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  • 0p0 Republicans are 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/13/1731939/-Team-Trump-seeking-to-weaken-the-rules-policing-bank-redlining-of-poor-and-minority-communities00planning to change0/a0 the Community Reinvestment Act so that banks can extract more from communities around the US and give them less.
  • 0p0 The loud music in a bar or restaurant may be calculated to make people 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/jul/19/medicalresearch.fooddrinks00drink or eat faster0/a0. However, it works by eliminating the possibility of a good conversation.
  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#global heating00Global heating0/a0 has caused 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/1/1728944/-Alaskan-snowfall-patterns-are-the-most-dramatic-the-region-has-seen-in-at-least-1-000-years00a lot more snow in Alaska0/a0, but the glaciers are not safe, because the heat makes them melt much more too.
  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00The troll0/a0 made lots of money by 0a href=0https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomasfrank/secret-money-how-trump-made-millions-selling-condos-to00selling condos to money launderers0/a0.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/15/i-am-american-jewish-and-banned-from-israel-for-my-activism00Medea Benjamin says0/a0 that being banned from Israel for her political views makes her both sad and determined.
  • 0p0 Facebook0s News Feed Change 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/15/facebook-news-feed-algorithm-social-media-addiction00Won0t Help Social Media Addiction0/a0. 0p0 If it reduces publishers0 Facebook dependence, that could be good for freedom of speech. Whether the change will reduce that dependence, I don0t know, but I expect to see reports over coming months.
  • 0p0 If Martin Luther King Jr Were Alive Today, 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/15/martin-luther-king-jr-legacy-politicians-hypocrisy00Politicians Would Denounce Him0/a0. 0p0 At least, those who admit a plutocratist stance would do so.
  • 0p0 Refugees fleeing various places 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jan/15/study-finds-that-global-warming-exacerbates-refugee-crises00increased greatly0/a0 when the places experienced unusual heat.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_lifeline_fcc/00call on the FCC0/a0 to preserve the Lifeline program, which subsidizes telephones for poor people.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0https://act.credoaction.com/sign/VRAA_201800call on Congress0/a0 to repair the Voting Rights Act.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/israeli-judge-orders-palestinian-teenager-ahed-tamimi-to-be-held-in-custody00 Israel will keep Ahed Tamimi and her mother in jail until her trial. 0/a0 They are considered 0dangerous0.
  • 0p0I am looking for people to 0p0I am looking for volunteers to browse various sites and show me items that I ought to see and link to. If you would like to help me in this way, please write to rms at gnu dot o r g. 0/p00/p0
  • 0p0 London thugs have 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jan/15/london-rape-trial-collapses-after-phone-images-undermine-case00failed until the last minute0/a0 to give two men accused of rape the evidence that would exonerate them. Budget cuts may have played a role in this. 0p0 In general, I expect most accusations of rape are true. However, some fraction of the men accused are innocent. I agree with 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/15/margaret-atwood-feminist-backlash-metoo00Margaret Atwood0/a0: every accused person is entitled to due process.
  • 0p0 A Tory minister admitted that they may 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/15/suella-fernandes-new-brexit-minister-eu-charter-human-rights00deny some human rights0/a0 in the process of removing Britain from the EU.
  • 0p0 Tax-dodging financial schemes are now 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/15/paradise-papers-revealed-commoditisation-of-tax-evasion-australia00packaged retail sale0/a0.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/pakistan-celebrities-break-taboo-to-reveal-child-sexual-abuse00Four courageous Pakistani women0/a0 published about their own experience of being sexually abused when they were children.
  • 0p0 CODEPINK0s staff have been 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/07/codepink-appalled-being-banned-entering-israel-intends-increase-efforts00banned from Israel0/a0 for supporting boycott of companies that do business in Israel0s colonies in Palestinian territory. These include RE/MAX and Airbnb. 0p0 This is an additional reason to refuse to use Airbnb, besides the two obvious ones: it requires use of nonfree software, and it puts you in a database.
  • 0p0 The US is planning to build a 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/turkey-condemns-us-plan-for-syrian-border-security-force00substantial military force0/a0 with the Syrian Kurds of Rojava as its center. This would protect Rojava from Turkey, Syria and Russia that aim to destroy them. 0p0 I have no reason to take a side between Turks, Kurds and Arabs, considered as ethnic groups. However, I support Rojava against Turkey and Syria because Rojava is a 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-jan-apr.html#6_April_2017_(Use_of_chemical_weapons)00secular state0/a0 that endorses human rights, whereas Turkey is becoming a 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-nov-feb.html#16_January_2018_(Insulting_Turkishness)00religious dictatorship0/a0 and Syria is 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2015-mar-jun.html#19_May_2015_(Basis_to_prosecute_Assad)00already a dictatorship0/a0.
  • 0p0 In 1920, Jews, Italians, Irish and Greeks were the 0a href=0https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/in-1920-jews-italians-irish-and-greeks-were-the_us_5a5c8d06e4b01ccdd48b5e1b00People from 0Shithole0 Countries0/a0.
  • 0p0 Pakistan 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/pakistan-frees-anti-us-cleric-sufi-mohammad-from-prison-on-health-grounds00has released0/a0 an aged and ill former Taliban leader. 0p0 Normally, people that old are no danger to anyone, and releasing them from compassion is good. This one may not be incompetent.
  • 0p0 The UK kicked the Chagossians out of their homes, and now makes it prohibitively expensive for younger Chagossians in the UK to become UK citizens. They 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/britains-shameful-treatment-chagos-islanders-must-end00face deportation0/a0 to the Seychelles, where they are second-class citizens. 0p0 Jeanette evidently has many children. It 0a href=0https://stallman.org/articles/children.html 00would have been wiser0/a0 and more socially responsible for Jeanette to use birth control and abortion to avoid some of those births. Whether that0s her responsibility depends on the circumstances. Perhaps others blocked her from doing the right thing.
  • 0p0 The Senate approved the bill to 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/fisa-section-702-nsa-internet-surveillance-senate/00 continue and increase warrantless surveillance of everyone. 0/a0
  • 0p0 The EU will 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/16/eu-declares-war-on-plastic-waste-203000aim to eliminate0/a0 single-use plastics packaging. 0p0 Just making packaging recyclable will not cause it all to be recycled. Something more is needed to achieve that.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/fictional-region-tabarnia-aiming-leave-catalonia-appoints-president00A fictional (as yet) movement0/a0 calls for independence of 0Tabarnia0 0 the coast of Catalonia from Tarragona to Barcelona 0 from Catalonia. 0p0 The people in that region of Catalonia do not want to separate from Spain.
  • 0p0 The latest changes in Facebook0s newsfeed reduce access to publishers but 0a href=0https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/16/16895902/facebook-news-feed-tests-fa00boost fake news0/a0. 0p0 It seems many people have got out of the habit of looking for interesting publications in any way other than through Facebook. 0p0 This bodes very ill.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0http://act.winwithoutwar.org/sign/dont-let-trump-tweet-us-war/00Tell Congress0/a0 to legislate that the president must get the approval of Congress before launching a nuclear first strike.
  • 0p0 Everyone: 0a href=0https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=1320400call on MSNBC0/a0 to start reporting on bombardment, famine and disease in Yemen.
  • 0p0 3 million Americans 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/16/1733180/-Thanks-Trump-3-2-million-people-lost-health-insurance-in-201700lost their medical insurance0/a0 in 2017, due to Republican attacks on medical care.
  • 0p0 A monitoring group says that a Chinese factory for Apple products 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/16/workers-making-iphones-in-china-exposed-to-toxic-hazards-report-says-apple-catcher-technology00exposed workers to toxic vapors0/a0 and they needed hospitalization. Meanwhile, it makes people work very long hours, breaking even China0s laws.
  • 0p0 The EU voted to 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/16/european-parliament-votes-to-end-electric-pulse-fishing00ban electric pulse fishing0/a0, but rejected other measures such as limiting the catch of immature fish. 0p0 The parliament does not have the final say; other EU institutions are likely now to make the law even worse.
  • 0p0 Tories have driven down UK investment in renewable energy 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/16/uk-green-energy-investment-plunges-after-policy-changes00by more than half0/a0 in 2017. 0p0 Fossil fuel companies will be grateful. Future generations will be dead.
  • 0p0 Poor people get deeper and deeper in debt because the system gives them 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/government-policy-poor-people-debt-benefits-universal-credit00no other way to survive0/a0. 0p0 The ones at fault are the plutocratists who set up the system this way.
  • 0p0I am looking for people to help webmasters of various sites (not related to me or GNU) make simple but substantial changes in their web sites 0 for instance, to use the GNU Project0s recommended terminology.0/p0
  • 0p0 Having a baby in the US costs over 30 thousand dollars (average) 0 if nothing goes wrong. When there is a problem, it often costs 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/16/why-does-it-cost-32093-just-to-give-birth-in-america00hundreds of thousands0/a0. 0p0 For one family, care for their premature twins cost millions of dollars, and did bankrupt them. They 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/bankrupted-by-giving-birth-having-premature-twins-cost-me-everything00lost all their possessions0/a0. At least 50,000 US families a year go bankrupt this way. 0p0 This is what Republicanism stands for.
  • 0p0 A Tory politician called, 5-6 years ago, for pressuring unemployed males 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/16/ben-bradley-under-fire-for-blogpost-urging-jobless-people-to-have-vasectomies00to get vasectomies0/a0 by denying welfare for their 0excess0 children. 0p0 By calling the unemployed people 0wasters0, he asserted the standard right-wing claim that if you0re poor, 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-may-aug.html#6_July_2017_(Meritocracy)00it0s your own fault0/a0. 0p0 The children of the unemployed 0em0are0/em0 likely to be unemployed, due to forces beyond their control: 0ul0 0li0 Growing up in poverty causes stress that will 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2015-sep-dec.html#26_December_2015_(Poverty_in_the_US_permanently_stunts_IQ)00stunt their bodies and minds0/a0. 0li0 The stingy right-wing state won0t offer them 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-sep-dec.html#24_November_2017_(School_inequality)00a good education0/a0. 0li0 Therefore, they will be first in line for unemployment. Meanwhile, due to automation, probably more and more people 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-sep-dec.html#5_November_2017_(AI_will_eliminate_jobs)00will be unemployed0/a0. You might need to be brilliant or resourceful, 30 years from now, to wangle gainful employment if you are not wealthy. 0/ul0 There is no excuse for insulting today0s or tomorrow0s underemployed or low-paid people. But there is a moral imperative to avoid giving birth to people who will grow up in poverty, regardless of whose fault that poverty would be. 0p0 It is both cruel and futile to try to reduce people0s birth rate by imposing poverty on their children. But there are legitimate methods, not cruel, for encouraging people not to have children, and we should use them.
  • 0p0 Computerized face recognition threatens to leave us with 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/find-your-art-doppelganger-facial-recognition-technology-frightening00not a smithering of human rights0/a0. 0p0 The rest of the article is so sadly shallow. It0s as if the author felt ashamed of having said something serious and important, and felt obliged to cancel it out. I wish I could link to the first part only.
  • 0p0 What Happens When the Jobs Dry Up in the New World? 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/16/jobs-left-automation-power00The Left Must Have an Answer0/a0. 0p0 Part of the answer, in the short term, is banning technology that eliminates lots of jobs. We don0t have to allow driverless taxis. We don0t have to allow automated sales counters in stores. We can permit them when and if people don0t need employment. 0p0 We must stop equating progress with technical advance.
  • 0p0 Potato farms in Jersey are having trouble 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/15/jersey-royal-potato-crop-shortage-eu-workers00hiring workers from Poland0/a0. 0p0 Maybe these farms need to (shudder!) 0em0pay a higher wage0/em0 to attract some Britons off their zero-hours contracts.
  • 0p0 The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Quality, where Jews and Arabs can meet for nonpolitical activities, is 0a href=0https://972mag.com/in-beer-sheva-coexistence-is-political-and-can-get-you-evicted/132280/00being shut down0/a0 because Israel is becoming too repressive to allow such a thing.
  • 0p0 Most countries face 0a href=0https://businessconnectworld.com/2017/11/16/water-scarcity-problem-thats-destroying-countries/00shortages of fresh water0/a0, and a billion people have no easy access to water to drink. It is going to get much worse. 0p0 You0d think we would learn to stop making more humans.
  • 0p0 China is 0a href=0http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2128124/marriott-sacks-employee-who-liked-twitter-post-tibet-independence00bullying multinational companies0/a0 into pretending that Taiwan is not a country.
  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00The troll0/a0 can0t get most officials appointed to the Office of National Drug Control Policy to stick around, so it is being 0a href=0https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/meet-the-24-year-old-trump-campaign-worker-appointed-to-help-lead-the-governments-drug-policy-office/2018/01/13/abdada34-f64e-11e7-91af-31ac729add94_story.html00run by a graduate student0/a0 who can0t get his resume straight. 0p0 Since the War on Drugs is basically harmful, it is hard to tell whether coordinating it better would make things better or make things worse.
  • 0p0 A prisoner in Arizona has been denied painkillers for a long time. He 0a href=0http://www.newsweek.com/prison-health-care-chewed-fingers-pain-arizona-corizon-78064800chewed off some of his fingers0/a0 because he couldn0t bear the pain in them.
  • 0p0 No thanks, Winfrey 0 0a href=0https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/why-bernie-sanders-democrats-are-raining-on-the-oprah-parade00one billionaire president is enough0/a0. Or, rather, too many.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0https://act.credoaction.com/sign/epa_bees_201800call on the EPA0/a0 to block Syngenta0s application to spray thiamethoxam, a bee-killing neonicotinoid, on wide areas of crops in the US.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0https://petitions.signforgood.com/fundchipnow/00Tell Congress0/a0 to extend CHIP.
  • 0p0 A US appeals court has ruled that simply violating a web site0s terms of service 0a href=0https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/ninth-circuit-doubles-down-violating-websites-terms-service-not-crime00is not a crime0/a0.
  • 0p0 Although some unauthorized child immigrants are protected by DACA, it doesn0t cover all of them, and the US is 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/16/after-living-us-30-years-man-being-ripped-familys-arms-latest-look-trumps-america00aggressively deporting the others0/a0.
  • 0p0 The 0a href=0https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/genevieve-lebaron-neil-howard-cameron-thibos-penelope-kyritsis/confronting-root-causes00root causes0/a0 of enslavement and forced labor.
  • 0p0 What0s the 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jan/17/scott-pruitt-insincerely-asked-whats-earths-ideal-temperature-scientists-answer00best surface temperature0/a0 for the Earth0s ecosystems? 0p0 The one they are used to.
  • 0p0 Humanitarian volunteer organizations say that US border 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/17/us-border-patrol-sabotage-aid-migrants-mexico-arizona00routinely destroy0/a0 the water containers that the volunteers leave to save the lives of people crossing the Mexican border. 0p0 Apparently the 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 would rather kill foreigners than to let them get into the US. 0p0 I do not advocate unrestricted immigration into the US or any other country. However, there are acceptable and unacceptable ways to stop unauthorized immigrants from entering. Making border-crossers die of thirst is not acceptable.
  • 0p0 Cambodia is 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/australian-film-maker-accused-of-spying-in-cambodia-says-journalism-no-crime00prosecuting an Australian journalist0/a0 for 0spying.0 0p0 Maybe Cambodia was inspired by attempts at 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-may-aug.html#20_May_2017_(Comey)00similar repression0/a0 by and in the US and encourage by Australia0s own 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2016-jan-apr.html#20_February_2016_(Nauru_restricting_visits_by_Australians)00repression of journalism0/a0.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/17/britain-zombie-elite-politicians-economy00Fighting the zombie elite0/a0 that impose 0a href=0/glossary.html#doohnibor00dooH niboR0/a0 and say they have no choice.
  • 0p0 The UK has 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/17/migration-targets-inhumanity-home-office-detention00numeric targets0/a0 for jailing people to deport them, and hopes that it can get away with disregarding their legal rights long enough to put them where it is not feasible for them to appeal. 0p0 The US does 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-nov-feb.html#14_January_2018_(Deporting_without_court_hearing)00similar things0/a0.
  • 0p0 The bully0s right-wing and (in many cases) untrained judges will 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/17/trumps-judges-threaten-reproductive-rights-for-generations-to-come00threaten women0s rights0/a0 for decades.
  • 0p0 After Chechnya arrested the leader of a human rights group, on apparently false charges, someone 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/russian-rights-group-memorial-offices-torched-arrest00burned the group0s office0/a0.
  • 0p0 The Republicans have presented a report that purports to show most terrorists in the US were immigrants. The data were selected support the intended conclusion 0 the report 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/16/trump-administration-skews-terror-data-to-justify-anti-muslim-travel-ban/00omits domestic terrorists0/a0. 0p0 The majority of terrorist killings in 2017 in the US were committed by 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/17/1733548/-White-supremacist-violence-is-on-the-rise-but-don-t-expect-Trump-to-care00right-wing extremists0/a0.
  • 0p0 The proprietary program used to estimate a convict0s chance of recidivism proves to be 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/17/software-no-more-accurate-than-untrained-humans-at-judging-reoffending-risk00a little less accurate0/a0 in its forecasts than averaging people found through Mechanical Turk. 0p0 I wonder, are human experts any better at it?
  • 0p0 If 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/these-18-senate-democrats-just-voted-hand-trump-mass-spying-powers00one of these Democratic senators0/a0 who voted to increase warrantless surveillance, and allow its use for prosecution, is from your state, call to state your disapproval. 0p0 The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0http://links.drugpolicy.mkt7185.com/ctt?kn=130ms=MzI2NTg4MTQS10r=NTY4MTU3NjAyODQ3S00b=20j=MTIwMjIxMDM4NgS20mt=10rt=000support the Marijuana Justice Act0/a0.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/19/coral-reefs-at-make-or-break-point-un-environment-head-says00 Coral Reefs 0At Make Or Break Point0, 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/18/trumps-roundup-immigrant-leaders-has-begun00 US deportation thugs are specifically targeting unauthorized immigrants that organize for immigrants0 rights, 0/a0 and deporting them very fast before courts have ruled on their cases. 0p0 I can0t reach any conclusion about whether those specific people ought to be allowed to remain in the US, but US citizens0 rights are at stake here too. When the state acts to harm a person without waiting for the court to decide about the matter, it expresses contempt for the idea of legal rights -- for anyone whatsoever. 0p0 Moving possible deportees in places far away from their homes, without demonstrating a need, is an act of gratuitous cruelty.
  • 0p0 How privatization reduces the monetary cost of public services: 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/18/outsourced-carillion-hospital-state-treasury-work00 reducing the number of workers by 1/3, and paying each of them 1/3 less. 0/a0 0p0 The workers do not magically become more efficient by being paid less. When their numbers are insufficient, they fall behind on the work. The outsourced work is 0more efficient0 only in the sense that it costs less per worker, and that0s due to the reduced pay. 0p0 I didn0t know, before reading this article, about how outsourcing part of the work in an organization can cause discoordination and rigidity. 0p0 To kill dooH niboR, we should restore the workers0 old salaries and the rich people0s old tax rates.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/18/trump-style-populism-murderous-leaders-free-rein-human-rights-watch-report00 Human Rights Watch report accuses western politicians of driving global misrule by feeding off public fear and discontent. 0/a0 0p0 0p0 Some details need correcting. For instance, I don0t think Putin or Xi play any role in continuing the bombardment and blockade of Yemen; that0s down to the US and Salafi Arabia.
  • 0p0 The newly appointed president of Zimbabwe says 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/zimbabwe-president-pledges-free-and-fair-vote-in-four-to-five-months00 he will run democratic elections. 0/a0
  • 0p0 Corbyn says that Labour will make 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/18/corbyn-on-carillion-well-end-outsourcing-racket-in-rule-change00 outsourcing government services to businesses a last resort. 0/a0 0p0 Outsourcing cut the workers0 pay. Reversing this will enable them to get a raise.
  • 0p0 The troll has set up an office to provide legal defense for religious doctors and nurses that want to 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/18/health-office-religious-freedom-deny-treatment00 deny treatment to patients out of prejudice based on religion. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/18/1733852/-FEMA-and-US-Treasury-decide-to-help-Puerto-Rico-by-withholding-a-billion-dollar-emergency-loan00 FEMA and US Treasury decide to 0help0 Puerto Rico by withholding a billion-dollar emergency loan, 0/a0 claiming that Puerto Rico is not really broke. 0p0 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/18/puerto-rico-trump-administration-tells-its-too-rich-for-aid-money/00 What Puerto Rico needs is a grant instead of a loan. 0/a0 But that wouldn0t serve the purposes of disaster capitalism.
  • 0p0 The FBI is investigating accusations that 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/18/trump-nra-fbi-alexander-torshin-russia-investigation00 the NRA accepted funds from a Russian that was working for Putin, 0/a0 for the cheater0s campaign.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/18/new-york-city-homeless-shelter-billionaires-row-backlash00 Manhattan billionaires object to setting up a homeless shelter 0/a0 on the next street from their skyscraper. 0p0 Boo hoo for them.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/18/apples-38-billion-tax-payment-less-half-79-billion-they-owe00 Apple wants Americans to be grateful it is paying some income tax, 0/a0 even thought the amount is under half what it should have been. 0p0 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2016-jul-oct.html#6_September_2016_(Apples_scam)00 These profits have been outsourced to low-tax countries through accounting tricks that should not be allowed. 0/a0 0p0 So why does the US allow them? 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-sep-dec.html#8_November_2017_(Tax-dodging_by_Apple_and_Nike)00 Because of the lobbying of big companies (including Apple). 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/18/nuclear-annihilation-and-wisdom-mass-salvation00 An erroneous report of a nuclear attack could trigger a real one, 0/a0 with the infant in charge.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/18/slapping-israeli-soldier-more-newsworthy-shooting-palestinian-child-face00 Coverage of Ahed Tamimi Obscures Israeli Violence And Occupation. 0/a0 0p0 The violence of the Israeli Army is something we must not forget. However, Ms Tamimi0s case illustrates the implacable cruelty of the occupation towards all that resist. They are both worth covering.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/18/trump-admin-commits-forever-war-syria-against-iran00 Some of Tillerson0s stated goals for Syria are impossible or incompatible. 0/a0 The US cannot come close to achieving them all. 0p0 I think the principal valid goals are (1) peace for Syria and (2) protecting the Kurdish enclave of secularism and comparative liberty, ideally through an autonomy and peace deal. As well as crushing PISSI, but that0s not going to be difficult -- all the other regional powers want it too.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/01/amazons-accounting-makes-rich-peoples-income-invisible.html00 Amazon is run so as to undercut the competition and never make a profit, thus never pay much taxes. 0/a0 Instead, its aim is to make its stock value go up. 0p0 Perhaps a corporation should pay taxes on increase in its stock price.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/further/2018/01/17/genealogical-glass-houses00 Right-wingers who condemn 0chain migration0 0/a0 turn out to be products of it. 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/12/trump-pence-migration-records00 So are Pence and the bully. 0/a0 0p0 Any babies can become good members of our society. Human babies are flexible, and can pick up whatever culture they are brought up in. They can do this more completely if the state provides them with good schools to help. 0p0 We only need to avoid letting the total population increase very much.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/17/mps-call-for-overhaul-in-oversight-of-england-academy-school-chains00 Publicly-supported private schools 0/a0 invite asset-stripping.
  • 0p0 The nationwide focus on encouraging students to have more 0grit0 focuses on a secondary factor, 0a href=0https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/04/14/forget-grit-focus-on-inequality.html00 and this focus pushes aside the giant handicap imposed on poor people0s children by poverty and by their underfunded schools. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/18/2017-was-the-hottest-year-on-record-without-el-nino-boost00 Global [heating] Made Hurricane Harvey0s Deadly Rains Three Times More Likely. 0/a0 0p0 In other words, global heating was 3/4 of the cause of the high level of damage. The other 1/4 was chance, as far as we know.
  • 0p0 Right-wing sexists are 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/18/transgender-woman-prison-prea/00 suing to put male-to-female transgender prisoners in with male prisoners. 0/a0 0p0 The lawsuit alleges practical (but apparently fictitious) problems, but they are not the motive for the lawsuit. The right-wingers are suing because they have taken up sexism as a religious principle.
  • 0p0 A protester that died in Iranian prison 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/iranian-protester-who-died-in-custody-was-forced-to-take-pills00 was forced to take pills that made him sick, 0/a0 according to his family.
  • 0p0 Many Rohingya refugees, living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/18/someone-ask-rohingya-what-actually-want-myanmar00 don0t want to go back to Burma 0/a0 to live in refugee camps there (and maybe get murdered). They say that living in Burma won0t be safe unless they are recognized as citizens of Burma.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/18/us-leadership-world-confidence-poll00 The troll is making America hated again 0/a0 -- more than ever before.
  • 0p0 The governor of Kentucky imposed a work requirement on Medicaid. 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/16/1733373/-Kentucky-governor-says-he-ll-end-Medicaid-for-half-a-million-if-his-work-requirements-are-challenged00 The governor of Kentucky imposed a work requirement on Medicaid. 0/a0 Then he threatened to reject federal support for Medicaid entirely if any court overturns his work requirement. 0p0 People should sue anyway to overturn this, because we must never give in to the demands of hostage-takers. If the governor harms Kentuckians who are ill, the wrong and its punishment will be his.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/17/1733512/-Most-of-the-National-Park-Advisory-Board-abruptly-resigned-out-of-frustration-and-profound-concern00 3/4 of the US National Park Advisory Board members resigned, 0/a0 recognizing that Saboteur Zinke was ignoring them completely.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/17/we-need-address-serious-danger-trumps-fake-news-awards00 The bully0s 0fake news awards0 0/a0 are a clever psychological strategy, and threaten to be an effective platform for attacking journalism in general. If the press covers them following its usual practices, it could magnify their effect. 0p0 It is ironic that the article promotes another conceptual confusion by referring to its readers, people such as me and perhaps you, as 0consumers0 of articles. For why this is harmful, 0a href=0https://gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#Consume00 see this. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/17/victim-van-attack-britain-first-supporter-criticises-sentence00 A right-wing lone wolf terrorist in the UK received only a short jail sentence. 0/a0 Apparently the double standard extends there, too.
  • 0p0 Twelve charged for defying California city0s 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/15/twelve-charged-defying-california-el-cajon-ban-feeding-homeless00 ban on feeding homeless (or giving socks to them) in the park. 0/a0 0p0 The thugs say this is to prevent the spread of disease, 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/further/2018/01/16/feeding-hungry-not-crime00 but they didn0t object to eating together at picnics in the park. 0/a0
  • 0p0 Rep. Keith Ellison: Instead of worrying about 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/ellisons-advice-confront-racist-trump-agenda-2018-organize-organize-organize00 whether the bully said 0shithole0 or 0shithouse,0 0/a0 let0s focus on 0What are we going to do about it?0
  • 0p0 Republican rule 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/17/trumps-farm-policy-agribusiness-first00 favors big agribusiness companies 0/a0 over the small farms that have to sell to them.
  • 0p0 Hamza bin Walayat, a Pakistani, announced he was a humanist and not a Muslim. Later he asked for asylum in the UK. 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/17/pakistani-humanist-denied-uk-asylum-after-failing-to-identify-plato00 The officials rejected the claim based on misunderstanding what it means to be a humanist. 0/a0
  • 0p0 AI stands for 0Automated Inequality0 0a href=0https://points.datasociety.net/beyond-the-rhetoric-of-algorithmic-solutionism-8e0f9cdada5300 when it makes decisions to prefer one person to another. 0/a0
  • 0p0 Florida prisoners are 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/14/florida-prison-strike-unpaid-labor-brutal-conditions/00going on strike0/a0, demanding a fair wage for their work, protection for their lives, and the possibility of parole.
  • 0p0 Turkey 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/turkey-plans-assault-on-kurdish-enclave-in-syria00plans to start attacking0/a0 Syrian Kurds. 0p0 The first target is Afrin, a small region disconnected from the main Kurdish area. But if Turkey conquers or destroys that, it will be encouraged to conquer the whole of the Kurdish state, Rojava. All of Rojava is close to the Turkish border.
  • 0p0 A prosecutor in Washington State wants to jail pipeline protesters for walking on a highway. 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00The troll0/a00s agents showed him how to make Facebook give up lots of information about the protester group, 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/14/facebook-warrant-pipeline-protest-whatcom-county-justice-department/00effectively crushing it0/a0. 0p0 The US government is moving towards total repression of protests that might resist the dominion of the plutocrats, and therefore towards a total loss of legitimacy.
  • 0p0 Bernie Sanders: 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/14/trump-shithole-racism-dreamers-immigration00Let0s wrench power back0/a0 from the billionaires. 0p0 Cornel West: 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/14/america-is-spiritually-bankrupt-we-must-fight-back-together00America is spiritually bankrupt0/a0. We must fight back together.
  • 0p0 Tunisia has 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/tunisian-government-plans-social-reforms-after-week-of-unrest00announced significant increases0/a0 in support for the poor, as a response to mass protests.
  • 0p0 Israel has used a series of bogus legal excuses to confiscate Palestinians0 land. A Palestinian lawyer 0a href=0http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/01/18/palestine-this-land-is-our-land/00explains them carefully0/a0.
  • 0p0 Iran is no longer an implacable enemy of Israel. It has 0a href=0https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/israel-iran-hassan-rouhani-istanbul-arab-peace-initiative.html00endorsed the Arab peace plan0/a0 for two states.
  • 0p0 Why 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/14/why-so-little-empathy-and-compassion-within-american-culture00So Little Empathy and Compassion0/a0 Within American Culture? The plutocrats, with their systems and their media, systematically deaden those feelings; many of the non-elite internalize specific aspects of this. 0p0 I can see some ways in which I have done so.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/17/bitcoin-electricity-usage-huge-climate-cryptocurrency00 The CO2 output of Bitcoin is prodigious, 0/a0 as it makes miners compete for who can use the most electricity.
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