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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

93 Countries Who Have Changed Their Minds About Obama

By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet

And 31 where he's less popular than George W. Bush—including Kenya.

GOP Governor’s Ugly Bloodlust: Why Mary Fallin Should Account For State-Sanctioned Torture

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Oklahoma pol presided over botched execution—revealing gruesome lack of humanity. Here's what should happen next.

3 Feisty Candidates Who Proudly Defend the Working and Middle Class

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

It's been a long time since voters have seen working-class Democrats like Pennsylvania’s Daylin Leach, Maine’s Troy Jackson and Shenna Bellows.

The Surprising Truth About Driving While High

By Angela Bacca, Cannabis Now

The human body does not process cannabis the way it processes alcohol.

All of California Is Now Under Drought Conditions, and That's Bad News for All of Us

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Consumers will feel the effect soon as food prices are expected to skyrocket.

The 12 Fruits and Vegetables Most Likely to Be Contaminated with Dangerous Pesticides

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Apples top the Environmental Working Group's annual list of chemical-laden produce.

Justice Sotomayor Speaks Truth to (White) Power

By William Greider, The Nation

The Justice's dissent in the Michigan college admissions case identified an enduring element of white supremacy clinging to our society.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Sex and Relationships

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Thanks to America's schizoid attitude toward sex, we get the wrong message about some essential relationship and sex issues.

Progressive Restaurant Owners Stand with Workers to Fight for Better Wages at Big Corporate Food Chains like Pizza Hut and KFC

By Mara Kardas-Nelson, AlterNet

The groups have a radical vision for what they want restaurants—and America—to be.

The Hedge Fund That Ate Chicago

By Les Leopold, AlterNet

A political fight in Chicago could determine the future of pensions and public services.

Why Did It Take Obama and NBA So Long to Take a Stand Against Donald Sterling's Outrageous Racism?

By Kevin B Blackistone, The Guardian

The LA Clippers owner made his millions off racist housing policies. Where was the NBA and presidential outrage then?

Top 10 Bad Excuses for Not Quitting That Job You Hate

By Alexander Kjerulf, Huffington Post

No, it's not going to get better. And other lies you're telling yourself.

Thieves in UK Are Using Drones to Locate and Steal From Cannabis Farms

By Elizabeth Limbach, AlterNet

The burglars seek out cannabis operations in order to burglarize or extort them.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How Piketty's Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Sorry, Ayn Rand. Your fiction has been exposed as, well, fiction.

Silicon Valley's Shocking Collusion: Inside One of the Largest Wage Theft Trials in U.S. History

By Jan Frel, AlterNet

Mark Ames, the journalist who pushed the story into national attention, discloses some lurid details about the case.

No, Donald Sterling's Girlfriend Does Not Have Magical Powers

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Despite what Donald Trump and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar think, V. Stiviano did not transform her boyfriend into a racist.

Why Right-Wingers Think the Way They Do: The Fascinating Psychological Origins of Political Ideology

By Chris Mooney, The Washington Monthly

Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution?

How the U.S. Created the Afghan War—Then Lost It

By Anand Gopal, TomDispatch

The fascinating, little-known story of the rise of the Haqqani network, one of America's greatest enemies.

4 Messed-Up Sexist Things That Happen to Women of Color

By Erika L. Sánchez, AlterNet

Gender and racial inequalities combined with sexism ravage both our physical and mental health.

Low-Wage Workers Shame Greedy Restaurant Chains in Massive Protest

By Mara Kardas-Nelson, AlterNet

They blocked traffic in Washington in a day of economic justice protests.

Carbon Monoxide on Your Plate? 5 Dangerous Substances Big Ag Pumps Into Your Meat

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

There's a reason Europeans have bans on US meat imports.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Sums Up Donald Sterling-'I'm Racist, but My D*ck and My Wallet Are Not'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"He's a rare creature, a racist swinger."

Angry White Men Gone Wild! The Paternalism of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Donald Sterling’s racial views are worse than Cliven Bundy’s, yet some on the right defend the racist billionaire.

Venezuela: Where the Wealthy Stir Violence While the Poor Build a New Society

By Dario Azzellini, Creative Time Reports

Venezuela's protests, spurred on by wealthy anti-Chavista politicians, are a vicious attack on the country's social progress under Hugo Chávez.

Yet Another Disease That Responds Better to Marijuana Than Prescription Drugs

By Paul Armentano, High Times

Doctor: “We desperately need someone to step up and explore this potential for the efficacy of cannabis.”

Federal Prisons Throwing Inmates In ‘Little Guantanamo’ — And Don’t Have To Say Why

By Christie Thompson, Think Progress

60 percent of inmates housed in “Communication Management Units” are Muslim–compared to just 6 percent of the overall federal inmate population.

NBA Hypocrites: Why Did So Many Put Up With Donald Sterling's Bigotry for So Long?

By Dave Zirin, The Nation

The L.A. Clippers owner's bigtory has long been known. Why have the other owners put up with it?

Monday, April 28, 2014

NBA Hypocrites: Why Did So Many Put Up With Donald Sterling's Bigotry for So Long?

By Dave Zirin, The Nation

The L.A. Clippers owner's bigtory has long been known. Why have the other owners put up with it?

Rand Paul Risks Wrath of Conservatives by Exposing the Truth About Their God, Ronald Reagan

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Rand Paul talks double-talk on his journey to the 2016 presidential elections.

New Report: 5 Ways Solitary Confinement is Especially Harmful to Women

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

New ACLU report details the devastating effects the cruel-but-hidden practice has on female inmates.

How Right-Wing Media Profits From Paranoid, Right-Wing Cranks Like Cliven Bundy

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

The political benefits of making a cause célèbre out of a parade of right-wing nuts and crank movements far outweigh the risks.

Now That Solar Capacity Is Soaring—Koch Brothers Demand Tax on the Sun

By FishOutofWater a.k.a. George Birchard, Daily Kos

And damn if Oklahoma didn't just cave to the Kochs' demands.

The Unbearable Whiteness of the American Left

By Gary Younge, The Nation

Progressive movements need to do a better job reaching the people they claim to serve.

WATCH: Daily Show Alum John Oliver Stunned at LA Clippers Owner's Unrepentant Racism

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Donald Sterling has managed to one-up the previous most racist person of the week.'

Why Don't Women Know What Men Find Attractive?

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

Considering how much time we spend thinking about the opposite sex and their desires, we stink at predicting them.

Seething Hate Even Fox News Can’t Deny: Cliven Bundy Is Not an Outlier

By Arthur Goldwag,

There should be no surprise here: GOP thinking is that government "free stuff" is a form of slavery.

It's Time to Change Who Is in the Room When Decisions Are Made About the Economy

By Anna Lekas Miller, AlterNet

"We are America and we should shape the future of this economy," says Aijen Poo, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance.

Why Do Many Religious Believers Want to Silence Atheists?

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

When atheists come out, all too often the reaction is to try to shove them back into the closet.

Can Americans Be Convinced to Care About Torture In Our Name?

By Karen J. Greenberg, Tom Dispatch

Will Americans even care that the torture policy was carried out knowingly, in utter illegality?

Social Media Dependency Has Become a Mental Health Issue

By Emma Stein, The Fix

'Selfie addiction' may seem ridiculous, but could it be a new health issue of the 21st century?

Never Be Manipulated Again

By Mark Goulston, Psychology Today

You're reading this because you were just manipulated and said, 'Enough already!'

Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurts Poor Kids

By Ruth Conniff, The Progressive

When venture capital and public education collide, the results are not pretty.

Don't Forget The Contributions of Black History Giant Hubert Harrison

By Jeffrey B. Perry, AlterNet

Harrison was a self-described radical internationalist and his spirit lives on today.

Cashiers and Customers Shouldn't Judge Me When I Grocery Shop With Food Stamps

By Frida Berrigan, Waging Nonviolence, OpenDemocracy

"There is the twin sense of stigma and solidarity that comes along with shopping with state benefits."

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Shocking and Inspiring Story of a Teen Who Survived Unimaginable Violence, Rape and Prison Cruelty

By Ayelet Waldman, Robin Levi, Voice of Witness

Teri Hancock illustrates her perseverance after years of assault both inside and outside of prison.

5 Easy Ways You Can Save Hundreds on Your Water Bill Each Year

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Water is quickly becoming rare and expensive in much of the U.S., so try to get the most out of every drop.

7 Absurd Right-Wing Follies This Week: Bundy/Hannity Breakup Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Racism is MLK's fault and other head-exploding stuff.

'I Can Barely Afford My Children's Shoes:' My Life As A McDonald's Worker

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Meet Melinda Topel, a single mother with a college degree raising four children on poverty wages and no sick days.

The Erotic Urge: What's Behind Our Sexual Attractions?

By Mark Banschick, AlterNet

From basic biology to early childhood attachment, the roots of eroticism are complex.

Chicago Pursuing School Privatization at Any Cost

By Kari Lydersen, In These Times

Parents want to keep public schools public, but the Chicago Board of Ed. is set on privatization.

Say Goodbye to TV’s Golden Age: Why Comcast’s Rise and Net Neutrality’s Downfall Will Change Everything

By Andrew Leonard,

The economic model that sustains quality TV is under assault. Does the future have room for any more Walter Whites?

6 Reasons Why Obama's Clemency Effort for Drug Offenders Doesn't Change Mass Incarceration One Bit

By Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report

Federal prison clemency changes are a cynical, empty gesture from an indifferent administration.

Here's Why Advertisers Should Embrace Marijuana

By Ben Owens, Cannabis Now

Google, Facebook and Twitter have all recently come out against pot ads. But they should rethink their decision.

Introducing the New Federal Program That Will Further Privatize Public Housing

By Yael Chanoff, AlterNet

Tenants nationwide are resisting HUD's new Rental Assistance Demonstration program that could weaken the protections they spent decades fighting for.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

We're Constantly Bathed in Artificial Light -- Is it Wreaking Havoc on Our Health?

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet

How much does electric light damage our bodies?

10 Things I Learned About the World from Ayn Rand's Insane "Atlas Shrugged'

By Adam Lee, AlterNet

If Rand were still alive she would probably say, "Thank you for smoking."

Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Keeping Creationists Up At Night

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Tyson's "Cosmos" is quickly becoming public enemy #1 for the creationist crowd as millions of people tune in and learn about the wonders of the universe.

Christopher Columbus Syndrome Strikes Again: No, White Women Did Not “Discover” Single Motherhood

By Alyxaundria Sanford,

Current debates about women "going it alone" erase the experiences of generations of black single mothers.

We Know How to Save the Internet: Towns and Cities Across America Are Doing It

By David Morris, AlterNet

Predatory pricing and destruction of digital media commons can be avoided if we act now.

The Latest Pot Myth, Smacked Down By Science

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

Why do prohibitionists keep pushing lies about legal weed?

Activists Rally as Brooklyn DA Throws A Wrench in Bratton's Racial "Broken Windows" Policing

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana arrests.

Crain’s Detroit Business Editor Channels Slave Imagery, Says Detroit Needs 'Permanent Overseer'

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Haven't the people of Detroit been through enough?

Tough Love: An Intimate Look at Mexico City's Retired (and Semi-Retired) Sex Workers

By Bénédicte Desrus, Celia Gómez Ramos, Creative Time Reports

An unconventional Mexico City retirement home 'provides a space to age with dignity for a group of vulnerable women who are often invisible to society at large.'

Friday, April 25, 2014

10 Corporate Behemoths Stifling Competition and Delivering Awful Service to You

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Customers benefit when actual competition occurs. But that's rare these days.

How Christian Purity Culture Enabled My Step Dad to Sexually Abuse Me

By Lynn Beisner, AlterNet

We were a very religious people. And it helped my step dad justify his abuse.

Activists Rally as Brooklyn DA Throws A Wrench in Bratton's Racial "Broken Windows" Policing

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana arrests.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Sings the 'Ballad of Cliven Bundy'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'My one regret is that I did not embrace Cliven Bundy sooner, like Sean Hannity.'

Alicia Silverstone's Clueless Vaccine Advice

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

Silverstone joins Jenny McCarthy in dispensing dangerous anti-vaccine ignorance.

Lupita's Elevation to 'Most Beautiful' Shouldn't Distract Us From Real Lack of Racial Progress

By Nyle Fort, The Guardian

Especially in a week when SCOTUS upheld Michigan's ban on race-based admissions.

Why Rural Oregon Is a National Flashpoint in the Corporate GMO Food Wars

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Oregon’s Rogue Valley will vote in May on banning GMO plants.

The FCC Is About to Axe-Murder Net Neutrality -- What You Should Know

By Dan Gillmor, The Guardian

This is a potentially tragic turning point in American politics and policy.

Psychedelic Mushrooms Could Cure Anxiety for Cancer Patients

By April M. Short, AlterNet

A New York University study is using psilocybin to help patients overcome the fear of death.

Watch Mark Fiore's Hilarious Animation: Cliven Bundy's Hypocritical Home on the Range

By Mark Fiore, AlterNet

Bundy and his pals are calling the anti-government militia types to his side to keep him from having to pay past due grazing fees

How Refusing to Be an FBI Informant Can Get You Put on the No-Fly List

By Amy Goodman, Juan González, Democracy Now!

Naveed Shinwari and others fight back against the 13-year strong, well-funded U.S. War on Terror.

A Surprising Way to Ruin Your Love Life

By David Braucher, AlterNet

Are you doing your personal life totally wrong?

22 Crazy Right-Wing Delusions about the Absurd Cliven Bundy Stand-Off

By Eric Stern, Salon

The right-wing loonies are swarming to Bundy's defense.

Post Office Privatization Deal in the Works: Activists Take to the Streets

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

The Postal Service plans to replace well-paid postal workers with low-wage Staples employees.

Inside the 'Secret' Ingredients That Give Marijuana Its Incredible Aromas and Flavors

By Franco Loja, Cannabis Now

Terpenes give the herb its many possible flavors.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

We're NOT Number 1: Guess Which Country Now Has a More Affluent Middle Class Than America?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

America's rich are surging ahead, but the rest are falling behind. What happened?

How the Microbes Living in Your Gut Might Be Making You Anxious or Depressed

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

Researchers have made some surprising findings.

In the Wake of Sandy Hook and Aurora, Georgia Passes 'the Most Extreme Gun Bill in America'

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

With mass shootings becoming almost commonplace, more states have loosened gun restrictions than have tightened them.

Post Office Privatization Deal in the Works: Activists Take to the Streets

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

The Postal Service plans to replace well-paid postal workers with low-wage Staples employees.

Republican Monsters Duke It Out: The Coming 'Plutocrats vs. Tea Party' Cage Match

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Suddenly, suburban GOP donors are coming to a realization: Their party's base is the heartland. Where've they been?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Said Earth Is 4.5 Billion Years Old on TV: Creationists' Heads Explode

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Each week’s episode of Tyson's "Cosmos" drives creationists to the brink of insanity.

This Man Is About to Die Because an Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case

By Marc Bookman, Mother Jones

What does it take for a condemned person to win a resentencing?

I Went from Selling Crack to College — Thanks to the Work Ethic of My Poor Black Community

By D. Watkins, Salon

I came from a place where everyone hustled. The work ethic that helped me sell drugs also got me to college.

What You Should Know About FBI's Giant Biometric Database

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

The FBI's Next Generation Identification is expected to house 52 million photos searchable by face recognition technology by next year.

Segregation Alive and Well in U.S. Schools

By Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now

60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, segregation continues to define the public school experience.

Elizabeth Warren's New Book Is the Moment to Change 2014

By Mike Lux, Huffington Post

This is the time to launch a campaign to define the terms of the debate.

The Contemptible Heroes of the Irish Republican Army

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

Contemptible heroes fight for justice while swimming against the powerful currents of emotion on their own side.

Whoopi Goldberg Claims Using Marijuana Changed Her Life

By , The 420 Times

Whoopi described her experience with a vape pen as 'beautiful.'

10 Ways to Recharge a Relationship on the Rocks

By Suzanne Degges-White, AlterNet

If you want to get your relationship back on track, treating your partner with the tenderness and kindness you offer your closest friends may be helpful. Here are some ways to do that.