The Australian government’s next excuse to step on the downtrodden: punishing those who miss a job interview.
The UK has very little no social mobility. Here are some of the causes. The situation in the US is similar overall. Social mobility has gone way down since 50 years ago.
The US equivalent of Iraq Body Count has found that US thugs kill about 3 times as many people as the FBI reports — around 1100 a year.
Renewable energy now generates 22% of electricity, but politicians are working hard to slow the growth rate. When you compare the cost of renewable energy subsidies with the damage global heating will do, the former is clearly less. It’s also much less than the fossil fuel subsidies, which the same politicians don’t complain about. Clearly […]
The City of London has a police force that fights the War on Sharing, illegally. The City of London is a small part of London that acts as a political arm of the banksters. It is the enemy of democracy.
Universities were once considered a way to benefit society by spreading learning and giving the non-rich a path to advance; now they mainly maintain the elite status quo.
How the US government’s basic error leads to underestimating the CO2 emissions from Keystone XL.
Protester Ellie Mae O’Hagan, CS gas sprayed by a wild thug for no reason says that the years-late apology from the thug department is no substitute for holding thugs accountable for their actions.
The UK thugs didn’t bother investigating the murder of Ricky Reel, apparently for racist motives, because they were too busy investigating his family as they campaigned for a proper investigation of the murder.
The UN reports on the atrocities in Syria, committed by Assad’s army and by ISIS.
The indefinite cease-fire in Gaza includes some relaxation of the siege, but not entirely.
Three Vietnamese activists who protested for democracy were jailed for “obstructing traffic”. Did Vietnam bring in thugs from Ferguson? This sounds awfully like what they did to some journalists.
Suggestion: the US has no more obligation to fight Assad in Syria than it has to fight the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, etc. When Assad faced a campaign of peaceful protests for human rights, that campaign merited support on ethical grounds. Today’s situation is totally different. When a violent uprising started in parallel […]
A Koch brothers front group claims that net neutrality is “marxist”. The Koch brothers figure that any absurd claim will pass for true if they get enough organizations to say it often enough.
Shaker Aamer, held without charges in Guantanamo, is now being beaten daily by the guards as punishment for protesting his imprisonment.
The Obama regime, obedient to the banksters as usual, fined Goldman Sachs for fraud, but will allow Goldman Sachs to deduct the fine from its taxes and recover 1/3 of it.
US citizens: call for protection of monarch butterflies, whose numbers have fallen by 90%. Please don’t distort the formerly useful word “decimate”. It means killing ten percent of something. (The Romans used this as a punishment for military units that mutinied and then surrendered.) What we have done to the monarch butterflies is far worse than […]
The question of whether to intervene in Iraq includes questions about what sort of intervention it would be, and with what goal.
Everyone: call on Burger King to drop its tax dodging plan.
New coal-fired electric plants in Europe threatens to wipe out all its savings in CO2 emissions. If solar power and more advanced batteries catch on, these plants will be lost investments. I suspect that the owners are getting a subsidy to build them, or a loan from the state that will never be repaid if […]
The Ukrainian army says that the Russian army has invaded and is attacking the city of Mariupol, after weeks of bombardment from Russian territory. It appears that Putin has decided on a real covert war of conquest, not the provocation/distraction from Crimea that I thought this was.
In an Australian state, one party proposes to escalate the war on drugs. I think it is a bad idea to use methamphetamine, but the war on drugs does worse harm than the drugs.
Global heating denialists claim Australia’s record-breaking summer heat is a lie.
A security guard in Australia was declared a “security risk” for having a sign on her car that criticized the danger of coal dust. The greatest irony is that these ports endanger the security of Australians far more than any individual could.
Dalit women who refuse to collect toilet waste face threats of attack from higher-caste people who demand this service.
Bus deregulation in the UK (outside London) resulted in high fares and bad service. This suggests to me that buses need a subsidy, and that deregulation meant elimination of the subsidy. Does anyone know?
Palestine calls on various countries to investigate the participation of their citizens (who are soldiers in the Israeli army) in Israel war crimes.
Young people who were in Fukushima at the time of the meltdown show a high rate of thyroid cancer.
Spanish women are protesting a mayor who warned men that women would make false accusations of rape. The mayor’s statement combines two points which don’t really fit together. The suggestion to be careful where you go at 06:00 is wise, not just for women, and not just in regard to rape. There are places in […]
A woman in Indiana faces many years’ imprisonment for taking drugs to cause an abortion.
Everyone: phone Lisa Kershner, General Area Manager of Oakland Marriott City Center and Oakland Convention Center, at 1–510–466‑6410, and say you object to their support for the “Urban Shield” event which promotes military weapons for use on US streets and in US homes.
The IPCC reports that global heating is already a source of danger and it may be impossible to reverse.
Hypersonic weapons now being developed by the US, China and Russia would put the world on a hair trigger and could even be mistaken for a nuclear attack. It would be smarter to sign a treaty to ban them, but the US government generally refuses, assuming it will have the advantage.
Greg Palast: oil companies destroyed the swamp that protected New Orleans from hurricanes, and an oil company shut down the research center that tried to warn people of the danger.
Wisconsin Governor Walker actively raised funds for supposedly independent groups that were going to use the funds to promote voting for him.
Detroit has resumed disconnecting poor people from water supply. Some people have restored their own connections. Bravo!
How AT&T buys the support of grass-roots organizations for its campaign against net neutrality.
US citizens: call on the Department of Transportation to recognize that Americans drive a little less every year, and stop wasting money on unnecessary roads.
A Florida thug dumped a mostly paralyzed man onto the floor by tipping his wheelchair. This incident is unusual, both for callousness, and because the thug’s superior condemned it and apologized. It is not a basis for judging thugs in general. But I think it is the extreme manifestation of an attitude that many thugs […]
Pipeline protesters in Michigan locked themselves to trucks to block construction of an oil pipeline.
Countries and criminals around the world are tracking people’s movements through portable phones. This is why I don’t have one. The NSA can figure out that two people know each other by seeing that their cell phones are in close proximity.
35% of young Britons would be happy to show their social media profiles to employers if pressured to do so. The report says “in exchange for job security”, which sounds like a benefit; but since employers can reduce job security to zero if they wish, in practice it means, “If you don’t show us, you’ll be […]
David Barron, now Federal Judge Barron, was in an awful rush to approve killing a US citizen with no criminal charges based on nothing but intelligence reports. We know how a president can shape intelligence reports around whatever result he seeks, so this is little limitation.
ISIS massacred Shi’ite prisoners in Mosul after telling them they were about to be released. This lie reminds me of the lies Nazis told to Jews to get them to cooperate with being killed. I suspect the purpose of this massacre was to provoke Shi’ite militias to massacre Sunnis and thus force Sunnis to support ISIS.
Harbors around the world have plastic fibers in the water, which can harm fish. It will take a lot of work to find out how these fibers affect various species of fish.
Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian human rights defender and feminist and member of the Palestinian parliament, has been arbitrarily exiled by Israel’s army from Ramallah to a distant part of the West Bank.
Entrenched systematic bigotry means that fatal accidents systematically happen to the group on the receiving end.
The NSA maintains a huge database of who talks with whom, including Americans as well as foreigners, and makes it available to several government agencies for all sorts of investigations.
As Scotland votes about independence, one Englishman is envious, wishing England had the chance to escape from its sham democracy. What this says to me is that independence for Scotland is a side issue. All of the UK needs to real democracy.
A prominent Tory wants to apply “guilty unless proven innocent” to anyone that goes to Syria or Iraq.
The University of Illinois confirmed that it cancelled its faculty offer to Steven Salaita because he had criticized on Twitter the Israeli occupation pf Palestine. I asked someone to find me a sample of his tweets; these are what I received. I try my best to remember that we don’t just stumble into political consciousness; […]
Thugs’ shooting black people is the current instantiation of lynching.
Cameron wants to grab at the ISIS provocation to start another open-ended “war on terror”. As the article says, this is strategically foolish; but it’s a great excuse to smash what remains of civil liberties with “anti-terrorist“ laws which can then be turned against dissidents, journalists, and journalists’ spouses.
The UK government is fabricating absurd excuses to evade responsibility for undercover thug infiltrators that formed sexual relationships with activists, much as it is fabricating absurd excuses to evade responsibility for aiding US torture.
Short-term events and cycles explain the short-term discrepancy in heating of the Earth’s surface since 2000, showing that the climate models were correct overall for the long term.
If Argentina surrenders to the vultures, it may be forced to surrender a lot of land to foreign powers.
Thugs killed another black man in St Louis, not far from Ferguson. Video shows that there was no reason to shoot him, let alone shoot him 12 times rapidly without waiting as much as 15 seconds. It could well be that those thugs really believed he was threatening them. Part of the effect of racism […]
Strong and harsh reactions to the spreading of Islamist ideology can backfire (not to mention that they can violate human rights).
Israel’s total destruction of tall buildings in Gaza is an intentional collective punishment of civilians. This is proved by the fact that Israel can, and in the past did, attack particular apartments without destroying the whole building.
The study that found damage in animals that were exposed to Roundup, or that ate Roundup-ready GMO corn, has been published again. The journal that published it first later retracted it in suspicious circumstances.
In Macao, an unofficial poll of citizens satisfaction with the chief official was shut down forcibly, based on an absurd pretext as usual.
Ukraine says its army has captured Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine alongside rebels.
The outcome of trials in Florida is affected by the race of the people in the jury pool, in a strange way. If all the jury pool is white, black defendants are more likely to get convicted than white defendants. But if at least one black person shows up for the jury pool, the disparity […]
A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector says that the NRC is ignoring its safety guidelines regarding the safety of the Diablo Canyon reactor in case of earthquake.
Ferguson’s Black Community Must Not Be Given the Same ‘Justice’ As Trayvon Martin.
Islamists took control of Tripoli, bringing about the semipermanent fracture of Libya.
When thugs do something violent, and get fired, they frequently move on to some other town that doesn’t care.
Despite Abbott’s mystification, his policies clearly reflect the intention to push global heating to the max.
Israel completely destroyed two large buildings in Gaza, saying that Hamas was using space in them. One of them had 44 apartments. Hamas should not have used one of them for warlike activities — if indeed it did so; I would not take Israel’s word for that. But if Hamas did so, that doesn’t excuse destroying […]
UK cuts in support for local government are focused on the poorest areas.
A thug from the vicinity of Ferguson was “relieved of duty” after it was seen that he had made a bigoted right-wing speech in an organization primarily of thugs and soldiers. The thug has not been fired.
The black citizens of Ferguson do not expect justice for Michael Brown.
Israel’s shift to right-wing racism means that Liberal Zionism among Jews elsewhere has hit a dead end. Liberal Zionism means support for a Liberal Israel which no longer exists; Israelis who would support it are met with intimidation, even repression. No wonder 40% of Israelis are thinking of emigrating.
US thugs are campaigning to continue receiving military weapons and gear.
Economic growth used to require more energy use, but now it is possible to invest in energy efficiency leading to growth with less energy use. Many governments don’t do that, because they have surrendered to the fossil fuel companies, which won’t permit it.
Google seems to be aiming slowly to make the World Wide Web effectively its proprietary product.
Satellite observations show that the melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets has doubled since 2009. Don’t buy land within a few meters of sea level!
Austerity Has Made Europe’s Depression Longer Than In The 1930s.
Tony B’liar’s business accepted a lot of money to advise the dictator of Kazakhstan on how to damp down the bad publicity he got from shooting a bunch of protesters and crushing the opposition.
A lousy US university has imposed censorship on network access for students and others on campus.
Beijing Independent Film Festival Shut Down by Chinese Authorities.
The Shi’ite militias that resist ISIS, where the Iraqi army is incompetent to do so, hate Sunnis and intend to expel them from any areas they capture from ISIS. This is likely to force Sunnis to support ISIS even if they detest ISIS’s oppression and cruelty. Unless they have somewhere else to turn, and at […]
The Obama regime argues in court that the Nuremberg trials are legally irrelevant to the culpability of Bush and his officials for the crime of aggressive war. It is easy for US law to define US officials as legally immune from prosecution for whatever crime it may be. The moral argument is harder for them to win.
Various states and parties in the Muslim world are declaring their opposition to ISIS.
Racist assaults, often by thugs, are frequent occurrences for blacks in the US, which teach them a justified rage. Learning to control so much justified rage is not easy. It would help if they could get justice.
The reason it is so unpleasant to deal with Comcast is that call center staff are under pressure to sell something, regardless of the purpose of the call.
The government of India has permitted the entry of GMOs, disregarding its own laws over and over.
The ACLU says that the First Amendment was “suspended” in Ferguson; the right to protest, or report on protest, was loaded with impossible requirements. It points out that journalism in the US is under general attack.
The head of the Missouri Republican Party thinks it is shameful that voter registration booths have been set up in Ferguson. Republicans can’t count on voter-suppression laws to prevent black citizens from voting; some of them will succeed in voting if they try.
Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees won’t directly hurt people, but they have the potential to do great ecological harm and encourage land grabs.
The Ferguson thugs confirm that a thug shot at Michael Brown as he was running away. Apparently that shot did not hit Brown, but that miss is no excuse for shooting at someone who was no threat. After they shot Brown, the thugs did not allow a nurse to perform CPR. That amounts to deliberate […]
From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression. The US has seen cycles of racial segregation and desegregation in different areas. Segregated areas for blacks tend to be ruled by whites, with thugs that repress the black inhabitants on various pretexts. Ferguson became poor, where people can barely get by from week to […]
Campaigning against the practice of putting sugar in lots of foods where you would not expect it.
The Green Party condemns many systematic injustices in the policing of the US.
US right-wing racists are raising funds to support the thug that killed Michael Brown, cheering on the killing of more blacks.
US citizens: call on the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species.
UK immigration prisons are paying prisoners a pittance to cook and clean. Ironically, those prisoners are not allowed to work in the UK outside prison. This practice hurts not only the prisoners but all workers in the UK. Whoever does this work should be paid a decent wage.
Most of the Russian “humanitarian aid” trucks entered Ukraine without inspection. Putin would never go to such trouble for humanitarian purposes. This must have some harmful motive.
Two different ocean cycles coincided in sinking Earth’s acquired heat for the past decade, so that the atmosphere didn’t warm all that much.
Hamas supports Palestine’s joining the International Criminal Court. This would expose Hamas and its agents to war crimes prosecutions, as well as Israel and its agents.
Privatization in Britain has followed the path of privatization in Russia, leading to an immense transfer of wealth to the new owners.
Ferguson relates to net neutrality, which enables people to spread the word about what the thugs are doing. It also relates to censorship by Facebook and now Twitter too.
US citizens: tell the USDA, don’t import apples from China.
The US is not giving much information about its fighting in Iraq. Drone weapons turn out to be convenient for suppressing journalism. In Dubya’s invasion of Iraq, the Bush forces pressured nearly all journalists to “embed”, which both limited their movements and pressured them to bias their coverage. But there’s not even room for an embedded […]
What Britain would have if it had avoided Tony B’liar.
Thailand has made its military coup effectively permanent by declaring the head general to be “prime minister”.
Why Hollywood treats abortions as shocking and shameful — in contrast to the 1980s, when it treated them as no big deal.
US citizens: submit a comment to the FCC opposing the merger between Comcast and Time Warner. That two companies with such large share of any market should not be allowed to merge ought to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, the US goverment has been turned into a zombie by businesses, and has trouble with no-brainers.
The US may be funding compensation for civilians killed in Yemen while refusing to admit killing them.
The UK government is planning a massive giveaway of public land, a requirement to extract all fossil fuels, and abolition of local planning.
Shi’ite fanatics attacked a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing almost 100 people. Aside from being an atrocity, this will help ISIS gain support and commit atrocities.
Obama has taken steps to protect insurance coverage of contraception from the Hobby Lobby decision.
Australia’s proposal for increased surveillance is written so broadly that the spy agency would be allowed to access any computer on the internet. The government says wiping out privacy is supposed to be legitimate because “we’re protecting you”. The usual stupid excuse of tyrants.
Everyone: call on McDonalds to pledge to reject palm oil made from deforestation. I have never eaten at McDonalds, because I don’t need to repeat someone else’s mistake in order to learn from it. McDonalds makes fast food — food for not eating.
Uri Avnery on why Israel wants to keep fighting in Gaza. Avnery suspects that the three rockets supposedly launched from Gaza weren’t really launched from Gaza.
Congress should insist that Obama consult Congress before military interventions such as the bombing campaign in Iraq.
A Hamas representative living in Turkey said that Hamas was responsible for kidnaping and killing three Israeli teenagers. However, there are doubts about whether the Hamas leadership really ordered the kidnaping is not clear.
US citizens: call on the FCC to reject the Comcast-TWC merger.
US citizens: Sign this petition to stop providing heavy weapons to thugs.
Bank of America agreed to pay a fine for mortgage fraud, but it’s much smaller than it appears to be.
The Lac Mégantic oil train explosion was a disaster waiting to happen, due to weak safety rules granted to railroad magnates by an evidently corrupted government.
Pranksters accused of painting the side of a building in Moscow are threatened with 7 years in prison. They say they did not do the painting, but the more important point is that whoever did the painting should not be imprisoned.
Everyone: tell Google to stop supporting ALEC. ALEC lobbies for damaging laws in US states and cities, but you don’t need to be a US citizen to put pressure on Google.
Oakland Protesters Hold Up Mirrors to Police Officers in Ferguson Solidarity March. Thousands rallied in New York City.
Everyone: tell Starbucks to offer employees a fair and predictable work week.
A Palestinian mortar rocket killed an Israeli child. Firing mortars at towns is a war crime, just like the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
The UK must nationalize the trains; privatizing them was wrong. Privatization of a government service is generally harmful unless it allows the public to buy from a free competitive market. Otherwise, the private owners increase their profits by shafting the public, the workers, or both.
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits (that criticize them) with Impunity (in the US).
The Center for Media and Democracy, which often reports on ALEC’s lobbying, believes that a right-wing operative is trying to do a hatchet job. He’s the one who destroyed ACORN by publishing a misleading video.
A teacher in the US was punished for allowing students to reenact two controversial killings, which the students themselves selected as important current events. I don’t see why students should not learn about these events in that way.
US citizens: Americans, comment to the EPA to support regulation of pollution from oil refineries.
The trial of Sharif Mobley is blocked because the Yemeni government is holding him in a secret prison and won’t allow him to see the court or his lawyers.
The public school reality that white Americans won’t see: cuts in spending, especially on schools in poor neighborhoods, track the children (mostly minority groups) into bad lives (or prison). The various “education reform” programs that the US has seen since 2000 in effect pretend to compensate for these cuts with burdensome handwaving. The result is […]
The National Guard is being withdrawn from Ferguson. I hope that the protests do not peter out soon. Nothing fundamental has been corrected.
The UN human rights chief says the Security Council’s ineffectiveness on Syria caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. However, there is was no proper action the Security Council could have taken in regard to Syria, even if it had not been paralyzed between the US and Russia. The US and UK are now being drawn […]
UK censorship expands to politics with a vengeance; the government threatens anyone redistributing or even watching an ISIS propaganda video. Censorship “invariably starts with the suppression of viewpoints which are so widely hated that the emotional response they produce drowns out any consideration of the principle being endorsed.”
India has censored a film about the assassination of Indira Gandhi because of the political slant of certain scenes. This shows where the UK will get to if it continues down the path of political censorship. A censorship board that does its job “honestly” is a bigger threat to human rights than one that can […]
Earnings for Britons under 30 have fallen around 10% in 4 years.
The school-to-prison pipeline at work: a student in South Carolina was suspended from school, then arrested, for writing a story about shooting a pet dinosaur. The thugs say he was arrested for his reaction when the thugs threatened him. Of course, being threatened by armed thugs who can put you in prison by lying about […]
The US “economic recovery” is lopsided, leaving low-paid workers poorer than before.
Canadian professor John Smol rebuked the government for trying to gag him from talking about his measurements of pollution from oil sand strip mining.
The World Bank and friends say that they are eliminating poverty, but it’s more like redefining poverty.
Sweden sentenced an artist to prison for “racist“ art. I share their disapproval of racism, but censorship threatens everyone.