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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Dark Truth Behind The Popular Superfood, Quinoa

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

As the hype around quinoa builds, so do big questions about the problems with its production. 

Despite Justice Sotomayor's Passionate Dissent, Right-wing Supreme Court Turns Another Blind Eye to Racism

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Sotomayor tries but fails to ‘educate’ her race-blind colleagues.

Clueless Young Billion-Heirs Get Royal Treatment at White House

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Obama gives the Silver Spoonies a big wet kiss.

Top Figures in Conservative Movement Spreading Crazy Lie That Faith in God Ended Slavery

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Jim DeMint of the leading right-wing corporate think tank in DC tries to rewrite history.

Stop Lamenting Capitalism's Crushing of Working Class Gains and Start Organizing! 

By Sam Gindin, Jacobin

Long-time organizer and activist Jane McAlevey challenges the abandonment of organizing by progressives.

Airbnb’s Big Bait-and-Switch

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

The popular sharing economy pioneer responds to political pressure by purging its listings.

WATCH: Martin Sheen Stars in Powerful New PSA Calling for Drug Sentencing Reform

By Asawin Suebsaeng, Mother Jones

The actor and his 'West Wing' alter ego have a clear message for Congress and President Obama.

8 Ways to Have a Relationship in the Digital Age Without Going Insane

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Social media is re-writing the rules on relationships with serious consequences.

How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The wealthiest interests can veto any government initiative.

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Rips Media's Sexism Over Clinton 'Grandma' News

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'The news media has set the 2016 speculatron.'

10 Ways the War On Drugs Shreds the U.S. Constitution

By Clarence Walker, The Fix

How our government's ongoing policy on drugs threatens all of us in unexpected ways.

Surge of Attention to Crusading Economist Piketty's New Book Takes Us to the Big Question of How to Reduce Inequality

By Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Finance is under-taxed, making a global wealth tax more timely than ever.

Don't Leave Bitcoin to the Libertarians! Why the Progressive Movement Needs Open Source Money

By Nathan Schneider, Waging Nonviolence

Movements for economic justice and equality are rarely flush with cash. But "cryptocurrencies" like Bitcoin might stand to change the rules in their favor.

Chelsea Clinton's Pregnancy Gives Birth to New Right-Wing Conspiracies

By Hadley Freeman, The Guardian

A new kind of Birtherism.

How One Organization Is Resisting Corporate Education By Getting More People to Opt Out of High-Stakes Tests

By Roshan Bliss, AlterNet

"Without the testing there is no profit to be made."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why Economist Thomas Piketty Has Scared the Pants Off the American Right

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

If you call rigorous economic research on inequality a Communist plot, will it go away?

Game of Thrones, Terry Richardson and the Silencing of Sexual Assault

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Appallingly, cultural tastemakers are helping rebrand rape as pre-consensual sex.

How Billionaires Use the Government as a Tool to Destroy Companies They've Bet Against

By Les Leopold, AlterNet

This is the heart of the new financialism and it is happening all over the country.

Matt Taibbi's New Book Is a Striking Study of How the Rich Are Never Punished for Their Crimes

By Peter Richardson, Truthdig

'The Divide' is a riveting account of how the 1% get away with pretty much whatever they want.

Has Earth Day Lost Its Way?

By Jason Mark, Earth Island Journal

From epic day of citizen action to marketing gimmick in just 40-odd years.

Robert Reich: How to Fix Sky-high CEO Pay in Companies that Pay Workers Like Serfs

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

A new tax would narrow pay discrepancy—and help the economy.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Skewers Fox for 'Welfare Rancher' Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Sean Hannity has made Glenn Beck the voice of reason.'

Three Reasons Why You Should Keep Gmail far Away from Your Credit Card Information

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

Google’s plot for world domination now includes your credit cards.

Food Chain CEOs Want Subsidies for Their Salaries, But Are Against Raising Workers' Wages

By Sarah Anderson, AlterNet

There's injustice inside your Chipotle burrito bowl and your Starbucks latte.

They Are Watching You—How the U.S. Is Secretly Creating a Border Surveillance State

By Todd Miller, TomDispatch

New high-tech gadgetry has nothing to do with saving lives along the Mexican border.

5 Signs Your Kid May Be Susceptible to Addiction

By Marissa Rosado, The Fix

Keeping an eye out for these red flags could help you prevent your child's addiction.

The Govt. Could Be Using Drano Flavored Jell-o for All We Know to Execute Inmates

By Will Durst, AlterNet

We’re running out of toxic methods to kill people legally, and so the govt. has taken to hiding what's in its special sauce.

The 1% in America Are Turning into a Ruling Oligarchy at an Astonishing Pace

By Michael Winship, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

At state and local levels, while the poorest fifth of Americans pay an average tax rate of over 11 percent, the richest 1% pay half that rate.

Girls Who Get 'Caught in a Bad Romance' Risk More Than Just Their Broken Hearts

By Jill Filipovic, The Guardian

A study shows that bad relationships cause girls real damage. The lesson? Teach young women to value themselves.

Inside the Brutality of Egypt's New Regime: 2,500 Killed, 16,000 Political Prisoners, Torture Allegations Are Widespread

By Medea Benjamin, Kate Chandley, AlterNet

Since the coup that toppled Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's human rights record has gotten much much worse.

Why Are We Doing So Little to Expand Opportunity for America's Children?

By Alan Jenkins, Campaign for America's Future

The disparate race- and ethnicity-based opportunities we’re affording our nation’s children has the potential to cripple our society.

It's a Little Creepy When Political Candidates Send You Mail Tailored to Your Religion

By Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

When we use campaigns to exaggerate differences among us, it becomes harder to use the time between them to bind us together.

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

At each stage of life, we are being stunted as human beings.

The Right’s New Racial Math: How Its View of Non-white Voters Got So Demented

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Seemingly every time they talk about the Obama coalition, conservative dolts reveal a disturbing bias. Here's why.

Are These 15 Behaviors Addictions or Compulsions?

By Chris Bisogni, The Fix

The word 'addiction' gets thrown around a lot these days—anything from sex to eating dirt—but what really defines addiction?

Yet Another Reason to Hate SCOTUS: It's Made It Easier for Payday Lenders to Prey on the Poor

By Kathleen Geier, Washington Monthly

Antonin Scalia opines that its OK for lenders to compel borrowers to sign away their rights.

Obama May Grant Clemency to Thousands Convicted of Drug Violations

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The Obama Administration continues to rollback oppressive sentences for those with non-violent drug convictions

Your Cellphone Could Be a Major Health Risk, and the Industry Could Be a Lot More Upfront About It

By Martin Blank, Seven Stories Press

The science is becoming clearer: Sustained EMF exposure is dangerous.

Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington

By Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

The only crime that makes it to court is revealing the national security state's secrets.

Paul Krugman Tells Bill Moyers That Inherited Wealth Is Destroying Our Country

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

America is becoming a society controlled not by self-made people, but their spoiled offspring.

The Real Money-Making Methods of the Super-Rich Are Far From Praiseworthy

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

The effects of inheritance come first and merit second, not the other way around.

Walmart Managers Won't Tell Workers About their Newly Won Rights

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

New policies provide more hours and protect pregnant workers.

There Is an Enormous Amount of Unregulated Poisonous Chemicals In Our Country

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

We all possess components of a toxic waste site inside of us.

An Open Letter to Teach for America Recruits

By Katie Osgood, Rethinking Schools

The program exacerbates some of the greatest inequalities in education today.

Meet the Teen Who Beat Terminal Brain Cancer with Cannabis

By Randy Robinson, Culture Magazine

Alysa Erwin is now cancer-free, and her family believes cannabis oil saved her life.

These Americans Are Fighting for an Actual, Legitimate Democracy, By and For the People

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

U.S. democracy is illegitimate. Time for the American Awakening.

This Tax Would Give the Government the Upper Hand Over the Financial Industry's Predatory Schemes

By David Sirota, AlterNet

It's time for a financial transaction tax to disincentive high-frequency trading.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

6 Dastardly Right-Wing Declarations This Week: The Phyllis 'Expand the Gender Pay Gap' Schlafly Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And: The poor should kiss the ground beneath the rich.

Celebrating Easter? Which Contradicting Biblical Account of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are You Going to Pick?

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The Gospels are so at odds that they don’t even agree on the meaning of Jesus’ death.

Never Mind Cliven Bundy: Here’s the Real David vs. Goliath Story Between Ranchers and Feds

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

Shoshone sisters have battled against the U.S. over land and cattle.

6 Ways to Turn Bad Stress into Good Stress

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as healthy stress.

The 420 Myth: How Did '420' Become Synonymous with Pot?

By 420 Time Staff, The 420 Times

There are still a bong-load of misconceptions revolving around the term’s supposed derivation.

White Supremacist’s Genocidal Paranoia: Inside the Mind of the White Man March Founder

By Toby McCasker, Salon

Kyle Hunt, of the White Man March, is scared of an "anti-white diversity agenda"—and other rancid delusions.

What If You Get Along Great With Everyone...But Your Spouse?

By Mark Goulston, AlterNet

Some people see their partner as a problem to be solved. Here's how to reconnect.

Is 'Sex After Kids' Ever the Same As Before?

By Fiona Morrow, The Tyee

A new documentary reveals surprising new answers.

What We Lose When We Rip the Heart Out of Arts Education

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D., AlterNet

It's National Poetry Month, but if the Common Core has its way, our children will hardly know what poetry is.

Hey Vegans, Don't Be Jerks: Why It Helps No One to Judge Their Food Choices

By Jill Richardson, OtherWords

You can't encourage other people to eat a diet that's better for them and the planet by getting all vegangelical on them.

Activism in the Digital Age: Who Is Technology Leaving Out?

By Nathan Schneider, Waging Nonviolence

"My main warning for activists is to not be misled by digital metrics, by retweets and reblogs and likes and views."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 Things to Know About How Corporations Block Access to Everything from Miracle Drugs to Science Research

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Our system of intellectual property rights is patently ridiculous.

Obama's First-Amendment Defense of Political Liars

By Eric Zuesse, AlterNet

The Solicitor General will defend deceptive campaigning before the Supreme Court.

The Secret Life of a Germaphobe

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Life can be tough when you're constantly scrutinized for your love of all things anti-bacterial.

19 Ways to Peeve Your Lover

By Jeremy E. Sherman , Psychology Today

How we drive each other crazy in the name of love.

5 Sordid Biblical Tales of Sex and Violence Perfect for Hollywood Blockbuster

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Whether the stories gathered in Genesis are assets or liabilities for Christianity may be open to debate.

Casinos and Offshore Gaming Sites Furiously Battle Over Billions in Gambling Revenue

By Nicholas Kusnetz , The Center for Public Integrity

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.

Google Glass, Techno-Rage and the Battle For San Francisco's Soul

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

The advent of Google Glass has started an incendiary new chapter in tech's culture wars. Here's what's at stake.

5 Protests Blooming in Washington, D.C., This Spring

By Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence

It’s not just the cherry blossoms busting out across the nation's capital, but protests of all varieties.

The Majority of American Medical Doctors Think Marijuana Should be Legal

By Raul Duke, The 420 Times

Sanjay Gupta's not the only doc who likes pot—not by a long shot.

Pistorius Trial Shows Portrait of Many Gun Loving Domestic Bullies

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Many domestic batterers say "you're never leaving me alive" and, despite orders of protection, their chilling prediction often comes through.

Paul Ryan's New Budget Proposal Is The Same Joke He Told Us Before

By Jim Hightower, OtherWords

In the latest round of attacks on accessible health care for all, the GOP causes public upchuck over same old, same old.

Friday, April 18, 2014

5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You're Fabulously Wealthy

By Dave Johnson, AlterNet

Rents in urban areas are skyrocketing. What’s going on?

I Grew Up in an Apocalyptic Christian Cult

By Flor Edwards,

The world didn't end in 1993 as our cult leader predicted. So what happened next?

7 Over-the-Top Reactions to Chelsea Clinton's Pregnancy Announcement: It's a Prop Baby for Hillary!

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

What a week! First the shoe truthers—now the baby truthers.

Thom Hartmann: How America Killed Its Middle Class

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

We're heading into a world that looks like a Charles Dickens novel.

Joe Scarborough's Insane Conspiracy Theory: The Census Is Fixed!

By Alex Pareene, Salon

MSNBC's conservative talking head doesn't care that there's not a shred of evidence for that claim.

New Report: More Than 100 Hate Crime Murders Linked to a Single Far-Right Website

By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

SPLC finds users—like Frazier Glenn Miller—are disproportionately responsible for major killings.

Are Addicts and the Mentally Ill Responsible for Their Behavior?

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

Is it wrong to get angry at people suffering from mental problems like depression or addiction?

After Holding Mentally Disabled Man Hostage for 34 Years, Texas Rules He Conspired to Keep Himself in Jail

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And rather than freeing him, a Lonestar State judge just ruled he can be retried.

8 Foods That Should Not Exist (I Tried Taco Bell's Breakfast Menu So You Don't Have To)

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

Astoundingly, I got out of the affair with only minor internal injuries.

Fox News 'Hero' Cliven Bundy Is a Pampered Millionaire, Not a Rugged Rancher

By Edwin Lyngar, Salon

Watching Fox rally to the defense of moneyed interests like mining and ranching is unbearable.

Michael Lewis Is Right—Our Financial System Is Totally Broken

By David Sirota, AlterNet

But a financial transaction tax would go a long way towards fixing it..

8 Terrifying Facts About NSA Surveillance

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

The NSA is too heavily vested in its programs; it is not going to give up spying on us despite efforts at reform.

Why I am Both Turned on and Disgusted by Porn

By Emily Heist Moss, Role Reboot

There are no clear cut answers when it comes to porn. But that's why we have to have smart discussions about it.

Why the Media's Fearmongering on Marijuana Effects on the Brain Is Faulty

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

A neuroimaging study of the brains of marijuana smokers caused unwarranted frenzy.

A Hot War With Russia Is Conceivable: Top Scholar Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

The dangers are growing all the more real.

Even Exposure to Air Pollution Cuts Across Racial Lines in America

By Carimah Townes, Think Progress

Dirty air is linked to asthma, kidney damage, heart disease, and cancer.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 10 Most Obese States in America (And the Right-Wing Policies That Promote Poor Health)

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Republicans promote policies that entrench poverty, and obesity and poverty often go together.

Why Do Christian Right-Wingers Pretend America's Laws Don't Apply to Them?

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives are demanding special rights to disobey universally applicable federal laws.

Koch Brothers Wealth Surges Past $100 Billion as They Try to Buy the Senate With Expensive Lies

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The multibillionaires are currently using their vast wealth to influence the 2014 mid-term elections.

GOP’s New Class of Jokers: Meet the Rising Stars of the Dumbest Rebrand Ever

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Welcome to the lamest reinvention in modern history. Why these "young guns" are just as scary as the old male ones.

How '420' Became the Big Day for Weed Smokers Across America

By Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

The little known origins of the 4-20 holiday

8 Most Absurd Things We're Teaching America's Kids About Sex

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

According to America's moral scolds, sex is like used chocolate, backwash and duct tape.

Walmart Worker: Why Did the Waltons Get $8 Billion in Subsidies While I Had to Pay Taxes?

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Walmart workers deliver a message about spreading the wealth.

The 10 Most Horrifying Fast Food Gimmicks of All Time

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

KFC's Double Down is back, and it's in disgusting company.

Nevada Ranch Stand-Off Was One Big Promo for Rustic Right-Wing Millionaires

By The Thom Hartmann Show, AlterNet

The right-wing media machine jumped at the chance to support Cliven Bundy's fight to graze his cattle on public land for free.

Killing Nature's Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Since 2004, the killing of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled.

What We Lose When We Rip the Heart Out of Arts Education

By Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D., AlterNet

It's National Poetry Month, but if the Common Core has its way, our children will hardly know what poetry is.

In Parts of the South, Glorifying Slavery No Longer Pays the Bills

By Suzi Parker, Al Jazeera America

Southern towns have long-unresolved racial problems that aren't easy to change.