Right wing judges and officials don’t want “stand your ground” laws to apply to women defending themselves from violent domestic partners. Indeed, those laws are meant to allow white men (who dare carry guns in public) to kill black men (who know thugs would fabricate an excuse to beat them and arrest them if they […]
Human pharmaceuticals could be to blame for part of the massive destruction of wildlife now occurring.
Thugs repeatedly clear away protest areas in Hong Kong. If the 400,000 who supported the protests were to keep protesting, the antidemocratic government might have to yield.
Erdogan says Turkey will not help the US defend Kurds. This formalizes what was already apparent. So much for Obama’s dream coalition. However, the US can bring food, arms and Kurdish fighters to Kobani by air without Turkey’s help.
The New York Times once again defines “democracy” in Latin America as “submitting to the USA”.
The effects of global heating are nonuniform. The average October temperature in Pt Barrow has risen 7C (12F) since 34 years ago.
The aim of divestment from fossil fuel companies is to show that these investments are odious, and force them to pay for all the future damage they have caused.
The UK is cutting the budget for education for teenagers in prison, but it proposes to build a privatized prison for teenagers as an excuse to legalize using force against them.
4000 African children who got into Italy appear to have been kidnaped and enslaved.
Coal companies used the G20 meeting to lobby for more coal mining, presenting coal as the savior of the world. It’s ridiculous, of course, but officials often support ridiculous claims to get funds for their election campaigns, or work in retirement.
Inadequate staffing is causing an increase in suicides in UK prisons. In some cases, the suicide seems to be a reaction to mistreatment. How can it make sense to put a suicidal person, not accused of doing anything wrong to others, in prison “for his safety”? Even a well-staffed prison is not a safe or […]
Automation is the central factor behind a 10% fall in wages for British workers without unusual marketable skills, and it is going to get worse. More or less the same is happening in the US. The solution is obvious: tax the rich to spread the benefits that automation provides.
US citizens: call for an end to trials of GMO wheat.
Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA. Basically, governments don’t help the homeless as much and persecute them more.
Yemeni Man Sues Germany for Role in US Drone Killings of Civilians.
Is it possible for the US to bring Kurdish peshmerga from Iraq to Kobani by helicopter? That might save the Kurds of Kobani. Is it possible for the US to airdrop food and ammunition to them? Even if half of it fell into the hands of the jihadis, that half would make no material difference […]
The people who clean the UK foreign ministry protested that their minimum-wage pay is too little to live in London and do the job. The article demonstrates the harm done by subcontracting, which gives the state and other companies a way to hire people for low wages and say “we’re not responsible, since we don’t employ […]
Jean Davis, 86 years old, fasted to death because her children were forbidden to help her get a less difficult death.
Navalny, after a relaxation in the terms of his house arrest, accuses Putin of using war to stay in power.
A talk by feminist Anita Sarkesian was cancelled due to a mysogynist threat to shoot her, backed up by a state law that prohibited stopping people from bringing weapons into the auditorium. That law says, in effect, that anyone people threaten to shoot cannot speak in public.
Europe Needs to Fix Or Ditch Its Emissions-Trading Scheme. A carbon tax would be better. One of the problems with the European emissions-trading scheme is that it is too easily gamed: companies can get credit for industries that have simply failed, for instance, and emissions credits are so cheap that nobody really needs to conserve.
The mass graves found in Mexico appear not to contain the 43 disappeared students.
A Tory minister called for paying the disabled less than minimum wage, stating explicitly the right-wing goal of reducing the weak to desperation. The same goal is at work in making prisoners work for companies that pay them a pittance. This reduces jobs and wages for people outside prison, and more of them will end […]
100 students were arrested in Egypt this week for protesting. Violent Islamist fanatics continue to fight the regime with terrorism, but all in all their violence is less than what the military regime directed at peaceful Islamist fanatic protesters.
Australia’s government proposes massive biometrics capture, but may not succeed in imposing it.
How Whisper users can be identified based on the vague geolocation data Whisper keeps.
Thugs attacked Hong Kong protesters and closed some of their barricades.
Ray Cole describes how in Morocco he was accused based on irrelevant evidence, jailed incommunicado, and bullied into signing a statement he could not read. The prison guards also lied to the British consul, saying Cole did not want to see him. It seems clear they treat Moroccans just as badly.
China has banned logging in state forests in its most heavily forested province. In the US, businesses control politicians. In China, the politicians own and control the businesses, or else the state owns them. While Chinese politicians can be quite corrupt, they can also take action to protect China’s future from rogue businesses, in a […]
The UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism says that massive surveillance violates human rights as defined by the UN.
An education campaign in Vietnam has cut the demand for rhino horn by 33%, by correcting the superstitious idea that it is beneficial. Can anyone make plausible imitation rhino horn? It would work just as well as the real thing.
State colleges in the US today have been reshaped by plutocracy and budget cutting, along with hiring patterns, so that students from poor backgrounds are likely to end up with debts and no good job. There are some exceptions, of course. If you have talent in a professional field, and you study hard, you can still […]
Farm pesticides have been linked to an increase in depression and suicide.
Thugs in New York State say that they can collect information on everyone’s driving because that’s public; but when a reporter asked to see their records about him, they claimed it was secret.
French documentary makers are being prosecuted for filming in West Papua, where foreign journalists are not allowed. Indonesia took over West Papua by force in the 1960s when the Dutch pulled out, and has sent large numbers of Javanese colonists. It’s somewhat like China and Tibet.
Pacific Islanders blocked a coal ship leaving Australia. Combustion of fossil fuel is inundating their islands little by little. A few have already become uninhabitable.
From Chicago to Geneva, a Call for Police Accountability for Violence and Torture.
The corruption charges against high officials in Turkey have been dropped. Many of the officials involved in bringing the charges had faced official retribution. Either the charges were bogus and placed for political reasons, as Erdogan says, or they were valid and he has protected his party colleagues’ abuse of power. I have no way […]
Matt Taibbi explains why no banksters go to jail in the US, while so many blacks and welfare recipients do: because thugs systematically harass those groups seeking (and inventing) excuses to arrest them. It’s not policing, it’s occupation.
Offshore oil wells are great habitats for fish. Burning oil generates CO2 which makes some fish dangerously uncautious and will kill (at a sufficient concentration) many shelled animals. But we could plant suitable structures without using them to extract oil.
Private charities are nowhere near capable of giving America’s tens of millions of poor people the help they need.
Private “police foundations“ buy controversial massive surveillance equipment and donate it to thug departments across the US, bypassing democratic decisionmaking about what these systems should do.
US budget cuts aimed at poor people don’t ultimately reduce spending. But they sure do help demonize the poor, which is what right-wing politicians need.
The latest TPP draft proposes to make coffeehouses liable when their patrons use the internet for sharing.
Why the US-constructed Iraqi army couldn’t and wouldn’t fight PISSI. Basically, the idea of setting up a client state and training its army to fight for it (i.e., for the US) doesn’t work.
Egypt’s US-Backed Military Regime is Brutalizing Student Protestors.
The FBI presented cases to prove that it needs the power to encrypt people’s data. All of the cases were bogus.
The UK NHS is so underfunded that its staff shortages endanger patients. The reason the NHS is underfunded is plutocratic refusal to tax businesses and the rich; they demand to be subsidized instead.
Seven potential disasters that could result from fighting PISSI. It appears to me that we must accept sectarian partition of Iraq. It has, de facto, already happened, and accepting it is the only way to convince Iraqi Sunnis they can protect themselves without PISSI. PISSI is the Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Raising the minimum wage to match what it was in the 1960s would save 1.7 million Americans from needing public assistance.
New Zealand journalist Nicky Hager revealed evidence of the ruling party’s dirty political tricks; then thugs raided his house and seized his computers. Evidently the politicians that control New Zealand prefer to keep crime secret rather than behave honestly.
A new leak of the part of the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership shows that the US is pushing mass murder in the form of tightened patent power on medicines. This treaty does harm already, although it is still a draft, simply by using the propaganda term “intellectual property” to lump together various unrelated laws. To repeat that […]
The crass remarks of a Tory minister reveal an already-existing abuse, where people are pushed into self-employment so as to pay them less than a minimum wage.
In Australia, government policy makes millenials poor and the rest of society blames them for it. Many of them, not realizing the fault isn’t theirs, are going crazy. The first step in not going crazy is to realize that the injustice is imposed by the state. The second step is to unite to kick out […]
All the MPs of the Golden Dawn party face charges of murder and other acts of violence. This worries me. The party is neo-Nazi, and some of its members commit violence, but are all of them directly implicated in the violence — or are they going to be tried for their political views? This resembles […]
Microsoft uses US courts to shut down companies by seizing their domain names so clients cannot contact them. The court cases go on without informing the targeted companies.
Whisper, which promises its users anonymity, records their location at each post. The pattern of a single user’s movements can more or less identify who that user is. More dirt on whisper.
Everyone: sign this petition of solidarity with Hong Kong democracy protesters.
ACLU: the dangers posed by collecting millions of people’s voiceprints.
Everyone: sign this petition calling on Boston to put an end to racism in its thug department.
Annie Machon: GCHQ prostituting itself to the NSA over the last few years.
Obama’s persecution of reporters’ sources, and how it dwarfs previous US history.
US state governors are privatizing state services for profit. In some cases, their own profit. It is not just states. Chicago privatized parking meters and was greatly shafted.
A TV personality has received rape threats after speaking in favor of allowing a convict to resume his previous job after release from prison for rape. Her daughter received rape threats too. You may agree or disagree with her statement, but threats are not justified as a response. The US imposes so many kinds of […]
Saudi Arabia sentenced a Shi’ite religious leader to death, for “crimes” amounting to dissent.
Israel destroyed the power grid of a Palestinian village that Israel threatens to demolish entirely.
US citizens: Call on Obama to cancel oil exploration on the Atlantic coast, which will make loud sounds that injure whales and dolphins. I put this as my message. To avoid global heating disaster, we need to leave 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Finding more reserves is at best a waste, and […]
How a city can set up a public bank and make its funds secure against failure of the big bankster banks.
A US wireless ISP is reportedly sabotaging TLS security by acting as a man in the middle.
A SWAT team shot and killed a homeowner who tried to protect himself from a repeat burglary. He didn’t know that the burglar claimed to have stolen drugs from him. I don’t see anything saying where this took place, except that it is in the US. Can anyone tell me? Thieves do steal drugs and drug equipment. […]
For minors in the US, getting a judge’s permission for an abortion is painful harassment, often followed by arbitrary denial. Just getting out of school to go to a court in another town may be a struggle. I don’t understand how people who generally agree it is not a good thing for poor minors to […]
Whaling interests in Japan paid a PR company in the 1970s to fabricate a “national tradition” of eating whale meat.
Even being wealthy graduates of prestigious schools doesn’t enable US blacks to protect their children from racist insults. What makes the most impression on me is how far blacks in the US have to bend over backwards to avoid being falsely accused or treated with prejudice. These precautions seem to have been mostly effective — […]
The UK plans to allow fracking companies to put “any substance” under people’s homes, without informing them.
One Administration’s Terrorist Is Another’s Freedom Fighter. Just Ask the PKK.
Nurses accuse Dallas hospital of having inadequate equipment to protect them from Ebola, and lousy procedures too. Two of them have caught an Ebola infection.
Israel continues to keep 33 members of the Palestinian Parliament in prison, mostly without charges. The kidnaping and murder of three teenagers is used as the pretext for this, although these elected officials had nothing to do with it. Imagine if Palestinians could put Israeli right-wing politicians in prison because Israeli fanatics murdered a Palestinian teenager.
US diabetics are three times as likely to get a leg amputated if they are black, than if they are white. It is not clear why, but it has to be due to prejudice one way or another.
Fighting has flared up between Kurds in Turkey and the Turkish state. This fighting seems to have been provoked by Turkey’s policy of passively helping PISSI to capture Kobani.
President Morales of Bolivia was reelected after his socialist policies reduced poverty and grew the economy. You can cause economic growth with right-wing policies too, as the US and UK have demonstrated, but doing it that way increases poverty.
Louisiana plans a megaproject to reclaim some of the 2000 square miles lost to the sea in the last century. In principle, it is a good idea, but it will be futile if we don’t stop pumping out the greenhouse gases that melt icecaps and raise sea level even more.
Ireland will close one of the tax loopholes that multinational corporations use to avoid paying tax on their income cross Europe. However, Ireland’s low corporation tax still constitutes beggar-thy-neighbor. The rest of Europe, if it were not corrupted by those same corporations, would make Ireland stop this.
Modern western society isolates the young and the old, leaving them with no idea of anything to want except wealth. The statistics cited are from the UK, but I expect it is true in the US as well. When hippies wished to live in communes, it had to be a rejection of the beginnings of this. […]
“Sports drinks” are mostly used outside of the context of sports, and are bad for people’s health.
The practice of privately hiring thugs with the legal power to arrest, or to look the other way, endangers the rights of those who aren’t paying.
Russia’s principal human rights organization since Soviet times, founded by Andrei Sakharov, is going to be shut down by Putin.
Weekly “Moral Monday” protests have begun in Ferguson and in nearby St Louis.
US citizens: call on Obama to take action quickly to curb methane leaks from oil and gas extraction. It appears this needs to be done for coal mining too.
Various Republican forms of political sabotage worked together to support Wisconsin’s voter ID law, leading to a split between modern “hold power no matter how” Republicans and older Republicans who have some loyalty to the ideals of a free political system.
North Korea is keeping its people hungry to export rice to wealthier China.
The UK plans to deport Liaquat Ali Hazara to Pakistan where he faces death threats from religious fanatics.
Peter van Buren reviews reports on al Qa’ida’s magazine. In tyrannical states such as the UK, you could be imprisoned just for having a copy of the magazine.
Dozens of poor countries are in danger of sliding into a debt crisis. Many of these debts were more or less imposed by outside pressure and accepted by rulers that were tyrants or traitors. Those debts should be considered entirely invalid.
The UK has adopted the US model for university education, requiring students to take out huge loans. Nonetheless, many are desperate to go to a university because wages for non-graduates have been knocked down. Indeed, many graduates won’t get good jobs because there are too many. The only aspect which is not quite as bad as […]
Centralized social networks can learn a lot about people that don’t directly give them data, through what others say about them and even who knows them. In other words, you should insist that your friends not mention you by name or email address in anything they post on centralized social networks. I think this applies […]
A world-wide survey found that around half of all girls expect to have no control over their lives.
A Japanese reporter in Korea faces 7 years imprisonment for reporting the existence of a rumor about the president. Did you think it must be North Korea, which is of course a total tyranny? Sad to say, it is South Korea. If the report was false — if the rumor did not exist — it might […]
UK MPs voted to recognize Palestine. Unfortunately it was a non-binding vote.
US citizens: call on the EPA to protect all waterways.
There will be a last-ditch attempt to block two new nuclear power plants in the UK, on the grounds that the subsidy will be a burden for the country. The reason that it is a burden is that the same amount of money could buy a lot more in renewable energy and negawatts (improved efficiency).
Germany’s government is practicing economic harshness for harshness’ sake, and pushing Europe into depression.
The damage to coral reefs from CO2 could amount to a trillion dollars annually in losses to humanity, by the end of this century.
US citizens: sign this petition to demilitarize and reform US thugs.
Thousands marched in St Louis on behalf of Michael Brown and against thug violence. Fortunately, this time the thugs did not engage in more violence against the protesters.
California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater.
The level of sexual harassment female students face in UK universities today is amazing. I think it is largely the same in US universities, but I never saw anything like this when I was studying at Harvard in 1970–74. I think the social pressure to get drunk is the worst part of it.
Obama pretends that the US military budget has suffered intolerable cuts.
In the US: call on banks to drop their forced arbitration clauses.
Dow Chemical covered up knowledge of the medical damage done by its toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos; now the question is whether the EPA has the guts to do its job to prevent more sickness.
Putin has withdrawn a substantial fraction of troops from near the border with Ukraine. This could still leave substantial numbers to sneak into Ukraine and attack.
Remotely supervised use of prescribed abortion pills can make abortions safer and more accessible.
A young black male is 21 times more likely to be shot dead by US thugs than a young white male.
Around 10 million people with HIV owe their lives to generic equivalent drugs. The Obama regime is pressuring India to stop making them, which would kill millions of those people within a few years. The Nazis murdered 7 million civilians. This could murder more than 7 million of those now in treatment, and more millions in […]
The UK National Health Service is so underfunded that it is paying staff poverty wages. The NHS needs a lot more money, and it needs to come from the rich (including businesses). However, making housing cheaper would help the workers get by; that too depends on increasing taxes on the homes of the rich.
Taking account of externalities, wind power is the cheapest form of generation in Europe. Coal costs more than double.
Reflections on the Death of an Unpunished Dictator.
The Pirate Party had an electoral success in Czech local elections.
Hong Kong protesters are being attacked with military-grade Chinese malware.
Computerized recognition of people’s voices is being employed on a large scale. I don’t mind if bank customers can use this authenticate themselves to the bank. What worries me is that it can also be used to track people.
A UK court stopped publication of an autobiography on the grounds that it might cause pain to the author’s son. In the US, which respects freedom of speech much more than the UK, this decision would be called “prior restraint”, which is more or less unconstitutional, though I would not trust today’s US Supreme Court […]
The US now allows bankrupt cities to cancel 60% of retired workers’ pensions. They can’t live on what remains.
Reagan’s order 12333 lets the US government collect all sorts of data about Americans by copying it from mirror servers located outside the US. Meanwhile, Snowden says that snooping by the UK government on its cities has no practical limit.
In Japan, right-wing extremists with support of officials in the ruling party call for persecution of Korean residents, and have launched a campaign of threats against journalists that cover Japan’s war crimes. The Korean residents of Japan are descendants of Koreans forcibly taken to work in Japan when Korea was under Japanese rule. Those alive […]
There is a proposal in the UK to prohibit domestic “coercive control”, but identifying that might require a difficult judgment call. What strikes me is that the methods used for domestic coercive control have a lot in common with the methods used for enslavement of farm laborers and domestic workers. Criminalizing such enslavement has not […]
The evil of the Koch brothers includes racism, as well as voter-suppression, dooH niboR and frying Earth’s ecosphere.
Everyone: call on the Susan G. Komen Foundation to stop pinkwashing toxic and carcinogenic fracking. More information.
The sea level rise of the past century is a record for 6000 years. (That is when the melting of the ice age ice sheets finished.) Even if we stop pumping out greenhouse gas, the Earth will continue getting hotter for quite some time due to the greenhouse gas we have already pumped out. That’s […]
Fossil fuel companies and their pet politicians made the University of Wyoming get rid of a sculpture that reminded people about the effects of global heating on forests in that region.
The Australian National University decided to divest from some fossil fuel companies, which occasioned absurd rebukes from right-wing politicians that represent the fossil fuel companies. There is no limit to how far they will go to increase fossil fuel sales.
New antiplutocratic parties have had success in several European countries.
When RSA installed key generation code that had been weakened by the NSA, it wasn’t just ingenuous — it took money from the NSA to do so.
A week ago I made a connection in Dallas-Ft Worth Airport, and was wearing my “Impeach God” button. A pilot said it takes courage to wear such a button there. It did not seem to me that I was being particularly courageous. However, a rather strange conversation ensued on the subsequent flight: a flight attendant […]
The European Commission proposes insane blanket deregulation (except for the biggest companies). The rest would be allowed to pollute however they like.
Next year, most children in the UK will be living in poverty. The UK hasn’t got the billions needed to help them, because nuclear missile submarines have higher priority.
Business is the “enemy within” countries with plutocratic governments.
Airplane cleaners in New York went on strike demanding protection from diseases in vomit and shit that they have to clean up.
Citizens of Europe and the US: take action against TTIP (This Treaty Is Plutocratic).
Hong Kong democracy protesters have resumed large protests after the government reneged on talks.
Facebook now combines “Like” button tracking data with data from Facebook itself to get even more information about people’s digital activities. Facebook does not tell other companies the identities of users, but they can identify users based on data they get elsewhere. “Like” button surveillance even tracks people who are not useds of Facebook (i.e., […]
Cuba has sent more doctors to fight Ebola than any other country.
The UK will require a court order to get journalists’ phone records. That is a small step in the right direction. I have to ask, however, who this will apply to. On the internet, anyone can be a journalist. In addition, journalists reporting on ticklish issues such as government snooping must arrange to communicate with […]