High US officials despise Netanyahu, and say so anonymously. If they start saying this overtly, the US might do what’s necessary for peace: to make Israel reverse its land-and-water-grab in Palestinian territory.
For the first time in 14 years, Hashem Azzeh has been able to harvest his olives.
On the ethics of various brands of candy available in the US.
Israel has imposed segregation of Palestinians on commuter buses in an indirect deniable way.
US citizens: call on Obama not to bring back Bush’s policy on torture.
Netanyahu ordered construction of 1000 more apartments for Israelis in Palestinian territory annexed to East Jerusalem. A major Israeli construction company will stop building Israeli colonies in the West Bank due to international boycott pressure.
Israeli troops plan to demolish the school of Samra, built by the inhabitants. This is part of the bit-by-bit ethnic cleansing plan for that region.
The UK admits that GCHQ collects data without a warrant, effectively whenever it wants to.
Newspaper Outraged After FBI Creates Fake Seattle Times Page to Nab Suspect The US government keeps using impersonations to catch people, without considering the harm this will do. It had someone run an unauthorized vaccination program to find Osama bin Laden, and the resulting resentment is stopping us from eliminating polio.
Thugs in the St Louis area have spent over $172,000 on equipment to fight protesters. How about spending that much on ending racist practices?
US Sues AT&T, Alleges Severe Throttling of “Unlimited Data” Customers.
In Iran, even reporting crimes can get journalists arrested if it embarrasses the state.
The coverage of the Hong Kong protests is teaching the young people of Hong Kong that the mainstream press is an instrument of the Chinese state.
The U.S. Government Is Suddenly Way, Way More Interested In Tracking Snail Mail.
A psychological study found no correlation between frequent use of first-person singular pronouns and actual narcissism.
A man who was jailed and almost convicted of “possession of extreme pornography” (a video he had failed to delete fully) is campaigning to change that law. This “extreme pornography” law needs to be repealed, not just reformed. Various kinds of animals, including cats, dogs, gorillas, and dolphins, sometimes enjoy and even ask for sexual […]
Australian thugs have been given special powers to prevent protests against the G20 meeting in Brisbane.
How to stop companies from using “big data” to disguise racial bias through use of algorithms.
President Maduro promises to reform the country’s thugs after some were accused of killing a politician. The head of a Venezuelan government agency told me a decade ago that the thugs made a practice of arresting people on false charges to get ransom, and even heads of agencies were not safe. Chavez did not cause this […]
Dubya got a law to permit secret searches claiming this was needed to stop “terrorism”. The US has used this power 51 times in investigations of “terrorism”, and 11,000 times for other purposes.
Six Arab countries join PISSI in endorsing the execution of anyone that ceases to be a Muslim.
Malaysia’s main opposition leader has started an appeal against a criminal conviction for “sodomy”. Whatever the details, they don’t matter ethically. It is wrong to punish people for voluntary sex.
Dissidents in Eritrea, penetrating a curtain of repression and censorship, say that the shortages resemble North Korea, except that the regime is kept in power by Ethiopians personally loyal to the dictator.
Nurse Kaci Hickox, who does not have an Ebola infection as far as medicine can tell, says she will sue if the state of Maine tries to impose a quarantine on her.
Verizon sabotages its customers by inserting tracking info into their HTTP requests so web sites can track them.
Irish politicians will take abortion pills to protest the ban on using them in Ireland.
The early stages of global heating: less maple syrup, fewer cherries … chocolate too expensive. Corn production is dropping as a permanent thing, but occasionally there is a wheat harvest failure due to extreme weather. This will get more frequent too; in 30 years it may happen all the time.
US hospitals and clinics invent new fees to defeat attempts to limit costs. Often these new fees are not covered by insurance, leaving patients broke.
Al-Sisi decreed that protesters (or anyone accused of any offense on a public street) can be given military trials.
US Republicans are secretly planning to deny millions of Americans the right to vote based on dubious claims that they are registered in two states. The trick is to compile the list carelessly so that it includes lots of people with similar names. Then they can deny all these people the right to vote without […]
The demonization of Gary Webb and the denunciation of his report about CIA drug smuggling shows how much the US mainstream media are under the control of the power structure.
Turkey has allowed 150 peshmerga to cross to defend Kobani. How can that number be enough?
GMOs require applying the precautionary principle because if GMOs do harm, it can be a spreading global harm.
A mobile phone company sells data about the people in the vicinity of billboards — personal characteristics and what they are doing at the time. It plans to go even further and inform the billboard company about the interests of people who are approaching. This way, even the billboards will know you’re a dog.
The US proposal to stop incentivizing banksters to take dangerous risks is so weak it is laughable.
It appears Sharif Mobley was put on trial in a secret court set up by Yemen in subservience to the US.
Many Republican officials (and some Democrats) suffer from Empathy Deficit Disorder.
The US Supreme Court repeatedly decides to give thugs more power and citizens fewer rights.
State judges in many US states are elected, and wealthy political interests are spending money to control the elections.
Nobel Peace Prize winners call on Obama to clearly end US torture with full disclosure of past torture practices, and an end to imprisonment without trial. I think this is too forgiving. Those who performed torture, and especially those who ordered it, must be prosecuted.
Big US banks have refused to fund Australia’s big new coal port.
Between 1 and 12 percent of the oil from the Big Spill is lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Where the rest is, nobody knows. But the oil on the bottom will be toxic for sea-bottom life as long as it remains there.
What is the meaning of the PR campaign in the US to “thank the troops”? The article contains links to amazon.com; please don’t buy any books that way.
Fear of Ebola elicits bizarre reactions. Hoax news contributes to the panic. Ironically, Ebola is being used to spread computer viruses. But they probably can’t hurt you if you are running GNU/Linux.
New Jersey’s emergency experiment with voting by email ran into various practical problems in addition to the fundamental ones you’d expect, and there is no way of knowing how many votes were lost. It is amusing how the artificial concern with voter fraud, stoked to provide a basis for stopping poor and disabled people from voting, […]
A company wants to pay people to turn old camera phones into remote surveillance cameras. How is this different from stationing a human there to count people? They couldn’t afford to station humans full time in very many places. And if they argue that they don’t or can’t recognize individuals, what assurance do we have […]
The Australian plan to “protect” the Great Barrier Reef ignores the damage that global heating will do.
Some people in Mosul say that life under the rule of PISSI is a disaster even if you’re not being singled out for punishment. This suggests they would be glad to have the chance for a government that won’t repress them. The problem is where that could come from.
The UK attack on the poor has gone so far that poor people must steal food to eat — or steal more expensive things in order to get into jail. People who are hungry are entitled to steal food.
Compare the US reaction to killings of US citizens by Israelis and by Palestinians.
On Amtrak, almost any unusual behavior is considered “suspicious” and is grounds for filing a report, perhaps arresting you, and perhaps stealing your money. In practice it rarely happens to whites.
The Arctic Ocean has warmed so much that a ship was able to cross it from the Atlantic to the Pacific without an icebreaker. If this were the only effect of global heating, it would be great.
US citizens: oppose the Republican plan to make money laundering easier so as to help dishonest payday loan companies that make phony loans. More information.
Top-level Spanish politicians have been arrested and accused of corruption.
Giant web site companies are capturing and centralizing the internet, so that now 30 companies generate half the traffic in the US. They are converting it primarily into a broadcast medium. I almost never access those companies’ sites. In my view, the only good use of the internet is what they don’t do. Fortunately there is […]
When foreign fighters want to leave PISSI, it holds them prisoner and threatens to kill them. Meanwhile, when Britons who went to Syria to fight against Assad go home because they don’t support PISSI, the UK puts them in prison.
In Egypt, an Authoritarian Regime Holds Sway Again.
The UK’s university system remains better than the US system in one way: the payments made by graduates depend on their incomes. My main motive for going to college was fascination for learning. I hardly thought about making money afterward; I assumed I would become a professor but I rarely thought that far ahead. It […]
Financial “disruption” and technical “disruption” work together to track more, control more, and charge more.
Silencing Extreme Views, Even If They Are Those of Internet Trolls, Is Wrong. It is not just wrong, it is tyranny.
The US millennial generation is the least religious generation in US history. Churches are shrinking, and in the long term, the theocratic Christian right-wing is going to get weaker. In effect, this election is the Christian fanatics’ last chance at grabbing political power, and if they get it, the only way they can hold on […]
UK slumlords evict tenants for complaining about unhealthy conditions.
A woman in Iran was executed for killing a man that she said was trying to rape her. I believe her claim, especially since there was no other plausible account of what happened.
The loss of Arctic ice has made severe winters in Eurasia twice as likely as before.
Parts of South Florida want to split off from Florida and form a new state to get rid of the political control of global heating deniers. One more foot of sea level rise will destroy the water supply and sewage systems of South Florida.
Islamist rebels in Egypt have a persistent campaign of attacking Egyptian soldiers. These rebels deserve condemnation for seeking to impose the rules of their religion on everyone, which tramples their human rights. However, when al-Sisi calls them “terrorists”, that is a lie. Terrorism means attacking civilians; attacking soldiers or state institutions is rebellion. Al-Sisi calls […]
Greenpeace and other environmental groups say that Europe’s greenhouse gas pledge is shamefully weak.
Mexico is still having massive protests about the disappearance of 43 protesting students.
An activist set up events for Malaysians to get used to petting dogs, and is now getting death threats from religious fanatics.
Protesters blocked fracking near New York State’s Seneca lake, which is a source of drinking water.
Everyone: tell the owners of Walmart to stop lobbying against installation of home solar power. I think this is one additional reason not to buy from Walmart. I never get anything there.
US citizens: announce your general support for campaigning against collecting your data.
Obama can work with Republicans just fine when it comes to suppressing information about torture by the US government.
The EU’s new target for reduced CO2 emissions is considered a weak target by environmentalists.
Pennsylvania’s prisoner-gagging law seems to be aimed first of all to gag Mumia abu-Jamal.
The UK proposes a vague law to imprison computer users that “damage national security”, including whistleblowers. It is idiotic to pass a law against “using computers to do XYZ”. If XYZ should be crime, what difference does it make whether it is done with a computer, with a pen, or however it might be?
The UK government is classifying thousands of people with incurable degenerative diseases as “likely to be able to work again soon”. Even if some Britons only pretend to be disabled, why bother to “catch” them? There aren’t enough jobs in the UK for all the people who are looking for work. There aren’t enough jobs […]
A man in the UK has been sentenced for prison for having a cartoon depicting a fictional child in some sort of sexual situation. The advocates of this kind of censorship started by saying they were trying to protect real children from being abused in order to take their photos. Making such photos should be […]
Apple announced that iThings would randomize the WiFi hardware address to protect privacy, but it tuns out to do this only in unusual circumstances.
Muslim fanatics in Afghanistan demand the punishment of journalists who wrote an article that they believe criticizes their religion. Shame on anyone whose religion includes believing people are not allowed to insult it.
The NSA has to listen to everything to protect us from…what? (The part I’m referring to is the first 8 slides. After that comes very technical material.) The Committee to Protect Journalists says that US government resistance to encryption endangers journalists. That is true, but the first and broadest danger to journalists comes from metadata: […]
Local thug departments in Virginia are collecting people’s phone call records and redistributing them.
There are accusations that PISSI has used chemical weapons on a few occasions on a small scale. I have to wonder: since Saddam Hussein destroyed his chemical weapons, how did any survive.
Many Britons are fed up with the right-wing Labour Party and are switching to the Green Party.
People in Liberia are clinging to traditional burial rituals to the point of killing their relatives and killing themselves. They kill their relatives by denying them treatment for whatever disease they have. They kill themselves by washing and handling the bodies of the dead, some of whom died of Ebola. They are acting like idiots, but […]
Gyroscopes in mobile phones are so sensitive that they can pick up the sound of nearby voices. This allows apps to eavesdrop even if they are not allowed to use the microphone. Note that this is a separate issue from conversion of phones into listening devices, which the NSA and other entities can do through […]
1/3 of the most popular US web sites make users give up the right to sue over various sorts of mistreatment. States should be prohibit this practice, but until they do, people should refuse to use sites that try to escape justice.
Frustrated CIA Blames Torture Report Delays on Senators Who Want It To Be Intelligible. The right thing for the senators to do is to publish what they see fit and tell the CIA to jump in the lake. And then start a new Church Committee investigation that will tear the CIA open from top to […]
The sleazy government of Chicago shortened the time period of yellow lights in order to trap motorists into more fines.
MI6 Whistleblower’s Partner Accuses Intelligence Agencies of ‘Moral Slide’.
UK thugs repress protests near Parliament to the point of arresting people for passing around bottles of water. They are forced to hand over pizza boxes because the thugs say they might be useful for sleeping.
US media are trying to exploit Ebola by spreading panic about anyone who might have come anywhere near it. This is having political results already from politicians that want to look tough. Americans interested in helping to treat sick people in Africa will now either (1) return home through some other place or (2) decide not […]
The UK government spied on history professors who were members of the Communist party, even reading their mail, with no reason to suspect them of having anything but an opinion. It spied on various academics and writers just because they agreed to a statement against nuclear weapons.
Russian journalists must now operate from Latvia due to Russian media censorship. Will we see Australian journalists operating from Indonesia due to Australian media censorship?
Several corruption scandals have hit the Japanese government.
On land and now on sea, the organizations responsible for protecting wildlife habitat in the UK have become friendly with the industries that destroy it.
The Love Commandos in India protect couples who run away from families that want to force them to marry others.
The survivors and relatives of the workers killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza factories have only begun to get compensation. What is really needed is an end to the business-controlled globalization that lets multinational companies make states such as Bangladesh compete to allow the worst exploitation of workers. Let’s replace it with a […]
The Burmese migrants that confessed to a murder in Thailand say that the thugs threatened to kill them and dump them if they didn’t confess.
US corporations manipulate their stock prices by buying back shares. Some companies borrow money to do this, which over time puts the company in greater debt. Others are sitting on piles of uninvested cash and can do this without borrowing.
The US government has a PR campaign to cover up the atrocities in Viet Nam and make that unjust war appear glorious. It wants to bury the fact that atrocities by US forces were commonplace. “You can’t separate this effort to justify the terrible wars of 50 years ago from the terrible wars of today.”
In Miami-Dade County, hundreds of people labeled as “sex offenders“ are forced to be homeless because every available living space is covered by the areas where they are forbidden to live. The US is extremely energetic about labeling people as “sex offenders” which means they are punished in many ways for the rest of their lives.
Armed drones used for policing could threaten human rights. I agree, but there is one countervailing factor. Soldiers and thugs can use rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters to kill by intentionally shooting them at people’s heads. A drone operated by a human through remote control would not enable such accurate shooting.
Pennsylvania has passed a law allowing arbitrary censorship of public statements by prisoners and even former prisoners. The US government led the way for this with its censorship of testimony about prisoners in Guantanamo about how they were tortured.
Civil liberties advocate opposes use of online avatars to catch sex offenders. There are two issues here. First, the question of whether a person should face prosecution for a fictitious crime against a fictitious person. Second, supposing the answer is yes, there is the issue of entrapment, luring the person to commit the fictitious crime.
Schools and hospitals in the US are selling data about the students and patients they are supposed to serve.
Fossil fuel interests have spent 7 million dollars to defeat a referendum to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County.
The BBC presented a documentary accusing the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front of broad war crimes. In response, it proposes to ban the BBC in Rwanda. That seems like a plea of guilty.
FTDI’s proprietary driver for its USB-to-serial chips sabotages alternative replacement chips when it finds them. The driver can be used for sabotage because it is nonfree software. There is nothing whatsoever wrong with making other compatible chips, and it is wrong to call them “counterfeit” unless they are sold dishonestly.
El Salvador s Fight Against Gold Mine Will Be Decided in D.C. These treaties do not deserve to be obeyed, only torn up. That’s what the Salvadoran government should do.
The Republican candidate for attorney general of Wisconsin wants criminal investigation laws changed to give politicians special privilege.
The EU has adopted the target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. It is an ambitious target, but it lacks firm measures to achieve the goal. Meanwhile, Australia plans a new policy for boosting fossil fuel investment and holding back growth of renewable energy.
Gough Whitlam, Australia’s great social reformer, was removed from office by a CIA scheme. A CIA agent admits it.
Earthjustice and farmers have sued to block use of 2,4-D herbicide (best known as part of the toxic Agent Orange that the US dropped on Vietnam).
Amid Shootings, Chicago Police Department Upholds Culture of Impunity. Some killer thugs even get awards.
The internet is crawling with misogyny, and any woman doing something controversial is likely to be attacked by posted threats of violence. The examples cited in this article seem sick and twisted to me, but the worst thing I find in it is the assumption that women who are raped, or even seen semi-nude, have […]
Elizabeth Warren Demands An Investigation Of Mortgage Companies.
US citizens: call on prominent Democrats to support nuclear negotiations with Iran.
The UK’s economy has experienced a structural change of low pay for workers, starting in 2003, and apparently permanent. Now that the UK has more or less exempted the rich and multinational companies from tax, the tax burden falls mainly on workers. Thus, the low pay wipes out tax revenue. The rich and businesses must […]
An ISP in Australia is resisting copyright industry demands to rat on their customers. One in the US is doing this too.
Afghanistan’s poppy production has hit a record level. Since the government tries to destroy poppies, they are grown mainly in areas controlled by the Taliban.
US spy agency personnel can get away with perjury, destruction of evidence, torture, kidnaping and assassination. The only unforgivable crime is telling the people how they are spitting on our rights. Laura Poitras talks about her experience working with Edward Snowden.
Canada has seen two attacks by isolated Islamists against soldiers in Canada. Several responses that Canada will be tempted to make, but must not make:
Rising sea levels due to global heating are affecting gondolas in Venice: they have trouble getting under the old bridges. By and by, Venice will have to be dammed off from the Adriatic Sea, and water pumped out of the lagoon all the time.
Bush’s appointed a paid global heating denialist as his chief of “environmental quality”, whereupon he imposed changes on government scientific reports to minimize the danger. Are you a young person? That official was putting your life in danger.
More US cities are making it a crime to give food to homeless people. The right-wing idea is that homeless people are homeless because they are lazy; they were punished enough, they would find jobs. Of course, other right-wing policies have made sure there are no jobs for them and that jobs don’t pay enough […]
Just about everyone is exposed to phthalates that seep out of plastics, and they have various harmful effects on people.
The permanent occupation of Palestine is accompanied by a permanent rejection of the idea that Palestinians under Israeli rule have human rights.
The euro-zone countries are reacting to a repeat recession by undermining workers’ rights yet again.
An Australian MP asked the ICC to investigate Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.
US citizens: phone your congresscritter and say, have Congress vote on whether the US should fight PISSI. The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202–224‑3121, 888–818‑6641 and 888–355‑3588.
US citizens: call on the EPA to regulate toxic pollution from oil refineries.
India is railroading a large dam project through slipshod environmental review.
In the US: tell NPR to stop running pro-fracking ads.
The drugstore chain CVS owns a company that reimburses drug stores from insurance companies. The idea of penalizing people for using drug stores that cell cigarettes might be good, but one drug store should not be able to decide on such policies towards its competitors.
Facebook juggles its books to claim that it has “lost money” in the UK. Make Facebook lose money for real! Don’t be a used of Facebook!
Right-wing US school boards are banning books about poverty and social classes.
Note to Canada: it is not “terrorism” to kill soldiers of a country at war. One can argue it is treason for a Canadian to thus take sides against his own country. The ethics of this are a complicated question. Was Mr Rouleau fighting on behalf of Iraqis devastated by Bush’s conquest and occupation of […]
TVs will be designed to monitor their users. This article uses the perverse concept of “consuming” video. That word enables the writer to demonstrate his sophistication in disregarding all aspects of a situation except the economics, and getting even that wrong.
“Cleansing the Stock” And Other Ways Governments Talk About Human Beings.
An imprisoned Vietnamese blogger was removed from jail and put straight on a plane to exile in the US. Ironically, it seems the statements that he was jailed for were a nationalistic criticism of China, not a campaign for freedom.