Gilets jaunes in Paris ask, why a million euros for repairing a cathedral while the poor cannot get by?
I think that preserving the great works of the past is important. But there is enough money for both, if only governments tax the rich enough.
A right-wing militia has been capturing migrants that cross the US-Mexico border, mostly with the intention of contacting officials and asking for asylum. One member has been arrested for illegal guns.
The millions of fraudulent comments opposing network neutrality regulation, that the FCC received, have been traced to the company CQ Roll Call based on detailed data about the filing of those comments.
China is forcibly collecting DNA samples from large numbers of Uighurs. China likes to say that this repression constitutes "fighting crime".
China describes its prison camps for a million Uighurs as part of the "war on terror".
Think of it as the Chinese Guantanamo, 10,000 times as big.
The genetic modification made to two human fetuses in China could provide more benefit than just resistance to HIV. That genetic change is believed to raise intelligence, and improve recovery from strokes.
Although the development of this treatment is risky, someday giving everyone these benefits would be a big step forward for humanity. If we allow parents to cause their children a small risk by denying them brain-protecting injections of Vitamin K, a denial which gives the children no possible benefit, why stop parents from giving them a possibly risky treatment that offers the potential of significant benefits?
Florida prisons swindled prisoners by selling them MP3 players and copies of songs, then confiscating them all because it found a more profitable deal. The prisoners may sue.
It is wise to save a backup copy.
Vox lawyers got Youtube to take down criticisms of a video published by Vox, and threaten the critics with punishment, too.
The videos were almost surely fair use, but Youtube decided against the critics anyway. This shows how Youtube's general submission to the copyright industry constricts people's rights.
A decade after the financial crisis, many countries continue the "emergency" crash-recovery policies for expanding the money supply. What will they do now if there is a recession?
Paid Family Leave Is an Investment in Public Health, Not a Handout.
Republicans are interested in children only when it comes to forcing women to have them. Once the children lose utility for attacking women's rights, Republicans no longer support protecting them.
I take the opposite stand. I want to discourage the making of children, so that the population stops rising and starts decreasing. However, I think that those who do get born should get public help to have a good life.
The danger of Facebook is becoming one of its useds. The principal danger of Instagram, by contrast, is becoming an influenced.
Aside from that, it accumulates personal data about everyone that posts there. Does it get personal data about people that only look at postings? I don't know, but I suspect so.
The Democrat-Reporter, an Alabama newspaper, published an editorial calling for reviving the KKK, and was rebuked. Now it has a new editor: a black woman, Elecia Dexter.
The article says it is not clear whether the old owner sold the newspaper (To Ms Dexter? To someone else?), or hired her. I think it is an interesting question.
President Xi's indoctrination app for Chinese people borrows the techniques of commercial social networks to pressure them to immerse themselves for long periods in his propaganda. The aim is to produce a nation of Xip.
Sale of dinosaur fossils to non-scientists is causing science to lose out. Paleontologists have asked for a ban on selling them to collectors.
US citizens: call on Congress to pass the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act.
If you sign, please spread the word!
US citizens: call on Speaker Pelosi to lead the change Democratic voters want to see.
If you sign, please spread the word!
School shootings affect a tiny fraction of the students in US schools, but the preparations for dealing with the possibility subject every student to psychological trauma.
This article doesn't even count the school-to-prison pipeline in the harm.
70% of Zimbabwe's population was starving due to drought. Then Cyclone Idai destroyed most of the remaining crops.
Long droughts and big rains are both typical effects of global heating. If millions of people flee Zimbabwe for the wealthier countries that have some food, it will be partly our fault that they can't survive at home.
Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese are protesting in Khartoum, demanding an end to military rule.
It presents many instances on which the bully did things that might be criminal. Congress can investigate them.
It seems that the bully tried to commit various crimes and was thwarted by staff who refused to carry them out.
The bully's henchmen acquiesced in Russia's interference, while he himself sought the Kremlin's approval for multimillion-dollar property deal in Moscow.
This shows how much the cheater has damaged America's moral standards.
New York City will require most buildings to upgrade their energy efficiency by 40% unless they use renewable energy.
The London thug department has been surprisingly restrained in responding to Extinction Rebellion's firmly nonviolent stance.
US citizens: phone your senators and call on them to override the killer's veto of the resolution to end US support to Salafi Arabia's intervention in Yemen.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
Uber and Lyft Drivers Say Apps Are Short-Changing Wages While Raising Fares.
Trump Claimed He Knew about Damaging Clinton Emails in Advance.
The US and EU are starting again to negotiate a business-supremacy treaty. One of the specific goals is to require each to trust implicitly the other's safety inspections.
With the US pressing constantly to undermine its own inspection of meat, the EU should not trust the US to do that job right.
"Zero tolerance" gives UK schools lots of excuses to put children in isolation. That causes them psychological harm.
The bully's henchman gave an order to keep asylum-seekers in prison while their cases are heard, perhaps for years.
Tunisia Holds UN Libya Arms Trafficking Expert in Jail.
The fear is that the government has been caught sending arms to Libya and will not let him talk.
Right-wing liars eagerly spread falsehoods about the Notre Dame fire.
Many millennials are having pets instead of babies.
If that helps you avoid children, it is a good idea, but what's the sense of paying someone else to keep company with your dog instead of you? It's like paying someone else to spend time with your friends for you: it defeats the purpose of friendship, whether that be with a human or with a dog.
It is absurd to pamper your dog expensively; that obsession makes for stress and spoils the fun. A dog will not live as long as a human, and a dog's death is not the same loss as a human's death.
Fish farm interests in Iceland are pushing for an ecologically dangerous expansion, and intimidating scientists into silence.
A North Carolina Republican candidate for Congress has yielded to the demand for a new election, since he can no longer hope that a court will overlook the ballot-tampering that has been tied to his campaign.
Australia's automated system to claw money back from welfare recipients has brought in only a little more than it cost.
Right-wingers won't mind, though, because they are determined to serve the principle that poor people should get as little help as possible, and never, ever allowed one dollar more than they can rigorously justify. Any excess money they keep would deprive deserving tycoons.
China is deploying robot cops with face recognition systems. The article does not mention "social credit", but it is clear that these robots are tied into the system and that their decision to label you as a "suspect" can depend on whatever the Chinese state wants it to depend on.
The most dangerous aspect of them is that they can (and surely will) report on everyone they see. I predict that any "equilibrium" between security and privacy that thugs may choose will give privacy short shrift.
Natural history museums hold specimens with DNA of species we are driving to extinction, but the museums are endangered too.
I don't expect hungry mobs to break in to museums to eat the specimens -- nobody would think they are edible -- but in 50 years they may be considered a luxury that society cannot afford.
Israeli colonists in part of Palestine's West Bank have threatened to deny work to Palestinians that cooperate with some Israeli human rights organizations.
These organizations act as witnesses for when some of those colonists commit crimes against Palestinians.
The rate of such crimes has been increasing for years.
The human brain changes, even in shape, as the human learns and adapts. Therefore, when society treats people differently based on gender, that will bring about brain differences that correlate with gender.
As a result, we cannot tell from the examination we know how to do whether there is any innate gender effect on human brains. If there is any, it could be dwarfed by the differences due to differing life experiences.
"Antisemites use the language of anti-Zionism. The two are distinct."
The article distinguishes between various forms of opposition to Zionism, saying that some of them include antisemitism, while others are not.
Based on this, one can see how the IHRA definition of antisemitism draws the line at the wrong place in that area.
I am not an anti-Zionist myself. I continue to wish for the outcome Uri Avnery wished for: two states, in a peaceful relationship. However, the time for Israelis to permit that is running out.
Some report that antisemitism in France now has two sources: neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists.
An economist presents estimates arguing that the Green New Deal is feasible.
Google is secretly buying land and building buildings around the US, and getting special tax breaks for them.
Many apps send "sensitive" data to Facebook, including data women enter in tracking their periods.
For privacy's sake, store your sensitive data on your own computer. Don't accept vague, cloudy stories about where your data is.
"Collapse of Venezuela's healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across region."
The article does not mention that Venezuela before Chávez did not offer medical care for the non-wealthy. The doctors served the middle and upper classes, those who could pay, and did not try to serve the poor. Chávez set up a medical system for all, which still exists but is not working very well.
I see no reason to think that Guaidó would care about the poor enough to make that system function. He might just as likely abolish it.
Some Britons are rejecting fast fashion and buying clothes to keep, trade, and occasionally modify.
The story idiotically says that this is a "new way to consume clothing", when the whole point is to treat clothes as durable goods instead of consuming them.
Australia's greenhouse gas reduction fund will be used to pay for a fossil fuel plant, which was going to be built privately anyway.
The Australian government does not really want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is run by planet-roasters.
NAFTA contains a system that quietly eliminates safety regulations including for food safety.
In Japan, the anti-vaxx cult includes an actual religious cult which seems to resemble Christian "science".
Algerians Take to the Streets over President's Plan to Seek Fifth Term.
Algeria is rather repressive; protesting like that is not an easy choice.
Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced (concealed from the public).
Teacher Lauren Miranda was fired because school officials think that having a private sex life makes one a bad "role model".
I think asexuality is the bad role model -- like "abstinence-only" non-sex non-education.
Sex therapists say that the taboo on discussion related to sex is as strong as it was in the 1980s. People are held back in their relationships by ignorance of their own bodies and feelings, as well as their lovers'.
The repressive former pope, with support from right-wing extremists, is campaigning to undermined Pope Francis.
What it was like in the Extinction Rebellion protests in London.
The article's title is misleading: the protest was nothing like a battle, and that's a very good thing. If they had tried to battle the cops, who at other times are thugs, they would have lost. Thoughtfully and admirably, they did not do this.
A comedian is set to win Ukraine's presidential election, based on a campaign as vague as Obama's "hope" and "change". He might be pledged to obey a billionaire.