource at this rate and continue producing as much as we do. We need to improve this, but we also need to stop increasing the human population.
Sanders's talk at the fundamentalist university won over one evangelical Christian who is now his passionate supporter.
If we ignore the question of whether a god exists, and consider only ethics, Christianity has a good side and a bad side. Here we see the good side in pure form.
Democrats have proposed a bill to have the National Labor Relations Board actively protect workers from wage theft, etc.
Demand from China has accelerated illegal deforestation in Burma.
The first victim of the PAT-RIOT Act explains how the secret snooping order cut him off from his family for a decade.
The last person quoted misused the word "fulsome". He meant "full".
Hungarian thugs beat up two reporters that crossed the border with a bunch of refugees.
US government programs including Obama's medical care program are helping millions of people climb out of poverty.
However, millions of Americans remain in poverty. These programs are not sufficient in their present form.
Uruguay has pulled out of the Trade in Services Agreement, one of the corporate supremacy treaties now being negotiated.
Hooray for Uruguay, but now we have to make our own countries pull out of it too.
The students and faculty of Flinders University are still fighting to prevent a government-funded global heating denial center from being established there.
Mozambique's many minefields have been demined, after 30 years of work.
Demining is a hard and dangerous job, but as long as the mines remain, they tend to kill people from time to time. Especially children.
A few scattered mines may remain because no one knows about them.
Ahmed Mohamed will not face criminal charges for making a clock.
Note how the idiots tried to blame Ahmed for their own stupid mistake. That's exactly what Massachusetts thugs did to Star Simpson. Fortunately this time they had to drop it.
Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for making a clock and bringing it to school in Texas.
The teachers and the thugs had no reason to think it was anything but the clock it really was. They arrested him because, he being a Muslim, they decided to regard him as a probable terrorist.
This idiocy is not limited to Texas. A similar thing happened to Star Simpson in Boston, who was punished for an absurd "crime".
The US Department of Agriculture will strive to cut food waste in half.
Did Clinton's private emails conceal something about Haiti?
Human Activity Pushing Marine Life to the Brink of Collapse.
1,400,000 children have been sent away from the areas where Boko Haram might kidnap them
Uri Avnery calls for allying with Assad (and the Kurds) to crush PISSI.
US citizens: tell the Register of Copyrights you want a serious plan to allow republication of orphan works.
Since orphan works are not the only ones for which copyright is too restrictive, I also suggested that the best thing to do is to legalize noncommercial redistribution of all published works. I also suggested http://stallman.org/articles/internet-sharing-license.en.html as a way to distribute any money people must pay as licenses for the scheme.
Scott Walker wants drug tests for people applying for food stamps, as if anyone that smokes pot deserves to starve.
Occasionally smoking pot does not incapacitate a person. Why should it even matter, unless you're looking for someone to demonize?
Mergers between US medical insurance companies could paradoxically be a good thing. If they all merge, the resulting organization could be nationalized and merged with Medicare.
Donald Trump's speaking technique is a form of "negging" — meant to pressure the American people into bed with him.
Each day, 1/3 of US children eat fast food.
I would guess that they include many poor children, whose parents have trouble paying for fast food but can't provide anything else, because they are working long hours, because they have no cooking facilities, or because nothing else is available in their "food desert".
The Olympic Games organizers in South Korea knocked down a 500-year-protected forest with trees even older. They say they will make another one on the same site after the games.
This reminds me of a Roman joke. When Mummius looted Corinth, he confided some famous old art works to a ship captain for transport and said, "Remember, if you damage these, you will have to provide replacements just like them."
Russia has asked to discuss fighting PISSI with the US.
PISSI is the Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Some evidence that Reagan made a deal with Iran to keep holding American hostages so that Jimmy Carter would lose the election.
Richard Glossip's execution has been postponed 2 weeks to reconsider whether he is guilty.
American Wages Remain at 1997 Levels as Recovery Fails to Lift Middle Class.
Air pollution kills more people than malaria and HIV.
With half a billion dollars, the US has trained "four or five" Syrians to fight against PISSI.
The only plan that might succeeds is to help the Kurds strengthen themselves, but Obama clearly is unwilling to do that, so he chooses among the useless plans.
Journalist Ali Lmrabet continues to criticize Moroccan repression in Western Sahara, despite being imprisoned, banned from journalism, and exiled.
Anti-privacy US officials are praying for a terrorist attack, or something they can spin as one, to get an opportunity to attack our freedom some more.
About 5 million people die each year in the US. Each death is unfortunate, but death will happen to all of us. If someone kills a few more, is that a reason to tear up vital freedoms? We need to remember that an all-seeing government is the bigger danger.
Almost 300 scientifically important English wildlife sites are at risk of being fracked.
Fracking won't poison the water in all of them, just some fraction.
Around 1/5 of teenage girls are so caught up in addictive corporate social media that it damages their mental health.
This should not be too surprising. These apps are proprietary software, designed by companies to manipulate their users. It is common to many fields of production that designers make their products as addictive as possible. The addictiveness of these networks constitutes success in their eyes.
The year's minimum Arctic sea ice area is nearly a record. Only three years (all recent) have reached a lower level.
Bernie Sanders' single-payer medical system would cost a little over half what the US spends today, but the Wall Street Journal compares it with zero rather than with our current system.
Corbyn advocates making the UK a republic, so he kept silent at a ceremony as "God Save the Queen" was sung. Plutocrats are spewing dishonest venom over this.
They will throw any sort of insults, trying to make him look bad. Then they will criticize him for being the target of their smears.
Corbyn had to act according to his views, or become another dishonest politician.
I don't have any opinion about that issue. I am concerned with the policies of the British government, not about who is the symbolic head of state.
Small interfering RNA molecules could be used as species-specific pesticides.
This would work on crops that are not genetically modified, by spraying on the RNA.
Getting them into the cells of the targeted species is a difficulty. An idea that occurs to me is to build them into a genetically modified version of a virus that targets that pest species.
The RNA molecule might randomly interfere with other genes in other species. However, the virus probably won't get into cells of most other species. With two keys that need to fit two locks, the chance of affecting other wildlife would be much less.
The idea is very interesting, but it is not without danger to the environment. It could also conceivably hurt humans — that is unlikely but needs to be tested.
I don't trust Monsanto to test this carefully, because its interest is to be careless.
The Moto X phone was designed to track users more than any phone before.
The article assumes readers value convenience more than freedom, but I hope that's not true of you.
Everyone: call on the World Bank to rule that the people of El Salvador can appropriate water supplies to their real needs, rather than to mining companies. Human rights must prevail over business interests.
Australian aborigines care in oral transmission of history has preserved accurate reports of the huge sea level rise that ended 7,000 years ago.
Sea level rose 120 meters, or almost 400 feet, because of global heating (the end of the ice age).
Overfishing of tuna and mackerel have knocked their populations down by 3/4 in 40 years.
Even 2C of global heating will increase the mosquitoes in the Arctic by 50%.
Australia's new right-wing prime minister is less wacky than Abbott, but he still represents dooH niboR.
The UK anti-union bill, that would make strikes nearly impossible, is a militant attack on workers.
But this approach is typical of today's right wing. The Tories don't admit they intend make poor people homeless; they do it with a bunch of cuts and pressures. They don't say that they intend to make disabled people starve if they can't work, rather than find excuses to punish them by denying them disability support. They claim to support greenhouse gas emission reduction while launching a series of attacks against programs to achieve this.
Likewise, the US right wing, since it can't block abortion by prohibiting abortion, creates arbitrary requirements that are impossible for clinics to meet.
Ending US and Australian subsidies for coal would slash carbon emissions.
A woman in the UK has been convicted of sexual assault because she had told her lover she was male.
Whatever we think of this pretense, it clearly was not "assault". If they want to make gaining sexual consent via misrepresentation a crime, they should pass another law and call it something else.
But what kinds of misrepresentation should be criminalized? Claiming to be over 16? Claiming to be under 30? Claiming to be a virgin? Claiming lots of experience? Claiming to be unmarried? Claiming not to have other lovers? Claiming to have been at work the previous Tuesday night? Claiming a high income? Spending like a person with a high income? Claiming to have read a certain book? Pretending to have read it but without an explicit claim? Wearing a padded bra or platform shoes? Wearing a wig? Dyeing hair? Cosmetics?
If a prostitute lies about what is on offer, that is false advertising, but not assault.
Obama has deftly rebuilt US global influences, mending relationships with countries that were hardened enemies. Unfortunately, some of the steps also build the influence of multinational corporations that the US bows down to.
Reducing Chinese influence is to a large extent a good thing, when you consider the pervasive corruption and deepening political repression of the Chinese state. But the US is not immune to these things; industries including fossil fuel extraction, pharma, medical care, publishing, and plenty of others have corrupted the US government, while massive surveillance threatens US democracy. We can't take for granted that the US will be better than China.
Iranian troops are in Syria, fighting against militias that support al-Qa'ida.
As long as they are not fighting the revolutionary Kurds, I won't feel much outrage. The sad thing about Syria, since several years ago, the main military powers are all monsters.
Traffic fatalities in Colorado have decreased since it legalized marijuana.
Bernie Sanders' speech to students at a Protestant fundamentalist university.
I'd suggest inviting them to think about who Jesus would vote for. If a historical Jesus said things like what the gospels report (which is not at all established), I think he would vote for Sanders.
Most US states automatically shackle all minors accused of crimes, regardless of whether there is any reason to do this.
The Paris climate conference is not paying attention to developing water shortages.
The most important conclusion to draw from today's droughts is the same one that we draw from all the other consequences of global heating: we should launch a crash program to cut emissions.
Alas, this is precisely what many governments have already decided not to do.
The second most important conclusion is that we need to limit human births, if we don't want deaths due to water shortages (and crop shortages) to limit population.
Even if there were some real ones, it would amount to a smaller danger than the danger of a state that watches everyone.
It looks like murderer Sneed claimed Richard Glossip pressured him to commit the crime, so that Glossip would be executed instead of Sneed.
This sort of thing seems not to be unusual.
Once again, thugs shoot first, think later. This time they saw a man with a phone and instantly assumed it was a gun.
The victim is Hispanic; whether unconscious racism played a role in the hasty action is not clear from this article.
A prominent Thai journalist has been imprisoned without trial for an "attitude adjustment". His attitude towards the military regime was not slavish enough.
Erdoğan's men seized all copies of a Turkish magazine.
He is massively attacking Turkish media that dare criticize him.
A company in California is getting sued for trying to track an employee outside work.
Will the US become the refuge for all the world's torturers and war criminals?
It is already the refuge for American war criminals such as Bush and Cheney.
To replace privatized public housing with expensive condos, a UK company offered a wheelchair-bound man an inaccessible replacement apartment.
Since he rejects that useless offer, he gets one more option: homelessness for him and his family.
This is an instance of how privatization of government services creates both opportunities and pressure to cheat people. In practice, those companies get their profit by underserving the public and/or paying workers less.
There may be some public services that don't really need to exist as public services, but the rest should not be privatized.
The Thai government says that a deadly bombing was human traffickers' revenge for a crackdown, and was not motivated by politics.
Working in a US chicken processing plant is hell on the workers, because they are forced to work too fast.
The PR company Edelman has been pressured into ending its work for global heating denialism.
Thanks to those who signed the campaign which helped bring this about.
Uber could be a sign of what privatized city governance might be like.
All the more reason to fight it.
3 years ago, a Russian ambassador offered a deal by which Assad would be replaced. It appears the US distrusted and ignored the deal.
I would not put great faith in Putin, but such deals don't always depend on faith.
All experts: explain to US court the need for network neutrality.
US citizens: Tell President Obama to designate the New England coral canyons and seamounts, and Cashes Ledge, as marine national monuments.
US citizens: Congress, defend Planned Parenthood funding; — don't surrender it as a "compromise".
US citizens: call on the Senate to oppose the pro-fossil energy bill.
Everyone: tell Arbys, stop helping thugs bully your employees!
US citizens: call on Obama to end garnishing Americans' Social Security benefits to repay student loans.
Everyone: call on National Geographic Magazine to appoint a Public Editor.
This might reduce the harm done by letting Faux News take control of it.
US citizens: call on your congresscritter to investigate whether Malaysia was whitewashed to grease the skids for the TPP.
US citizens: oppose government plans to build a road through an Alaskan wildlife refuge.
That they plan to spend our money on it is adding insult to injury.
Iran's law compelling women to hide their bodies is supposedly so men won't be attracted to them. But the "solution" doesn't work.
I think it actually backfires by causing men to obsess over what they cannot see.
Leaked messages indicate Ashley Madison staff discussed how to mislead customers and the State of California about its "female" chatbots.
About 35% of the messages men paid to send to "women" were actually to chatbots, and real women numbered about 5% of the men.
"Lesbian" chatbots occasionally sent messages to each other, like making the doctor program talk to itself.
A thug complained after the barista in a Starbucks would not give him special permission to use the toilet unless he bought something.
For once, I am on the side of the thug. Perhaps the thug complained because he expected privilege, but use of a toilet should not be a privilege. That Starbucks' policy is nasty no matter who it applies to. Every establishment with a toilet for customers should offer its use to anyone who is not causing trouble.
A US right-wing troll gave bomb-making advice to someone he thought was an Islamist extremist, to bring about a terrorist attack this September 11.
Such an attack would have provided an excuse for additional attacks on Americans' freedom. The PAT RIOT Act didn't get them everything they want.
Instead he got arrested.
In general, the US "terrorists" that the FBI arrests are feckless Walter Mittys that the FBI has to cajole into their "threats", but there is finally one exception.
A Denver prosecutor has been ordered to explain to a judge why he didn't prosecute a thug who gratuitously attacked and maimed a man in the court.
The US has hundreds of foreign military bases, which harm Americans by facilitating wars as well as costing lots of money.
Wikipedia has a started a damaging "partnership" with parasitic publisher Elsevier.
For editors to see Elsevier articles is not particularly harmful, but making links to them would work against Wikipedia's goal, as well as strengthen the power of a company that strangles science.
I think Wikipedia should prohibit links to sites with strict paywalls, and automatically delete them and block insertion of new ones.
The US Navy has been ordered to limit loud sonar to avoid deafening whales.
Brazil's president is dealing with a budget deficit, and plans to handle half of it with a tax on financial transactions.
At least she is getting things half right, unlike the right-wing governments that take it all out on the poor.
Residents of California: phone your state legislators to oppose S.B. 249, which would impose tracking RFIDs in driver's licenses.
Say you don't want to have any tracking device in your license. These "enhanced" drivers licenses are actually sabotaged drivers licenses, and they shouldn't exist at all.
US citizens: call on Congress not to push a road through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
The refugees Australia imprisons on Manus Island have to buy their own medicine after guards attack them, and they can't afford both that and food.
What's happening is that Australians don't want to admit most refugees, but since explicitly rejecting them would violate a treaty, Australia concocts underhanded, deniable, even secret pressures to push them away.
The UK's anxiety-provoking tests to see if someone is fit to work trigger relapses of multiple sclerosis.
UK businesses want to replace taxes on businesses that emit lots of CO2 with subsidies for businesses that emit less.
Supposedly this is for the sake of simplicity. We're not supposed to notice that it adds up to an increase in corporate welfare payments.
Anyone who gets fooled by this must really want to get fooled — like a plutocratist pollutician.
The author fears that Erdoğan will sabotage the coming election, perhaps by preventing Kurdish regions from voting, or set the election aside entirely.
The US ought to disconnect itself from Erdoğan, so that it can support the Kurds in Syria and Iraq and thus destroy PISSI, and at the same time support democracy in Turkey. The success of the HD Party shows that Kurds and Turks could live together under democracy if only there were no rabid nationalist ruler to prevent it.
The ISPs of Portugal have made a deal with the copyright industry to "voluntarily" rat on their customers.
Burundi seems to be creating excuses to close the main remaining independent newspaper.
The UN punishes whistleblowers much as the US does.
Hawai'i's coral reefs are facing an extreme bleaching event due to the unusual heat of the water. It is 2C to 4C hotter than usual.
If two bleaching events in successive years is deadly, 50 years from now nearly every year would be a hot enough to cause a bleaching event. But it won't matter by then, because the increased level of CO2 in the water will kill all the coral.
Ralph Nader: pushing to do most things faster makes people do many things worse.
Nader doesn't notice that massive surveillance is one of the wrongs done by ordering things on line.
The only thing I really wish I could do faster is answer my email. But there is no hope of that — it's the thinking that takes most of the time.
It's a mistake to refer to legislative "compromises" between free states and slave states, before the US civil war; since the free states mostly gave slave states what they wanted, in response to threats to secede, these are properly call "appeasements".
The Internet of Things doesn't inherently have to be an Internet of Telemarketers and Snoops. It could be made of personal devices which keep the users' personal data to themselves, while receiving published data from businesses.
The only practical way to ensure the devices don't snoop is if their software is free.
Many baby monitors (internet-connected cameras, really) have been left vulnerable to snooping by unknown third parties.
The immediate cause is bad design, but the root cause, in some cases, is routing the video through the server of a company that shouldn't be trusted with a view of the inside of your home.
Edward Snowden explains the experiences and thought path that led him to blow the whistle on US massive surveillance of essentially everyone.
It is interesting that there is proof that another whistleblower exists within the NSA. I wonder if someone has heeded the patriotic exhortation that I put in my emails.
[[[ 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. ]]]
The US Justice Department now says it will try to prosecute executives responsible for corporations' crimes.
President Sanders, if supported by Congress, would put real teeth into this policy.
If a company stalls for time until its employees can't be prosecuted, is that obstruction of justice?
For companies, data that isn't essential is a liability.
If that helps convince companies to keep less data about people, that's a good outcome. But we should not let our privacy rights be defined by the interests of companies. Human rights should take priority over business interests, and privacy is a human right.
Scott Walker is the Koch brothers' point man for nearly eliminating labor unions in the US.
They want to drive nearly all workers into poverty.
New Study: Racism Can Make [Teenagers] Sick — for the Rest of Their Lives.
The thin Sierra Nevada snowpack of last winter was the thinnest in at least 500 years, according to a study based on tree rings.
Jeremy Corbyn, new leader of UK Labour, is a peace activist. He seriously opposes US/UK militarism and wars. He even dares to criticize Saudi Arabia and Qatar for promoting jihadis in Syria.
I don't oppose war under all circumstances (I don't know whether Corbyn does either), but I agree with most of his criticism of what the UK and US actually do.
I support arming the Kurds, and the women that PISSI has raped, to fight PISSI, but that's not what the US and UK consider doing.
Koch Industries wrote letters which congresscritters then signed their names to.
Don't fall for the pressure to spend a lot of money on a funeral for a pet.
Or a human being — all that matters is remembering the person who died, not material trappings.
The Australian right-wing government has switched prime ministers, and the new leader Turnbull formerly favored strong action against global heating.
However, that may not matter, since he says he doesn't plan to change the current policies.
Prisoners in the San Jose jail say that it is common for the guards to punch and beat them; the only unusual thing about beating Michael Tyree is that he died.
Erdogan has charged the co-leader of the HD Party, which supports human rights, with "crimes" such as terrorism and "insulting Turkishness".
In effect, Erdogan has declared open war on democracy in Turkey. He is the biggest insult to Turkishness that has ever been seen. I hope that Turkishness defeats Erdogan.
The US fraudulent foreclosure scandal has spread into the US system of property records.
Pakistan's official censorship is now backed by military threats to fabricate accusations against journalists.
Germany has been overwhelmed with refugees and will reimpose border controls, effectively ending the Schengen free travel zone.
There was no way that the welcome for refugees could continue indefinitely. There simply can't be room for millions of migrants.
Those are the immediate causes that make people flee, but there is also the deeper long-term cause: world population growth. We need to reduce the birth rate to the point where the human population starts to decline.
An appeals court overruled the EPA's approval of a new neonicotinoid pesticide, sulfoxaflor.
It is ironic that the chemical was given a name suggesting the flowers that would kill bees if this pesticide has been used on them.
US Republican leaders are now actively campaigning against any climate safety agreement in Paris.
The US government's policy towards journalists covering a war: if their coverage doesn't suit the US, they are considered spies and may be shot on sight.
The US did exactly that to some al-Jazeera journalists in Iraq.
RT is a propaganda outlet for the abuse of power. So is Faux News. That doesn't justify shooting their reporters.
In 2007, Brandeis University tried to discipline a professor for explaining the pejorative term "wetback". This led to a dispute between the faculty senate, which defended him, and the administration which judged that this was "harassment".
Hindley did not really make a racial slur, but what if he had? In general, real use of racial slurs should not be formally punished. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to say nasty and foolish things.
Teachers are a special case, though; they should not gratuitously insult their students and should not set an example of racism.
The faculty-administration dispute was resolved as the administration agreed to give somewhat more respect to faculty decisions, but Brandeis never rescinded its unjust decision against Hindley.
In 2014, people attacked him for describing the Israeli occupation of Palestine as "ethnic cleansing" and comparing it to the holocaust.
The occupation does include slow ethnic cleansing on certain parts of annexed Jerusalem and the West Bank, but comparing it to the holocaust is an exaggeration. Israel does not do things that would ever kill millions of Arabs. Nonetheless, he has a right to say such things on the faculty mailing list.
An example of a widespread self-undermining way of warning about dangerous practices — in this case, the insecurity of letting companies have your personal data: to say that "we" all do it.
I suppose the writers see this as a way of chumming up to the readers so that they will pay attention, but it defeats the purpose, because it tells readers, "Of course you use those disservices? Everyone does. No one would expect you to do otherwise."
Use of the term "the cloud" compounds the problem. The only "cloud" is in the minds of people who formulate their thoughts in terms of a "cloud".
Readers will go away thinking, "What a shame we are all trapped in this" rather than "I am going to stop now!"
U.S. Special Forces Expand Training to Allies With Histories of Abuse.
Austria is moving to legislate nearly total surveillance.
Austrians, take action here.
Governments around the world are launching a broad front pre-emptive attack against the privacy needed for democracy and the press to function.
Parts of the Tunisian state are blocking investigation of crimes of the old regime.
This is perhaps because the new president comes from a group linked to the old regime. I fear it is taking advantage of terrorist attacks to permanently clamp down on human rights.
The study that found that children of holocaust survivors inherited evidence of stress was too small and not well designed. It may be invalid.
Yazidi women have formed a militia to fight PISSI(*).
I suggested arming PISSI's escaped female captives. The US didn't, but the Revolutionary Kurds did. The US doesn't help the Kurds because it is more interested in being nice to Erdoğan and the sectarian Iraqi state than in defeating PISSI.
* PISSI: Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
As Tariq Ba Odah wastes away in Guantanamo, the US government denies him rights he is entitled to either as a military prisoner or as an arrested person.
A few dozen prisoners in Guantanamo may have committed real crimes. There are a few handfuls who might fight against the US if released — but given the thousands of jihadis now fighting for PISSI, these few would change nothing. Some of them might find PISSI so barbarous (by the standards of the jihadis of 2000) that they fight against it.
It would be better to release all the prisoners in Guantanamo immediately, than to undermine everyone's human rights and the rule of law by continuing to holding them without a fair trial.
I have no objections to holding some to prosecute them in a proper court, where there are grounds to do so.
Overprotective parenting may be steering the US into a "culture of victimhood" in which people are quick to perceive slights, but can't resolve the disputes on their own.
I say "may" because I don't consider this proven. And there is another side to the issue. In the past, while some groups of children learned to relate well, others bullied or were bullied, and the bullied children who couldn't find a way to protect themselves on their own learned that they were helpless.
However, there seems to be some truth in the article's point.
The UN General Assembly gave its support to setting up an international bankruptcy system.
The General Assembly has little power, so mainly this applies pressure to those countries, such as the US, which are blocking the plan. I am sure the US will stop blocking it if we elect Sanders president. That is one thing that the president can change alone.
I think that euthanasia assistance should be available to anyone whose situation or condition makes suicide effectively impossible for that person. We don't need to give help to others, since they can commit suicide without help if they choose to. But we should make sure that no one is denied that choice by practical obstacles.
I feel sad for each person who needs euthanasia to avoid a fate worse than death, but I understand the choice.
However, I am not suicidal. I would choose to live forever, if I could do so in good enough health to make it a worthwhile and productive life. But that technology is not likely to be invented soon enough for me.
It's another example of America's prudish and twisted attitude towards teenagers and their natural occupation, sex.
Garment workers in Los Angeles may not get the benefit of the increased minimum wage, because those companies flout labor law frequently.
From a short-term perspective, a job where you are overworked, injured and then cheated might seem better than no job at all. It might seem like valid reasoning to say we should tolerate companies that cheat workers in the US, rather than have those companies move and cheat workers in some other country.
Taking a longer view, why are those the only choices? Because of acceptance of that short-term reasoning.
I see no reason to allow importation from countries where workers are treated so badly. We should tear up the plutocratic treaties that say we "have to" allow this.
President Allende warned against the power of multinational corporations, and fought against them in Chile. Now the Chilean state is planning to complete their victory over Chile, by signing the TPP.
Don't make the mistake of calling the TPP a "trade treaty"; its main purpose is to give those companies the ultimate power and rewrite laws to suit them.
There are ways to assess a school, other than giving the students standardized tests.
However, the focus on assessing schools, and assessing teachers, misses the point that many schools in the US don't get enough funds. Moreover, the children in them are growing up in poverty, which means they are also under daily stress. It is very hard for a school to overcome the mind-damaging effects of such upbringing.
In effect, arguing about assessing the school is a way to draw the conversation away from those issues.
Fire conditions in California are nearly explosive: a fire grew from 1 sq mile to 100 sq miles in one day.
Some states have passed laws that allow local officials to stop performing any marriages, so that they won't have to perform same-sex marriages.
No individual is coerced to hold public office in the US. If these officials don't want to perform some of the duties of their offices, they need only resign, and they will no longer have that duty.
The leftist candidate Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership of the Labour Party.
The "New Labour" Party set up by Tony B'liar was a right-wing party Tory Lite. Even when it won, the people didn't win, they only lost more slowly.
Here is what Corbyn stands for.
Two vital issue not mentioned here are curbing global heating and curbing surveillance. I would like to see where Corbyn stands on those.
Recommendations for what Labour must do now.
I would like to see Labour and the Green Party merge.
Despite a reduction in catching sharks only for their fins, sharks are still being overfished.
India is covering up murder and torture committed by hundreds of soldiers and thugs in Kashmir.
Iraqis are protesting against government aligned with sects.
I hope that this is serious, and not a movement of Shi'ites looking for a way to take all the offices.
American Special Forces Are Still Conducting Training for Some of Africa's Most Notorious Paramilitaries.
Rules for girls' school uniforms spread prudish attitudes about female bodies.
I wish today's students were inclined to go on strike against school uniforms, but (according to what I have read) they have been brought up to an attitude of desperate competition combined with immaturity.
Someone in a wealthy town in Massachusetts called 911 simply because some black kids were riding bicycles.
Campaigning to end the "Urban Shield" trade show which promotes massive surveillance and militarization of thugs.
A model predicts that burning all fossil fuels would melt the entire Antarctic ice sheet, eventually. This would raise sea level around 160 feet, adding to the 60 feet or so that would come from the Greenland ice sheet. Most of today's large cities would be inundated.
The complete melting would take many centuries, but even the first dose is a bad problem.
Prudery alert, men are being castigated for saying their daughters are attractive.
This comes out in the middle of a dispute about a female lawyer who publicly rebuked a male lawyer for privately saying that her profile photo was "stunning", at a time when they had no business to discuss.
Sexism sometimes takes the form of a man's refusal to take a female colleague seriously as a professional. Such refusal is a pattern that occurs over time. It can take the form of focusing on the female's appearance rather than the professional matters at hand.
A statement of attraction is sometimes part of such a pattern of disrespect, but not always. It might be an expression of being swept away by beauty (it would be if I said it), a polite attempt to put the woman in a good mood (this was standard etiquette), or looking for a date. None of those is inherently incompatible with professional respect.
Professional women have encountered many compliments that were part of a pattern of sexist disrespect, so they have learned to associate the two. Hear a compliment, suspect disrespect. It is not an absurd suspicion, but that doesn't mean the man is guilty.
Since the compliment isn't necessarily disrespect, why not wait a while and see if that man respects you or not?
After ordering a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers, NY Governor Cuomo proposes to legislate a $15 minimum wage for all workers in New York State.
Parents in Seattle give support to the teachers' strike.
The Tory's plan to kill the NHS by underfunding it has caused many doctors to be overstressed and plan to take early retirement.
Many cities in the US have laws to evict tenants that call 911 too much. The ACLU got rid of this in Pennsylvania.
One New York City thug has a history of beating people up and pepper spraying them, then arresting them, for no reason.
US citizens: call on Obama and Congress to support more negotiations with Iran.
Everyone: call on Amazon to stop selling Glyphosate.
I urge people not to buy anything from Amazon, for many reasons unrelated to this, and I will continue to do so even if this campaign is successful.
I hope you do the same. There is no incompatibility between that and signing this petition.
Citizens of California: phone your assembly member and call for passage of the bill to end forfeiture (i.e., seizure of assets) unless the person involved is convicted of a crime.
The bill does not go far enough: it allows the assets to be seized first and the person prosecuted later. If your car is seized and you lose your job, and thus your home, you might plead guilty so to get a place to stay in jail.
But it should still be passed, as a first step.
The overall rate of human violence continues to decline.
Even counting the contributions of PISSI, the number of people killed by violence is less now than it was 10 years ago. It has been declining ever since the second world war.
Apple has allegedly agreed to store data about Russian users in Russia so that Putin can spy on them.
Most Russians, those who have nothing particular to fear from the US government, would be safer with their data in the US. Most Americans, those who have nothing particular to fear from the Russian government, would be safer with their data in Russia.
The poor health and life expectancy caused by poverty falls on everyone that isn't rich, to some degree.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to a long prison term after a secret trial.
It is not implausible that a Venezuelan opposition leader would conspire with the US to commit some sort of crime; in fact, that happened ten years ago. But that alone doesn't mean Lopez did so, or make it legitimate to convict him of doing so other than with proof in a fair trial.
Clapper is suspected of pressuring a Pentagon intelligence analyst to deliver rosy reports of fighting PISSI.
The US is not interested in military cooperation with Iran, although that might be the way to defeat PISSI.
The UK's fossil fool government is now blocking sea-based wind farms as well as land wind farms.
Nuclear power lobbyists convinced the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cancel a study of cancer rates in the vicinity of US nuclear power plants.
That agency is considering adopting a theory that low doses of radiation are good for people.
To have real facts about the matter might get in the way.
Australia and New Zealand rejected the complaints of Pacific Island nations that will be inundated by global heating.
The callous Australian ministers joked about the coming inundation, when they thought they were not being recorded.
Abortion and contraception are a tremendous moral good: the gateway to a world in which every child born is born healthy, and is wanted by unstressed and prepared parents.
Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to house arrest for giving an interview.
Israel should let Vanunu go.
The Maldives government snooped on deposed president Nasheed's conversations with lawyers.
The Maldives government is hardly legitimate