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Sunday, April 6, 2014

7 Craziest Right-Wing Rants This Week: Satan's Role in Graham Crackers?

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Honey Maid's ads featuring same-sex couples is the work of the devil,' and more...

Rumsfeld Documentary Reveals What an Unaccountable Slippery Bastard He Is

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

Director Errol Morris's 'The Unknown Unknown' shows Rumsfeld as unapologetic.

Debunking the 5 Biggest Myths About Pot

By Owen Poindexter, AlterNet

The more research is released, the more legalization makes sense.

Orange Is The New Black’s Piper: 'The Biggest Thing I Took From Jail Was Complete Awareness of Inequality'

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

"You can’t go through that experience and not see on stark display how differently prisoners are treated."

Why Atheists Like Dawkins and Hitchens Are Dead Wrong

By Sana Saeed, AlterNet

Acolytes of Dawkins & Hitchens pretend that ignorant evangelicals represent all of religion. Here's what they miss.

Building Organizations or Creating Movements? How Two Theories on Change Can Work Together

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence

Saul Alinsky swore by building organizations, not movements. But would he break his own rules today?

Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After McCutcheon?

By Joshua Holland,

We might just find a silver lining to the dark clouds that McCutcheon and Citizens United represent.

How Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor

By Bill Berkowitz, The Smirking Chimp

Privately owned probation companies are routinely jailing probationers for not being able to pay fees.

Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High

By Amy Traub, The Huffington Post

The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue has the most employees using food stamps.

Paul Ryan Accidentally Reveals The Truth About The GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

Ryan makes crystal clear which health care provisions they wouldn't keep.

Loathsome Limbaugh's 9 Most Appalling Comments on Women

By Jaime O'Neill, Smirking Chimp

If you're married to a man who likes Rush, my apologies.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

5 Companies That Excel at Screwing Over Customers

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

These businesses make treating you like crap an art form.

Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism

By Javier Sethness, Truthout

Earth was never an 'infinite resource,' but capitalist practice treats it like 'an infinite garbage can.'

Why Americans Are Losing Their Religion at a Startling Rate

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Here are some of the factors contributing to the massive decline in religiosity in America.

10 Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage (with Charts)

By Cap Action War Room, Think Progress

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would create economic prosperity and put more money into the pockets of hard-working Americans.

Women Who Have Rough Sex: Why It Can Be Liberating

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

The most compelling argument in favor of rough sex is also a feminist one.

I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job — The Truth About Work

By Dawn Foster, The Guardian

It's still taboo to admit that most jobs are unspeakably dull.

Majority of Law Enforcement Officers Support Marijuana Policy Reform

By Neil Franklin, LEAP

Former cop: the war on drugs changed the very nature of policing for the worse.

There Are 5 Million Dirty Reasons for Record Deportations

By Susan Pai, AlterNet

What to keep in mind for the next election cycle.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Things Conservatives Lie Shamelessly About

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives have figured out a neat little rhetorical trick: tell lies so fast your opponents can't keep up.

American Justice: A Rich Child Rapist Goes Free, But a Poor Woman Trying to Feed Her Kids is Jailed

By Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian

The U.S. operates two justice systems: one for the wealthy and another for the poor.

5 Reasons It's So Hard to Combat Anxiety and Depression and What You Can Do

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

Negative emotions can be a challenge, but there are effective ways to cope.

The Most Elitist, Disgusting Supreme Court Has Rigged the Whole System in Favor of the Rich

By Don Hazen, AlterNet

The Supreme Court has crushed the last aspect of campaign finance reform. That's why we need your support.

Chilling: Marijuana Activist Threatened by Child Protective Services

By Vanessa Waltz , Ladybud Magazine

Cannabis could save her epileptic son, but it's illegal in FL, so they've never tried it.

6 Abortion Clinics for 13 Million Women? Inside Texas' Latest Assault on Women's Rights

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Reproductive rights are hanging on by a hair in the Lone Star State.

The High-Tech Wall Street Rip-Off Setting the Media on Fire

By Marshall Auerback, AlterNet

Dangerous and predatory high-frequency trading is bad for markets, bad for regular people and bad for society.

Why Don't Christians Who Take the Bible Literally Also Think the Earth Is Flat?

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

According to parts of the Bible, the earth is both stationary and flat.

6 Biggest Myths About Women Who Have Lots of Sex

By Marrie Lobel, Huffington Post

The truth is that having lots of sexual partners and self-esteem aren't necessarily correlated.

Abused and Exploited Temp Workers May Finally Get a Break

By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

CA bill would hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations of subcontractors and temp agencies.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

10 Reasons Americans Should be Wary of Rand Paul's Libertarianism, Especially Young People

By RJ Eskow, AlterNet

Sen. Rand Paul is trying to attract millennials. Don't fall for it!

Neil deGrasse Tyson Under Attack from Christians Who Want More Biblical Creationism on His Show

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Why not other creationism stories, like the Norse or Egyptian myths?

Arm Yourself! Read Breyer's Dissent in McCutcheon v. FEC

By Sharon Wraight, Daily Kos

Hopefully, we can push back against the wreckage wrought by Roberts and Co.

Intelligent People Are More Likely to Use Drugs. Why?

By Sarah Bon, The Fix

There's a correlation between high childhood IQ and adult drug use. What does it mean?

Exposed: Outrageous Gender Bias Rife in News Industry

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New research reveals gender gap with women outnumbered by men across all media outlets.

Charles Koch Adds His Voice to the Growing Chorus of Whiny Billionaires

By Joan Walsh, Salon

It might be time for the self-pitying super-rich to get some psychiatric help.

The Supreme Court Just Destroyed Our Democracy in Favor of the Plutocrats

By Calvin F. Exoo, Christian Exoo, Salon

What you need to know about the latest disastrous Supreme Court decision.

White America Is Oblivious to the Truth About Black Poverty

By Deborah Small, AlterNet

A recent debate between Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals the misconceptions that rule America's understanding of race and poverty.

Robert Reich: How Increasing Numbers of Americans are Saying 'No Deal' to Absurd Inequality

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

And what to do about an distribution 'game' that seems increasingly rigged.

Hightower: 6 Ways America Is in Desperate Need of a Big Fix

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

"We must create a politics that directly confronts the narcissistic nabobs who're knocking down our people and our country."

Sex Impacts Your Health and Well-Being: So Why Aren't More Doctors Trained to Talk About It?

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Doctors lack knowledge and skills to discuss sexual health with patients due to decline in residency standards.

10 Things Wrong with What Kids Learn in School

By Marion Brady, The Washington Post

Limiting what’s taught to what machines can measure isn’t just demeaning, it’s a recipe for societal disaster.

At 92, I Was Arrested for My Democratic Right to Protest

By Bill Ryan, The Guardian

But I owe it to my grandkids to take a stand against our inaction on climate change.

The Horrifying Health Effects of Mining

By Erin L. McCoy, YES! Magazine

Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chief Justice John Roberts Shreds Another Campaign Finance Law—Individuals May Now Shower Gold on Pols

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The latest campaign finance ruling is another victory for the plutocrats.

Why Customers Aren’t Winners in the Cell Phone Wars

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

SoftBank CEO says Sprint purchasing T-Mobile will benefit consumers. Don’t buy it.

Noam Chomsky: The Dimming Prospects for Human Survival

By Noam Chomsky, AlterNet

From nuclear war to the destruction of the environment, humanity is steering the wrong course.

Christian Right Mega-Church Minister Faces Mega-Mutiny for Abusive Behavior

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Controversial pastor Mark Driscoll's empire may be cracking as allegations about his actions toward co-workers become public.

Could the Cure for Alcoholism Be Lying Dormant on FDA Shelves?

By Benjamin Placket, The Fix

Inside the growing attention around the drug Baclofen.

Michael Moore: The Criminals at GM Should Pay the Ultimate Penalty

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

GM executives knew their defective ignition switch would kill people—and covered it up.

“Fox and Friends” Poster Child Accused of Bullying Employees Over Safety Risks

By Josh Eidelson, Salon

Fox held this company up as a victim of Obama's pro-union bullying — but workers say network's got it backwards

WATCH: Colbert Skewers Right-wing Pundits for Their Absurdly Wrong Predictions About Obamacare

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"I had to cancel my 'Rockin' Enrollment Failure Eve!'"

Sexy, 17, and Exploited—You'd Be Shocked at the Lack of Protection Teen Models Have

By Shakti Jothianandan, Salon

A new law finally gives models under 18 the same protections that other child workers have. Is that enough?

18 Charts that Illustrate America's Insane Class System from Birth till Death

By Matt Bruenig,

A paralyzing visual of protracted U.S. wealth inequality.

Did Powerful Elements in Turkey Plan a False Flag Attack to Drag the Country into War with Syria?

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Controversy and intrigue fuel a growing political storm in Turkey.

'Nymphomaniac': How a Four Hour Arty Porn Flick Can Make a Profound Statement About Sex Addiction

By Johannah King-Slutzky,

Lars von Trier's sex addiction marathon supplies no easy answers. That's a good thing.

U.S. Labor Department Calls NFL Cheerleaders 'Seasonal Amusement' -- Says They Don't Deserve Minimum Wage

By Nichi Hodgson, The Guardian

Cheerleaders help make the NFL's billions. They need to get paid.

How Predatory College Loans Are Bankrupting the Financial Future of America's Youth

By Sean McCollum, Teaching Tolerance

Questionable lending practices are leaving vulnerable students with backbreaking debt, while private lenders roll in the dough.

Rand Paul's Political Pollster Is a Birther

By Eric Hananoki, Media Matters for America

The senator returns to the conservative fringes for support.

Albuquerque Officers Tear Gas Protesters Rallying Against Police Brutality

By Amy Goodman, Renée Feltz, Democracy Now!

Hundreds marched to protest a spate of deadly police shootings—the latest being the killing of a homeless man named James Boyd.

Colorado Investigates a Spike in Fetal Abnormalities Near Natural Gas Drilling Site

By Anne Landman, DeSmogBlog

A prevalence of anomalies such as low birth weight and congenital heart defects are found within a 10 mile radius of a concentration of wells.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Truth About the 'Marijuana Effect' in America's Elections

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Marijuana on the ballot boosts voter turnout, but that may not help many Democrats this year.

7 Things You Need to Know About America’s Coming Inheritance Explosion

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Goodbye, meritocracy. Hello, aristocracy.

United States Is Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading to Poor, UN Report Charges

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

The UN Human Rights Committee says the U.S. should stop criminalizing homeless people for being homeless.

Atheists Are 0.07% of the Federal Prison Population, Threatening Fact for Christian Fundamentalists

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

It's a big disruption to the Christian right argument that you need a belief in God to live morally.

11 Things We Do That Make Us Miserable

By Susie Moore, Huffington Post

Are you settling, holding onto a grudge or self-medicating?

Riots, Towns Gone Dry, Soaring Prices: The Food-Pocalypse Is Already Upon Us

By Richard Schiffman, The Guardian

If this sounds like fear-mongering from scientists, talk to the farmers.

From Pissing Off the Rich to Owning the Bankers, 10 Reasons FDR was Hot

By Harvey J. Kaye, Nomi Prins, AlterNet

He saved America, and mixed a mean martini. What's not to love?

Steve Jobs's Shocking Response to Finding out He Just Got a Google Employee Fired? A Smiley Face

By James Vincent, The Independent

Court documents reveal a surprising level of cold-heartedness at odds with Jobs' image.

The Latest New Right-Wing Malady: Jeb Bush Fever

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Rich donors are getting ready to draft another Bush and thumb their noses at the party’s far-right base. Good luck!

Monday, March 31, 2014

6 Counterfeit Products That Can Ruin a Lot More Than Just Your Day

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Peddlers of fake wares are doing more than just ripping you off.

The UK Is Stripping 'Terrorist Suspects' of Citizenship -- It's a Dangerous Precedent for the Rest of the World

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

It can open the door to torture, imprisonment and drone assassination.

Du Pont Heir Who Raped His Three-Year-Old Daughter Won't Get Prison

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Robert H. Richards IV may never see a day behind bars. Prosecutors and childrens' rights advocates are shocked.

5 Biblical Films That Inspired Religious Backlash

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

"Noah" opened Friday to wide release, decent reviews and controversy.

Is Being Thin More Deadly Than Being Obese?

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

A new study reveals the dangers of a low BMI.

My Dad, the Pot Smuggler

By Laura Miller,

A writer investigates his father's outlaw life during the Golden Age of marijuana runners.

4 Arguments That Scream "Save Public Education!"

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

A vibrant society makes great individuals, not the other way around.

Is Single-Serving Coffee Really Worth All the Mindless Waste It Creates?

By Jill Richardson, OtherWords

Nearly 1 in 5 coffee drinkers is too lazy to make coffee, and those little serving pods they discard add up.

Why the US Turned Vladimir Putin into a Villain

By Tariq Ali, The Guardian

If you don't play ball with the West, they'll turn you into a villain in no time flat.

Remembering Jonathan Schell and His Work on America's Disaster in Vietnam

By Chris Appy, Tom Dispatch

Schell explained how the more America "won," the more it lost.

Why Getting Rid Of Your Pubic Hair Is Overrated

By Cher Nobelle, AlterNet

Shaving down under is more work than it's worth.

A Happy Life or a Meaningful One — Do We Really Need to Choose?

By Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Greater Good

There may be more to life than happiness, and more to “happiness” than pleasure alone.