Aux États-Unis, le business des prisons privées est si lucratif que les compagnies qui les gèrent font du lobbying législatif pour emprisonner encore plus de personnes

Je dois dire que la chaîne Russia Today est une chaîne à part : elle lève des lièvres et dénonce des faits que nombre d’autres médias alignés ne soulèvent jamais. L’attribution de la gestion de prisons à des firmes privées est typiquement un travers des États-Unis, en ce sens qu’il révèle l’imbrication croissante des sphères gouvernementales et privées, l’une des marques du fascisme. Cette imbrication est une extension des “relvolving doors” (les portes tournantes) où les oligarques alternent emplois privés et mandats politiques, une technique bien pratique pour gaver de contrats toute entreprise peu scrupuleuse de l’intérêt général et de … Continue reading Aux États-Unis, le business des prisons privées est si lucratif que les compagnies qui les gèrent font du lobbying législatif pour emprisonner encore plus de personnes

Is the US Exploiting Typhoon Suffering to Win Military Bases in the Philippines?

Last week I wrote about the potential for the Obama administration’s Asia-Pivot strategy to inflame anti-colonialist sentiment. I lamented that Washington tries simply to get around this popular opposition to the military surge in East Asia instead of acknowledging that people don’t like to be occupied by foreign militaries. Cynically, the U.S. has exploited the suffering of the typhoon in the Philippines in order to gain leverage in negotiations with Manila over increased U.S. military presence there. The relief operations performed by U.S. forces are seen as helping to “lubricate” the deal for basing rights, which are one piece of … Continue reading Is the US Exploiting Typhoon Suffering to Win Military Bases in the Philippines?

Dolphin virus outbreak in Atlantic is deadliest ever

The deadliest known outbreak of a measles-like virus in bottlenose dolphins has killed a record number of the animals along the US Atlantic coast since July, officials said Friday. A total of 753 bottlenose dolphins have washed up from New York to Florida from July 1 until November 3, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That is more than 10 times the number of dolphins that would typically turn up dead along East Coast beaches, said Teri Rowles, program coordinator of the NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. “Historic averages for this same time frame, same … Continue reading Dolphin virus outbreak in Atlantic is deadliest ever

LG Smart TVs accused of ‘spying’ on viewers

LG Smart TVs may be “spying” on their viewers by collecting information on viewing habits and online behaviour, it has been claimed. allegations were made on a blog by Jason Huntley, an IT consultant from Hull, who noticed that his LG Smart TV was displaying adverts which had been tailored to him by analysing channel preferences, online browsing, search keywords and other data. Upon further investigation, Mr Huntley discovered an option in his TV’s settings, entitled “collection of watching info”, which was turned on by default. Mr Huntley also noted that the option was only visible after scrolling down the … Continue reading LG Smart TVs accused of ‘spying’ on viewers

How Jewish artists built Broadway

A US documentary asserts that the Broadway musical is almost an exclusively Jewish creation. But is it useful to look at art in this way? A US documentary shown in Britain last week advanced the fascinating – and potentially sensitive – argument that the Broadway musical is almost exclusively a Jewish creation. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a 90-minute film made by Michael Kantor for the US network PBS, was screened in BBC1’s Imagine strand last week and was shown publicly at the Barbican Centre in London, after which I hosted a question-and-answer session with Michael Grade about Kantor’s film … Continue reading How Jewish artists built Broadway

Eleven more airports, including Luton and Stansted, to use full-body scanners

Patrick McLoughlin lifts flying ban on passengers who refuse the screening, as long as they undergo a private hand-search Eleven more airports across Britain, including Stansted, Luton and Liverpool, are to be required to screen passengers with new generation full-body scanners, the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has announced. But he has ordered that a ban on flying for passengers who refuse to go through the controversial scanners should be lifted from Friday as long as they agree to undergo an alternative private hand-search. The full-body scanners are already in use at 10 of Britain’s largest airports. Initial trials of full-body … Continue reading Eleven more airports, including Luton and Stansted, to use full-body scanners

Canadian Harper in love with Zionism

Pro-Israeli lobby in Canada is strengthening its influence on the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, an analyst says. “A growing number of informed Canadians have been voicing their concerns about Israeli imperialism and the undue influence of the pro-Israel lobby in Canada,” Brandon Martinez wrote in a column for Press TV. He said that Harper’s “one-sided support of the Israeli regime” has elicited sharp criticism from Canadians. Martinez noted that Harper’s support for the Zionist regime has “damaged Canada’s credibility in the eyes of much of the civilized world” and caused “a great deal of resentment especially in … Continue reading Canadian Harper in love with Zionism

Israel’s growing gang violence leads to calls for anti-terror tactics

City of Ashkelon is rocked by car bombs targeting crime family as businesses associated with mobsters are bulldozed Simon was standing in his shop in sight of Ashkelon’s football stadium when he heard the bomb go off. At first, said Simon – who declined to give his surname – he thought it was a Palestinian missile from Gaza, a short distance along the coast. “I shut the shop and smoked a cigarette to calm myself,” he said. After a few minutes, puzzled he had not heard the air-raid siren, he stuck his head out of his door to see the … Continue reading Israel’s growing gang violence leads to calls for anti-terror tactics

Has Mars Preserved Evidence of Ancient Life? Groundbreaking New Look at the 1976 Viking Mission Findings

Almost 40 years ago, two NASA probes on the surface of Mars scooped the soil in search of signs of microbes. The results that came back from the twin Viking missions were, to say the least, ambiguous. The scientific literature contains decades of debate over what they found. Rather than focusing on the question of life, a new SETI Institute-lead study, which was carried out at NASA Ames, was more interested in defining the martian environment that the Vikings sampled. The results suggest the landers not only found evidence of perchlorate salts on the surface, but there also should be … Continue reading Has Mars Preserved Evidence of Ancient Life? Groundbreaking New Look at the 1976 Viking Mission Findings

Regulators Watch Porn and Literally Sleep with Industry They’re Supposed to Rein In … Instead of Protecting the Public

They’re Pimps … Selling Out the American People For a Price The Washington Times reported yesterday that Nuclear Regulatory Commission workers watch porn instead of cracking down on unsafe conditions at nuclear plants. That’s not an isolated problem … We noted last year: Investigators from the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector General found that some of the regulator’s employees surfed erotic websites, hired prostitutes and accepted gifts from bank executives … instead of actually working to help the economy. Likewise, senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes. … Continue reading Regulators Watch Porn and Literally Sleep with Industry They’re Supposed to Rein In … Instead of Protecting the Public