On Hacking updates

August 19, 2014

Update to On Hack­ing to rec­og­nize that “hack­ing” is not sup­posed to cover wit and art.

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EPA fails to make polluters pay

August 18, 2014

The EPA has failed for 30 years to issue legally required rules to make pol­luters pay to clean up their pollution.

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Mob drives out Ebola patients



A mob attacked a clinic in Liberia and drove out 29 peo­ple infected with Ebola. Now they are likely to infect other peo­ple. Way to go, idiots!

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Cost of filing worker complaint in UK



Now that the UK charges work­ers almost $2000 for fil­ing a dis­crim­i­na­tion case, com­plaints have gone down by 80%. Only well-paid work­ers can afford to complain.

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Facebook forcing app on users



Face­book is order­ing users to switch to a dif­fer­ent Mes­sen­ger app which demands access to lots of per­sonal infor­ma­tion. It’s pro­pri­etary soft­ware, thus inher­ently untrust­wor­thy, so using it is an act of folly. The same is true of Facebook’s main app, and the non­free pro­gram (in either iThings or Android) for access­ing the app store […]

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Michael Brown’s autopsy report



Michael Brown’s autopsy report says he was shot 6 times, all from the front. Even if the thug’s actions after stop­ping Brown were not wrong, it seems clear he would not have stopped a white man. US thugs will let you walk around with a weapon (in some states) … if you’re white. If you’re black, […]

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SWAT raids in the US



Over 100 SWAT raids occur each day in the US, and most of them are for noth­ing more seri­ous than search­ing a house for drugs. This is accom­pa­nied by train­ing thugs to act like an occu­py­ing army. If they expect to shoot peo­ple down, they will find oppor­tu­ni­ties to do it. Here is data about the military […]

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Iraqi Kurds recapture Mosul dam



The Iraqi Kurds recap­tured the Mosul dam, with US air support.

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Curfew in Ferguson



The cur­few in Fer­gu­son was obeyed by rec­og­nized lead­ers and orga­niz­ers, but hun­dreds of peo­ple stayed past mid­night in pour­ing rain rather than let thugs chase them out of their town. This arti­cle says the thugs did use tear gas.

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Western media’s superficial view



West­ern news media have a super­fi­cial view of many coun­tries, because reporters nowa­days don’t stay in a place long enough to know what’s what.

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10,000 Israelis protest for peace



10,000 Israelis demon­strated for peace with Gaza. It was a good try, but I think it will take more than 10,000 to influ­ence the gov­ern­ment, and the Arab-hating people.

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The background of ISIS



Explain­ing the back­ground of ISIS in rad­i­cal­iza­tion of Sunnis.

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Torture of suspects



A US woman accused in Indone­sia of mur­der­ing her mother says that thugs are beat­ing her and threat­en­ing to deny her water unless she con­fesses. I have no opin­ion about whether she is guilty of those charges. There may be valid rea­sons to pros­e­cute her, but sus­pects should not be tortured.

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Australia-s renewable energy target



Australia’s gov­ern­ment said it would main­tain the renew­able energy tar­get but is clearly mak­ing plans to cre­ate an excuse to elim­i­nate it.

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Cesarean section forced on woman



A des­per­ate woman in Ire­land was forced to have a cesarean sec­tion, when she threat­ened to starve her­self after being denied an abor­tion. Abor­tion is a basic right.

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US pressure against Gaza inquiry



The US is pres­sur­ing the ICC and Mah­moud Abbas not to request an inves­ti­ga­tion into Israeli and Pales­tin­ian war crimes.

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Racist response to wedding in Israel



A Jew­ish Israeli woman con­verted to Islam and is mar­ry­ing an Arab. This has brought out var­i­ous sorts of racists. I find it hard to imag­ine a greater folly than for a woman to con­vert to Islam. But she has a right to do it, and a right to get married.

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Coal ash and asthma



Just liv­ing near a place where coal ash is han­dled or dumped can give peo­ple asthma.

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Abbott serving fossil fuel companies



Aus­tralian PM Abbott’s plan to stop pro­mot­ing renew­able energy would amount to a 10 bil­lion dol­lar gift to the fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies he serves. And with­out even achiev­ing the promised insignif­i­cant side ben­e­fit of a reduc­tion in elec­tric­ity prices.

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Human rights lawyer tortured in China

August 17, 2014

China released human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng from prison, starved and with smashed teeth. His teeth fell out because he was given lim­ited food. He was tor­tured both phys­i­cally and men­tally. Now he can hardly speak.

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Poisonous algae in Lake Erie



Poi­so­nous algae in Lake Erie seem to result from a change in the form of phos­pho­rus used in fertilizer.

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Fracking under the sea



Frack­ing under the sea threat­ens coastal ecosystems.

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iThing users’ data in China



Apple is stor­ing the data of iThing users in China on servers in China. Since Apple can extract lots of per­sonal data from an iThing remotely, I think Apple will have great dif­fi­culty refus­ing when China demands that it do so.

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Require supermarkets to donate unsold but still edible food



French MPs pro­pose to require super­mar­kets to donate unsold but still edi­ble food to char­i­ties. In prin­ci­ple, the idea seems good.

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Yazidis



The main group of Yazidis, on Mt Sin­jar, escaped the siege of geno­ci­dal ISIS, but smaller groups caught in vil­lages are being massacred.

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US media spin on Gazan casualties



How US media spin the civil­ian casu­al­ties in Gaza — includ­ing claim­ing that civil­ians work­ing for Hamas in non-military roles count as combatants.

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Urgent: Stop militarizing US thugs



US cit­i­zens: sign these two peti­tions to stop mil­i­ta­riz­ing US thugs.

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Obama threatens freedom of the press in the US



James Risen is epit­ome of how Obama (con­tin­u­ing Dubya’s pol­icy) threat­ens free­dom of the press in the US.

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UK thugs want people’s medical records



UK thugs want to be allowed to look at people’s con­fi­den­tial med­ical records with­out get­ting a war­rant (let alone per­mis­sion). They cite “vul­ner­a­ble“ peo­ple as an excuse, but the loss of rights would apply to every­one. Per­haps it is, in a sense, about vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple. When under­cover thugs infil­trate a dis­si­dent group, if they could […]

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Union activists blocked an Israeli ship from docking in Oakland



Union activists blocked an Israeli ship from dock­ing in Oak­land as a protest against the bom­bard­ment of Gaza. Aus­tralian thugs are try­ing to arbi­trar­ily ban a protest against an Israeli film fes­ti­val in Australia.

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Ferguson’s Days of Unrest



Ferguson’s Days of Unrest Expose Stark Real­ity of a Seg­re­gated Soci­ety. One white res­i­dent says about black dri­vers who get stopped: “Tires gone, lights out, no insur­ance, pieces of junk, that’s why.” Per­haps it is true that black res­i­dents of Fer­gu­son tend to have cars that are nearly junk, and leave things unre­paired. I wonder […]

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Urgent: Disincentivize tax avoidance



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to elim­i­nate the tax incen­tives for com­pa­nies to move their head­quar­ters out­side the US.

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Ferguson Won’t Be The Last Flash Point



On Race, Amer­ica Has Far to Go. Fer­gu­son Won’t Be The Last Flash Point.

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Michael Brown accused of stealing cigars



Michael Brown has been accused of steal­ing cig­ars from a store shortly before he was killed. The thugs have given con­flict­ing sto­ries about whether his killer knew about that. The news of this ended the tem­po­rary peace between the thugs and the peo­ple of Fer­gu­son, as the peo­ple took this as an attempt to smear the […]

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Very urgent: Thank Obama



US cit­i­zens: thank Obama for rethink­ing weapons deliv­er­ies to Israel.

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Big spill of mine waste in Canada



A big spill of mine waste in Canada has led to reper­cus­sions against the mine.

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Urgent: Protect farm workers from dangerous pesticides



US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA to pro­tect farm work­ers from dan­ger­ous pesticides.

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The Rabaa massacre



The Rabaa mas­sacre, one year later.

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Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom in a Generation



James Risen Calls Obama ‘Great­est Enemy of Press Free­dom in a Generation’.

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Eyeless in Gaza



Uri Avn­ery: Eye­less in Gaza.

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We don’t talk with terrorists”



The slo­gan “We don’t talk with ter­ror­ists” is often an excuse to con­tinue war. Nego­ti­at­ing ran­som with ter­ror­ists is what one should never do. Nego­ti­at­ing peace, that’s different.

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Hillary-The-Hawk Flies Again



Hillary-The-Hawk Flies Again.

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Advocates of greater regional autonomy in Russia



Advo­cates of greater regional auton­omy in Rus­sia have been arrested and their demon­stra­tions banned. I think it is proper for wealth­ier regions to sup­port the devel­op­ment of poorer regions; thus, I dis­agree with demands for inde­pen­dence from the wealth­ier regions based on objec­tion to this; for exam­ple, in Catalunya because its taxes help poorer parts […]

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Ferguson thugs’ previous caper



Fer­gu­son thugs’ pre­vi­ous caper: they arrested the wrong man, jailed him even after they became aware of this, kicked him in the head, then charged him with the crime of dam­ag­ing thug depart­ment prop­erty (bleed­ing on their uni­forms). Maybe he didn’t bleed on their uni­forms at all — the thugs later said they had made […]

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Poverty in the US



Com­mu­ni­ties, Indi­vid­u­als, and the Long Fight Against Poverty [in the US]. This fight would not be nearly so long if not for the rich that defend poverty for everyone else.

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California “Kill Switch” Bill



Cal­i­for­nia “Kill Switch“ Bill Could Be Used to Dis­rupt Protests.

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UK gov’t blocked publication



The UK gov­ern­ment has blocked pub­li­ca­tion of the report into the cause of horse­meat in the “beef”, because it will point the fin­ger at the government’s cuts in inspect­ing food. The deeper cause, which the report may not men­tion, is the EU’s dereg­u­la­tion that makes it easy to ship meat from one com­pany to another, in […]

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Ukrainian rebel soldiers



A Ukrain­ian rebel leader claims to have 1200 sol­diers who were trained in Rus­sia, as well as 30 tanks. They could not have cap­tured 30 tanks from the Ukrain­ian army in that area. If the claim is true, most of those tanks must have come from Rus­sia. Per­haps Rus­sia cap­tured Ukrain­ian tanks in the Crimea […]

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Question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy



Ecuador’s for­eign min­is­ter asks why the Swedish gov­ern­ment fails to use the oppor­tu­nity to ques­tion Assange in the Ecuado­rian embassy, and thus denies jus­tice both to Assange and to the women who made a com­plaint against him. Of course, we can infer the answer easily.

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Facebook’s filtering algorithm suppressed news about thug riot



Algo­rith­mic fil­ter­ing can affect his­tory, not just hide his­tory. Facebook’s fil­ter­ing algo­rithm sup­pressed news about the thug riot in Fer­gu­son until after it became national news.

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Ferguson protests



Al Sharp­ton exhorted Fer­gu­son pro­test­ers to avoid weak­en­ing their case by engag­ing in crimes such as loot­ing. This is wise advice: blacks of the 60s won advances in civil rights through dis­ci­pline, and pro­test­ers today need dis­ci­pline too. Since then, a cur­few has been imposed. I don’t expect the pro­test­ers to dis­perse qui­etly just because someone […]

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Afghan thugs raided a coffee shop



Afghan thugs raided a cof­fee shop because women and men were allowed to sit and talk there.

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Threatening to jail for “liking” a Facebook post



Malaysia demon­strated con­tempt for human rights by threat­en­ing to jail a cit­i­zen for three years for “lik­ing“ a Face­book post that praises Israel. Being a used of Face­book is fool­ish, but express­ing opin­ions there should not be a crime.

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Modi speech condemns rape in India

August 16, 2014

Modi focused a speech on con­dem­na­tion of rape in India and call­ing for bet­ter treat­ment of girls.

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Gouging uninsured people



A Cal­i­for­nia Hos­pi­tal Charged $10,000 for a Cho­les­terol Test. This is an extreme case of a stan­dard prac­tice of goug­ing peo­ple who don’t have an insur­ance com­pany to push for a lower price.

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Verizon harassing customers



Ver­i­zon is harass­ing phone cus­tomers to make them switch from cop­per lines to fiber cables that will be use­less in a pro­tracted emergency.

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US frackers injecting diesel



US frack­ers con­tinue inject­ing diesel fuel even though it is illegal.

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Impunity of thugs



Michael Brown’s Death Was No Anom­aly. We Can­not Stay Silent. We must some­how end the impunity of thugs that attack citizens.

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Israel’s “Hannibal Directive”



The widely acknowl­edged (though not offi­cially) “Han­ni­bal Direc­tive”, by which the Israeli army risks killing its own sol­diers to make sure they are not taken pris­oner, means that the Israeli gov­ern­ment will kill Israelis to avoid annoy­ing nego­ti­a­tions. When you get accus­tomed to dehu­man­iz­ing the enemy, you tend to dehu­man­ize your friends too by force […]

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Iraq’s new prime minister



Iraq has a new prime min­is­ter, Haidar al-Abadi, but is there any chance he can win sup­port from all sec­tors of the coun­try? The US proved it is pos­si­ble to buy the sup­port Sunni clan lead­ers, but it’s not enough to pay them for a cou­ple of years; one needs to keep pay­ing them permanently. […]

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Australia’s plan for asylum seekers



Aus­tralia plans to tell asy­lum seek­ers they should go to Cam­bo­dia instead. It might be a valid response, except that Cam­bo­dia treats asy­lum seek­ers almost as badly as Aus­tralia does.

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Gov’t malware web pages



Even if the page you visit isn’t mal­ware, var­i­ous gov­ern­ments can replace it with malware.

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Criminalizing journalism



Australia’s National Secu­rity Pro­pos­als Will Crim­i­nalise Jour­nal­ists, Says Union.

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NYC worker-owned co-ops



New York City is direct­ing some of its spend­ing towards worker-owned co-ops instead of busi­nesses that profit mainly the boss.

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Canada-EU free exploitation treaty



A leak shows that the secret pro­posed Canada-EU free exploita­tion treaty, CETA, has investor-state injus­tice com­pa­ra­ble to TPP and TTIP. For instance, if a city pri­va­tizes its water, it would be unable to make the water pub­lic again. We should not be dis­tracted by pre­cisely where lines are drawn. All such treaties are fun­da­men­tally inim­i­cal to democracy, […]

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Glacial shrinkage



The main cause of glacial shrink­age nowa­days is human activ­ity. Way to go, homo sap! This will lead to grow­ing scarcity of fresh water in the areas that get their water from glacial runoff, such as Cal­i­for­nia and northern India.

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Making thugs wear cameras



Mak­ing thugs wear cam­eras is just part of what is needed to curb their vio­lence. These cam­eras won’t stop other abuses, such as search­ing peo­ple with­out grounds.

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Privatization of NHS



Creep­ing pri­va­ti­za­tion of Britain’s National Health Ser­vice is result­ing in cor­rup­tion, waste, and injuries to patients.

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Australia to push more into poverty



The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment hopes a mean­ing­less apol­ogy will mol­lify those it intends to push into poverty on the street.

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Urgent: Detroit water affordability



Every­one: call on Detroit to imple­ment the 2005 water afford­abil­ity plan and switch on everyone’s water.

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Militarization of US thugs



Due to mil­i­ta­riza­tion of US thugs, Fer­gu­son looks like Iraq. For US blacks, being killed by thugs is not unusual, and being harassed by thugs is an every­day occur­rence. How­ever, while racial pro­fil­ing is unfair, that’s not the cen­tral issue here. It’s a fact that the peo­ple killed by thugs for no rea­son tend to […]

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Urgent: Disclose frack well chemicals



US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA to require dis­clo­sure of the chem­i­cals used in each frack well.

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Israel punishes peace advocacy



The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, which mon­i­tors vio­la­tions of Pales­tini­ans’ human rights and called for peace in Gaza, has been sin­gled out for pun­ish­ment by the state because of its peace advo­cacy. This fits into the gen­eral pat­tern in Israel of repres­sion of those that oppose the occu­pa­tion. Israel boasted of being the only […]

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Stand your ground” laws

August 15, 2014

Stand your ground” laws have lead to an increase in num­ber of killings, and in a racially biased way.

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New Ferguson thug commander



A new com­man­der con­vinced the thugs in Fer­gu­son to stop attack­ing the protesters.

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Enslaved workers in Abu Dhabi



Inter­views with the enslaved for­eign work­ers build­ing Abu Dhabi’s branches of the Lou­vre, the Guggen­heim Museum and New York University.

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Human rights activists arrested



Azerbaijan’s tyrant has arrested human rights activists. The excuse about NGO fund­ing has been used to sup­press civil soci­ety in sev­eral other coun­tries, most recently Russia.

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Comcast



Com­cast seems to have a sys­tem­atic prac­tice of telling cus­tomers that some repair will be gratis, then charg­ing for it any­way — unless the cus­tomer has a record­ing to prove it.

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Ferguson thugs attacked TV crews



How the thugs in Fer­gu­son inten­tion­ally attacked TV crews.

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Social media”



Social media” seem to make many peo­ple more narcissistic.

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SeaWorld agrees to some changes



Pub­lic pres­sure, crit­i­ciz­ing cru­elty to whales, has made Sea­World agree to change some prac­tices. Will it do enough?

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Research ethics



Why research ethics are nec­es­sary even in the midst of an epidemic.

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UK gov’t blocks wind energy co-ops



The UK gov­ern­ment talks up com­mu­nity wind energy co-ops but has tight­ened the rules, block­ing new ones.

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Attack by thugs in Ferguson



Thugs, some armed with assault rifles, attacked pro­test­ers and jour­nal­ists in Fer­gu­son. The thugs fired rubber-coated steel bul­lets at a pro­tester with his arms in the air, and at jour­nal­ists. They arrested jour­nal­ists too. Fir­ing tear gas can­is­ters at people’s bod­ies is a tac­tic well known from Pales­tine, where sol­diers some­times suc­ceed in killing peo­ple with […]

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Abbott’s business adviser



Abbott’s busi­ness adviser promi­nently called cli­mate sci­ence a hoax and warns of an imag­i­nary threat of global cool­ing. I sus­pect he is being paid some­how to do this by the coal indus­try. I won­der if he has ties to those sup­pos­i­to­ries of all cli­mate folly, the Koch brothers.

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Ferguson city government



The black res­i­dents of Fer­gu­son report that the city gov­ern­ment is con­trolled by whites that per­sis­tently oppress them.

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Treaty against weapons in space



The US con­tin­ues to oppose the pro­posed treaty against weapons in space.

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Urgent: CEO of Market Basket



Cus­tomers of Mar­ket Bas­ket: demand restora­tion of the CEO that treated work­ers and cus­tomers decently.

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Urgent: Investigate thugs of Ferguson

August 14, 2014

Every­one: call on the Jus­tice Depart­ment to inves­ti­gate the thugs of Ferguson.

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US won’t make effort to prepare vegetables for school children



The US wants school chil­dren to eat veg­eta­bles, but won’t make the effort needed to pre­pare them to be edible.

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Putin’s rebellion



It occurs to me that Putin may have pro­voked the rebel­lion in east­ern Ukraine with the goal of fir­ing up Rus­sians to sup­port him while he imposes Chinese-style cen­sor­ship on the inter­net in Russia.

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The occupation of Ferguson



Appeals for “calm” are not enough; the occu­pa­tion of Fer­gu­son and other parts of the US by armed thugs must be ended. Police Bru­tal­ity Must Be Pun­ished If We Want Real Jus­tice for Michael Brown. We need to unmil­i­ta­rize the thugs, too.

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Cops are the ‘Terrorists’



In Many US Com­mu­ni­ties, Cops are the ‘Terrorists’.

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Urgent: Object letting company reps choose staff



US cit­i­zens: Tell Con­gress you object to let­ting com­pany reps choose their staff.

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Russian military vehicles seen crossing border into Ukraine



Russ­ian mil­i­tary vehi­cles were seen cross­ing the bor­der into Ukraine.

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Water vapor in the upper troposphere has increased



Satel­lite obser­va­tions find that the amount of water vapor in the upper tro­pos­phere has increased over 30 years, as cli­mate mod­els pre­dict global heat­ing to cause.

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We may be able to stop the TPP



We may be able to stop the TPP, but we must reject Demo­c­ra­tic pres­sure to “give Obama a vic­tory” which would be a defeat for the Amer­i­can people.

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A computer system to detect people who are feeling stress



Chi­nese research seeks to develop a com­puter sys­tem to detect peo­ple who are feel­ing stress, so as to arrest them. Know­ing about this sys­tem of sur­veil­lance will make some peo­ple feel stressed.

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Ebola virus outbreak



The cur­rent out­break of Ebola virus con­tin­ues spread­ing because of fun­da­men­tal prob­lems in the med­ical sys­tem in Sierra Leone which result in lots of avoid­able deaths from less exotic diseases.

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Child Asylum Seekers’ Rights on Nauru



Child Asy­lum Seek­ers’ Rights on Nauru ‘Sys­tem­at­i­cally Violated’.

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Gaza a seaport



Israel agreed to allow Gaza a sea­port, but has vio­lated the agree­ment thus far. Maybe EU con­trol of ship­ping offers a com­pro­mise to open com­merce and travel by sea.

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Guatemalan president hires US lobbyist



Guatemala’s pres­i­dent, for­merly a gen­eral who imple­mented US-backed repres­sion has hired a US lob­by­ist to get more mil­i­tary “aid” from the US.

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Comcast and Time Warner “honoring” the FCC commissioner



Com­cast and Time Warner are putting lots of money into “hon­or­ing” the FCC com­mis­sioner in charge of review­ing their merger. To such large com­pa­nies in the same field should never be allowed to merge. That ought to be a no-brainer.

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DEA bribed an Amtrak secretary for 20 years



The DEA bribed an Amtrak sec­re­tary for 20 years to get pas­sen­ger name records rather than try to sub­poena them. I refuse to take Amtrak because it demands pas­sen­gers show ID. Please join me in tak­ing buses that don’t demand ID instead of Amtrak for the dis­tances for which ground trans­port is possible.

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Syria’s disconnection from internet



Snow­den says that Syria’s dis­con­nec­tion from the inter­net was due to a mis­take that the NSA made while try­ing to install spy software.

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NSA’s automatic counterattack device



The NSA’s auto­matic coun­ter­at­tack device pre­sumes that the NSA is inter­cept­ing all inter­net traf­fic into the US.

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Right wing demonstrators in Israel



Right wing demon­stra­tors in Israel boast of killing all the chil­dren in Gaza. (That is not in fact the case, but appar­ently they wish it were.) A peace demon­stra­tion was banned, but hun­dreds came anyway.

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Nitrous oxide



Nitrous oxide, as sold on the street, is hardly dan­ger­ous at all, so why so much effort to get rid of it? Per­haps it is unsightly, like a hun­gry home­less per­son. Cities try to ban them, too.

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Musical recordings released solely under iTune



When a musi­cal record­ing is released solely under iTunes, it is off lim­its to libraries… and oppres­sive for indi­vid­u­als too. The only way you should ever accept copy of that record­ing is by file-sharing, so that you do not agree to their unjust contract.

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Gaza tunnels



Hamas has always used its tun­nels against Israeli sol­diers, not against civil­ians. The arti­cle also men­tions sev­eral Israeli claims about the tun­nels that were erro­neous or fabricated.

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Tyranny in Egypt backed by the West



Egypt Is in the Grip of a Vio­lent Tyranny — with the West’s Backing.

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Exposing Walmart spin about its economic power



Expos­ing Wal­mart spin about its eco­nomic power.

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Israel represses both Jews and Arabs that oppose the war



More than ever before, Israel represses both Jews and Arabs that oppose the war.

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Urgent: Ban fracking



US cit­i­zens: call on Con­gress to ban fracking.

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The “culture of poverty”



Poor peo­ple have cul­tural pat­terns, but the “cul­ture of poverty” is a fab­ri­ca­tion designed to prove that poverty is caused by bad habits.

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Nixon and Kissenger sabotaged a cease-fire in Vietnam



Con­fir­ma­tion: Nixon and Kis­sen­ger sab­o­taged a cease-fire in Viet­nam in order for Nixon to win the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of 1968. Whether this lit­er­ally con­sti­tutes trea­son, or just a betrayal, I am not sure. I’ve seen accu­sa­tions that Reagan’s men sab­o­taged an agree­ment with Iran to free the US hostages in 1980 so that he would win […]

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Urgent: Avoid killing sharks



Every­one: call on Bum­ble Bee to take pos­i­tive action to avoid killing sharks when it catches tuna.

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Shipping lots of oil by train is dangerous



Ship­ping lots of oil by train is dan­ger­ous even at low speed, but US rail­roads want the trains to travel at 60mph.

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Netanyahu deserves to face the International Court



Pro­fes­sor Sch­abas, appointed to lead a UN inves­ti­ga­tion of war crimes in Gaza, has said that Netanyahu deserves to face the Inter­na­tional Court. The infor­ma­tion given does not jus­tify the con­clu­sion that Sch­abas is anti-Israel, but does sug­gest he has a pre­con­ceived view of the issue to be inves­ti­gated. I agree with view, but his […]

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Urgent: Stop private prison transfers

August 13, 2014

US cit­i­zens: call on state gov­er­nors to stop trans­fer­ring pris­on­ers to pri­vate pris­ons out of state.

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Urgent: Corporate political spending rule



US cit­i­zens: call on the SEC to adopt the rule to make pub­licly traded cor­po­ra­tions declare polit­i­cal spending.

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Urgent: Tighten power plant CO2 rules



US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA to make power plant CO2 rules tighter.

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War between Israel and Hamas a draw



Uri Avn­ery: the war between Israel and Hamas has come out a draw, and now Israel has to nego­ti­ate with Hamas.

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Undocumented migrants in prison



The Obama regime is cit­ing the sup­posed “threat of ter­ror­ism” as a rea­son to keep undoc­u­mented migrants in prison rather than release them while their cases are heard. Because I believe in equal rights, I don’t think that this is even worse for being applied to women and chil­dren. It is equally bad to do […]

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Businesses allowed to vote



Some Aus­tralian cities allow busi­nesses to vote in local elec­tions. This is the log­i­cal pro­gres­sion from the Cor­po­ra­tions United deci­sion*. In fact, why allow mere humans to vote at all? Allow­ing busi­nesses to appoint offi­cials directly is the log­i­cal end of plu­toc­racy. * The orga­ni­za­tion is offi­cially called “Cit­i­zens United”, but I pre­fer to call […]

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The massacre of protesters in Egypt



Human Rights Watch accuses the Egypt­ian army of inten­tion­ally mas­sacring protest­ing Morsi supporters.

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UK and US torture collusion



The UK gov­ern­ment quashed tor­ture law­suits by say­ing that admit­ting the facts would embar­rass the US. Then it began lob­by­ing the CIA to stop the US Sen­ate from acknowl­edg­ing the tor­ture, because if it did, that would pull the rug out from under the UK’s self-serving argument.

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Curfew in Baltimore

August 12, 2014

A cur­few in Bal­ti­more seems to pre­sume that any­one under 16 who is out at night is being neglected by her parents.

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Iraq under Maliki won’t work



Obama tried per­sis­tently to unite Iraq under Maliki’s gov­ern­ment, but he has rec­og­nized that this won’t work. Kur­dis­tan makes a much bet­ter ally, since it is a nation and has an army that will fight for some­thing other than pay or hatred.

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Bullying



Bul­ly­ing is bul­ly­ing, on the inter­net or off it. Per­haps teenagers would self-harm less if our soci­ety did not make life so precarious.

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CIA and NSA-funded report



A CIA and NSA-funded com­pany made a report claim­ing that al Qa’ida learned about resist­ing track­ing from the Snow­den rev­e­la­tions, though in fact it was devel­op­ing coun­ter­mea­sures years before.

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Media coverage of climate scientists



The tiny frac­tion of cli­mate sci­en­tists who deny that human activ­i­ties cause global heat­ing report much more media cov­er­age than the ones who agree with the consensus.

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Ukrainian Neo-Nazis



Ukrain­ian Neo-Nazis, orga­nized as mili­tia units, are lead­ing the attack against pro-Russian rebels.

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Being black or Latino in the US



In the US today, if you’re black or Latino, hav­ing a thug assume you’re com­mit­ting a crime is a rite of passage.

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Bottle water from California



A large part of US bot­tle water is shipped from Cal­i­for­nia, which has a severe drought. I just about never buy a bot­tle of water in the US or other coun­tries where tap water is potable. Why pol­lute the envi­ron­ment by being a sucker?

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Long spells of heat or rain



Spells of heat or rain that lasts for weeks have become twice as com­mon since 2000, due to mea­sur­able changes in the behav­ior of the jet streams. All this is due to global heating.

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Seed library



The seed library in Penn­syl­va­nia may in fact be legal, but these laws need to be changed to pro­tect shar­ing of non­patented seeds.

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US whitewash of killings of civilians



Amnesty Inter­na­tional crit­i­cizes the US for white­wash­ing killings of Afghan civil­ians. That the Tal­iban are even worse is no excuse, because they are no stan­dard of comparison.

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Urgent: Reject 2,4-D resistant corn



US cit­i­zens: Tell the USDA not to allow 2,4-D resistant corn.

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Authoritarian wins Turkish election



Author­i­tar­ian Erdo­gan won the elec­tion for pres­i­dent of Turkey, by less than was expected.

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Emissions estimates for Keystone XL



A new analy­sis esti­mates that the Key­stone XL planet-roaster pipeline will result in 120 mil­lion tons of extra annual CO2 emis­sions, not merely 30 mil­lion. This is because it would result in a lower price for oil, which would encour­age users to burn oil rather than invest in alter­na­tives. Although this is a small fraction […]

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Porpoise species facing extinction



The small­est por­poise species, found in the Sea of Cal­i­for­nia, is fac­ing extinc­tion due to gill netting.

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Russia’s “humanitarian aid” convoy



Ukraine says that Russia’s “human­i­tar­ian aid” con­voy will be allowed into Ukraine if the Red Cross inspects and approves its contents.

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Antisemitism boosted by occupation



Israel’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of crit­i­cism of the occu­pa­tion of Pales­tine with anti­semitism was meant to sup­press the for­mer using the odium of the lat­ter. It worked for a while, but now it has back­fired: the odium of the occu­pa­tion is boost­ing antisemitism.

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Man burnt alive by thugs



At the Gold­corp (Cana­dian) mine in Guatemala, a local man who tried to com­plain was burnt alive by the com­pany thugs.

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Iran bans sterilization



Iran has banned ster­il­iza­tion in a cam­paign to pres­sure peo­ple to have more chil­dren. It will fall most heav­ily on those who can’t afford to travel abroad for an oper­a­tion. I can under­stand that peo­ple would not want to have chil­dren in Iran. What if they are daughters?

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UK’s arms exports to Israel



The UK says it will sus­pend some arms exports to Israel if Israel resumes fight­ing in Gaza.

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Making it illegal to be homeless



No Safe Place: How [US] Cities Are Mak­ing It Ille­gal to be Homeless.

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The thug that shot Michael Brown



The thug that shot Michael Brown seems to have fab­ri­cated a false accu­sa­tion as an excuse. Police offi­cers are sim­ply not cred­i­ble wit­nesses about such events, because they are accus­tomed to lying in court. Fer­gu­son thugs shot pro­test­ers and bystanders with wooden bul­lets that wound people.

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Statements by Clinton and Netanyahu



Can you tell which state­ments were made by Clin­ton and which by Netanyahu?

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