Update to On Hacking to recognize that “hacking” is not supposed to cover wit and art.
The EPA has failed for 30 years to issue legally required rules to make polluters pay to clean up their pollution.
A mob attacked a clinic in Liberia and drove out 29 people infected with Ebola. Now they are likely to infect other people. Way to go, idiots!
Now that the UK charges workers almost $2000 for filing a discrimination case, complaints have gone down by 80%. Only well-paid workers can afford to complain.
Facebook is ordering users to switch to a different Messenger app which demands access to lots of personal information. It’s proprietary software, thus inherently untrustworthy, so using it is an act of folly. The same is true of Facebook’s main app, and the nonfree program (in either iThings or Android) for accessing the app store […]
Michael Brown’s autopsy report says he was shot 6 times, all from the front. Even if the thug’s actions after stopping Brown were not wrong, it seems clear he would not have stopped a white man. US thugs will let you walk around with a weapon (in some states) … if you’re white. If you’re black, […]
Over 100 SWAT raids occur each day in the US, and most of them are for nothing more serious than searching a house for drugs. This is accompanied by training thugs to act like an occupying army. If they expect to shoot people down, they will find opportunities to do it. Here is data about the military […]
The Iraqi Kurds recaptured the Mosul dam, with US air support.
The curfew in Ferguson was obeyed by recognized leaders and organizers, but hundreds of people stayed past midnight in pouring rain rather than let thugs chase them out of their town. This article says the thugs did use tear gas.
Western news media have a superficial view of many countries, because reporters nowadays don’t stay in a place long enough to know what’s what.
10,000 Israelis demonstrated for peace with Gaza. It was a good try, but I think it will take more than 10,000 to influence the government, and the Arab-hating people.
Explaining the background of ISIS in radicalization of Sunnis.
A US woman accused in Indonesia of murdering her mother says that thugs are beating her and threatening to deny her water unless she confesses. I have no opinion about whether she is guilty of those charges. There may be valid reasons to prosecute her, but suspects should not be tortured.
Australia’s government said it would maintain the renewable energy target but is clearly making plans to create an excuse to eliminate it.
A desperate woman in Ireland was forced to have a cesarean section, when she threatened to starve herself after being denied an abortion. Abortion is a basic right.
The US is pressuring the ICC and Mahmoud Abbas not to request an investigation into Israeli and Palestinian war crimes.
A Jewish Israeli woman converted to Islam and is marrying an Arab. This has brought out various sorts of racists. I find it hard to imagine a greater folly than for a woman to convert to Islam. But she has a right to do it, and a right to get married.
Just living near a place where coal ash is handled or dumped can give people asthma.
Australian PM Abbott’s plan to stop promoting renewable energy would amount to a 10 billion dollar gift to the fossil fuel companies he serves. And without even achieving the promised insignificant side benefit of a reduction in electricity prices.
China released human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng from prison, starved and with smashed teeth. His teeth fell out because he was given limited food. He was tortured both physically and mentally. Now he can hardly speak.
Poisonous algae in Lake Erie seem to result from a change in the form of phosphorus used in fertilizer.
Apple is storing the data of iThing users in China on servers in China. Since Apple can extract lots of personal data from an iThing remotely, I think Apple will have great difficulty refusing when China demands that it do so.
French MPs propose to require supermarkets to donate unsold but still edible food to charities. In principle, the idea seems good.
The main group of Yazidis, on Mt Sinjar, escaped the siege of genocidal ISIS, but smaller groups caught in villages are being massacred.
How US media spin the civilian casualties in Gaza — including claiming that civilians working for Hamas in non-military roles count as combatants.
US citizens: sign these two petitions to stop militarizing US thugs.
James Risen is epitome of how Obama (continuing Dubya’s policy) threatens freedom of the press in the US.
UK thugs want to be allowed to look at people’s confidential medical records without getting a warrant (let alone permission). They cite “vulnerable“ people as an excuse, but the loss of rights would apply to everyone. Perhaps it is, in a sense, about vulnerable people. When undercover thugs infiltrate a dissident group, if they could […]
Union activists blocked an Israeli ship from docking in Oakland as a protest against the bombardment of Gaza. Australian thugs are trying to arbitrarily ban a protest against an Israeli film festival in Australia.
Ferguson’s Days of Unrest Expose Stark Reality of a Segregated Society. One white resident says about black drivers who get stopped: “Tires gone, lights out, no insurance, pieces of junk, that’s why.” Perhaps it is true that black residents of Ferguson tend to have cars that are nearly junk, and leave things unrepaired. I wonder […]
US citizens: call on Obama to eliminate the tax incentives for companies to move their headquarters outside the US.
On Race, America Has Far to Go. Ferguson Won’t Be The Last Flash Point.
Michael Brown has been accused of stealing cigars from a store shortly before he was killed. The thugs have given conflicting stories about whether his killer knew about that. The news of this ended the temporary peace between the thugs and the people of Ferguson, as the people took this as an attempt to smear the […]
US citizens: thank Obama for rethinking weapons deliveries to Israel.
A big spill of mine waste in Canada has led to repercussions against the mine.
US citizens: call on the EPA to protect farm workers from dangerous pesticides.
James Risen Calls Obama ‘Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom in a Generation’.
The slogan “We don’t talk with terrorists” is often an excuse to continue war. Negotiating ransom with terrorists is what one should never do. Negotiating peace, that’s different.
Advocates of greater regional autonomy in Russia have been arrested and their demonstrations banned. I think it is proper for wealthier regions to support the development of poorer regions; thus, I disagree with demands for independence from the wealthier regions based on objection to this; for example, in Catalunya because its taxes help poorer parts […]
Ferguson thugs’ previous caper: they arrested the wrong man, jailed him even after they became aware of this, kicked him in the head, then charged him with the crime of damaging thug department property (bleeding on their uniforms). Maybe he didn’t bleed on their uniforms at all — the thugs later said they had made […]
Communities, Individuals, and the Long Fight Against Poverty [in the US]. This fight would not be nearly so long if not for the rich that defend poverty for everyone else.
California “Kill Switch“ Bill Could Be Used to Disrupt Protests.
The UK government has blocked publication of the report into the cause of horsemeat in the “beef”, because it will point the finger at the government’s cuts in inspecting food. The deeper cause, which the report may not mention, is the EU’s deregulation that makes it easy to ship meat from one company to another, in […]
A Ukrainian rebel leader claims to have 1200 soldiers who were trained in Russia, as well as 30 tanks. They could not have captured 30 tanks from the Ukrainian army in that area. If the claim is true, most of those tanks must have come from Russia. Perhaps Russia captured Ukrainian tanks in the Crimea […]
Ecuador’s foreign minister asks why the Swedish government fails to use the opportunity to question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, and thus denies justice both to Assange and to the women who made a complaint against him. Of course, we can infer the answer easily.
Algorithmic filtering can affect history, not just hide history. Facebook’s filtering algorithm suppressed news about the thug riot in Ferguson until after it became national news.
Al Sharpton exhorted Ferguson protesters to avoid weakening their case by engaging in crimes such as looting. This is wise advice: blacks of the 60s won advances in civil rights through discipline, and protesters today need discipline too. Since then, a curfew has been imposed. I don’t expect the protesters to disperse quietly just because someone […]
Afghan thugs raided a coffee shop because women and men were allowed to sit and talk there.
Malaysia demonstrated contempt for human rights by threatening to jail a citizen for three years for “liking“ a Facebook post that praises Israel. Being a used of Facebook is foolish, but expressing opinions there should not be a crime.
Modi focused a speech on condemnation of rape in India and calling for better treatment of girls.
A California Hospital Charged $10,000 for a Cholesterol Test. This is an extreme case of a standard practice of gouging people who don’t have an insurance company to push for a lower price.
Verizon is harassing phone customers to make them switch from copper lines to fiber cables that will be useless in a protracted emergency.
US frackers continue injecting diesel fuel even though it is illegal.
Michael Brown’s Death Was No Anomaly. We Cannot Stay Silent. We must somehow end the impunity of thugs that attack citizens.
The widely acknowledged (though not officially) “Hannibal Directive”, by which the Israeli army risks killing its own soldiers to make sure they are not taken prisoner, means that the Israeli government will kill Israelis to avoid annoying negotiations. When you get accustomed to dehumanizing the enemy, you tend to dehumanize your friends too by force […]
Iraq has a new prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, but is there any chance he can win support from all sectors of the country? The US proved it is possible to buy the support Sunni clan leaders, but it’s not enough to pay them for a couple of years; one needs to keep paying them permanently. […]
Australia plans to tell asylum seekers they should go to Cambodia instead. It might be a valid response, except that Cambodia treats asylum seekers almost as badly as Australia does.
Even if the page you visit isn’t malware, various governments can replace it with malware.
Australia’s National Security Proposals Will Criminalise Journalists, Says Union.
New York City is directing some of its spending towards worker-owned co-ops instead of businesses that profit mainly the boss.
A leak shows that the secret proposed Canada-EU free exploitation treaty, CETA, has investor-state injustice comparable to TPP and TTIP. For instance, if a city privatizes its water, it would be unable to make the water public again. We should not be distracted by precisely where lines are drawn. All such treaties are fundamentally inimical to democracy, […]
The main cause of glacial shrinkage nowadays is human activity. Way to go, homo sap! This will lead to growing scarcity of fresh water in the areas that get their water from glacial runoff, such as California and northern India.
Making thugs wear cameras is just part of what is needed to curb their violence. These cameras won’t stop other abuses, such as searching people without grounds.
Creeping privatization of Britain’s National Health Service is resulting in corruption, waste, and injuries to patients.
The Australian government hopes a meaningless apology will mollify those it intends to push into poverty on the street.
Everyone: call on Detroit to implement the 2005 water affordability plan and switch on everyone’s water.
Due to militarization of US thugs, Ferguson looks like Iraq. For US blacks, being killed by thugs is not unusual, and being harassed by thugs is an everyday occurrence. However, while racial profiling is unfair, that’s not the central issue here. It’s a fact that the people killed by thugs for no reason tend to […]
US citizens: call on the EPA to require disclosure of the chemicals used in each frack well.
The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, which monitors violations of Palestinians’ human rights and called for peace in Gaza, has been singled out for punishment by the state because of its peace advocacy. This fits into the general pattern in Israel of repression of those that oppose the occupation. Israel boasted of being the only […]
“Stand your ground” laws have lead to an increase in number of killings, and in a racially biased way.
A new commander convinced the thugs in Ferguson to stop attacking the protesters.
Interviews with the enslaved foreign workers building Abu Dhabi’s branches of the Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum and New York University.
Azerbaijan’s tyrant has arrested human rights activists. The excuse about NGO funding has been used to suppress civil society in several other countries, most recently Russia.
Comcast seems to have a systematic practice of telling customers that some repair will be gratis, then charging for it anyway — unless the customer has a recording to prove it.
How the thugs in Ferguson intentionally attacked TV crews.
Public pressure, criticizing cruelty to whales, has made SeaWorld agree to change some practices. Will it do enough?
Why research ethics are necessary even in the midst of an epidemic.
The UK government talks up community wind energy co-ops but has tightened the rules, blocking new ones.
Thugs, some armed with assault rifles, attacked protesters and journalists in Ferguson. The thugs fired rubber-coated steel bullets at a protester with his arms in the air, and at journalists. They arrested journalists too. Firing tear gas canisters at people’s bodies is a tactic well known from Palestine, where soldiers sometimes succeed in killing people with […]
Abbott’s business adviser prominently called climate science a hoax and warns of an imaginary threat of global cooling. I suspect he is being paid somehow to do this by the coal industry. I wonder if he has ties to those suppositories of all climate folly, the Koch brothers.
The black residents of Ferguson report that the city government is controlled by whites that persistently oppress them.
The US continues to oppose the proposed treaty against weapons in space.
Customers of Market Basket: demand restoration of the CEO that treated workers and customers decently.
Everyone: call on the Justice Department to investigate the thugs of Ferguson.
The US wants school children to eat vegetables, but won’t make the effort needed to prepare them to be edible.
It occurs to me that Putin may have provoked the rebellion in eastern Ukraine with the goal of firing up Russians to support him while he imposes Chinese-style censorship on the internet in Russia.
Appeals for “calm” are not enough; the occupation of Ferguson and other parts of the US by armed thugs must be ended. Police Brutality Must Be Punished If We Want Real Justice for Michael Brown. We need to unmilitarize the thugs, too.
US citizens: Tell Congress you object to letting company reps choose their staff.
Russian military vehicles were seen crossing the border into Ukraine.
Satellite observations find that the amount of water vapor in the upper troposphere has increased over 30 years, as climate models predict global heating to cause.
We may be able to stop the TPP, but we must reject Democratic pressure to “give Obama a victory” which would be a defeat for the American people.
Chinese research seeks to develop a computer system to detect people who are feeling stress, so as to arrest them. Knowing about this system of surveillance will make some people feel stressed.
The current outbreak of Ebola virus continues spreading because of fundamental problems in the medical system in Sierra Leone which result in lots of avoidable deaths from less exotic diseases.
Child Asylum Seekers’ Rights on Nauru ‘Systematically Violated’.
Israel agreed to allow Gaza a seaport, but has violated the agreement thus far. Maybe EU control of shipping offers a compromise to open commerce and travel by sea.
Guatemala’s president, formerly a general who implemented US-backed repression has hired a US lobbyist to get more military “aid” from the US.
Comcast and Time Warner are putting lots of money into “honoring” the FCC commissioner in charge of reviewing their merger. To such large companies in the same field should never be allowed to merge. That ought to be a no-brainer.
The DEA bribed an Amtrak secretary for 20 years to get passenger name records rather than try to subpoena them. I refuse to take Amtrak because it demands passengers show ID. Please join me in taking buses that don’t demand ID instead of Amtrak for the distances for which ground transport is possible.
Snowden says that Syria’s disconnection from the internet was due to a mistake that the NSA made while trying to install spy software.
The NSA’s automatic counterattack device presumes that the NSA is intercepting all internet traffic into the US.
Right wing demonstrators in Israel boast of killing all the children in Gaza. (That is not in fact the case, but apparently they wish it were.) A peace demonstration was banned, but hundreds came anyway.
Nitrous oxide, as sold on the street, is hardly dangerous at all, so why so much effort to get rid of it? Perhaps it is unsightly, like a hungry homeless person. Cities try to ban them, too.
When a musical recording is released solely under iTunes, it is off limits to libraries… and oppressive for individuals too. The only way you should ever accept copy of that recording is by file-sharing, so that you do not agree to their unjust contract.
Hamas has always used its tunnels against Israeli soldiers, not against civilians. The article also mentions several Israeli claims about the tunnels that were erroneous or fabricated.
Egypt Is in the Grip of a Violent Tyranny — with the West’s Backing.
Exposing Walmart spin about its economic power.
More than ever before, Israel represses both Jews and Arabs that oppose the war.
Poor people have cultural patterns, but the “culture of poverty” is a fabrication designed to prove that poverty is caused by bad habits.
Confirmation: Nixon and Kissenger sabotaged a cease-fire in Vietnam in order for Nixon to win the presidential election of 1968. Whether this literally constitutes treason, or just a betrayal, I am not sure. I’ve seen accusations that Reagan’s men sabotaged an agreement with Iran to free the US hostages in 1980 so that he would win […]
Everyone: call on Bumble Bee to take positive action to avoid killing sharks when it catches tuna.
Shipping lots of oil by train is dangerous even at low speed, but US railroads want the trains to travel at 60mph.
Professor Schabas, appointed to lead a UN investigation of war crimes in Gaza, has said that Netanyahu deserves to face the International Court. The information given does not justify the conclusion that Schabas is anti-Israel, but does suggest he has a preconceived view of the issue to be investigated. I agree with view, but his […]
US citizens: call on state governors to stop transferring prisoners to private prisons out of state.
US citizens: call on the SEC to adopt the rule to make publicly traded corporations declare political spending.
US citizens: call on the EPA to make power plant CO2 rules tighter.
Uri Avnery: the war between Israel and Hamas has come out a draw, and now Israel has to negotiate with Hamas.
The Obama regime is citing the supposed “threat of terrorism” as a reason to keep undocumented migrants in prison rather than release them while their cases are heard. Because I believe in equal rights, I don’t think that this is even worse for being applied to women and children. It is equally bad to do […]
Some Australian cities allow businesses to vote in local elections. This is the logical progression from the Corporations United decision*. In fact, why allow mere humans to vote at all? Allowing businesses to appoint officials directly is the logical end of plutocracy. * The organization is officially called “Citizens United”, but I prefer to call […]
Human Rights Watch accuses the Egyptian army of intentionally massacring protesting Morsi supporters.
The UK government quashed torture lawsuits by saying that admitting the facts would embarrass the US. Then it began lobbying the CIA to stop the US Senate from acknowledging the torture, because if it did, that would pull the rug out from under the UK’s self-serving argument.
A curfew in Baltimore seems to presume that anyone under 16 who is out at night is being neglected by her parents.
Obama tried persistently to unite Iraq under Maliki’s government, but he has recognized that this won’t work. Kurdistan makes a much better ally, since it is a nation and has an army that will fight for something other than pay or hatred.
Bullying is bullying, on the internet or off it. Perhaps teenagers would self-harm less if our society did not make life so precarious.
A CIA and NSA-funded company made a report claiming that al Qa’ida learned about resisting tracking from the Snowden revelations, though in fact it was developing countermeasures years before.
The tiny fraction of climate scientists who deny that human activities cause global heating report much more media coverage than the ones who agree with the consensus.
Ukrainian Neo-Nazis, organized as militia units, are leading the attack against pro-Russian rebels.
In the US today, if you’re black or Latino, having a thug assume you’re committing a crime is a rite of passage.
A large part of US bottle water is shipped from California, which has a severe drought. I just about never buy a bottle of water in the US or other countries where tap water is potable. Why pollute the environment by being a sucker?
Spells of heat or rain that lasts for weeks have become twice as common since 2000, due to measurable changes in the behavior of the jet streams. All this is due to global heating.
The seed library in Pennsylvania may in fact be legal, but these laws need to be changed to protect sharing of nonpatented seeds.
Amnesty International criticizes the US for whitewashing killings of Afghan civilians. That the Taliban are even worse is no excuse, because they are no standard of comparison.
US citizens: Tell the USDA not to allow 2,4-D resistant corn.
Authoritarian Erdogan won the election for president of Turkey, by less than was expected.
A new analysis estimates that the Keystone XL planet-roaster pipeline will result in 120 million tons of extra annual CO2 emissions, not merely 30 million. This is because it would result in a lower price for oil, which would encourage users to burn oil rather than invest in alternatives. Although this is a small fraction […]
The smallest porpoise species, found in the Sea of California, is facing extinction due to gill netting.
Ukraine says that Russia’s “humanitarian aid” convoy will be allowed into Ukraine if the Red Cross inspects and approves its contents.
Israel’s identification of criticism of the occupation of Palestine with antisemitism was meant to suppress the former using the odium of the latter. It worked for a while, but now it has backfired: the odium of the occupation is boosting antisemitism.
At the Goldcorp (Canadian) mine in Guatemala, a local man who tried to complain was burnt alive by the company thugs.
Iran has banned sterilization in a campaign to pressure people to have more children. It will fall most heavily on those who can’t afford to travel abroad for an operation. I can understand that people would not want to have children in Iran. What if they are daughters?
The UK says it will suspend some arms exports to Israel if Israel resumes fighting in Gaza.
No Safe Place: How [US] Cities Are Making It Illegal to be Homeless.
The thug that shot Michael Brown seems to have fabricated a false accusation as an excuse. Police officers are simply not credible witnesses about such events, because they are accustomed to lying in court. Ferguson thugs shot protesters and bystanders with wooden bullets that wound people.
Can you tell which statements were made by Clinton and which by Netanyahu?