Journalists challenging state secrecy law

December 18, 2014

Reporters With­out Bor­ders sup­ports the Japan­ese jour­nal­ists that are chal­leng­ing the state secrecy law.

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Eliminating the deficit



The UK Labour Party endorsed the right-wing goal of elim­i­nat­ing the deficit. Increas­ing taxes on com­pa­nies and the rich would have the effect of reduc­ing the deficit, but mak­ing the lat­ter the goal would encour­age doing it by aban­don­ing the poor and helpless.

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Attack on protesting students in Mexico



The Mex­i­can fed­eral thugs in Iguala were informed about the attack on protest­ing stu­dents as it started, and mon­i­tored it as it occurred.

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The thug who shot a 12-year-old



The thug who shot Tamir Rice, age 12, never ordered him to put his (toy) gun down. He shot Rice almost immediately.

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Luxembourg tax whistleblower



Lux­em­bourg Tax Whistle­blower Says He Acted out of Conviction.

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Urgent: Stop prosecution for abortions



US cit­i­zens: call on Kerry to pres­sure El Sal­vador to stop pros­e­cut­ing women for hav­ing abor­tions or miscarriages.

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UK blocking fair trial

December 17, 2014

The UK gov­ern­ment is block­ing a fair trial for a pair of Burmese immi­grants accused of a mur­der in Thailand.

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Cheney’s morality



Cheney’s moral­ity is that of a terrorist.

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Egypt’s repression



Egypt’s repres­sion extends even to vis­it­ing for­eign academics.

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EU may ban use of diclofenac for animals



The EU may ban use of diclofenac for ani­mals so that their corpses don’t kill vultures.

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CIA torture



The CIA Tor­tured Abu Zubay­dah, My Client. Now Charge Him Or Let Him Go.

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False assumptions about US torture



Beware the three false assump­tions in the lim­ited dis­cus­sion of US tor­ture. 1. The most impor­tant ques­tion is whether tor­ture “worked.” 2. U.S. tor­ture ended when George W. Bush left office. 3. The only kind of tor­ture that really “counts” hap­pens in for­eign war zones.

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General strike in Belgium



Bel­gium was shut down by a gen­eral strike against right-wing poverty-spreading policies.

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Time to Ban the Bomb



Time to Ban the Bomb.

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Cryonic preservation



Cry­onic preser­va­tion could offer a way to pre­serve the bios­phere and avoid global heat­ing dis­as­ter. If we could con­vince 4/5 of human­ity to get frozen for later revival, the part of human­ity remain­ing active would gen­er­ate a much smaller amount of green­house gas, and could develop space habi­tats pro­vid­ing enough room to unfreeze everyone.

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Disposable” half of the US population



How the plu­to­crats are destroy­ing the “dis­pos­able” half of the US pop­u­la­tion. It would be good if the US pop­u­la­tion goes down to half what it is now, but not by crush­ing peo­ple who exist. The only eth­i­cal way to get there is by hav­ing fewer births.

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North Korea’s human rights violations



North Korea says the UN should inves­ti­gate US tor­ture rather than North Korean human rights vio­la­tions. North Korea’s human rights vio­la­tions have mil­lions of vic­tims — dwarf­ing the scale of US tor­ture. The rea­son I demand the US pros­e­cute its tor­tur­ers is that I love my coun­try and want it to deserve everyone’s good opinion. […]

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Public marriage proposals



Pub­lic mar­riage pro­pos­als are a form of emo­tional blackmail.

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Australia’s draconian new laws



The Syd­ney Siege Should Not Be Used to Jus­tify Dra­con­ian New Anti-Terrorism Laws. If Aus­tralia can suf­fer the roughly 1300 deaths per year from car acci­dents with­out going mad and destroy­ing its free­dom, it ought to be able to stay sane when vio­lence kills two people.

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Rove accuses Dubya of approving torture



Karl Rove said that Dubya per­son­ally approved CIA tor­ture meth­ods. We must give him a chance to repeat that in Dubya’s trial!

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Parasites on America’s tech industry



How Huge Com­pa­nies Like Apple Are Actu­ally Par­a­sites on America’s Tech Industry.

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Rate of Greenland’s ice melt



Esti­mates of the rate of Greenland’s ice melt may be too low because they don’t take account of the sec­ondary effects of sur­face melt­ing. In gen­eral, these esti­mates tend to be too low. Heat tends to flow from what’s hot­ter to what’s colder, and can do so in many ways. We know the ways it […]

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Human rights violations in US and China

December 16, 2014

China told the US, regard­ing human rights, “Who are you to crit­i­cize China?” Here’s China’s report on US human rights vio­la­tions. The first sec­tion con­cerns pri­vate crimes of vio­lence. While the lack of proper gun con­trol in the US is a seri­ous prob­lem, it does not fit the cat­e­gory of human rights vio­la­tions by the state, […]

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Cheney calls for ban on torture reports



Cheney Calls for Inter­na­tional Ban on Tor­ture Reports. (This is satire. I expected this to be obvi­ous, but a reader said he could not tell, because it was plau­si­ble Cheney would really do this.)

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Learned Helplessness



Learned Help­less­ness: the Endur­ing Effects of Tor­ture That Haunt Victims.

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Israel orders more demolitions in Jerusalem



Israel con­tin­ues its slow expul­sion of Pales­tini­ans from Jerusalem, by order­ing the demo­li­tion of addi­tional homes and businesses.

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Spain forbids linking to news articles



Spain’s new law for­bids sites that link to snip­pets of news arti­cles unless the sites pay the pub­lish­ers. The response, Google will omit Span­ish news arti­cles. The stated motive is to direct more income to the pub­lish­ers. My solu­tion for this prob­lem is to allow pub­lish­ers to charge a lit­tle anony­mous dig­i­tal cash for viewing […]

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Obama’s proposals for policing



Obama’s pro­pos­als for polic­ing do lit­tle good. They won’t stop the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of US thug depart­ments. It is impor­tant to note how mak­ing thugs wear body cam­eras requires pri­vacy pro­tec­tions and is help­ful to restrain their vio­lence only if the rest of the sys­tem upholds that goal.

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Privatized air traffic control system



The UK’s pri­va­tized air traf­fic con­trol sys­tem shut down because the com­pany skimped on long-term invest­ment. Well, what do they expect? It had to skimp on some­thing; how else could it extract a profit?

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Coal extraction record



Coal extrac­tion appears to be headed for a new record. Just the thing to destroy civilization.

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CIA Still Running Amok



The CIA Is Still Run­ning Amok — by lying about tor­ture and try­ing to cover it up.

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UK gov’t proposes imposing penury



The UK gov­ern­ment pro­poses to dis­cour­age poor peo­ple from hav­ing extra chil­dren by pro­vid­ing no funds for any extra chil­dren they have. It makes sense to dis­cour­age excess chil­dren, but impos­ing penury on them and their fam­i­lies is nei­ther effec­tive nor legitimate.

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Products containing endocrine disruptors



Many prod­ucts con­tain endocrine dis­rup­tors that can cause var­i­ous human ill­nesses. A rough esti­mate sug­gests they cause hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars of dam­age annually.

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Arrested for posting on Twitter



An Indian man who oper­ated a Twit­ter account post­ing mate­r­ial in sup­port of PISSI has been arrested and charged with “abet­ting war against the state”, though so far there is no evi­dence he did any­thing but dis­trib­ute pro­pa­ganda. To elim­i­nate human rights in the name of fight­ing PISSI is miss­ing the point about what is […]

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Urgent: Grand Jury Reform Act



US cit­i­zens: sup­port the Grand Jury Reform Act.

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Affirmative action



Affir­ma­tive action can help all of us avoid uncon­scious racism.

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UK participation in CIA torture



The UK Par­lia­ment will ask the US Sen­ate for full infor­ma­tion on UK par­tic­i­pa­tion in CIA torture.

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China snooping on HK protesters



China is snoop­ing on Hong Kong Democ­racy pro­test­ers and try­ing to crack their email accounts, as well as pun­ish­ing them by bar­ring them from enter­ing China.

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Privatization of public housing



Local gov­ern­ments in the UK are resort­ing to com­plex schemes to pre­vent their pub­lic hous­ing from being privatized.

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Repression of blacks in the US



Angela Davis talks about repres­sion of blacks in the US from slav­ery to the present.

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Mass extinction



Humans are caus­ing Earth’s sixth mass extinc­tion. Between destruc­tion of habi­tats, over­fish­ing and global heat­ing, we could destroy more than 3/4 of the species on Earth.

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After thugs shot John Crawford



After Ohio thugs shot John Craw­ford dead as he car­ried an air rifle he was about to pur­chase, they inter­ro­gated his girl­friend mak­ing wild accu­sa­tions and threats.

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Antidemocratic treaties



Euro­pean coun­tries have been fined at least 4 bil­lion dol­lars under treaties that sub­ject gov­ern­ments to for­eign cor­po­ra­tions. Other cases, not yet resolved, demand over 35 bil­lion dol­lars in “com­pen­sa­tion” to for­eign cor­po­rate over­lords — and that’s only half the cases that are in process. All such treaties are anti­de­mo­c­ra­tic; we must fight until we […]

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AT&T connected to attacks on US democracy



AT&T is con­nected with sev­eral major attacks on US democracy.

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Torture unites US and PISSI



Tor­ture unites the US and PISSI with the Nazi regime and medieval bar­barism. Cheney defends US tor­ture by stretch­ing the def­i­n­i­tion of the word and claim­ing the Sep 2011 ter­ror­ist attacks were tor­ture too. His def­i­n­i­tion is wrong, but more impor­tantly, his implicit premise is that the US should match its ene­mies for bar­barism. More sick […]

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Bill to reject requiring back doors



Sen­a­tor Wyden has pro­posed a bill to reject requir­ing back doors in computers.

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Women in jail for driving cars



Saudi women are in jail for dri­ving cars to the Saudi bor­der and try­ing to enter their country.

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Destruction of beaches



Sea walls built to pro­tect beach­side hous­ing tend to destroy the beaches, which then can be main­tained only by arti­fi­cially replen­ish­ing them. A few decades from now, with sea level ris­ing ever faster and var­i­ous dis­as­ters strik­ing, no region will be able to afford to sus­tain beaches arti­fi­cially; rich peo­ple will do it in pri­vate enclaves. […]

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Discrimination against customers



Michi­gan is con­sid­er­ing a bill to allow busi­nesses to dis­crim­i­nate against cus­tomers as long as the motive is religious.

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Unofficial rape trials



The US gov­ern­ment has pres­sured most US col­leges to hold unof­fi­cial rape tri­als which can (in effect) sen­tence the accused to per­ma­nent exclu­sion from higher edu­ca­tion. They fall far short of the legal stan­dards of real trials.

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Unpaid internships in UK



In the UK, good jobs require doing unpaid intern­ships first, and only the wealthy can afford to do the intern­ships. It appears that these intern­ships are ille­gal but the interns don’t dare complain.

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UN to ask NSA to show radio intercepts



The UN will ask the NSA to show its radio inter­cepts bear­ing on the assas­si­na­tion of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskj&oumlaut;ld.

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Aleppo

December 15, 2014

Aleppo Faces Cat­a­stro­phe If Assad And Rebels Don’t Agree to “Freeze“ Fighting.

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Ireland passes snooping law



Ire­land passed a law to allow for­eign gov­ern­ments to snoop on com­mu­ni­ca­tions and force ISPs to coop­er­ate in secret trials.

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London thugs arrest peaceful protesters



At a sol­i­dar­ity die-in in Lon­don, thugs arrested 70 peace­ful pro­test­ers for fic­ti­tious “violence”.

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NY thugs’ use of choke holds



There were 87 com­plaints in 2014 that New York thugs put peo­ple in choke holds (which is against their rules), and only once was any action taken against the thug.

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Pointing out evils of the US gov’t



If you point out evils of the US gov­ern­ment, such as tor­ture, apol­o­gists pop up to claim you just want the US to look bad. I do it because the US gov­ern­ment needs some “tough love”. I want the US to stop doing evil, so I could be proud of my country.

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New head of Australia’s gov’t research lab



The new head of Australia’s gov­ern­ment research lab believes in dows­ing. I guess that’s part of what falls down on you if you take the sup­pos­i­tory of all ignorance.

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Oregon GMO-labeling referendum



The Ore­gon GMO-labeling ref­er­en­dum was defeated: a judge refused to stop the elec­tion author­ity from apply­ing an arbi­trary cri­te­rion to exclude 4,000 votes.

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Pregnant woman put in solitary confinement



A preg­nant woman in Wis­con­sin was put in soli­tary con­fine­ment because she had used metham­phet­a­mine while preg­nant. It is unjus­ti­fied and cruel to pun­ish a preg­nant woman for pos­si­bly dam­ag­ing her fetus. Bar­ring her off from employ­ment is stu­pid — that would do much worse harm to the pos­si­ble even­tual child. It can, in prin­ci­ple, be […]

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Dubya’s torture “worked”



Dubya’s tor­ture did “work” … to pro­vide the false infor­ma­tion he wanted as an excuse for the war he wanted.

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Not calling US torture “torture”



NPR sys­tem­at­i­cally avoids call­ing US tor­ture “tor­ture”, because that would mean crit­i­ciz­ing it. The Wash­ing­ton Post does the same thing. The effect is to sup­port the tor­ture apol­o­gists and Obama in try­ing to down­play US tor­ture. Exam­ple in point: ABC television’s story that is more con­cerned with the blow­back from US tor­ture than with the wrong […]

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Telling people how to remove DRM



A US court ruled that telling peo­ple how to remove DRM is law­ful. I sup­pose the per­pe­tra­tors of DRM will appeal this deci­sion, so it won’t be final.

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Cincinnati Enquirer’s “investigative journalism”



In the Cincin­nati Enquirer, “inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism” means cov­er­ing orga­ni­za­tions that might pay for adver­tis­ing. This arti­cle uses the word “mon­e­tize“ in the sense of “con­temp­tu­ously regard mainly as a source of income”. I reject that usage of the word because I reject the atti­tude that it embod­ies. “Mon­e­tize” prop­erly means “to use as currency”.

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UK involvement with US torture



The UK gov­ern­ment has used a string of sleazy tricks to con­ceal its involve­ment with US torture.

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Urgent: Protect Arctic ring seals



US cit­i­zens: call on the National Marine Fish­eries Ser­vice to pro­tect Arc­tic ring seals from the dan­ger of oil spills.

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Assisted dying bill



France may legal­ize med­icat­ing ter­mi­nally ill peo­ple into uncon­scious­ness at their request.

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Participation by MDs in CIA torture



How med­ical doc­tors par­tic­i­pated in CIA torture.

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Sudan’s Anti-Dam Movement



Sudan’s Anti-Dam Move­ment Fights the Flood­ing of Nubian Culture.

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Students’ ratings of instructors



An exper­i­ment found stu­dents rate their instruc­tors more highly when they think the instruc­tors are male, than when they think the same instruc­tors are female. The actual sex of the instruc­tor (con­cealed from the stu­dents) did not cor­re­late with the ratings.

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Interviews with torturers and victims



The Obama regime is con­ceal­ing inter­views with CIA tor­tur­ers and their vic­tims, which might occa­sion crim­i­nal charges against the former.

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Impunity of violent thugs



A Seat­tle thug that punched a hand­cuffed woman and frac­tured her skull will not be pros­e­cuted. When Amer­i­cans sue a thug for ille­gal vio­lence and win, the thug is never per­son­ally held liable. No won­der they feel they can get away with murder.

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Atheists in Egypt



The Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment claims there are just 866 Athe­ists in Egypt, after defin­ing sec­u­lar­ists as Atheists.

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Sex education” plagiarized from joke



Focus on the Family“‘s irra­tional “sex edu­ca­tion” was pla­gia­rized from some­one else’s joke.

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Gates Foundation and private prisons

December 10, 2014

Is the Gates Foun­da­tion Still Invest­ing in Pri­vate Prisons?

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Deadly heatwaves expected in UK



The UK weather bureau says 2003-like deadly heat­waves will occur ‘every other year’ by the 2030s. They won’t kill as many peo­ple each time as were killed by the 2003 heat­wave, because many of the old peo­ple who might be killed by heat­wave N will have been killed a cou­ple of years before by heatwave […]

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Council of Europe on mass surveillance



A report by the Coun­cil of Europe rejects the idea that “secret, mas­sive and indis­crim­i­nate” sur­veil­lance is justified.

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People starving in Britain



Yes, Peo­ple Can Starve in Benefit-Sanctions Britain. It is even worse in the US.

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Urgent: Oppose sanctions against Iran



US cit­i­zens: call on the Sen­ate to oppose addi­tional sanc­tions against Iran. Right-wingers want these know­ing they would kill the nuclear nego­ti­a­tions which are the only chance to stop Iran’s progress towards nuclear weapons. Sanc­tions can’t achieve that goal.

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Putin supporting right-wing parties Europe



Putin is sup­port­ing right-wing par­ties in Europe. I think he is doing this to sow chaos rather than for a spe­cific purpose.

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Urgent: Accountable financial advisers



US cit­i­zens: call on the US gov­ern­ment to make all finan­cial advis­ers account­able for how they treat their clients.

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Total surveillance in Jersey



Jer­sey, which has not signed up to all the human rights treaties, is a test­ing ground for total sur­veil­lance. It is also used as a route for extract­ing prof­its so they can’t be taxed.

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US thugs comment on killing of Garner



Some US thugs com­ment on the killing of Eric Garner.

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Urgent: Reform prosecution of rapes



US cit­i­zens: call for reform­ing pros­e­cu­tion of rapes of mil­i­tary per­son­nel by mil­i­tary personnel.

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Anti-abortion protesters intimidating women



Anti-abortion pro­test­ers in Aus­tralia are intim­i­dat­ing women to the point where they try to kill themselves.

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Protests across Haiti



There are protests across Haiti to remove the US-imposed “pres­i­dent” Martelly. Per­haps the Hait­ian sen­ate could impeach him. It’s the US that keeps him in power.

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Urgent: Stop support for ALEC



US cit­i­zens: call on the remain­ing sup­port­ers of ALEC to stop.

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California’s drought



California’s drought is the worst in 1200 years. The drought’s cause is mainly nat­ural cli­mate fluc­tu­a­tion, but global heat­ing made its effects worse.

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Diesel engines



Diesel engines need to be elim­i­nated over time because of the effects of pol­lu­tion they cause. With pos­si­ble improve­ments in tech­nol­ogy for stor­ing elec­tric energy, maybe we could replace them with elec­tric vehicles.

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Urgent: Solar power installations



Every­one: tell the Wal­ton fam­ily to stop oppos­ing home solar power instal­la­tions and start donat­ing to pro­mote them. This is an addi­tional rea­son not to buy from Wal­mart, added to its mis­treat­ment of employees.

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Climate negotiations



Australia’s gov­ern­ment is accused of sab­o­tag­ing cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions by insist­ing on legally bind­ing tar­gets. This may be true in a nar­row tac­ti­cal sense. How­ever, the US and China, by reject­ing legally bind­ing tar­gets, are doing their part to make these talks fail to reach their goal. Just when the world needs the mother of all […]

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UK Infrastructure Bill



The UK’s Green Party MP opposes the Infra­struc­ture Bill that would put lots of money into increas­ing car traf­fic and max­i­mize fos­sil fuel extraction.

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Uber banned in Delhi



Uber has been banned in Delhi after a dri­ver raped a passenger.

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UK to make food banks standard solution



The UK gov­ern­ment plans to make food banks a stan­dard solu­tion for the poor who can’t afford food. That basi­cally means giv­ing up on keep­ing peo­ple prop­erly supplied.

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Benzene and leukemia



Cam­paign­ing to prove ben­zene respon­si­ble for leukemia.

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Suing to challenge legislation



The UK gov­ern­ment pro­poses to make it essen­tially impos­si­ble to sue to chal­lenge legislation.

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Discrimination against transgender people



Trans­gen­der peo­ple are fre­quently denied basic rights and face discrimination.

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Amazon workers to strike



Work­ers will strike in an Ama­zon ware­house in Ger­many. Too bad US labor law makes orga­niz­ing so difficult.

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Credit cards

December 9, 2014

Ralph Nader: Ten Rea­sons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card. I have one, but I never use it except for flights and occa­sion­ally to donate to a polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion in a hurry.

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US thugs moan about protests



With all the protests, US thugs feel they are being per­se­cuted. How­ever, to say they are get­ting a taste of their own med­i­cine would be an exag­ger­a­tion. No thugs have been killed in these protests. They are moan­ing because peo­ple are not fawn­ing on them as they think they are entitled to.

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Cooperation from Afghanistan and Pakistan



Afghanistan and Pak­istan are start­ing to coop­er­ate in fight­ing the Taliban.

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The shots that killed Michael Brown



An audio record­ing of the shots that killed Michael Brown proves that thug Wilson’s state­ment of what hap­pened is false. In addi­tion, the pros­e­cu­tor mis­rep­re­sented the law to help Wil­son escape prosecution.

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Antivirus companies concealing malware



Antivirus com­pa­nies should stop con­ceal­ing the US-implemented attack soft­ware they detect.

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Paraguay data retention bill



Paraguay is con­sid­er­ing a dan­ger­ous data reten­tion bill, so vague it could apply to cyber­cafes as well as to ISPs. That the pro­posed law places no lim­its on what sorts of offenses could be inves­ti­gated by search­ing everyone’s phone records is an addi­tional nasty detail, but don’t think that nar­rower lim­its would fix the wrong.

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6 more Guantanamo prisoners released



Obama has released 6 more pris­on­ers from Guan­tanamo, includ­ing one who has been left wheelchair-bound by cruel treat­ment. The US gov­ern­ment is still push­ing to con­ceal videos of how he was tor­tured, claim­ing that knowl­edge of this would make peo­ple angry. They should have thought about this before they acted that way. Repub­li­cans say pub­li­ca­tion of […]

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A NY thug’s priorities

December 8, 2014

The New York thug that unin­ten­tion­ally shot Akai Gur­ley then con­tacted his union rep­re­sen­ta­tive right after. Only then did he call for med­ical assis­tance for Gur­ley, who was still alive. Gur­ley later died from his wounds. I don’t know whether get­ting aid sooner might have saved him. The thug couldn’t have known it would not save him.

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PR guide for thugs



A PR guide for thugs about clean­ing their image after they kill unarmed people.

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Export of surveillance technology



Call­ing on west­ern coun­tries to restrict export of sur­veil­lance tech­nol­ogy to repres­sive countries.

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Student labeled as drug user



A stu­dent was labeled as a drug user for breath­ing in crushed candy in order to blow it out visibly.

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How Saudi Arabia silences people



7 Ways Saudi Ara­bia Is Silenc­ing Peo­ple Online.

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Egypt’s military rulers



Leaked audio record­ings prove the cor­rup­tion and dis­hon­esty of Egypt’s mil­i­tary rulers.

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UK boosts investment in oil extraction



The UK gov­ern­ment has boosted invest­ment in oil extrac­tion in the North Sea, which is bad news for all of us in the long term.

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Arrests in killing of Eric Garner



The only peo­ple arrested for the killing of Eric Gar­ner were two witnesses.

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Senseless violence of thugs



A Cleve­land thug shot Gre­gory Love clear out of the blue, then hand­cuffed him and fined him. Thugs also punched and kicked a wit­ness before hand­cuff­ing him and tak­ing him away.

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Post-financial crisis regulations



Con­gress is con­sid­er­ing repeal­ing the reg­u­la­tions adopted after the finan­cial cri­sis. They were too weak in the first place.

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Articles about rape accusations



Arti­cles about rape accu­sa­tions should include inter­view­ing those accused.

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More US troops to stay in Afghanistan



Obama is slowly increas­ing the num­ber of US troops that will stay in Afghanistan. There are two pos­si­bil­i­ties for Afghanistan: prop up its gov­ern­ment or let it fall. The US can keep prop­ping it up indef­i­nitely at high cost in money and Afghan lives, but what’s the point?

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Urgent: No paper from ancient forests



Every­one: tell Best Buy not to use paper made from ancient forests.

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German Latin Americans during WWII



The US forced most Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries to deport Ger­mans to the US, which put them in prison unless they agreed to go to Ger­many as World War II continued.

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City in Libya joins PISSI



A city in Libya has joined PISSI; fanat­ics are killing all their opponents.

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Urgent: Payment for Chevron’s pollution



Every­one: tell Chevron to pay for its pol­lu­tion in Ecuador. Also call on the US state depart­ment not to give Chevron an award.

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Military equipment given to US thugs



The US has pub­lished the full list of mil­i­tary equip­ment given to US thugs. That’s a good first step. Next we have to close down most of the SWAT teams so that they don’t endan­ger peo­ple when they make a mistake.

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Loophole in EU agreement on GMO bans



The EU agree­ment allow­ing indi­vid­ual coun­tries to ban GMOs seems to have a legal loop­hole that could lead courts to over­turn those bans.

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A&TT wants public WiFi forbidden



AT&T con­demns gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion, except when it’s a reg­u­la­tion to for­bid cities from set­ting up pub­lic WiFi networks.

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Ecuadorian activist murdered



Ecuado­rian indige­nous leader José Isidro Ten­detza Antún, who cam­paigned against min­ing on his tribe’s land, has been mur­dered, and appar­ently tortured first.

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Another unarmed black man shot



Another unarmed black man was shot dead by a thug who then made accu­sa­tions against him.

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Rogue Cyber Operator



For­get North Korea — the Real Rogue Cyber Oper­a­tor Lies Much Closer to Home.

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Indictment of non-thugs



Grand juries nearly always indict accused non-thugs, but almost never indict accused thugs. Catch­ing thugs’ killings (and other bru­tal­ity) on video isn’t going to deter them if they enjoy impunity even once their guilt is recorded. Many New York thugs have killed peo­ple for no good rea­son, but hardly any were prosecuted.

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Subcontractor leaves workers unpaid



A clean­ing com­pany that cleaned cor­po­rate offices is going bank­rupt, leav­ing the clean­ing work­ers unpaid for weeks of work. This is one of the dan­gers caused by the increased use of sub­con­trac­tors where in the past the com­pany would have hired work­ers directly.

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Attacks by thugs

December 7, 2014

Thugs in Den­ver attacked a man, then knocked his com­pan­ion to the ground, then forcibly took a witness’s tablet and deleted the video. A group of Chicagoans out for the evening were attacked by thugs in dis­guise. Since 2010 they have been fight­ing to get jus­tice from a sys­tem that tries at every step to […]

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Cutting greenhouse gas emissions



Cut­ting CO2 emis­sion is the way to cut emis­sions of medium-term green­house gases also.

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San Jose tent city



Some res­i­dents of the tent city in San Jose explain why they can’t find any other hous­ing in the city, even with offered rent vouch­ers to sup­ple­ment their pay. What this reveals is a sys­tem totally stacked against peo­ple who are home­less, which com­bines with the short­age of afford­able hous­ing so that some­one — who­ever is […]

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Noncommercial seed exchange libraries



Laws requir­ing seed com­pa­nies to test their seeds are being used to shut down non­com­mer­cial seed exchange libraries.

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When robot commits a crime



Who is legally respon­si­ble if you set a robot run­ning and it com­mits a crime? I would not assume a pri­ori that the same answer fits all kinds of crimes.

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NY thugs attack protest with military weapon



The New York Thug depart­ment attacked a protest about Eric Gar­ner with a mil­i­tary sonic weapon that causes intense pain. This was after the pro­test­ers responded to more direct vio­lence by thugs.

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Secret political spending



On ALEC’s agenda: com­pa­nies’ right to do secret polit­i­cal spending.

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ICC drops case against president of Kenya



The Inter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court has dropped its case against Uhuru Keny­atta, pres­i­dent of Kenya, accus­ing him of intim­i­dat­ing wit­nesses and deny­ing access to per­ti­nent doc­u­ments. I don’t know the details; in par­tic­u­lar, I can’t take for granted that the retracted tes­ti­mony was true. But I also can’t take for granted that it was really a lie. […]

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No indictment for killing unarmed man



I Told a Grand Jury I Saw a Cop Shoot and Kill an Unarmed Man. It Didn’t Indict. The thugs at the scene tried to dis­cour­age him from even mak­ing a state­ment. That must be part of their habit­ual rou­tine for push­ing away account­abil­ity for their crimes. Pros­e­cu­tors con­trol the grand jury’s deci­sion. When they […]

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Urgent: Fire the thug that killed Eric Garner



Every­one: call on New York City to fire the thug that killed Eric Garner.

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Medically nonsensical ideas



Beware of prod­ucts and treat­ments that claim they will “cleanse“ or “detox” your body. The idea is med­ically non­sen­si­cal. There are some toxic ele­ments, such as lead and mer­cury, that can accu­mu­late in your body over time and cause you harm. But remov­ing them from your tis­sues is a spe­cial­ized job and these prod­ucts don’t […]

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Tying up children in school



New York and Los Ange­les give false fig­ures about tying up chil­dren in school.

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Pressure on pregnant women and mothers



Preg­nant women and moth­ers of babies are now under impos­si­ble pres­sure to avoid many activ­i­ties, most of them based on lit­tle evi­dence. This gen­eral ten­dency con­tin­ues as chil­dren get older, with pres­sure not to let them play alone, walk on the street alone, or just be home alone. Peo­ple with can­cer felt a sim­i­lar pres­sure during […]

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Irish political leader barred from Gaza



Israel blocked an Irish polit­i­cal leader from vis­it­ing Gaza. He wanted to talk with lead­ers of Hamas.

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Companies track people across computers



Some com­pa­nies get enough infor­ma­tion about most people’s desk­top use and enough infor­ma­tion about most people’s smart­phone use that they can usu­ally fig­ure out when the two com­put­ers belong to the same per­son. This is more rea­son not to let any com­pany get that much infor­ma­tion about what you do with any of your computers.

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UK thugs intimidate and insult anarchists



UK thugs are using a run of van­dal­ism as an oppor­tu­nity to intim­i­date and insult anar­chists. How­ever, one senior leader, to his credit, opposes ask­ing thugs to decide on the lim­its of free­dom of speech.

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Senate torture report



The CIA has renewed its pres­sure to kill the Senate’s release of the exec­u­tive sum­mary of its tor­ture report.

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Beaten and jailed for unpaid ticket



Two thugs in Texas that banged a prisoner’s head into a table then dragged her across the floor by her feet escaped crim­i­nal charges. How­ever, the root of this scan­dal is that she was jailed for an unpaid park­ing ticket. In today’s US, the sys­tem that fines the poor is a pipeline to jail (and […]

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European council unhelpful on net neutrality



Coun­cil of Europe Rec­om­men­da­tion on Net Neu­tral­ity — Unclear And Unhelpful.

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Urgent: Oppose GMO salmon



US cit­i­zens: tell the FDA not to approve GMO salmon.

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300 people to be evicted from shantytown



San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, has a shan­ty­town where 300 poor peo­ple live. The city now plans to evict them, which will make them home­less. Rent­ing space has become so expen­sive that even peo­ple with jobs are homeless.

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