The education system is due for a major paradigm shift. For too long, it has been stuck in the dark ages. Teachers still stand at the front of the classroom and deliver information, much of it meaningless in the whole scheme of things. Schools encourage competition, conformity, obedience and standardization, while also engaging in the […]
Dr Kelly Neff, The Lucid Planet For thousands of years, ancient traditions have encouraged a variety of meditation techniques to calm the mind and relax the body. I began meditating during an incredible tumultuous time in my life. I was suffering through personal and relational turmoil, and was struggling with massive amounts of anxiety caused by […]
US citizens: call on the Senate to block the Republican ban on some abortions.
The Obama regime is stirring up fear again, while trying to get the PAT RIOT Act renewed. It is using generalized fear to make the US a nation of snitches.
US citizens: call on the US to ban use of glyphosate on federal land.
Texas is considering a bill to require thugs to get a warrant for body cavity searches, so they can’t arbitrarily do this to people at traffic stops.
US citizens: call on Obama to reroute shipping in California to protect whales.
Making the Labour Party good for something depends on bottom-up community organizing. Acting like a right-wing party produces a right-wing party. Perhaps instead of revitalizing the Labour Party, Britons should go Green.
US citizens: call on Congress to respect Washington, DC’s law against discrimination based on abortion, contraception, and pregnancy.
6000 boat people have been denied entry to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. This reminds me of what happened to a shipful of Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis trying to escape Germany in 1939.
US citizens: phone your senators to oppose reauthorization of parts of the PAT RIOT Act.
US citizens: support the Community Broadband Act.
Edward Snowden’s most famous leak is now vindicated by the appeals court which ruled that his revelation was a violation of constitutional order. I didn’t need an appeals court to recognize that Snowden is a hero.
Indonesia requires female recruits to the military to be virgins, on the bizarre grounds that non-virgins have “bad mentality”. Strangely, Indonesia makes no attempt to determine whether male soldiers are virgins. I wonder what sort of “bad mentality” they think goes with having sex.
US citizens: help stop the TPP in the House of Representatives.
The Cult of Youth Cheats Young And Old Alike. Let’s Reclaim Adulthood.
Part of the army of Burundi held a coup to stop the president from ending constitutional government. I expect that neither side is acting in accord with the constitution, but there is no way to follow the constitution. Now the two sides are in heavy combat.
Everyone: call on the Associated Press to stop calling global heating denialists “skeptics”.
Duke Energy’s record fine, for pollution by coal ash, is still not enough to deter further crimes.
For Qatar’s Foreign Workers, Global Scrutiny Is Working — to a Point. This example of a country without labor laws shows why we need them.
Washington State is being hit by drought along with California; agriculture is at risk.
A Tory-chosen economist proposes to pay pharma companies a bonus for developing new antibiotics. It is worth spending our money on developing new antibiotics, provided we make sure they won’t be ruined soon by feeding them to animals as a default practice. However, the method proposed is simultaneously a system for subsidizing big businesses wastefully. […]
US citizens: state your support for Bernie Sanders for president.
We have seen details about many NSA massive surveillance programs, but adding them up to get an overall picture is difficult. Most Americans still don’t realize how far the NSA has gone.
The US Senate turned around and allowed “fast track” to pass. Apparently some senators wanted to claim they tried to defeat the TPP while actually surrendering to it.
US citizens: call on Congress to pass the KOCH Act.
In housing for old people, residents hide developing impairments from fear the staff will take away their autonomy. Those who can still take care of themselves are terrified of being labeled as “memory impaired”, and tend to shun those who are closer to death as if fearing magical contagion. I sympathize totally with the former. […]
Facebook threatens to take control of how suckers read news and other publications.
Facebook’s corporate-only news feed both directs users away from independent ournalism and tracks their reading.
The name “heartbleed“ was coined as a PR move by a company closely related to Microsoft . Apparently the PR goal was to direct special public attention to one of the many bugs discovered each year in various programs, free or nonfree.
Californians are pouring scorn on rich water-wasters . The spirit of plutocracy is that the rich should not have to share the sacrifices imposed on society by their expensive life styles. In 40 or 80 years, the plutocrats will try to buy their way out of the problems that their fossil fuel policies are causing.
Two Palestinians who had fled Syria were trapped in Dubai airport as no country would let them in.
US railroads, including Amtrak, have lobbied hard to avoid implementing automatic control of train speeds . I will not support campaigns to increase Amtrak’s funding while Amtrak continues to demand ID from passengers.
The thug that shot Tony Robinson will not face charges . He says that Robinson attacked him with fists and he was afraid of losing consciousness, and that he had been informed that Robinson was intoxicated.
The copyright industry gained very little benefit from shutting down a forbidden sharing site in 2011. Mostly, the public had less access to published works for a while, until replacement sites arose. The article uses propaganda terms such as “pirate” and “consume“ that we should avoid.
Banning mobile phones in school seems to help students succeed in school , especially those from disadvantageous backgrounds.
The Larsen B ice shelf is expected to break up by 2020 . This will remove an obstacle that slows the flow of ice from the nearby land-based ice sheet into the ocean, and that will lead to faster loss of ice — faster sea level rise.
The UK’s right-wing government plans to end the overt subsidy for wind power. No doubt they will say that subsidies distort markets, but preventing worldwide disaster justifies a lot more subsidy than now. Meanwhile, they show no sign of ending the much bigger subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy , which distort markets too.
The US refuses to recognize that its bombing of PISSI kills civilians . That sort of denial breeds hatred, and it isn’t necessary.
Nepal has been very effective at blocking poaching of rhinos. The population has increased for 10 years. I fear that poachers will take advantage of the distraction of the earthquake to come back in.
The EU has a “research” fund that subsidizes coal mining, about 15 million dollars a year.
30,000 people in Detroit face homelessness because they have not paid taxes on their houses. Unlike companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google, these people don’t pay because they are poor, which is why the state of Michigan is cracking down on them.
Canada has let tar sands oil override its previous pledges to reduce greenhouse gas.
In the UK, you can divest from fossil fuels by moving your money out of the five big banks. In the US, people moved money out of the big banks after they caused the financial crisis. It’s still a good idea to do that.
At the site of the big spill, an area of sea floor is covered by a two-inch blanket of oil . It’s going to stay there for a long time. Microbes consumed 5/6 of the big spill. What’s left spill is the part that was too toxic for microbes, mixed with corexit making it even […]
India’s “labor reforms” show how far neoliberals really want to go: restricting unions, allowing gender discrimination, legalizing child labor . This goes with attacking NGOs that stand against abusive practices.
Counting the cost of America’s wars usually doesn’t consider the hundreds of thousands of soldiers disabled by wounds, and more hundreds of thousands driven half-mad by their experiences.
Colombia will stop spraying glyphosate to kill coca plants.
Wyoming has made it a crime to collect a sample of pollution, or even take a photo of it, to show to a government agency. This is typical of laws adopted by plutocratist politicians. They don’t make any sense except as a reinforcement of illegitimate rule. The first one I know of was the DMCA, […]
The president of Burundi, who has staged a sort of coup himself, defeated the military coup attempt to remove him.
Greenland’s glaciers are flowing faster — increased crevasses demonstrate how much faster.
Thugs in Minneapolis pepper sprayed protesters without warning , which is something thugs do. This time, one of the protesters was 10 years old, so people are noticing.
Former President Morsi has been sentenced to death . It is not clear these charges even make any sense. What does it mean to accuse the president of “espionage”? But that’s Egypt for you: people can be sentenced to death for just about anything.
Climate scientists have been intimidated by denialist campaigns into presenting facts as uncertain.
GCHQ was being sued by victims of computer intrusion, so the UK government passed a law to retroactively legalize that .
US private water companies are seeking an excuse to raise rates in the continuing bad economy and government situation. I think governments should raise water rates to businesses, including farms and bottlers. Just not to poor people.
California proposes to review “computer crime”, inviting thugs, prosecutors and businesses only.
Canada’s plutocratic government is extending copyright on musical recordings as a rider in a spending bill , with no public consultation. Plutocracy means businesses pull the strings and the state obeys. Plutocracy is not a legitimate system of government.
Global heating in the upper troposphere has been found, as predicted .
Facebook wants to give millions of poor people access to a small part of the internet . The danger of such censorship (and tracking, since it doesn’t include access to a VPN) is more important than any good of giving people internet access sooner. (They will get access by and by.)
When Australia sends refugees to imprisonment in Nauru, their conditions are atrocious . Their toilets and water supplies are so far away that those who are pregnant can’t walk that far. Some of them may be pregnant because they were raped by the prison guards.
Facebook is under legal pressure in Europe for its practices of tracking people’s browsing through Like buttons.
A judge ruled that US agents can’t search a computer without a warrant just because its owner is near a border or flying out of the US.
Monsanto, a giant seed company, wants to merge with Syngenta, a giant pesticide company. This shows an inadequacy in today’s antitrust law. A merger of large companies can be very harmful when the companies make coordinated products rather than competing products. The state should forbid such mergers.
The US seizes prescription of records of hundreds of people at a time to fish for something to charge them with.
30 years ago, thugs in Philadelphia dropped a firebomb on the home of a radical black group called Move, then chose to allow the whole block to burn down. 250 people, mostly or all blacks, were left homeless.
Death of bee colonies is at peak levels again in the US, and ominously many colonies died last summer when they would normally thrive.
Arresting people for being homeless, or for doing things homeless people must do, turns out to be very expensive as well as cruel and unjust.
The UK’s new government is planning tyrannical measures to repress opinions that are “anti-democratic“ and/or “spread hatred”. I wonder whether that will include condemnation of “democratically“ imposed austerity and hatred of tax-dodgers. Would UK Uncut’s protests be banned, and its leaders forbidden to speak in public?
US citizens: protect marine mammals by supporting a ban on driftnets on the West Coast.
French President Hollande acknowledges France has a debt to Haiti because France demanded Haiti pay dearly for ending slavery and colonization.
A school for doing sex well has opened in — of all places — Kyrgyzstan.
A black man who tried to use a gun to fight off robbers made the mistake of calling 911. A thug came and shot him, because their standard assumption is that a black man with a gun must be a criminal. I expect that the thug perceived a black man with a gun as a […]
Torture Still Routine in Chinese Jails, says Human Rights Watch. I wish the US were in a position to criticize this with moral authority.
The “luckwarmers” accept that humans are causing global heating, but want to bet civilization’s future on the chance that it won’t be as bad as it appears. It is a mistake to compare these postures with personal grief. These people are not acting out of a sense of loss. The loss has not yet occurred, […]
The US is facing criticism of its human rights record in a periodic UN review.
Nauru, where Australia has forcibly sent refugees, is planning to make protesting a crime. The conditions of their exile give them a lot to protest about.
The US must convert its decaying suburbs into more like the newly desirable cities.
Under Bernie Sanders’ proposed socialist policies, the US would be in danger of becoming like Scandinavia. Look how bad that would be.
Cuts in support for the disabled make them more disabled — it can take away their ability to leave the house, or even to leave the bed.
Whistleblowers’ evidence shows that ALEC is violating tax law by pretending to be a charity. Will the IRS prosecute?
Europe is considering a ground intervention in Libya to block smuggling of people from there to Europe. It will be hard getting approval of the two competing governments of Libya, which are in civil war.
The City of Portland has killed a fracked gas export terminal. They will look for other places to put it, and other terminals are planned.
Israelis of Ethiopian descent protested after thugs beat up one of them (a soldier, as it happened), and the thugs attacked them violently. Apparently racism against blacks in Israel is comparable to that in the US.
The continuing drought in Queensland (the northernmost part of Australia) is even bigger than it was a year ago.
The House of Representatives passed a weak NSA reform bill which is far less than what is needed.
Conscientious objectors in South Korea face persecution.
Bernie Sanders challenges Clinton on the TPP and global heating.
The journalist that revealed torture in Angola is being prosecuted for libel. To make libel a crime is prima facie injustice. The US also jails people for revealing US torture practices, such as John Kiriakou.
The ACLU’s court victory against NSA’s massive phone surveillance was an incremental step forward, but decided only parts of the issue. Ending this kind of surveillance will depend on Congress to let that part of the PAT RIOT Act expire. Meanwhile, there are many other surveillance systems and more are being created.
Labour basically accepted Tory austerity plans aside from a few details, so there was little reason to support it.
Hawaiians are protesting the construction of another large telescope on Mauna Kea. The article claims that astronomers have “expressed doubts about the project”, but these doubts are not about its merit. Some scientists feel they should cater to religion. I don’t agree: advancing real knowledge is more important.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Added Hidden Fees to Hospital Claims, thus defrauding its clients.
Focus can be like a cheating friend. You want it to be there for you all the time, but when you need it most, it betrays you leaving you lost and confused. If only we had control over focus. Sometimes, it seems to have a mind and moods of its own. Is there are way to […]
Claire Bernish, The Anti-Media In the worst colony die-off in nine years, American beekeepers lost 42.1% of their hives since April 2014, with the heaviest loss occurring in summer — a fact that has alarmed entomologists. As part of an annual survey in partnership with the US Dept of Agriculture, beekeepers reported that over two in five […]
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch Would you buy shoes or clothes made from trash that is recovered from the ocean? Adidas has partnered with Parley for the Oceans to develop materials made from ocean plastic waste to use in its products starting in 2016. The sportswear giant will also phase out plastic bags in its 2,900 retail stores around the world. Parley for the Oceans is […]
Thugs present a possibly imaginary medical condition, “excited delirium”, as an excuse for the death of prisoners. Even if “excited delirium” is real, it is quite likely that the taser contributed to her death.
PISSI is close to capturing Palmyra , which it would then destroy.
Online Voting Is Convenient, But If the Results Aren’t Verifiable It’s Not Worth The Risk . Simply using computers for voting is already unsafe ; to even consider doing it over the internet is the work of clowns.
US politicians, to give more money to rich idlers, want to cut support for poor people that work (or can’t find work, or are disabled).
A US government agency acknowledged that the war in Afghanistan is not going to end in the foreseeable future.
When non-rich vote for the right-wing, they are “turkeys voting for Christmas” (or, in the US, for Thanksgiving, which is when we tend to eat turkeys in the US). The article also shows , almost without intending to, a crucial part of why they do this: right-wingers in control of the state have done them harm […]
Michael McAlister has been pardoned and will not be imprisoned for life as a “sex offender” for the rape it is established he didn’t commit. He was caught in a loophole where he couldn’t be freed unless he confessed to the crime.
Texas Republicans think poor people should feel ashamed of getting a subsidy for health insurance. It’s the Texas Republicans who should feel ashamed of wanting to make poor people sick or dead.
Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight It.
Thousands of people have signed a petition asking to include northern England in an independent Scotland. Does this make sense? It wouldn’t be Scotland any more, if it included part of England. I wonder if people in southern England would also prefer to be part of Scotland. This demonstrates the idiocy of the “English identity” […]
The Free Software Foundation is looking for possible candidates for a deputy director.
Google and the movie and record companies work together to automatically enforce false copyright infringement claims ; one victim is suing.
The Australian government is frantically trying to stop Unesco from recognizing how its policies threaten the Great Barrier Reef.
John Deere Clarifies: It’s Trying To Abuse Copyright Law To Stop You From Owning Your Own Tractor , Because It Cares About You.
Americans spend 70 billion dollars a year on lotteries , a tremendous waste, and half of it comes from people who can’t afford it. You can think of the lotteries as a “tax on stupidity”, but it really is more like “encouragement of bad decisions”. States use lotteries to raise money because there is resistance […]
Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental disorder in the United States? In fact, 40 million adults (or 18% of the population) suffer from this disorder. Social anxiety holds a special place in this list, affecting 15 million people or 6.8% of the population. If we delve into the causes of this phenomenon, […]
Peter Gray, Ph.D., Guest, Waking Times Forced education interferes with children’s abilities to educate themselves. In my last post I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable. I said, several times: “School is prison.” I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone I […]
The US college class of 2015 is the most indebted ever, but that record will surely fall a year from now to the class of 2016.
Former ministers of EU countries called for stronger measures to pressure Israel and the Palestinians to make peace. Each side should be pressured when it rejects peace. The best part is that they dismiss the pretense that Netanyahu negotiates sincerely for peace.
The Canadian company that wanted to run a mine in El Salvador, which was blocked because it might pollute the country’s main water supply, is suing in an international kangaroo court established by a corporate power treaty. A delegation of Salvadoreans is visiting Canada to teach them about how dangerous this is for all countries […]
A teacher brings his students to visit a prison, one of the few that still allow visits. The long-term and harsh prisons are so cruel that they don’t want anyone outside the system to see what they are like.
U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Scathing Judgment Against Big Hospital Chain, Ordering CHS to Repay Union Costs for “Willful” Failure to Bargain with RNs.
In 2012, Shell tried to drill in Arctic waters and is safety equipment (among others) malfunctioned. It is not much better now.
Detroit’s imposed, nondemocratic government is planning to cut off water for 25,000 people who are too poor to pay their water bills. The city demands that they pay even more to avoid a shutoff, which evidently they can’t do.
Many of the NSA’s Loudest Defenders Have Financial Ties to NSA Contractors.
The Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya faces imminent demolition as part of Israel’s campaign of ethnic cleansing of the land near the Jordan River.
Washington State has required thugs to get a warrant before they can use a stingray cell phone detection and attack device. Note that they can also get the location data of cell phones from the phone company.
Several Israeli army policies combined to guarantee killing lots of civilians in Gaza. For instance, after they dropped leaflets on a large area, they presumed that anyone left there was an enemy combatant — never mind that that wasn’t true. And once the “target bank was depleted”, their policy automatically called for firing closer to […]
DEA agents took $16,000 in cash from a black teenager who was heading to LA to make a music video with it. The DEA says it presumes “the money is guilty”. Money is not a moral actor; it can’t be guilty of anything. It is the person whose money they took that they treated as […]
A Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem reports on what it’s like to be arrested “by mistake” while covering a protest. It’s even worse than in the US.
Verizon’s Just the Latest Big Evil Media Conglomerate Waiting to Happen.
In Iowa, a pipeline company is facing opposition which is promoting a law to stop the company from using eminent domain.
Kayla Matthews, Natural Society First, let’s set the record straight by saying that sugar in and of itself isn’t evil, per se. It occurs naturally in plenty of foods, including fruits and milk. With that being said, adding excess sugar to your dietary intake simply isn’t necessary. In fact, you’ll notice numerous positive things happen when you […]
The concept of biofuel is becoming more and more popular along with the growing awareness of the global energy issues. Thus, many companies and research institutes all over the world are working on the development of sustainable fuel from all kinds of organic components, from vegetable oil to algae. According to a press release from Washington […]
All our experiences in life are reflected back into the different aspects of Self — the physical, mental, energetic and spiritual. All these ‘domains’ are in confluence with each other, meaning that what is happening in one effects the others in some way or another. There is an interdependency between these aspects of Self and […]
Bangladeshi Atheist blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was stabbed to death by a gang of masked men.
Protection of green sea turtles in Florida has been a great success, but it took decades, since those turtles take 40 years to mature.
US citizens: call for a ban on oil tank cars that easily catch fire.
An anti-austerity group plans a summer of protests in London.
The appeals court’s rejection of the NSA’s massive collection of phone call records also endorses fundamental arguments of the opposition to the “we can collect anything and everything” stance of the Obama regime.
The UK government plans to reject European human rights principles.
We Need a Full, Transparent Review of the US Targeted Killing Program. Alas, I think a panel appointed by Obama will be a whitewash.
The Oil Industry Is Pumping Toxic Chemicals Into California’s Aquifers.
UK Labour was defeated because instead of having a vision of a country that offers everyone a decent life, it chased after the label of “center”.
Satellite measurements show that West Antarctica is losing ice faster than previously believed.