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Friday, March 21, 2014

Why We Should Be Suspicious of the Libertarian Right's Newfound Concern for Prison Reform

By Deborah Small, AlterNet

The problem with the growing popularity of fixing our prison system.

Religious Fraud: The Super Rich Who Claim Christ But Are Actually Enemies of the Church

By Elizabeth Stoker, Salon

What it really means when Home Depot's co-founder, a self-described Catholic, slams the pope's ministry to the poor

Neil deGrasse Tyson Shows Why Small-Minded Religious Fundamentalists Are Threatened by Wonders of Universe

By Adam Lee, AlterNet

Religious belief systems prefer a small cosmos with humans firmly at the center.

I Worked for the US Army, and it Was a Horrible Place to Be a Woman

By Brianne McDonald, xojane

Despite the amount of women now gracing the ranks of our proud military divisions, it is still, most certainly, a man’s world.

LAPD Officer Raped Woman and then Dept. Tried to Bury Case, Threatened her with Jail

By Matt Reynolds, Courthouse News

A new lawsuit alleges that the Los Angeles police department stonewalled a case of rape by one of its own.

The Growing Economy of Internet Cat Videos (Yep, It's Real)

By Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and other felines are helping cats (and their owners) build careers on and off YouTube.

How to Stop the Negative Voices in Your Head from Ruling Your Life

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

If left unchecked, the committees in our heads will take charge of our lives and keep us stuck in mental and behavioral prisons.

Understanding Paul Ryan's Racism in 3 Easy Steps

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

The question is not 'Is Ryan a racist?' but 'What type of racist is he?'

A Simple Way to Ease Our Economic Woes: Give Every American $2,000

By Ryan Cooper, Washington Monthly

Direct payments are a powerful tool to combat income inequality and crippling unemployment.

The 5 Most Embarrassing Cable News Stories About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Search teams may be closer to finding missing flight MH370, no thanks to CNN's Don Lemon and Fox News.

Years of American Hostility to Russia Sparked Crimea Crisis Former U.S. Ambassador Says

By Juan González, Democracy Now!

Why Ukraine might be better off without Crimea.

Why I Faked 99% of My Orgasms and What Finally Made Me Stop

By Melissa Stetten, xojane

Sorry every boyfriend I've ever had. It's the truth.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

6 Examples of Wildly Overpaid Rich Folks (And the Teachers We Could Have Gotten for That Money)

By RJ Eskow, AlterNet

The money certain types of people command in the marketplace tells us something about our society.

Most of What You Think You Know About Milk Is Probably Dairy Industry Lies

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

The powerful dairy lobby has been spreading dangerous health claims about milk for decades.

Former Undercover Drug Narc on Why Police Don't Bust White People and How He Turned Against Drug War

By Roc Morin, AlterNet

He helped wage the drug war. Now he's fighting to end it.

More Evil Than Genius? How iPad and Google Glass Makers Are Secretly Scamming America

By David Dayen, Salon

We already knew Google and Facebook were resourceful. But their new scheme to rip off the U.S. Treasury is chilling.

Measles Are Back! Vaccine Truthers Officially a Public Health Menace

By Lindsay Abrams,

Why listening to truthers like Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari rather than medical science has endangered everyone.

Understanding Paul Ryan's Racism in 3 Easy Steps

By Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

The question is not 'Is Ryan a racist?' but 'What type of racist is he?'

Republicans Reveal They Don't Just Hate the Poor and Jobless—They Hate Hard-working Americans!

By Leo Gerard, AlterNet

Why else would they fight against rewarding those who work extra hard and overtime?

3 Reasons Science Deniers Are Freaking Out About Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos"

By Chris Mooney, Mother Jones

Not surprisingly, those who deny the theory of evolution were not happy with the new series.

Why Does the Religious Right Think the Bible Should Trump America's Laws?

By Nina Martin, ProPublica

Columbia Law School professor Katherine Franke argues that those who claim religious exemptions are asking to travel through life in a religious bubble.

DO NO EVIL? Google Sued For Data-Mining Kids' Emails in Its Education App

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Google admits scanning millions of student emails to serve targeted advertisements.

Ugly New Turn in Republican War on Voters

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Following Scalia's script, Kansas and Arizona can force would-be voters to produce proof of citizenship.

9 Coolest Things About Female Sexuality

By Anna Pulley, AlterNet

From slut-shaming to rape culture, female sexuality is vilified and controlled. Here are some reasons to feel awesome about women's sexuality.

The Scammers Preying on Vulnerable Undocumented Immigrants

By Maria Antonieta Mejia, New America Media

How talk of immigration reform is fueling a spike in fraud cases.

The Case for Facebook-Stalking Your Ex

By Daisy Buchanan, The Guardian

It might be healthier than it sounds!

Exposing the U.S. Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Coup

By JP Sottile, Consortium News

The same day of the Independence Square protests, FT reported major Cargill deal.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

America's Right-Wing Has Gone Gay Crazy

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

The madness has spread from the Christian Right’s talking heads to the leading lights of the Republican Party.

Scalia Licks His Chops: Upcoming SCOTUS Case May Be Even Worse than Citizens United

By Josh Eidelson, Salon

Legal expert warns that McCutcheon v. FEC could eradicate all donor limits.

How Many Types of Orgasms Can a Woman Have? You May Be Surprised!

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Scientific study reveals the answer to the vagina-clitoris million dollar climax question.

Conspiracy Theories Running Rampant: How Misinformation Spreads on Facebook

By Sarah Gray, Salon

Researchers studied how people interacted with "trolls" posting false information -- the results are depressing.

Terrifying Precedent: Woman to Be Tried for Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborn When She Was 16

By Nina Martin, ProPublica

Frightening gambit by pro-lifers to charge women for murder of stillborns due to 'fetal harm' is getting its day in court.

The Average 25-Year Old's Debt Has Grown 91% in the Last Decade -- Will Borrowers Learn to Push Back?

By Hannah K. Gold, AlterNet

Debt grinds on the American psyche, yet building a movement against it has proven difficult.

Robert Reich: 'Austerity Is a Terrible Mistake'

By Mary O'Hara, The Guardian

Sustained recovery is only possible if the middle and working classes have money to spend.

Mother's Powerful Tale: Despite My Son's Heroin Addiction, I Held Biases About Drug Addicts

By Ellen Sousares, AlterNet

A nurse shares her story about coming to grips with the realities of drug addiction.

New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received a Whopping $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

By Aaron Cantú, AlterNet

Military contractors, oil companies and banks are the biggest 'welfare queens' around.

Libertarian Ron Unz’s Effort to Raise California Minimum Wage Derailed by Lack of Funds

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A go-it-alone campaign falters in a state with coalition politics.

Why Paul Ryan Is a Very Useful Idiot for the Right-Wing 1%

By Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Show

The social and cultural problems that we see in black communities across America, are responses to poverty, not the causes of it.

Why Generation Y Is Having Less Sex

By Hannah Slapper, The Guardian

Stop reading this sex-drenched article and go get some!

Feds Finally Approve Research on the Therapeutic Value of the Whole Marijuana Plant

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The Public Health Service approved protocols for a study of cannabis’ and PTSD.

Dangerous Words: Calling Putin 'Hitler' Stokes Western Belligerence

By Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English

The unfounded comparisons to Nazi Germany only pave the way for a catastrophic Russia-US clash.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How the CIA Went off the Rails on Torture and Kidnapping, and No One Is Responsible

By Scott Horton, The Washington Spectator

Former CIA counsel John Rizzo's book, 'Company Man' reveals an astonishing capacity for denial.

Scarlett Johansson’s Awful Defense of Woody Allen and SodaStream

By Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian

Johansson doesn't offer the most convincing of defenses in either case.

5 Reasons to Consider a No-Strings-Attached, Basic Income for All Americans

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

An idea whose time has finally come.

Meet Paul Ryan's 'Inner City Expert' Who Claims Blacks and Latinos Have Lower IQs

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Charles Murray says it's not racist to suggest that some ethnic groups are genetically inferior to others.

Libertarians’ Ethical Gap: Why Their Alliance with Christians Is Based on Contempt

By Elizabeth Stoker, Salon

As they try to attract "values" voters, the liberty crowd seems to forget one thing: government's moral component.

Why 'Paid-What-You're-Worth' Is a Toxic Myth

By Robert Reich,

A fundamentally misleading meritocracy myth.

Alabama and Kentucky Poised to Legalize Medical Marijuana? Not So Fast

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

Four states may allow limited access to cannabidiol while maintaining existing legal restrictions on the whole cannabis plant.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Squashes Creationist Argument Against Science on National TV

By Dan Arel, AlterNet

Watching the Christian Right struggle to counter "Cosmos" each week is like watching a frightened, cornered animal that knows it's about to die.

America's Poorest State to Spend Money Drug Testing Its Poorest Residents

By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet

Even though drug testing welfare recipients has proven costly and ineffective, GOP legislators continue being fired up about it.

Obama and the West's Ukraine Gambit Has Fizzled, and Now Putin's in the Driver's Seat

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

The world watches as neo-Nazis take over Ukraine, with E.U. funding.

It's Payback Time for McDonald's -- Lawsuits Could Force Company to Hike Wages

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

McDonald's offered wages designed to keep their workers in poverty.

‘White Man’s March’ Events Draw Smattering of Participants, Loads of Derision

By David Neiwert, Southern Poverty Law Center

Organizer Kyle Hunt's failed attempt at manifesting white resentment on the streets ends in failure.

Indigenous Vow: We'll Be 'Dead Or In Prison Before We Allow' Keystone Pipeline

By Camila Ibanez, Waging Nonviolence

The TransCanada project could intersect with a main water source for the Sioux Nation.

Snowden Docs Expose How the NSA "Infects" Millions of Computers and Impersonates Facebook

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

NSA masqueraded as Facebook server to infiltrate user data using malware 'implants.'

The Shocking Ways Debt Collectors Are Hounding U.S. Military Service Members

By Daniel Wagner, The Center for Public Integrity

Companies use threats of rank reduction and courts-martial.

When the US Pulled off a Coup in Australia

By John Pilger, AlterNet

Washington's fascist putsch against elected Ukrainian government is par for the course since 1945.

Monday, March 17, 2014

12 Facts You Need to Know About Our Retirement Crisis as the Battle Over Social Security Is Far From Over

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Obama's reversal on Social Security cutbacks isn't the major victory it appears to be. Here's why.

'Code Words for Race': What’s Really Behind GOP’s Poverty and Welfare Obsession

By Josh Eidelson, Salon

When Paul Ryan decried the "culture" of inner cities it followed a long conservative tradition, a scholar explains.

How Auto Dealers Are Muscling State Legislatures Into Barring Tesla Motors

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

New Jersey is the latest state to ban the electric car company from selling directly to consumers, which threatens auto dealers' business model. Is New York next?

The Truth About Caffeine: Why We Know So Little About Our Favorite Drug

By Lindsay Abrams,

Caffeine has a stronger hold on us than we realize, says author Murray Carpenter.

Michigan Workers Fired Over Medical Marijuana Use Sue For Jobless Benefits

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Medicinal pot is legal in the state. So why are workers being canned for using marijuana?

10 Shameful Ways America Abuses Its Own Citizens

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Land of the free? More like home of the exploited.

No, You Don't Need God to be a Good Person — Why Don't Many Americans Get This?

By CJ Werleman, AlterNet

Most of the developed world agrees that you don't need religion to be moral.

Why Income Inequality Is Going to Get Catastrophically Worse

By Nomi Prins, Truthdig

Inequality is endemic to the core structure of an America that operates more as a plutocracy than a democracy.

Why Make-Up and Breakup Sex Are So Good

By Aaron Ben-Zeév, AlterNet

In the wake of having had a bitter fight, why is everything forgotten for amazingly enjoyable sex?

How America's Spirit for Revolution Was Crushed

By Lewis Lapham, Tom Dispatch

Today's 'revolutions' are aimed not at liberating, but at controlling us all.

How San Francisco Betrayed Us

By Andrew Lam, New America Media

The sidewalks are still free — until a cop cites you with "Sit/Lie".

The Mystery of MH370 Goes to the Heart of Our Fears

By Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian

Missing plane prompts the thought that maybe we have no business taking to the skies.

Why Every State Should Let Law Enforcement Use Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Drug Naloxone

By Tessie Castillo, AlterNet

Every person who dies from an overdose was someone's son or daughter, sister or brother.

The Untaxed Americans: The Speculators, Hustlers, and Freeloaders of Wall Street

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

There are at least 5 good reasons why our country is ready for a financial transaction tax (FTT).

50 Shades of Cool—Obama's Mercurial Political Persona

By Will Durst, AlterNet

Even the GOP can’t decide if he’s a hopeless novice or a demagoguing dictator.

Why American Milk Might Be Worse For You Than Milk in Other Parts of the World

By Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones

Are you drinking the wrong milk?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

8 Shocking Instances of Moronic Right-Wing Malevolence This Week

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

'Poor people just love sitting around being poor' ... and more.

In the Nation's Boomtown, Homeless People are More Visible and Invisible Than Ever

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

Wealthy San Francisco is where elderly homeless women sit at bus stops all day waiting for shelter beds.

Why It's Impossible to Create a Top 10 List of the Most Neurotoxic Man-Made Chemicals

By Jill Richardson, AlterNet

Toxins are hard to classify, harder to regulate, and even harder to remove from the products we consume.

Conservative Myths About the Minimum Wage, Debunked

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company

Contrary to conservative myths, raising the minimum wage would boost the economy, benefit all workers, and won't hurt consumers.

Why I'm Naming the New Lesion in My Ill Wife's Brain 'Anthem BlueCross' After the Criminals That Denied Her Medicine

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Private insurance did everything in its power to stop my wife from getting care.

10 Reasons We Love Love

By Kira Peikoff,

Research shows being in love is good for your health, and can even make you less sensitive to pain.

I Am Serving a 10-Year Mandatory Minimum for Marijuana in Colorado

By Eddy Lepp, Cannabis Now

It's pretty ironic that the Feds would send me here — to the only state that has made sales of marijuana completely legal.

A Dirty Little Secret of U.S. Foreign Policy on Crimea: There's Not Much We Can Do

By Michael Cohen, The Guardian

What the hell are the pundits and experts even arguing about? They’re arguing in circles around Obama’s very limited options.

In 21st Century's Biggest Media Sale, CIA-Inflated Amazon Chills WaPo Journalism

By Keane Bhatt, FAIR

After selling to the highest bidder, WaPo turns a hard right.

Stripping My Way Through College

By Melissa Petro,

A nonprofit intern counts down the hours until she can shed her office attire in a Times Square gentlemen's club.

10 Most Important Ways for Creative People to Fight Doubt And Insecurity

By Lauren Modery, Thought Catalog

Below are some mantras I try to remind myself on a daily basis when uncertainty rears its ugly face.

10 Weirdest Works of Art

By Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

A tour through some of the strangest, most shocking surrealist art around.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Your Secrets, Medical Info and Sexual Habits are Being Grabbed, Compiled and Resold Online

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

A new book offers ways to block cyber-tracking.

The Right's Crusade to Repeal the 20th Century

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Opposing the minimum wage, overtime pay, even child labor laws, the GOP is trying to make it easier to exploit workers.

7 Crazy (And Not So Crazy) Theories on What Happened to Flight 370

By Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet

The mystery has spawned hundreds of theories, some very far-fetched.

5 Interesting Reasons You Gain Weight When You're Stressed (and 4 Simple Ways to Avoid It)

By Melanie Greenberg, AlterNet

Here are great research-based coping strategies you can use to fight back.

8 Pronunciation Errors that Changed Modern English

By David Shariatmadari, Comment Is Free

Toe-may-to, toh-mah-to?

Meet the Corporate Shill Spending Millions to Keep Workers from Getting the Pay They Deserve

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Richard Berman collects millions in non-profit donations, and then funnels the money into his for-profit PR firm.

Washington Actually Laughs at Itself at the Annual Gridiron Club Dinner

By Mark Shields, Creators Syndicate

The attempts at humor by three speakers, Ted Cruz, John Kerry and Charlie Crist, didn't disappoint the white-tie event's attendees.

Ukraine Now Headed by Fascists and Neo-Nazis

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Is anybody paying attention?

What If Your Drab, Dull Job Was Working in a Sex Dungeon?

By Chris Hall, AlterNet

Professional dominatrix Cheyenne Picardo's new film reveals the reality of most sex work.