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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Staggeringly High—And Shockingly Under-Reported—Rate of White on White Murder

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Why doesn't Bill O'Reilly spout off about this epidemic of violence?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

In an interview with AlterNet, Tyson talks about the success of his TV show 'Cosmos.'

I'm Polite, Middle-Class and Harassed By Police: Here's Why

By Andrea Cambron, The American Prospect

The targeting of citizens by authorities based on racial stereotypes is a serious issue that needs refocusing.

Holy Crap! Cost of Raising Child to 18 Soars Over $245,000

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Is it any wonder millennials are opting out of parenting?

Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Sales of all those military grade weapons are making people rich.

Former Top Obama Aides Are Now in the Business Of Undermining Unions

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

David Plouffe’s move to Uber is the latest.

3 Ways America Enables Slaughter in Gaza

By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet

The U.S. government plays a central role in perpetuating the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Is Southern Conservatism Just Plain Old Racism?

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

True GOP believers who claim "limited government" has nothing to do with race are lying to themselves.

Paul Krugman Exposes the Real Ulterior Motives of 'Inflation Hawks'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The hawks are obsessed with inflation—why they must be ignored.

How 'Shrooms Work: 10 Trippiest Experiences

By Tony O'Neill,

Whether you view them as recreational, medicinal or sacred, 'shrooms are embedded in human culture.

Florida County Unanimously Bans Atheists from Delivering Invocations at Public Meetings [Video]

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

Commissioners deaf to arguments that this violates Constitution and people's rights.

8 Ways to Feel Good About Your Body During Sex

By Vanessa Marin, xojane

Realizing that poor self esteem is ruining your sex life can be a powerful motivator.

How Government Blacklists Journalists From Accessing the Truth

By David Sirota, AlterNet

The public is being systematically divorced from public policy, which is exactly what too many elected officials want.

The Bizarre Eating Disorder People Can Develop Around Healthy Foods

By Erica Sweeney, The Fix

It masquerades as concern for a healthy diet.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Ultimate White Privilege: Darren Wilson and Being “Afraid For Your Life”

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Claiming you shot someone out of fear of your life can be a "get out of jail free" card -- depending on who says it

4 Worst Right-Wing Reactions to Michael Brown's Killing and the Protests

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Conservative media wasted no time making racist, imbecilic comments about Ferguson.

The Dirty Little Secret of How CEOs Enrich Themselves at Your Expense

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Stock buybacks take money from your pocket and put it into the hands of corporate titans.

The Best Sex Tips You’ll Ever Hear — From a Man With No Penis

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

This guy is proof you don't need to be fixated on a certain body part to have great sex.

The Poisonous Racism Driving Violence in Ferguson and the Rest of America

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

Many cities and towns confront the same problems of poverty, alienation and inequality as metropolitan St. Louis -- or even worse.

Why Do We Count Unmarried People in Relationships As Single?

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Our view of modern relationships is totally warped.

Ferguson Has Calm Night After Attorney General Visits 'Fractured' Community

By , The Guardian

Eric Holder says he personally understands mistrust of police while on visit to assess investigation into Michael Brown’s death

Why Insanely Expensive, Ineffective American Bombing Campaigns Will Always Get Funded

By William Astore, TomDispatch

Expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

How Google and the Big Tech Companies Are Helping Maintain America's Empire

By Adam Hudson, AlterNet

Military, intelligence agencies and defense contractors are totally connected to Silicon Valley.

Drugs Are Fun and That Should Figure Into Our Understanding of Addiction

By Maia Szalavitz,

Factoring drug-related pleasure into a cost-benefit analysis of laws and regulations could be a positive step.

Why Some of the Biggest Fights Over Fracking Are Taking Place Under the Radar

By Dylan Tokar, AlterNet

State and national politicians are in bed with the gas and oil industries, and the activist campaigns have gone local.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Robert Reich: American Democracy Is Diseased

By Robert Reich,

New study shows Americans have never felt more powerless.

My Heartbreaking Walmart Story: How Working There Devastated My Family

By Linda Haluska, Salon

We were used to doing without things—then came my son's prom.

Missouri's Shockingly Ugly Racist Past and Present: Why Ferguson's Inferno Is No Surprise

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

The state has long spawned and attracted virulent racists.

The Beheading of James Foley and the Daily Horrors of the Internet

By James Ball, The Guardian

Think hard before clicking on images of atrocities.

Open Letter to Israel’s Supporters: Where Do You Draw the Line Between 'Defense' and Atrocities?

By Fred Branfman, AlterNet

As a human being, where do you draw the line?

The Surprising Everyday Ingredient That Can Reduce Pot Paranoia

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Smelling peppercorns?

Why You Shouldn't Trust Right-Wingers' Sudden Concern About the Police

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Although the left and the right are in agreement when it comes to civil liberties, their agendas are different.

The Amazing Benefits of Daydreaming on the Mind

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., Psychology Today

The human capacity for mental time travel gives us enormous possibilities for realizing our deepest desires and strivings.

Why the Price of Sex Is Getting Cheaper

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Hard times have hit the world of sex work.

Georgia County Won’t Pay Medical Bills for Toddler Burned By Grenade in Botched Drug Raid

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Habersham County officials have turned down the family’s request to pay for the expenses, saying they’re not allowed to help.

Michael Brown's Killing Exposes the Neglect of Black Communities in the U.S.

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

"The foundation for the tension between police and the community has not changed," says law professor.

'Into the Storm' Blockbuster's Lead Role? The Weather

By Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

The casting director had it easy.

FBI Raids of Charter School Operators Jump

By Ruth Conniff, The Progressive

Are the Feds finally catching on that all is not well in the charter school movement?

Motorcycle Sizzles When Powered by Bacon Grease

By , Environment News Service

A nearly carbon-neutral, biodiesel motorbike is the star of a new documentary film.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At Least 5 Children Murdered After Deported Back to Honduras

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Yet, the U.S. continues to send kids back.

12 Things White People Can Do Now Because of Ferguson

By Janee Woods,

In the wake of Michael Brown's murder, there's been silence from the majority of my nonactivist, nonacademic white friends.

Why John Oliver's HBO Show Is Such a Huge Hit

By Steve Almond, Salon

Viewers are finding in the "Last Week Tonight" host a figure more interested in making sense of the world than in making them laugh.

CNN Anchor Suggests Use Of Water Cannons Against Protesters In Ferguson

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Clearly, Rosemary Church of CNN doesn't have a grasp of U.S. history and it showed during this morning's broadcast.

False Facts and the Conservative Distortion Machine: It’s Much More Than Just Fox News

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

A new study found that voters’ values and partisanship had the strongest associations with distorted beliefs.

Only 37% of Whites Polled Believe Michael Brown Shooting Raises Race Issues

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

African Americans twice as likely than whites to say Michael Brown shooting raises racial issues.

No, Pot Does NOT Make You Aggressive. The Bogus Smearing of Michael Brown Continues

By David Sirota, AlterNet

According to an autopsy report, marijuana was found in Michael Brown's system. So what?

Who Needs Extra Testosterone? Is "Low T" a Dangerous Drug Company Scam to Make More Billions?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The latest fountain of youth has men self-medicating with the hormone.

Would You Have Sex With a Robot? The Age of the Sexbot Is Fast Approaching

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Some experts predict a not-so-distant future of human-robot sex ...and love.

5 Ways to Avoid Seafood’s Dirty Secrets

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

It's time to eat fish in a sustainable way if we hope to continue eating fish in the future.

A Year Ago the DOJ Agreed to Review the Police Killing of This Teenager—His Family Is Still Waiting

By Lucy McKeon, AlterNet

A march on the Justice Department is scheduled for tomorrow, a year after the DOJ agreed to review NYPD shooting of Ramarley Graham.

10 Takeaways From Obama's Ferguson Speech: Cops Should Not Be Militarized

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The president says he understands the deeper problems. But what can he change?

10 Reasons to Hate Capitalism

By Gary Engler, CounterPunch

The economic system encourages greed and denigrates cooperation and collectivism.

Inside a Mexican Ibogaine Treatment Clinic - A Growing Alternative to Treat Drug Addiction

By Doug Heyes and Alesha Carlander, The Fix

A look at Crossroads, which uses the African ibogaine plant to treat drug addiction.

Why New York State's Common Core Test Scores Should Be Ignored

By Owen Davis, AlterNet

Test scores in the accountability era reflect political, not pedagogical, priorities.

5 Clues to Know You're Trapped in a Relationship That Is Based on Fear

By Abby Rodman LISCW, The Huffington Post

Fear has no place in a healthy, interpersonal relationship.

Top Florida Republicans Are Nastier And More Vindictive Than You Thought, Tell-All By Ex-State GOP Chair Says

By Nano Riley, AlterNet

Jim Greer, the high-flying state party chair, was thrown to the alligators.

Monday, August 18, 2014

10 Things You Need to Know About Ferguson

By Don Hazen, Terrell Starr, Steven Rosenfeld, Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

The latest developments from Ferguson.

Gruesome Tales Surface of Israeli Massacres Against Families in Gaza Neighborhood

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

Visiting what remains of Shujaiya yields evidence of massacres and stories of impossible courage.

An Illuminating Sat. Night with Key Witness to Ferguson Shooting (Autopsy Update)

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

Coroner concludes Brown was shot 6 times by cop, twice in the head.

Krugman on the Terrifying Reason Nations Keep Waging War

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

War is a huge money loser. So the motive is not greed.

The Terror Behind Our Grief: What We Talk About When We Talk About Robin Williams

By Peter Finocchiaro,

Our sadness about the deaths of celebrities is about a lot more than just mourning their loss.

The Police Harassment I've Faced Has Left Me With Psychic Wounds

By Keith Bernard, AlterNet

Unlike Michael Brown, I’ve been able to walk away from my police run-ins without a scratch. But I have never been able to escape the shadow.

VIDEO: John Oliver's Brilliant Rant on Why Police Must Have Their Military 'Toys' Taken Away

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'If they can go a whole month without killing an unarmed black man, they can have their f*cking toys back.'

Is It Possible to Move Beyond this Century of Disaster?

By Eduardo Galeano, TomDispatch

The tale of the 20th century—from Stalin to Barbie Dolls.

9 Most Homophobic Church Signs

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

They're not exactly preaching peace and tolerance.

The Carnage of Capitalism

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Capitalism is expanding like a tumor in the body of American society, spreading further into vital areas of human need like health and education.

Is the Omnipresent Push for Self-Esteem Destructive?

By Anneli Rufus, Jeremy P. Tarcher

"An uncritical endorsement of high self-esteem may be counterproductive and even dangerous."

A Pregnant, Suicidal Rape Victim Fought Ireland's New Abortion Law—The Law Won

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Bureaucrats violated this teenager's humanity.

Michael Eric Dyson Spells It Out for White People: Police Won’t ‘Kill Your Child’

By David Edwards, Raw Story

"White privilege obscures from them what it means that their children can walk home and be safe."

The Government-Industry Conspiracy that Promotes Crap Food in School

By Michele Simon, Al Jazeera America

Industry and government work together to promote everything from fast-food pizza to sugary milk in schools.

Important Lessons from the Vietnam Anti-War Movement

By Jane McAlevey, AlterNet

A Q&A with author Penny Lewis on her new book examining working class opposition to the Vietnam War.

This Is How It Feels to Walk Out of Prison After 21 Years

By Christopher Hoss,

In 1993 I went to prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.

Double Standard: FBI Investigates Muslims Who Go to Fight in Wars, But Not Jews Who Go to Fight

By Ahmed Tharwat, The Star Tribune

There is no evidence of an investigation about Americans who fought for Israel in the recent Gaza conflict.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Falling in Love Again: The Amazing History, Marketing, and Wide Legal Use of Today's "Dangerous" Drugs

By Mary Sykes Wylie, Psychotherapy Networker

A brief history of psychoactive drugs.

We Are All Sexters Now: America’s Favorite Amateur Porn

By David Rosen,

Sexting nation, 78 million strong! How the scolds and moralists lost, and sexting became an all-American pastime.

A Look Inside The Infamous Men’s Rights Movement

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

The MRM may be known today for its radical, anti-feminist rhetoric, but it certainly didn’t start out that way.

Watch: Melissa Harris-Perry Delivers Powerful Tribute to Unarmed Black Men Killed By Police

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet

"A white police officer has killed a black person at least twice a week in this country."

5 Worst Right-Wing Moments This Week: Limbaugh Set to Drown in Own Toxic Spewage

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Tragic events really bring out the worst in the right.

The Summer of Hate

By Patricia J. Williams, The Nation

The darkening mood fifty years after Freedom Summer.

As Abortion Rights Shrink, What's the Best Language to Use to Protect Women's Options?

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

As leaders like Planned Parenthood are dropping "pro-choice" language, is there a smart alternative—and should there be one?

What All This Fast Food Is Doing to Our Bodies

By Nick Knight, The Independent

While it's okay to occasionally indulge, it's the long-term risks of a fast food, high-fat diet lifestyle that are more worrisome.

How Much Did the Stigma of Mental Illness Harm Robin Williams?

By Maia Szalavitz,

Can a tragic death prompt a more intelligent approach?

How We Can End Militarized Policing

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

This is a teachable moment for the nation that presents an opportunity to transform policing so it serves the people.

Have A Headache? Have Some Sex

By Jenny Kutner,

One expert suggests skipping the ibuprofen for basic aches and getting sexy instead.

Pro Football Players Should Be Allowed to Use Cannabis

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

Pot can mitigate symptoms of concussions, which are all too common in the NFL.

Florida Cops Regularly Entrapped Men in Sex Predator Stings

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

Sting operations against alleged sexual predators used questionable tactics.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 Worst Right-Wing Moments This Week: Limbaugh Set to Drown in Own Toxic Spewage

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Tragic events really bring out the worst in the right.

How the New Monopoly Capitalism Will Crush You to Smithereens

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Journalist and author Barry Lynn sounds the alarm about one of the greatest threats to our liberty today.

Dumbest Police Chief in America

By ExpatGirl, Daily Kos

I am scratching my head over how it is possible to be as clueless as the St. Louis County and Ferguson police departments.

8 Factors That Are Lowering the Price of Buying Sex

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New Economist report reveals the hourly rate of sex is in steady decline.

Paul Krugman: Want to Strengthen the Recovery? Stop Listening to Paranoid Inflationistas

By Katie McDonough,

If the "too-muchers" triumph over the "not-enoughers," economic weakness could become permanent depression.

Workamping — The New Vagabond Lifestyle of Living in an RV and Chasing Seasonal Jobs

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The cost of living still applies to road warriors and free spirits.

Why We Shouldn't Mock People Who Say They Have Gluten Sensitivity

By Carey Purcell, AlterNet

Some are frustrated that the media portrays gluten sensitivity as a myth rather than a medical condition.

Police Chief Claims Shooting Victim May Have Been Involved in Robbery, But Says Cop Who Fired Shots Didn't Know About It

By Jon Swaine and Rory Carroll, The Guardian

Confusion reigns in Ferguson after a quiet night.

McDonald’s Summer Camp Looks Like a Child Labor Camp

By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

The Philippines branch offers a 5-day summer program that could not be more blatant indoctrination.

8 Creative, Unpredictable Ways People Are Enjoying Marijuana

By Rula Al-Nasrawi, AlterNet

The Erowid community has quite a bit to say about pot.

The Big Contradiction: American Bombs Dropping On Extremist Group Funded By U.S. Allies

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

An embarrassing fact: the Islamic State's rise has been fueled by cash from citizens of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

What the Media Isn't Telling You About Lauren Bacall and Bogart

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

Lauren Bacall was a true-blue, New York, left-of-center, liberal Democrat her whole life.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

As the Golden State suffers through an epic drought, bottled-water companies are selling the state's water elsewhere.

Schools Find Justice Panels More Effective Than Suspending Students

By Aparna Alluri, AlterNet

In one Brooklyn school, a more humane approach to addressing difficult behavior has helped suspension rates plummet.