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Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Popular Home Products That Can Be Surprisingly Toxic

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

If you thought you were safe from pollutants around the house, think again.

6 Most Absurd Things Right-Wing Christians Have Blamed on Gays

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Fail to see the link between autism, tornados and gay marriage? Let the Christian Right help you out.

How Male Trolls, Harassment, Sexism, and Racism Can Dominate Women's Web Experience

By Astra Taylor, introduction by Rebecca Solnit, Tom Dispatch

The disappearing woman and life on the Internet.

Why Stephen Colbert is Dangerous — and Invaluable

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Bill O’Reilly’s latest freak-out helps explain why the satirist is so important for the progressive movement

SHOCKING VIDEO! Florida Is Arbitrarily Prosecuting Children As Adults: Human Rights Watch

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Youth are branded for life with adult criminal records for low-level offenses with no avenue for review.

One Death Doesn't Mean Marijuana Edibles Are Dangerous, It Means We Need Better Education and Labeling

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Regulation keeps them from being an iffy proposition.

The Real Reason American Moms Are Staying Home

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Moms want work, but they're faced with a crap economy.

The Worst Cash Rip-Off Since Bank Fees? Behold an Infuriating New Scheme to Sap Your Money

By David Dayen, Salon

If prepaid debit cards sound too good to be true, it's because they're a scam. Here's the hidden truth behind them.

10 Horrifying Fast Foods That Should Not Exist

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

Come on America, how many ways can we inject molten fake cheese into everything?

Uprising: When Black America Launched a Violent Rebellion Against One of the Most Oppressive Societies on Earth

By Deborah Small, AlterNet

America learned the exact wrong lesson from the black uprising of the 1960s.

Men on the Edge of Panic: Boomer Esiason, Mike Francesa and Toxic Masculinity

By Dave Zirin, The Nation

When 'be a man' goes horribly wrong.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5 Theocrats in Congress Who Care More About the Bible Than the Constitution

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

These politicians vote as they believe the Bible tells them to.

Newly Released Data Reveals Small Number of Greedy Doctors Rake in Millions from Medicare

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Medicine's 2% are paid a quarter of the federal program's dollars.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Naked Victory on Rolling Stone Cover

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

The 53-year-old actress strips down and talks sexism in Hollywood and beyond.

Glenn Beck, National Review and NY Post Might be Forced to Pay Huge Defamation Damages in Court

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters

Three big right-wing publications are finally being taken to task.

Why I Cringe When My Son Calls Himself a Junkie

By Ellen Sousares, AlterNet

He sees himself as being as worthless as society assumes him to be.

How the Corporate Takeover of Society Is Leaving Us Feeling Empty Inside

By George Monbiot, The Guardian

They big corporations do not represent us and they have no right to run our lives.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Hilariously Mocks Confused Christian Critics of 'Noah'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

No, it's not a documentary, and no, everyone does not live happily ever after!

Death Squads Galore: U.S.-Backed Assassinations Wreak Global Havoc

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

U.S.-funded Kenyan forces are ramping up a campaign of extrajudicial executions.

Why Some Progressives Want to Make Sex Work the New Normal

By Katha Pollitt, The Nation

Acknowledging that sex work can be exploitative seems to be difficult for some feminists to come to grips with.

The Secret History of How Banks Assumed Control of the U.S. Economy

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Nomi Prins, author of the new book, 'All the Presidents' Bankers' shares her discoveries about the power of finance on the American economy.

Predatory Billionaires Are Destroying What's Left of New York's Affordable Housing Rental Market

By Laura Gottesdiener, Tom Dispatch

The real estate market in New York has been a playground of sorts for schemes by huge investors.

Robert Reich: 7 Reasons Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Raised to $15 an Hour

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

The esteemed economist explains how it helps everyone, and the overall economy.

Scientist Has No Clue How He Ended up in Holocaust-Denier’s Creationism Documentary

By Sarah Gray, Salon

The film pushes the idea that the sun moves around the Earth.

We're All Paying for Student Loan Defaults and the Incredible Cost of U.S. Higher Education

By Marian Wang, Pro Publica

New federal study reveals loan default rate tripled in the past four years, and taxpayers are picking up the tab.

5 Ways the Girl Scouts Can Do Better Than Selling Mass-Produced Sugary Cookies

By Cathy Erway, Civil Eats

These highly processed cookies are far from the home-made and healthier options.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Global Rankings Study Depicts an America in Warp Speed Decline

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

From access to healthcare and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, the U.S. looks like a second-rate nation.

The Deportation President: Obama Has Banished Nearly 1.6 Million People for Minor Offenses Like Traffic Violations

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Despite his claims of making the system more "humane," Obama's record is devastating families.

Colorado Airports Ban Marijuana, But Try to Help Passengers Stay Out of Legal Trouble

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

If you're going to fly in Colorado, you can't do it with to speak.

12 Key Progressive Politicians to Watch in the 2014 Elections

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Populist politics is making a comeback in the midterms.

Meet 5 Greedy Big Businesses That Rip Off Taxpayers

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Did you pay your taxes? Much of the corporate world tap-danced right around their obligations.

Is the Internet Killing Religion?

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Computer scientist at MIT hits on a compelling correlation between growing internet use and the decline of religious affiliation in the US.

GOP’s Woman-Haters Club Swells: Why Their Hatred Is Actually Getting Worse

By Andrew Burstein, Nancy Isenberg, Salon

From Christie to Limbaugh the right's view of women is steeped in the 18th century. It may finally catch up to them.

5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

By Kozo Hattori, Greater Good

Having compassion leads to increased happiness, freedom from gender stereotypes and better relationships with others.

5 Insidious Ways the US Has Tried Pulling Off Coups Through 'Democracy Promotion'

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Cuba is the latest country to be targeted by U.S.-funded groups trying to destabilize unfriendly governments.

Maybe We Shouldn't Be Worried About E-Cigarette Liquids

By Samantha Felix,

A debate with the New York Times.

A Fascinating Way to Put a Stop to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Children

By Dana Goldstein, Comment Is Free

Restorative justice techniques for all children will stem the tide of unequal classroom punishment.

Gentrification Report: Black and Latino Displacement Is Remaking the Bay Area

By Julianne Hing, ColorLines

Black and Latino populations in San Francisco and Oakland’s gentrifying neighborhoods have fallen amidst an influx of white residents.

The Shot that Echoes: Remembering Kurt Cobain 20 Years Since His Suicide

By Dave Marsh, Rock & Rap Confidential

Rock and Roll's ongoing struggle with authenticity and artistic freedom.

Monday, April 7, 2014

8 Things Mainstream Media Doesn't Have the Courage to Tell You

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

News sources speak for the 5%.

This Harrowing Tale of How Our Secret State Works to Crush Our Rights Will Chill You to the Bone

By Peter Van Buren, Tom Dispatch

Innocence is a poor defense in post-constitutional America.

How Extreme Dog Breeding Has Brought Untold Suffering to 'Man's Best Friend'

By Michele C. Hollow, WhoWhatWhy

The quest to make the 'perfect dog' has created news kinds of animal cruelty.

7 Places PayPal Sends Your Personal Financial Info That You Probably Don't Want It to Go

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

Their 'privacy policy 'sends your information to eBay, credit bureaus and law enforcement.

How Right-Wing Loons and Pro-Gun Nuts Blame Everything But Guns for Mass Shootings

By Timothy Johnson, MediaMatters

Not to Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, Ted Nugent and pals: Mass stabbings are extremely rare.

Atheists Who Adopt: We're Raising Our Seven Kids, Four Through Adoption, to be Freethinkers

By Veronica Chenik Gilmore, AlterNet

Although daunting, adopting as an atheist is possible and necessary.

Plankton, Fish Eyes and Scrapfish — the Menu of the Future?

By Urban Nilmander, AlterNet

Chef Angel Leon's new twist on sustainable seafood.

How Do You Say No to Sex Without Hurting Your Partner's Feelings?

By Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sex experts share secrets for softening the blow.

Attention Drone Operators: You Could Be Killing This Child!

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Artist collective installs giant poster in heavily droned area of Pakistan.

McCutcheon, the Majority, and the Challenge of Our Time

By Richard Eskow, AlterNet

Today's ruling points us to the defining struggle of today's generation.

How a Shaman Helped Me Deal With My Deepest Insecurities and Severe Addiction

By Kristen McGuiness, The Fix

These methods are unconventional, but they've kept me sane and sober.

How War Hungry Pundits Get U.S. Foreign Policy Dead Wrong

By Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English

They litter the public landscape with nonsense about a divine US world mission.

Student Was Forced to Perform Sexual Acts in Her Dorm, Harvard Turned a Blind Eye

By Jill Filipovic, The Guardian

How America's top universities fail rape survivors.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

7 Craziest Right-Wing Rants This Week: Satan's Role in Graham Crackers?

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Honey Maid's ads featuring same-sex couples is the work of the devil,' and more...

Rumsfeld Documentary Reveals What an Unaccountable Slippery Bastard He Is

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

Director Errol Morris's 'The Unknown Unknown' shows Rumsfeld as unapologetic.

Debunking the 5 Biggest Myths About Pot

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

The more research is released, the more legalization makes sense.

Orange Is The New Black’s Piper: 'The Biggest Thing I Took From Jail Was Complete Awareness of Inequality'

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

"You can’t go through that experience and not see on stark display how differently prisoners are treated."

Why Atheists Like Dawkins and Hitchens Are Dead Wrong

By Sana Saeed, AlterNet

Acolytes of Dawkins & Hitchens pretend that ignorant evangelicals represent all of religion. Here's what they miss.

Building Organizations or Creating Movements? How Two Theories on Change Can Work Together

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence

Saul Alinsky swore by building organizations, not movements. But would he break his own rules today?

Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After McCutcheon?

By Joshua Holland,

We might just find a silver lining to the dark clouds that McCutcheon and Citizens United represent.

How Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor

By Bill Berkowitz, The Smirking Chimp

Privately owned probation companies are routinely jailing probationers for not being able to pay fees.

Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High

By Amy Traub, The Huffington Post

The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue has the most employees using food stamps.

Paul Ryan Accidentally Reveals The Truth About The GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

Ryan makes crystal clear which health care provisions they wouldn't keep.

Loathsome Limbaugh's 9 Most Appalling Comments on Women

By Jaime O'Neill, Smirking Chimp

If you're married to a man who likes Rush, my apologies.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 Companies That Excel at Screwing Over Customers

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

These businesses make treating you like crap an art form.

Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism

By Javier Sethness, Truthout

Earth was never an 'infinite resource,' but capitalist practice treats it like 'an infinite garbage can.'

Why Americans Are Losing Their Religion at a Startling Rate

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Here are some of the factors contributing to the massive decline in religiosity in America.

10 Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage (with Charts)

By Cap Action War Room, Think Progress

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would create economic prosperity and put more money into the pockets of hard-working Americans.

Women Who Have Rough Sex: Why It Can Be Liberating

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

The most compelling argument in favor of rough sex is also a feminist one.

I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job — The Truth About Work

By Dawn Foster, The Guardian

It's still taboo to admit that most jobs are unspeakably dull.

Majority of Law Enforcement Officers Support Marijuana Policy Reform

By Neil Franklin, LEAP

Former cop: the war on drugs changed the very nature of policing for the worse.

There Are 5 Million Dirty Reasons for Record Deportations

By Susan Pai, AlterNet

What to keep in mind for the next election cycle.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Things Conservatives Lie Shamelessly About

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives have figured out a neat little rhetorical trick: tell lies so fast your opponents can't keep up.

American Justice: A Rich Child Rapist Goes Free, But a Poor Woman Trying to Feed Her Kids is Jailed

By Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian

The U.S. operates two justice systems: one for the wealthy and another for the poor.

5 Reasons It's So Hard to Combat Anxiety and Depression and What You Can Do

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

Negative emotions can be a challenge, but there are effective ways to cope.

The Most Elitist, Disgusting Supreme Court Has Rigged the Whole System in Favor of the Rich

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

The Supreme Court has crushed the last aspect of campaign finance reform. That's why we need your support.

Chilling: Marijuana Activist Threatened by Child Protective Services

By Vanessa Waltz , Ladybud Magazine

Cannabis could save her epileptic son, but it's illegal in FL, so they've never tried it.

6 Abortion Clinics for 13 Million Women? Inside Texas' Latest Assault on Women's Rights

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Reproductive rights are hanging on by a hair in the Lone Star State.

The High-Tech Wall Street Rip-Off Setting the Media on Fire

By Marshall Auerback, AlterNet

Dangerous and predatory high-frequency trading is bad for markets, bad for regular people and bad for society.

Why Don't Christians Who Take the Bible Literally Also Think the Earth Is Flat?

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

According to parts of the Bible, the earth is both stationary and flat.

6 Biggest Myths About Women Who Have Lots of Sex

By Marrie Lobel, Huffington Post

The truth is that having lots of sexual partners and self-esteem aren't necessarily correlated.

Abused and Exploited Temp Workers May Finally Get a Break

By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

CA bill would hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations of subcontractors and temp agencies.