Tank man on Bing

waive Covid vaccine patents to put world on 'war footing'.*

Here are his actual words:

More precisely, he calls for allowing any manufacturer to make vaccine. Anyone doing so would still be required to pay a royalty. That cost by itself could slow vaccination.

I am disappointed that he used the ill-conceived concept of "intellectual property", since that overgeneralization spreads confusion and every use of it creates resistance to what he is trying to do.

  • 7 March 2021 (Assad will confiscate homes)

    Assad will confiscate the homes of Syrians who have fled his tyranny.

  • 7 March 2021 (Election misinformation)

    * A handful of rightwing “super-spreaders” on social media were responsible for the bulk of election misinformation in the run-up to the Capitol attack,*

    They were not independent — they were working together.

  • 7 March 2021 (Supporters of democracy)

    Nearly all the principal supporters of democracy in Hong Kong are now facing charges, or at least arrested.

    China's rulers make up bullshit to justify each instance of injustice, but they don't try to make the justification plausible to people outside their control. They consider it sufficient brainwashed supporters believe it, since almost everyone in China is a brainwashed supporter now, or pretends to be.

  • 7 March 2021 (Digital nautical charts)

    The NOAA is planning to convert to publishing nautical charts only in digital form. In principle, that may not bad. But will people be able to access charts from the Free World?

    If you are a mariner, please investigate the system of publication that NOAA used. Try accessing it with LibreJS active, and see what results you get.

    And if it does not work, complain to NOAA.

  • 7 March 2021 (Meat packing companies against Covid-19 protections)

    Meatpacking companies lobbied hard against rules to protect workers from Covid-19, and kept outbreaks secret.

  • 7 March 2021 (Bedouin's crops)

    Israeli soldiers are destroying Bedouin's crops.

  • 7 March 2021 (Palestinians protesting in Israel)

    Palestinians in Israel protested that the local thugs were doing nothing about organized crime. The thugs began attacking many of them with weapons. Some of the protesters required hospitalization.

    The violence was clearly directed by officers.

  • 6 March 2021 (Urgent: Investigate and prosecute Trump and his network)

    US citizens: call on Merrick Garland to investigate and prosecute Trump and his network.

  • 6 March 2021 (Urgent: Senator Warren's wealth tax)

    US citizens: call on Congress to pass Senator Warren's wealth tax.

  • 6 March 2021 (Urgent: Stop construction of Line 3 pipeline)

    US citizens: phone your congressional representative and ask per to pressure Biden to stop construction of the Line 3 pipeline.

  • 6 March 2021 (Israeli border thugs gratuitously shoot man dead)

    Israeli border thugs gratuitously shot Ahmad Erekat dead after he had an embarrassing car crash, then lied about the circumstances.

    Thugs in various countries have a practice of thinking, "What accusations can we make against the victim that no one can disprove." But in this case they seem to have exceeded that limit.

    When my friends die, I miss them. It doesn't matter whether I even see their corpses. But it occurs to me that there may be a sinister reason why Israel holds permanently the corpses of Palestinians that Israelis kill: to prevent autopsies that could provide objective evidence about how they were killed. Making this a blanket policy avoids the need to conjure up an individual excuse.

  • 6 March 2021 (Biden gives in to demand to reduce stimulus)

    Biden gave in to a demand from Manchin and Sinema to reduce the stimulus payments for people whose 2019 income was above $80k. Whether they were unemployed most of 2020 or not.

  • 6 March 2021 (UK Green Party proposals)

    A UK Green MEP explains the Green Party proposals for reversing the Tories' dooH niboR cuts in business taxes, plus a steadily increasing carbon tax.

  • 6 March 2021 (New Covid variants and states reopening)

    *US experts warn new Covid variants and states reopening may lead to fourth wave.*

    *Fauci: US shouldn't loosen coronavirus restrictions until daily new cases fall below 10,000.*

    That is assuming your goal is to make Covid-19 go away. Republicans, who boosted the infection last year and killed perhaps 300,000 Americans who otherwise would not have caught it, are still trying to spread it. Perhaps their motive is that they expect it to kill mainly blacks.

    I would add an additional proviso: we should not loosen coronavirus restrictions unless we can determine that R will remain substantially under 1 after they are loosened.

  • 6 March 2021 (Texas)

    (satire) *Covid Announces Plan To Move Operations To Texas Full-Time To Escape Burdensome Regulations.*

    (satire) *New Texas Law Requires All Masks Have Word ‘Pussy’ Written Across Front.*

  • 6 March 2021 (Letting biotech industry rewrite GMO safety laws)

    How the EU Commission Broke Its Own Rules to Let the Biotech Industry Help Rewrite GMO Safety Laws.

    By selecting the questions to ask, and who to ask them of, it is not hard to shape the answers.

  • 5 March 2021 (Campaign to discredit BBC)

    *China's Communist party ran campaign to discredit BBC, thinktank finds.*

  • 5 March 2021 (Shrinking carbon footprint)

    Warning the UK that it can't shrink its carbon footprint and expand an airport.

  • 5 March 2021 (Prosecuting volunteers rescuing migrants)

    Italy is prosecuting the volunteer crew members of boats that went to sea to rescue migrants traveling to Italy on smugger boats.

    The US has likewise prosecuted people who leave water in the desert for people trying to migrate from Mexico.

  • 5 March 2021 (Talks on nuclear deal)

    *Iran and IAEA clear potential roadblock to talks with US on nuclear deal.*

  • 5 March 2021 (George Floyd Act)

    *The George Floyd Act wouldn't have saved George Floyd’s life.*

    I will look for more information about the Breathe Act. However, the George Floyd act does try to prevent other injustices committed by uniformed thugs.

  • 5 March 2021 (ICC prosecution)

    The ICC might prosecute Israeli officials, even a minister, who were involved in bombing Gaza in 2014. They might be unable to travel internationally.

    It is even possible that the court might investigate the crime of settling Israelis in the occupied West Bank.

  • 5 March 2021 (Investigating use of bombs)

    An Italian court is investigating the use of bombs made in Italy by Salafi Arabia in Yemen.

  • 5 March 2021 (Punishing making vaccine)

    The drug company lobby is lobbying heavily for the US to punish countries that propose to save lives by making their own Covid-19 vaccine.

    The article follows the misguided practice of using the term "intellectual property". That term spreads both bias and confusion; I urge people to reject it entirely as I do.

  • 5 March 2021 (Oil companies net zero emissions)

    *Global oil companies have committed to 'net zero' emissions. It's a sham.*

    They say they will make "offsets" so big, by 2050, that they will cancel out fossil fuel combustion and leaks.

    There's no way to absolutely prove this won't work, until 2050. Then they can say, "Too bad, we tried," but everyone alive then will suffer the ecological damage.

  • 5 March 2021 (Death of transgender soldier)

    *South Korea's first transgender soldier found dead.*

    Of suicide, it appears.

  • 5 March 2021 (Seagrass)

    Humans are rapidly destroying the world's remaining seagrass meadows. That is a shame, because they shelter baby fish and sequester carbon in the sea bottom.

  • 5 March 2021 (Chairman resigns after destruction of historical site)

    The chairman of the board of Rio Tinto will step down, following several executives, due to the scandal resulting from the company's destruction of 46000-year-old cave habitations in Juukan Gorge.

    Management had got legal approval to do this, and acted as if nothing else mattered.

  • 5 March 2021 (Misinformation on Facebook)

    Right-wing misinformation on Facebook attracts more attention than truthful information. Left-wing misinformation attracts less attention than truthful information.

    A good, quick heuristic for finding valid information is look at whatever left-wing information comes your way.

  • 5 March 2021 ((satire) Sharing vaccine supplies and technology)

    (satire) *Pros And Cons Of Sharing Vaccine Supplies And Technology.*

  • 5 March 2021 ((satire) Military diversity initiative)

    (satire) *New Military Diversity Initiative Aims To Make Leadership Look More Like Countries They Invade.*

  • 5 March 2021 (Competitive Disadvantage)

    *Blaring Quiet Part Out Loud, GOP Lawyer Admits to Supreme Court That Easier Voting Puts Republicans at 'Competitive Disadvantage'.*

  • 5 March 2021 (The CLEAN Act)

    The CLEAN Act would take some steps forward towards decarbonizing, but has big shortcomings.

  • 5 March 2021 (Jailed for protesting repeatedly)

    A protester has been jailed for protesting repeatedly in the vicinity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

    The article makes a big fuss about the protester's ethnic background. I do not think that makes any difference. I would admire anyone equally for doing the same thing.

  • 4 March 2021 (Disregard Parliamentarian)

    Sanders called on the Senate Democrats to disregard the views of the Parliamentarian.

  • 4 March 2021 (Too little and too big)

    Varoufakis: *Both supporters and critics of US President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan assume that there is a dollar amount that is just right. In fact, no such figure exists: every possible stimulus size is simultaneously too little and too big.*

    In addition to a stimulus, Biden needs to *lift the spending power of those who have next to none.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Unconscious bias training)

    Unconscious bias training does not seem to be effective in reducing unconscious bias.

  • 4 March 2021 (Powerful current of racism)

    Chinese-Australians face a powerful current of racism. Almost 1/5 have suffered violence or threats of violence.

    People of Chinese origin or ancestry are not necessarily supporters of the Chinese government. Indeed, some of them hate it.

    I've seen articles recently about prejudice in the US against "Asian-Americans". Racial prejudice is bad regardless of the details, but I do wonder what people "Asian-Americans" means. Asia is the biggest continent and includes a variety of peoples, and they do not look similar, so it is implausible that all Asian-Americans are involved.

    Are Americans of Turkish descent facing prejudice? Iranian? What about people from India and neighboring countries? Siberians? Do Balinese musicians face threats? Hawaiians?

    Are these articles really about people of Chinese descent, or who resemble Chinese? If so, please don't mislead us with "Asian".

  • 4 March 2021 (Factory farms emissions)

    Factory farms emit large amounts of greenhouse gases. We need to regulate farms to bring those emissions down.

  • 4 March 2021 (Workers lending pay)

    A restaurant chain, threatened with closure, asks workers to "lend" it 10% of their pay.

    Considering how little most restaurant employees make, they may have trouble doing without 10% even supposing they will get it back. But will they get it back?

    If the restaurant chain stays in business and becomes successful again, it will probably repay the loan, but we can't be sure. Wage theft from restaurant staff is not unusual.

    However, if the restaurant chain goes broke, which apparently might happen, I expect the workers will probably lose the lent pay.

  • 4 March 2021 (Virtual visitor logs)

    *Biden Criticized for Lack of Transparency After Refusing to Publicize Virtual Visitor Logs.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Hybrid cars)

    Hybrid cars use more fuel and emit more pollution than they are advertised to emit.

    In other words, they are a green swindle.

  • 4 March 2021 (Greenwash)

    *Net zero increasingly involves highly questionable carbon accounting. As a result, the new politics swirling around net zero targets is rapidly becoming a confusing and dangerous mix of pragmatism, self-delusion and weapons-grade greenwash.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Utility bills and undocumented immigrants)

    *[The deportation thugs] reached a new low: using utility bills to hunt undocumented immigrants.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Admitting torture and murder)

    *Emmanuel Macron has admitted French soldiers tortured and killed a well-known Algerian lawyer and activist during [Algeria's] independence war.*

    The fact was already known, but the government's recognition of its involvement is a step forward toward justice.

  • 4 March 2021 (Incel killer)

    The Canadian "incel" killer has been convicted of murders, and will presumably be sentenced to spend a long time "in cell."

  • 4 March 2021 (Protesters murdered)

    Burmese soldiers and thugs shot protesters in various cities. They must have received orders to do that. They killed at least 33 people.

  • 4 March 2021 (Eliminating rules to slow Covid-19)

    The Republican governor of Texas has eliminated nearly all rules designed to slow the spread of Covid-19. I think he wants as many Texans as possible to get infected before it is too late.

  • 4 March 2021 (Tax bills for unemployment assurance payments)

    Millions of Americans are receiving tax bills for their unemployment insurance payments over the past year.

    After decades of rule by dooH niboR, most Americans live close to the edge. Especially those who lost their jobs last year. An expense of $500 dollars will push them over the edge.

    Millions of Americans are falling over the edge, because they have not received unemployment benefits.

  • 4 March 2021 (Jamaica criminalizes homosexuality)

    Jamaica's laws criminalize homosexuality. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ruled that these laws violate human rights and inspire violence, especially by the uniformed thugs, which extends as far as murder.

    The challenge of changing those laws, and changing the hatred, remains.

  • 4 March 2021 (Bogus Johnson's personal conveniences)

    Bogus Johnson openly manipulates the government to pay for personal conveniences for him.

    Tories have legitimized corruption to the point where they don't need to disguise it.

    Meanwhile, Labour has become so "centrist" that there is a serious proposal for it to become the "party of business", instead of the party of working people and those in need.

    A party of the rich and the bigots and a party of business — that's what the US had under Clinton. Progressive Democrats are gradually changing that.

  • 4 March 2021 (Toxic fracking chemicals)

    A study found toxic fracking chemicals in the air, water and human bodies in the region of fracking in Pennsylvania, even in people who live five miles away.

    Fracking ought to be banned on account of its global heating contribution alone, but local pollution adds another good reason.

  • 4 March 2021 (Planet roasters distract with side issues)

    Planet roasters try to distract Americans with concerns about side issues such as "energy independence" so that they can keep pumping oil to export.

    They have obtained plenty of oil leases that they are not using yet, so Biden's moratorium on approving additional leases won't affect them for a long time.

    I do not wish to take a nationalistic viewpoint towards the global problem of planetary heating. If country C is going to buy oil and burn it, it is not worse if that oil comes from the US. And refusing to export it will mean some other country exports that oil, perhaps Salafi Arabia. That is not a step forward.

    On the other hand, if several countries compete to export oil, they will export more oil, which is the opposite of what we need. We need a treaty to limit and reduce oil exports.

    But it may be possible for one oil-exporting country to exert influence on its own.

    Here's an idea: the US should agree to continue exporting oil to China for the next 10 years, provided China agrees to build no new coal power plants and shut down all its existing coal-fired plants on a pre-agreed schedule during that time. And replace them with renewable electric generation. And not to export any coal.

    The energy independence that Earth needs is independence from nonrenewable or unsustainable energy.

  • 4 March 2021 ((satire) As much as they can realistically back out of)

    (satire) *World Leaders Pledge To Cut Emissions By As Much As They Can Realistically Back Out Of.*

  • 4 March 2021 ((satire) Anger management counseling)

    (satire) *U.S. Allocates $500 Million For Mohammed Bin Salman To Use On Anger Management Counseling.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Government transfer of funds)

    The federal government transfers funds from more urban, Democratic states to rural Republican states. Perhaps that offers a lever to influence the Republican voters.

    To punish them would be pretty easy, but would not help enact progressive policies. How to use these programs to win over some Republicans is harder — and how to do it with changes Democrats can enact is even more challenging.

  • 4 March 2021 (Sanctions over Navalny poisoning)

    *US hits Russian officials with fresh sanctions over Navalny poisoning.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Guterres cancels planned coal projects)

    Secretary-General António Guterres called for cancellation of all planned coal projects.

    We have understood this for years, but that the head of the UN says so is a big step towards making it happen.

  • 4 March 2021 (Damage in Australia by global heating)

    The damage caused by global heating in Australia will get to be so costly that insurance will no longer be a feasible way for people to protect themselves from damage.

    I think the same thing will happen in California.

    The only effective remedy will be to curb global heating.

  • 4 March 2021 (McDonalds scared of workers' rights)

    *McDonald's spies on union activists — that's how scared they are of workers' rights.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Complaint against Prince Bone Saw)

    RSF has filed a complaint against Prince Bone Saw in Germany, over systematic persecution of journalists. This includes the murder of Khashoggi and lots more.

    This is possible because Germany asserts universal jurisdiction over crimes against humanity.

  • 4 March 2021 ((satire) No-nonsense negotiator)

    (satire) *No-Nonsense Negotiator Strong-Arms Landlord Into Fixing Toilet For Rent Increase.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Trump regulatory rollbacks)

    *Biden Can Freeze Potentially Dozens of Harmful, Last-Minute Trump Regulatory Rollbacks.*

  • 4 March 2021 (Zimbabwe's tyrannical government)

    The leader of Zimbabwe's principal opposition party calls on world powers to stop supporting its tyrannical government.

    It is harder for western powers to restrain the government of Zimbabwe now that China is shipping arms to it.

    In this regard, China is not uniquely evil. Western countries gave tyrannical governments similar support in the past, and still do with some. Nonetheless, the fact that China does it today has bad repercussions in many parts of the world. Western governments sometimes join together to push for freedom, but China won't care at all.

  • 3 March 2021 (Urgent: Military weapons to thugs)

    US citizens: call on Congress and the president to stop all transfer of military weapons to US thug departments.

    To sign without running nonfree JavaScript code from the web site, use the Salsalabs workaround.

  • 3 March 2021 (Accusing opposition of terrorism)

    The US does little to restrain Erdoğan from accusing political opposition of "terrorism".

  • 3 March 2021 (More efficient on every measure)

    Electric vehicles are more efficient than fossil fuel vehicles on every measure.

    Then use less energy, and less materials — even if you don't count the fuel.

  • 3 March 2021 (Property tax)

    The US has a kind of wealth tax — the property tax — and rich people pay much less property tax (as a fraction of their wealth) than anyone else.

    Renters pay a high fraction, because their rent covers the real estate tax on the dwellings they live in (but do not own).

  • 3 March 2021 (Negotiating under sanctions)

    Explaining Iran's refusal to negotiate while the US keeps all the sanctions going. The article shows the diplomatic harm this would do to Iran.

    For me, a much simpler explanation was sufficient.

  • 3 March 2021 (Fossil fuel emissions)

    *Fossil fuel emissions in danger of surpassing pre-Covid levels.*

    This is no surprise. What it shows was that people should not let the Covid-19 recession relax their demand for policies that cut emissions.

  • 3 March 2021 (Refusing to believe)

    Since people can refuse to believe the bullshitter when he says he won the last election, they can also refuse to believe Ex-pope Benedict when he sais he resigned.

  • 3 March 2021 (Fired for calling for safety measures)

    * Ben Bonnema says he was [fired by Trader Joe's] after writing a letter to company’s CEO calling for a series of safety measures for workers.*

  • 3 March 2021 (Crime of insulting the king)

    Spain makes it a crime to insult the king. This system of censorship is an injustice.

    I strongly dislike Tarantino's movies, those I have seen any of. I don't intend to see any more. I would probably dislike those rappers' performances, too — except that they probably speak too fast for me, and with Spanish colloquialisms I don't know, so I would not understand them. But my tastes are irrelevant to the issue. Their works don't need to appeal to my taste to be covered by freedom of expression.

  • 3 March 2021 (Minimum wage)

    Biden is awfully quick to admit defeat on legislating to raise the minimum wage to $15 (over a period of a few years). He ought to try his damnedest before giving up.

  • 3 March 2021 (Sarkozy guilty)

    *[Ex-president] Sarkozy found guilty of corruption and influence peddling but is unlikely to spend time in prison.*

  • 3 March 2021 (Qualified Immunity)

    *Ayanna Pressley and Ed Markey Push to Abolish Qualified Immunity.*

  • 3 March 2021 (Refugees and PTSD)

    *More than 75% of Syrian refugees may have PTSD, says charity.*

  • 3 March 2021 (Filibuster)

    *Senate Democrats Can and Must Abolish the Filibuster. Now.*

  • 3 March 2021 (Putting protest leaders on trial)

    Hong Kong is putting protest leaders on trial for political charges. 1000 people came to protest.

    China has crushed freedom in Hong Kong. What about freedom in the US and the UK? Both are threatened now.

  • 3 March 2021 (Necessary Changes in Society)

    Necessary Changes in Society

  • 3 March 2021 (Making Labour into a right-wing party)

    Starmer is so frightened people will accuse Labour of raising taxes and spending too much that he is making it into a right-wing party.

  • 3 March 2021 (Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation)

    Global heating is reducing the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which includes the Gulf Stream. This could eventually result in freezing Ireland and Britain.

  • 3 March 2021 (UK arbitrarily terminates citizenship)

    The UK government has arbitrarily terminated the citizenship of Shamima Begum. Attempts to block that decision failed.

    Exile of citizens is not an acceptable punishment.

    What makes this even worse is that the punishment was imposed without a trial. No punishment should be imposed without a trial.

    Adding insult (to the public) to that injury, the minister who decided on exile for her cited an absurd excuse. She has no other citizenship, but the minister did not wish to recognize the fact that this would leave her stateless. So the he claimed it was sufficient that she would be entitled to citizenship in Bangladesh — theoretically.

    No one knows what would happen if she tried to apply for citizenship in Bangladesh. Perhaps that country deny her citizenship, citing something like the UK's grounds for terminating her citizenship.

    The US has unjustly terminated citizenship, too. US citizen Emma Goldman was deported as punishment for advocating resistance to the draft.

  • 2 March 2021 (No personal sanctions on Prince Bone Saw)

    Biden put official personal sanctions on many officials of Salafi Arabia, but not directly on Prince Bone Saw himself.

    This may be a clever indirect form of sanction against him. Cozying up to the king and shunning the prince has a chance of causing his demotion in the Salafi Arabian court, whereas direct hostility could inspire the rest of the power structure to close ranks behind him.

    Salafi Arabis is culpable for many different wrongs:

    1. Waging war on Yemen.
    2. Trying to start a war between the US and Iran.
    3. Supporting the wrecker (fortunately no longer possible).
    4. Killing dissidents, often by sentencing them to death, and occasionally by dirtier means.
    5. Sexist laws in Salafi Arabia.
    6. Denial of religious freedom towards everyone inside Salafi Arabia.
    7. Spreading a rigid and harsh cruel form if Islam, Salafism, around the Muslim world.
    8. Destroying many ancient sites from the early days of Islam.

    The US does not have the power to make Salafi Arabia desist from all these wrongs; as a result, it is not immediately obvious what stance would be best for the US to take so as to reduce some.

    Most of these have gone on since long before Mohammad bin Salman became crown prince. I think he started item 2; he certainly started item 3.

    As for the other wrongs, the US is already starting to try to end 1. The others will take time.

  • 2 March 2021 (Biden orders attack at Iran-linked militias)

    Biden ordered an attack at two Iran-linked militias in Syria.

    This raises two moral issues: was it harmful to nuclear negotiations with Iran, and did it violate the War Powers Act.

    This is a decrease in level of violence compared with when the wrecker was president, so I tend to think it won't affect the negotiations. However, Biden has done other things that may put these negotiations at risk.

    *Lawmakers Say Biden Admin Must Present Congress Legal Justification for Bombing of Syria.*

  • 2 March 2021 (Murder of Khashoggi ordered by acting king)

    US agencies say that the acting king of Salafi Arabia ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

  • 2 March 2021 (The WATER Act)

    The WATER Act would ensure Americans can get clean water to drink even if they are poor.

  • 2 March 2021 (Ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation)

    The House of Representatives has passed a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    Republicans will block this, along with every bill to fix the nation's permanent problems, unless Democrats find a way to make Manchin and Sinema vote to abolish the filibuster.

  • 2 March 2021 (Arbitrary searches by UK thug departments)

    The UK Inspectorate of Constabulary says that thug departments are going overboard in their arbitrary searches of blacks on the street, and cannot justify them. I can't escape the conclusion that this is bias at work.

    I suppose the thugs have had training about unconscious bias already, and it does not seem to have helped. Here's an approach using feedback that might be good to try, with each cop separately.

    • For the coming weeks, don't actually stop and search anyone. Instead we will have a consultation about about who you would have thought of stopping and searching.
    • You will be told, at the outset, the expected average number of people per day a cop on your beat ought to stop and search. This is not a minimum, or a maximum; it is a guideline. On any given day day a wise cop might search more, or less, than the guideline number.
    • When you see someone you would think of stopping and searching, make a video of per instead, and upload it. Speak into the video why you thought that person should be searched.
    • At the end of each day, review the day's videos. In the review, label which of them you would choose first for searching. Label a quantity comparable to the guideline number, but not necessarily equal to it. For each one you label, explain your reasons.
    • Right after labeling the videos, send all of them to the coach. The coach is an expert on unconscious bias and knows what really typifies real street criminals.
    • Then you and the expert will discuss them. The expert will try to help you recognize your own patterns of unconscious bias, and learn to disregard them.

    The hope is that, over time, the cop learns to filter out spurious triggers of suspicion.

    Has anything like this been tried?

  • 2 March 2021 (Illinois eliminates bail for accused)

    Illinois has eliminated bail for those accused of crimes. Suspects will no longer be kept in jail until trial simply because they are poor.

  • 2 March 2021 (Policies in support of Israel's occupation policy)

    *Jewish Groups Urge Biden to 'Review and Revoke' Trump-Era 'Made in Israel' Settlement Goods Policy.*

    The US should not allow any of the wrecker's policy changes in support of Israel's occupation policy to stand.

  • 2 March 2021 (Manchin on West Virginians)

    (satire) *Joe Manchin Claims West Virginians Too Deficient In Character, Grit To Deserve $15 Minimum Wage.*

  • 2 March 2021 (Mexico bans glyphosate-resistant corn)

    Mexico has banned both growing glyphosate-resistant corn and importing it.

  • 2 March 2021 (What US voters want)

    *Majority of US Voters Want Government to Invest More in Healthcare, Education, and Fighting Poverty.*

  • 2 March 2021 (US government definition of "national security")

    Will the US government define "national security" in terms of power to fight future threats, or in terms of helping other countries be safe from disasters?

  • 2 March 2021 (Corporate-controlled Texas)

    Jim Hightower on Texas: *Not only must our corporate-controlled electric grid be replaced; so must our corporate-controlled ag policy—and our corporate-controlled elected officials.*

  • 2 March 2021 (Loss of jobs in 2020)

    US wages increased on the average in 2020, because many low-wage workers lost their jobs.

    I suspect that if we tabulate household income rather than wages, we will see a shift towards lower income.

  • 3 March 2021 (Iran non-nuclear deal)

    Iran refuses to discuss resuming the non-nuclear deal unless the US does more to lift the the sanctions that the wrecker imposed when be broke the deal.

    I think it would be wiser for the US and Iran to stop delaying negotiations by disputing how to start them. But since the US broke the deal, the US should go out of its way to resume the deal.

    Perhaps the US should suspend sanctions for a year, and extend that to a permanent cessation if the deal is remade.

  • 3 March 2021 (UN calls for global banking reform)

    * UN report claims up to 10% of the world’s wealth could be hidden "offshore" and calls for global banking reform.*

    "Offshore" means "in a tax haven". Some important tax havens are in quasi-independent islands, but Switzerland, Belgium, the UK and the US also function as tax havens.

    All that money concealed from taxation leaves governments short on funds, which translates into poverty.

  • 3 March 2021 (Used electrical appliances and gadgets)

    * The UK government is considering nationwide curbside collection of used electrical appliances and gadgets, and requiring retailers, even online ones, to take them back.*

  • 3 March 2021 (IMF wants to do some good)

    For once, the IMF wants to do some good. It needs approval from the US.

  • 3 March 2021 (Emergency ban on evictions)

    A federal court ruled that the CDC's emergency ban on evictions is unconstitutional.

    The ban is indeed an emergency measure, not a permanent solution. The US needs to set up a system that will give everyone in the US a place to live that meets our standards.

  • 3 March 2021 (Modernizing nuclear missiles)

    "Modernizing" the world's nuclear missiles would only provide us with a fancier way to cause a fast mass extinction. We should cancel it.

  • 3 March 2021 (Independent journalism in Belarus)

    *Two-year jail terms signal bid to crush all independent journalism in Belarus.* Journalists were convicted on a *trumped-up charge of organizing a protest they simply filmed.*

  • 3 March 2021 (Uber drivers' rights)

    Uber is trying to falsify an impression that drivers really want to have no rights.

  • 3 March 2021 (Clean Water)

    Many California towns inhabited by poor Hispanics don't deliver clean water.

    In some places the threat of future water shortage is the obstacle to fixing it. The only fix for that is to use a lot less water — which means, less farming and fewer people.

  • 3 March 2021 (Facebook's Australian news wipeout)

    *Facebook's Australian news wipeout showed it can delete [zuckers'] history at any time.*

    It can't delete any of my history, because I don't put it there. You shouldn't either.

  • 3 March 2021 (Criminalizing protests)

    The Tories are planning to criminalize protests that interfere with anything. Chain yourself to a door and you'll be wearing chains for years.

  • 3 March 2021 (Right-wing UK "defenders")

    Some right-wing UK "defenders" of freedom of speech criticized a no-platforming which did not actually happen. They, and the minister in charge, were careless with the facts.

    Nonetheless, another instance they cite did really occur, and so do others. If 53 speakers were vetoed in one year, that may be a small fraction of all speakers that year, but it is still a lot of censorship.

    I gather that the Equality Act is meant to prohibit discrimination and harassment. I support that goal, but campaigning for that goal should not go so far as to ban controversial speakers from giving talks. Even in a good cause, there must be limits on how far we can go. I would not try to ban people from praising proprietary software, even though I disagree with such praise. People have a right to disagree with me, or with you, or with anyone.

    I also agree that the government can easily be a worse threat to freedom of speech than any collection of students.

  • 3 March 2021 (Environmental defenders sue California)

    Environmental defenders have sued California and Governor Newsom for illegally issuing thousands of oil and gas drilling permits.

    I am not sure how much Governor Newsom was personally involved in granting those licenses, but he's in charge of the state government, so it's his responsibility to stop it — and, if possible, to cancel those leases.

  • 3 March 2021 ("Counterterrorism")

    *From 2018 to 2020, the United States government undertook what it labeled “counterterrorism” activities in 85 countries.* This map shows what it did where.

  • 3 March 2021 (Vaccines to Palestine)

    Israel is going out of its way to deny vaccine to Palestine.

    We need to immunize almost everyone against Covid-19, and the rate of production means many will have to wait. Who has to wait more and who gets to wait less is a secondary matter that I usually don't dwell on; instead I campaign for faster production so that the waiting is less.

    Palestine is an exceptional case because it is under military occupation. Israel as occupying power is responsible for public health in Palestine and thus has the obligation to secure vaccine for Palestinians, if it can. We see that it can. When Israel has extra vaccine in its hands, it should carry out its responsibility.

  • 2 March 2021 (Urgent: Voting Rights Advancement Act)

    US citizens: call on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act.

  • 2 March 2021 (Urgent: Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act)

    US citizens: Support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.

    This bill would do many things to reduce death in childbirth in the US — which is shockingly frequent in the US. Contrary to its name, its benefits would expect to all poor women; they would not be limited to blacks.

  • 2 March 2021 (Laws to repress protests)

    The US must not increase the laws to repress protests. Instead it should start using its existing powers adequately against right-wing extremists and stop overusing them against nonviolent leftists.

    Many states are passing laws for repression of nonviolent protest action against dangerous business activities, and thugs tend to be extra harsh against all left-wing protests. Compare that with the friendliness of thugs with the Kenosha killer, Rittenhouse, and the Capitol Police leaders' betrayal of their mission on Jan 6.

  • 2 March 2021 (Social Security and tax)

    The US should boost Social Security by eliminating the cap on how much income a person pays the tax on.

    The reason this cap exists is because there is an idea that each person is supposed to receive support based on per own earnings. Following that idea, if there is a limit on how much Social Security will pay a retire rich person, there has to be a limit on how much that person pays Social Security.

    I think it is perfectly fine to say that rich people will help support the rest, through Social Security as well as in other ways.

  • 2 March 2021 (Cool Teen Migrant Detainment Center)

    (satire) *Biden Unveils Cool Teen Migrant Detainment Center Where Youths Can Hang Out And Never Leave.*

  • 2 March 2021 (Social safety net)

    Americans believe that their country has a "social safety net" which will protect them from absolute penury when something goes wrong. In recent decades, many cords of the net have been removed or stretched, so now people tend to fall through it. Here are the details.

    A good government arranges to do better for its people than merely set up a net somewhere beneath them in case they fall. It provides good things for its people so that everyone can have a good life.

  • 2 March 2021 (Benefits of brexit)

    One benefit for the UK (and the world) of its departure from the EU is that Goober will have to stop paying British drivers peanuts.

    I made a mistake in a previous note of saying that the drivers were now "employees." It seems that in the UK makes a distinction between "employees" and "workers"; the drivers are now "workers." I am not sure what rights workers have, but it is more than "independent" contractors.

  • 2 March 2021 (Switching tactics)

    Planet roasters can no longer convince by denying that global heating is occurring, so they have switched to other methods to stop society from taking sufficient steps to curb the heating. Interview with Michael Mann.

    There is no evidence that Wikileaks was part of a scheme to elect the wrecker. It published evidence in 2016 that the Democratic Party had corruptly prevented Sanders from winning the nomination. That corruption was a bigger problem than the fact that it was leaked.

  • 2 March 2021 (Exaggerating support for democracy)

    Western countries, no longer as powerful as in the past, are exaggerating what they might do to support democracy in Burma.

    This is leading some Burmese to expect an armed rescue. They might start a rebellion which would be crushed.

  • 2 March 2021 (Trump inauguration)

    QAnincompoops now claim that Trump will be inaugurated as president on March 4.

    When this fails to occur, they may pretend that it did.

  • 2 March 2021 (Business supremacy treaty for energy infrastructure)

    A special business supremacy treaty specifically for energy infrastructure has a ISDS clause. Under this treaty, countries must pay for permission to adopt climate policies that make foreign-owned fossil fuel infrastructure less useful.

    All business-supremacy treaties are instruments to crush democracy. Countries should refuse to sign them, withdraw from them, ideally join together to cancel them out entirely.

    For this treaty, one possible last-resort solution would be for countries to declare war on each other and bomb each other's fossil fuel infrastructure, disabling it from functioning. Then they could decline responsibility on the grounds that the damage was an act of war.

    I don't suggest bombing the power plant into rubble — that would cause pollution — just destroying some key part of it, without which it does not operate.

    Is this idea shocking? There are better ways to stop burning fossil fuels, but it is good to have this fall-back method if the others prove too difficult. Don't say it can't be done!

  • 2 March 2021 (Definition of antisemitism)

    The faculty at University College London rejected the UHRA definition of antisemitism.

    It was not designed to be used as a basis to judge people for their actions.

  • 2 March 2021 (Killers of Maltese journalist charged)

    Malta says all those who masterminded killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have now confessed or been charged.

    More info about her.

  • 2 March 2021 (Sanctions on ICC personnel)

    The wrecker put sanctions on personnel of the International Criminal Court; a month after inauguration, Biden has not lifted them.

    How the US should approach the ICC may be a complex question, but sanctions on its personnel cannot be a valid answer.

    It was Dubya that began attacking the ICC and trying to make it ineffective. The US should end that, too.

  • 2 March 2021 (Global heating disaster)

    *CO2 emissions: nations' pledges 'far away' from Paris target, says UN.* The Paris agreement's target is far from sufficient to avoid global heating disaster.

  • 2 March 2021 (Remote surveillance of workers)

    Remote work has led to a great jump in remote surveillance of workers. They can be monitored far more than they were in the office.

    Amazon is putting cameras in delivery vans to monitor drivers. I hope the drivers go on a camera strike, all covering the cameras on the same day.

    However, given all the other nasty things Amazon does, I urge you never to buy from Amazon — and to urge your friends not to buy any presents for you from Amazon.

  • 2 March 2021 (Biggest carbon polluter in history)

    *The United States Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History — Now Is the Time for Bold Action.*

    Or a cowardly drift into disaster.

  • 2 March 2021 (Hamas in Palestinian elections)

    *Is Israel trying to keep Hamas from running in Palestinian elections?*

  • 2 March 2021 (Law not to boycott Israel)

    Georgia passed a law requiring speakers at universities not to boycott Israel. One speaker threatened to sue; Georgia is changing that law.

  • 2 March 2021 ((satire) Ballotless Voting)

    (satire) *Florida GOP Introduces Ballotless Voting In Disenfranchised Communities.*

  • 2 March 2021 (Increasing minimum wage)

    The Senate parliamentarian ruled that increasing the minimum wage is not a budgetary measure, thus thwarting the plan to include that in the Covid-19 relief bill. Democrats now have plans to work around that decision.

    I advocate increasing the minimum wage, but I think the parliamentarian made the right decision. It is stretching things to say that any measure that could will have fiscal effects is a budget measure.

    There seem to be other ways to raise the minimum wage.

    Raising the minimum wage will give the US economy a boost that focuses on working people, rather that trickle down.

  • 2 March 2021 (Artificial sweeteners)

    An experiment found that various artificial sweeteners promoted gene transfer between bacteria.

    The gene transfer can speed the evolution of multi-drug-resistant strains. Since tons of these chemicals now appear in human wastes, they can easily affect

    It seems like an amazing coincidence that several chemicals whose only point of commonality is to taste sweet would also have this effect on bacteria. So I suppose there is an explanation to be found.

  • 2 March 2021 (US military personnel refuse Covid vaccine)

    *A third of US military personnel refuse Covid vaccine.*

    It shocks me that blacks often refuse the vaccine. It can't be due to heeding white-supremacist right-wing extremists. Since the same vaccines are being offered to whites, it should be clear that this is not a case of offering blacks something dangerous. They are doing themselves harm by refusing.

    If a way can be found to win over the blacks in the military, a few months to observe will convince most people that the vaccine is safe enough. (Unless a problem appears.)

    The main remaining group of refusers will be white-supremacist right-wing extremists. Requiring vaccination of all service members — no choice about it — might convince some of them to leave the military, which is exactly what the country needs.

  • 2 March 2021 (Monarch butterflies are threatened)

    Monarch butterflies are threatened. The population this winter is only 1/3 of what is needed to keep the species safe.

  • 2 March 2021 (Burning of plastics)

    *New research links Delhi’s thick smogs to burning of plastics.*

  • 2 March 2021 (Boulders as obstructions)

    Since the UK government has failed to stop bottom-trawling in "protected" marine areas, Greenpeace is doing so — by setting up lines of boulders as obstructions.


  • 2 March 2021 (Government-for-hire)

    Both Republicans and Democrats are papering over the ways Neera Tanden has boosted government-for-hire.

    I am disappointed that Sanders supports her. I wish I could ask him why he does.

    Meanwhile, some of the senators that are very hostile to Deb Haaland own fossil fuel stock.

  • 2 March 2021 (Ancient city of Axum)

    When the Ethiopian government captured the ancient city of Axum, its soldiers (and allied Eritreans) rampaged and massacred civilians — hundreds, at least.

  • 2 March 2021 (Radicalization camps)

    The prison camps for captured women and children of PISSI have become radicalization camps, ruled by the most fanatical prisoners.

    I can't tell from the article whether there are prisoners in those camps that no longer support PISSI. If there are, I hope they get a chance to go somewhere they can live in peace.

    Fanatics should not be allowed to raise children. The children should be adopted by families that do not support PISSI.

    In general, what to do with prisoners that support violent extremist cults is a question with no evident good answer.

  • 2 March 2021 (Twitter's old web interface)

    Twitter shut down its old web interface that permitted tweeting without running nonfree Javascript code.

  • 1 March 2021 (Urgent: Rochester thugs investigation)

    US citizens: call on the Department of Justice to investigate the Rochester thug department for civil rights violations and racist violence.

  • 1 March 2021 (Urgent: enact VOTERS act)

    Residents of Massachusetts: call on Massachusetts legislators to enact the VOTERS act and require public meetings to be accessible virtually

    I added the following text:

    I ask you push to amend HD2828 (Garlick/Lewis) in two ways:

    * To require virtual meetings to be accessible by phone as well as by internet.

    * To require the state to use its own servers for this purpose, rather than any company's servers, starting no later than June 2023.

    The companies such as Zoom that offer the use of their servers for virtual meetings impose their own rules about what may be said and who may participate. It is intolerable for any governmental activity or state entity to be covered by commercial censorship, so the state must have a firm policy not to use commercial servers for its meetings except in an emergency. However, recognizing that the state will need time to set up its own facilities, I propose a transition period of two years before the requirement to use them becomes effective.

  • 1 March 2021 (Urgent: college loan debt)

    US citizens: call on Congress to cancel Americans' college loan debt.

    I entered this text.

    I advocate cancelling student debt for undergraduate education, and for postgraduate education except when it is for a professional degree and the person has or will become employed in that profession. We don't need to forgive doctors' and lawyers' expenses for medical school and law school.

    To sign without running nonfree JavaScript code from the web site, use the Salsalabs workaround.

  • 1 March 2021 (Rich nation and Covid)

    *Rich nations must either help developing countries fight Covid or live in a fortress.*

    The first thing advanced countries need to do is get themselves governments that will help those very countries fight Covid-19. With leaders like Trump and Bogus Johnson, they are charging off to defeat.

  • 1 March 2021 (White-supremacists in the military)

    The US military has done next to nothing to keep out white-supremacist radicalization. Nazis openly talked about their views. Aside from the Navy, the US armed forces treated this as acceptable.

  • 1 March 2021 (Overconsuming groundwater)

    India is overconsuming its ground water, and is approaching a deadly shortage. Food production would be insufficient. Some major cities are faced with the threat of having no drinking water.

    Solar-powered desalination of sea water can help provide drinking water, but it would take a long time for India to make enough capacity to serve the purpose. Shipping water to inland Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad (36 million people) would also be enormously expensive. I don't know if that solution is feasible even with a desperate effort.

    Looking at what Modi has done with the desperate protests of farmers over a change in laws, I expect that Modi will try to hide the water shortage when it comes, rather than address it.

  • 1 March 2021 (Litter of mars rovers)

    (satire) *NASA Welcomes Litter Of Mars Rovers After Successful Breeding Of Perseverance, Curiosity.*

  • 1 March 2021 (Held government accountable)

    *If the UK government isn't held to account for its Covid failures, democracy may never recover.*

    Even before this, democracy in the UK was rather decrepit. Corbyn, the only leader for decades who had any chance of redirecting the UK to serve most of its citizens, was shot down by character assassination. A democracy which gives such a leader no chance to succeed is not much of one.

    Nonetheless the article is valid as regards the threat to the little democracy that remains.

  • 1 March 2021 (Coronavirus death toll)

    *The Coronavirus Death Toll Reached 500,000 Because [the wrecker] Sabotaged the Covid Response.*

  • 1 March 2021 (Fracking banned)

    Fracking has been banned in the Delaware river basin.

    That still leaves large parts of the US where we need to ban fracking. Of course, no new fossil fuel development of any kind should be allowed. But fracking is particularly bad, since it tends to leak methane and can pollute local water supplies.

  • 1 March 2021 (Derailing climate targets)

    *UK's gas power plans risk derailing climate targets.*

    If civilization survives, new fossil fuel power plants will not remain in use long enough to recoup their investment costs. And likewise if civilization collapses. So there has to be some dirty reason for proposing to build them.

  • 1 March 2021 (Solar power satellite)

    NASA is testing the main component for a future large solar power satellite.

    In the 1980s I helped the L5 Society campaign for this.

  • 1 March 2021 (Critical supply chains)

    Biden has ordered prioritizing protecting critical supply chains from risk of interruption due to dependence on foreign suppliers.

    The US should have started this in the 1990s if not before. Indeed, I wonder if the US used to pay attention to this, and whether it ceased as part of Republican deregulation. Can anyone find out and tell me?

  • 1 March 2021 (Deal on USPS)

    Biden and some Democrats in Congress think they can get a "bipartisan" deal to change some laws for the USPS by leaving Saboteur DeJoy in office as its head.

    It is not entirely lunacy to try to make a deal with Republicans, but you must check your pockets frequently during the meeting, a well as after. The leader of their cult made a practice of not paying his debts and not keeping his deals, so you must not give them anything on credit. Allowing a known saboteur to remain in place would be asking for trouble, even as part of a deal. To give him more opportunities for sabotage indefinitely in hope there might be a deal is idiotic.

    If there is a good deal to be had, the Democrats can get it without DeJoy. But they can't possibly get a good deal by acting desperate for one.

  • 1 March 2021 (Thousands of fossil fuel wells approved)

    California has approved thousands of fossil fuel wells without the environmental approvals required by law.

    They have also omitted the required public hearings about the projects.

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