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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Why America Is Still a Deeply Racist Country

By David Dante Troutt, NYU Press

Predatory lending. A two-tiered justice system. The list of discriminatory practices goes on, and on, and on ...

Super Bowl 2014 Will Serve Up New Crop of Sexist Ads, But This Year You Can Tweet Back

By Shira Tarrant, AlterNet

The people making commercials seem to have confused sexy with sexist. Let 'em know what you think at #NotBuyingIt.

8 Insidious Attacks on Our Democracy That You Don't Know About

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Republicans double down on trying to stop Democrats from voting.

What I Discovered About Fat from a Lifetime of Trying to Be Thin

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Promoting diets is about as sophisticated and effective as promoting sexual abstinence for teens.

Approving Keystone XL Could Be the Biggest Mistake of Obama's Presidency

By Michael Mann, The Guardian

A State Department report fails to take into account the full climate impacts of Keystone XL. Who is Obama protecting?

The Horror Show of America: 'We Are Slaves to Profit,' the Creator of The Wire Tells Bill Moyers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

"Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed."

National People's Action—The Long View for Lasting Change

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Q&A: The director of NPA describes their long-term plan to create a new economy and reclaim our democracy.

The Return of the Tiger Mom

By Richard Kim , The Nation

A new book raises the question: Are Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld racists—or just equal opportunity trolls?

Fracking Just Arrived on Your Doorstep

By Ellen Cantarow, Tom Dispatch

Spectra Energy is expanding its fracking pipelines throughout the U.S., including Boston. Suddenly, I'm in the crosshairs of the fracking industry, too. We all are.

Macklemore’s Useless Apology: Grammys and the Myth of Meritocracy

By Brittney Cooper,

Everyone knows the best new artist would’ve been Kendrick Lamar – if the Grammy awards weren’t founded on lies.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Obama's Weak Enviro Agenda Is Suicide for Humanity -- Here's the Stark Future We Face

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet

Based what we know from the most recent climate science, Obama’s "all-of-the-above" energy policy is actually suicidal.

8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive in America

By Dave Johnson, AlterNet

If you don't have money you end up spending more to survive.

You Won't Believe How Stupid the Right-Wing's Latest World-Domination Scheme Is

By , AlterNet

The Blaze claims that the right wing has created "UNPRECEDENTED, POWERFUL COALITION.... LIKELY HAS THE ESTABLISHMENT TERRIFIED." Yeah, right.

Puff, Puff, Pass ... Touchdown! Medical Marijuana Comes to the NFL

By , AlterNet

Stephen Colbert reports on the shifting perception of pot in the NFL.

Former Christie Appointee at the Heart of the Bridgegate Scandal: Christie Knew!

By Elias Isquith, Salon

David Wildstein, Christie's former appointee at the Port Authority, says evidence exists to prove it.

Photographers Recast Cinematic Moments with Senegalese Actors - and the Result is Extraordinary

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

When two Dakar-based photographers recreated with some familiar on-screen moments, they created a response - and a backlash - they never imagined.

6 Dumbest Myths About Sex and Latinas

By Erika L. Sanchez, AlterNet

We're not all sexy spitfires or docile maids.

How Big Pharma Brainwashes Americans Into Believing They're Sick

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Big pharma uses celebrities and other sneaky ways to sell diseases that may not exist.

Former GOP Activist: I'm Done With the Party of Bigots

By Jimmy LaSalvia, The Guardian

The cultural disconnect among Republican leaders is so severe that I just don't think that the party can be saved.

17 Restaurant Dishes With A Shockingly High Calorie Count (Even For America)

By Chelsea Fagan, Thought Catalog

Even in this climate of unhinged gluttony, there are still a few restaurants that manage to shock and distress with just how little they seem to care about their patrons’ health.

Chris Christie Falls Apart

By Joan Walsh, Salon

As a new report finds him looking at '16 general election, he loses a top promoter and polls show him fading fast.

Major Progress for Fixing Cruel Drug War Prison Sentences

By Bill Piper, AlterNet

A greater percentage of black men are locked up in the U.S. than in South Africa at the height of Apartheid—this reform aims to change that.

Is Ukraine's Opposition a Democratic Movement or a Force of Right-Wing Extremism?

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

A debate on whether the rush to back Ukraine's opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin obscures a more complex reality beneath the surface.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scarlett Johansson Parts Ways with Oxfam Over Ad for Israeli Company

By , Agence France-Presse

The actress is sticking with SodaStream, the Israeli company with a factory in the West Bank.

Where to Eat If You Want to Support Restaurants That Pay Their Workers a Living Wage

By Maria Myotte, AlterNet

There are a growing number of owners championing worker-friendly policies—through living wages and other policies.

Deluded Billionaire Fails to Learn His Money Can't Turn His Gay Daughter Straight

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

Cecil Chao Sze-tsung has doubled his offer to $130 million to a fantasy son-in-law.

Is Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority for the TPP Dead?

By Alexander Bolton, Vicki Needham, Popular Resistance

It looks like Obama's super-secret trade deal is no longer inevitable at all, thanks to a movement of movements.

9 Signs Your Relationship Might be Doomed

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

Are you fighting more than having sex?

6 Reasons Conservative Ron Unz Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage to $12 An Hour

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The California Republican is sponsoring a 2014 ballot measure for a $12 statewide minimum wage—more than Obama has proposed.

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Dismantles Republican Whining After SOTU

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Republican desire for bipartisanship is 'premium, grade-A, grass-fed bull-sh*t.'

Scary Trend: Across America, Attacks on Pregnant Women's Rights On the Rise

By Michele Bratcher Goodwin, AlterNet

Marlise Muñoz was removed from life support, but a growing pattern of state intervention in pregnancies threatens women from Alabama to Wisconsin.

Allergic to America: I Had to Move Away Because Life in the US Was Making Me Ill

By Sheela Raman,

My parents immigrated to an America of unbridled hope and prosperity. 40 years later, I discovered a work culture so stressful it made me physically ill. So I left.

Can Cities Lead the Way on Inequality?

By David Morris, AlterNet

American cities can shift the tide of the nation with a three-pronged strategy aimed at leveraging people power.

Life According to the Christian Education Curriculum, in Cartoons!

By Jonny Scaramanga, AlterNet

Most ACE cartoon content is repugnant not only to non-believers, but to most mainstream Christians as well.

Grandmother Barred from 312 Miles of Pennsylvania for Peacefully Protesting Fracking

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

The ban represents one of the most extreme measures taken by the oil and gas industry to date against protesters.

The 1 Percent’s Frothing Paranoia: Why Billionaires Keep Whining About Non-Existent Persecution

By Alex Pareene, Salon

The combination of the financial crash and the election of Barack Obama made a generation of billionaires lose their minds.

Religion: A Purpose or an Agenda?

By Mark Goulston, AlterNet

My motto is believe and let believe; live and help live.

DEA Chief Faces Backlash for Criticizing Obama's Marijuana Remarks

By Phillip Smith, Drug War Chronicle

A petition effort calls for the president to fire and replace her.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

State of the Union: Obama's Underwhelming Plan to Tackle Inequality

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Are we living in a land of small opportunity?

Why Libertarians Play the Clowns in the Circus Show Called the Republican Party

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Having the Christian Right and neo-Confederates as your ideological partners should be cause for worry.

Inside 'The Square': The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Egypt Doesn't Want You To See

By Terrence McNally, AlterNet

Three of the film's key contributors share their experiences of filming in the middle of a revolution.

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

By Roman Krznaric, Greater Good

Are you a HEP (highly empathic person)? Well, even if you're not, it's possible to cultivate these highly pro-social traits.

More Damning Signs of Chris Christie's Corruption

By Elias Isquith, Salon

NJ Gov's brother Todd Christie buys and sells property conveniently located near the site of a state-planned major renovation.

Why 'Moby Dick' Explains the American Empire

By Greg Grandin, Tom Dispatch

There is no crevice on earth where useful raw material can hide, no jungle forbidden enough to keep out the oil rigs.

Justin Bieber Is Lucky He's Rich—Poor Immigrants Don't Get Off So Easy

By Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian

His Mexican gardener would have been detained and deported.

'Drug Criminalization Inherently Incompatible with Human Rights,' Says Human Rights Watch

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Still, any mention of reforming drug laws conspicuously absent from Obama's speech.

Why the Shale Gas Rush Will Be an Economic Bust for New Yorkers

By Alison Rose Levy, AlterNet

A team of professionals has analyzed whether or not fracking would be good for New York’s economic health.

Jon Stewart on the SOTU: 'Executive Order Is the Most Auto-Erotic Form of Government'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Apparently, President Obama's in the f*&k it stage of his presidency.'

'I Feel Like I Was Set Up to Fail': Inside a For-Profit College Nightmare

By Adam Rust, Salon

Some schools feast on federal aid and don't care if the student can repay it. Here's one woman's tragic story.

Companies Are Vying for the Late-Night Stoner Market Using Subliminal Advertising

By Mike Adams, High Times

We're seeing more and more commercials aimed at turning the marijuana munchies into big business.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Dangers of Obama Aiming Too Low on Inequality Issues in the State of the Union

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Pushing for a higher minimum wage is the starting line.

The American Dream Can Be a Dead End, Especially If You Grow Up in the 'Wrong Place'

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

There's one America where dreams can come true, and another where they tend to fizzle.

My Fox News Nightmare: How I Tortured Myself with The Propaganda of Ignorance

By John Haggerty, Salon

I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU, so here's what happened when I watched 3 hours of Fox every day for a month.

How Private Probation Companies Make Money From the Those They Trap in the Justice System

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Governments still award services to companies with moneyed interest in jailing ever more people.

Bill Moyers on the Dark Money Assault on Democracy and How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics

By Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Democracy Now

Moyers, "We should know who’s buying our government."

How Scarlett Johansson Got in the Business of Whitewashing Israeli War Crimes

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The actress represents Sodastream, whose main factory is located in an illegal Israeli settlement.

No Amount of Kale Is Going to Bring Back My 25-Year-Old Butt ... But It Still Beats Eating Loads of Meat

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

Cutting down on animal products has made a huge difference.

Bedroom Inequality — Why Sex Is More Stressful for Poor Women and Possibly More Dangerous

By Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian

Socioeconomic status plays such a definitive role in deciding who gets to have a good time in the bedroom and who doesn't.

Dead Protesters, Tortured Prisoners: Ukraine At the Point of No Return

By Olesia Oleshko, Al Jazeera English

While human rights groups were calling on President Viktor Yanukovych to stop the bloodshed, he kept pretending that nothing bad was happening.

The 'Bamboo Ceiling': Hollywood Shuns Asians, While New Media Embraces Them

By Andrew Lam, New America Media

Calling out individual acts of anti-East Asian racism doesn't point out the structures that support the career ceiling for Asian American actors in Hollywood, beyond YouTube and cat videos.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The 10 Obama Policies and Failures That Make Us Angriest

By AlterNet Editorial Staff, AlterNet

In his 5th State of the Union speech, Obama needs to address these topics—then actually follow through, for a change.

The Constant Presence of U.S. Drones in the Sky Traumatize and Ruin Lives on the Ground

By H.F. Bhojani, AlterNet

Beyond the harrowing tragedy of death, living under drones in Pakistan leaves deep psychological wounds.

The Republican Plot to Kill Democracy: Why It Wants To Neutralize the Vote

By Alex Pareene, Salon

Bipartisan reforms to our embarrassing voting system have been proposed. Here's what's holding up their passage.

The 20 Richest Americans Are Greedy Takers — Not Inspirational 'Makers'

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

They have all taken from the public or from employees, or through taxes or untaxed inheritances.

Clueless Rand Paul: Women Are Winning the 'War on Women'

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The Kentucky Senator mocks gender issues even as Republicans wage an assault on abortion rights.

Why Does Hating Other Religions Seem Fundamental to a Religion?

By D.F. Swaab, Random House Publishing Group

There are some 10,000 different religions, and followers of each are convinced that they possess the one truth.

Confessions of a Former Libertarian: My Personal, Psychological and Intellectual Epiphany

By Scott Parker,

I was a Buddhist concerned with world suffering — and I could no longer reconcile my humanity with my ideology.

Obama Has Real Power as President to Fix Inequality Without Congress — Let's See Him Use It

By George Lakoff, AlterNet

Barack Obama has the unique ability to shape public discourse by simply discussing crucial ideas over and over.

TransCanada Pipeline Explosion Shuts Off Gas For 4,000 Residents In Sub-Zero Temperatures

By Kiley Kroh, ThinkProgress

With service out for more than a day, Manitoba residents are asked to minimize the use of electric heaters.

7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Porn

By Harriet Pawson, MamaMia

"I would be failing in my duty as a parent, guide, and woman if I did not share the following information with you—information that has the power to greatly impact your future sex life."

America's Biggest Crises Are Rooted in the Fact That the Economy Is Rigged for the Wealthiest

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

We owe it to MLK to carry his torch and create an economy for all.

Immigrants Get Deported for Far Less Than Justin Bieber Did

By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress

Many low-level, non-violent immigrant offenders (or even those with similar charges) do in fact wind up in deportation proceedings.

Medical Marijuana Could Save My Daughter's Life

By Margaret Storey, The Guardian

My child doesn't want to get high, she wants to get better. She can't do that while weed remains criminalized in most of the US.

Why the Wealthy Tend to Think They're Better Than Everybody Else

By Joshua Holland,

Many arrive at essentialist explanations of their affluence — that it’s due to their better genes, that they have a temperament that’s built for success, that they’re just the kind of people.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

10 Most Absurd Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Pity the 1% Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

A super-wealthy venture capitalist complains that the 1 percent are being treated like the Nazis treated Jews. And more!

Pressure to Raise Pathetic Minimum Wage Is on the Rise Across the Land

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A growing coalition of progressive organizations is pushing hard to get the minimum wage on 12 state ballots.

How the New Top-Selling Ford Truck Will Help the Environment

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

A newfangled Ford F-150 may do more for the planet than some economy cars.

6 Potent Questions I've Answered as a Cannabis Advice Columnist

By Ngaio Bealum, AlterNet

As a cannabis advice columnist , here are six stoner questions that I had fun answering.

Michael Pollan: 5 Reasons the Paleo Diet Is B.S. — And How to Eat Right

By Cynthia Graber, Mother Jones

The celebrated food author dishes on how to eat well: less meat, more microbes, and cook it yourself.

Protesters Ask: How Can You Shoot Yourself in the Head After Being Frisked and Handcuffed?

By Anna Simonton, AlterNet

Cops say Jesus Huerta shot himself while handcuffed. The public is outraged at the shady evidence and continued intimidation.

Embracing Life-Affirming Death Awareness: How to Transform Yourself and Possibly Save Human Civilization

By Fred Branfman, AlterNet

You can transform your life for the better by breaking through your denial about death.

When Rigid Mormon Rules Clash With Native American Traditions

By Charlotte Silver, AlterNet

It starts with having the "wrong" kind of haircut.

Why TV Wives Are Always Way Hotter Than Their Husbands

By Victoria Frings,

Investigation into TV casting shows: why there is an "attractiveness double standard."

Uncomfortable Historical Truths: On White Privilege and the Movie "12 Years a Slave"

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

No mainstream American film would dare to show the true range of white on black torture and cruelty that took place during slavery in the West because such depictions would not be believed by the general public.

Why Are Christian Fundamentalist Parents Allowed to Deny Their Kids Basic Literacy?

By M Dolon Hickmon, AlterNet

By failing to educate their kids, these parents potentially squander a child’s entire lifetime of future earnings and achievements.

Why Did Police Beat an 84-Year-Old for Jaywalking?

By Thom Hartmann, Truthout

Our streets have turned into a battle zone.