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  • The fight to capture PISSI's remaining islands of territory in Syria is still continuing; an important advance was just made.

    The article speaks of the Syrian Democratic Forces. It seems clear that Rojava was involved. It is not clear precisely how.

  • Misusing the word clown

    A clown asks that we not use the word "clown" to refer to the incompetent.

  • Drone assassination rules

    The bully has given the CIA much looser rules for drone assassinations, building on what Obama permitted.

  • Airbnb and housing prices

    Airbnb increases the price of houses -- and the rent for a place to live.

  • Facebook Amazon deal

    Facebook made a secret deal with Amazon to give Amazon access to Facebook's data about users. A plague on both of those companies!

  • Cruelty toward Afghan women

    Afghan women who are raped are frequently imprisoned for not being virgin. When they get out of prison, they may be murdered for that.

    This patriarchal cruelty perpetuates the Taliban. The US has tried to do "nation building", usually taking the form of investing in physical plant which often turns out to be useless. Perhaps it should have funded women's shelters instead.

  • Pill testing in Australia

    Australian Students Launch National Campaign to Pressure MPs to Allow Pill-Testing.

  • Burning plastic

    The way to reduce the waste from plastic things is to reduce the quantity of such things that are made.

    "Recycling" plastic by burning it is even more ironic than the article says. The process consists basically of extracting petroleum from the ground and then burning it, but differs from the usual way of doing so in that the petroleum (more precisely, some fraction of it) passes through an intermediate stage as plastic. This does not reduce the greenhouse gas output.

    Imagine if every item made of plastic -- even fairly durable items -- carried a deposit. If the item is recycled in less than 5 years, the consumer gets the deposit back. If it is recycled after 5 years, the consumer refund is a decreasing fraction of the original deposit; after 10 years, the refund goes to zero.

    This law would encourage making plastic items that would remain usable for a longer period of time. It could even help put an end to planned obsolescence.

  • Below minimum wage in the UK

    1/5 of young workers in the UK are paid less than the minimum wage.

    It seems that this practice is illegal in name only. Does the government have a plan to fine employers and jail managers that participate in this?

  • Pentagon audit

    The Pentagon finally did an audit -- a positive step. Next we need to make it pass an audit.

    The article suggests that Congress could reject any increase in the military budget unless the Pentagon passes an audit.

    Even better, decrease the Pentagon budget by 5% each year until it passes an audit.

  • Border-crossing prisoners

    US nurses rebuke the border thugs for keeping border-crossers prisoner in conditions that endanger the prisoners' health.

    Keeping children in prison at all endangers their health, and causes them stress that can harm them for life.

  • Israel gone rogue

    Juan Cole: 2018 was the year Israel finally went completely rogue and ensured that it can no longer be considered to be in the club of liberal capitalist democracies. It is now formally an Apartheid state even inside the Green Line. It is also the year when the Israeli elite consciously decided to shoot down with live ammunition unarmed, peaceful demonstrators in the thousands.

  • ContentID

    "ContentID is exactly the thing YouTube claims it doesn't do: privately mediating ownership of [publications] without involving the law."

    Please don't refer to publications or artistic works as "content"; that term disparages all publications and artistic works.

  • Likelihood of genocide

    A series of criteria estimate how likely a genocide is in any given country.

  • Releasing refugees

    The bully is releasing hundreds of refugees from immigration, all at once -- in the middle of nowhere.

    It's good that they are being released, but why do it that way?

  • Parakeets in Greece

    Adorable wild parakeets in Greece may threaten native bird populations.

  • Office of Technology Assessment

    The US should revive the Office of Technology Assessment.

    It was abolished in 1995 by Republicans under Gingrich, because they didn't want serious investigation of technology issues.

  • Urgent: Subpoena notes from translator

    US citizens: call on Congress to subpoena the notes from the translator at the meeting between the bully and Putin.

  • Urgent: Oil drilling in the ANWR

    US citizens: oppose oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • Urgent: Digital First Media

    Everyone: call on Gannett newspapers not to sell to Digital First Media.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • NIH ban on research using fetal tissue

    The NIH has banned research using fetal tissue using its funds. This decision, incoherent even in its own terms, will hamper research into numerous maladies, including Alzheimer's disease and Zika.

    The ban is incoherent because it fails to achieve the goal, preventing or discouraging abortions, that is supposedly the motive for it.

    Paradoxically, impeding research on Zika will enable the disease to continue making it necessary for women to have abortions so as to avoid giving birth to babies with microcephaly. That research has a chance of someday preventing Zika from having those effects on fetuses, so that they could be born healthy.

    Ironically, the same anti-abortion campaign has another tactic: making it a crime to endanger a fetus. But they only intend to apply this to endangering one fetus at a time. Endangering millions of fetuses, by keeping them in harm's way, seems to be ok in their opinion.

  • Climate defense

    In Canada, the election issue about climate defense is whether to do far too little or far far too little. If closing coal-burning power plants is most of the emissions reduction that Canada makes in 10 years, that means they will stop with the easy stuff.

    If Canada doesn't want to receive 20, 30, 50 million climate refugees a few decades from now from the collapse of agriculture in the US, it had better push for global climate defense action now.

  • The cheater's crimes

    Arguing that the cheater's collaboration with Russia is less important as a basis for impeachment than his other crimes.

    To talk about what did or did not enable the cheater to "win" the election promotes the false claim that he "won" it. In fact, Republican voter suppression -- cheating -- is what enabled him to capture the presidency.

    Whether it is good strategy to impeach the cheater, given that the Senate would not convict him, I do not know.

  • Phasing out fossil fuel facilities

    Modeling suggests that phasing out fossil fuel facilities could still curb global heating before 1.5C.

    That means not building anything new that burns fossil fuels, so that old facilities and vehicles at the end of their lives are replaced with renewable energy facilities and vehicles.

  • Sri Lanka's prime minister pretender

    In Sri Lanka, prime minister pretender Rajapaksa has dropped his claim to be prime minister.

    Since the president appointed him unconstitutionally, he was never really the prime minister.

  • Indian hotels

    Some Indian hotels plan to send a photo of every customer immediately to the local government in addition to the ID card information.

  • Mass transit systems

    Citizens of Washington DC are fighting an attempt to privatize the city's transit system.

    Mass transit systems should never be privatized.

  • Self-censorship due to surveillance

    Over 20% of writers surveyed by PEN reported that they avoided writing about certain topics because they knew about surveillance.

    That survey was in Scotland. Here are some reports:

    One participant who had covered the conflict in Northern Ireland in 70s and 80s stated that they would not cover the conflict in the same manner if it took place now; another stopped writing about child abuse when they thought about what their search history may look to someone else; when they heard of a conviction based on the ownership of the Anarchist Cookbook, a participant who bought a copy for research shredded it. Further to this a participant stated: "I think I would avoid direct research on issues to do with Islamic fundamentalism. I might work on aspects of the theory, but not on interviewing people...in the past, I have interviewed people who would be called...'subversives'."

    An earlier survey of US writers found that 1/6 reported self-censoring because of surveillance.

  • Urgent: Dismiss complaint against DA Rollins

    Citizens of Massachusetts: Tell the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and Office of the Bar Counsel to dismiss the complaint against District Attorney Rollins.

  • Urgent: Investigate phone network companies

    US citizens: call on the FCC to investigate phone network companies for selling location data.

  • US government imposes almost national ID

    The US government has imposed something almost equivalent to a national ID card. Without it, people cannot use airplanes or enter a federal office building.

    I suspect that exclusion from federal office buildings denies people a number of rights.

  • Urgent: Close Guantanamo prison

    Everyone: call for closing the Guantanamo prison and releasing the prisoners, in particular Toffiq al-Bihani. Here is what I said.

    I urge you to immediately transfer Toffiq al-Bihani, who has been imprisoned without charges by the US since 2003, and apologize to him for our country's shameful act of imprisoning him without trial. He also deserves compensation in the form of providing his needs for life as a free man for the rest of his life.

    I urge you also to close the Guantanamo prison and put an end to the various unjust Guantanamo-linked practices including imprisonment without trial, unfair kangaroo courts, and torture. And anything else that is unworthy of our country and has to pain the heart of Americans that love their country.

    Some of the prisoners in Guantanamo may have committed great crimes. They have also suffered great crimes, including 17 years in prison without a fair trial, and torture. That is surely punishment enough; we have to right to commit crimes against them in the name of punishing them even more. They can't inspire terrorism more outside than they do now in Guantanamo. Most of them won't even try. If any of them gets involved in future terrorism, he will be one more among thousands -- making little difference -- and we could catch him and prosecute him honestly next time.

    Those responsible for torture and enforced disappearance must be brought to justice in fair trial without recourse to the death penalty.

  • Massachusetts Sea turtles

    Now that the Gulf of Maine (a few miles from where I sit) has become substantially hotter, endangered sea turtles find it attractive in autumn. In winter it gets too cold for them, and they try to go south -- but they get caught by Cape Cod. They don't know how to escape from the trap, and they die of hypothermia without months of medical care from humans.

    Is there a way of catching them a somewhat earlier, when it would be sufficient to transport them to the south of Cape Cod and release them immediately?

  • Trump, Kavanaugh meritocracy falsehood

    Rich and powerful white males have long claimed that they are so rich and powerful because they are better than everyone else -- in effect denying the existence of racism and sexism.

    They used to do this smoothly to make the claim appear plausible. Now they do it Republican style -- with blatant contempt for reality.

  • US stop-and-search racial profiling

    US thugs have a policy of preferentially stopping black drivers and inventing pretexts to search their cars. Each occasion might offer an opportunity to jail a black person, or perhaps cause per to be fired just for being arrested. Each time, it can push someone permanently into poverty.

    Why allow employers to find out whether a person has been arrested? We have no obligation to give businesses that power. How about making it illegal for employers to ask for, record, or act on that information?

  • UK: Food delivery "dark kitchens"

    In the UK, if you order food delivered "from" some restaurant, in most cases the food is prepared not at the restaurant, but in a cooking sweatshop.

    So it's not just the delivery couriers that are low-paid and worked to the bone, but the cooks too.

    Is this system used in the US as well?

  • California: small-scale food regulations loosened

    California has loosened regulations that made many small-scale businesses impossible.

  • Robotic bees

    Could robot bees replace living bees, if we wipe out the latter?

    Perhaps they could, for pollinating crops. But I don't think they could do the job for all the wild plants.

  • Human rights and face recognition

    Australian human rights defenders are starting to recognize the danger of face recognition.

    They should recognize that license plate recognition has almost the same danger.

  • Sexual harassment claims against UK thugs

    There have been hundreds of sexual harassment claims against UK thugs, and that counts only certain parts of the UK -- probably less than half of them.

  • Japan whale killing

    Japan will quit the International Whaling Commission and start killing whales again.

    With a decreasing population (something every country ought to have), why turn to such a morally questionable food source? It's not as if Japan needed whale meat.

  • Falling Total Fertility Rate

    Falling Total Fertility Rate Should Be Welcomed, Population Expert Says.

    Waiting to welcome it if it comes is too passive. We should buy a ticket for it to come.

  • NAFTA replacement critique

    Public Citizen's critique of the replacement for NAFTA.

  • Neoliberal order is dying

    The neoliberal order kept politics stable by suppressing discussion questioning its basic ideas were valid. That it is losing the ability to do that shows it is losing control.

  • French activist blocked Israeli bulldozer

    A French activist blocked an Israeli bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian house. Israeli thugs tried to deport him before he could have a court hearing.

    The thugs attacked not just one nonviolent humanitarian activist, but also rule of law in Israel.

  • Trumpwashing

    'Trumpwashing': the Danger of Turning the Republican Resistance into Liberal Heroes.

  • Fifth circuit appointments

    Right-wing US judges are promoting systematic miscarriages of justice by allowing prosecutors to offer plea bargains while concealing information a that proves the accused innocent.

    They are trying to trick the defendant into accepting imprisonment because they know they could not convict per.

  • Scientists changing global heating report

    The authors of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C kept some of the most alarming predictions out of the executive summary hoping to reduce the resistance from planet-roaster governments such as the US and Australia.

    Appeasing the planet roasters is as mistaken as appeasing Hitler was. They don't respond with "What a relief, we got enough" but with "They seem to feel weak; let's attack them now."

  • Plutocratist-leaning senators

    The Democratic senators with plutocratist leanings are trying to present themselves as progressive: Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

  • Raising the federal minimum wage

    "Legislation to raise the federal minimum wage is a direct response to activists raising their voices in unison."

    To get that legislation adopted, they will need to organize for progressive Senate candidates in Democratic primaries in 2020.

  • Censorship

    Censorship of blasphemous art has struck in Israel.

  • Refugee children taken from parents

    An inspector general's report says that the US government took thousands of refugee children away from their parents, before the time in 2018 when the bully announced an explicit policy of doing so. How many thousands is unknown.

  • Nuclear power plants

    Three nuclear power plants planned for the UK won't be built, because the foreign companies that were going to build them have decided they were money-losers, even despite the billions in subsidy.

    The supposed reason for building them is to have power reliably available even if there is no wind at night. But we already know another way to do that: batteries. Batteries are still somewhat expensive, but are nuclear power plants cheaper? And batteries can't have a massive meltdown that converts a multi-billion-dollar investment into a tens-of-billions cleanup expense.

  • Erosion of checks and balances

    The power-grabber systematically uses his power to erode the democratic checks and balances that stand between him and total power.

  • US fossil fuel companies' plans

    US fossil fuel companies are planning a big expansion in extraction, which would eliminate all chance of avoiding climate disaster.

    We have to stop them before they can do it, since it would amount to murder of hundreds of millions, if not more.

  • Melting of Antarctic ice

    Global heating is speeding up the melting of ice in Antarctica.

  • T-mobile and Sprint executives bribe

    Just after T-Mobile and Sprint announced plans to merge, their executives checked in to the cheater's hotel -- in effect, offering him a bribe.

  • Urgent: Presidential candidates' tax returns

    US citizens: call on Congress to require the president and all presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

  • Urgent: Protect workers from harm of shutdown

    US citizens: call on Congress to protect workers from harm due to the shutdown.

  • Birth rate in Japan

    Japan is giving in to its low birth rate and allowing immigrants.

    This is a very good thing. The whole world needs to recognize low birth rates as a necessary step towards a sustainable population.

  • Online tracking policy

    How the Online Tracking Industry "Informs" Policy Makers about privacy.

  • Thugs carrying toy guns

    Baltimore [thugs] Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, to fabricate excuses for shooting them.

  • Immunity for secret agents

    The UK regularly gives its secret agents immunity from prosecution for torturing people in other countries.

  • Skin color recognition software

    IBM has worked with the New York Thug Department to develop software to search for people by skin color.

    Now a thug that wants to beat up, arrest, or shoot a black male doesn't have to wait to happen upon one by chance. ;-{

    Seriously, we should prohibit all systems to do any sort of recognition of faces in places where the public can normally go: outdoors, in theaters, stadiums, stores and other retail businesses when they are open, and in government buildings when the public is allowed to enter. Exceptions would require specific authorization by a court, specifying the place and the period of time.

  • Canada's medical system

    Canada's medical system is far superior to Obama's reformed medical insurance system. Before Obama's reforms, the US system was even worse.

  • Greenland's ice sheet

    Greenland's Ice Sheet Is Melting Even in the Middle of Winter.

  • Kansas state legislators

    Four Kansas state legislators have switched from Republican to Democrat. They feel the Republican party has become too right-wing.

    This might be good to some extent, but they will surely not be progressive Democrats.

  • SF housing shortage

    San Francisco has a terrible shortage of housing, but trying to build some is a terrible struggle. Or should I say "because" instead of "but"?

    Zoning laws are one of the causes of the shortage of housing in the US cities where jobs are. They force urban sprawl, which leads to long commutes. People object to denser housing in their neighborhood because it would increase the amount of traffic, but spreading that housing over a wider area would result in even more total increase in traffic.

    In the long run, the only lasting way to prevent gentrification without exiling people a long distance from their work and their lives is to make housing dense.

  • Border wall spending

    A poll found that 80% of Americans want to spend 5 billion dollars on medical care, education, or infrastructure, not the border wall.

  • Prime minister of Bangladesh

    The prime minister of Bangladesh seems to be procuring reelection by repressing the opposition.

  • Terry Albury

    FBI agent Terry Albury has been sentenced to four years in prison for revealing how the FBI intimidated people selected based on their race or religion.

  • Party of crackpot ideas

    The "classic" conservative Republican Party was the party of crackpot ideas. That was before the bullshitter took it over, and before the corporate-funded "Tea Party" movement.

  • Touch screen scanners

    Just when it seemed that phones could not snoop any worse: they will put fingerprint scanners in the touch screen!

    Don't touch a phone's screen without some sort of plastic over your fingers.

  • Probation monitoring

    UK courts don't trust privatized probation monitoring, so they sentence people to prison instead.

  • Urgent: Ending the shutdown

    US citizens: call on Senate Republicans to block other business until the Senate votes on ending the shutdown.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • Sustainable tuna fishery

    Indonesia has established a certified sustainable tuna fishery with an increasing tuna population.

  • Pulling the US out of war in Yemen

    Congress is working on pulling the US out of the war in Yemen.

  • Support for refugees

    Rich countries should give adequate support to refugees that have fled to poor countries.

  • Mainstream media

    The mainstream media cover the split in the Democratic Party from the plutocratist side, using commentators that are disconnected from most Americans' difficult lives and needs.

  • Restricted and censored American workers

    US companies are imposing repressive conditions on millions of American workers, restricting and censoring them even while not at work.

  • Troll's attorney general pick

    (satire) … advisors to Donald Trump's attorney general pick William Barr reportedly instructed him Monday to avoid referring to the president as "my liege" during his confirmation hearing.

  • Foreign workers robbed and abused in UK

    When foreign workers visit the UK to work as domestic servants, their employers rob and abuse them, knowing that they are desperate.

    The 6-month visa period is a protection for domestic workers: it means that at least every 6 months they have a chance to speak to an official about abusive employers. That makes it harder for employers to keep them locked up for years, effectively as slaves. But this doesn't eliminate the problem.

    The government could prevent wage theft too, by making employers send workers' pay to the government, which would then remit it directly to the worker's family.

    Nonetheless, their situation would be dire if they don't dare lose their job.

    In ordinary circumstances, it would be a foolish risk to take a job as a domestic servant in a country that would deport you if you quit. These women do it because they are desperate.

    So the deeper question is, why are these women desperate? The article says it is because they have children that they cannot afford to raise.

    We can try to stop specific injustices against them, and we should; but when overreproduction pressures people into making a desperate bet, inevitably some of them will lose. The long-term solution to these abuses is to reduce the birth rate.

  • Insurance companies and clinics pooling data

    US insurance companies and clinics are pooling data to help Pharma companies market expensive drugs.

  • Right to sue when systems spy on you

    You should have the right to sue when systems spy on you.

    A lawsuit is general over alleged damages. The law should say that being surveilled is in itself damage, and make sure there is no need to demonstrate the loss in financial terms.

  • US Dept. of Interior: Science under siege

    Science Under Siege at the Department of the Interior.

  • US college debt

    US college students graduating in 2017 had about twice as much debt on the average as in 2004.

    Since inflation has been low, almost all of this increase is real.

  • Australia: challenging legality of port deal

    Australia is challenging the legality of a deal in which New South Wales privatized two ports and committed not to build another port.

    Any deal that commits the state not to build alternate competing facilities is a direct surrender of public power to a business. These deals ought to be canceled by a constitutional amendment if necessary.

    If the government's hands are tied, so it cannot make a deal to privatize certain state assets, great! That is the goal.

  • Social networks worse than feudal lords

    Big social network platforms are worse than feudal lords, If a social network offers you a chance at viral success, it also offers extremists a certainty of amplification. We are better off without such things.

  • San Francisco foodie scene suffers

    Living in San Francisco is now so expensive that restaurants have to close because they can't afford staff.

  • Human rights warning

    Appreciation of human rights is decreasing across the world, as people who experienced World War II are no longer here to lead the defense of them.

  • Barr and massive surveillance

    Barr worked for the federal government in 1992, and set up massive surveillance of American's phone calls, which continues to this day.

  • Russia spread fake news

    Russia spread fake news for a year to prepare public support for its attack on Ukrainian ships.

  • Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching

    Repeated heat-induced coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef has already caused evolutionary effect: the more vulnerable species and varieties are disappearing.

    This does not make the remaining species and varieties any more robust than they already were. That part of evolution takes more time than we are going to let the corals have.

  • US college fraternities

    US college fraternities teach a Kavanaugh-style idea of masculinity based on the core values of brotherhood, privilege and machismo. The ideals they claim to stand for have been forgotten.

    We would be better off if fraternities were abolished.

  • Deportation flight protester appeal

    The protesters that blocked a deportation flight, and face imprisonment, gave one of the deportees the chance to win an appeal. In other words, his intended deportation would have been a miscarriage of justice.

    That narrowly averted miscarriage of justice would not have been an accident, but rather the intended stochastic result of a policy of haste designed to excuse violating people's rights. The charges against these protesters are meant to reinforce that "hostile environment".

  • Microorganisms in Earth's crust

    The microorganisms that live in the rock in the Earth's crust have a mass comparable to life in the oceans, but they live very slowly.

  • Extinction rebellion goes global

    Extinction Rebellion Goes Global in Run-Up to Week of International Civil Disobedience.

  • NYPD arrests mother for sitting

    New York City thugs attacked and arrested a woman, taking away her one-year-old baby. The excuse? She was sitting on the floor, rather than waiting standing up.

    It seems that they told lies to try to justify this, per standard thug procedure, but even if they had been true it would be no excuse for such harshness.

  • France: Macron minimum wage concession

    Macron has agreed to raise the minimum wage in France, in a concession to the gilets jaunes protests.

    Bringing back the wealth tax would be very important, since each country that does this will help other countries to do it. We must tax the rich more -- a lot more.

  • Nicaragua: journalism repression by state

    Journalists are the last check on the repression and violence of Nicaragua. So the state is now directing its repression and violence at them.

    I hope Nicaraguans can find a way to overthrow their government.

  • Increasing danger of fire

    We will not see a stable climate in our lifetimes. The increasing danger of fire will force Americans to reshape their way of life.

  • Car license plate surveillance

    Rhode Island is considering a bill to strictly limit car license plate surveillance by the state.

    The bill seems very solid, but I think it needs to restrict private systems too. Individuals must have the right to use their eyes and cameras here and there, but systematic tracking of people in general should not be allowed.

  • US and Australia pro-coal at Poland climate conference

    The US and Australia showed their contempt for Earth with an event at the Poland climate conference in favor of coal.

  • US Farm bill rider

    SCROTUS stuck a rider in the farm bill to prevent the House from even considering a resolution to pull the US out of the war in Yemen.

  • US union candidate endorsement

    US unions should let the members vote on which candidates to endorse.

  • Climate activists stage sit-in

    250 climate activists held a sit-in protest at Rep. Pelosi's office, calling on her to support the massive action needed to protect the Earth's climate.

    Senator Schumer let us down by putting coal industry Senator Manchin an important position over energy legislation.

  • FTC's Consumer Protection conflict of interests

    The head of consumer protection at the Federal Trade Commission has been the lawyer for many large companies. He would not be allowed to be involved in investigating them even if he wanted to.

    With that history, he surely won't want to. He was surely chosen because he's on their side against us.

  • Europe: opposition to Article 13

    Four Million Europeans' Signatures Opposing Article 13 (mandatory copyright censor filters) Have Been Delivered to the European Parliament.

  • Israel: evicting hundreds of Palestinians

    Israel is evicting hundreds of Palestinians from Jerusalem in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

  • Israel: Palestinian children arrested

    Israel is arresting Palestinian children off the street as they return home after school.

    These are really children -- as young as nine years old. Some of them are sentenced to imprisonment after bogus "trials".

  • Arab and Jewish women working against gender violence

    Jewish and Arab women in Israel are working together against gender violence.

    When I visited Israel for the first time, I was told that Israeli men tended to be grabby.

  • Secret face recognition at concerts

    Secret face recognition at a Taylor Swift concert was nominally intended to recognize a list of known stalkers.

    If someone was not on that list, what did they do with per photo? Did they save it? Put it in a database? Systems like this should be illegal except under extremely stringent conditions of not saving any data about people.

  • Surveillance by controlled balloons

    For massive surveillance, controlled balloons pose almost the same danger as drones.

  • Climate research leader endorses "global heating" term

    Climate research leader Richard Betts has endorsed the term "global heating".

    I have no way of knowing whether my advocacy of that term reached him at all. But it might have done so.

  • US: National Butterfly Sanctuary

    The ruiner plans to destroy the National Butterfly Sanctuary for his obsession, the border wall.

    The sanctuary is located next to the Rio Grande because that's where conditions make it possible. There is no easy way to move it. It will be possible to tear down the wall, but there will be no easy way to bring back what was destroyed.

    I don't think the ruiner would mind if these species went extinct (which some of them are sure to do, over coming decades, though not solely because of this).

  • Facebook fact checkers are quitting

    Some of Facebook's fact checkers, supposedly charged with eliminating fake news, are quitting, saying Facebook does not really want to get rid of fake news -- only make a show of trying.

  • Charlottesville's history of racism

    Charlottesville has commemorated murder and violence by right-wing extremists by educating the public about the history of racism there.

  • US: Patricia Okoumou faces imprisonment

    Patricia Okoumou faces imprisonment in the US for a nonviolent protest: she climbed the statue of liberty. This does not inhibit her from keeping up the protests.

  • India: aids epidemic prevented

    Giving India's sex workers a calm place to rest made it possible to teach them how to avoid catching and spreading HIV.

  • Global heating: investigation to pin responsibility

    An investigation aims to pin responsibility for global heating disaster on the companies that are making it happen.

  • Professor booted for "pay to publish" scheme

    School Boots Professor Off Campus After He Exposes Its Complicity In Predatory Publishing Schemes.

    Professors in that business school found they were rewarded for paying to get papers published.

  • Planet in Loss Mode

    Massive die-offs are affecting trees and animals in a wide variety of groups, around the world.

  • US: Senators push Israeli Anti-Boycott Act

    Senators are putting a law forbidding boycotting of Israel into a spending bill that "must pass".

  • State use of private surveillance cameras

    In the Netherlands, the state can watch through thousands of private surveillance cameras.

    It is a mistake to refer to these as "security" cameras, because they facilitate massive surveillance.

    A security camera is one that records locally only. These cameras help security but do not threaten human rights.

    If the camera can transmit images remotely, it becomes a surveillance camera, a useful tool for repression.

    The Netherlands should take steps to replace surveillance cameras with security cameras.

  • US Police training

    For our own safety, Americans must not let US thugs get training from Israeli thugs.

  • Trump and post office service

    The saboteur wants to eliminate a lot of post office service -- including for everyone outside major cities.

  • Turkey: Doctor sentenced to prison

    Erdoğan's regime has convicted Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, founder of the Turkish Medical Association, of "propaganda for an armed terrorist organization". What he actually did was sign a petition for human rights.

  • Australia: Israeli embassy location

    Australia has finessed the issue of where its Israeli embassy will be located: it says it will move the embassy to Jerusalem if and when there is a peace settlement about it.

    I am not sure what everyone will say about that plan, but it should put a little pressure on Israel to make peace.

  • Amazon doorbell camera

    Amazon has envisioned making doorbell cameras to let the thugs do face recognition on people who pass by.

  • Europe: Green New Deal fund

    Varoufakis offers a plan to raise funds for a Green New Deal for Europe that would also rescue Italy and Greece.

  • US, Russia, China: Africa policy

    Bolton: China and Russia use their influence to buy or compel support from African countries, so the US should do that more.

    It seems to me that the US has done plenty of buying of such support. Can people send me a couple of references about examples?

  • Senate vote on Saudis intervention in Yemen

    The Senate voted to stop supporting Salafi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen.

    Unfortunately, the House has already barred even voting on the question. However, this same resolution could pass the Senate next year, and the Democrats in the House could bring up the same resolution next year.

    Does exercise of the War Powers Act require the president's signature? I would find that very surprising, since the whole point is to put a check on the president's power to fight a war without approval of Congress. But I would like to know.

  • US: refugee minors imprisoned

    The US now holds 15,000 refugee minors in prison, and there is almost no chance they will ever be released from prison because their relatives don't dare sponsor them.

  • EPA doubtful of scientific evidence

    It looks like Republiars are making a play to deny the scientific evidence that links air pollution to medical problems.

  • Making plutocratist Democrats worry

    Progressives are making plutocratist Democrats worry about being replaced.

    Making them worry is not enough -- we should follow through and really replace them.

    My old representative, Capuano, usually voted mildly progressive, but only within the limits of respect for the power of the plutocrats. Many years ago I went with a group of constituents to call on him to support a stronger measure, and he said, "If you want a representative more progressive than me, vote for one."

    Last summer, I voted for Ayanna Pressley.

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    Good for the environment.