Stepping on the downtrodden

August 29, 2014

The Aus­tralian government’s next excuse to step on the down­trod­den: pun­ish­ing those who miss a job interview.

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UK social mobility



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.

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Rate of killing by US thugs



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.

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Renewable energy



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 […]

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The War on Sharing



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.

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Universities



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.

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Estimated emissions from Keystone XL



How the US government’s basic error leads to under­es­ti­mat­ing the CO2 emis­sions from Keystone XL.

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Years-Late apology from thug department



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.

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UK thugs’ priorities



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.

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UN reports on the atrocities in Syria



The UN reports on the atroc­i­ties in Syria, com­mit­ted by Assad’s army and by ISIS.

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The cease-fire in Gaza



The indef­i­nite cease-fire in Gaza includes some relax­ation of the siege, but not entirely.

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Three Vietnamese activists jailed



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.

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US not obligated to fight in Syria



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 […]

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Net neutrality is “marxist”



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.

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Shaker Aamer beaten for protesting



Shaker Aamer, held with­out charges in Guan­tanamo, is now being beaten daily by the guards as pun­ish­ment for protest­ing his imprisonment.

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Ban on GMOs in Kaua’i overturned



The ban on GMOs in Kaua’i was over­turned in court.

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Obama regimes’ obedience to banksters



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.

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Urgent: Call for protection of monarch butterflies



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 […]

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Whether to intervene in Iraq



The ques­tion of whether to inter­vene in Iraq includes ques­tions about what sort of inter­ven­tion it would be, and with what goal.

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Urgent: Call on Burger King to drop tax dodging plan



Every­one: call on Burger King to drop its tax dodg­ing plan.

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Safety advice and victim-blaming



Not all safety advice con­sti­tutes victim-blaming.

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New coal electric plants in Europe



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 […]

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Putin’s covert war of conquest



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.

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War on drugs in Australia



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.

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New Spanish Pun

August 28, 2014

New pun in spanish.

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Australia’s record-breaking summer heat



Global heat­ing denial­ists claim Australia’s record-breaking sum­mer heat is a lie.

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Declared a “security risk” for having sign on car



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.

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How the Brutalized Become Brutal

August 27, 2014

How the Bru­tal­ized Become Brutal.

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Dalit women face threats of attack



Dalit women who refuse to col­lect toi­let waste face threats of attack from higher-caste peo­ple who demand this service.

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Bus deregulation in the UK



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?

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Participation in Israel war crimes



Pales­tine calls on var­i­ous coun­tries to inves­ti­gate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of their cit­i­zens (who are sol­diers in the Israeli army) in Israel war crimes.

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Thyroid cancer in Fukushima youth



Young peo­ple who were in Fukushima at the time of the melt­down show a high rate of thy­roid cancer.

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Spanish women protest mayor



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 […]

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Imprisonment for attempting abortion



A woman in Indi­ana faces many years’ impris­on­ment for tak­ing drugs to cause an abortion.

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Urgent: Phone Lisa Kershner



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.

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IPCC report on global heating



The IPCC reports that global heat­ing is already a source of dan­ger and it may be impos­si­ble to reverse.

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Hypersonic weapons



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.

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Oil companies endanger New Orleans



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.

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Funds raised by Wisconsin governor



Wis­con­sin Gov­er­nor Walker actively raised funds for sup­pos­edly inde­pen­dent groups that were going to use the funds to pro­mote vot­ing for him.

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Detroit resumes water shutoffs



Detroit has resumed dis­con­nect­ing poor peo­ple from water sup­ply. Some peo­ple have restored their own con­nec­tions. Bravo!

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AT&T’s campaign against net neutrality



How AT&T buys the sup­port of grass-roots orga­ni­za­tions for its cam­paign against net neutrality.

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Urgent: Wasting money on unnecessary roads



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.

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Thug attacks man in wheelchair



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 […]

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Pipeline protesters in Michigan



Pipeline pro­test­ers in Michi­gan locked them­selves to trucks to block con­struc­tion of an oil pipeline.

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Portable phone tracking



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.

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Regulation of e-cigarettes



WHO calls for reg­u­la­tion of e-cigarettes.

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Employees’ social media profiles

August 26, 2014

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 […]

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Euro-austerity



Ger­many may be forced to allow euro-austerity to stop.

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Rush to approve killing a US citizen



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.

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ISIS massacres Shi’ite prisoners



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.

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Plastic fibers in harbors



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.

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Khalida Jarrar exiled



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.

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Entrenched systematic bigotry



Entrenched sys­tem­atic big­otry means that fatal acci­dents sys­tem­at­i­cally hap­pen to the group on the receiving end.

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NSA database of who talks to whom



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.

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UK’s sham democracy



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.

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Guilty unless proven innocent



A promi­nent Tory wants to apply “guilty unless proven inno­cent” to any­one that goes to Syria or Iraq.

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Faculty offer cancelled due to tweets



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; […]

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Current instantiation of lynching



Thugs’ shoot­ing black peo­ple is the cur­rent instan­ti­a­tion of lynching.

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Cameron wants another “war on terror”



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.

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UK gov’t fabrications



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.

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Heating of Earth’s surface



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.

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If Argentina surrenders



If Argentina sur­ren­ders to the vul­tures, it may be forced to sur­ren­der a lot of land to for­eign powers.

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Racism



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 […]

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How harsh reactions can backfire



Strong and harsh reac­tions to the spread­ing of Islamist ide­ol­ogy can back­fire (not to men­tion that they can vio­late human rights).

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Israel’s destruction of buildings



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.

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Roundup-ready GMO corn study



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.

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Shutdown of unofficial poll in Macao



In Macao, an unof­fi­cial poll of cit­i­zens sat­is­fac­tion with the chief offi­cial was shut down forcibly, based on an absurd pre­text as usual.

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Russian soldiers in Ukraine



Ukraine says its army has cap­tured Russ­ian sol­diers fight­ing in Ukraine along­side rebels.

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Outcomes of trials in Florida



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 […]

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Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors



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.

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Ferguson’s Black community

August 25, 2014

Ferguson’s Black Com­mu­nity Must Not Be Given the Same ‘Jus­tice’ As Trayvon Martin.

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Tripoli under Islamist control



Islamists took con­trol of Tripoli, bring­ing about the semi­per­ma­nent frac­ture of Libya.

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When thugs get fired



When thugs do some­thing vio­lent, and get fired, they fre­quently move on to some other town that doesn’t care.

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Abbott to push global heating



Despite Abbott’s mys­ti­fi­ca­tion, his poli­cies clearly reflect the inten­tion to push global heat­ing to the max.

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Israel destroys two large buildings



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 […]

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UK cuts in support for local government



UK cuts in sup­port for local gov­ern­ment are focused on the poor­est areas.

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Ferguson thug “relieved of duty”



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.

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No expectation of justice for Brown



The black cit­i­zens of Fer­gu­son do not expect jus­tice for Michael Brown.

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Liberal Zionism among Jews



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.

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US thugs want more military weapons



US thugs are cam­paign­ing to con­tinue receiv­ing mil­i­tary weapons and gear.

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Economic growth with less energy use



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.

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A proprietary World Wide Web



Google seems to be aim­ing slowly to make the World Wide Web effec­tively its pro­pri­etary product.

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Melting of ice sheets



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!

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Austerity in Europe



Aus­ter­ity Has Made Europe’s Depres­sion Longer Than In The 1930s.

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B’liar’s business advised dictator of Kazakhstan



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.

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US university imposes censorship



A lousy US uni­ver­sity has imposed cen­sor­ship on net­work access for stu­dents and oth­ers on campus.

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Chinese film festival shut down



Bei­jing Inde­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val Shut Down by Chi­nese Authorities.

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Shi’ite militias intend to expel Sunnis



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 […]

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Obama regime argues Nuremberg irrelevant



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.

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Opposition to ISIS



Var­i­ous states and par­ties in the Mus­lim world are declar­ing their oppo­si­tion to ISIS.

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Racist assaults teach justified rage



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.

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Unpleasantness of Comcast



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.

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India has permitted the entry of GMOs



The gov­ern­ment of India has per­mit­ted the entry of GMOs, dis­re­gard­ing its own laws over and over.

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Suspension” of the First Amendment



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.

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Voter registration booths in Ferguson



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.

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GE eucalyptus trees



Genet­i­cally engi­neered euca­lyp­tus trees won’t directly hurt peo­ple, but they have the poten­tial to do great eco­log­i­cal harm and encour­age land grabs.

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Thug shot at Michael Brown as he was running away



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 […]

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Racist repression



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 […]

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Sugar in foods you would not expect



Cam­paign­ing against the prac­tice of putting sugar in lots of foods where you would not expect it.

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Green Party condemns injustices in policing

August 24, 2014

The Green Party con­demns many sys­tem­atic injus­tices in the polic­ing of the US.

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Racists cheer killing of blacks



US right-wing racists are rais­ing funds to sup­port the thug that killed Michael Brown, cheer­ing on the killing of more blacks.

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Urgent: List the northern long-eared bat as endangered



US cit­i­zens: call on the Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice to list the north­ern long-eared bat as an endan­gered species.

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UK immigration prisons paying prisoners a pittance



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.

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Russian “humanitarian aid”



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.

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Ocean cycles coincided in sinking Earth’s acquired heat



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.

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Hamas supports Palestine’s joining the ICC



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.

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Privatization in Britain



Pri­va­ti­za­tion in Britain has fol­lowed the path of pri­va­ti­za­tion in Rus­sia, lead­ing to an immense trans­fer of wealth to the new owners.

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Ferguson relates to net neutrality



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.

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Urgent: Don’t import apples from China



US cit­i­zens: tell the USDA, don’t import apples from China.

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US fighting in Iraq



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 […]

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What Britain would have if it had avoided Tony B’liar



What Britain would have if it had avoided Tony B’liar.

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Thailand made military coup permanent



Thai­land has made its mil­i­tary coup effec­tively per­ma­nent by declar­ing the head gen­eral to be “prime minister”.

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Hollywood treatment of abortions



Why Hol­ly­wood treats abor­tions as shock­ing and shame­ful — in con­trast to the 1980s, when it treated them as no big deal.

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Very urgent: Oppose Comcast-Time Warner merger



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.

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US compensation for civilians killed in Yemen



The US may be fund­ing com­pen­sa­tion for civil­ians killed in Yemen while refus­ing to admit killing them.

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UK gov’t planning giveaway of public land



The UK gov­ern­ment is plan­ning a mas­sive give­away of pub­lic land, a require­ment to extract all fos­sil fuels, and abo­li­tion of local planning.

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Fanatics attack mosque in Iraq



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.

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Insurance coverage of contraception



Obama has taken steps to pro­tect insur­ance cov­er­age of con­tra­cep­tion from the Hobby Lobby decision.

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Australia’s proposal for increased surveillance



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.

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Urgent: Reject palm oil made from deforestation



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.

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Why Israel wants to keep fighting in Gaza



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.

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Consult Congress before military interventions



Con­gress should insist that Obama con­sult Con­gress before mil­i­tary inter­ven­tions such as the bomb­ing cam­paign in Iraq.

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The kidnaping and killing of three Israeli teenagers



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.

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Urgent: Reject the Comcast-TWC merger



US cit­i­zens: call on the FCC to reject the Comcast-TWC merger.

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Urgent: No heavy weapons for thugs



US cit­i­zens: Sign this peti­tion to stop pro­vid­ing heavy weapons to thugs.

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Bank of America agreed to pay a fine for mortgage fraud



Bank of Amer­ica agreed to pay a fine for mort­gage fraud, but it’s much smaller than it appears to be.

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The Lac Mégantic oil train explosion



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.

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Pranksters threatened with prison



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.

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Urgent: End Google’s support for ALEC



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.

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Protesters Hold Up Mirrors to Police



Oak­land Pro­test­ers Hold Up Mir­rors to Police Offi­cers in Fer­gu­son Sol­i­dar­ity March. Thou­sands ral­lied in New York City.

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Urgent: A fair and predictable work week



Every­one: tell Star­bucks to offer employ­ees a fair and pre­dictable work week.

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Mortar fired into town kills child



A Pales­tin­ian mor­tar rocket killed an Israeli child. Fir­ing mor­tars at towns is a war crime, just like the Israeli bom­bard­ment of Gaza.

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UK must nationalize the trains



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.

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Corporations Spy on Nonprofits



Cor­po­ra­tions Spy on Non­prof­its (that crit­i­cize them) with Impunity (in the US).

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Right-Wing operative trying to do a hatchet job



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.

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Student reenactment of killings



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.

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Urgent: Support regulation of pollution from oil refineries



US cit­i­zens: Amer­i­cans, com­ment to the EPA to sup­port reg­u­la­tion of pol­lu­tion from oil refineries.

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Trial of Sharif Mobley blocked

August 23, 2014

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.

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Public school spending cuts



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 […]

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Withdrawl of National Guard from Ferguson



The National Guard is being with­drawn from Fer­gu­son. I hope that the protests do not peter out soon. Noth­ing fun­da­men­tal has been corrected.

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The Security Council and Syria



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 […]

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UK censorship in politics



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.”

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India censors film



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 […]

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Earnings for Britons under 30



Earn­ings for Britons under 30 have fallen around 10% in 4 years.

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School-to-prison pipeline



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 […]

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US “economic recovery” lopsided



The US “eco­nomic recov­ery” is lop­sided, leav­ing low-paid work­ers poorer than before.

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US “war on terror”



The US “war on ter­ror” has not only failed, it has backfired.

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Canada’s attempt to gag professor



Cana­dian pro­fes­sor John Smol rebuked the gov­ern­ment for try­ing to gag him from talk­ing about his mea­sure­ments of pol­lu­tion from oil sand strip mining.

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World Bank redefining poverty



The World Bank and friends say that they are elim­i­nat­ing poverty, but it’s more like redefin­ing poverty.

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Sweden sentences artist to prison



Swe­den sen­tenced an artist to prison for “racist“ art. I share their dis­ap­proval of racism, but cen­sor­ship threat­ens everyone.

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