A New Education Model for Humanity

May 19, 2015

The edu­ca­tion sys­tem is due for a major par­a­digm shift. For too long, it has been stuck in the dark ages. Teach­ers still stand at the front of the class­room and deliver infor­ma­tion, much of it mean­ing­less in the whole scheme of things. Schools encour­age com­pe­ti­tion, con­for­mity, obe­di­ence and stan­dard­iza­tion, while also engag­ing in the […]

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Here Are 5 Amazing Reasons to Start Meditating Today, Backed by Science!

May 18, 2015

Dr Kelly Neff, The Lucid Planet For thou­sands of years, ancient tra­di­tions have encour­aged a vari­ety of med­i­ta­tion tech­niques to calm the mind and relax the body. I began med­i­tat­ing dur­ing an incred­i­ble tumul­tuous time in my life. I was suf­fer­ing through per­sonal and rela­tional tur­moil, and was strug­gling with mas­sive amounts of anx­i­ety caused by […]

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Urgent: block Republican abortion ban



US cit­i­zens: call on the Sen­ate to block the Repub­li­can ban on some abortions.

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Obama regime stirs up fear



The Obama regime is stir­ring up fear again, while try­ing to get the PAT RIOT Act renewed. It is using gen­er­al­ized fear to make the US a nation of snitches.

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Urgent: ban use of glyphosate on federal land



US cit­i­zens: call on the US to ban use of glyphosate on federal land.

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Warrant for body cavity searches



Texas is con­sid­er­ing a bill to require thugs to get a war­rant for body cav­ity searches, so they can’t arbi­trar­ily do this to peo­ple at traffic stops.

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Urgent: protect whales in California



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to reroute ship­ping in Cal­i­for­nia to pro­tect whales.

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Revitalizing the Labour Party



Mak­ing the Labour Party good for some­thing depends on bottom-up com­mu­nity orga­niz­ing. Act­ing like a right-wing party pro­duces a right-wing party. Per­haps instead of revi­tal­iz­ing the Labour Party, Britons should go Green.

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Urgent: tell Congress to respect law on discrimination



US cit­i­zens: call on Con­gress to respect Wash­ing­ton, DC’s law against dis­crim­i­na­tion based on abor­tion, con­tra­cep­tion, and pregnancy.

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6000 people stranded at sea



6000 boat peo­ple have been denied entry to Thai­land, Malaysia and Indone­sia. This reminds me of what hap­pened to a ship­ful of Jew­ish refugees on the MS St. Louis try­ing to escape Ger­many in 1939.

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Urgent: oppose return of PAT RIOT Act



US cit­i­zens: phone your sen­a­tors to oppose reau­tho­riza­tion of parts of the PAT RIOT Act.

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Urgent: support Community Broadband Act



US cit­i­zens: sup­port the Com­mu­nity Broadband Act.

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Snowden vindicated



Edward Snowden’s most famous leak is now vin­di­cated by the appeals court which ruled that his rev­e­la­tion was a vio­la­tion of con­sti­tu­tional order. I didn’t need an appeals court to rec­og­nize that Snow­den is a hero.

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Indonesia checks military recruits’ virginity



Indone­sia requires female recruits to the mil­i­tary to be vir­gins, on the bizarre grounds that non-virgins have “bad men­tal­ity”. Strangely, Indone­sia makes no attempt to deter­mine whether male sol­diers are vir­gins. I won­der what sort of “bad men­tal­ity” they think goes with having sex.

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Urgent: stop TPP in the House



US cit­i­zens: help stop the TPP in the House of Representatives.

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Reclaim adulthood



The Cult of Youth Cheats Young And Old Alike. Let’s Reclaim Adulthood.

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Burundi constitution



Part of the army of Burundi held a coup to stop the pres­i­dent from end­ing con­sti­tu­tional gov­ern­ment. I expect that nei­ther side is act­ing in accord with the con­sti­tu­tion, but there is no way to fol­low the con­sti­tu­tion. Now the two sides are in heavy combat.

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Urgent: tell AP to stop pandering to denialists



Every­one: call on the Asso­ci­ated Press to stop call­ing global heat­ing denial­ists “skeptics”.

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Fine won’t deter polluters



Duke Energy’s record fine, for pol­lu­tion by coal ash, is still not enough to deter fur­ther crimes.

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Qatar’s foreign workers



For Qatar’s For­eign Work­ers, Global Scrutiny Is Work­ing — to a Point. This exam­ple of a coun­try with­out labor laws shows why we need them.

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Urgent: support the KOCH Act



US cit­i­zens: sup­port the KOCH Act.

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Drought hits Washington



Wash­ing­ton State is being hit by drought along with Cal­i­for­nia; agri­cul­ture is at risk.

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Paying big pharma to develop antibiotics



A Tory-chosen econ­o­mist pro­poses to pay pharma com­pa­nies a bonus for devel­op­ing new antibi­otics. It is worth spend­ing our money on devel­op­ing new antibi­otics, pro­vided we make sure they won’t be ruined soon by feed­ing them to ani­mals as a default prac­tice. How­ever, the method pro­posed is simul­ta­ne­ously a sys­tem for sub­si­diz­ing big busi­nesses wastefully. […]

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Urgent: support Sanders for president



US cit­i­zens: state your sup­port for Bernie Sanders for president.

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How far the NSA has gone



We have seen details about many NSA mas­sive sur­veil­lance pro­grams, but adding them up to get an over­all pic­ture is dif­fi­cult. Most Amer­i­cans still don’t real­ize how far the NSA has gone.

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Fast track”



The US Sen­ate turned around and allowed “fast track” to pass. Appar­ently some sen­a­tors wanted to claim they tried to defeat the TPP while actu­ally sur­ren­der­ing to it.

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Urgent: get Congress to pass the KOCH Act



US cit­i­zens: call on Con­gress to pass the KOCH Act.

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Old people hide impairments



In hous­ing for old peo­ple, res­i­dents hide devel­op­ing impair­ments from fear the staff will take away their auton­omy. Those who can still take care of them­selves are ter­ri­fied of being labeled as “mem­ory impaired”, and tend to shun those who are closer to death as if fear­ing mag­i­cal con­ta­gion. I sym­pa­thize totally with the former. […]

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Facebook news



Face­book threat­ens to take con­trol of how suck­ers read news and other publications.

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Facebook wants to kill indipendent journalism

May 17, 2015

Facebook’s corporate-only news feed both directs users away from inde­pen­dent our­nal­ism and tracks their reading.

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Heartbleed”



The name “heart­bleed“ was coined as a PR move by a com­pany closely related to Microsoft . Appar­ently the PR goal was to direct spe­cial pub­lic atten­tion to one of the many bugs dis­cov­ered each year in var­i­ous pro­grams, free or nonfree.

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Pouring scorn



Cal­i­for­ni­ans are pour­ing scorn on rich water-wasters . The spirit of plu­toc­racy is that the rich should not have to share the sac­ri­fices imposed on soci­ety by their expen­sive life styles. In 40 or 80 years, the plu­to­crats will try to buy their way out of the prob­lems that their fos­sil fuel poli­cies are causing.

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Palestinians trapped in airport



Two Pales­tini­ans who had fled Syria were trapped in Dubai air­port as no coun­try would let them in.

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Automatic control of train speeds



US rail­roads, includ­ing Amtrak, have lob­bied hard to avoid imple­ment­ing auto­matic con­trol of train speeds . I will not sup­port cam­paigns to increase Amtrak’s fund­ing while Amtrak con­tin­ues to demand ID from passengers.

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HIV in Russia



Russ­ian repres­sion has pro­moted the spread of HIV infection.

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Thug will not face charges



The thug that shot Tony Robin­son will not face charges . He says that Robin­son attacked him with fists and he was afraid of los­ing con­scious­ness, and that he had been informed that Robin­son was intoxicated.

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No benefit from stop sharing



The copy­right indus­try gained very lit­tle ben­e­fit from shut­ting down a for­bid­den shar­ing site in 2011. Mostly, the pub­lic had less access to pub­lished works for a while, until replace­ment sites arose. The arti­cle uses pro­pa­ganda terms such as “pirate” and “con­sume“ that we should avoid.

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Ban phones in school



Ban­ning mobile phones in school seems to help stu­dents suc­ceed in school , espe­cially those from dis­ad­van­ta­geous backgrounds.

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Larsen B ice shelf will break up



The Larsen B ice shelf is expected to break up by 2020 . This will remove an obsta­cle that slows the flow of ice from the nearby land-based ice sheet into the ocean, and that will lead to faster loss of ice — faster sea level rise.

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UK subsidizes fossil fuel



The UK’s right-wing gov­ern­ment plans to end the overt sub­sidy for wind power. No doubt they will say that sub­si­dies dis­tort mar­kets, but pre­vent­ing world­wide dis­as­ter jus­ti­fies a lot more sub­sidy than now. Mean­while, they show no sign of end­ing the much big­ger sub­si­dies for fos­sil fuels and nuclear energy , which dis­tort markets too.

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US does not recognize civilians victims



The US refuses to rec­og­nize that its bomb­ing of PISSI kills civil­ians . That sort of denial breeds hatred, and it isn’t necessary.

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Poaching of rhinos



Nepal has been very effec­tive at block­ing poach­ing of rhi­nos. The pop­u­la­tion has increased for 10 years. I fear that poach­ers will take advan­tage of the dis­trac­tion of the earth­quake to come back in.

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EU subsidizes coal mining



The EU has a “research” fund that sub­si­dizes coal min­ing, about 15 mil­lion dol­lars a year.

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Homelessness in Detroit



30,000 peo­ple in Detroit face home­less­ness because they have not paid taxes on their houses. Unlike com­pa­nies such as Apple, Ama­zon and Google, these peo­ple don’t pay because they are poor, which is why the state of Michi­gan is crack­ing down on them.

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Tar sands oil



Canada has let tar sands oil over­ride its pre­vi­ous pledges to reduce greenhouse gas.

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Divest from fossil fuel



In the UK, you can divest from fos­sil fuels by mov­ing your money out of the five big banks. In the US, peo­ple moved money out of the big banks after they caused the finan­cial cri­sis. It’s still a good idea to do that.

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Big spill



At the site of the big spill, an area of sea floor is cov­ered by a two-inch blan­ket of oil . It’s going to stay there for a long time. Microbes con­sumed 5/6 of the big spill. What’s left spill is the part that was too toxic for microbes, mixed with corexit mak­ing it even […]

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India’s “labor reforms”



India’s “labor reforms” show how far neolib­er­als really want to go: restrict­ing unions, allow­ing gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, legal­iz­ing child labor . This goes with attack­ing NGOs that stand against abu­sive practices.

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Cost fo wars



Count­ing the cost of America’s wars usu­ally doesn’t con­sider the hun­dreds of thou­sands of sol­diers dis­abled by wounds, and more hun­dreds of thou­sands dri­ven half-mad by their experiences.

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Colombia will stop kill coca plants



Colom­bia will stop spray­ing glyphosate to kill coca plants.

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Can’t make photo of pollution



Wyoming has made it a crime to col­lect a sam­ple of pol­lu­tion, or even take a photo of it, to show to a gov­ern­ment agency. This is typ­i­cal of laws adopted by plu­to­cratist politi­cians. They don’t make any sense except as a rein­force­ment of ille­git­i­mate rule. The first one I know of was the DMCA, […]

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Military coup defeated in Burundi



The pres­i­dent of Burundi, who has staged a sort of coup him­self, defeated the mil­i­tary coup attempt to remove him.

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Greenland’s glaciers



Greenland’s glac­i­ers are flow­ing faster — increased crevasses demon­strate how much faster.

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Saudi Arabia execute a dissident



Saudi Ara­bia is about to exe­cute a dissident.

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Thugs pepper sprayed protesters



Thugs in Min­neapo­lis pep­per sprayed pro­test­ers with­out warn­ing , which is some­thing thugs do. This time, one of the pro­test­ers was 10 years old, so peo­ple are noticing.

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Morsi sentenced to death



For­mer Pres­i­dent Morsi has been sen­tenced to death . It is not clear these charges even make any sense. What does it mean to accuse the pres­i­dent of “espi­onage”? But that’s Egypt for you: peo­ple can be sen­tenced to death for just about anything.

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Obama’s denial



Obama’s Cat­a­strophic Climate-Change Denial .

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Climate scientists intimidated



Cli­mate sci­en­tists have been intim­i­dated by denial­ist cam­paigns into pre­sent­ing facts as uncertain.

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Legalization of computer intrusion



GCHQ was being sued by vic­tims of com­puter intru­sion, so the UK gov­ern­ment passed a law to retroac­tively legal­ize that .

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Private water



US pri­vate water com­pa­nies are seek­ing an excuse to raise rates in the con­tin­u­ing bad econ­omy and gov­ern­ment sit­u­a­tion. I think gov­ern­ments should raise water rates to busi­nesses, includ­ing farms and bot­tlers. Just not to poor people.

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Computer crime”



Cal­i­for­nia pro­poses to review “com­puter crime”, invit­ing thugs, pros­e­cu­tors and busi­nesses only.

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Canada extends copyright



Canada’s plu­to­cratic gov­ern­ment is extend­ing copy­right on musi­cal record­ings as a rider in a spend­ing bill , with no pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. Plu­toc­racy means busi­nesses pull the strings and the state obeys. Plu­toc­racy is not a legit­i­mate sys­tem of government.

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Global heating in troposphere



Global heat­ing in the upper tro­pos­phere has been found, as predicted .

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SOPA



The copy­right lobby is try­ing to bring back SOPA through a different path.

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Facebook danger



Face­book wants to give mil­lions of poor peo­ple access to a small part of the inter­net . The dan­ger of such cen­sor­ship (and track­ing, since it doesn’t include access to a VPN) is more impor­tant than any good of giv­ing peo­ple inter­net access sooner. (They will get access by and by.)

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Nauru



When Aus­tralia sends refugees to impris­on­ment in Nauru, their con­di­tions are atro­cious . Their toi­lets and water sup­plies are so far away that those who are preg­nant can’t walk that far. Some of them may be preg­nant because they were raped by the prison guards.

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Legal pressure for Facebook



Face­book is under legal pres­sure in Europe for its prac­tices of track­ing people’s brows­ing through Like buttons.

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Warrantless searches of computers

May 16, 2015

A judge ruled that US agents can’t search a com­puter with­out a war­rant just because its owner is near a bor­der or fly­ing out of the US.

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Monsanto wants merger with Syngenta



Mon­santo, a giant seed com­pany, wants to merge with Syn­genta, a giant pes­ti­cide com­pany. This shows an inad­e­quacy in today’s antitrust law. A merger of large com­pa­nies can be very harm­ful when the com­pa­nies make coor­di­nated prod­ucts rather than com­pet­ing prod­ucts. The state should for­bid such mergers.

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Seizure of prescription records



The US seizes pre­scrip­tion of records of hun­dreds of peo­ple at a time to fish for some­thing to charge them with.

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Philadelphia thug firebombing



30 years ago, thugs in Philadel­phia dropped a fire­bomb on the home of a rad­i­cal black group called Move, then chose to allow the whole block to burn down. 250 peo­ple, mostly or all blacks, were left homeless.

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Bee colonies dying at peak levels



Death of bee colonies is at peak lev­els again in the US, and omi­nously many colonies died last sum­mer when they would nor­mally thrive.

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Arresting people for being homeless



Arrest­ing peo­ple for being home­less, or for doing things home­less peo­ple must do, turns out to be very expen­sive as well as cruel and unjust.

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UK plans new measures to repress opinions



The UK’s new gov­ern­ment is plan­ning tyran­ni­cal mea­sures to repress opin­ions that are “anti-democratic“ and/or “spread hatred”. I won­der whether that will include con­dem­na­tion of “demo­c­ra­t­i­cally“ imposed aus­ter­ity and hatred of tax-dodgers. Would UK Uncut’s protests be banned, and its lead­ers for­bid­den to speak in public?

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Urgent: Ban driftnets



US cit­i­zens: pro­tect marine mam­mals by sup­port­ing a ban on drift­nets on the West Coast.

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France’s debt to Haiti



French Pres­i­dent Hol­lande acknowl­edges France has a debt to Haiti because France demanded Haiti pay dearly for end­ing slav­ery and colonization.

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A school for doing sex well



A school for doing sex well has opened in — of all places — Kyrgyzstan.

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Defending a home while black



A black man who tried to use a gun to fight off rob­bers made the mis­take of call­ing 911. A thug came and shot him, because their stan­dard assump­tion is that a black man with a gun must be a crim­i­nal. I expect that the thug per­ceived a black man with a gun as a […]

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Torture in Chinese jails



Tor­ture Still Rou­tine in Chi­nese Jails, says Human Rights Watch. I wish the US were in a posi­tion to crit­i­cize this with moral authority.

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Luckwarmers”



The “luck­warm­ers” accept that humans are caus­ing global heat­ing, but want to bet civilization’s future on the chance that it won’t be as bad as it appears. It is a mis­take to com­pare these pos­tures with per­sonal grief. These peo­ple are not act­ing out of a sense of loss. The loss has not yet occurred, […]

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Criticism of US human rights record



The US is fac­ing crit­i­cism of its human rights record in a peri­odic UN review.

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Nauru to make protesting a crime



Nauru, where Aus­tralia has forcibly sent refugees, is plan­ning to make protest­ing a crime. The con­di­tions of their exile give them a lot to protest about.

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Decaying US suburbs



The US must con­vert its decay­ing sub­urbs into more like the newly desir­able cities.

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Bernie Sanders’ proposed policies



Under Bernie Sanders’ pro­posed social­ist poli­cies, the US would be in dan­ger of becom­ing like Scan­di­navia. Look how bad that would be.

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Making the disabled more disabled



Cuts in sup­port for the dis­abled make them more dis­abled — it can take away their abil­ity to leave the house, or even to leave the bed.

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Emerging populist agenda in the US



The Emerg­ing Pop­ulist Agenda (in the US).

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Evidence that ALEC is violating tax law



Whistle­blow­ers’ evi­dence shows that ALEC is vio­lat­ing tax law by pre­tend­ing to be a char­ity. Will the IRS prosecute?

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Smuggle of people from Libya



Europe is con­sid­er­ing a ground inter­ven­tion in Libya to block smug­gling of peo­ple from there to Europe. It will be hard get­ting approval of the two com­pet­ing gov­ern­ments of Libya, which are in civil war.

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Fracked gas export terminals



The City of Port­land has killed a fracked gas export ter­mi­nal. They will look for other places to put it, and other ter­mi­nals are planned.

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In Israel while black



Israelis of Ethiopian descent protested after thugs beat up one of them (a sol­dier, as it hap­pened), and the thugs attacked them vio­lently. Appar­ently racism against blacks in Israel is com­pa­ra­ble to that in the US.

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Drought in Queensland



The con­tin­u­ing drought in Queens­land (the north­ern­most part of Aus­tralia) is even big­ger than it was a year ago.

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House passes weak NSA reform bill



The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a weak NSA reform bill which is far less than what is needed.

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Conscientious objectors face persecution



Con­sci­en­tious objec­tors in South Korea face persecution.

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Bernie Sanders challenges Clinton



Bernie Sanders chal­lenges Clin­ton on the TPP and global heating.

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Prosecution of journalist in Angola



The jour­nal­ist that revealed tor­ture in Angola is being pros­e­cuted for libel. To make libel a crime is prima facie injus­tice. The US also jails peo­ple for reveal­ing US tor­ture prac­tices, such as John Kiriakou.

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NSA’s massive phone surveillance



The ACLU’s court vic­tory against NSA’s mas­sive phone sur­veil­lance was an incre­men­tal step for­ward, but decided only parts of the issue. End­ing this kind of sur­veil­lance will depend on Con­gress to let that part of the PAT RIOT Act expire. Mean­while, there are many other sur­veil­lance sys­tems and more are being created.

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Labour



Labour basi­cally accepted Tory aus­ter­ity plans aside from a few details, so there was lit­tle rea­son to support it.

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Opposition to large telescope on Mauna Kea



Hawai­ians are protest­ing the con­struc­tion of another large tele­scope on Mauna Kea. The arti­cle claims that astronomers have “expressed doubts about the project”, but these doubts are not about its merit. Some sci­en­tists feel they should cater to reli­gion. I don’t agree: advanc­ing real knowl­edge is more important.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield defrauding clients



Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michi­gan Added Hid­den Fees to Hos­pi­tal Claims, thus defraud­ing its clients.

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6 Ways to Achieve Monk-like Focus

May 15, 2015

Focus can be like a cheat­ing friend. You want it to be there for you all the time, but when you need it most, it betrays you leav­ing you lost and con­fused. If only we had con­trol over focus. Some­times, it seems to have a mind and moods of its own. Is there are way to […]

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Since April 2014, Bee Population Has Declined 40% – 60%



Claire Bernish, The Anti-Media In the worst colony die-off in nine years, Amer­i­can bee­keep­ers lost 42.1% of their hives since April 2014, with the heav­i­est loss occur­ring in sum­mer — a fact that has alarmed ento­mol­o­gists. As part of an annual sur­vey in part­ner­ship with the US Dept of Agri­cul­ture, bee­keep­ers reported that over two in five […]

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Adidas Wants To Turn Ocean Plastic Into Sportswear



Lor­raine Chow, EcoW­atch Would you buy shoes or clothes made from trash that is recov­ered from the ocean? Adi­das has part­nered with Par­ley for the Oceans to develop mate­ri­als made from ocean plas­tic waste to use in its prod­ucts start­ing in 2016. The sports­wear giant will also phase out plas­tic bags in its 2,900 retail stores around the world. Parley for the Oceans is […]

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Children’s online privacy



How par­ents threaten children’s online privacy .

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Excited delirium



Thugs present a pos­si­bly imag­i­nary med­ical con­di­tion, “excited delir­ium”, as an excuse for the death of pris­on­ers. Even if “excited delir­ium” is real, it is quite likely that the taser con­tributed to her death.

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PISSI close to capturing Palmyra



PISSI is close to cap­tur­ing Palmyra , which it would then destroy.

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E-voting is unsafe



Online Vot­ing Is Con­ve­nient, But If the Results Aren’t Ver­i­fi­able It’s Not Worth The Risk . Sim­ply using com­put­ers for vot­ing is already unsafe ; to even con­sider doing it over the inter­net is the work of clowns.

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Less money for poor people



US politi­cians, to give more money to rich idlers, want to cut sup­port for poor peo­ple that work (or can’t find work, or are disabled).

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War in Afghanistan won’t end



A US gov­ern­ment agency acknowl­edged that the war in Afghanistan is not going to end in the fore­see­able future.

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Why does non-rich vote for right-wing?



When non-rich vote for the right-wing, they are “turkeys vot­ing for Christ­mas” (or, in the US, for Thanks­giv­ing, which is when we tend to eat turkeys in the US). The arti­cle also shows , almost with­out intend­ing to, a cru­cial part of why they do this: right-wingers in con­trol of the state have done them harm […]

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Wrongfully convicted “sex offender”



Michael McAl­is­ter has been par­doned and will not be impris­oned for life as a “sex offender” for the rape it is estab­lished he didn’t com­mit. He was caught in a loop­hole where he couldn’t be freed unless he con­fessed to the crime.

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Texas Republicans should feel ashamed



Texas Repub­li­cans think poor peo­ple should feel ashamed of get­ting a sub­sidy for health insur­ance. It’s the Texas Repub­li­cans who should feel ashamed of want­ing to make poor peo­ple sick or dead.

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Greatest threat to free speech



Great­est Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Ter­ror­ism, But From Those Claim­ing to Fight It.

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Northern England included in independent Scotland?



Thou­sands of peo­ple have signed a peti­tion ask­ing to include north­ern Eng­land in an inde­pen­dent Scot­land. Does this make sense? It wouldn’t be Scot­land any more, if it included part of Eng­land. I won­der if peo­ple in south­ern Eng­land would also pre­fer to be part of Scot­land. This demon­strates the idiocy of the “Eng­lish identity” […]

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FSF seeking deputy director



The Free Soft­ware Foun­da­tion is look­ing for pos­si­ble can­di­dates for a deputy director.

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False copyright infringement claims



Google and the movie and record com­pa­nies work together to auto­mat­i­cally enforce false copy­right infringe­ment claims ; one vic­tim is suing.

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Australia wants to stop UNESCO



The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment is fran­ti­cally try­ing to stop Unesco from rec­og­niz­ing how its poli­cies threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

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John Deere



John Deere Clar­i­fies: It’s Try­ing To Abuse Copy­right Law To Stop You From Own­ing Your Own Trac­tor , Because It Cares About You.

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Lotteries are “encouragement of bad decisions”



Amer­i­cans spend 70 bil­lion dol­lars a year on lot­ter­ies , a tremen­dous waste, and half of it comes from peo­ple who can’t afford it. You can think of the lot­ter­ies as a “tax on stu­pid­ity”, but it really is more like “encour­age­ment of bad deci­sions”. States use lot­ter­ies to raise money because there is resistance […]

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Science Associates Social Anxiety with High IQ Levels and Empathic Abilities



Did you know that anx­i­ety is the most com­mon men­tal dis­or­der in the United States? In fact, 40 mil­lion adults (or 18% of the pop­u­la­tion) suf­fer from this dis­or­der. Social anx­i­ety holds a spe­cial place in this list, affect­ing 15 mil­lion peo­ple or 6.8% of the pop­u­la­tion. If we delve into the causes of this phenomenon, […]

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The Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

May 14, 2015

Peter Gray, Ph.D., Guest, Wak­ing Times Forced edu­ca­tion inter­feres with children’s abil­i­ties to edu­cate them­selves. In my last post I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncom­fort­able. I said, sev­eral times: “School is prison.” I felt uncom­fort­able say­ing that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost every­one I […]

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Most indebted US college class ever



The US col­lege class of 2015 is the most indebted ever, but that record will surely fall a year from now to the class of 2016.

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Putting pressure on Israel and Palestine



For­mer min­is­ters of EU coun­tries called for stronger mea­sures to pres­sure Israel and the Pales­tini­ans to make peace. Each side should be pres­sured when it rejects peace. The best part is that they dis­miss the pre­tense that Netanyahu nego­ti­ates sin­cerely for peace.

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Canadian company using kangaroo court



The Cana­dian com­pany that wanted to run a mine in El Sal­vador, which was blocked because it might pol­lute the country’s main water sup­ply, is suing in an inter­na­tional kan­ga­roo court estab­lished by a cor­po­rate power treaty. A del­e­ga­tion of Sal­vadore­ans is vis­it­ing Canada to teach them about how dan­ger­ous this is for all countries […]

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Teacher brings students to visit prison



A teacher brings his stu­dents to visit a prison, one of the few that still allow vis­its. The long-term and harsh pris­ons are so cruel that they don’t want any­one out­side the sys­tem to see what they are like.

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Judgment against big hospital chain



U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Scathing Judg­ment Against Big Hos­pi­tal Chain, Order­ing CHS to Repay Union Costs for “Will­ful” Fail­ure to Bar­gain with RNs.

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Shell safety equipment malfunctioned



In 2012, Shell tried to drill in Arc­tic waters and is safety equip­ment (among oth­ers) mal­func­tioned. It is not much better now.

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Detroit to cut off water for 25,000 people



Detroit’s imposed, non­de­mo­c­ra­tic gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to cut off water for 25,000 peo­ple who are too poor to pay their water bills. The city demands that they pay even more to avoid a shut­off, which evi­dently they can’t do.

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NSA’s defenders



Many of the NSA’s Loud­est Defend­ers Have Finan­cial Ties to NSA Contractors.

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Palestinian village faces demolition



The Pales­tin­ian vil­lage of Khir­bet Susiya faces immi­nent demo­li­tion as part of Israel’s cam­paign of eth­nic cleans­ing of the land near the Jordan River.

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Warrant for using cell phone detection



Wash­ing­ton State has required thugs to get a war­rant before they can use a stingray cell phone detec­tion and attack device. Note that they can also get the loca­tion data of cell phones from the phone company.

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Israeli army policies



Sev­eral Israeli army poli­cies com­bined to guar­an­tee killing lots of civil­ians in Gaza. For instance, after they dropped leaflets on a large area, they pre­sumed that any­one left there was an enemy com­bat­ant — never mind that that wasn’t true. And once the “tar­get bank was depleted”, their pol­icy auto­mat­i­cally called for fir­ing closer to […]

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Arbitrary confiscation by DEA



DEA agents took $16,000 in cash from a black teenager who was head­ing to LA to make a music video with it. The DEA says it pre­sumes “the money is guilty”. Money is not a moral actor; it can’t be guilty of any­thing. It is the per­son whose money they took that they treated as […]

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Arrest of journalist at protest



A Pales­tin­ian jour­nal­ist from Jerusalem reports on what it’s like to be arrested “by mis­take” while cov­er­ing a protest. It’s even worse than in the US.

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Verizon



Verizon’s Just the Lat­est Big Evil Media Con­glom­er­ate Wait­ing to Happen.

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Urgent: Senator Warren



US cit­i­zens: tell Obama to stop smear­ing Sen­a­tor Warren.

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Pipeline company faces opposition in Iowa



In Iowa, a pipeline com­pany is fac­ing oppo­si­tion which is pro­mot­ing a law to stop the com­pany from using emi­nent domain.

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5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar for Life

May 12, 2015

Kayla Matthews, Nat­ural Soci­ety First, let’s set the record straight by say­ing that sugar in and of itself isn’t evil, per se. It occurs nat­u­rally in plenty of foods, includ­ing fruits and milk. With that being said, adding excess sugar to your dietary intake sim­ply isn’t nec­es­sary. In fact, you’ll notice numer­ous pos­i­tive things hap­pen when you […]

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Washington Researchers Make Jet Fuel from a Common Fungus



The con­cept of bio­fuel is becom­ing more and more pop­u­lar along with the grow­ing aware­ness of the global energy issues. Thus, many com­pa­nies and research insti­tutes all over the world are work­ing on the devel­op­ment of sus­tain­able fuel from all kinds of organic com­po­nents, from veg­etable oil to algae. Accord­ing to a press release from Washington […]

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What’s Holding you Back? Practices to Dissolve Energy Blockages



All our expe­ri­ences in life are reflected back into the dif­fer­ent aspects of Self — the phys­i­cal, men­tal, ener­getic and spir­i­tual. All these ‘domains’ are in con­flu­ence with each other, mean­ing that what is hap­pen­ing in one effects the oth­ers in some way or another. There is an inter­de­pen­dency between these aspects of Self and […]

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Atheist blogger stabbed to death



Bangladeshi Athe­ist blog­ger Ananta Bijoy Das was stabbed to death by a gang of masked men.

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Protection of green sea turtles



Pro­tec­tion of green sea tur­tles in Florida has been a great suc­cess, but it took decades, since those tur­tles take 40 years to mature.

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Urgent: Ban oil tank cars



US cit­i­zens: call for a ban on oil tank cars that eas­ily catch fire.

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Anti-austerity protests



An anti-austerity group plans a sum­mer of protests in London.

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Norway to impose biometric ID



Nor­way will impose a national bio­met­ric ID card.

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Rejection of NSA phone record collection



The appeals court’s rejec­tion of the NSA’s mas­sive col­lec­tion of phone call records also endorses fun­da­men­tal argu­ments of the oppo­si­tion to the “we can col­lect any­thing and every­thing” stance of the Obama regime.

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UK to reject human rights principles



The UK gov­ern­ment plans to reject Euro­pean human rights principles.

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US targeted killing program



We Need a Full, Trans­par­ent Review of the US Tar­geted Killing Pro­gram. Alas, I think a panel appointed by Obama will be a whitewash.

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Toxic waste in California aquifers



The Oil Indus­try Is Pump­ing Toxic Chem­i­cals Into California’s Aquifers.

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Defeat of UK Labour



UK Labour was defeated because instead of hav­ing a vision of a coun­try that offers every­one a decent life, it chased after the label of “center”.

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Antarctic ice loss



Satel­lite mea­sure­ments show that West Antarc­tica is los­ing ice faster than pre­vi­ously believed.

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