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  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#saboteur00Saboteur0/a0 Pruitt is still 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/09/pruitt-set-slash-epa-scientists-public-health-experts-half00working on cutting the EPA staff by 50%0/a0.
  • 0p0 New 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/09/new-stable-genius-act-would-mandate-mental-fitness-exams-presidential-candidates00STABLE GENIUS Act0/a0 Would Mandate Mental Fitness Exams for Presidential Candidates. 0p0 An unusually intelligent jackass could be called a stable genius. Maybe that0s what the 0a href=0/glossary.html#bully00bully0/a0 meant when he described himself as one.
  • 0p0 Israeli soldiers 0a href=0https://www.btselem.org/press_releases/20180108_fatalities_following_trump_declaration00shot 10 Palestinian protesters dead0/a0 recently. 0p0 The soldiers were in no danger that could justify shooting. Some of the protesters were throwing stones, but the soldiers were too far away for them to hit. 0p0 In one case, the soldiers fired at people who tried to bring a dying protester to an ambulance.
  • 0p0 Why has Israel 0a href=0https://972mag.com/why-has-israel-banned-jewish-leftists-but-not-members-of-nazi-linked-groups/132268/00Banned Jewish Leftists But Not Members of Nazi-Linked Groups0/a0? 0p0 My theory: since Israel0s leaders have redefined 0antisemitism0 to mean opposition to Israel0s occupation policy, they no longer recognize real antisemites as such.
  • 0p0 To thwart Republican0s selective leaks and threats, Senator Feinstein 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/09/feinstein-releases-complete-transcript-intel-committees-interview-firm-behind-trump00published the whole testimony of Fusion GPS0/a0.
  • 0p0 Apple 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/09/targeting-apple-designing-slow-down-iphones-small-french-consumer-group-punches00faces an investigation in France0/a0 for building iPhones for planned obsolescence. 0p0 The issue is not the battery slowdown software as such. If the slowdown was needed to keep the product functioning at all, it was better than no slowdown. 0p0 Rather, the issue is designing the hardware so that it would be expected to stop functioning normally.
  • 0p0 Louisiana teacher Deyshia Hargrave was attacked by a 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thug0/a0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/09/outrageous-demanding-pay-raises-educators-over-superintendent-teacher-pushed-ground00while asking questions at a school board meeting0/a0, then arrested by the same 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thug0/a0.
  • 0p0 North Carolina0s Republican gerrymander of Congress has been 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/09/north-carolina-republican-gerrymandering-judges-rule-illegal00rejected by a US appeals court0/a0. 0p0 Since the current governor is a Democrat, maybe the state won0t appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.
  • 0p0 Muslim women in Greece 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/historic-step-greek-pm-hails-change-to-limit-power-of-sharia-law00will no longer be compelled to follow Shari0a law0/a0 for family disputes.
  • 0p0 The revocation of DACA permissions has been 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/10/judge-blocks-trump-dreamers-daca-program-immigrants00temporarily blocked0/a0 pending resolution of lawsuits about it.
  • 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 It appears 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/10/one-cigarette-may-lead-to-habit-for-more-than-two-thirds-of-people00two thirds of people who tried one cigarette subsequently became smokers0/a0. This suggests it is very important to discourage young people from trying a cigarette. 0p0 The study methodology leaves lots of room for error, but even if really only half became smokers, that still supports the same conclusion.
  • 0p0 George Monbiot: 0The establishment voices who vilify student 0snowflakes0 are routinely 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/10/free-speech-obsessives-no-platforming-establishment-universities00excluding political ideas they don000t like0/a0. Socialism or environmentalism, for instance.0 0p0 As he says, the latter doesn0t excuse the former, but we should focus on the latter because it is a bigger problem.
  • 0p0 A relaxation in Iran0s drug laws could prevent 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/iran-ease-drug-laws-could-halt-execution-5000-prisoners-death-row005000 executions0/a0. 0p0 The 0war on drugs0 approach won0t work in Iran any more than it does in the US. 0p0 I am curious what fraction of those facing execution for drugs charges in Iran those 5000 amount to.
  • 0p0 Americans, don0t need an operation now! US hospitals are short of intravenous bags because 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/10/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-iv-bag-shortage-hospitals00many were made in Puerto Rico0/a0. Due to the 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-sep-dec.html#26_November_2017_(FEMA_in_Puerto_Rico)00inadequate US help to putting Puerto Rico back on its feet0/a0, the factory there is not producing very many. 0p0 If this causes a problem for you or your loved ones, comfort yourself with the thought that you are the price to be paid to 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2016-jul-oct.html#25_September_2016_(Poor_countries_in_debt)00help the plutocrats grab Puerto Rico0s wealth0/a0.
  • 0p0 Brazil has used the real danger of fake news as an excuse to allow officials 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/10/first-france-now-brazil-unveils-plans-to-empower-the-government-to-censure-the-internet-in-the-name-of-stopping-fake-news/00censorship power over political discussion on the internet0/a0. 0p0 The government of Brazil is so corrupt that we can be certain this will be misused.
  • 0p0 Terrorists in Egypt are 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/christians-egypt-unprecedented-persecution-report00persecuting Christians0/a0.
  • 0p0 In November, 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 associated with the UN in Haiti raided a violent area, captured some people, then 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/10/haiti-raid-united-nations-police-grand-ravine/00killed them on the spot0/a0. The UN says they did this without orders. The state will not explain what happened.
  • 0p0 A new wrinkle in Google search 0a href=0http://ampletter.org/00pressures web sites to talk with users via Google0/a0, in a way that tends to keep users inside Google. 0p0 It seems to me that it should be illegal for one company to own a search engine and a publishing platform.
  • 0p0 Pakistani Journalist Who 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/pakistani-journalist-taha-siddiqui-military-attempted-abduction00Criticised Military0/a0 Tells of Attempted Abduction. 0p0 This was apparently done by the military. I suspect it was intended as a warning to make him shut up.
  • 0p0 Iranian thugs 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/09/iran-protests-deaths-custody-human-rights00torture and kill protesters0/a0 they have arrested. 0p0 This is wrong no matter which country does it. I feel especially pained when US 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 do it.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0https://act.credoaction.com/sign/VRAA_201800call on Congress0/a0 to repair the Voting Rights Act.
  • 0p0 The US 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/12/haiti-donald-trump-shithole-america-history/00owes its importance0/a0 to the slave revolt in Haiti.
  • 0p0 Democrats that voted for continued warrantless spying on Americans 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/12/the-same-democrats-who-denounce-trump-as-a-lawless-treasonous-authoritarian-just-voted-to-give-him-vast-warrantless-spying-powers/00made the difference0/a0; if they had not, we would have defeated it.
  • 0p0 Deandre Harris, who was attacked by white supremacists during their rally in Charleston, 0a href=0http://www.newsplex.com/content/news/Deandre-Harris-faces-new-charges-468843933.html00has been charged0/a0 with carrying a loaded rifle in his car when he was stopped for driving too fast. 0p0 This stinks. Do the 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 present any proof that the rifle was in Harris0s car before they stopped it? I wouldn0t take a 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thug0/a00s word for that, or even 10 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a00 word.
  • 0p0 A large protest 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/12/tunisia-escalates-crackdown-sunday-protest-anti-government-demonnstrations00has been announced0/a0 in Tunisia for Sunday.
  • 0p0 The US ambassador to Panama 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/12/us-ambassador-panama-trump-john-feeley00has quit0/a0, saying he cannot honorably serve under 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00the troll0/a0. 0p0 Nowadays 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-sep-dec.html#11_November_2017_(Driving_out_diplomats)00few wish to join0/a0 the US Foreign Service; most people cannot reconcile obeying 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00the troll0/a0 with the idea of serving their country.
  • 0p0 UK 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 were told to look for a white suspect, but when they saw a black man nearby they couldn0t resist the urge 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/11/met-officers-who-wrongly-arrested-black-man-put-through-misconduct-hearings00to arrest him0/a0. 0p0 At least the unarmed UK 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 couldn0t shoot him dead on the spot the way they would have done in the US.
  • 0p0 Democrats should be 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/12/dear-democrats-shut-it-down00ready to shut down the government0/a0 to block some very bad Republican changes. 0p0 I personally don0t think that DACA rises to that level. I support continuing DACA but I would not shut the government down for that alone. 0p0 On the other hand, blocking the automatic cuts to Social Security and Medicare, which would otherwise be imposed because of the deficits that the tax attacks will create, is a justification for shutting down the government.
  • 0p0 Kathleen Hartnett White, 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00the troll0/a00s nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/12/new-report-radioactive-tap-water-renews-concerns-about-trump-nominee-top00falsified measurements0/a0 of radioactive material in drinking water in Texas. 0p0 A 0a href=0/glossary.html#saboteur00saboteur0/a0 after the troll0s own heart.
  • 0p0 Preparing in advance to handle local disasters is a very good investment 0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/11/new-study-finds-society-now-saves-6-every-1-spent-preparing-natural-disasters00it returns 500%0/a0. 0p0 Changing the practices that cause increasing numbers of 0natural0 disasters might be an even better investment.
  • 0p0 Putting a work requirement on Medicaid would result in an increasing number of people who need treatment and have trouble working until they get it. Whoever judges whether someone is disabled would probably be under pressure to 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/11/medicaid-work-requirements-cruel-stupid-and-illegal00bias the decisions0/a0, as happens in the UK.
  • 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 Right-wing extremists 0a href=0https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/01/04/extremists-unleash-deadly-domestic-violence-attacks-during-holiday-season00continue killing0/a0 in the US. 0p0 Most did not make the news, because only one person was killed.
  • 0p0 Amazon cheats the public by paying workers so little that they 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/10/1731557/-Jeff-Bezos-is-the-richest-man-in-the-world-while-Amazon-employees-struggle-to-survive00need public assistance0/a0.
  • 0p0 Puerto Rico is 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/10/1731579/-Things-in-Puerto-Rico-continue-to-worsen-as-police-chief-resigns-amid-increased-killings00still wrecked0/a0, and not being repaired fast.
  • 0p0 The Interior Department will henceforth offer grants only to science projects that promise to 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/10/1731167/-The-Interior-Department-clamps-down-on-science-only-projects-that-fit-Trump-s-priorities-allowed00advance Republican sabotage goals0/a0. 0p0 When funders specify the desired result in advance, that is corrupt science.
  • 0p0 A US hospital faces shame for 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/12/viral-video-hospital-dumping-woman-freezing-cold-stirs-demand-medicare-all00carrying a sick patient out0/a0 to the street after denying her care. 0p0 The hospital staff surely did this because they were under pressure from management. The hospital0s apology is bogus as long as management continues the pressure. But I doubt they do this out of sadism. They are surely responding to pressure from funding institutions. We need to change those too. 0p0 Medicare for All is a good way to do it, but one way or another we have to put more money into medical care 0 and less into the military, into massive surveillance, and into wasteful and polluting fossil fuels.
  • 0p0 The chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep Nunes, is 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/3/1729455/-Devin-Nunes-should-be-the-subject-of-an-investigation-not-running-one00going all out0/a0 to prevent the investigation from advancing.
  • 0p0 If Oprah Winfrey ran against 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00the troll0/a0, the ultimate winner would be the 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/12/oprah-winfrey-v-donald-trump-2020-dreams-nightmares00idea of electing celebrities0/a0 instead of people you can count on.
  • 0p0 Reportedly Russia is 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/12/russian-trained-mercenaries-back-bosnias-serb-separatists00setting up a militia0/a0 in the Serb part of Bosnia to destabilize Bosnia. 0p0 I can0t be sure whether this report is true. I don0t see what Russia has to gain through this.
  • 0p0 Ajit Pai0s next blow: 0a href=0https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ev5mm7/at-the-behest-of-t-mobile-the-fcc-is-undoing-rules-that-make-it-easier-for-small-isps-to-compete-with-big-telecom00wiping out small ISPs0/a0.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/tell-census-bureau-no-new-citizenship-question-census/00object to adding a citizenship question0/a0 to the 2020 census.
  • 0p0 Everyone: 0a href=0https://act.amnestyusa.org/page/17643/action/100call on the US0/a0 to free torture victim Toffiq al-Bihani, to shut down the Guantanamo prison, and to end imprisonment without trial no matter where.
  • 0p0 New York state prisons plan to ban most gifts to prisoners, including nearly all books. 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/further/2018/01/10/books-are-everything-which-must-be-why-new-york-prisons-want-ban-most-em-except00 Only a small list of books will be permitted to them. 0/a0 0p0 Aside from causing tremendous bitterness for very little reason, this will make it difficult for prisoners to find a way of life other than crime after they are released. It is an example of a tag wagging a dog.
  • 0p0 Increased online sales are 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/13/us-retail-sector-job-losses-hitting-women-hardest-data00 causing many low-paid working women to become unpaid unemployed women. 0/a0 0p0 We are not obligated to allow online sales that drive so many Americans into poverty. We are not obligated to prefer increased efficiency and convenience for some, at the cost of great suffering for others.
  • 0p0 US immigration 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 regularly ignore the law of political asylum, and lie, to 0a href=0https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/15/when-deportation-is-a-death-sentence00 send people from Mexico and Central America summarily back to where they say they will be murdered. 0/a0 Lo and behold, quite a few of them really are murdered after that. 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/13/el-salvador-women-deported-by-trump-face-deadly-welcome-street-gangs00 Many women were deported to El Salvador even though gangs were looking for them to kill them. 0/a0
  • 0p0 US citizens: call on Democrats to 0a href=0https://act.credoaction.com/sign/No_SOTU?t=1002000 skip the 0a href=0/glossary.html#bully00bully0/a00s State of the Union address. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/11/walmart-pulls-diabolical-and-devious-two-step-pairing-wage-hikes-mass-layoffs00 Walmart announced a small raise for employees, 0/a0 amounting to 2% of the tax cut that it just got. 0p0 But it turns out this is only for the small fraction that are full-time employees.
  • 0p0 When Will [Leading] Democrats Start 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/11/when-will-democrats-start-resisting-gop-voter-suppression00 #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression? 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#cheater00The cheater0/a0 has 0a href=0http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/trump-administration-waives-punishment-convicted-banks-including-deutsche-which00 reduced the fines for five banks 0/a0 that were convicted of cheating. 0p0 Does he think that the US government does not have enough national debt?
  • 0p0 Republican saboteurs are 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/10/new-report-reveals-trumps-year-systemically-censoring-climate-crisis00 covering up 0a href=0/glossary.html#global heating00global heating0/a0 in many different US government web sites. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/11/cyber-attack-risk-on-nuclear-weapons-systems-relatively-high-thinktank00 US nuclear weapons systems are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. 0/a0 If 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00the troll0/a0 wanted to do something useful with funds for nuclear weapons systems, he could take them off the internet.
  • 0p0 A Rohingya refugee on Nauru badly needs medical care in Australia, 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/11/refugee-in-medical-emergency-stranded-on-nauru-for-more-than-a-year00 but Australia won0t bring him there, 0/a0 since he probably wouldn0t get well enough to be returned to Nauru safely. 0p0 In other words, Australia would rather kill him than let him get to Australia and remain there in a hospital. 0p0 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2016-may-aug.html#19_August_2016_(Reports_of_abuse_in_Nauru_refugee_prison)00 Nauru0s press exclusion is very strict, 0/a0 so Australia can get away with almost any sort of dirty work there.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/13/elif-shafak-nations-dont-always-learn-from-history00 Elif Shafak describes how Turkey has become more repressive on every dimension, 0/a0 in the years since she was put on trial for 0insulting Turkishness.0 0p0 0a href=0https://stallman.org/articles/hrant-dink.html00 More about the issue represented by that prosecution. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/13/iran-protests-internet-censorship/00 Iran is restricting the internet in many of the same ways as China, 0/a0 though not as strictly. 0p0 Many countries do this, and it0s unjust anywhere.
  • 0p0 Regarding the boundary between an overture and an invasion: 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/13/has-me-too-catherine-deneuve-laura-kipnis00 0Has #MeToo gone too far, or not far enough? The answer is both.0 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/13/india-600-million-young-people-world-cities-internet00 0India has 600 million young people 0ndash and they0re set to change our world.0 0/a0 0p0 Half of the population under 25 indicates rapid population growth. If these youths continue reproducing at the same rate, 0a href=0https://stallman.org/articles/children.html00 the change they cause will be disaster, 0/a0 first for India and then for the world.
  • 0p0 If the 0a href=0/glossary.html#bully00bully0/a0 does 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/12/donald-trump-cut-funding-palestinian-refugees-middle-east-security00 cut funding for the UN to support Palestinians, 0/a0 it is likely to be a big bonus for Islamists.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/12/it-is-better-to-go-to-jail-the-african-migrants-being-forced-from-israel00 Israel has ordered unauthorized African migrants to leave or be jailed. 0/a0 Some are so afraid to go home that they have chosen jail. 0p0 Shouldn0t they be entitled to political asylum?
  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#cheater00The cheater0/a00s 0deal0 with Carrier air conditioning, to keep some jobs in the US, was bogus. 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/12/wish-i-voted-sanders-says-laid-carrier-worker-duped-con-man-trump00 Carrier is moving the jobs to Mexico now. 0/a0
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/12/racism-and-donald-trump-a-common-thread-throughout-his-career-and-life00 0a href=0/glossary.html#bully00The bully0/a0 is a racist from way back, 0/a0 and we have seen it plenty.
  • 0p0 Cypriote independence guerrillas are suing the UK for 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/12/cypriot-veterans-win-right-to-claim-damages-over-uk-torture-claims00 torturing them in the 1950s. 0/a0
  • 0p0 Beyond the intentional cuts in corporation income tax, the tax attacks 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/12/gop-tax-scam-loophole-would-let-corporations-reap-billions-more-tax-avoidance00include a loophole0/a0 that lets businesses cut the tax even more.
  • 0p0 0a href=0/glossary.html#trump00The troll0/a0 is actively 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/12/group-warns-implementation-trumps-plan-makes-nuclear-war-more-likely00seeking new opportunities0/a0 to start the use of nuclear weapons.
  • 0p0 Assad is now 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/13/syria-idlib-refugees-assad-migration-rebels00attacking rebel-held Idlib province0/a0, and threatens to send up to 2 million people fleeing into Turkey.
  • 0p0 Republicans continue to systematically 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/09/voting-rights-still-need-your-protection00attack voting rights0/a0 in the US on many fronts.
  • 0p0 Legalizing marijuana in the US 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/legal-marijuana-medical-use-crime-rate-plummets-us-study00cuts violent crime0/a0, because it destroys the drug gangs0 business model.
  • 0p0 Republicans 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/12/1732292/-Republicans-admit-CHIP-is-a-budget-hostage-say-they-disagree-refuse-to-do-anything-about00have privately admitted0/a0 that they are holding the CHIP medical funding hostage. 0p0 They are 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2017-sep-dec.html#11_October_2017_(Troll_Daca_border_wall)00also blocking DACA0/a0 told hold some immigrants hostage, the ones who are more American than anything else. 0p0 That0s the spirit of the Republican Party today 0 take vulnerable people hostage. They will take any hostages they can grab.
  • 0p0 The sabotage administration is 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/12/1732172/-Trump-s-attack-on-endangered-species-is-escalating00systematically rejecting applications0/a0 to protect endangered species, and trying to unprotect some so they will go extinct. 0p0 Next target: 0a href=0https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/1/12/1732204/-Former-interior-officials-denounce-Ryan-Zinke-s-decision-to-weaken-rules-on-migratory-birds00migratory birds0/a0.
  • 0p0 It is 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/nuclear-deterrence-myth-lethal-david-barash00hard to demonstrate clearly0/a0 that nuclear deterrence is actually effective.
  • 0p0 Belize has 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/jan/14/belize-bans-oil-activity-to-protect-reef-diving-tourism-belize-barrier-reef00banned all oil activity0/a0 from its territorial waters.
  • 0p0 The theocratic Polish state intends to 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/11/polish-mps-reject-liberalised-abortion-laws-but-back-new-restrictions00ban aborting a defective fetus0/a0. Their religion puts human suffering second to a hypothetical sadistic god.
  • 0p0 Industrial agriculture generates 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/12/farming-small-planet00increasing amounts of greenhouse gases0/a0. If we don0t stop the increase, it will guarantee 0a href=0/glossary.html#global heating00global heating0/a0 disaster. 0p0 It exhausts aquifers, topsoil, and deposits of fertilizer. Meanwhile, the fertilizer runoff is turning increasing regions of the sea into 0dead zones0. 0p0 It also concentrates wealth, which keeps most of humanity in deepening poverty. 0p0 So we need to replace it.
  • 0p0 When Australia found that Said Imasi was not a citizen of any country, and couldn0t go anywhere let alone be deported to anywhere, it 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/15/every-day-i-am-crushed-the-stateless-man-held-without-trial-by-australia-for-eight-years00put him in prison without trial0/a0 0 for life, apparently.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0https://act.credoaction.com/sign/25th_amendment_2018/00Tell Congress0/a0 to have experts decide whether presidents are physically and mentally fit for the job.
  • 0p0 Citizens of Massachusetts: 0a href=0https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu/issues/alert/?alertid=794636260type=ST00Support passing0/a0 the Safe Communities Act.
  • 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 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 0a href=0/glossary.html#saboteur00Saboteur0/a0 Verma is arranging for states to 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/11/trump-medicaid-work-requirements00kick people off Medicaid0/a0 for not having jobs. 0p0 What about disabled people that can0t work? What about students?
  • 0p0 The 0Goldwater0 rule 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/11/rethinking-goldwater-rule-trump-era00should be altered0/a0 somehow to allow diagnosis of certain untreatable mental illnesses in political candidates.
  • 0p0 Utah is 0a href=0https://letgrow.org/utah-first-state-decriminalize-parents-let-kids-play-outside/00considering a bill0/a0 to protect parents that let their children play outside or walk to school.
  • 0p0 The US doesn0t have a medical system. It has 0a href=0https://meaningness.com/metablog/post-apocalyptic-health-care00many systems0/a0 that can0t figure out how to deal with each other. 0p0 Sanders0 0a href=0https://stallman.org/archives/2014-mar-jun.html#25_March_2014_(Two-thirds_of_US_doctors_advocate_medicare_for_all)00Medicare for All0/a0 would fix this.
  • 0p0 It looks like Disney is 0a href=0https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/hollywood-says-its-not-planning-another-copyright-extension-push/00not going to try0/a0 to buy another 20-year copyright extension.
  • 0p0 It Took Only Three Days For Germany0s New Hate Speech Law To 0a href=0https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180105/15544738943/it-took-only-three-days-germanys-new-hate-speech-law-to-cause-collateral-damage.shtml00Cause Collateral Damage0/a0 0 censoring a post meant to mock real words of hatred. 0p0 The ACLU, which I support, campaigns for even Nazis to have the freedom to speak and to protest. Not because of any love for Nazis, but because censorship is akin to Nazism.
  • 0p0 Forcing workers that can0t afford living to save money for retirement 0a href=0https://splinternews.com/oh-damn-401-k-s-arent-magic-182180720900hurts them0/a0, because they have to borrow more money to live on. 0p0 The only way to make them better off is to increase their pay. The reason their pay is too low is 0 plutocracy.
  • 0p0 On 0a href=0http://locusmag.com/2018/01/cory-doctorow-persuasion-adaptation-and-the-arms-race-for-your-attention/00the arms race0/a0 between addictive technology and people0s resistance to it. 0p0 I0ve done even better than become immune to many different attention-suckers. I0ve learned to recognize the influence of an attention-sucker, and decide to stop paying attention to it. Even things that are not exploitative for anyone else0s benefit, such as a puzzle, I consciously walk away from, and I have taught myself to do this quickly. 0p0 So stop playing those video games and campaign for free software!
  • 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 The protests in Iran are 0a href=0https://globalvoices.org/2018/01/09/the-draft-budget-at-the-heart-of-the-iran-protests/00often about the draft budget0/a0, which gives lots of money to the religious 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 and to proselytizing, at the expense of the people. 0p0 In the US we give too much to the military and the business owners, at the expense of the people.
  • 0p0 New Orleans 0a href=0https://theintercept.com/2018/01/11/new-orleans-bds-movement-israel/00adopted a law0/a0 to judge companies based on human rights and how they treat workers.
  • 0p0 0Think of the ocean 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/10/what-trump-administration-doesnt-understand-about-ocean-conservation00as a trust fund0/a0. If you want to rely on that fund for the rest of your days, you can only use the interest.0
  • 0p0 US immigration agents is pushing to deport 92 Somalis 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/10/ice-abused-somalis-2-days-plane-and-now-wants-send-them-harms-way00before they can have a court hearing0/a0 which might grant them asylum. 0p0 When a government agency intentionally defies the law to trample someone0s rights, it proclaims contempt for the idea that people have rights.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0https://act.climatetruth.org/sign/US_BANK_DIVEST/00Tell US Bank0/a0 to keep its promise to stop funding oil and gas pipelines.
  • 0p0 US citizens: 0a href=0http://act.pfaw.org/sign/oppose-trump-nominee-nielson/00call on the senate0/a0 to oppose Howard Nielson for US judge.
  • 0p0 The inadequate funding of the NHS is 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/cancer-operation-cancelled-jeremy-hunt00forcing even cancer surgery to be delayed0/a0. 0p0 Delays in cancer surgery can be fatal.
  • 0p0 Two Burmese Reuters reporters are being 0a href=0https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/two-reuters-journalists-rohingya-court-myanmar00prosecuted for 0possession of state secrets00/a0 under a law that was imposed by the British empire. 0p0 According to their story, it looks like 0a href=0/glossary.html#thug00thugs0/a0 set a trap for them.
  • 0p0 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/01/09/msnbc-ignores-catastrophic-us-backed-war-yemen00MSNBC Ignores0/a0 Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen.
  • 0p0 Pesticides 0a href=0https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2018/01/09/chlorpyrifos-pesticide-harms-salmon-and-orcas-government-report-says00chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon0/a0, even at low concentrations, harm salmon. Their presence in a river can wipe salmon out there.
  • 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.
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