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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why Walmart Is a Threat to Organic Food

By Arun Gupta, AlterNet

Walmart will turn organic food into another low-cost input that shortchanges consumers, workers and the environment for a fast buck.

Chomsky: US Leaders' Panic Over Crimea Is About Fear of Losing Global Dominance

By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet

American red line are firmly placed at Russia's borders...and the annexation of Crimea crossed them.

Fast-Food CEOs Making 1,200 Times Workers’ Wages Have No Idea What Their Greed Does To Employees

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Three McDonald's workers reveal how they survive, while fighting for higher wages and a union.

Peaches Geldof’s Cruel Inheritance

By Mary Elizabeth Williams,

A report rules heroin factored in her death — just like her mother's.

There's Plenty of Career Opportunities for Millennials ... Just Not on U.S. Soil

By Hannah K. Gold, AlterNet

Perhaps millennials should start thinking beyond America.

Hey Bernie, If You’re Going To Run For President in 2016, Do It As a Democrat

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Bernie Sanders has presidential ambitions. But how will he run?

6 Fascinating Things You Didn’t know About Sexual Satisfaction

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

When does your partner know you're faking? And how can you improve your communication in the bedroom?

The Latest Fearmongering Anti-Pot Propaganda, Heart Attack Edition

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

No recreational intoxicant or therapeutic agent is completely safe, but pot is objectively safer than most available, legal alternatives.

Cold War Against Russia — Without Debate

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation

Why is nobody taking the U.S. to task for its latest unilateral war, this time against Russia?

Shocking Police Overreach Haunts Southern City: Racial Profiling, Quotas and Secret “Conviction Bonuses”

By Spencer Woodman,

How a federal grant incentivized a police department to go nuts on drug arrests — and terrorize its community.

The Unbearable Annoyance of Neighborhood Tattling

By Jill Richardson, OtherWords

We all need to cut our neighbors some slack, even if they're urban chicken farmers.

When a Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court — and Won

By Jing Fong, YES! Magazine

Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them.

Ukraine Clashes: Dozens Dead After Odessa Building Fire

By Howard Amos, Harriet Salem, The Guardian

Trade union building was set on fire after day of street battles in the port city.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Louis C.K. Has Done Us a Favor by Taking Aim at Common Core

By Diane Ravitch, Huffington Post

No one cared until the popular comedian tweeted that his daughter now hates math.

Homeless Grandmother Arrested 59 Times for Sitting on Sidewalk

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

Ann Moody has been arrested more times than any other person in the city of Los Angeles.

U.N. Condemns Oklahoma's Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett

By Katie Fretland, Paul Lewis, The Guardian

Commissioner of human rights calls it "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment."

Paul Krugman: Economics Failed Us Because We Ignored Its Basic Precepts

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And harmful austerity measures suited the rich and powerful just fine.

AlterNet Comics: Tom Tomorrow on Our Smart Phone Addiction

By Tom Tomorrow, AlterNet

Aliens just don't understand!

Conservatives, Evil and Psychopathy: Science Makes the Link!

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

You knew it was true. Now research proves it! The real motivation behind Rush, Sterling and defenses of awfulness.

John Kerry Shouldn't Have Apologized: Israel's Practice of Apartheid Doomed the Peace Process

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

For the first time a senior American official acknowledges that Israel could become an apartheid state.

4 Disturbing Reasons the Private Prison Industry Is So Powerful

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

A major cause of the industry’s staying power is how deeply it has entrenched itself in public institutions and channels.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Mercilessly Mocks Bill O'Reilly's Obsession with Beyonce

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Maybe it provides "his elderly viewership with disapproval boners."

The American Empire Crumbling Before Our Eyes Right Here at Home

By Peter Van Buren, Tom Dispatch

This land isn't your land; this land is the 1 percent's land.

How Corporate Media and Journalists Perpetuate Lies and Misinformation About Drugs

By Maia Szalavitz,

Drug panics have real and damaging consequences.

10 Most Absurd Right-Wing Christian Billboards

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

What would Jesus do? Remind everyone they're going to hell, clearly.

The Medicine for America's Healthcare Headache Lies in Vermont

By Karen Ranucci, AlterNet

A people's movement is leading the way to establishing the first genuinely universal healthcare system in the country.

What Do Education Policy Makers Need? A Good Dose of Parental Advice

By Jeff Bryant, Campaign for America's Future

Current education policies are misaligned with parenting and the role it plays in child development, achievement and school governance.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren Discusses Her New Book, Thomas Piketty and the Disappearing Middle Class

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Warren's book argues how she plans to keep the middle class from vanishing.

It's Official: Tennessee Becomes First State to Jail Women for Pregnancy Outcomes

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Against the advice of doctors, addiction specialists and reproductive health groups, Gov. Haslam signed the bill anyway.

Creationists Hit the Panic Button After Neil DeGrasse Tyson Destroys The Myth That the Universe Is 6,000 Years Old

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

This kind of thinking is what stunts scientific growth in the US and around the world.

55 Schools Face Federal Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

White House makes good on its promise to hold universities' feet to the fire for failing to investigate campus rape.

'I Arrested My Own Daughter For Heroin'

By Tessie Castillo, AlterNet

A Georgia mother and police officer speaks in favor of medical amnesty laws, which expand access to overdose reversal medications.

The American Empire Crumbling Before Our Eyes Right Here at Home

By Peter Van Buren, Tom Dispatch

This land isn't your land; this land is the 1 percent's land.

Atheist Candidate for Congress Takes on Christian Right Darling

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

James Woods is fighting to make atheism electable in an election against an incumbent who got an A+ rating from the Family Research Council.

GOP’s White Southern Men Problem: Why They Can’t Hold Dems Down Any Longer

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The days of the left humiliating itself in an effort to woo these voters are over. They're the right's problem now.

Chaos in the Execution Chamber: Witness Recounts Botched Killing that Caused Okla. Prisoner’s Fatal Heart Attack

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

"He began writhing, lifting his shoulders up off the gurney and his head up off the gurney. He was clenching his jaw, exhaling."

Are Oil Companies 21st Century Slaveowners?

By Christopher Hayes, The Nation

Fossil fuel companies' business model means planetary disaster. And we must force them to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth.

Buy a Box of Cereal, Waive Your Consumer Rights Goodbye

By Paul Gordon, OtherWords

By forcing wronged consumers to resort to arbitration, our legal system is green-lighting corporate malfeasance.

Air BNB Is a Course Correction for a Real-Estate System Stacked Against Us

By Emma Brockes, The Guardian

Sure you might not want strangers having sex in your bed, but it's helping people get out from under the stresses of overpriced real estate.

Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies Are Spinning the Bee Crisis

By Michele Simon, Friends of the Earth Blog

Like the repulsive 'Think. Don't Smoke' ads from Philip Morris, the pesticide industry now lauds 'saving bees' campaign.

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.