Climate models

July 22, 2014

It turns out that cli­mate mod­els accu­rately model the rate of Earth’s sur­face heat­ing, when not fooled by El Niño/La Niña.

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Omniscient state that supports the rich



If you stand for free­dom or resist the rich, you have some­thing to fear from an omni­scient state that sup­ports the rich.

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Right-Wing global heating deniers



Some right-wing global heat­ing deniers are dri­ven to their delu­sion by an ide­o­log­i­cal oppo­si­tion to using col­lec­tive action to solve any prob­lem. Col­lec­tive action through the state is also the way to stop plu­to­crats from push­ing most peo­ple into poverty, which is another rea­son those plu­to­cratist politi­cians hate col­lec­tive action.

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Urgent: US National Monuments



US cit­i­zens: call on the Sen­ate to reject Repub­li­can plans to block new US National Monuments.

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High-Profile terrorist plots



Human Rights Watch finds that most of the high-profile ter­ror­ist plots that the US pros­e­cutes were stim­u­lated by the US gov­ern­ment, and the “per­pe­tra­tors” were often reluc­tant. The effect is sys­tem­atic injus­tice, but it suits those that hate our free­doms and are in a posi­tion to take them away by chang­ing our laws.

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UK plans another attack on the natural world



The UK plans another attack on the nat­ural world, both wildlife and the Earth’s cli­mate, propos­ing a legal require­ment to extract the max­i­mum amount of fossil fuel.

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Urgent: Support the Paycheck Fairness Act



US cit­i­zens: sup­port the Pay­check Fair­ness Act. More infor­ma­tion about it.

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Antedated “predictions”



How the Inter­net makes it easy to cre­ate ante­dated “pre­dic­tions” for fraud.

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Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef



Coral cover in the Great Bar­rier Reef has fallen by half since the 1980s.

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Urgent: Support the Hide No Harm Act

July 21, 2014

US cit­i­zens: tell Con­gress to sup­port the Hide No Harm Act.

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India’s censorship law



India’s cen­sor­ship law is being used to per­se­cute a critic of Modi.

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All The Big Broadband Players Support FCC’s Proposed Rules



All The Big Broad­band Play­ers Sup­port FCC’s Pro­posed Rules… Which Says All You Need To Know.

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Looting at jetliner crash site



Ukrain­ian rebels have not pro­tected the jetliner’s crash site from loot­ing or dis­tur­bance of evi­dence. I regard this as proof of guilt. Demon­strat­ing the effec­tive­ness of state manip­u­la­tion of the media, most Rus­sians believe the down­ing of the Malaysian jet was a plot against Rus­sia. This is com­pa­ra­ble to the global heat­ing denial cam­paign which has […]

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State legislators that support voter-ID laws



State leg­is­la­tors that sup­port voter-ID laws show a strong sta­tis­ti­cal ten­dency to dis­crim­i­nate against Latinos.

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Israeli attacks kill 100 in one day



Israeli attacks killed 100 Pales­tini­ans in one day, many of them civil­ians. This included shelling a hos­pi­tal. Israel’s tac­tics guar­an­tee lots of civil­ian casu­al­ties. One must ques­tion whether defense against attacks that might kill a few civil­ians jus­ti­fies a response that kills hun­dreds of civilians.

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Syria calls for UK to support Assad



Syria says it is stu­pid to sup­port the rebels and calls for the UK to sup­port Assad. The sad thing is, that is true. When the main Syr­ian rebel groups joined with the Islamists, they became ene­mies of human rights just as much as Assad is. Here’s an arti­cle that argues that Israel and Saudi […]

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The Rising Global Movement That Calls for #noTTIP



The Ris­ing Global Move­ment That Calls for #noTTIP.

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Urgent: Support postal banking



US cit­i­zens: Sup­port postal banking.

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Airline ticket purchases



The US keeps lots of infor­ma­tion about everyone’s air­line ticket pur­chases and appears to keep it for at least 10 years.

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UK is saving emails of lots of people



The UK is sav­ing emails of lots of peo­ple, with­out war­rants, in case it might be inter­ested in them in the future. The R.I.P. act (for Rip Inter­net Pri­vacy) was an injus­tice even with its pre­vi­ous inter­pre­ta­tion. The UK must repeal it.

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Pressure to allow GMO farming



Even in Iso­lated, Pris­tine Tas­ma­nia, Pres­sure to Allow GMO Farming.

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Journalist Andy Hall faces the threat of imprisonment



Jour­nal­ist Andy Hall faces the threat of impris­on­ment for reveal­ing slav­ery in Thai­land. Mak­ing it a crime to pub­lish an accu­sa­tion of abuses is prima facie injus­tice and inexcusable.

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Tobacco ads targeted at minors



RJ Reynolds has been hit with 23 bil­lion dol­lars in puni­tive dam­ages for adver­tis­ing designed to make minors smoke. The arti­cle says “chil­dren”, but ado­les­cents are not chil­dren, so I won’t use that word. Adver­tis­ing tobacco to ado­les­cents is arguably even worse than adver­tis­ing it to chil­dren, since chil­dren are not likely to start smoking […]

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Obey the US government



US jour­nal­ist Cokie Roberts bemoans the fact that every­one around the world does not obey the US gov­ern­ment. I think most gov­ern­ments fear the US too much; they let the US pres­sure them into unjust plu­to­cratic treaties. In the 90s, when I used to lis­ten to National Pub­lic Radio, I loathed Roberts’ right-wing crit­i­cisms of […]

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The Internet of Things



7 Rea­sons Why the Inter­net of Things Is Doomed. Actu­ally, some of them are rea­sons why we should kill it, which do not nec­es­sar­ily imply it is doomed on its own. A “smart house” project Japan is a scheme to impose total sur­veil­lance and track­ing. This demon­strates the dan­ger inher­ent in such schemes.

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Some Israelis cheer at deadly bombardment



Some Israelis go to hills near Gaza to cheer at the deadly bom­bard­ment. A jour­nal­ist sus­pected of not sym­pa­thiz­ing with them was threat­ened with violence.

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Google abolishes “real name” requirement



Google has abol­ished the “real name” require­ment for Google account. This might mean that Google+ is accept­able to use. But I am not cer­tain, because I don’t know the answer to two follow-on ques­tions: What other per­sonal data must one sup­ply to make an account, and do they amount to iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the user? Is […]

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Russia’s paid internet propaganda

July 20, 2014

Rus­sia has a paid inter­net pro­pa­ganda and troll army. The US has one too. The US is fund­ing research on how to manip­u­late peo­ple through social networks.

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Urgent: Let Mohyeldin go back to Gaza



Every­one: Call on NBC News to let Ayman Mohyeldin go back to Gaza.

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Malaysian plane’s black box in Russia



A Russ­ian radio sta­tion reports that rebels sent the Malaysian plane’s black box to Rus­sia. The “inves­ti­ga­tion” by Rus­sia cant be trusted, but this med­dling con­firms it was the rebels or Rus­sia that shot down the plane. The arti­cle also pro­vides evi­dence that Rus­sia is fir­ing lots of short-range mis­siles at Ukraine. Unlike the inef­fec­tive missiles […]

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Decriminalization of drug use



WHO calls for an end to treat­ing drug users as criminals.

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Israeli soldiers in Gaza



Israeli sol­diers are in streets fight­ing in Gaza. Thou­sands of civil­ians are try­ing to flee, but no place is safe.

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Wildfire in state of Washington



A wild­fire in the state of Wash­ing­ton has burned 340 square miles.

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San Francisco workers threatened



An arro­gant plu­to­crat threat­ens San Fran­cisco work­ers with being replaced by an oppres­sive com­puter if they demand decent wages. In the short term, the work­ers should sim­ply repeat the demand, to show they are not scared. In the medium term, they face the threat of being replaced by com­put­ers in any case, so they should […]

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Israel firing flechette shells



Israeli tanks are fir­ing flechette shells that hit every­one in a large area 300 meters by 90 meters, and using them in towns where civil­ians are likely to be hit. Gazans say Israel is using some sort of poi­son gas. Doc­tors in Gaza sus­pect Israel is using exper­i­men­tal weapons that rip human bod­ies to shreds.

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Counter-terrorist” tactics



Counter-terrorist” tac­tics can be effec­tive against a small under­ground group, but not against an insur­gency with pop­u­lar support.

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Children fleeing from Central America



Why so many chil­dren flee from Hon­duras, Guatemala and El Sal­vador can be traced to what the US did to those countries.

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The fighting in Gaza



Uri Avn­ery com­ments on the fight­ing in Gaza.

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Gaza free-fire zones

July 19, 2014

Israel plans to turn a third of the area of Gaza into a free-fire zone. This plan rep­re­sents a com­pro­mise with world opin­ion. Left to itself, Israel’s gov­ern­ment might pre­fer to declare the entirety of Gaza a free-fire “buffer zone”. Or you might say that it has unof­fi­cially done so.

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Nuclear weapons and climate change



A study fore­casts that 100 small nuclear weapons would cause dras­tic global cool­ing and reduce rain­fall for more than a decade, as well as dam­ag­ing the ozone layer.

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NY thug kills man with chokehold



New York thugs killed a man by putting him in a choke­hold. They had no rea­son to attack him in the first place.

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Sliding into global heating



NOAA sum­ma­rizes the con­tin­u­ing slide into global heating.

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Nurse’s refusal to force feed



What con­vinced the Guan­tanamo nurse that force feed­ing is wrong.

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Independent DRM-free ebooks sell more



Inde­pen­dent ebooks with­out DRM seem to sell more copies. That’s help­ful for the cause of get­ting rid of DRM, but since DRM is an offence against read­ers’ free­dom, if it did increase sales that would not be an excuse for it.

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Thousands to march in Detroit



Thou­sands to March in Detroit as ‘Heart­less’ Water Shut-Offs Continue.

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School nutrition standards



The Food Indus­try Lobby Groups Behind the New School Nutri­tion Standards.

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AIDS researchers on downed flight



The num­ber of lead­ing AIDS researchers killed on the downed flight was much less than pre­vi­ously believed.

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Urgent: Oppose drilling in Arctic Ocean



US cit­i­zens: oppose oil drilling in Arc­tic waters.

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Forcing EU to accept Tar Sands Oil



US Accused of Forc­ing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil.

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Pebble Mine blocked



The EPA blocked the Peb­ble Mine to pro­tect salmon.

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Wildfires in northern Canada



Even north­ern Canada is suf­fer­ing from a rash of wild­fires due to unusual heat. These fires are due to global heat­ing, and they fuel more global heat­ing. This is pos­i­tive feed­back at work.

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DRIP surveillance law



The Open Rights Group will chal­lenge the new DRIP sur­veil­lance law in court.

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Workers’ safety nets



Why employ­ers pre­fer that work­ers have no safety net.

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Urgent: Protect ocelot and jaguar habitat



US cit­i­zens: call for pro­tec­tion of habi­tat for ocelot and jaguar.

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Niger activists face charges



Niger activists opposed to a secret ura­nium min­ing deal with France face charges for hold­ing a press conference.

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ISIS declares Christians second-class



ISIS declared Chris­tians must be second-class cit­i­zens, express­ing the tyran­ni­cal nature of Islam in pure form.

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Ethiopia to imprison dissidents



Ethiopia plans to imprison some dis­si­dents on bogus charges of “ter­ror­ism”. What the US and UK do, other coun­tries imitate.

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Urgent: Cut the F-35 fighter plane



US cit­i­zens: Tell Con­gress to cut the F-35 fighter plane.

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Obama approves injuring whales



Obama approved the plan to injure 100,000 whales and dol­phins to find more under­sea oil that we can’t ever dare extract.

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Urgent: Check pipelines for leaks



Cit­i­zens of Mass­a­chu­setts: Call on the state to check for methane leaks from pipelines.

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Passenger jet shot down



A pas­sen­ger jet was shot down over east­ern Ukraine, killing every­one aboard. Around 100 lead­ing AIDS researchers were on the plane. A leaked tape report­edly shows pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine shot down the jet­liner, think­ing they had attacked a mil­i­tary trans­port plane. This sort of thing is what hap­pens in war. US drone attacks are […]

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Urgent: Diplomacy with Iran



US cit­i­zens: Call on the Sen­ate not to inter­fere with diplo­macy with Iran.

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Campaign money from prison owner



Florida Gov­er­nor Scott is rais­ing lots of money from a pri­vate prison owner.

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Interview with Edward Snowden



An inter­view with Edward Snow­den. A transcript.

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UN has condemned massive surveillance

July 18, 2014

The UN has con­demned mas­sive sur­veil­lance as a vio­la­tion of human rights. This includes data reten­tion such as the UK is in the process of reimposing.

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Efficiencies in agriculture



Effi­cien­cies in agri­cul­ture could in prin­ci­ple feed bil­lions more peo­ple. But the total meat pro­duc­tion would have to go down pretty far. Intro­duc­ing effi­ciency into agri­cul­ture is much more eas­ily said than done, and global heat­ing will inter­fere greatly as it means that weather changes from year to year and the proper agri­cul­tural meth­ods for […]

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A camera in every bathroom



Blan­ket dig­i­tal sur­veil­lance is a start. But how about a cam­era in every bathroom?

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Campaigning against TTIP



Cam­paign­ing against TTIP, This Treaty Is Plu­to­cratic, another instance of the oppres­sion of the TPP.

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US allowed monopolies



Since Rea­gan, the US has allowed monop­o­lies or oli­gop­o­lies to spread across the range of busi­nesses, sub­ject­ing Amer­i­cans to unchecked power of busi­nesses. This was done in the name of “free mar­kets”, but really it was “lais­sez faire”. Due to the inher­ent insta­bil­ity of the free mar­ket, removal of the reg­u­la­tions that pro­tected it allowed […]

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Urgent: Do not let Israel bomb the Wafa rehabilitation hospital



Every­one: call on Obama not to let Israel bomb the Wafa reha­bil­i­ta­tion hospital.

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How America Fails the Rule-of-Law Test



How Amer­ica Fails the Rule-of-Law Test.

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Your portable tracking and surveillance device



Your portable track­ing and sur­veil­lance device can now also inform about changes in your behav­ior pattern.

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The secret US prison at Bagram



In the secret US prison at Bagram, the pris­on­ers fre­quently have to go on hunger strike to get clean water to drink or to see the ICRC.

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Israel’s army has attacked Gaza



Israel’s army has attacked Gaza. This included bom­bard­ment of a hos­pi­tal. Israeli accu­sa­tions that Hamas stores arms in civil­ian build­ings were proved partly valid: the UNRWA found mis­siles in a dis­used school build­ing. Whether they store arms in civil­ian build­ings that are actu­ally in use is not proven.

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Urgent: Publish the composition of the fracking fluid



US cit­i­zens: call for a require­ment for frack­ing com­pa­nies to pub­lish the com­po­si­tion of the frack­ing fluid.

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Urgent: Make Detroit turn the water back on



US cit­i­zens: Tell Obama to make Detroit turn the water back on.

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Netanyahu rejects peace

July 17, 2014

Netanyahu stated pub­licly that he will never per­mit a Pales­tin­ian state to func­tion. An Obama rep­re­sen­ta­tive rebuked Israel for main­tain­ing the occu­pa­tion of Pales­tine and reject­ing peace. It’s a small sign of the courage that could have a chance of mak­ing Israel agree to peace.

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Israel attacking wells and sewers



Israel is attack­ing wells and sewage sys­tems in Gaza.

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Republicans guard Hobby Lobby



Repub­li­cans blocked the bill to cor­rect the Hobby Lobby decision.

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Nurse refuses to force-feed prisoners



A mil­i­tary nurse at Guan­tanamo has refused to par­tic­i­pate in force-feeding on the grounds that it is inhu­mane. I expect the Obama regime to repress this nurse.

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Hamas and Islamic Jihad offer truce



Report­edly Hamas and Islamic Jihad have offered a 10-year truce in exchange for Israel’s end­ing the siege of Gaza and end­ing its iso­la­tion. These terms seem rea­son­able to me. Most of the issues in dis­pute between Israel and Pales­tine are left out, which is appro­pri­ate since this pro­poses a truce rather than a full settlement.

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Peace demonstrators attacked



Peace demon­stra­tors in Tel Aviv were attacked by right-wing hate protesters.

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Censorship in France



Cen­sor­ship in France: a blog­ger has been fined for pub­lish­ing a neg­a­tive opin­ion of a restaurant.

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Plans to imprison journalists



Australia’s right-wing gov­ern­ment plans to imprison jour­nal­ists for pub­lish­ing what whistle­blow­ers report about spy­ing on the pub­lic. These jour­nal­ists are, of course, the ones who have the “sense of respon­si­bil­ity” that Abbott says jour­nal­ists should have. The pro­hi­bi­tion is so sweep­ing that almost any report­ing about a secret gov­ern­ment action could be cov­ered. For instance, […]

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RIAA shuts down radio archive



The RIAA shut down a radio archive that has oper­ated almost 20 years. I hope peo­ple set it up again in some other country.

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Australia repeals carbon tax



Aus­tralia has repealed its car­bon tax, cement­ing a plan that will kill tens or hun­dreds of mil­lions of people.

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Syrian girls forced to marry



Syr­ian moth­ers force their daugh­ters to marry, as young as 13, fear­ing that they will oth­er­wise be raped. One said she expected her male rel­a­tives to mur­der the daugh­ter if she is raped. Rape is com­mon in war, but Arab cul­ture con­verts rape into a sen­tence of death. What bar­barism! Hav­ing daugh­ters in such a […]

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Solitary for having Facebook page



A pris­oner in New Mex­ico is threat­ened with 90 days in soli­tary con­fine­ment for hav­ing a Face­book page. I think being a used of Face­book is pun­ish­ment enough.

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Municipal broadband



The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a bill that would stop the FCC from mak­ing munic­i­pal broad­band legal.

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Left-wing terrorist captured



One of the few left-wing ter­ror­ists in Greece was cap­tured, but the right-wing ter­ror­ists of Golden Dawn are still ram­pant, and the boot of the banks is still on Greece’s neck.

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Censorship in Brazil



Brazil allows peo­ple to cen­sor all pub­li­ca­tion about them, and many biogra­phies have been banned. A bill pro­poses to cor­rect this.

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Supposed cease-fire with Hamas



Hamas says that Egypt and Israel did not dis­cuss the sup­posed cease-fire with Hamas before announc­ing it.

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NBC yanks Ayman Mohyeldin



NBC yanked cor­re­spon­dent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza because he did a good job of cov­er­ing the main effect of Israeli bombing.

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Bill Clinton’s deregulation of banks

July 16, 2014

Too-big-to-fail banks exist because of Bill Clinton’s dereg­u­la­tion of banks, and their incom­pre­hen­si­ble maneu­vers are also per­mit­ted due to his dereg­u­la­tion of banks. Hillary Clin­ton is in the same camp; she works for the plutocrats.

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Overprotectiveness is stunting mental growth



Over­pro­tec­tive­ness is stunt­ing the men­tal growth of a gen­er­a­tion chil­dren — in par­tic­u­lar, deny­ing them con­tact with nature. The arti­cle refers to the UK but I have seen sim­i­lar atti­tudes in the US.

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The west’s foreign aid to Africa



The west’s for­eign aid to Africa is less than what the west takes out of Africa.

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Immigrant activist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested



Immi­grant activist jour­nal­ist Jose Anto­nio Var­gas was arrested when he tried to fly out of a US city near the bor­der with Mex­ico, Var­gas came to the US from the Philip­pines as a child, and found out many years later that he did not have per­mis­sion to reside in the US. I don’t believe that […]

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US border patrol thugs brutalize people



US bor­der patrol thugs bru­tal­ize peo­ple at will for grudges, and they are spread­ing their power to a ever fur­ther from the bor­ders. Don’t for­get how they beat up Peter Watts, then pros­e­cuted him for not obey­ing fast enough. That thug should be in prison.

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Obama’s right-wing nature



Con­trast with Eliz­a­beth War­ren helps Democ­rats see Obama’s right-wing nature.

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Grass roots” support from Gates

July 15, 2014

How Bill Gates’s money was used to fund and orga­nize “grass roots“ sup­port for the Com­mon Core. This makes me think of how Tea Party “grass roots” groups got fund­ing from rich sponsors.

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Citigroup will have to pay 7 billion dollars



Cit­i­group will have to pay 7 bil­lion dol­lars for mis­lead­ing investors, but it’s not enough to dis­cour­age a repeat, and the exec­u­tives respon­si­ble won’t be punished.

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Armenian former soldier in Moscow



An inter­view with an Armen­ian for­mer sol­dier who vol­un­teered in Moscow to go to fight for the pro-Russian side in Ukraine.

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UK’s NHS is grudgingly rationing



The UK’s NHS is grudg­ingly rationing out hip replace­ment oper­a­tions. I sup­pose this is because of the short­age of funds, by which the right wing want to make it so bad peo­ple will accept privatization.

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Wild cheetahs being wiped out



Wild chee­tahs are being wiped out by tak­ing the cubs for pets.

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US companies must hand over foreign data to US courts



The Obama regime argues in court that US com­pa­nies must hand over for­eign data to US courts regard­less of for­eign laws.

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UK CO2 emission reduction targets



The UK gov­ern­ment still offi­cially has car­bon emis­sion reduc­tion tar­gets, but has ensured it will not meet them.

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Israel accepted a ceasefire proposed by Egypt



Israel accepted a cease­fire pro­posed by Egypt, but Hamas rejected it. Both Hamas and Israel had rea­sons to want some incon­clu­sive fight­ing in Gaza Appar­ently Israel has had enough fight­ing to achieve its aims, while Hamas has not.

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Artist arrested for distributing art



A Japan­ese artist has been arrested for dis­trib­ut­ing art: a 3D printer model for a boat designed from her vagina. She has cam­paigned for years to end the taboo on the image and even the word for “vagina”. I think sex­ual taboos, which cen­sor­ship pre­serves, are the cause of many sex­ual obses­sions and hatreds.

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What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption



What the World Cup Can Teach Pro­gres­sives About Corruption.

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Australian prison ship



Aus­tralia is hold­ing a boat­ful of asy­lum seek­ers in prison on a ship.

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US government has too few meat inspectors



The US gov­ern­ment has too few meat inspec­tors, as part of the cock­eyed plan to let com­pa­nies inspect themselves.

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The Citibank payment



The Citibank pay­ment is peanuts com­pared to what it received in bailout funds.

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Urgent: Remove all US troops from Iraq



US cit­i­zens: phone your con­gress­cit­ter to sup­port HCR 105 to remove all US troops from Iraq by the end of the year. The Capi­tol Switch­board num­bers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.

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Ban on styrofoam food containers



Wash­ing­ton DC has banned sty­ro­foam con­tain­ers for food and drinks. As usual, plas­tic com­pa­nies lob­bied against this step for­ward. You would think that some stock­hold­ers would be wise enough to say, “Peo­ple will always want plas­tic, and we can go along with sell­ing it over a longer period of time to keep our rivers and […]

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US government aims to be omniscient and omnipotent



The US gov­ern­ment aims to be omni­scient and omnipo­tent. This makes its unques­tion­ing sup­port­ers com­pa­ra­ble to theocrats.

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Walmart’s Food Stamp Scheme



Walmart’s Food Stamp Scheme.

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Florida’s congressional districts



Florida’s Repub­li­cans drew con­gres­sional dis­tricts ille­gally to favor Repub­li­can can­di­dates, but they hope it is too late to fix the prob­lem for this year.

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How World Bank, IMF and WTO combined to wreck countries’ economies



Joseph Stiglitz explains how the World Bank, IMF and WTO com­bined in the 90s to wreck coun­tries’ economies, impov­er­ish most peo­ple, and trans­fer their wealth to the inter­na­tional elite. Clearly this con­tin­ues in recent times, as can be seen in aus­ter­ity in Europe. Ukraine is now on the menu. RT has an obvi­ous slant which […]

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Nuclear weapons and global heating



Nuclear weapons relate to global heat­ing in a num­ber of ways.

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Abstinence-based sex-non-education



Abstinence-based sex-non-education is telling lies to keep vir­gins ill-informed; it puts them in dan­ger. Les Liaisons Dan­gereuses described the results of this in 1782, so there is no excuse for ignorance.

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Half of children in India stunted



Around half the chil­dren in India are stunted, as if they did not get enough food, because of expo­sure to germs from human excrement.

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Non-star writers are paid very little



Non-star writ­ers are paid very lit­tle by the exist­ing copyright-based pub­lish­ing sys­tem. In the UK, the median income for work­ing authors is a piti­ful 17,000 or 18,000 dol­lars a year. The exist­ing copyright-based sys­tem mainly sup­ports the pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies as well as the stars that have clout with them.

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South Africa on the verge of adopting a state secrecy bill



South Africa is on the verge of adopt­ing a state secrecy bill that would force jour­nal­ists to name their sources, and imprison whistle­blow­ers. Fol­low­ing the unjust lead of the US.

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What the US has lost since September 2001



What the US has lost since September 2001.

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Soccer world cup



The soc­cer world cup will leave Brazil sad­dled with a debt of per­haps 14 bil­lion dol­lars. The world cup of soc­cer should no longer be given a tax exemp­tion. I am not sure that change is suf­fi­cient to make the world cup cease to dam­age the host coun­try. If you live in Canada, Mex­ico, Colombia, […]

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Three Israelis have been charged



Three Israelis have been charged with kid­nap­ing and killing an Arab teenager. This is as it should be, but it is the excep­tion. Israelis kill many Pales­tini­ans every year, and almost always have some sort of offi­cial cover that gives them impunity.

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UK spy agencies have repeatedly bugged elected officials



UK spy agen­cies have repeat­edly bugged elected offi­cials. They also have a big cat­a­log of tools for dis­tort­ing and sab­o­tag­ing pub­lic activ­ity on the internet.

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Israeli bombing in Gaza



Israeli bomb­ing in Gaza has destroyed or dam­aged almost 1000 houses.

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Missouri plans to execute a man



Mis­souri plans to exe­cute a man con­victed of mur­der dis­re­gard­ing evi­dence that he was prob­a­bly innocent.

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Unions correlate with high productivity



In advanced coun­tries, with the excep­tion of the US, strong unions cor­re­late with high pro­duc­tiv­ity. So don’t believe the exec­u­tives when they claim that unions destroy productivity.

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The Iron Dome missile interceptor

July 14, 2014

Ted Pos­tol says that the Iron Dome mis­sile inter­cep­tor nearly always fails to destroy the missile’s warhead.

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Urgent: Oppose whaling



US cit­i­zens: call on the US gov­ern­ment to firmly oppose whaling.

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Tor



Why you should use Tor.

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The right-wing undermining of Britain’s NHS



The right-wing under­min­ing of Britain’s NHS is increas­ing the time it takes for ambu­lances to reach peo­ple. The UK needs to increase taxes on the rich and on busi­nesses so it can spend enough on the NHS.

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Urgent: Clean Energy Victory Bonds



US cit­i­zens: Sup­port the bill to autho­rize Clean Energy Vic­tory Bonds. Rais­ing taxes on the rich would be bet­ter than bor­row­ing money, but either one is a lot bet­ter than fail­ing to pro­mote clean energy.

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Tepco continues building the “ice wall”



Tepco con­tin­ues build­ing the “ice wall” to keep ground water away from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plants, despite var­i­ous prob­lems. What I don’t under­stand is why they want to use this untried method, rather than build­ing a pair of solid con­crete walls with a replace­able plas­tic filler between them.

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Hachette put itself at Amazon’s mercy



Hachette put itself at Amazon’s mercy by insist­ing on Ama­zon DRM for ebooks.

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Blackmail by tobacco company



British Amer­i­can Tobacco has tried to use its giant mar­ket power to black­mail a Ugan­dan MP who has spon­sored a European-style bill to dis­cour­age smok­ing. This sort of black­mail is com­mon, and it is one rea­son we need to break up large com­pa­nies. If BAT were replaced by 50 com­pa­nies, and the biggest of them […]

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California highway thug beat up a homeless woman



A Cal­i­for­nia high­way thug beat up a home­less woman who was walk­ing by the side of a high­way, but was recorded on video by a pass­ing cit­i­zen. It is true we don’t know what they said to each other. So ask your­self, can you imag­ine any­thing she might pos­si­bly have said that would give a […]

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Israel kills 50 more Palestinians



Israel killed 50 more Pales­tini­ans in Gaza, includ­ing 22 from one fam­ily. Both Israel and Hamas desire fight­ing in Gaza for polit­i­cal rea­sons, expect­ing the sit­u­a­tion to be unchanged when the fight­ing stops (except for the casualties).

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No fly” list “state secrets”



Obama is try­ing to use the “state secrets” priv­i­lege to quash the case of a man who is suing to get off the “no fly” list. The “no fly” list is pun­ish­ment with­out trial, obvi­ously uncon­sti­tu­tional, but we can’t count on the pro-authoritarian US Supreme Court to care about this.

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The state can order a suspect to decrypt files on his computer



In a dan­ger­ous deci­sion, the Mass­a­chu­setts Supreme Court ruled that the state can order a sus­pect to decrypt files on his computer.

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Software patent war



The soft­ware patent war has extended to data centers.

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Frequency of “natural” disasters



Nat­ural” dis­as­ters hap­pen 5 times as often as they did in the 1970s, because now they are mainly artificial.

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Reagan’s destruction of US antitrust



Reagan’s destruc­tion of US antitrust law paved the way for con­sol­i­da­tion in every indus­try, which trans­fers wealth to the new monop­o­lies from everyone else.

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The world’s global problems



An analy­sis of the devel­op­ment of the world’s global prob­lems since 1945.

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Attack on synagogue in Paris



Pro­test­ers from a march in Paris, con­demn­ing Israel’s bomb­ing of Gaza, tried to attack a syn­a­gogue. The peo­ple in the syn­a­gogue are not the ones launch­ing the attack. They may not even sup­port it. The stan­dard Israeli way of dis­miss­ing all crit­i­cism of its occu­pa­tion poli­cies is to call it “anti­semitism”. Appar­ently these pro­test­ers really […]

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Big-Labor Strikes and Low-Wage Struggles Jockey for Future



In UK, Big-Labor Strikes and Low-Wage Strug­gles Jockey for Future.

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Islamists in Libya on offensive



Islamists in Libya have gone on the offensive.

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Drones in use for private spying



Drones are in use for pri­vate spy­ing on behalf of idi­ot­i­cally jeal­ous spouses. On occa­sion, these uses achieve a pos­i­tive result, but I don’t think they should be per­mit­ted loosely.

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