US citizens: oppose Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio's plan to cut Social Security (in the name of family leave).
Unpleasant heat slowed down reaction time for students in Boston.
There is only one way to enable both men and women to feel comfortable in an office: set the temperature cool enough that nobody feels too hot, then encourage each person to wear as much clothing as it takes to feel comfortable.
A Guatemalan Family Faces Endless Obstacles as They Struggle to Recover a 9-Year-Old Boy From U.S. [clutches].
I will not refer to this using the euphemism of "custody".
At last we see what's really at stake in the dispute about various definitions of antisemitism.
Peace between Israel and Palestine requires that Israel remove its colonies in Palestinian territory (including the territory that Israel claims to have annexed to Jerusalem). Those Israelis are all Jews, at least nominally, since Israeli Arabs don't join the settler movement. With some distortion, this could be equated to a demand for "all Jews to be expelled from a future Palestine", and then under the author's criterion it would count as "antisemitic".
I think this is a reason not to accept his criterion.
Ocasio-Cortez punctures the trickle-down logic of "mainstream centrists".
The island of Nevis provides the service of hiding the real owner of property. Crooks, cheaters and tyrants across the world use it.
Here's a possible approach to correcting this problem: other countries can pass laws making it a crime for property (including local corporations) to be owned by secretive foreign owners. If a Nevis corporation (or any other) is used in that way, it could be prosecuted in the country where the property is located. It would be unable to offer a valid defense, so it would be convicted. The punishment would be to confiscate the property.
A study forecasts that more use of robots will push low-skilled workers in Asia into increasing poverty and enslavement.
The new Tory ministers include shameless liars and sadists.
Museums, movie theaters, zoos, even dentists' offices are banning children and teenagers from entering without an adult to supervise them. They are usually banned from flying without an adult, and banned from riding a bike to school.
So if you have to work, your children basically can't do anything except get in trouble.
A US judge halted deportation of families reunified by the US.
"Labour's antisemitism code is the gold standard for political parties."
Sea-level rise could do trillions of dollars per year in damage if we don't curb global heating.
For US businesses and plutocratist politicians, the worst possible disaster is that Americans get a raise.
Protest Against What Donald Trump Represents, Not Who He Is.
What he represents is plutocracy, not mere bigotry and hatred.
One of the great benefits of a national health service is that it negotiates the price of medicines in large quantity. The US doesn't try to do that -- on the contrary, it protects the drug companies' high prices.
Immigration thugs may be personally liable for keeping children away from their parents.
If you can be in San Francisco, join the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice protest on Sep 8.
Embarcadero Plaza, 4 Embarcadero Ctr
The UK is working with manufacturers to interfere with regulation of titanium dioxide, which is suspected of causing cancer.
Clearly the EU will be better off once the UK is out of it.
The USDA has approved chicken-processing plants in China based on nothing but "trust us". Neither the US nor China inspected them.
Economic modeling studies suggest that a carbon tax would boost the economy by reducing global heating. Some tax systems are more effective than others.
Important officials of the Obama administration are profiting from lobbying the departments they worked in.
India has chosen network neutrality.
Spain will set up a truth commission to investigate the crimes of Franco's dictatorship. It will cancel the convictions of people who resisted Franco, and try to identify the loyalists that Franco's men killed then buried anonymously.
The "New Walled Order" and the criminalization of aiding people in need.
A small step for sabotage: the FCC will not consider informal complaints about companies any more, only forward them to the company involved which will surely find excuses to dismiss them. People screwed by telecom companies will have to pay $225 to file a formal complaint, for the FCC to take notice.
Making it more expensive to complain is standard practice for harming those who can't afford it. Often this is done by a series of small steps that add up to a big change.
The UK government systematically disbelieves refugees' reports of torture and menace, based on any excuse it can fabricate.
Justice Democrats recruited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for Congress, and other progressive champions too.
Ireland's investment fund has divested from fossil fuels.
Does Ireland have pension funds that could be made to divest?
NATO has no meaningful mission, and therefore no strategy.
The owner of Turkish broadcasting companies which Erdoğan confiscated is using a trade treaty to sue for compensation.
If he wins, he will get money, but it won't bring back freedom of the press in Turkey.
Andrew Farotade's case shows what the UK's "hostile environment for immigrants" means in practice.
I don't think it is mere imperfection that leads officials to make so many mistakes -- always to the immigrants' detriment -- nor that it is a coincidence that they have to bankrupt themselves trying to get those mistakes corrected. I think officials designed this scheme, knowing that it would chase out lots of immigrants and that they could get away with that all they were doing was carrying out laws and that each expulsion was justified.
The officials who planned this didn't do it from mere spite, although they may feel some. Surely they were directed from higher up to increase the frequency of expulsions and "Don't tell us how."
Some shopping malls in California use license plate recognition cameras and report cars immediately to the local thugs -- and to the deportation thugs.
I think this demonstrates the need to regulate license plate cameras. I argue for a law that would limit the license plates that the camera can "see".
I Yearn for a Society in Which Civility Rules, But These Are Not Civil Times.
In 2014, Russia created 48 fake twitter accounts that pretended to belong to nonexistent local newspapers.
It used the accounts to post real local news (obtained from real local newspapers, I suppose).
Some of the young children recently reunited with their refugee parents show effects of trauma.
UAE forces in Yemen, together with the Yemeni faction they support, have been arresting and torturing people for years. The victims include various kinds of dissidents, and journalists.
Italy's government said it will kill CETA. The reasons it cites are minor, economic ones, not about the ISDS (I Sue Democratic States) clause that would give foreign companies direct power over each country involved.
A similar Canadian business-supremacy treaty with China reportedly makes it terribly expensive for Canada not to build the Unkinder Morgan pipeline to Vancouver. A treaty that can do such harm must be prevented, or else it will have to be cancelled.
A specially designed cart will make it easier for homeless people to keep their property.
It will be an improvement over current conditions but not an adequate substitute for a place to live.
This week has seen record temperatures around the world.
Advances in treating premature births earlier in gestation are cited by antiabortionists as reasons to ban abortion at that stage of gestation.
This shows that it is a mistake to let viability of the fetus determine abortion rights.
Someday we have have an artificial womb replacement that can gestate a fertilized egg all the way to birth. Would it follow that every fertilized egg has the right to be gestated? Certainly not.
Tories want to use the UK's exit from the EU as an excuse to attack the poor and working people in the ways they wanted anyway.
Facebook gave Faux News a big role in its review of "trustworthy" news.
Congressional Democrats have introduced a bill to limit drug costs for Americans, but I can't tell from the article how it would achieve that.
Would it work by having the state pay the rest of the cost? If so, to ensure that this does not translate into paying exorbitant prices from the public treasury, we need a single-payer, single-purchaser system that would buy all the drugs and negotiate the prices.
The US published detailed accusation that Russian state cracking agents attacked the servers of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, and several state electoral commissions, often successfully.
Their action may have been intended to manipulate the US election. How much it helped the bully steal the election is imponderable. (He did not win the electoral college, but came close enough that Republicans could steal a few states with voter suppression.)
Ironically, their releases exposed the plot by the Democratic Party that had already successfully manipulated the US election. This gave us our current chance to take back the Democratic Party from the right-wing "centrists".
"Centrists" are trying to dilute the meaning of the phrase "medicare for all" so that it could stand for something less than what is needed.
Let's campaign for a national health system instead.
Kavanaugh's record shows he will facilitate voter-suppression and other Republican schemes to rig elections.
Describing the antecedents of the bullshitter's attack on the very idea of truth.
A true history of specific events does exist in principle. There is room for a certain amount of disagreement when analyzing what they mean, but that does not make the analysis arbitrary or relative.
Residents of Washington DC: tell your city council member you support the Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act.
Even better, say that your concern is not only about those who don't have bank accounts -- it is for everyone that values anonymity, and that that includes you.
The US government keeps accused people in jail unless they are well-off, or connected with gangs. The effect is to punish them before trial, and pressure most people into pleading guilty even if they are not.
Why Identity Politics Benefits the Right More Than the Left.
It turns out that some people activate latent hostility towards other groups when they perceive their own group (whatever that is) as threatened. The left's discussion of racial diversity thus leads some whites to support bigoted policies to a greater or lesser extent.
However, I disagree with the conclusion that progressives should bend over backwards to be "civil". The level of incivility coming from Republicans every day is so great that a failure to respond has the danger of making them appear strong and dominant, which invigorates their supporters.
The business environment of scientific research now compels universities, as well as scientists, to compete to maximize certain quantitative measures of production of research. This pressure leads to exaggeration, careerism, and even bullshit.
Some studies have found that mobile phone transmissions tend to cause certain kinds of cancer.
I have some caveats about this article.
An (evidently) racist distributor sold black farmers in Tennessee low-quality seeds, instead of the seeds they thought they were buying.
Facebook claimed to support "closed" groups and said it would not release the names of the members. Meanwhile, companies could get their names, and other personal data.
Should Your Company Help ICE? "Know Your Customer" Standards for Evaluating Domestic Sales of Surveillance Equipment.
Walmart has announced methods for tracking workers' activity.
If they change anything, they are dangerous -- but it could be that more traditional methods could track all the same things.
As for the patent, I don't think that increases or decreases the danger.
US major media warn that newly elected Mexican President Lopez Obrador might cause disaster -- for multinational corporations that dominate Mexico at the expense of the Mexicans. Decades of "gains" for those multinationals might now be at risk.
A citation that criticizes the dominion of the multinationals talks about "income growth per person", so I should point out that that's not a good way to measure how well a country is doing for its citizens. It's somewhat vague, but the most natural meaning would be growth in per-capita income, and per-capita income is a bad measure because one rich person with a high income can drive up the figure without making most people any better off. Growth in the inflation-adjusted median income would be a better measure.
The US is shutting down a vital reference for medicine, to "save money".
That means the money will go to rich people's tax cuts. But even rich people won't be able to buy, reliably, doctors that can do as good a job without this reference.
How "Don't tread on me" sank from a slogan for resisting power to a slogan for petty jerks that want power over those weaker than they.
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are going to Kansas to campaign for progressive candidates in Democratic primaries.
Ortega's unofficial armed forces are attacking students that occupied their university.
A deadly scorpion now inhabits Brazil's cities.
The scorpions eat cockroaches. Efforts to cut down on the food for cockroaches might cut down on scorpions.
Greece is nominally about to emerge from the "bailout" of its creditors. This will change nothing real; Greece will still have to squeeze Greeks to the bone to pay them.
The people interviewed in the main body of the story are advocates of the EU dominion, so they paint everything with a rosy glow. The "reforms" they talk about are reductions in wages and workers' rights. The "democracy" that has survived has no power over anything important, like the "democracy" that is crushing Puerto Rico and the "democracy" that crushed Detroit.
The "surpluses" they speak of refer to the tribute for the creditors that today's Greeks will serve for the whole of their lives.
The banksters that directed and direct the creditor organizations deserve to spend their lives in prison for this.
Israel is about to enact a law imposing segregation in housing.
We could call this Jamal Crow.
FEMA has admitted it did a bad job of aiding Puerto Rico during and after the hurricane. Puerto Rico still needs help, but the US government has no intention of offering any.
Gorsuch promised over and over that he would follow precedents. Once confirmed, he has broken them over and over.
America has been splitting up families since before the United States was founded. Slave families, indigenous families, and Japanese-American families.
People saw a private prison company, MVM, bring children into a "vacant" office building and keep them there for weeks. The company pretended this was not happening until video footage proved the truth.
The building had few toilets and no kitchen, and using it as a residence was illegal.
This secrecy is an extreme example of the lack of accountability that typifies privatization of any government activity. We should abolish all private prisons.
A study of the resistance to the Vietnam War by US soldiers and sailors.
US citizens: The ACLU asks you to phone your senators and call on them to demand that Kavanaugh say exactly where he stands regarding Roe v Wade.
California's Democratic Party executive board voted to endorse de Leon over Senator Feinstein.
Feinstein is not much better than the Republicans of 3 years ago.
The teachers at the American Federation of Teachers' annual convention have been spurred into militance by the recent strikes in several states.
That, of course, responds to the increased Republican contempt for public education, reflected in giant classes with no supplies as well as in low wages for teachers. The Republicans of 20 years ago would not have thought of going so far.
The Fair Elections Now Act would set up a system of public funding for senate candidates.
Pussy Riot protested on the field in the final match of the soccer world championship, demanding certain basic political freedoms in Russia.
Snooping voice-controlled shopping will let a few giant brands put their competitors out of business.
The history of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament.
More countries have ended their nuclear weapons activities than continue them today.
Aggressive war can now be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.
The thug chief of San Diego concocted fake "crime statistics" to impede marijuana sales in California. Various real cities are using the fake statistics as the basis for real decisions.
Ending poverty requires changing the conditions that create poverty.
It's ineffective to pour in millions in aid while multinationals continue to suck out much larger quantities while paying hardly any tax, and while corrupt politicians can put billions into secret companies in Nevis.
Pakistani presidential candidate Imran Khan is trying to win the votes of religious fanatics by endorsing the law that makes execution the penalty for "blasphemy".
It is unjust to punish people for conviction for "blasphemy", but that is unusual. What usually happens is that they get lynched before the trial.
That might have been ok if it had done its job promoting construction of replacement permanent housing.
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are the ones that most need the help of a teacher in order to learn. Naturally, the plutocrats want to replace their teachers with computers.
The students won't learn as much that way, but the plutocrats don't think a well-educated populace is important.
Macron plans to reform programs that help people who are poor, unemployed, old, and ill, so as to cut spending. The spending cuts are necessary because of the shortfall resulting from his tax cuts for the rich.
Macron has also adopted the standard plutocratist line that welfare programs keep people poor. The only time that is true is when the welfare programs keep people from dying.
The companies that fish for krill in the Southern Ocean have given support to a giant marine reserve to keep that fishery sustainable.
Women working in stores in Kerala often develop injuries because they work a 12-hour day and are not allowed to sit down while working.
Just because oppressive employers practice gender bias is no reason for laws to do so. Kerala should give all workers the right to sit, as well as the other rights they need to stay healthy.
Imprisonment of refugee families has hit a snag: there is no way to get such prisons licensed.
The certification process is not strict enough to fully protect against deforestation, but failure to qualify implies being even worse.
The main challenge that Senate Democrats face in resisting the bully's Supreme Court nominee is to convince some "centrist" Democrats not to vote for him.
(The Onion satire): ICE authorities confirmed Monday that picky Honduran refugee Blanca Diaz … expected to be reunited with the exact same family she had before. "&hellip you think you deserve special treatment and will just be automatically paired with whichever parents you want?"
We are now invited to despise the bullshitter for telling a 17-year-old woman at a party that he found her attractive.
We can hardly assume that the bullshitter's boasts were true. Even men who are usually honest on other topics have been known to lie about their sexual achievements. However, I wouldn't assume they were false, or that he did an injustice to anyone at these parties. In a group of 50 models, there could well be some that would eagerly go to bed with a rich man, either to boost their careers or for a lark.
If you condemn men for finding teenage female models attractive, you might as well condemn men for being heterosexual. The bully may be predatory, but it appears he didn't display this overtly at those parties.
There are indications that he arbitrarily chose the winners of the Miss USA beauty contest while he owned it. That would be a real wrong, since it would have made the contest dishonest.
I understand the desire to condemn the bullshitter on every aspect of his life, but it is no excuse for ageism. If you can understand that we shouldn't dictate people's gender preferences, you should understand that we shouldn't dictate their age preferences either.
There are plenty of tremendously important reasons to condemn the bully. He is attacking workers' rights, abortion rights, non-rich people's pensions and medical care, the environment, human rights, and democracy, even the idea of truth. Let's focus on those real reasons.
Israel has made the siege of Gaza tighter.
Abolishing the deportation thug agency would not mean allowing absolutely anyone to move to the US.
In British Columbia (a province of Canada), the "child protection" agency defines poverty as "neglect". Officials would rather pay a stranger to take care of a child than give support to the parents.
Qin Yongmin has been an activist for democracy for decades. China has sentenced him to 13 years for "subversion".
US officials separated a baby from its father over a year ago, considering them unauthorized immigrants. They now cannot find the father.
Nigeria is now the world leader in extreme poverty.
One of the things people need to do in such a situation is stop having children. We ought to donate reliable birth control.
A new pipeline to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe would make Europe dangerously dependent on Russia.
It would also mean that Europe misses a great opportunity to invest greatly in renewable energy, and thus help protect civilization from a much greater menace than a shortage of fossil fuels.
"Finlandization" refers to the legal impositions through which the Soviet Union restricted the press, the schools, and culture in Finland after World War II.
The US does not do this directly to other countries, but global plutocracy does something comparable.
Libya may be moving hesitantly towards unification and elections.
Russian diplomats were caught stirring up opposition in Greece to the proposed deal about the name of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. This deal would end a dispute that Russia can use to make trouble.
I am glad this Russian meddling was exposed. Now if only Greece could expel the diplomats of the euro-zone banks.
The Irish senate gave preliminary approval to a bill to ban importation of products made in Israel's colonies in Palestinian territory.
This is a vital step towards pressuring Israel to accept a workable peace with Palestine.
The UN Secretary General has proposed a roadmap for progress toward nuclear disarmament. The US, Russia and NATO should discuss this.
Kavanaugh would be a disaster for internet freedom: he opposes network neutrality, and supports massive surveillance.
Nevada's efforts to obtain midazolam for an execution appear to have been illegal.
Because of this, a judge blocked the execution.
There is something strange going on here, something not mentioned in the article.
Why does Nevada procure drugs surreptitiously to cover up the fact that its method is illegal, rather than change its laws to legalize it?
Why do they believe it is necessary to give a sedative before fentanyl? Isn't fentanyl supposed to give a feeling of euphoria, like opioids generally?
I oppose the death penalty on principle. If these technicalities and legal details put an end to the death penalty in the US, I will celebrate the outcome. But I doubt that the states that want to continue execution will be stopped for long by problems of detail. Surely they will construct a legal channel to do what they wish to do. I find it incredible that they haven't already done so.
What am I missing?
Everyone: call on big US banks to divest from the private prisons for immigrants.
A Mexican woman reports on 11 months in immigration prison. Her report describes many forms of cruelty, and she says that her children show lasting effects of trauma.