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Sunday, September 14, 2014

5 Right-Wing Doozies This Week: The Sarah Palin Apology Tour

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Plus, Rush Limbaugh's football dreams lie in ruin.

The Most Absurd Religious Right Headlines of the Week (and One Hopeful Humanist One)

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Headlines from the spiritual and the secular.

Why Ambien and Other Sleeping Aids Are Very Dangerous and May Need to Be Off the Market

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Despite the hazardous side effects, there is a huge market for insomnia drugs.

The Shameful Racism of Southern Conservatives: They Just Don't Want Minorities to Vote

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon.com

The latest chilling example in Georgia is part of a long, shameful history of how Republicans win elections.

Parents, Students Beware: The 10 Ways Many Colleges Will Scam You

By Stephen Burd and Rachel Fishman, The Washington Monthly

A list of some of the underhanded methods used by some schools when it comes to student admissions and financial aid.

How to Learn How to Help People on Psychedelic Trips

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Psychedelic harm reduction efforts with people tripping at festivals can naturally inform psychedelic therapy.

Two Years in Jail for a Prank? Try Simulated Oral Sex with A Statue

By Sam Brodey, Mother Jones

Teenagers are prone to dumb, tasteless pranks, but one 14-year-old is facing prison time for his latest stunt.

Why This Man Left His Hip Hop Group to Become a Cop

By Emily Wilson, AlterNet

He thought about his decision for a long time, and in 2010 enrolled in the police academy.

Wall Street Is Coming to Fleece Your Town

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt blog

The Fed's bizarre new rules transfer power from the public sector, once again.

The Horrifying Toxic Chemical Footprints of Everyday Items

By Susan Freinkel, OnEarth Magazine

Consumers have a new guide for plastics safety, but the game is still rigged in the favor of industry.

NFL's Adrian Peterson Admits to Beating 4-Year-Old Son, Likens Markings to Those He Gives His Other Children

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

“Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”

US Denies Threatening Foley Family Over Raising Ransom

By , AFP

Foley's mother, Diane, had told US media her family was warned it could be charged if it had tried to raise the money to free their son.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I'm a Conservative GOP Mom Who Buys Weed for her 12-Year-Old Son

By GB, xojane

In my ultra conservative state, I could be sentenced for drug possession and lose custody of my son.

An Important Lesson White People Must Learn If They're Serious About Fighting Racism

By Janee Woods, AlterNet

There's a difference between feeling uncomfortable and being unsafe in black spaces.

Will America Always Be at War?

By Trevor Timm, The Guardian

The question isn’t whether this is war. It is. The question is how long until we’re clamouring for ground troops in Iraq again.

5 Ways New Car Dealerships Try to Rip You Off

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

If you think the Internet has made car buying hassle-free, think again.

The Golden Age of Sexual Taboos: How Indie Movies Brought Deranged Sex Acts to the Big Screen

By Gary M. Kramer, Salon.com

Indies have produced some of the most haunting, bizarre scenes of sexual behavior in the history of cinema.

The Real Reason Why We Can't Defeat ISIS

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

While we remain addicted to the region’s cheap oil, our efforts to arm and fund oppressive despotic regimes will continue.

The Truth About Why Half of Americans Are Unmarried

By Samhita Mukhopadhyay, The Guardian

More than half of people are now single. Is that because we can always swipe right, or because everyone else can, too?

Should Large Nations Split into Small Nations?

By David Morris, AlterNet

What we can learn from Scotland's fight for sovereignty.

Damnation, American Style: How American Preachers Reinvented Hell

By Kathryn Gin Lum, Oxford University Press

Fire and brimstone survived the Enlightenment and prospered at the dawn of the American republic — but why?

Recognize These Faces?

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

Keep the great journalism going with your financial support.

Dick Cheney Should be in Jail

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

When we don't punish the worst political criminals in our history, it sets a terrible example for the rest of the world.

9 Guidelines For Beginning Ayahuasca Travelers

By Daniel Miceli, Reset.me

Ayahuasca tourism’s rapid growth has certain negative repercussions. It's important to be educated before use.

How Women REALLY Talk About Men's Penises

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

Don't worry men, it's not all about size.

Friday, September 12, 2014

7 Women Working Tirelessly to Screw Over Other Women

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

These women should be held just as accountable as men who attack equal rights for women.

Why It's Delusional to Think a Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment Can End Citizens United

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

Citizens United has delivered our democracy to billionaires. But there's a danger in pushing reform that won't work.

The Strange, Complex Story of Women and ISIS Militants

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Amid the rumors and lurid headlines, it's hard to get the truth.

'Atlas Shrugged III': Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck in a Bizarre Ayn Rand Fever Dream

By Steve Almond, Salon

"Who Is John Galt?" is a lurid pageant of right-wing propaganda—and proof of Rand's weirdly enduring influence.

MUST WATCH VIDEO: Jon Stewart's Hilarious and Definitive Rant About Obama's New ISIS Strategy

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'This can't be fixed by waving a magic bomb.'

The Surprising Culprits in the Spread of the Deadly Ebola Virus

By Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

The crisis has offered insights on globalization, deforestation, and the limits to institutionalized global medicine

Orgasm Contests? 15 Most Bizarre Sex Tips from the Victorian Era

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

Did you know that eating bland food will curb men's need to masturbate?

Why ISIS Is So Useful to Israel

By Jonathan Cook, The National, Abu Dhabi

They are the perfect propaganda tool.

10 Signs You Take The Bible Too Literally

By Pete Enns, The Huffington Post

Like, you take out an "eye and limb" insurance policy, because, well, you never know.

Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever

By Sangamithra Iyer, Waging Nonviolence

Veganism confronts the most pressing issues of our time: corporate power, destruction of the planet, and the ethics of violence.

Tech Giants Pull Massive Bait-and-Switch on Your Privacy

By Marcy Wheeler, Salon

The tech industry signs on to the USA Freedom Act -- perhaps because they get expansive immunity for helping feds.

Whoa, America Appears to Be Showing Signs of Sanity on Marijuana Policy

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Drug Policy Alliance's Ethan Nadelmann speaks with Democracy Now about decriminalization.

Pat Robertson Gets to the Bottom of What Turns Teen Girls Lesbian

By David Edwards, Raw Story

The elderly televangelist dispenses more absurd advice.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another Star Athlete Gets Away with Gender-Based Violence as Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Oscar Pistorius, Ray Rice... when will the culture of impunity for violence against women end?

Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy -- Continued Under Obama -- Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS

By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet

Why American policy abroad strengthens groups like ISIS.

NEW VIDEO: Stunned Eye-Witness to Michael Brown's Shooting Puts His Hands Up, Mimicking Brown in Real-Time

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Witnesses say Brown "put his hands up," and "the officer was chasing him."

5 Things the Religious Right Needs to Learn About the 10 Commandments

By Robert Boston, AlterNet

Veneration of the commandments as the source of all laws is a modern-day affectation of the Religious Right.

Crap Detector: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Lies Like a Rug… to Seduce Contributions

By , AlterNet

Plus, a new love fest between Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton.

How Billionaires Like the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Sam Walton Are Destroying America

By Steve Fraser, Tom Dispatch

Democracy for sale is no democracy at all.

Why I Married My Abuser

By Anonymous, The Frisky

The world a victim lives in — a world of isolation and diminished self-esteem — is not so simple to undo.

World Leaders from 20 Nations Explain How to Dig Our Way Out of the Devastating War on Drugs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy is a useful roadmap.

Paranoia Time: A Single Doorknob Can Infect Up to 60 Percent of People in a Building in Just Two Hours

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New study reveals office break rooms, not restrooms, are the greatest ‘hot spots’ for contamination.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Nails the NFL's Absurd Dissembling in the Ray Rice Affair

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Do they really expect us to believe they did not see the elevator video before?

The New Super Food: Why Microgreens Are All the Rage

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Get your vitamin fix with these miniature, nutrient powerhouses.

How Smoking Pot May Alleviate PTSD Symptoms When Sufferers Are Faced With Traumatic Triggers

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

New research adds further urgency to the movement for government-sanctioned medical cannabis.

Why We Let Cops Get Away With Murder but Vilify Even the Best School Teachers

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

The underlying problem is a fundamental lack of resources, which turns poor communities into self-cannibalizing entities.

If Alcohol Were Discovered Today, Would it be Legal?

By David Nutt, Cambridge's UIT Press

Booze has created a public health crisis of immense proportions.

11 Conditions Required to Achieve Simultaneous Orgasms

By Tracy Moore, Jezebel

Be warned: coming together isn't easy.

Georgia Republican: I Prefer ‘Educated Voters’ to an Influx of ‘African-American Shoppers’

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

A clear echo from a painful racial past.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Primary Tuesday: A Day of Infamy for Democracy Reformers that No One Noticed

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Only the left sees losing as a victory.

7 Right-Wing Christians Who Got Their Comeuppance in Hilarious Ways

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

They were so lofty about others’ behavior -- only to be caught in the pettiest of their own sins.

5 Bogus Excuses People Use to Avoid the Flu Vaccine

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

You're a lot more likely to die of the flu than ebola or terrorism.

Walmart May Make Up to $78 Million Forcing Employees to Pay for New Work Uniforms

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Low-paid employees working for the richest family in America have to buy clothes they can’t afford to adhere to the corporation’s new dress code.

The Weird Link Between Marijuana and Radical Islamists in Syria

By Helen Redmond, AlterNet

Relentless war has already shattered much of Syria's legal agricultural economy.

Women's Bare Breasts Are Disappearing from France's Beaches

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Why a new generation prefers to cover up.

The Shocking Militarization of America's Police Finally Catches the Interest of the US Senate

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The military pipeline to thousands of police departments keeps growing.

Domestic Violence Victims Stay for a Million Reasons: Janay Rice's Are Her Own

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Asking a battered woman why she didn’t leave is just another way to pass judgment on her and excuse her abuser.

It's Hard to Be a Fan of Amazon, Uber and Yelp At This Point

By Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

Recent deplorable actions by some of America's biggest brands.

'Bad Feminist': How the Hunger Games Help Me Deal with a Horrible Trauma

By Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial

An excerpt from Roxanne Gay's new book.

Hooray! Science Says It’s Possible to Retrain Brain to Want Healthy Food

By Jodie Gummow, AlteNet

Researchers were able to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Goes to Town on the Ridiculously Overhyped Apple Watch Launch

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

It's going to change the way we communicate with our wrist! Wait, huh?

U.S. Has Been a Force for Nothing Good in the Ukrainian Crisis

By Patrick Smith, Salon

Confrontation -- even to the point of recklessness -- was Washington's preferred strategy.

Join the Internet Slowdown on September 10!

By Michael Winship, Moyers and Company

Imagine what cyberspace would be like if the big ISP companies charge us more for faster service.

Making Community College Free for All

By Yessenia Funes, YES! Magazine

Sound like a dream? In Tennessee, it's about to become a reality.

Half of North America Bird Species Facing Extinction

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Noam Chomsky: The Real Reason Israel "Mows the Lawn" in Gaza

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch.org

Like other states, Israel pleads "security" as justification for its aggressive and violent actions. But knowledgeable Israelis know better.

5 Popular Retirement Destinations Abroad: The Dream and the Reality

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

There is plenty of good, and not so good, when contemplating going expat.

Now Is the Time For A New Abolition Movement

By Frank Joyce, AlterNet

Until racism is addressed, a more humane social contract is unattainable.

How Cops Seize Billions of Dollars from Ordinary People Who Haven't Even Been Charged With a Crime

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

A Washington Post exposé on civil asset forfeiture provides disturbing new details about the practice.

Classy: Union Leader Giving Speech on Class Divide Cut Off by Royal Baby Announcement

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

News of a new aristocrat simply cannot wait!

​The Climate March: Will It Be a Call to Arms For the Earth, Or Are More Radical Actions Needed?

By Bill McKibben and Chris Hedges, Democracy Now!, Truthdig

Two opposing viewpoints from the event's organizer and an activist journalist.

How GOP-Dominated Kansas Is on the Verge of Unthinkable Upsets

By Jim Newell, Salon

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts could lose to independent candidate Greg Orman, while the unpopular GOP Gov. Sam Brownback might be unseated by a Democrat.

8 Most Vile Twitter Reactions to ESPN Anchor Who Called Out NFL

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

The tweets targeted at Cari Champion show how pervasive acceptance of violence against women is.

Raw Sugar Is Hyped as a Healthier Alternative to Refined, But It's Exactly the Same

By Kiera Butler, Mother Jones

We spoke with the experts and crunched the numbers.

Maternity Death Rates Are Very High In The U.S., But Congress Doesn't Seem To Care

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

America ranks 60th out of 180 countries in maternity death rates, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Robert Reich: Why Berkeley Is Back in the Center of a Fight of the People Against the Powerful

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere.

America’s Painkiller Nightmare: 40 Die a Day from Overdoses

By Erin Marie Daly, Counterpoint Press

Legal drugs are laying waste to our families and friends.

Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for NATO

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

NATO's encroachment in Russia’s backyard threatens an armed conflict between Russia and NATO-aligned countries.

In New Orleans, Gluttony and Starvation Live Side by Side

By Katy Reckdahl, Next City

A recent study finds New Orleanians go hungry more than anywhere else in the United States.

Monday, September 8, 2014

4 Ways Greedy Capitalists Rig the System to Profit Off Our Misery

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Each of us is a source of profit, as long as we rent or own, save a little money, and drink water.

When Did Americans Become the Enemy? New Video Explores Decades Of Police Militarization

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A strong call to disarm on the eve of U.S. Senate hearings.

America's Energy Madness—We're Banning Solar Panels, But Many Towns Can't Regulate Fracking

By Ellen Piligian, AlterNet

When it comes to state and local politics, the oil industry is much more powerful than green energy.

The Big Screaming Problem with the Low-Carb Diet Study That Has Food Experts Up in Arms

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet

Before you start a low-carb diet, there is one glaring issue in the new popular study.

How Antonin Scalia Singlehandedly Destroys America's Claim to a Superior Justice System

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

He doesn't think executing an innocent man matters. How can such a depraved human be on our Supreme Court?

Robert Reich: Why Berkeley Is Back in the Center of a Fight of the People Against the Powerful

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere.

Mysterious 'Back-to-School' Virus Sends Thousands of Midwestern Kids to Hospital

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Why is the ‘summer cold’ getting so many kids so ill?

5 Life Lessons I Took Away From Burning Man

By Francesca Hogi, Huffington Post

I don't plan to start burning my possessions anytime soon, but I will practice letting go.

The Rebellion to Save Planet Earth: Why Civil Disobedience Could Be Our Last, Best Hope

By Ted Hamilton, Salon.com

Traditional methods for fighting global warming have proven fruitless.

Why Are Cops Shooting So Many Mentally Ill People?

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Besides lack of training, too many mental health clinics are closing.

The Federal Government Is Now Growing 30x More Marijuana for Research—Here's How They Got Their Arms Twisted into Doing It

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

Will the government's cannabis research blockade finally be broken?

Canadian Tycoon's Opulent Bahamas Estate Poses Grave Environmental Risks

By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

Watchdog groups are taking mogul Peter Nygård to court for illegally expanding his enormous oceanfront resort.

5 Ways the U.S. Enabled the Radical Islamic State

By Russ Wellen, Foreign Policy in Focus

ISIL, now the Islamic State, has become the stuff of nightmares, and the US is, at least partially, to blame.

Almost Every Slice of American Society Wants To Strengthen Social Security Except Washington Insiders

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Most Americans want better benefits, and they agree on how to pay for them.

Inside the Pentagon's Quest to Expand the Empire into Africa

By Nick Turse, Tom Dispatch

This is exactly how not to win hearts and minds in Africa.

Secrets of the Darknet: From Nude Celebrities to Beheading Videos

By Charles Arthur, The Guardian

The internet’s grim underbelly caters for every niche belief and warped obsession – and it’s remodelling reality accordingly.

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