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Sunday, March 30, 2014

8 Appalling Moments by the Right Wing This Week: Gay Marriage Wedding Cakes Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Known unknown: Donald Rumsfeld should be replaced by a trained ape.

The Reason Republicans Love War So Much

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The GOP and the South can’t stand the fact that Obama seeks diplomacy.

'Anita: Speaking Truth to Power' Reignites Fury Over Sexual Harassment and Political Might

By Thomas Delapa, AlterNet

Two decades after Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Freida Mock documents the confirmation of Clarence Thomas.

Diane Ravitch Tells Bill Moyers Why School Privatization Is Turning into a Disaster

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

The high cost of turning schools into profit centers.

When Charters Try to Crowd Out Marginalized Public School Kids

By Molly Knefel, Salon

A battle in NYC shows what happens when corporate-backed schools fight special needs public school kids for space.

Court Finds Georgia Militia Leader Guilty of Murdering Pregnant Wife

By Bill Morlin, Southern Poverty Law Center

Investigators say man's militia group was planning bombings, kidnappings and political assassinations.

How High Can You Get Off That Pot Brownie? Regulating Marijuana Edibles Keeps Them From Being an Iffy Proposition

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Standardized testing could be a game-changer for edibles.

Outsourcing and Privatization are Killing America

By The Thom Hartmann Show, AlterNet

Austerity and privatization harm, not help, people.

The Nationwide Actions You Can Join to Address America's Environmental and Social Crises

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, AlterNet

Worldwide #WaveOfAction and Global Climate Convergence are building a popular movement.

Why It's Going to Be Impossible to Isolate Russia

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Europe might want to act tough, but Russia holds too many cards.

Why NSA Reforms Won't Address America's Paranoid Surveillance of Muslims

By Arun Kundnani, Comment Is Free

For U.S. Muslims, the days of excessive spying won't end with NSA reform.

How Whale Feces Slows Down Ocean Warming

By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network

By enriching the seas with iron expelled from their digestive systems, sperm whales are helping to slow the warming of the Antarctic, scientists say.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Are Millions of Americans Being Poisoned by Their Own Dental Fillings?

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

A controversial theory linking amalgam fillings and mercury poisoning is starting to gain scientific acceptance.

12 Hints It’s Time to Call It Quits in Your Relationship

By Mark Goulston, AlterNet

Here's a list of looming trouble. And if it hits too close to home, you might be in a dead-end romance.

When Charters Try to Crowd Out Marginalized Public School Kids

By Molly Knefel, Salon

A battle in NYC shows what happens when corporate-backed schools fight special needs public school kids for space.

Big Brother Is In Your Spotify: How Music Became the Surveillance State’s Trojan Horse

By Andrew Leonard, Salon

Big win for Big Data: As Amazon and Google drive down costs, more people are taking their listening to the cloud.

Why I Let My Underage Daughters Drink

By Kathleen Volk Miller,

I expect criticism. But parenting is about making hard choices, and these are mine.

How the Self-Help Industry Hustles America

By Helaine Olen, Reuters

Positive thinking is not going to cure massive inequality or Wall Street predation.

Documents Show Hollywood Right-Wingers Like Gary Sinise Were Acting Shady About Their Political Donations

By Adam Parfrey, AlterNet

A secretive group called Friends of Abe indulges in some questionable behavior.

How Deficit Hawks Are Pitting Millennials Against Seniors to Attack Social Security and Medicare

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A Tea Party congressman calls out Wall Streeters for their attack on America's bedrock social programs.

New Film 'Cesar Chavez' Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

By Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

Director Diego Luna's biopic dramatizes roots of Chavez and Dolores Huerta's then-National Farm Workers Association.

The Privatization of Mexico's Oil Is a Scheme to Enrich the 1%

By Yoshua Okón, Creative Time Reports

Changes to Mexican energy policy will accelerate inequality and environmental devastation.

Friday, March 28, 2014

10 Weirdest Things the Christian Right Thinks Will Turn Your Kids Gay

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

Did you know that the pro-gay agenda is being promoted by penguins? Fox News? You've been warned.

How Deficit Hawks Are Pitting Millennials Against Seniors to Attack Social Security and Medicare

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A Tea Party congressman calls out Wall Streeters for their attack on America's bedrock social programs.

Documents Show Hollywood Right-Wingers Like Gary Sinise Were Acting Shady About Their Political Donations

By Adam Parfrey, AlterNet

A secretive group called Friends of Abe indulges in some questionable behavior.

The Drug That Can Make You Kill

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

A common malaria drug has been linked to murders and suicides.

WATCH: Two Drastically Different Views of Why We Work So Hard—Ford Vs. GM

By David Morris, AlterNet

Ford mimicked GM's obnoxious Super Bowl ad and made a profound statement about what really matters.

Colbert Report Tweet Sparks Campaign to Reexamine Casual Racism on Twitter

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Anti-racism activists aren't letting the joke slide, despite its context.

Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?

By Monica Potts, The American Prospect

They're criminalized and discarded, falling at the bottom of every statistic.

Americans Consume Vast Amounts of Porn -- and We're Giant Hypocrites About It

By Callie Beusman, Jezebel

We watch porn yet harshly judge those who perform.

WATCH: Daily Show's Kristen Schaal Lacerates 'Marry Smart' Princeton Mom

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

"Your eggs are jumping out of your vagina like rats off a sinking ship."

Why "Libertarian" Rand Paul Wants the Government to Have More Tomahawk Missiles

By Alex Pareene, Salon

Rand Paul, the great libertarian hope, embraces the "Obama is weak on defense" argument.

How Thinking Ahead Can Actually Still and Help the Mind

By Felicity Callard, The Guardian

Our understanding of what the brain does at rest has been transformed. Yoga may not be the only way to still the mind.

Why Americans Have the Worst Dental Insurance Ever

By Terrance Heath, AlterNet

Why does American dental insurance cover so little for such expensive procedures?

3 Ways to Make Sure Domesticity Doesn't Kill Your Sex Life

By Zoe, xojane

When sex can happen anytime, we might be more interested in watching TV.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

4 Shocking Examples of Police Militarization in America's Small Towns

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Police departments are militarizing even far from urban centers.

Conservatives' Hilarious, Doomed Efforts to Be Cool

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Nothing is less cool than trying too hard to be cool.

College Athletes Granted the Right to Unionize—Is This the End of the NCAA?

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

The monumental ruling could change the face of college athletics, as we know it.

The Surprising Reason Americans Might Feel Helpless and Depressed

By Michael Bader, AlterNet

Bureaucratic headaches only add to helplessness, one of the most destructive emotions.

Robert Reich: Billionaires Are Warping Our Political System

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

'America is not yet an oligarchy, but that’s where the Koch’s and a few other billionaires are taking us.'

The Heartwrenching Painting that Freed a Nonviolent Drug Offender from Prison

By Tony Newman, AlterNet

Anthony Papa painted his way to freedom—and helped to free the people left behind.

'Why Did You Shoot My Dogs?' Police Killed Women's Two Tibetan Mastiffs for No Reason, She Says

By Cheryl Armstrong, Courthouse News

They came looking for an alligator and wolves, and shot harmless—and expensive—dogs instead.

The Woman Facing Life in Prison for Delivering a Still-born Baby

By Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian

The criminalization of poor women is out of control.

WATCH: Daily Show Mocks 'Morning Joe' as Dysfunctional Suburban Family in Hilarious Satire

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

'They Starf*uck like nobody’s business,' Samantha Bee notes.

SHAMEFUL! The U.S. Ranks 4th in the World for Executions—Behind China, Iraq and Iran

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

New Amnesty International review shows Texas and Florida are our greatest offenders.

Christian School Targets 8-Year Old Girl for Not Being 'Feminine Enough'

By Mary Elizabeth Williams,

At TCS, God loves all of his children — unless you're gender non-conforming.

8 (More) Insane Things We Feed Kids

By C.A. Pinkham, Jezebel

The second installment of disgusting 'foods.' You're welcome.

10 "Dumb" Couple Fights (And What They Might Be Really About)

By Ami Angelowicz, Winona Dimeo-Ediger, The Frisky

No matter how good your relationship, at some point someone will be mad about the dirty socks on the floor.

Our Airwaves for Sale: The Wireless Company Free-For-All

By Allan Holmes, The Center for Public Integrity

In 2015, the FCC will auction off some of the most valuable airwaves.

Is An End to Testing Madness Closer Than We Think?

By Laurie Levy, AlterNet

Legislation before Congress would reduce the number of standardized tests students take. Here's why that's important.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How Wall Street Is Sucking Huge Amounts of Money from Los Angeles

By Les Leopold, AlterNet

Finance industry rakes it in from dubious fees.

Another Financial Crisis Is Looming—Here's Why and How It Will Play Out

By David Dayen, Salon

Thanks to bank misconduct, odds are that big trouble is on its way.

Meet the Company That Can Start Growing Marijuana in Greenhouses Across the US on 48 Hours Notice

By Rula Al-Nasrawi, AlterNet

Terra Tech is trying to stay ahead of the curve.

Debunking the Top 10 Most Egregious Republican Lies

By Bob Cesca, Huffington Post

It's time for another Republican goon-squad myth intervention.

Insane New Gun Law in Georgia Will Allow Guns in Bars, Schools, Churches—Just About Anywhere

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

The NRA calls it "a historic victory for the Second Amendment.”

Wal-Mart Manager Speaks out About His Store’s Ugly Reality

By Josh Eidelson, Salon

From no time off, to working multiple roles at once, here's what's really going on at the mega-chain.

Disturbing New Report: Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012—Or About 1 in 8 Premature Deaths

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

The World Health Organization calls for major policy changes to counter the trend.

Libidos and Vibrators, Oh My! This Is What a Woman's Aging Sex Drive Looks Like

By Ruth Spencer, The Guardian

In the words of Gloria Steinem, a dwindling libido makes a woman's mind 'free for all kinds of great things'.

What's Really Tearing America Apart

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

Former secretary of labor says Dems and GOP no longer share the same basic values -- and that nationhood is dead.

Five Myths About Panhandlers

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

You'd be surprised how many panhandlers aren't drug addicts.

How Paul Ryan Is Bringing the Poverty Nightmare of Charles Dickens' Novels to America

By Deborah Small, Small World View

Inside Ryan's politics of gruel.

How Australia Continues to 'Breed Out the Color' of Its Aboriginal Population

By John Pilger, AlterNet

The theft of Aboriginal children is more widespread than at any time during the last century.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Goldman Sachs' Outrageous Scheme to Profit Off Jailed Young Offenders

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Too-big-to-jail Wall Street is ripping off taxpayers with a "social impact bond."

5 Medical Tests and Procedures That You May Not Really Need

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

A growing list of medical tests, procedures and surgeries have dubious benefit to patients: when will America catch up?

Confusion Plagues the Right: Why It Doesn’t Understand Liberal Views of the Hobby Lobby Case

By Brian Beutler, Salon

Opposing a religious exemption to the contraception mandate is about more than just principle.

The Sexy New Fad for Mindful Living: Orgasmic Meditation

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

The secret to enlightenment lies between a woman’s legs. Who knew?

First Amendment Train Wreck in the Making: U.S. Senate Tries to Define Who Is a Journalist

By Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

Journalists have to be employed to be called journalists in Chuck Schumer's eyes.

Could the Koch Brothers End Up Destroying the Republican Party?

By Simon Malloy, Salon

Sure, they're pretty much in sync right now. But here's why Koch money, power and ideology could divide the right.

Are You Ready for Life Under Total Surveillance?

By Catherine Crump and Matthew Harwood, Tom Dispatch

You can always log off your browswer, but if you live in a "wired" home, there's no escape from Big Data as it constantly queries our appliances for information on us.

Why Religious Fundamentalists Are So Excited About Charter Schools

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Two new Republican proposals could be a boon for the prospects of publicly funded religious education.

Church Ordered to Stop Giving Homeless People a Warm Place to Stay in Freezing Cold Weather

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

The Pastor says that they'd found people under bridges, on park benches, and that's likely where they'll return.

Billionaires Think We're Jealous of Their Wealth? Gag Me with a Silver Spoon

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Change your tune, plutocrats. Contrary to your fantasies, we are plagued by reality, not envy.

Why It's Time to Reset Your Breakfast Habits

By Pooja R. Mottl, Huffington Post

How to switch from sugary, cold 'dessert'-cereals to a warmer, more nutritious option.

Nasa-funded Study: Industrial Civilization Headed for 'Irreversible Collapse' Due to Inequality, Exploitation

By Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system

Does the Hyped 'Brain Restoration' Miracle Cure for Addiction Really Work?

By Royce Amy Morales, The Fix

Treatment center gives patients megadoses of a compound it claims will reduce withdrawal symptoms by 70-80%

Wells Fargo Caught Forging Mortage Documents — Will We Finally See Jail Time for the Bankers?

By Amy Goodman, Juan González, Democracy Now!

Not a single major bank employee saw imprisonment for mortgage fraud.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Christian Right Has Major Role in Hastening Decline of Religion in America

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Soon, there will be more atheists and agnostics than Christians.

City Orders Church to Stop Caring for the Homeless

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Authorities in Rockford, Illinois say that the church, which houses the homeless during the winter, is in violation of municipal codes.

Pat Robertson Suggests a Woman's Atheism May Be a Result of Rape or Demonic Possession

By Brian Tashman, Right Wing Watch

The 700 Club Host says a a woman's resistance to Christian proselytizing might be something beyond the normal human experience.

Overwhelming Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

And it's much worse for black families.

5 Reasons Why Harry Reid Will Likely Keep His Job, Despite Washington Pundits' Predictions

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried is not destined to lose his job.

The 5 Most Dangerous States To Attend College (If You Think Carrying Concealed Firearms Are Dangerous)

By Hannah K. Gold, AlterNet

The NRA is behind a movement to allow conceal carry permits on campuses.

What It's Like to Panhandle

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

It's a mortifying last resort that earns you the public's scorn.

"Lean In" Guru Sheryl Sandberg Wants to Ban the Word Bossy... As If there Weren't Larger Problems to Address

By Tina Dupuy, AlterNet

#BanBossy is a perfect example of the Pink Ribboning of evils.

The Moral Power of Free Universal Higher Education

By Richard Eskow, The Smirking Chimp

The costs are startling—but it's important not to focus on numbers alone.

We Need More Phillip Agnews: Why Investing in Youth Leadership Pays Off

By Andrew Gillum, AlterNet

Youth development doesn't happen in a summer, but must be for the long haul, like social change.

10 Dumb Relationship Issues You Need To Quit Getting Worked Up About

By Winifred M. Reilly, xojane

Still holding onto something that happened 17 years ago? Let it go!

Marijuana Medicine's Near-Miraculous Healing Powers Require the Whole Plant—Not Just One Oil Extract

By Martin A. Lee, AlterNet

CBD-only laws are a pretext to extend marijuana prohibition under the guise of 'protecting the children.'