Chile’s new President Bachelet promises reforms to spread the wealth and make education more accessible.
Mother Teresa gave sick poor people no painkillers and little medical care, because she believed that their suffering was “beautiful”. This cruel sadist raised hundreds of millions of dollars, but didn’t spend it to help them. The media campaign to promote her has fooled many Americans into thinking that she was a great example of […]
Scientists Explore Paths to ‘Radical’ [CO2] Emissions Reductions. More information. I do not think we need to consider the digital ration cards for carbon emissions, because a tax on carbon emissions could achieve the same reductions without the oppressive surveillance.
Fracking appears in many cases to leak endocrine disruptors into water supply.
People passing through Dubai airport are imprisoned for having microscopic amounts of marijuana in their pockets or even on the soles of their shoes. I wonder how they detect these microscopic bits of marijuana. Are they using the inspection laser system that the US has been developing? Some years ago it was reported that most […]
The UK’s system of Internet censorship has been inaugurated. People who use the Internet via public access points, schools, and so on will have no way to turn the censorship off.
Salt on roads in New York State is coming from oil and gas wells, and it tends to be more toxic than ordinary salt.
Refuting the NSA falsehoods that CBS presented on 60 Minutes.
Some nuclear power experts call on Japan to hand over the handling of the Fukushima nuclear plants to an international team. The cleanup also needs to have plenty of funds. TEPCO is hiring the cheapest workers it can get. It appears that substantial amounts of radioactive cesium are continuing to leak out of the damaged reactors.
Snowden writes to the people of Brazil asking for asylum there.
The Boston Thug Department’s automatic license plate recognizers collected millions of records about lawful vehicles, but they repeatedly ignored one that was stolen. Which reminds us not to judge surveillance technology by the official purpose but rather by its side effects.
Suing for the right to plant vegetables in your front yard.
Advertising of prescription drugs in the US is leading to greater and often improper use of the drugs.
The American single mothers who depend on food stamps have been forgotten by the mainstream media.
A European couple in Egypt was jailed for a month, accused of a crime they couldn’t possibly have committed, apparently only to pretend to the Chinese embassy that a complaint had been dealt with. If this is how the Egyptian state treats foreigners, I shudder at what it must do to Egyptians.
Everyone: call on the Washington Post to acknowledge it is owned by the owner of Amazon, which has a big contract with the CIA.
Viewing the fighting in Syria as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. I don’t think Saudi Arabia is likely to use its influence to hold back Islamist extremists, since it has spent years funding and supplying them. There have been reports about this all along, and the US government must have know about this. […]
A Genentech scam against Medicare: selling a very expensive drug Lucentis where cheap Avastin would work just as well. The article extends too much sympathy to pharma companies. They have corrupted the medical system in many ways, rip off Americans so much, and lobby for deadly patents in countries with lots of poor people, so […]
Giving legislators a raise, in the European parliament, resulted in their being less committed to their work. I don’t think this one study can justify concluding that higher pay necessarily causes less dedication.
32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America [and the world] Into A Giant Prison.
Palm oil producers continue destroying Sumatran rainforest. Few orangutans remain.
USaid rejects all support to abortion in poor countries, and fear of this leads many women’s health clinics in poor countries to refuse to do abortions at all.
Ukraine is split between a European-leaning western part that was and a Russian-leaning eastern part. The split mainly derives from the partition of Poland in the late 1700s, when the Russian empire took the eastern part and the Austrian empire took the western part. However, the eastern part was under Mongol rule for centuries before Poland […]
Amazon “sold” someone Disney Christmas videos, but not physical copies; subsequently Amazon, at Disney’s command, cut off access for Christmas. This demonstrates why we should not trust remote hosting disservices. Insist on having your own copy which is yours.
Dredging Australia’s new coal port is likely to wipe out several protected, endangered species and poison part of the Great Barrier Reef. Burning the coal will kill the whole thing.
Seymour Hersh: When Obama threatened to attack Syria, the US government did not know whether Sarin was used by Assad’s men or by al-Nusra the Islamist fanatics. And it still does not know. The destruction of chemical weapons is a good outcome, and I continue to support it. Cherry-picking intelligence to support a military attack is […]
Three Ways the Super-Rich Suck Wealth Out of the Rest of Us.
A US Navy study predicts that before 2019 global heating will melt all the ice in the Arctic Ocean every summer. This will cause global heating to accelerate, since the water surface will absorb more light, which currently the ice reflects out to space.
The ANC, on abolishing apartheid, abandoned its plans for socialism to share the wealth with the impoverished. Did Mandela have a choice? I don’t advocate a Communism that would abolish private property and business. However, the decision to have private business still leaves a wide range of possible societies. Cruel societies such as today’s US […]
“Affluenza” is a new excuse for letting wealthy people escape punishment for crimes such as vehicular homicide. I doubt whether a 20-year prison sentence is the best way to teach a 16-year-old not to drive while drugged and drunk. However, I agree with the article that, whatever society’s best response is, the culprits should not […]
The government of Colombia makes sure right-wing gangs can get away with rape so as to keep foreign companies happy. The oppressive treaty with the US is another plan to keep foreign companies happy.
In companies where Domino’s Pizza operates: tell the company to reinstate the workers who were fired for complaining about illegal low wages.
The practice of making computers to last a short time and be replaced tremendously increases the quantity of toxic e-waste. This also increases the demand for certain minerals to the point that armies fight over mines in Africa. Banning the shipment of e-waste to poor countries is proving ineffective. Requiring a 3-year warranty for every […]
Too Many Secrets: Fixing the Government’s Broken System for Classifying Information.
The population of barn owls in the UK is crashing because of various human activities. Use of rat poison is one of them. Another is global heating, which paradoxically makes Britain colder in the winter.
Greenpeace declares it will continue protests against Arctic oil drilling, even in Russia.
The US budget deal is cruel to the poor, and panders to the rich and business. It is a compromise between mainstream right-wing and extreme right-wing.
Global heating leads to extreme weather disasters, and those lead the victims to be trafficked.
Australia’s gun regulations could be a model for the US.
Illegal gold mining is driving deforestation in Peru. I think such phenomena demonstrate the importance of sharply cutting the birth rate. People will find ways to get money through extraction, especially if they have little other opportunity.
Mass graves of Albanian Kosovars give the lie to claims that the Serbs did not commit atrocities there.
A US drone attack killed 15 people on the way to a wedding in Yemen. This is a consequence of using drones as death squads, in places that are not battlefields. A wedding party would not travel through a battlefield; people would recognize the danger and stay under cover.
The UK’s cruel cuts force many poor Britons to live on 3 dollars a day for food. It is no surprise that these policies have not helped people find work. That was never a real goal, just an excuse to hurt people. The reason these people are unemployed is that there are no jobs for them, […]
Fracking Hell: What It’s Really Like to Live Next to a Shale Gas Well.
Freedom of political speech is widely threatened across Europe. For instance, Spain is now considering a law to make it a crime to “insult Spain”. This is not to mention the censorship of specific views in many countries.
A “small” nuclear war between India and Pakistan would produce a small nuclear winter. The loss of food production could endanger 2 billion people.
Brazil may allow use of “terminator“ seeds (biological restrictions management or BRM).
Karzai’s conditions to allow some US troops to remain in Afghanistan: end air attacks (including drones) and facilitate peace.
Companies have pushed workers to act like machines, which makes them very vulnerable to being replaced by a machine. I think there is some truth in this article. At the same time, the approach it recommends won’t put millions of long-term-employed back to work. If society does not need these people to work, it must […]
Everyone: call on India to abolish the law against homosexuality.
Poor People Deserve Digital Privacy, Too.
US citizens: call your congresscritter to cut subsidies to agribusiness, not food stamps. Also send mail through this page. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
What the state could find out with location data from tracking you and other people you know.
US schools routinely terrify and traumatize kids in the name of protecting them from terror and trauma. If we banned large magazines and guns that repeat at a high rate, much of the problem will go away. I fear that these lockdowns will teach many children to think in the direction of shooting a lot of […]
Uri Avnery on the latest Israeli excuses to reject peace with Palestine.
Documents show that ALEC presented itself to companies as making their profits its primary goal.
Tobacco companies pay corrupt governments to use trade treaties to block anti-smoking measures. These murderous treaties must be destroyed!
Schools put students’ personal data at risk by entrusting them to companies. No matter what these companies might put in their contracts, centralizing data from schools in one company inherently makes them more vulnerable. In addition, these technologies increase the amount of data collection about a student. The student’s data should be kept on a […]
US citizens: urge your senators to oppose attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
US citizens: call on Obama not to gag his new advisor John Podesta regarding the Keystone XL Earth-roaster pipeline, especially given that corrupt interests are operating unimpeded.
The Islamist fanatics in Syria greatly outnumber the secular rebels and are better equipped. Thus, if Assad’s regime is replaced, the replacement will be worse.
ISPs in Venezuela have been ordered to censor access to sites that publish the black market exchange rate between dollars and bolivars. This is stupid as well as wrong. However, when judging the policy, keep in mind that many countries have similar (and equally wrong) policies, including quite a few in Europe. Price controls tend […]
In 1998, Indonesian soldiers massacred Papuan independence protesters, then tortured, mutilated and killed many of those taken prisoner.
US citizens: sign this petition to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.
The next threat from Facebook: using AI to figure out more about you. If you refuse to be one of Facebook’s useds and tell the AI about yourself, it will do what it can with the data it gets from Facebook surveillance — plus what other people tell it about you.
Some NSA officials said they would consider amnesty for Snowden if he stops revealing secrets. This seems to be pure PR. They know that Snowden is no longer revealing any US secrets. He no longer has any! Before going to Russia, he divested himself of all copies so the data would not fall into Russian […]
The FDA is looking at stopping the indiscriminate use of some antibiotics in farm animals.
Japanese continue protesting against the new state secrets law, which over 80% condemn.
Everyone: Urge German PM Merkel to give asylum to Edward Snowden in exchange for his testimony.
500 prominent writers have published a manifesto for restoring privacy by curbing digital surveillance. I agree with their manifesto, because it doesn’t insist narrowly that the solution consists of limiting state access to massive dossiers while continuing to accumulate them. It took me a while to find a place to refer to it, because the reference […]
Controversial Anti-Protest Law Challenged in Ugandan Court.
The tyrant of North Korea executed his uncle, calling him “despicable human scum”. Well of course — he was an official in North Korea, so how could he not be despicable human scum?
The Australian government is abolishing environmental protection by handing approval power solely to individual states.
Renewable energy is growing rapidly in South Africa, but coal interests want to tie the country permanently to coal exports.
Victoria (a state in Australia) will legalize sexting by teenagers but only in narrow age bands. This is a step forward but not enough. No one should be punished for sexting, and the recipient of the sext shouldn’t be punished either. The law will also ban sending nude photos of someone else without that person’s […]
Israel, Palestine and Jordan made an agreement on a joint desalination project and will divide up the water.
Coca Cola Company is trying to teach US waiters to discourage people from drinking tap water. I usually have only tap water in restaurants, except in Chinese restaurants where large pots of tea are usually provided. See also the boycott of Coca Cola Company.
The former prime minister of Thailand has been charged with murder for ordering snipers to shoot protesters.
The Theater of Security Agency shows no sense of shame after confiscating a two-inch-long toy pistol that was to be put on a puppet. The idea that there is a principle that requires harsh, strict and pointless application of rules is a collective folly known as “zero tolerance”. “Zero tolerance” is the basis for the […]
An unarmed man who did nothing worse than walk into the street has been charged with shooting people — who in fact were shot by the thugs. To hold the criminal responsible for the consequences of the crime is valid when the crime is comparably grave. For instance, Dubya and B’liar should be held responsible for […]
A researcher studying plastic in the Pacific Ocean found that plastic has a larger presence than living organisms. It turns out to be difficult to count the plastic in the ocean, and difficult to filter it out without catching the plankton.
The US government has decided to keep hunger strikes in Guantanamo secret to avoid the odium they shed.
An Egyptian teenager has been imprisoned for having a pro-Morsi symbol on a ruler and notebooks in school. Many others have been punished for displaying the banned symbol. Even though I disagree very strongly with what the symbol stands for, I am against this censorship.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to oppose “fast track” for the TPP. Also send mail through this page. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
Today’s law in Australia (and the US) would have made it a crime to send funds to “terrorists” such as Nelson Mandela, and maybe even to teach anti-apartheid activists how to use a photocopier. But that’s not enough for right-wing politicians, who want to imprison protesters that interfere with business. I guess those right-wing politicians […]
Israel has abandoned the plan to force Negev Bedouin off their lands and into artificial villages where they have no livelihood. However, the victory won’t necessarily last.
New Zealand border thugs took all of Samual Blackman’s computers and disk drives. They kept him incommunicado, and demanded he give them his passwords. Blackman suspected this was because he went to a meeting in London about massive surveillance. The thugs said it is for some kind of censorship. We should not assume they told […]
Heroic whistleblowers call on spy agency employees to become whistleblowers.
Islamist fanatics in Syria seized supplies that the US had provided to non-Islamist rebels.
Students held protests around the UK against anti-protest violence by the thugs.
The Pakistani doctor that helped the US find Osama bin Laden faces repeated bogus accusations, and his defense lawyer has been driven into exile by death threats. To use a vaccination program as a front for a manhunt was extremely harmful because it fed suspicion of vaccination programs. This has impeded the eradication of polio. However, […]
When lawyer Eric Crinnian told thugs they couldn’t search his home without a warrant, a thug threatened to exercise the warrant at night, breaking down his door and kill his dogs, gratuitously. That shows thugs’ attitude towards our rights. If these threats by thugs are not illegal, we need to make them illegal. Furthermore, the […]
Homosexuality is once again a crime in India.
Focusing on whether a few women have an equal chance to be executives and board members is a distraction from how most women (and men) are treated by society.
Google uses a third-party cookie to track users from one site to another. The NSA looks at the same cookie to do the same job. It’s wrong for the NSA to track people in general, and wrong for Google to do it. We need to change browsers so they do not cooperate with this. GNU IceCat […]
Uruguay has legalized regulated sale of marijuana, but the people may not support it. Marijuana is not addictive like tobacco and alcohol; ceasing use of marijuana does not cause withdrawal symptoms.
China is considering a ban on smoking anywhere in public. I am strongly in favor of discouraging smoking, but I don’t see a justification for going so far.
AT&T offers a discount on broadband in exchange for snooping on users’ browsing. Another way to put it is, even a shadow of privacy costs extra. I think this demonstrates the fallacy trying to address the problem of surveillance by saying users “own” the personal data that companies want. Companies have so much clout that they […]
Thugs attacked protesters in Ukraine. The proposed deal with the EU might have traps in it. However, being dominated by Russia is very bad, and rejecting that does not require submission to the EU’s temptation.
Israeli thugs attacked protesters against the plan to kick the Bedouin of the Negev out of their homes and force them into villages where they have no livelihood. The thugs attacked even children with violence.
Australia imprisons boat people in Papua New Guinea, where homosexuality is illegal, and the prisoners have been told that any homosexual acts will be reported to the local thugs.
Saudi Arabia has expelled a million foreign workers, treating them horribly. To tighten rules for allowing foreign workers, and expel some, is not in itself wrong. To kill them, or even to physically abuse them, is not excused by the decision to expel them. Denying them the chance to sell their property is also wrong.
The UK thugs systematically cancel domain names without trial by quietly intimidating domain name registrars. They do this in the name of the bogus concept of “intellectual property”, propaganda that conveys a misunderstanding of the various unrelated laws it is applied to.
The Australian government’s malice against foreigners has reached the point of denying a short-term visa for medical treatment.
Repeatedly watching TV coverage of a bombing can cause more stress than witnessing the bombing. I know someone in California who was so traumatized by watching coverage of the Sep 2001 attacks as to become afraid to go outside. That morning I made an intentional decision not to watch the coverage. It would have been […]
Apple appears to be censoring all bitcoin apps for iThings. It should be illegal to make or distribute computers which are platforms for censorship.
US citizens: Tell Congress to reject the Scrooge budget deal.
An alpine glacier that was stable for thousands of years is warming up and melting rapidly.
Aetna shareholders have sued the company for misleading them about its political spending.
Ice loss on West Antarctica is causing Antarctica, the continent, to shift.
Fraudulent food is a widespread organized crime practice in the UK. I attribute it to the deregulation that makes it easy to change the supply chain frequently.
Global heating of even a few degrees will affect bats’ ability to echolocate. In the long term, many thousands of years, bats could evolve to cope with this. But the heating we are causing today is too fast for evolution to adapt to.
Pollution from coal burnt in China kills 250,000 people each year.
Is it lawful for the USPS to record the outside of all envelopes?
Earth’s awesome rate of CO2 emission, and what it means.
Who will put the bell on the cat? You!
Chinese agents kidnaped human rights activist Wang Bingzhang from Vietnam, and imprisoned him for life after a secret trial. He has been in solitary confinement for a decade. This is what the US calls “rendition”.
In the UK, children have the right to opt out of biometric data collection.
Finally the US will adopt the Volcker rule to restrict banks’ speculation. I am worried that the complexity of the rule will make it hard to enforce. We will see. As for the possibility that this will reduce banks’ speculation, I hope so. Too large a fraction of the US GNP goes to banks.
“Corporate social responsibility” practices can psychologically influence executives to adopt antisocial policies feeling that they already did their good deed for the year. One study is not enough to prove this is true, but if it is, it suggests that we need to tax companies more to pay for social needs rather than inviting companies […]
US citizens: call on your senators to renew credits for renewable energy. You might as well call on them at the same time to cut subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
The NSA snoops on chats between users of online games.
US citizens: urge Senator Rockefeller to co-sponsor Senator Sanders’ universal health care bill.
US “zero tolerance” reaches new heights of insanity: a child is threatened with expulsion from school for miming the shooting of an imaginary arrow with an imaginary bow.
The FBI has launched prosecutions of prison guards in LA. I am glad to see the statement that they will prosecute even though these abuses have become institutional. If only they adopted the same policy towards banksters.
Australia is likely to need twice as many firefighters by 2030 due to effects of global heating.
The Australian government is trying to intimidate the Australian public broadcasting organization ABC so it won’t publish news such as that Australia was spying on Indonesia. The accusation of “cannibalizing local media” might be true, but if so, the solution is not what the right-wing government would want to do.
European governments have used the euro crisis as an excuse to wipe out workers’ rights and adopt US-style precarity. It adds up to a campaign that attacks workers’ rights in one country at a time.
Former treasury secretary Geithner is now a bankster. Previously he was the “banksters’ man in Washington.”
US citizens: phone your congresscritter and say you oppose any new sanctions on Iran now — give diplomacy a chance! Then report your call. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
UK thugs persistently infiltrated and snooped on anti-apartheid campaigners.
Movement Rises to Kick ’Corporate Reform’ Out of Public Schools.
In the US: call on Suffolk University to reject politicized funding from the Koch brothers.
Brazil’s President Kubitschek was murdered by the military dictatorship which pretended he had been killed in a car crash.
Canada wants to claim the seabed at the north pole for the fossil fuels there. Oil and natural gas from the north pole have no value because they will never be used. To extract even 30% of the known reserves will lead to global heating disaster. Before civilization gets to the point of extracting the […]
The Washington Post warns that Senator Warren might pull the Democratic Party “away from the center” by championing progressive policies. This is despite the fact that Americans generally agree with them. This “center” is only a “center” in the sense of being located in between the two mainstream right-wing parties. It’s used to suppress what […]
A British man is being prosecuted for having sex with a teenager who said she was having voluntary sex with him and asked please don’t prosecute him. His defense, as reported here, would be vile if anyone were likely to believe it. Since no one could take it seriously, I can’t condemn him for saying it, […]
Uri Avnery: Kerry is making the mistake of taking Israel’s obsolete “security concerns” seriously.
Humanity is unprepared for possible abrupt climate impacts.
The American Studies Association voted to join the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This follows a debate at a meeting in which over 80% of the speakers (randomly chosen from those who asked to speak) supported the boycott. The full membership is now voting on the resolution.
US citizens: call on the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes. Menthol in cigarettes encourages people to start smoking.
Senator Warren rejected the idea of formulating the issue of Social Security in terms of how much to cut, and proposed ways to fund increasing it. Cutting social security is a right-wing idea that most Americans reject. Please don’t grant it a sort of legitimacy by calling it the “center”. It is only “central” between […]
The radioactive material leaking from the Fukushima meltdowns will kill people, including an estimated 800 eventual deaths (not soon) from eating contaminated fish. This is 800 out of the millions who are likely to eat some of that fish. 800 deaths is a large number to result from a single accident. It is important to try […]
In the US: call on Verizon and AT&T to support transparency about government surveillance.
US citizens: Phone Nancy Pelosi’s office to pressure her to take a clear stand against “fast track” for the TPP.
The Over-Policing of America and Criminalizing Everyday Life.