Obama proposed a bankster to be the Undersecretary for Domestic Finance, and Elizabeth Warren came out swinging against him.
Walmart workers plan strikes and protests on the day that foolish Americans typically start shopping for mandatory Christmas presents. Since they are looking for support from the public, I suggest that people participate.
Algorithmic decision making is leading to many strange kinds of troubles caused by mistaken identity.
The Chilean officers that tortured Alberto Bachelet and his daughter (now president) have been sentenced to prison.
US phone companies are trying to push customers off the superior copper cables onto VOIP, by refusing to maintain the copper cables. The idea of requiring the VOIP replacement to be improved before forcing the changeover is not sufficient. VOIP is inherently less reliable as well as subjecting people to digital monkeybusiness.
The Australian government is attacking public broadcasting for not being right-wing.
Whistleblowers are repeatedly subject to dishonest retaliation and false accusations by those in power whose errors or crimes have been exposed.
Experimental subjects paid more to protect strangers from electric shocks than to protect themselves from shocks. The article ends with a very good refutation of one of the typical fallacious cynical attacks against altruism.
Global heating means big snow loads from the “lake effect”.
UK newspapers were ordered not to report on sexual abuse by politicians, and the records of these orders appear to have been destroyed, or else the orders were fake. Either way, it is very fishy.
Obama has authorized remaining US troops in Afghanistan to continue fighting the Taliban directly, hoping people won’t notice.
The Gates Foundation has insisted on free scientific publication for research it supports. They use the term “open access”; I think that term is misguided because it tends to lead people in the direction of weaker positions than this. Fortunately the Gates Foundation overcame the weakness of the term itself, and took a strong stand. […]
Occupy London protesters are returning to Parliament Square.
A new study finds that allowing people in general to carry guns leads to more crime, in the US.
United nonviolent resistance is defeating the Mafia protection racket in Sicily.
Robert Holsey is set to be executed, and the state of Georgia doesn’t care that his defense team was nonfunctional because its leader was drunk. The death penalty is wrong even if the criminal has competent defense lawyers. This case points rather at the willingness of the US legal system to insist on upholding decisions […]
A Haitian opposition march was attacked by supporters of the president, who was imposed by the US through a twisted election.
An example of how US mainstream media promote escalation of war against PISSI. Examples of how they promote the Keystone XL planet-roaster pipeline. When they do acknowledge the real argument against the pipeline, next they claim it’s impossible to stop the extraction of tar sands oil. “Stop resisting, you can’t win” has been used against every […]
When Police Spy on Journalists Like Me, Freedom Is at Risk.
Jewish Voice for Peace mourns the Jewish and Palestinian casualties of individual violence in Israel and Palestine.
It’s a rare moment in the US when black victims get justice for the violence of whites.
US citizens: call on Obama to make sure the pollinator health task force takes sufficient measures to truly protect bees.
US citizens: Call for establishment of a clear and practical way to report abuses by US border patrol agents.
Two men in Ohio spent 40 years in prison because thugs bullied a teenager into testifying against them. At least they weren’t executed.
Six Vital Steps World Leaders Must Agree to Take to Protect Earth. Here’s what the agreement needs to do and why.
Many US cities arrest blacks far more often than whites. Ferguson is not the worst.
FISA Judge To Yahoo (in 2008): If US Citizens Don’t Know They’re Being Surveilled, There’s No Harm.
Growth: The Destructive God That Can Never Be Appeased.
You might think that humanity won’t wake up to the dangers of global heating and extinction until it sees catastrophes, but the catastrophes are already happening, and the only awakening is by businesses that want to abolish environmental regulations.
Many car companies now make cars that track where they go. The companies are trying to make this acceptable with weak promises about what they will do with the data. Those policies are irrelevant because real protection for the driver’s privacy consists of not tracking the car in the first place. If you own a […]
The last remaining “Angola 3″ prisoner had his conviction overturned, but the state may appeal this decision to keep him in prison more years until he dies. Regardless of the issues of his guilt and his trial, keeping anyone in solitary confinement for so long amounts to brainwashing.
Iran has worked around western sanctions at the cost of destroying its environment. The result is dust storms.
Always-listening, always-watching computers are supposedly meant to serve people, but when they’re full of nonfree software they are actually tools to subjugate people.
US abortion doctors say the harassment and restrictions are the worst they have ever seen.
A subtle point in the TPP would make transitory copies (such as loading a program into memory to run it) copyright infringement.
Everyone: sign up to boycott Amazon. I gave this as my additional statement. There are additional reasons to refuse to buy from Amazon. It keeps a database of what people buy, and does not accept cash. Amazon ebooks are a surveillance system and Amazon can erase them remotely: see stallman.org/ebooks.pdf. See also stallman.org/amazon.html for more […]
A movie exposes the methods of the paid global heating denialists.
Utah’s legislature proposes to shut off the water supply to the NSA’s data center.
American women are ceasing to feel ashamed of accusing men of raping them. The idea of being ashamed of being assaulted in any fashion makes no moral sense to me. I can only understand it intellectually. It was common to for families to despise women who were raped, along with women who had sex without […]
Senators have introduced a carbon tax bill. This has no chance of passing, but introducing it is at least a political step.
Walmart pretends to be trying to protect the environment, but it gets its electricity from coal.
Are “We the People” Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?
New Report Finds Little Oversight of Surveillance, Intelligence Agencies in Latin America.
A proposal: instead of network neutrality regulation, create a competitive market for ISPs. Causing competition between ISPs is a good idea, but I would not trust that to replace network neutrality. Four competitors are too few to make a truly competitive market. And even companies in a competitive market impose nasty terms on customers. Consider […]
UK journalists are suing the thugs for spying systematically on them as they covered protests. Thugs have long regarded democracy as their enemy; what is new is to have proof.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation helped develop a treatment, then sold its share of the patent rights to a company that is charging almost $400,000 per year. Most of the patients can’t afford that. Other countries’ national health systems will negotiate a price that will probably be far lower. US law, paid for by Big Pharma, […]
U.S. Firms Accused of Enabling Surveillance in Despotic Central Asian Regimes.
North Dakota’s public bank is more profitable than US private banks. The oil boom in North Dakota is not an occasion for humanity to rejoice, given the grave danger it contributes to. But that is orthogonal to the merits of a public bank.
Aarhus has an interesting personal active approach towards people returning from fighting in Syria, which seems to have been effective at preventing more youths from going there. Meanwhile, the UK plans a system of internal exile for such people.
The American Nursing Association has given its support to a Guantanamo nurse who faces a military trial for refusing to participate in force feeding.
The UK government is losing billions of pounds by not keeping track of tax give-aways to businesses. This while they nickle-and-dime the unemployed and disabled into homelessness.
Harvard students have sued Harvard for mismanaging the school’s endowment by investing it in fossil fuel companies. These companies’ value is inflated by the carbon bubble, which has to pop some day.
Thugs in Brisbane, where the G20 meeting was held, brutally attacked a man with no legs. They will probably claim he was trying to run away. Of course, the thugs accused the man of various crimes. I am skeptical.
Rich countries have not pledged enough to do the job of helping poor countries cope with the effects of global heating. But it is a hopeless job, because the costs will go up each decade. If we don’t stop the heating, sooner or later the poor countries will be overwhelmed, followed by the rich countries.
Alayne Fleischmann has gone public about how JP Morgan and Attorney General Holder conspired to cover up JP Morgan’s crimes. She offered her testimony several times, but they worked together to stop this from coming out in court and to avoid really punishing the bank. It should be noted that “securitization” of home mortgages is a […]
Menlo Park’s license plate cameras recorded car license plates 263,000 times in a few months. Just one of them helped solve a crime. All the rest were massive general surveillance. The question of cost is a side issue; what’s wrong here is injustice.
Bankers, after being led to think about their work, become more likely to cheat than people in general. In other words, it’s not that bankers are inherently dishonest but rather than working as a banker encourages dishonesty.
US citizens: call on Obama to block the Keystone XL pipeline.
US officials refused to explain to the Committee Against Torture why nobody was prosecuted for US government torture.
Republicans used Twitter to disguise their violation of US election laws.
US citizens: sign this petition to amend the constitution to stop the rich from using their money to dominate US elections.
The weakened USA Freedom Act is so weak that Obama plans to revive it.
Frackers polluted clean aquifers in California with fracking waste water.
Australia’s government has sunk to shameless self-contradiction.
A UN agency called for prosecution of North Korea’s ruler in the International Criminal Court. North Korea responded by threatening to throw a tantrum. This UN move was entirely justified, but I wish it would go after the even more flagrant human rights violators such as Bush II.
Thugs attacked protesters in Ferguson already, after creating pretexts, although the decision on prosecuting Michael Brown’s killer has not been announced.
Refuting the claim that unemployment insurance causes unemployment: a study shows it is mostly false. Note that the claim really argues for lower wages; but US wages for many jobs are not enough to live on, so they must be raised. The US has many other policies that discourage employment, which we should change. For […]
Women are speaking about their abortion experiences to counter the harassment against women who have abortions. If anything, it’s not aborting a pregnancy that raises questions as the human population continues to grow.
In teenage girls’ fascination for the Hunger Games, they show a form of political maturity. The world of The Hunger Games is a projection of today’s starve-the-poor plutocracy. It’s much worse than today’s USA, but the America of 2100 might be even worse. If globalized manufacturing collapses, we might be left with nothing but low-tech.
The Swedish appeals court did not cancel the arrest warrant against Julian Assange, but pressured the prosecutors to accept his invitation to question him in the Ecuadorian embassy. If the Swedish prosecutors were really concerned about the sexual allegations against Assange, they would interview him in the embassy so as to advance that case and […]
UK spending cuts have reduced tax income and caused a fresh budget deficit. The insane remedy is to cut spending more, and never mind that it has failed in its ostensible goal, because the real goal is to reduce workers to desperation.
Journalist Sarah Lacy writes about how an Uber executive said he would punish her critical journalism by using lies to smear her family life. It was the culmination of years of contempt for the company’s drivers and passengers. By the way, I don’t see anything wrong in offering taxi rides driven by attractive models of […]
The defeat of the USA Freedom Act could, ironically, backfire and abolish part of the PAT RIOT act, reducing mass surveillance even more. However, we need more than just to abolish the PAT RIOT Act, since that pertains only to certain methods of massive surveillance. http://gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html.
2.5 million children in the US were homeless at some time in 2013. That’s up 8% from the previous year.
US citizens: call on the Secretary of the Interior to cancel a wolf-killing competition.
Ten illegal attacks on protesters that thugs in Ferguson might plausibly do.
Under Putin, the former KGB now runs Russia and has returned to actively harassing and intimidating journalists and dissidents. By contrast the US style of massive surveillance is done quietly, so people don’t realize how much they are being tracked. Digital technology means that both the US and Russia have a higher level of general […]
The US plans to allow fracking in the George Washington National Forest.
Financialization of rental residences means that people live in financial instruments.
Trying to silence individuals considered misogynist has become a substitute for campaigning to change sexist institutions.
Many big US companies pay their CEOs more than they pay in taxes. When Mega Corporations Get Mega Tax Breaks, We All Pay.
Netanyahu plans a “harsh“ retaliation to the murder of 5 Israelis. This harshness will be on top of the harshness of decades of Israeli occupation. The killers were retaliating for a much larger set of murders and other crimes committed against Palestinians by Israelis, together with persistent oppression. Retaliating against them with additional crimes (house […]
A hotel charged guests extra, on their credit card, for posting a bad review of the hotel. The hotel claimed it was entitled to charge them because it had put that in the contract guests are made to sign. I suppose most guests don’t read the contract; but if they did, having arrived and with […]
Secret disenfranchisement lists denied Democrats 4% of the vote, and enabled the Republicans to steal control of the senate.
The Illinois legislature is considering raising the minimum wage but banning cities from adopting a higher minimum. This measure would be harmful to workers. The statewide raise will probably not be enough, and living in Chicago is even more expensive.
Due to the shortage of ambulances, people who go to the MSF treatment center in Sierra Leone because they might have Ebola are sure to catch it by the time they arrive.
The USA Freedom Act, already weakened so much that even Obama supported it, was defeated in the Senate. This means our next battle will be against renewal of the PAT RIOT act.
US citizens: call on the US not to allow Shell (or anyone) to drill for oil in the Chukchi sea. A spill would turn it into the Upchukchi sea.
Prisons can help prisoners escape from gangs. Like other forms of rehabilitation, it costs money and requires not adopting the goal of being as tough as possible.
Traffickers now recruit or even force teenagers to run boats full of people from Africa to Europe.
US citizens: call on the EPA, in reducing power plant CO2 emissions, not to encourage fracking.
Human Rights Watch reports on political prisoners in Uzbekistan, which relates to the forced labor of picking cotton.
Campaigns to silence people whose views we dislike endanger a fundamental freedom. This includes even PISSI, the Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The Greenpeace boat that was captured by Russia has now been captured by Spain.
Mexico is revealed as corrupt from top to bottom. Peña Nieto’s election was corrupt too. But it was the reaction to the killing of protesting students that ended society’s willingness to tolerate it.
The Australian government nullified environmental planning requirements for a giant coal mine by saying the environmental impact study could be done after the mine is running.
Students in the UK marched on Parliament to make university gratis again.
Is there room on Earth for humans and wildlife? Sometimes it is justified to evict humans from an area so that other species can survive. After all, we humans occupy so much land on Earth, and we tend to take all the land there is.
The governor of Missouri declared an emergency, preemptively attacking expected protests over the expected decision not to prosecute the thug that killed Michael Brown. The governor was asked to appoint a special prosecutor but refused. Looks like he’s on the side of the thugs.
A male TV presenter wore the same suit every day for a year, just to prove that nobody cared in the slightest about his clothing style, unlike the way viewers treated his female counterpart.
Elizabeth Warren: Corporations Are Taking Over the Courts with the GOP’s Help. I suspect they got help from some “Democrats”, too.
A Briton was convicted of possessing a copy of a book about how to make a bomb, after a secret trial. This case illustrates the principle that possession of a copy of a publication must never be illegal. Such prohibitions are outright tyranny, and so is a secret trial.
The slowly-closing ozone hole has altered climate and ecosystems in the southern hemisphere.
Even the US Supreme Court cites junk science to interfere with abortion.
Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon proceeds over the murder of land defenders.
A US coal company is accused of falsifying its environmental reports.
Germany’s law punished WiFi network owners for what people download through those networks. The result is — very few publicly usable WiFi networks. This law is unjust because (1) it is a system of collective responsibility, conscripting anyone that has a WiFi net as an enforcer, and (2) the War on Sharing is unjust in […]
In Nairobi a mob of men stripped a woman because they disapproved of her miniskirt. This led to a protest in favor of women’s right to dress as they wish. The idea that revealing clothes are “not African” is ludicrous given that women in many parts of Africa did not cover their breasts until Europeans […]
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting system for pipelines and other gas and oil facilities is designed to let companies have what they want.
A Spanish navy boat rammed a Greenpeace boat that was interfering with oil drilling.
The lack of toilets in rural India goes with gender discrimination that makes it even worse for women.
A teacher’s resignation letter: “my profession no longer exists” due to bizarre school reforms.
Astroturf and intimidation are the proposed methods to gain approval of an “backup” alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline.
CO2 emissions must be cut to zero by 2070 to avoid disaster. How much it will cost to achieve this depends on how actively we cut emissions before 2030.
US citizens: support a proposed EPA regulation to reduce ozone pollution.
Mainstream media continue to parrot the Obama regime’s claims that the casualties of drone attacks are mainly “militants”.
Most of the people using Britain’s food banks went there directly because of government policies of harshness to the poor.
Everyone: Send a message of support for Ghoncheh Ghavami.
A refugee who escaped from North Korea sends balloons over the border to teach the people of North Korea the idea of freedom.
Australia gave business representatives accreditation to the G20 but denied it to union representatives.
Rich people think that the idea that geoengineering could make global heating go away is likely to encourage them to go on burning fossil fuels. The fallacy is that geoengineering is just an idea, not a real solution.
Nurse Kaci Hickox condemns the politicians that want to impose unnecessary and harmful quarantines in order to look like they are protecting us.
The St Louis thug chief accused all the protesters, journalists and bystanders teargassed and attacked in Ferguson of being “criminals”.
Rodney Reed is about to be executed for the murder of his lover, but she may really have been killed by her jealous thug fiance. The investigation did not consider the thug seriously as a suspect.
The polar bear population on Alaska’s north coast has fallen 40% in 10 years. Few young bears have survived.
Accusing Putin of waging an “information war” by supporting anyone that criticizes the west. There is some truth in this; however, western governments deserve a lot of criticism, Putin or no Putin. Indeed, they do a substantial amount of the same things.
The Rosebud Sioux tribe says that building the Keystone XL pipeline would be an act of war. Yes, it would be — against the whole world, not just them.
The CIA believes arming Syrian rebels to fight PISSI is hopeless, and Obama knows this. So who does he think he is fooling when he proposes to do more of this?
Africans who recover from Ebola face ostracism by ignorant neighbors who don’t understand they are not contagious any more.
In Venezuela, some people in the opposition are being prosecuted for expressing happiness about an assassination. I managed to see some of Inés González Árraga’s tweets; they were quite hostile to the government, but did not make threats or call for violence.
A series of bank scandals, leading to large fines, are the predictable result of deregulation. I suspect that the fines are not big enough to motivate the bank executives and shareholders to try to prevent more corruption. In the US, they aren’t. The result of inadequate fines is that the executives would like another corrupt […]
Documents show US drug companies wined and dined doctors to get them to prescribe narcotic painkillers more. These painkillers certainly have their place. It has been a long time since I took one, but they are far better than pain. However, these sales tactics (for any drug) corrupt medicine and must not be tolerated.
The coal company government of Australia fought to the bitter end inside the G20 meeting to undermine actions against global heating.
The FBI used surveillance to try to pressure Martin Luther King Jr. commit suicide. We know that the NSA now does surveillance to get data for blackmail.
US citizens: call on Obama to cancel spending a trillion dollars for replacing the US nuclear arsenal.
It’s Dangerous to Be So Cosy with the Gulf’s Autocrats. On the other hand, the forces opposing them may turn out to be PISSI.
The thug that killed Michael Brown arrested a man for making a video of him, then lied about it (standard thug procedure).
Texas Oil Regulator Says It Will Not Honor Town’s Vote To Ban Fracking.
US citizens: oppose rigging the electoral college.
Surgeon Mads Gilbert, who treated the wounded of Gaza while Israel attacked, says he will not let Israel stop him from returning to Gaza.
Evidence that the gender pay gap can’t be explained by anything other than bias.
Revealed: How [UK] Coalition Has Helped Rich by Hitting Poor.
The IRA protected rapists within its ranks much like the Catholic Church and some sports teams.
Palestinian rights activist Rasmea Odeh faces imprisonment and loss of US citizenship because she didn’t mention a criminal conviction in Israel, which she says was a false confession that was beaten out of her. I see the point that she ought to have mentioned the conviction and said it was false, rather than hiding the issue. […]
US citizens: urge your senators to vote for the USA Freedom Act I suggest you add, as I did, that this is not enough to restore our privacy.
Environmental groups are suing to deny Shell permission to harass, capture and kill walruses in drilling operations in the Chukchi sea. Melting sea ice due to global heating is making it hard for walruses to find food. To have a chance to survive, they need what protection we can give them.
German Spy Agency Wants To Buy Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Order To Undermine SSL Security.