ISIS threatening to attack the White House

September 19, 2014

ISIS released another provoca­tive video, this one threat­en­ing to attack the White House. The ISIS pro­pa­ganda team is clever, and surely expects this to make a lot of US politi­cians demand war so that they can look tough. I con­tinue to claim that ISIS wants the US to fight so that it can con­vince Iraqi […]

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New Mexico sheriff faces charges

September 18, 2014

A New Mex­ico sher­iff faces charges for two cases of attack­ing pass­ing drivers.

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Cutting poverty



What the US gov­ern­ment must do if it wants to cut poverty.

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The Fate of the Gaza Ceasefire



Noam Chom­sky: The Fate of the Gaza Ceasefire.

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Resource distribution for voting places



Some US states pro­vide fewer resources to vot­ing places with more minor­ity groups, caus­ing long wait­ing lines. One must sus­pect this is another method of Repub­li­can voter suppression.

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Sucking the US into war



Many experts warn that ISIS pro­pa­ganda videos are intended to suck the US into a war that would legit­imize ISIS among Sun­nis and thus strengthen it. US hawks that call for imme­di­ate war are moti­vated by domes­tic pol­i­tics. If as a byprod­uct of polit­i­cal gain they strengthen ISIS, that’s not impor­tant to them.

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Imprisonment of Ghoncheh Ghavami



Ghoncheh Ghavami has been impris­oned in Iran for 3 months for ask­ing to be allowed to watch a sport­ing event along­side men.

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TSA gropes passenger after flight



Agents of the The­ater of Secu­rity Agency demanded to grope a pas­sen­ger after he got off a flight, claim­ing it was because they had for­got­ten to do this before the flight.

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Chevron trying to buy city council election



Chevron is try­ing to buy the city coun­cil elec­tion in Rich­mond, Cal­i­for­nia using smears and confusion.

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New pollution controls cut Australian coal



New Chi­nese pol­lu­tion con­trols on coal will cut into Aus­tralian coal exports. This is a great oppor­tu­nity for Aus­tralia to can­cel all the planned expan­sions in coal mining.

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Apples unjust power over users



Lots of iThing users are com­plain­ing that they did not want the U2 album “gift” that Apple stuck them with — and that it was hard to delete. These com­plaints focus on a super­fi­cial prob­lem, which reflects the shal­low think­ing that Apple instills in its users. Iron­i­cally, though, this super­fi­cial prob­lem reflects a much deeper […]

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Battle over cutting Tasmania’s old-growth forests



The bat­tle over cut­ting Tasmania’s old-growth forests will resume, with a gov­ern­ment ban on protests con­demned by the UN.

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Prisoner granted euthanasia



Bel­gium has granted a prisoner’s peti­tion for euthana­sia. I under­stand and sym­pa­thize with a prisoner’s wish to die rather than spend life in prison. It wor­ries me that there’s a dan­ger this will encour­age prison con­di­tions designed to encour­age sui­cide, a de-facto death penalty. How­ever, such con­di­tions exist in many coun­tries, includ­ing the US, where […]

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Limited autonomy in Eastern Ukraine



Ukraine’s gov­ern­ment has adopted par­tial auton­omy for the East­ern region where the rebel­lion is occur­ring. This lim­ited auton­omy seems nat­ural to me, given that every part of the United States has it. Did Ukraine offer this lim­ited auton­omy at the beginning?

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Pakistani professor assassinated



A Pak­istani pro­fes­sor who pro­moted a lib­eral inter­pre­ta­tion of Islam’s social rules was assassinated.

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Persecution of Botswana journalists



The pres­i­dent of Botswana is per­se­cut­ing jour­nal­ists that reported on his car accident.

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Global heating denial for kids



Texas is try­ing to rewrite text­books to deny global heating.

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Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin



Russ­ian writer Mikhail Shishkin says that Putin has taken Rus­sia back to “Soviet times of total lies”, and that Putin’s vio­lence is prepar­ing Rus­sians to sup­port a series of wars. Putin’s nation­al­ist pro­pa­ganda resem­bles the US pro­pa­ganda used to con­vince Amer­i­cans to have faith that the US is the “good guy” in every war, in disregard […]

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Racism among US thugs



Attor­ney Gen­eral Holder launched a study of racism among US thugs. It is a good idea. If only he went after the banksters and the tor­tur­ers, he’d be doing a good job.

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China torturing professor



Pro­fes­sor Ilham Tohti, who wrote in favor of Uighurs’ rights, is being tor­tured as prepa­ra­tion for his show trial.

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Thugs attacked a BBC team in Moscow



A group of thugs (not nec­es­sar­ily offi­cial state thugs) attacked a BBC team in Moscow; while the team was report­ing the attack to the offi­cial thugs, some­one erased their com­put­ers’ mem­o­ries. Appar­ently some of Putin’s men wanted to stop them from report­ing on a Russ­ian sol­dier appar­ently killed in Ukraine.

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Man shot in the back by thugs



Thugs said they shot Dar­rien Hunt because he lunged at them with a sword. How­ever, an autopsy found he was shot in the back. Sur­veil­lance cam­era record­ings have been pro­vided to the thugs but not to Hunt’s family.

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Hottest August ever recorded



August 2014 was the hottest August ever recorded, just like May and June.

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Deal made with Qatar



Qatar has made a deal to reduce its sup­port for Islamist par­ties. The deal also includes order­ing al-Jazeera to stop crit­i­ciz­ing Egypt for its bloody sup­pres­sion of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. I shed no tears for those reli­gious extrem­ists, but al-Jazeera has been hurt by this. We have seen evi­dence of bias in al-Jazeera imposed from […]

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Urgent: Powerplant carbon limits



US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA to make pow­er­plant car­bon lim­its strong enough to do the job.

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Cost of sea level rise



Sea level rise could cause over 200 bil­lion dol­lars in dam­ages to build­ings and infra­struc­ture in Aus­tralia in this cen­tury. For the US, I would guess it is ten times that. Has any­one seen a recent estimate?

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FinFisher



The Ger­man gov­ern­ment allowed the intru­sion soft­ware Fin­Fisher to be sold to gov­ern­ments that tram­ple human rights. The arti­cle errs in talk­ing about “Linux com­put­ers”; the con­text shows that this refers to the GNU/Linux system.

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Tax rules for multinational companies



44 eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­ful coun­tries are draw­ing up a plan to make multi­na­tional com­pa­nies pay taxes.

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Urgent: Cleanup of pipeline spill



US cit­i­zens: Tell House Energy Chair Upton to give the pol­luters’ cam­paign money to the cleanup of the pipeline spill in his district.

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US gov’t still trying to smear Snowden



The US gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues try­ing to smear Snow­den with fal­si­fied claims that his dis­clo­sures aided ter­ror­ists. Even if they had been of some use to under­ground ene­mies of Amer­i­cans, that harm would be small com­pared with the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion of giv­ing us a chance to recover democracy.

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Nationalism



As sur­ren­der to plu­toc­racy spreads poverty across Europe, nation­al­ism offers the prospect of a mag­i­cal escape with­out con­fronting the real root of the injus­tice. Often nation­al­ism puts the blame for poverty on “par­a­sitic” immi­grants rather the prin­ci­pal par­a­sites — the rich.

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Drug smuggling funds Jihadi groups



Jihadi groups in north Mali run on funds obtained by smug­gling drugs north. I seem to recall that Islam dis­ap­proves of these drugs. It would be hard to rec­on­cile the smug­gling with being an “Islamist”.

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Urgent: Statement of support for Greenpeace protesters



US cit­i­zens: sign a state­ment of sup­port for Green­peace pro­test­ers in Cincin­nati, who face ten years’ impris­on­ment under Puti­nesque charges.

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Mass surveillance in New Zealand



New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter Key is chang­ing and con­tra­dict­ing his state­ments to try to deny rev­e­la­tions about the mas­sive sur­veil­lance he started.

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Posting negative reviews about businesses



Cal­i­for­nia passed a bill ban­ning busi­nesses from mak­ing cus­tomers agree not to post neg­a­tive reviews. One is pro­posed at the US level. I won­der whether these mea­sures also cover the attempt to require cus­tomers to assign copy­right on their reviews to the business.

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Invasion by Israeli “settlers”



Israeli “set­tlers” invaded Hebron and pepper-sprayed two Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, who had to be taken to a hospital.

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Urgent: Blanket use of antibiotics on farm animals

September 17, 2014

US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to put a stop to blan­ket use of antibi­otics on farm animals.

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US must stop claiming that the law is secret



To com­ply with the prin­ci­ples of human rights, the US must stop claim­ing that the law is secret. Secret “law” is really arbi­trary rule. The “13 Nec­es­sary and Pro­por­tion­ate Prin­ci­ples” that the EFF advo­cates may be nec­es­sary and pro­por­tion­ate, but they are not suf­fi­cient to achieve their goal: to pro­tect soci­ety from mas­sive total sur­veil­lance. They […]

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US military to fight Ebola



Obama will send 3000 US mil­i­tary per­son­nel to Africa to fight Ebola. I can’t judge the details but it seems to be a necessary job.

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Giganews logging accesses to newsgroups for FBI



An insider accuses Giganews of log­ging all accesses to news­groups for the FBI.

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Israeli war crimes in Gaza



Human Rights Watch iden­ti­fied sev­eral Israeli actions in Gaza that appear to be war crimes and must be investigated.

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Forest fires



Indone­sia has agreed to do more to stop the for­est fires that peo­ple set for the pur­pose of defor­esta­tion. Indone­sia should make it ille­gal to farm land that was for­est less than 10 years ago, use satel­lite pho­tos to iden­tify such farms, and destroy them so that the for­est can come back.

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A Diet for a Healthy Planet



For the First Time, U.S. Agen­cies Con­sider a Diet for a Healthy Planet.

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Medical marijuana



An Aus­tralian state is mov­ing to legal­ize med­ical mar­i­juana but only for peo­ple who are dying. The peo­ple who need this most are the ones that might be saved by chemother­apy if they can stand the suf­fer­ing it causes.

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Foreign policy lessons learned



Obama Has Indeed Learned Some For­eign Pol­icy Lessons, Just Not the Ones the Establishment Likes

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Another step towards near-universal poverty



Web sites for that make des­per­ate peo­ple bid to do jobs for the low­est pay move soci­ety another step towards near-universal poverty.

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Urgent: Support H.Con.Res.114



US cit­i­zens: phone your con­gress­crit­ter to sup­port H.Con.Res.114, which says that any sus­tained US com­bat in Iraq or Syria requires con­gres­sional autho­riza­tion. The Capi­tol Switch­board num­bers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.

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Democrats” backed by Chamber of Commerce



The US Cham­ber of Com­merce is back­ing some “Democ­rats”, the sort who are almost like today’s Republicans.

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Syria intervention plans



Sen­a­tor Machin says he will oppose Obama’s mis­guided Syria inter­ven­tion plans.

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Curbing global heating without harming economic growth



The New Cli­mate Econ­omy report claims it is pos­si­ble to curb global heat­ing with­out harm­ing eco­nomic growth.

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One-use plastic bags



Cal­i­for­nia has banned stores from hand­ing out gratis one-use plas­tic bags. We need to make bags, and other food pack­ag­ing, out of plas­tics that will truly biode­grade in a few years. I taught myself a cou­ple of years ago to reuse larger, tougher plas­tic bags. I carry 3 of them in my com­puter bag and mostly […]

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Groundwater management



Cal­i­for­nia has enacted ground­wa­ter management.

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Teenagers doing less harmful things



Teenagers in many coun­tries are drink­ing less, using drugs less, even get­ting preg­nant less. Per­haps that’s because they expect to be pun­ished all their lives if they do those things, and expect the adult world to be one that con­demns all but a small frac­tion win­ners to hope­less poverty. It’s good that teenagers do less […]

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Comcast threatens Tor users



Users of Com­cast are report­ing that Com­cast says they are not allowed to use Tor and threat­en­ing to ter­mi­nate their service.

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Labeling GMOs



Look at the com­pa­nies donat­ing money to oppose the Ore­gon ref­er­en­dum to require label­ing GMOs.

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Urgent: Block another Enbridge pipeline



US cit­i­zens: call on Kerry to block another Enbridge pipeline plan for export­ing Cana­dian tar sands oil.

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Large protests for democracy continue in Hong Kong



Large protests for democ­racy con­tinue in Hong Kong after China rejected free elections there.

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable



Sac­ri­fic­ing the Vul­ner­a­ble, From Gaza to America.

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Hagel proposes sending US troops into combat in Iraq



Defense” sec­re­tary Hagel pro­poses send­ing US troops into com­bat in Iraq to fight an unend­ing war with no con­cept of vic­tory. Chelsea Man­ning — who was an Iraq intel­li­gence ana­lyst before becom­ing a heroic whistle­blower — explains why this won’t work. If the goal is to win Iraqi Sun­nis away from sup­port­ing ISIS, send­ing US […]

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Tortured to death in an Israeli prison



An autopsy sug­gests that a Pales­tin­ian pris­oner was tor­tured to death in an Israeli prison.

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Former guard at Auschwitz charged



A for­mer guard at Auschwitz has been charged as an acces­sory to 300,000 mur­ders. It turns out that this guard has cam­paigned against holo­caust deniers.

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Endangered sharks

September 16, 2014

Shark meat is pop­u­lar in Indone­sia, and tuna fish­ers catch and sell lots of endan­gered sharks as “by catch”.

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Firing people for being gay



A Repub­li­can con­gress­crit­ter cham­pi­ons the right to fire peo­ple for being gay.

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National ID cards



The Modi gov­ern­ment expressed doubts about manda­tory ID cards, before the elec­tion. Now in power it strongly sup­ports the impo­si­tion of ID cards. Requir­ing a national ID card is an injus­tice in itself; tak­ing everyone’s fin­ger­prints or iris scans is an even worse injustice.

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FCC receives 3 million comments



The FCC received 3 mil­lion com­ments about net­work neutrality.

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Global heating and plutocracy



Naomi Klein con­nects global heat­ing to the plu­to­cratic sys­tem that has sub­ju­gated democ­racy. Klein is right that reduc­ing your per­sonal energy con­sump­tion is not an effec­tive action. Under a mar­ket sys­tem, the fos­sil fuel you don’t use will be sold to some­one else. The way to reduce the total use of fos­sil fuel is by […]

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Uruguayan marine faces charges in Italy



An Uruguayan marine who snuck out to Italy when inves­ti­gated for par­tic­i­pa­tion in gov­ern­ment tor­ture now faces charges in Italy.

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More hunger as agribusiness grows



The con­cen­tra­tion of agribusi­ness has resulted in record pro­duc­tion while hunger con­tin­ues to grow.

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Urgent: Debate the war against ISIS



US cit­i­zens: call on Con­gress to debate the war against ISIS. Call on Obama to seek autho­riza­tion for this war.

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NSA’s penetration in Germany



Infor­ma­tion pro­vided by Edward Snow­den proves that the NSA has pen­e­trated national and inter­na­tional net­works oper­ated by Ger­man com­pa­nies in ways that they can­not figure out.

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UK eager to surrender sovereignty



The UK’s right-wing par­ties talk about recov­er­ing sov­er­eignty from the EU, but they are eager to sur­ren­der sov­er­eignty to busi­nesses through TTIP (This Treaty Is Plutocratic).

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Ransoming hostages



The rel­a­tives of James Foley report that US offi­cials told them that pay­ing a ran­som for him would be a crime. This pol­icy is just and nec­es­sary to avoid encour­ag­ing the tak­ing of more hostages. Foley’s rel­a­tives, mad with grief, would have saved Foley by endan­ger­ing oth­ers; the offi­cials pre­vented this. It’s not that they […]

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Urgent: Oppose arming Syrian rebels



US cit­i­zens: sign this peti­tion not to arm the Syr­ian rebels.

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Urgent: Abortions in Pennsylvania



Every­one: call on the Penn­syl­va­nia leg­is­la­ture to stop imped­ing abortion.

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Airport expansions in London area



British politi­cians dis­tract atten­tion from the need to reduce CO2 emis­sions by debat­ing where to expand air­ports in the Lon­don area. At least the estu­ary air­port would be self-limiting, since global heat­ing will even­tu­ally make it unserviceable.

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The right to offend people



A teenager in Penn­syl­va­nia faces two years in prison for fak­ing oral sex with a statue of Jesus. This law should cer­tainly be uncon­sti­tu­tional. The right to offend peo­ple is part of free­dom of speech.

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Urgent: Disclose fracking chemicals



US cit­i­zens: sign this peti­tion to require dis­clo­sure of frack­ing chemicals.

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Biometric ID cards



Nige­ria is impos­ing bio­met­ric ID cards that include fin­ger­prints and iris scans. And share all the data with Mas­ter­card. National ID cards such as this are inher­ently oppres­sive. Nige­ria faces a big ter­ror­ist threat, but these cards will do no good what­so­ever against it.

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China harassing foreign journalists



China is sys­tem­at­i­cally harass­ing and exclud­ing for­eign jour­nal­ists, and pres­sur­ing their Chi­nese assis­tants to spy on them. The US is not blemish-free in this area: it requires for­eign jour­nal­ists to get a spe­cial visa. The US should repeal this law so that it can effec­tively crit­i­cize other countries.

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Urgent: Put a price on carbon emissions



US cit­i­zens: sign this peti­tion to put a price on car­bon emissions.

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How LA thugs see black people



LA thugs saw a black woman kiss a white man in a car, and hand­cuffed her, mak­ing the assump­tion based on that alone that she was a pros­ti­tute. They do this every day, but this time they were embar­rassed because she was a film star. Real pros­ti­tutes don’t deserve to be treated that way either, so […]

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Unschoolers



A study of unschool­ers — peo­ple who were allowed as chil­dren to learn on their own for some years — shows that they turned out quite well as adults. They had no trou­ble get­ting into col­lege or being suc­cess­ful there. I sus­pect that one of the con­di­tions for this to be suc­cess­ful was that the children […]

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Militarization of thug forces



Mil­i­ta­riza­tion of thug forces implies that they are occu­py­ing enemy ter­ri­tory, but who in the US is the enemy? Blacks, prin­ci­pally. This arti­cle makes the con­nec­tion between mil­i­ta­riza­tion and racism. The arti­cle also explains that the occu­pa­tion of Fer­gu­son puts on dis­play the weapons and armor that most often are used to attack pri­vate homes, […]

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Rich French people dodging taxes



Thou­sands of rich French peo­ple are dodg­ing taxes by mov­ing their money to Bel­gium. France needs to tax these peo­ple no mat­ter where they go.

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California drought



The almond farms of Cal­i­for­nia are rapidly exhaust­ing the state’s ground water. Global heat­ing will make droughts in Cal­i­for­nia more fre­quent. For the short term, the state needs to man­age its water rather than allow farm­ers to pump it at will. For the long term…there won’t be much farm­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, by and by, unless we […]

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Israeli military intelligence



The Israeli mil­i­tary intel­li­gence reservists who revealed that their work included black­mail­ing inno­cent Pales­tini­ans have been con­demned for punc­tur­ing the claim that Israel’s army is “the most moral in the world”. Those reservists believe their army is really sup­posed to be the world’s most moral. That’s why they are dis­gusted with what it really is.

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Press access to Canadian scientist denied



A news­pa­per requested an inter­view with a Cana­dian sci­en­tist about algae. Gov­ern­ment offi­cials had a dis­cus­sion of 100 pages before they refused per­mis­sion for him to talk to the press. This is because the facts about the algae demon­strate effects of global heat­ing, while the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment wants to pro­mote use of fossil fuel.

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Massive surveillance in New Zealand



The Prime Min­is­ter of New Zealand says that there is no mas­sive sur­veil­lance there. Edward Snow­den proves he is lying. This was imple­mented in 2012/2013, under a law that was mis­rep­re­sented as hav­ing a much smaller effect.

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Plastic in the sea



Sea ani­mals near Aus­tralia are eat­ing plas­tic, 3/4 of which comes from waste from cities.

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Librarians campaigning to protect users



Some librar­i­ans are cam­paign­ing to pro­tect library users from mas­sive dig­i­tal surveillance.

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UK prison budget cuts



In the UK, pris­on­ers reg­u­larly die or com­mit sui­cide as a result of prison bud­get cuts. They see no point in report­ing when they are raped. There are no funds for reha­bil­i­ta­tion, which puts a bur­den on the rest of soci­ety when they get out.

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Whaling



Sci­en­tists Don’t Need to Kill Whales to Study Them.

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An end to rain in part of Brazil



Defor­esta­tion and global heat­ing have put an end to rain in part of Brazil.

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Yangtze river sturgeon going extinct



The Yangtze river stur­geon is fol­low­ing the Yangtze river dol­phin into extinction.

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Urgent: UN control of fuel rod removal



Every­one: sign this peti­tion for the UN to take con­trol of the removal of fuel rods from the fuel pool at Fukushima #4.

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Republicans United



Not one Repub­li­can voted for the amend­ment to reverse the “Cit­i­zens United” decision.

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Frack wells contaminate drinking water



Fracking’s con­t­a­m­i­na­tion of drink­ing water in Texas and Penn­syl­va­nia was due to leaky cement in frack wells, a study finds.

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Obama’s plans for war with ISIS

September 15, 2014

Obama’s plans for war with ISIS depend on allies that have not shown an abil­ity to do what is required. I think the arti­cle under­es­ti­mates the pesh­merga. They had to retreat when ISIS attacked with its cap­tured US heavy weapons and armored vehi­cles, but were able to advance with US air sup­port. So were the […]

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Urgent: Authorization for expanding war in Iraq or Syria



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to get autho­riza­tion for expand­ing war in Iraq or Syria. For background.

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Just-in-time” work schedule



Just-in-time” sched­ul­ing of hourly work­ers means that their part-time job rules them every hour of the week, although they only get paid for a frac­tion of those hours. I think that busi­nesses should be required to pay half wages for every hour that an hourly worker is on call to work with less than a […]

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China rents pandas to zoos



China rents pan­das to zoos for a lot of money as part of a gen­eral sys­tem of pres­sur­ing coun­tries for trade advan­tage. Mean­while, the habi­tat for wild pan­das is being wiped out.

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Video of witnesses in Ferguson



Wit­nesses recorded imme­di­ately after Michael Brown was shot dead said that he had his hands up.

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Universities’ choice of professors



The Koch broth­ers are try­ing to buy con­trol over uni­ver­si­ties’ choice of pro­fes­sors, for polit­i­cal purposes.

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US media on pension cuts



The main­stream US media describe cut­ting work­ers’ pen­sions as “respon­si­ble”. If the gov­ern­ment is forced to break promises, break promises to the rich before promises to the non-rich.

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Republican filibuster



A Repub­li­can fil­i­buster killed the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to stop com­pa­nies from buy­ing elec­tions for Republicans.

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Canada subjugated to Chinese investors



Canada’s gov­ern­ment has, in effect, sub­ju­gated Canada to Chi­nese investors (includ­ing the Chi­nese state) by allow­ing them to sue secretly to demand changes in Cana­dian gov­ern­ment poli­cies. This includes extremely dan­ger­ous pipeline plans. To sub­ject one’s coun­try to such a treaty con­sti­tutes trea­son, in my view. A new Cana­dian gov­ern­ment should abro­gate the treaty.

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Urgent: Encryption standards



US cit­i­zens: call on Con­gress to remove the require­ment for NIST to con­sult the NSA spe­cially about encryp­tion standards.

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Taliban advancing



The Tal­iban are advanc­ing in parts of Afghanistan. It’s sad, but pre­dictable. The Afghan government’s army doesn’t have the moti­va­tion needed to resist the Tal­iban. Afghans who oppose the Tal­iban aren’t moti­vated to fight as much as the Tal­iban are moti­vated to fight. We could con­tinue to keep the Tal­iban out with per­ma­nent US inter­ven­tion. We […]

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Advertising on NPR



The new CEO of National Pub­lic Radio intends to get more money from adver­tis­ing by adver­tis­ing more attrac­tive prod­ucts. I used to give money to a local NPR sta­tion, but I stopped when I noticed that the shows had started to include commercials.

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The Need For Solidarity



The US suf­fers from a lack of feel­ings and activ­i­ties of gen­eral solidarity.

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New Jersey prosecutor McClain



New Jer­sey pros­e­cu­tor McClain went easy on a foot­ball player that knocked his fiancée uncon­scious, but threw the book at a women for car­ry­ing a gun with a per­mit from Penn­syl­va­nia. To carry a gun for pro­tec­tion against future rob­beries is not nec­es­sar­ily a wise idea; it may cause more dan­ger than it avoids. That’s […]

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New model of “trade” negotiations



NGOs call on Con­gress to adopt a new model of “trade” nego­ti­a­tions, with goals to be stated in advance. Given a Con­gress not sub­servient to busi­ness, this new sys­tem could give good results — but our cur­rent Con­gress is too sub­mis­sive to adopt it.

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Boko Haram suffered a big defeat



Boko Haram suf­fered a big defeat in a pitched bat­tle in Nige­ria. One such defeat won’t destroy the group, but could inspire the Niger­ian army to fight harder from now on, if the gov­ern­ment gives this priority.

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Bombing” ISIS



Obama Is Pick­ing Tar­gets in Iraq and Syria While Miss­ing the Point. US offi­cials have big dis­agree­ments about how dan­ger­ous ISIS is, and whether bomb­ing will hurt it or help it. The ques­tion is con­fused because the term “bomb­ing” fails to dis­tin­guish between air strikes on troops engaged in bat­tle and drone assas­si­na­tions, but this distinction […]

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Australia’s ancient rock art threatened



Australia’s ancient rock art is threat­ened by min­ers, tourists and animals.

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Campaigns of false criticism

September 14, 2014

Zoe Quinn is the vic­tim of a cam­paign of false crit­i­cism that was orga­nized dis­hon­estly from the begin­ning by peo­ple that wanted to do her harm. You can see some­thing sim­i­lar though smaller in the attacks against me that are posted in some forums. They not only make strained crit­i­cism, they also mis­rep­re­sent the free […]

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Gun control activist threatened



The leader of a gun con­trol protest in Chicago is receiv­ing death threats from US gun nuts, who call him a “ter­ror­ist”. He isn’t one, but they and their threats are com­ing pretty close.

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Being scared of partner not “normal”



A rela­tion­ship where the woman says she is scared of the man should not be con­sid­ered “normal”.

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Expensive UK privatizations



The UK gov­ern­ment is try­ing to set up pri­va­ti­za­tions so that they are too expen­sive to can­cel. They act like raiders who have taken con­trol of the state and intend to destroy as much as they can before they are chased out. The just response would be to impose a 200% tax on those businesses, […]

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Ebola intervention



Sci­en­tist Who Iden­ti­fied Ebola Virus Calls for “Quasi-Military Intervention”.

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The courage that saved the ozone layer



Stop­ping Cli­mate Melt­down Needs the Courage That Saved the Ozone Layer. That means dar­ing to tell pow­er­ful busi­nesses to drop dead rather than let them kill us.

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UN’s vote on stopping oppressive debt



The UN Gen­eral Assem­bly voted to start nego­ti­a­tions on a treaty to allow states to get rid of oppres­sive debt. The US was among 10 coun­tries that voted against. Shame on you, Obama.

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Urgent: Preserve food labeling law



US cit­i­zens: call on your sen­a­tors to pre­serve the US law requir­ing food to be labeled by the coun­try of origin.

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Deforestation



Most defor­esta­tion on Earth is done com­mer­cially, and half of it is done to get prod­ucts to sell to the wealthy coun­tries. Defor­esta­tion in the Ama­zon jumped by almost 1/3 last year.

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War



This Is the Third World War — And This Time We Are on the Fringes. I think there is some truth in this, but it’s not entirely true. Con­flict between Shi’ites and Sun­nis, like con­flict between Catholics and Ortho­dox and Mus­lims in the for­mer Yugoslavia, is not inevitable. It is stim­u­lated or pro­voked by political […]

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Russian military vehicle spotted in Ukraine

September 13, 2014

A Russ­ian mil­i­tary vehi­cle was spot­ted in Ukraine. The sol­diers run­ning it said they were Russ­ian mer­ce­nar­ies. Then they repainted it to dis­guise its origin.

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Key Points from Obama’s Isis Speech



Seven Key Points from Obama’s Isis Speech And What They Actu­ally Mean. I dis­agree with the arti­cle on the con­clu­sion of the first point. If it’s a ques­tion of fight­ing threats to the US, it does not fol­low that the US should only fight the worst one. But this is a side issue, since it’s […]

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Russia sent another convoy of “humanitarian aid”



Rus­sia sent another con­voy of “human­i­tar­ian aid” into Ukraine with­out Red Cross inspec­tion. I am sure they are car­ry­ing ammu­ni­tion. If not, Putin would have had the Red Cross inspect them so he could refute such accusations.

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Citing BP for “gross negligence”



Cit­ing BP for “gross neg­li­gence” hardly did jus­tice to the company’s per­sis­tent pat­tern of safety vio­la­tions around the world.

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Reducing US greenhouse gas emissions



Pre­sent­ing a fea­si­ble pro­gram of invest­ment to reduce US green­house gas emis­sions by 40% by 2030. It’s doable, but the fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies don’t want it to be done. They intend to to force us to stay on track to global catastrophe.

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School police” get armored vehicle



San Diego’s “school police” has acquired a mine-resistant armored vehi­cle. They must think stu­dents will riot against what­ever fol­lows the Com­mon Core and might turn to impro­vised explo­sive devices.

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Criminal Investigations into Gaza Attacks



Israeli Mil­i­tary Orders Crim­i­nal Inves­ti­ga­tions into Gaza Attacks. This is a promis­ing devel­op­ment if they do an hon­est job, but I fear its pur­pose is only to deflect criticism.

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Constitutional limits on imprisonment of asylum seekers



Australia’s supreme court placed con­sti­tu­tional lim­its on impris­on­ment of asy­lum seekers.

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Urgent: Remove Koch brother from WGBH board



In Boston: rally at 3pm on Oct 1, at WGBH head­quar­ters (1 Guest St), to remove a Koch brother from the WGBH board.

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Apple redesigning iThings



Apple is redesign­ing iThings to help com­pa­nies com­mu­ni­cate users’ per­sonal data from one to another, and enable them to manip­u­late users bet­ter. This page shows the per­verse view­point of some­one who is on the com­pa­nies’ side and presents this mal­ice as an advance. They are also now designed to make it harder for vic­tims to […]

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Divest from fossil fuel companies



Almost 250 teach­ers at Boston Uni­ver­sity have called on the uni­ver­sity to divest from fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies. It is clear that con­ser­va­tion mea­sures in Boston Uni­ver­sity itself will have only a tiny influ­ence on world fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion. In a mar­ket sys­tem, if A decides not to buy some com­mod­ity, the price goes down and […]

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NSA interception of mail packages



It appears that the NSA inter­cepted the Thinkpad key­board that Andrea Shep­ard, a Tor devel­oper in Seat­tle, had ordered from Ama­zon. Pre­sum­ably this was to sab­o­tage it. I won­der if peo­ple have stud­ied this key­board to see what the NSA changed. If you are any sort of activist, don’t order a com­puter by mail yourself. […]

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Turkey has increased internet censorship



Turkey has increased inter­net cen­sor­ship. Inter­net cen­sor­ship was one of the early signs that Erdo­gan was going to attack human rights in Turkey.

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Dictatorship in Russia



Peo­ple have called Belarus “Europe’s last dic­ta­tor­ship”, but Rus­sia has more or less become equal to it. Regard­less of what orga­ni­za­tions it may join, Azer­bai­jan is not in Europe. It is in the Middle East.

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Global heating effects threaten agriculture



Global heat­ing effects threaten agri­cul­ture, and the more diverse agri­cul­ture is, the bet­ter it can with­stand those effects. Big agribusi­ness mono­cul­ture is dri­ving agri­cul­ture in the wrong direction.

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University of Sydney disinvites NGOs



The Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney dis­in­vited two Sri Lankan NGOs from an inter­na­tional human rights event, cav­ing to pres­sure from Sri Lanka’s bru­tal government.

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Clinton’s push for fracking

September 12, 2014

How Hillary Clinton’s State Depart­ment Sold Frack­ing to the World.

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Urgent: Stop funding global heating denial



Every­one: call on Google, Microsoft and oth­ers to stop sup­port­ing global heat­ing denialists.

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Fijian peacekeepers released



Jab­hat al-Nusra released the 45 Fijian peace­keep­ers that it took pris­oner two weeks ago. The job of these peace­keep­ers was to sep­a­rate Syr­ian and Israeli forces. I think that no forces cur­rently sep­a­rate al-Nusra from the Israeli border.

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Illness caused by fracking



In Penn­syl­va­nia, frack­ing causes ill­ness in 40% of the house­holds within 1km of a frack­well. Frack­ing prob­a­bly con­tributes even more to global heat­ing than coal. Frack­ing should be banned, so that as we cut down coal min­ing, it is not replaced by another fossil fuel.

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Corporations at climate summits



The UN has allowed cor­po­ra­tions’ inter­ests to per­vade the cli­mate summits.

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Teacher risks dismissal for kids



A Florida teacher is risk­ing dis­missal by refus­ing to spend a week admin­is­ter­ing a stan­dard­ized com­put­er­ized test.

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US evidence about flight MA-17



The US has declined to show what­ever evi­dence it has about who shot down flight MA-17. I find it implau­si­ble any­one inten­tion­ally fired at an air­liner. Thus I believe that rebels fired at what they thought was a Ukrain­ian government plane.

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Fear of Ebola in Sierra Leone



Fear of Ebola is mak­ing Sierra Leone life crazy. In Liberia, MSF’s treat­ment cen­ter is full.

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Israeli intel vets speak out



43 vet­er­ans of Israel’s mil­i­tary intel­li­gence (equiv­a­lent to the NSA in the US) denounced their work as a sys­tem of oppres­sion and polit­i­cal manip­u­la­tion rather than a mat­ter of national secu­rity. The full text of their let­ter. Quotes from their per­sonal tes­ti­monies: The fact peo­ple were inno­cent was not at all relevant.

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