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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gaza: More Than 110 People Killed in Less Than 24 Hours

By Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian

Gaza endured a night of relentless bombardment that brought some of the heaviest pounding since the start of the conflict three weeks ago.

Ayn Rand's Fever Dream: Texas GOP Platform Crazier Than You Can Imagine

By Michael Winship, Bill Moyers

Corporal punishment? You bet. Guns? Yes, please, more!

6 of the Most Outrageous and Ignorant Celebrity Rants Supporting Israel’s Assault on Gaza

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

You wouldn't believe how ignorant these celebrity rants are.

Armed Militias Massing at Border to 'Protect' America From Small Children

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Armed with semi-automatic weapons, 10 vigilante groups are prowling the Texas-Mexico border.

What Recovery? You Probably Became Poorer In the Last 10 Years

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

From 2003-2013, ordinary Americans lost a third of their wealth.

5 Fascinating Facts About Americans’ Boozing and Smoking Habits

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

Religion and education are key to understanding the American public's relationships with alcohol and tobacco.

The Right-Wing Agenda Propelling False Claims of Christian Persecution

By Edwin Lyngar, Salon

How right-wing hacks created a sect of victims.

What Does the Democratic Party Actually Believe?

By William Greider, The Nation

The Dems need to experience more of the surprise rebellions that took down some old bulls in the GOP.

Having Trouble Reaching Orgasm? Here's What Might Help

By Jenny Kutner, Salon

Women who focus on erotic thoughts during sex have an easier time reaching orgasm.

What Happened To The Israeli Generation That Believed Peace Would Come?

By Orit Weksler, AlterNet

An Israeli woman living in the U.S. recoils at the cycle of violence.

Why the NYT's Call For Marijuana Legalization Is a Huge Deal

By Tony Newman, AlterNet

The paper of record linked the govt's marijuana ban to the disastrous alcohol prohibition policy of the 1930's.

Why the FDA's Latest Move on Chicken Inspection Is Literally Full of Sh*t

By Monica Potts, The Guardian

If approved by the USDA, a new rule could replace government inspectors with untrained company employees -- and that'll be bad for your health.

5 Ways to Outsmart the Supermarket and Lose Weight

By David Zinczenko, The Huffington Post

How you can avoid buying junk food the next time you're at the supermarket aisle.

Maybe Fist Bump Next Time? Handshakes Have Much Higher Risk of Making You Sick

By Adam Withnall, The Independent

A strong handshake passes on as many as 10 times the number of bacteria compared to bumping fists.

Why 'Snowpiercer' Is the Must See Movie of the Summer

By Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

The film for our times.

Wall St. Landlords on a Cul-de-Sac Near You

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

Institutional investors are capitalizing on the foreclosure crisis by buying homes cheaply and then converting them into rental homes.

Why Ukraine Is At the Heart of a Major U.S.-Russia Struggle

By Sylvia Todorova, WhoWhatWhy

Behind the Ukraine crisis is a story about the $21.6 billion South Stream pipeline project.

Monday, July 28, 2014

5 of the Most Widely Believed Consumer Conspiracy Theories, Debunked

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

From killer microwave ovens to banned 300-mpg cars, here's the scoop behind the exaggerated claims.

5 Israeli Talking Points on Gaza Debunked

By Noura Erakat, The Nation

Why does the mainstream media keep repeating these false claims?

Woman Sentenced to Prison for Photographing a War Protest

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

‘We are losing a generation because of drones’ says activist Mary Anne Grady Flores.

Paul Krugman Lays Bare Latest Corporate Scheme to Rob American Taxpayers

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

It's called 'inversion,' and Congress could close this outrageous loophole right now.

15 Funniest Twitter Suggestions for Shows on New Sarah Palin TV Channel

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Death Panels, She Wrote," and lots, lots more.

Media Titan Rupert Murdoch's Latest Media Takeover Plot Is His Most Audacious Yet

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

If the titan is successful in his bid, the mega deal would be bad for everyone.

Say What? Americans Are Just as Prudish About the Legal Drinking Age as 30 Years Ago

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New study shows 74 percent are against lowering the drinking age to 18.

How Did Israel Learn How to Spin Its Disastrous Deadly Policies? From a GOP Pollster, Naturally

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz.

America's Wealthiest Are Increasingly 'Earning' Their Fortunes by Inheriting Them

By Robert B. Reich, AlterNet

Six of today’s 10 wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes.

There Are as Many Atheisms as There Are Gods

By Andrew Brown, The Guardian

Atheism has stalked religion for as long as the latter has existed.

Natural Gas Won't Rescue Humanity from Its Oil Addiction, It's Making Things Worse

By Naomi Oreskes, Tom Dispatch

It's time to quit the wishful thinking about natural gas.

How Changing Your Diet Can Alleviate Bipolar Disorder

By Pamela Peeke, Huffington Post

How eating the right nutritious foods can help with mood swings and depression.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

6 Despicable Right-Wing Moments This Week: Fox News' Anti-Immigrant Hysteria

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Brian Kilmeade wonders why 911 calls from Spanish speakers have to be answered.

Cop Shoots Drunk Man to Death After Forcing Him to Drive a Car [Video]

By April M. Short, AlterNet

50 cameras captured the scene but the cop wasn't punished. Now the victim's family is suing.

Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete for Millennials?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

New research reveals deep ambivalence about marriage among young people.

America's Top Intel Chief Says Israel's Attempt to Destroy Hamas Won't Fix the Problem

By , The Guardian

Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn says a more dangerous group could take its place.

8 Religious People Who Were Not Oppressors

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Throughout history, important figures of different religious backgrounds promoted positive change for the world.

Israel Is Not My Birthright

By Shira Lipkin,

I was raised to think the country was ours by divine right. But this horror in Gaza has challenged even my deepest beliefs.

5 Healthy Foods You Can Easily Overeat

By Dr. Lisa Young, The Huffington Post

Foods such as hummus can be good for you — but only if you exercise portion control.

Down with the Nanny State: Why New Yorkers Should Be Allowed to Drink Booze in Public

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

There are far greater threats to our safety than drinking alcohol in public.

The Extreme Measures Republicans Will Take to Avoid Raising Taxes

By David Morris, AlterNet

The GOP's latest antics on the federal highway trust fund show what a stubborn misdirected bunch they are.

Wealth in America Is Getting Increasingly Dynastic: We Should Be Ashamed

By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest

Forbes magazine's list of 'America's Richest Families' is a sign of democratic decline.

Lawrence Lessig Tells Chris Hedges About His Project to Seize Control of Politics from Corporations

By Chris Hedges, The Real News Network

It's an uphill climb for the campaign finance reform activist.

Israel's Control of Palestinian Lives Must Be Exposed in Current Grossly Unequal Conflict

By Sami Abdel-Shafi, The Guardian

My pet cat here in Gaza has more freedom than the Palestinians, such is the subhuman treatment meted out to them.

Why People Are Organizing to End U.S. Empire

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

The U.S. empire economy no longer serves us — as it fades, we must choose our path forward.

10 Startling Facts About the History of Heroin

By Keri Blakinger,

In the latter half of the 19th century, it was hailed as something of a wonder drug.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Pause in the Bombing by Israeli Forces — and the Ruins of Gaza Are Laid Bare

By Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Repeated shelling has inflicted a terrible reality on Palestinians as they try to salvage something from shattered homes and lives.

10 of the Biggest Threats to Human Existence

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Just in case you don't have enough to worry about.

Paul Ryan’s “Blame the Victim” Disease: How He Epitomizes A Horrible New Consensus

By Elias Isquith,

Much like coverage of domestic violence or bombs in Gaza, Paul Ryan's poverty plan has a very disturbing hallmark.

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica

This company sues service members based anywhere in the world, no matter how much inconvenience or expense they incur.

5 Signs of Madness in the Media This Week: Tom Friedman Compares Gaza Disaster to Broadway Edition

By Nina Burleigh, AlterNet

Disturbing coverage, with a hat tip to NYT's skewed Israel coverage.

Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete for Millennials?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

New research reveals deep ambivalence about marriage among young people.

VIDEO: Bill Maher to Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'Republicans Dislike You Because You're a Scientist and Black'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

If there is anything right-wingers hate, it's a smart black man who says humans are insignificant.

Oprah Winfrey: Cultural Icon of Mainstream (White) America

By Sarah Nilsen and Sarah E. Turner, NYU Press

Winfrey has embraced this notion of essential sameness as she worked to project a racially non-threatening image.

Union Stands Up for Principle Against Kochs' Attempt to Buy off Criticism on Race and Voter Suppression

By Joan Walsh, Salon

AFSCME ends a partnership over a controversial donation.

5 Examples of How the Government Pressures Poor and Mentally Ill People into Becoming Faux Terrorists

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The government entraps people into talking about terrorism in order to arrest them.

The Interventionist Starved Neo-Con Hawks Are Trying to Drag Us Back Into More War

By William Greider, The Nation

Amid the crises in Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine, hawks are calling for U.S. military intervention.

How the Public Is Using the Internet to Score Major Victories Against Corporate Food Giants

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

Customers use online petition tools and win.

More Than 1,000 New York City Residents Claim to be Victims of Banned NYPD Chokeholds

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

The NYPD's use of chokeholds, like the one that recently killed Eric Garner, is increasing.

Why Classical Music in Colorado Owes Marijuana a Big 'Thank You'

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The orchestra isn’t ashamed to partner publicly with the pot industry.

Friday, July 25, 2014

VIDEO: Bill Maher to Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'Republicans Dislike You Because You're a Scientist and Black'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

If there is anything right-wingers hate, it's a smart black man who says humans are insignificant.

How I Overcame My Soul-Crippling, Deep-South Addiction to Whiteness in 5 Steps

By Jonathan Odell, AlterNet

In Mississippi, the drug of choice is racial superiority. But there are ways to kick the habit.

The Chilling Reason Our Government Wants to Erase These Americans from History

By Molly Crabapple, Creative Time Reports

Most of those held in Communications Management Units, which imprison people linked to terrorist activity, are Muslims.

5 Global Crises That Show How Barbaric the World Is Despite Our Notions of Progress

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

War and violence show how little humanity has learned since World War II.

Scientists Discover the Fascinating Psychological Reason Why Conservatives Are…Conservative

By Chris Mooney, Mother Jones

Right-wing ideology is tailored to a particular psychological profile.

Krugman Divulges Real Reason Conservatives Freak Out About California Success Story

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Right-wingers just hate when promised catastrophes don't materialize.

Twitter Screenplay About Simpsons Smoking Weed Is Strange and Hysterical

By Daniel Hand, AlterNet

An anonymous Twitter user composed the 'Marijuana Simpson' screenplay entirely of 140-character tweets.

Comcast’s Worst Nightmare: How Tennessee Could Save America’s Internet

By David Sirota, AlterNet

In a rare twist, the private telecom companies are seeking government intervention to clamp down on competition.

New Poll Reveals Sharp Generational Divide in Attitudes Toward Israeli Assault on Gaza

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Gallup finds men approve of Israeli's actions more than women, and older Americans more than younger.

Why 2014 Is a Major Election Year for Marijuana Reform

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

Voters nationwide could radically alter marijuana policy this November.

Bank of America and Other Megabanks Say They Want to Make Nice With Poor People: Don't Buy It

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

The poor need financial services, but not from a predatory industry.

Open Letter by 50 Israeli Army Reservists on Why They Refuse to Fight in Gaza

By Yael Even Or, Lo-Meshartot

Fifty reservists express opposition to the Israeli military apparatus, the war in Gaza and the conscription law.

Texas Gun Nuts’ Scary Ritual: How Hatred of a President Turned Profane

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The "open carry" crew is now spouting right-wing conspiracy theories and waving guns in the worst place imaginable.

The Christian Theocratic Agenda Imposed on the Bodies of America's Poor Women

By Deborah Small, AlterNet

Laws around the country, especially in the South, are relegating women to mere child-bearing vessels.

Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves -- Why Is This Obvious Truth Suppressed?

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Amid the dire crisis in Gaza, the failure of the international community to respond has left the Palestinians with no choice.

Man Shoots Teen Girl After She Asks Him to Stop Riding Lawnmower In Her Yard

By David Edwards, Raw Story

A dispute over trespassing led to the shooting of a 17-year-old girl in Minnesota, according to authorities.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Right-Wing Christians Tell Kids 'Convert or Go to Hell,' Then Accuse Liberals of Indoctrinating Christian Kids

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

It’s evident who is pushing obedience to an ideology.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We'll Have to ‘Sink Lower’ Before Congress Takes Action to Save the Planet

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Tyson takes on climate deniers and challenges scientists to speak up before it's too late.

Clueless Rich Kids on the Rise: How Millennial Aristocrats Will Destroy Our Future

By Tim Donovan, Salon

Today's wealthy are far more likely to have inherited their fortunes. Here's why that's going to doom our politics.

More Than 1,000 New York City Residents Claim to be Victims of Banned NYPD Chokeholds

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

The NYPD's use of chokeholds, like the one that recently killed Eric Garner, is increasing.

Rich Urban Mom Addicts Get Sobriety Coaches; Poor Moms Get Jail

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

In America, addiction is judged through the lens of class.

Christian Right-Winger Wants to End US Space Program Because the Aliens Are All Going to Hell Anyway

By Sarah Gray, Salon

According to Ken Ham, spending money on finding extraterrestrial life is a deliberate rebuke of God.

Can You Guess Which American City Is Ranked Unhappiest?

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Hint: Its residents are willing to trade happiness for better wages and lower housing costs.

The Most Harrowing, Heart-Breaking Dispatches from Palestinians in Gaza

By Graham Liddell, AlterNet

Palestinians in Gaza are using social media to connect with the outside world they are cut off from.

7 Ways U.S. Foreign Policy Would Be Even More Disastrous If There Were a Republican in the White House

By Robert Kuttner, The Huffington Post

Conservatives scapegoat Obama over foreign crises, but their solutions would be far more scary.

8 Things Straight People Get Wrong About Gay Men

By Jeremy Helligar, Huffington Post

Gay men aren't only interested in sex and they don't want to date your gay best friend.

Whole Foods' Yogurt Is A Sugary Mess

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

A new test reveals Whole Foods' yogurt has more than five times the sugar listed on their label.

Open Letter by 50 Israeli Army Reservists on Why They Refuse to Fight in Gaza

By Yael Even Or, Lo-Meshartot

Fifty reservists express opposition to the Israeli military apparatus, the war in Gaza and the conscription law.

10 Exciting Things About Sex You'll Learn As You Get Older

By Liz Langley, AlterNet

You’ll have sex that’s as good or even better than when you were younger.

For New Grads, Depression After the Diploma

By Raymond Fong, New America Media

With unemployment rates high, recent grads are feeling the pressure.

The Youngest Victims of the Drug War at Home and Abroad

By Jeronimo Saldaña and asha bandele, AlterNet

52,000 unaccompanied children have fled devastating violence that stems from US-led drug policies.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

8 Surprising Celebrities Outraged by Israel's Assault on Gaza

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

The growing number of stars speaking out signals that mainstream American opinion is shifting on Israel.

'Witch Hunt': Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

As Gaza body toll mounts, NBC executives crack down on criticism of Israel.

The Day I Was Nearly Arrested for Having an Autistic Son

By Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Salon

Moms have been arrested for going on job interviews and letting their kids play outside. It almost happened to me over a tantrum.

Ex-Lowe’s Employee Sues After ‘N*gga Black’ Paint, Other Racist Incidents Go Unchecked, Lawsuit Claims

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Racial, disability and sex discrimination allegedly cultivated at Gainesville, Va. store.

Gangs, Guns and Judas Priest—The Secret History of a U.S.-Inflicted Border Crisis

By Michael Paarlberg, The Guardian

Central America did not always have a gang epidemic. We exported that.

NRA Floats Idea of Kids Needing to Show Gun Proficiency to Advance to the Next Grade

By Timothy Johnson, MediaMatters

NRA: "What if instead of gun-free zones, we had gun-required zones?"

These Top 10 Food Companies Control Nearly Everything We Eat

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

A new map puts our food system in a whole new light.

Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

New report shows a growing possibility of home-grown terror.

Israel in 2014 Is Like Germany in 1933—Can the Madness Be Stopped?

By Orit Weksler, AlterNet

A Jewish settler and an exiled Israeli anti-war activist agree.

Hightower: Is Citigroup's $7 Billion Fine Bogus?

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

It may be seen as a victory, but the fine doesn't make up for the damage inflicted by the banking giant.

Do We Really Need Sports Drinks?

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

For those who aren't professional runners, sports drinks and energy bars don't provide nutritional value.

The Truth About MSG -- Is It Dangerous or Not?

By Amanda Greene, The Huffington Post

Here's all you need to know about the flavor enhancer and whether you are sensitive to it.