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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

California's 1-Percenters Are Flush With Water as Rest of the State Remains Parched

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Celebrities and moguls aren't doing without while the region suffers from a disastrous drought.

It’s Not Just the South and Fox News: Liberals Have a White Privilege Problem, Too

By Joseph Heathcott, Salon

For those of us born with white skin, white privilege is the air we breathe.

'Poor Doors' Are Only the Tip of the Affordable Housing Iceberg

By Allegra Kirkland, AlterNet

The controversial practice has everyone up in arms, but there are much more pressing housing policies that need to be changed.

10 Frightening Promises by GOP Senate Candidates Secretly Taped at Koch Brothers Summit

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Excerpts show what's at stake in November if GOP wins control of both chambers of Congress.

5 Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against whether Jesus lived.

Tea Time Might Be Over, Once World Wakes Up to Amount of Pesticides Inside Each Cup

By Clarissa A. León, AlterNet

A new report released by Greenpeace reveals high toxin levels in tea from China and India.

Thousands of California FedEx Drivers Exploited By Corporate Execs, Court Rules

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A Ninth Circuit panel says the drivers are employees, not contractors.

11 Signs You're With The Person You Should Marry

By Dr. Tina Tessino, Huffington Post

What makes for a great date may not be all you need for a great relationship.

Gaza Residents Share Allegations of Abuse, Claim Israeli Soldiers Used Them as Human Shields

By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

Almost every family in Gaza has been touched by the violence.

Illinois School Bans Discussions of Michael Brown's Death

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

Prohibiting students from talking about events in Ferguson offers them exactly the opposite of what they need.

Climate Shocker: Warming Oceans Create Great Plumes of Methane Bubbles Near Atlantic Coast

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The bubbles could add some 90 tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

8 Events That Have Turned This Summer into a Hellish Experience

By Marty Kaplan, AlterNet

Gaza, Ebola, and Ferguson -- there wasn't much to be optimistic about in these last few months.

The 10 Best (and Worst) Drug Scenes in Movie History

By Tony O'Neill,

These druggy depictions—rated for realism—will stay with you forever.

Gay Veteran Stricken With Cancer Pleads With Arizona Judge to Recognize His Marriage

By Jamie Ross, Courthouse News

Under state law, George Martinez won't be able to leave his spouse his military benefits when he dies.

Not Even Toxic Waste Stops Gentrification: 3 New York Superfund Sites in Developing Neighborhoods

By Jarrett Murphy, City Limits

Archive articles, federal documents, slideshows and more on the three big cleanups now underway in New York.

How Fox News Promoted One of the Most Bogus Ferguson Smears So Far

By John Avignone, Salon

How did Fox News run a totally bogus Ferguson story? Welcome to the truly slimy side of the right-wing hit machine

States That Have Medical Marijuana Have Lower Rates of Heroin and Painkiller Overdoses

By Paul Armentano, NORML

A major finding showing the social value of medical cannabis.

America Seems to Be Observing Ferguson from Parallel Universes

By Dani McClain, The Nation

Let’s hope for an investigation that surprises the skeptics.

Attorney: Video Shows Police Shot Ohio Man 'On Sight' as He Leaned on Toy Gun in Walmart

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

John Crawford III was carrying an unpackaged BB/pellet rifle he picked up in the toy department before he was killed by police.

ISIS Raises the Stakes While the U.S. Pursues Bankrupt Syria Policy

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

Fighters are now driving deeper westwards into Syria.

Robert Reich: Inequality Is at the Heart of Who Gets a Good Education and Who Doesn't

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

The nation’s increasing residential segregation by income is killing the promise of public education.

5 Tips to Avoid a Scuffle While Flying

By Rhik Samadder, The Guardian

Here's a guide to keep things under control when it comes to the armrest or the kid kicking behind your seat.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shocking Picture of What Life Will Look Like When You Can't Afford to Retire

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Will you be ready for the life of a nomad, permanently in search of temporary work?

White Paranoia Over Ferguson Raises Big Bucks, with Some Help from Fox News

By Joan Walsh, Salon

White defenders of officer Darren Wilson are raising money by slandering Mike Brown.

Which States Are the Best and the Worst For Women to Live In?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Find out where your state stands on gender equality.

The Decline of Liberalism Threatens Secularism in America

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Statehouses are succumbing to the agenda of the Christian right.

Listen: Audio Recording Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot

By Barbara Morrill, Daily Kos

A man who lives near the scene of the shooting says he inadvertently recorded the shots that killed Brown.

Is Comcast the Worst Company in America?

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

A firm so horrendous, the very mention of its name causes body tremors.

There Might Be a Scary Downside to Fabric Softener Sheets

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Those wonderfully aromatic smells from your laundry may be a major source of home air pollution.

The Feds Are Incapable of Telling Truth About Pot

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

The country’s marijuana policies continue to be divorced from science.

Ralph Nader: How Corporate Espionage on Nonprofit Watchdogs Goes Unpunished

By Ralph Nader, AlterNet

'Go for it' may well enter the minds of corporations who consider spying on nonprofits.

How Shadow Banking and Extreme Wealth Inequality Threaten Us

By David DeGraw,

The systematic exploitation of a majority of the population will continue without redress.

How Often Are Unarmed Black Men Shot Down By Police?

By Truth2Power, The Daily Kos

The truly frightening thing is that we apparently don't know.

4 of the Most Effective Herbs for Balancing Hormones

By Andreea Nica, AlterNet

How you can help relieve stress and alleviate hormonal symptoms.

It's Time to Restore the Dignity of the Formerly Incarcerated

By Dorsey Nunn, AlterNet

Anyone with a conviction history faces a constant barrier to being an involved, productive member of our society.

How Diet Soda Builds Desire and Decreases Satisfaction

By Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. , The Huffington Post

Just looking at calorie counts might not be enough to lead to long-term weight control and health.

Beyoncé's 'Flawless' Feminist Act at the Video Music Awards Leads the Way for Other Women

By Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

Queen Bey doesn’t just tell interviewers about her feminism: she references it in her work and promotes it to her fans.

Monday, August 25, 2014

BREAKING: Failed Rapper Identified as Suspect in James Foley Beheading

By Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald

British Intelligence is actively hunting the 23-year-old former Londoner.

6 Numbers That Show How Out of Whack America's Priorities Are

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements"—let's put things into perspective.

Is the Napa Quake a Precursor to the Big One?

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Fracking activities may raise the threat of more seismic activity to the south.

When Did it Become the Norm for Police to Crush Americans' Rights?

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Militarized weaponry is being used to trample constitutional rights.

VIDEO: Miley Cyrus Sends Homeless Youth to Accept Her VMA Award in Emotional Speech

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Good to see the starlet using her fame for something other than twerking!

9 Shocking Facts You Need to Know About Sugar

By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet

Sugar is sickening and killing us. Why can't we stop?

#BlackTwitter, The New CNN

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Black bloggers and activists are aggressively using Twitter to hold corporate media accountable.

5 Crazy Myths About Sex From the Religious Right

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

They claim sex education is an attempt to get kids “hooked” on sex.

Paul Krugman Destroys Conservative Arguments on Job Creation—And Reveals Surprising Reason People Move South

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Rick Perry's Texas is not the success story he claims it to be.

The Tragic Truth About the Children Crossing the Border

By Aviva Chomsky, Tom Dispatch

The real story isn't being told. Instead, our politicians, the media, and various organizations have simply been posturing.

Jesus Did Not Protect Me From My Abusive Christian Stepfather

By Karl Wilder, The Huffington Post

I listened for the voice of god and prayed every day, but life did not change.

11 Best Nude Protests

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

These people are making their voices heard through their naked bodies.

Holy Crap! Cost of Raising Child to 18 Soars Over $245,000

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Is it any wonder millennials are opting out of parenting?

Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)

By Dana Drugmand, YES! Magazine

Meanwhile, more Americans got insured and the oceans continued to become more acidic.

'I Wake Up to Read Messages of Horror:' Living the Gaza War From the Outside

By Pam Bailey, AlterNet

Hundreds of Palestinians have to fear for their loved ones’ lives from afar.

Autopsy Report Shows Police Officer Lied About Suspect Committing Suicide by Shooting Self in Back While Handcuffed

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Victor White III, 22, died from a gunshot to the chest, not in his back as reported by the arresting officer.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Darren Wilson’s Former Police Force Was Disbanded for Excessive Force and Corruption

By Prachi Gupta,

The Washington Post gives additional insight into the background of the officer who killed Michael Brown.

How to Get Low Car Insurance by Giving Up Your Privacy

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

The auto insurance industry is doing its best Big Brother impression.

5 Insane Right-Wing Rants This Week: Arch-Conservative Celeb Edition

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The wing-nuts could not control their apoplectic outbursts about recent events.

Learning to Think in a Society Ruled by Absurd Religion and Other Dogma

By Dan Arel, Dangerous Little Books

Children should be prepared to question everyone and everything.

California Earthquake: Three Critically Injured As Governor Declares Emergency

By Editorial Staff, The Guardian

At least 87 people were taken to hospital in Napa and three people, two adults and a young child, were critically injured.

Will Forcing Cops to Wear Body Cameras Quell Brutality?

By Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet

While some cities see positive results, the cameras also have their limits.

Thousands Raise Their Voices For Eric Garner During Spirited March on Staten Island

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

"What happened to Eric Garner, what happened to Mike Brown, could happen to me," said one protester.

How Americans Are Duped into Shoveling Huge Amounts of Unhealthy Food into Their Bodies

By Brian Moench, Truthout

The chemicals given to commercially raised livestock, and added to their meat, are a toxic stew.

Welcome to “Toddlercore”: How Dressing Like A 2-Year-Old Became the Fashion World’s Latest Craze

By Christy O'Shoney,

From rocking overalls to wearing onesies decorated with junk food, it's never been cooler to look like a baby.

Do Men and Women Kill Themselves for Different Reasons?

By Mark Goulston, Psychology Today

Women kill themselves when they can't stand the pain; men kill themselves when they can't stand the shame.

Police Departments Shouldn't Become Dumping Grounds for Weapons Makers

By Medea Benjamin, AlterNet

As we learned from Ferguson, there is simply no reason for police to be armed like the military.

Our Next Enemy: Our Constant Search For American Haters

By Clancy Sigal, AlterNet

We need enemies the way a thirsty man needs water. Without a constant supply, defense contractors would have to lay off workers and American “resolve” would remain untested.

Cop who Pushed CNN Host Suspended—But Not Fired—After Video of His Racist Rant Emerges

By Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

Authorities were concerned over remarks the officer made indicating a willingness to kill.

Secret to the Best Orgasms You're Not Having, Revealed by Lesbians

By Nichi Hodgson, The Guardian

A new study suggests that, when it comes to sexual satisfaction, the problem for women might be men.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

White Privilege: An Insidious Virus that’s Eating America from Within

By Andrew O'Hehir,

Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege—and the way it oppresses us, too.

How the Ultra-Rich .01% Have Sucked Up Even More of America's Wealth Than You Think

By David DeGraw,

The economy has become systemically corrupt.

Thousands Raise Their Voices For Eric Garner During Spirited March on Staten Island

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

"What happened to Eric Garner, what happened to Mike Brown, could happen to me," said one protester.

We Aren't Trying to End Global Terror: We're After the Oil

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Amid the conflict with ISIS, the bottom line is a reliable supply to the Middle East’s liquid gold.

Gay Marriage Is Good, But Future Corporate Profits Are Key to Its Success

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

When corporations and financiers get on board, social change happens rather quickly.

Confusing Activity with Productivity: How a Lot of Work is Pointless

By Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

If you don’t give yourself a break, your brain will do it for you.

Striking Teacher Churn in Charter Schools

By Helen Zelon, City Limits

The high rates of teacher attrition raise questions about whether even the most successful charter schools can maintain quality amid the churn.

Why Everyone Freaked Out Over a Book Teaching Kids About Sex

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

As a physician who has routinely delivered babies to teens, Sara Mackenzie is sadly unsurprised by the uproar.

8 Most Homophobic Religious Protest Signs

By Katie Halper, AlterNet

These abhorrent messages are courtesy of Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Big Movement and Votes to Decriminalize Pot Across the Country

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

A growing number of local ballot measures would depenalize pot-related offenses across the country.

Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men

By Jaeah Lee and Katie Rose Quandt, Mother Jones

History appears to be in Darren Wilson's favor.

5 Items You Use Every Morning That Are Terrible for the Environment

By Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates , Huffington Post

Here are the main environmental concerns of items you reach for before you leave the house.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Staggeringly High—And Shockingly Under-Reported—Rate of White on White Murder

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Why doesn't Bill O'Reilly spout off about this epidemic of violence?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

In an interview with AlterNet, Tyson talks about the success of his TV show 'Cosmos.'

I'm Polite, Middle-Class and Harassed By Police: Here's Why

By Andrea Cambron, The American Prospect

The targeting of citizens by authorities based on racial stereotypes is a serious issue that needs refocusing.

Holy Crap! Cost of Raising Child to 18 Soars Over $245,000

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Is it any wonder millennials are opting out of parenting?

Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Sales of all those military grade weapons are making people rich.

Former Top Obama Aides Are Now in the Business Of Undermining Unions

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

David Plouffe’s move to Uber is the latest.

3 Ways America Enables Slaughter in Gaza

By Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet

The U.S. government plays a central role in perpetuating the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Is Southern Conservatism Just Plain Old Racism?

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

True GOP believers who claim "limited government" has nothing to do with race are lying to themselves.

Paul Krugman Exposes the Real Ulterior Motives of 'Inflation Hawks'

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

The hawks are obsessed with inflation—why they must be ignored.

How 'Shrooms Work: 10 Trippiest Experiences

By Tony O'Neill,

Whether you view them as recreational, medicinal or sacred, 'shrooms are embedded in human culture.

Florida County Unanimously Bans Atheists from Delivering Invocations at Public Meetings [Video]

By Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

Commissioners deaf to arguments that this violates Constitution and people's rights.

8 Ways to Feel Good About Your Body During Sex

By Vanessa Marin, xojane

Realizing that poor self esteem is ruining your sex life can be a powerful motivator.

How Government Blacklists Journalists From Accessing the Truth

By David Sirota, AlterNet

The public is being systematically divorced from public policy, which is exactly what too many elected officials want.

The Bizarre Eating Disorder People Can Develop Around Healthy Foods

By Erica Sweeney, The Fix

It masquerades as concern for a healthy diet.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Ultimate White Privilege: Darren Wilson and Being “Afraid For Your Life”

By Katie McDonough, Salon

Claiming you shot someone out of fear of your life can be a "get out of jail free" card -- depending on who says it

4 Worst Right-Wing Reactions to Michael Brown's Killing and the Protests

By Evan McMurry, AlterNet

Conservative media wasted no time making racist, imbecilic comments about Ferguson.

The Dirty Little Secret of How CEOs Enrich Themselves at Your Expense

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Stock buybacks take money from your pocket and put it into the hands of corporate titans.

The Best Sex Tips You’ll Ever Hear — From a Man With No Penis

By Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

This guy is proof you don't need to be fixated on a certain body part to have great sex.

The Poisonous Racism Driving Violence in Ferguson and the Rest of America

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

Many cities and towns confront the same problems of poverty, alienation and inequality as metropolitan St. Louis -- or even worse.

Why Do We Count Unmarried People in Relationships As Single?

By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet

Our view of modern relationships is totally warped.

Ferguson Has Calm Night After Attorney General Visits 'Fractured' Community

By , The Guardian

Eric Holder says he personally understands mistrust of police while on visit to assess investigation into Michael Brown’s death

Why Insanely Expensive, Ineffective American Bombing Campaigns Will Always Get Funded

By William Astore, TomDispatch

Expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

How Google and the Big Tech Companies Are Helping Maintain America's Empire

By Adam Hudson, AlterNet

Military, intelligence agencies and defense contractors are totally connected to Silicon Valley.

Drugs Are Fun and That Should Figure Into Our Understanding of Addiction

By Maia Szalavitz,

Factoring drug-related pleasure into a cost-benefit analysis of laws and regulations could be a positive step.

Why Some of the Biggest Fights Over Fracking Are Taking Place Under the Radar

By Dylan Tokar, AlterNet

State and national politicians are in bed with the gas and oil industries, and the activist campaigns have gone local.