US citizens: call on Obama to sign the Arms Trade Treaty promptly.
US citizens: call on the EPA to reduce, not increase, allowed levels of roundup in animal feed.
Denial of human-caused global heating is a zombie theory, dead in scientific terms though it seems alive when viewed through mainstream media. It’s fossil fuel money that keeps the zombie moving.
Everyone: call on United Airlines to stop opposing world-wide measures to reduce CO2 emissions from aviation.
The Obama regime’s new Arctic policy is to take advantage of disappearing ice to extract more oil. As we roar towards the edge of the cliff, he wants to step on the gasoline.
Twisted theocratic Christians in the US teach their children to feel they are being discriminated against if they do not dominate all social institutions. There you have it: Christian values say you’re oppressing Christians if you don’t let them dominate everyone else. Twisted Islamic fundamentalists in the Afghan parliament blocked a law to ban the selling […]
When a business practice kills people, the resistance to necessary regulation follows a predictable pattern.
The UK government has suppressed evidence about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in order to suck up to Putin. Litvinenko was killed by a dose of radioactive polonium, and the suspicion is that it was given to him by Russian agents.
Has your doctor received gifts from Big Pharma?
People who want to leak information about government crimes must now follow spy tradecraft so as not to be caught by Obama’s War on Whistleblowers. Nixon was famous for secrecy, but Obama is worse.
As climate change heats up, the UK has cut its team planning for how to cope with the effects from 38 people to 6 people. If you are rich, you will take care of yourself; as for the rest, losing their homes will help make them poorer.
California is suing JP Morgan for fraudulent and illegal practices in thousands of lawsuits against people who may or may not really have been in arrears on their credit cards.
Microsoft accesses URLs mentioned in fools’ Skype chat messages. I say “fools’” because non-fools use other communication methods.
A supposedly factual program about wildlife in Alaska got a big audience by falsely claiming that wolves and even wolverines are a real danger to humans. I wonder if the interests that want to eliminate protection for wolves in the US had something to do with making this program.
US citizens: state your support for the Home Defenders League, who are pressuring the Department of Justice to prosecute criminal banksters. Here’s more about their week of action, now in progress.
US citizens: call on Obama to cooperate with the Senate investigation report into CIA torture.
The New Yorker magazine has set up a new secure leak-receiving system that was developed by Aaron Swartz.
The UK agency to investigate crimes committed by thugs has admitted that it made mistakes when not prosecuting the ones that killed a prisoner.
Paul Krugman explains how psychology predisposes people towards mistaken moralistic economics which treats a depression as punishment for previous “excesses”. Keynes’s discovery, that governments can end a depression with deficit spending or else perpetuate it, delivers useful advice instead of the morality play that people are looking for. This plays into the hands of those […]
The “six strikes” anti-sharing organization CCI has run into legal trouble and has had to suspend activities. I don’t think this will kill the scheme, though.
The Obama regime admits it plans to continue “war” for a decade or more against a vague association of terrorist organizations, many of which are not interested in the US at all. During that time, some of these organizations will be wiped out, but US killings of civilians will inspire new ones. By ten years […]
The pope condemned the “cult of money” of the banksters which legitimizes their political power.
Monsanto wants Congress to ban states from requiring labels on GMOs.
Canadian artist Franke James was censored by the government for not toeing the tar sands party line. She obtained the emails discussing how to censor her, and turned that into worse embarrassment for the state.
US citizens: call on Congress to resist Monsanto and not ban states from requiring labeling of GMOs in food. It is ironic that Republicans who used to claim they were for “states’ rights” support a measure like this. Really they stand for nothing except the companies that get them elected.
The austerity grab is killing people in poor countries, too, as they are forced to cut spending to help the poor, on public health, and on agriculture.
Although the IRS was wrong to choose groups to investigate based on their political affiliation, those groups’ applications showed dishonesty that called for action. A bigger IRS scandal is not doing enough to scrutinize all such applications.
The UK medical doctors’ union condemns government austerity as cruelty to children. It is blindness to discuss the topic of child abuse without including the abuse that is done by the state.
US citizens: Tell your senators you support 50 States United for Healthy Air.
200 unstudied new drugs are being sold in the UK. This is partly a side-effect of prohibition. If the basically safe drugs, such as pot and MDMA, were legal, most people would stick to them. Some of them might be dangerous, while others might be fairly safe. Even those that are safe, in themselves, might become […]
Corporations that spend money on state judge elections effectively buy themselves immunity.
The Catholic Church is taking control of a growing fraction of US hospitals, and makes those hospitals deny various kinds of health care. I think that general hospitals should not be allowed to deny care based on prejudices. Limited-duty clinics, which don’t accept emergency patients and do not count as a hospital, perhaps can be […]
Florida wants to speed up the death penalty so that doubts about someone’s guilt don’t need to cause embarrassment.
An MD whistleblower says that the UK’s privatized tests of whether disabled people are fit to work are systematically biased.
A poll finds most Chinese would join protests to protect the local environment. They are not yet sensitized to the greater long-term world-wide danger of global heating.
The “Internet of Things” means total surveillance.
US citizens: call your congresscritter to support the SANE Act, which would cancel expensive “upgrades” to US nuclear weapons. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
A small Alaskan town is forced to relocate as rapid erosion is making the town fall into the adjoining river. This is a more important issue than it might seem, because it’s going to happen to millions of Americans (and millions of others) as global heating makes sea level rise and make storms stronger. The proper […]
Has Big Data Made Anonymity Impossible? This applies to people who use digital technology in the surveillance-prone ways many people do. If you use technology the way I do, people get far less data about you.
Israel pretends to have halted settlement construction, but really is allowing construction to go ahead.
Several people were killed when a Cambodian shoe factory collapsed. They were killed by psychopaths (corporations). Americans should cease their inordinate preoccupation with a comparatively small killing in Boston, which is unlikely to be repeated, and focus on these bigger killings which we know will be repeated.
Norman Finkelstein, who was fired from a tenured US professorship for condemning Israel’s policy of occupation, says that he no longer needs to do that because American Jews now understand the issue and no longer support Israel’s conduct.
US citizens: Support the bill to increase social security benefits.
The Israeli government is demolishing Palestinian homes in Jerusalem to force Palestinians out.
The US government has banned a particular kind of bitcoin trade.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter and say to sign Rep. Grijalva’s letter that urges Obama not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
Republicans plan to cut food stamps but continue big handouts to big agribusiness companies.
Boko Haram is forcing people to join or be killed.
Arkansas plans to use untested drugs for executions, but the manufacturer won’t sell any more for that use. I condemn the death penalty, but I don’t expect it can be stopped this way. European companies won’t be able to maintain control for long over how drugs are used once sold to the US.
Congress, fussing about artificial scandals, shows no interest in real Obama scandals involving stretching US and international law about use of armed force. In the case of Libya, one can argue that Congress effectively approved the aerial intervention by not objecting to it.
Student Debt and the Crushing of the American Dream. Education is one of the things the US needs to support more by taxing the rich and the companies more.
A New York thug who killed an unarmed teenager in his family home had charges dismissed. It is quite difficult to hold them responsible, and partly this is because the rules give them lots of excuses.
Almost half the EU is in recession thanks to austerity policies. “Recessions can hurt, but austerity kills”. If oppression drives you to the point of suicide, why not die fighting your oppressors instead?
China is closing the microblog accounts of influential people who have posted criticism. Murong Xuecun, one of them, writes about what it is like to be “reincarnated“ on the Internet.
Christian fanatics are trying to shut the only abortion provider in North Dakota by imposing impossible arbitrary restrictions. The clinic is suing to overturn them.
The digital revolution turns out to be a gift to the power of the state, and those who exercise the power are the ones who determine its limits. We need to make sure there are lots of people who are not going to be easy for Big Brother to spy on, on line. We also […]
Israel demolished an “unrecognized” traditional Bedouin village in the Negev, for the 15th time.
US citizens: sign this petition for Congress to investigate the threat to journalism posed by the investigation into Associated Press journalism.
We are asked to believe that the distribution of child pornography — and I mean real child pornography — leads people to commit sexual abuse of children. But evidence suggests it’s not so. There are two arguments for prohibition of “child pornography”. One is that “it was made in a real act of sexual abuse”. In […]
Arab neighborhoods formally included in Jerusalem, although outside the annexation wall, have to pay the same taxes as the rest of the city, but they don’t get vital services such as sewers or garbage collection. It reminds me of the way Chicago treated minority areas until Mayor Washington.
A mass protest was held in China against a new chemical plant suspected of planning to produce paraxylene, which is carcinogenic. Maybe this plant won’t produce paraxylene, but with governments and companies so dishonest (and not only in China), how can anyone believe that? Everyone is better off if states force companies to be honest.
US organic farms are suing Monsanto to protect themselves from being sued if patented genes contaminate their crops.
Israel makes Palestinian teenagers incriminate other Palestinian teenagers, on charges that are sometimes absurd. When accused in court, they don’t understand what they are accused of, but they know it doesn’t matter.
Roundup is not directly toxic to humans, but it can harm human health indirectly.
Walmart refuses to sign the agreement requiring safety inspections of factories in Bangladesh. I hope this leads to a public pressure campaign.
China is trying to stop prostitution by torturing accused prostitutes into confessing. There is nothing ethically wrong with prostitution, so the state’s only legitimate goal in this area is to make sure nobody is coerced into prostitution and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases by prostitution. Prohibition and repression of prostitution get in the […]
The Supreme Court ruled for Monsanto and against a farmer who bought seeds from a grain elevator (many of which contained a patented Monsanto gene). This means that Monsanto has been given control over all ordinary seed supplies for the plants that are effected.
Missing from the Arab peace plan: an Israeli partner. The Arab peace plan is quite similar to what the US government has advocated for years, but the US does not pressure Israel to accept it.
Everyone: object to giving Henry Kissinger an award for defending freedom and democracy.
Major “American” companies’ profits are up, mainly because they are paying workers less.
Israel forces Palestinian prisoners to pay for their medical care while in prison.
US citizens: call on your senators to preserve conservation requirements in the farm bill.
The similarities between AP-gate to Watergate. Unlike the writer, I will not give Obama the credit of supposing he was in any way reluctant to do the bad things he is doing.
The UK government wants Europe to import tar sands oil from the Keystone XL pipeline.
Everyone: call on the President of Indonesia to protect rain forests from a plan to cut them down for palm oil.
Vermont has legalized assisted suicide, but only for those who are terminally ill. It is a shame to limit this to people whose suffering is going to end soon anyway, and exclude those in unbearable pain that could continue for decades. So it is a mistake to use the slogan “death with dignity”, which presumes […]
Note the contrast between the weak US reaction to the shooting in New Orleans and the exaggerated response to the bombing in Boston.
US citizens: call on Obama and Holder to prosecute the banksters.
The UK austerity policies are designed to fall mostly on the poor. Massive youth unemployment in the UK is making young men hate themselves, and they take it out on the usual scapegoats such as women and gay men.
The more government agencies surveil thousands or millions non-suspects, the more blame they will get when one of them surprisingly commits a crime — but they won’t be able to anticipate who.
Cables show that the US has actively pushed countries around the world to accept GMO crops.
Westerners are in a tizzy about a Syrian rebel who ate part of the corpse of a dead government soldier, for revenge. Such ado about so little. Whatever you do to a corpse, it can’t really hurt anyone (except you, if you catch some disease from it). The worst it can do to others is […]
Some in the European Parliament propose to protect the “right” of businesses to secretly make money out of your data.
University research centers sponsored by oil companies provide the latter with a form of legitimacy that they cannot buy in any other way.
BP and Shell have been accused of fixing prices for a decade. Since this is in Europe, they may actually be prosecuted.
Presidents since Roosevelt have used the IRS for politically motivated investigations. It looks like Obama did not ask for the IRS to target tea party front groups. However, some years ago I saw reports that right-wing churches illegally endorse candidates and that the IRS had failed to make them stop.
Amazon staff in Germany have gone on strike. Amazon abuses its staff in the US, but the US government gives less support to workers.
Several Western clothing chains have signed on to fund safety inspections in Bangladesh. This will probably do some good, and the proposed changes in laws could do more good. However, what we really need is to change the free exploitation treaties so that they no longer pressure countries to compete to offer the worst working […]
Why the subpoena against AP phone call records is dangerous to freedom of the press. Of course, the entire thrust of Obama’s war on whistleblowers is not merely harmful to our human rights, it is aimed directly at them.
The IRS must increase scrutiny of political spending (but not in a biased way).
The Obama regime collected two months of the Associated Press’s phone records to try to find the source of a leak.
US oil production has increased greatly and is expected to increase more. This is something the world cannot afford.
In the US: call on Wendy’s to sign up to treat tomato farm workers decently, as other major US food chains have already done.
A broad movement condemns force-feeding of prisoners in Guantanamo, which is very painful and degrading to the prisoners. In addition, the prisoners are now forced to undergo a strip search before meeting with a lawyer.
Interventions in Syria’s civil war may be motivated by oil pipelines, part of the root cause was the effects of global heating.
Bangladesh has made it easier for clothing workers to unionize.
Comparing today’s US with the fictional world of Atlas Shrugged makes a strange contrast.
A candidate for mayor of New York denounces the thug department’s “stop-and-frisk” practice for its evident racial bias. However, it will be difficult to prevent the decision to search a particular person from being based on race, unless the thugs must show a specific justification for each instance. In other words, searching a person must […]
In Palestine, prejudice against prostitutes combines with circumstances that leave some women no other way out. This drives many to suicide. Such contempt for women that is found across the Muslim world, and partly continues to exist in the west too.
If current trends continue, humans will emit enough CO2 to probably cause a catastrophic 4C rise in temperature by 2041. However, if the climate system is more sensitive than that, the catastrophe made be locked in by 2021.
1/3 of all animal species will be hit by effects of global heating.
Deforestation of the Amazon will mean less rain, which means giant hydropower programs will provide less electricity than expected. It will also mean disaster for agriculture in Brazil.
If thugs demand additional “security” powers, remember that they have lied about this before. “Security” measures are only addressed to a narrow part of the spectrum of crime. The biggest and most damaging crimes in the US are committed by banksters, and the state refuses to prosecute them even when they are caught. The “security” […]
Systematic reasons cause thugs to prioritize the War on Drugs over investigating reports of kidnapped people.
The US has several bad or difficult options to choose from if it is to intervene in Syria.
The road to the victory over access to Plan B: “We followed a cardinal rule of the radicals of the 1960’s Women’s Liberation Movement: we demanded what we really wanted, rather than toning down to be respectable.” This is my rule too. Many others demand small changes in the DMCA or DRM, or talk about […]
Can’t the US keep guns away from children?
America’s contradictory attitudes towards children.
Many Iranians can only support a fictional candidate for president. In the US, things are not that far gone. We can vote for candidates that stand for good principles; we just know that it would be a miracle for one of them to win.
Extremists’ violence was unable to prevent Pakistan from holding a more or less democratic election.
A US-educated minister has been added to the politburo of the Vietnamese Communist Party. I guess that means more crushing of human rights to cater to global business.
Murder out of superstition didn’t disappear after the Salem witch trials. It still occurs today.
Corruption drains wealth out of Africa, twice as much as it gets in foreign aid.
The House of Representatives passed a bill to end overtime pay in the name of “flexibility” and “caring”.
UNESCO is trying to save the Great Barrier Reef from damage from coal shipments, but half its coral is dead already due to environmental degradation and global heating. Ocean acidification will kill all the rest, if we burn all that coal.
Chad has arrested many opposition journalists and bloggers.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to support the Local Farms, Foods, and Jobs Act. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
“American” corporations get a special tax deal for foreign earnings, which favors them over real citizens. The point is not that we should give people the same deal; rather, we should take it away from corporations.
Pakistan’s high court ruled that US drone attacks in Pakistan are war crimes.
Offering a little psychotherapy to people who go through a trauma is unnecessary, and some methods actually tend to make people suffer more.
ACLU: President Obama, Don t Let the CIA Control the Torture Narrative.
US citizens: call on Obama to take two important steps towards ending imprisonment without trial.
Hollywood influence threatens to block a proposed treaty for a copyright exception for books for blind people. I have mixed feelings about this treaty. Blind people deserve to escape from digital handcuffs, and so do the rest of us. A treaty that removes some of the harmful effect on blind people is a step towards […]
How Colleges Are Selling Out the Poor to Court the Rich.
US citizens: Phone your congresscritter to co-sign Rep. Grijalva’s letter to Obama opposing the Keystone XL planet-roaster pipeline. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
In the US: call on Publix to join the agreement to demand decent working conditions for the farm workers who grow its tomatoes.
The UK’s 100 largest companies are running 8000 tax dodges. I would expect that most of them are lawful, and take advantage of laws that need to be changed.
A year after signing the US-Korea free exploitation agreement, US exports to Korea have gone down 10%. In other words, this treaty failed even to provide the benefit the US was supposed to get. Of course, it did the other harm these treaties always do. You can pretty much count on a free exploitation agreement […]
Now that Rios Montt has been convicted of crimes against humanity, we must look at the evidence that the US under Ronald Reagan knowingly supported those crimes.
US citizens: tell the EPA not to let oil companies block new pollution standards for cars and trucks.
In response to many public complaints, the USDA has decided to do a full environmental impact study on proposed multi-herbicide-resistant GMO crops, rather than approve them without one.
The conservatives have cut the NHS to the point where hospitals no longer have enough nurses to keep patients safe.
Global heating threatens to destroy cassava, the principal food of millions in Africa, via insects and disease.
A right-wing politician embarrassingly acknowledged the real motive for austerity in the UK.
The Pentagon has punctured the pretense that the UK government is trying to rescue Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo.
How Facebook leads people to forget all the different sorts of people they are giving their information to. This is not to mention Facebook itself, a perpetual lurker whose presence is dangerous to overlook.
The FBI screwed up testing evidence against 137 people, but only informed the lawyers of 30 of them. Others have languished in prison for years.
The Irish government is shielding the companies that sold horsemeat as beef. If the Irish government intended, in February, to put meat businesses gently on notice so they would cease this practice, that’s not wrong in principle. It was a way to put an end to the practice. However, blocking an investigation is going too far. I […]
Campaigning against an autodestructive response to the Boston Bombings.
US citizens: Once again, call on the SEC to require publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending.
A woman in El Salvador has asked the Supreme Court to let her have an abortion, because otherwise she is likely to die from her pregnancy. The sacred fetus that the Catholic Church would kill her to save cannot survive anyway, because most of its brain is missing. But even if it were healthy, she […]
The New York Times Magazine labeled as the “center” the place between a right-wing extremist economist and a somewhat right-wing economist.
A Wikileaks cable shows how the US planned to meddle in Venezuelan politics to try to defeat Chavez. I don’t agree with all the opinions in the article; for instance, I think he’s bending over backwards to defend North Korea, which is as nasty a tyranny as you can find on Earth.
On the foolish and absurd attachment many people feel toward corpses. While criticizing this attachment, the article supports it by using terms such as “laid to rest”. I never use such terms, both because they endorse superstitious ideas and because euphemisms strike me as encouragement of cowardice.
The “American Federation for Children” spent millions to support state legislature candidates that want to privatize public schools. This is the kind of predator that US parents really should be worried about, since they can hurt a lot more children than any other kind of predator.
Food processing companies have imposed unsupported safety standards in California, which endanger wildlife.