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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

7 Dumb Things You Should Stop Wasting Money On

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Your wallet will thank you.

Harvard Study: Aging Liberal Men Have More Sex than Conservative Counterparts

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

One of the longest-running studies of adult development in history delivers four surprising findings.

5 Atheist and Muslim Billboards That Really Pissed Off Right-Wing Christians

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

Ads that promote other religious beliefs and atheism are likely to rile up the Christian right.

Scalia's Major Screw Up: How SCOTUS Just Gave Liberals a Huge Gift

By Sarah Ruden, Salon

With an otherwise awful Hobby Lobby ruling, right-wing judges just said I don't have to pay for warfare! Here's why.

Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained by U.S. Border Officials

By Jessica Glenza, The Guardian

Pulitzer-winning journalist, who in 2011 revealed himself to be an undocumented migrant, detained trying to leave McAllen.

VIRAL VIDEO: If Latinos Said the Stuff White People Said

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Is it true that all white people have small, quiet families?"

Mom Jailed for Sending 9-Year-Old Daughter to the Park

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

She's being charged with a felony for letting her daughter play in the park alone while she was at work.

Government Has Created Massive Spy Apparatus: 6 Chilling Examples

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Post-9/11 surveillance is out of control.

After Two Towns Beat the Fracking Industry in a Top State Court, Can Others Follow?​

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Frustrated with state politicians, activists are testing the ability of local government laws to keep the extraction industry out.

Ultra Right Ideology Continues to Gain Ground From Europe to the U.S.

By Owen Jennings, Political Research Associates

Parties that were previously considered fascist have pushed their way toward success by seeking to mainstream their public reputation.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks the Hobby Lobby Ruling that Corporations Are People

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

A store that sells 'foam cones and glitter' just doesn't get vaginas.

It's Debatable Whether We Should Be Eating at McDonald's at All -- But Getting Married at McDonald's? Oy Vey

By Sarah Gray, Salon

The international fast food giant is now hosting wedding receptions at several of its Hong Kong locations.

Thinking of Trying to Make Money Off Airbnb or Uber? Read This First

By Suzanne McGee, The Guardian

The so-called 'sharing economy' is becoming a booming industry for middlemen, but for you, it's complicated.

10 Indigenous Foods You Should Start Eating Today

By Nora Kako, Food Tank

Eating these nutrient-rich crops can help the farmers who grow them.

The Two Questions That Could Determine If You Have an Alcohol Problem

By Natasha Culzac, The Independent UK

Study offers a simple approach to establish whether a person currently suffers from or is at risk of a drink problem.

Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions, and Always Complains

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

The Republicans have become the party of perpetual whining.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Shockingly, Rand Paul Could be the GOP Nominee and Trouble for the Dems

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Young male voters are drawn to Libertarian positions on social issues.

GOP Self-Destruction Complete: Millennials Officially Hate Conservatives

By Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian

The backlash machine has finally, completely backfired.

The World Financial Cup

By Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post

Germany represents all that's wrong with the global economy. Argentina stands for countries getting screwed.

VIDEO: John Oliver Rants Brilliantly About Income Inequality and the Deluded 'American Dream'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

We have widest wealth gap since the Roaring '20s. "Nothing ominous about that."

Most Republicans Think Jesus Would Denounce Universal Healthcare

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Once again, Republicans have conflated Ayn Rand’s "Atlas Shrugged" with the Bible.

Florida Congresswoman Sides with Israeli Police Over Her Own Brutalized Teenage Constituent

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

Rep. Kathy Castor has done nothing for a Tampa teen who was beaten by Israeli cops.

Krugman: Why the Real Story About Obamacare Is Not Being Told

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

An immense policy success is slipping under the radar.

Pat Robertson Will Cure Your Asthma? 5 Worst Pieces of Health "Advice" Dispensed by the Christian Televangelist

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

You'd be surprised at the number of common medical conditions caused by demons.

We Need More Activist Athletes Like LeBron James

By Kevin B Blackstone, The Guardian

Could the basketball star be the new standard bearer for black empowerment?

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

By Annalee Newitz, io9

You've probably used such terms as "natural" and "survival of the fittest" incorrectly.

6 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Summer for Everyone

By Lindsay Abrams,

Heat waves are only the beginning--it's about to get really ugly out there.

How Bizarre: America's Empire Declining, But Nothing Is Replacing It

By Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

The U.S. looks less like a functioning empire than an imperial basket case.

How America Built Its Highways to Serve the Wealthy and White

By Eric Avila, University of Minnesota Press

"Infrastructure does not serve its public equally."

The New Film 'Begin Again' Is Full of Charm

By Mark Kermode, The Guardian

Review: John Carney's story about random hearts brought together by music works surprisingly well.

The Shrimp You're Eating May Have Been Produced By Slave Labor

By Jill Richardson, Other Words

Walmart, Costco, and their competitors buy shrimp from Thailand's CP Foods because it is cheap. But they don’t have to.

The Dark Side of an Enviro Superstar's Vision for the Future

By Geoff Dembicki, The Tyee

Ecologist Bill Rees' vision for human society is cynical, authoritarian and disempowering.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

5 Pathetic Failures of the American Media This Week

By Nina Burleigh, AlterNet

Esquire and its writer Tom Junod win the week’s "Oops, My Sexist Underwear Is Showing" award.

Do Most Christians Even Know the 10 Commandments?

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

The 10 commandments are not as straightforward as they appear.

'Pretty Much a Catastrophe': Anna Deavere Smith and the Disaster of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Emily Wilson, AlterNet

The playwright takes to the Yerba Buena stage on July 17 to unmask zero-tolerance policies.

How Republicans Can Save Themselves—As the Party of Legal Weed

By Andrew O'Hehir,

A modest proposal that might redeem the GOP (or at least make it a lot cooler): Seize the marijuana moment.

One Percent’s Rental Nightmare: How Wall Street's Scheme Blew Up in Its Face

By David Dayen,

Big Money investors thought they had the perfect plan. There was just one huge problem.

How Non-Believers Can Counter That Annoying Religious Dogma That Life Without God Is Meaningless

By Hari Kunzru, The Guardian

In our lazy contemporary conversation about faith, the faithless such as myself are rarely heard.

Outfoxed, Film Exposing Fox News As Right-Wing Propagandists, Is Rereleased With New Section

By Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

A decade ago, Fox News was seen as a legitimate news organization--until this film.

5 Reasons Fasting Occasionally Could Actually Be an Unhealthy Habit

By JJ Virgin, Huffington Post

Skipping meals ramps up your stress hormone cortisol and messes with the metabolism.

Danger Zone: Major Nuclear Waste Dump Continues to Emit Dangerous Levels of Radiation

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

What happened is still a mystery after an accident near the surface site of a New Mexico nuclear waste storage facility in February.

Staggering $1.3 Billion Spent to Propagandize About GMO and Chemical-Intensive Foods

By Kari Hamerschlag and Stacy Malkan, FAIR

It's a disaster.

Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Crisis of Democracy

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

Repeatedly the people of the United States are shown how anti-democratic the government really is.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Why Food You've Salvaged Should Be a Growing Part of Your Diet

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet

Salvaging food that would have gone unharvested could help feed the hungry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The World We've Constructed Is Far Beyond George Orwell's Worst Nightmare

By John Pilger, AlterNet

Orwell's chilling vision of the future in '1984' is happening today in the form of media manipulation and unnecessary wars.

The 1 Percent’s Increasingly Popular Way of Buying Whatever They Want Before We Can—Online Scalping

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

From parking spots to reservations, scalping apps are giving rich people what they want, when they want it.

5 Pathetic Failures of the American Media This Week

By Nina Burleigh, AlterNet

Esquire and its writer Tom Junod win the week’s "Oops, My Sexist Underwear Is Showing" award.

Outrage: Tennessee Arrests Its First Woman Under its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law

By April M. Short, AlterNet

They're locking women up for drug use instead of getting them the health care they need.

How Non-Believers Can Counter That Annoying Religious Dogma That Life Without God Is Meaningless

By Hari Kunzru, The Guardian

In our lazy contemporary conversation about faith, the faithless such as myself are rarely heard.

Rand Paul’s Twisted Race Lies: His New Views on Civil Rights Are as Phony as the Old Ones

By Paul Rosenberg,

He claims his views have evolved. Not so, if you dig into what he actually says.

The Little Thing Our Cities Can Do to Inspire Millions More People to Bike

By Jay Walljasper, AlterNet

Protected bike lanes help riders feel less exposed to danger, and are also appreciated by drivers and pedestrians, who know where to expect bicycles.

10 Supreme Court Rulings That Turned Corporations Into People

By Alex Park, Mother Jones

Last week's decision is the latest in a 200-year-long line of rulings giving businesses the same rights as humans.

Multistory Car Park in U.S. Transformed Into Designer Micro-Apartments

By Rebecca Burns, The Guardian

Many of the 105 million parking spaces in American cities are under-used: could they be repurposed into affordable housing?

How Do You Explain Your Addiction to Your Kids? 5 Tips From a Mom In Recovery

By Dana Bowman,

I learned to accept that my family was in recovery right along with me.

6 Ways to Get What You Want in Bed

By Vanessa Marin, xojane

Stand up for yourself: there are ways you can feel comfortable in making sexual requests in the bedroom.

Spied on for Being Muslim? NSA Targets Named in Snowden Leaks Respond to U.S. Gov’t Surveillance

By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now

Five prominent Muslim Americans were reportedly spied upon by the NSA according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.

Friday, July 11, 2014

7 Libertarian Upstarts Who Might Help Democrats Keep Their U.S. Senate Majority

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

These beer-swilling, racist, movie junkie, misogynist and plain-jane Libertarians might just help Dems keep the Senate.

Commonly Used Drug Can Make Men Stop Enjoying Sex—Irreversibly

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Some of the symptoms reported include impotence and thoughts of suicide and depression.

LeBron James Leaves Miami Heat to Rejoin Cleveland Cavaliers

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

NBA star announces in Sports Illustrated his decision to return to hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers from Miami Heat.

Older Women Do Not Need Mansplaining Boner Prose in Praise of Their Sexiness

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

An homage in a men's magazine to the 'carnal appeal' of 42-year-old women is no great feminist win.

Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

By Oliver Tickell, The Ecologist

Key study has passed through three peer reviews.

8 Ways to Make Sex an Awkwardness-Free Conversation Topic with Your Kids

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. There is no perfect moment.

Inside the Right-Wing's Creepy Demonization of Helpless Children

By Heather Digby Parton, AlterNet

The crisis at the border is bringing out the worst in America's conservative media.

'The A**hole Effect': What Wealth Does to the Brain

By Anne Manne, The Guardian

As people get richer, they are more likely to feel entitled, to exploit others, and to cheat.

Corporate Welfare's Quiet Enablers: How Democrats Pander to Big Business

By David Sirota, AlterNet

The Export-Import Bank shows the GOP is not the only party tailoring policy to business interests.

How Pot Helped this Autistic, Epileptic Child Go From Blank Stares to Loving Hugs

By , The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine

Her frequent seizures were once so severe they caused broken bones—now they're almost eliminated.

Watch a Child Outsmart the Right-Wing 'Fox and Friends' TV Show (Video)

By Katie McDonough, Salon

A young boy didn't seem to share Fox & Friends' co-host's confusion over an Illinois university's new sign for gender-neutral restrooms.

I Was Assaulted by Cops for Daring to Have a Conversation at a Pro-Israel Rally in LA

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intafada

Ali Abunimah said he was arrested without provocation.

How Chris Christie Has Left New Jersey's Economy Sputtering

By Bob Hennelly, WhoWhatWhy

New Jersey’s economic recovery is falling behind other states. How Christie responds could make or break his political future.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

10 Things Europe Does Way Better Than America

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Europe is ahead of America when it comes to healthcare, better sex ed and less violent crime.

Even Republicans Are Ridiculing These Texas-Based Right-Wing Voting Vigilantes

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Republican stalwarts have had enough of True The Vote's silly, paranoid allegations.

Israel's Assault on Gaza Obscures Core Issues: Racism, Occupation, Colonization

By Rashid Khalidi, AlterNet

Nobody pays attention to the settlement project or thuggish incitement when there are air raid sirens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

How Did We Get Here? Tracing the Rise of Fox’s Right-Wing Media Empire

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

Robert Greenwald reflects on the transformation of the media and political landscape since the debut of his 2004 film 'Outfoxed.'

8 Most Outlandish Food Health Claims

By Alice-Azania Jarvis, The Guardian

Believe it or not, sugar was once supposed to make you lose weight.

Dangerous Copycats Inspired by Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that the Bundy standoff could fuel rabid individuals and militias.

How the War on Drugs and the War on Terror Merged Into One Disastrous War on All Americans

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The consequences are measured in lives, limbs and cash.

Christian Discipline? Church Pastor Abuses 13-Year-Old, Forces Him to Dig Own Grave

By David Edwards, Raw Story

At one point, the boy was made to sit in the middle of a Bible study group and pinch his own nipples with pliers.

Is What You Do Online Ever Really Safe From Prying Eyes?

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

A new messaging service promises to provide confidential online communications. Can we trust it will keep our information safe?

Israel's Blood-Soaked Hypocrisy

By Jonathan Cook, AlterNet

Israelis, not Palestinians, excel at vengeance.

The Drug Czar Talks About Public Health, But Still Wants to Arrest People for Drugs

By Bill Piper, AlterNet

The White House released its 2014 National Drug Control Strategy today.

Cop's Violent Attack on Great-Grandmother Leads to Lawsuit

By Lilly Workneh, The Grio

A video of the incident shows a California Highway Patrol officer beating Marlene Pinnock.

Pope Francis Calls the Destruction of Nature a Modern Sin

By , EcoWatch

The pontiff says that we must respect creation rather than exploit the planet.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How America's Biblical Ignorance Allows the Christian Right to Use 'Religious Freedom' For Its Own Agenda

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Hobby Lobby paved the way for corporations to cherry-pick their own religious beliefs.

WATCH: Comedy vs. Anti-Science: 10 Amazing Videos that Show How Humor Can Make a Difference

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Sarah Silverman, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Louis CK and more are hilariously torching the deniers.

5 of the Worst Pundits Spreading Propaganda About the Middle East

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Corporate media absolves the U.S. of blame for the bloody crisis in Iraq.
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10 Things I Learned From Eavesdropping on Conservatives

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

Why Growing Numbers of Pot Smokers Eat Mango Before Lighting Up

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Not only are mangoes high in Vitamin C, they could be the secret to unlocking marijuana's true potential.

Are Our Personal Politics Determined by Our Genes?

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Twin studies show a strong genetic correlation in political attitudes.

Let’s Nationalize Amazon and Google: Publicly Funded Technology Built Big Tech

By RJ Eskow, Salon

They're huge and ruthless and define our lives. They're close to monopolies. Let's make them public utilities.

The Future of Birth Control? Remote-Control Contraceptives

By Hannah K. Gold, AlterNet

The Gates Foundation is bankrolling a wireless birth control implant that can be turned on and off with the press of the button.

Top 7 Most Addictive Unhealthy Foods

By BuiltLean, The Huffington Post

Foods such as as French fries, ice cream and white bread have certain ingredients that make us come back for more.

How Comment Sections for Online Newspapers Have Turned into Hate Crime Scenes

By Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Truthout

It appears that the public at large is being influenced by misinformation that seemingly manifest calls for violence.

Israel's Right-Wing Govt. Knew Abducted Teens Were Already Dead As It Whipped Up Racist Frenzy

By Max Blumenthal, Electronic Intifada

A toxic blend of propaganda, subterfuge and incitement inflamed a precarious situation.

The Real Reason Gun Control Is Failing

By Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian

Americans don't seem to get that all guns are death waiting to happen.

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

By Robert Scheer, Truthdig

With her scurrilous attacks on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the former secretary of state is either a fool or a liar.

6 Takeaways on Obamacare’s Progress and Why GOP Critics Are Backing Off

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Despite implementation obstacles, millions of people are being helped.

The Radical Past of Charles Koch -- a Former Die-Hard John Birch Society Member

By Lisa Graves, PR Watch

The playbook deployed by the Kochs today resembles a more sophisticated (and expensive) playbook of the controversial right-wing group back then.

Why Whale Poo Could Be Key to Reversing Effects of Climate Change

By Philip Hoare, The Guardian

I have been at the wrong end of a defecating sperm whale: it smells, it's nutrient rich, and could just save the world.

6 Updates On Key Harry Potter Characters From J.K. Rowling.

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

She’s feeding Potter fans crumbs, but they’ll take it.

The Major Networks' Evening News Programs Barely Mention Poverty

By Fairness In Accuracy & Reporting, FAIR

Billionaires are getting a lot more attention than the poor on TV news.