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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Why Our Fears of a 'Lone-Wolf' Terror Attack Are Over-Hyped and Dangerous

By Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch

The cure to this trumped up danger will be far worse than the disease.

Republican Lawmaker Not Sure Sex With Unconscious People Really Is Rape

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

As if "unable to give consent" isn't the very textbook definition of rape.

How Fox News Creates Its Own Insane Reality

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

If you’re a Fox News watcher, this is how your political reality is generated.

The Man Who Killed the 'American Sniper' Was a War Victim Too – Sniper Fans Want Him Dead

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

What Eastwood's movie doesn't tell is the story of another vet who lived a life haunted by what he had seen.

WATCH: Young Woman Fights Back Ingeniously Against Man She Says Groped Her

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

"You think us girls stay silent and you can do anything, right?"

Twitter CEO Admits: 'We Suck at Dealing with Abuse and Trolls'

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

In a leaked memo, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo suggests the company will take a harder line against harassment.

4 Reasons Right-Wingers Are Embracing Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theories

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

The movement is the inevitable result of conservative rejection of the idea of collective responsibility.

Chomsky and Kissinger: Don't Increase US Military Involvement in Ukraine

By Kevin Zeese, AlterNet

Both men argue U.S. military involvement there would be a "historic tragedy."

Self-Professed Christians Depriving Millions of American Kids of Health Care

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Willfully keeping millions in poverty creates costs across society.

Are You a Sexual Strayer or Stayer? The Truth About Infidelity and Human Nature

By Jenny Kutner, Salon

A study finds that human mating patterns generally fall into two categories: "stay" vs. "stray"

Jim Hightower: Global Trade Deal Is a 'Corporate Coup d'Etat'

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would allow an unprecedented level of global corporate rule over Americans.

If You Don’t Understand How People Fall into Poverty, You’re Probably a Sociopath

By Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

Why do people in positions of power ask so many stupid questions?

Angry Christian Rails Against Humanism — This Atheist’s Polite Response Is Perfect

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

Discuss Jesus founder called humanism "a first-class ticket to the sea of wantonness and debauchery.”

Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control in the Classroom

By Andy Lee Roth, YES! Magazine

What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run schools in an unequal society?

How Europe Failed Greece Over Austerity Plight

By Joseph Stiglitz, AlterNet

Greece has also once again reminded us of how badly the world needs a debt-restructuring framework.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Koch-Supporting Texas Billionaires Explain What Richest Americans Are After

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

They complain and complain, but can't recognize themselves in the mirror.

Massive Herbal-Supplement Scam Uncovered: Walmart, Target, GNC Accused of Selling Bogus Products

By Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

An investigation by the NY attorney general found supplements contain cheap fillers like houseplants and powdered rice.

How Does a Highly Sensitive Person Survive the Hell of the American Workplace?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

HSPs of the world, unite!

Florida Cops Accused of Attacking Ex-NYPD Officer Who Was Helping Her Son

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

After forcing her onto the ground, one of them said, ‘We’re a little different in Florida."

My Bipolar Disorder Landed Me in the Psych Ward Three Times in the Past Four Months

By PJ Teichholtz, xojane

In July, I was a functioning graduate student. By September, I was in the loony bin.

Study: Finishing College Has Become a Luxury Only the Rich Can Afford

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

The gap in degree attainment between the richest and poorest students has nearly doubled since 1970.

What It's Like to Work in Walmart Hell

By John Olympic, AlterNet

It's demoralizing knowing that by working for a big box store, I'm sleeping with the enemy.

Forget About Looks: Being Smart Is the Latest Sexual Turn-On

By Carrie Weisman, AlterNet

Sapiosexuality is a new term that refers to being sexually attracted to intelligence.

In a Major About-Face, FCC Chief Proposes 'Strongest Open Internet Rules Ever'

By Trevor Timm, The Guardian

Tom Wheeler's support could make for a titanic shift on this hot-button issue.

The Super-Rich Can't Hide From the Rest of Us

By Michael Winship, AlterNet

They're getting ready to run away from the mess they've helped create.

How Nebraska Took Its Energy Out of Corporate Hands and Made It Affordable for Everyone

By Thomas Hanna, YES! Magazine

Publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people in this red state.

James Baldwin's Understanding of Sex, Self-Knowledge and Power Demand Attention Now

By JoAnn Wypijewski, The Nation

No other American writer dissected the problem of the color line with such intimate and ferocious grace.

Is Tomato the New Tuna? Vegan Sushi Is on the Rise

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

Fish-free sushi that tastes like the real thing is healthier and more sustainable than tuna.

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Has Some Harsh Words for Anti-Vaxxers

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

"The only reason we’re even having this discussion is because of how well vaccines have worked."

'People Could Die and That’s OK': Why the Right’s Free-Market Health Philosophy Is Ludicrous

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

The right claims the federal disability program is rife with fraud.

9 Revolting Videos of Cops Abusing People (Just From Last Month)

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

Cops are killing, pepper spraying and tasing, even on camera.

Rand Paul's Attack on Jeb Bush's Pot 'Hypocrisy' Heralds a Signal Issue for 2016 Campaign

By Paul Waldman, The American Prospect

There isn't going to be any avoiding pot politics in 2016. How are the Republicans going to handle it?

The Movement Against Fast Tracking a Disastrous Trade Deal Continues to Mobilize

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

People even braved a blizzard to protest these corporate trade agreements.

Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling that Firing Woman for Breastfeeding Not Sexist Since Men Can Lactate

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

The plaintiff was fired for taking time to pump milk and told “just go home to be with your babies.”

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

11 Genres of Music Everyone Who Loves Music Should Know

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Consider this a random sampler of music to enjoy.

Robert Reich: Why Work Is Turning Into a Nightmare

By Robert Reich, AlterNet

The new "sharing" economy is really about sharing the scraps.

Texas School Says 9-Year-Old's 'Magic Powers' Are a Terrorist Threat

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

School suspends boy after he claims he'd make classmate invisible with "Hobbit" ring.

No, America Has Never Been a Christian Country -- Why Does the Myth Persist?

By Laura Miller, Salon

A historian challenges conservative claims that the U.S. has a single religious heritage.

9 Craziest Claims Made by Anti-Vaxxers

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

A lot of misinformation is spread by vaccination critics, here’s what to look out for.

Watch: Jon Stewart Skewers Christian Hypocrite Mike Huckabee

By , AlterNet

Huckabee is hawking a book, generating comic gold in the process.

Huge Number of People Believe Drinking Alkalinized Water Prevents Diseases: Are They Right?

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet

Drinking bottled alkaline water can be expensive, and that money could buy a lot of veggies.

Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney

By Michael Coblenz, AlterNet

Friedrich Hayek argued that centralized economic planning would lead to totalitarianism, but that's totally wrong.

I Don’t Care That You Don’t Care About My Baby

By Toni Nagy, AlterNet

We parents aren’t sharing our baby stories on social media because we are trying to bore you.

Are Elites Finally Paying Attention to How Bad Inequality Is?

By Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect

Reality has at last intruded on conventional economic wisdom.

MDMA, aka Molly, Has Hit the TV Mainstream

By Anna Silman, Salon

Molly, or ecstasy, is surprisingly presented as a casual activity among certain demographics.

The 7 Biggest Presidential Sex Scandals in History

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Lots of salacious things have happened behind closed White House doors.

8 Invented Diseases Big Pharma Is Banking on

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Sleep sweating? Here are some new ways the pharmaceutical plans to make money.

The True History of the Origins of Police: Protecting and Serving the Masters of Society

By Sam Mitrani, Indypendent, Labor and Working-Class History Association Blog

The liberal way of viewing the problem rests on a misunderstanding of the origins of the police.

Rwanda and Bangladesh Have Universal Healthcare -- Why Can't America?

By Amartya Sen, The Guardian

Some poor countries have shown that good basic healthcare for all can be provided at a very low cost.

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why Humanity Hasn’t Made First Contact With Aliens Yet

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

He suggests that if there are aliens in the galaxy, "they should have been here by now."

Evicted with Welders and M16s: Welcome to Apartheid Street, Palestine

By Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams, AlterNet

It is no secret that settlement expansion is a central tenet to the project of occupation in West Bank.

Group Think Is Putting the US on the Precipice of Dangerous Conflict with Russia

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

Express dissent over the one-sided coverage of Ukraine, and you're deemed a “stooge of Moscow.”

Monday, February 2, 2015

War Is the New Normal: 7 Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist

By William Astore, TomDispatch

The war on terror is still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished.

Non-Stop Gentrification: 5 More Cities Where Poor Communities Are Being Turned into Rich Ones

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

It’s not just happening in Brooklyn and the Bay Area.

Detroit Man Walks 21 Miles to Work Each Day

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Now that his story has come out, 56-year-old James Robertson may just get a car and a reprieve.

​Is Fracking Really Dying?

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Are falling prices ​killing shale oil and gas, or ​will the environmental horror return?

St. Louis Ram Leaves NFL and $37 Million to Become Farmer and Feed the Hungry

By Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos

Jason Brown, 29, is a real football hero.

The Sharing Economy Is a Lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the Truth about Tech and Libertarians

By Richard Eskow,

Disruptive companies talk a good game about sharing. Uber's really just an under-regulated company making riches.

Hypo-Christie! New Jersey Gov Blatantly Panders to Religious Right with Vaccine Diss

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The same guy who quarantined the "ebola nurse" says parents should have a choice about vaccines.

Paul Krugman Demolishes GOP's Bogus 'Long-term' Economic Thinking

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Obama's new budget focuses on the here and now. That is precisely what is needed.

3-Year-Old Shoots Dad and Pregnant Mother

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

The toddler found the gun in his mom's purse.

VIDEO: Robert Reich Explains the Worst Trade Deal You've Never Heard Of

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

Why we have to fight this massive, secretive corporate giveaway.

New National Poll Reveals Serious Liabilities for Hillary

By Staffer, AlterNet

Supporters of Clinton should be concerned about the popularity of her ideas and her ability to win the presidency.

How to Separate the Good From the Bad in Choosing What to Eat

By Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN, Tarcher/Penguin

A new book pushes you to question what you're eating and gives you the tools to do something about it.

The “American Sniper” Cultural Moment: How Iraq Became the New Vietnam

By Andrew O'Hehir,

America went to war for 10 years and we missed it. Now Iraq is back to torment us, as mythology and macho fantasy.

Wrong Time for Netanyahu to Address Congress

By Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street

Israel is becoming a partisan football, a wedge issue cynically manipulated to grab headlines and seek political gain.

8 Unusual Ways Male Sexual Adventurers Are Getting Off

By Carrie Weisman, AlterNet

There’s always room for experimentation.

Why We Need to Look at "Hate" Through a New Lens

By Kay Whitlock, Michael Bronski, Beacon Press

Conceptualizing violence within the frame of hate makes it easy to mistake symptom for cause.

French Police Arrest 8-Year-Old Muslim Boy on Ridiculous Charges Of Supporting Terrorism

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

The child was netted by police a day after the Charlie Hebdo incident.

Tea Partyers, Union Members, Democrats, Republicans—All Love Social Security. So Let’s Expand It!

By Paul Rosenberg,

An important new book argues that America's most successful social program needs to be strengthened

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Right-Wing Christians Who Think 'American Sniper' Embodies Christian Values

By Gary Legum, AlterNet

They use patriarchal language to defend the American sniper in the “clash of civilizations.”

Sick Rationale Allows Texas to Execute Another Mentally Disabled Man

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Texas ignores the U.S. Supreme Court and science, but cites John Steinbeck.

Researchers May Have Found Key to Peanut Allergy Cure

By Joanna Rothkopf,

Food allergies affect around 15 million children in the United States.

5 Crazy Right-Wing Moments This Week: O'Reilly Drops Truth Bomb on Palin and Trump

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Wingnut conservatives are turning on one another and eating their young!

17-Year-Old Kristiana Coignard Shot and Killed by Three Police Officers after Brandishing Knife

By Shaun King, Daily Kos

It's hard to imagine if she walked into a police department in nearly any other country in the world that she would've died in a barrage of bullets.

How the Mindfulness Movement Went Mainstream -- And the Backlash That Came With It

By Mary Sykes Wylie, Psychotherapy Networker

Meditation is more complex than some people realized.

Why Can't Americans Choose to Die on Their Own Terms?

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

If death with dignity is to become available not just a privileged few, many laws will have to be changed .

We’re Clean Eating Our Way to New Eating Disorders.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams,

Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Mark Wahlberg Never Stopped Acting Like a Criminal

By Paula Young Lee, AlterNet

Becoming a multimillionaire simply allowed him to keep breaking the law with impunity.

Is it Porn or Not? Sexually Explicit Film Maker Says it is Something Else

By Carrie Weisman, AlterNet

The Portuguese filmmaker uses his camera to explore male sexuality.

Media Continue to Perpetuate Myth that the Superbowl Brings in Big Bucks for Host City

By Neil deMause, FAIR

Here's why mainstream media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims.

3 Misconceptions That Ruin Great Relationships

By Dr. Kelly Flanagan, The Good Men Project

Marriages aren’t healed with big things; they’re healed with small things done every day.

Pentagon Makes No Secret of Wanting to Monitor Social Change Activism

By Nafeez Ahmed, AlterNet

The Pentagon is researching how resource stress could topple governments.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Ugly Conservative Tactic of Brutally Attacking Individuals, Even Kids, Instead of Ideas

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Conservatives attack and smear individuals to silence them and discredit popular ideas.

Study Finds Men Are Twice as Likely to Take Selfies as Women

By Jenny Kutner,

A new poll might teach us something about stereotypes

The Ugly Walmart Truth: Some Managers Treat Workers Like Dirt

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

A manager comes forward to reveal the corporation’s abusive culture and the way it retaliates against workers organizing for change.

“They Can Do Whatever the F*** They Want”: Inside the FBI’s Disturbing Quest For Domestic Terrorists

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon

The case of Eric McDavid has broader implications of how the feds go after suspected terrorists.

Anilingus: The Other Oral Sex

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

We’re entering an age of more sexual openness about butts.

Cancer Criminals: The Shady World of People Faking Cancer Online

By Jenna Glatzer, AlterNet

The Internet has made it easier for those with bad intentions to take advantage of the good will of others.

This Week in Religion: Huckabee Claims God Blessed Him, and Mormons Back LGBT Rights

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Pat Robertson dispenses financial advice to a struggling '700 Club' member.

The Truth About Union Organizing: It's Much Better Than You Think

By Paul Booth, The American Prospect

The labor movement has been growing while shrinking. Growing through organizing.

Brewmaster in Chief: Obama Breaks New Ground With Honey Brown Ale

By Melissa Kravitz, AlterNet

It only took 44 presidents to get a brewer in the house.

Whoa, 2.8 Million New Jobs? How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Seriously Improve the Economy

By Dean Baker, AlterNet

With unemployment still holding back the economy, reducing the average hours of those with jobs can increase employment.

Friday, January 30, 2015

10 Reasons Christian Heaven Would Actually Be Hell

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Perhaps descriptions of hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be.

The Sex Trafficking Sham: No, There's No Uptick of Sexual Slavery Around the Super Bowl

By Tara Burns, AlterNet

We need to stop propagating myths about sex trafficking and fund services for the victims who actually exist and want help.

Mitt Romney Says He Won't Run for President Again

By Tom McCarthy, The Guardian

Romney tells supporters he's clearing the way for “our next generation of Republican leaders,” like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.

Michael Moore: Yes, Clint Eastwood Threatened to Kill Me

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Filmmaker Moore also has a few choice words for those who threaten critics of "American Sniper."

Why the Macho Sludge Peddled by 'American Sniper' Is Really Cowardice

By David Masciotra, AlterNet

Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies real bravery in "Selma."

Why CodePink Calls Kissinger the Real 'Low-life Scum'

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

Senator John McCain called activists "scum." Clearly he's forgetting the despicable crimes Kissinger oversaw.

WATCH: Jon Stewart Lays Bare the NFL's Totally Messed Up Priorities

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"The NFL, worried about the wrong sh*t since 1920."

Why a Dad Is Fighting to Keep Unvaccinated Kids Out of School

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

When does "freedom" put other children at serious risk?

10 Facts That Will Blow Right-Wingers' Minds

By Richard Riis, Daily Kos

Guess how many times Reagan raised taxes?

Watch: Seattle Cop Pepper-Sprays Teacher Directly in Face For Walking Too Close

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Video shows Jesse Hagopian getting sprayed by an officer following a rally on MLK Day.

The Country That Refuses to Bow Down to Western Bankers

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

The powers that be are getting nervous as other countries consider following Greece's lead.

How One Man Helped 10,000 People With Serious Drug Problems

By Tony Newman, AlterNet

Howard Josepher's group Exponents is an inspiring model that should be studied and replicated.

Revealed: Gov't Surveillance Is Much More Developed Than You Thought

By Oliver Laughland, Rory Carroll, The Guardian

New documents show government tracked drivers with license plate readers on mass scale.

How Asia's Brutal Privatization Drives Are Creating Misery For Its People

By N. Gunasekaran, Progressive Populist

The growing inequality in Asian societies is strongly connected with privatization at all levels of industry.

'The Hunting Ground': How Colleges Cover Up Rape

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

A new documentary explores the problem of campus rape and shows how rare criminal convictions are.