Everyone: tell New York that going limp when arrested should not be a felony.
The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines that can generate enough power for its shops. However, it would take a over million such installations (or equivalent) to avoid global heating disaster.
Three journalists for al-Jazeera have been accused of flying drones over Paris without a license.
Russia is flying planes, including nuclear bombers, near Norway in an intimidating way. The same is happening near England and in the Baltic sea. The result will be increased military preparation — and spending &mash; all around NATO. Ultimately Putin won’t have gained anything, but poor people in those countries will be the losers.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter to oppose permitting states to divert federal education aid money to private schools. (That would, naturally, mean religious indoctrination schools in many cases). The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
US citizens: call on Obama to make sure the bee protection task force really protects bees.
Obama, to promote the TPP, is repeating arguments that Clinton gave for NAFTA — and which proved false then.
EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC about Samsung’s always-listening TV.
Global heating could turn parts of Mexico into a dust-bowl, sending tens of millions of people fleeing to a US which is suffering from its own dust-bowls.
How Wall Street Siphons Billions From Retirees — And Gets Away With It. Banksters swindled California school districts too. Then the Federal Reserve pushed them to hand the banksters even more.
Predicting people’s appearance from DNA brings a range of dangers.
A unit of unarmed women patrols a wildlife reserve in South Africa which has prevented poaching for the past year.
Three men were arrested in the US and charged with planning to go to Syria and fight for PISSI. It appears they were encouraged by a secret FBI provocateur, without whom they might never have planned to do anything.
Occupation Tourism: Savor AC, Wi-fi, Heated Pool, Breakfast Buffet and Picturesque Views Where Disenfranchised People Once Lived. Something similar is being planned for Haiti.
The methods of the “war on drugs“ harm farmers, the environment, medical care and women’s rights.
Mexican thugs killed protester Claudio Castillo, a retired teacher who was sitting in a truck and addressing the protest through a PA system. They also attacked a news photographer, smashing his camera, perhaps to get rid of evidence against them.
Scotland plans a national ID data base like the one rejected at UK level some years ago.
A few UK thugs may be disciplined for trying to bully and bribe dissidents into spying on fellow activists. However the rot goes deeper, and punishing a few thugs won’t cure it.
Apple said it would monitor its supply chain and prevent abuses, but that doesn’t seem to have done much. The reason is, Apple (or any other company that outsources production) is under no economic pressure to really prevent mistreatment of subcontracted workers. Its interest is only to silence critics. For Apple, the ideal response to […]
The right-wing attack on teaching US history is a long-term plan to roll back advances in human rights.
China’s Top Court Rejects Judicial Independence as ‘Erroneous Thought’.
The UK’s teenage pregnancy drop is a triumph of progressive politics.
Emma Thompson and Greg Wise say they will refuse to pay their taxes until the HSBC tax-dodgers are prosecuted.
Sao Paulo is on the brink of disaster due to the failure of the usual rains. This drought is no accident. It was caused by deforestation of the Amazon. San Francisco may end up the same way.
Citizens of Massachusetts: resist fossil fuel lobby attempts to slow solar power development in Massachusetts.
Last Week’s Texas Prison Uprising Wasn’t a Surprise: Inmates Had Threatened to Riot for Months.
Pakistan is requiring all cell phone users to register their fingerprints. This is a direct threat to human rights. Perhaps in Pakistan it can be justified as a temporary emergency measure for the guerrilla civil war now going on, but do they say it is temporary?
Wealthy Republicans are planning to shut the University of North Carolina’s Center On Poverty, Work and Opportunity. Republicans no longer try to cover up their dirty tricks; they think their grip on the US is so strong that they can openly attack the poor in any and every way.
In Louisville, a homeless man died on the steps of a homeless shelter which did not let him in. The root problem is that the US has too few homeless shelters and does little to house homeless people. Thus, they have to compete to get a slot and inevitably most of them are denied one.
A “flat income tax” is unfair because it makes the non-rich pay the same tax rate as the rich. A tax rate that rich people can easily cope with is a great burden for those who have less. The decrease in tax rates for the rich, in many developed countries since 1980, is part and parcel […]
A Florida thug attacked a homeless man to stop him from using a toilet. The thug has been punished with a paid holiday.
Assad’s air force is dropping barrel bombs frequently on civilians.
Syriza has won some concessions from Europe. More comment.
Murders, Threats And Duopoly: the State of Press Freedom in Mexico.
The abortion and birth control clinic in Belfast is besieged by religious nuts that try to harass all women coming in. It seems that the clinic needs to be able to transport women in and out by after meeting them at remote locations.
US citizens: Congress Is Poised to Introduce a Bill to Fast Track TPP so It’s Time to Act Now.
Changes in criteria makes it very easy to diagnose adults as having ADHD and prescribe medicines for them. It is great for business. Whether it is good for the people who take these drugs is not yet clear. Underlying the issue of whether diagnosis is being done carefully there is the subtle question of how to […]
The head of HSBC had a hidden Swiss bank account himself.
Al-Jazeera published a leaked tape in which an Egyptian minister called for shooting protesters with machine guns.
The US foresees around 10 oil train derailment accidents a year. Many of these will cause explosions.
Around the US, children accused of crimes are often shackled in court, which can do them psychological damage that can steer them into a life of crime.
Existing US laws provide a way to resist businesses that push workers into being “independent contractors”. I don’t know whether this works for subcontracted workers, which is the case that is really needed.
Chinese laws discriminate against women in many ways.
Greece’s deal with Europe preserves a few gains, but it looks like Syriza has had to surrender most of its goals. Greeks did not want to exit the euro zone, but they had hopes of getting a decent outcome without it. Now that Germany has declared Greece a colony, the question is whether Greeks want […]
AT&T says that it charges $29 (i.e., about 30 dollars) a month for not profiling customers’ browsing, but the real charge is $44 or $66 a month, for those clients who can find the option at all. That deception deserves condemnation, but the worst part is that this doesn’t even offer real privacy. AT&T still makes […]
The mayor of Caracas has been arrested and accused of planning to overthrow the government of Venezuela.
Verizon is slowing down phone line repairs in Manhattan to pressure customers to switch to fiber (which has disadvantages).
Banksters’ bonuses in the UK since 2007 will soon add up to 100 billion UK pounds. That is 1500 pounds for each inhabitant. It adds up to a giant drain of wealth from the rest of the UK.
Transcript: NSA Director Mike Rogers vs. Yahoo! on Encryption Back Doors.
60% of Germans believe the political power of business denies them democracy. One third blame capitalism for poverty. 27% consider that government snooping is leading towards a dictatorship. Is there a possibility in Germany to start a Spare Greece movement?
The Department of the Interior Says There’s a 75 Percent Chance of a Major Oil Spill in the Arctic — And It’s Willing to Take That Chance.
US citizens: call on Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He has vetoed the bill that was going to force approval.
The UK government is sneakily imposing privatization of the NHS.
In the UK, it takes an average of 3 years for victims of domestic violence to get help. I would expect it to be worse in the US, but I don’t know.
Websites that offer health advice track visitors and enable data brokers to find out who is sick.
Modi took a strong stand for freedom of religion in India. Let’s hope that he follows through and eliminates the forcible interference with Dalits that want to convert officially to Buddhism. Modi also exposed Mother Teresa for what she really did: use poor sick Indians to promote her church (and raise money for it). Right on!
Broadband internet from satellites could offer a way around state-imposed filtering and sleazy ISPs. I foresee that some governments will ban it and maybe jam it. Satellite phones are already banned in India as an “anti-terrorist“ measure, though any organized terrorist attack wouldn’t be held back by this.
When Netanyahu said Iran was only a year away from building a nuclear weapon, he was lying; the Mossad had told him that wasn’t so.
To End the Harm Inflicted by Aggressive Masculinity, Men Must Embrace Feminism — Without Stealing It.
Chicago thugs interrogate people including protesters in a secret site, denying their relatives and lawyers access to them.
ALEC’s pushes laws to cut off funds for labor unions so they can’t be nuclei for resistance to plutocracy.
Republicans in Wisconsin are about to demolish unions there. The term “right to work” is deceptive propaganda, which really means that unions are kept unstable. This “right” is comparable to the “right to give up your freedom” that advocates of proprietary software claim exists.
The EU has brought forward its plan to try to make carbon emissions trading have some real effect, but it will still wait a dangerous three years before starting the plan. I’d wonder why these officials don’t grasp what “urgent” means, but in this case I think they are being paid not to understand.
Using different terminology enabled the people of Seattle to make improvements in transport means other than cars.
In France, “fighting terrorism” means racial profiling as well as more censorship.
Masih Alinejad is campaigning against Iran’s policy of forcing women to cover their heads. Women (like men) should have the right to cover their heads; however, given the pressure (both legal and social) imposed on Muslim women to do so, resistance to that pressure is an important area of feminist campaigning.
An Australian peace activist has been convicted of the crime of “protesting in a restricted zone”. He had been given a specific, arbitrarily order to stay away. For a government to give arbitrary orders like that is itself tyranny.
The president of Australian’s human rights commission says that the government asked her to resign because she embarrassed them by doing her job.
London is being ruined by the complete abandonment of the idea of public space and public interest.
PISSI kidnapped 90 Christians in Syria, to murder them I suppose.
Putin is imposing religious censorship, and has made it a crime in Russia to offend religious believers. This is just as wrong as his repression of political dissent. Placing Christianity above criticism is just as wrong as placing Islam above criticism.
South Korea asked South Africa to spy on the head of Greenpeace in 2010.
The meat lobby is fighting new US nutrition guidelines that take account of the environmental impact of various kinds of foods.
Coral polyps ingest tiny pieces of plastic, then can’t get rid of them. Filling up the polyp’s gut with plastic could cause it eventually to starve. The question is whether they will be killed first by out plastic pollution or by our CO2 pollution.
Brazil has arrested a suspect accused of organizing massive illegal deforestation.
Legalized marijuana allows thugs to take people’s homes based on minute violations of the legal limit.
Netanyahu’s political maneuvers have pushed Israel’s relationship with the US to rock bottom. Unfortunately the US has a while to go to reach what it should do: redirect its tremendous annual subsidy to Israel into dismantling Israel’s colonies in the West Bank.
Several Republican pro-pollution bills are likely to be vetoed.
The New York/New Jersey Port Authority blocked distribution of blankets to homeless people so they would not get “too comfortable”.
Students swindled by the not-really-accredited “Corinithian College“ have declared a debt strike to demand forgiveness for federal loans that supported the non-school’s pretensions.
Spain arrested four people for “recruiting” for PISSI. It is legitimate to ban recruiting for PISSI, but drawing the line between that and simply stating agreement is not easy. From the article, it seems that two of these people were really recruiting, but two just stated agreement. I’m afraid Spain is putting the line at the […]
The idea of “human resources” stands for a dehumanizing attitude towards employees, and that’s what “human resources” departments typically do. On the other hand, they also get the blame for implementing decisions that are the responsibility of the management as a whole, such as to fire all the older workers on pretexts. Getting rid of the […]
One of Greece’s concessions to the euro-zone is a crackdown on rich tax-evaders. Previous Greek governments, bowing to the rich, didn’t want to do this.
The UK government ordered an adviser to keep silent about the link between suicides in prison and the cutbacks on staff levels.
Several US universities have restricted admission of students from Iran, even banning professors from coauthoring papers with Iranians. This is part of a general tendency towards overeager obedience to rules in violation of common sense. We see it also when schools punish students for drawing pictures of weapons. It seems to represent taking fear to […]
US Force Feeds GM Crops to African Nations, says New Report. Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa.
Funding from fossil fuel companies has gained them influence over many scientists and labs.
The Corporate Debt to [US] Society: $10,000 Per Household, Per Year.
After Paris and Copenhagen, Let’s Not Forget Corporate Censorship.
US power-plant lobbyists are running sock-puppet campaigns and “studies” to pressure against rules to limit carbon emissions.
EU wants Paris climate deal to cut carbon emissions 60% by 2050. But it may not be enough.
Due to cutbacks, many UK women fleeing violence at home have no place to go.
The Kurdish Peshmergas are being denied heavy weapons because the US thinks arming them would get in the way of stitching Iraq back together again some day. The paradox is that the Peshmergas are the only forces on the ground that are really suitable for fighting PISSI. They have esprit de corps, they have battle experience, […]
Public pressure on advertisers is driving Rush Limbaugh’s radio diffusion ever lower.
Thai dissidents face imprisonment, accused of “insulting“ the royal family. To make it a crime to insult someone — regardless of who that may be — is evil tyranny. Many countries have unjust laws of that sort, including France and Turkey.
Blaming the Internet for Terrorism: So Wrong and So Dangerous.
Abbott made a deal with Sri Lanka’s repressive President Rajapaksa, to hush up about his repression in exchange for his cooperation in stopping his cronies from carrying illegal immigrants to Australia.
Two al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt will be tried a second time for acts of journalism. We can hope they are acquitted, but that shouldn’t lead us to forgive the act of charging them with absurd “crimes”.
Alaa Abd el-Fattah, one of the leaders of the uprising against military rule in Egypt, has been sentenced to prison by the new military government.
An analysis of craters and scorchmarks shows that Russia is firing rockets at Ukraine.
Everyone: call on National Grid to keep its deal to buy electricity from the Cape Wind wind farm.
The defense minister of Iraq denied the reported timetable for attacking Mosul which was stated by an unnamed US official. There is no way of knowing which, if either, of these officials is telling the truth. Perhaps both statements are only for the home front.
A Palestinian girl, age 14, says she was bullied into making a false confession in an Israeli prison.
Alan Turing’s family demand the UK pardon thousands of men convicted for being homosexual.
Pakistan has passed a law subjecting civilians to bogus military courts, and Pakistani newspapers are calling for the army to kill civilians without trial.
Everyone: Tell BP to pay the full amount it owes for the Big Spill.
The No Depositor Left Behind Act would apply to banks the sort of measures that have been applied to schools.
Uri Avnery: violence against Jews in Europe is not anti-semitism. It’s an outgrowth of the Israel-Arab conflict.
A poll in Massachusetts finds that citizens tend to believe misinformation that leads them to think pervasive surveillance could make them safer. This leads to public support for practices that threaten people and democracy.
A German court has limited when businesses can hire detectives to snoop on their employees.
Big prisons that barely keep prisoners under control are bad for the prisoner and for the public. So why make them? They must enable the companies to extract more money from the privatized prisons, with fewer staff.
The US has proposed new regulations for undersea drilling in the Arctic, requiring more preparations to handle a big spill. This is inadequate because there is no good way to handle a big spill, even in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic will always be harder. More preparations could at best bring the Arctic case […]
Global heating is bringing cold polar air and deep snow to places in the US that never used to get them.
After Abbott suggested that Indonesia should spare two Australians from the death penalty because of Australia’s aid to Aceh after the 2005 tsunami, young fools in Aceh propose to collect money to give back the aid — to defend their bloodthirsty practice. I can understand any Indonesian’s resentment at Abbott’s suggestion that Indonesia owes Australia […]
Global heating denier Willie Soon gets his funds from the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel interests.
Joyce and George Gruss paid for a homeless couple to stay in a motel, but the motel kicked them out because they had no identification. For motels to demand identification from guests is a police state practice. This is one of the reasons I generally avoid hotels.
For everyone in Raqqa, life is a prison. Work is almost impossible, and school (for boys only) is PISSI propaganda. This comes from someone opposed to PISSI, so it could be exaggerated, but most of it must be true.
UK law makes all migrant workers liable to abuse by their employers.
Yemen has become effectively divided between the Shi’ite north and the Sunni south. North Yemen and South Yemen were separate countries for a considerable period a few decades ago.
Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You. It is a mistake to respond to this by giving up. We have just begun to fight against pervasive surveillance! It is also a mistake to assume that, because there are so many different systems for surveillance, that it is useless to resist […]
A Sea Shepherd ship intends to follow an illegal fishing ship until it has to go into a port.
Oceans have thus far avoided waves of extinction, but massive damage is just over the horizon.
Many Americans demand that we all swear undying loyalty to thugs who might kill us for nothing.
Billions of dollars are sucked out of Africa through corruption, which stunts development and keeps most Africans poor. The non-rich in the US and many other countries are now getting the same treatment.
Ohio’s tax cut for the rich was supposed to benefit the non-rich through trickle-down. Now the figures are in — it didn’t.
Negev Bedouin protest every week against the repeated demolition of their homes.
Global heating denialists measure from the last peak to obscure the long-term trend. So do inequality denialists.
The UK’s extractivist ruling parties backed down from overtly privatizing the forests, and decided instead to sneakily achieve the same result without admitting it.
Apps could track a portable phone’s movements by measuring how its power consumption varies. One more example of why you can’t trust a nonfree program. Surely some are not malware, but you can never be sure of any of them. Nonfree software does computing for suckers.
Miami is already experiencing worse flooding due to global heating.
Accused of ‘Terrorism,’ Animal Rights Activists Head to Federal Court. Others have been imprisoned for “animal rights terrorism” just for operating a web site.
Hong Kong protest leaders face persistent harassment of many kinds.
Nonexistance – In response to Better Never to Have Been, by David Benatar.
Montana is considering a law banning the showing of fake nipples. It also prohibits display of men’s and children’s nipples, which would ban traditional practices and threaten a large number of people.
The push for US colleges to punish someone every time rape is alleged tramples defendants’ rights and threatens to punish people who did not commit rape under any definition. Note the example at the end, of the male student who was banned from campus because he resembled someone else who had raped a female student, […]
How detective Zuley tortured a series of black Chicago citizens into confessing to murder, but he didn’t operate alone. He had the support of the commander of thugs in his district.
Christian extremists that oppose effective contraception are contradicting their stated goals by increasing the number of embryos that don’t develop into babies. I think we can model their behavior better by disregarding the reasons they proclaim, and supposing that what they really want is to use pregnancy as an opportunity to punish women that have sex.
Everyone: Call on General Mills to stop lobbying against dietary guidelines with less sugar.
Tne NSA stole encryption keys from Gemalto, the world’s largest maker of sim cards, which allows the NSA to listen to communications from billions of cell phones. More information.