Obama nominates another bankster

November 24, 2014

Obama pro­posed a bankster to be the Under­sec­re­tary for Domes­tic Finance, and Eliz­a­beth War­ren came out swing­ing against him.

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Walmart workers plan strikes



Wal­mart work­ers plan strikes and protests on the day that fool­ish Amer­i­cans typ­i­cally start shop­ping for manda­tory Christ­mas presents. Since they are look­ing for sup­port from the pub­lic, I sug­gest that peo­ple participate.

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Algorithmic decision making



Algo­rith­mic deci­sion mak­ing is lead­ing to many strange kinds of trou­bles caused by mis­taken identity.

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Chilean officers sentenced for torture



The Chilean offi­cers that tor­tured Alberto Bachelet and his daugh­ter (now pres­i­dent) have been sen­tenced to prison.

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Phone companies trying to force VOIP



US phone com­pa­nies are try­ing to push cus­tomers off the supe­rior cop­per cables onto VOIP, by refus­ing to main­tain the cop­per cables. The idea of requir­ing the VOIP replace­ment to be improved before forc­ing the changeover is not suf­fi­cient. VOIP is inher­ently less reli­able as well as sub­ject­ing peo­ple to dig­i­tal monkeybusiness.

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Australian public broadcasting attacked



The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment is attack­ing pub­lic broad­cast­ing for not being right-wing.

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Attacks on whistleblowers



Whistle­blow­ers are repeat­edly sub­ject to dis­hon­est retal­i­a­tion and false accu­sa­tions by those in power whose errors or crimes have been exposed.

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Altruism



Exper­i­men­tal sub­jects paid more to pro­tect strangers from elec­tric shocks than to pro­tect them­selves from shocks. The arti­cle ends with a very good refu­ta­tion of one of the typ­i­cal fal­la­cious cyn­i­cal attacks against altruism.

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Global heating “lake effect”



Global heat­ing means big snow loads from the “lake effect”.

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Orders against reporting on sexual abuse



UK news­pa­pers were ordered not to report on sex­ual abuse by politi­cians, and the records of these orders appear to have been destroyed, or else the orders were fake. Either way, it is very fishy.

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Obama authorizes fighting in Afghanistan



Obama has autho­rized remain­ing US troops in Afghanistan to con­tinue fight­ing the Tal­iban directly, hop­ing peo­ple won’t notice.

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Free scientific publication



The Gates Foun­da­tion has insisted on free sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tion for research it sup­ports. They use the term “open access”; I think that term is mis­guided because it tends to lead peo­ple in the direc­tion of weaker posi­tions than this. For­tu­nately the Gates Foun­da­tion over­came the weak­ness of the term itself, and took a strong stand. […]

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Occupy London protesters return



Occupy Lon­don pro­test­ers are return­ing to Par­lia­ment Square.

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Gun carrying and crime



A new study finds that allow­ing peo­ple in gen­eral to carry guns leads to more crime, in the US.

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Nonviolent Resistance defeating Mafia



United non­vi­o­lent resis­tance is defeat­ing the Mafia pro­tec­tion racket in Sicily.

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Man to be executed despite botched trial



Robert Holsey is set to be exe­cuted, and the state of Geor­gia doesn’t care that his defense team was non­func­tional because its leader was drunk. The death penalty is wrong even if the crim­i­nal has com­pe­tent defense lawyers. This case points rather at the will­ing­ness of the US legal sys­tem to insist on uphold­ing decisions […]

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Haitian opposition march attacked

November 23, 2014

A Hait­ian oppo­si­tion march was attacked by sup­port­ers of the pres­i­dent, who was imposed by the US through a twisted election.

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How US mainstream media promote escalation of war



An exam­ple of how US main­stream media pro­mote esca­la­tion of war against PISSI. Exam­ples of how they pro­mote the Key­stone XL planet-roaster pipeline. When they do acknowl­edge the real argu­ment against the pipeline, next they claim it’s impos­si­ble to stop the extrac­tion of tar sands oil. “Stop resist­ing, you can’t win” has been used against every […]

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Thugs spying on journalists



When Police Spy on Jour­nal­ists Like Me, Free­dom Is at Risk.

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Jewish Voice for Peace mourns



Jew­ish Voice for Peace mourns the Jew­ish and Pales­tin­ian casu­al­ties of indi­vid­ual vio­lence in Israel and Palestine.

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Justice not expected in Ferguson



It’s a rare moment in the US when black vic­tims get jus­tice for the vio­lence of whites.

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Urgent: Protect bees



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to make sure the pol­li­na­tor health task force takes suf­fi­cient mea­sures to truly pro­tect bees.

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Public interest defence



GCHQ Whistle­blower Calls for Pub­lic Inter­est Defence.

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Urgent: US border patrol agents



US cit­i­zens: Call for estab­lish­ment of a clear and prac­ti­cal way to report abuses by US bor­der patrol agents.

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40 years of wrongful imprisonment



Two men in Ohio spent 40 years in prison because thugs bul­lied a teenager into tes­ti­fy­ing against them. At least they weren’t executed.

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Six Vital Steps to Protect Earth



Six Vital Steps World Lead­ers Must Agree to Take to Pro­tect Earth. Here’s what the agree­ment needs to do and why.

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Many US cities similar to Ferguson



Many US cities arrest blacks far more often than whites. Fer­gu­son is not the worst.

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FISA Judge on mass surveillance



FISA Judge To Yahoo (in 2008): If US Cit­i­zens Don’t Know They’re Being Sur­veilled, There’s No Harm.

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The Destructive God That Can Never Be Appeased



Growth: The Destruc­tive God That Can Never Be Appeased.

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Environmental catastrophes



You might think that human­ity won’t wake up to the dan­gers of global heat­ing and extinc­tion until it sees cat­a­stro­phes, but the cat­a­stro­phes are already hap­pen­ing, and the only awak­en­ing is by busi­nesses that want to abol­ish envi­ron­men­tal regulations.

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Car tracking



Many car com­pa­nies now make cars that track where they go. The com­pa­nies are try­ing to make this accept­able with weak promises about what they will do with the data. Those poli­cies are irrel­e­vant because real pro­tec­tion for the driver’s pri­vacy con­sists of not track­ing the car in the first place. If you own a […]

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The last remaining “Angola 3″



The last remain­ing “Angola 3″ pris­oner had his con­vic­tion over­turned, but the state may appeal this deci­sion to keep him in prison more years until he dies. Regard­less of the issues of his guilt and his trial, keep­ing any­one in soli­tary con­fine­ment for so long amounts to brainwashing.

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Iran’s destruction of environment



Iran has worked around west­ern sanc­tions at the cost of destroy­ing its envi­ron­ment. The result is dust storms.

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Ambient” computing



Always-listening, always-watching com­put­ers are sup­pos­edly meant to serve peo­ple, but when they’re full of non­free soft­ware they are actu­ally tools to sub­ju­gate people.

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US abortion doctors on harassment and restrictions



US abor­tion doc­tors say the harass­ment and restric­tions are the worst they have ever seen.

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Transitory copies illegal under TPP



A sub­tle point in the TPP would make tran­si­tory copies (such as load­ing a pro­gram into mem­ory to run it) copy­right infringement.

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Urgent: Boycott Amazon



Every­one: sign up to boy­cott Ama­zon. I gave this as my addi­tional state­ment. There are addi­tional rea­sons to refuse to buy from Ama­zon. It keeps a data­base of what peo­ple buy, and does not accept cash. Ama­zon ebooks are a sur­veil­lance sys­tem and Ama­zon can erase them remotely: see stallman.org/ebooks.pdf. See also stallman.org/amazon.html for more […]

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Paid global heating denialists



A movie exposes the meth­ods of the paid global heat­ing denialists.

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NSA data center water supply



Utah’s leg­is­la­ture pro­poses to shut off the water sup­ply to the NSA’s data center.

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Ceasing to feel ashamed of accusing men of rape



Amer­i­can women are ceas­ing to feel ashamed of accus­ing men of rap­ing them. The idea of being ashamed of being assaulted in any fash­ion makes no moral sense to me. I can only under­stand it intel­lec­tu­ally. It was com­mon to for fam­i­lies to despise women who were raped, along with women who had sex without […]

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A carbon tax bill



Sen­a­tors have intro­duced a car­bon tax bill. This has no chance of pass­ing, but intro­duc­ing it is at least a political step.

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Walmart electricity from coal



Wal­mart pre­tends to be try­ing to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment, but it gets its elec­tric­ity from coal.

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Useful Idiots in the Digital Age



Are “We the Peo­ple” Use­ful Idiots in the Digital Age?

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Surveillance in Latin America

November 22, 2014

New Report Finds Lit­tle Over­sight of Sur­veil­lance, Intel­li­gence Agen­cies in Latin America.

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Creating competition between ISPs



A pro­posal: instead of net­work neu­tral­ity reg­u­la­tion, cre­ate a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket for ISPs. Caus­ing com­pe­ti­tion between ISPs is a good idea, but I would not trust that to replace net­work neu­tral­ity. Four com­peti­tors are too few to make a truly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. And even com­pa­nies in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket impose nasty terms on cus­tomers. Consider […]

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UK journalists sue thugs for spying



UK jour­nal­ists are suing the thugs for spy­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally on them as they cov­ered protests. Thugs have long regarded democ­racy as their enemy; what is new is to have proof.

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Cystic fibrosis treatment patents



The Cys­tic Fibro­sis Foun­da­tion helped develop a treat­ment, then sold its share of the patent rights to a com­pany that is charg­ing almost $400,000 per year. Most of the patients can’t afford that. Other coun­tries’ national health sys­tems will nego­ti­ate a price that will prob­a­bly be far lower. US law, paid for by Big Pharma, […]

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US firms enabling surveillance



U.S. Firms Accused of Enabling Sur­veil­lance in Despotic Cen­tral Asian Regimes.

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North Dakota’s public bank



North Dakota’s pub­lic bank is more prof­itable than US pri­vate banks. The oil boom in North Dakota is not an occa­sion for human­ity to rejoice, given the grave dan­ger it con­tributes to. But that is orthog­o­nal to the mer­its of a public bank.

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Preventing youths from going to Syria



Aarhus has an inter­est­ing per­sonal active approach towards peo­ple return­ing from fight­ing in Syria, which seems to have been effec­tive at pre­vent­ing more youths from going there. Mean­while, the UK plans a sys­tem of inter­nal exile for such people.

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Guantanamo force feeding



The Amer­i­can Nurs­ing Asso­ci­a­tion has given its sup­port to a Guan­tanamo nurse who faces a mil­i­tary trial for refus­ing to par­tic­i­pate in force feeding.

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UK tax give-aways to businesses



The UK gov­ern­ment is los­ing bil­lions of pounds by not keep­ing track of tax give-aways to busi­nesses. This while they nickle-and-dime the unem­ployed and dis­abled into homelessness.

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Harvard students sue Harvard



Har­vard stu­dents have sued Har­vard for mis­man­ag­ing the school’s endow­ment by invest­ing it in fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies. These com­pa­nies’ value is inflated by the car­bon bub­ble, which has to pop some day.

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Brutal attack by Brisbane thugs



Thugs in Bris­bane, where the G20 meet­ing was held, bru­tally attacked a man with no legs. They will prob­a­bly claim he was try­ing to run away. Of course, the thugs accused the man of var­i­ous crimes. I am skeptical.

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Global heating costs



Rich coun­tries have not pledged enough to do the job of help­ing poor coun­tries cope with the effects of global heat­ing. But it is a hope­less job, because the costs will go up each decade. If we don’t stop the heat­ing, sooner or later the poor coun­tries will be over­whelmed, fol­lowed by the rich countries.

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Cover-up of JP Morgan’s crimes



Alayne Fleis­chmann has gone pub­lic about how JP Mor­gan and Attor­ney Gen­eral Holder con­spired to cover up JP Morgan’s crimes. She offered her tes­ti­mony sev­eral times, but they worked together to stop this from com­ing out in court and to avoid really pun­ish­ing the bank. It should be noted that “secu­ri­ti­za­tion” of home mort­gages is a […]

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Menlo Park’s license plate cameras



Menlo Park’s license plate cam­eras recorded car license plates 263,000 times in a few months. Just one of them helped solve a crime. All the rest were mas­sive gen­eral sur­veil­lance. The ques­tion of cost is a side issue; what’s wrong here is injustice.

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Working as banker encourages dishonesty



Bankers, after being led to think about their work, become more likely to cheat than peo­ple in gen­eral. In other words, it’s not that bankers are inher­ently dis­hon­est but rather than work­ing as a banker encour­ages dishonesty.

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Urgent: Block the Keystone XL pipeline



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to block the Key­stone XL pipeline.

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US government torture



US offi­cials refused to explain to the Com­mit­tee Against Tor­ture why nobody was pros­e­cuted for US gov­ern­ment torture.

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Violation of US election laws

November 21, 2014

Repub­li­cans used Twit­ter to dis­guise their vio­la­tion of US election laws.

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Urgent: Amend the constitution



US cit­i­zens: sign this peti­tion to amend the con­sti­tu­tion to stop the rich from using their money to dom­i­nate US elections.

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How weak is the USA Freedom Act?



The weak­ened USA Free­dom Act is so weak that Obama plans to revive it.

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Frackers pollute clean aquifers



Frack­ers pol­luted clean aquifers in Cal­i­for­nia with frack­ing waste water.

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Australia’s government



Australia’s gov­ern­ment has sunk to shame­less self-contradiction.

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North Korea threatens to throw tantrum



A UN agency called for pros­e­cu­tion of North Korea’s ruler in the Inter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court. North Korea responded by threat­en­ing to throw a tantrum. This UN move was entirely jus­ti­fied, but I wish it would go after the even more fla­grant human rights vio­la­tors such as Bush II.

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Thugs attack Ferguson protesters



Thugs attacked pro­test­ers in Fer­gu­son already, after cre­at­ing pre­texts, although the deci­sion on pros­e­cut­ing Michael Brown’s killer has not been announced.

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Unemployment insurance



Refut­ing the claim that unem­ploy­ment insur­ance causes unem­ploy­ment: a study shows it is mostly false. Note that the claim really argues for lower wages; but US wages for many jobs are not enough to live on, so they must be raised. The US has many other poli­cies that dis­cour­age employ­ment, which we should change. For […]

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Abortion experiences



Women are speak­ing about their abor­tion expe­ri­ences to counter the harass­ment against women who have abor­tions. If any­thing, it’s not abort­ing a preg­nancy that raises ques­tions as the human pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to grow.

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The Hunger Games



In teenage girls’ fas­ci­na­tion for the Hunger Games, they show a form of polit­i­cal matu­rity. The world of The Hunger Games is a pro­jec­tion of today’s starve-the-poor plu­toc­racy. It’s much worse than today’s USA, but the Amer­ica of 2100 might be even worse. If glob­al­ized man­u­fac­tur­ing col­lapses, we might be left with noth­ing but low-tech.

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The arrest warrant against Assange



The Swedish appeals court did not can­cel the arrest war­rant against Julian Assange, but pres­sured the pros­e­cu­tors to accept his invi­ta­tion to ques­tion him in the Ecuado­rian embassy. If the Swedish pros­e­cu­tors were really con­cerned about the sex­ual alle­ga­tions against Assange, they would inter­view him in the embassy so as to advance that case and […]

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UK spending cuts



UK spend­ing cuts have reduced tax income and caused a fresh bud­get deficit. The insane rem­edy is to cut spend­ing more, and never mind that it has failed in its osten­si­ble goal, because the real goal is to reduce work­ers to desperation.

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Uber executive threatens journalist



Jour­nal­ist Sarah Lacy writes about how an Uber exec­u­tive said he would pun­ish her crit­i­cal jour­nal­ism by using lies to smear her fam­ily life. It was the cul­mi­na­tion of years of con­tempt for the company’s dri­vers and pas­sen­gers. By the way, I don’t see any­thing wrong in offer­ing taxi rides dri­ven by attrac­tive mod­els of […]

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Defeat of the USA Freedom Act

November 20, 2014

The defeat of the USA Free­dom Act could, iron­i­cally, back­fire and abol­ish part of the PAT RIOT act, reduc­ing mass sur­veil­lance even more. How­ever, we need more than just to abol­ish the PAT RIOT Act, since that per­tains only to cer­tain meth­ods of mas­sive sur­veil­lance. http://gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html.

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Rise in homeless children in US



2.5 mil­lion chil­dren in the US were home­less at some time in 2013. That’s up 8% from the previous year.

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Urgent: Cancel wolf-killing competition



US cit­i­zens: call on the Sec­re­tary of the Inte­rior to can­cel a wolf-killing competition.

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What Ferguson thugs might plausibly do



Ten ille­gal attacks on pro­test­ers that thugs in Fer­gu­son might plausibly do.

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Former KGB running Russia



Under Putin, the for­mer KGB now runs Rus­sia and has returned to actively harass­ing and intim­i­dat­ing jour­nal­ists and dis­si­dents. By con­trast the US style of mas­sive sur­veil­lance is done qui­etly, so peo­ple don’t real­ize how much they are being tracked. Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy means that both the US and Rus­sia have a higher level of general […]

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Fracking plans in national forest



The US plans to allow frack­ing in the George Wash­ing­ton National Forest.

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Financialization of rental residences



Finan­cial­iza­tion of rental res­i­dences means that peo­ple live in finan­cial instruments.

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Cheap substitute for feminism



Try­ing to silence indi­vid­u­als con­sid­ered misog­y­nist has become a sub­sti­tute for cam­paign­ing to change sex­ist institutions.

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Big companies paying CEOs more than taxes



Many big US com­pa­nies pay their CEOs more than they pay in taxes. When Mega Cor­po­ra­tions Get Mega Tax Breaks, We All Pay.

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Netanyahu plans “harsh” retaliation



Netanyahu plans a “harsh“ retal­i­a­tion to the mur­der of 5 Israelis. This harsh­ness will be on top of the harsh­ness of decades of Israeli occu­pa­tion. The killers were retal­i­at­ing for a much larger set of mur­ders and other crimes com­mit­ted against Pales­tini­ans by Israelis, together with per­sis­tent oppres­sion. Retal­i­at­ing against them with addi­tional crimes (house […]

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Arbitrary conditions imposed by hotel



A hotel charged guests extra, on their credit card, for post­ing a bad review of the hotel. The hotel claimed it was enti­tled to charge them because it had put that in the con­tract guests are made to sign. I sup­pose most guests don’t read the con­tract; but if they did, hav­ing arrived and with […]

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Voter disenfranchisement lists



Secret dis­en­fran­chise­ment lists denied Democ­rats 4% of the vote, and enabled the Repub­li­cans to steal con­trol of the senate.

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Illinois minimum wage



The Illi­nois leg­is­la­ture is con­sid­er­ing rais­ing the min­i­mum wage but ban­ning cities from adopt­ing a higher min­i­mum. This mea­sure would be harm­ful to work­ers. The statewide raise will prob­a­bly not be enough, and liv­ing in Chicago is even more expensive.

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Sierra Leone ambulance shortage



Due to the short­age of ambu­lances, peo­ple who go to the MSF treat­ment cen­ter in Sierra Leone because they might have Ebola are sure to catch it by the time they arrive.

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USA Freedom Act defeated by Senate



The USA Free­dom Act, already weak­ened so much that even Obama sup­ported it, was defeated in the Sen­ate. This means our next bat­tle will be against renewal of the PAT RIOT act.

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Urgent: No oil drilling in Chukchi sea



US cit­i­zens: call on the US not to allow Shell (or any­one) to drill for oil in the Chukchi sea. A spill would turn it into the Upchukchi sea.

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Helping prisoners escape from gangs



Pris­ons can help pris­on­ers escape from gangs. Like other forms of reha­bil­i­ta­tion, it costs money and requires not adopt­ing the goal of being as tough as possible.

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Teenagers running trafficking boats



Traf­fick­ers now recruit or even force teenagers to run boats full of peo­ple from Africa to Europe.

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Urgent: Don’t encourage fracking

November 19, 2014

US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA, in reduc­ing power plant CO2 emis­sions, not to encour­age fracking.

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Political prisoners in Uzbekistan



Human Rights Watch reports on polit­i­cal pris­on­ers in Uzbek­istan, which relates to the forced labor of pick­ing cotton.

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Campaigns to silence people



Cam­paigns to silence peo­ple whose views we dis­like endan­ger a fun­da­men­tal free­dom. This includes even PISSI, the Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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Greenpeace boat captured by Spain



The Green­peace boat that was cap­tured by Rus­sia has now been cap­tured by Spain.

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Mexico corrupt from top to bottom



Mex­ico is revealed as cor­rupt from top to bot­tom. Peña Nieto’s elec­tion was cor­rupt too. But it was the reac­tion to the killing of protest­ing stu­dents that ended society’s will­ing­ness to tolerate it.

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Environmental impact of Carmichael mine



The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment nul­li­fied envi­ron­men­tal plan­ning require­ments for a giant coal mine by say­ing the envi­ron­men­tal impact study could be done after the mine is running.

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Students in the UK marched on Parliament



Stu­dents in the UK marched on Par­lia­ment to make uni­ver­sity gratis again.

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Humans and wildlife



Is there room on Earth for humans and wildlife? Some­times it is jus­ti­fied to evict humans from an area so that other species can sur­vive. After all, we humans occupy so much land on Earth, and we tend to take all the land there is.

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Preemptive attack on expected protests



The gov­er­nor of Mis­souri declared an emer­gency, pre­emp­tively attack­ing expected protests over the expected deci­sion not to pros­e­cute the thug that killed Michael Brown. The gov­er­nor was asked to appoint a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor but refused. Looks like he’s on the side of the thugs.

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Male TV presenter wore the same suit every day



A male TV pre­sen­ter wore the same suit every day for a year, just to prove that nobody cared in the slight­est about his cloth­ing style, unlike the way view­ers treated his female counterpart.

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Corporations taking over courts



Eliz­a­beth War­ren: Cor­po­ra­tions Are Tak­ing Over the Courts with the GOP’s Help. I sus­pect they got help from some “Democ­rats”, too.

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Convicted of possessing a copy of a book



A Briton was con­victed of pos­sess­ing a copy of a book about how to make a bomb, after a secret trial. This case illus­trates the prin­ci­ple that pos­ses­sion of a copy of a pub­li­ca­tion must never be ille­gal. Such pro­hi­bi­tions are out­right tyranny, and so is a secret trial.

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Slowly-Closing ozone hole



The slowly-closing ozone hole has altered cli­mate and ecosys­tems in the south­ern hemisphere.

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US Supreme Court cites junk science



Even the US Supreme Court cites junk sci­ence to inter­fere with abortion.

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Deforestation in Peruvian Amazon



Defor­esta­tion in the Peru­vian Ama­zon pro­ceeds over the mur­der of land defenders.

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Falsifying environmental reports



A US coal com­pany is accused of fal­si­fy­ing its envi­ron­men­tal reports.

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Publicly usable WiFi networks



Germany’s law pun­ished WiFi net­work own­ers for what peo­ple down­load through those net­works. The result is — very few pub­licly usable WiFi net­works. This law is unjust because (1) it is a sys­tem of col­lec­tive respon­si­bil­ity, con­script­ing any­one that has a WiFi net as an enforcer, and (2) the War on Shar­ing is unjust in […]

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Kenyans protest for women’s right



In Nairobi a mob of men stripped a woman because they dis­ap­proved of her miniskirt. This led to a protest in favor of women’s right to dress as they wish. The idea that reveal­ing clothes are “not African” is ludi­crous given that women in many parts of Africa did not cover their breasts until Europeans […]

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Energy drinks



Energy drinks are dan­ger­ous for children.

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FERC’s permitting system



The Fed­eral Energy Reg­u­la­tory Commission’s per­mit­ting sys­tem for pipelines and other gas and oil facil­i­ties is designed to let com­pa­nies have what they want.

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Spanish navy rams Greenpeace boat



A Span­ish navy boat rammed a Green­peace boat that was inter­fer­ing with oil drilling.

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Lack of toilets in rural India



The lack of toi­lets in rural India goes with gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion that makes it even worse for women.

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Teacher’s resignation letter



A teacher’s res­ig­na­tion let­ter: “my pro­fes­sion no longer exists” due to bizarre school reforms.

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Keystone XL “backup” plan



Astro­turf and intim­i­da­tion are the pro­posed meth­ods to gain approval of an “backup” alter­na­tive to the Key­stone XL pipeline.

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CO2 emissions must be cut to zero by 2070



CO2 emis­sions must be cut to zero by 2070 to avoid dis­as­ter. How much it will cost to achieve this depends on how actively we cut emis­sions before 2030.

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Urgent: Reduce ozone pollution



US cit­i­zens: sup­port a pro­posed EPA reg­u­la­tion to reduce ozone pollution.

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Mainstream media on drone attacks



Main­stream media con­tinue to par­rot the Obama regime’s claims that the casu­al­ties of drone attacks are mainly “militants”.

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Britain’s food banks



Most of the peo­ple using Britain’s food banks went there directly because of gov­ern­ment poli­cies of harsh­ness to the poor.

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Urgent: Support for Ghoncheh Ghavami



Every­one: Send a mes­sage of sup­port for Ghoncheh Ghavami.

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Clod computing



A sur­vey of clod com­put­ing practices.

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The idea of freedom

November 18, 2014

A refugee who escaped from North Korea sends bal­loons over the bor­der to teach the peo­ple of North Korea the idea of freedom.

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Accreditation to the G20



Aus­tralia gave busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives accred­i­ta­tion to the G20 but denied it to union representatives.

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Geoengineering



Rich peo­ple think that the idea that geo­engi­neer­ing could make global heat­ing go away is likely to encour­age them to go on burn­ing fos­sil fuels. The fal­lacy is that geo­engi­neer­ing is just an idea, not a real solution.

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Unnecessary and harmful quarantines



Nurse Kaci Hickox con­demns the politi­cians that want to impose unnec­es­sary and harm­ful quar­an­tines in order to look like they are pro­tect­ing us.

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St Louis thug chief



The St Louis thug chief accused all the pro­test­ers, jour­nal­ists and bystanders tear­gassed and attacked in Fer­gu­son of being “criminals”.

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Rodney Reed is about to be executed



Rod­ney Reed is about to be exe­cuted for the mur­der of his lover, but she may really have been killed by her jeal­ous thug fiance. The inves­ti­ga­tion did not con­sider the thug seri­ously as a suspect.

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Polar bear population on Alaska’s north coast



The polar bear pop­u­la­tion on Alaska’s north coast has fallen 40% in 10 years. Few young bears have survived.

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An “information war”



Accus­ing Putin of wag­ing an “infor­ma­tion war” by sup­port­ing any­one that crit­i­cizes the west. There is some truth in this; how­ever, west­ern gov­ern­ments deserve a lot of crit­i­cism, Putin or no Putin. Indeed, they do a sub­stan­tial amount of the same things.

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Building Keystone XL pipeline would be an act of war



The Rose­bud Sioux tribe says that build­ing the Key­stone XL pipeline would be an act of war. Yes, it would be — against the whole world, not just them.

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Arming Syrian rebels to fight PISSI is hopeless



The CIA believes arm­ing Syr­ian rebels to fight PISSI is hope­less, and Obama knows this. So who does he think he is fool­ing when he pro­poses to do more of this?

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Africans who had Ebola face ostracism

November 17, 2014

Africans who recover from Ebola face ostracism by igno­rant neigh­bors who don’t under­stand they are not con­ta­gious any more.

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Prosecuted for expressing happiness about assassination



In Venezuela, some peo­ple in the oppo­si­tion are being pros­e­cuted for express­ing hap­pi­ness about an assas­si­na­tion. I man­aged to see some of Inés González Árraga’s tweets; they were quite hos­tile to the gov­ern­ment, but did not make threats or call for violence.

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Bank scandals



A series of bank scan­dals, lead­ing to large fines, are the pre­dictable result of dereg­u­la­tion. I sus­pect that the fines are not big enough to moti­vate the bank exec­u­tives and share­hold­ers to try to pre­vent more cor­rup­tion. In the US, they aren’t. The result of inad­e­quate fines is that the exec­u­tives would like another corrupt […]

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US drug companies wined and dined doctors



Doc­u­ments show US drug com­pa­nies wined and dined doc­tors to get them to pre­scribe nar­cotic painkillers more. These painkillers cer­tainly have their place. It has been a long time since I took one, but they are far bet­ter than pain. How­ever, these sales tac­tics (for any drug) cor­rupt med­i­cine and must not be tolerated.

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Coal company gov’t of Australia



The coal com­pany gov­ern­ment of Aus­tralia fought to the bit­ter end inside the G20 meet­ing to under­mine actions against global heating.

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FBI surveillance of MLK



The FBI used sur­veil­lance to try to pres­sure Mar­tin Luther King Jr. com­mit sui­cide. We know that the NSA now does sur­veil­lance to get data for blackmail.

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Urgent: Cancel nuclear arsenal spending



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to can­cel spend­ing a tril­lion dol­lars for replac­ing the US nuclear arsenal.

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The Gulf’s autocrats



It’s Dan­ger­ous to Be So Cosy with the Gulf’s Auto­crats. On the other hand, the forces oppos­ing them may turn out to be PISSI.

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Ferguson thug caught lying



The thug that killed Michael Brown arrested a man for mak­ing a video of him, then lied about it (stan­dard thug procedure).

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Denton fracking ban to be ignored



Texas Oil Reg­u­la­tor Says It Will Not Honor Town’s Vote To Ban Fracking.

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Urgent: Oppose rigging electoral college



US cit­i­zens: oppose rig­ging the elec­toral college.

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Surgeon to defy ban on entering Gaza



Sur­geon Mads Gilbert, who treated the wounded of Gaza while Israel attacked, says he will not let Israel stop him from return­ing to Gaza.

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Gender pay gap



Evi­dence that the gen­der pay gap can’t be explained by any­thing other than bias.

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Helping the rich by hitting the poor



Revealed: How [UK] Coali­tion Has Helped Rich by Hit­ting Poor.

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IRA protected rapists within its ranks



The IRA pro­tected rapists within its ranks much like the Catholic Church and some sports teams.

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Palestinian activist faces imprisonment



Pales­tin­ian rights activist Ras­mea Odeh faces impris­on­ment and loss of US cit­i­zen­ship because she didn’t men­tion a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion in Israel, which she says was a false con­fes­sion that was beaten out of her. I see the point that she ought to have men­tioned the con­vic­tion and said it was false, rather than hid­ing the issue. […]

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Urgent: Vote for the USA Freedom Act



US cit­i­zens: urge your sen­a­tors to vote for the USA Free­dom Act I sug­gest you add, as I did, that this is not enough to restore our privacy.

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Environmental groups sue Shell



Envi­ron­men­tal groups are suing to deny Shell per­mis­sion to harass, cap­ture and kill wal­ruses in drilling oper­a­tions in the Chukchi sea. Melt­ing sea ice due to global heat­ing is mak­ing it hard for wal­ruses to find food. To have a chance to sur­vive, they need what pro­tec­tion we can give them.

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German Spy Agency Wants To Buy Zero-Day Vulnerabilities



Ger­man Spy Agency Wants To Buy Zero-Day Vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties In Order To Under­mine SSL Security.

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