US officials despise Netanyahu

October 30, 2014

High US offi­cials despise Netanyahu, and say so anony­mously. If they start say­ing this overtly, the US might do what’s nec­es­sary for peace: to make Israel reverse its land-and-water-grab in Pales­tin­ian territory.

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First time olive harvest in 14 years



For the first time in 14 years, Hashem Azzeh has been able to har­vest his olives.

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Ethics of various candy brands



On the ethics of var­i­ous brands of candy avail­able in the US.

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Segregation of Palestinians on commuter buses



Israel has imposed seg­re­ga­tion of Pales­tini­ans on com­muter buses in an indi­rect deniable way.

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Urgent: Do not bring back Bush’s policy on torture



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama not to bring back Bush’s pol­icy on torture.

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More apartments for Israelis in Palestinian territory



Netanyahu ordered con­struc­tion of 1000 more apart­ments for Israelis in Pales­tin­ian ter­ri­tory annexed to East Jerusalem. A major Israeli con­struc­tion com­pany will stop build­ing Israeli colonies in the West Bank due to inter­na­tional boy­cott pressure.

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Israeli troops plan to demolish the school of Samra



Israeli troops plan to demol­ish the school of Samra, built by the inhab­i­tants. This is part of the bit-by-bit eth­nic cleans­ing plan for that region.

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GCHQ collects data without warrant



The UK admits that GCHQ col­lects data with­out a war­rant, effec­tively when­ever it wants to.

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The Making of the Warrior Cop



The Mak­ing of the War­rior Cop.

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FBI Creates Fake Seattle Times Page



News­pa­per Out­raged After FBI Cre­ates Fake Seat­tle Times Page to Nab Sus­pect The US gov­ern­ment keeps using imper­son­ations to catch peo­ple, with­out con­sid­er­ing the harm this will do. It had some­one run an unau­tho­rized vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram to find Osama bin Laden, and the result­ing resent­ment is stop­ping us from elim­i­nat­ing polio.

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Money spent by thugs to fight protesters



Thugs in the St Louis area have spent over $172,000 on equip­ment to fight pro­test­ers. How about spend­ing that much on end­ing racist practices?

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US Sues AT&T



US Sues AT&T, Alleges Severe Throt­tling of “Unlim­ited Data” Customers.

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Iranian journalists arrested



In Iran, even report­ing crimes can get jour­nal­ists arrested if it embar­rasses the state.

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Mass Hysteria about Ebola



How Mass Hys­te­ria about Ebola Is Vio­lat­ing Our Rights.

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Coverage of Hong Kong protests



The cov­er­age of the Hong Kong protests is teach­ing the young peo­ple of Hong Kong that the main­stream press is an instru­ment of the Chi­nese state.

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Tracking Snail Mail



The U.S. Gov­ern­ment Is Sud­denly Way, Way More Inter­ested In Track­ing Snail Mail.

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Use of first-person singular pronouns

October 29, 2014

A psy­cho­log­i­cal study found no cor­re­la­tion between fre­quent use of first-person sin­gu­lar pro­nouns and actual narcissism.

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Extreme pornography” law



A man who was jailed and almost con­victed of “pos­ses­sion of extreme pornog­ra­phy” (a video he had failed to delete fully) is cam­paign­ing to change that law. This “extreme pornog­ra­phy” law needs to be repealed, not just reformed. Var­i­ous kinds of ani­mals, includ­ing cats, dogs, goril­las, and dol­phins, some­times enjoy and even ask for sexual […]

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Thugs to prevent protest against G20



Aus­tralian thugs have been given spe­cial pow­ers to pre­vent protests against the G20 meet­ing in Brisbane.

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Big data”



How to stop com­pa­nies from using “big data” to dis­guise racial bias through use of algorithms.

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Venezuela’s thugs



Pres­i­dent Maduro promises to reform the country’s thugs after some were accused of killing a politi­cian. The head of a Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment agency told me a decade ago that the thugs made a prac­tice of arrest­ing peo­ple on false charges to get ran­som, and even heads of agen­cies were not safe. Chavez did not cause this […]

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Feminism lite”



’Fem­i­nism Lite’ Is Let­ting Down the Women Who Need It the Most.

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Secret searches in the US



Dubya got a law to per­mit secret searches claim­ing this was needed to stop “ter­ror­ism”. The US has used this power 51 times in inves­ti­ga­tions of “ter­ror­ism”, and 11,000 times for other purposes.

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Six Arab countries join PISSI



Six Arab coun­tries join PISSI in endors­ing the exe­cu­tion of any­one that ceases to be a Muslim.

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Punishing people for voluntary sex



Malaysia’s main oppo­si­tion leader has started an appeal against a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion for “sodomy”. What­ever the details, they don’t mat­ter eth­i­cally. It is wrong to pun­ish peo­ple for voluntary sex.

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Dictatorship in Eritrea



Dis­si­dents in Eritrea, pen­e­trat­ing a cur­tain of repres­sion and cen­sor­ship, say that the short­ages resem­ble North Korea, except that the regime is kept in power by Ethiopi­ans per­son­ally loyal to the dictator.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox



Nurse Kaci Hickox, who does not have an Ebola infec­tion as far as med­i­cine can tell, says she will sue if the state of Maine tries to impose a quar­an­tine on her.

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Verizon tracking info in HTTP requests



Ver­i­zon sab­o­tages its cus­tomers by insert­ing track­ing info into their HTTP requests so web sites can track them.

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Ban on abortion pills in Ireland



Irish politi­cians will take abor­tion pills to protest the ban on using them in Ireland.

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Early stages of global heating



The early stages of global heat­ing: less maple syrup, fewer cher­ries … choco­late too expen­sive. Corn pro­duc­tion is drop­ping as a per­ma­nent thing, but occa­sion­ally there is a wheat har­vest fail­ure due to extreme weather. This will get more fre­quent too; in 30 years it may hap­pen all the time.

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US hospitals invent new fees



US hos­pi­tals and clin­ics invent new fees to defeat attempts to limit costs. Often these new fees are not cov­ered by insur­ance, leav­ing patients broke.

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Military trials for protesters



Al-Sisi decreed that pro­test­ers (or any­one accused of any offense on a pub­lic street) can be given mil­i­tary trials.

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Blocking Americans from voting



US Repub­li­cans are secretly plan­ning to deny mil­lions of Amer­i­cans the right to vote based on dubi­ous claims that they are reg­is­tered in two states. The trick is to com­pile the list care­lessly so that it includes lots of peo­ple with sim­i­lar names. Then they can deny all these peo­ple the right to vote without […]

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Demonization of Gary Webb



The demo­niza­tion of Gary Webb and the denun­ci­a­tion of his report about CIA drug smug­gling shows how much the US main­stream media are under the con­trol of the power structure.

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150 peshmerga allowed across Turkey



Turkey has allowed 150 pesh­merga to cross to defend Kobani. How can that num­ber be enough?

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GMOs



GMOs require apply­ing the pre­cau­tion­ary prin­ci­ple because if GMOs do harm, it can be a spread­ing global harm.

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Mobile phones and billboards



A mobile phone com­pany sells data about the peo­ple in the vicin­ity of bill­boards — per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics and what they are doing at the time. It plans to go even fur­ther and inform the bill­board com­pany about the inter­ests of peo­ple who are approach­ing. This way, even the bill­boards will know you’re a dog.

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Weak reform proposed for banksters



The US pro­posal to stop incen­tiviz­ing banksters to take dan­ger­ous risks is so weak it is laughable.

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American tried in secret court in Yemen



It appears Sharif Mob­ley was put on trial in a secret court set up by Yemen in sub­servience to the US.

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Empathy Deficit Disorder



Many Repub­li­can offi­cials (and some Democ­rats) suf­fer from Empa­thy Deficit Disorder.

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US Supreme Court



The US Supreme Court repeat­edly decides to give thugs more power and cit­i­zens fewer rights.

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Control of US judicial elections



State judges in many US states are elected, and wealthy polit­i­cal inter­ests are spend­ing money to con­trol the elections.

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A call on Obama to end US torture



Nobel Peace Prize win­ners call on Obama to clearly end US tor­ture with full dis­clo­sure of past tor­ture prac­tices, and an end to impris­on­ment with­out trial. I think this is too for­giv­ing. Those who per­formed tor­ture, and espe­cially those who ordered it, must be prosecuted.

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Funding for Australia’s coal port



Big US banks have refused to fund Australia’s big new coal port.

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Oil from the Big Spill



Between 1 and 12 per­cent of the oil from the Big Spill is lying at the bot­tom of the Gulf of Mex­ico. Where the rest is, nobody knows. But the oil on the bot­tom will be toxic for sea-bottom life as long as it remains there.

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Thank the troops” PR campaign



What is the mean­ing of the PR cam­paign in the US to “thank the troops”? The arti­cle con­tains links to amazon.com; please don’t buy any books that way.

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Fear of Ebola

October 28, 2014

Fear of Ebola elic­its bizarre reac­tions. Hoax news con­tributes to the panic. Iron­i­cally, Ebola is being used to spread com­puter viruses. But they prob­a­bly can’t hurt you if you are run­ning GNU/Linux.

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Voting by email



New Jersey’s emer­gency exper­i­ment with vot­ing by email ran into var­i­ous prac­ti­cal prob­lems in addi­tion to the fun­da­men­tal ones you’d expect, and there is no way of know­ing how many votes were lost. It is amus­ing how the arti­fi­cial con­cern with voter fraud, stoked to pro­vide a basis for stop­ping poor and dis­abled peo­ple from voting, […]

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Turning old camera phones into remote surveillance cameras



A com­pany wants to pay peo­ple to turn old cam­era phones into remote sur­veil­lance cam­eras. How is this dif­fer­ent from sta­tion­ing a human there to count peo­ple? They couldn’t afford to sta­tion humans full time in very many places. And if they argue that they don’t or can’t rec­og­nize indi­vid­u­als, what assur­ance do we have […]

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Australian plan to “protect” the Great Barrier Reef



The Aus­tralian plan to “pro­tect” the Great Bar­rier Reef ignores the dam­age that global heat­ing will do.

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Life under the rule of PISSI



Some peo­ple in Mosul say that life under the rule of PISSI is a dis­as­ter even if you’re not being sin­gled out for pun­ish­ment. This sug­gests they would be glad to have the chance for a gov­ern­ment that won’t repress them. The prob­lem is where that could come from.

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UK attack on the poor



The UK attack on the poor has gone so far that poor peo­ple must steal food to eat — or steal more expen­sive things in order to get into jail. Peo­ple who are hun­gry are enti­tled to steal food.

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Compare US reaction



Com­pare the US reac­tion to killings of US cit­i­zens by Israelis and by Palestinians.

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Male rage



Male rage threat­ens women and men. Why are some men so angry?

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Unusual behavior on Amtrak



On Amtrak, almost any unusual behav­ior is con­sid­ered “sus­pi­cious” and is grounds for fil­ing a report, per­haps arrest­ing you, and per­haps steal­ing your money. In prac­tice it rarely hap­pens to whites.

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Arctic Ocean crossed without icebreaker



The Arc­tic Ocean has warmed so much that a ship was able to cross it from the Atlantic to the Pacific with­out an ice­breaker. If this were the only effect of global heat­ing, it would be great.

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Urgent: Oppose plan to make money laundering easier



US cit­i­zens: oppose the Repub­li­can plan to make money laun­der­ing eas­ier so as to help dis­hon­est pay­day loan com­pa­nies that make phony loans. More information.

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Top-level Spanish politicians arrested



Top-level Span­ish politi­cians have been arrested and accused of corruption.

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Capturing and centralizing the internet



Giant web site com­pa­nies are cap­tur­ing and cen­tral­iz­ing the inter­net, so that now 30 com­pa­nies gen­er­ate half the traf­fic in the US. They are con­vert­ing it pri­mar­ily into a broad­cast medium. I almost never access those com­pa­nies’ sites. In my view, the only good use of the inter­net is what they don’t do. For­tu­nately there is […]

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When foreign fighters want to leave PISSI



When for­eign fight­ers want to leave PISSI, it holds them pris­oner and threat­ens to kill them. Mean­while, when Britons who went to Syria to fight against Assad go home because they don’t sup­port PISSI, the UK puts them in prison.

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Authoritarian regime in Egypt

October 27, 2014

In Egypt, an Author­i­tar­ian Regime Holds Sway Again.

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UK’s university system



The UK’s uni­ver­sity sys­tem remains bet­ter than the US sys­tem in one way: the pay­ments made by grad­u­ates depend on their incomes. My main motive for going to col­lege was fas­ci­na­tion for learn­ing. I hardly thought about mak­ing money after­ward; I assumed I would become a pro­fes­sor but I rarely thought that far ahead. It […]

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Financial and technical “disruptions”



Finan­cial “dis­rup­tion” and tech­ni­cal “dis­rup­tion” work together to track more, con­trol more, and charge more.

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Silencing any view is tyranny



Silenc­ing Extreme Views, Even If They Are Those of Inter­net Trolls, Is Wrong. It is not just wrong, it is tyranny.

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Least religious generation in US history



The US mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion is the least reli­gious gen­er­a­tion in US his­tory. Churches are shrink­ing, and in the long term, the theo­cratic Chris­t­ian right-wing is going to get weaker. In effect, this elec­tion is the Chris­t­ian fanat­ics’ last chance at grab­bing polit­i­cal power, and if they get it, the only way they can hold on […]

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UK slumlords



UK slum­lords evict ten­ants for com­plain­ing about unhealthy conditions.

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Woman executed in Iran



A woman in Iran was exe­cuted for killing a man that she said was try­ing to rape her. I believe her claim, espe­cially since there was no other plau­si­ble account of what happened.

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Loss of Arctic ice



The loss of Arc­tic ice has made severe win­ters in Eura­sia twice as likely as before.

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Political control of South Florida

October 26, 2014

Parts of South Florida want to split off from Florida and form a new state to get rid of the polit­i­cal con­trol of global heat­ing deniers. One more foot of sea level rise will destroy the water sup­ply and sewage sys­tems of South Florida.

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Islamist rebels in Egypt



Islamist rebels in Egypt have a per­sis­tent cam­paign of attack­ing Egypt­ian sol­diers. These rebels deserve con­dem­na­tion for seek­ing to impose the rules of their reli­gion on every­one, which tram­ples their human rights. How­ever, when al-Sisi calls them “ter­ror­ists”, that is a lie. Ter­ror­ism means attack­ing civil­ians; attack­ing sol­diers or state insti­tu­tions is rebel­lion. Al-Sisi calls […]

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Europe’s greenhouse gas pledge



Green­peace and other envi­ron­men­tal groups say that Europe’s green­house gas pledge is shame­fully weak.

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Massive protests continue in Mexico



Mex­ico is still hav­ing mas­sive protests about the dis­ap­pear­ance of 43 protest­ing students.

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Fanatics threaten activist with death



An activist set up events for Malaysians to get used to pet­ting dogs, and is now get­ting death threats from reli­gious fanatics.

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Fracking near New York State’s Seneca lake



Pro­test­ers blocked frack­ing near New York State’s Seneca lake, which is a source of drinking water.

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Urgent: Stop lobbying against solar power



Every­one: tell the own­ers of Wal­mart to stop lob­by­ing against instal­la­tion of home solar power. I think this is one addi­tional rea­son not to buy from Wal­mart. I never get anything there.

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Urgent: Stop collection of your data



US cit­i­zens: announce your gen­eral sup­port for cam­paign­ing against col­lect­ing your data.

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Obama can work with Republicans just fine



Obama can work with Repub­li­cans just fine when it comes to sup­press­ing infor­ma­tion about tor­ture by the US government.

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EU’s new CO2 emissions target



The EU’s new tar­get for reduced CO2 emis­sions is con­sid­ered a weak tar­get by environmentalists.

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Pennsylvania’s prisoner-gagging law



Pennsylvania’s prisoner-gagging law seems to be aimed first of all to gag Mumia abu-Jamal.

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UK proposes a vague law



The UK pro­poses a vague law to imprison com­puter users that “dam­age national secu­rity”, includ­ing whistle­blow­ers. It is idi­otic to pass a law against “using com­put­ers to do XYZ”. If XYZ should be crime, what dif­fer­ence does it make whether it is done with a com­puter, with a pen, or how­ever it might be?

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Not enough jobs in the UK



The UK gov­ern­ment is clas­si­fy­ing thou­sands of peo­ple with incur­able degen­er­a­tive dis­eases as “likely to be able to work again soon”. Even if some Britons only pre­tend to be dis­abled, why bother to “catch” them? There aren’t enough jobs in the UK for all the peo­ple who are look­ing for work. There aren’t enough jobs […]

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Prison for cartoon



A man in the UK has been sen­tenced for prison for hav­ing a car­toon depict­ing a fic­tional child in some sort of sex­ual sit­u­a­tion. The advo­cates of this kind of cen­sor­ship started by say­ing they were try­ing to pro­tect real chil­dren from being abused in order to take their pho­tos. Mak­ing such pho­tos should be […]

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Apple’s random hardware address



Apple announced that iThings would ran­dom­ize the WiFi hard­ware address to pro­tect pri­vacy, but it tuns out to do this only in unusual circumstances.

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Fanatics demand punishment of journalists



Mus­lim fanat­ics in Afghanistan demand the pun­ish­ment of jour­nal­ists who wrote an arti­cle that they believe crit­i­cizes their reli­gion. Shame on any­one whose reli­gion includes believ­ing peo­ple are not allowed to insult it.

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Protect us from…what?



The NSA has to lis­ten to every­thing to pro­tect us from…what? (The part I’m refer­ring to is the first 8 slides. After that comes very tech­ni­cal mate­r­ial.) The Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists says that US gov­ern­ment resis­tance to encryp­tion endan­gers jour­nal­ists. That is true, but the first and broad­est dan­ger to jour­nal­ists comes from metadata: […]

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Local thug departments collecting people’s phone call records



Local thug depart­ments in Vir­ginia are col­lect­ing people’s phone call records and redis­trib­ut­ing them.

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PISSI chemical weapons accusations



There are accu­sa­tions that PISSI has used chem­i­cal weapons on a few occa­sions on a small scale. I have to won­der: since Sad­dam Hus­sein destroyed his chem­i­cal weapons, how did any survive.

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Koch Congress’



’Koch Con­gress’ Could Make Oli­garchy Official.

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Many Britons switching to Green Party



Many Britons are fed up with the right-wing Labour Party and are switch­ing to the Green Party.

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Liberian burial rituals



Peo­ple in Liberia are cling­ing to tra­di­tional bur­ial rit­u­als to the point of killing their rel­a­tives and killing them­selves. They kill their rel­a­tives by deny­ing them treat­ment for what­ever dis­ease they have. They kill them­selves by wash­ing and han­dling the bod­ies of the dead, some of whom died of Ebola. They are act­ing like idiots, but […]

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Gyroscopes in mobile phones



Gyro­scopes in mobile phones are so sen­si­tive that they can pick up the sound of nearby voices. This allows apps to eaves­drop even if they are not allowed to use the micro­phone. Note that this is a sep­a­rate issue from con­ver­sion of phones into lis­ten­ing devices, which the NSA and other enti­ties can do through […]

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Right to sue



1/3 of the most pop­u­lar US web sites make users give up the right to sue over var­i­ous sorts of mis­treat­ment. States should be pro­hibit this prac­tice, but until they do, peo­ple should refuse to use sites that try to escape justice.

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CIA torture report delays



Frus­trated CIA Blames Tor­ture Report Delays on Sen­a­tors Who Want It To Be Intel­li­gi­ble. The right thing for the sen­a­tors to do is to pub­lish what they see fit and tell the CIA to jump in the lake. And then start a new Church Com­mit­tee inves­ti­ga­tion that will tear the CIA open from top to […]

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Time period of yellow lights



The sleazy gov­ern­ment of Chicago short­ened the time period of yel­low lights in order to trap motorists into more fines.

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Moral slide’ of intel agencies



MI6 Whistleblower’s Part­ner Accuses Intel­li­gence Agen­cies of ‘Moral Slide’.

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UK thugs repress protests



UK thugs repress protests near Par­lia­ment to the point of arrest­ing peo­ple for pass­ing around bot­tles of water. They are forced to hand over pizza boxes because the thugs say they might be use­ful for sleeping.

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US media exploiting Ebola



US media are try­ing to exploit Ebola by spread­ing panic about any­one who might have come any­where near it. This is hav­ing polit­i­cal results already from politi­cians that want to look tough. Amer­i­cans inter­ested in help­ing to treat sick peo­ple in Africa will now either (1) return home through some other place or (2) decide not […]

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UK gov’t spied on history professors



The UK gov­ern­ment spied on his­tory pro­fes­sors who were mem­bers of the Com­mu­nist party, even read­ing their mail, with no rea­son to sus­pect them of hav­ing any­thing but an opin­ion. It spied on var­i­ous aca­d­e­mics and writ­ers just because they agreed to a state­ment against nuclear weapons.

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Russian media censorship

October 25, 2014

Russ­ian jour­nal­ists must now oper­ate from Latvia due to Russ­ian media cen­sor­ship. Will we see Aus­tralian jour­nal­ists oper­at­ing from Indone­sia due to Aus­tralian media censorship?

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Japanese gov’t corruption scandals



Sev­eral cor­rup­tion scan­dals have hit the Japan­ese government.

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UK wildlife habitat protection



On land and now on sea, the orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing wildlife habi­tat in the UK have become friendly with the indus­tries that destroy it.

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The Love Commandos



The Love Com­man­dos in India pro­tect cou­ples who run away from fam­i­lies that want to force them to marry others.

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Rana Plaza factory collapse



The sur­vivors and rel­a­tives of the work­ers killed in the col­lapse of the Rana Plaza fac­to­ries have only begun to get com­pen­sa­tion. What is really needed is an end to the business-controlled glob­al­iza­tion that lets multi­na­tional com­pa­nies make states such as Bangladesh com­pete to allow the worst exploita­tion of work­ers. Let’s replace it with a […]

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Murder confessions in Thailand



The Burmese migrants that con­fessed to a mur­der in Thai­land say that the thugs threat­ened to kill them and dump them if they didn’t confess.

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Manipulation of stock prices



US cor­po­ra­tions manip­u­late their stock prices by buy­ing back shares. Some com­pa­nies bor­row money to do this, which over time puts the com­pany in greater debt. Oth­ers are sit­ting on piles of unin­vested cash and can do this with­out borrowing.

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US atrocities in Viet Nam



The US gov­ern­ment has a PR cam­paign to cover up the atroc­i­ties in Viet Nam and make that unjust war appear glo­ri­ous. It wants to bury the fact that atroc­i­ties by US forces were com­mon­place. “You can’t sep­a­rate this effort to jus­tify the ter­ri­ble wars of 50 years ago from the ter­ri­ble wars of today.”

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Sex offenders” forced to be homeless



In Miami-Dade County, hun­dreds of peo­ple labeled as “sex offend­ers“ are forced to be home­less because every avail­able liv­ing space is cov­ered by the areas where they are for­bid­den to live. The US is extremely ener­getic about label­ing peo­ple as “sex offend­ers” which means they are pun­ished in many ways for the rest of their lives.

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Armed drones used for policing



Armed drones used for polic­ing could threaten human rights. I agree, but there is one coun­ter­vail­ing fac­tor. Sol­diers and thugs can use rubber-coated steel bul­lets and tear-gas can­is­ters to kill by inten­tion­ally shoot­ing them at people’s heads. A drone oper­ated by a human through remote con­trol would not enable such accu­rate shooting.

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Censorship of US prisoners



Penn­syl­va­nia has passed a law allow­ing arbi­trary cen­sor­ship of pub­lic state­ments by pris­on­ers and even for­mer pris­on­ers. The US gov­ern­ment led the way for this with its cen­sor­ship of tes­ti­mony about pris­on­ers in Guan­tanamo about how they were tortured.

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Online Avatars

October 24, 2014

Civil lib­er­ties advo­cate opposes use of online avatars to catch sex offend­ers. There are two issues here. First, the ques­tion of whether a per­son should face pros­e­cu­tion for a fic­ti­tious crime against a fic­ti­tious per­son. Sec­ond, sup­pos­ing the answer is yes, there is the issue of entrap­ment, lur­ing the per­son to com­mit the fictitious crime.

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Selling Data



Schools and hos­pi­tals in the US are sell­ing data about the stu­dents and patients they are sup­posed to serve.

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Fossil Fuel



Fos­sil fuel inter­ests have spent 7 mil­lion dol­lars to defeat a ref­er­en­dum to ban frack­ing in Santa Bar­bara County.

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BBC



The BBC pre­sented a doc­u­men­tary accus­ing the rul­ing Rwan­dan Patri­otic Front of broad war crimes. In response, it pro­poses to ban the BBC in Rwanda. That seems like a plea of guilty.

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Driver



FTDI’s pro­pri­etary dri­ver for its USB-to-serial chips sab­o­tages alter­na­tive replace­ment chips when it finds them. The dri­ver can be used for sab­o­tage because it is non­free soft­ware. There is noth­ing what­so­ever wrong with mak­ing other com­pat­i­ble chips, and it is wrong to call them “coun­ter­feit” unless they are sold dishonestly.

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Obama



Is Obama Stalling Until Repub­li­cans Can Bury the CIA Tor­ture Report?

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El Salvador



El Sal­vador s Fight Against Gold Mine Will Be Decided in D.C. These treaties do not deserve to be obeyed, only torn up. That’s what the Sal­vado­ran gov­ern­ment should do.

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Wisconsin



The Repub­li­can can­di­date for attor­ney gen­eral of Wis­con­sin wants crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion laws changed to give politi­cians spe­cial privilege.

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Track



A com­pany installed “bea­cons” to track passersby’s phones in four US cities.

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Energy



The EU has adopted the tar­get of cut­ting green­house gas emis­sions by 40% by 2030. It is an ambi­tious tar­get, but it lacks firm mea­sures to achieve the goal. Mean­while, Aus­tralia plans a new pol­icy for boost­ing fos­sil fuel invest­ment and hold­ing back growth of renew­able energy.

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Gough Whitlam



Gough Whit­lam, Australia’s great social reformer, was removed from office by a CIA scheme. A CIA agent admits it.

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Herbicide



Earth­jus­tice and farm­ers have sued to block use of 2,4-D her­bi­cide (best known as part of the toxic Agent Orange that the US dropped on Vietnam).

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Chicago Police Department



Amid Shoot­ings, Chicago Police Depart­ment Upholds Cul­ture of Impunity. Some killer thugs even get awards.

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Misogyny



The inter­net is crawl­ing with misog­yny, and any woman doing some­thing con­tro­ver­sial is likely to be attacked by posted threats of vio­lence. The exam­ples cited in this arti­cle seem sick and twisted to me, but the worst thing I find in it is the assump­tion that women who are raped, or even seen semi-nude, have […]

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Investigation



Eliz­a­beth War­ren Demands An Inves­ti­ga­tion Of Mort­gage Companies.

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Urgent: Nuclear Negotiations



US cit­i­zens: call on promi­nent Democ­rats to sup­port nuclear nego­ti­a­tions with Iran.

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UK’s Economy



The UK’s econ­omy has expe­ri­enced a struc­tural change of low pay for work­ers, start­ing in 2003, and appar­ently per­ma­nent. Now that the UK has more or less exempted the rich and multi­na­tional com­pa­nies from tax, the tax bur­den falls mainly on work­ers. Thus, the low pay wipes out tax rev­enue. The rich and busi­nesses must […]

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ISPs that don’t rat on customers

October 23, 2014

An ISP in Aus­tralia is resist­ing copy­right indus­try demands to rat on their cus­tomers. One in the US is doing this too.

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Afghanistan’s poppy production



Afghanistan’s poppy pro­duc­tion has hit a record level. Since the gov­ern­ment tries to destroy pop­pies, they are grown mainly in areas con­trolled by the Taliban.

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US spy agency personnel



US spy agency per­son­nel can get away with per­jury, destruc­tion of evi­dence, tor­ture, kid­nap­ing and assas­si­na­tion. The only unfor­giv­able crime is telling the peo­ple how they are spit­ting on our rights. Laura Poitras talks about her expe­ri­ence work­ing with Edward Snowden.

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Attacks on Canada



Canada has seen two attacks by iso­lated Islamists against sol­diers in Canada. Sev­eral responses that Canada will be tempted to make, but must not make:

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Rising sea levels in Venice



Ris­ing sea lev­els due to global heat­ing are affect­ing gon­do­las in Venice: they have trou­ble get­ting under the old bridges. By and by, Venice will have to be dammed off from the Adri­atic Sea, and water pumped out of the lagoon all the time.

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Bush’s chief of “environmental quality”



Bush’s appointed a paid global heat­ing denial­ist as his chief of “envi­ron­men­tal qual­ity”, where­upon he imposed changes on gov­ern­ment sci­en­tific reports to min­i­mize the dan­ger. Are you a young per­son? That offi­cial was putting your life in danger.

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Giving food to homeless people



More US cities are mak­ing it a crime to give food to home­less peo­ple. The right-wing idea is that home­less peo­ple are home­less because they are lazy; they were pun­ished enough, they would find jobs. Of course, other right-wing poli­cies have made sure there are no jobs for them and that jobs don’t pay enough […]

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Phthalates



Just about every­one is exposed to phtha­lates that seep out of plas­tics, and they have var­i­ous harm­ful effects on people.

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Occupation of Palestine



The per­ma­nent occu­pa­tion of Pales­tine is accom­pa­nied by a per­ma­nent rejec­tion of the idea that Pales­tini­ans under Israeli rule have human rights.

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Workers’ rights undermined



The euro-zone coun­tries are react­ing to a repeat reces­sion by under­min­ing work­ers’ rights yet again.

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Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers



An Aus­tralian MP asked the ICC to inves­ti­gate Australia’s treat­ment of asy­lum seekers.

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Urgent: Have Congress vote on war



US cit­i­zens: phone your con­gress­crit­ter and say, have Con­gress vote on whether the US should fight PISSI. The Capi­tol Switch­board num­bers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.

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Drug-resistant TB



Drug-Resistant Tuber­cu­lo­sis Poses Global Threat, Warn Doctors.

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Urgent: Regulation of refinery pollution



US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA to reg­u­late toxic pol­lu­tion from oil refineries.

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Large dam project in India



India is rail­road­ing a large dam project through slip­shod envi­ron­men­tal review.

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Urgent: Stop pro-fracking ads on NPR



In the US: tell NPR to stop run­ning pro-fracking ads.

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CVS to penalize competitors



The drug­store chain CVS owns a com­pany that reim­burses drug stores from insur­ance com­pa­nies. The idea of penal­iz­ing peo­ple for using drug stores that cell cig­a­rettes might be good, but one drug store should not be able to decide on such poli­cies towards its competitors.

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Facebook claims loss in UK



Face­book jug­gles its books to claim that it has “lost money” in the UK. Make Face­book lose money for real! Don’t be a used of Facebook!

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French Pun



New pun in French.

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Books banned by US schools



Right-wing US school boards are ban­ning books about poverty and social classes.

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Terrorism”



Note to Canada: it is not “ter­ror­ism” to kill sol­diers of a coun­try at war. One can argue it is trea­son for a Cana­dian to thus take sides against his own coun­try. The ethics of this are a com­pli­cated ques­tion. Was Mr Rouleau fight­ing on behalf of Iraqis dev­as­tated by Bush’s con­quest and occu­pa­tion of […]

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TVs to monitor users



TVs will be designed to mon­i­tor their users. This arti­cle uses the per­verse con­cept of “con­sum­ing” video. That word enables the writer to demon­strate his sophis­ti­ca­tion in dis­re­gard­ing all aspects of a sit­u­a­tion except the eco­nom­ics, and get­ting even that wrong.

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Euphemisms that dehumanize



Cleans­ing the Stock” And Other Ways Gov­ern­ments Talk About Human Beings.

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Vietnamese blogger exiled



An impris­oned Viet­namese blog­ger was removed from jail and put straight on a plane to exile in the US. Iron­i­cally, it seems the state­ments that he was jailed for were a nation­al­is­tic crit­i­cism of China, not a cam­paign for freedom.

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