It turns out that climate models accurately model the rate of Earth’s surface heating, when not fooled by El Niño/La Niña.
If you stand for freedom or resist the rich, you have something to fear from an omniscient state that supports the rich.
Some right-wing global heating deniers are driven to their delusion by an ideological opposition to using collective action to solve any problem. Collective action through the state is also the way to stop plutocrats from pushing most people into poverty, which is another reason those plutocratist politicians hate collective action.
US citizens: call on the Senate to reject Republican plans to block new US National Monuments.
Human Rights Watch finds that most of the high-profile terrorist plots that the US prosecutes were stimulated by the US government, and the “perpetrators” were often reluctant. The effect is systematic injustice, but it suits those that hate our freedoms and are in a position to take them away by changing our laws.
The UK plans another attack on the natural world, both wildlife and the Earth’s climate, proposing a legal requirement to extract the maximum amount of fossil fuel.
US citizens: support the Paycheck Fairness Act. More information about it.
How the Internet makes it easy to create antedated “predictions” for fraud.
Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef has fallen by half since the 1980s.
US citizens: tell Congress to support the Hide No Harm Act.
India’s censorship law is being used to persecute a critic of Modi.
All The Big Broadband Players Support FCC’s Proposed Rules… Which Says All You Need To Know.
Ukrainian rebels have not protected the jetliner’s crash site from looting or disturbance of evidence. I regard this as proof of guilt. Demonstrating the effectiveness of state manipulation of the media, most Russians believe the downing of the Malaysian jet was a plot against Russia. This is comparable to the global heating denial campaign which has […]
State legislators that support voter-ID laws show a strong statistical tendency to discriminate against Latinos.
Israeli attacks killed 100 Palestinians in one day, many of them civilians. This included shelling a hospital. Israel’s tactics guarantee lots of civilian casualties. One must question whether defense against attacks that might kill a few civilians justifies a response that kills hundreds of civilians.
Syria says it is stupid to support the rebels and calls for the UK to support Assad. The sad thing is, that is true. When the main Syrian rebel groups joined with the Islamists, they became enemies of human rights just as much as Assad is. Here’s an article that argues that Israel and Saudi […]
The Rising Global Movement That Calls for #noTTIP.
The US keeps lots of information about everyone’s airline ticket purchases and appears to keep it for at least 10 years.
The UK is saving emails of lots of people, without warrants, in case it might be interested in them in the future. The R.I.P. act (for Rip Internet Privacy) was an injustice even with its previous interpretation. The UK must repeal it.
Even in Isolated, Pristine Tasmania, Pressure to Allow GMO Farming.
Journalist Andy Hall faces the threat of imprisonment for revealing slavery in Thailand. Making it a crime to publish an accusation of abuses is prima facie injustice and inexcusable.
RJ Reynolds has been hit with 23 billion dollars in punitive damages for advertising designed to make minors smoke. The article says “children”, but adolescents are not children, so I won’t use that word. Advertising tobacco to adolescents is arguably even worse than advertising it to children, since children are not likely to start smoking […]
US journalist Cokie Roberts bemoans the fact that everyone around the world does not obey the US government. I think most governments fear the US too much; they let the US pressure them into unjust plutocratic treaties. In the 90s, when I used to listen to National Public Radio, I loathed Roberts’ right-wing criticisms of […]
7 Reasons Why the Internet of Things Is Doomed. Actually, some of them are reasons why we should kill it, which do not necessarily imply it is doomed on its own. A “smart house” project Japan is a scheme to impose total surveillance and tracking. This demonstrates the danger inherent in such schemes.
Some Israelis go to hills near Gaza to cheer at the deadly bombardment. A journalist suspected of not sympathizing with them was threatened with violence.
Google has abolished the “real name” requirement for Google account. This might mean that Google+ is acceptable to use. But I am not certain, because I don’t know the answer to two follow-on questions: What other personal data must one supply to make an account, and do they amount to identification of the user? Is […]
Russia has a paid internet propaganda and troll army. The US has one too. The US is funding research on how to manipulate people through social networks.
Everyone: Call on NBC News to let Ayman Mohyeldin go back to Gaza.
A Russian radio station reports that rebels sent the Malaysian plane’s black box to Russia. The “investigation” by Russia cant be trusted, but this meddling confirms it was the rebels or Russia that shot down the plane. The article also provides evidence that Russia is firing lots of short-range missiles at Ukraine. Unlike the ineffective missiles […]
WHO calls for an end to treating drug users as criminals.
Israeli soldiers are in streets fighting in Gaza. Thousands of civilians are trying to flee, but no place is safe.
A wildfire in the state of Washington has burned 340 square miles.
An arrogant plutocrat threatens San Francisco workers with being replaced by an oppressive computer if they demand decent wages. In the short term, the workers should simply repeat the demand, to show they are not scared. In the medium term, they face the threat of being replaced by computers in any case, so they should […]
Israeli tanks are firing flechette shells that hit everyone in a large area 300 meters by 90 meters, and using them in towns where civilians are likely to be hit. Gazans say Israel is using some sort of poison gas. Doctors in Gaza suspect Israel is using experimental weapons that rip human bodies to shreds.
“Counter-terrorist” tactics can be effective against a small underground group, but not against an insurgency with popular support.
Why so many children flee from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador can be traced to what the US did to those countries.
Israel plans to turn a third of the area of Gaza into a free-fire zone. This plan represents a compromise with world opinion. Left to itself, Israel’s government might prefer to declare the entirety of Gaza a free-fire “buffer zone”. Or you might say that it has unofficially done so.
A study forecasts that 100 small nuclear weapons would cause drastic global cooling and reduce rainfall for more than a decade, as well as damaging the ozone layer.
New York thugs killed a man by putting him in a chokehold. They had no reason to attack him in the first place.
NOAA summarizes the continuing slide into global heating.
What convinced the Guantanamo nurse that force feeding is wrong.
Independent ebooks without DRM seem to sell more copies. That’s helpful for the cause of getting rid of DRM, but since DRM is an offence against readers’ freedom, if it did increase sales that would not be an excuse for it.
Thousands to March in Detroit as ‘Heartless’ Water Shut-Offs Continue.
The Food Industry Lobby Groups Behind the New School Nutrition Standards.
The number of leading AIDS researchers killed on the downed flight was much less than previously believed.
US citizens: oppose oil drilling in Arctic waters.
US Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil.
Even northern Canada is suffering from a rash of wildfires due to unusual heat. These fires are due to global heating, and they fuel more global heating. This is positive feedback at work.
The Open Rights Group will challenge the new DRIP surveillance law in court.
US citizens: call for protection of habitat for ocelot and jaguar.
Niger activists opposed to a secret uranium mining deal with France face charges for holding a press conference.
ISIS declared Christians must be second-class citizens, expressing the tyrannical nature of Islam in pure form.
Ethiopia plans to imprison some dissidents on bogus charges of “terrorism”. What the US and UK do, other countries imitate.
US citizens: Tell Congress to cut the F-35 fighter plane.
Obama approved the plan to injure 100,000 whales and dolphins to find more undersea oil that we can’t ever dare extract.
Citizens of Massachusetts: Call on the state to check for methane leaks from pipelines.
A passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing everyone aboard. Around 100 leading AIDS researchers were on the plane. A leaked tape reportedly shows pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine shot down the jetliner, thinking they had attacked a military transport plane. This sort of thing is what happens in war. US drone attacks are […]
US citizens: Call on the Senate not to interfere with diplomacy with Iran.
Florida Governor Scott is raising lots of money from a private prison owner.
The UN has condemned massive surveillance as a violation of human rights. This includes data retention such as the UK is in the process of reimposing.
Efficiencies in agriculture could in principle feed billions more people. But the total meat production would have to go down pretty far. Introducing efficiency into agriculture is much more easily said than done, and global heating will interfere greatly as it means that weather changes from year to year and the proper agricultural methods for […]
Blanket digital surveillance is a start. But how about a camera in every bathroom?
Campaigning against TTIP, This Treaty Is Plutocratic, another instance of the oppression of the TPP.
Since Reagan, the US has allowed monopolies or oligopolies to spread across the range of businesses, subjecting Americans to unchecked power of businesses. This was done in the name of “free markets”, but really it was “laissez faire”. Due to the inherent instability of the free market, removal of the regulations that protected it allowed […]
Everyone: call on Obama not to let Israel bomb the Wafa rehabilitation hospital.
Your portable tracking and surveillance device can now also inform about changes in your behavior pattern.
In the secret US prison at Bagram, the prisoners frequently have to go on hunger strike to get clean water to drink or to see the ICRC.
Israel’s army has attacked Gaza. This included bombardment of a hospital. Israeli accusations that Hamas stores arms in civilian buildings were proved partly valid: the UNRWA found missiles in a disused school building. Whether they store arms in civilian buildings that are actually in use is not proven.
US citizens: call for a requirement for fracking companies to publish the composition of the fracking fluid.
US citizens: Tell Obama to make Detroit turn the water back on.
Netanyahu stated publicly that he will never permit a Palestinian state to function. An Obama representative rebuked Israel for maintaining the occupation of Palestine and rejecting peace. It’s a small sign of the courage that could have a chance of making Israel agree to peace.
Israel is attacking wells and sewage systems in Gaza.
Republicans blocked the bill to correct the Hobby Lobby decision.
A military nurse at Guantanamo has refused to participate in force-feeding on the grounds that it is inhumane. I expect the Obama regime to repress this nurse.
Reportedly Hamas and Islamic Jihad have offered a 10-year truce in exchange for Israel’s ending the siege of Gaza and ending its isolation. These terms seem reasonable to me. Most of the issues in dispute between Israel and Palestine are left out, which is appropriate since this proposes a truce rather than a full settlement.
Peace demonstrators in Tel Aviv were attacked by right-wing hate protesters.
Censorship in France: a blogger has been fined for publishing a negative opinion of a restaurant.
Australia’s right-wing government plans to imprison journalists for publishing what whistleblowers report about spying on the public. These journalists are, of course, the ones who have the “sense of responsibility” that Abbott says journalists should have. The prohibition is so sweeping that almost any reporting about a secret government action could be covered. For instance, […]
The RIAA shut down a radio archive that has operated almost 20 years. I hope people set it up again in some other country.
Australia has repealed its carbon tax, cementing a plan that will kill tens or hundreds of millions of people.
Syrian mothers force their daughters to marry, as young as 13, fearing that they will otherwise be raped. One said she expected her male relatives to murder the daughter if she is raped. Rape is common in war, but Arab culture converts rape into a sentence of death. What barbarism! Having daughters in such a […]
A prisoner in New Mexico is threatened with 90 days in solitary confinement for having a Facebook page. I think being a used of Facebook is punishment enough.
The House of Representatives passed a bill that would stop the FCC from making municipal broadband legal.
One of the few left-wing terrorists in Greece was captured, but the right-wing terrorists of Golden Dawn are still rampant, and the boot of the banks is still on Greece’s neck.
Brazil allows people to censor all publication about them, and many biographies have been banned. A bill proposes to correct this.
Hamas says that Egypt and Israel did not discuss the supposed cease-fire with Hamas before announcing it.
NBC yanked correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza because he did a good job of covering the main effect of Israeli bombing.
Too-big-to-fail banks exist because of Bill Clinton’s deregulation of banks, and their incomprehensible maneuvers are also permitted due to his deregulation of banks. Hillary Clinton is in the same camp; she works for the plutocrats.
Overprotectiveness is stunting the mental growth of a generation children — in particular, denying them contact with nature. The article refers to the UK but I have seen similar attitudes in the US.
The west’s foreign aid to Africa is less than what the west takes out of Africa.
Immigrant activist journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested when he tried to fly out of a US city near the border with Mexico, Vargas came to the US from the Philippines as a child, and found out many years later that he did not have permission to reside in the US. I don’t believe that […]
US border patrol thugs brutalize people at will for grudges, and they are spreading their power to a ever further from the borders. Don’t forget how they beat up Peter Watts, then prosecuted him for not obeying fast enough. That thug should be in prison.
Contrast with Elizabeth Warren helps Democrats see Obama’s right-wing nature.
How Bill Gates’s money was used to fund and organize “grass roots“ support for the Common Core. This makes me think of how Tea Party “grass roots” groups got funding from rich sponsors.
Citigroup will have to pay 7 billion dollars for misleading investors, but it’s not enough to discourage a repeat, and the executives responsible won’t be punished.
An interview with an Armenian former soldier who volunteered in Moscow to go to fight for the pro-Russian side in Ukraine.
The UK’s NHS is grudgingly rationing out hip replacement operations. I suppose this is because of the shortage of funds, by which the right wing want to make it so bad people will accept privatization.
Wild cheetahs are being wiped out by taking the cubs for pets.
The Obama regime argues in court that US companies must hand over foreign data to US courts regardless of foreign laws.
The UK government still officially has carbon emission reduction targets, but has ensured it will not meet them.
Israel accepted a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, but Hamas rejected it. Both Hamas and Israel had reasons to want some inconclusive fighting in Gaza Apparently Israel has had enough fighting to achieve its aims, while Hamas has not.
A Japanese artist has been arrested for distributing art: a 3D printer model for a boat designed from her vagina. She has campaigned for years to end the taboo on the image and even the word for “vagina”. I think sexual taboos, which censorship preserves, are the cause of many sexual obsessions and hatreds.
What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption.
Australia is holding a boatful of asylum seekers in prison on a ship.
The US government has too few meat inspectors, as part of the cockeyed plan to let companies inspect themselves.
The Citibank payment is peanuts compared to what it received in bailout funds.
US citizens: phone your congresscitter to support HCR 105 to remove all US troops from Iraq by the end of the year. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
Washington DC has banned styrofoam containers for food and drinks. As usual, plastic companies lobbied against this step forward. You would think that some stockholders would be wise enough to say, “People will always want plastic, and we can go along with selling it over a longer period of time to keep our rivers and […]
The US government aims to be omniscient and omnipotent. This makes its unquestioning supporters comparable to theocrats.
Florida’s Republicans drew congressional districts illegally to favor Republican candidates, but they hope it is too late to fix the problem for this year.
Joseph Stiglitz explains how the World Bank, IMF and WTO combined in the 90s to wreck countries’ economies, impoverish most people, and transfer their wealth to the international elite. Clearly this continues in recent times, as can be seen in austerity in Europe. Ukraine is now on the menu. RT has an obvious slant which […]
Nuclear weapons relate to global heating in a number of ways.
Abstinence-based sex-non-education is telling lies to keep virgins ill-informed; it puts them in danger. Les Liaisons Dangereuses described the results of this in 1782, so there is no excuse for ignorance.
Around half the children in India are stunted, as if they did not get enough food, because of exposure to germs from human excrement.
Non-star writers are paid very little by the existing copyright-based publishing system. In the UK, the median income for working authors is a pitiful 17,000 or 18,000 dollars a year. The existing copyright-based system mainly supports the publishing companies as well as the stars that have clout with them.
South Africa is on the verge of adopting a state secrecy bill that would force journalists to name their sources, and imprison whistleblowers. Following the unjust lead of the US.
The soccer world cup will leave Brazil saddled with a debt of perhaps 14 billion dollars. The world cup of soccer should no longer be given a tax exemption. I am not sure that change is sufficient to make the world cup cease to damage the host country. If you live in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, […]
Three Israelis have been charged with kidnaping and killing an Arab teenager. This is as it should be, but it is the exception. Israelis kill many Palestinians every year, and almost always have some sort of official cover that gives them impunity.
UK spy agencies have repeatedly bugged elected officials. They also have a big catalog of tools for distorting and sabotaging public activity on the internet.
Israeli bombing in Gaza has destroyed or damaged almost 1000 houses.
Missouri plans to execute a man convicted of murder disregarding evidence that he was probably innocent.
In advanced countries, with the exception of the US, strong unions correlate with high productivity. So don’t believe the executives when they claim that unions destroy productivity.
Ted Postol says that the Iron Dome missile interceptor nearly always fails to destroy the missile’s warhead.
US citizens: call on the US government to firmly oppose whaling.
The right-wing undermining of Britain’s NHS is increasing the time it takes for ambulances to reach people. The UK needs to increase taxes on the rich and on businesses so it can spend enough on the NHS.
US citizens: Support the bill to authorize Clean Energy Victory Bonds. Raising taxes on the rich would be better than borrowing money, but either one is a lot better than failing to promote clean energy.
Tepco continues building the “ice wall” to keep ground water away from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plants, despite various problems. What I don’t understand is why they want to use this untried method, rather than building a pair of solid concrete walls with a replaceable plastic filler between them.
Hachette put itself at Amazon’s mercy by insisting on Amazon DRM for ebooks.
British American Tobacco has tried to use its giant market power to blackmail a Ugandan MP who has sponsored a European-style bill to discourage smoking. This sort of blackmail is common, and it is one reason we need to break up large companies. If BAT were replaced by 50 companies, and the biggest of them […]
A California highway thug beat up a homeless woman who was walking by the side of a highway, but was recorded on video by a passing citizen. It is true we don’t know what they said to each other. So ask yourself, can you imagine anything she might possibly have said that would give a […]
Israel killed 50 more Palestinians in Gaza, including 22 from one family. Both Israel and Hamas desire fighting in Gaza for political reasons, expecting the situation to be unchanged when the fighting stops (except for the casualties).
Obama is trying to use the “state secrets” privilege to quash the case of a man who is suing to get off the “no fly” list. The “no fly” list is punishment without trial, obviously unconstitutional, but we can’t count on the pro-authoritarian US Supreme Court to care about this.
In a dangerous decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the state can order a suspect to decrypt files on his computer.
“Natural” disasters happen 5 times as often as they did in the 1970s, because now they are mainly artificial.
Reagan’s destruction of US antitrust law paved the way for consolidation in every industry, which transfers wealth to the new monopolies from everyone else.
An analysis of the development of the world’s global problems since 1945.
Protesters from a march in Paris, condemning Israel’s bombing of Gaza, tried to attack a synagogue. The people in the synagogue are not the ones launching the attack. They may not even support it. The standard Israeli way of dismissing all criticism of its occupation policies is to call it “antisemitism”. Apparently these protesters really […]
In UK, Big-Labor Strikes and Low-Wage Struggles Jockey for Future.
Drones are in use for private spying on behalf of idiotically jealous spouses. On occasion, these uses achieve a positive result, but I don’t think they should be permitted loosely.