ICANN wants control over the internet

May 4, 2015

Since it looks like the world is ready to give ICANN tem­po­rary con­trol over inter­net addresses and pro­to­cols, ICANN is demand­ing that that be made per­ma­nent or it will go on strike.

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Big Banks’ bullshit



Big Banks Claim Reform Will Hurt the Econ­omy. If We Don’t Fix This House of Cards, It Will Fall on Us Again.

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Everything a target in Gaza



Israeli sol­diers say they were ordered to con­sider any­thing in Gaza as a valid tar­get. Some were ordered to shoot any any­one look­ing from a win­dow at Israeli forces. Oth­ers were told to shoot at any adult man. When the US kills peo­ple in Pak­istan, it labels all adult males killed as “enemy fight­ers”. Israeli forces […]

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Syrian civilians victims



Assad’s air attacks kill Syr­ian civil­ians, too.

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Urgent: call on Obama to publish TPP text



US cit­i­zens: stand by sen­a­tors Brown, Sanders and War­ren in call­ing on Obama to pub­lish the text of the TPP and other so-called “trade agree­ments”. We know that these treaties are nasty. If they weren’t nasty, they wouldn’t serve the inter­ests of the plu­to­crats. How­ever, not every­one fol­lows that rea­son­ing. As long as the text […]

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Systems that collect data about people



The USA Free­dom Act: a step in the right direc­tion, but doesn’t elim­i­nate all the wrongs in the PAT RIOT Act. Even if the PAT RIOT Act were elim­i­nated and FISA were made just, other sys­tems col­lect data about peo­ple in gen­eral and make dig­i­tal dossiers that threaten democ­racy and human rights.

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HBO “pre-emptive” court order



Run a Wi-Fi Net­work? HBO and Show­time Want You to Police Your Users.

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Buildings need repairs in Kathmandu



Most build­ings in Kath­mandu need repairs before they can be safe to live in. I fear the avail­able con­struc­tion crews would years to do this work. If so, it will be nec­es­sary to bring in Indian con­struc­tion workers.

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Lego store arrests boy



A Lego store in the US arrested a boy for com­ing there with money to spend it — alone. I hope he decides to spend his money some­where else from now on.

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Alternative proposals for copyright law



Xnet’s pos­i­tive agenda for copyright law.

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Proposed law to imprison whistleblowers



Tunisia is con­sid­er­ing a law that would imprison whistle­blow­ers for 10 years for reveal­ing state secrets includ­ing crimes such as tor­ture, crim­i­nal­ize mak­ing a video record­ing in a jail or police sta­tion, and crim­i­nal­ize insult­ing the army (on vague con­di­tions that don’t pro­tect human rights). Ref­er­ence in French.

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Privacy of DNA databases



Think twice before let­ting a com­pany ana­lyze or store your DNA.

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Boko Haram



Pris­on­ers of Boko Haram said that the fanat­ics killed the cap­tured men and boys imme­di­ately, then took the women and girls into the for­est where many died from insuf­fi­cient food. Even after res­cue, a few of them have died from the effects of privation.

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Demands to eliminate encryption dismissed



Rep. Lieu dis­missed spies’ demands to elim­i­nate encryp­tion: “Just fol­low the damn Constitution.”

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Ban on discrimination of irreligious



Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, has banned dis­crim­i­na­tion against Athe­ists. Reli­gious free­dom includes the free­dom to have no reli­gion, and laws against dis­crim­i­na­tion based on reli­gion should be inter­preted as includ­ing a pro­hi­bi­tion against dis­crim­i­na­tion against those with­out religion.

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Path towards justice in Baltimore



Fred­die Gray’s rel­a­tives called for an end to riot­ing in Bal­ti­more; hav­ing thugs charged with crimes is a path towards justice.

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Urgent: oppose weak “freedom” act



US cit­i­zens: oppose the weak “USA FREEDOM Act”: insist on let­ting the PAT RIOT Act expire.

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China’s projects threatened by heating



China’s large con­struc­tion projects are threat­ened by global heat­ing, as China is heat­ing faster than most of the world. I sup­pose agri­cul­ture will be threatened too.

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Wikileaks submission system



Wik­ileaks has its sub­mis­sion sys­tem work­ing again.

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US thugs kill 500x as fast as UK ones



US thugs killed twice as many peo­ple in March 2013 as UK thugs have killed since 1900. That is not a typo. US thugs are killing peo­ple at 2000 times the rate of UK thugs. Of course, the US is more pop­u­lous. Its pop­u­la­tion is four times that of the UK. So US thugs are killing […]

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Urgent: Forgive student loans



US cit­i­zens: call on the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion to for­give the loans of stu­dents of Corinthian Colleges.

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Anything in Gaza is a target



Israeli sol­diers say they were ordered to con­sider any­thing in Gaza as a valid tar­get. Some were ordered to shoot any any­one look­ing from a win­dow at Israeli forces. Oth­ers were told to shoot at any adult man. When the US kills peo­ple in Pak­istan, it labels all adult males killed as “enemy fight­ers”. Israeli forces […]

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Brain damage en route to Mars



Astro­nauts head­ing for Mars might suf­fer severe brain dam­age caused by cos­mic rays.

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Assad air attacks kill civilians



Assad’s air attacks kill Syr­ian civil­ians, too.

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Urgent: End Pentagon slush fund



US cit­i­zens: tell Con­gress to stop feed­ing the Pen­ta­gon slush fund.

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No space for new coal



The UN cli­mate chief says there is no room for new coal development.

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Access to thug body camera videos



Pro­posed state laws could make thug body cam­eras fail to do their job. The ques­tion of when and how these record­ings can be used requires reg­u­la­tion, but it has to be the right regulation.

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Buildings in Kathmandu uninhabitable



Most build­ings in Kath­mandu need repairs before they can be safe to live in. I fear the avail­able con­struc­tion crews would take years to do this work. If so, it will be nec­es­sary to bring in Indian con­struc­tion workers.

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US needs a political revolution



Bernie Sanders says the US needs a “polit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion” against the bil­lion­aire class. Note that he did not say that can­di­dates for fed­eral office are bil­lion­aires. Most of them are merely mil­lion­aires. The point is that they work for and report to the billionaires.

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Take care of DNA



Think twice before let­ting a com­pany ana­lyze or store your DNA.

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Sale of lion carcasses



South Africa pro­poses to legal­ize sale of lion car­casses because its lion pop­u­la­tion is thought to be increas­ing under pro­tec­tion. There is some logic in the idea of sell­ing excess lions, but the dan­ger is that this will fuel the demand for poach­ing lions else­where. The demand for lion parts is based on igno­rant superstition, […]

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Urgent: thank DA Mosby



US cit­i­zens: thank DA Mosby for pros­e­cut­ing the killers of Freddie Gray.

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ICANN wants permanent control



Since it looks like the world is ready to give ICANN tem­po­rary con­trol over inter­net addresses and pro­to­cols, ICANN is demand­ing that that be made per­ma­nent or it will go on strike.

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They want you to police your users



Run a Wi-Fi Net­work? HBO and Show­time Want You to Police Your Users.

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Reduction of art



We must not reduce art to a “cre­ative indus­try” whose mis­sion is profit.

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Testimony of Boko Haram’s prisoners



Pris­on­ers of Boko Haram said that the fanat­ics killed the cap­tured men and boys imme­di­ately, then took the women and girls into the for­est where many died from insuf­fi­cient food. Even after res­cue, a few of them have died from the effects of privation.

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Xnet’s agenda for copyright law



Xnet’s pos­i­tive agenda for copyright law.

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Bernie Sanders on the billionaire class



Bernie Sanders says the US needs a “polit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion” against the bil­lion­aire class. Note that he did not say that can­di­dates for fed­eral office are bil­lion­aires. Most of them are merely mil­lion­aires. The point is that they work for and report to the billionaires.

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UK politicians’ promises



UK politi­cians expect vot­ers to expect them to break their promises. There­fore they now try out spe­cial ter­mi­nol­ogy for “promises meant to be kept”. In a minor­ity or coali­tion gov­ern­ment, par­ties won’t be able to do every­thing they wanted to do. Rec­og­niz­ing this, we should choose politi­cians with the right pri­or­i­ties, who will do their best […]

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Global heating threatens construction



China’s large con­struc­tion projects are threat­ened by global heat­ing, as China is heat­ing faster than most of the world. I sup­pose agri­cul­ture will be threatened too.

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Banned discrimination against Atheists



Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, has banned dis­crim­i­na­tion against Athe­ists. Reli­gious free­dom includes the free­dom to have no reli­gion, and laws against dis­crim­i­na­tion based on reli­gion should be inter­prted as includ­ing a pro­hi­bi­tion against dis­crim­i­na­tion against those with­out religion.

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Urgent: tell FEC to investigate Bush and Walker



US cit­i­zens: call on the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to imme­di­ately inves­ti­gate can­di­dates such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, who are pre­tend­ing not to be can­di­dates and claim­ing that excuses their violations.

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FBI manipulation of mentally ill fanatics



Some men­tally ill fanat­ics fan­ta­size about ter­ror­ism. The FBI, rather than help them steer away from this, pushes them into mak­ing con­crete plans — so it can imprison them per­ma­nently. Mean­while, fear of pros­e­cu­tion causes com­mu­ni­ties to eject such peo­ple, which can encour­age them to move towards real terrorism.

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No room for coal



The UN cli­mate chief says there is no room for new coal development.

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US thugs killing stats



US thugs killed twice as many peo­ple in March 2013 as UK thugs have killed since 1900. That is not a typo. US thugs are killing peo­ple at 2000 times the rate of UK thugs. Of course, the US is more pop­u­lous. Its pop­u­la­tion is four times that of the UK. So US thugs are killing […]

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Otherworldly: 10 Signs Your Child Is An Old Soul



By: Aletheia Luna, Loner Wolf One of the most beau­ti­ful things to wit­ness as a mother or father is to watch the slow growth and matur­ing of a new soul, born into this world with fresh eyes and a play­ful, child­like under­stand­ing of life. But what hap­pens when, as a mother or father, you bring into this world […]

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Audi Has Invented Eco-Friendly Diesel Based Solely on Carbon Dioxide and Water



The cre­ation of a fuel that is both car­bon neu­tral and can be used for already exist­ing cars has been a dream of energy engi­neers for years. Numer­ous com­pa­nies all over the world are mak­ing their attempts to pro­duce an inno­v­a­tive fuel from dif­fer­ent kinds of com­po­nents, from organic waste to veg­etable oil and even […]

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7 Good Reasons to Cut Yourself Some Slack



By Andrea Schul­man Ever have the feel­ing that you’re just not good enough? Though it’s pretty nor­mal for peo­ple to beat up on them­selves, doing so can make life a lot more chal­leng­ing as it can cause anx­i­ety, depres­sion and low self-esteem. To keep neg­a­tive, self-critical thoughts from drag­ging you down, here are a few reasons […]

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The “Forbidden” Secrets of the Church



Reli­gion is a very pow­er­ful sys­tem to use for shap­ing cul­tures and soci­eties. Through­out human his­tory, reli­gion has played an impor­tant role for help­ing the human race evolve. Unfor­tu­nately, most of the knowl­edge in reli­gion has been heav­ily dis­torted. To make mat­ters worse, the enlight­en­ing and empow­er­ing knowl­edge in reli­gion is encoded to pre­vent us […]

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8 Lessons To Help You Prepare For Your Earthship Build



Not long ago on our land at the Val­halla Move­ment we spent three months build­ing our Earthship-inspired green­house. It was messy, unnec­es­sar­ily long, cold, and fraught with unpre­dictable chal­lenges. We thought that the integrity of our mis­sion plus the enthu­si­asm of our team and our sup­port­ers would be enough to get the local munic­i­pal­ity on our […]

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What Happens When You Challenge Mainstream Ancient History?



Alex Pietrowski, Wak­ing Times Author Gra­ham Han­cock is again shunned by main­stream thinkers for his com­pelling ideas… It’s inter­est­ing to watch what hap­pens when an idea becomes so entrenched that people’s careers and for­tunes become depen­dent on resist­ing change to it. Researcher and author of some of the most excit­ing and cred­i­ble alter­na­tive the­o­ries about our ancient […]

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Three Modern Misconceptions of Spirituality

May 3, 2015

The con­dem­na­tion of spir­i­tual prac­tices is ram­pant among those who her­ald mod­ern ratio­nal­ism as their sav­iour. How­ever, some of their stan­dard rejec­tions are not actu­ally applic­a­ble to the beliefs that many spir­i­tual peo­ple have. Some­times spiritually-conscious indi­vid­u­als and their prin­ci­ples are referred to as woo-woo. This is mis­guided. Of course there are some beliefs that have […]

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Twelve Simple Mantras for when You Don’t Feel that Great



Life is a mixed bag. Unex­pected and unfor­tu­nate cir­cum­stances peri­od­i­cally occur. We can’t stop it, we can’t avoid it and we can’t hide from it. But we can embrace it. No mat­ter how ‘con­scious’ we might be, how strong we are, how self-empowered we’ve become or how enlight­ened we think we are, we’re still a human […]

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Government Agents inspect aid for Nepal



Aid for Nepal is pil­ing up at the air­port, gov­ern­ment agents insist on inspect­ing it slowly.

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Volunteers arrested in Baltimore



Bal­ti­more thugs arrested legal and med­ical vol­un­teers at a protest.

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Austerity



Poor Britons have to walk miles to a food bank because they have no money for a bus, and some have to return spaghetti because they have no money for elec­tric­ity to cook it. This is what aus­ter­ity means: slowly starve the poor and pre­tend it is their fault that the rich are get­ting paid instead. […]

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Lasting effects of Agent Orange



Viet­nam still suf­fers the dam­age of Agent Orange, which the US knew at the time was toxic to humans. The US has never paid compensation.

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Victim forced to leave her village



Liz, in Kenya, cam­paigned suc­cess­fully for her con­victed rapists to get sen­tenced to more than cut­ting the grass; but the rapists’ fam­i­lies, stand­ing up for the rapists, drove her and her fam­ily to flee into hiding.

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Mass imprisonment in US



The US has had a series of sys­tems for oppress­ing blacks: slav­ery, seg­re­ga­tion laws, and now repres­sion by thugs lead­ing to mass impris­on­ment. The vic­tims don’t have to be lim­ited to blacks. Rather, when eco­nomic pres­sure is the motive force, it catches what­ever groups are eas­i­est to catch. That often tends to be the groups […]

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Aden besieged by street fighting



Aden is besieged by street fight­ing as Houthis con­tinue try­ing to take the city. If not for the Saudi inter­ven­tion, the Houthis might well have won this war already with much less vio­lence. But now the fight­ing is likely to drag on indef­i­nitely, with no win­ner but many losers. It could end up like Iraq, […]

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Forest fires California



For­est fires are destroy­ing Cal­i­for­nia forests faster than they can regrow, mak­ing them a source of greenhouse gases.

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Republicans canceled IUD program



Colorado’s IUD fund­ing pro­gram reduced teen preg­nan­cies by 40% and teenagers’ abor­tions by 35%, but Repub­li­cans voted to can­cel it, cit­ing a strained excuse. Repub­li­cans value every embryo more than a real human being.

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Tories are destroying the NHS



The Tories’ grad­ual pri­va­ti­za­tion of the NHS is tak­ing a big leap as com­pa­nies will be invited to pro­vide “ser­vices” directly to patients. As usual, the Tories deny that they are pri­va­tiz­ing and destroy­ing the NHS. They hope that some will be fool­ish enough to believe this claim and fail to resist.

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Using solely renewable energy



Tesla’s bat­tery may smooth the path to using solely renew­able energy. Even though this prod­uct may be very impor­tant, it should not have been given an exemp­tion from income tax. That should be for­bid­den entirely.

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Oppression of women in Iraq



The Iraqi gov­ern­ment isn’t offi­cially theo­cratic, but it oppresses women as if it were. And that’s not even counting PISSI.

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Obama, prove that TPP is good



Ralph Nader: Obama, if you want Amer­i­cans to believe you that the TPP is good, you had bet­ter prove it.

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May Day protest crushed in Istanbul



Erdo­gan crushed the annual May Day protest in Istan­bul to prove the Turk­ish state is seri­ous about repres­sion of protest.

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Apes wiped out by global heating



Jane Goodall: apes could be wiped out by global heat­ing. They can’t adapt to very dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments. Humans can’t be wiped out by global heat­ing; we are good at adapt­ing to many dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments. What might get wiped out is tech­no­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion based on global trade. That is rather frag­ile. I expect a few hundred […]

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Iranians imprisoned for their views



Iran’s for­eign min­is­ter claimed that Iran does not imprison peo­ple for their views. In response, peo­ple posted many exam­ples of peo­ple in prison for their polit­i­cal views or for their reli­gion. It is stan­dard prac­tice for any state that calls itself “Islamic” to tram­ple free­dom of religion.

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Toxic coal slurry



Stor­age sites for toxic coal slurry, a byprod­uct of coal min­ing, are poten­tial accidents.

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US attack killed 50 civilians



A US air attack in Syria killed 50 civil­ians. It is not clear from the arti­cle whether the tar­get was in a battlefield.

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TSA’s PreCheck Program



The TSA’s PreCheck Pro­gram: a Whitelist or a Blacklist?

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Cars equipped with cell phones



Europe will require all cars to be equipped with cell phones that auto­mat­i­cally call to report an acci­dent. The fea­ture is a good one; what will be its price in pri­vacy? If the phone is on all the time, and ready to make a call, it will be tracked all the time. This could be prevented […]

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Automation at the cost of jobs



A robot has been devel­oped to debone chick­ens. This arti­cle repeats some of the usual bogus argu­ments busi­nesses make to get their own way. They cite eco­nom­ics in these argu­ments then ignore the eco­nom­ics that refutes them. If profit mar­gins are small, that implies noth­ing about automa­tion since automa­tion won’t change that. In such a […]

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Yemen



Kerry says Yemen is not a failed state…yet. The Saudis are still work­ing on it.

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Stop racism and thug violence



This year’s US May Day events called for end­ing racism and thug vio­lence as well as bet­ter work­ing conditions.

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TV commentator criticize Australia’s self-image



Aus­tralian TV com­men­ta­tor Scott McIn­tyre made con­tro­ver­sial tweets that crit­i­cized Australia’s offi­cial self-image about its wars, on the day reserved for boost­ing that self-image. The min­is­ter in charge of Aus­tralian pub­lic TV was out­raged, so the head of the chan­nel fired him imme­di­ately, claim­ing that to ques­tion the offi­cial story con­sti­tuted “dis­re­spect” for the audience. […]

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Urgent: Ban GM salmon



US cit­i­zens: call on the FDA to ban genet­i­cally mod­i­fied salmon. These grow­ing these salmon can endan­ger wild salmon populations.

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Stopped aid convoys for Nepal



Nepal denies block­ing aid in cus­toms, but it appears that pri­vate aid con­voys are being stopped and seized.

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No more austerity



Paul Krug­man: the world has demostrated (yet again) that gov­ern­ment spend­ing cuts make a reces­sion worse, but US and UK politi­cians still insist on more cuts. Krug­man the­o­rizes that this is a front for knock­ing down the poor. That helps busi­ness by mak­ing work­ers des­per­ate to accept low wages and pre­car­i­ous conditions.

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US National Petroleum Council



The US National Petro­leum Coun­cil is an oil com­pany lob­by­ing orga­ni­za­tion pre­tend­ing to offer neu­tral advice.

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Urgent: Anti-Keystone Unity letter



US cit­i­zens: co-sign the anti-Keystone Unity letter.

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UK police starves out activists



UK thugs are try­ing to starve out activists who have seized a dis­used bank build­ing to shel­ter home­less peo­ple. Has any polit­i­cal party said anything?

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Elimination of NASA’s climate research



Repub­li­cans aim to elim­i­nate NASA’s cli­mate research. Like tobacco com­pa­nies before them, the fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies want to pre­tend that their prod­ucts may not be dan­ger­ous. One way is to ham­per efforts to observe the results.

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Investigation of Walker campaign finance



Pros­e­cu­tors say Scott Walker is lying as he tries to sab­o­tage the crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion of his cam­paign finance.

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Urgent: Attention to predictable flood damage



US cit­i­zens: call on the US gov­ern­ment to pay atten­tion to pre­dictable flood dam­age due to global heating.

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UK “pardoned” Turing



The UK has par­doned Tur­ing for the “crime” of homo­sex­u­al­ity. Now it should par­don 49,000 other peo­ple con­victed of the same “crime”.

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Colombian ex-president faces investigation



Colombia’s ex-president Alvaro Hor­ri­ble faces inves­ti­ga­tion, accused of orga­niz­ing a spy ring that snooped on his elec­toral oppo­nents. Hor­ri­ble is also asso­ci­ated with Colombia’s worst ter­ror­ists, the army-sponsored paramilitares.

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Genetic editing of human embryos



Genetic edit­ing of human embryos ought to be per­mit­ted, at least to get rid of disease-causing genes, once the tech­nique is reli­able and safe.

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Urgent: Remove endorsement of Israel’s colonies



US cit­i­zens: call on Bernie Sanders to help get the sneaky endorse­ment of Israel’s colonies in Pales­tine out of the “fast track” bill. Of course, Sanders opposes “fast track”, as every­one should. But he may still be able to do this.

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Bogus progressive



Clin­ton is try­ing to appeal to pro­gres­sive vot­ers by mak­ing a few pro­gres­sive dec­la­ra­tions. I don’t trust her. If she doesn’t con­demn the TPP, she is a bogus pro­gres­sive like Obama. Obama’s push for the TPP ( Treach­er­ous Plu­to­cratic Poi­son ) demon­strates once again that a right-wing “Demo­c­rat” is not much dif­fer­ent from a Repub­li­can. Shame […]

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UK police monitoring MP candidate



UK police are mon­i­tor­ing the pub­lic speak­ing of a Green Party can­di­date for MP.

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Six Baltimore thugs charged



Six Bal­ti­more thugs have been charged with the killing of Fred­die Gray.

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Maldives arrested leaders of the opposition



The Mal­dives arrested all the lead­ers of the oppo­si­tion, after a protest call­ing for free­dom for over­thrown pres­i­dent Masheed.

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Journalists threatened in Kenya



Jour­nal­ists in Kenya are threat­ened by repres­sive laws and murderers.

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Impact of global heating on coffee



Global heat­ing will impact cof­fee. It won’t be extinct in 2050, but the sup­plies will be limited.

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Thug unions defeat accountability bills



Thug unions recently defeated Mary­land bills to increase the account­abil­ity of thugs who com­mit mur­der or mayhem.

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Healing Cancer with Organic Foods



A major rev­o­lu­tion in the west­ern health­care, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and can­cer indus­tries is occur­ring and the move­ment is reach­ing the crit­i­cal mass point. More peo­ple now than ever are research­ing and learn­ing for them­selves how to use nutri­tion to regain and main­tain opti­mal health. Peo­ple are real­iz­ing that a syn­thetic phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drug, as advo­cated by many […]

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The price of running for president

May 2, 2015

Jimmy Carter says he couldn’t have afforded to run for pres­i­dent under today’s cor­rupt system.

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Fraud by charters schools



$200 mil­lion in fraud by char­ters schools has been iden­ti­fied, but the inves­ti­ga­tors think they have barely scratched the sur­face. Per­haps this explains why state leg­is­la­tors have been so eager to cre­ate char­ter schools.

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Home invasion and murder by thugs



A thug entered Ter­rance Kellom’s home with no war­rant, shot Ter­rance dead in cold blood, then pro­cured a war­rant and claimed Ter­rance was attack­ing him with a hammer.

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Governments censorship



Many gov­ern­ments have responded to the Char­lie Hebdo attacks with cenor­ship of one kind or another, demon­strat­ing how free­dom of the press remains threatened.

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Income inequality killing Americans



Income inequal­ity is killing Amer­i­cans: since Rea­gan insti­tuted plu­to­cratic gov­ern­ment, the US has fallen behind other advanced coun­tries in sur­vival rates for young and old. The arti­cle exempts glob­al­iza­tion from blame, but that was no nat­ural phe­nom­e­non; it was a pol­icy crafted by the plu­to­crats and imposed by right-wing politi­cians such as Clin­ton, and Obama.

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Orlando thug brutality



Robert Liese wasn’t killed by a thug, he only got a bro­ken spleen that had to be removed.

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White condemnation of Baltimore riots



The con­dem­na­tion of Bal­ti­more riots by whites is part of the sys­tem that dri­ves the blacks of Bal­ti­more to riot from despair.

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Lynching charge in California



In Cal­i­for­nia, it is com­mon­place to charge pro­tes­tors that de-arrest other pro­tes­tors with “lynching”.

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Amnesty to rich tax evaders in UK



The UK offered an easy amnesty to known rich tax evaders.

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Facing global heating disaster



What path exists to lead from the insuf­fi­cient Paris agree­ment to a chance of avoid­ing global heat­ing disaster.

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Baltimore thugs lied



Bal­ti­more thugs claimed that the other pris­oner said said Fred­die Gray inten­tion­ally injured him­self. The other pris­oner says this was a lie. The lie was in a doc­u­ment that was leaked. Per­haps the leak was intentional.

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Minnesota’s moose population is crashing



The moose pop­u­la­toin in Min­nesota is crash­ing. It is not clear why, but global heat­ing is suspected.

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UN attacks whistleblowers



The UN attacks whistle­blow­ers, just as many gov­ern­ments do. Gov­ern­ments and other large orga­ni­za­tions need pow­er­ful schemes to pro­tect whistleblowers.

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Avoiding consumption for competition



Marx pointed out that the cru­cial issue for every­one is what rela­tion­ship to have with cap­i­tal­ism. Unlike the author, and unlike what he sup­poses “we” want, I do not make “reward and leisure” my goals. I want to do as much as I can to make the world bet­ter, while avoid­ing extremes of pain and […]

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Special privileges given to thugs

May 1, 2015

Many US states have laws giv­ing spe­cial priv­i­leges to thugs who are being inves­ti­gated for wrong­do­ing. A few of these ought to be rights for every­one that is inter­ro­gated; most of them should sim­ply be elim­i­nated. What is clear is that we must not shield crim­i­nal thugs, and we must facil­i­tate civil­ian review boards for […]

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Stingray capability



Pros­e­cu­tors in St Louis have dropped cases to avoid dis­clos­ing Stingray capa­bil­ity in court.

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Assassination planners sentenced



Men involved in plan­ning the assas­si­na­tion of Malala Yousafzai have received long prison sen­tences in Pakistan.

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On-line universities and proprietary spyware



Some on-line uni­ver­si­ties make stu­dents install pro­pri­etary spy­ware to take tests. If you are con­sid­er­ing tak­ing an online course, I urge you to ver­ify in advance whether it will require this or any other non­free soft­ware — and, if so, com­plain and don’t sign up.

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Vatican archive offered to Argentines



Pope Fran­cis offered the Vatican’s archive to help Argen­tines find out about the fate of their dis­ap­peared relatives.

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Insurance companies violate health care law



Many US med­ical insur­ance com­pa­nies vio­late the con­tra­cep­tion require­ments of Obama’s health care law.

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GCHQ recordings of plaintiffs and their lawyers



A UK intel­li­gence court ordered GCHQ to delete its record­ings of dis­cus­sions between Libyan plain­tiffs and their lawyers.

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Major expansion of gov’t surveillance



The House Just Passed a Major Expan­sion of Gov­ern­ment Sur­veil­lance in the Guise of Cybersecurity.

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CIA official prosecuted in Pakistan



Pak­istan has launched a crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion of a CIA offi­cial believed to be involved in plan­ning drone attacks. I am sure they will prob­a­bly not be able to catch him, but this will have a polit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance anyway.

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Antarctic icebergs breaking off



Global heat­ing is caus­ing ice­bergs to break off and move away from Antarc­tica. They scrape the sea bot­tom clear, elim­i­nat­ing life much the way a trawler does.

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MLK explains black rioting



Mar­tin Luther King Jr. explains black riot­ing: by tak­ing prop­erty, the riot­ers shock a soci­ety that val­ues prop­erty more than it val­ues some people.

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Jailed Baltimore protesters



Peo­ple arrested at protests in Bal­ti­more are hav­ing high bail imposed; most will there­fore be jailed until trial, per­haps months in the future. Does Mary­land charge peo­ple fees for being jailed? Some of these peo­ple may spend their whole lives in jail because they can’t pay the fees. How­ever, the state backed down on one […]

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German intelligence spied



Ger­man intel­li­gence spied on French and EU offi­cials’ data for the US. Ger­mans were incensed that the US had spied on Ger­man chan­cel­lor. I hope they draw the eth­i­cal con­clu­sion (we shouldn’t do this to each other) rather than the cyn­i­cal con­clu­sion (if they do it, why not us).

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Thugs threaten Albuquerque DA



The Albu­querque dis­trict attor­ney that is pros­e­cut­ing thugs for mur­der has been warned thugs might mur­der her. They already tried fram­ing her son.

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Baltimore activist snatched by thugs



Joseph Kent, Bal­ti­more activist, was snatched by thugs and dis­ap­peared for 16 hours until a lawyer found him.

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Another reason why TTIP must be defeated



The US Con­gress has sneak­ily voted to pres­sure Euro­pean gov­ern­ments through TTIP not to boy­cott or label prod­ucts made in Israeli colonies in Pales­tin­ian ter­ri­tory. This would add one more to the many rea­sons why the TTIP must be defeated. That Treaty Is Plutocratic.

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APA and CIA cooperated on torture



The Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion ran a con­fer­ence together with the CIA, back in the days when the two coop­er­ated on tor­ture. I thank the APA for chang­ing its rules back and ban­ning its mem­bers for par­tic­i­pat­ing in tor­ture. Other US insti­tu­tions such as the US need to take firm steps against torture, too.

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Dyson spheres



SETI has looked for galax­ies show­ing signs of highly advanced civ­i­liza­tions fill­ing their galax­ies with Dyson spheres, and there are none. Per­haps every intel­li­gent species soon learns to live with lower energy use or wipes itself out. Or per­haps Dyson spheres are not feasible.

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Conditions in Baltimore



The con­di­tions in Bal­ti­more that led to the killing of Fred­die Gray and to the riot as a response. More.

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Republicans craft excuse to hamstring EPA



Repub­li­cans have crafted an excuse to ham­string the EPA: to pro­hibit it from con­sid­er­ing the results of sci­en­tific stud­ies unless all their data and soft­ware are pub­lished. In med­ical stud­ies, the data is per­sonal med­ical data that and can’t be released. Aside from that, ide­ally the stud­ies should be pub­lished as spec­i­fied here. The problem […]

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Halt road through Orangutan Reserve



Indone­sian Gov­ern­ment Must Halt Road through Orang­utan Reserve.

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Rand Paul trying to kill net neutrality



Rand Paul is try­ing to kill the FCC’s net neu­tral­ity regulations.

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Fossil fuel health risk



Fos­sil Fuels Are the New Tobacco When It Comes to Health Risk.

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Urgent: Investigate killing of Freddie Gray



Every­one: call on Mary­land Gov­er­nor Hogan to have the state attor­ney gen­eral inves­ti­gate the killing of Fred­die Gray, and to step back from mil­i­ta­riza­tion of thugs and repression.

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Bernie Sanders running for president



Bernie Sanders is run­ning for pres­i­dent. He’s going to have my vote.

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Mohamed Nasheed’s trial



Mohamed Nasheed’s trial was a sick joke, an excuse to imprison some­one polit­i­cally undesirable.

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Eradication of German measles



Ger­man Measles Declared Erad­i­cated from North and South America.

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Urgent: Prosecute US torturers



US cit­i­zens: call on Attor­ney Gen­eral Lynch to pros­e­cute US torturers.

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Global warming faster than expected



The bulk of evi­dence points to a higher “cli­mate sen­si­tiv­ity”. It appears dou­bling the air’s CO2 will cause 3C of heat­ing, not just 2C.

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Species facing extinction



1/6 of liv­ing species face extinc­tion due to global heat­ing. Here are some exam­ples. Many more species face extinc­tion due to other human activ­i­ties such as destruc­tion of habitats.

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Facebook Is Eating the Internet



Face­book Is Eat­ing the Internet.

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Urgent: Stop pipeline expansion scheme



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama and Kerry to quash Enbridge’s pipeline devel­op­ment that was approved secretly in an ille­gal manner.

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Japan increases greenhouse reduction targets



Japan has increased its green­house reduc­tion tar­gets It is a good step, but the pro­posed pledges are still ter­ri­bly inadequate.

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Condemnation of repression



The mayor of Ankara accused the US State Depart­ment of hypocrisy for crit­i­ciz­ing Turk­ish repres­sion in Gezi Park and fail­ing to crit­i­cize US repres­sion in Bal­ti­more. His argu­ment is right; his con­clu­sion is back­wards. They both deserve to be condemned.

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Captives rescued from Boko Haram



300 female cap­tives were res­cued from Boko Haram last week. Some of them had become sup­port­ers of Boko Haram. I am not sure what con­clu­sion to draw when cap­tives say that they had been treated well. What is the bound­ary between brain­wash­ing and recruiting?

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Urgent: Let section 215 expire



US cit­i­zens: tell Con­gress to let sec­tion 215 of the PAT RIOT act expire. We must elim­i­nate the PAT RIOT Act’s mas­sive data col­lec­tion, not try to “fix” it.

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Libel censorship in the UK



Because libel reform in the UK did not cover North­ern Ire­land, the entire UK is still sub­ject to libel cen­sor­ship; for instance, the film Going Clear which exposes the Church of Sci­en­tol­ogy can­not be broad­cast there. How­ever, self-defeating licens­ing arrange­ments are part of the cause of the problem.

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Pennsylvania law silences convicts



A Penn­syl­va­nia law effec­tively bars con­victs from pub­lish­ing state­ments about their cases (or any­thing else that vic­tims dis­like). This means they can’t say they are inno­cent, or ask for help prov­ing they are innocent.

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