Urgent: Going limp when arrested

March 5, 2015

Every­one: tell New York that going limp when arrested should not be a felony.

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Eiffel Tower’s new wind turbines



The Eif­fel Tower has new wind tur­bines that can gen­er­ate enough power for its shops. How­ever, it would take a over mil­lion such instal­la­tions (or equiv­a­lent) to avoid global heat­ing disaster.

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Drones over Paris



Three jour­nal­ists for al-Jazeera have been accused of fly­ing drones over Paris with­out a license.

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Russia flying planes near Norway



Rus­sia is fly­ing planes, includ­ing nuclear bombers, near Nor­way in an intim­i­dat­ing way. The same is hap­pen­ing near Eng­land and in the Baltic sea. The result will be increased mil­i­tary prepa­ra­tion — and spend­ing &mash; all around NATO. Ulti­mately Putin won’t have gained any­thing, but poor peo­ple in those coun­tries will be the losers.

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Urgent: Federal education aid money



US cit­i­zens: phone your con­gress­crit­ter to oppose per­mit­ting states to divert fed­eral edu­ca­tion aid money to pri­vate schools. (That would, nat­u­rally, mean reli­gious indoc­tri­na­tion schools in many cases). The Capi­tol Switch­board num­bers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.

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Urgent: Bee protection



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to make sure the bee pro­tec­tion task force really protects bees.

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Obama’s TPP promotions



Obama, to pro­mote the TPP, is repeat­ing argu­ments that Clin­ton gave for NAFTA — and which proved false then.

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Samsung’s always-listening TV



EPIC has filed a com­plaint with the FTC about Samsung’s always-listening TV.

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Mexican dust-bowl

March 4, 2015

Global heat­ing could turn parts of Mex­ico into a dust-bowl, send­ing tens of mil­lions of peo­ple flee­ing to a US which is suf­fer­ing from its own dust-bowls.

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Wall Street swindles



How Wall Street Siphons Bil­lions From Retirees — And Gets Away With It. Banksters swin­dled Cal­i­for­nia school dis­tricts too. Then the Fed­eral Reserve pushed them to hand the banksters even more.

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Predicting peoples appearance from DNA



Pre­dict­ing people’s appear­ance from DNA brings a range of dangers.

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Unit of unarmed women prevent poaching



A unit of unarmed women patrols a wildlife reserve in South Africa which has pre­vented poach­ing for the past year.

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Charged with planning to fight for PISSI



Three men were arrested in the US and charged with plan­ning to go to Syria and fight for PISSI. It appears they were encour­aged by a secret FBI provo­ca­teur, with­out whom they might never have planned to do anything.

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Tourism and the disenfranchised



Occu­pa­tion Tourism: Savor AC, Wi-fi, Heated Pool, Break­fast Buf­fet and Pic­turesque Views Where Dis­en­fran­chised Peo­ple Once Lived. Some­thing sim­i­lar is being planned for Haiti.

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The harm of the “war on drugs”



The meth­ods of the “war on drugs“ harm farm­ers, the envi­ron­ment, med­ical care and women’s rights.

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Mexican thugs kill protester



Mex­i­can thugs killed pro­tester Clau­dio Castillo, a retired teacher who was sit­ting in a truck and address­ing the protest through a PA sys­tem. They also attacked a news pho­tog­ra­pher, smash­ing his cam­era, per­haps to get rid of evi­dence against them.

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Scotland plans national ID data base



Scot­land plans a national ID data base like the one rejected at UK level some years ago.

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Punishing a few UK thugs



A few UK thugs may be dis­ci­plined for try­ing to bully and bribe dis­si­dents into spy­ing on fel­low activists. How­ever the rot goes deeper, and pun­ish­ing a few thugs won’t cure it.

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Apple supply chain abuses



Apple said it would mon­i­tor its sup­ply chain and pre­vent abuses, but that doesn’t seem to have done much. The rea­son is, Apple (or any other com­pany that out­sources pro­duc­tion) is under no eco­nomic pres­sure to really pre­vent mis­treat­ment of sub­con­tracted work­ers. Its inter­est is only to silence crit­ics. For Apple, the ideal response to […]

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Attack on teaching US history



The right-wing attack on teach­ing US his­tory is a long-term plan to roll back advances in human rights.

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Chinese court rejects judicial independence

March 2, 2015

China’s Top Court Rejects Judi­cial Inde­pen­dence as ‘Erro­neous Thought’.

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UK’s teenage pregnancy drop



The UK’s teenage preg­nancy drop is a tri­umph of pro­gres­sive politics.

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No taxes until HSBC tax-dodgers prosecuted



Emma Thomp­son and Greg Wise say they will refuse to pay their taxes until the HSBC tax-dodgers are prosecuted.

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Drought in Sao Paulo



Sao Paulo is on the brink of dis­as­ter due to the fail­ure of the usual rains. This drought is no acci­dent. It was caused by defor­esta­tion of the Ama­zon. San Fran­cisco may end up the same way.

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Urgent: Solar power development



Cit­i­zens of Mass­a­chu­setts: resist fos­sil fuel lobby attempts to slow solar power devel­op­ment in Massachusetts.

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Junk food



Is The Junk-Food Era Draw­ing To A Close?

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Texas Prison Uprising



Last Week’s Texas Prison Upris­ing Wasn’t a Sur­prise: Inmates Had Threat­ened to Riot for Months.

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Pakistan requires fingerprints for cell phones



Pak­istan is requir­ing all cell phone users to reg­is­ter their fin­ger­prints. This is a direct threat to human rights. Per­haps in Pak­istan it can be jus­ti­fied as a tem­po­rary emer­gency mea­sure for the guer­rilla civil war now going on, but do they say it is temporary?

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UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity



Wealthy Repub­li­cans are plan­ning to shut the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina’s Cen­ter On Poverty, Work and Oppor­tu­nity. Repub­li­cans no longer try to cover up their dirty tricks; they think their grip on the US is so strong that they can openly attack the poor in any and every way.

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Homeless man denied entry into shelter dies



In Louisville, a home­less man died on the steps of a home­less shel­ter which did not let him in. The root prob­lem is that the US has too few home­less shel­ters and does lit­tle to house home­less peo­ple. Thus, they have to com­pete to get a slot and inevitably most of them are denied one.

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Flat income tax” unfair



A “flat income tax” is unfair because it makes the non-rich pay the same tax rate as the rich. A tax rate that rich peo­ple can eas­ily cope with is a great bur­den for those who have less. The decrease in tax rates for the rich, in many devel­oped coun­tries since 1980, is part and parcel […]

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Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana



Jamaica has decrim­i­nal­ized marijuana.

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Thug attacks homeless man



A Florida thug attacked a home­less man to stop him from using a toi­let. The thug has been pun­ished with a paid holiday.

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Assad’s air force bombing civilians



Assad’s air force is drop­ping bar­rel bombs fre­quently on civilians.

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Some concessions won by Syriza



Syriza has won some con­ces­sions from Europe. More comment.

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State of Press Freedom in Mexico



Mur­ders, Threats And Duop­oly: the State of Press Free­dom in Mexico.

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Women harassed at Belfast clinic

March 1, 2015

The abor­tion and birth con­trol clinic in Belfast is besieged by reli­gious nuts that try to harass all women com­ing in. It seems that the clinic needs to be able to trans­port women in and out by after meet­ing them at remote locations.

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Urgent: TPP



US cit­i­zens: Con­gress Is Poised to Intro­duce a Bill to Fast Track TPP so It’s Time to Act Now.

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Diagnoses of ADHD



Changes in cri­te­ria makes it very easy to diag­nose adults as hav­ing ADHD and pre­scribe med­i­cines for them. It is great for busi­ness. Whether it is good for the peo­ple who take these drugs is not yet clear. Under­ly­ing the issue of whether diag­no­sis is being done care­fully there is the sub­tle ques­tion of how to […]

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HSBC head’s hidden Swiss bank account



The head of HSBC had a hid­den Swiss bank account himself.

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Leaked tape of Egyptian minister



Al-Jazeera pub­lished a leaked tape in which an Egypt­ian min­is­ter called for shoot­ing pro­test­ers with machine guns.

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Oil train derailments



The US fore­sees around 10 oil train derail­ment acci­dents a year. Many of these will cause explosions.

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Obstacles Greece faces



The obsta­cles Greece faces in col­lect­ing taxes.

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Shackling children in court



Around the US, chil­dren accused of crimes are often shack­led in court, which can do them psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age that can steer them into a life of crime.

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Independent contractors”



Exist­ing US laws pro­vide a way to resist busi­nesses that push work­ers into being “inde­pen­dent con­trac­tors”. I don’t know whether this works for sub­con­tracted work­ers, which is the case that is really needed.

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Discrimination against women in China



Chi­nese laws dis­crim­i­nate against women in many ways.

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Greece’s deal with Europe



Greece’s deal with Europe pre­serves a few gains, but it looks like Syriza has had to sur­ren­der most of its goals. Greeks did not want to exit the euro zone, but they had hopes of get­ting a decent out­come with­out it. Now that Ger­many has declared Greece a colony, the ques­tion is whether Greeks want […]

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AT&T’s snooping on customers



AT&T says that it charges $29 (i.e., about 30 dol­lars) a month for not pro­fil­ing cus­tomers’ brows­ing, but the real charge is $44 or $66 a month, for those clients who can find the option at all. That decep­tion deserves con­dem­na­tion, but the worst part is that this doesn’t even offer real pri­vacy. AT&T still makes […]

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Mayor of Caracas arrested



The mayor of Cara­cas has been arrested and accused of plan­ning to over­throw the gov­ern­ment of Venezuela.

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Verizon slowing down phone line repairs



Ver­i­zon is slow­ing down phone line repairs in Man­hat­tan to pres­sure cus­tomers to switch to fiber (which has disadvantages).

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Banksters’ bonuses in the UK



Banksters’ bonuses in the UK since 2007 will soon add up to 100 bil­lion UK pounds. That is 1500 pounds for each inhab­i­tant. It adds up to a giant drain of wealth from the rest of the UK.

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NSA director on encryption backdoors



Tran­script: NSA Direc­tor Mike Rogers vs. Yahoo! on Encryp­tion Back Doors.

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War on Whistleblowers



South Africa may copy Obama’s War on Whistleblowers.

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Germans see threats to democracy



60% of Ger­mans believe the polit­i­cal power of busi­ness denies them democ­racy. One third blame cap­i­tal­ism for poverty. 27% con­sider that gov­ern­ment snoop­ing is lead­ing towards a dic­ta­tor­ship. Is there a pos­si­bil­ity in Ger­many to start a Spare Greece movement?

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Chance of major oil spill in Arctic

February 28, 2015

The Depart­ment of the Inte­rior Says There’s a 75 Per­cent Chance of a Major Oil Spill in the Arc­tic — And It’s Will­ing to Take That Chance.

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Urgent: Reject Keystone XL pipeline



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to reject the Key­stone XL pipeline. He has vetoed the bill that was going to force approval.

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Privatization of the NHS



The UK gov­ern­ment is sneak­ily impos­ing pri­va­ti­za­tion of the NHS.

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Victims of domestic violence in UK



In the UK, it takes an aver­age of 3 years for vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence to get help. I would expect it to be worse in the US, but I don’t know.

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Websites that offer health advice



Web­sites that offer health advice track vis­i­tors and enable data bro­kers to find out who is sick.

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Modi takes stand for freedom of religion



Modi took a strong stand for free­dom of reli­gion in India. Let’s hope that he fol­lows through and elim­i­nates the forcible inter­fer­ence with Dal­its that want to con­vert offi­cially to Bud­dhism. Modi also exposed Mother Teresa for what she really did: use poor sick Indi­ans to pro­mote her church (and raise money for it). Right on!

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Broadband internet from satellites



Broad­band inter­net from satel­lites could offer a way around state-imposed fil­ter­ing and sleazy ISPs. I fore­see that some gov­ern­ments will ban it and maybe jam it. Satel­lite phones are already banned in India as an “anti-terrorist“ mea­sure, though any orga­nized ter­ror­ist attack wouldn’t be held back by this.

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Leaked spy cables reveal Netanyahu lie



When Netanyahu said Iran was only a year away from build­ing a nuclear weapon, he was lying; the Mossad had told him that wasn’t so.

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Ending the harm of aggressive masculinity



To End the Harm Inflicted by Aggres­sive Mas­culin­ity, Men Must Embrace Fem­i­nism — With­out Steal­ing It.

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Chicago thugs’ secret interrogation site



Chicago thugs inter­ro­gate peo­ple includ­ing pro­test­ers in a secret site, deny­ing their rel­a­tives and lawyers access to them.

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ALEC’s attacks on labor unions



ALEC’s pushes laws to cut off funds for labor unions so they can’t be nuclei for resis­tance to plutocracy.

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Unions to be demolished in Wisconsin



Repub­li­cans in Wis­con­sin are about to demol­ish unions there. The term “right to work” is decep­tive pro­pa­ganda, which really means that unions are kept unsta­ble. This “right” is com­pa­ra­ble to the “right to give up your free­dom” that advo­cates of pro­pri­etary soft­ware claim exists.

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EU plan for carbon emissions trading



The EU has brought for­ward its plan to try to make car­bon emis­sions trad­ing have some real effect, but it will still wait a dan­ger­ous three years before start­ing the plan. I’d won­der why these offi­cials don’t grasp what “urgent” means, but in this case I think they are being paid not to understand.

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Use of terminology



Using dif­fer­ent ter­mi­nol­ogy enabled the peo­ple of Seat­tle to make improve­ments in trans­port means other than cars.

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Fighting terrorism” in France



In France, “fight­ing ter­ror­ism” means racial pro­fil­ing as well as more censorship.

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Resisting pressure on women to cover heads



Masih Aline­jad is cam­paign­ing against Iran’s pol­icy of forc­ing women to cover their heads. Women (like men) should have the right to cover their heads; how­ever, given the pres­sure (both legal and social) imposed on Mus­lim women to do so, resis­tance to that pres­sure is an impor­tant area of fem­i­nist campaigning.

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Australian peace activist convicted



An Aus­tralian peace activist has been con­victed of the crime of “protest­ing in a restricted zone”. He had been given a spe­cific, arbi­trar­ily order to stay away. For a gov­ern­ment to give arbi­trary orders like that is itself tyranny.

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Australia’s human rights commission



The pres­i­dent of Australian’s human rights com­mis­sion says that the gov­ern­ment asked her to resign because she embar­rassed them by doing her job.

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Public space and public interest



Lon­don is being ruined by the com­plete aban­don­ment of the idea of pub­lic space and pub­lic interest.

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PISSI kidnaps Christians in Syria



PISSI kid­napped 90 Chris­tians in Syria, to mur­der them I suppose.

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Putin imposing religious censorship



Putin is impos­ing reli­gious cen­sor­ship, and has made it a crime in Rus­sia to offend reli­gious believ­ers. This is just as wrong as his repres­sion of polit­i­cal dis­sent. Plac­ing Chris­tian­ity above crit­i­cism is just as wrong as plac­ing Islam above criticism.

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Request to spy on Greenpeace head



South Korea asked South Africa to spy on the head of Green­peace in 2010.

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Meat lobby fighting new guidelines



The meat lobby is fight­ing new US nutri­tion guide­lines that take account of the envi­ron­men­tal impact of var­i­ous kinds of foods.

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Plastic ingested by coral polyps



Coral polyps ingest tiny pieces of plas­tic, then can’t get rid of them. Fill­ing up the polyp’s gut with plas­tic could cause it even­tu­ally to starve. The ques­tion is whether they will be killed first by out plas­tic pol­lu­tion or by our CO2 pollution.

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Illegal deforestation



Brazil has arrested a sus­pect accused of orga­niz­ing mas­sive ille­gal deforestation.

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Thugs taking people’s homes



Legal­ized mar­i­juana allows thugs to take people’s homes based on minute vio­la­tions of the legal limit.

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Overfarming



Over­farm­ing is cre­at­ing vast dust bowls in Africa and China.

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Israel’s relationship with US



Netanyahu’s polit­i­cal maneu­vers have pushed Israel’s rela­tion­ship with the US to rock bot­tom. Unfor­tu­nately the US has a while to go to reach what it should do: redi­rect its tremen­dous annual sub­sidy to Israel into dis­man­tling Israel’s colonies in the West Bank.

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Alaska legalizes marijuana



Alaska has legal­ized mar­i­juana for recre­ational use.

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Republican pro-pollution bills



Sev­eral Repub­li­can pro-pollution bills are likely to be vetoed.

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Distribution of blankets blocked



The New York/New Jer­sey Port Author­ity blocked dis­tri­b­u­tion of blan­kets to home­less peo­ple so they would not get “too comfortable”.

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Students declare debt strike



Stu­dents swin­dled by the not-really-accredited “Corinithian Col­lege“ have declared a debt strike to demand for­give­ness for fed­eral loans that sup­ported the non-school’s pretensions.

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Arrests for “recruiting” for PISSI



Spain arrested four peo­ple for “recruit­ing” for PISSI. It is legit­i­mate to ban recruit­ing for PISSI, but draw­ing the line between that and sim­ply stat­ing agree­ment is not easy. From the arti­cle, it seems that two of these peo­ple were really recruit­ing, but two just stated agree­ment. I’m afraid Spain is putting the line at the […]

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Brain data privacy



Why We Need a Right to Pri­vacy for Brain Data.

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Dehumanizing attitude towards employees

February 27, 2015

The idea of “human resources” stands for a dehu­man­iz­ing atti­tude towards employ­ees, and that’s what “human resources” depart­ments typ­i­cally do. On the other hand, they also get the blame for imple­ment­ing deci­sions that are the respon­si­bil­ity of the man­age­ment as a whole, such as to fire all the older work­ers on pre­texts. Get­ting rid of the […]

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Crackdown on rich tax-evaders in Greece



One of Greece’s con­ces­sions to the euro-zone is a crack­down on rich tax-evaders. Pre­vi­ous Greek gov­ern­ments, bow­ing to the rich, didn’t want to do this.

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UK prison suicides



The UK gov­ern­ment ordered an adviser to keep silent about the link between sui­cides in prison and the cut­backs on staff levels.

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Taking fear to absurd heights



Sev­eral US uni­ver­si­ties have restricted admis­sion of stu­dents from Iran, even ban­ning pro­fes­sors from coau­thor­ing papers with Ira­ni­ans. This is part of a gen­eral ten­dency towards overea­ger obe­di­ence to rules in vio­la­tion of com­mon sense. We see it also when schools pun­ish stu­dents for draw­ing pic­tures of weapons. It seems to rep­re­sent tak­ing fear to […]

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GMOs in Africa



US Force Feeds GM Crops to African Nations, says New Report. Manip­u­late and Mis­lead: How GMOs Are Infil­trat­ing Africa.

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Fossil fuel influence over scientists



Fund­ing from fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies has gained them influ­ence over many sci­en­tists and labs.

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Corporate debt to US society



The Cor­po­rate Debt to [US] Soci­ety: $10,000 Per House­hold, Per Year.

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Corporate censorship



After Paris and Copen­hagen, Let’s Not For­get Cor­po­rate Censorship.

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US power-plant lobbyists



US power-plant lob­by­ists are run­ning sock-puppet cam­paigns and “stud­ies” to pres­sure against rules to limit car­bon emissions.

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Paris climate deal



EU wants Paris cli­mate deal to cut car­bon emis­sions 60% by 2050. But it may not be enough.

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UK women fleeing violence



Due to cut­backs, many UK women flee­ing vio­lence at home have no place to go.

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Facebook’s privacy policy



Facebook’s pri­vacy pol­icy breaches Euro­pean law, accord­ing to the Bel­gian pri­vacy commission.

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Kurdish Peshmergas without heavy weapons

February 26, 2015

The Kur­dish Pesh­mer­gas are being denied heavy weapons because the US thinks arm­ing them would get in the way of stitch­ing Iraq back together again some day. The para­dox is that the Pesh­mer­gas are the only forces on the ground that are really suit­able for fight­ing PISSI. They have esprit de corps, they have bat­tle experience, […]

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Rush Limbaugh’s radio diffusion



Pub­lic pres­sure on adver­tis­ers is dri­ving Rush Limbaugh’s radio dif­fu­sion ever lower.

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Thai dissidents face imprisonment



Thai dis­si­dents face impris­on­ment, accused of “insult­ing“ the royal fam­ily. To make it a crime to insult some­one — regard­less of who that may be — is evil tyranny. Many coun­tries have unjust laws of that sort, includ­ing France and Turkey.

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Wrong and dangerous



Blam­ing the Inter­net for Ter­ror­ism: So Wrong and So Dangerous.

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Abbott makes deal with Rajapaksa



Abbott made a deal with Sri Lanka’s repres­sive Pres­i­dent Rajapaksa, to hush up about his repres­sion in exchange for his coop­er­a­tion in stop­ping his cronies from car­ry­ing ille­gal immi­grants to Australia.

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Al-Jazeera journalists to be tried again



Two al-Jazeera jour­nal­ists in Egypt will be tried a sec­ond time for acts of jour­nal­ism. We can hope they are acquit­ted, but that shouldn’t lead us to for­give the act of charg­ing them with absurd “crimes”.

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Hiring Ex-officials



Fine gov­ern­ment con­trac­tors for hir­ing ex-officials.

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Egyptian activist sentenced to prison



Alaa Abd el-Fattah, one of the lead­ers of the upris­ing against mil­i­tary rule in Egypt, has been sen­tenced to prison by the new mil­i­tary government.

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Rockets fired from Russia



An analy­sis of craters and scorch­marks shows that Rus­sia is fir­ing rock­ets at Ukraine.

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Urgent: Electricity from Cape Wind



Every­one: call on National Grid to keep its deal to buy elec­tric­ity from the Cape Wind wind farm.

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Reported timetable for attacking Mosul



The defense min­is­ter of Iraq denied the reported timetable for attack­ing Mosul which was stated by an unnamed US offi­cial. There is no way of know­ing which, if either, of these offi­cials is telling the truth. Per­haps both state­ments are only for the home front.

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Bullying in Israeli prison



A Pales­tin­ian girl, age 14, says she was bul­lied into mak­ing a false con­fes­sion in an Israeli prison.

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Alan Turing’s family demands pardons



Alan Turing’s fam­ily demand the UK par­don thou­sands of men con­victed for being homosexual.

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Pakistan turns military against civilians

February 25, 2015

Pak­istan has passed a law sub­ject­ing civil­ians to bogus mil­i­tary courts, and Pak­istani news­pa­pers are call­ing for the army to kill civil­ians without trial.

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Urgent: Tell BP to pay what it owes



Every­one: Tell BP to pay the full amount it owes for the Big Spill.

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No Depositor Left Behind Act



The No Depos­i­tor Left Behind Act would apply to banks the sort of mea­sures that have been applied to schools.

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Violence against Jews in Europe



Uri Avn­ery: vio­lence against Jews in Europe is not anti-semitism. It’s an out­growth of the Israel-Arab conflict.

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Witch Hunt



Sug­ges­tion to the tar­get of a witch hunt

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Beliefs about pervasive surveillance

February 24, 2015

A poll in Mass­a­chu­setts finds that cit­i­zens tend to believe mis­in­for­ma­tion that leads them to think per­va­sive sur­veil­lance could make them safer. This leads to pub­lic sup­port for prac­tices that threaten peo­ple and democracy.

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Snooping on employees



A Ger­man court has lim­ited when busi­nesses can hire detec­tives to snoop on their employees.

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Big prisons



Big pris­ons that barely keep pris­on­ers under con­trol are bad for the pris­oner and for the pub­lic. So why make them? They must enable the com­pa­nies to extract more money from the pri­va­tized pris­ons, with fewer staff.

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Arctic undersea drilling



The US has pro­posed new reg­u­la­tions for under­sea drilling in the Arc­tic, requir­ing more prepa­ra­tions to han­dle a big spill. This is inad­e­quate because there is no good way to han­dle a big spill, even in the Gulf of Mex­ico, and the Arc­tic will always be harder. More prepa­ra­tions could at best bring the Arc­tic case […]

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Global heating bringing snow south



Global heat­ing is bring­ing cold polar air and deep snow to places in the US that never used to get them.

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Death penalty



After Abbott sug­gested that Indone­sia should spare two Aus­tralians from the death penalty because of Australia’s aid to Aceh after the 2005 tsunami, young fools in Aceh pro­pose to col­lect money to give back the aid — to defend their blood­thirsty prac­tice. I can under­stand any Indonesian’s resent­ment at Abbott’s sug­ges­tion that Indone­sia owes Australia […]

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Global heating denier’s funding



Global heat­ing denier Willie Soon gets his funds from the Koch broth­ers and other fos­sil fuel interests.

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Motel kicks couple out for having no ID



Joyce and George Gruss paid for a home­less cou­ple to stay in a motel, but the motel kicked them out because they had no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. For motels to demand iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from guests is a police state prac­tice. This is one of the rea­sons I gen­er­ally avoid hotels.

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Raqqa



For every­one in Raqqa, life is a prison. Work is almost impos­si­ble, and school (for boys only) is PISSI pro­pa­ganda. This comes from some­one opposed to PISSI, so it could be exag­ger­ated, but most of it must be true.

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Abuse of migrant workers



UK law makes all migrant work­ers liable to abuse by their employers.

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Yemen divided



Yemen has become effec­tively divided between the Shi’ite north and the Sunni south. North Yemen and South Yemen were sep­a­rate coun­tries for a con­sid­er­able period a few decades ago.

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Pervasive surveillance



Creepy, Cal­cu­lat­ing and Con­trol­ling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watch­ing You. It is a mis­take to respond to this by giv­ing up. We have just begun to fight against per­va­sive sur­veil­lance! It is also a mis­take to assume that, because there are so many dif­fer­ent sys­tems for sur­veil­lance, that it is use­less to resist […]

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Sea Shepherd



A Sea Shep­herd ship intends to fol­low an ille­gal fish­ing ship until it has to go into a port.

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US may keep fighting in Afghanistan



The US may keep on fight­ing in Afghanistan.

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Damage to oceans



Oceans have thus far avoided waves of extinc­tion, but mas­sive dam­age is just over the horizon.

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Loyalty to thugs



Many Amer­i­cans demand that we all swear undy­ing loy­alty to thugs who might kill us for nothing.

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Money sucked out of Africa



Bil­lions of dol­lars are sucked out of Africa through cor­rup­tion, which stunts devel­op­ment and keeps most Africans poor. The non-rich in the US and many other coun­tries are now get­ting the same treatment.

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Ohio’s tax cut for the rich



Ohio’s tax cut for the rich was sup­posed to ben­e­fit the non-rich through trickle-down. Now the fig­ures are in — it didn’t.

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Negev Bedouin protest demolition of homes



Negev Bedouin protest every week against the repeated demo­li­tion of their homes.

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Measuring from the last peak



Global heat­ing denial­ists mea­sure from the last peak to obscure the long-term trend. So do inequal­ity denialists.

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Privitization of UK forests



The UK’s extrac­tivist rul­ing par­ties backed down from overtly pri­va­tiz­ing the forests, and decided instead to sneak­ily achieve the same result with­out admit­ting it.

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Tracking portable phone movements



Apps could track a portable phone’s move­ments by mea­sur­ing how its power con­sump­tion varies. One more exam­ple of why you can’t trust a non­free pro­gram. Surely some are not mal­ware, but you can never be sure of any of them. Non­free soft­ware does com­put­ing for suckers.

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Flooding due to global heating



Miami is already expe­ri­enc­ing worse flood­ing due to global heating.

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Animal rights “terrorism”

February 23, 2015

Accused of ‘Ter­ror­ism,’ Ani­mal Rights Activists Head to Fed­eral Court. Oth­ers have been impris­oned for “ani­mal rights ter­ror­ism” just for oper­at­ing a web site.

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HK protest leaders face harassment



Hong Kong protest lead­ers face per­sis­tent harass­ment of many kinds.

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Nonexistence



Nonex­is­tance – In response to Bet­ter Never to Have Been, by David Benatar.

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Displaying nipples in Montana



Mon­tana is con­sid­er­ing a law ban­ning the show­ing of fake nip­ples. It also pro­hibits dis­play of men’s and children’s nip­ples, which would ban tra­di­tional prac­tices and threaten a large num­ber of people.

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Punishment for rape allegations



The push for US col­leges to pun­ish some­one every time rape is alleged tram­ples defen­dants’ rights and threat­ens to pun­ish peo­ple who did not com­mit rape under any def­i­n­i­tion. Note the exam­ple at the end, of the male stu­dent who was banned from cam­pus because he resem­bled some­one else who had raped a female student, […]

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Torture by Chicago thugs



How detec­tive Zuley tor­tured a series of black Chicago cit­i­zens into con­fess­ing to mur­der, but he didn’t oper­ate alone. He had the sup­port of the com­man­der of thugs in his district.

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Christian extremist behavior



Chris­t­ian extrem­ists that oppose effec­tive con­tra­cep­tion are con­tra­dict­ing their stated goals by increas­ing the num­ber of embryos that don’t develop into babies. I think we can model their behav­ior bet­ter by dis­re­gard­ing the rea­sons they pro­claim, and sup­pos­ing that what they really want is to use preg­nancy as an oppor­tu­nity to pun­ish women that have sex.

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Urgent: Less sugar in dietary guidelines



Every­one: Call on Gen­eral Mills to stop lob­by­ing against dietary guide­lines with less sugar.

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Gemalto encryption keys stolen by NSA



Tne NSA stole encryp­tion keys from Gemalto, the world’s largest maker of sim cards, which allows the NSA to lis­ten to com­mu­ni­ca­tions from bil­lions of cell phones. More information.

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