Stand your ground”

October 20, 2014

Right wing judges and offi­cials don’t want “stand your ground” laws to apply to women defend­ing them­selves from vio­lent domes­tic part­ners. Indeed, those laws are meant to allow white men (who dare carry guns in pub­lic) to kill black men (who know thugs would fab­ri­cate an excuse to beat them and arrest them if they […]

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Massive Destruction



Human phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals could be to blame for part of the mas­sive destruc­tion of wildlife now occurring.

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Hong Kong protest



Thugs repeat­edly clear away protest areas in Hong Kong. If the 400,000 who sup­ported the protests were to keep protest­ing, the anti­de­mo­c­ra­tic gov­ern­ment might have to yield.

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Erdogan



Erdo­gan says Turkey will not help the US defend Kurds. This for­mal­izes what was already appar­ent. So much for Obama’s dream coali­tion. How­ever, the US can bring food, arms and Kur­dish fight­ers to Kobani by air with­out Turkey’s help.

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NY Times definition of “democracy”



The New York Times once again defines “democ­racy” in Latin Amer­ica as “sub­mit­ting to the USA”.

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Beware



Beware the BitLicense.

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Global heating effects nonuniform



The effects of global heat­ing are nonuni­form. The aver­age Octo­ber tem­per­a­ture in Pt Bar­row has risen 7C (12F) since 34 years ago.

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Edzard Ernst



Edzard Ernst, hero of sci­en­tific medicine.

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Divestment from fossil fuel companies



The aim of divest­ment from fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies is to show that these invest­ments are odi­ous, and force them to pay for all the future dam­age they have caused.

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UK



The UK is cut­ting the bud­get for edu­ca­tion for teenagers in prison, but it pro­poses to build a pri­va­tized prison for teenagers as an excuse to legal­ize using force against them.

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Children enslaved in Italy



4000 African chil­dren who got into Italy appear to have been kid­naped and enslaved.

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Coal Companies



Coal com­pa­nies used the G20 meet­ing to lobby for more coal min­ing, pre­sent­ing coal as the sav­ior of the world. It’s ridicu­lous, of course, but offi­cials often sup­port ridicu­lous claims to get funds for their elec­tion cam­paigns, or work in retirement.

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Increase in suicides in UK prisons



Inad­e­quate staffing is caus­ing an increase in sui­cides in UK pris­ons. In some cases, the sui­cide seems to be a reac­tion to mis­treat­ment. How can it make sense to put a sui­ci­dal per­son, not accused of doing any­thing wrong to oth­ers, in prison “for his safety”? Even a well-staffed prison is not a safe or […]

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Automation



Automa­tion is the cen­tral fac­tor behind a 10% fall in wages for British work­ers with­out unusual mar­ketable skills, and it is going to get worse. More or less the same is hap­pen­ing in the US. The solu­tion is obvi­ous: tax the rich to spread the ben­e­fits that automa­tion provides.

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Urgent: An end to trials of GMO wheat



US cit­i­zens: call for an end to tri­als of GMO wheat.

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Being Homeless in USA



Ten Facts about Being Home­less in USA. Basi­cally, gov­ern­ments don’t help the home­less as much and per­se­cute them more.

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Man Sues Germany for Drone Killings of Civilians



Yemeni Man Sues Ger­many for Role in US Drone Killings of Civilians.

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Transport of Kurdish peshmerga



Is it pos­si­ble for the US to bring Kur­dish pesh­merga from Iraq to Kobani by heli­copter? That might save the Kurds of Kobani. Is it pos­si­ble for the US to air­drop food and ammu­ni­tion to them? Even if half of it fell into the hands of the jihadis, that half would make no mate­r­ial difference […]

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Minimum-Wage pay is too little



The peo­ple who clean the UK for­eign min­istry protested that their minimum-wage pay is too lit­tle to live in Lon­don and do the job. The arti­cle demon­strates the harm done by sub­con­tract­ing, which gives the state and other com­pa­nies a way to hire peo­ple for low wages and say “we’re not respon­si­ble, since we don’t employ […]

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Jean Davis



Jean Davis, 86 years old, fasted to death because her chil­dren were for­bid­den to help her get a less difficult death.

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Using war to stay in power



Navalny, after a relax­ation in the terms of his house arrest, accuses Putin of using war to stay in power.

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Hell



Has the Chris­t­ian Doc­trine of Hell Become an Awk­ward Liability?

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Gun threat against feminist

October 19, 2014

A talk by fem­i­nist Anita Sarke­sian was can­celled due to a mysog­y­nist threat to shoot her, backed up by a state law that pro­hib­ited stop­ping peo­ple from bring­ing weapons into the audi­to­rium. That law says, in effect, that any­one peo­ple threaten to shoot can­not speak in public.

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CO2 emissions-trading scheme



Europe Needs to Fix Or Ditch Its Emissions-Trading Scheme. A car­bon tax would be bet­ter. One of the prob­lems with the Euro­pean emissions-trading scheme is that it is too eas­ily gamed: com­pa­nies can get credit for indus­tries that have sim­ply failed, for instance, and emis­sions cred­its are so cheap that nobody really needs to conserve.

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43 disappeared students



The mass graves found in Mex­ico appear not to con­tain the 43 dis­ap­peared students.

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Reducing the weak to desperation



A Tory min­is­ter called for pay­ing the dis­abled less than min­i­mum wage, stat­ing explic­itly the right-wing goal of reduc­ing the weak to des­per­a­tion. The same goal is at work in mak­ing pris­on­ers work for com­pa­nies that pay them a pit­tance. This reduces jobs and wages for peo­ple out­side prison, and more of them will end […]

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100 students in Egypt arrested



100 stu­dents were arrested in Egypt this week for protest­ing. Vio­lent Islamist fanat­ics con­tinue to fight the regime with ter­ror­ism, but all in all their vio­lence is less than what the mil­i­tary regime directed at peace­ful Islamist fanatic protesters.

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Massive biometrics capture



Australia’s gov­ern­ment pro­poses mas­sive bio­met­rics cap­ture, but may not suc­ceed in imposing it.

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How Whisper users can be identified



How Whis­per users can be iden­ti­fied based on the vague geolo­ca­tion data Whisper keeps.

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Thugs attack HK protesters



Thugs attacked Hong Kong pro­test­ers and closed some of their barricades.

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Morocco



Ray Cole describes how in Morocco he was accused based on irrel­e­vant evi­dence, jailed incom­mu­ni­cado, and bul­lied into sign­ing a state­ment he could not read. The prison guards also lied to the British con­sul, say­ing Cole did not want to see him. It seems clear they treat Moroc­cans just as badly.

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China banned logging in state forests



China has banned log­ging in state forests in its most heav­ily forested province. In the US, busi­nesses con­trol politi­cians. In China, the politi­cians own and con­trol the busi­nesses, or else the state owns them. While Chi­nese politi­cians can be quite cor­rupt, they can also take action to pro­tect China’s future from rogue busi­nesses, in a […]

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Massive surveillance



The UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on counter-terrorism says that mas­sive sur­veil­lance vio­lates human rights as defined by the UN.

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Campaign reduces rhino horn demand



An edu­ca­tion cam­paign in Viet­nam has cut the demand for rhino horn by 33%, by cor­rect­ing the super­sti­tious idea that it is ben­e­fi­cial. Can any­one make plau­si­ble imi­ta­tion rhino horn? It would work just as well as the real thing.

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Colleges reshaped by plutocracy and budget cutting



State col­leges in the US today have been reshaped by plu­toc­racy and bud­get cut­ting, along with hir­ing pat­terns, so that stu­dents from poor back­grounds are likely to end up with debts and no good job. There are some excep­tions, of course. If you have tal­ent in a pro­fes­sional field, and you study hard, you can still […]

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Farm pesticides and suicide



Farm pes­ti­cides have been linked to an increase in depres­sion and suicide.

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NY thugs’ driving records private



Thugs in New York State say that they can col­lect infor­ma­tion on everyone’s dri­ving because that’s pub­lic; but when a reporter asked to see their records about him, they claimed it was secret.

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Prosecuted for filming in West Papua



French doc­u­men­tary mak­ers are being pros­e­cuted for film­ing in West Papua, where for­eign jour­nal­ists are not allowed. Indone­sia took over West Papua by force in the 1960s when the Dutch pulled out, and has sent large num­bers of Javanese colonists. It’s some­what like China and Tibet.

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Colombian farmers suing BP



Colom­bian farm­ers are suing BP in Britain.

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Coal ship leaving Australia blocked



Pacific Islanders blocked a coal ship leav­ing Aus­tralia. Com­bus­tion of fos­sil fuel is inun­dat­ing their islands lit­tle by lit­tle. A few have already become uninhabitable.

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Call for thug accountability



From Chicago to Geneva, a Call for Police Account­abil­ity for Vio­lence and Torture.

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Corruption charges in Turkey



The cor­rup­tion charges against high offi­cials in Turkey have been dropped. Many of the offi­cials involved in bring­ing the charges had faced offi­cial ret­ri­bu­tion. Either the charges were bogus and placed for polit­i­cal rea­sons, as Erdo­gan says, or they were valid and he has pro­tected his party col­leagues’ abuse of power. I have no way […]

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Depleted uranium use



Iraqi Doc­tors Call Depleted Ura­nium Use “Genocide”.

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Why no banksters go to jail in the US



Matt Taibbi explains why no banksters go to jail in the US, while so many blacks and wel­fare recip­i­ents do: because thugs sys­tem­at­i­cally harass those groups seek­ing (and invent­ing) excuses to arrest them. It’s not polic­ing, it’s occupation.

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Fish in offshore oil wells



Off­shore oil wells are great habi­tats for fish. Burn­ing oil gen­er­ates CO2 which makes some fish dan­ger­ously uncau­tious and will kill (at a suf­fi­cient con­cen­tra­tion) many shelled ani­mals. But we could plant suit­able struc­tures with­out using them to extract oil.

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Private charities



Pri­vate char­i­ties are nowhere near capa­ble of giv­ing America’s tens of mil­lions of poor peo­ple the help they need.

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Private “police foundations”



Pri­vate “police foun­da­tions“ buy con­tro­ver­sial mas­sive sur­veil­lance equip­ment and donate it to thug depart­ments across the US, bypass­ing demo­c­ra­tic deci­sion­mak­ing about what these sys­tems should do.

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Cuts aimed at poor people

October 18, 2014

US bud­get cuts aimed at poor peo­ple don’t ulti­mately reduce spend­ing. But they sure do help demo­nize the poor, which is what right-wing politicians need.

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TPP



The lat­est TPP draft pro­poses to make cof­fee­houses liable when their patrons use the inter­net for sharing.

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Iraqi army



Why the US-constructed Iraqi army couldn’t and wouldn’t fight PISSI. Basi­cally, the idea of set­ting up a client state and train­ing its army to fight for it (i.e., for the US) doesn’t work.

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Student protesters in Egypt



Egypt’s US-Backed Mil­i­tary Regime is Bru­tal­iz­ing Stu­dent Protestors.

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The power to encrypt people’s data



The FBI pre­sented cases to prove that it needs the power to encrypt people’s data. All of the cases were bogus.

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UK NHS staff shortages



The UK NHS is so under­funded that its staff short­ages endan­ger patients. The rea­son the NHS is under­funded is plu­to­cratic refusal to tax busi­nesses and the rich; they demand to be sub­si­dized instead.

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Fighting PISSI



Seven poten­tial dis­as­ters that could result from fight­ing PISSI. It appears to me that we must accept sec­tar­ian par­ti­tion of Iraq. It has, de facto, already hap­pened, and accept­ing it is the only way to con­vince Iraqi Sun­nis they can pro­tect them­selves with­out PISSI. PISSI is the Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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Minimum wage of the 1960s



Rais­ing the min­i­mum wage to match what it was in the 1960s would save 1.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans from need­ing pub­lic assistance.

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Thugs raid journalist’s house



New Zealand jour­nal­ist Nicky Hager revealed evi­dence of the rul­ing party’s dirty polit­i­cal tricks; then thugs raided his house and seized his com­put­ers. Evi­dently the politi­cians that con­trol New Zealand pre­fer to keep crime secret rather than behave honestly.

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New TPP leak



A new leak of the part of the draft Trans-Pacific Part­ner­ship shows that the US is push­ing mass mur­der in the form of tight­ened patent power on med­i­cines. This treaty does harm already, although it is still a draft, sim­ply by using the pro­pa­ganda term “intel­lec­tual prop­erty” to lump together var­i­ous unre­lated laws. To repeat that […]

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Pushing people into self-employment



The crass remarks of a Tory min­is­ter reveal an already-existing abuse, where peo­ple are pushed into self-employment so as to pay them less than a min­i­mum wage.

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Australia’s millenials



In Aus­tralia, gov­ern­ment pol­icy makes mil­lenials poor and the rest of soci­ety blames them for it. Many of them, not real­iz­ing the fault isn’t theirs, are going crazy. The first step in not going crazy is to real­ize that the injus­tice is imposed by the state. The sec­ond step is to unite to kick out […]

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All MPs of Golden Dawn face charges



All the MPs of the Golden Dawn party face charges of mur­der and other acts of vio­lence. This wor­ries me. The party is neo-Nazi, and some of its mem­bers com­mit vio­lence, but are all of them directly impli­cated in the vio­lence — or are they going to be tried for their polit­i­cal views? This resembles […]

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How Microsoft shuts down companies



Microsoft uses US courts to shut down com­pa­nies by seiz­ing their domain names so clients can­not con­tact them. The court cases go on with­out inform­ing the tar­geted companies.

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Whisper records user locations



Whis­per, which promises its users anonymity, records their loca­tion at each post. The pat­tern of a sin­gle user’s move­ments can more or less iden­tify who that user is. More dirt on whisper.

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Urgent: Solidarity with HK protesters



Every­one: sign this peti­tion of sol­i­dar­ity with Hong Kong democ­racy protesters.

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People’s voiceprints



ACLU: the dan­gers posed by col­lect­ing mil­lions of people’s voiceprints.

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Urgent: End racism in Boston thug dept.



Every­one: sign this peti­tion call­ing on Boston to put an end to racism in its thug department.

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GCHQ and NSA



Annie Machon: GCHQ pros­ti­tut­ing itself to the NSA over the last few years.

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Persecution of reporters’ sources

October 17, 2014

Obama’s per­se­cu­tion of reporters’ sources, and how it dwarfs pre­vi­ous US history.

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Privatization of state services



US state gov­er­nors are pri­va­tiz­ing state ser­vices for profit. In some cases, their own profit. It is not just states. Chicago pri­va­tized park­ing meters and was greatly shafted.

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Rape threats against TV personality



A TV per­son­al­ity has received rape threats after speak­ing in favor of allow­ing a con­vict to resume his pre­vi­ous job after release from prison for rape. Her daugh­ter received rape threats too. You may agree or dis­agree with her state­ment, but threats are not jus­ti­fied as a response. The US imposes so many kinds of […]

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Death sentence for dissent



Saudi Ara­bia sen­tenced a Shi’ite reli­gious leader to death, for “crimes” amount­ing to dissent.

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Israel destroys village’s power grid

October 16, 2014

Israel destroyed the power grid of a Pales­tin­ian vil­lage that Israel threat­ens to demol­ish entirely.

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Urgent: Cancel oil exploration



US cit­i­zens: Call on Obama to can­cel oil explo­ration on the Atlantic coast, which will make loud sounds that injure whales and dol­phins. I put this as my mes­sage. To avoid global heat­ing dis­as­ter, we need to leave 80% of fos­sil fuel reserves in the ground. Find­ing more reserves is at best a waste, and […]

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Public banks



How a city can set up a pub­lic bank and make its funds secure against fail­ure of the big bankster banks.

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Sabotage of TLS security



A US wire­less ISP is report­edly sab­o­tag­ing TLS secu­rity by act­ing as a man in the middle.

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NYC thug violence



New York City thugs keep on bash­ing and injur­ing unarmed peo­ple who are not even sus­pected of doing any­thing seri­ously wrong. If you want to watch the YouTube video, please down­load it using youtube-dl. If you view it from the site directly, that requires either Flash or non­free Javascript code. Another New York City thug stole […]

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A repeating tendency of SWAT raids



A SWAT team shot and killed a home­owner who tried to pro­tect him­self from a repeat bur­glary. He didn’t know that the bur­glar claimed to have stolen drugs from him. I don’t see any­thing say­ing where this took place, except that it is in the US. Can any­one tell me? Thieves do steal drugs and drug equipment. […]

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Making it hard for minors to get abortions



For minors in the US, get­ting a judge’s per­mis­sion for an abor­tion is painful harass­ment, often fol­lowed by arbi­trary denial. Just get­ting out of school to go to a court in another town may be a strug­gle. I don’t under­stand how peo­ple who gen­er­ally agree it is not a good thing for poor minors to […]

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Japan’s “national tradition”



Whal­ing inter­ests in Japan paid a PR com­pany in the 1970s to fab­ri­cate a “national tra­di­tion” of eat­ing whale meat.

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Harassment



Even being wealthy grad­u­ates of pres­ti­gious schools doesn’t enable US blacks to pro­tect their chil­dren from racist insults. What makes the most impres­sion on me is how far blacks in the US have to bend over back­wards to avoid being falsely accused or treated with prej­u­dice. These pre­cau­tions seem to have been mostly effective — […]

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UK fracking



The UK plans to allow frack­ing com­pa­nies to put “any sub­stance” under people’s homes, with­out inform­ing them.

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The PKK



One Administration’s Ter­ror­ist Is Another’s Free­dom Fighter. Just Ask the PKK.

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Two nurses catch Ebola in Dallas



Nurses accuse Dal­las hos­pi­tal of hav­ing inad­e­quate equip­ment to pro­tect them from Ebola, and lousy pro­ce­dures too. Two of them have caught an Ebola infection.

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Imprisoned Palestinian Parliament members



Israel con­tin­ues to keep 33 mem­bers of the Pales­tin­ian Par­lia­ment in prison, mostly with­out charges. The kid­nap­ing and mur­der of three teenagers is used as the pre­text for this, although these elected offi­cials had noth­ing to do with it. Imag­ine if Pales­tini­ans could put Israeli right-wing politi­cians in prison because Israeli fanat­ics mur­dered a Pales­tin­ian teenager.

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Rates of amputations for US diabetics



US dia­bet­ics are three times as likely to get a leg ampu­tated if they are black, than if they are white. It is not clear why, but it has to be due to prej­u­dice one way or another.

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Kurds in Turkey fighting the state

October 15, 2014

Fight­ing has flared up between Kurds in Turkey and the Turk­ish state. This fight­ing seems to have been pro­voked by Turkey’s pol­icy of pas­sively help­ing PISSI to cap­ture Kobani.

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Bolivia reelects Morales



Pres­i­dent Morales of Bolivia was reelected after his social­ist poli­cies reduced poverty and grew the econ­omy. You can cause eco­nomic growth with right-wing poli­cies too, as the US and UK have demon­strated, but doing it that way increases poverty.

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Reclaiming Louisiana land lost to sea



Louisiana plans a megapro­ject to reclaim some of the 2000 square miles lost to the sea in the last cen­tury. In prin­ci­ple, it is a good idea, but it will be futile if we don’t stop pump­ing out the green­house gases that melt ice­caps and raise sea level even more.

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Ireland to close a tax loophole



Ire­land will close one of the tax loop­holes that multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions use to avoid pay­ing tax on their income cross Europe. How­ever, Ireland’s low cor­po­ra­tion tax still con­sti­tutes beggar-thy-neighbor. The rest of Europe, if it were not cor­rupted by those same cor­po­ra­tions, would make Ire­land stop this.

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On Doxing



On dox­ing, and how to spell it.

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Isolation of young and old



Mod­ern west­ern soci­ety iso­lates the young and the old, leav­ing them with no idea of any­thing to want except wealth. The sta­tis­tics cited are from the UK, but I expect it is true in the US as well. When hip­pies wished to live in com­munes, it had to be a rejec­tion of the begin­nings of this. […]

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New Facebook Pun



New pun, Facebook’s policies.

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Sports drinks”



Sports drinks” are mostly used out­side of the con­text of sports, and are bad for people’s health.

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Privately hired thugs



The prac­tice of pri­vately hir­ing thugs with the legal power to arrest, or to look the other way, endan­gers the rights of those who aren’t paying.

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Putin to shut down human rights organization



Russia’s prin­ci­pal human rights orga­ni­za­tion since Soviet times, founded by Andrei Sakharov, is going to be shut down by Putin.

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Moral Monday” protests



Weekly “Moral Mon­day” protests have begun in Fer­gu­son and in nearby St Louis.

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Urgent: Curb methane leaks



US cit­i­zens: call on Obama to take action quickly to curb methane leaks from oil and gas extrac­tion. It appears this needs to be done for coal min­ing too.

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Wisconsin’s voter ID law



Var­i­ous Repub­li­can forms of polit­i­cal sab­o­tage worked together to sup­port Wisconsin’s voter ID law, lead­ing to a split between mod­ern “hold power no mat­ter how” Repub­li­cans and older Repub­li­cans who have some loy­alty to the ideals of a free polit­i­cal system.

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North Korea keeping people hungry



North Korea is keep­ing its peo­ple hun­gry to export rice to wealth­ier China.

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UK to deport activist to Pakistan



The UK plans to deport Liaquat Ali Haz­ara to Pak­istan where he faces death threats from reli­gious fanatics.

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Reports on al Qa’ida’s magazine

October 14, 2014

Peter van Buren reviews reports on al Qa’ida’s mag­a­zine. In tyran­ni­cal states such as the UK, you could be impris­oned just for hav­ing a copy of the magazine.

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Danger of debt crisis



Dozens of poor coun­tries are in dan­ger of slid­ing into a debt cri­sis. Many of these debts were more or less imposed by out­side pres­sure and accepted by rulers that were tyrants or trai­tors. Those debts should be con­sid­ered entirely invalid.

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UK university education cost



The UK has adopted the US model for uni­ver­sity edu­ca­tion, requir­ing stu­dents to take out huge loans. Nonethe­less, many are des­per­ate to go to a uni­ver­sity because wages for non-graduates have been knocked down. Indeed, many grad­u­ates won’t get good jobs because there are too many. The only aspect which is not quite as bad as […]

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Centralized social networks



Cen­tral­ized social net­works can learn a lot about peo­ple that don’t directly give them data, through what oth­ers say about them and even who knows them. In other words, you should insist that your friends not men­tion you by name or email address in any­thing they post on cen­tral­ized social net­works. I think this applies […]

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Girls expect to have no control over their lives



A world-wide sur­vey found that around half of all girls expect to have no con­trol over their lives.

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Reporter faces imprisonment in Korea



A Japan­ese reporter in Korea faces 7 years impris­on­ment for report­ing the exis­tence of a rumor about the pres­i­dent. Did you think it must be North Korea, which is of course a total tyranny? Sad to say, it is South Korea. If the report was false — if the rumor did not exist — it might […]

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UK MPs vote to recognize Palestine



UK MPs voted to rec­og­nize Pales­tine. Unfor­tu­nately it was a non-binding vote.

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Urgent: Protect all waterways



US cit­i­zens: call on the EPA to pro­tect all waterways.

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Attempt to block block nuclear power plants



There will be a last-ditch attempt to block two new nuclear power plants in the UK, on the grounds that the sub­sidy will be a bur­den for the coun­try. The rea­son that it is a bur­den is that the same amount of money could buy a lot more in renew­able energy and negawatts (improved efficiency).

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Pushing Europe into depression



Germany’s gov­ern­ment is prac­tic­ing eco­nomic harsh­ness for harsh­ness’ sake, and push­ing Europe into depression.

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Damage to coral reefs from CO2



The dam­age to coral reefs from CO2 could amount to a tril­lion dol­lars annu­ally in losses to human­ity, by the end of this century.

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Urgent: Demilitarize US thugs



US cit­i­zens: sign this peti­tion to demil­i­ta­rize and reform US thugs.

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Thousands march in St Louis



Thou­sands marched in St Louis on behalf of Michael Brown and against thug vio­lence. For­tu­nately, this time the thugs did not engage in more vio­lence against the protesters.

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California aquifers contaminated



Cal­i­for­nia aquifers con­t­a­m­i­nated with bil­lions of gal­lons of frack­ing wastewater.

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Sexual harassment female students face in UK



The level of sex­ual harass­ment female stu­dents face in UK uni­ver­si­ties today is amaz­ing. I think it is largely the same in US uni­ver­si­ties, but I never saw any­thing like this when I was study­ing at Har­vard in 1970–74. I think the social pres­sure to get drunk is the worst part of it.

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US military budget



Obama pre­tends that the US mil­i­tary bud­get has suf­fered intolerable cuts.

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Urgent: Drop forced arbitration clauses



In the US: call on banks to drop their forced arbi­tra­tion clauses.

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Dow Chemical cover-up



Dow Chem­i­cal cov­ered up knowl­edge of the med­ical dam­age done by its toxic pes­ti­cide, chlor­pyri­fos; now the ques­tion is whether the EPA has the guts to do its job to pre­vent more sickness.

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Putin has withdrawn a substantial fraction of troops from near border



Putin has with­drawn a sub­stan­tial frac­tion of troops from near the bor­der with Ukraine. This could still leave sub­stan­tial num­bers to sneak into Ukraine and attack.

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Safer, more accessible abortions



Remotely super­vised use of pre­scribed abor­tion pills can make abor­tions safer and more accessible.

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Deadly shootings by thugs



A young black male is 21 times more likely to be shot dead by US thugs than a young white male.

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Generic equivalent drugs



Around 10 mil­lion peo­ple with HIV owe their lives to generic equiv­a­lent drugs. The Obama regime is pres­sur­ing India to stop mak­ing them, which would kill mil­lions of those peo­ple within a few years. The Nazis mur­dered 7 mil­lion civil­ians. This could mur­der more than 7 mil­lion of those now in treat­ment, and more mil­lions in […]

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UK National Health Service underfunded



The UK National Health Ser­vice is so under­funded that it is pay­ing staff poverty wages. The NHS needs a lot more money, and it needs to come from the rich (includ­ing busi­nesses). How­ever, mak­ing hous­ing cheaper would help the work­ers get by; that too depends on increas­ing taxes on the homes of the rich.

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Wind power in Europe



Tak­ing account of exter­nal­i­ties, wind power is the cheap­est form of gen­er­a­tion in Europe. Coal costs more than double.

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Death of an Unpunished Dictator



Reflec­tions on the Death of an Unpun­ished Dictator.

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Pirate Party electoral success



The Pirate Party had an elec­toral suc­cess in Czech local elections.

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Hong Kong protesters being attacked



Hong Kong pro­test­ers are being attacked with military-grade Chi­nese malware.

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Computerized recognition of voices



Com­put­er­ized recog­ni­tion of people’s voices is being employed on a large scale. I don’t mind if bank cus­tomers can use this authen­ti­cate them­selves to the bank. What wor­ries me is that it can also be used to track people.

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Publication of autobiography stopped



A UK court stopped pub­li­ca­tion of an auto­bi­og­ra­phy on the grounds that it might cause pain to the author’s son. In the US, which respects free­dom of speech much more than the UK, this deci­sion would be called “prior restraint”, which is more or less uncon­sti­tu­tional, though I would not trust today’s US Supreme Court […]

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US allows cancelling 60% of pensions



The US now allows bank­rupt cities to can­cel 60% of retired work­ers’ pen­sions. They can’t live on what remains.

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Reagan’s order 12333



Reagan’s order 12333 lets the US gov­ern­ment col­lect all sorts of data about Amer­i­cans by copy­ing it from mir­ror servers located out­side the US. Mean­while, Snow­den says that snoop­ing by the UK gov­ern­ment on its cities has no prac­ti­cal limit.

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Persecution of Koreans in Japan



In Japan, right-wing extrem­ists with sup­port of offi­cials in the rul­ing party call for per­se­cu­tion of Korean res­i­dents, and have launched a cam­paign of threats against jour­nal­ists that cover Japan’s war crimes. The Korean res­i­dents of Japan are descen­dants of Kore­ans forcibly taken to work in Japan when Korea was under Japan­ese rule. Those alive […]

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Domestic “coercive control”



There is a pro­posal in the UK to pro­hibit domes­tic “coer­cive con­trol”, but iden­ti­fy­ing that might require a dif­fi­cult judg­ment call. What strikes me is that the meth­ods used for domes­tic coer­cive con­trol have a lot in com­mon with the meth­ods used for enslave­ment of farm labor­ers and domes­tic work­ers. Crim­i­nal­iz­ing such enslave­ment has not […]

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The evil of the Koch brothers



The evil of the Koch broth­ers includes racism, as well as voter-suppression, dooH niboR and fry­ing Earth’s ecosphere.

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Urgent: Stop pinkwashing toxic and carcinogenic fracking



Every­one: call on the Susan G. Komen Foun­da­tion to stop pinkwash­ing toxic and car­cino­genic frack­ing. More information.

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Sea level rise



The sea level rise of the past cen­tury is a record for 6000 years. (That is when the melt­ing of the ice age ice sheets fin­ished.) Even if we stop pump­ing out green­house gas, the Earth will con­tinue get­ting hot­ter for quite some time due to the green­house gas we have already pumped out. That’s […]

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Removal of “Carbon Sink” sculpture



Fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies and their pet politi­cians made the Uni­ver­sity of Wyoming get rid of a sculp­ture that reminded peo­ple about the effects of global heat­ing on forests in that region.

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University divestment from fossil fuel



The Aus­tralian National Uni­ver­sity decided to divest from some fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies, which occa­sioned absurd rebukes from right-wing politi­cians that rep­re­sent the fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies. There is no limit to how far they will go to increase fos­sil fuel sales.

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Theocratic fascism



Iden­ti­fy­ing PISSI as a form of theo­cratic fascism.

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New antiplutocratic parties



New antiplu­to­cratic par­ties have had suc­cess in sev­eral Euro­pean countries.

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RSA’s secret contract with NSA



When RSA installed key gen­er­a­tion code that had been weak­ened by the NSA, it wasn’t just ingen­u­ous — it took money from the NSA to do so.

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Wearing my “Impeach God” button



A week ago I made a con­nec­tion in Dallas-Ft Worth Air­port, and was wear­ing my “Impeach God” but­ton. A pilot said it takes courage to wear such a but­ton there. It did not seem to me that I was being par­tic­u­larly coura­geous. How­ever, a rather strange con­ver­sa­tion ensued on the sub­se­quent flight: a flight attendant […]

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European Commission proposes insane blanket deregulation



The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pro­poses insane blan­ket dereg­u­la­tion (except for the biggest com­pa­nies). The rest would be allowed to pol­lute how­ever they like.

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UK values submarines above children



Next year, most chil­dren in the UK will be liv­ing in poverty. The UK hasn’t got the bil­lions needed to help them, because nuclear mis­sile sub­marines have higher priority.

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Plutocratic governments



Busi­ness is the “enemy within” coun­tries with plu­to­cratic governments.

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NY airplane cleaners on strike

October 13, 2014

Air­plane clean­ers in New York went on strike demand­ing pro­tec­tion from dis­eases in vomit and shit that they have to clean up.

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Urgent: Take action against TTIP



Cit­i­zens of Europe and the US: take action against TTIP (This Treaty Is Plutocratic).

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HK democracy protests resume



Hong Kong democ­racy pro­test­ers have resumed large protests after the gov­ern­ment reneged on talks.

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Facebook to get even more info on digital activities



Face­book now com­bines “Like” but­ton track­ing data with data from Face­book itself to get even more infor­ma­tion about people’s dig­i­tal activ­i­ties. Face­book does not tell other com­pa­nies the iden­ti­ties of users, but they can iden­tify users based on data they get else­where. “Like” but­ton sur­veil­lance even tracks peo­ple who are not useds of Face­book (i.e., […]

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Cuba fighting Ebola



Cuba has sent more doc­tors to fight Ebola than any other country.

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Court order to get journalists’ phone records



The UK will require a court order to get jour­nal­ists’ phone records. That is a small step in the right direc­tion. I have to ask, how­ever, who this will apply to. On the inter­net, any­one can be a jour­nal­ist. In addi­tion, jour­nal­ists report­ing on tick­lish issues such as gov­ern­ment snoop­ing must arrange to com­mu­ni­cate with […]

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