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Monday, May 19, 2014

5 Ways the Poor Are More Ethical Than the Rich

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Nine out of 10 of the fastest-growing occupations are considered low-wage.

Why Propaganda About Generational Warfare Is Dangerous and Wrong

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Understanding what makes generations tick reveals a great deal about the world.

WATCH: John Oliver Destroys GM and Its Horrifying List of 65 Banned Words

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Deathtrap, decapitating, Kervorkianesque."

10 Foods That Were Touted As Health Miracles, Then Vilified As Health Hazards

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

No wonder people in the U.S. are confused about what to eat.

Ready, Set, Masturbate! Meet the Mastermind Behind 'International Masturbation Month'

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

The pioneer of self-pleasuring divulges some little known facts and techniques.

Funny But Outrageous: U.S. Government Actually Created a Plan to Combat Zombie Apocalypse

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Apparently, this was seen as preferable to dealing with real problems like climate change.

White People Commit the Most Heinous Crimes, So Why Is America Terrified of Black Men?

By Lisa Bloom, Counterpoint Press

The new book "Suspicion Nation" addresses the Trayvon Martin injustice and why we keep repeating it.

Munchies Mystery: Why Do Cannabis Users Crave Fatty Food?

By Skyler Cannabaceae, The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine

What it is that sends our taste buds into overdrive?

How Libertarianism Would Actually Curtail Human Freedom

By Kim Messick,

Libertarians have a reality problem.

The Shocking Rise of School Segregation

By Jeff Bryant, Campaign for America's Future

Has the current administration turned its back on the legacy of Brown v. Board?

A Powerful Long-term Alliance Between China and Russia Is Unnerving Washington

By Pepe Escobar, Tom Dispatch

The deal aims to turn the region into a privileged gas hub for Japan and South Korea.

12 Ways to Feel Great About Your Body

By Liz Langley, AlterNet

We all feel self-conscious at times about what's under our clothes.

AT&T and DirecTV Enter $48 Billion Merger

By Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

The deal will turn AT&T into a major player in the pay-TV business.

Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart

By Laura Garcia, Molly Rusk, Yes Magazine

The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

9 Vilest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Limbaugh Pits Himself Against Abducted Nigerian Girls

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"They're not our girls"... and more horrific commentary.

You Can Have Your Kids Taken Away for Smoking Legal Pot

By Kristen Gwynne, RH Reality Check

Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, yet harsh drug war laws still penalize society's most marginalized women.

What Happens When a Global Billionaire Is Backed Into a Corner?

By Cedar Attanasio, AlterNet

Eike Batista used to be one of the richest men in the world. Now he’s charged with insider trading, money laundering, and market manipulation.

How You'll Get Screwed If Conservatives Kill the U.S. Postal Service

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

If USPS in its current form ceases to exist, the results will be harsh.

5 Most Surprising Things I Learned As I Turned to Atheism

By Steve Williams, AlterNet

I’ve learned a lot since starting to identify my atheism to others four years ago — here are my insights.

New York's Pot Arrests Haven't Slowed Down and Are As Racist as Ever [VIDEO]

By April M. Short, AlterNet

New York is on track to arrest 28,600 people for pot possession this year, most of them minorities.

8 Ways to Shut Down Your Inner Critic

By Claire Hannum, xojane

How to stop the nagging voice inside our heads that can become our own worst enemy.

Was American Democracy Always Doomed?

By Andrew O'Hehir,

Most critiques of democracy as it currently exists assume that democracy can and should be fixed. Is that too optimistic?

Racial Segregation Returns to US Schools, 60 Years After the Supreme Court Banned It

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D., The Conversation

The ideal of educational integration championed in the Brown decision remains far from a reality in America's schools.

Female CEOs More Likely to Get Fired

By Edward Helmore, The Guardian

A survey confirms that top businesswomen work on the edge of a glass cliff.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

How To Rescue Chained Dogs and Practice Nonviolence At the Same Time

By Tai Moses, Parallax Press

Being a good neighbor means looking out for both our human and our animal neighbors.

When Neil deGrasse Tyson Says 'Evolution' on National TV, Creationists Go Into Full Panic Mode

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Tyson puts the fear into the anti-science crowd.

New York's Pot Arrests Haven't Slowed Down and Are As Racist as Ever [VIDEO]

By April M. Short, AlterNet

New York is on track to arrest 28,600 people for pot possession this year, most of them minorities.

Why Is Big Tobacco Taking Stock in E-Cigarettes?

By Ellen Piligian, AlterNet

It's the wild, wild west for the tobacco industry once again. ​

Watch: Bill Maher Reads Steamy 'Fair and Balanced' Conservative Porn

By AlterNet Staff, AlterNet

This week Rupert Murdoch acquired Harlequin, the publishing company known for its erotic romance novels.

10 Biggest Pot Myths, Debunked by Science

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

By any objective analysis, cannabis and cannabinoids exceed the FDA’s existing standards for medicine.

GOP Senator Attacks Retired Military Brass for Saying Climate Change Threatens Security

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

16 generals and admirals warn that “we no longer have the option to wait” and plead for a “bipartisan call to action.”

Learn All About the Insane Obsession the Right-Wing Can't Let Go Of

By Mark Fiore, AlterNet

Their scandal mongering reeks of nothing but political theater.

'CLITERACY' The Power of Female Sexual Pleasure

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Artist Sophia Wallace says that women can't fight for freedom from violence or reproductive justice without exposing taboos.

What I Realized When I Finally Decided to Sign Up for Food Stamps

By Dennis Powers, Huffington Post

When the object of my pity — the poor 'them' — suddenly became me.

Rethinking Mandatory Prison Sentences: The Lesson from One Convicted Man Who Turned His Life Around Without Serving His 13 Years

By Raj Jayadev, Equal Voice

Because of a clerical error, Mike Anderson lived free for more than a decade. Should this rehabilitated man have served his full sentence?

'Godzilla' is the best action movie since 'Jaws'

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

Magnificent action, visual daring and an unexpected moral depth make the new "Godzilla" an awesome surprise.

What Next In The Campaign To Save The Internet?

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

The campaign has pushed the door open, now we all have to go through it and raise our voices louder than Comcast’s lobbyists to save the people’s Internet.

Friday, May 16, 2014

5 of the Most Dangerous Delusions of the Far Right

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives are outdoing themselves with the crazy on issues like climate change and abortion.

Embrace That Bod! Hundreds of Real Post-Pregnancy Bodies Celebrated on Website (VIDEO)

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project celebrates moms in a novel way.

Will Marijuana Become the Next Sports Medicine?

By Paul Gaita, The Fix

Some big-name athletes are calling for medical marijuana to replace dangerous and addictive prescription painkillers.

HILARIOUS VIDEO: Colbert Is Just Wondering, Does Karl Rove Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'He is protecting his skull with a thick cushion of meat.'

Old White Racists Have a New Mascot: NH Official Who Called Obama the 'N-Word'

By Joan Walsh,

Don't worry. Robert Copeland has "criteria" for calling the President that.

9 Worst Things Rich People Do to Me When I Clean Their Houses

By Anonymous, xojane

Here's a tip: If the job 'really isn't that much,' why don't you just do it yourself?

The One Big Bad Habit That May Be Holding You Back

By Marcia Reynolds, AlterNet

And how to break out of it.

Forget 'Dieting' -- Here's a Painless, Easy Way to Be Good to Your Body and the Planet

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

The joys of moderation -- and its radical potential.

One of the Most Pervasive — and Wrong — Conservative Economic Myths, Debunked

By David Bollier, New Society Publishers

A great deal of economic theory is based on this falsehood.

Federal Regulators Issue Proposed Rules that Would Kill Open and Equal Internet Access

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A caste system, based on segregating content and users by speed and wealth.

9 Reasons You Might Not Be Getting the Sleep You Need

By Imogen Beecroft, The Guardian

For many sufferers of sleep disorders (known as parasomnias), and their other halves – a good night's sleep is an elusive thing.

Outraged By Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls? 4 Other Incidents of Mass Violence Against Women You Should Know About

By Erika L. Sánchez, AlterNet

The media has ignored many other examples of international violence toward women.

How the Melting Antarctic Glacier Will Make These 14 Coastal U.S. Attractions Look

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch

Climate Central asked an artist to create the images with rising sea level estimates in mind.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Latest Right-Wing Propaganda Ploy: Bullies of the Christian Right Pretend They're Oppressed

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

They act like they're the real victims.

7 Mindblowing Economic Trends You Need to Know About

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Which country is considering a $25 minimum wage? That and more...

Jill Abramson's Firing from the Times Looking Suspiciously Sexist

By Laura Clawson, DailyKos

The abruptly-canned editor was seen as "pushy" and is said to have asked for pay parity with predecessor.

Robert Reich: Why Timothy Geithner Is Deluded About the Bailout

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

The Treasury Secretary's new book misses the mark entirely.

20 Horrifyingly Sexist Headlines About Female Celebs (And the Shocking Results of Taking Out the Sexism)

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Here’s what headlines would look like if women weren’t treated like objects.

Why We're Fat: I Went to the Nutritionists' Annual Confab and It Was Catered by McDonald's

By Kiera Butler, Mother Jones

Our national nutrition experts are in bed with Big Food.

Federal Regulators Issue Proposed Rules that Would Kill Open and Equal Internet Access

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A caste system, based on segregating content and users by speed and wealth.

5 Reasons the War on Drugs Is a Costly Economic Disaster

By April M. Short, AlterNet

A new report reveals obscene wastes of money and humanitarian disasters.

Fast Food Workers Strike Worldwide for Better Wages While McDonald's Lamely Relaunches Ronald

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Video of 'The Greedy Clown' drives home point about poverty-level wages.

4-Way Tie for Most Atrocious Right-Winger of the Moment

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Limbaugh, Rove, Sterling, Coulter . . . who's the most horrible?

A Surprising Reason We Might Procrastinate

By Lisa M. Juliano, AlterNet

A fascinating psychological quirk that might help explain procrastination.

'You Might Get Hit By a Car': The Chilling Threats Used to Force Muslims Into Becoming Informants

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

In the post-9/11 world, informants are a major tool law enforcement uses to infiltrate Muslim communities.

How You Can Still Stop the FCC from Destroying a Free Internet

By Michael Winship,

The fight for net neutrality isn't over.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About White Supremacy

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

In the age of Obama, the phrase "white supremacy" is used in political discussions like an imprecise shotgun blast.

Insatiable: Meet the Woman Who Loves Doing Porn

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

The porn star talks about her memoir, smoking crack in BDSM dungeons, and why she's smitten with her work.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Republicans' Insane Political Strategy: Ruining Our Country Hurts the Democratic Party

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

The GOP knows that if it can damage the economy, the average voter might blame it on the president

Fox News Wing-Nuts Go Mad, Mainstream Media Follows Them off the Cliff — Again

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

And the right-wing loons are back to talking about impeachment.

15 Most Horrifying Deep-Fried Foods in America

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

America's gastronomic Houses of Horror.
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GOP Divorced from Reality on Obamacare

By Leo Gerard, AlterNet

'You Need to Die': Cliven Bundy and Violent Militias Still Terrorizing Utah, Nevada

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Donald Sterling stole the spotlight, but the menace from Bundy's supporters continues—and might be getting worse.

Gray Wolf Returns to Iowa After 89 Years...and Is Shot Dead

By Jeremy Hance,

Hunter escapes being cited despite wolves being a protected species in the state.

Woman Who Filmed Her Own Abortion: 'We Need to Talk, Not Apologize'

By Jaclyn Munson, AlterNet

Emily Letts discusses her abortion experience and why empathy is the key to the future of reproductive rights.

Guess Who Profits When You Can Throw Pregnant Women in Jail for Using Drugs?

By Deborah Small, AlterNet

A new law allows a pregnant woman to be charged with assault for harm to her fetus.

There is Something Seriously Wrong with Sex in America

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

But, Paris, at least we'll always have masturbation.

In Defense of Single Moms

By Fiona Tinwei Lam, The Tyee

My family is rooted outside the nuclear archetype. Bring on the assumptions.

Confessions of an Unexceptional Brit Trying to Make It in Exceptional America

By Lucy Westcott, The Guardian

The US work visa process is a window into an immigration crisis – and self-effacing British anxiety.

Beaten and Held in Solitary Confinement for 5 Months For a Traffic Ticket

By Chris Randolph, Courthouse News

Mexican citizen alleges he was held in ICE Jail and denied an attorney and medical treatment.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How Parasite Corporations Like Pfizer are Chucking U.S. Citizenship to Escape from Taxes

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Relocating to a country with a lower tax rate is one giant middle finger to your fellow Americans.

Koch Brothers Learn How to Fake Concern for the Poor, an Expensive Lesson

By Simon Maloy, Salon

Having figured out voters are compassionate, the right makes odd plan to act on it.

'I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear is Light'

By Glenn Greenwald, TomDispatch

Glenn Greenwald on how the Snowden saga began.

Vermont Becomes Latest State to Hike Minimum Wage

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The $10.50 per hour floor by 2018 is highest in the country . . . so far.

AlterNet Comics: Matt Bors on #BringBackOurGirls

By Matt Bors, AlterNet

That whole hashtag thing can run amok.

4-Way Tie for Most Atrocious Right-Winger of the Moment

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Limbaugh, Rove, Sterling, Coulter . . . who's the most horrible?

Why Do the French Have Better Sex?

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Hint: Slut-shaming plus male-centric ideals equals less fun in bed.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Donald Sterling's Ridiculous and Pathetic Anderson Cooper Interview

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Just turn on the cameras and let the crazy fly.'

Robert Reich: How the Right is Literally Killing Women

By Robert Reich,

The maternal death rate is growing. That is just wrong

The Soaring Price of Limes Means Trouble: Are Asian Bugs and Climate Change the Culprits?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee

The average price of limes has shot up from 23 cents to over a dollar -- here's why.

How Washington Hawks Are Cynically Using Kidnapped Girls to Justify U.S. Military Intervention In Nigeria

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The deployment of Western military advisers to help battle Boko Haram will only bolster a failed strategy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Praises Scientist Who Knew to Check His Religion at the Door; Creationists Go Apoplectic

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

It's hard to please the dogmatic creationists, who fundamentally hate science.

What I Learned From Being Called 'Fat' on TV

By Jessica Brune, Huffington Post

It's time to redefine what the face of sexy looks like.

Rand Paul’s Incoherent Foreign Policy Mess

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

His worldview can't sell in a GOP primary and he knows it -- so here's the hacky sweet spot he's going for instead.

Why Teaching Children to Be Tolerant About Diversity Just Won't Cut It

By Laurie Levy, AlterNet

We need to encourage young children to embrace and celebrate diversity.

Why Marijuana Works Better Than Opiates to Control Pain

By Kylie “Tee” Toponce, Cannabis Now

It’s all in the way human brains are hardwired.

Obama Is Negotiating the Biggest Trade Deal in Human History - It Would Gouge the American Economy

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

We're about to enter an economy-changing free trade deal, and the corporate media is silent.

Glenn Greenwald: The Explosive Day We Revealed Edward Snowden's Identity to the World

By Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist tells the story of those fateful days in Hong Kong