Reporters Without Borders supports the Japanese journalists that are challenging the state secrecy law.
The UK Labour Party endorsed the right-wing goal of eliminating the deficit. Increasing taxes on companies and the rich would have the effect of reducing the deficit, but making the latter the goal would encourage doing it by abandoning the poor and helpless.
The Mexican federal thugs in Iguala were informed about the attack on protesting students as it started, and monitored it as it occurred.
The thug who shot Tamir Rice, age 12, never ordered him to put his (toy) gun down. He shot Rice almost immediately.
Luxembourg Tax Whistleblower Says He Acted out of Conviction.
US citizens: call on Kerry to pressure El Salvador to stop prosecuting women for having abortions or miscarriages.
The UK government is blocking a fair trial for a pair of Burmese immigrants accused of a murder in Thailand.
Egypt’s repression extends even to visiting foreign academics.
The EU may ban use of diclofenac for animals so that their corpses don’t kill vultures.
The CIA Tortured Abu Zubaydah, My Client. Now Charge Him Or Let Him Go.
Beware the three false assumptions in the limited discussion of US torture. 1. The most important question is whether torture “worked.” 2. U.S. torture ended when George W. Bush left office. 3. The only kind of torture that really “counts” happens in foreign war zones.
Belgium was shut down by a general strike against right-wing poverty-spreading policies.
Cryonic preservation could offer a way to preserve the biosphere and avoid global heating disaster. If we could convince 4/5 of humanity to get frozen for later revival, the part of humanity remaining active would generate a much smaller amount of greenhouse gas, and could develop space habitats providing enough room to unfreeze everyone.
How the plutocrats are destroying the “disposable” half of the US population. It would be good if the US population goes down to half what it is now, but not by crushing people who exist. The only ethical way to get there is by having fewer births.
North Korea says the UN should investigate US torture rather than North Korean human rights violations. North Korea’s human rights violations have millions of victims — dwarfing the scale of US torture. The reason I demand the US prosecute its torturers is that I love my country and want it to deserve everyone’s good opinion. […]
Public marriage proposals are a form of emotional blackmail.
The Sydney Siege Should Not Be Used to Justify Draconian New Anti-Terrorism Laws. If Australia can suffer the roughly 1300 deaths per year from car accidents without going mad and destroying its freedom, it ought to be able to stay sane when violence kills two people.
Karl Rove said that Dubya personally approved CIA torture methods. We must give him a chance to repeat that in Dubya’s trial!
How Huge Companies Like Apple Are Actually Parasites on America’s Tech Industry.
Estimates of the rate of Greenland’s ice melt may be too low because they don’t take account of the secondary effects of surface melting. In general, these estimates tend to be too low. Heat tends to flow from what’s hotter to what’s colder, and can do so in many ways. We know the ways it […]
China told the US, regarding human rights, “Who are you to criticize China?” Here’s China’s report on US human rights violations. The first section concerns private crimes of violence. While the lack of proper gun control in the US is a serious problem, it does not fit the category of human rights violations by the state, […]
Cheney Calls for International Ban on Torture Reports. (This is satire. I expected this to be obvious, but a reader said he could not tell, because it was plausible Cheney would really do this.)
Learned Helplessness: the Enduring Effects of Torture That Haunt Victims.
Israel continues its slow expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem, by ordering the demolition of additional homes and businesses.
Spain’s new law forbids sites that link to snippets of news articles unless the sites pay the publishers. The response, Google will omit Spanish news articles. The stated motive is to direct more income to the publishers. My solution for this problem is to allow publishers to charge a little anonymous digital cash for viewing […]
Obama’s proposals for policing do little good. They won’t stop the militarization of US thug departments. It is important to note how making thugs wear body cameras requires privacy protections and is helpful to restrain their violence only if the rest of the system upholds that goal.
The UK’s privatized air traffic control system shut down because the company skimped on long-term investment. Well, what do they expect? It had to skimp on something; how else could it extract a profit?
Coal extraction appears to be headed for a new record. Just the thing to destroy civilization.
The CIA Is Still Running Amok — by lying about torture and trying to cover it up.
The UK government proposes to discourage poor people from having extra children by providing no funds for any extra children they have. It makes sense to discourage excess children, but imposing penury on them and their families is neither effective nor legitimate.
Many products contain endocrine disruptors that can cause various human illnesses. A rough estimate suggests they cause hundreds of millions of dollars of damage annually.
An Indian man who operated a Twitter account posting material in support of PISSI has been arrested and charged with “abetting war against the state”, though so far there is no evidence he did anything but distribute propaganda. To eliminate human rights in the name of fighting PISSI is missing the point about what is […]
Affirmative action can help all of us avoid unconscious racism.
The UK Parliament will ask the US Senate for full information on UK participation in CIA torture.
China is snooping on Hong Kong Democracy protesters and trying to crack their email accounts, as well as punishing them by barring them from entering China.
Local governments in the UK are resorting to complex schemes to prevent their public housing from being privatized.
Angela Davis talks about repression of blacks in the US from slavery to the present.
Humans are causing Earth’s sixth mass extinction. Between destruction of habitats, overfishing and global heating, we could destroy more than 3/4 of the species on Earth.
After Ohio thugs shot John Crawford dead as he carried an air rifle he was about to purchase, they interrogated his girlfriend making wild accusations and threats.
European countries have been fined at least 4 billion dollars under treaties that subject governments to foreign corporations. Other cases, not yet resolved, demand over 35 billion dollars in “compensation” to foreign corporate overlords — and that’s only half the cases that are in process. All such treaties are antidemocratic; we must fight until we […]
AT&T is connected with several major attacks on US democracy.
Torture unites the US and PISSI with the Nazi regime and medieval barbarism. Cheney defends US torture by stretching the definition of the word and claiming the Sep 2011 terrorist attacks were torture too. His definition is wrong, but more importantly, his implicit premise is that the US should match its enemies for barbarism. More sick […]
Senator Wyden has proposed a bill to reject requiring back doors in computers.
Saudi women are in jail for driving cars to the Saudi border and trying to enter their country.
Sea walls built to protect beachside housing tend to destroy the beaches, which then can be maintained only by artificially replenishing them. A few decades from now, with sea level rising ever faster and various disasters striking, no region will be able to afford to sustain beaches artificially; rich people will do it in private enclaves. […]
Michigan is considering a bill to allow businesses to discriminate against customers as long as the motive is religious.
The US government has pressured most US colleges to hold unofficial rape trials which can (in effect) sentence the accused to permanent exclusion from higher education. They fall far short of the legal standards of real trials.
In the UK, good jobs require doing unpaid internships first, and only the wealthy can afford to do the internships. It appears that these internships are illegal but the interns don’t dare complain.
The UN will ask the NSA to show its radio intercepts bearing on the assassination of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöaut;ld.
Aleppo Faces Catastrophe If Assad And Rebels Don’t Agree to “Freeze“ Fighting.
Ireland passed a law to allow foreign governments to snoop on communications and force ISPs to cooperate in secret trials.
At a solidarity die-in in London, thugs arrested 70 peaceful protesters for fictitious “violence”.
There were 87 complaints in 2014 that New York thugs put people in choke holds (which is against their rules), and only once was any action taken against the thug.
If you point out evils of the US government, such as torture, apologists pop up to claim you just want the US to look bad. I do it because the US government needs some “tough love”. I want the US to stop doing evil, so I could be proud of my country.
The new head of Australia’s government research lab believes in dowsing. I guess that’s part of what falls down on you if you take the suppository of all ignorance.
The Oregon GMO-labeling referendum was defeated: a judge refused to stop the election authority from applying an arbitrary criterion to exclude 4,000 votes.
A pregnant woman in Wisconsin was put in solitary confinement because she had used methamphetamine while pregnant. It is unjustified and cruel to punish a pregnant woman for possibly damaging her fetus. Barring her off from employment is stupid — that would do much worse harm to the possible eventual child. It can, in principle, be […]
Dubya’s torture did “work” … to provide the false information he wanted as an excuse for the war he wanted.
NPR systematically avoids calling US torture “torture”, because that would mean criticizing it. The Washington Post does the same thing. The effect is to support the torture apologists and Obama in trying to downplay US torture. Example in point: ABC television’s story that is more concerned with the blowback from US torture than with the wrong […]
A US court ruled that telling people how to remove DRM is lawful. I suppose the perpetrators of DRM will appeal this decision, so it won’t be final.
In the Cincinnati Enquirer, “investigative journalism” means covering organizations that might pay for advertising. This article uses the word “monetize“ in the sense of “contemptuously regard mainly as a source of income”. I reject that usage of the word because I reject the attitude that it embodies. “Monetize” properly means “to use as currency”.
The UK government has used a string of sleazy tricks to conceal its involvement with US torture.
US citizens: call on the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect Arctic ring seals from the danger of oil spills.
France may legalize medicating terminally ill people into unconsciousness at their request.
How medical doctors participated in CIA torture.
Sudan’s Anti-Dam Movement Fights the Flooding of Nubian Culture.
An experiment found students rate their instructors more highly when they think the instructors are male, than when they think the same instructors are female. The actual sex of the instructor (concealed from the students) did not correlate with the ratings.
The Obama regime is concealing interviews with CIA torturers and their victims, which might occasion criminal charges against the former.
A Seattle thug that punched a handcuffed woman and fractured her skull will not be prosecuted. When Americans sue a thug for illegal violence and win, the thug is never personally held liable. No wonder they feel they can get away with murder.
The Egyptian government claims there are just 866 Atheists in Egypt, after defining secularists as Atheists.
“Focus on the Family“‘s irrational “sex education” was plagiarized from someone else’s joke.
Is the Gates Foundation Still Investing in Private Prisons?
The UK weather bureau says 2003-like deadly heatwaves will occur ‘every other year’ by the 2030s. They won’t kill as many people each time as were killed by the 2003 heatwave, because many of the old people who might be killed by heatwave N will have been killed a couple of years before by heatwave […]
A report by the Council of Europe rejects the idea that “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance is justified.
Yes, People Can Starve in Benefit-Sanctions Britain. It is even worse in the US.
US citizens: call on the Senate to oppose additional sanctions against Iran. Right-wingers want these knowing they would kill the nuclear negotiations which are the only chance to stop Iran’s progress towards nuclear weapons. Sanctions can’t achieve that goal.
Putin is supporting right-wing parties in Europe. I think he is doing this to sow chaos rather than for a specific purpose.
US citizens: call on the US government to make all financial advisers accountable for how they treat their clients.
Jersey, which has not signed up to all the human rights treaties, is a testing ground for total surveillance. It is also used as a route for extracting profits so they can’t be taxed.
Some US thugs comment on the killing of Eric Garner.
US citizens: call for reforming prosecution of rapes of military personnel by military personnel.
Anti-abortion protesters in Australia are intimidating women to the point where they try to kill themselves.
There are protests across Haiti to remove the US-imposed “president” Martelly. Perhaps the Haitian senate could impeach him. It’s the US that keeps him in power.
US citizens: call on the remaining supporters of ALEC to stop.
California’s drought is the worst in 1200 years. The drought’s cause is mainly natural climate fluctuation, but global heating made its effects worse.
Diesel engines need to be eliminated over time because of the effects of pollution they cause. With possible improvements in technology for storing electric energy, maybe we could replace them with electric vehicles.
Everyone: tell the Walton family to stop opposing home solar power installations and start donating to promote them. This is an additional reason not to buy from Walmart, added to its mistreatment of employees.
Australia’s government is accused of sabotaging climate negotiations by insisting on legally binding targets. This may be true in a narrow tactical sense. However, the US and China, by rejecting legally binding targets, are doing their part to make these talks fail to reach their goal. Just when the world needs the mother of all […]
The UK’s Green Party MP opposes the Infrastructure Bill that would put lots of money into increasing car traffic and maximize fossil fuel extraction.
Uber has been banned in Delhi after a driver raped a passenger.
The UK government plans to make food banks a standard solution for the poor who can’t afford food. That basically means giving up on keeping people properly supplied.
The UK government proposes to make it essentially impossible to sue to challenge legislation.
Transgender people are frequently denied basic rights and face discrimination.
Workers will strike in an Amazon warehouse in Germany. Too bad US labor law makes organizing so difficult.
Ralph Nader: Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card. I have one, but I never use it except for flights and occasionally to donate to a political organization in a hurry.
With all the protests, US thugs feel they are being persecuted. However, to say they are getting a taste of their own medicine would be an exaggeration. No thugs have been killed in these protests. They are moaning because people are not fawning on them as they think they are entitled to.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are starting to cooperate in fighting the Taliban.
An audio recording of the shots that killed Michael Brown proves that thug Wilson’s statement of what happened is false. In addition, the prosecutor misrepresented the law to help Wilson escape prosecution.
Antivirus companies should stop concealing the US-implemented attack software they detect.
Paraguay is considering a dangerous data retention bill, so vague it could apply to cybercafes as well as to ISPs. That the proposed law places no limits on what sorts of offenses could be investigated by searching everyone’s phone records is an additional nasty detail, but don’t think that narrower limits would fix the wrong.
Obama has released 6 more prisoners from Guantanamo, including one who has been left wheelchair-bound by cruel treatment. The US government is still pushing to conceal videos of how he was tortured, claiming that knowledge of this would make people angry. They should have thought about this before they acted that way. Republicans say publication of […]
The New York thug that unintentionally shot Akai Gurley then contacted his union representative right after. Only then did he call for medical assistance for Gurley, who was still alive. Gurley later died from his wounds. I don’t know whether getting aid sooner might have saved him. The thug couldn’t have known it would not save him.
A PR guide for thugs about cleaning their image after they kill unarmed people.
Calling on western countries to restrict export of surveillance technology to repressive countries.
A student was labeled as a drug user for breathing in crushed candy in order to blow it out visibly.
Leaked audio recordings prove the corruption and dishonesty of Egypt’s military rulers.
The UK government has boosted investment in oil extraction in the North Sea, which is bad news for all of us in the long term.
The only people arrested for the killing of Eric Garner were two witnesses.
A Cleveland thug shot Gregory Love clear out of the blue, then handcuffed him and fined him. Thugs also punched and kicked a witness before handcuffing him and taking him away.
Congress is considering repealing the regulations adopted after the financial crisis. They were too weak in the first place.
Articles about rape accusations should include interviewing those accused.
Obama is slowly increasing the number of US troops that will stay in Afghanistan. There are two possibilities for Afghanistan: prop up its government or let it fall. The US can keep propping it up indefinitely at high cost in money and Afghan lives, but what’s the point?
Everyone: tell Best Buy not to use paper made from ancient forests.
The US forced most Latin American countries to deport Germans to the US, which put them in prison unless they agreed to go to Germany as World War II continued.
A city in Libya has joined PISSI; fanatics are killing all their opponents.
Everyone: tell Chevron to pay for its pollution in Ecuador. Also call on the US state department not to give Chevron an award.
The US has published the full list of military equipment given to US thugs. That’s a good first step. Next we have to close down most of the SWAT teams so that they don’t endanger people when they make a mistake.
The EU agreement allowing individual countries to ban GMOs seems to have a legal loophole that could lead courts to overturn those bans.
AT&T condemns government regulation, except when it’s a regulation to forbid cities from setting up public WiFi networks.
Ecuadorian indigenous leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún, who campaigned against mining on his tribe’s land, has been murdered, and apparently tortured first.
Another unarmed black man was shot dead by a thug who then made accusations against him.
Forget North Korea — the Real Rogue Cyber Operator Lies Much Closer to Home.
Grand juries nearly always indict accused non-thugs, but almost never indict accused thugs. Catching thugs’ killings (and other brutality) on video isn’t going to deter them if they enjoy impunity even once their guilt is recorded. Many New York thugs have killed people for no good reason, but hardly any were prosecuted.
A cleaning company that cleaned corporate offices is going bankrupt, leaving the cleaning workers unpaid for weeks of work. This is one of the dangers caused by the increased use of subcontractors where in the past the company would have hired workers directly.
Thugs in Denver attacked a man, then knocked his companion to the ground, then forcibly took a witness’s tablet and deleted the video. A group of Chicagoans out for the evening were attacked by thugs in disguise. Since 2010 they have been fighting to get justice from a system that tries at every step to […]
Cutting CO2 emission is the way to cut emissions of medium-term greenhouse gases also.
Some residents of the tent city in San Jose explain why they can’t find any other housing in the city, even with offered rent vouchers to supplement their pay. What this reveals is a system totally stacked against people who are homeless, which combines with the shortage of affordable housing so that someone — whoever is […]
Laws requiring seed companies to test their seeds are being used to shut down noncommercial seed exchange libraries.
Who is legally responsible if you set a robot running and it commits a crime? I would not assume a priori that the same answer fits all kinds of crimes.
The New York Thug department attacked a protest about Eric Garner with a military sonic weapon that causes intense pain. This was after the protesters responded to more direct violence by thugs.
On ALEC’s agenda: companies’ right to do secret political spending.
The International Criminal Court has dropped its case against Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, accusing him of intimidating witnesses and denying access to pertinent documents. I don’t know the details; in particular, I can’t take for granted that the retracted testimony was true. But I also can’t take for granted that it was really a lie. […]
I Told a Grand Jury I Saw a Cop Shoot and Kill an Unarmed Man. It Didn’t Indict. The thugs at the scene tried to discourage him from even making a statement. That must be part of their habitual routine for pushing away accountability for their crimes. Prosecutors control the grand jury’s decision. When they […]
Everyone: call on New York City to fire the thug that killed Eric Garner.
Beware of products and treatments that claim they will “cleanse“ or “detox” your body. The idea is medically nonsensical. There are some toxic elements, such as lead and mercury, that can accumulate in your body over time and cause you harm. But removing them from your tissues is a specialized job and these products don’t […]
New York and Los Angeles give false figures about tying up children in school.
Pregnant women and mothers of babies are now under impossible pressure to avoid many activities, most of them based on little evidence. This general tendency continues as children get older, with pressure not to let them play alone, walk on the street alone, or just be home alone. People with cancer felt a similar pressure during […]
Israel blocked an Irish political leader from visiting Gaza. He wanted to talk with leaders of Hamas.
Some companies get enough information about most people’s desktop use and enough information about most people’s smartphone use that they can usually figure out when the two computers belong to the same person. This is more reason not to let any company get that much information about what you do with any of your computers.
UK thugs are using a run of vandalism as an opportunity to intimidate and insult anarchists. However, one senior leader, to his credit, opposes asking thugs to decide on the limits of freedom of speech.
The CIA has renewed its pressure to kill the Senate’s release of the executive summary of its torture report.
Two thugs in Texas that banged a prisoner’s head into a table then dragged her across the floor by her feet escaped criminal charges. However, the root of this scandal is that she was jailed for an unpaid parking ticket. In today’s US, the system that fines the poor is a pipeline to jail (and […]
Council of Europe Recommendation on Net Neutrality — Unclear And Unhelpful.
San Jose, California, has a shantytown where 300 poor people live. The city now plans to evict them, which will make them homeless. Renting space has become so expensive that even people with jobs are homeless.